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LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Responds To Board Of Supervisors Vote To Explore Ways To Reduce His Power




Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference on the helicopter crash that yesterday claimed the lives of NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others January 27, 2020 in Calabasas, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference on the helicopter crash that yesterday claimed the lives of NBA great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others January 27, 2020 in Calabasas, California.
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Tuesday on AirTalk, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn joined Larry Mantle to discuss the Board’s 3-2 vote on Tuesday to explore options to remove Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva from his office. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, who introduced the motion, told us that they are not currently seeking to remove anyone from their position but said that the board was doing its due diligence “as to what the appropriate and/or legal methods would be...to explore returning governance to a more rational place rather than the internal conflict that has presented itself over and over again by the sheriff of Los Angeles County.” Supervisor Janice Hahn, who was one of the two votes against the motion, said that she believes voters should continue to elect their sheriffs. “If voters feel like they’ve been misled or let down, or if the sheriff is engaging in improper behavior, they have the tools to recall him,” she said.

Today on AirTalk, Sheriff Villanueva joins Larry to respond to the supervisors’ vote and more.

Guests:

Alex Villanueva, Los Angeles County sheriff; he tweets @LACoSheriff

Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent; he tweets @StoltzeFrankly