Los Angeles Times must be joking. As the Los Angeles Times opinion writers continue their “grading” of elected officials, it easy to see why two of the top Los Angeles County elected received the grades of “B”. They go on further to say they “hope” they earn their “A” by the end of their next terms. An obvious reference to the fact they are both running in the June election unopposed.
It is no secret that LA County is home to the most mentally unstable and poverty-stricken persons, who continue to bear the brunt of police brutality, with no public comments coming from our District Attorney or County Supervisor.
The LA Times team conveniently forgot the lack of leadership from DA Jackie Lacey, when an African-American woman named Marlene Pinnock, was beaten on the side of the road, by a CHP officer. What if Ms. Pinnock were a friend or family member of Lacey? Would she still sit by quietly?
Countless people of color have been murdered by law enforcement and her office does nothing to answer the pleas from family members of the deceased and community members, to work to rectify this blatant disregard for life.
LA Times conveniently avoided the subject of Black Lives Matter and the uproar in the Black community to charge the officers in question.
On the other hand, LA Times has spent numerous hours banging out articles detailing the presumed corruption of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, with allegations of how he decorated both his work and home offices. They also published emails detailing pay to play antics surrounding his former candidate for the LAUSD school board.
Notwithstanding the monumental challenge of re-opening the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital in Willowbrook, and the ousting of former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca, the LA Times is clearly playing nice for the sake of keeping ad revenue flowing to their paper.
Recently the LA Times made a bid to purchase the OC Register, yet Judge Andre Birrotte Jr., the same judge who worked to convict Sheriff deputies and promoted to judge shortly thereafter, pumped LA Times brakes by halting the sale.
Perhaps LA Times learned not to cross the Supervisor.
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