LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County residents have spoken with their vote and they demand change in the Sheriff’s department.
Voters are so thirsty for change they overwhelming approved the passage of Measure A which gives the board of supervisors the authority to remove the elected Sheriff for cause.
According to the board the measure was necessary due to decades of inability of the department to correct itself. Residents have voted for three different Sheriff’s in the last three elections since former Sheriff Lee Baca declined to run due to federal investigation into the County jail.
Early numbers show resident’s overwhelmingly pledged their support to Robert Luna over Alex Villanueva.
Luna has promised to eradicate deputy gangs, adhere to subpoenas, and allow a proverbial “anal probe” of the department, by outsiders, to show the public and board he means business.
If elected, and he doesn’t adhere to his campaign pledge, the board only needs four out of five votes to remove him and they are itching to use this newly created power in an effort to restore dignity to the department, as if it ever existed.
The County expects to be counting votes well into next week.