Editorial: Alex Villanueva, L.A.’s loosest cannon and pettiest cop

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Potential evidence seized from the home of supervisor Sheila Kuehl on Wednesday armed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies included his mobile phone, personal computer — and videotapes of the TV show he starred in 60 years ago, “The Manny.” Loves of Dobie Gillis.” Maybe it’s a sign of how deep the LA sheriff thinks this suspected plot is – Kuehl, and his alleged co-conspirator, worker patti gigansMight have been planning to collude on a no-bid contract from the 1950s.

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More likely, it is a sign of how disaffected Sheriff Alex Villanueva has become in the weeks before voters decide whether he deserves another term.

None of the prosecutors seem to have been able to see the crime that Villanueva has for sexual harassment hotline in the award of a subway contract to the non-profit organization Gigan’s Run, Peace over Violence. (The warrant given to Kuehl indicates they were looking for documents that suggested bribery or other offenses related to the acquisition of the contract.) The district attorney reprimanded the sheriff’s department a year ago because it compiled The evidence made was nothing. In short, there’s no “there,” the DA said.

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But the sheriff has a ready explanation for it: The DA is Jorge Gascon, whom Villanueva blames (rather than himself) for the chaos in LA and against whom he campaigned (unsuccessfully) to recall. In addition, Villanueva mentioned in a television interview (While he sat in a bar), the majority of the board of supervisors supported Gascon. And they have all supported Villanueva’s rival Robert Luna in the November 8 election. so there you are. They are all on the corruption that Villanueva claims.

But at least federal prosecutors are with him, right? Wrong. The Sheriff’s Department claims the Feds are “monitoring” his investigation, but they are actually saying to the sheriff, “No thanks, but feel free to send us a note every now and then and let us know how things are going.” There has been no official public statement from the US Attorney’s office or the FBI. Maybe they are in it too.

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California Etsy. General Rob Bonta has yet to sign off on the investigation. Is he also involved in this big conspiracy?

However, it is strange that Villanueva stepped up the investigation in that TV interview on Wednesday, given the fact that she claimed to have distanced herself from the whole affair and left it to her undersheriff Tim Murakami.

Former President Trump’s self-deprecation for the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago didn’t stop the sheriff from comparing searches to the homes of Kuehl and Gigans, plus the offices of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. , Maybe those “Dobie Gillies” tapes are classified.

The warrant is based on the implication that Kuehl had no valid reason to appoint Gigans to the commission overseeing the sheriff. It claims that Giggons’ only qualification is a black belt in karate. (Seriously. We’re not making it up.) What potential law enforcement oversight role could there be for a person like Gigans, who has spent his entire career advocating for and advancing violence reduction?

What the warrant should have asked instead is whether Villanueva targets his political enemies and strays beyond the limits of his jurisdiction and law, such as when he sent deputy door-to-door during the 2020 lockdown. because he was concerned that child abuse reports had declined, or when he substituted his legal opinion for county attorneys. On whether there were no gun shops, then essential businesses (and then reversed himself on the subject). or when he Send your representative to Venice BeachIn LA City, it is supposed to crack down on homelessness, or when it overrides a county public health order that people Wear a mask in public to prevent the spread of disease,

Villanueva has a history of making specific allegations against people he considers his enemies. In 2020 he falsely accused then-L.A. County Chief Executive Officer Saatchi Hamai of having a financial interest in the United Way, when his office reviewed a ballot measure proposed by the nonprofit. The startling similarity between that bogus claim and the one he’s now making against Kuehl, who was on the advisory board of Gigans’ nonprofit, shows a pattern of retaliation and unqualified legal analysis.

It is too dangerous for a county sheriff to launch a criminal investigation that no prosecutor would be involved in, against public officials who happen to be his political opponents. Those repeated practices raise serious concerns that the same keystone police level of criminal investigation is employed in the field every day against suspects capable of defending themselves against armed law enforcement officers.

It all drives home the point that Villanueva is a loose, dangerous, misfiring cannon aimed at her perceived enemies, as well as a miserable law enforcement officer who costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars due to her mismanagement. He is a little man in a powerful position – the type of person against whom the law and the Constitution were intended to protect us.

Even if we assume for a moment that there is a crime going on that only Villanueva can see, he is unfit to pursue it. Every day, deputies must choose whether to follow or disobey his insane instructions and give up their jobs. The one thing that must be sacrificed is his.




Source: www.latimes.com

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