Reformer from The Beginning

For anyone in doubt of my role as reformer within the Sheriff's department. 

Posted on 08 Mar 2018, 14:41 - Category: Fact Check



Candidates Forum in Marina Del Rey

On February 13, 2018 , I participated in the Sheriff's Candidates Forum in Marina Del Rey, alongside fellow candidate, Bob Lindsey. More videos will come soon addressing the various questions presented to us, but in the meantime please check out my closing remarks from the evening. 

Posted on 21 Feb 2018, 01:39 - Category: Events



Sheriff Martin Aguirre, a Hero

Today marks the historic anniversary of the third Latino Sheriff of Los Angeles, Martin Aguirre (pictured left), risking his life to save citizens during a torrential flood in 1886. 

From shq.lasdnews.net: "On January 19, Deputy Martin Aguirre rushed to Los Angeles only to find it inundated by flood waters. There was so much water that levees were carried away and the Los Angeles River was overflowing and still rising. Deputy Aguirre rode all night warning everyone who lived by the river to evacuate. The next morning Aguirre spent rushing into deep waters to rescue the helpless victims who ignored his warnings. After it was over, Deputy Aguirre had saved the lives of nineteen people, some of them children. Many were amazed at the deputy's courage and physical endurance." 

Aguirre would later be elected Sheriff in 1888. 

 

Posted on 19 Jan 2018, 12:33 - Category: History



NAHREP-MSELA Gala

On January 12, 2018, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of hard working Hispanic realtors working in the Montebello and Southeast Los Angeles areas. They also happened to represent the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Montebello Southeast Los Angeles chapter. It was an evening to remember, as I was happy to meet more members of the community and speak about why I am the right candidate for sheriff of Los Angeles and this community. You can watch part of my speech and check out photos from the evening below.

 

 

Posted on 14 Jan 2018, 16:28 - Category: Events



Crime Increases Under McDonnell's Watch?

Original LASD Press Release: Sheriff McDonnell Announces Significant Decreases in Crime Rates Across Communities Served by the LASD 

Sheriff McDonnell used his executive staff and public office to campaign for reelection by misrepresenting crime stats under his watch.  Focusing exclusively on the calendar year 2017, which had not ended, the incumbent held a press conference, claiming “significant decreases in crime rates across communities served by the LASD.” 

The introduction to the sheriff’s press release read as follows: “In a continuing effort to provide transparency to the public, Sheriff Jim McDonnell stood beside his leadership team to present preliminary details of Part I and Part II crime statistics for 2017 and to highlight the decrease in crime from the previous year.”

A quick fact-check shows this is a complete lack of transparency on the part of the incumbent.  He refused to produce the annual Year in Review for 2016, which negated the ability of the public to see for themselves the crime trends year to year and be able to form an educated opinion.  We have been able to cobble together actual statistics from available public sources that show a far different picture.

Part 1 crimes have increased significantly under McDonnell’s watch.  Using calendar year 2014 as a baseline, Part 1 crimes (which include violent crimes) increased 6.84% in 2015, McDonnell’s first full year in office.  They increased another 6.89% in 2016, and decreased slightly by 4.64% (preliminary) for 2017.  Using 2014 as the baseline, Part 1 crimes have gone up a staggering 8.9% since McDonnell took office.  At the same time, arrests and self-initiated patrol activities, such as completing Field Interview cards, continue to drop significantly (LA Times, April 1, 2017).

While we all welcome decreased crime rates, if and when they actually occur it will be in spite of McDonnell, not because of him.  Morale within the LASD is at rock bottom, and it is showing in the performance of the organization as a whole.

 

Posted on 31 Dec 2017, 13:02 - Category: news



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