Issues facing Los Angeles County
As both a veteran member of the LASD and a longtime resident, I appreciate the need for an effective public safety presence throughout the County. Given the level of dysfunction and despair within the LASD, there is an urgent need for immediate, effective reform. Failed Sheriff McDonnell wasted three years of the County’s time as critical reform measures were never taken and obvious danger signs ignored. We don’t have time for fake reform efforts, we need true reform NOW. Of all the pressing needs of the community and the LASD, here is a short list of the most critical:
- Rebuilding the LASD from the ground up based on community policing principles and ethical standards of conduct.
- Clean house of all sources of corruption, both past and present.
- Develop a long-term strategic plan for the organization that includes adding 3,000 patrol deputies and shrinking a massive bureaucracy
- A coordinated recruitment drive targeting the County’s most underrepresented communities
- Meaningful civilian oversight
My priorities are straightforward:
- Implement community policing countywide
- Develop a new generation of leadership built on public service
- Promote transparency, accountability, and meaningful civilian oversight
- Demand fiscal responsibility and live within our budget
- Improve the morale of the organization
- Restore the reputation of the LASD as a premier law enforcement organization
The upcoming election will pit the community and the line staff of the LASD against the alternative reality of the failed sheriff and his patrons in the political establishment. It’s time to clean house of the opportunists and the corrupt, it’s time to usher in a new and promising chapter in the long history of the LASD. It’s literally time for a new sheriff in town.