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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and his wife Carol Chiang, arrive on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, for his arraignment at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Baca’s trial began Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (File photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/07/16 – 12:22 PM PST | U

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was “the heartbeat of conspiracy” when it came to hiding abuses within Men’s Central Jail, and he did nothing to hold deputies who beat inmates accountable, prosecutors said in federal court Wednesday.

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By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/05/16 – 8:28 PM PST |

Two newly elected Los Angeles County supervisors brought historic changes to local politics Monday when they became part of a supermajority of women to serve on the largest local governmental body in the nation.

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Los Angeles Times: Hahn, Barger elected to L.A. County Board of Supervisors

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County Board of Supervisors candidates Janice Hahn, left, and Kathryn Barger, right. (Los Angeles Times)

Adam Elmahrek and Hailey Branson-Potts
November 9, 2016

Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger were elected Tuesday night to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, marking the election of a female majority and a continued leftward shift for the influential panel.

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By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/01/16 – 1:37 PM PDT |

A long-awaited civilian oversight commission to push reforms within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, two years after it was formally proposed.

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After William T Fujioka, above in 2012, retired two years ago, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors hired an outside consultant to look into the former chief executive’s real estate dealings and other county business, a document and sources reveal.

Adam Elmahrek
October 29, 2016

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors secretly launched a public corruption investigation of its former Chief Executive William T Fujioka shortly after his retirement two years ago, examining his role in real estate dealings, a multimillion-dollar emergency communications project and other county business, according to a document obtained by The Times and officials familiar with the probe.

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Joel Rubin
September 28, 2016

A federal judge Wednesday ruled that former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka should not remain out of prison while he appeals his conviction on obstruction of justice charges.

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Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey at a press conference at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles on June 29, 2015. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Adam Elmahrek
August 29, 2016

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has accepted more than $10,000 worth of gifts over the last four years from criminal defense attorneys, police unions, business owners, prosecutors in her office and others who could have an interest in influencing her decisions as one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the county, according to state records.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
August 12, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to felony charges arising from an FBI probe into county jails.

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The USC Trojans take the field for a 2014 game against Notre Dame at the Coliseum. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Paul Pringle and Rong-Gong Lin II
August 6, 2016

The alleged bribes and kickbacks that prosecutors said flowed like honey between government officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and people who did business at the venerable stadium exceeded $2 million — cash that belonged to the taxpayers.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca arrives at the downtown federal courthouse for a sentencing hearing. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang
August 5, 2016

Days after withdrawing a guilty plea for lying during an FBI investigation into widespread abuses at the county jails, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was indicted Friday on more serious charges that could bring up to 20 years in prison.

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Courts

Rong-Gong Lin II, Paul Pringle and Marisa Gerber
August 4, 2016

Two concert promoters accused in a bribery-and-embezzlement scheme involving raves at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will avoid serving any jail time under a plea bargain with prosecutors who acknowledged, for the second time, that they mishandled evidence in the high-profile corruption case.

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Joel Rubin
August 4, 2016

A federal appeals court Thursday upheld the convictions of seven former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on charges they tried to thwart an FBI investigation into county jails.

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Kathryn Barger

Kathryn Barger, candidate running in the 5th District LA County supervisors race.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/02/16 – 6:15 PM PDT |

Four candidates who were running to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich threw their support behind his top aide Tuesday.

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Lee Baca

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/01/16 – 6:59 AM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told a federal judge Monday he wants to withdraw his guilty plea and stand trial in connection with a jail corruption scandal that has already taken down almost a dozen of his former deputies and his second in command.

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her." Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

File – In this Jan. 7, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement at a news conference at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park, Calif. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and “do everything but put handcuffs on her.” Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and must decide whether he spends the best remaining days of his life fighting to stay out of jail or behind bars. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

By Brian Melley, Associated Press
Jul. 31, 2016 – 2:24 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sheriff Lee Baca, who pleaded guilty to trying to thwart an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran, faces a difficult choice that will influence how he spends the healthiest days of his retirement.

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves federal court via a loading dock Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang and Marisa Gerber
July 18, 2016

A federal judge on Monday threw out a plea agreement that would have given former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca a maximum of six months in prison, saying the sentence was too lenient considering Baca’s role in obstructing an FBI investigation into the county jails.

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Left, Kathryn Barger; right, Darrell Park.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/06/16 – 9:09 PM PDT |

The two candidates hoping to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich honed in on their differences Wednesday as both get set to focus on a campaign that began with eight contenders.

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Kathryn Barger, left, and Darrell Park, right, shown in April debate, will vie in November for supervisor seat being vacated after 36 years by Michael Antonovich. (Luis Sinco/ Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
July 1, 2016

After weeks in limbo, the November field is set in the race to replace retiring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, with a political neophyte facing off against the incumbent’s chief of staff.

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Courts

Joel Rubin
June 27, 2016

For years, allegations of inmate beatings by sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County jails swirled. When they did, one name surfaced over and over: Paul Tanaka.

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Los Angeles Times: Race for Antonovich county seat remains in limbo

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Abby Sewell
June 24, 2016

The latest round of vote-counting released by the Los Angeles County registrar shows an outsider candidate maintaining his lead over a state senator in a close contest for a runoff spot in the race to replace retiring county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
June 20, 2016

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but he nonetheless should serve time in prison for lying to federal investigators during a probe into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. attorney’s office has concluded.

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Bob Huff

Bob Huff, candidate running for the 5th District LA County Supervisors seat.

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/14/16 – 7:45 PM PDT |

A week after California’s primary election, the race for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s seat continued to be too close to call Tuesday, with more votes still to be counted.

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Ontario International Airport

Documents cited by attorneys representing Ontario detail several instances in which Los Angeles World Airports appeared to direct key personnel to focus efforts on Los Angeles International Airport rather than ONT. With luggage in tow, a traveler checks in at the ticket counter LA/Ontario International Airport in Ontario. (Staff file photo/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/13/16 – 7:03 PM PDT |

POMONA >> At a conference Monday aimed at boosting regional connectivity between the Inland Empire and the San Gabriel Valley, territorial and financial issues created a lack of agreement on the best way to move people and solve cross-county gridlock.

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Joel Rubin
May 10, 2016

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced Monday to more than a year each in federal prison for lying on reports they wrote about violently subduing a handcuffed jail inmate.

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By Brian Day, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/16 – 1:28 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has resigned in the wake of recent revelations that he shared “inappropriate and unprofessional” emails during his previous job as assistant police chief in Burbank, the L.A. County sheriff announced Sunday.

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Tom Angel

Tom Angel is seen at Burbank police headquarters in 2015. (Raul Roa / Burbank Leader)

Cindy Chang and Alene Tchekmedyian
April 28, 2016

Outrage over emails sent by a top aide mocking Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others is presenting Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell with a serious test as he attempts to reform his troubled agency.

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Alene Tchekmedyian and Cindy Chang
April 27, 2016

A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, according to city records.

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Assistant Sheriff Terri McDonald, who is stepping down after three years of overseeing L.A. County’s jails.

Cindy Chang
April 26, 2016

The enormousness of the task facing Terri McDonald was clear.

A veteran of the state prisons, she had been brought in to turn around a Los Angeles County jail system reeling from allegations of mismanagement and abuse.

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Los Angeles Times: Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

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The former version of the Los Angeles County seal, left, includes a cross above the Hollywood Bowl. That seal was replaced by the version on the right.

Abby Sewell
April 7, 2016

In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka leaves the downtown federal courthouse after a jury convicted him on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges. (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
April 6, 2016

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka of deliberately impeding an FBI investigation, capping a jail abuse and obstruction scandal that reached to the top echelons of the Sheriff’s Department.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, center heads to the federal courthouse on Friday in downtown Los Angeles. Sarah Reingewirtz — Pasadena Star-News

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/04/16 – 9:56 PM PDT |

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka admitted on the witness stand Monday that he has a tattoo associated with a deputy gang known as the Vikings that a federal judge has called a “neo-nazi, white supremacist” group.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, mayor of Gardena, is seen in 2014. The former Los Angeles County undersheriff is facing trial in federal court on charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin
March 24, 2016

The criminal trial of Paul Tanaka, a once powerful figure in Los Angeles policing, is set to open with the former undersheriff facing charges he deliberately thwarted an FBI investigation into jail abuses.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca outside court in Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin and Cindy Chang
February 12, 2016

The sheriff’s lie came 25 minutes into the interview.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Shelby Grad and Richard Winton
February 10, 2016

At the center of the FBI’s investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora’s Box.

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Los Angeles Times: Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

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Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
February 10, 2016

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency.

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Joel Rubin
February 2, 2016

A federal jury found two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies guilty Tuesday of falsifying records about the beating of a jail inmate but deadlocked on whether the deputies used excessive force.

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Campaigns

Abby Sewell
February 1, 2016

Campaign finance reports filed Monday gave a glimpse at the strength of candidates running for two open seats on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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Los Angeles Times: L.A. County’s legal costs soared 24% in 2015

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The front of the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail is shown. Lawsuits involving the Sheriff’s Department, which runs the county jails, contributed to a dramatic increase in the county’s legal costs in 2015. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
January 15, 2016

Los Angeles County’s spending on lawsuit-related attorney fees, settlements and judgments rose 24% last year — an increase driven largely by litigation against the Sheriff’s Department.

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/12/16 – 9:26 PM PST |

After hearing comment from dozens of activists in opposition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday that retired law enforcement officials may be eligible to sit on a commission that will oversee the Sheriff’s Department.

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Joel Rubin
December 26, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department already was engulfed in a jail brutality scandal when a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office examined the beating of Gabriel Carrillo.

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Mark Saladino, Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney, claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June. Saladino, who moved to the position of assistant treasurer and tax collector, filed a claim for damages with the county this week.

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/11/15 – 1:52 PM PST |

Los Angeles County’s former chief attorney claims the Board of Supervisors coerced his resignation by forcing him to issue a false press release and sign an agreement “under duress” when he stepped down from the job in June.

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Joel Rubin
November 30, 2015

Two former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were sentenced to federal prison Monday for their roles in the beating of a handcuffed jail visitor and a scheme to cover up the assault.

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Pay Raise

Abby Sewell
November 20, 2015

Workers represented by Los Angeles County’s largest employee union voted to approve a tentative agreement with county management that would give them a 10% raise over three years.

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By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/08/15 – 4:23 PM PST |

After criticism, LA County government limits car washes to once a month

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

Los Angeles County sheriff’s recruits go through a drill on their first day of training in Monterey Park. Union officials say low pay is hindering efforts to recruit qualified sheriff’s applicants. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Abby Sewell
November 3, 2015

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and members of several other employee groups will get a 10% pay increase over three years under contracts approved Tuesday by county supervisors.

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By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

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Michael Rothans

Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans, third from left, is retiring after an investigation was launched into his purchase of a stolen vehicle. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

Cindy Chang
October 13, 2015

A top-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official has abruptly announced his retirement amid an internal investigation into his purchase of a stolen Audi sedan from a tow-yard owner with a department contract.

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Daily Bulletin: L.A. County Supervisors choose new CEO

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 10/06/15 – 8:12 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously named Sachi Hamai as the county’s chief executive officer.

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Lee Baca

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. (File photo)

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/28/15 – 5:01 PM PDT |

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will not be immune from prosecution if he is called to testify in the corruption case against his former second-in-command and reveals any criminal activity that occurred in the jails under his watch.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Los Angeles, San Bernardino counties battle higher poverty rates

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By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/16/15 – 9:15 PM PDT |

Local poverty rates remain stubbornly high despite lower unemployment, census figures show.

More than one in five people were living in poverty in San Bernardino County last year while the poverty rate in Los Angeles County didn’t lag far behind, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

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Daily Press: Adelanto jail plan dead

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Pitch fails to woo L.A. County Supervisors

By Shea Johnson
Staff Writer
Posted Sep. 1, 2015 at 5:33 PM
Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 7:23 PM

ADELANTO — Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright on Tuesday welcomed Los Angeles County Supervisors’ rejection of a controversial jail plan that was touted by its developers as an injection into the city’s lagging economy.

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Mark Ridley-Thomas

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas drove a 2012 Chrysler 300 luxury sedan, owned by taxpayers, though officials claimed he was driving an older, less expensive car. The newer car was assigned to former Assessor John Noguez. (Photo by Mike Reicher)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/22/15 – 4:47 PM PDT |

On the Los Angeles County government’s official list of employee take-home vehicles, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas looks very frugal. His assigned car, a 9-year-old Chrysler 300 Limited sedan, cost the county about half as much as the next supervisor’s.

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Ashley Madison

The infidelity website was hacked by a group called Impact Team. (Google Images)

By Patrick McGreevy and Abby Sewell
August 21, 2015

Anxiety was high Friday in state, county and city offices after hackers released lists of dozens of government email addresses in California that were used to access the Ashley Madison online dating site for married people.

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Jackie Lacey

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey appears at a news conference on June 29, 2015. Lacey sent a letter to county supervisors last week saying that their vote on a jail plan had violated the state’s open meetings law. (Mel Melcon)

By Abby Sewell
August 19, 2015

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey notified the Board of Supervisors last week that their vote on a controversial downtown jail plan violated the state’s open meetings law, the latest in a string of incidents in which the board has run afoul of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka

By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/19/15 – 8:36 PM PDT |

Accused of corruption, Paul Tanaka, once second in command of the Sheriff’s Department, said charges against him should be dropped, according to federal court documents obtained Wednesday.

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By City News Service
Posted: 08/13/15 – 7:59 PM PDT |

A retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department captain charged with obstructing a federal probe into corruption in the county jails has agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge and cooperate in the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, according to court papers filed Thursday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang and Joel Rubin
August 5, 2015

Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to federal oversight of its jail system in an effort to end abuse of inmates by sheriff’s deputies and to improve chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates.

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Money

By Alice Walton
August 2, 2015

The primary election is 10 months away, but candidates for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ 5th District are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars as they jockey to pull ahead in a crowded field.

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/28/15 – 11:52 PM PDT |

While calling Los Angeles County “late to the party” when it comes to police oversight, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday discussed the role of a new oversight commission for the Sheriff’s Department but took no action.

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Daily Press: Adelanto jail proposal gets extension

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Doctor R. Crants speaks during Wednesday night’s Adelanto City Council meeting about his plan to build another prison in the city to help ease inmate overcrowding in Los Angeles County. (Jose Huerta, Daily Press)

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted: Jul. 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM

ADELANTO — The developers of a controversial jail plan that would ease Los Angeles County inmate overcrowding and be a financial boon to this city have been given until the end of the year to lock down an agreement with L.A. County or face the possibility the project will die.

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By Abby Sewell, Jean Merl and Katie Shepherd
July 21, 2015

Organized labor won an important victory Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the minimum wage to $15, but it now faces a more daunting political challenge: convincing other local governments to join the movement.

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/16/15 – 7:33 PM PDT |

Fueled by an increase in home sales, the assessed value of all taxable property in Los Angeles County rose 6.13 percent in 2015 — the largest jump since 2010 — the county assessor reported Thursday.

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Los Angeles County - Take Home Cars

Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich each exceeded the county’s price limit when they bought their hybrid SUVs: a $56,288 Chevrolet Tahoe and a top-of-the-line $65,648 GMC Yukon Denali, respectively. (Hans Gutknecht — Staff Photographer)

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/11/15 – 3:23 PM PDT |

Walk the garage under Los Angeles County’s headquarters and you’ll see rows of practical Ford Tauruses and efficient Toyota Priuses — the ones with government seals on the front doors.

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Jim McDonnell

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell on Saturday said that he had relieved from duty 10 jail workers. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

By David Zahniser
July 11, 2015

Ten Los Angeles County Jail employees were relieved of duty pending further investigation following an incident involving an inmate who was allegedly “restrained” for 32 hours, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Saturday.

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Los Angeles County Chain of Command

A feud between Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, pictured, and former CEO William T Fujioka helped spur a return to a weaker CEO.

By Abby Sewell
July 7, 2015

They are called the “five little kings.”

Each represents a constituency of about 2 million people. Together, they oversee America’s largest local government agency, with a $27-billion budget and 100,000 employees.

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Los Angeles Daily News: L.A. County D.A. creates a wrongful conviction unit

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 07/04/15 – 6:27 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will staff a conviction review unit that will investigate claims by inmates who say they are innocent.

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By Joel Rubin
June 25, 2015

Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were convicted Wednesday of beating a handcuffed man bloody and then lying to cover up the abuse.

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My News LA.com: Ex-L.A. Sheriff’s number two to blame Baca in federal case

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.

Posted by Alexander Nguyen
June 24, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department‘s former second-in-command plans to tell a jury that his boss ordered him to develop a way to thwart a federal probe into deputy misconduct at county jails, court papers obtained Tuesday show.

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By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/16/15 – 9:55 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County of Board Supervisors voted Tuesday to oppose a measure proposed in the state Legislature that would expand the number of supervisors on the board from five to seven.

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Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Lee Baca

Sheriff Lee Baca speaks to the editorial board of the Los Angeles News Group Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in West Covina. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/14/15, 8:46 PM PDT |

When Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stepped down more than a year ago, his role and possible indictment in the ongoing federal investigation at the county jails was still in question.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM
LOS ANGELES (KABC) —

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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Daily Bulletin: Light rail from Los Angeles to the Inland Empire on track

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/09/15 – 11:05 PM PDT |

After two-thirds of a century, light-rail transit could be making a comeback in the Inland Empire, if funding is secured from Los Angeles County.

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City of Industry

An audit finds that former City of Industry Mayor Dave Perez and his relatives financially benefited from city contracts.

By Abby Sewell
May 5, 2015

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the embattled City of Industry, including any dealings officials there might have had with surrounding cities.

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City of Industry

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 05/01/15, 10:47 PM PDT |

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Friday announced it will investigate possible criminal activity by David Perez, the former City of Industry mayor who controls entities including the city’s trash hauler, that received millions in payments from the city.

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Los Angeles Times: Lead prosecutor removed from L.A. Coliseum corruption case

Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber and Paul Pringle
May 1, 2015

Responding to defense allegations of “outrageous prosecutorial misconduct,” the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has removed the prosecutor who had been spearheading the L.A. Memorial Coliseum corruption case.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney

By Marisa Gerber
April 22, 2015

Citing a rise in wrongful-conviction claims by inmates, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is launching a unit of veteran prosecutors to review the integrity of past convictions, joining a small but growing number of prosecutorial agencies around the country devoting resources to identify innocent prisoners.

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Jim McDonnell

“We will not compromise our hiring standards,” L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told supervisors on Tuesday. “I’d rather work short-staffed than hire the wrong people for our organization.” (Nick Ut/Associated Press)

By Abby Sewell
April 14, 2015

As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launches a major hiring push, county officials are concerned that it will have a hard time filling hundreds of positions without compromising hiring standards.

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John Scott

Sachi Hamai, right, then-executive officer to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, administers the oath of office to interim Sheriff John Scott on Jan. 30, 2014. Hamai is now the county’s interim chief executive officer and Scott has been replaced by Sheriff Jim McDonnell. (Allen J. Schaben)

By Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014

Los Angeles County officials plan to spend more than $100 million over the next year to reduce abuses in the county’s crowded jails, improve treatment of mentally ill inmates and divert others with mental health issues from entering lockups.

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Mike Antonovich

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has held his seat representing northern L.A. County for almost 35 years. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

By Jean Merl
April 12, 2015

Longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich won’t leave office until the end of next year. But the race to succeed him already has drawn seven candidates, with one high-profile elected official expected to join the field any day and another seriously considering running.

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Jerry Brown+Bob Huff

State Senate Minority Leader Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar), right, stands next to Gov. Jerry Brown, center, at a Capitol news conference. Huff has filed papers to raise money for a campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

By Jean Merl
March 16, 2015

State Sen. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) has filed a statement signaling his interest in running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year.

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Los Angeles County Police Shootings

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 03/07/15, 12:01 AM PST | Updated: 1 day ago

The last time Los Angeles County prosecutors charged a police officer for shooting someone was in 2001.

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SacBee: Opinion: L.A. County board seats will be hot

LA County Seal

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
02/19/2015 10:12 PM

It’s obvious that California’s highest-profile political contest next year will be for the U.S. Senate seat that Barbara Boxer will give up after 24 years.

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