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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

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The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:22 am
Last Modified: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 – 12:31 am

It’s no secret that quite a few state legislators actually live outside districts they represent even though state law and constitution require them to reside in their districts.

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LATimes: County considers requiring supermajority vote to boost pay, benefits

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Los Angeles County’s five supervisors took a step Tuesday — over the objections of labor groups — toward approving a new set of rules that would require a four-fifths vote for any salary or benefit increases in union contracts.

By Abby Sewell
August 12, 2014

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LATimes: Baca, Tanaka sharply criticized in final sheriff watchdog’s report

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Retired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, with wife Valerie Tanaka, speaks to reporters while awaiting results of the California primary race for Los Angeles County sheriff. (Patrick T. Fallon / For the Times)

By Cindy Chang
August 7, 2014

In a stinging final rebuke, the longtime civilian watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accused top leaders of letting their worst employees run rampant, causing a series of scandals that tarnished the agency.

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By Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 08/05/14, 3:12 PM PDT | Updated: 1 min ago

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors narrowly rejected a plan Tuesday to create a civilian oversight commission for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, voting 3-2 against the proposal.

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LATimes: L.A. County jail verdicts don’t let sheriff leaders off the hook

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Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 2, 2014

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was testifying in the case of a deputy charged with obstruction of justice earlier this year when the prosecutor asked if he was familiar with a common investigative tactic: Start with low-level criminals, then go after their bosses.

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LATimes: 6 L.A. County deputies convicted of impeding FBI’s jail probe

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim and Cindy Chang
July 1, 2014

A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.

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OCRegister: Police fail to report many deadly shootings

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A Register investigation shows that one in five fatal incidents across region isn’t disclosed.

BY KEEGAN KYLE / STAFF WRITER
Published: June 28, 2014 Updated: June 30, 2014 10:58 a.m.

California’s system for tracking deadly police shootings is plagued by confusion and inadequate oversight, further clouding public knowledge of an officer’s greatest power.

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LADailyNews: L.A. County CEO William Fujioka retires

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William Fujioka is retiring as CEO of Los Angeles County at the end of November 2014.

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 06/26/14, 2:01 PM PDT | Updated: 18 hrs ago

Los Angeles County CEO William Fujioka, credited with helping the county emerge virtually unscathed from the Great Recession while many other local governments teetered on bankruptcy, announced Thursday he will retire at the end of November.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Fred Shuster, City News Service
Posted: 06/20/14, 6:02 PM PDT |

A prosecutor urged a jury Friday to convict six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department of witness tampering, but their attorneys countered that the defendants were simply following orders from superiors when they helped keep an inmate informant hidden within the jail system during a federal probe of prisoner abuse.

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LATimes: Trial of L.A. County sheriff’s officials focuses on FBI encounters

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Cindy Chang
June 18, 2014

A videotape of an encounter between two sheriff’s sergeants and an FBI agent outside the agent’s home, played in federal court Wednesday, showed a surprisingly polite exchange, even as the agent was advised she would soon be arrested.

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InlandPolitics: Commentary: William “Buck” Johns returns again

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Sunday, June 8, 2014 – 12:30 p.m.

It just never ends!

William “Buck” Johns is back at it again.

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LATimes: Ex-deputy details culture of abuse in L.A. County jail

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Victoria Kim
June 3, 2014

The deputy described beating inmates unprovoked, slapping them, shooting them with a Taser gun and aggressively searching them to pick a fight — something he learned “on the job.” He would huddle with other jail guards to get their stories straight and write up reports with bogus scenarios justifying the brutality. If the inmate had no visible injuries, he wouldn’t report the use of force, period.

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VVDailyPress: Familiar name involved in jail proposal

Buck Johns

‘Buck’ Johns pitching private facility to ease woes in LA County

May 31, 2014 7:09 PM
SHEA JOHNSON, STAFF WRITER

ADELANTO • City Manager Jim Hart said this week Adelanto would allow a new private correctional facility on its turf in a potential deal being marketed right now to Los Angeles County by a familiar and controversial figure.

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/31/14, 9:53 PM PDT | Updated: 46 secs ago

Tuesday’s primary election for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to be among the most competitive in recent history.

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LATimes: County supervisors vote to require electronic campaign finance data

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Abby Sewell
May 28, 2014

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require candidates to file their campaign finance reports electronically, allowing the public to see them quicker.

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Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka says he will not bow out of the race for L.A. County sheriff in the wake of a federal probe into the sheriff’s department’s efforts to allegedly hide an inmate who was working with FBI agents to uncover deputy abuses inside L.A. jails. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 05/20/14, 11:08 AM PDT | Updated: 7 hrs ago

Sheriff’s candidate Paul Tanaka’s testimony in federal court this week set off a firestorm of criticism, as rivals called on him to bow out and some supporters remained steadfast.

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LATimes: Ex-L.A. County undersheriff, current captain are subjects of inquiry

Paul Tanaka

Paul Tanaka, the former second-in-command to Sheriff Lee Baca, took the stand Monday in the trial of a deputy charged in a jail probe.

Cindy Chang, Victoria Kim
May 19, 2014

The former undersheriff and a current captain of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department are subjects in an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

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LATimes: L.A. County jails probe ignited by inmate’s letter, FBI agent says

Los Angeles County Sheriff

Victoria Kim
May 15, 2014

The wide-reaching federal investigation into abuse and corruption in L.A. County jails that has thus far ensnared 20 deputies in the largest mass arrests of sheriff’s officials in decades arose out of a letter from a jail inmate detailing instances of violence by deputies, the lead case agent testified Wednesday.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By City News Service
Posted: 05/12/14, 6:37 AM PDT |

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The first of 20 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to be indicted on various corruption and civil rights charges is scheduled to formally plead guilty today to a weapons violation.

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LATimes: L.A. County supervisors vote to move forward on $2-billion jail plan

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By Abby Sewell
May 6, 2014

After years of debate about how to best modernize the county’s aging and troubled jail system, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday for a $2-billion plan to replace the deteriorating downtown Men’s Central Jail and create a new women’s jail.

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LATimes: Deputies union ordered to pay L.A. Times in failed censorship suit

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Corina Knoll
April 30, 2014, 7:50 p.m.

Months after it unsuccessfully sought to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information gleaned from officers’ personnel files, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies has been ordered to pay the newspaper more than $41,000 in legal fees.

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LADailyNews: Candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff clash in debate

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/24/14, 10:19 PM PDT | Updated: 33 secs ago

SANTA MONICA>> All seven candidates for Los Angeles County Sheriff talked about transparency and accountability, jail construction and disciplining wayward deputies at their latest debate Thursday.

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LADailyNews: LA County unveils $26-billion budget, plans hiring spree

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 04/14/14, 11:15 AM PDT | Updated: 8 hrs ago

Los Angeles County’s budget officials on Monday unveiled a proposed $26.1 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 that calls for hiring about 1,300 new employees — mostly nurses and social workers — as well as funding for reforms in the troubled jail and child welfare systems.

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Interim Sheriff John Scott, who is running the department until Lee Baca’s replacement is elected, says he is ending the era of political connections and stressing merit.

By Cindy Chang
April 14, 2014, 7:40 p.m.

At the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department headquarters, a winding hallway leads to an unexpected oasis.

Surrounded by trees, with a built-in grill and tables, the patio is an ideal place for a barbecue. Until recently, though, only a select few enjoyed it, smoking cigars and fashioning it into their own private hangout.

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LATimes: Candidate Shriver wants overhaul of L.A. County campaign finance laws

By Catherine Saillant and Abby Sewell
April 13, 2014, 5:15 p.m.

Bobby Shriver, the first Los Angeles County supervisorial contender in 18 years to opt out of voluntary campaign spending limits, is calling for a major overhaul of county election laws, including lifting fundraising restrictions on candidates who use personal wealth to help pay for their campaigns.

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Posted: 04/07/14, 9:03 PM PDT |

All seven candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff will debate at Loyola Marymount University at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Ahmanson Auditorium in University Hall. The event at the Westchester campus is free and open to the public.

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Legal

By Adam Poulisse, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 03/26/14, 9:59 PM PDT | Updated: 15 mins ago

A disbarred attorney on Wednesday was sentenced for stealing more than $3 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other clients while handling their cases, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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LATimes: Candidates for L.A. County sheriff sharpen attacks at second debate

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Robert Faturechi
March 12, 2014, 11:06 p.m.

The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate.

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LATimes: Ex-attorney convicted of stealing nearly $2 million in MTA money

By Richard Winton
March 11, 2014, 5:18 p.m.

A disbarred attorney charged with stealing nearly $2 million from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and more than $1 million from other clients was convicted Tuesday of grand theft and will be sentenced to a decade in prison.

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The Sun: Disbarred Rancho Cucamonga attorney pleaded no contest to grand theft

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 03/11/14, 2:14 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> Disbarred Rancho Cucamonga attorney James Reiss, 52, of Upland pleaded no contest to two counts of grand theft, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said today.

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LATimes: Claims allege Baca, Tanaka authorized handling of FBI informant

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Three sheriff’s deputies charged with hindering a federal investigation file claims stating that Lee Baca and Paul Tanaka directed the handling of an inmate working as a federal informant.

By Robert Faturechi
March 6, 2014, 8:45 p.m.

Former Sheriff Lee Baca and his top aide authorized the controversial handling of a Los Angeles County jail inmate who was found to be secretly working as a federal informant, according to a court filing by three of the deputies facing federal charges in connection with the incident.

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LATimes: Civilian oversight of L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is floated

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New inspector general will work with interim sheriff to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

By Abby Sewell
February 25, 2014, 6:12 p.m.

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff’s Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department.

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LATimes: NBC’s Maria Shriver won’t step down to support brother’s campaign

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Maria Shriver watches her older brother, Bobby Shriver, address supporters at a campaign event in Santa Monica. (Catherine Saillant / Los Angeles Times / February 22, 2014)

By Catherine Saillant
February 22, 2014, 7:35 p.m.

NBC correspondent Maria Shriver said she sees no need to step down from her news job while campaigning for her brother, Bobby Shriver, a candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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LA County Seal

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/20/14, 8:13 PM PST | Updated: 9 hrs ago

Realizing they both have a lot to lose if public employee retirement costs continue spiraling out of control, Los Angeles County and its labor unions have agreed to what they called “sweeping reforms” that could save as much as $840 million over the next 30 years.

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LADailyNews: John Scott wants to reform the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 02/19/14, 6:27 PM PST |

Interim Sheriff John Scott is not wasting any time.

Given only 10 months — at most — to lead the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department out of the mess left behind by now-retired Sheriff Lee Baca, he is scrambling to put reforms in place.

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LATimes: D.A. probes work on Ridley-Thomas’ garage

Mark Ridley Thomas Garage

County crews performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. (Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2013)

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
February 11, 2014, 10:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is looking into whether thousands of dollars in taxpayer money was misspent on improvements to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ home last year, an office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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LATimes: Indictment details alleged assault and coverup by L.A. County deputies

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Two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies have been indicted in connection with the beating of a jail inmate in February 2009.

By Jack Leonard, Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi
February 7, 2014, 1:23 p.m.

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies conspired to assault a handcuffed jail inmate and struck him with a flashlight before writing reports that falsely claimed he attacked them, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday.

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LATimes: Ridley-Thomas obtains building permit to renovate garage

Security system at supervisor's home

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas applied for a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
January 31, 2014, 8:09 p.m.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas obtained a building permit Friday to renovate what appears to be an improperly converted garage at his Leimert Park home by adding a carport and removing a section of the detached building.

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LATimes: New L.A. County interim sheriff vows to continue department reforms

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By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
January 28, 2014, 6:07 p.m.

The newly named interim sheriff of Los Angeles County, current Orange County Undersheriff John L. Scott, said Tuesday that he would continue the momentum of reform in the department.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News
Posted: 01/23/14, 7:45 PM PST |

COMMERCE >> An annual review of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which was issued Thursday, detailed instances of sex, lies and innovative uses of videotape.

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LATimes: Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledges home improvements by county workers

Security system at supervisor's home

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas says he reimbursed the county for work done in addition to the installation of a taxpayer-funded security system.

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
January 22, 2014

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that a taxpayer-funded project to install a security system in a converted garage at his home involved improvements “over and above” that job, but said he reimbursed the county for the upgrades.

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State Sen. Roderick D. Wright

State Sen. Roderick D. Wright testifies during his trial. He is accused of perjury and voter fraud. (Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times / January 16, 2014)

By Jean Merl
January 21, 2014, 10:08 p.m.

State Sen. Roderick D. Wright told jurors Tuesday that he thought he was doing what the law required and did not intend to deceive voters when he switched his official address to run for office.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Los Angeles sheriff’s departure shows need for revising office

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 – 12:00 am

Were one to identify California’s 10 most powerful political offices, the list would, of course, begin with the governor.

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LATimes: Work at Ridley-Thomas’ residence went beyond security system

Security system at supervisor's home

A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included extensive improvements to his garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building’s electrical service, according to interviews and records. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / March 24, 2013)

By Jack Leonard and Paul Pringle
January 19, 2014, 8:50 p.m.

A taxpayer-funded project to provide a home security system for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas included improvements to his converted garage that involved a week of work and upgrades to the building’s electrical service, according to interviews and records.

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LATimes: City probing county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ garage

Mark Ridley Thomas Garage

County crews performed work on the garage of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ private home, installing drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system, according to sources familiar with the job. (Paul Pringle / Los Angeles Times / December 31, 2013)

By Paul Pringle and Jack Leonard
January 16, 2014, 8:13 p.m.

Los Angeles city building inspectors launched an investigation Thursday into whether county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has an illegally converted garage at his Leimert Park home, where government employees recently performed thousands of dollars worth of work.

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The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department boosted its revenue by keeping more than $1 million of inmates’ money and mishandled at least $160 million in special funds, according to an audit.

By Robert Faturechi
January 16, 2014, 8:20 p.m.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials inappropriately kept more than $1 million belonging to county inmates in a two-year period, an audit released Thursday found.

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LADailyNews: Slew of candidates set to run for L.A. County sheriff

Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram,
Greg Yee, Press-Telegram and Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze
Posted: 01/07/14, 8:05 PM PST |

Those who decide to run to be head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department will face a series of issues that will test their leadership.

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The decision could face legal challenges, critics warn, over the constitutionality of including a religious symbol in the logo.

By Abby Sewell and Seema Mehta
January 7, 2014, 9:17 p.m.

A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to add a cross back to the county’s official seal, despite warnings the decision would invite legal challenges.

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InlandPolitics: Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to resign

Lee Baca

Monday, Janaury 6, 2013 – 11:30 p.m

Los Angeles new outlets are reporting that embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will resign as early as tomorrow.

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LATimes: 2013: A great year for scandal, incompetence and corruption

Sheriff Lee Baca

It’s time to salute Sheriff Baca, IBEW executive Brian D’Arcy and L.A. Unified, among others, for contributing to a great news year. Now for the scandals of 2014.

By Steve Lopez
December 28, 2013, 4:00 p.m.

In more ways than one, I’m sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.

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Those hired by other L.A. county agencies included an officer who cut a man’s neck with a knife in an off-duty fight, records show.

By Ben Poston and Robert Faturechi
December 29, 2013

Dozens of police officers rejected for jobs at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after investigators found evidence of dishonesty or past misconduct were given positions elsewhere in county government, according to interviews and internal hiring records reviewed by The Times.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 – 12:00 am

A seat in Congress is one of the nation’s most sought-after political prizes, and once elected, a member rarely gives it up voluntarily.

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LA DailyNews: L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca summoned to explain questionable hires

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In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a press conference at Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Citizens’ Comission on Jail Violence. (Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/18/13, 5:50 PM PST |

It was not only the Sheriff’s Department that absorbed troublesome officers from Los Angeles County’s now defunct police force despite knowing about their previous misconduct – several other county agencies did the same, including those charged with public safety.

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The Sun: Deputy arrests could cost Los Angeles County millions in civil suits

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Men’s Central Jail Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Hans Gutknecht – Staff Photographer

By Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:11 PM PST |

Several of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies named in federal indictments last week are also named defendants in civil lawsuits that could end up costing the county millions of dollars.

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Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca takes questions from the media after the FBI released results of a federal probe, Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at a news conference in Los Angeles. Nick Ut — The associated press

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/14/13, 1:00 PM PST |

Hours after the FBI rounded up 18 of his officers for various alleged crimes, ranging from beating inmates to obstruction of justice, Sheriff Lee Baca tried to project the image of someone who had the situation under control.

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DailyBulletin: LA Sheriff’s corruption probe: Union leader fires back at charges

Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division, left, with Andre Birotte, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, right, comment on the five criminal cases filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriffís deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nationís largest jail system, during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
and Kelly Goff, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 12/10/13, 8:08 PM PST | Updated: 1 hr ago

The union boss for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday stepped to the defense of deputies arrested in misconduct at county jails, accusing the FBI of waging a “vendetta” against some of them and adding that some of their behavior was authorized by higher-ups in the department.

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LATimes: Bell corruption: D.A. to seek maximum sentence against Angela Spaccia

Scales of Justice

By Jeff Gottlieb and Ruben Vives
December 9, 2013, 7:28 p.m.

L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey said prosecutors will seek the maximum sentence against Angela Spaccia, the former Bell official convicted Monday on 11 counts of misappropriating public funds and other corruption charges.

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LATimes: 18 Los Angeles sheriff’s officials indicted, accused of abuse, obstruction

Andre Birotte

Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, announces that 18 current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside the county’s jails. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / December 9, 2013)

By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
December 9, 2013, 1:40 p.m.

Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails.

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By Beatriz Valenzuela, Press-Telegram
Posted: 12/04/13, 6:31 PM PST |

On the heels of a scathing report card that gave failing grades to both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for their handling of the state’s prison realignment program, an advocacy group and concerned residents caravaned to Sacramento Wednesday to voice opposition to the counties seeking grant money to build what the group calls “cages for our children.”

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Giant Los Angeles County needs more supervisors

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 – 12:00 am

Los Angeles County is home to more than a quarter of California’s population, and nearly 60 percent of its residents are Latino.

However, just one of the county’s five supervisors is Latino, and Gloria Molina was elected to the board 22 years ago only because the U.S. Justice Department interceded in redistricting and declared that not creating a Latino seat would violate the Voting Rights Act.

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LATimes: L.A. County sued for not disclosing spending on sheriff’s lawsuits

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By Abby Sewell
October 31, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

A local resident and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Los Angeles County for refusing to disclose how much it has spent defending lawsuits against the county sheriff’s department.

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LATimes: Sheriff Baca accused of retaliating against department officials

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Of the nine captains who have publicly backed former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, left, in his bid to replace Sheriff Lee Baca, right, four were transferred to other jobs. (Los Angeles Times)

By Seema Mehta
October 24, 2013

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials who have backed a rival of Sheriff Lee Baca in next year’s election claim they are being retaliated against with reassignments to distant locales or less desirable duties, according to interviews and documents.

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DailyBulletin: Bad times for politicians, both national and local

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By Doug McIntyre, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 10/19/13, 4:27 PM PDT |

It hasn’t been a good week for politicians.

First came the pathetic end to the slow motion train wreck known as the government shutdown. Then came an avalanche of scandals closer to home.

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LADailyNews: Sheriff Baca will fight liability in jail beating case

Lee Baca

In this 2010 file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca speaks after being sworn into office at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles. (File photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Rick Orlov, Los Angeles Daily News

Posted: 10/18/13, 7:42 PM PDT | Updated: 22 mins ago

The decades of problems within the Los Angeles County jail system took a new turn this week when a federal-court jury decided Sheriff Lee Baca should be held personally liable for the injuries suffered by an inmate in 2009.

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LATimes: L.A. Sheriff Baca held liable for $100,000 in inmate abuse case

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Baca

By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
October 17, 2013, 6:54 p.m.

A federal jury has found Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally liable in a case involving abuse of an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, meaning the sheriff could be required to pay $100,000 out of pocket.

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DailyBulletin: Low voter turnout in election is not a surprise, experts say

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By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/07/13, 9:44 PM PDT |

A recent election to fill a vacant 52nd Assembly District seat saw less than 2 percent of voters flexing their citizen rights by walking into a polling place to cast a ballot.

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LATimes: Los Angeles County leads the U.S. in imposing the death penalty

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Seven of the top 12 counties for sentencing convicts to die were in California, according to a report showing death rows are primarily filled by just 2% of counties.

By David G. Savage
October 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Although Texas executes far more prisoners than any other state, Los Angeles and three other Southern California counties lead the nation in sentencing convicts to die, according to a report released Wednesday.

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Calpensions: Judge rules retiree health protected like pension

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 23, 2013

A superior court judge overturned a freeze on retiree health care for Los Angeles city attorneys this month, citing some of the same case law that made public pensions a vested right that can only be cut if offset by a new benefit.

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LADailyNews: L.A. County tries to put more eyes, ears on Sheriff’s Department

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By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 09/17/13, 6:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

Saying the troubled Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department should be placed under greater scrutiny, the county Board of Supervisors stepped up its search for an inspector general Tuesday but stopped short of creating a proposed citizens oversight commission.

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LATimes: Former L.A. County undersheriff to run against Sheriff Lee Baca

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Paul Tanaka, who was ousted by Baca, says the department needs a new direction. His role in jail scandals is controversial.

By Seema Mehta
August 15, 2013, 7:57 p.m.

Paul Tanaka, a former Los Angeles County undersheriff who was ousted by Sheriff Lee Baca earlier this year, announced Thursday that he’s challenging his former boss.

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LATimes: Baca faces challenge from former Sheriff’s Dept. commander

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By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
August 14, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s commander who played a role in exposing abuses inside the agency’s jails announced Wednesday that he is going to challenge Sheriff Lee Baca in next year’s election.

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LATimes: L.A. County won’t sell bonds to school bond campaign donors

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The county treasurer will end business with banks that donate to school bond campaigns, saying it influences hiring of underwriters. Other counties may follow.

By Dan Weikel
August 6, 2013, 9:29 p.m.

In an action that could influence government finance officials statewide, the Los Angeles County treasurer announced Tuesday that his office will no longer do business with securities brokers that make political contributions to school bond campaigns.

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By Steve Scauzillo, Staff Writer
@stevscaz on Twitter
Posted: 07/12/2013 06:39:38 PM PDT
Updated: 07/12/2013 06:40:42 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES – A judge on Friday tossed out of court the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s case against former San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Executive Director Nick Conway, declaring him innocent — as Conway and his attorney had maintained all along. The District Attorney had alleged Conway obtained contracts that benefitted him financially.

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DailyBulletin: Disbarred Rancho Cucamonga defense attorney jailed

James Reiss facing 11 felony counts of grand theft and forgery
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/28/2013 01:26:54 PM PDT
Updated: 06/28/2013 07:36:55 PM PDT

A disbarred criminal defense attorney who represented former Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez in his two public corruption trials has been arrested in connection with the theft of funds from former clients.

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InlandPolitics: Disbarred lawyer arrested

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Monday, June 24, 2013 – 06:00 p.m.

InlandPolitics.com has learned that former Rancho Cucamonga attorney James Reiss has been arrested.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Corruption flourishes in Los Angeles County

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Sunday, Jun. 23, 2013 – 8:31 am

Los Angeles County contains a quarter of the state’s population and is home to the nation’s second most populous city, more than 80 smaller cities, a like number of school districts and literally hundreds of single-purpose districts providing fire protection, water, parks, recreation and other services.

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DailyBulletin: Los Angeles County officials urge local control of ONT

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An Alaska Airlines jet takes off from Ontario International Airport near the Ontario Convention Center. (File photo)

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/30/2013 11:37:47 AM PDT
Updated: 04/30/2013 07:36:59 PM PDT

Related: Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT | ONT special section
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has joined more than 100 government entities and officials calling into question the management of L.A./Ontario International Airport and advocating it would be better under local control.

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DailyBulletin: Two Los Angeles County supervisors push for local control of ONT

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Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/29/2013 11:10:55 AM PDT
Updated: 04/29/2013 07:05:51 PM PDT

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Special Section: Ontario airport Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are recommending that the agency that oversees LA/Ontario International Airport return it to local control.

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LATimes: Dorner reward: New conditions ‘extraordinary’ LAPD says

By Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna
April 5, 2013, 5:36 p.m.

Three retired judges will determine who gets the $1-million Christopher Dorner reward, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. People have until April 19 to claim their portion of the money.

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UTSanDiego: 12 top-paid county bosses in California

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By Matt Clark
March 27, 2013 – 06:01 p.m.

Here’s a list of the top 10 highest-paid county executives.

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OCRegister: LA-OC area sees biggest gain in home values

December 26th, 2012, 11:57 am
Posted by Jeff Collins

The value of homes in the Los Angeles-Orange County area jumped $122 billion in 2012, the biggest cumulative gain of any major metro area in the nation, the online real estate site Zillow.com reports.

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DailyBulletin: Voter turnout fell in Inland Empire, state

Andrew Edwards, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/28/2012 01:03:57 AM PST
Updated: 11/28/2012 01:18:37 AM PST

Elections officials have nearly completed their tallies of the votes cast in the General Election, and the numbers show a notable drop-off in voter turnout from the previous presidential election.

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DailyBulletin: More fallout expected from L.A. County court cuts

Lori Fowler, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/22/2012 04:23:09 PM PST
Updated: 11/23/2012 12:47:00 AM PST

The Los Angeles Superior Court recently announced plans to cut spending by $30 million this fiscal year – the most significant reduction of services in its history.

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LATimes: L.A. County assessor arrested in bribery case

By Jack Dolan, Ruben Vives and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2012, 6:07 p.m.

About six months before John Noguez was elected Los Angeles County assessor, he received an $80,000 check from his old friend and prominent property tax consultant, Ramin Salari. Over the next few months, Salari cut Noguez two more checks, for a total of $180,000.

In return, authorities say, assessor officials began giving tax breaks to many of Salari’s clients.

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