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Lee Baca

Bye, Bye, Baca

Hector Villagra | Posted 03.10.2014 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

On Tuesday, L.A. County Sheriff Baca finally exercised the kind of leadership that has sorely been lacking from his office when he announced his retirement at the end of this month. His decision makes possible a new era of accountability and reform in a department plagued by abuse and impunity.

LA County Sheriff To Retire Amid FBI Misconduct Probe

AP | Posted 03.09.2014 | Los Angeles

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — In a story Jan. 8 about Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Baca was th...

Severely Beaten Inmates Awarded Nearly $1M

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

In a rare ruling, a federal jury ordered several Sheriff's Department supervisors to pay $210,000 in punitive damages to five inmates severely beaten ...

LA Sheriff Is In Hot Water

Los Angeles Daily News | Rick Orlov | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

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 ...

Sheriff: It'll Take $34 Million To Prevent Guards From Abusing Inmates

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 02.04.2013 | Los Angeles

Sheriff Lee Baca has calculated he needs at least $34 million to beef up supervision at county jails and implement other reforms sought by the Commiss...

Wheelchair-bound Homeowner With Breast Cancer Pledges to Fight Bank Eviction

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

California is ground zero in the battle between homeowners and Wall Street.

Baca's Strike Force

Peter Eliasberg | Posted 12.09.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Eliasberg

The announcement this week by Sheriff Lee Baca that he agrees with and intends to implement all of the recommendations laid out in a new report by the Citizen's Commission on Jail Violence is welcome news.

Putting Names And Faces To The 1 Percent: Wells Fargo's Tim Sloan

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Wells Fargo CFO Tim Sloan makes $8 million a year and lives in a $5 million house in San Marino, a wealthy Los Angeles suburb. His bank is trying to e...

A 'Failure Of Leadership'

AP | Posted 10.25.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- A commission appointed to investigate Los Angeles County jails said Friday the system has shown a "persistent pattern of unnecessary an...

Elise Foley

California Democrats Endorse Bill To Severely Limit Cooperation With Immigration Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has two and a half weeks to decide whether to sign the TRUST Act, a bill that would cut off some coopera...

Elise Foley

Federal Immigrant Program Costs Los Angeles Millions

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Los Angeles County is spending more than $26 million a year to hold undocumented immigrants under a federal immigration enforcement init...

What Good Does It Do to Talk About It Now? Actually, a Lot

Hector Villagra | Posted 10.03.2012 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

Because Baca holds a position of public trust, he needs to show not only that he has accepted responsibility for his and his subordinates' mistakes, but also that he is taking all the necessary steps to prevent them from recurring in the future.

'We Could Call For His Resignation Daily'

AP | GREG RISLING | Posted 10.25.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Jail commanders condoning the beating of inmates. Evidence withheld from inmates accused of attacking guards. A photo of a woman wearin...

Should Undocumented Immigrants Be Allowed To Drive In LA?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.28.2012 | Los Angeles

Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to drive in Los Angeles? If the LA police commission votes Tuesday to change the city's impound policy t...

Who Should Police the Police?

Hector Villagra | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

Without an external and independent body overseeing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, how can people be sure that it handles deputy misconduct properly? They can't.

Breaking Down The LA County Jail 'Code Of Silence'

AP | Posted 12.14.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles County official is calling for sweeping new measures in the jail system and wants sheriff's deputies to wear portabl...

Warning: ICE Fishing Dragnet in Effect

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 08.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

For immigrants, both documented and undocumented, arrest even without imprisonment can lead to being taken away from loved ones through deportation. We have to ask ourselves: what is being done to our communities?

Suit Accuses Jailhouse Deputies Of 'Gang-Banger' Behavior

latimes.com | Sandy Banks | Posted 07.10.2011 | Los Angeles

It has the hallmarks of a police brutality claim: Allegations of violence and excessive force, blamed on poor training and discipline. But this law...

Partnerships, Not Islamophobia, Must Dictate US Counterterrorism Policy

Deborah Ramirez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Ramirez

Law enforcement must move past the Islamophobic rhetoric that seems to dominate US counterterrorism discourse bring Muslim communities into the fold to help in the effort.

Sheriff Baca, GOP Congressman Clash Over Support Of Muslim Group

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca shot back at a congressman who warned him during a congressional hearing Thursday that a Muslim group the sheriff ...

Rep. King, Hold Hearings on FBI's Illegal Surveillance of Muslims

Hussam Ayloush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hussam Ayloush

Little congressional attention is given to the fact that the Muslim community's good faith gestures toward cooperation and trust-building have been met with sweeping FBI fishing expeditions.

Rep. King's 2011 House Un-American Activities Committee Targets Muslim Americans

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

My father proudly served in the Military Intelligence Service. Yet when I was a child, we were confined at an internment camp simply because of our Japanese ancestry. Decades later, something similarly sinister is returning to our country.

'Special Request' Investigations Raise Questions At LA Sheriff's Dept.

latimes.com | Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca personally launched a criminal investigation in another police agency's jurisdiction after a request from a millio...

Identifying Illegal Immigrant Inmates For Deportation

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The L.A. Sheriff's Department wants to extend a joint project with federal immigration officials to identify illegal immigrants in the L.A. jail syst...

Sheriff Baca: 97% Of California Pot Shops 'Criminally Compromised'

AP | THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles County sheriff has escalated his war of words against California medical marijuana dispensaries, saying as many as...