For almost four decades, he's been a consistently right-wing reactionary on the powerful Board of Supervisors. But because he's being ousted from that job by term limits, he's now trying to win a seat in the the predominantly Democratic 25th state Senate district.
Given the immensity of the homeless population in Los Angeles, the County Board of Supervisors has put forward a proposal that would create a half-percent tax on yearly income for millionaires residing only in Los Angeles County.
We are all the floundering Israelites in the desert, and we are all, each of us, a Moses who who will not tolerate a system that is indifferent to basic need of any person to transcend her past, elevate her present, and imagine her dignified future.
To commit to this renewed focus on child welfare will require the Supervisors to muster the political resolve to tackle very sensitive issues and require additional resources. Only time will tell if their "resolution" will translate into decisive action.
L.A. has long maintained an image in America as a progressive, cutting-edge, and trend-setting environment. So it should come as a huge shock that regarding the treatment of children in the juvenile justice system - Los Angeles may be the most backward major metropolitan area in the nation.
Today the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took a small step toward correcting a large mistake, and in doing so, we can remind ourselves that there are plenty of civil rights questions today that must be handled justly and courageously.
The L.A. County redistricting debate has triggered one of this decade's first examples of what has become a decennial neoconservative ritual -- labeling the federal Voting Rights Act an outdated and needless legal relic.