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California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department Needs Civilian Oversight Now

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Neither the departure of one Sheriff nor the arrival of a new one will bring the type of sustained, structural improvements to the department that the residents of Los Angeles County are demanding.

New Sheriff in Town -- For Now

Hector Villagra | Posted 04.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Hector Villagra

The LA Sheriff's Department has become a national example of law enforcement gone wrong. Scott and his successor can change that sorry example and make it a department that demonstrates real reform is possible, if only they seize this rare opportunity.

'The Sheriff's Biggest Mistake Was That He Trusted The Wrong People'

Los Angeles Daily News | Christina Villacorte | Posted 03.13.2014 | Los Angeles

Sheriff Lee Baca may be retiring at the end of the month, but he plans to continue wearing a badge. "I'm looking forward to being a reserve deputy ag...

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.

Sheriff Lee Baca's Legacy Is A Mix Of Awards & Scandals

Los Angeles Daily News | Brenda Gazzar | Posted 03.10.2014 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will leave a mixed legacy when he abruptly retires at the end of the month without completing his fourth term of o...

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...

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 ...

Pre-existing Evictions - Community Activists Try to Stop Banks From Foreclosing on Cancer Victims

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

Wells Fargo Bank and US Bank have chosen to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by trying to evict breast cancer survivors from their homes.

Director To Sue LASD Over Nightmarish 3-Month Jail Limbo

AP | Posted 12.19.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Arrestees who say they were denied bail because immigration agents wanted them held sued the Los Angeles County sheriff Friday cla...

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.

Sheriff Lee Baca Admits It

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca on Wednesday vowed to reform the nation's largest jail system in the wake of allegations of deputy ...

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

Federal Immigrant Program Costs Los Angeles Millions | 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...

'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...

Sheriff Backtracks Big Time

AP | Posted 07.11.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Sheriff Lee Baca is recalling about 200 official-looking badges that were given to politicians for use during disasters. The move in L...

More Civic Leaders Join The Chorus For Driver's Licenses For The Undocumented

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.24.2012 | Los Angeles

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca, and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich are coming forward in support of driver's licenses for undocumented i...

The Miramonte School Conspiracy of Silence

Jorge-Mario Cabrera | Posted 04.16.2012 | Los Angeles
Jorge-Mario Cabrera

It is an involuntary code of silence that threatens to hamper the investigation into the Miramonte scandal, based on the fear that the parents have expressed in going to the police because they fear immigration consequences.

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.

Sheriff Lee Baca: I Blame Myself

AP | Posted 12.17.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said he is to blame for deputy misconduct and brutality against inmates in the nation's largest jai...

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...

Is The Sheriff's Pledge To Reform Department Too Little, Too Late?

AP | By THOMAS WATKINS | Posted 12.13.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- He's been dubbed L.A.'s new-age lawman. He talks about damaged psyches and second chances, and he shies away from the tough-on-crime cl...


Posted 12.10.2011 | Los Angeles

On Sunday, Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca sent out a statement directly addressing the Los Angeles Sheriff's Departments battered reputation and the ste...

Addicted to Incarceration

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

A sharp divide in the recent Supreme Court ruling ordering California to drastically reduce its prison population represents a deeper national division.

Suit Accuses Jailhouse Deputies Of 'Gang-Banger' Behavior | 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...