LA County Board of Supervisors Voted on Ballot Measure to Oust Elected Sheriff From Office – Opinion

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to draft a ballot measure to have the authority to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva from office, Fox News’ Bill Melugin reports.

This is the exact opposite of what so many Democratic politicians preach today: “Restoring and strengthening our democracy.” Democracy, by definition, is a way of governing that depends on the will of the people. One person, one vote. But apparently, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors doesn’t think that democracy is important, even as Democrats are campaigning on “preserving democracy.”

In order to have potential power to remove Sheriff Villanueva, as well as appoint a Sheriff of the Board of Supervisors, they voted 4-1 to approve the draft of the ballot measure. Kathryn Barger was the one supervisor who didn’t vote for this, a commonsense, centrist Republican. These same four voters also voted against the measure. Barger was the one person that refused to defund police. Now, the Supervisors want to take down the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department by ousting Villanueva.

This is what Supervisor Barger had to say about today’s vote:

“This proposed Charter Amendment sets a dangerous precedent and creates a slippery slope for the Board of Supervisors to override the will of the voters. As in other California counties, the Sheriff of Los Angeles County is democratically elected and constitutionally elected. Considering that the current Sheriff is less than four months away from their election, the timing of this action seems highly political.”

Elle added:

“If the goal of this Board is ‘Promoting Accountability and Community Safety Through Check and Balances,’ then this action should include all County elected officials – the Assessor, the District Attorney and the Supervisors themselves. A Charter Amendment focused on only one office undermines the credibility of the Board and its underlying intentions.”

Barger is correct. This rule does not apply to Sheriff Villanueva. Even more so when the disgraced George Gascon, the DA has made it impossible for police to enforce the law and allowed criminals to go back on the streets in order that they can commit even more crimes. Gascon will be recallable by voters in November. It is this that democracy is about. However, Villanueva’s removal from office shows that the Supervisors (barger excluded) don’t believe in democracy.

Barger said:

“I remain concerned that this action, as approved by the Board today, dilutes the voice of Los Angeles County voters and deepens voter apathy.”

The Board of Supervisors was contacted by Sheriff Villaneuva.

Villaneuva has been threatened several times. As RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar reported, a gang member attempted to murder two Los Angeles County Deputies.

Recently, we reported that Sheriff Villanueva announced the LASD received a “criminal threat against the lives of our deputies,” and it is clear that there is a war on police and law enforcement, and it must stop. The least we can do to show appreciation for the hard work police officers put in every day to defend the citizens is to thank them.

Everybody makes mistakes. No one is perfect. Vote for department improvements if you believe it needs them. That’s what democracy is all about. Los Angeles citizens must support this measure to ensure that they have the opportunity to elect their Sheriff. The Board of Supervisors will oust Villanueva if he wins the November election and the measure passes. Los Angeles residents should stand up and vote no to the proposal. This will preserve our democracy.

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