SHERIFF CANDIDATES DEBATE HERE

By Christina Villacorte, Los Angeles Daily News

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

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, ret-
ired Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and Sheriff’s
Lt. Patrick Gomez, Assistant Sheriffs Todd
Rogers and James Hellmold, former Sheriff’s
Cmdr. Bob Olmsted and Los Angeles Police
Detective Supervisor Lou Vince faced off
in the debate hosted by the American Civil
Liberties Union and other groups in Santa
Monica.

Patrisse Cullors, executive director of Dig-
nity and Power Now, one of the groups that
organized the debate, was encouraged by
their answers about increasing transparency
and accountability through both the newly
created Office of Inspector General and pro-
posed civilian oversight body.

“I’m hearing largely that every candidate
agrees with some sort of civilian oversight
commission and I think that’s a huge sign,”
she said. “That looks like we can work with
the one who comes into office.”

Even while the candidates discussed a range
of topics, the themes of fairness and justice
were common in many answers, a reflection of
a department that has faced substantial cri-
ticism for alleged violence and abuse by de-
puties in the jails.

So, for example, when discussing disciplin-
ing wayward deputies, Tanaka stressed, “I’ve
never condoned, tolerated and certainly ne-
ver encouraged the use of excessive force
or misconduct.”

And on a recently released $2.7-billion con-
struction proposal for the jail system, McD-
onnell said, “It’s not just about infrastru-
cture but … how we run the jail, treat peo-
ple with respect and dignity.”

On whether to impound cars belonging to il-
legal immigrants stopped for not having a
driver’s license, Rogers said, “It’s not my
obligation to make tow companies rich…we
should have a policy of fairness.”

On policing the homeless, Hellmold said,”We
need to look at ourselves, ask what we’ve
done to assist someone else.”

The candidates have been crisscrossing the
county and participating in debates near-
ly every week in efforts to distinguish them–
selves in the crowded field. Five of the can-
didates have been heavily involved in the
department for most of their professional
careers, while a sixth is a reserve deputy
and one, McDonnell, has never worked for the
agency.

McDonnell served almost 30 years at the Los
Angeles Police Department, rising through the
ranks to become the second-in-command to for-
mer Chief William Bratton. He came out of re-
tirement in 2010 to become chief of the Long
Beach Police Department.

He’s an outsider to the LASD, but did sit on
the blue ribbon Citizens’ Commission on Jail
Violence, which spent nine months investigat-
ing the LASD for alleged beatings of inmates.
The
commission ultimately created the blueprint
of reforms now underway at the LASD.

Tanaka was retired Sheriff Lee Baca’s sec-
ond-in-command and is mayor of Gardena. The
former undersheriff is also a certified pub-
lic accountant and was in charge of the depar-
tment’s budget. Tanaka, however,drew flak
from the Citizens Commission on Jail Viol-
ence, which heard testimony that he urged
deputies to “function right on the edge of
the line” or “work in the gray area” some-
where between what is legal and not.

Two other members of Baca’s inner circle
are running, though neither has his offic-
ial endorsement.

Rogers is currently in charge of the depart-
ment’s budget and personnel, while Hellmold
supervises the patrol and detective divis-
ions.

Olmsted once managed Men’s Central Jail. He
alls himself the “whistle-blower” who al-
erted the FBI about the misconduct at the
jails. The federal investigation has led to
several indictments.

Gomez ran and lost against Baca in 1998 and
2002. He sued the department, claiming it
had retaliated against him for challenging
the incumbent by denying him promotions.
a nearly $1 million legal settlement.

Vince is a former reserve deputy sheriff at
the LASD, as well as a former Marine.

If a candidate wins the majority of votes on
June 3, the board has the option of replac-
ing Scott with the sheriff-elect.

If necessary, a runoff election would be held
Nov. 4, and the new sheriff would take office
Dec. 1.

SANTA MONICANS FOR OPEN AND HONEST DEVELOPMENT AREN’T

SANTA MONICANS FOR OPEN & HONEST DEVELOPMENT AREN’T

Campaign Disclosure Statement — California
Form 460
From 1/1/14 through 4/20/14

Cover page:

Committee name — Santa Monicans for Open and
Honest Development Decisions, Sponsored and
Major Funding by Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association, Los Angeles, CA 90010 — 213-624-
6200

Treasurer — Flora Yin, Los Angeles, CA 90010 — 213-624-6200

Assistant Treasurer — Dana W. Reed — Los
Angeles, CA 90010 — 213-624-6200

Cover page – part 2:

Name of Ballot Measure — Voter approval re-
quired before city can redevelop airport land

Summary page:

Name of filer — Santa Monicans for Open and
Honest Development Decisions, Sponsored and
Major Funding by Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association

Total contributions received — $20,000

Payments paid — $10,050

Accrued expenses (unpaid bills) — $5,794

Schedule A:

Monetary Contributions Received — 4/9/14 —
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Fred-
erick MD, 21701 — $20,000

Schedule E:

Payments Made — Arno Petition Consultants,
Inc., Carlsbad, CA 92008 — $10,0000

Schedule F:

Accrued Expenses (Unpaid Bills) — The Mon-
aco Group, Santa Ana, CA 92705 — $5,794

Schedule G:

Name of Filer — Santa Monicans for Open and
Honest Development Decisions, Sponsored and
Major Funding by Aircraft Owners and Pilots
Association

Name of Agent or Independent Contractor —
Arno Petition Consultants, Inc.

Payments Made by an Agent or Independent
Contractor (on Behalf of This Committee)

— Tyler Endsley, Saint Joseph, MO 64507 —
$3,800

 Goldstein Ostic & Associates, Reseda,
CA 91335 — $3,800

THE PEOPLE WIN, THE BILLIONAIRE LOSES

In his 1970 classic, “Pursuit of Loneliness,”
Philip Slater wrote, “The American imagines
himself to be alone in the universe.”

When the news broke that Donald T. Sterling,
80.had been caught on tape, castigating V.
Stiviano, “his girlfriend,” for associating
with African American men, Slater’s line
popped into my head.

On the tapes, Stiviano ”reminded Sterling
that she herself is black and Mexican.”
Sterling owns the Los Angeles Clippers bas-
ketball team. The team and the National
Basketball League in which it plays are 80
percent African American, according to the
Los Angeles Times,

After the tapes were aired, in league play
Sunday night in Oakland, the Clippers wore
black socks and wristbands and turned
their shooting shirts inside out so as to
hide the Clippers logo.

They lost the game, but they made their
point.

Tuesday morning, NBA Commissioner Adam Sil-
ver announced that he was banning Sterling
from the NBA for life, fining him $2.5 mil-
lion (the maximum fine permitted) and will
do whatever he can to force Sterling to
sell the Clippers.

Sterling’s racism has marked his Santa Mon-
ica real estate ventures, too. Twice, the
federal government has charged him with dis-
criminatory housing practices.

In billionaire Sterling’s world, he’s free
to say ANYTHING, to be a bigot, but it is
not okay for HIS girlfriend, or HIS play-
ers to speak up, much less challenge him. .

According to the Times story, “On the tapes,
Stiviano asks if he knows that his team is
mostly black.”

“Do I know?” he says. “I support them and
give them food. and clothes and cars and
houses.”

No, he doesn’t. Sterling neither “supports”
the team members nor “gives” them “food,
clothes, cars and houses,” or anything else.
The Clippers’ franchise for which Sterling
paid $12.5 million some years ago is curr-
ently worth more than half a billion dollars
because the Clippers have worked hard and
become a great team.

The Clippers, their fans and L.A. won their
game last night (113-103), but Sterling has
lost his game –perhaps permanently.

BRITWEEK 2014 = SANTA MONICA FESTIVAL

The British and Santa Monica have long enjoy-
ed each other’s company. When he was a very
young man, writer Christopher Isherwood moved
into a house on Adelaide. 50-some years later
he died there, having created a very impress-
ive body of work, including novels and non-
fiction, essays and, of course, “The Berlin
Stories,” which were the basis for the musi-
cal, “Cabaret.” His papers are now in the
Huntington Library.

Isherwood was only one of untold thousands
of Brits who came and saw, and stayed, and
added their distinctive character, humor,
spirit and talents to our community. Our
weather is very much like theirs – except
for the sun, of course.

It is fitting, then, that BRITWEEK 2014
includes Santa Monica Festival, May 3 and
4, on the Third Street Promenade, which
celebrates all things British, ranging
from the new F-TYPE Coupe from Jaguar to
the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare
with exciting performances, music, and
dance, children’s workshops, costumes for
dress-up. and Shakespeare-inspired street
art, as well as performances by the Inde-
pendent Shakespeare Company, Inner City
Shakespeare Ensemble, highland dancers,
pipe bands, and Desi Valentine.

For more information: www.britweek.org.

“ARTS OF PALM” INCLUDES McMILLEN WORK

Beverly Hills’ year-long Centennial celeb-
ration now underway includes “Arts of Palm,”
a temporary public exhibition in six locat-
ions around the city.

Among the artists whose work is on display
is the esteemed longtime Santa Monican Mich-
ael C. McMillen, who is known and admired
for his assemblages/collages. According to
the artist, his works emerge from what he
has described as “the roadside-museum aes-
thetic of Junkboy.”

Phil Linhares, who curated a retrospective
of McMillen’s works for the Oakland Mus-
eum several years ago, praised his “quirky
humor and stunning craftsmanship.”

I agree. I first saw McMillen’s work at the
Whitney in New York, and later at the Long
Beach Museum and L.A, Louver in Venice,

In addition to his assemblages, he’s also
done set designs for “Blade Runner” and
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Critic DeWitt Chang described McMillen’s
“dilapidated but psychically charged stage
sets with their peephole glimpses into odd-
ball miniature worlds strike a plangent,
nostalgic, but also hilarious chord.” I
agree with Chang,too, but it’s the cock-
eyed beauty of McMillen’s work that has
always overwhelmed me.

The Beverly Hills “art pieces are loose
interpretations of palm trees or incorp-
orate an element of a palm tree.”

Sunday afternoon,from 1 to 3 pm, the
Arts of Palm Celebration will be held
at Beverly Hills City Hall to meet the
six artists and hear more about their
work. Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse
will introduce the artists. A workshop
for children will be held at the Lib-
rary from 12 to 1 with artist Mike
Stillkey.

“Arts of Palm,” curated by Kate Stern,
will be on display through January 2015.

“Time Tower,” a bronze sculpture by
McMillen can be seen in the Civic Cent-
er Palm Court.For more information: artsofpalm@beverlyhills,org.
.