Luna is running for Los Angeles County sheriff as the anti-Villanueva. Will it work? It’s certainly worth a try. First, we need to look at the political terrain it faces.
Let’s start with Villanueva. He is the former commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, where his main agenda was to end the county’s police reforms. As the new sheriff he’ll have to work hard to put together a team that can run the department properly. He took over as the leader of that team.
He’s got some issues. He had an open shooting that left a young man dead. He also had a case of police violence against his old mentor, former Sheriff Lee Baca. And he was in the middle of a scandal in which he was found to have bought four luxury vehicles for $30,000 at a state auction without paying the required state tax on them. But, those are the kinds of things we can expect to see from him. They’re not the reason for a change in leadership, but they are what make that change possible.
In this economy, you need a candidate that can bring in the right kind of money. Villanueva has been a vocal opponent of Proposition 30, the citizen recall law that was passed in 2010 and has been used to remove bad government officials from office. Villanueva has been working to push through a recall of Baca and former Board of Supervisors President Mark Ridley-Thomas, both of whomVillanueva voted against approving Proposition 30. Villanueva wants to get rid of them.
Villanueva’s election campaign website is here, but the website doesn’t tell you much. The only thing on it is his biography and his position on Proposition 30. He’s running on his