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  • Get ready for the great L.A. County leadership changeover

    Get ready for the great L.A. County leadership changeover
    Last week's elections provided plenty for political wonks to chew on. Incumbent statewide officeholders, all of them Democrats, cruised to significant victories, and though they face nominal runoffs in November (the result of the new, top-two primary system), none looks to have trouble. Wendy Greuel lost her second tough race in a year, this time in the hotly contested Westside congressional campaign, and may be at the end of the road politically. A potentially pivotal L.A. school board race will head into round two still very much up for grabs.
  • Steve Soboroff, citizens' voice on the LAPD

    Steve Soboroff, citizens' voice on the LAPD
    Steve Soboroff has rounded the bases in L.A. government, from the Harbor Commission to rec and parks, even a run for mayor. He's "Uncle Steve," the booster who practically drove the Endeavour space shuttle to its new home, a businessman who drove the...

    John L. Scott, L.A. County's new sheriff, and his to-do list

    John L. Scott, L.A. County's new sheriff, and his to-do list
    I overheard this outside the L.A. County sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park. "So, how's he doing?" "He seems good so far. Everybody's just wait and see." "He" is the interim sheriff, John L. Scott, chosen to replace Lee Baca, who retired as...

    Andre Birotte Jr., driven by justice

    Andre Birotte Jr., driven by justice
    At the top of the big whiteboard in his office, Andre Birotte Jr. has written "BHAGS," by which he means his aspirations as U.S. attorney for seven Southern California counties: "big hairy audacious goals." He's already hit some audacious personal goals,...

    Tinkering won't fix a profoundly broken Sheriff's Dept.

     Tinkering won't fix a profoundly broken Sheriff's Dept.
    The first question for anyone contemplating the future of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is this: Is it suffering from a few small problems or is it profoundly broken? There's good reason to believe it's the latter. Consider, for example,...