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  • Jim McDonnell, Paul Tanaka appear headed to L.A. County sheriff runoff

    Jim McDonnell, Paul Tanaka appear headed to L.A. County sheriff runoff
    After a series of scandals at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, an outsider promising to reform the beleaguered agency appears headed for a runoff with a retired undersheriff on Nov. 4. With 100% of precincts reporting, Long Beach Police...
  • About 13% of registered voters cast ballots in L.A. County races

    About 13% of registered voters cast ballots in L.A. County races
    Only about 13% of registered voters in Los Angeles County showed up to the polls Tuesday, living up — or down — to officials’ expectations and offered few, if any, surprises in the primaries. Despite an election with potential for...
  • Winners of the L.A. Times' 2013 Editorial Awards

    Winners of the L.A. Times' 2013 Editorial Awards
    The Times' Editorial Awards for 2013, handed out in a ceremony Thursday night, honored both accountability journalism and what Editor Davan Maharaj called “the ever-growing types of journalism we produce in this Digital Age.” “This age...
  • Jim McDonnell, Paul Tanaka appear headed for L.A. County sheriff runoff

    Jim McDonnell, Paul Tanaka appear headed for L.A. County sheriff runoff
    Jim McDonnell stayed up past 3 a.m. election night, hoping the number beside his name would inch up from 49% to more than 50%. The Long Beach police chief was dominating his six competitors in Tuesday's primary for Los Angeles County sheriff. He had...
  • James Hellmold loses both his bid to be sheriff and his job

    The morning after losing the election for Los Angeles County sheriff, James Hellmold got a message to call his boss. Over the phone, Interim Sheriff John Scott delivered the bad news: he was demoting Hellmold from assistant sheriff to chief. Hellmold,...
  • 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...
  • Feds step up pressure for L.A. County Jail reforms

    Feds step up pressure for L.A. County Jail reforms
    Citing a dramatic increase in jail suicides, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that it was seeking court oversight of how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department treats mentally ill inmates. The move marks a significant expansion of...
  • Jurors hear of deputies' attempt to coerce FBI agent

    Jurors hear of deputies' attempt to coerce FBI agent
    Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeants showed up at an FBI agent's home in September 2011 and told her that they were in the process of obtaining a warrant for her arrest. That evening, the agent's concerned supervisor called the sergeants,...
  • FBI pulled plug on 2011 undercover sting against Sheriff's Department

    FBI pulled plug on 2011 undercover sting against Sheriff's Department
    Operation Blue Line was a go. In August 2011, FBI agents were gearing up to launch the next phase of their wide-ranging investigation into suspected brutality and corruption by sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles County jails. The plan was to rent a...
  • L.A. County officials reject civilian board for Sheriff's Department

    L.A. County officials reject civilian board for Sheriff's Department
    Los Angeles County supervisors defeated a proposal to create a civilian oversight body for the Sheriff's Department, which has been beset by scandals and federal investigations into the treatment of jail inmates. The action Tuesday, which came nearly...
  • What L.A. County supervisors got wrong on sheriff oversight

    What L.A. County supervisors got wrong on sheriff oversight
    In arguing against a civilian commission to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, Richard Drooyan on Tuesday read the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a key passage from the report on jail violence he helped write in 2012. Such a commission, he...