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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1998
I like your March 3 editorial, "Sheriff Dept.'s Long Slide." However, you don't go far enough. At the end you only say that [Los Angeles County Sheriff] Sherman Block "has a lot to answer for." You should ask for his defeat at the polls if he stubbornly sticks to running again. How many scandals do you need before you realize this guy is a terrible manager? Call for his defeat at the polls now! JOHN F. MENDEZ Los Angeles Even if all the discrepancies listed in your editorial concerning the Sheriff's Department are totally true without extenuating circumstances, I reject your implied suggestion that Sheriff Block should not be reelected.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
In an effort to heighten awareness of drug prevention and safety measures and generate support for anti-crime programs, the Ventura County Sheriff's Station in Camarillo will hold its fourth annual Night Out Block Party today. The event, from 5 to 9 p.m., is actually 36 small block parties throughout the city, according to Senior Deputy Jim Aguirre.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998
Here's some practical postelection advice for Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block: Remember Ira Reiner. Reiner was the incumbent Los Angeles County district attorney who gained just 26% of the vote in the June 1992 primary. He faced a bruising runoff against Gil Garcetti in November. It was clear to Reiner that a strong majority of voters wanted new leadership. Later, to spare the county a bitter and divisive campaign, he properly decided to drop out of the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The widow of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, who was America's highest paid public official, should get a pension equal to his salary, because he was with the department 42 years and his death was job-related, a county pension board said. In October 1998, Block, 74, fell in the bathroom and suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. He died three days after surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1990
I agree wholeheartedly with your commendation of Sheriff Sherman Block (editorial, "Even Without Drugs, There'd Be Gangs," Sept. 21) for his bold insight into the cause of gang violence. Block correctly asserted that a fundamental connection exists between the deviance of gang violence and one's self-worth. As violence becomes an increasingly common phenomena, we must concern ourselves with ways of mitigating the attraction for self-enhancing experiences that gangs offer those who have previously only experienced lowered self-worth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1990
Sheriff Sherman Block has issued some sound and sensitive guidelines for his deputies in the aftermath of a fatal confrontation with black members of the Nation of Islam that began with a minor traffic stop. Block has advised against taking "enforcement actions in minor incidents" in black neighborhoods because of the "heightened tensions" that have resulted from the incident in which a deputy shot and killed a Muslim on Jan. 23.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
Even though the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been hit hard with accusations of corruption and brutality, the first speakers at a supervisorial hearing on the controversy had nothing but praise for Sheriff Sherman Block. By the time the witnesses--city officials from around the county--had completed two hours of testimonials, you wouldn't think Block had an enemy--or a critic--in the world.
NEWS
February 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Sheriff Sherman Block announced today he has filed to seek reelection to a third full term as head of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff told reporters at his regular monthly news briefing in his Hall of Justice office that he filed formal reelection papers last Friday. Block said he is not aware yet of a potential opponent in the coming June primary. He has won overwhelmingly in recent elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1997
Getting an early start in his quest for a fifth term, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block officially kicked off his reelection campaign on Tuesday, saying he is moving forward with plans to tackle a variety of problems facing the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant announced Monday that he is running for the department's top job, joining a growing number of candidates seeking to unseat Sheriff Sherman Block in the June election. Patrick Gomez, 40, a field sergeant at the department's Temple Station, said he decided to join the race because he believes the leaders of the Sheriff's Department lack vision.
MAGAZINE
January 31, 1999
Many thanks to Victor Merina for his profile of my brother, the late Sherman Block, longtime sheriff of Los Angeles County ("Requiem for a Heavyweight," Dec. 20). Merina underlined the humanity, humility and courage of my brother, who dedicated his life to the Sheriff's Department, the people of the county and his family. Melvyn Block Chatsworth
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff-elect Lee Baca is poised to promote a cadre of his political supporters to the top positions on his command staff, while urging departmental officials who opposed him to retire or face demotion, sheriff's sources said Thursday. Assistant Sheriff Michael E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1998
Re "Sheriff Block Dies; His Campaign Still On, Backers Say," Oct. 30: I wish I could convey in these written words the high-pitched, incredulous sound in my voice when I ask: "Has this town gone nuts?!" Am I the only one who sees how ludicrous this continuing campaign is? It was bad enough that a man so ill that there was no way he could carry out his duties was still campaigning to be sheriff. But now the man is dead (I'm very sorry for his family and friends) and before he dies he "made it clear to me (Jay Grodin, chairman of the campaign committee)
NEWS
November 2, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the ringing words of an ancient Hebrew prayer and the blare of a silver trumpet, Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block was laid to rest Sunday, just two days before the election that he had hoped would herald his fifth term as sheriff of the nation's most populous county. "May his repose be peace," prayed Sheriff's Department chaplain Rabbi Henry E. Kraus, his voice bouncing out into the sun-drenched Hollywood Bowl, where Block's funeral service was held.
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October 30, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and NICHOLAS RICCARDI and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sheriff Sherman Block, who led the nation's largest county law enforcement agency for almost 17 years, died Thursday night at USC University Hospital, three days after surgery to remove a massive blood clot from his brain. He was 74. The sheriff--locked in a hotly contested battle for reelection against challenger Lee Baca, a former sheriff's chief who had made the incumbent's health a campaign issue--was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m., according to his department's spokeswoman.
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October 27, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN and ERIC MALNIC and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block underwent four hours of surgery Monday to remove a blood clot the size of a golf ball from his brain. Although the sheriff--who is 74 years old and already ailing--survived the operation, his faculties may be "significantly impaired," a medical source familiar with the case said Monday night. "He ought to survive," the source said. "He could make an excellent recovery, but there is also the possibility that he will be significantly impaired cognitively.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that has become an issue in Sheriff Sherman Block's bid for reelection, a jury Wednesday convicted a former sheriff's administrator and an outside accomplice of accepting and giving bribes as part of a scheme involving millions of dollars in padded contracts for jail food.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1998
Here's some practical postelection advice for Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block: Remember Ira Reiner. Reiner was the incumbent Los Angeles County district attorney who gained just 26% of the vote in the June 1992 primary. He faced a bruising runoff against Gil Garcetti in November. It was clear to Reiner that a strong majority of voters wanted new leadership. Later, to spare the county a bitter and divisive campaign, he properly decided to drop out of the race.
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