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August 14, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi and Seema Mehta
Paul Tanaka, the controversial former Los Angeles County undersheriff, is expected to announce Thursday that he's going to challenge his old boss in next year's election, according to a source close to Tanaka. He is scheduled to make an announcement “regarding the upcoming election for Los Angeles County sheriff” Thursday morning in Griffith Park. The source close to Tanaka, who asked to remain anonymous before the official announcement, said that the morning press conference will coincide with Tanaka's filing of his election paperwork.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
After stepping down as Los Angeles County sheriff in January, Lee Baca largely has avoided the spotlight. Former aides don't know how to reach him. Reporters looking to interview him have been rebuffed. His last tweet was a link to his farewell address. But this week, Baca took center stage once again - this time as a guest speaker at a Loyola Marymount lecture hall where he offered a contemplative, and at times, self-critical view of his 15-year tenure. Speaking to a group of undergraduates Tuesday night, Baca said his biggest regret as sheriff was spending too much of his time at public events instead of managing his department.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi and Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca told The Times on Monday that he will allow the media to review eight boxes of documents related to the slaying of journalist Ruben Salazar, a case that has been clouded by controversy and speculation for 40 years. Baca said the records, long kept from public view, will be available after the Office of Independent Review formally releases its report on Salazar's slaying Tuesday. A draft copy of that report was obtained by The Times and made public over the weekend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Of the seven candidates in the race to be Los Angeles County's sheriff, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has raised the most money so far, according to campaign fundraising records. Tanaka has raised roughly $648,000 so far, records show, almost twice as much as his nearest competitor. While Tanaka is leading the field, many of the race's higher-profile candidates only entered the race in January and have had less time to raise money. During the most recent period, Tanaka came in third in fundraising.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi and Jack Leonard
For Sheriff Lee Baca, it was a legacy moment. He was on Capitol Hill, testifying before a congressional hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims. Conservative lawmakers were grilling him, pressing him to acknowledge that the Muslim groups he embraced after 9/11 may have had criminal elements. Baca wasn't having it. "We don't play around with criminals in my world," he shot back. With dozens of cameras trained on him, the sheriff made the case that American Muslims were being unfairly persecuted and should be treated as partners, not suspects, in the fight against terror.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2011 | Sandy Banks
Thousands of felons who would be sentenced to state prison are about to be funneled into county jails — a money-saving measure for cash-starved California, and a headache for local law enforcement agencies. But not here in Los Angeles County, where Sheriff Lee Baca plans to greet arrivals with a menu of classes and counseling programs aimed at helping miscreants go straight. If I were one of those inmates, I'd rather take my chances at Folsom than serve a term at the county lockup, where deputies just might jump me on my way to citizenship class.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Abby Sewell and Robert Faturechi
After two closed-door meetings Tuesday, Los Angeles County supervisors announced they have selected Orange County Undersheriff John Scott to take over for the resigning Lee Baca until voters select a new sheriff later this year. The vote was 4-0, with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas abstaining, to appoint Scott as interim Los Angeles County sheriff,  county spokesman David Sommers said. Before joining the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Scott had retired from the L.A. County Sheriff's Department after serving as a division chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2002
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was hospitalized Sunday in Las Vegas with apparent dehydration symptoms after running a leg of the grueling Baker-to-Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race, the Sheriff's Department said. Baca, 59, received intravenous fluids and was in good condition, but remained hospitalized at an undisclosed Las Vegas facility, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sonia Parra. The race, run in 20 segments of about 6.
OPINION
November 12, 2011
What can the Board of Supervisors do to address reports of inmate abuse by sheriff's deputies in L.A. County jails? Not much, wrote editor-at-large Jim Newton in his Nov. 7 column, because the sheriff is elected by voters and cannot be fired or disciplined. The column prompted USC public administration professor David Lopez-Lee to write the following letter, which was published Nov. 9: "Jim Newton writes about L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca: 'Unlike the [Los Angeles Police Department]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Ben Poston
Los Angeles County leaders demanded Tuesday that Sheriff Lee Baca investigate hiring practices in response to a Times' investigation that found his department hired officers even though they had histories of misconduct. The move, approved unanimously by the county Board of Supervisors, requests Baca to report in two weeks on "whether exceptions were made to the hiring standards despite a commitment to conduct a full background on each applicant, [and] if so, who made those decisions and how will they be held accountable," according to a motion written by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Unlike the debate last month, this time the candidates directed multiple barbs at the men sitting beside them, some veiled and some not. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates former Sheriff Lee Baca tapped to run, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Times staff writers Robert Faturechi and Abby Sewell for a discussion at 1 p.m. Wednesday on civilian oversight of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. L.A. County Supervisors on Tuesday voted for the newly appointed inspector general to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department. Supervisors also appeared interested in trying to create a commission with sufficient legal authority so that it is not purely an advisory body.
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February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff's Department to work with interim Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department. The officials will look into how such a body could be structured and weigh in on whether they advise creating it at all. They will report back to the board by the end of June. The supervisors also asked the county's attorneys to look into what steps would be required to create a commission with legal authority rather than a purely advisory body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to ask the newly appointed inspector general of the Sheriff's Department to work with interim-Sheriff John L. Scott to study setting up a civilian commission that would oversee the department. The officials will look into how such a body could be structured and report back by the end of June. The supervisors also asked the county's attorneys to look into what steps would be required to create a commission with legal authority rather than a purely advisory body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Abby Sewell, Robert Faturechi and Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles County election officials began receiving campaign finance reports Friday for candidates seeking two open county supervisors' seats and the county assessor and sheriff posts. Candidates were supposed to file contribution and spending reports covering the second half of 2013, but not all arrived in time for election officials to make them available. In the race for the Westside seat being vacated by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, former state legislator Sheila Kuehl said her campaign had raised close to $430,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, although her filing was not available Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014
Join Times staff writers Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi at 9 a.m. Thursday for an online discussion about the legacy of outgoing Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. As Baca makes way for his successor, even his supporters see contradictions in his legacy . Baca, whose resignation takes effect Thursday, arrived as a different kind of sheriff, one who talked about tolerance, educating jail inmates and policing that wasn't based on force and intimidation. He leaves a department accused by federal authorities of brutality against jail inmates and racially biased treatment of minority residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Jail inmate who says he was stabbed 23 times during an outbreak of racial violence five years ago can sue Sheriff Lee Baca for "deliberate indifference" to the dangerous conditions in the jail, a divided federal appeals court panel ruled Friday. Baca knew or should have known about the unconstitutional conditions prevailing in the jail and cited by investigators in previous incidents of death or injury to inmates, former prisoner Dion Starr alleged in his complaint against the sheriff.
OPINION
January 30, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Good for incoming Los Angeles County Sheriff John L. Scott for making it clear that he has no intention of being a "place-holder" pending the election of a new sheriff. There are 10 months from now to early December, when the next sheriff will take the oath, and that's much too long a time to let the troubled department flounder, and much too short a time to squander a rare opportunity for a leader, unconcerned with elections or politics, to push through crucial reforms. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Scott on Tuesday to replace outgoing Sheriff Lee Baca, who over his 15-year tenure spoke eloquently about enlightened law enforcement and corrections while either protecting or ignoring a departmental culture that fostered inmate abuse, mismanagement, secrecy and defiance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Interim Los Angeles County Sheriff John L. Scott said Thursday that he left the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 2005 because he felt the agency was "headed in the wrong direction. " "I saw inaction, and I saw a certain level of neglect," he said, referring to the rise in use of force incidents and other issues in the department. Scott said the department could have moved more quickly to reverse the trends. The comments came as Los Angeles County leaders gathered Thursday to swear in Scott before an audience packed with Los Angeles County sheriff's officials and other county employees.
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