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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block, in response to a federal court directive to control jail crowding, said Wednesday he will begin immediately releasing about 1,200 pretrial inmates being held on bail of $2,500 or less. Block, whose department runs the county's jails, pledged to release more inmates if necessary by shortening sentences of those convicted of minor crimes. "I am not about to place myself or county government in a position where they can be cited for contempt," he said.
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NEWS
May 1, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Here they go again. The man L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pushed out is pushing back. In my colleague Robert Faturechi's exclusive interview , Paul Tanaka, the former undersheriff who has himself been accused of fostering jailhouse abuse, now says his ex-boss runs a department that is a "house of cards that's on the verge of crumbling. " Baca, according to Tanaka, urged underlings to hire friends and relatives, and put public safety on the line to settle political scores, including a demand to pull his deputies out of a joint operation with the FBI because the federal agency was investigating county jails . Tanaka, the story also points out, is considering running against Baca next year.
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OPINION
July 21, 1991 | Victor Merina, Victor Merina is a Metro staff reporter for The Times. He interviewed Sherman Block in the sheriff's office
Sheriff Sherman Block's office is only a few blocks from Los Angeles Police Department headquarters. Yet, although he and LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates head the area's major law-enforcement agencies, their public personas and personalities are far different. While Gates is now known nationwide for his combative demeanor and his hip-shot quotes, the bespectacled Block, with his bland deportment, remains virtually unrecognizable outside Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2004 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County Undersheriff William T. Stonich, the department's second highest-ranking official, announced his retirement Wednesday. Stonich, 61, is Sheriff Lee Baca's closest confidant and the man he relies on day to day to run the massive agency. "I put forward the mission and direction, but he is the one responsible for implementing my vision," said Baca, who called Stonich's departure a loss for the county. "He personifies my view of the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1995 | KENNETH REICH and FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sheriff's officials said Wednesday they are considering changes in jail procedures after a Glendale woman facing a possible death penalty on murder charges was mistakenly released because a clerk inadvertently put the wrong document in her file. Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block said the clerk apparently confused Anait Zakarian--who has vanished since she was freed Friday--with another female inmate whose last name also began with Z.
MAGAZINE
December 20, 1998 | VICTOR MERINA, Victor Merina, a former Times staff writer, is currently a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York
I was packing for a trip back to the West Coast when I caught the headline on a late-night radio program. It stopped me cold and forced me to sit down in my New York apartment. "Los Angeles' longtime sheriff, Sherman Block, has died," the announcer said with the same enthusiasm that he had given the weather report. I was no longer listening. I was rummaging around my desk for the audiocassette I had planned to take with me on the plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1993 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block and Supervisor Gloria Molina engaged in a verbal tug of war over control of the Sheriff's Department budget Tuesday as Block announced that he will begin taking steps to close three County Jail facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1993 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block on Thursday challenged the conclusion of Ventura County's top prosecutor that sheriff's deputies led a drug raid that left a reclusive millionaire dead so the government could seize the man's $5-million Malibu ranch. Block, responding to a highly critical report by Ventura County Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury, said he believes his department and other law enforcement agencies acted "in good faith" when descending on the ranch of Donald P. Scott on Oct.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1994 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block said he will go to court to try to block the reinstatement of five deputies who were dismissed two years ago for their involvement in the fatal shooting and beating of a suspected kidnaper. In a letter to the Board of Supervisors released this week, Block said he intends to petition the Superior Court to review decisions made by the county Civil Service Commission.
NEWS
February 23, 1990 | VICTOR MERINA and DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted 10 Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department narcotics officers--including all nine members of an elite team--on charges of stealing more than $1.4 million in seized drug cash and using much of that money to buy homes, luxury cars, jewelry and stocks. The 10 veteran officers were also accused of conspiring to take money from suspected drug dealers during narcotics raids over the last two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 1999
The L.A. County treasurer has suggested closing loopholes in the county's retirement system that led a pension panel last week to rule that the widow of former Sheriff Sherman Block is entitled to his full salary because his fatal bathtub fall was work-related. In a memo to county supervisors, Mark Saladino said that the decision--which allows Alyce Block to receive the equivalent of her late husband's $230,000 annual salary tax-free--"is by no means extraordinary."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1999
Re "Ex-Sheriff Block's Widow Gets $233,000 Yearly Pension," Nov. 5: The Times should call for a legislative review of the pension plan that rewards the widow of a public employee $233,000 annually. This award should be an outrage to all, especially another group of public employees, namely the teachers of our children. Where is the fairness in our public policy? Public safety is important, but how did it happen that the L.A. County sheriff became the highest paid public official in the nation?
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.
NEWS
March 20, 1999 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just weeks before the November election, the late Sheriff Sherman Block signed a secret deal giving deputies accused of wrongdoing a break in the way complaints against them are settled. The agreement with the powerful deputies' union gave members the right to settle disciplinary disputes through binding arbitration, a process that deprives the sheriff of the right to appeal decisions he considers too lenient.
MAGAZINE
December 20, 1998 | VICTOR MERINA, Victor Merina, a former Times staff writer, is currently a fellow at the Media Studies Center in New York
I was packing for a trip back to the West Coast when I caught the headline on a late-night radio program. It stopped me cold and forced me to sit down in my New York apartment. "Los Angeles' longtime sheriff, Sherman Block, has died," the announcer said with the same enthusiasm that he had given the weather report. I was no longer listening. I was rummaging around my desk for the audiocassette I had planned to take with me on the plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Angry that their union's executives refused to support Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca in the November election, a growing number of deputies are calling for the ouster of the group's powerful Board of Directors. Saying that the leaders of the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs are out of touch with union members, rank-and-file Baca supporters are circulating petitions among deputies demanding that the group's leaders step aside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1993
A Sheriff's Department spokesman said that Sheriff Sherman Block "is doing better" but remains in the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC after suffering an adverse reaction to medication he was given for lymphatic cancer. The spokesman said Block would probably be released today. The sheriff, 68, underwent an initial chemotherapy treatment last week and re-entered the hospital Monday.
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | JACK JONES and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
A veteran Los Angeles County sheriff's narcotics investigator has been arrested on suspicion of murdering three prostitutes in South-Central Los Angeles, where police have been investigating the deaths of several women who trade sex for drugs, authorities said Friday. Deputy Rickey Ross, 40, who has been with the Sheriff's Department for 18 years, was spotted with a prostitute in an unmarked county car near the Harbor Freeway and Gage Avenue at 1:30 a.m.
OPINION
November 8, 1998
On March 5 I was burned with third-degree burns over 35% of my body. I was in the intensive care unit at the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks for several weeks. The extensive surgeries required to save my life required a constant supply of blood. Donor blood. Unfortunately, I have a rare blood type that is not readily available in large supplies. Sheriff Sherman Block heard about my accident and made a request to the staff of the Sheriff's Department to donate the blood I would need to survive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1998
Lee Baca has won the office of sheriff of Los Angeles County, but his celebrations are no doubt tempered by the fact that his 61% vote total came in opposition to a deceased incumbent, Sherman Block. Baca's main problem during his campaign wasn't Sherman Block but rather his own confusion. He was conflicted over whether he really wanted to challenge his former mentor, and on the days he was sure that he did want the job he often couldn't articulate why. That did not inspire confidence.
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