Watching the watchmen
Weekly editors to moderate sheriff’s candidate forum
By André Coleman 04/02/2014
Pasadena Weekly editor Kevin Uhrich and Deputy Editor André Coleman will moderate a forum featuring six of the seven candidates running for LA County Sheriff from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Neighborhood Church in Pasadena.
The forum is sponsored by Neighborhood Church and All Saints Church.
The ACLU of Pasadena Foothills, the political action group ACT, the Pasadena Latino Coalition, the NAACP and other groups will have tables set up on the church patio.
The Democratic and Republican parties, as well as other political groups, are expected to have information available.
Seven candidates are vying to replace former Sheriff Lee Baca who retired from the department in February in the wake of a number of months of controversy regarding the abuse of inmates in Los Angeles County jails. Twenty deputies have been indicted since January for various charges, including a conspiracy to cover up the abuse and keep a federal informant from testifying before a grand jury. That investigation is ongoing.
The scandal also forced former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka out of the department. Tanaka is running to replace Baca. Tanaka has raised $648,000 so far, leading all candidates in fundraising, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Other candidates include Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, former Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, retired LASD Commander Robert Olmstead, former LAPD detective Lou Vince, former LASD Detective Patrick Gomez and Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers.
Voters will go to the polls on June 3.
“This is the first competitive sheriff’s race in 16 years,” Coleman said. “This is the chance for local residents to hear what the candidates have to say before they go to the polls and cast their votes.”
The event is free and open to the public. Neighborhood Church is at 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd. For more information, contact Beth Colcord, social justice coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.