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Why LA County Is Voting On An Amendment To Remove A Sheriff And What You Need To Know

The text of Measure A on a sample ballot
L.A. County voters will see Measure A on their ballots.
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I love Los Angeles. I know you do too. Not only is my family here, but there’s great weather, people and things to do out here all of the time.

But let’s be real. L.A.'s law enforcement agencies have had their share of scandals. That’s left a deep wound and lack of trust, predominantly with communities of color who are heavily impacted by the wrongdoing.

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My colleague Frank Stoltze, our Civics & Democracy Correspondent started covering law enforcement in this town 30 years ago. Recently, he’s been closely following Alex Villanueva’s career as the L.A. County Sheriff and is currently hosting a podcast on the topic, Imperfect Paradise — The Sheriff. As Frank has reported, Villanueva is one complicated, controversial figure. He’s defied subpoenas and has been known to rehire deputies who have engaged in misconduct. Villanueva has also been known to have a complex relationship with the L.A. County Board of Supervisors who see him as someone who doesn't like accountability and oversight.

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Understanding Measure A

This leads me to the proposed action on the ballot I want to dissect today: Measure A. Villanueva is the reason the Board of Supervisors proposed this charter amendment.

Measure A asks voters in L.A. County to vote on whether the county charter should be amended to allow the Board to remove an elected sheriff from office for misconduct. Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Hilda Solis put forth the motion, arguing that people should not have to wait for the next election, or mount a costly recall campaign, to remove a sheriff.

We’re here to help curious Angelenos connect with others, discover the new, navigate the confusing, and even drive some change along the way.

Sheriffs are elected every four years by voters like you and me. Right now, there are only three ways a sheriff can be removed from office, including a recall or misconduct conviction. If voters decide that Measure A is a good decision, it would be a fourth way a sheriff could be removed from office before finishing up a term.

Villanueva is against this amendment, arguing it “would allow corrupt board members to intimidate sheriffs from carrying out their official duties to investigate crime.” There is one supervisor, Kathryn Barger, who is also against the amendment.

To read more about this measure, please read Frank’s breakdown of the details in the Voter Game Plan.

Key Dates to Remember: 

Nov. 8: Election Day and deadline to return your vote-by-mail ballot.

As always, stay happy and healthy, folks. There’s more news below — just keep reading.

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Blending West African And Filipino Cuisine

Wait! One more thing... before you go, we take you to the pop-up that's bridging a gap between West African and Filipino cuisine/

A black man, wearing a white shirt with printed yellow and orange leaves stands next to a woman of Asian descent wearing a striped blouse over a black shirt. The two of them are smiling with their arm wrapped around each other.
Husband and wife Felix Agyei and Hazel Rojas own and operate Masarap Cafe, bridging the gap between West African and Filipino cuisine.
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Have you ever eaten West African and Filipino food together? No? Well, on Sundays at Redondo Beach’s Riviera Village Farmers Market, you might just have your chance at a pop-up eatery called Masarap Cafe. Husband and wife duo Felix Agyei and Hazel Rojas offer a blended cuisine from their own backgrounds — Ghana and The Philippines.

I’m talking about dishes like tortang talong — an omelet where grilled eggplant is dipped in an egg batter and pan-fried — served with a side of jollof rice. This couple has even made their own sauce that marries spices most common in Ghana and Filipino dishes. The sauce is a secret so I can’t even tell you about all of the things in it. You’ll just have to try it for yourself! All I can tell you is that it’s called Masarap - just like the cafe! Check this place out this Sunday!

Learn more about this couple and their restaurant here.

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