The Professional Peace Officers Association (one of the three unions representing the LASD) is holding a debate tonight between the two remaining candidates to be your next Los Angeles County Sheriff: Alex Villanueva and Jim McDonnell.
The debate will run from 5-6:30 p.m. and be streamed on PPOA’s Facebook page.
While Villanueva and primary election challenger Bob Lindsey participated in several debates during the primary election cycle, McDonnell arrogantly blew off the debates. While he took 75% of the vote three years ago against a felon to win election, he will now have to run on his record against a long-time LASD member and reformer, a Hispanic, and someone who has found a deep well of support in the communities LASD’s relations are (the media says) most strained. Meanwhile, McDonnell’s support comes mainly from those served the least by the LASD (and the least familiar with it). A lot of wealthy white people living along the coast. Witness LA thinks it’ll be a real horse race.
Graphic Source: LA Times
As you may remember, 97% of nearly 2,000 deputies who participated in a recent poll by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (another LASD union) voted their lack of confidence in McDonnell. PPOA President Brian Moriguchi and other board members have also been increasingly critical of the department’s accelerating decay.
Tonight’s debate will be moderated by Adrienne Alpert from ABC 7, who has interviewed McDonnell several times before (such as here and here). Other panelists will include Moriguchi, Marcel Rodarte from the Contract Cities Association, and Marjorie Green from the League of Women Voters. It will be held at LAPD headquarters (aka McDonnell’s Mothership).
For more information about the debate, click here.