Sheriff Alex Villanueva began today's live video by calling @PplsCityCouncil "White Billionaires City Council". He then says Mike Bonin had a breakdown on social media, and that he and the City Council have "failed", forcing him to intervene.
He says that unhoused people "do not belong in need to pack up your bags and go back to the state you came from."
Sheriff Villanueva says it's "his job" to return Venice to the businesses and "regulate public don't get to occupy public space on your own and damage it for everyone."
Sheriff Villanueva calls his department's actions in Venice Beach a "humanitarian mission," and criticizes activists saying "no one cares when [unhoused people] die in the streets like a dead dog." He says that Mike Bonin should be in his office right now.
Now Sheriff Villanueva saying "good luck" to Holly Mitchell, who recently inquired about an increase in the Sheriff Department's budget. "You are not helping at all."
Sheriff Villanueva closing out the live by saying @PplsCityCouncil is all white people who live on the Westside, and that they should pay into a fund to see "whether or not I have those tattoos."
Sheriff Villanueva says that the @LAdemocrats resolution calling for his resignation was written by “elites who live on the West side” who “do not represent the party” and are seeking to “capitalize on a tragedy.”

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9 Jun
The LA County Democratic Party is now discussing the resolution to ask Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign. I’ll be updating here.
Speakers in favor include Julia Martinez, who’s son was killed by alleged Banditos members and Franky Carrillo, who was framed for a murder by deputy gang members.…
Carrillo says he thought Villanueva would change the department who framed him, but he was wrong. “Alex, it’s time for you to resign.”
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20 May
The @LACountyCOC is meeting now. The agenda includes body worn cameras, deputy “cliques”, and COVID-19 in jails. Sheriff Alex Villanueva is expected to join at 12pm. I’ll be live tweeting here.
Family impact statements have been moved up to the top of the meeting. We are hearing now from Hilda Pedroza, the sister of David Ordaz Jr., and their father. Ordaz was killed by LASD deputies in the midst of a mental health crisis earlier this year.
Ordaz’s father says that he wants justice and for the deputies to see consequences. He says that there were children present at the shooting who could have been hit by the bullets. He wants the deputies fired.
Read 17 tweets
20 May
After about a 30 minute delay, the @LASDHQ 2021 Hate Crime Summit is now underway. I’ll be live tweeting here.
Not a lot of masks in attendance. I’m watching virtually so it’s difficult to give an estimate. I’ve seen at least 10 bare faces, including several panelists.
The national anthem has concluded. Now a video showing the history of the department is being shown. Lots of archival photos of LASD personnel throughout the years.
Read 7 tweets
16 May
The Citizen app is currently encouraging users in Los Angeles to hunt down a person suspected of setting the Pacific Palisades brush fire. They are offering $30,000 to anyone who catches them. Image
Hosts of the broadcast are repeating unsubstantiated “tips” as facts and asking people to “hunt this guy down”. One of the tips just played out in air as being a lie. The hosts are flummoxed but continue the broadcast.
It’s unclear where exactly this photo came from, or how the hosts of the Citizen broadcasts have identified the person as a suspect. Comments asking for that information have been ignored.
Read 8 tweets
19 Apr
Currently in the Community Conversation hosted by @LASDHQ and @LAPDHQ. Sheriff Villanueva and Chief Moore are answering questions from county and city residents.
Some families who have lost relatives to both of these departments have attempted to ask questions in these virtual forums and been ignored. It’s happened to me, too, as a member of the press. Lets see if that is any different today.
Chief Michel Moore of LAPD just said that “homeless people...threaten the sense of safety of communities.”
Read 12 tweets
23 Feb
KCRW is moving forward with denying any of the things I and other employees of color experienced at the station.
KCRW was aware of what I was going through for months. It’s heartbreaking to see them choose to deny my and other’s experiences. Here is my resignation letter from the station, which details more of them.
I reference the investigation KCRW points to in their statement. As I said in the email, I tried multiple times to get updates on it before my departure, to no avail. It concluded after I left. Several of my witnesses were never contacted.
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