I like former LAPD No. 2 and current Long Beach Police Department Chief Jim McDonnell. Really, I do. So he’s definitely in my top three candidates I’m considering for LA Sheriff on June 3—McDonnell along with Bob Olmstead and Lou Vince.
Today McDonnell announced that he’s secured the endorsement of four retired undersheriffs– Theodore von Minden, Robert Edmonds, Jerry Harper and Paul Myron. Eh. McDonnell could have done without their endorsements in my opinion. If the idea is to get new blood and an outsider into the position, touting the support of such insiders as undersheriffs, no less, doesn’t do much to speak to that point—in fact it says just the opposite. But that’s just my opinion and of course I know how the endorsement game is played–but more importantly, why it’s played.
And if endorsements are your thing, McDonnell already has the backing of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and California Attorney General Kamala Harris to name a few.
Still it will be interesting to see where the Black community’s civic leaders fall on this race and which candidates they support. When I make up my mind, you know I’ll let you know. So far I’ve managed to narrow it down to three–McDonnell, Vince, and Olmstead. If you have thoughts on one of the seven men running to replace disgraced former sheriff Lee Baca, let your girl know.
The National Organization for Justice and Equality in America more commonly referred to as NAJEA will host a forum for the candidates running for Los Angeles County Sheriff on our side of town. We likes this.
The forum will take place on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. at the Proud Bird Restaurant located at 11022 Aviation Blvd. For more information, (310) 608-5878.