Last week, Calpeek shared the story of a rogue county sheriff (L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva) going after his arch nemesis (L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl). Pictures of the 81-year old Supervisor being escorted out of her Santa Monica home barefoot by sheriffs in bulletproof vests quickly flooded online news sources and social media. The search was said to be related to an ongoing investigation into claims that Kuehl had helped a domestic violence nonprofit win contracts with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This week, Sheriff Villanueva and his department took a blow when California Attorney General Rob Bonta took control from the Sheriff’s Department of the investigation. The decision by Bonta to take such action comes amid growing questions about the probe and allegations by Kuehl and others that Villanueva is using it to attack his political enemies. Villanueva has been under scrutiny by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for his handling of the Department. The Board has also placed a proposed charter amendment on the November ballot that would allow the County Supervisors to remove a sheriff for unlawful actions or abuse of power.
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