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A.M. Brief: Board of Supervisors Votes to Explore Options to Remove Sheriff

November 11, 2020 by Brian Champlin

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors flexed its muscle (though not unanimously) to continue down the path of ousting Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Also this morning: California sees 11 counties get pushed back to more restrictive reopening tiers, new updates on Metro’s Valley-to-SGV BRT line, and the County Coroner is doing something it almost never does. Finally, the D.A.-elect makes promises to the families of police shooting victims.

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By a margin of 3-2, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to explore options for impeaching or reducing the responsibilities of Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Supervisors Hilda Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Sheila Kuehl voted in favor while Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn dissented. [ABC 7]

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Yesterday, California officials announced that Sacramento, San Diego, and Stanislaus counties have all been moved back into the purple (widespread infection) tier of reopening. Overall, 11 counties were moved to more restrictive tiers because of growing infection spread. Meanwhile, San Francisco is shutting down indoor dining again after a 250% increase in COVID-19 cases. Here in L.A. County, Public Health confirmed 25 new deaths and 2,318 new cases on Tuesday. [CNBC]

We have new updates and renderings for the 18-mile bus rapid transit route that will extend from North Hollywood to Pasadena. The project is currently under environmental review, and if approved, would commence construction sometime in 2024. [Urbanize LA]

Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials announced yesterday that they will conduct an independent inquest into the killing of 18-year-old Andres Guardado, who was shot by an LASD deputy on June 18. The inquest will be the first of its kind in over 30 years. [CBS Los Angeles]

Surveillance footage has been released that shows an LAPD officer allegedly stealing a pickup truck from a car dealership in Orange. Matthew Calleros, the officer suspected of the theft, was arrested and booked by Orange police on Monday. [ABC 7]

Two long-serving West Hollywood City Council members, John Heilman and John Duran, both lost re-election bids this year. [LA Mag]

Earlier this week, District Attorney-Elect George Gascón held his first public forum, and it was an emotional one. On Monday, Gascón spoke with relatives of individuals shot by police, promising to review the shootings for possible criminal charges. If you’re looking for a more detailed recap of the meeting, this Twitter thread posted by Streets Blog L.A. editor Sahra Sulaiman is a great place to start. [LAist]

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