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A.M. Brief: County Considers Motion to Put Villanueva on Path to Impeachment

October 27, 2020 by Brian Champlin
Screencap via LASD on Facebook

As the LASD Sheriff takes fire from the Board of Supes, wind-driven wildfires rage in Orange and Riverside counties. Also: An L.A. tourist destination closes for good, budget issues plague the city, and the Compton Cowboys ride to vote. This is your Tuesday rundown.

Morning News Rundown.

Later today, the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion that, if approved, would direct county lawyers to explore options for impeaching Sheriff Alex Villanueva, reducing his responsibilities, or enacting legislation that would change the Sheriff’s role from elected to appointed. [L.A. Times]

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The Silverado Fire, which broke just before dawn on Monday, has spurred evacuation orders for more than 91,000 Orange County residents east and northeast of Irvine. The fire has burned over 11,000 aces. Portions of the 241, 133, and 261 freeways remain closed. [CBS Los Angeles]

A second wind-driven brush fire that began in Riverside County and spread into Orange County has now prompted Los Angeles County officials to issue an evacuation warning for an area south of Diamond Bar. The so-called Blue Ridge Fire has already burned 8,000 acres and threatens homes in multiple Orange County communities, including Yorba Linda. [NBC Los Angeles]

Another L.A. tourist destination has been cast into the dust bin of history thanks to the pandemic. OUE Skyspace announced yesterday that it will permanently close by the end of this month. [Twitter]

L.A.’s massive budgetary issues continue to mount. For the current fiscal year, the city projects a $400-$600 million shortfall driven by lower-than-expected revenues, deferred furloughs, and increasing costs. [LAist]

Not that you need any added inspiration to vote, but it can’t hurt. Enter the Compton Cowboys, who on Sunday rode en masse to cast their ballots outside the Compton Public Library. Peep L.A. Taco to see a photo essay that captured the scene. [L.A. Taco]

How badly do Uber and Lyft want Prop 22 to pass? Combined, they’ve spent $3.7 million just on Facebook ads in the last 30 days. Of the roughly $190 million raised to support the proposition, the two rideshare giants have contributed the biggest portion. [CNBC]

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