The LA Times has confirmed the rumor that has been rattling around, veteran LA County Sheriff Lee Baca is to drop out of the race to be reelected.
Whether Baca will retire before his term expires at the end of 2014 to allow the Board of Supervisors to appoint an interim Sheriff, or remain in office to the end, remains to be seen.
Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, who dropped out of the race last year citing difficulties associated with running against an incumbent, it understood to be making an announcement imminently as to the way Baca's withdrawal changes the scenario.
Currently, former Commander Bob Olmsted is the only candidate in the race to replace Baca who has raised funds for the countywide battle.
Also rumored to be sizing up the Sheriff's seat for a return to Los Angeles is former LAPD Assistant Chief and current San Francisco DA George Gascón.
More to follow...