|Clinton and Romney look set to be the voters choice in 2016|
Closer to home, however, is the choice of the next President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys with incumbent Donna McClay appearing to be the likely winner when the votes are counted Tuesday night.
If you did not vote, then you have yourself to blame if you don't like the winner.
Sheriff's Race Developments
ever-growing list of prominent law enforcement personalities supporting Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell in his bid to become LA County's next Sheriff. The LA Times reported that Bratton has endorsed his former Assistant Chief.
While the McDonnell camp continues to look stronger and the likely pick of voters, challenger, former Undersheriff Paul Tanka's campaign suffered a major setback with the LA Times reporting on emails linking Tanaka uncomfortably to the scandal surrounding the hiding of the FBI informant who blew the whistle on corruption and abuse in the County Jail.
McDonnell's late entry to the race was a game changer and major upset to former favorite Bob Olmsted, who had replaced his campaign management from John Thomas to John Shallman. Shallman probably thought Olmsted was a sure winner with both Baca and Tanaka looking unlikely to win. But when McDonnell stepped in, rumor has it that Shallman wasted no time in courting candidates in other races to make up for the likely fall off in Olmsted's campaign warchest. Today the LA Times reported that Shallman will represent Marianne Williamson in her bid to replace retiring Congressman Waxman's 33rd District seat. Interestingly, a former Shallman client LA Mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel is also running for that seat. It's a case of deja vu all over again, with Shallman being no stranger for representing clients in one campaign, only to rip them to shreds in another. Just ask former DA wannabe Carmen Trutanich ...
Voter Initiative To Reform Death Penalty Kicks Off
Thursday, February 13, 2014, Los Angeles: Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, Former LA District Attorney Steve Cooley and Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings Launch Signature Gathering Effort.
Californians for Death Penalty Reform and Savings were joined by Governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis, and former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley to announce the launch of signature gathering for a statewide ballot initiative to fix the death penalty in California.
Voters support reform of California’s death penalty. It has become ineffective because of waste, delays, and inefficiencies. Fixing it will save California taxpayers millions of dollars every year, assure due process protections for those sentenced to death and promote justice for murder victims and their families. Death row inmates have murdered over 1000 victims, including 229 children and 43 police officers; 235 victims were raped and 90 victims were tortured. It’s time California reformed our death penalty process so it works.
This initiative will ensure justice for both victims and defendants by:
1. Reforming the Appeals Process
2. Reforming Death Row Housing and Victim Restitution
3. Reforming the Appointment of Appellate Counsel and Agency Oversight
More information on the initiative can be found at www.deathpenaltyreform.com