LA County's interim Sheriff was wasted no time shutting down one of former Sheriff Lee Baca's boondoggles; the scandal-ridden "Civilian Field Deputy" program that was costing taxpayers over a half a million dollars a year, with zero accountability.
|Sheriff Scott shut down the Civilian Field Deputy program Friday, |
firing the three remaining highly paid individuals.
This exclusive report from ABC Eyewitness News:
Rumors that there was yet another scandal brewing in the Sheriff's Department started last year when Field Deputy Bishop Edward Turner, one of "Baca's Boondoggle Boys" receiving $105,000 a year from taxpayers, as well as a county car, phone and badge, was discovered to be the landlord of an illegal medical marijuana shop. Turner, who said his duties included "drug-abuse prevention," could hardly claim not to have known what his tenants were doing in his store; it was located across the street from his church.
Turner was "relieved of duty" when Eyewitness News broke the story in November last year, but Baca continued to pay the three remaining members of his program. It took newly installed Sheriff Scott to shut the program down when he heard of Eyewitness News' latest scandal about one of the remaining civilian field deputies; Field Deputy Michael Yamaki, who made $171,000 a year on Baca's gravy train, but who seemed to spend much of his time on the links at the Riviera County Club, apparently on the county dime.
A Public Records Act request by Eyewitness News for records of Yamaki's work calendar and job description was responded to by the Sheriff's Department with the stunning statement that "those things do not exist" for the man who received $171k a year of taxpayer funds.
Sheriff Scott has launched an official inquiry into "possible misuse of public funds" and likely has his eye on other Baca Boondoogles, such as what is understood to be called the "Special" Reserve Deputy program, under which businessmen who are friends of Baca, get to carry guns and a badge - understood to be handy for getting out of traffic tickets.
ADDA Election Time
It's time to pick a new President and officers for the ADDA. Current President Donna McClay is being challenged by Marc Debbaudt who is a DDA, and (don't laugh) James Bozajian, who is understood to be retiring wants to be Vice-President.
This from Donna McClay:
This from Marc Debbaudt:
Debbaudt's campaign platform can be accessed by clicking here.
There is nothing from James Bozajian, but that's nothing new.