LA County Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell endorsed by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky
Jim McDonnell's campaign to become the first "outsider" to be elected at LA County Sheriff gained the endorsement of LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky on Monday. Yaroslavsky hailed McDonnell as being the only candidate with the "clean slate" necessary to lead reforms at the agency.
McDonnell already has the endorsement of Supervisor Don Knabe, who stood with McDonnell and Yaroslavsky at the Monday press call, and McDonnell will likely gain the endorsements of the other Supervisors in the near future. KPCC's Frank Stoltze covered the event, but questioned whether the endorsement matters. Stoltze quoted Ralph Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, who said "Zev's endorsement is always extremely valuable, and could help mightily in the San Fernando Valley and on the Westside," Sonenshein said.
At the same time, endorsements "may get washed out a bit" in countywide races, he said. Backing that comes with money is more important, including organizational endorsements. Sonenshein told KPCC.
However, important endorsements are often the key to backing that comes with money. One such form of backing could come from ALADS, the union representing rank and file deputy sheriffs. As we reported on Friday, ALADS recently fired their president Armando Macias. Although the stated reason was "problems of attendance" at meetings, sources speculated that the turmoil at ALADS has more to do with attempts to hijack the endorsement decision making process to favor ousted former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. The Dragnet's sources appear to be correct, as Witness LA reported Monday that ALADS will defer endorsing any candidate for Sheriff until after the June 3 primary election.
Of the 890 votes cast, the breakdown is interesting:
203 - Jim McDonnell
184 - Paul Tanaka
168 - Bob Olmsted
163 - Todd Rogers
144 - Jim Hellmond
26 - Pat Gomez
2 - Lou Vince
That McDonnell, an outsider, polled more votes than his principal rivals who are all "insiders," likely puts McDonnell in prime position to pick up the ALADS endorsement after the primary. It is also bad news for Tanaka. Given the campaign warchests available to the candidates, only McDonnell and Tanaka are likely to connect with enough voters to the extent necessary to make the runoff. In a straight choice between McDonnell and Tanaka, McDonnell is likely the choice of ALADS as the vast majority of ALADS members voted for anyone but Tanaka.
Met News Blasts DDA Helen Kim for "Bogus" Ballot Designation
The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise pulled no punches in Tuesday's 'Perspectives' column, describing DDA Helen Kim's chosen ballot designation for her bid to become Judge as "bogus," and stating she is "not fit to serve as a jurist."
The Met News called Kim's ballot designation, "Violent Crimes Prosecutor," deceptive because it makes her seem to be something more than she is. According the the Met News, Kim is "a part-time deputy district attorney who works in the intake section." (Kim is understood to be a part-time filing deputy in the Complaints Division). "Basically, she has a three-day-a-week desk job." the Met News said, adding that "Making a determination as to whether charges should be filed against a particular individual is, of course, a function of a prosecutorial office, and some of those whom Kim determines should be charged are perpetrators of violent crimes. Yet, to say that she is a 'prosecutor' of violent criminals strikes me as so much of a stretch as to amount to a lie."
Strong words indeed and perhaps explained by more insight from the Met News "Kim is a client of political consultant Fred Huebscher, a master of campaign deception." the Met New said.
In her campaign website, Kim does not indicate that she is a part-time employee. She glosses over her filing deputy position, instead stating that "I
function in a quasi-judicial role by reviewing the evidence
independently and applying the laws of our State and Constitution and
determine whether a criminal proceeding should be filed against an
Kim spent almost $16,000.00 in filing fees to keep her options open as to which of eight open seats she would actually contest. In the end she decided to run against fellow DDA Alison Matsumoto Estrada for Office No. 76. It is not know why Kim decided on running against Matsumoto, but it could be a decision she now regrets given the negative publicity over her ballot designation, and even more so, should Matsumoto challenge the designation.
Either way, Kim's campaign strategy is unlikely garner her any newspaper endorsements, and in a low turnout countywide election cycle, voters typically rely on print media for their choices. Whether the LA Times or the Daily News will go so far as the Met News has done in labeling Kim "deceptive," a "liar" and "not fit to serve as a jurist" remains to be seen, however her hopes of endorsement appear unlikely.
All of which leaves Alison Matsumoto Estrada, by contrast, well positioned to receive voter and media approval. Her ballot designation, "Government Corruption Prosecutor" accurately describes her full time assignment as a trial deputy in the Public Integrity Division.
Matsumoto's campaign website is EstradaForJudge.com
"Like" her on Facebook at Facebook.com/Alison.Estrada.714
In other news:
The Met News also reports that DDA Amy Carter, candidate for Superior Court Judge Office No. 22, has filed a petition challenging rival Pamela Matsumoto's use of a misleading ballot designation "Administrative Law Judge." Our full report is to follow, in the meantime, the Met News report is excellent reading, as usual.