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1961 - CalArts grad (MFA '92) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Oklahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while studying at CalArts in 1989. Estimated net worth in 2012: $90 million. Died 2018. [story]
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to explore giving the Office of the Inspector General greater authority to investigate secret deputy societies as well as subpoena power to review other matters involving the Sheriff’s Department.

“These reported secret deputy cliques are dangerous and I think they have no place in our Sheriff’s Department. They not only erode public trust and undermine the chain of command, we have seen them promote racism and violence,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who authored the motion.

“Giving our Inspector General the authority to investigate these secret societies could shed light on these deputy subgroups and help us ensure transparency and accountability within the Sheriff’s Department,” Hahn said.

“The existence of secret societies — or deputy gangs, as they’re sometimes called — not only diminishes public trust in our Sheriff’s Department but also undermines the very nature of constitutional policing,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the motion’s co-author.

“This problem has been longstanding and intractable,” he said. “The Board must consider measures to bring these secret societies out of the shadows and into the light, including potentially subpoena power for the Inspector General.”

LA County’s Inspector General, Max Huntsman, requested expanded authority in order to better understand the full extent of these secret societies, as well as the ability to issue subpoenas should the Sheriff’s Department continue to deny access to information and refuse efforts by the public to hold them accountable.

The motion passed Tuesday by the Board directs County Counsel, in consultation with the Inspector General, to develop recommendations to expand the authority of the Inspector General to investigate deputy secret societies within the Sheriff’s Department, as well as grant the Inspector General the ability to issue subpoenas in their ongoing review of matters involving the Sheriff’s Department, and report back in 90 days.

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  1. Dennis valentino says:

    Constitutional policing there is no constitution in policing or the court system period.Its a Milatary court system you have no rights its only about taxing the people for what ever they can steal from citezens.They to my truck because of registration.And took my life away and told me its nothing personal its business.They dont care about we the people they only care about there agendas.The trust of the people wont come back until they stop using there powers for revenue.its not about justice its about money.They are revenew collectors not law enforcement.Tax collectors not police here to serve and protect.Thats the truth!!!

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019
Building on their regional approach, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and United Way of Greater Los Angeles on Wednesday announced the award of more than $8.2 million in Measure H funding to help cities implement city-specific plans to combat the homelessness crisis.
Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019
A preliminary injunction issued by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff on Monday reaffirms the LA County Civilian Oversight Commission’s position that Sheriff Alex Villanueva must follow county employment and reinstatement rules.
Tuesday, Aug 20, 2019
LOS ANGELES – According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) forecast, air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, West San Gabriel Valley, East San Fernando Valley and West San Fernando Valley tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
A California judge on Friday tentatively overturned Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s decision to reinstate Caren Mandoyan, an officer fired for domestic violence, but a final ruling is expected next week.
Monday, Aug 19, 2019
More than 30% of Los Angeles County high school students have reported ever using e-cigarette products and 10% of high school students regularly use e-cigarette products, according to the latest data from the 2017-18 California Student Tobacco Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey.

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