L.A. Supervisors Mull Sheriff's Budget Freeze
L.A. County supervisors are prepared to use their budget authority to rein in Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
The Los Angeles Times reports that supervisors may pursue a spending freeze this week, aimed at puncturing a $63-million deficit.
The move would be unprecedented.
“Historically, every sheriff knew that the board has the ultimate authority to withhold funds from his budget, but no sheriff ever let a dispute get to the point where the board had to exercise that authority,” former supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky told the Times. “Apparently, there is a new sheriff in town.”
County leaders have been at odds with Villanueva almost since Day One, and not just over budget issues. The Board took Villanueva to court after he rehired a deputy fired for domestic violence. A judge overturned the sheriff’s decision last month.