L.A. County Freezes Sheriff’s Budget

Los Angeles County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to freeze a portion of the Sheriff’s Department budget — a notable move that underscores the tense relationship between county leaders and Alex Villanueva.

The decision comes amid a $63 million budget shortfall that supervisors say Sheriff Villanueva has failed to address. Villanueva must now abide by a “payment plan” to reimburse the county. Until that happens, his power over resources will remain limited.

The board has called for spending controls that do not include a reduction in policing services. In response, Villanueva complained that his department is woefully understaffed. The department blamed ballooning retirement and workers’ compensation claim costs combined with underfunding for its fiscal problems.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times