L.A.’s Sheriff Says He Won’t Enforce Beach Closures
Sheriff Alex Villanueva has sparred with his own county over policing, transparency, budgets, and body cameras. Now, he’s taking aim over public health.
Villanueva told Fox LA that his department will not be enforcing the Fourth of July weekend beach closures imposed by L.A. County amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
“We were not consulted on the beach closure, and will only assist our beach cities in closing parking lots and traffic enforcement on PCH. In regards to enforcing the beach closure, we will not be enforcing it because we are ‘Care First, Jail Last.’”
Villanueva’s stance has once again turned him into an unlikely hero in conservative circles. L.A. County’s beach order has received criticism, especially in light of recent protests that were deemed less risky because they were outdoors.
Health officials are making split decisions at a critical juncture. L.A. County added 2,779 cases Tuesday. The county now says it could run out of hospital beds within the next three weeks.