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Podcast: What’s up with L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva?

Sheriff Alex Villanueva stands on a sidewalk with cyclists and deputies behind him
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva talks with members of the media, homeless advocates and residents as he walks the Venice boardwalk in June.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Democrats and progressives helped Alex Villanueva rise to power back in 2018, excited about his left-leaning campaign promises. But that support did not last long. The sheriff has been criticized over his response to issues including homelessness, COVID-19 and police brutality, as well as transparency and reinstating fired deputies.

The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, a sitting county supervisor and the Democratic Party have called for him to step down. He’s up for reelection next year, and he doesn’t agree with the criticism.

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Today, we run a condensed version of a conversation Villanueva had on “Los Angeles Times Today” with host Lisa McRee.

Host: Lisa McRee

Guest: L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva

More reading:

Column: Sheriff Villanueva is angry — at elected officials, at the L.A. Times, at lawlessness

‘Running against the woke left’: Can Sheriff Villanueva’s shift to the right work in L.A.?

Op-Ed: Villanueva’s bogus Venice ‘outreach’ is just a cover for criminalizing homelessness

About The Times

“The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producer Denise Guerra and producers Shannon Lin, Marina Peña and Melissa Kaplan. Our editors are Lauren Raab and Shani O. Hilton. Our engineer is Mario Diaz. Our intern is Ashlea Brown. Our theme song was composed by Andrew Eapen.

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