The Times podcast: The fight to become L.A. County sheriff

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Former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, left, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva share a light moment during a Sept. 21 debate at the Skirball Center.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Alex Villanueva was elected as Los Angeles County sheriff in 2018 with support from progressives riding an anti-Trump wave. But since he took office, he has shifted to the right. His opponent in the November election, retired Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, leads in the polls.

But at a time when issues surrounding law enforcement are part of a national conversation, how much do they differ? We talk about it, as we hear from both candidates at a debate this month. Read the full transcript here.


Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guest: L.A. Times law enforcement reporter Alene Tchekmedyian

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