Morning Brief: Vote for Los Angeles County Sheriff

gHello the It’s June 3.

Happy Pride Month everyone! There are so many cool events happening this weekend that I want to share with you. First, West Hollywood’s “WeHo Pride” starts today until Sunday, June 5. It’s IN PERSON for the first time in two years! It will be in and around West Hollywood Park. The WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is already underway and will continue until June 30.

Glenn Burk, the first openly gay player in Major League Baseball, will be honored tonight at LGBTQ+ Pride Party at Dodger Stadium. It was a difficult journey for Burke and he left the sport early before dying of complications from AIDS at 42. His family told The New York Times they hope tonight’s recognition will make him “partly whole”.

Now I want to kick off my colleague Brianna Lee to share some very important points Voter Game Plan Information.

Voters Game Plan: LA County Sheriff

The LA County Sheriff holds one of the most powerful elected offices in the county. The sheriff oversees the largest sheriff’s department in the United States and is directly elected by voters, unlike other law enforcement chiefs who are appointed by mayors or city councils. And Tuesday’s primary election is when voters can weigh in on who should be Los Angeles’ next sheriff.

Current sheriff Alex Villanueva is up for re-election against eight challengers. But it’s not one of those races where the incumbent is the obvious winner.

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Villanueva won the seat in 2018, positioning himself as a reformer with the support of several progressive organizations. Four years later, he is clashed several times with the supervisory boardresisted attempts to create more oversight for the department and faced calls to resign from the Sheriff’s Civilian Supervisory Board and the LA County Democratic Party.

The next sheriff will have to wrestle with big questions:

  • How involved should the sheriff’s department be in anti-camping law enforcement? And how will the ministry coordinate its response with nonprofits and social workers?
  • How should the sheriff’s department get rid of subgroups of deputies, also called gangs by some?
  • How should MPs respond to calls involving people in mental health crisis? Should they expand mental assessment teams, which require more funding? Should they respond to nonviolent cases with unarmed clinicians instead of assistants?

You can read our Sheriff’s Run Voter Game Plan Guide to learn about the platforms of the nine candidates, the recommendations, the financing of the campaign and the answers to our questionnaire.

As always, stay happy and healthy, friends. There’s more news below the fold.

What else you need to know today

Before you go… Black surfers will ride the waves at Huntington Beach

Nate Fluellen, founder and organizer of the A Great Day in the Stoke event, is riding a wave. Fluellen’s goal is to inspire black people to want to learn to swim and surf.

(Courtesy of Nate Fluellen)

One thing about me, I’m going to be outside every chance I get. I also like to learn about drugs and the outdoor activities that other black people do in LA. Tomorrow, what could be the biggest gathering of black surfers takes place. It is an event called A beautiful day in the Stoke and the organizer is Nate Fluellen.

Fluellen has been swimming all his life and surfing for five years consistently. His goal is to inspire more black people to get in the water and learn to swim and surf (I’m proud to say I recently learned to swim myself). This weekend, he expects at least 500 people to show up. “It’s like a groundswell of multiple elements as to why this event is impactful because it’s going to, you know, bring a spotlight on the black surf community that has been doing this since the 60s or earlier with Nick Gabaldon and Tony Corley“said Fluellen. “It will be an opportunity for black people to see each other en masse.”

On Saturday there will be a surf competition, surf lessons and yoga on the beach. Fluellen says Black Girl Sunscreen will distribute products and Patagonia will be there to repair suits. The free surf lessons are full, but if you still want to learn to surf, Color the water is one of the organizations mentioned by Nate that offers free courses to the BIPOC community.

“I remember what it was like when I saw the photo of A beautiful day in Harlem and one Big day in hip-hopwhich is… where I got inspired by A Great Day in the Stoke,” Fluellen said. “So our goal is to get this image of three to five hundred black surfers so that the kid from the Midwest like me, or even from South Central Los Angeles, is like, ‘Oh, wow, there are surfers black. I want to go surfing’.

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