The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors removed Sheriff Alex Villanueva as head of the county’s emergency operations center on Tuesday, a day after he reversed an order to close gun shops amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News reports.
The supervisors said the unanimous vote was in response to the 2018 Woolsey Fire that charred nearly 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and destroyed a number of structures, and the need to centralize disaster operations, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“The new protocols bring Los Angeles County into alignment with modern best practices that recommend use of deeply-trained disaster management professionals to manage emergency functions that often span a full range of critical functions such as public health, housing and health services, in addition to public safety,” a board statement said.
This is the Sheriff that said gun shops are nonessential businesses and if they don’t close their doors, they will be cited and face the loss of their business licenses.
“Gun shops, strip clubs, night clubs are nonessential businesses. We are trying to get them to close their doors,” he said. “If they don’t close their doors, they will be cited,” which could mean the loss of a business license.
The Sheriff essentially was removed from the Emergency Operations Department because his decisions help no confidence withe county board. The Sheriff responded with:
“It’s not gonna add more ventilators, it’s not gonna add more masks out there to first responders, it definitely does not improve functions, When it comes to life and death matters, I don’t take it lightly.”
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) March 31, 2020
As we can imagine, there is a vast political history between the board members clashing with the Sheriff and egos are out of control all the while it is the people who suffer for it.
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