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2020-04-01 Government
Sheriff Villanueva ousted as as head of emergency operations
[FOXLA] In the middle of the global coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
outbreak, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted on an ordinance that puts the county CEO in charge of coordinating emergency operations, and replaces Sheriff Alex Villanueva in that role.

The board's original vote to make the change -- as part of updating its plan for emergency preparedness and following lessons learned from the 2018 Woolsey Fire -- came back in November.

That report highlighted a lack of coordination between all the agencies managing the fire and its aftermath that led to missteps. Firefighters, sheriff's deputies, public health workers and public works employees -- among others called to deal with the blaze -- operated within departmental silos and relied on ad hoc responses, according to the report.

"The sheriff did not coordinate any of that," Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said. "If he thought that he was in charge of that ... honestly I didn't see it."

Kuehl said who takes the lead in any given emergency depends on the type of emergency, and more than two-thirds of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, counties have designated either their CEO or department of emergency management to take on that role.

"In this (public health) emergency it would be totally inappropriate for any law enforcement agency to be in charge of anything other than law enforcement," Kuehl said. "This is the appropriate and 21st century response to emergencies."

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