Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Endorses Attorney General Jerry Brown for Governor

Brown For Governor Campaign

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who commands the largest Sheriff's Department in the United States, today announced his official endorsement of Attorney General Jerry Brown for Governor, citing Brown's longtime commitment to fighting crime, protecting victims, and keeping our neighborhoods safe.

"For California voters who care about public safety, the choice for Governor is clear," said Sheriff Lee Baca, a registered Republican. "Jerry Brown is a proven leader, with the experience and vision to get California working again."

"As Governor, Mayor, and Attorney General, Jerry Brown has championed the rights of crime victims, toughened criminal penalties, and developed innovative crime-fighting technologies. For years, Jerry Brown has delivered the resources we need as peace officers to keep our communities safe. Jerry Brown has always stood with me and my deputies and I am proud to stand with him in his campaign for Governor," said Baca.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca maintains a budget of $2.4 billion, leads more than 18,000 sworn officers and professional staff, and provides law enforcement services to 40 incorporated cities, 90 unincorporated communities, 9 community colleges, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the Rapid Rail Transit District.

In addition to today's endorsement, Brown was endorsed last month by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), the largest public safety organization in California and the largest statewide public safety association in the nation.

As Governor, Jerry Brown signed hundreds of tough anti-crime measures, including laws compelling criminals to pay restitution to their victims, the ‘Use A Gun Go To Prison' law, and mandatory sentences for rape, sale of heroin and PCP, violent crimes against the elderly and child molestation. Brown also established and funded the Career Criminal Prosecution Program, the Career Criminal Apprehension Program and the Crime Resistance Task Force.

As Mayor of Oakland, Jerry Brown was a leader in the campaign to defeat Proposition 66, an attempt to dismantle California's three strikes law. Mayor Brown also implemented a variety of innovative crime-fighting strategies, including a curfew for parolees to prevent late-night violence. By the time he left office, Oakland's police force was over 800 strong, a 25 percent increase over 1998, and crime had dropped more than 13%.

As Attorney General, Jerry Brown has made California safer by aggressively prosecuting drug dealers, gang members and corporate criminals - all while reducing his operating budget by almost 10%. Brown's office has arrested more than 6,000 criminals, recovered 5,800 guns, closed 400 meth labs, and doubled the DNA database.

Brown's office is also cracking down on fraudulent home loan practices, loan modification companies, and investment rating firms. The Attorney General is going after companies profiting from the mortgage crisis and labor law violators, and has recovered more than half a billion dollars from Medi-Cal fraud and elder abuse cases. Brown's office even successfully thwarted the Bush Administration's attempt to gut California's robust environmental laws.

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