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Next month, LA County voters will elect a new sheriff and one candidate, Paul Tanaka, has stopped campaigning. We’ll talk with Jim McDonnell, the Long Beach Police Chief, who got 49.4% in the primary. Can he reform what one judge called a “corrupt culture”—infamous for the excessive force and jailhouse brutality that led to a federal consent decree? How will he cope with the Board of Supervisors, which controls his budget?

Also, investors from China are buying up real estate in Southern California. They like the flat land of Arcadia, where multi-million dollar mansions are becoming the norm.

Banner Image: Candidate for LA County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell

Candidate for LA County Sheriff, Jim McDonnell 12 MIN, 40 SEC

LA County has the largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, with 18,000 sworn and professional staff and a budget of $2.5 billion. In recent years, it’s been plagued with scandal, including jailhouse brutality. Six deputies have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy and misconduct, and the federal Justice Department is imposing a consent decree. In January, Lee Baca retired in disgrace.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell got 49.4% of the vote in the June primary—almost winning outright. Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka made the runoff with 15%, and he has stopped campaigning. We’re joined in the studio by Chief McDonnell.

Warren Olney sits down with Jim McDonnell

Jim McDonnell in the WWLA? recording studio

Guests:
Jim McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff (@LACoSheriff)

Chinese Millionaires Are Snapping Up LA Real Estate 9 MIN, 55 SEC

Investors from China bought $22 billion worth of homes in the United States last year and Arcadia, in the San Gabriel Valley, is a microcosm of what’s happening around the country.

Karen Weise reports on real estate for Bloomberg Businessweek. Ping Chen is from mainland China. Since the year 2000, she’s been a realtor in Alhambra.

Guests:
Karen Weise, Bloomberg Businessweek (@KYWeise)
Ping Chen, realtor

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