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For 80 years, no LA Sheriff has been replaced by an election. The County is so big that no challenger can beat the one listed on the ballot as the "incumbent." But current Sheriff Lee Baca is now tarnished by scandal, and so is his best-known opponent, former undersheriff and Mayor of Gardena, Paul Tanaka. We hear about the dark horse who blew the whistle, Bob Olmsted. Also, LA County: the nation's capital of undocumented workers is also the capitol of immigration fraud.

167x120 image for nx121114obama_press_conferenOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, President Obama has announced changes in the Affordable Care Act so he can keep his promise to people who like their current health insurance policies.  Will trying to restore his credibility do lasting damage to what he calls his major achievement?

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Caitlin Shamberg
Christian Bordal
Saul Gonzalez

Reporter's Notebook Scamming the Undocumented

USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration has reported that 10% of all the people in LA County are illegal immigrants. That makes this the national capital of immigration fraud. Saul Gonzalez has a special report from Sonic Trace, KCRW's Independent Producer Project.

 

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Maria Gutierrez (R) with her lawyer Gina Amato Lough
of the legal aid organization Public Counsel

 

You can read more about immigration fraud — in English and Spanish — and see photos of Maria Gutierrez at kcrw.com/whichwaylablog. For more stories from KCRWs Sonic Trace, which tells the stories of immigrants in Southern California, visit kcrw.com/sonic trace

 

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)
Victor Nieblas, American Immigration Lawyers Association (@AILA)

Main Topic Can Bob Olmsted Become a Household Word in LA County?

As the incumbent Los Angeles County Sheriff, Lee Baca should be a shoo-in for re-election. In two recent cases dealing with jail violence, juries have socked Baca and other deputies with punitive damages. The recent Commission on Jail Violence said, if Baca were a corporation executive, he would have been fired. His main opponent, former Undersheriff and Mayor of Gardena, Paul Tanaka, was tarnished even worse. Their potential problems have focused attention on the man who blew the whistle on jailhouse brutality: Bob Olmsted. He's the subject of a profile by Gene Maddaus in the LA Weekly.

Guests:
Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly (@GeneMaddaus)
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)

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