Sheriff’s department struggling to manage $3.2 billion budget, deputy overtime

Sheriff's Deputy Under Investigation

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is running a projected $40 million budget deficit and using dollars allocated for services, supplies and equipment to pay out an estimated $142 million in unbudgeted overtime, according to a report presented Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai told the board that the numbers reflect a historical imbalance in place for the last 20 years, long before Sheriff Jim McDonnell was elected in 2014.

“The sheriff’s budget does not reflect the actual spending in many of the line item categories,” Hamai said, pointing to $260 million in overtime spending, more than double the amount budgeted.

The department says it uses overtime to make up for hundreds of vacant sworn and civilian positions.

In response, the board unanimously voted to hire an independent consultant to develop strategies to recruit and retain more deputies.

The department is also struggling to absorb cost increases in retiree health care and workers’ compensation, with Hamai projecting $100 million in cost overruns.

McDonnell pledged to collaborate with Hamai and the auditor-controller on a sustainable budget, but he also raised “the very real possibility that the LASD is underfunded.”

Pressures include an “exponential rise” in the jail population and a growing number of mentally ill inmates requiring additional services, and the sheriff suggested that the scope of the department’s work might need to be cut back to right-size the organization.

“We want to be many things to all people, but we need to ask ourselves if can we afford to do that,” McDonnell said. He later added, “We have reached a fiscal tipping point.”

The sheriff said the organization — which has a $3.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18 — is among the leanest when compared with law enforcement agencies in New York, Chicago and other big cities, which have an officer-to-population ratio of 4 to 1,000 or more, versus the LASD ratio of one to 1,000.

“Los Angeles taxpayers are getting a true bargain,” McDonnell said.

The sheriff, the board, city officials and labor leaders all agreed that deputies are being asked to work too much overtime, which hurts morale and creates the risk of bad decisions.

The union believes another 1,500 deputies need to be hired, according to Derek Hsieh, executive director of the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.

“It’s reached the point to where it’s a crisis,” Hsieh told City News Service.

Deputies are being asked to work as many as six to eight extra shifts a month, Hsieh said, which is just “not healthy.”

Supervisor Kathryn Barger agreed, saying, “It is not fair to ask them to work large amounts of overtime” to make up for unfilled positions.

Significant mandatory overtime is one of the things that makes it hard to hire new deputies, Hsieh said. The personnel shortage also hamstrings the department from instituting changes — including adding more mental health evaluation teams and upgrading equipment and technology — a point echoed by McDonnell, who cited an “already archaic information infrastructure.”

Supervisor Hilda Solis noted that difficulties in hiring enough officers is “not unique to this department, but part of a national trend,” and urged McDonnell to “focus on quality.”

McDonnell said the department has been searching college campuses and military bases nationwide to find the best recruits, in addition to boosting its social media presence to attract interest.

Keeping deputies from leaving the department is also critical, the sheriff said, telling the board he worries that “deputies are chronically tired” and spending too much time away from their families, especially since many have long commutes to work.

“We cannot achieve full staffing and reduce overtime just by increasing the number of people coming through the front door,” McDonnell said.

A report from the recruiting and retention consultant to be hired by the CEO’s office is expected back in 90 days.

Hamai pledged to work with the auditor-controller and sheriff’s department to bring the budget into balance by June 30.

The CEO said the collaborative review would include an analysis of whether the overtime costs are directly tied to vacancies and an effort to match ongoing revenues to ongoing expenses.

LA County offers $20,000 to find 3 missing, presumed dead


LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 reward Tuesday for information in the case of three friends from the Antelope Valley who went missing in January and are presumed dead.

Jose Lara, 65, Cuauhtemoc Lara, 39, and 49-year-old Julieta Arvizu disappeared in mid-January, leaving what seemed to be all their possessions behind, according to authorities.

The elder Lara’s vehicle was found abandoned on Feb. 5 in Littlerock, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley where all three lived. Their cell phones were turned off and have not been used since the date they vanished.

Detectives say there have been no requests for ransom and believe it’s likely the three were killed. They hope the reward will encourage witnesses to come forward.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who recommended the reward, said the families of those missing were in contact with investigators and devastated by the turn of events.

Barger is urging anyone with information to call sheriff’s Detective David Gunner at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).

You take care of your family; let WIC take care of you!

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You take care of your family; let WIC take care of you!
WIC is a nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. 
You may qualify for WIC if you:

You may provide for WIC if you;

  • Are pregnant, breastfeeding or just had a baby:
  • Have a child under age 5, and 
  • Have a low to medium income, and/or
  • Recieve Medi-cal, Calworker (TANF or Cal, CalFresh (Food Stamp)
  • Lives in California

WIC provides:

  • Nutrition Tips and health information
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Check for healthy foods (Like Fruits and Vegetables)
  • Referral to Medical providers and community services  

Enroll Early!  Call today to see if you qualify and to make an appointment:

California Department of Public Health, California WIC Program
1-888-942-9675  (1-888-WIC-WORKS)


Antelope Valley & Southern California Church Directory


If you are in the local area and in need of a church home.


Living Water Worship Center
1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105

Lancaster, CA. 93534

  • Service Times
  • Worship Service:  11:30 AM
  • Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM
  • Food Ministry:  Every Saturday @ 10:30 P.M.
  • Youth 4 Truth: Every Saturday before the 2nd Sunday
  • Empowering Men’s Ministry:  Every 3rd Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Women of Word Ministry:  Every 4th Saturday at 2:00 P.M.
  • Prayer Line:  Every Wednesday at 6:00 P.M.
    Phone No. 515-603-3106 Pin 129253#

Pastor Dwayne Jones


The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Tina Johnson


Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
  • Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone


Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West

Lancaster CA 93534

  • Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.

 Dr John Ward, Senior Pastor  


Temple Ministries   
43913 15th Street West

Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
  • Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  

Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.

Lancaster CA 93535

  • Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
  • Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor


Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534


  • Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
  • Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
  • Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
  • Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
  • Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor

Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534

  • Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
  • Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
  • Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
  • Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

LeNiel & Venus



St. John Holy Trinity A.M.E
9543 East Avenue Q-10

Littlerock CA 93550

  • Sunday School:  9:30 A.M.
  • Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.
  • Bible study Wednesday :  6:00 P.M.

Melanie Mays, Senior Pastor



True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q

Palmdale CA 93550

  • Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
  • Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
  • Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday


 Al January, Pastor/Teacher 


Los Angeles

Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles CA.  90044

  • Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
  • Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
  • Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor


Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd

Los Angeles CA 90061

  • Service Times
  • Sunday School:  9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
  • Conference Prayer: Every Wednesday at 7:30 P.M.
    Phone No. 641-715-3630  Pin 284045 #
Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 



World Wide Pastor Fellowship

WWPF 2017

World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship:  Established for over 17 years with a proven track record of success.  Our founder is Pastor  Lonnie McNamee. World Wide Pastor’s Fellowship is an organization that allows Pastors to fellowship to discuss the state of affairs in the universal church.

The organization meets four times a year (Quarterly).  Members of the organization vary from different denominations and churches.

World Wide Fellowship goal is to keep Pastors in the pulpit.  If there is ever a need for the Gospel to be Preach it is definitely now.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Romans 10: 14

For More Information please contact;  Pastor Lonnie McNamee at 323-353-3529.

Let’s Celebrate Bishop Henry Hearns 85th Birthday

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Let’s celebrate Bishop Henry Hearns’ 85th Birthday.
The Year of Caleb:
Give Me This Mountain

Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
(Photo w/honoree 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.)
Place: The Castaway Restaurant – 1250 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501

Attire: Dressy Denim or Linen
Buffet Luncheon ~ Entertainment ~ Raffle Prizes & More!!
For more information: 661-533-2533 Cost: $70 For tickets.