Supervisor Solis Concerned Over New PEP Policies in County Jails
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis earlier this week received a letter from Sheriff Jim McDonnell outlining how his department proposes to implement the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). The Sheriff’s letter contains language that concerned Supervisor Solis, who issued a statement in response. In Supervisor Solis’ statement, she said some of her concerns may stem from ambiguous language contained in the Sheriff’s letter, and that her office looked forward to working with Sheriff McDonnell to clarify the policy changes he proposes. The following is an excerpt of Supervisor Solis’ statement:
“The Sheriff’s letter states that ICE agents will have full access to County jails, but I do not believe that this is what the Sheriff is proposing. Earlier this year, the Board of Supervisors voted to end the controversial 287(g) program and to close ICE’s permanent office in the L.A. County jail system. This permanent office has been closed, and there is no intention or widely felt desire to reopen this office.
My understanding, based on the information I have currently, is that the Sheriff intends to allow ICE to conduct interviews in our jail system in very limited circumstances. Just as FBI agents are allowed to interview inmates in our jails, ICE agents should be able to interview inmates that they believe may constitute a high risk to public safety. I am supportive of an approach that enhances public safety. When the Board of Supervisors insisted that the Sheriff close ICE’s permanent office, it did not insist that he ban ICE from our jails entirely.
There is a big difference between allowing limited interviews and allowing the full, unfettered access that existed before. As it has been represented to me by DHS and ICE, interviews are a necessary component of the Priority Enforcement Program in order to confirm probable cause. We have insisted that the Sheriff allow such interviews only after ICE has determined—and the Sheriff has verified—that these inmates have been convicted of crimes that truly make them a danger to public safety, and even then only after they have been advised of their rights and given the opportunity to contact a lawyer. Constitutional rights must be upheld.
As a final matter, I am uncomfortable with the use of detainers, rather than notifications. The PEP program, as it has been presented to me, relies primarily on notifications rather than detainers. The Sheriff’s policies need to reflect this.
My top priority remains prohibiting ICE agents from having a permanent home in our jails with unfettered access to inmates in our care. In the past, this led to abuses like racial profiling and that is not acceptable. The Sheriff needs to clarify that this is not what he intends by his proposed framework for implementing the Priority Enforcement Program. As I have stated since taking office, Los Angeles County has a new Board and a new Sheriff looking to propel Los Angeles to the forefront on national issues as well as to reform old ways. I hope that as we continue to work with our community stakeholders and partners, we will move the County in the right direction.”
Foothill Gold Line – Azusa Station’s Dedication
Supervisor Solis joined local, state, and federal leaders on Saturday to celebrate the new Foothill Gold Line station in Azusa. The dedication marks an important milestone for the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County. In 2008, County voters overwhelmingly approved Measure R, which entrusted Metro as a steward of transportation investments.
The project broke ground in June 2010 and will be completed by this month - on time and on budget. The Gold Line extension will enhance residents’ quality of life by creating a healthier, more vibrant environment. It will also contribute to economic growth and prosperity, and because of the improved mobility, local residents will have greater access to reach various points of destination throughout the region, including downtown Azusa, Azusa Pacific University, and Citrus College.
The Foothill Gold line has the potential to reach Ontario, if voters approve a measure in November 2016.
Successful Citizenship Workshop
On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis joined the NALEO Educational Fund, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), the Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), State Senator Ricardo Lara, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, and many others to host a Citizenship Workshop. The workshop focused on N400 and Fee Waiver assistance. Attorneys provided free services to those in attendance. All applicants were offered legal advice pertaining to their citizenship application and the legal process. As a result of everyone’s collaborative support, 129 lawful permanent residents were assisted and 71 applications were successfully completed. There were also a total of 44 fee waivers completed - a total savings of $29,920 for our community!
Hundreds of Volunteers Turn-Out to Help LA Works Beautify the Southeast Cities
On Sept. 23, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis hosted a community forum in City Terrace in East Los Angeles. City Terrace residents were given an opportunity to build relationships with their County Departments to identify neighborhood issues including parking, bulky items, safety, to name a few. The City Terrace Community Forum gave many of the residents an opportunity to interact with their County representative. As a result of the community forum, City Terrace residents will have a healthier and safer place to live. City Terrace residents said this community forum was an important step to make residents feel they are part of the decision-making process.
Don’t miss the opportunity to Enjoy Beethoven Egmont Overture Hosted by the LA Phil
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Conductor Joshua Dos Santos on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information click here or call (626) 350-4500. Seating preference will be given to ticket holders that arrive early!
SAVE THE DATE
1250 S. Herbert Ave.
Los Angeles 90023
Sat., Sept. 26, 2015
8 a.m. to noon
Presentation of Alternative Park Concepts
Hacienda Heights Community Center
1234 Valencia Ave.
Wed., Sept. 30, 2015
6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Free Oil Recycling
For a list of events in Sept. and Oct. visit www.cleanLA.com or call (888) CLEAN LA
Toxic Trash / E-Waste Recycling
City of South El Monte
Community Center Parking
Lot, Sat., Sept. 26, 2015
1415 Santa Anita Ave., South El Monte, CA
East Los Angeles Field Office
4801 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 881-4601
Fax: (323) 887-7286
Hall of Administration Office
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
El Monte Field Office
3400 Aerojet Avenue, Suite 240
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 350-4500
Fax: (626) 448-1573