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L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca supports bid to stop state from taking money from local coffers

October 18, 2010 |  2:02 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca continued his streak of political advocacy leading up to the Nov. 2 election, joining with other law enforcement officials Monday to urge voters to support Proposition 22.

The measure would forbid the state from taking money from county and city coffers at times of fiscal crisis. Opponents of the proposition say it would limit the state's options to find funding during hard times, but supporters say it would protect vital local services.

"Whenever you take money out of local government to try and balance the state budget, it's going to severely affect law enforcement," said Baca spokesman Steve Whitmore.

Baca was joined by officials from the Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, the deputies union.  Lawmakers in Sacramento cannot "continue to balance their budgets on the backs of local government services," association President Steve Remige said in a statement.

Monday's event in Monterey Park was not Baca's first foray into election politics. The sheriff has already come out strongly against a measure that would legalize marijuana in California, and in favor of Democrat Jerry Brown's bid for governor.

"The sheriff believes this may be one of the most significant elections the state has had in recent memory," Whitmore said.

-- Robert Faturechi