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Part Three of the LA Justice Report’s investigation into the dangerous state of LA County’s jails is up and running. Yours truly was the author of the piece, which was published on Witness LA in collaboration with Spot.us. This story delves into the shady political underbelly of the Sheriff’s Department, and the role those politics have played in the wanton abuse of inmates in LA County jail by deputies over the past decade. At the heart of the problem: Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.
No matter the departmental rank, all our sources tell us the same thing: Long before Tanaka officially inherited the No. 2 spot there were already two camps inside the Sheriff’s Department—those “in the car” with Tanaka and those on the outside. Those outside the car can be “rolled up”—meaning transferred to department backwaters—if they cross Tanaka, regardless of their performance on the job. Those in the car with Tanaka are promoted quickly and insulated from performance failures. For years, Lee Baca has, with few exceptions, granted Tanaka the power to pick and choose what supervisors get promoted and where they’re placed—even in units over which Tanaka has no formal organizational control.
FishbowlLA’s Matthew Fleischer, i.e. me, was on Sonali Kolhatkar‘s Uprising Radio show on KPFK this morning–talking about my recent “LA Justice Report” investigation into deputy abuse of inmates in the LA County Jail system. Listen to the segment here or watch the video above.
Yes, I know. I need a haircut.
LA-based feminist mag make/shift is gearing up for issue number 2, with a focus on stories about the media.
When the magazine launched in March 2007, it sold out of its 1,000 print-run within weeks. A second printing did so well, that two distributors picked up the title, and now the editor grrrls (Stephanie Abraham, Jessica Hoffmann, and Daria Yudacufski) are gearing up for issue 2 is due out September 18.
Hoffman tells FBLA the long lag time is due to the volunteer nature of the magazine.
“We’re biannual because this is a volunteer project that we’re all doing on top of already-full schedules (day jobs, freelance writing and editing work, and more),” Hoffman says. “So, in order to stay sane and healthy, we decided to go with a biannual schedule.”
Contributors include L.A. Times op-ed writer Erin Aubry Kaplan, KPFK radio host Sonali Kolhatkar and emerging fiction writer Myriam Gurba.
Come celebrate the launch on Oct. 10 at Skylight Books with readings featuring Gurba, Kaplan, Dean Spade, and others.