When it comes to the growing issue of homelessness, Sheriff Alex Villanueva has failed the people of LA County. His combative and divisive approach to our region’s homelessness crisis has exacerbated the issue and led to further government dysfunction. Further, Villanueva's refusal to collaborate with the LA County Board of Supervisors, as well as cities across the county, has led to a deeply toxic environment instead of what the people of LA County need, which is a real, actionable, holistic and commonsense approach to address this emergency.
This crisis is a regional issue that needs to be dealt with on a much more collaborative and collective scale and with extensive cooperation across a number of disciplines, including public agencies and nonprofits, elected leaders, clergy, and more. Villanueva took a model I helped build and eroded it, along with the public's trust. As Sheriff, I will work directly with the various stakeholders to ensure that our county’s chronically unhoused population has access to the critical services they need, including more mental health resources.