Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl had her home searched by authorities in a mulit-property warrant connected to a public corruption investigation.
Both the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. (LASD) and federal agencies served the warrant on Kuehl’s Santa Monica home at around 7 a.m., Wednesday, as well as the home of LA County Civilian Oversight Commissioner Patti Giggans, the L.A. County Hall of Administration, the Peace Over Violence Headquarters, and L.A. Metro Headquarters.
The warrant allowed officials to search any of Kuehl’s rooms, attics, safes, garages, storage rooms, vehicles on or nearby the property, out-buildings and even trash containers.
LASD released a statement on the raids, saying they were part of an ongoing public corruption investigation.
“Today, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Public Corruption Unit served search warrants at multiple locations in connection with an ongoing public corruption investigation,” LASD said in a statement. “Those locations included the homes of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Los Angeles County Civilian Oversight Commissioner Patricia ‘Patti’ Giggans. Also searched were offices located at: Los Angeles County Hall of Administration, Peace Over Violence Headquarters, and LA Metro Headquarters. The investigation has been shared with a federal agency and they continue to monitor.”
Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin commented on the raids, calling them a “politically motivated with hunt” led by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
“Sheila Kuehl is a public official of the highest integrity and of remarkable accomplishment,” Bonin said. “Alex Villanueva runs a department notorious for violence, scandal and civil rights violations. He is scared of civilian oversight, defies civilian oversight and is abusing his power to get revenge on those who exercise civilian oversight.”
Villanueva has had several battles with the supervisors, most recently with the governing body attempting to gain the power to remove sheriffs, but it is not clear if Villanueva is involved in the investigation.
L.A. Weekly reached out to Kuehl representatives and a statement on the search was not readily available.
In an on-location interview with KTTV, Kuehl called the investigation “bogus,” and attributed it to a possibly “disgruntled” former Metro employee who previously accused the supervisor of having knowledge of a no-bid contract worth up to $494,000, falling just short of the $500,000 threshold for a Metro vote.
This story is ongoing and will be updated.
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