LA DA George Gascón: Diamond Bar votes no confidence

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DIAMOND BAR, CA – Diamond Bar on Tuesday joined a growing list of Los Angeles County cities in approving a non-binding resolution of no confidence in District Attorney George Gascón.

Diamond Bar joined Azusa and Santa Fe Springs this week in adopting such a measure, as well as the cities of Beverly Hills, Covina, La Mirada, Lancaster, Pico Rivera, Santa Clarita and Whitter, which adopted similar measures earlier.

Diamond Bar’s vote was symbolic and has no effect on the prosecutor’s work, but expressed the city’s dissatisfaction with Gascón’s policies.

Four council members voted in favor of the measure. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Low recused himself, citing a conflict of interest because she is the county’s deputy attorney.

The vote followed more than an hour of public commentary from residents of Diamond Bar who overwhelmingly supported the vote of no confidence.

Public safety was the main concern of council members who approved the measure. Gascón’s policies put their community and the rest of Los Angeles County at risk, they said. These included eliminating the cash bond for misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, no longer charging repeat offenders with improved sentences, and no longer seeking the death penalty.

City Councilor Steve Tye first proposed the measure at the May 4 council meeting. The vote of no confidence went beyond party politics and was a “matter of human rights … a matter of community,” he said.

“I really believe George Gascón would have been so much happier as a public defender,” Tye said. “I think he’s confused about his role as a Los Angeles attorney.”

Brian Worthington, a resident of the town, said during the public comment period that he understood the need for penal reform but felt Gascón’s measures went too far.

“There are a lot of things that can involve decriminalization or less serious offenses,” he said. “But when you stand up for the criminal rather than the victim, we’ve crossed a border we’ve never crossed before in Los Angeles County.”

“This will send another message to Mr. Gascón, which he will probably ignore,” said Nancy Lyons, mayor of Diamond Bar. “But, we can only do what we can do here.”

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