This past Tuesday, Party for Socialism and Liberation County Supervisor candidates Marylou Cabral and Stephen Hinze addressed the sitting Board of Supervisors during the public comment portion of their weekly meeting, challenging their opponents on the L.A. Unified School District’s $560 million budget deficit, the LAPD’s reputation of racial profiling and brutality (51% of the county budget goes to the LAPD, by the way), and the recent ICE raids against undocumented immigrants in Southern California.
Cabral, running in the fourth district, noted her disgust at the recent killing of Long Beach resident by LAPD officers. Cabral directly asked her opponent Supervisor Don Knabe “What are you doing, Mr. Knabe, for these communities that are in the most need of funding, other than sending over racist cops that casually shoot at unarmed people of color?” The presiding member of the board immediately moved on with no response from Supervisor Knabe.
Stephen Hinze, running in the fifth district, then began his statement with a preface that incumbent Supervisor Michael Antonovich will not debate him publicly. Hinze spoke out against the City of Sylmar’s attempts to impose a new gang injunction law, calling it a “racist attempt to criminalize the Latino youth of the area,” and reiterated his opposition to the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
The primary election for the LAC Board of Supervisors will be held June 3rd, and is officially non-partisan. Hinze is the only candidate opposing Supervisor Antonovich, while Cabral is in a three-way race against incumbent Knabe and Dr. Jay Shah, a local physician and county employee. Knabe, Cabral and Shah were all recently profiled in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
A video of Cabral’s statement and most of Hinze’s can be found on the PSL’s homepage (no direct link to the video or embed code appear to be available).