Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Wednesday called out an activist coalition allied with Black Lives Matter, claiming the organization is mainly comprised of Caucasians who reside in luxury homes in affluent neighborhoods.
Villanueva singled out the group, called People’s City Council-L.A., during an Instagram Live broadcast focused on his incremental plan to clear the Venice Beach boardwalk of homeless encampments. The coalition is part of a larger progressive alliance that has condemned the department’s strategy for addressing the county’s transient population, accusing Villanueva of ordering “an armed displacement” while using “fascist rhetoric” to “intimidate and harass unhoused people.”
The sheriff began the livestream by saying the People’s City Council “is also known as the white millionaires’ people’s city council,” adding, “apparently the people they represent is a very exclusive group, very elite.”
Villanueva is up for re-election next year, and the People’s City Council and their allies have vowed to oust him from office. They accuse Villanueva of being a