Arcadia Declares No Confidence in Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon
At the May 18, 2021, Arcadia City Council Meeting, the Arcadia City Council adopted a Resolution Declaring and Affirming a Vote of No Confidence in Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón. Arcadia joins at least 13 other cities in Los Angeles County to voice concerns about DA Gascón’s sweeping policy changes that endanger public safety. These include new policies to not prosecute misdemeanor crimes, ignoring the rule of law and victim’s rights, among several others.
The Resolution adopted by the City Council states that DA Gascón’s reforms are eliminating key components of the criminal justice system, undermining law enforcement’s ability to effectively police communities, and undermine the rule of law in Los Angeles County. Specifically, DA Gascón’s reforms contradict state laws that were enacted by the legislature as well as approved by voters through the legislative ballot initiative process to prevent and prosecute crimes, and to protect the public. Council Member April Verlato, who requested that this item be brought forward, stated at the May 18, meeting that, “Gascón is not a legislator, he is the enforcer [of laws].”
The Arcadia City Council has a proud history of supporting public safety and evolving the City’s law enforcement strategies to address the needs of the community; however, policies that aim to restructure or amend prosecutorial directives need to be consistent with state law, and issued with reasonable intent to enhance public safety, protect victim’s rights, and promote the rule of law. For those reasons, the Arcadia City Council demands that DA Gascón uphold state law and refrain from issuing further Special Directives that contradict laws enacted by the legislature or vote of the people. If he fails to do so, the Arcadia City Council calls on DA Gascón to resign or be removed from office.
For more information regarding the Arcadia City Council’s Vote of No Confidence, please visit ArcadiaCA.gov/agenda to view the May 18, 2021 City Council Meeting or read the report.