With little comment at a meeting earlier this week, the San Dimas City Council cast a vote of no confidence in Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
In a 4-0 vote Tuesday, July 13, San Dimas leaders approved a resolution calling out directives from the District Attorney’s Office, which they described as “detrimental to the city.” Councilmember Eric Weber was absent from the meeting.
“DA Gascon’s reforms are eliminating key components of the criminal justice system itself, undermining law enforcement’s ability to effectively police our communities, and dismantling the rule of law in Los Angeles County,” the resolution read.
San Dimas is the 23nd city in the county to pass a no-confidence vote targeting Gascón. In La Verne, the City Council there is set to consider a similar action against Gascón on Monday, July 19.
The other cities that have adopted similar resolutions include Arcadia, Azusa, Beverly Hills, Covina, Diamond Bar, Hidden Hills, Lancaster, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Manhattan Beach, Norwalk, Palos Verdes Estates, Pico Rivera, Redondo Beach, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Temple City, Torrance, Walnut and Whittier.
Many of these cities have cited the DA’s polices — eliminating cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent offenses, taking the death penalty off the table in all cases, and eliminating sentencing enhancements — as reasons for their votes of no confidence. The votes are symbolic and do not impact the DA’s office.