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Ex-City Manager eyes sheriff post 

Cecil Rhambo frontrunner for top County lawman

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Ex-Compton City Manager Cecil Rhambo, who went on to assume the duties of LAX police chief, has a long list of credentials that position him as the favorite to succeed Alex Valenueva as Los Angeles County Sheriff, including Assistant Sheriff. If elected, Rhambo will be the county's first Black sheriff. Screen grab

Compton native would become first Black LA County Sheriff

COMPTON (MNS)—Los Angeles County Sheriff candidate Cecil Rhambo, currently LAX police chief, and a former Assistant Sheriff and Deputy Chief under Lee Baca, is percolating with a steady stream of endorsements heading into the 2022 county election.

 

The most recent endorsement came from the California Legislative Black Caucus.

CLBC recognizes Rhambo as a respected community leader with a "wealth of experience in law enforcement, protecting Los Angeles County citizens for more than 33 years.

[He] is currently the Chief of LAX Airport, and has a strong track record of community  in Compton and South LA."

CLBC says Rhambo has organized youth boxing and developed the Community Oriented Policing Bureau, which focused on suppressing violent crime, combating homelessness, parking enforcement, quality of life programs, youth programs, and the mental health response teams that partnered with psych clinicians county-wide.

“I’ve known Cecil for many years and as chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee," said Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. "I am confident he would be the Sheriff all of LA could be proud of.

 

"I know he is the right person to lead the LA County Sheriff Department during this state and national demand for police reform and accountability, and I trust his commitment to bringing desperately-needed transparency, equity, and integrity to the Department," Bradford said.

This past year the Black Caucus has authored police reform legislation to include changes in use of force, banning chokeholds, age requirements of officers, and accountability among other improvements to law enforcement, many of which are shared strategies of Rhambo as a veteran officer in LA County. 

Metropolis News Service

First West Nile Virus Death Reported in LA County

LOS ANGELESThe Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed the first death due to West Nile virus (WNV) for the 2021 season in Los Angeles County. The patient, a resident of the eastern region of Los Angeles County, was hospitalized and died from WNV-associated neuro-invasive disease.

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“To the family and friends feeling the sorrow of losing this person due to WNV, we send you our deepest sympathies,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “West Nile virus can be a serious health threat to people who get infected. People should regularly check for items that can hold water and breed mosquitoes, both inside and outside their homes, and to cover, clean or throw out those items. I encourage everyone to protect themselves from diseases spread by mosquitoes by using EPA-registered mosquito repellent products as directed, and wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.” 

 

Humans get WNV through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most mosquitoes do not carry the virus; therefore, most people bitten by a mosquito are not exposed to WNV. Those who do get WNV may experience mild symptoms including fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. In some cases, especially in persons over 50 years of age and those with chronic medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes, severe WNV infection can occur and affect the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis, encephalitis, and paralysis. There is no specific treatment for WNV disease and no vaccine to prevent infection.

A total of 10 cases have been documented in the County so far this year (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena as cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments). WNV-infected mosquitoes, dead birds, and sentinel chickens have been identified across Los Angeles County. Public Health monitors cases of WNV infection and collaborates with local vector control agencies to reduce the risk of WNV to humans by promoting prevention and mosquito reduction.

Decrease your risk of exposure. Protect yourself: Mosquito repellents can keep mosquitoes from biting you. EPA-registered repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, 2-undecanone, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective. They are available as sprays, wipes, and lotions. Find the repellent that’s right for you here. Consider wearing long-sleeved clothes and pants when outside. Mosquito-proof your home: Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.

 

Reduce mosquitos: Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Check for items that hold water inside and outside your home once a week. Cover water storage containers such as buckets and rain barrels. If no lid, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito. Clear standing water in flower pots, saucers, birdbaths and other containers. Clean and maintain swimming pools, spas and drain water from pool covers. Throw away old items in your patio or yard that can hold water, e.g., old car tires and children’s toys.

Call 2-1-1 or visit www.socalmosquito.org to report persistent problems to your mosquito control district. More information and resources: West Nile virus in LA County: http://publichealth.lacounty. gov/acd/VectorWestNile.htm West Nile virus information by phone: (800) 232-4636. West Nile virus in California: http://westnile.ca.gov

Health education materials on mosquito control and preventing West Nile virus infections: http://www.socalmosquito.org  It's Not Just A Bite, a mosquito-borne disease public health campaign http://bit.ly/NotJustABite

Where to call with questions about mosquitoes in your community: 

 

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District: (562)944-9656

Los Angeles County West Vector Control District: (310) 915-7370

Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District: (310) 933- 5321

City of Long Beach Vector Control Program: (562) 570- 4132

 

Stagnant swimming pools or “green pools” should be reported to the Public Health Environmental Health Bureau at (626) 430-5200, or to a local vector control agency. Dead birds may be reported by calling (877) 968-2473 or online: https://westnile.ca.gov/report.php

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