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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

SheriffSan Diego CountyJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

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June 5, 2018California Primary Election

San Diego CountySheriff

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  • Human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in San Diego County and destroys lives. We are working to combat this form of slavery and make sure that those forced into the sex trade are treated as victims, not criminals.
  • Advances in technology are allowing us to prevent crime before it happens. My office has focused on strong interagency collaboration with federal, state, and local authorities to use those advantages to keep our communities safe.
  • The spread of opioids are destroying lives. Those who find themselves addicted need to get the treatment they need while my office focuses on eliminating the network of suppliers.
Profession:San Diego County Sheriff
Sheriff, County of San Diego (2009current)
Sheriff, County of San Diego — Elected position (2010current)
Sheriff, County of San Diego — Appointed position (20092010)
Special Agent, Asst. Dir., Special Agent In Charge Seattle, San Diego, FBI (19702003)
Seattle University Masters Degree, Public Administration (1981)
University of San Diego Bachelor of Arts (1969)

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore oversees one of the largest Sheriff’s Departments in the nation, with 4,200 employees and a service area of over 4,400 square miles, including a 60-mile international border.  Along with patrol and investigative operations, his department provides air support, search and rescue service, and forensic support for the San Diego region, operates seven detention facilities countywide and provides security to nine courthouses.

Sheriff Gore is known for his collaborative regional approach to law enforcement and for his energetic deployment of technology to the front lines. He spearheaded the creation of the Law Enforcement Coordination Center, which serves as an all-crimes intelligence center for the San Diego region, and a Rapid Response DNA Team that uses forensic DNA to solve property crimes. 

He created the Border Crimes Initiative, which brings together federal, state and local resources to combat crime along the southwest border.  Under his leadership, the department has deployed Information Led Policing, a pro-active approach to preventing and disrupting crime that uses the most current technologies of crime analysis to enable patrol deputies and investigators to focus on crime hotspots and on targeting high-propensity offenders.

Sheriff Gore’s law enforcement career spans 44 years. He spent 32 years in the FBI, where he rose to the level of Assistant Director. He served as Special Agent in Charge of the Seattle and San Diego Field Divisions, where he pioneered the FBI Cyber Crime Squad and Joint Terrorism Task Force. He played a significant role in establishing the San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, the first of its kind in the United States.  He was appointed the 29th Sheriff of San Diego County in 2009, elected a year later, and re-elected in 2014.

Sheriff Gore is a member of the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association, the California State Sheriffs’ Association, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. He is a board member of Second Chance, STAR/PAL, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the San Diego Commission on Gangs. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Arthur E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from his alma mater, University of San Diego, and was selected as “Headliner of the Year” by the San Diego Press Club.

A San Diego native, Sheriff Gore served as an officer in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam era, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. His father and older brother were a part of the San Diego Police Department, his middle brother was a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff, and his wife was one of the first female FBI agents in the United States. He and his wife, Natalie, have a grown son.

  • National Latino Peace Officers Association
  • San Diego Police Officer’s Association
  • Deputy Sheriffs' Association of San Diego County
1.
Question 1

Should the Sheriff's Department work closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify undocumented immigrants in police custody? How do you plan to prioritize supporting requests from ICE along with your other duties?

Answer from Bill Gore:

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department should work closely with all of its state and federal partners to effectively combat crime and keep our communities safe, including allowing ICE to take custody of wanted criminal aliens while they are incarcerated is safer for all involved. Sheriff’s Department detention staff process inquiries from the public, bail bondsmen and other entities on a regular basis in the normal course of their duties.  Any requests from ICE would not have a significant impact on Department operations, and as such, there isno plan to prioritize such requests. 

2.
Question 2

Do you support allowing retail marijuana sales in San Diego County? How will you handle policing marijuana activity effectively?

Answer from Bill Gore:

I support the right of each jurisdiction to determine what is best for its residents.  As Sheriff, it is my responsibility to ensure that the laws of the jurisdictions I serve, as well as Proposition 64 are followed.  This includes ensuring that minors do not use or possess marijuana, that it is not smoked in public places except where permitted by law, and that persons do not drive while under the influence.  The Sheriff’s Department will continue to protect the public by ensuring that only licensed commercial recreational marijuana businesses operate within the Department’s jurisdiction.

3.
Question 3

Should the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board be required to investigate every death that occurs in custody? Why or why not?

Answer from Bill Gore:

Yes. The Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) was established by the Board of Supervisors in 1990 to, among other things, investigate deaths arising out of or in connection with the activities of peace officers and custodial officers.  While CLERB is advisory only, it performs an important function in providing transparency and serves as an additional check for the residents of San Diego County.

4.
Question 4

Should video from body-worn cameras be released to the public? Why or why not?

Answer from Bill Gore:

Video from body-worn cameras can be helpful in aiding the public in understanding how and why certain incidents occur, as well as increasing transparency, and building public trust.  However, these important benefits must be balanced with other important factors including the right to privacy, due process rights, public safety, and ensuring that ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions are not negatively impacted.  In 2016, I worked with the District Attorney and other local law enforcement agencies to create a protocol for the disclosure of officer involved shooting video evidence. This protocol makes clear that, as it relates to officer involved shootings, it should be the practice in most situations to release video as soon as it is appropriate to do so. 

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Question 5

Does the Sheriff's Department need to improve its diversity? Why or why not?

Answer from Bill Gore:

The Sheriff’s Department’s core values serve to remind everyone that “[w]e embrace the strength in the diversity of our employees and our communities.”  We have come a long way in my time as Sheriff, by actively recruiting from diverse demographic groups in places where they live and gather, and by utilizing methods of communication targeted towards a more diverse audience.  Today, the Sheriff’s Department has a makeup that reflects the communities within the Department’s jurisidiction. Statistically the demographics of the area served by the Sheriff’s Department is 6.2% Asian/Pacific Islander, 3% Black/African American, 30% Hispanic/Latino, and 57% White. The demographic makeup of the sworn members of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is 7.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 6.3% Black/African American, 28.7% Hispanic/Latino, and 57% White.

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Question 6

Do you support measures to stop the criminalization of homelessness? The basic human behaviors of many homeless people (like sitting, sleeping and bathing in public) are against the law. Please provide specific examples of measures you would support.

Answer from Bill Gore:

Being homeless is not a crime.  The issue of homelessness is complex and multifaceted, with no easy answer.  However, I believe that once we recognize and accept that there are numerous reasons for homelessness such as substance abuse, mental health issues, and the cost of housing, we can begin to find solutions to address it.  That is why I support the Housing First model. The concept behind Housing First is to provide housing and then incorporate the subsequent delivery of services to treat substance abuse and mental health issues, and help get people back on their feet.

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

Sheriff

BILL GORE

Sheriff

San Diego is the safest urban county in America. As Sheriff since 2009, I’ve managed the department’s 4,300 employees and $823 million budget while developing approaches and innovations that have lowered crime rates in every category.

Crime in San Diego County is at a 35-year low because of strong inter-agency cooperation in the region. In addition to containing the 8th largest city in America, we are located along the busiest land border crossing in the world, which creates additional challenges including human trafficking, drug trafficking, and even terrorism. Federal, state, local agencies work together to prevent crime and make sure those who threaten our communities are held accountable.

I am proud to have the endorsements of many of the important local law enforcement organizations I work with everyday including the Deputy Sheriffs Association, Deputy District Attorneys Association, National Latino Peace Officers Association, and San Diego Police Officers Association.

Community organizations endorsing my reelection include the Latino American Political Association and the Mexican American Business and Professional Association.

I am very proud that San Diego is the safest urban county in America and I ask for your vote to serve you for four more years.

— April 10, 2018 Re-Elect Sheriff Gore 2018

Bill Gore became San Diego County Sheriff after more than three decades in the FBI.  As Sheriff, he's helped make San Diego the safest urban county in America.

Commander, Sheriff's Department
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  • Accountability, community trust, fairness, equality, and respect in policing
  • Fighting the opioid & meth epidemics
  • Improving our county jails
Profession:33-year Sheriff's Department Veteran
Commander, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (2012current)
Captain, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (20102012)
Lieutenant, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (20082010)
Sergeant, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (19942008)
Deputy, San Diego County Sheriff's Department (19851994)
Elected Trustee, San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (2003current)
Vice Chair, County of San Diego LGBT & Allies Association (2016current)
Founder, Sheriff's Department Youth Advisory Group (2012current)

I was born and raised in San Diego County. I’m proud to be a lifelong resident. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a police officer and I’ve never questioned that decision throughout my career.

I’ve been in law enforcement for 35 years, with 33 years at the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. I have worked all over the county, including our backcountry, and have been involved with nearly every aspect of law enforcement.

Since I started my run for sheriff, I’ve heard from and have met with thousands of San Diego County residents.

People are concerned about the growing opioid and methamphetamine epidemics. They see the number of officer-involved shootings and wonder what is being done to prepare deputies to de-escalate dangerous situations. They question the truthfulness of claims that crime is down.

People are surprised to learn about the number of hepatitis cases in our jails, or that CDC standards for disease prevention and women’s health have not been implemented. Or that our crime labs don’t test all rape kits. Or that extremely high rates of inmate violence and suicide are not being addressed.

Public trust has been eroded by several well-publicized incidents. These issues do more than degrade the quality of life for our residents, they make us less safe and contribute to the growth of mistrust.  These incidents have also led to lawsuits costing San Diego County taxpayers over $24 million at last count. 

Our brave women and men in uniform strive to do their best to serve and protect. I understand what a day in the life of a deputy is like, because I was one.  I had to climb the ranks to reach my current position.

I’ve been with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years and I believe that we’re in a state of stagnation due to a reactive and outdated policing culture. We are not keeping up with emerging strategies to combat increasingly sophisticated criminals, nor building the community partnerships that keep our communities and our deputies safe.

I am running for Sheriff because I believe we can turn things around.

  • San Diego County Democratic Party
  • The Victory Fund
  • Unite Here! Local #30
  • UA Local #230
  • IBEW #569
  • Tom Homman LGBT Law Association
  • San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • San Diego County Gun Owners
  • Equality California
1.
Question 1

Should the Sheriff's Department work closely with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify undocumented immigrants in police custody? How do you plan to prioritize supporting requests from ICE along with your other duties?

Answer from Dave Myers:

SB54 is the law in California and that means that unless a person has certain charges against them, listed in SB54, the sheriff is not permitted to coordinate with ICE.  For those offenders whose crimes or criminal histories are serious enough to meet the threshold set by SB54, we will coordinate.  However, we will not create a climate of fear by targeting people who have commited low-level offenses or no crime at all.  To do so would create a climate of fear in which victims do not seek help or report crimes, making it impossible for law enforcment to identify the real criminals. 

2.
Question 2

Do you support allowing retail marijuana sales in San Diego County? How will you handle policing marijuana activity effectively?

Answer from Dave Myers:

I support retail marijuana sales that hold proper permits and are in compliance with the law.   I will work with local officials to support compliance efforts and ensure that store owners and customers are safe.  I will redirect resources allocated to the enforcement of outdated cannabis laws toward fighting our opioid and meth crisis.

3.
Question 3

Should the Citizens' Law Enforcement Review Board be required to investigate every death that occurs in custody? Why or why not?

Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes.  Our Citizen's Law Enforcment Review Board (CLERB) should have the right to investigate any and all incidents that occur within the sheriff's jurisdiction and should be tasked with investigating in-custody deaths.  Unfortunately, CLERB has been unable to maintain the current caseload as they recently dropped 22 cases that were pending investigation.  We need to increase the CLERB budget and comply with requirements for transparency so we don't delay justice or impair the public's right to know. 

4.
Question 4

Should video from body-worn cameras be released to the public? Why or why not?

Answer from Dave Myers:

If the video is not part of a sensitive investigation, doesn't violate a reasonable expectation of privacy for victims, or put the public at greater risk of harm, yes.  In fact, this would demonstrate the good work that our Deputies are doing on a daily basis, which helps to build trust with our communities.

5.
Question 5

Does the Sheriff's Department need to improve its diversity? Why or why not?

Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes. This has been a priority for me since day one.  A more diverse department in which we look and sound more like the folks we are policing helps to build bridges and makes both deputies and the communities we serve safer.  This is not just identity politics, this is understanding that we have all been raised to view the world differently based on our life experiences. I am the only openly gay deputy who ranks at the command staff level and can attest that it can be a challenge when you don't fit the norm.

6.
Question 6

Do you support measures to stop the criminalization of homelessness? The basic human behaviors of many homeless people (like sitting, sleeping and bathing in public) are against the law. Please provide specific examples of measures you would support.

Answer from Dave Myers:

Yes. I support the decriminalization of homelessness.  At any given time 26% of the inmates in our county jails are homeless.  When homeless people are not incarcerated, they are shoved from one part of the city to another.  I am not proud that the county jail is the largest mental health provider in County.  I will work with local leaders as an advocate for coordinated re-entry and wraparaound services that are the foundation of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of homlessness.

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

Sheriff

DAVE MYERS AGE: 56

Commander, Sheriff's Department

Dave Myers is a lifelong San Diego County resident and 32-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Dave Myers has mentored and supervised hundreds of deputies. He’s led teams of local, state, and federal officers to attack crimes like drug smuggling, human trafficking, and murder.

As Sheriff, Dave Myers will be accountable and rebuild community trust in the department. Law enforcement officers must leave their offices and patrol cars and get back into our neighborhoods.

Dave Myers will recruit young men and women from all neighborhoods into law enforcement careers. Myers founded The Sheriff’s Youth Advisory Group so young people could have a voice.

Dave Myers will reassess use of force policies and emphasize de-escalation. He wrote the department’s first body-worn camera proposal to protect residents and deputies.

Dave Myers will reform county jails to comply with CDC standards for disease prevention and women’s health. Myers favors treatment over incarceration for non-violent offenders. We can’t continue using county jails to house the homeless. We need long-term solutions.

Dave’s endorsed by the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council because he supports hardworking middle-class people and progressive values. Dave’s the only candidate to work his way up through the ranks.

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