Cops raid Sheila Kuehl’s home in felony bribery investigation

Lindsey Horvath dragged WeHo into the crossfire last year when she had City Hall admonish the sheriff for probing the affairs of her political ally.

County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was escorted barefoot out of her Santa Monica home at the crack of dawn today as L.A. County Sheriff’s Department deputies executed a search on her property related to a felony bribery investigation.

The search warrant, signed by L.A. Superior Judge Craig Richman, allowed authorities to seize documents and evidence on Kuehl’s property that were connected to Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization run by Kuehl’s friend and political ally Patti Giggans.

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The Sheriff’s Department has been investigating Peace Over Violence over a controversial, publicly funded domestic violence hotline that suspiciously few people have ever used. A Fox 11 report calculated that the program was costing about $8,000 per call. Giggans, the nonprofit’s director, was also appointed to the powerful Civilian Oversight Commission by Kuehl, and both have been fierce critics of Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

As deputies confiscated her phone and took photos in her house, Kuehl called the search “totally bogus.”

Meanwhile, investigators were also searching Giggans’ home, the Peace Over Violence offices, the L.A. County Hall of Administration and the headquarters of the county’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which gave contracts to Giggans’ organization.

Giggans lashed out as her car was towed away and deputies removed hard drives and computers from her property. The investigation into Peace Over Violence began last year when a former employee accused Supervisor Kuehl of helping the organization acquire the contract to run the hotline.

In September 2021, Councilmember Lindsey Horvath involved West Hollywood in the imbroglio when an agenda item she authored directed city staff to correspond with the sheriff and other departments relaying WeHo’s opposition to the use of funds to investigate Peace Over Violence. Nine months later, Horvath’s crusade against the department culminated in a major budget reduction that will leave West Hollywood with fewer deputies on patrol.

Horvath is currently in a runoff race to replace Kuehl, who is retiring as 3rd District County Supervisor at the end of the year. Kuehl is heavily invested in Horvath’s race, endorsing her on day one and publicly attacking Horvath’s opponent, Sen. Bob Hertzberg.

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TomS
TomS
8 days ago

OMG and it’s all about The Sherriff going after opponents. Meaning Trump politics at its best. Horvath a looser with Kuehl.
Why would you give a judge ammunition to go after you in the first place babe.

Gorge
Gorge
10 days ago

I can’t believe Kuhl has finally been caught on her hotline corruption. Now watch the corrupt propoganda media and corrupt liberal Judges run to cover it up. The only person doing their job in this rotting city is The Sheriff. No wonder they hate him he’s got dirt on all of the corrupt Supervisors.

Crusader
10 days ago

The first thing Supervisor Sheila Kuehl should do is immediately go to court and request a Special Master! Just sayin’.

JRBirdsong
JRBirdsong
10 days ago

Lindsey Horvath is so TOXIC. Seems everything she touched turns sour. Cant wait until she is gone from WeHo forever.

Ham
Ham
13 days ago

She’s dirty

Ronny
Ronny
13 days ago

Lindsey Horvath, like many other WEHO City Council Members, regularly instruct City Staff to get involved in matters that are not part of their duties. Often these instructions are unethical or cringe worthy. The question is – why haven’t City employees reported this to their UNION?!?!?

michael on Havenhurst Drive
michael on Havenhurst Drive
13 days ago
Reply to  Ronny

Why haven’t they reported to the Sheriff Horvath’s connection to the 800 dollar a call corrupt “rape hot line” and what kind of kick back could she be getting from her two friends who’ve given campaign money? West Hollywood is so corrupt and Horvath could lecture on it rather than gender studies.

Female Democrat
Female Democrat
13 days ago

County Supervisor Shelia Kuehl has a new gig to add to her television resume – REALITY TV a la COPS! This hotline has been a money making scam from the start and hopefully all parties will finally be held accountable – including the folks in charge of the ‘laundry.’

Josh Kurpies
Josh Kurpies
13 days ago

An investigation of an elected official of this sort should have included the FBI, the State’s Attorney General (CA DOJ), or at least the County District Attorney’s office, but it didn’t. This was and investigation ran entirely by the Sheriff’s Department which is led by an out of control political opponent. There’s nothing about this investigation that seems credible at this point.

I agree with Steve, this is nothing more than an outrageous play by Villanueva to pander to his MAGA supporters.

michael on Havenhurst Drive
michael on Havenhurst Drive
13 days ago
Reply to  Josh Kurpies

No on Steve Martin. The bombastic fool pitched endorsing the dreadful Horvath until he realized she was about as popular as Hitler in Israel. Oh yeah, bring in the corrupt FBI and any part of the totally dreadful Nazicrat run California. Or anything to do with Horvath’s backers? Go Sheriff and make these three women’s live miserable in investigating the 800 dollar “rape” call line! As for Horvath, ship her back to East Cleveland on a rail with Shyne and Erickson. The SHE are the enemy of WEHO’s future!

DesertBob
DesertBob
10 days ago

Villaviejo is a MAGAt hiding behind a fake Democratic affiliation. He needs to go the way Leroy Baca did…out.

voter
voter
14 days ago

I caught Kuehl’s interview on tv. She is bizarre. Don’t know the extent of her guilt, but she comes across as really weird.

Leslie Hope
Leslie Hope
10 days ago
Reply to  voter

She’s built an entire career on virtue signalling

Stevie
Stevie
14 days ago

LOL, now a liberal hack knows how Trump feels!!! LMFAO

DesertBob
DesertBob
10 days ago
Reply to  Stevie

No one knows how Trump feels, since no one know how many and what drugs he’s taken at any given time.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
14 days ago

Villanueva is seriously out of control.

Can’t wait to vote him out.

Michael on Havenhurst Drive
Michael on Havenhurst Drive
13 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

I can’t wait until Weho never has to look at Lindsay Horvath’s political face again! Next on the list are the dreadful corrupt Political hacks
Shyne and Erickson. So the SHE will Finally be in the political toilet.

Memester
Memester
14 days ago

Horvath’s WeHo

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Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
14 days ago
Reply to  Memester

Why is this sign still up?

DesertBob
DesertBob
10 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

To make you ask questions? She’s quite the hot mess, though.

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