The Riverside Sheriffs’ Association has jumped into the Palm Springs council race, endorsing the position of the Palm Springs Police Officers’ Association.
That means you can expect the well-funded bargaining group to be campaigning for Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, and council challengers Paul Lewin and Liz Glass.
The efforts included at least one round of automated phone calls to voters this week.
The RSA tends to endorse conservative candidates, so it is unusual that the group would join local Democratic clubs in backing Pougnet and Lewin.
The support for Lewin’s campaign is also surprising as Lewin spearheaded the community opposition to the now-shelved plans to build a county jail in Whitewater.
“We have no issue with Mr. Lewin’s disagreement with the county over the specific location of the new jail,” RSA president Pat McNamara told The Desert Sun in an email.
“The bottom line is he supports adding the necessary bed space and the specifics of a location can be worked out when and if the county is ever able to fund it.”