Robert Luna

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Robert Luna earned a B.A. and M.A. in Public Administration from California State University at Long Beach and an Associate’s degree from Long Beach City College. Luna has attended the FBI’s National Executive Institute and Harvard University’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government [9]. Luna recently retired as Long Beach Chief of Police, after working with the Long beach Police Department for 36 years. He has previously worked in Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), homicide, drug, and gang investigations, canine operations, and communications [1, 6].

Luna grew up in East Los Angeles. He currently lives in Long Beach with his wife and two adult children [1].

Key Issues

Public Safety

Luna wishes to use relationship-based policing practices and develop mental health and substance abuse programs in both communities and jail systems. He wants to re-examine force policies, inprove deputy training, and expand the use of body-worn cameras and early intervention management programs [1].

Criminal Justice

Luna hopes to implement a data-driven approach in order to deal with criminal cases. He wants to coordinate with the DA’s Office, as well as the Board of Supervisors, LAPD, and LA County Chiefs to create a plan for habitual offenders and invest in long-term solutions to reduce crime, including strategies like community engagement and social services [1].

Homelessness

Luna hopes to invest in specialized mental health counseling to help those who are homelessness or incarcerated. He supports providing case management and diversion programs on streets, jails, and classrooms. He wants to create a multi-disciplinary team to address public safety requests and respond to non-life-threatening emergencies [1].

Transparency

Luna wants to promote accountability and transparency, and collaborate with community partners to implement criminal justice reforms. He supports the use of Civilian Oversight Commissions [1]. While Luna was LBPD Chief, the department was scrutinized for using a self-deleting text service [4].

Mental Health

Luna wants to provide wellness programs, mental health care, and peer counseling and mentoring programs for law enforcement [1].

Law Enforcement

Luna wants to improve management structure, implement protocols to stop deputies from participating in gangs, and enforce consequences when staff are found involved in gang activities [1].

LGBTQIA

While Luna was LBPD Chief, the department conducted lewd conduct sting operations targeting gay men. He maintains he was not aware of these operations  [4].

Endorsements

Los Angeles County Democratic Party; The Los Angeles Times; The Southern California News Group; Beverly Press and Park La Brea News; Los Angeles County Federation of Labor; SEIU Local 721; SEIU 2015; The Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; The Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed); Alhambra Democratic Club; Avance Democratic Club; Democratic Club of Claremont; Democrats for Israel Los Angeles; Democrats for Neighborhood Action; East Area Progressive Democrats; Foothill Community Democrats; Hubert Humphrey Democratic Club; Los Angeles County Young Democrats; Montebello-Pico Rivera Democrats; Progressive Democrats Club; San Fernando Valley Young Democrats; Stonewall Democratic Club; Westside Young Democrats; YES WE CAN Democratic Club; Mexican American Bar Association (MABA); Moms Demand Action; LA Watchdog; WEHO PAC; Hon. Nanette Barragan, US Representative; Hon. Tony Cárdenas, US Representative; Hon. Judy Chu, US Representative; Hon. Ted Lieu, US Representative; Hon. Alan Lowenthal, US Representative; Hon. Linda Sanchez, US Representative; Hon. Brad Sherman, US Representative; Hon. Ricardo Lara, State Insurance Commissioner; Hon. Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the CA State Assembly; Hon. María Elena Durazo, State Senator; Hon. Lena Gonzalez, State Senator; Hon. Anthony Portantino, State Senator; Hon. Lisa Calderon, State Assemblymember; Hon. Mike Gipson, State Assemblymember ; Hon. Adrin Nazarian, State Assemblymember; Hon. Patrick O’Donnell, State Assemblymember; Hon. Luz Rivas, State Assemblymember; Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Janice Hahn, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Sheila Kuehl, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Holly Mitchell, Los Angeles County Supervisor; Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor; John Lee, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Monica Rodriguez, Los Angeles City Councilmember; Robert Garcia, Long Beach Mayor; Mary Zendejas, Long Beach Councilmember; Roberto Uranga, Long Beach Councilmember; Cindy Allen, Long Beach Councilmember; Al Austin, Long Beach Councilmember; Suzie Price, Long Beach Councilmember; Rex Richardson, Long Beach Councilmember; Daryl Supernaw, Long Beach Councilmember; Stacy Mungo, Long Beach Councilmember; Suely Saro, Long Beach Councilmember; Sasha Renée Pérez, Alhambra Councilmember; Paul Hernandez, Baldwin Park Councilmember; Alicia Romero, Bell Mayor; Julian Gold, Beverly Hills Vice Mayor; Peter Kraut, Calabasas Councilmember; Frank Yokoyama, Cerritos Councilmember; Jed Leano, Claremont Mayor; Mario Trujillo, Downey Councilmember; Margaret Finlay, Duarte Mayor; Karen Davis, Glendora Mayor; James Butts, Inglewood Mayor; Henry Lo, Monterey Park Mayor; Peter Chan, Monterey Park Councilmember; Juan Carrillo, Palmdale Councilmember; Eric Alegria, Rancho Palos Verdes Councilmember; Keir Jones, Signal Hill Mayor; Lauren Meister, West Hollywood Mayor; John D’Amico, West Hollywood Councilmember; Richard Phillips, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education Member; Megan Kerr, Long Beach Unified School District Member; John Allen, Director of Division 3 of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California; Herlinda Chico, Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees; Laura Santos, Mt. SAC Board of Trustees; Florencio Briones, El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees; Cecil Rhambo, LAX Police Chief (former Sheriff candidate); Eli Vera, LA Sheriff’s Department Captain (former Sheriff candidate); April Saucedo Hood, Parole Agent (former Sheriff candidate); Britta Steinbrenner, LA Sheriff’s Department Captain (former Sheriff candidate); Matt Rodriguez, Retired LA Sheriff’s Department Captain (former Sheriff candidate); Don Knabe, Former Los Angeles County Supervisor; Bill Lockyer, Retired State Attorney General; Greig Smith, Former Los Angeles City Councilmember; Bob Foster, Former Long Beach Mayor; Rick Rodriguez, Former Downey Mayor and Board Member of The Whole Child; Victor Manalo, Former Artesia Mayor and President of Board of Directors, CA Chapter National Association of Social Workers; Tonia Uranga, Former Long Beach Councilmember; Chris J Steinhauser, Former LBUSD Superintendent of Schools; John McGinnis, Former Long Beach Unified School District Member; Charles Calderon, Former CA State Representative; Carmen Perez, Former Long Beach Harbor Commissioner and DNC Vice Chair; Mario Cordero, Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach; Ron Arias, Former Long Beach Health Director; James Hankla, Former Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Long Beach City Manager; Mark E. Pulido, Former Mayor of Cerritos; Sergio Carrillo, Vice Chair of LA County Democratic Party; Hans Johnson, President of East Side Progressive Democrats; Chris Duvali, President, YES WE CAN Democratic Club;Treasurer, Hubert H. Humphrey Democratic Club;Extended Board, Member Long Beach Pride; Chris Robson, City of Long Beach Commissioner and Past Chair, Board of Health and Human Services;Secretary, Rose Park Neighborhood Association; Ruth Sanchez, ACLU Antelope Valley Chapter* President; Wayne Chaney Jr, Senior Pastor, Antioch Church of Long Beach; Rev. Gregory Sanders, Lead Pastor of The ROCK Christian; Fellowship & President of the Long beach Ministers Alliance; Rev. Norman S. Johnson Sr., Senior Pastor at First New Christian Fellowship; Jessica Quintana, President & CEO of Centro CHA Inc. (Long Beach Community Hispanic Association); Sharon Weissman, Democratic Women’s Study Club of Long Beach and Long Beach Harbor Commissioner; Robert Brown, President of University of West LA; Derek Simpson, Community Leader and Writer; Naomi Raine-Pierson, Civil Rights Leader; Angelita Medina, LA County Library Commissioner; Bonnie Lowenthal, Long Beach Harbor Commissioner; Michael Harvey Miller, Former City Attorney of Arcadia and Gardenia and President of the Los Angeles County City Attorney Association; Connie Rice, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Advancement Project; Renay Grace Rodriguez, Community Activist; Mary Grace Barrios, Community Activist

Sources

1 Luna for Sheriff

2 LA Times

3 Twitter

4 LAist

5 Instagram

6 City of Long Beach

7 Facebook

8 Major Cities Chiefs Association

9 LinkedIn