Loading...
politics

Sheriff Lee Baca's Plan to Cheat Death: Delicious Nutritional Shakes

Comments (0)

By

Tue, Oct 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

click to enlarge Lee Baca with Dennis Wong, co-founder of YOR Health
  • Lee Baca with Dennis Wong, co-founder of YOR Health
Sheriff Lee Baca has always been a little strange, but he's 71 now, and his eccentricities are becoming more pronounced with age. Among his more out-there ideas is his fixation on living to be 100 years old.

How's he going to do that? So glad you asked! With YOR Health nutritional shakes!


As ABC7 reported on Monday, Baca has been doing promotional videos for YOR Health -- a multi-level marketing company which, depending on whom you ask, may or may not be a pyramid scheme. Baca seems to believe that the company's products will allow him to cheat death for decades to come.

"Hi, I'm Lee Baca and I'm the Sheriff of Los Angeles County and I'm going to live to be 100 years old and beyond," he says in one promotional video.

Well, if ex-mayor Antonio Villaraigosa can promote a multi-level marketing company, then why not the sheriff? Well, there is the small fact that Baca is still in office. Generally, you're supposed to cash in on your government service only after you quit.

But Baca's spokesman, Steve Whitmore, says that Baca is not getting paid for these endorsements.

"Not a dime, nothing. They don't pay him for anything," Whitmore told ABC7.

Well, unless you count the $527 in travel expenses that YOR Health paid to get Baca to speak at one of their conferences, or the $1,000 contribution from YOR Health to Baca's campaign.

Whitmore told the Weekly that Baca does not even receive free YOR Health products for his trouble.

"He tells me, and I've asked him several times, that he pays for the product," Whitmore said.

Dennis Wong, YOR Health's co-founder, has a bit of a checkered history with the federal government, having paid a $400,000 settlement over an earlier company that was found to be an illegal marketing scheme.

After ABC7 and CBS2 started asking questions about this, Baca decided to cut ties with the company. The promotional videos have been removed from the Internet.

"He may have been a little overly enthusiastic about this," Whitmore said.

But Whitmore adds that won't stop him from drinking the shakes: "He still very much loves this product."

Asked if Baca plans to be sheriff until he's 100, Whitmore said, "We'll see."

Notably, one of Baca's favorite books happens to be Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death. Make of that what you will.

Related Content

Related

Now Trending

  • Sexual Predator Is Targeting Females in Eastside Park

    A sexual predator is on the loose in an Eastside park, police warned today. Cops say the creep has targeted "lone females" walking in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park three times between January and July. He has groped, exposed himself and even attacked with a knife, the Los Angeles Police...
  • Foster the People's Downtown L.A. Mural Is Coming Down

    The controversial Foster the People mural downtown is coming down, the office of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. Despite claims by the pop band that it had necessary permits and that the artwork was legitimately produced, the mayor's office states what we reported previously: The piece is on a...
  • U.S. Reps Call For Federal Intervention in Dodger TV Blackout

    A group of local U.S. representatives wants the Federal Communications Commission to help end Time Warner Cable's blackout of Dodger games for competing cable and satellite providers. Negotiations to bring the team's games to AT&T U-verse, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish Network, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FIOS have gotten...
    2
Los Angeles Concert Tickets

Slideshows

  • Street League Skateboarding Super Crown World Championship
    On Sunday, Street League Skateboarding touched down in the Galen Center at USC as part of a four-stop tour for SLS's Super Crown World Championship. The L.A. stop determined the roster for Super Crown, airing August 24th on FOX Sports 1. The final eight are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O'Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. All photos by Nanette Gonzales.
  • Comic-Con's "Celebrity" Autograph Area
    A sometimes overlooked (but still incredibly unique) aspect of San Diego Comic-Con are the celebs available to sign autographs, as well as the autograph seekers themselves. If you've ever wanted to meet the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld or the guy who played Michelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, chances are, as you wander the Autograph Area, you'll be able to connect with someone you didn't even realize you were waiting your whole life to meet! All photos by Rob Inderrieden.
  • Real Madrid Soccer Practice at UCLA
    Fans came out to greet world champion soccer team Real Madrid as they practice at UCLA. This is the first time that soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has practiced with the team this year. All photos by Jeff Cowan.