The people have the mechanism with which to alleviate this issue. They probably won't use it, but they have it. You have to ask yourself, how has this individual remained Sheriff for 32 years?
We (and the problem is not just in California by any means) have, over a process of years, adopted the mantle of subjects instead of standing up as free people - a much more uncomfortable garment.
Laziness, apathy, ignorance... fear. All the very effective tools of the little dictators amongst us. C'mon in! The water's fine.