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    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon has told his own deputy district attorneys that the department's Parole Unit is being disbanded, drawing criticism that crime victims and families of those killed will no longer be notified by the department when the convicts responsible for the crimes are granted parole hearings.Deputy DAs this week were informed through email that the "Administration has determined that it is 'not appropriate...'""He's basically abandoned victims and abandoned the job of the District Attorney," said Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.Hatami has long been critical of Gascon's attempts to reform the criminal justice system, including Gascon's ban on deputy DAs attending parole hearings. Hatami says this latest move is a way for Gascon to sweep violent crime under the rug."He doesn't want anybody to know that these individuals are up for parole, he doesn't want anybody to know that these individuals are going to be released, he doesn't want the victims complaining, he doesn't want anybody here in the office complaining, and he basically wants to release serious and violent criminals and...
    LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Barger, the leather-clad fixture of 1960s counterculture and figurehead of the Hells Angels motorcycle club who was at the notorious Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway, has died. He was 83. Barger’s death was announced on his Facebook page late Wednesday. “If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” a posting said. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.” The post said that “I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer.” A makeshift memorial in honor of Sonny Barger, founder of the Hells Angels, is set outside the Hells Angles Motorcycle Club Oakland chapter on Foothill Boulevard in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 30, 2022.  (Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Barger’s former attorney, Fritz Clapp, told The Associated Press that Barger had liver cancer and died Wednesday night at home in Livermore, California. Barger composed the post placed on the Facebook page...
    HELLS ANGELS are a well known biker club with ties all around the world. But how much do we know about the infamous organization's rules? Read on to find out. 1Hells Angels are a worldwide outlaw motorcycle clubCredit: Alamy Read more about Hells Angels'REMAIN FREE' Hells Angels founder shared heartbreaking message with fans before deathBIKER DEAD Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies aged 83 following cancer battle What are the Hells Angels' rules? Although the notorious biker club has a history of violence and criminality, they still have rules to follow. The organization has a strong military foundation which means Hells Angels live by a code. They try to exist with as few rules as possible but the rules they do have are crucial to the survival of the club. Here are some of them: Members have to be voted in - The club decides whether someone has the necessary loyalty and character to join, with the entire chapter meeting to take a vote. Patches and vests - These are part of a strict...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The eviction moratorium in California will be lifted starting July 1. However, there are still protections in place for tenants in some counties, including Los Angeles County.In February, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended the majority of the eviction moratorium into 2022 and parts of it until 2023.As of July 1, low-income tenants will be protected if they are unable to pay rent through December of 2022. But Supervisor Kathryn Barger says L.A. County should have followed suit with the state's lift to provide relief for mom-and-pop landlords."They still have mortgages to pay but don't have tenants that are paying the rent. And it's very frustrating for them because they are, in essence, supplementing or supporting individuals when they can't support themselves," Barger said.Barger introduced a motion that recently passed through the L.A. County Board of Supervisors catered to those smaller landlords. It seeks additional funding for those who are not receiving rent.Through the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, more than 200,000 households have applied for funding. That includes renters and landlords.But South L.A....
    The 1960s ideal of love and peace died at Altamont, the free festival conceived by the Rolling Stones as California’s answer to Woodstock, in 1969. But the man who was more responsible than any other for the destruction of that dream didn’t die himself until yesterday. Sonny Barger, founder member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, has always maintained that the blame for the violence and murder at Altamont should be placed at the feet of Mick Jagger and the Stones. But the truth is Barger, dubbed the Maximum Leader, was an uncompromising thug whose contempt for the law was matched only by his capacity for brutality. At Altamont, he claimed, Jagger and the band wanted ‘a dark scary environment to play Sympathy For The Devil’, and so they hired his infamous gang of outlaws to stand guard around the stage, which was low enough to make them vulnerable. The result was carnage. The Angels, who were being paid in beer, became aggressively drunk. Brawls broke out and the bikers started assaulting the support acts, knocking out the lead singer...
    Ralph “Sonny” Barger, the larger-than-life godfather of the Hells Angels who helped to transform a California-born motorcycle club into an icon of countercultural rebellion, forging a mythology of the outlaw-biker in pop culture, has died. He was 83. Barger announced his own death “after a brief battle with cancer” in a pre-written Facebook post. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club,” he wrote. The post did not say where he died. Barger served multiple terms in prison on convictions ranging from narcotics to conspiring to blow up a rival group’s clubhouse. When he got out, he became a prolific and bestselling author, lamenting the fact that as a felon he could neither vote nor own a gun but still had to pay his taxes. Born in Modesto in 1938, a brawler from a broken home, he dropped out of school in 10th grade and joined the Army at age 16 on a forged birth certificate. He was kicked out when his deception was discovered. Barger...
    LIVERMORE, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Barger, the leather-clad figurehead of the notorious Hells Angels motorcycle club, has died. He was 83. Barger’s death was announced on his Facebook page late Wednesday. “If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” a posting said. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.” The post said that “I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer.” Barger’s former attorney, Fritz Clapp, told The Associated Press that Barger had liver cancer and died Wednesday night at home in Livermore, California. Barger composed the post placed on the Facebook page managed by Barger’s wife, Zorana, he said. Ralph “Sonny” Barger was a founding member of the Oakland, California, chapter of the Hells Angels in 1957 and was present at its most infamous moment — the 1969 Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway during which bikers hired as security staff fatally stabbed a concertgoer who pulled...
    THE Hells Angels burst onto the scene in 1948 and it is the world's largest motorcycle club. But, the notorious biker club has a history of violence and criminality as five members were massacred in a bloody purge. 4Sonny Barger has died at the age of 83Credit: Getty 4Barger (center on the front row) was considered the president of the Hells AngelsCredit: Getty 4A timeline has documented the history of the Hells Angels The first Hells Angels biker movement was launched in San Bernardino, California and Sonny Barger, who died yesterday at the age of 83 after battling cancer, founded the Oakland movement in 1957. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, charters emerged across the Golden State before they merged using variations of the iconic death head insignia. They standardized under the patch nicknamed the Barger Larger. Criminal activities started to escalate within the Hells Angels in the 1960s and many authorities consider the group a “crime syndicate”. read more on hells angelsBIKER DEAD Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies aged 83 following cancer battle The biker organization has since...
    Hells Angels' Sonny Barger prepared a heartbreaking message for his fans before he passed away at the age of 83. Sonny Barger, a founding member of the infamous biker group Hells Angels, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 29. 5Sonny was a founding member of the infamous biker group Hells AngelsCredit: Facebook / Sonny Barger 5Sonny passed away surrounded by his family on June 29Credit: Getty The California biker's final Facebook post reads: "If you are reading this message you'll know that I'm gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing. "I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club. "Although I’ve had a public persona for decades, I’ve mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends. "Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer." Read More on Celebrity DeathsLEGEND LOST Country singer and friend of Bob Dylan dies at 82 as cause of death revealedLEGEND GONE NFL Hall of Fame running...
    HELLS Angels founder passed away at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer. Sonny Barger's last moments were spent surrounded by his wife and family. 2Sonny Barger and Zorana Barger tied the knot in 2005 Who is Sonny Barger's wife Zorana? Sonny Barger was married a total of four times over the course of his life. He married his last wife, Zorana, on June 25, 2005, who was with him at the time of his passing. The 63-year-old is also a motorcycle lover like Barger. In 2013, Zorana starred in and helped produce the motorcycle-themed action movie, Dead In 5 Heartbeats, according to IMDb. Read More on The US Sun'Remain free' The life of Hells Angel Sonny Barger who has died aged 83BIKER DEAD Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger dies aged 83 following cancer battle Zorana is also the co-author and creator of the Lil’ Bike Crew, a children’s four-part book series. Who was Sonny Barger? Just days after the couple's wedding anniversary, Sonny Barger passed away "peacefully" after a "brief battle with cancer" at...
    Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger died Wednesday at 83 after battling cancer, according to a statement posted to his Facebook page early Thursday. "If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I'm gone. I've asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing," the statement read. "Please know that I passed peacefully after a brief battle with cancer." LEGAL GUN OWNER PUTS DOWN ATTACKER AT GROCERY STORE Barger, born Ralph Hubert Barger, died in California with his family at his side. The biker and author is known for his role in the organization and the rise of the Oakland Hells Angels. The Hells Angels celebrated 65 years in April. "I've lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club," Barger said in his statement. "Although I've had a public persona for decades, [I've] mostly enjoyed special time with my club brothers, my family, and close friends." Barger lived a life full of action. He was...
    HELLS Angels is an infamous biker group known as outlaws across the United States and Canada. Sonny Barger, a founding member, has died surrounded by family as announced by a post on his Facebook page. Who was Sonny Barger? Ralph Hubert 'Sonny' Barger was born in Modesto, California on October 8, 1938. He was an author and appeared on TV and film as well as founding the motorcycle group Hells Angels. Sonny worked as a machine operator in the late 60s but was dismissed due to absences and he began advising on various film projects. In 1963 he was arrested on his first charge - possession of marijuana. 1Sonny Barger has died from cancer aged 83Credit: Getty The following year he was arrested again and the crimes started to escalate within the Hells Angels - the group is considered a crime syndicate by many authorities. Three years later, after an acquitted murder charge, the Hells Angel president was sentenced to prison on possession of a weapon and of narcotics for sale. READ MORE ON THE HELLS ANGELSBIKER...
    HELLS Angels founder Sonny Barger has died at the age of 83 after battling cancer. The biker, of California, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife Zorana and relatives on June 29. 1Hells Angels founder Sonny Barger has died at the age of 83Credit: Reuters A statement on his Facebook page read: “If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing. “I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.” He told fans to stay loyal, remain free, and always value honor. Barger was best known for launching the Oakland Hells Angels and is often credited for building it into an international organization, The Mercury News revealed. He revealed in his autobiography that he was inspired by the Marlon Brando movie The Wild One. In 1972, Barger and three others were acquitted of murdering a Texas drug dealer and setting a home on fire. More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep...
    OAKLAND — Sonny Barger, the famous founding member of the Hells Angels who rode the country by motorcycle, wrote bestselling books, and fought the law and won, is dead at 83. The announcement of Barger’s death came on his official Facebook page with a post of a prewritten farewell message. If you are reading this message, you’ll know that I’m gone. I’ve asked that this note be posted immediately after my passing,” the post says. I’ve lived a long and good life filled with adventure. And I’ve had the privilege to be part of an amazing club.” Barger died of cancer, according to the post. Check back for updates
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will propose a motion to permanently close a juvenile probation camp in Santa Clarita.Camp Scudder operated as a juvenile detention facility for more than 60 years, but closed in 2019.Barger says the facility is incompatible with the county's criminal justice vision of rehabilitation.LA County DA George Gascón shifts policies on trying juveniles as adults, life sentencesEMBED More News Videos L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón is backing off on two of his most criticized directives that involve trying juveniles as adults and pursuing life sentences in certain cases. She says the county must reduce the number of sites that detain youth in environments that aren't focused on rehabilitation.Her motion comes weeks after a heated board debate about the future of juvenile justice in the county.
    Despite opposition from local officials, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to house juvenile offenders at probation camps in Santa Clarita, Malibu and Commerce. On Tuesday, the board rejected a proposal championed by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to convert the troubled Barbara J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar into a centralized youth facility. Instead, the supervisors voted 4-1, with Barger opposing, to house juveniles at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu, Camp Scott in Santa Clarita and Dorothy Kirby Center in Commerce. Until recently, juveniles convicted of serious offenses — including burglary, assault and homicide — would have been sent to state youth prisons. Counties are no longer sending juveniles to the state prisons, which will be closed in 2023, and must come up with alternative plans. Kilpatrick, Scott and Kirby have campus-like environments, while Nidorf has been compared to a prison. Supervisor Holly Mitchell said the move reflects a philosophy of rehabilitating young offenders, rather than a punishment-based system in a forbidding setting like Nidorf. Under the plan, male offenders will be housed at Camp...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Tensions are boiling over between Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the County Health Department over the indoor mask mandate, and while the state’s indoor mask mandate ended Wednesday, LA County’s mandate remains in place. Now, two county supervisors are openly criticizing the health department. READ MORE: Father And Stepmother Arrested For Sexually Abusing Their Kids“Los Angeles County is always one step behind,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Barger was slamming the county health department’s decision not to align with the state on the indoor mask mandate. Wednesday, the state life its indoor mandate, but LA County’s mandate wanes behind. “We need to align with the state. If our goal is truly public health, the one way you ensure that people comply is to give them clarity and understanding,” Barger added. Supervisor Janice Hahn also criticized the county’s continued indoor masking requirements, tweeting, “I want to follow the State’s lead and lift the mask mandates. I believe we are beginning to lose the trust of the people. We already saw thousands of people flagrantly violate LA...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger called on officials to alter the mask mandate after Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom were pictured mask-less with Laker legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson during the NFC Championship at SoFi Stadium. (credit: Senator Melissa Melendez) READ MORE: UCLA Reverts To Remote Learning Following Threats From Former Instructor“Let’s do away with blanket COVID-19 masking policies — they don’t make a difference when they’re not consistently followed or enforced,” Barger said in a statement. “We need to trust the public to make the best personal decisions for themselves based on their unique risks and circumstances.” Barger’s call for change after many were seen at Sunday’s NFC Championship game not adhering to the mask-wearing requirement for mega-events including Garcetti and Newsom. Other officials and celebrities such as San Francisco Mayor London Breed and actor Rob Lowe, were pictured not wearing masks while posing for photos with Johnson. However, some such as Garcetti and Lower can be seen holding masks in the photos. (credit: Senator Melissa Melendez) Garcetti’s office...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger called on officials to alter the mask mandate after Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom were pictured mask-less with Laker legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson during the NFC Championship at SoFi Stadium. (credit: Senator Melissa Melendez) READ MORE: Hawthorne-Based SpaceX Set For Trio Of Rocket Launches“Let’s do away with blanket COVID-19 masking policies — they don’t make a difference when they’re not consistently followed or enforced,” Barger said in a statement. “We need to trust the public to make the best personal decisions for themselves based on their unique risks and circumstances.” Barger’s call for change after many were seen at Sunday’s NFC Championship game not adhering to the mask-wearing requirement for mega-events including Garcetti and Newsom. Other officials and celebrities such as San Francisco Mayor London Breed and actor Rob Lowe, were pictured not wearing masks while posing for photos with Johnson. However, some such as Garcetti and Lower can be seen holding masks in the photos. (credit: Senator Melissa Melendez) Garcetti’s office told City...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Despite vehement opposition from one of its members, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend eviction protections for many pandemic-impacted tenants in unincorporated areas through the end of the year.Supervisor Sheila Kuehl championed the extension of the eviction protection and associated freeze on rent hikes, insisting that despite signs the current surge of COVID-19 cases fueled by the omicron variant of the virus is waning, thousands of people are still facing financial hardship and could face eviction for their inability to pay thousands of dollars in back rent."I'm very happy to see our businesses reopening and people going back to work," Kuehl said. "... But the 250,000 people who became infected in the last seven days most likely do not have sick leave. And so when they have to quarantine in a home or place that they count on to be able to sleep and try to get well, they are not earning money, because they're not being paid for being sick. This is happening to hundreds of thousands of our residents...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Fines for cannabis grow operations and illegal dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will soon be set at up to $30,000 per day, based on a vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday. The board voted unanimously to introduce an ordinance that includes the new penalties. Another vote will be required to formally adopt the ordinance, but that is largely an administrative matter. READ MORE: How Many People Make A Mega Event? LA County Lowers Threshold For Mega EventsSupervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion recommending the new ordinance, which Barger had championed in order to crack down on massive grow operations in the Antelope Valley. Those operations have diminished and contaminated water supplies with dangerous chemicals, posed public safety threats to neighbors and increased the risk of wildfires, Barger said. “Illegal grows, though, are not just occurring in the open spaces of the Antelope Valley. Homes are being gutted and converted to indoor grows to grow hundreds of plants,” Barger said. “This motion is not about making cannabis illegal. This motion...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With demand for COVID-19 testing at an all-time high, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger is calling for a plan to guard against testing fraud and any subsequent identity theft. With Southern Californians returning to work and schools after several weeks of holiday travel and gatherings, just as the highly-transmissible Omicron variant was spreading across the globe, new COVID cases have skyrocketed, driving demand for tests. Stores have either sold out or are in short supply, and public health officials have scrambled to reopen large testing sites to meet demand. We cannot allow @CountyofLA to be vulnerable to #COVID19 testing fraud. My motion today directs @LACountyDCBA, @WeAreLAHealth, @LASDHQ & others to assess risks and to develop a public education and enforcement plan. Let’s crack down on fraudulent #covidtests. #KeepLACountySafe pic.twitter.com/8Ostfr08rI — Supervisor Kathryn Barger (@kathrynbarger) January 11, 2022 READ MORE: More Than 800 LAPD Employees In Quarantine For COVID After Positive Tests Jump A Second Week In A RowBut high demand for anything gives way to opportunities to scam unsuspecting and desperate consumers, so Barger...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman both announced Tuesday evening they had tested positive for COVID-19. “Today I tested positive for #COVID19,” Barger wrote on Twitter. “Feels like a cold, but each person’s experience is different. Time to walk the talk – I’m isolating, getting rest and keeping my loved ones at a distance. #StayHome #GetVaccinated #FlattenTheCurve” Today I tested positive for #COVID19. Feels like a cold, but each person’s experience is different. Time to walk the talk – I’m isolating, getting rest and keeping my loved ones at a distance. #StayHome #GetVaccinated #FlattenTheCurve pic.twitter.com/pCmSbnAzCA — Supervisor Kathryn Barger (@kathrynbarger) January 5, 2022 READ MORE: Malibu City Hall To Close For In-Person Services Starting Wednesday  Raman also announced her diagnosis Tuesday on Twitter saying, “Dear Friends, Today I tested positive for COVID. While my family and I have been vigilant, the Omicron variant is highly contagious and cases are soaring across Los Angeles.” Sharing the news with you and encouraging everyone to get their vaccine or booster shot. Follow...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger says she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation."Today I tested positive for #COVID19. Feels like a cold, but each person's experience is different," Barger tweeted Tuesday. "Time to walk the talk - I'm isolating, getting rest and keeping my loved ones at a distance." Today I tested positive for #COVID19. Feels like a cold, but each person’s experience is different. Time to walk the talk - I’m isolating, getting rest and keeping my loved ones at a distance. #StayHome #GetVaccinated #FlattenTheCurve pic.twitter.com/pCmSbnAzCA— Supervisor Kathryn Barger (@kathrynbarger) January 5, 2022News of Barger testing positive comes amid a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in L.A. County.There were 2,240 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Tuesday, according to state figures. The county reported 21,790 new cases as well.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced she tested positive for COVID-19 through Twitter Tuesday night.
    LOS ANGELES (CBLSA) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information on the gunman responsible for shooting a man who was driving in Lancaster, and then hunting the injured man down at a gas station to shoot him again. Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the reward, calling the shooting “ruthless.” READ MORE: Both Directions Of PCH Closed At Big Rock After Fatal CollisionAt about 3:10 a.m. on Dec. 3, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were alerted about a car-to-car shooting. The victim, Jason Castillo, drove to a gas station at Challenger Way and Avenue K to call 911. While he was waiting for deputies to arrive, the gunman came back and shot Castillo again as he lay helpless on the ground, according to Barger. Castillo was struck by bullets to his head and body, and Barger said he remains hospitalized in critical condition. “I’m offering this reward as a plea for anyone with information about this ruthless shooting to step forward,” Barger said. “The shocking fact that the gunman circled back to find Mr....
    President Joe Biden won applause Friday for moving to replace Ron Bloom and John Barger, two members of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors who've shown unwavering loyalty to scandal-plagued Postmaster General Louis DeJoy even as he's dramatically worsened mail delivery performance. But replacing Bloom—a Democrat and the USPS board's current chairman—and Barger, a Republican, is just the first step toward rescuing the mail service from the ongoing right-wing assault, progressive advocates and Democratic lawmakers stressed Friday. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) called Biden's decision to replace Bloom "great news," slamming the outgoing postal board chair as DeJoy's "chief enabler and cheerleader." "Now fire DeJoy," Pascrell added. On Friday, Biden nominated former General Services Administration official Daniel Tangherlini and Derek Kan—a Republican and the former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget—to replace Bloom and Barger. If Biden's picks are confirmed by the Senate, his nominees will have a majority on the nine-member postal board—enough votes to remove DeJoy. Replace Ron Bloom.\n\nFire Louis DeJoy.\n\nWe're so...
    After her first nominee of a celebrity doctor was met with fierce moral outrage, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger is trying again to bring a contrarian voice to the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority commission. This time, it might actually work. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on Barger’s LAHSA appointee, the Rev. Andy Bales, president and chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission on skid row, who for years has denounced Los Angeles homelessness policy. Bales criticizes the prevailing strategy known as “housing first,” which seeks to remove barriers such as sobriety requirements and move homeless people from the street into individual homes either directly or after short shelter stays. Barger said that while she supports the “housing first” approach, it cannot address “all that ails those on the street,” and she thinks Bales will bring a street-level perspective to the commission. “The more people you have providing solutions and thoughts, the better system we’re going to have to address this problem,” Barger, the only Republican on the Board of Supervisors, said....
    LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger is saying "enough is enough" and is pushing residents to stop the possible placement of a violent sexual predator in Lancaster.A judge is still considering whether Lawtis Rhoden, who is now 72 years old and was convicted of multiple child rapes decades ago, should be placed under supervised release."Enough is enough," said Barger, who represents the Antelope Valley region. "This is becoming an issue of equity and we cannot allow the North County to be a recurrent location for violent criminals who have no nexus or connection to the area. Lawtis Donald Rhoden is a sexually violent predator who has committed heinous crimes against women and girls across multiple regions over the past 50 years. The Orange County Superior Court determined Orange County as Rhoden's official 'place of domicile,' and in 2019 ruled that he can be conditionally released to the community. Any proposed placements suggested by CONREP, the state contractor responsible for identifying possible locations, should be within Orange County. I find it hard to believe that none have...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Thursday that she’s authored a motion to create a Blue-Ribbon Commission on Homelessness that would provide recommendations to the board on ways to solve the homelessness crisis. “The creation of a Blue-Ribbon Commission is critical to finally address that homelessness is a serious crisis,” Barger said. READ MORE: Luke Hanchette, 42, Suspected Of Killing Cellmate, 48-Year-Old Leo Hemmer, Wednesday In Indio Jail Blue-ribbon commissions are typically made up of experts in a specific field and function to give recommendations, though the commission itself holds no power. Barger said the status quo is no longer working and that it’s time to collaborate with service providers, government agencies and city representatives across the county to come up A cyclist rides past a Skid Row sign in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2021. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images) with new approaches and solutions to bring those suffering homelessness off the street and provide them with the care and services they...
    Los Angeles county officials are warning against feeding feral peacocks after residents complained about property damage and sleepless nights caused by the brightly colored birds, it was reported Monday. The county residents have expressed their concerns with the birds blocking traffic, destroying gardens and pooping on roofs and cars, according to The Los Angeles Times. “They’ve overpopulated in some areas, to where they became a nuisance to some that didn’t agree with them being there,” Cesar Perea, director of animal cruelty investigations at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told NPR. “The animals are said to have piercing screams,” NPR reported. The complaints have led to the LA Board of Supervisors’ unanimous vote in early June to outlaw feeding peacocks on the county’s streets. Intentional feeding of a bird may now result in a fine of $1,000 or up to six months of imprisonment, according to NPR. (RELATED: ‘Big Mess’: Peacock Rampages Through Liquor Store Destroying $500 Of Wine) For the anti-peacock contingent, they are a menace that blocks traffic, destroys gardens, screeches incessantly and poops on roofs...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Outdoor dining may become a permanent feature in Los Angeles County after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to support state legislation to expand outdoor options. Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn co-authored a motion to support a state bill on outdoor dining and another to expand liquor licenses. READ MORE: Two Killed In Fiery, Explosive Hit-And-Run Wreck Near Antelope Valley Mall In Palmdale “Outdoor dining should be one of the things we hold on to after the pandemic is over,” Hahn said. “Restaurants have appreciated it, diners have embraced it, and we have the beautiful weather to make it enjoyable all year long.” Barger and Hahn said outdoor dining has help struggling eateries amid the pandemic, and county regional planners fast-tracked approvals. READ MORE: Amber Alert: 8-Year-Old Girl Abducted By Mother In Leimert Park Found Safe In Santa Ana “We should make every effort to ensure this program becomes a permanent option for eateries throughout the region,” Barger said. “This is a valuable resource for the restaurant and hospitality industry, which was devastatingly impacted by...
    PALMDALE (CBSLA) — Even though marijuana is legal in California, black market distribution is still incredibly lucrative because it is unregulated and not taxed. An undercover sergeant on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Eradication Team described the county’s illegal grow operation problem as “a cancer that’s spreading throughout someone’s body.” (CBSLA) “From 2020 to 2021, the problem has just exploded,” an undercover narcotics sergeant on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Eradication Team said. READ MORE: LA County Sheriffs Department Seeks Public Assistance In Locating 26-Year-Old Dulce Ivette "Candy" Huante He described the county’s illegal grow operation problem as “a cancer that’s like spreading throughout someone’s body.” “So far this year, we’ve mapped approximately 500 illegal grows, and we have not surveyed the entire Antelope Valley,” he said. “We believe there’s upwards of 700-plus.” The narcotics sergeant said the biggest threat to the community was organized crime and drug cartels. He said the marijuana from illegal grows was being sold on the street, in illegal dispensaries and even in some legal dispensaries. The problem with stopping the...
    ANTELOPE VALLEY (CBSLA) — Illegal marijuana grows are popping up in the Antelope Valley desert, causing all manner of problems. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger shared two photos taken from a helicopter of what appeared to be an expansive farm. She identified the farm as illegal greenhouses growing marijuana. READ MORE: Go For Broke: New Stamp Honors World War II Service Of Japanese Americans In the Antelope Valley, illegal greenhouses are growing marijuana in the desert. Illegal growers are setting up on residents’ private property, stealing their water, contaminating local groundwater, and leaving trash. I’m working with law enforcement to crack down on operations. pic.twitter.com/2ADnwc7PXF — Supervisor Kathryn Barger (@kathrynbarger) May 27, 2021 READ MORE: Reward Grows As Authorities Continue Search For Person Who Killed 6-Year-Old Aiden Leos “Illegal growers are setting up on residents’ private property, stealing their water, contaminating local groundwater, and leaving trash,” she said in the tweet. Law enforcement in recent weeks have made increasingly frequent arrests and seizures from illegal marijuana growing operations from all over Southern California. Where seizures used to number...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve proposals for a pilot guaranteed income program, one of which calls for $1,000 per month to be paid to 1,000 residents for at least three years.Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the dissenting vote, expressing concerns about lack of research into the plans and the potential for fraud.Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion declaring that poverty and economic opportunity are public health issues and calling for a broad strategic plan to address a growing wealth gap."As we endeavor to create a more resilient economy ... we must explore guaranteed income and other measures of poverty alleviation as permanent county policy, not just as an emergency measure,'' the motion read in part. "The coronavirus crisis has heightened and made more vivid what was already clear to many: The inequities in our economy have been a matter of life and death for many of our most vulnerable county residents.''Pointing to racial discrimination as the cause of higher unemployment rates and limited access to good housing,...
    The announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting that vaccinated people can forgo masks outdoors and indoors caught many off-guard this week and created plenty of debate, particularly at the local level. In a letter sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger spoke in support of dropping masks, breaking ranks with county public health officials. She called on the governor to follow the eased guidelines set by federal officials. "``Los Angeles County has made tremendous progress vaccinating residents, including those in our hard-hit communities,” Barger said in a statement. "``Furthermore, our positivity rate is less than 1% and our case rate remains low.” This week’s guidance from the CDC was considered a milestone moment in the COVID-19 pandemic, but the final call on regulations and timelines for masks will largely be decided by state and local governments. That will include setting more specific rules in places such as businesses, schools and other settings where it may be hard to determine who is or is not vaccinated. Barger said L.A. County cannot...
    A Los Angeles County supervisor called on California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday to immediately lift the state's mask mandate as some other states have following new federal guidance that fully vaccinated people can go most places without masks. Kathryn Barger said Los Angeles County has made "tremendous progress" in vaccinating residents and noted the county’s positivity rate is less than 1%, the City News Service of Los Angeles reported.  "As we return to normalcy and rapidly increase vaccinations, I believe it is appropriate for CDPH (California Department of Public Health) and Cal-OSHA to change the existing distancing and masking requirements in alignment with the CDC," Barger wrote in a letter to Newsom, referring to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She said the county would be committed to "sensible directives that still protect our recovery and prevent regression to high positive case rates."  The county can't ease its restrictions until the state does, Barger added.  NEW YORK AMONG STATES WAITING TO LIFT MASK MANDATE FOR VACCINATED PEOPLE Nearly 40% of Los Angeles County residents are fully vaccinated,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to expand mental health support for students returning to school.Supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger co-authored a motion calling for more student services and training for teachers to recognize mental health problems.Before COVID-19, one in five children had a diagnosed mental health disorder and with the pandemic these behavioral challenges have only increased and intensified,'' Solis said."For many students, our schools were the first line of mental health support and due to necessary closures to safeguard our public health many went without this invaluable resource for their mental health.''The board directed the Department of Mental Health to work with the county's Office of Education on a comprehensive plan to meet students' mental health needs.The work will include consultation with the UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing to create a mental health resource toolkit with trauma-responsive training and information on how to identify warning signs of depression and anxiety in children.Peer-to-peer opportunities to help could include programs modeled on the Community Ambassador Network, which allowed residents to voluntarily...
    A celebrity doctor nominated to a local homeless commission has been pulled from consideration after community members objected and mounted a #DumpDrDrew Twitter campaign accusing him of promoting policies that criminalize homelessness. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Monday evening that she had withdrawn her nomination for Dr. David Drew Pinsky, more commonly known as “Dr. Drew,” for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a 10-member commission appointed by city and county elected officials. Barger, who represents the 5th District, said she was dismayed that anyone would question “the appointment of a doctor with a passion for addressing these issues when a new voice is clearly needed.” She said the nomination and the outcry it generated had become a distraction from important conversations about care for people experiencing homelessness. “We need to face the sad reality of homelessness in Los Angeles: individuals are dying on our streets from preventable causes due to mental illness and substance abuse,” Barger said. “I hope we can move past pettiness and instead focus our time and energy on working to solve...
    GLENDALE (CBSLA) — An art installation was unveiled Friday at the Glendale Central Library commemorating those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece, titled “15,000 & More: A Plethora of Light and Darkness,” pays tribute to those who have died from the virus in Los Angeles County. READ MORE: Taylor Swift Officially Cancels Tour That Was Postponed Last Year Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic "15,000 & More: A Plethora of Light and Darkness" beautifully and heartbreakingly pays tribute to those we’ve lost to COVID-19 and reminds us that we can find hope and healing together. Thank you to Connie D.K. Lane for your stunning installation for @myglendaleLAC. pic.twitter.com/qVqvuUCWe3 — Supervisor Kathryn Barger (@kathrynbarger) February 26, 2021 READ MORE: LA Fashion Icon Fred Segal Dies At 87 Artist Connie D.K. Lane hand-folded the paper ingots in silver and gold — differentiating deaths by gender — and said the concept was based upon Chinese ancestral worship of deceased relatives and family members with a special ceremony. L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger attended the unveiling. “Though this past year has forced us...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors went on record Tuesday in support of Assembly Bill 420, which would allow Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and other theme parks to reopen ahead of the current California guidelines. Under Assembly Bill 420, sponsored by Sharon Quirk Silva (D-Buena Park) and Suzette Valladares (R-Santa Clarita) – two districts hit hard by the closures of Disneyland and Six Flags – all theme parks would be placed in the “orange/moderate” tier under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening plan. READ MORE: High-Definition Panorama Taken By Mars Rover Perseverance Shows Crater Rim, Cliff Face Of Ancient River Delta Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended that the board back the bipartisan bill. Earlier this month, Barger sent a letter of support to the bill’s sponsors. “With full outdoor operations and the ability to maintain physical distancing, theme parks across the country have proven that they can safely reopen,” Barger wrote. “Large theme parks nationwide began reopening last summer and there (have) not yet been any outbreaks or spread from these establishments.” Barger said that densely populated counties such as...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt an urgency ordinance requiring national grocery and drug retail employers in unincorporated areas of the county to pay frontline workers an additional $5 per hour hazard or "hero pay" for the next 120 days.Supervisor Kathryn Barger voted against the measure, to take effect at midnight Feb. 26, citing unintended consequences and a concern that the ordinance only covers a "small sliver" of the essential workforce.Supervisors Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell co-authored the motion calling for the temporary "urgency" ordinance that would apply to union and non-union store chains that are publicly traded or have at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 10 employees per store.Solis pointed to store profits as one justification, though she referenced an analysis that includes retailers like Amazon and Home Depot, rather than just grocers and drug retailers. However, some of the national grocers listed, like Kroger and Albertson's, enjoyed even higher profits, according to the Brookings Institution study."Grocery and drug retail employees have continued to report to work...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – There’s new reaction tonight to our CBS2 investigation on Metro bus drivers forced to work extra days to cover for those out sick suffering from COVID. Investigative reporter David Goldstein heard from several drivers complaining about having to board passengers without masks, as well as being fatigued working long hours and six-day weeks. Now elected officials are responding. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger says she was surprised to hear about it in our investigation. She says they have to keep the buses moving, but it shouldn’t come with sacrificing safety. “I think it’s necessary but I don’t think it should be mandatory,” she said. “Because if someone says I can’t work and they are exhausted, we should honor the fact that they can’t work.” We also heard from drivers who are ordered to board patrons not wearing a mask – even though the message on the front of the bus tells passengers masks are mandatory. Metro says they don’t want to put drivers in the position of policing the policy. But Barger and other politicians...
    I was prepared for chaos Thursday as I headed to Downey for my coronavirus vaccine. Maybe they’d run out of meds, or wouldn’t have a record of my appointment, or maybe I’d be in for a three-hour wait, like a colleague who got her vaccination at Dodger Stadium Wednesday afternoon. As I and others have noted, it’s been a rocky rollout, with mixed signals from political leaders, frozen appointment websites and plenty of confusion, especially among those 65 and older who were given the vaccination green light by Gov. Gavin Newsom way before there was enough vaccine to go around. On Tuesday, after my column about being able to easily make an appointment in Alaska, but not here, I got an email from a reader telling me he had just signed up for a vaccine on the county’s VaccinateLACounty.com website. “Type fast,” he said. “Spaces are filling up fast!” OK, I thought, here we go again. I’d spent hours on the Kroger.com site trying unsuccessfully to get vaccinated at a Ralphs supermarket. Type in the location. Choose a store...
    Carol Wingate has some stern advice for officials from the federal government on down: Get your coronavirus vaccine act together, and do it fast. The 77-year-old really wants to be inoculated. “It’ll save my life,” she said Monday morning after strolling to a mailbox in the El Segundo sunshine. But when asked how she planned to accomplish that feat, she shrugged. “I have no idea,” she said. She’s tried to sign up for an appointment online at least five times with no success. “The problem is you’re getting messages from so many different levels of government,” said the retired elementary school teacher turned educational hardware and software saleswoman turned real estate developer. “And they don’t always agree. And [the message] changes.” Since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that Californians 65 and older would now be eligible for vaccination, officials statewide have been flooded with calls from Golden State seniors, amid a spike in hospitalizations and deaths after the holidays. The problem is that there are more people who want to be inoculated, and who are brimming...
    JESSA Duggar surprisingly attended her sister-in-law Michelle Barger's wedding earlier this Fall, despite previously unfollowing her while battling the Seewald family in an altercation. The 28-year-old has been in a very public dispute with her husband Ben Seewald's family over the past year. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michael & Guinn Seewald Family (@seewaldfamily) At first glance, many believed the Counting On star was not present at Ben's sister Michelle's wedding in October, due to recently surfaced photos from the event. However, in an additional picture shared yesterday to the Seewald family Instagram account, Jessa stood behind the bride, confirming her presence at the wedding. Jessa wore a highly conservative dark blue floor-length gown with her long dark hair down in waves while standing next to her husband holding their son Spurgeon. Fans took to Reddit to share their surprise at Jessa's appearance, one sharing the capture and adding: "So Jessa WAS a Ben's sister's wedding. Any reason you think we haven't seen her in any other photos?" 9Michelle married Elijah Barger in October of this...
    The city of Pasadena, California, is refusing to comply with Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strict coronavirus restrictions prohibiting restaurants from serving customers inside. Restaurants in Democrat-run states are barely surviving and even shuttering as the government repeatedly closes them through lockdowns. “The City of Pasadena will continue to assess our COVID [Chinese coronavirus] numbers and work closely with Huntington Hospital and give as much advance notice as possible if the City’s Order is going to change in any respect,” city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said in a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles report. “For every restaurant staff member, there’s a family behind that person,” Derderian said. The news outlet reported on the development:  Derderian said that city leaders made a relatively unanimous decision to keep the restaurants open based on current numbers. She acknowledged the hardships many business owners have gone through during this pandemic, and said that this contributed to officials’ decision. After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries, and breweries as...
    SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — The Valley Inn in Sherman Oaks was hoping that outdoor dining could help them make it during the holiday season. Now, the owners fear they’ll have to throw out thousands of dollars worth of food. After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries and breweries as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. Sophia Brodetsky and her family have invested tens of thousands of dollars to follow health guidelines to cling on to their restaurant. “We’ve spent over a thousand dollars on heaters,” Brodetsky said. But L.A. County’s decision to stop in-person dining, including outdoors, goes into effect hours before Thanksgiving. “To prepare everything for thanksgiving we have reservations,” she said. “We’re completely for outside dining. We’ve taken deposits for this situation.” MORE: Safer-At-Home Order Likely In LA County After Officials Report Record-High Daily COVID-19 Case Count Sestina pasta bar in Culver City just opened its doors less than a week ago. “We were really excited, it’s been a long time...
    PASADENA (CBSLA) — The city of Pasadena announced on Monday that outdoor dining will be permitted to continue, even as restaurants across L.A. County prepare to shut down to comply with the new local health orders. “The City of Pasadena will continue to assess our COVID numbers and work closely with Huntington Hospital and give as much advance notice as possible if the City’s Order is going to change in any respect,” said city spokesperson Lisa Derderian. Derderian said that city leaders made a relatively unanimous decision to keep the restaurants open based on current numbers. She acknowledged the hardships many business owners have gone through during this pandemic, and said that this contributed to officials’ decision. “For every restaurant staff member, there’s a family behind that person,” Derderian said. After reaching a 4,000 five-day daily average of cases on Sunday, the county released a health order requiring in-person dining to shut down at restaurants, wineries and breweries as of 10 p.m. Wednesday. The city of Pasadena has its own health department, which makes it possible for it to issue different...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One day after releasing plans to nix in-person dining for three weeks, Los Angeles County reported another record-high daily number of cases. On Monday, 6,124 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed — by far the highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic. Public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said that 1,500 of those cases were the result of a testing backlog from Sunday. But, even without those cases, the cases from Monday are still high enough to trigger yet another, stricter health order. According to thresholds the county released last week, a renewed Safer-At-Home order would be implemented if the county’s five-day average of new cases topped 4,500, or if hospitalizations topped 2,000. The order would last for at least three weeks. The details of the new “targeted” Safer at Home order are not clear. Health officials are expected to have a conversation with the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday about what the order will look like. However, health officials said last week that the order would generally allow only essential and emergency workers and...
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