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    The man who broke into an off-duty L.A. County probation officer’s home and killed her early Sunday morning was trying to sexually assault her and defiled her remains, prosecutors said. Officer Paula Lind, 52, was beaten to death inside her Lancaster home on Barrymore Avenue shortly after midnight Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Michael Gomez said deputies arrested a man at the scene whom they described as a “transient” known to the area. On Tuesday, prosecutors filed charges against the unidentified homeless man of murder, residential burglary, assault with intent to commit rape during a burglary and sexual contact with human remains. . According to court documents, he is 33 and sometimes uses the name Sandro Bladimir Martinez-Marroquin. Prosecutors charged him as a “John Doe.” A spokesman for the district attorney’s office did not immediately respond to questions about why law enforcement could not ascertain the defendant’s identity on Tuesday. “The murder of Officer Lind has shocked all of Los Angeles County, and we in the district attorney’s office extend our condolences to...
    Kee Riches, a 23-year-old L.A. rapper, was shot and killed in Compton on Saturday night. Riches, whose real name is Kian Nellum, was shot along with another man — 29-year-old Robert Leflore Jr. — around 9:40 p.m. on the 1500 block of S. Chester Avenue in Compton, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department and L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner records. Tributes poured in across the artist’s social media accounts upon word of his death. The “2 Live” and “Westside Lady” rapper was known in the area for his love of his community and drive to build it up, much like slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was gunned down in 2019. Riches previously told L.A. Taco that the Crenshaw hero, whom he described as “the embodiment of a street soldier, a real hustler,” left a similar impact on his own life. The young rapper grew up on the westside of Compton playing sports and started rapping when he was in his mid teens, making a name for himself as an emcee who also started the successful clothing brand and...
    A 19-month sexual abuse investigation into Marilyn Manson by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been sent to Dist. Atty. George Gascón for a decision on whether to file criminal charges against the singer. The Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau, which handles sexual and physical abuse investigations, submitted its extensive investigation into the performer, whose real name is Brian Warner, on Monday for filing consideration. A search warrant was served at his home in November. “The incidents occurred between 2009 and 2011 when Mr. Warner lived in the city of West Hollywood,” sheriff’s investigators revealed initially last year. Multiple women have accused Manson of sexual and physical abuse. He has repeatedly denied the allegations. The statute of limitations for rape in California is 10 years, so any charges may depend on the type of offense and how long ago it happened. “Once we have received the case, it will be carefully evaluated by experienced prosecutors to determine if it is appropriate to file charges at this time,” Gascón said last week. “The district attorney is committed to investing...
    Southern California water officials on Monday lifted a temporary ban on outdoor watering in portions of Los Angeles County after completing emergency repairs on a critical pipeline two days early. The 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is a major conduit for supplying water to the region from the Colorado River. Officials shut it down Sept. 6 so they could address a leak, and called on nearly 4 million residents to halt all outdoor irrigation — including sprinkling and hand watering — for 15 days while they did the work. The MWD said residents and businesses in affected areas can resume limited watering outdoors. “We know it wasn’t easy to heed our no-outdoor-watering call, particularly during the extreme heat wave the region experienced early in the shutdown, but Southern Californians stepped up their water-saving efforts again, as they have in the past, to help us through this critical shutdown,” MWD chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said in a statement. California Facing ‘dead pool’ risk, California braces for painful water cuts from Colorado...
    Transcripts don’t lie. But Alex Villanueva thinks they do. The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff has wasted a big chunk of his first term denying things that audio, video and print reporters have quoted him as saying. He has claimed those comments were misconstrued, taken out of context, misheard or — as he insists most of the time — big, fat lies. Even after reporters post his unredacted, unedited words, Villanueva doesn’t budge from his woe-is-me pity party. He makes Donald Trump seem as truthful as George Washington next to a cherry tree. Consider a pretrial deposition for the lawsuit that Vanessa Bryant filed against L.A. County after sheriff’s deputies showed off grisly photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant; their daughter Gianna; and seven others. California What you need to know about the trial over the Kobe Bryant crash photos Vanessa Bryant sued Los Angeles County and the Sheriff’s Department after photos of the helicopter crash that killed Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and their daughter Gianna were shared. Villanueva was asked under...
    Los Angeles County will move forward with a plan to lift its pandemic-era eviction moratorium and other renter protections by the end of the year, according to a 3-2 vote Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Officials will “perform robust outreach” to make sure that tenants and landlords in the county’s 88 cities are prepared for the end of the renter protections, said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who introduced the motion. “Given the resources we put into play, the financial resources to help both tenants and landlords to collect back rent, it’s time for us to begin moving forward,” she said during Tuesday’s meeting. The county’s moratorium, which took effect in March 2020, has protected tenants against no-fault evictions and evictions for nuisance, unauthorized occupants or pets, and not providing entry to landlords. It also provided protections against harassment and retaliation, implemented a rent-increase freeze for mobile homes and rent-stabilized units, and extended certain eviction protections for nonpayment of rent due to financial hardship related to COVID-19. In January, supervisors voted to extend the moratorium through Dec....
    SHEILA Kuehl took the position of Los Angeles County supervisor in November 2014. Los Angeles County deputies announced "an ongoing public corruption investigation," on September 14, 2022, following a raid on Kuehl's home. 2Sheila Kuehl is the LA County supervisor for the 3rd DistrictCredit: Getty Who is Sheila Kuehl? Although Sheila Kuehl has spent decades in politics, she started her career as an actress, starring in shows like the Stu Erwin Show and the 1959 sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. She was 18 years old when she scored the role of Zelda in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and she worked to obtain her English degree from UCLA in between filming. The show was canceled after four seasons and when the spin-off pilot of Zelda didn't take off, Kuehl believed there would be other roles on the way. However, Hollywood didn't come calling again. In an interview with the LA Times in 1995, Kuehl claimed a top CBS executive had canceled the show because she was "a little too butch." READ MORE ON POLITICSbillbuster What to know...
    by Eric Lendrum   The total number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has skyrocketed over the last few years, reaching a staggering new total of over 69,000. Fox News reports that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which released its updated report on Thursday, found an increase of 4.1 percent since 2020. In the entirety of the county, approximately 69,144 people are now homeless; in just the city of Los Angeles alone, there are 41,980 homeless people. The new report was the first official count of the homeless population since 2020, as efforts were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the pandemic also had a massive impact on the homeless population itself; in 2020, there was a stunning 12 percent increase in the homeless population across the county, with the city of Los Angeles seeing a 14 percent increase in the same span of time. In 2019, there were roughly 59,000 homeless people located in the county. However, LAHSA added that the results of the report seem to suggest that, despite the homeless population increasing overall, it...
    (CNN)A Los Angeles County resident's death has been attributed to monkeypox, the county Department of Public Health said Monday, the first known death from the virus in the US. The department and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the link and said the person had a severely weakened immune system and had been hospitalized. No further information will be made public, the department said in a news release. Global experts race to understand rare cases when monkeypox leads to death "Persons severely immunocompromised who suspect they have monkeypox are encouraged to seek medical care and treatment early and remain under the care of a provider during their illness," the news release says.Read More Deaths from monkeypox are extremely rare and often affect babies, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, such as from HIV. A person in Harris County, Texas, who had monkeypox died last month, but the virus' role in that death has not been confirmed. There have been almost 22,000 cases of probable or confirmed monkeypox reported in the US this year, as of...
    (CNN)A mudslide trapped multiple drivers in Southern California as storms drenched the region and brought flash flood warnings Sunday evening.Several motorists were rescued after their vehicles became stuck in a mud and debris flow on Pine Canyon Road in the Lake Hughes area, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.Rescuers responded to the area shortly before 8 p.m., the agency said in a tweet. A total of 24 vehicles became stuck on the road with 53 people accounted for, according to a preliminary storm report from the National Weather Service.Oregon wildfire explodes in size as multiple blazes rage across the West, forcing evacuations and worsening air qualityEarlier, maintenance crews responded to reports of a mudslide blocking all lanes on Lake Hughes Road, Los Angeles County Public Works tweeted. Read MoreAerial video from CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS showed thick mud blanketing a roadway, where several vehicles appeared to be trapped.The mudslide came as the area was experiencing scattered rainfall from post-tropical cyclone Kay as it pulled away from the region. Lingering showers and thunderstorms...
    (CNN)The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending residents avoid swimming and surfing at multiple ocean beaches because of sewage discharge.Closure signs have been posted at RAT (Right After Torrance/Redondo) Beach in the southernmost section of Torrance Beach, and that closure will remain in effect until bacterial levels meet health standards, the department said in a release. From wildfires to tropical storm rains, parts of the West Coast continue to face extreme weather conditions this weekendThe closed beach is about 30 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles.The department also issued warnings to swimmers at Santa Monica Pier, Redondo Beach Pier and Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey due to bacterial levels that exceed health standards. Those areas are still open. The warning means that "bacteria levels in the beach water may cause illness, and local health officers are recommending to the public to stay out of the water in areas where the signs are visible," according to the State Water Resources Control Board.Read MoreThe news comes as a prolonged record-setting heat wave continues to swelter the Golden State.
    By Christopher Weber | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The number of homeless residents counted in Los Angeles County increased again but at a much slower pace than in previous years, according to figures released Thursday that show that more people left the streets for shelters. The federally required tally conducted in late February found 69,144 people were homeless on any given night in LA County, a 4.1% rise from 2020. About 42,000 were within the city of Los Angeles, where public frustration has grown as tents have proliferated on sidewalks and in parks and other locations. By comparison, the county saw a 25.9% rise in the homeless population between 2018 and 2020, said Kristina Dixon, acting co-executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, or LAHSA. “While it is too soon to know what this year’s count results will mean long term, the numbers are suggesting there was a flattening of the curve or the percent increase of people experiencing homelessness is shrinking,” Dixon said. However, it also could also reflect the impact of a winter COVID-19 surge...
    The growth of the homeless population in Los Angeles County slowed over the last two years in part because of policies brought on by the pandemic, according to results of the newly released homeless count. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which coordinates the annual count for most of the county, found that the region’s homeless population grew by 4.1% from 66,436 in 2020 to 69,144 in 2022. The percentage of those individuals living indoors in shelters increased from 28% to 30%. The city of Los Angeles saw its homeless population grow by 1.7% from 41,290 to 41,980 for the same time period. The results made public by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Thursday are in contrast to previous years when the region’s homeless population had exploded in size, growing by 25% between 2018 and 2020. The findings —which are a statistical estimation — come at a crucial time in a region where homelessness and housing affordability have become pressing issues particularly in Los Angeles, where voters will soon elect a new mayor. Los Angeles Homeless...
    A 15-day outdoor watering ban took effect for 4 million Los Angeles County residents on Tuesday as crews make emergency repairs to a pipeline that delivers water to Southern Californians, according to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline, which carries water from the Colorado River to Southern California, began leaking earlier this year, officials said. The agency made temporary repairs and continued using the pipeline at a reduced capacity but scheduled permanent repairs to be made from Tuesday to Sept. 20, during which the pipeline will be offline. “We need to make this urgent repair to ensure this infrastructure can continue serving Southern California in the immediate term and for years to come,” Brent Yamasaki, an MWD operations manager, said in a statement. “While we do this work, we need people who normally get water from this pipeline to eliminate their outdoor water use to stretch the limited available water supplies. We don’t take this call lightly, but it is what is needed at this time.” California Facing ‘dead pool’ risk, California...
    A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot a man Monday morning in Lancaster, a department spokesman said. Deputy Raquel Utley, the department’s public information officer, said the man was shot about 8:30 a.m. near the 44400 block of Sierra Highway. He was transported to a local hospital. Officials had no information about his condition. Utley offered few details about what precipitated the shooting, saying only that the department got a call about a possible robbery at a local business by a man with a gun. Responding deputies located the man, shot him and recovered a gun from the scene, Utley said. Utley said no deputies were injured during the incident.
    Los Angeles County residents were in for quite a scare as they accidentally received an emergency evacuation notice on their TVs.  An evacuation order for Eastern North Pacific Ocean, Guadalupe Island, Los Angeles, and Ventura County was issued at around 5pm on Wednesday.  However, a little over an hour later, authorities pulled the notice and the Ventura County Sheriff's Office later announced it was 'sent in error by the County of Los Angeles.' 'There is no threat to Ventura County at this time and no need for residents to evacuate,' the Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter. But that didn't stop residents from freaking out over the 'scary' situation, with many taking to social media to find out if the evacuation - which did not list a cause and was not spoken about on the news - was real.  Kay Richard wrote on Twitter:' Uhh, did anyone in LA get an evacuation notice??? Kinda s**ting my pants [right now].'   An evacuation order for Eastern North Pacific Ocean, Guadalupe Island, Los Angeles, and Ventura County was issued at around 5pm on...
    A wildfire that started around noon Wednesday has burned 4,625 acres along Interstate 5 near Castaic Lake. The map above shows the approximate perimeter of the Route Fire and the area of mandatory evacuation, in the hills of northwest Los Angeles County. On Interstate 5, traffic in each direction was reduced to two lanes for the 15 miles between Parker Road and Vista del Lago Road. The fire map will be updated by Los Angeles County’s emergency services agency, and latest news is also being tweeted by the county fire department. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | Castaic fire grows to 4,625 acres; prompts closure of 5 Freeway and evacuations Crashes and Disasters | California homeowners could continue losing insurance as wildfire threat looms Crashes and Disasters | Bay Area under air advisory from wildfire smoke. The Rum Creek Fire in Oregon is to blame Crashes and Disasters | More than $500,000 raised for Dixie Fire rebuilding Crashes and Disasters | Daughter of McKinney Fire victim sues Pacific Power, claiming...
    (CNN)A wildfire raging in northern Los Angeles County swelled to more than 4,600 acres in a matter of hours Wednesday, leading to mandatory evacuation orders for residents as the area endured dangerously high temperatures.The Route Fire began Wednesday around noon near Castaic Lake and grew so rapidly that a portion of Interstate 5 was shut down in both directions. As heat wave grips the West, millions in California are urged to set thermostats to 78 degrees to conserve electricity todayAs the fire grew, seven firefighters suffered heat-related injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said on social media. Five of those were hospitalized, it added. The blaze was ignited as the region was in the grips of a blistering heat wave. Officials have urged California residents to lower their electricity use during peak hours to avoid straining the power grid."This will be the longest and most intense heat streak so far this calendar year," Alexis Clouser from the National Weather Service in San Francisco told CNN.Read MoreCalifornia Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in response to the extreme...
    A MANDATORY evacuation order is in place after a brush fire in Castaic, California burned over 600 acres during a brutal heat wave. Those living in the Paradise Mobile Estates and all residents south of Templin Highway are being ordered to move up north, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 3The Route Fire in Castaic, California has burned over 600 acres, said fire officialsCredit: Reuters 3Mandatory evacuations are in place as firefighters combat the blazeCredit: Reuters 3At least seven firefighters have heat-related injuriesCredit: AP An elementary school in the area was also evacuated by sheriff’s deputies. At least seven firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries, said officials. The Rout Fire was reported early in the afternoon near the 5 Freeway, which has been closed in both directions. Los Angeles County and Angeles National Forest firefighters are at the scene. Video and photos from the scene show thick plumes of smoke being sent into the air. The smoke was reported to be visible from Orange County. Most read in The US Sun'mental collapse' Nurse, 37, 'suffered frightening breakdown before...
    The 2020 helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas that took the lives of NBA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna; Sarah and Payton Chester; Keri, John and Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan sent shock waves across the world. But the unimaginable pain and grief sustained by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, was compounded when graphic photos from the crash scene were shared by Los Angeles County deputies and firefighters with each other, some of their spouses, and in one instance with a bartender at a bar where a deputy was drinking. Vanessa Bryant, center, Kobe Bryant’s widow, leaves a federal courthouse with her daughter, Natalia, left, and soccer player Sydney Leroux in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. A federal jury has found that Los Angeles County must pay Bryant’s widow $16 million over photos of the NBA star’s body at the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed him. On Aug. 30, the LA County Board of Supervisors asked for a report on how to implement policies on firefighters and sheriff deputies taking...
    Officials are urging large areas of Los Angeles County to heed a temporary outdoor watering ban that will begin next week and affect over 4 million people as crews make repairs to a leaking major pipeline. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California outlined the 15-day ban at a Tuesday news conference. The watering restrictions begin on Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 20, and will allow workers to repair the 36-mile Upper Feeder pipeline that supplies water from the Colorado River, one of the two main sources of water for most of Southern California. “Today, we are asking the community to join us in ensuring our region manages our liquid gold — our water — responsibly, and to stop outdoor watering from Sept. 6 through Sept. 20,” Dawn Roth Lindell, general manager of Burbank Water and Power, said. Roth Lindell said the MWD is calling on residents living in areas affected by the outdoor watering ban — which include the cities of Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, San Fernando and Torrance, as well as areas served...
    A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s custody assistant pleaded no contest to Friday to charges that he attempted to smuggle methamphetamine into the Men’s Central Jail in 2018, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said. Jose Flores, 43, pleaded to a felony count of attempting to bring an illegal substance into the jail and was immediately sentenced to two years of formal probation and 300 hours of community service. “Someone who tries to smuggle drugs into a jail is betraying the public’s trust and creates an unsafe environment,” Dist. Atty. George Gascón said in a news release. The charges stem from a November 2018 bust in which investigators found 100 grams of meth inside Flores’ car in the jail’s parking structure near downtown L.A. Charges against Flores were not filed until Nov. 2021, three years after the bust. Custody assistants are not sworn members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department but help patrol county jails and supervise inmates.
    Los Angeles (CNN)A group of nine federal jurors began deliberating Wednesday in the civil case over graphic photos taken at the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others.The deliberations began shortly after an attorney for Los Angeles County argued that the trial is a "pictures case with no pictures," noting that the gruesome photos of human remains have never actually been seen by the public -- or even the plaintiffs, Vanessa Bryant and Christopher Chester."No pictures is good. No pictures means no public dissemination... no risk of other people making mistakes," county attorney Mira Hashmall said in closing arguments of the trial.In an emotional rebuttal, Bryant's attorney Luis Li argued Wednesday the actions of the county in taking such photos were reckless and inhumane and caused emotional distress."They poured salt into an unhealable wound and that's why we're all here today," he said. Read MoreThe trial against LA county, the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and others is centered on photos of human remains taken after the helicopter crash that killed NBA star...
    Vanessa Bryant, the widow of former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, broke down in tears during her testimony in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday after discussing the existence of graphic photographs from the helicopter crash scene. Bryant reflected on the moment she learned that there were graphic photos of the scene that had been passed around by first responders. The photographs included the remains of her husband and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna. “I felt like I wanted to run down the block and scream. I can’t escape my body. I can’t escape what I feel,” Bryant told the court, according to the New York Post. “I just remember not wanting to react because the girls were in the room.” EX-FIRE CHIEF WALKS OFF WITNESS STAND IN KOBE BRYANT CRASH PHOTOS TRIAL Vanessa Bryant (left) the widow of the late Kobe Bryant, holds hands with friend Sydney Leroux as they leave a federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) The testimony Friday came during Bryant's federal invasion of privacy lawsuit regarding the leak...
    By Taylor Romine and Amir Vera | CNN The cause of death of actress Anne Heche was ruled an accident Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Department of the Medical Examiner-Coroner. Heche’s car crashed into a Los Angeles home and erupted into flames on August 5. After the accident, Heche experienced a “severe anoxic brain injury,” depriving her brain of oxygen, among other critical injuries following the crash, her family and friends said in a statement to CNN. She died Sunday after being taken off life support, according to a representative for her family. The coroner cited inhalation and thermal injuries as the cause of death. Other “significant conditions” in her death included a “sternal fracture due to blunt trauma,” according to the report posted online. Heche’s body has since been released from the coroner’s office, the report says. CNN has reached out to Heche’s representatives for comment. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Dr. Dre says Jay-Z and Nas convinced him not to pull out of Super Bowl halftime show Crime and Public Safety...
    Standing atop Nike Hill, Victor Moreno brushed sweat from his brow and dust from his eyes. The three-mile run on a sun-drenched afternoon had been a challenge, but the payoff was worth it: From the 1,160-foot-high spot in the Puente Hills, he was treated to a glorious 360-degree vista. Los Angeles’ skyscrapers jutting into the sky to the west, the grandeur of the San Gabriel Mountains to the north. To the east was the seemingly endless Inland Empire, with Orange County’s suburbs spread to the south. A truck drives through a portion of the future Puente Hills park in July. The landfill operated from 1957 until its closing on Oct. 31, 2013.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) But what really mattered to Moreno, 32, was the chance to introduce his 12-year-old daughter, Janae — who was on her first climb — to some things many city dwellers never see: darting lizards, hopping rabbits and diving birds of prey. For years the partially paved trail has been a refuge for Moreno, a place to unwind and, more recently, unmask. The...
    (CNN)Rapper A$AP Rocky was charged Monday with two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, including personally using a firearm, in connection with a shooting last year in California, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.Two people were arguing in the Hollywood area of the city on November 6, 2021, when, police say, it escalated and the rapper allegedly fired a handgun. The person who was shot sustained a minor injury and sought medical treatment, police said. The rapper was arrested in April at Los Angeles International Airport and was later released on a $550,000 bond. "Discharging a gun in a public place is a serious offense that could have ended with tragic consequences not only for the person targeted but also for innocent bystanders visiting Hollywood," George Gascón, LA County District Attorney, said in a statement. "My office conducted a thorough review of the evidence in this case and determined that the addition of a special firearm allegation was warranted."CNN has reached out to A$AP Rocky's representatives for comment. The rapper and his partner, superstar singer Rihanna,...
    (CNN)Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón will not face a recall election after officials determined Monday that the campaign looking to oust him failed to gather enough valid signatures.The effort needed 566,857 valid signatures to place Gascón's job on the ballot, but it fell nearly 47,000 signatures short, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. The effort gathered 520,050 valid signatures, while 195,783 were found to be invalid.Gascón, Los Angeles County's left-leaning district attorney who took office on promises to enact a "more humane" criminal justice system, has faced criticism from recall advocates who claimed his policies failed to ensure public safety and order. The district attorney has pursued an agenda centered on reducing incarceration through measures such as a virtual prohibition on trying juveniles as adults, the rejection of "enhancements" that extend sentence lengths and a policy of not prosecuting "quality of life" misdemeanors associated with homelessness, such as trespassing and public urination."Now more than ever, we need a California Attorney General to step in to counter the policies of Gascon and other...
    A second effort to force Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón into a recall election fizzled out Monday after officials determined the campaign to boot him from office failed to gain enough valid signatures. To force Gascón into a recall race, the campaign seeking his ouster needed to gather 566,857 valid signatures by mid-July, a figure reflecting 10% of the people eligible to vote in the election cycle when Gascón won office in November 2020. The L.A. County Registrar’s office said Monday that only about 520,000 of the signatures submitted were valid. While the campaign actually submitted roughly 715,000 signatures, a number were inevitably going to be disqualified if they were signed by people who were not properly registered to vote in L.A. County or if a registered voter’s signature didn’t match the one on file with the county Registrar. In California, most recall drives see between 20% and 30% of collected signatures disqualified, according to Joshua Spivak, an expert on recall elections and senior research fellow at UC Berkeley Law School’s California Constitution Center. The recall campaign...
    Kobe Bryant's widow wept in court again on Friday as she heard how photos of her husband and daughter's bodies were shared at an awards gala. Vanessa Bryant, 40, is suing the Los Angeles County sheriff's office and fire department for invasion of privacy after she discovered that the images were circulating. Her basketball superstar husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter crash in January 2020 in Calabasas. On Friday, Luella Weireter, the wife of a firefighter, explained why she filed an official complaint after seeing the photos shared.  Weireter's cousin Keri Altobelli died in the helicopter crash that killed the Bryants, along with her husband John, a baseball coach, and daughter Alyssa, a basketball teammate of Gianna. Weireter, a former EMT, said that she attended the gala in February 2020 with her husband. She said she was shocked to see the photos of the bodies being shared by LA County firefighter Tony Imbrenda, and other firefighters gather round Imbrenda to look at the images in what Weireter said was like a party trick. Vanessa Bryant,...
    We tend to rank art museums according to the importance of their permanent collections, even as those rooms likewise tend to be the quietest, less-traveled spaces in the building. “What’s new?” we ask ourselves as we make a beeline to the special exhibition galleries to see the latest offering. In truth, nothing makes me happier than spending time in those quieter galleries where objects in the collection become like friends you’re happy to run into again. The experience is how one develops a special bond with a museum, which can otherwise feel institutionally aloof. Lunch at the cafe or sale-shopping at the store can be a fun diversion, but extra time with the collection is finally more satisfying. Temporary, changing exhibitions draw most of the attention at Los Angeles art museums, as they do everywhere, but together the city’s museums hold hundreds of thousands of absorbing works of global art in their collections. Here are some examples, selected not because they represent the cream (though some do) but because aesthetic value spreads wide and the major and the...
    A 20-year-old man charged this week with killing an off-duty Monterey Park police officer during a botched robbery attempt in Downey spent just a day in custody following a March conviction for burglary and felony domestic violence, according to Los Angeles County court and jail records. Carlos Daniel Delcid of San Pedro, accused of shooting Officer Gardiel Solorio, 26, five times Monday in a parking lot outside an LA Fitness gym, has been charged with murder, attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. He remains in the Los Angeles County Jail without bail. The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Delcid on Feb. 10 for spousal assault, burglary, intimidating/tampering with a witness, false Imprisonment, and assault. The arrest stemmed from an incident in which Delcid assaulted his girlfriend while using a knife. He pleaded no contest to burglary and inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and four years probation on March 10, according to court records. The sentence was based on Delcid’s age and lack of prior criminal convictions,...
    The department stated, “Mr. Sean Essex does not reflect the values of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or those of the dedicated men and women in law enforcement who proudly serve our communities each day. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department expects all of its personnel to hold themselves to the highest ethical, moral, and professional standards at all times. Department members who engage in misconduct, especially criminal misconduct that preys on a vulnerable population, will not be tolerated and will be investigated and fully prosecuted. Society expects peace officers to hold themselves to the highest moral and ethical standards, as does the Sheriff.” Essex is currently being held without bail. His next hearing is scheduled for September 1.
    SHOCKING video of an alleged fire tornado has emerged as firefighters continue to battle a massive blaze in California. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Office said in an update just after 6.30pm local time that the Sam Fire is at 150 acres with no structures threatened. 2The fire has grown to 150 acres as of 6.15pm local time 2Firefighters continue to battle the blaze More than 200 fire personnel are on the scene as the fire continues to grow. California Highway Patrol is assisting in shutting down Highway 138, the sheriff's office said. Firefighters have been battling the blaze in Gorman in Los Angeles County. Officials have not said what may have caused the fire. Shocking footage showed a fire tornado that developed right around 5pm local time. KTLA reports that fire tornados - also known as fire devils - can occur when extreme heat combines with intense wind. More to follow...For the latest news on this story, keep checking back at Sun Online. The-sun.com is your go-to destination for the best celebrity news, sports news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and...
    Temperatures are on the rise in Los Angeles County with triple-digit heat forecast in some areas this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. “The odds are favoring above-normal temperatures for up to two weeks,” said Robbie Munroe, a weather service meteorologist. “So we might not see a whole lot of relief any time soon.” This weekend, the Orange and Ventura county areas will have temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s, according to weather service meteorologist Eric Boldt. He expects the Anaheim and Riverside County areas to see temperatures around the low 90s, with the hottest conditions predicted in the San Bernardino Mountains, above 100 degrees. According to Munroe, the heat will be more noticeable for those who live farther inland. He predicts the valleys, mountains and deserts will see the brunt of the heat at least through this weekend while the coastal areas will remain a bit cooler. California L.A. residents saving more water but face bigger test as heat intensifies July’s conservation surpassed the 9% reduction achieved in L.A. in June, but DWP officials urged residents...
    California officials are destroying hundreds of illegal marijuana farms worth billions of dollars to drug cartels every year. With a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency grant and a strict state licensing requirement, police have been raiding farms up and down the state and seizing or destroying the drugs, then dismantling the greenhouses protecting them. State and local government agencies have joined forces to eradicate the farms, which have dramatically multiplied in the past several years while siphoning off precious water from a drought-stricken state. Investigators in Southern California have discovered the operators are cartels from Mexico, Armenia, and China. Similar cartels have sprung up in the state’s Central Valley farming community, primarily from China and Russia. INTERNATIONAL DRUG CARTELS ILLEGALLY DRAINING WATER SUPPLIES TO GROW PLANTS, SENATOR SAYS Illegal marijuana farm seized by law enforcement in Los Angeles County Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department “They are a threat to the safety of the public every day they are in existence,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Howard Fuchs said. “We’ve arrested people [at farms] who are wanted for murder in...
    One day after California declared a state of emergency because of the growing monkeypox outbreak, the chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed a local emergency because of the illness. Holly J. Mitchell issued the emergency declaration early Tuesday to “bolster the county’s response to this outbreak,” according to a news release. Monkeypox cases in L.A. County have more than doubled in the last 10 days, rising to 400 Monday, according to the county health department’s count of confirmed and suspected cases. The majority of cases have been confirmed in men who identify as part of the LGBTQ community, according to county statistics. The outbreak in California — and across the world — continues to disproportionately affect men who have sex with men, as well as transgender and nonbinary people, though anyone can catch the virus through close skin-to-skin contact or through fabrics that have touched the virus. On Thursday, San Francisco declared a state of emergency as cases continue to spread there. California California’s LGBTQ community feeling ignored, angry, confused as monkeypox cases...
    Solis told Los Angeles Daily News that the policy "allows residents of our county to be served by people who look like them and can understand linguistically and culturally their individual needs." Los Angeles County public defender Ricardo García noted, "Barriers to employment based on cultural, racial, ethnic, or religious characteristics are contrary to our core values. Citizenship overlaps these demographic characteristics." The motion read, "These applicants, who often express deep interest for public service and a sincere desire to pursue a career representing indigent LA County residents, reflect the County's values of inclusivity and compassion. Further, their lived experience as immigrants places them in a unique position to relate to and connect with the diverse communities the County serves." The board hopes this new policy will broaden the applicant pool and attract more bilingual candidates.
    (The Center Square) – Los Angeles County will not reinstate an indoor mask mandate Friday after seeing an improvement in COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations, county health officials announced on Thursday. Los Angeles County Public Health Department Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer had initially warned two weeks ago that the county could move to reinstate an indoor mask mandate at the end of the month as a result of the county moving into the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “high” community level. However, the county has started to see a decrease in hospital admissions over the past week and will likely be designated within the CDC’s “medium” community level in the coming days. “Given the declines in case of hospitalization numbers, we’re hopeful that the admission rate over the next few days remains under 10 new admissions per 100,000 residents and LA County is soon officially moved by CDC to the medium community level,” Ferrer said during a press briefing on Thursday. “As I noted last week, any indication that the county would soon be moving to...
    Los Angeles County has shelved plans to bring back a universal indoor mask mandate as its Covid surge is subsiding and rates of hospitalizations have stabilized, the health director announced Thursday.  Health director Barbara Ferrer had warn two weeks ago that the LA County Department of Public Health could reintroduce a face covering requirement if trends in hospital admissions continued under criteria set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But yesterday, in the much-anticipated weekly public health briefing, she announced that the nation's most populous county had swerved the need to re-impose the broad mask rule. 'We're on a decline right now, and it's hard for us to imagine reinstating universal indoor masking when we're on this significant of a decline,' Ferrer said.  It is likely that the county would have seen a rebellion on the matter had they tried to force citizens to wear masks indoors again, with Beverley Hills, Pasadena, El Segundo and Long Beach all having come out to say they would not have enforced the rule. Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer...
    The Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón has requested a the reversal of a 1994 death sentence of a 'mentally' ill man who killed two college students, calling the penalty 'racist and morally untenable.'  Raymond Oscar Butler, now 46, was 18 years old when he killed Marymount California University students Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura in a 1994 carjacking in San Pedro.  Gascón has now requested to overturn his capital punishment sentence in a 264-page filing earlier this month, according to the Whittier Daily News. The DA said the murderer suffered from 'significant cognitive impairment' during the time of the crime due to mental illness and trauma.  The motion stated that Butler's cognitive impairment caused him to abuse drugs and alcohol to numb his distress, the Whittier Daily News reported.  If the motion is granted, Butler's sentenced will be reduced to life without parole.  However, it does not reverse the separate death penalty Butler received for fatally stabbing another inmate in 2012.  In a video posted to his Twitter, Gascón - who is strongly against capital punishment - said that 'over 50...
    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will not reinstate a universal indoor mask mandate, the department announced today, citing slowing COVID-19 transmission countywide. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, during a weekly COVID-19 briefing on Thursday, July 28, said that LA County’s data — differing from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data — is showing a decrease in the spread of the virus and hospitalizations as a result. “Any indication that the county would soon be moving to the medium community level would be a good reason to not move forward with universal indoor masking, which is what we are doing today,” Ferrer said. “We we will be pausing and not moving forward at this time.” Ferrer said the county may move back into medium community transmission as early as next Thursday, though that determination will have to wait until the county receives the CDC’s most recent COVID-19 data. The county had foreshadowed the mandate’s return two weeks ago, as rising coronavirus case and hospitalization rates climbed, fueled by two highly contagious — but less-severe...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County dropped a plan to impose a universal indoor mask mandate this week as COVID-19 infections and rates of hospitalizations have stabilized, a top health official said Thursday. Health director Barbara Ferrer said two weeks ago that the nation’s most populous county could again require face coverings if trends in hospital admissions continued under criteria set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Thursday, she said the county managed to dodge imposition of the broad mask rule. The county remains at the “high” CDC level of community transmission, but it could drop to “medium” in coming weeks. Ferrer made the announcement during a briefing at which she displayed flat and declining data graphs. “As you can see, there’s been a fairly steady decline in cases since July 23, potentially signaling the beginning of a downward trend in cases,” she said. Hospitalizations are also down. While masks won’t be required in most indoor spaces, Ferrer reminded residents that face coverings are an effective tool to reduce spread. ...
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    Monitors will not be allowed to view the vote-counting process to recall District Attorney George Gascon because the county of Los Angeles does not view the event as an election, county officials say. However, opponents insist that the law clearly states that the recall is an election and the process should be public. Support from Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic politicians helped usher far-left Gascon into office two years ago, and the recall campaign wants to make sure the voter petitions are accurately counted to place the measure on a ballot. “We are concerned about it, and we have attorneys looking at it,” retired LAPD Sgt. Dennis Zine, one of the campaign organizers, said of the petition counting. GASCON WON’T PROSECUTE GUN CRIMES BUT PROMOTES CALIFORNIA GUN CONTROL LAWS Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon (right) is now at the center of a recall effort due to frustration over his criminal justice policies. (Bryan Chan/County of Los Angeles via AP) If enough valid signatures were submitted and the recall makes a ballot, voters will be asked two...
    Los Angeles County officials are moving forward with a plan to convert the mostly vacant General Hospital building, on the site of L.A. County-USC Medical Center, into affordable housing units. The Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday to begin creating construction and financial plans for the project. The motion directs county departments to report back within four months on a potential timeline and allocate up to $194.7 million in funding for the project, according to a news release from Supervisor Hilda Solis. “Cementing our commitment to its restoration and reuse can aid in our response to the housing crisis our region is experiencing, as well as provide exceptional health services — carrying on the hospital’s over 150-year-old mission,” said Solis, who introduced the motion. The General Hospital project is part of the Restorative Care Village proposal, a county effort that began in 2017 with the goal of combining resources for homelessness, unemployment, mental health and substance abuse on the County-USC campus. Under the proposal, General Hospital could be overhauled to include 184 market-rate units and 371...
    Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl referred to those who object to mask mandates as 'snowflake weepies' during a Board of Supervisors meeting with the county's public health director Barbara Ferrer.  During Tuesday's meeting, Ferrer, 81, expressed her relief that a return to indoor mask mandates may not be necessary as new Covid-19 cases were on a steady decline. Despite that development, Kuehl, 81, still took aim at the critics of mask policies. The outgoing supervisor said: 'I'm particularly struck by the blowback from a number, though not a really significant number of sort of, 'snowflake weepies' about how oppressive it is to wear a mask.' Bizarrely, Kuehl went on to draw a comparison between mask mandates and the wearing of every day clothes. Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl wonder aloud during a meeting why people don't get as angry about wearing shirts and shoes as they do about wearing masks She said: 'I don't hear them writing me about shoes, which are actually more oppressive to your feet than wearing a mask on your face but we do...
    An off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was reportedly hospitalized after a shooting in Harbor City on Monday night. Authorities had a suspect in custody after one person was shot at 7:04 p.m. in the 23300 block of Dorset Place, according to Officer Rosario Cervantes, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson. The victim was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. Neither Cervantes nor the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department could confirm the victim’s identity. According to KCBS-TV Channel 2, the injured person is an off-duty deputy and the shooting occurred during “an apparent family dispute.” This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.
    (CNN)Los Angeles County is maintaining a high Covid-19 community level, which means a universal indoor masking mandate could be enacted as soon as next week, health officials say. In Los Angeles, the average test positivity rate remains high, at 16%, Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said during a Covid-19 update on Thursday. While daily reported cases have leveled off, with about 6,700 new cases daily, she said that the community level must decline back to 'medium' by July 28 to avoid an indoor mask requirement occurring on July 29. In LA County, there is a continued rise in the number of Covid-positive patients admitted into hospitals over the past week, according to Ferrer. This increased from roughly 1,200 a week ago to 1,329 on Thursday. Covid-related deaths in LA County remain relatively stable at 13 deaths per day on average, although this is an increase from last month, with an average of five daily deaths, Ferrer said. Should you get your booster now or wait until the fall? An expert weighs inThe share of the United States...