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    Los Angeles City Hall will light up in Dodger blue Wednesday evening to honor Vin Scully, the legendary sports broadcaster who was the beloved voice of the Dodgers for 67 years. Scully died at his home in Hidden Hills on Tuesday, the Dodgers announced. He was 94. In a statement announcing City Hall’s plans to commemorate Scully’s legacy, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the veteran broadcaster was “bigger than baseball.” “He was the soul of Los Angeles, the undisputed voice of America’s pastime, and the narrator of some of the most thrilling moments of our lives,” Garcetti said. Dodgers Plaschke: Vin Scully’s voice, a serenade of rebirth, will live on forever in Los Angeles Vin Scully has died, but his poetic narration of the Dodgers — Los Angeles’ most enduring sports franchise — will ring in our hearts forever. To celebrate Scully’s his life and passion for Los Angeles and his role as one of the leading voices in sports, City Hall will feature blue lights on Wednesday to celebrate Scully “and memorialize the man who...
    When FBI agents in blue windbreakers strode into Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar’s office and carried out boxes of evidence early one morning in 2018, they also left behind a heavy miasma of suspicion in City Hall that elected city leaders have tried hard to address, but with little success. Last month, the first in a series of prominent trials produced a guilty verdict, one of several courtroom dramas expected to focus on what federal authorities call a “pay-to-play” criminal enterprise in L.A. City Hall, and other civic corruption. On June 27, a jury found that developer billionaire Dae Yong “David” Lee in 2017 gave a $500,000 bribe to a middleman for then-Councilman Huizar to assure that Huizar would push back against a construction trade union group that opposed a 20-story tower Lee hoped to build. In an earlier case, George Esparza, a special aide to Huizar, pleaded guilty in 2020 to a racketeering conspiracy charge involving a developer who sought to build a 77-story skyscraper in Huizar’s district. Billionaire developer Wei Huang in 2014 provided $600,000 in collateral...
    By MICHAEL R. BLOOD LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and billionaire developer Rick Caruso breezed past a large field of rivals looking to be the next mayor of Los Angeles and advanced Tuesday to a runoff election in November. An early tally of mail-in ballots showed Caruso with 41% and Bass with 38%. A candidate needed to top 50% to avoid a runoff. A dozen names were on the ballot, though several candidates dropped out. Bass, a favorite of the party’s progressive wing, and the Republican-turned-Democrat Caruso easily distanced themselves from the rest of the field – city Councilman Kevin de Leon, a former state Senate leader, was a distant third with 7%. Bass, ho was on then President-elect Joe Biden’s short list for vice president, would be the first woman mayor of Los Angeles and the second Black person to hold the office. The race largely focused on homelessness and crime. More than 40,000 people live in trash-strewn homeless encampments and rusty RVs, and widely publicized smash-and-grab robberies and home invasions have unsettled residents. Caruso,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles City Hall in downtown L.A. reopened to the public on Wednesday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.City Hall has been closed since 2020 due to the pandemic, and the city council also resumed public in-person meetings.The public will be allowed to attend, but masks and proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test will be required.Adam Smith of West L.A. was the first to speak at the meeting Wednesday, and told council members that it's "good to be back in the room." But he added:"I do think it's really troubling that, accessibility-wise, people can't call in and give public comment anymore...Accessibility has always been an issue at these meetings, and folks that are disparately impacted by the policies coming out of this room have trouble coming in to give public comment on a weekday morning."The City Council had virtual meetings via teleconference for the first year of the pandemic, with in-person meetings continuing for council members in June 2021 before briefly returning to a remote format in January due to the...
    Los Angeles City Hall will reopen on May 4 after being closed to the public for nearly two years, city officials said Thursday. Visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test within the previous 72 hours to enter the building, officials said. Masks will be also required. The downtown building has been closed since March 2020, when many city employees began working remotely as the coronavirus spread through the region. City Council meetings have also been held remotely, with members of the public able to participate remotely as well. Council President Nury Martinez said she looks forward to “seeing our council chambers full of Angelenos again.” “As always with this pandemic, it remains a fluid process, but I’m hopeful that we will continue to stay safe in our return to normal,” Martinez said in a statement. Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city will “continue to make decisions that put the health and safety of our city employees and all Angelenos first.” While City Council members will resume in-person meetings, council committee meetings,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- You may not know much about billionaire Rick Caruso, but you've likely been to or heard of his Southern California shopping center's like The Grove, Americana at Brand in Glendale and Palisades Village.Now a Democrat, the life-long resident is running for mayor of Los Angeles."I'm not trying to make the whole city look like The Grove. The city is so fantastic the way it is. Every community is diverse and different and that's what gives L.A. it's strength and it's beauty," Caruso told Eyewitness News. "What I've seen is our city degrade in a really sad way, and I love this city deeply."I raised my family here. Built my business here and it's sad. To see people scared in their communities, to see the homelessness be out of control, to see crime spiking the way it's spiking, when you love something, you don't give up on something. That's what I was taught as a kid. You lean in and you try to help."The 63-year-old blames failed leadership for the problems facing the city. Caruso enters a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rob Wilcox, spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office and candidate for city controller, was reportedly attacked near Los Angeles City Hall on Friday. Wilcox reported via Twitter that he was okay following the incident. I’m fine, but around noon today near City Hall East, I was attacked. I was shoved and kicked. Unfortunately, the attacker was not apprehended. Sadly, this is all too common in our city today. I was lucky, I’m OK, so many others are not. We can do better than this LA! — Rob Wilcox (@rob4controller) February 12, 2022 He was walking near First and Los Angeles Streets at around noon when he was approached by what he told The Los Angeles Times, was an “extremely agitated and angry” man, that was shouting at him and kicked him in the shin. The man is also reported to have used a racial slur. READ MORE: Costa Mesa Police Arrest Man Who Reportedly Attempted To Rob Multiple Banks In Same Shopping CenterIn an email to staffers with the City Attorney’s Office...
    The future of Los Angeles is on the ballot. Our first open mayoral primary in nearly a decade takes place in June, along with numerous other competitive races across the city and county. Dozens of candidates are out knocking on doors, cutting ads and trying to get your attention as we speak. Local engagement in politics has long been lackluster. When Mayor Eric Garcetti was elected in 2013, less than a quarter of eligible voters bothered to weigh in. Turnout was even lower when he was reelected four years later. But something different is afoot. For many Angelenos, the upheaval of the last two years provided a crash course in the ways local government intersects with everyday life. Tens of thousands of people marched in the streets demanding police reform, and countless more watched as the pandemic laid bare the inequities already present in our communities. As the city confronts a homelessness crisis and fundamental questions around public safety, the people of Los Angeles are paying attention. But the machinery around City Hall often feels opaque, and bureaucratic intricacies...
    CARSON (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County officials held a virtual town hall Wednesday to provide an update and answer questions about efforts to combat the odor emanating from the Dominguez Channel. The Carson city council and their mayor, Lula Davis-Holmes, officially announced a state of emergency in regards to the foul odor that has been plaguing the city for weeks. READ MORE: Angeles National Forest Fire Threat Lowered From 'Extreme' To 'Very High'The channel has continued to emit a noxious smell, thanks to high levels of hydrogen sulfide gas found in the decaying material at the bottom of the channel. Carson residents have reported that the smell has caused them a wide array of nuisances including nausea, constant headaches and having to completely avoid the area to try and escape the odor. However, residents outside of Carson have also indicated that they can smell the stench in their areas of Gardena, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Wilmington and Long Beach. Mayor Davis-Holmes also asked for help outside of local government, “We are also urging the county, Governor Newsom and President Biden declare a...
    Dozens of anti-vaccination protesters gathered for a rally Saturday in front of Los Angeles City Hall, but unlike previous gatherings no counter-demonstrators turned out and things remained mostly peaceful. Some of those attending the “World Wide Rally for Freedom” carried American flags and signs that read “COVID 1984,” “Informed Dissent,” “I’m Not A Lab Rat” and “Forced Penetrations Are Always Wrong.” The crowd numbered about 200. Several speakers alternately recited psalms, praised members of the Los Angeles police and fire departments for refusing to submit to vaccine mandates, and urged demonstrators to persevere in their resistance to vaccines “no matter what names they call us.” One woman, who was introduced as a doctor, told the crowd: “If you silence your voices, you are giving your power away to the authorities who pretend they have your best interest in mind.” She urged the crowd to recognize what she described as “tyranny” masquerading as public health protections. At one point a caravan of cars pulled to the curb across the street from the demonstration, with signs taped to their sides that read,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles City Hall will be lit up for ten days starting Monday evening to celebrate 200 years of independence from Spain for El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. “The city of Los Angeles joins Central American Countries and Mexico to celebrate the bicentennial of their independence,” Councilman Gil Cedillo said. READ MORE: President Biden To Hold Campaign Rally With Gov. Newsom In Long Beach Monday Night “With Latinos comprising at least 50% of the population of the city, or nearly 2 million, their connection to Mexico and Central America is profound. We recognize their historical and familial connections to the residents of Los Angeles by illuminating City Hall with the brilliance of the colors of their flags.” On Monday City Hall will glow with the colors of El Salvador’s flag, followed by Mexico’s colors on Wednesday, Honduras’ colors on Friday, Guatemala’s colors on Sunday, Nicaragua’s colors on Tuesday, Sept. 21 and Costa Rica’s colors on Thursday, Sept. 23. READ MORE: Metro Offering Free Rides For Tuesdays Gubernatorial Recall Election “The histories and...
    A protest held outside LA City Hall over coronavirus vaccine mandates this weekend turned into a fight that resulted in one man getting stabbed and two reporters being attacked. Saturday's protest, which was held in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom 's vaccine mandate for staff and teachers at California schools leading into the fall, saw the fight break out after two groups gathered outside the south lawn of City Hall around 2 p.m., according to CBS 8. One group defended the governor's mandate while the other opposed it. The Los Angeles Fire Department sent the unidentified stabbing victim to the hospital, where he stayed for one night before being released the next day , the local outlet reported. NEWSOM RECALL ORGANIZERS WARY OF OBSCURE ONLINE BALLOT OPTION Two reporters were also attacked during the protest and later tweeted about their experience. Tina-Desiree Berg, who also hosts the District 34 podcast, tweeted a video showing her and others being attacked by protesters. KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze similarly revealed that he was shoved and kicked by a...
    A man who was stabbed during a fight that broke out at an anti-vaccination rally in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday has been released from the hospital, police said. No arrest has been reported in connection with that crime, or in an attack on a journalist that was also reported at the rally, said Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department. The violence has drawn condemnation from elected officials. “Not wearing a mask and being anti-vax isn’t patriotism — it’s stupidity,” Los Angeles City Council President Nury Martinez said in a statement. “We have to be able to have differences of opinions without resorting to violence. Attacking counter-protesters and journalists has no place in a democracy and certainly no place in Los Angeles.” A crowd of several hundred people, many holding American flags and signs calling for “medical freedom,” had descended on City Hall around 2 p.m. for the planned rally. A few dozen counterprotesters had amassed on 1st Street near the former offices of the L.A. Times before the clash. California One person...
    A MAN was stabbed and a radio reporter was beaten up when a massive brawl erupted outside Los Angeles City Hall between suspected Antifa and anti-vaxxers. Anti-vaccine demonstrators draped in American flag clothing and various Trump memorabilia were protesting outside City Hall, calling for "medical freedom". 5Anti-vaccination demonstrators left, clash with counter-protesters during an anti-vaccination protest in front of the City Hall in Los AngelesCredit: AP 5Los Angeles Police officer Gutierrez, left, puts pressure on the open wound of a demonstrator, who was stabbed during the clashesCredit: AP But counter-protesters dressed in black could be seen spraying mace at the anti-vaxxers who were yelling death threats at them, the LA Times reported. About half an hour into the stand-off yesterday, a fight broke out. The LAPD confirmed one man had been stabbed during the brawl. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is in serious condition. No arrests have been made but an investigation is ongoing, cops say. Demonstrators billed the rally as taking a stand against requiring Covid-19 jabs, so-called vaccine passports and masks. One protester could...
    One person has been hospitalized with a stab wound after fights broke out at an anti-vaccination and anti-mask rally between demonstrators and counter-protestors in Los Angeles on Saturday. The department said in a tweet the fight broke out by Los Angeles City Hall, and an investigation was underway. No arrests have been made, and one man was stabbed and taken to the hospital. "LAPD is monitoring a protest at the south lawn of the LA City Hall. We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out. We are aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD. No arrests have been made but investigation is on going," LAPD tweeted.  LAPD is monitoring a protest at the south lawn of the LA City Hall. We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out. We are aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD. No arrests have been made but investigation is on going. pic.twitter.com/0UwCgN55mJ— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) August 14, 2021Videos of altercations posted on Twitter showed an...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was stabbed and a reporter was attacked Saturday at a protest against vaccine mandates on the south lawn of Los Angeles’ City Hall after a fight broke out between the protesters and counter-protesters, the Los Angeles Police Department and local media said. About 2 p.m., a group of people holding American flags and signs calling for “medical freedom” arrived at City Hall around 2 p.m. for the rally, the Los Angeles Times reported. Counter-protesters gathered nearby. About half an hour later, a fight broke out between the protesters and counter-protesters, the Times reported. The LAPD said on its Twitter account that it is “aware of 1 male that was stabbed & is being treated by LAFD,” referring to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is in serious condition, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. “No arrests have been made but investigation is on going,” the department tweeted. Counter-protesters could be seen spraying mace while members of the anti-vaccine rally screamed...
    At Los Angeles City Hall, everything is suddenly up in the air. With Mayor Eric Garcetti again in the running for a post in the Biden administration — this time as U.S. ambassador to India — politicians, bureaucrats, activists and others are trying to figure out what a mayoral departure would mean for the city and its most pressing issues. An early exit could reshuffle the race to replace Garcetti in next year’s election. And it would likely trigger another, behind-the-scenes competition for the post of interim mayor — a choice that would be up to the City Council. “It’s going to have a ripple effect,” said Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson, “not just in terms of who Garcetti’s successor would be but how that would affect the race for mayor, who on Garcetti’s staff stays and goes and, perhaps most importantly, what happens to the mayor’s initiatives and goals.” A White House official confirmed to The Times that Garcetti is on the short list for the overseas post. President Biden’s next batch of ambassador nominees is coming “soon,”...
    LOS ANGELES (WJZ) — TikTok star and Ellicott City native Bryce Hall pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor charges for hosting parties at his rented Hollywood Hills home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Hall, 21, was charged August 2020 with one count of causing a public nuisance by conducting a loud and unruly conduct gathering and violating the “Safer LA” emergency declaration, CBS Los Angeles reports. Read more from CBS Los Angeles. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    Loading the player... On Monday, former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander, 50, was sentenced to 14 months and will begin serving time in June 2021. In July, the former lawmaker pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to falsify material facts after he attempted to manipulate an investigation against him for accepting inappropriate gifts such as cash and prostitutes. Read More: FEMA names Los Angeles county as most dangerous area in America “He chose to lie and engage in this elaborate and clandestine scheme to hide his lies, making sure that Businessman A would also lie during his interviews with the FBI in order to coordinate lies,” said U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter at Englander’s sentencing, per NBC News. Englander pleaded guilty to his role in “Operation Casino Loyale,” an investigation conducted by the FBI looking into corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. “Defendant’s obstruction campaign was calculated, extensive in scope and duration, and designed to mislead investigators,” Walter said before sentencing. Lilly Lawrence Photo: Getty Images Read More: Prosecutors concerned woman who allegedly stole Pelosi laptop...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison for lying to federal investigators about his dealings with a businessman who provided him $15,000 in secret cash payments during a night out in Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter rejected Englander’s explanation that he’d simply been trying to protect his reputation, saying the former councilman tampered with a witness and obstructed a federal probe, the Los Angeles Times reported. “There’s simply no adequate explanation as to how he totally lost his moral compass and committed this crime,” Walter said at a virtual hearing. The judge imposed a $15,000 fine — the amount contained in the envelopes Englander accepted in Las Vegas casino restrooms. the newspaper said. Englander, 50, is the first person to be sentenced in a wide-ranging federal investigation into corruption at Los Angeles City Hall. He pleaded guilty last year to scheming to falsify material facts, a felony. As part of his plea deal, Englander admitted lying to prosecutors and FBI agents during three interviews...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Investigators are trying to track down two men wanted for a hate crime which occurred during a pro-Trump rally outside Los Angeles City Hall last week. Two men wanted in connection with a hate crime which occurred outside Los Angeles City Hall on Jan. 6, 2020. (LAPD) Los Angeles police did not provide details on the alleged hate crime, which occurred on Jan. 6. Multiple fights broke out that day when dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied outside City Hall in downtown L.A. The LAPD declared an unlawful assembly and six people were arrested on various charges. Photos also showed a Black woman who was walking near the demonstration being attacked by the protesters. It’s unclear if the suspects are wanted in connection with that incident. The rally took place on the same day as the violence which erupted in Washington, D.C. when rioters stormed the Capitol building. Photos of the suspects have been released. One was described as white, 40 to 45 years of age, 6-feet-tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing...
    A former senior aide to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been charged with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and other crimes in the ongoing federal probe into corruption at City Hall, according to court records filed Monday. Raymond Chan, a deputy mayor who oversaw economic development for Garcetti in 2016 and 2017, is the latest figure to be accused of playing a role in a sprawling scheme allegedly run by ousted Councilman Jose Huizar. Prosecutors say both men were involved in shaking down developers seeking help pushing downtown real estate projects through the city’s approval process. In a statement, U.S. Atty. Nick Hanna said Huizar, Chan and their network of associates “repeatedly violated the public trust by soliciting and accepting numerous cash bribes and other financial benefits, turning Huizar’s City Council seat into a money-making criminal enterprise.” Along with Chan, prosecutors Monday announced corruption charges against Wei Huang, the chairman of a Chinese real estate company that proposed a 77-story skyscraper on Figueroa Street, and Dae Yong Lee, a Bel-Air developer who won approval for a new 20-story residential...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles was one of the several cities nationwide that took part in a Women’s March. The demonstrations focused on the Trump Administration’s anti-abortion stance and efforts to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was a champion in the women’s rights movement. Hundreds of participants marched — wearing face coverings and attempting to stay physically distanced — from Pershing Square to Los Angeles City Hall. Signs such as “We will not be silenced,” “Trump/Pence out now,” “History is watching” and “For our future” were on display. Marchers were also chanting, “Women’s rights are human rights,” and “No justice, no peace.” Similar marches and rallies were planned throughout other areas of the Southland, including Pasadena, Long Beach, Torrance and Laguna Niguel. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A large group of drivers took to the streets outside Los Angeles City Hall Thursday to urge people to vote no on Proposition 22. Drivers hold a “No on 22” rally to oppose a state measure that would classify gig-economy workers as independent contractors instead of employees. (CBSLA) If approved by voters, the measure would define app-based drivers and other gig-economy workers as independent contractors. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, launched a $185 million ad blitz in favor of the proposition, but opponents say it would allow those companies to skip out on paying workers overtime, minimum wage and other benefits. “The reality is there’s no way we can match the money, but we do have the people power,” Felipe Caceres, organizer with the Mobile Workers Alliance, said. “Drivers are coming together to demand their rights, and that’s what we have: we have drivers with their authentic voice, not paid spokespeople, who have actually driven for Uber and Lyft who know that their employee status is important and that they deserve paid sick leave.” The “Yes...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A large group of drivers took to the streets outside Los Angeles City Hall Thursday to urge people to vote no on Proposition 22. Drivers hold a “No on 22” rally to oppose a state measure that would classify gig-economy workers as independent contractors instead of employees. (CBSLA) If approved by voters, the measure would define app-based drivers and other gig-economy workers as independent contractors. Companies, including Uber and Lyft, launched a $185 million ad blitz in favor of the proposition, but opponents say it would allow those companies to skip out on paying workers overtime, minimum wage and other benefits. “The reality is there’s no way we can match the money, but we do have the people power,” Felipe Caceres, organizer with the Mobile Workers Alliance, said. “Drivers are coming together to demand their rights, and that’s what we have: we have drivers with their authentic voice, not paid spokespeople, who have actually driven for Uber and Lyft who know that their employee status is important and that they deserve paid sick leave.” The “Yes...
    A group of elected officials gathered at Los Angeles City Hall on Monday to decry the deadly conflict between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan and call on the Trump administration to intervene diplomatically in the newly reignited clash over a tiny contested border region between the two countries in the Southern Caucasus. Representatives from Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington blame Azerbaijan and nearby Turkey, which supports the country, for inciting the violence that began Sept. 27 in the Nagorno-Karabakh region — referred to as the Republic of Artsakh by Armenians. The area is internationally recognized as being part of Azerbaijan but its population of about 150,000 is majority ethnic Armenian. Azerbaijan’s leaders maintain they have only responded to incursions by the other side. “As Armenians, we care very deeply about this part of the world, and we care very deeply about the slaughter of Armenian people,” Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian said on the steps of City Hall. With the conflict now heading into a second week, there’s fear the infighting could spark an all-out war, with the potential to...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) cleared out an encampment of full-time protesters Sunday morning that had been present since the George Floyd protests began in late May. Residents claimed it was “retaliation” for protests of a recent shooting in South L.A. The Los Angeles Times reported: Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shut down a months-old protest encampment in downtown L.A.’s Grand Park early Sunday in a move that activists criticized as retaliation for recent protests of a deputy-involved shooting. The encampment first appeared in Grand Park across from City Hall in June amid protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was cleared out around 3 a.m. after deputies declared an unlawful assembly in the area, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Authorities said the action was taken because of “deteriorating conditions” in the park. They denied it was connected to the shooting of two deputies in Compton late Saturday or recent demonstrations against the department in South L.A. after deputies shot and killed bicyclist Dijon Kizzee. On Friday, deputies in riot gear surrounded a...
    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shut down a months-old protest encampment in Grand Park early Sunday in a move that activists branded as “misdirected anger” over a shooting, hours earlier, that left two deputies fighting for their lives. The encampment first appeared in Grand Park across from City Hall in June amid protests over the death of George Floyd. It was cleared out around 3 a.m. after deputies declared an unlawful assembly in the area, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Authorities said the action was taken because of “deteriorating conditions” in the park. They denied it was connected to the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton late Saturday or recent demonstrations against the department in South L.A. after deputies shot and killed bicyclist Dijon Kizzee. Protests near the South L.A. sheriff’s station over Kizzee’s killing have drawn hundreds of demonstrators, including those affiliated with Black Unity L.A., the protest group that had also been running the encampment. In its statement, the Sheriff’s Department alleged that “illegal narcotic activity, vandalism and graffiti” had become an issue near the...
    LOS ANGELES (WJZ) — TikTok star and Ellicott City native Bryce Hall has been criminally charged after throwing several large parties at mansions in the Los Angeles area despite coronavirus-related restrictions on gathering sizes. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the charges against Hall and social media influencer Blake Gray during a news conference on Friday morning, CBS Los Angeles reports. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Earlier this month, Mayor Eric Garcetti approved shutting off power at Hall’s home in the Hollywood Hills after he threw multiple large parties despite numerous warnings. Read more from CBSLA.com. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    TikTok celebrities Bryce Hall and Blake Gray are facing criminal charges after they hosted recent parties in the Hollywood Hills despite the city's ban on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said Friday. The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed misdemeanor charges Thursday against Hall and Gray. The Internet celebrities with millions of followers on TikTok share a home and allegedly held two parties less than a week apart. It was not immediately clear if Hall and Gray had attorneys who could speak on their behalf and efforts to reach their representatives were unsuccessful. TIKTOK'S BIGGEST STARS REACT TO TRUMP'S PLAN TO BAN APP IN US City Attorney Mike Feuer said he is not aware of any COVID-19 cases that have yet been linked to the Aug. 8 and Aug. 14 house parties, but the two-week period for symptoms to appear has not passed. Los Angeles police responded to both parties, which featured several hundred guests, and issued citations. Bryce Hall (L) and Blake Gray (R) are seen on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles...
    Los Angeles city attorney Mike Feuer has charged four people, including TikTok creators Bryce Hall and Blake Gray, for allegedly throwing a series of parties in the Hollywood Hills area in violation of public health restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “We allege that these hosts have been incredibly irresponsible with a highly infection disease spreading,” Feuer said during a press conference. He announced that Hall and Gray were being charged with violating the Safer LA health order and the city’s party house ordinance. “These parties can be really out of control night clubs.” The charges follow complaints from neighbors and mayors about the supposedly raucous parties. Hall and Gray are two of TikTok’s most popular creators, with 13.2 million and 5.9 million followers respectively. Feuer alleges that on August 8th, LAPD officers came to Hall and Gray’s home in response to a complaint call from the Hollywood Hills. Officers issued a warning on the scene, telling Hall and Gray that parties are prohibited. The officers issued a citation under LA’s party house restrictions. ...
    The lights are going out on one of TikTok’s brightest stars. The mayor of Los Angeles has shut the power to Bryce Hall’s Hollywood Hills rental home after officials said the TikTok influencer repeatedly held massive parties in violation of the city’s coronavirus regulations, the New York Times first reported. “Despite several warnings, this house has turned into a nightclub in the hills, hosting large gatherings in flagrant violation of our public health orders,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Wednesday. “The City has now disconnected utilities at this home to stop these parties that endanger our community.” Garcetti earlier this month warned that both power and water could be shut to homes after several raging soirees went viral online. Hall, who also reportedly also lives with TikTok stars Noah Beck and Blake Gray, threw a bash just three days after that first warning on Aug. 8, Garcetti’s office said. LA police arrived that Saturday night and posted warnings on the property that the residents could face civil and criminal penalties if they kept partying. But that didn’t...
    Seven individuals were arrested Thursday night in the vandalism of a statue of George Washington in downtown’s Grand Park, Los Angeles police said. No further details of the arrests were available, police said. Footage from CBS shows the statue toppled over, with red paint smeared on its hands and face and the anarchy symbol tagged on the base of the statue. The incident followed a small protest at the park across from City Hall on Hill Street between Temple and 1st streets, according to media reports. Protests over landmarks and spaces dedicated to public figures with troubled histories have emerged in recent months following the killing of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him at the neck for more than eight minutes. President Washington’s history as a slave owner has been the subject of protests in various cities. The statue that was vandalized in Los Angeles is a bronze copy of a statue that sits in the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. The original was created in Paris in 1796, and 30 copies were created in...
    James Butler was tired of watching protests against racial injustice end abruptly each night as Los Angeles police ordered demonstrators to go home. The 22-year-old founder of Black Future Project, one of many new activist groups that sprang up in the city amid waves of demonstrations following the death of George Floyd, was among thousands of marchers who took to the streets earlier this summer calling for wholesale change to a criminal justice system he feels routinely brutalizes Black and brown people. But as city and county officials ramped up efforts to slow protests that had at times been marked by violence and vandalism, calling in the National Guard and instituting curfews, Butler began to grow frustrated. Randalee, left, braids the hair of a fellow camper at the Black Unity L.A. encampment across the street from City Hall in Grand Park.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times) “You can’t say ‘defund the police’ and then be going home when they tell you to go home,” he said. Instead, Butler and a few other demonstrators decided to make...
    Roughly one hundred members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) protested Saturday in front of their headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, urging residents and elected leaders to “defend the police.” THANK YOU to everyone who turned out today in Los Angeles in support of a police force to fight and catch the bad guys. There need to be more pro-police rallies like this! "Rally outside of LAPD headquarters to defend the police"https://t.co/64OKU1dHew#stoptheinsanity #maga pic.twitter.com/w1HygqAVkc — SaveCalifornia.com (@savecalifornia) July 12, 2020 Patriots showing support at today’s defend the police rally in downtown Los Angeles. No media coverage #backtheblue #defendthepolice pic.twitter.com/vPq6UlB3cK — Roberto Alaniz
    Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander pleaded guilty to a single felony charge Tuesday in the ongoing corruption probe of City Hall, admitting he schemed to prevent federal investigators from learning about cash and other freebies he received from a Southern California businessman. Englander struck a plea deal nearly four months ago, acknowledging that he accepted cash in envelopes, hotel stays and other gifts during trips to Las Vegas and the Palm Springs area — and then engaged in an effort to lie to investigators. He pleaded guilty to one count of scheming to falsify material facts. In his plea agreement, Englander admitted to lying to FBI agents about the gifts he had received from a businessman. He also admitted to advising that businessman, who was looking to sell home technology and high-end cabinets, to mislead and lie to FBI investigators. In some ways, Englander seemed like a politician who had wandered into the middle of someone else’s corruption probe. Englander flew to Las Vegas in June 2017 with an assortment of city staffers and others, at a time...
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