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    A former Long Beach Unified School District school safety officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old woman near Millikan High School was released from jail last week after posting bond, inmate records show. Eddie F. Gonzalez, 52, of Orange was released Thursday, July 28, the records show. He was being held on $2 million bail after a judge in January ordered him to stand trial in the shooting death of Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez. Gonzalez had broken up a fight between Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl, which had spilled out into traffic lanes along Palo Verde Road near Spring Street, just north of the Millikan campus, about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27. Rodriguez, her boyfriend Rafeul Chowdhury and his brother had gotten into Chowdhury’s car in a parking lot. As Gonzalez approached to the right, video by a bystander shows, Chowdhury pulled away. Gonzalez was accused of firing two shots, one of which went through the rear right window, through a headrest and fatally struck Rodriguez in the back of the head in the front-passenger seat, according...
    A prison inmate serving 39 years for allegedly assaulting a former Long Beach police officer will be released because the officer was charged with perjury in a separate case. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Chet Taylor ordered Miguel Vargas released Thursday, July 28, at the request of District Attorney George Gascon. Prosecutors said they no longer had faith that the officer told the truth in the case of Vargas, who has been imprisoned for more than 11 years. “When police officers engage in conduct that violates the public trust, it calls into question the legitimacy of the criminal legal system,” Gascon said in a prepared statement. “When the integrity of a conviction is at issue, continued incarceration is no longer in the interest of justice.” The situation came to Gascon’s attention after Vargas, 34, of Long Beach, and his attorney, Matthew Kaestner, filed a court motion in May to overturn the sentence based on new evidence that the officer may not have been credible. “I am elated,” Kaestner said Thursday. “The nightmare is over.” That nightmare began on Oct....
    A 32-year-old man from Central Jersey was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison for selling marijuana, authorities said. On July 8, Michael Klimowicz, of North Brunswick,  previously entered a guilty plea to several possession and distribution charges, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. He was arrested in Long Beach Township on Jan. 27, 2019, Billhimer said. An investigation by the Long Beach Township Police Department revealed that a residence in the Holgate section of Long Beach Township was being utilized by Klimowicz to store and distribute narcotics, Billhimer said. Detectives made a warranted search on the suspect's residence. As a result, detectives seized roughly 11.5 pounds of marijuana, additional quantities of other illegal narcotics, and approximately $9,300 cash, the prosecutor said. Klimowicz was arrested at the residence without incident; he was transported to the Ocean County Jail, and later released due to New Jersey Bail Reform.
    LONG BEACH (KABC) -- A Long Beach softball team is heading to the state championship! But they need a little help getting there. The Heartwell All-Stars Gold Team has worked hard for this moment. And now their practice has paid off."I've really been wanting to make it to state, and it's finally happened, and I really want to win," said Audrina Ramos.Larry Leal is the coach. He says this group of 11-to-13 year old is destined for great things."They listen, they pay attention, work hard, no drama," said Leal. "They put in the extra hours, the extra work. They're not in a hurry to get home and get on their phones, they just want to keep learning."But there is more to this than hard work. League Secretary Cristin Riley says the financial cost of going to the state championship might actually be the biggest hurdle."For a lot of these families it's quite an expense, the average girl to go to the state championships usually spends about $1,000- $1,200 for the tournament fees," said Riley. "There's trading pins involved, the travel,...
    A woman was found dead with several gunshot wounds early Tuesday inside a wrecked SUV on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach, authorities said. Around 2:33 a.m., a passerby spotted a black BMW that had crashed into a chain-link fence on the southbound 710 offramp toward Anaheim Street, said Officer Chris Baldonado, spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol. Paramedics found the driver of the BMW with multiple gunshot wounds to her upper torso, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, Baldonado said. L.A. County coroner officials identified the woman as Mercedes Mingo, 35, of Los Angeles. After the shooting, a woman showed up at the scene near the offramp and identified herself as Mingo’s sister, pointing out that the SUV belonged to her sibling, according to a KCBS-TV Channel 2 report. Rayshanae Gram said Mingo was a mother of four and had just left the house that morning, giving Gram a kiss on the cheek on her way out. California LAPD chief denies mother’s claim that officer who died in training had been beaten LAPD...
    Tens of thousands of dollars have poured in to support the family of a firefighter from Long Island who died when a tree fell on an SUV he was traveling in. Casey Skudin, age 45, of Long Beach, died on Friday, June 17, when a tree fell on the vehicle he was driving in Asheville, North Carolina, according to a GoFundMe set up for his family. Earlier report - Highly-Decorated FDNY Member From Long Beach Dies After Tree Falls On SUV Skudin, his wife, Angela, and his sons, 19-year-old Ben and 10-year-old CJ, were on vacation to celebrate Skudin's birthday and Father's Day, according to the fundraiser's organizer.  "Casey was an adoring husband to the love of his life Angela, stellar father to his sons Ben and CJ, loyal friend, and courageous firefighter," the description of the GoFundMe reads. "Always willing to step in and help out, Casey was a highly decorated 16 year veteran of the FDNY who received multiple medals for his bravery, especially during Superstorm Sandy. This is a catastrophic loss for his wife, children, family, friends and Long Beach...
    Police are searching for a suspect after a man was killed and his 7-year-old son injured in a shooting on Father’s Day in Long Beach, authorities said. Officers were dispatched at 8:46 p.m. Sunday to the intersection of Anaheim Street and Roswell Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department. The officers found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper body in a vehicle, police said. Firefighters took the victim, identified Monday as 30-year-old Leevi Matuni Maseuli of Palmdale, to a hospital, where he died. Maseuli’s son was also in the vehicle during the shooting, police said. The boy wasn’t shot but suffered “minor non-life-threatening injuries.” Authorities didn’t say how he was injured. The boy was taken to a hospital for treatment and released to his mother’s care shortly after, police said, adding that emotional support services were offered to Maseuli’s family. Climate & Environment L.A. needs 90,000 trees to battle extreme heat. Will residents step up to plant them? L.A. City is relying on a network of neighborhood tree ambassadors and nonprofits to boost...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Activists gathered in Long Beach Wednesday night for a volunteer mobilization to keep fighting for abortion rights, but they also took time to address another topic at the forefront of national conversation.The group of advocates, lawmakers and volunteers were there to focus on reproductive rights, but the call for gun reform was clearly on their minds as they held a moment of silence for the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in a Texas elementary school shooting earlier this week."The same group of men, predominantly, want to control women's bodies but have no interest in controlling guns and what happens to school kids...We should be ashamed of this moment," said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia.California Attorney General Rob Bonta is leading the charge to hold gun manufacturers accountable, allowing citizens to sue. He said it's time for Washington to take action to make the community safer.EMBED More News Videos Hours after a deadly elementary school shooting in Texas, California senators on Tuesday approved giving people the power to sue those who traffic in...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- La Esquinita Mexican grill in Long Beach serves authentic Mexican food."We opened Oct. 18 of 2021. My brother has been a cook for over 20 years so this was kind of his lifelong dream," said Cynthia Zaragoza, the social media manager at La Esquinita Mexican Grill.Just two months after they opened their doors to the Long Beach community, the restaurant had a break-in."The alarm set off, we were here early in the morning to a window completely shattered. We were devastated because as it is, it had already taken two years to open up because of the setbacks with the pandemic," said Zaragoza.Flash forward to 2022, they've now been open for almost six months, but they've had more obstacles.They have had two more breaks in less than 24 hours over the weekend.On the restaurant's surveillance footage, a man picks up a rock and throws it at the window. After failing, he does it again, breaking the restaurant window.Less than 24 hours later, two men in hoodies break in."Checked in our freezer, didn't find anything. Seems...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- New popup restaurant Bored and Hungry in Long Beach may seem like another burger joint to someone passing by, but it's way more than that. The restaurant idea stemmed from NFTs."An NFT is a non-fungible token. It's basically a code on this thing called blockchain, which is like a server, and the code is to verify that this code is actually yours. You can put a picture, music anything on top of it," said Andy Nguyen, owner and founder of Bored and Hungry.Nguyen purchased four NFTs from Bored Ape Yacht Club, a limited NFT collection."The main bored ape which is our logo, we spent a little over $267,000 on, and on the mutant apes we spent around $65,000 to $75,000 for each one," said Nguyen.The restaurant is inspired by those images and they can be seen on their food packaging.Nguyen said they had about three weeks to turn the space around and get their kitchen ready for the grand opening which was April 9. They had more. than 1,500 customers on that day."We've had people...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Josef Newgarden won for the first time on the downtown streets of Long Beach, holding off Romain Grosjean on Sunday to make Team Penske 3 for 3 to open the IndyCar season. Newgarden led a race-high 32 laps to win a second consecutive race. Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin won the opener at St. Petersburg, then Newgarden won at Texas and now Long Beach to bump McLaughlin from the championship lead. Team Penske last opened an IndyCar season with three consecutive wins in 2012, when the team won the first four races. Newgarden was challenged over the final 15 laps by Grosjean, the former Formula One driver seeking his first career IndyCar victory. Jimmie Johnson, who broke his hand in a crash Friday and raced with a carbon fiber cast, crashed with 10 laps remaining to bring out the caution and give Grosjean and reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou a shot on a final restart. The race went green with five laps remaining and Grosjean got several good looks inside of Newgarden...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson pulled one glove over the carbon fiber splint built specifically for his broken right hand. A piece of tape around two fingers outside of the glove was to prevent him from using his pinky — the digit closest to the fracture — as he drove his car around the downtown streets of Long Beach. But what was supposed to be a Saturday morning test to determine Johnson’s fitness a day after he was injured ended in another crash, another trip to the medical center and another set of X-rays. “I had no pain on track, I felt great, just trying to go too fast into Turn 1 and locked the tires and got wide,” Johnson said outside the medical center. “I’m more disappointed in myself making the mistake and tearing up the car again. But from an injury standpoint, I feel really good.” Johnson said he’s good to go for Sunday at Long Beach, the IndyCar stop considered his home race. He grew up two hours away in El Cajon, so Long Beach...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (CNS) -- The three-day 47th running of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach begins Friday with qualifying for the Porsche Carrera Cup North America and IMSA races and the start of the drifting competition.Practice sessions for the IndyCar and super trucks races and the Historic IMSA GTP Challenge on the 1.97-mile, 11-turn street circuit surrounding the Long Beach Convention Center are on tap Friday.A practice session for Sunday's featured IndyCar race will be from 3:15-4:15 p.m. An autograph session for IndyCar drivers will be from 4:55-5:55 p.m. in the IndyCar paddock, free to all spectators.The Porsche Carrera Cup North America races and Historic IMSA GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) Challenge are in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach for the first time.Every car competing in the cup series is identical -- the road car-based Porsche 911 GT3. With no technical advantage between cars, driver talent, along with team mechanical skills and strategy, will be the factors that decide the winners of the 40-minute races.Practices for the Porsche Carrera Cup North America race will be from 7:45-8:25...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Alex Zanardi has been invited back to the Long Beach Grand Prix time and time again in any official race role he wanted. The Italian was informed he would be inducted into the Walk of Fame, but Zanardi was always too busy. Training for the Paralympics, hosting his popular talk show or simply content to inspire others to never give up on their life journey. Tired of waiting to honor the beloved athlete, race promoter Jim Michaelian inducted Zanardi into the 16th class of the Walk of Fame in absentia on Thursday. Zanardi has been recovering in Italy since a 2020 crash into a truck while competing in a race on his handcycle. “We felt it was time to get Alex the due recognition that he deserves,” Michaelian said. He was honored by former team owner Chip Ganassi, former teammate Jimmy Vasser and Max Papis, his childhood friend from Italy and current member of IndyCar race control. The trio shared heartfelt memories of Zanardi, a two-time series champion and winner of 15...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – A man was arrested for his connection to a fatal Long Beach stabbing that occurred over the weekend. The initial incident took place on Sunday, at 8:45 p.m. on East Ocean Boulevard. READ MORE: Thief Drain Couples' Nearly $50K Bank Account After Stealing Their MailLong Beach Police Department officers were originally dispatched to the scene of what they believed to be a fight, but when they arrived, they found Gavin Clason, 33, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the chest. Los Angeles Fire Department crews who arrived attempted to treat him for his wounds, but he was determined to be deceased after several minutes. A suspect was located on Monday, whom authorities identified as Sergio Alvarez, 26, of Long Beach. He was arrested in the area of East 10th Street and Gardenia Avenue. READ MORE: LA Father Pushed Family To Safety Before Being Fatally Struck By Hit-And-Run Driver Who Veered Around Stopped TrafficThough it was not made immediately clear if he had stolen anything, an incident report disclosed that Alvarez was booked on one count each of...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Authorities chased a female assault suspect from the Lakewood area to Long Beach Wednesday, where the motorist stopped in a residential driveway and a standoff ensued. The chase began at about 12:50 p.m. in the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station’s jurisdiction, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. READ MORE: Fugitive Charged With Sex Crimes Against 3 Minors Captured In Mexico, Brought Back To Riverside CountyThe woman, believed to be armed and wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon, led authorities on a chase to the 4700 block of Pearce Avenue, the sheriff’s department reported. READ MORE: Sheriff: Orange County Church Volunteer Arrested In 1990s Sexual Assault Of Minor Could Have More VictimsThe motorist pulled into a residential driveway and was blocked in by a law enforcement armored vehicle, and the standoff continued early Wednesday afternoon. This is a developing story. Please Check back for details.  MORE NEWS: USPS To Host Three Job Fairs In Los Angeles(© Copyright 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Authorities on Sunday continued to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Long Beach. Police responded to the 5400 block of Long Beach Boulevard around 5:40 p.m. Saturday following a call of a “man down.” READ MORE: Snagging A Last-Minute Super Bowl Seat May Cost You A Pretty PennyWhen they arrived, authorities determined that the man had died at the scene as a result of a gunshot wound to his upper body. The deceased was identified as 22-year-old Christian Santillan of Long Beach. READ MORE: Super Bowl: Planning To Uber to SoFi Stadium? Here Are TipsDuring their investigation, including examining the scene and talking to witnesses, detectives identified the suspect as 54-year-old Quinton Anderson. Anderson was later arrested and book on suspicion of murder. He is being held without bail on an outstanding alleged parole violation, police said. MORE NEWS: Super Bowl: 'Taste Of The NFL' Works To Fight For Childhood HungerAnyone with information was urged to contact Homicide Detectives Eric Thai or Michael Hutchinson at (562) 570-7244.
    Most people would likely scurry away at the sight of a shark fin sticking out of the water, but a trio of paddlers on a recent day instead got an up-close, hour-long encounter with a curious blue shark off Laguna Beach. The paddlers on Friday, Jan. 28, noticed a bait ball where birds were feeding in the distance, watching dolphins frolic in the same area near Seal Rock. Anne Girtz, of Laguna Beach, was the first to see the fin as they approached. The dolphins and birds had left, but this one sea creature remained. A group of paddlers had an hour-long encounter a curious blue shark off Laguna Beach on Jan. 28, 2022. Anne Girtz, of Laguna Beach, is seen above the water with the shark below. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RICH GERMAN) A group of paddlers had an hour-long encounter a curious blue shark off Laguna Beach on Jan. 28, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY OF RICH GERMAN) A group of paddlers had an hour-long encounter a curious blue shark...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Long Beach Police Department announced that they arrested the gunman wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred in Long Beach on Jan. 16. The incident occurred at around 10:15 p.m. that Sunday, when authorities reported to the business were a shooting was reported to have taken place. When they arrived, they found a man, 39-year old James Lopez, of Bell suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. On Friday, authorities arrested Salvador Rivera, 33-years-old, of Wilmington, in connection with the murder. He was arrested around 2:30 p.m., during a routine traffic stop near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Roswell Avenue in Chino. He is being held at Long Beach County Jail on $2 million bail. Incident reports detailed that Lopez, the victim, was an employee at the business on Willow Street where Rivera was on Jan. 16, when a verbal dispute broke out between the two of them that escalated into the shooting. Witnesses reported that Rivera was seen fleeing from the store on...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — A man who used to work as an audio and visual technician for the Huntington Beach Union High School District has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. (credit: Long Beach Police Department) READ MORE: Following Texas Hostage Episode, LA Authorities Reaffirm Synagogue SafetyRandal Stevens, 53, of Long Beach, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possession of child sexual abuse material. His arrest comes after Long Beach police say they were tipped off in July of last year by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that there may be someone in the city in possession of child sexual abuse material. READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Thrown From Wheelchair By Hit-And-Run Driver In Costa MesaInvestigators identified Stevens as a possible suspect, and eventually served search warrants at his home in the 4200 block of East 4th Street, where police say they collected multiple pieces of evidence. MORE NEWS: Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68 After Battle With CancerPolice say Stevens, who previously worked as a contracted audio and visual technician with...
    LONG BEACH (KABC) -- "Violins of Hope" is a program with a message of tolerance. Many of the instruments were owned by Jews before and during World War II; many of the songs performed at concentration camps where millions of them would die."To talk about the holocaust is always important, and to use music to talk about these difficult subjects makes it a little easier," said Eckart Preu, Long Beach Symphony director."Violins of Hope" played at the Long Beach Symphony. And each instrument has a story. For example, a Jewish musician brought one in for repairs; the man doing the repairs returned it, only after drawing a swastika, and inscribing the words "heil Hitler" on the violin.But decades later, these instruments live on... and still make beautiful music."All of the instruments that were silenced by the effects of the Holocaust during World War II have come back to life to sing to the world, and what better what to teach history through music," said Susanne Reyto, Violins of Hope.Gerda Seifer attended the concert. She lost her entire family during the...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The supply chain issues that crippled the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach at the end of 2021, are starting to look a little better, according to officials. On Tuesday, Long Beach mayor Robert Garcia credited the Biden administration and a $52 million grant to the port of Long Beach for saving the holidays."We had what I believe has been a really smooth holiday season with folks being able to buy what they need to buy," Garcia said. "So, that's because of the secretary's leadership and everyone at the White House as well."U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg toured the ports Tuesday as well and met with port leaders and elected officials to see the progress and highlight the work that's been done."Ports like L.A. and Long Beach moved record levels of goods allowing an all-time record high in terms of retail sales this holiday season," Buttigieg said. "Considering the pressures this country and this community have been under, that is an extraordinary achievement."Garcia said with the administration's help, cargo was moved faster which had...
    LONG BEACH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deadline is looming across New York state. Municipalities have until Dec. 31 to decide if they will allow legalized adult-use recreational marijuana dispensaries and on-site consumption lounges. READ MORE: Connecticut Becomes 19th State To Legalize Recreational MarijuanaBut as CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported Thursday, hundreds of villages, towns, and cities are opting out. Yet another Long Island town, Hempstead, recently announced it will opt out of dispensaries, as the year-end deadline nears. As is Long Beach, citing a lack of guidance from the state. “The state doesn’t really know what they are doing, either. We all need to take a step back in order to move forward the right way,” Long Beach councilwoman Elizabeth Treston said. A wait-and-see approach is being applauded by substance abuse groups. “We already have outrageous underage drinking rates and we didn’t want Long Beach, at least at this point, to be the underage mecca for marijuana as well,” said Judy Vining, executive director of the group Long Beach Aware. “If they want to get it, let them go to another...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – Huntington Beach Police were in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver in a stolen vehicle on Sunday. The pursuit began in Huntington Beach, before the driver led authorities through Bellflower and into Long Beach. Five police vehicles surrounded the vehicle off the side of a road in Long Beach. Initial reports indicated that the authorities were searching the vehicle. This is a developing story. Check back for details. 
    ONTARIO, Calif. (KABC) -- A juvenile was arrested in connection with an online threat that was made against a junior high school in Ontario.After identifying the person believed responsible for making the threat, The Ontario Police Department says officers searched their home and found an airsoft rifle, airsoft handgun, vest and airsoft magazines.The nature of the threat made against Ray Wiltsey Junior High School was not clear.The juvenile, whose exact age was not disclosed, was eventually released back to their parent, who was cited for youth accountability.Police say there are no additional threats to the school.Meanwhile in Long Beach, police say they are investigating social media threats against Long Beach Poly High School and Wilson High School.The Long Beach Police Department says it is not clear who is responsible, but officers are stepping up patrols in the meantime.
    A four-foot-long, cannibalistic lancetfish washed up on the shore along California and although dead, the fish was found intact with its long silver body, ridged black fins and piercing blue eyes. The vicious creature was found on San Diego’s La Jolla Shores, but typically lives between the ocean’s surface and about 6,000 feet below. It is unclear how the lancetfish came ashore, but there is a chunk missing from its neck that expert say are tears from seagulls chomping on the dead fish. The carcass is now in the hands of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the team was able to study its stomach contents, showing the fish consumes large amounts of microplastics. Scroll down for video  A four-foot-long, cannibalistic lancetfish washed up on the shore along California and although dead, the fish was found intact with its long silver body, ridged black fins and piercing blue eyes Beachgoers spotted the long, skinny fish on the beach last Tuesday – Scripps just made the announcement of the find on Friday. The lancetfish is not a particularly rare site, but...
    A 55-year-old Long Beach man again faces a murder charge in the death and disappearance of Zach Kennedy after prosecutors filed a new case. Scott David Leo is in the midst of a second preliminary hearing, which started Wednesday, Dec. 1, and was scheduled to finish next week: A judge will decide whether enough evidence exists for him to stand trial. Zach Kennedy (Courtesy Jeff Kennedy) A missing persons flyer for Zach Kennedy, 32, who was last seen in October 2017 in Long Beach. (Jeremiah Dobruck/Press-Telegram-SCNG) Candles have been placed at 525 W. 8th Street where Long Beach Police recovered a body buried in the backyard. The body is believed to be that of Zach Kennedy, 32, missing since October 2017. Long Beach May 4, 2018. Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG In this file photo, candles were placed at 525 W. 8th Street, where Long Beach police recovered the body of Zach Kennedy, 32, missing since October 2017. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG)...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With cargo on the docks moving faster, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach say they will delay a planned fee for containers that linger too long for another week. After a meeting with the U.S. Port Envoy John Porcari, ocean liner companies, and marine terminal operators, officials say the “container dwell fee” would remain on hold until Dec. 6 READ MORE: Grandmother, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home; Father Germarcus David ArrestedOfficials say the two ports have seen a combined decline of 37% in “aging cargo” on the docks since the plan to levy fines was first announced on Oct. 25. Under the plan, containers have nine days to sit on the docks to be taken away for truck transport. After those nine days, a $100 fee per container per day would be assessed for each day the container sits on the docks. READ MORE: Search For Missing Mother Heidi Planck Leads To Chiquita Canyon Landfill In CastaicContainers destined to be moved by rail would be charged a fee if it sat...
    Container cargo ships sit off shore from the Long Beach/Los Angeles port complex in Long Beach, CA, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.Jeff Gritchen | MediaNews Group | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The executive director of the Port of Long Beach said Wednesday that the twin ports in California are making "significant progress" in addressing the backlog of cargo ships and containers. "I think we're moving forward with some progress and hopefully, as we move into the next six months we're going to continue to mitigate the scenario that we're seeing here," Mario Cordero, executive director of the Port of Long Beach told CNBC's Becky Quick on "Squawk Box." Cordero said that the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which account for 40% of sea freight entering the United States, are working around the clock to offload containers. In order to address the backlog of container ships, congestion caused in part by a global shutdown following the coronavirus outbreak, the twin California ports announced unprecedented fees on shipping carriers. The fines, which were announced in a joint statement from...
    The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Monday, Nov. 15, are set to begin levying fees against ocean carriers whose containers linger too long at terminals, among the most significant initiatives they’ve undertaken to alleviate the unprecedented supply chain bottleneck that threatens the nation’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The backup stems from a more than yearlong surge in imports, largely related to a change in consumer habits because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the current crisis has also made real what experts have long-feared: that the supply chain was vulnerable to breaking down. The result has been cargo gridlock. Ships spend days at anchor off the California coast — as far as South Orange County. There’s a shortage of truck drivers and chassis needed to move out containers. Inland Empire warehouses have overflowed. Retailers can’t get goods quickly enough. The potentially hefty fees, initially set to go into effect on Nov. 1 but delayed so ocean carriers had time to prepare, are but one potential solution the ports, federal and state officials and even ocean carriers...
    California Reps. Josh Harder (D) and Michelle Steel (R) introduced new legislation on Thursday to address the port backlog in their state, which has contributed to the ongoing supply chain issues in the U.S. The Supply Chain Taskforce Act would direct the commandant of the Coast Guard to create an interagency task force aimed at addressing the backlog at the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and along the coasts of southern California. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz, would be made chair of the task force, which would include at least one member from multiple government agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the State Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Under the bill, the chair of the task force would also be permitted to appoint representatives from Orange County, Calif., the Port of Los Angeles, the Port of Long Beach and the California state government. The duties assigned to the task force would include quantifying the impact and cost of the backlogs at the California ports; evaluate the response that federal agencies have made to the backlogs; and investigate the...
    At least six people were struck by a hit-and-run driver at the end of a Halloween party in Long Beach early Sunday morning, police said. A crowd of partygoers was standing outside a home in the 1300 block of Orange Avenue around 2:45 a.m. when the driver of a blue sedan plowed into the crowd, said Allison Gallagher, public information officer for the Long Beach Police Department. Ambulances responded and rushed five adults and one youth to local hospitals, she said. “A preliminary investigation indicates the incident began as a domestic violence incident between a male adult and a female adult,” Gallagher said. “This escalated when the male adult suspect drove a blue sedan onto the sidewalk, striking multiple people before fleeing the scene.” The suspect, who has not been identified, was last seen driving northbound on Orange Avenue, Gallagher said. The investigation is ongoing.
    A former school safety officer in Long Beach, Calif. has been charged with murder in connection to the death of an unarmed 18-year-old student. Eddie Gonzalez fatally shot student Manuela Rodriguez while breaking up a confrontation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said in a statement. He is expected to be arraigned in a Los Angeles County Superior court on Friday. Gonzalez was patrolling an area near Millikan High School on Sept. 27 when he noticed an altercation between Rodriguez and another teenage girl, who was not named. The Long Beach police department said earlier this month that Rodriguez got into an altercation with a 15-year-old juvenile. A 20-year-old male adult and a 16-year-old male were also involved, but their level of involvement was still under investigation. Gonzalez approached a four-door sedan that Rodriguez tried to flee in with the two males, trying to prevent them from fleeing. Gonzalez discharged his firearm, striking Rodriguez. The Long Beach Unified School District said in a statement at the time that no other injuries had been reported by other students after the shooting.  Rodriguez...
    The school safety officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old woman in Long Beach a month ago was charged with murder on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said. Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez of Long Beach was shot in the head by the safety officer, Eddie F. Gonzalez, on the afternoon of Sept. 27 about a block from Millikan High School, authorities said. On Wednesday, Gonzalez, 51, was arrested by homicide detectives, Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna said, and being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $2 million bail. Gonzalez was charged with murder, with the degree of that charge to be determined at a later date, a District Attorney’s Office representative said. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday. “It’s complex, because there were many witnesses, many videos,” Gascón said during a downtown Los Angeles press conference. “But the videos only tell a part of the story so we have to go beyond that, that’s the work the Long Beach Police Department did.” Rodriguez, who Gascon said was unarmed, was in the front...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A Long Beach school safety officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old woman last month has been arrested and charged with murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said Wednesday.The DA made the announcement at an afternoon news conference, where he described the death of Manuela "Mona" Rodriguez as "unfortunate" and "unnecessary.""We must hold accountable the people we have placed in positions of trust to protect us," Gascón said. "That is especially true for the armed personnel we traditionally have relied upon to guard our children on their way to and from and at school."Rodriguez was shot during an incident near Millikan High School on Sept. 27.The Long Beach Unified School district later identified Eddie F. Gonzalez as the officer who shot Rodriguez. Authorities said he was arrested in Orange on Wednesday and is currently in custody at the Long Beach City Jail.Gonzalez is set to be arraigned on Friday. He was terminated from his job following a 5-0 vote by the school board."The unanimous decision to terminate this officer's employment occurred after our...
    A former Southern California school safety officer has been charged with murder for shooting an 18-year-old in the head as she drove away from him in late September. The shooting left the teenager brain dead and on life support. “It was an unfortunate and unnecessary death that left a six-month-old without a mother, a family without a daughter, and clearly a tremendous loss to our entire community,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said at a press conference. Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez, the mother of a 6-month-old son, had been involved in a fight with a 15-year-old girl and was trying to leave Millikan High School’s campus on Sept. 27. She was unarmed. Officer Eddie Gonzalez, 51, had attempted to break up the fight. After Gonzalez approached the passenger side of Rodriguez’s sedan, she drove away with two others in the car. Gonzalez shot twice. Three days after Rodriguez was hospitalized and doctors declared her brain dead, her family disconnected her life support. She died Oct. 6. Her family donated her heart, liver, lungs, and both kidneys, which...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A former Long Beach Unified School District safety officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old woman in September was charged Wednesday with murder, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced. Eddie Gonzalez, 51, the former safety officer who was fired by the LBUSD after shooting Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez in the head on Sept. 27, had been the target of calls by relatives and friends of the victim to be charged in the case. READ MORE: Parolee, Ironwood State Prison Inmate Charged In More Than $500K EDD Fraud SchemeRodriguez’s family members and their attorneys were planning to hold a news conference of their own later Wednesday afternoon, following Gascon’s announcement. READ MORE: LA Man Killed In Single-Car Crash On 405 Freeway In Costa MesaRodriguez was shot near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue, Millikan High School in Long Beach and was on life support until Oct. 5. Her family’s lawyer said her organs were donated, saving the lives of five people. MORE NEWS: LA City Council Approves Nearly $40 Million Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program(© Copyright 2021...
    Murder charges have been filed against a former Long Beach school safety officer who shot an unarmed 18-year-old near a high school last month, prosecutors announced Wednesday. Eddie F. Gonzalez fired into a fleeing vehicle after a fight between Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez and an unidentified 15-year-old girl one block away from Millikan High School in late September. Video from the scene appears to show Gonzalez fire at least two rounds after screaming at the vehicle when it speeds off. Rodriguez, who was seated in the vehicle’s passenger seat, was struck in the upper body, police said. A hollow-point bullet exploded in her head, according to her family. Her 20-year-old boyfriend and his 16-year-old brother were inside the car when Gonzalez opened fire. They were not hit. The injury left the 18-year-old mother brain dead. Rodriguez was taken off life support and her organs were donated before she died on Oct. 5, making Gonzalez the subject of a homicide investigation. California Shooting of Mona Rodriguez by school safety officer now a homicide investigation, police say Long...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The National Guard could be deployed to help with the cargo ship bottleneck at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has lead to a major supply chain crisis nationwide. Aerial view of containers waiting at Port of Long Beach to be loaded onto trains and trucks on Oct. 16, 2021 in Long Beach, Calif. (Getty Images) READ MORE: Gaming Commission Forwards Sports Wagering Applications From Hollywood Casino, Ocean Downs; No Date Set For State ApprovalA White House administration official confirmed to CNN Wednesday that it is considering all its options, including deploying the National Guard. When asked specifically about whether President Joe Biden would consider ordering the National Guard or Navy to help unload cargo stacked up at ports or drive trucks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday, “I’m not here to take options off the table,” according to CNN. This comes after Biden announced last week that a plan had been reached in which the Port of L.A. would operate 24 hours a day. It’s unclear when that...