LA & OC
Michael Hastings, the investigative journalist whose 2010 cover story for Rolling Stone magazine quoted Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides mocking Obama administration officials over their war policies, died Tuesday morning in fiery car accident in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office had not issued an official statement [...]
Although Gerrie Schipske became Long Beach's first openly gay elected official in 1992, she has rarely referenced the subject ... until now, when we asked the 5th district's City Council representative about it---two months into her campaign to be the next Mayor of Long Beach.
LBReport.com will carry live video of today’s 10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council hearing regarding allegations by neighborhood, health, environment groups, as well as the City and Port of Long Beach that there are defects, errors and/or omissions in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the massive Southern California International Gateway (SCIG) rail yard. Another [...]
Moving more quickly than even its supporters anticipated, the California State Senate has approved a bill to reform the state’s drug sentencing laws for simple possession. The Local Control in Sentencing Act (SB 649) was approved by a floor vote of 23-14 last Thursday (May 2), and next will be considered by the state Assembly. [...]
LA Controller Wendy Greuel---a candidate for mayor---responded to the Los Cerritos Community News' pursuit of a Jan 23 request for public records held by her office with a letter denying an intentional delay and threatening to countersue if the paper took legal action.
Los Cerritos Community Newspaper this week published an investigative piece on Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, accusing her of spending most of the last three years advancing her mayoral ambitions on taxpayer dime. Greuel’s campaign hit back by releasing the six-year arrest record of reporter Randy Economy, who broke the story. Economy responded today: [...]
GreaterLongBeach.com is republishing some of our best journalism of 2012, which we believe once again told this area's most-important stories in the most-compelling, insightful and comprehensible ways. Here, again, are texts from a man who spent a day in April waiting with thousands of others to enter a Job Fair in Downey.
The Board of Supervisors is investigating LA County’s $2 million contract with a company represented by lobbyist Matt Knabe---and approved with the vote of his father, Supervisor Don Knabe.
Los Cerritos Community News publisher Brian Hews says this letter from LA County Tax Collector Mark Saladino is retribution for his newspaper's investigation into jailed County Assessor John Noguez.
Hundreds of internal e-mails reveal LA County officials working with developer Rick Caruso's public relations team to discredit the Los Cerritos Community Newspaper's report on the relationship between Caruso and jailed County Assessor John Noguez.
When jailed LA County Assessor John Noguez was denied a reduction in his $1.6-million bail by a Superior Court judge Wednesday, it began to look a lot like he will spend the holidays behind bars. His next court date is a preliminary hearing on Jan. 22, 2013.
LA County Assessor John R. Noguez, who doesn't like the solitary, three-showers-a-week life he's lived in the Men's Central Jail since his October 17 arrest on corruption charges, is in court today asking a judge to reduce his $1.6 million bail.
It wasn't fast or easy, but more than a year of relentless and painstaking investigative reporting by Los Cerritos Community News publisher Brian Hews and reporter Randy Economy finally resulted in last week's arrest of County Assessor John Noguez on charges of political corruption.
A large crowd is anticipated this evening in Wilmington for a public hearing on the Southern California International Gateway, a mega-railyard proposed by BNSF. This was the scene last November when a hearing on the project was held at Silverado Park in Long Beach.
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, the subject of a series of investigative stories by the Los Cerritos Community News that has spanned 2012, was arrested this morning (Oct. 17). following a corruption probe by the District Attorney.
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez has been arrested, according to news reports. Steve Cooley, the Los Angeles County District Attorney, has scheduled a press conference for 10:30 a.m. today (Oct. 17), where he is expected to announce the arrest of Noguez, as well as other persons, and likely outline the charges against them. The [...]
A Bellflower man and a Compton man, along with 10 others, are in Antelope Valley Court today for arraignment on felony dogfighting and felony aiding and abetting dog fighting charges. A tip led Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday to a Littlerock home where a dog fight was believed to take place. Surveillance of [...]
Maybe you’ve heard of OLDA—that’s Orange Line Development Authority—the agency overseeing the proposed light-rail train line that would connect Santa Ana with downtown Los Angeles, passing through towns like Downey, Paramount, Bellflower and Artesia along the Pacific Electric right-of-ways that once carried the Red Car. Or … maybe not. OLDA, the agency, acknowledges that OLDA, [...]
THIS JUST TWEETED: Don Knabe, who represents Greater Long Beach on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, says, “Here is a sneak peek at the anti-sex-trafficking signage that will be up on billboards in LA County.”
GIVE YOUR 2 CENTS ON $7 BILLION PROPOSAL FOR AN OC-TO-LA TRAIN LINE AT WEDNESDAY MEETING IN BELLFLOWER
The public is invited to an information-and-feedback meeting Wednesday evening in Bellflower regarding the proposed Orange Line, which would connect Los Angeles and Santa Ana—along with in-between towns like Downey, Paramount, Bellflower and Artesia—by running modern trains along the Pacific Electric right-of-ways that once carried the Red Car. The meeting, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 [...]
A previously unreleased survelliance video of Fullerton police beating unarmed Kelly Thomas during an arrest July 5, 2011, was shown in court Monday on the first day of a hearing to determine whether two of the cops---Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli---should stand trial in connection with Thomas's death when removed from hospital life-support systems on July 10.
Airtalk, the KPCC-FM (89.3) radio show hosted by Larry Mantle, today considered the new rules approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 that could make the search for employment easier for convicted criminals and others who have gotten into legal trouble. To listen to the program via the KPCC-FM archives or via podcast [CLICK [...]
"People in line are very nice, quietly conversational, realistic, resilient. Sharing stories of their fruitless job searches, not self-pityingly, but recognizing that the sum of their stories equals a very messed-up state of affairs."
After approving medpot dispensaries in 2010 and conducting a fiasco of a lottery to determine their locations, the City Council is on the verge---twice delaying its vote--of outlawing them. Meanwhile, Long Beach collects millions in pot-related fees and fines, simultaneously permitting and prosecuting various dispensaries.
BY PAIGE AUSTION / BELMONT SHORE PATCH Eight people were killed and one critically wounded Wednesday afternoon—the worst human carnage in Orange County since a 1976 shooting in the Cal State Fullerton library—when a heavily armed gunman wearing body armor opened fire at the Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, police said. Shortly after the shootings, [...]
[EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS REPORT COMES FROM MATT COKER OF THE OC WEEKLY] Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas just announced that Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos is being charged with two felony counts—second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter—in the vicious July 5 beating that led to the death of of homeless schizophrenic Kelly Thomas five days later. Ramos [...]
Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackaukus will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today to discuss what charges—if any—he will file against six Fullerton Police Department officers in conjunction with the death of homeless schizophrenic Kelly Thomas in July. Rackaukus received a report Tuesday from the Orange County Coroner regarding the cause of [...]
The Downtown Fullerton Plaza was bustling with life Saturday, a heart-wrenching contrast to the man---Kelly Thomas---who had brought all these people to this place, but an encouraging development, too.This was not an angry crowd, but one united by a desire that justice be done.
In public pronouncements about the case of Kelly Thomas, the homeless schizophrenic who died in July after being beaten by six Fullerton police officers, the Orange County DA’s office has sometimes given the impression that the office is on the side of the police---even though the police are the criminal suspects. This is unusual. Usually the DA is on the side of the people, and against the alleged criminals.
DOWNEY—Los Angeles County workers conducting a routine inspection of the Rio Hondo River last week discovered a stream of hazardous waste—including oil and antifreeze—that had originated at Downey Wholesale Auto dealership. County health officials have begun an investigation. According to Chuck Seely, assistant chief and fire marshal for the city of Downey, LA County investigators [...]
Cerritos was honored as Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County for cities with populations under 60,000 people Wednesday night during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, receiving an Eddy Award from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). Alhambra won the Eddy among cities with populations over 60,000, a category in which [...]
Three cities in the Greater Long Beach area—although not Long Beach, itself, this year—are among 12 finalists for Eddy Awards in the 2010 Most Business-Friendly City competition sponsored by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). Representatives of Cerritos, Downey and Carson will be at the Beverly Hilton Hotel tonight to await the announcement [...]
It’s not the biggest headline in today’s edition of LAObserved—OK, so it’s not a headline at all—but it’s worth noting that Greater Long Beach got a mention and a link in Kevin Roderick’s all-about-LA website, in the Editor’s Blog. Well, it’s worth it to us, anyway.
LBReport.com has learned that a massive expansion plan for the Long Beach (710) Freeway—14-lanes total, with a four-lane truck “freightway” elevated through parts of Long Beach above 10 ground-level “mixed flow” lanes — has now raised right-of-way issues. Along with other redesign items, these could delay the project by up to 11 months … and if freightway right-of-way issues can’t be [...]
The House of Representatives Committee on Standards and Office Conduct has cleared Congresswoman Laura Richardson (D., Carson-LB) of allegations referred to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics, dismissing its review of those allegations. Following a seven-month probe, the Committee’s investigative subcommittee voted unanimously to adopt a finding “that Congresswoman Richardson did not knowingly [...]
DISQUALIFIED FOR HER FRIENDSHIP BRACELET? THAT’S MY STORY (ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WEBSITE)–AND I’M LINKING TO IT
BY DAVE WIELENGA / SI.COM Remember the story of the college softball player who hit the game-winning homer and blew out her knee as she trotted around first base, but was carried to second, third and home by opposing players — even though she represented the decisive run in a game that determined the championship? [...]
CERRITOS – A $2.5 million project to rehabilitate portions of the San Gabriel River bike path in Cerritos and Lakewood will continue, Supervisor Don Knabe has announced. “It is important that the bike paths along our riverbeds are safe,” said Knabe of a project that will be paid for in Fourth District Capital Improvement funds. [...]
The new Bob’s Big Boy in Downey has been honored with the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy, a prestigious recognition that confirms the restaurant’s triumphant comeback after it was decimated in an illegal demolition three years ago. [In the Nov. 18, 2009, issue of The District Weekly, Theo Douglas wrote about the special [...]
The City of Compton Redevelopment Agency claims to have filed with the Los Angeles County clerk for public review of a study on the agency’s proposed issuance of $100 million in bonds, but The Bulletin has learned that county clerk’s office has no record of it. READ MORE