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  • Fresno's Mayor and LA County: What a fight! [can Republicans ever again win statewide?]

    01/13/2015 7:20:10 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | January 13, 2015 | by George Hostetter
    "We knew we had problems when the returns from Los Angeles County started coming in." That's what Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin told me several days ago when we chatted by phone about her race for the state controller's office. Turns out LA County voter returns are still catching the eyes of political gurus throughout the state. To refresh, Swearengin, a Republican, lost to Betty Yee, a Democrat, in the Nov. 4 general election by a 54%-46% margin. Yee had 3,810,304 votes. Swearengin had 3,249,668 votes. That's a difference of 560,636 votes. Those numbers from the state's official Statement of Vote....
  • Virus-transmitting 'yellow fever' mosquitoes discovered in L.A. County

    10/20/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/20/2014 | Veronica Rocha
    A new aggressive daytime-biting mosquito capable of transmitting debilitating and possibly deadly viruses has been found in the Los Angeles region, officials announced Wednesday. Known as yellow fever mosquitoes, the insects were found Oct. 7 and 8 in Commerce and Pico Rivera, respectively, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. The Aedes aegypti species, which has black and white stripes and grows to about a quarter-inch in size, can transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever -- viruses that can cause painful symptoms including headaches and high fever, officials said. "While these debilitating viruses, so far, aren't locally...
  • Sheriff Baca recalls 200 badges given to local politicians

    07/11/2012 8:05:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11 July 2012 | Robert Faturechi and Jeff Gottlieb
    A photograph of a smiling woman in a Cudahy nightclub brandishing two handguns and wearing a councilman's badge may have played a role in Sheriff Lee Baca's decision to recall about 200 badges the department gave to local politicians. Baca's decision came two weeks after the FBI arrested three Cudahy city officials on bribery charges, and in support of those charges, the U.S. attorney's office released the photo. One command-level sheriff's official briefed on the badge recall said the move was prompted by the revelation in Cudahy. Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, however, said that the timing was a coincidence and...
  • 56 LA County Courtrooms to Close, Including Judge Ito's

    04/17/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 12 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 17, 2012 | Melissa Pamer
    Budget cuts are set to force the Los Angeles County court system to close 56 courtrooms, including that of its most famous adjudicator, Judge Lance Ito. The courtroom controlled by the man who presided over O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial will be shut down by June 30, the Associated Press reported. Ito will be reassigned to fill in on cases in which no judge is available, AP said. His courtroom is one of many across the nation's largest trial court system that will go dark. The county courts will also lay off 350 workers, reduce use of court reporters and...
  • Report details misconduct by L.A. County sheriff's deputies

    08/05/2011 9:48:10 AM PDT · by Smogger · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 5, 2011 | Robert Faturechi
    -snip- In the incident at the fast-food restaurant, a deputy in a McDonald's heard his car alarm go off and went outside to find that the vehicle had been hit. He and the other driver agreed to exchange information, but the other driver didn't want to alert police, prompting the deputy to pull his gun out and tell the driver he was a cop. The other driver, surprised by the statement, got back in his car and drove off. As the car pulled away, the deputy fired several rounds at it. The man wasn't struck, but his car was. -snip-...
  • How to Take Ecstasy: L.A. County Health Officials Teach You How

    02/07/2011 6:18:49 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 35 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dennis Romero
    One of the more bizarre aspects of officials sanctioning raves at the publicly owned L.A. Coliseum and Sports Arena is that Los Angeles County health authorities have actually embarked on a campaign to teach young people how to take ecstasy safely. Under the strategy of "harm reduction" -- if you're going to get wasted, mind as well help you do so without killing yourself -- the county this year will distribute fliers at raves that give tips that essentially amount to advice on how not to O.D. on this illicit, schedule 1 drug. Strange, because the Coliseum Commission, which runs...
  • Illegals Do The Jobs Americans Won't Do...Collect Welfare & Food Stamps!

    09/08/2010 3:08:34 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Facts released by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich | September 8, 2010 | Stayfree
    According to county figures released last Friday by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, welfare payments to children of illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County increased in July to $52 million. In addition, county taxpayers spend $550 million in public safety — mostly for jail costs — and nearly $500 million for healthcare for illegal immigrants, Antonovich said.
  • Severe overcrowding is routine at L.A. County-USC Medical Center

    06/26/2010 10:39:11 AM PDT · by thecodont · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | June 26, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
    Even before the doors opened on the $1.02-billion Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center many observers warned that the new hospital was too small. Now, more than a year and a half of experience appears to confirm it. The overcrowding has become so intense that health officials asked county Supervisor Gloria Molina eight months ago what she would think if the hospital began placing patients in the hallways, the supervisor recalled in an interview. "I said, 'Absolutely not. We will not have patients in the hallway,' " Molina said. Instead, County- USC officials have increased patient transfers to other hospitals. Despite...
  • Disappointed In LA Supervisors Vote; Confident Prop 8 Will Be Upheld

    11/13/2008 3:43:27 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 538+ views
    Protect ^ | 11/12/2008 | NA was disappointed to hear that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has disregarded the will of the people of Los Angeles and the rest of the state by voting to join a lawsuit filed by the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara county challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. “This is a legal issue for the court to decide,” said Andy Pugno, attorney. “It doesn’t matter how many politicians line up to ask the court to overturn Prop 8. What matters is that the majority of the voters approved Proposition 8, regardless of opposition...
  • Latino vs Black Violence Drives Hate Crimes in L.A. County to 5 Year High

    07/26/2008 8:25:16 PM PDT · by BnBlFlag · 61 replies · 432+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/25/08 | Teresa Watanabe
    By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer July 25, 2008 Hate crimes in Los Angeles County rose to their highest level in five years last year, led by attacks between Latinos and blacks, officials said Thursday. The annual report by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission showed hate crimes rose by 28%, to 763, with vandalism and assault leading the way. Robin S. Toma, executive director of the... Boy, 6, critically hurt as gunfire...The Homicide Report Bratton walks a fine line on race Video: Surveillance tape: anti-Semitic graffiti on synagogue In what commission Executive Director Robin Toma called...
  • California has many of busiest 'structurally deficient' bridges

    08/02/2007 8:23:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 672+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/2/07 | Andrew Glazer - ap
    LOS ANGELES California motorists make millions of daily crossings of bridges and overpasses classified as "structurally deficient" like the span that collapsed in Minneapolis, but state transportation officials say none are in danger of falling down. Of the 50 most heavily trafficked bridges and overpasses deemed structurally deficient in the United States, 38 are in populous Southern California, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the Federal Highway Administration. Of those, 32 are in Los Angeles County, five in Orange County and one in Riverside County. Bridges with the designation in Essex and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey...
  • LA Gun Task Force Serves another Search Warrant

    09/24/2006 9:09:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 80 replies · 2,656+ views ^ | 9 24 06 | John Burtt
    The LA County Gun Task Force has served another search warrant on the home of another member of the fifty caliber community. On Monday September 18th, eighteen police cars swarmed the neighborhood where the FCSA member lives and served a search warrant signed by Judge Steven Kleifield of the LA County Superior Court. The officers were at the residence for several hours and confiscated all semi-automatic firearms belonging to the victim. The probable cause for issuing the search warrant was not available in the body of the affidavit so the reason for the search is unknown at this time. It...
  • FReeper help needed: video needs images of the Taliban blowing up Buddha statues

    05/12/2005 8:15:44 AM PDT · by RonDog · 50 replies · 2,169+ views
    FRiends of ^ | May 12, 2005 | RonDog [and FRiends]
    . FReeper help needed: To help promote FReeper AnnaZ's BRAND NEW video, I need some ONLINE images of the Taliban blowing up those Buddha statues. Some time VERY SOON, AnnaZ will be releasing a BRAND NEW short video,which will open with VIDEO images of their destruction by Muslim fanatics.This new video will be about the ACLU fanatics who recently forced Los Angeles County to remove a tiny cross from their official County Seal, and how this ANTI-religious fervor is much more DANGEROUS, and much more WIDESPREAD than some might think. I would like to use something like THESE images,...
  • CA: LA County health chief ordered to move to King/Drew Medical Center (by LA Co. supervisors)

    04/13/2005 8:50:14 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 565+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/13/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The head of the Los Angeles County health department was ordered to move his office into troubled Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center by supervisors frustrated by continuing reports of deaths and poor patient care. "Park yourself there," Supervisor Gloria Molina directed Dr. Thomas Garthwaite during a contentious supervisors' meeting Tuesday. "Take your schedule. Tear it up and spend every moment that you're working for us working on solving the crisis," she said. Garthwaite said his department had taken disciplinary actions against hundreds of King/Drew employees. Supervisors also ordered the Department of Health Services to hire...
  • Baldwin v. God and the United States of America, et al

    01/06/2005 1:00:19 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 304+ views
    Roger Nash Baldwin was the founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and a notable American Communist. These are facts. Now, read his words: “I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control by those who produce wealth. Communism is, of course, the goal."— Harvard Class Book of 1935, spotlighting Baldwin's class of 1905 on its thirtieth anniversary.[1] “Do steer away from making it look like a Socialist enterprise...We want also to look like patriots in everything we do. We want to get a good lot of flags, talk a good deal about...
  • CA: Trauma center's treatment described as 'poor to marginal' (MLK Jr./Drew Medical Center)

    11/17/2004 10:01:02 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 443+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/17/04 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A day after hundreds of protesters objected to closing the trauma center at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, the county released findings that treatment at the center is "poor to marginal." The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, which runs King/Drew, released a one-page executive summary Tuesday that described the findings by two trauma experts. A full report is due in about two weeks. The timing of the findings was questioned by some supporters of the trauma center, which serves a poor stretch of South Los Angeles and serves victims of gunshot wounds, stabbings...
  • [L.A.] County: 'Farms pump too much water'

    10/12/2004 11:15:34 AM PDT · by lainie · 24 replies · 846+ views
    Antelope Valley Press | Tuesday, October 12, 2004 | Lisa Wahla Howard
    Court brief seeks to include all basin well owners in case Two large carrot farms are pumping more water from their wells since suing a number of water districts over the districts' usage of the Antelope Valley groundwater basin, claim Los Angeles County attorneys in a brief filed in Riverside Superior Court. Because of the allegedly excessive pumping, water is being pulled out from the basin faster than the natural recharge rate, a dangerous condition that has contributed to ground subsidence around Lancaster, said Fred Pfaeffle, the county lawyer handling the case. "If you look carefully through the numbers in...
  • Sales tax hike, seal's cross still hot topics for county

    07/18/2004 10:53:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 150+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Sunday, July 18, 2004. | LISA WAHLA HOWARD
    LOS ANGELES - Organizers of a grass-roots effort to retain a tiny cross on the county's seal will again try to convince three supervisors Tuesday to put the issue on the November ballot. Supporters of the cross gathered between 80,000 and 100,000 signatures in a little more than a week on a petition drive that would have allowed voters to decide the seal's fate Nov. 2. But they fell short of the 170,000 needed by a July 9 deadline, said David R. Hernandez, the drive's organizer. "All we're asking for is the opportunity to vote on the issue and …...
  • Voters to resurrect cross on county seal?

    07/16/2004 6:54:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 791+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 16, 2204
    Controversy over the removal of a cross from the county seal of Los Angeles is being resurrected, as voters may get the chance to vote this fall on the symbol's presence. A motion was introduced this week by two county supervisors, Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich, to put the issue on the ballot this November. But the L.A. Times reports the effort to keep the cross on the seal has little chance of winning the four votes needed to pass, as the other three board members – Gloria Molina, Yvonne Burke and Zev Yaroslavsky – have consistently voted to...
  • Mel Gibson donating money to keep Cross on L.A. County seal

    07/09/2004 9:04:30 PM PDT · by brigada · 60 replies · 1,241+ views
    National Catholic News Agency | July 9, 2004
  • Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors To Consider Sheriff's Immigration Enforcement

    07/08/2004 7:36:55 PM PDT · by AZ GRAMMY · 10 replies · 556+ views
    Los Angeles County Board Of Supervisors To Consider Sheriff's Immigration Enforcement and Deportation of Criminal Aliens Please Attend Meeting At 9:30 AM on July 13, 2004 On Tuesday, July 13, 2004, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposed agreement between the Sheriff's Department and the Department of Homeland Security. This would allow the Sheriff's Department to train six people to conduct interviews with foreign-born inmates in County jails, give the interviewers access to the Deportable Alien Control System, which is a federal computer database, to determine if the inmate is a convicted criminal alien or a...
  • Mel Gibson Outraged" with LA Cross Decision

    07/05/2004 5:17:17 PM PDT · by missyme · 28 replies · 2,220+ views
    Newsmax ^ | July 5th, 2004
    Reportedly upset over the recent decision of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to kow-tow to the ACLU and delete the tiny cross on the City's official seal, Mel Gibson is reported to be interested in helping to fight to retain the symbol, which represents the historical roots of the county. The city was first founded as a Christian mission. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the courageous supervisor who has battled to keep the cross on the seal, told the Los Angeles Daily News that Gibson had met with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of the National Jewish Christian Alliance Toward Tradition....
  • Mel Gibson Not Happy With LA Cross Decision

    07/05/2004 1:32:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies · 1,039+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 5, 2004 | Carl Limbacher
    The courageous Hollywood Star who battled a horde of critics of his "The Passion of the Christ" -- and won -- may be ready for another fight over a "cross." Reportedly upset over the recent decision of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to kow-tow to the ACLU and delete the tiny cross on the City's official seal, Mel Gibson is reported to be interested in helping to fight to retain the symbol, which represents the historical roots of the county. The city was first founded as a Christian mission. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, the courageous supervisor who has battled...
  • Signature drive aims to keep cross on county seal

    06/28/2004 2:24:51 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 10 replies · 655+ views
    Daily News ^ | June 27, 2004 | Troy Anderson
    With backing from churches, talk-radio hosts and the county Republican Party, San Fernando Valley activist David R. Hernandez has led a campaign to give Los Angeles County voters a chance to overrule the Board of Supervisors and allow a tiny cross to remain on the county seal. Buckling under the threat of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the supervisors voted earlier this month to remove the Christian symbol from the county's official emblem, saying they now believe the four-decade-old seal is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. The supervisors also turned aside a...
  • Goodbye L.A.: Joseph Farah says city now like Third World banana republic

    06/16/2004 2:21:10 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 138+ views ^ | Wednesday, June 16, 2004 | Joseph Farah
    Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Goodbye L.A. Posted: June 16, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern By Joseph Farah © 2004 For many, many years, I considered Los Angeles home. Even after I left the area for other professional opportunities, when I visited Los Angeles, it still felt like home. No longer. The character of Los Angeles has fundamentally changed in the last 15 years. I don't even recognize it any more. I don't mean new buildings and freeways. I mean the character of the people who live there. Moving to Los Angeles in 1979 from the East Coast, I thought I had found paradise...
  • Defend America's heritage

    06/13/2004 7:42:57 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 165+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | Masthead Editorial
    <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is at it again. In another attempt to subvert the nation's historical religious heritage, the ACLU threatened to sue Los Angeles County unless officials removed a small cross from its seal. L.A. County woefully -- and prematurely -- capitulated.</p>
  • Protesters March in Defense of Cross

    06/08/2004 10:47:26 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 7 replies · 144+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 8, 2004 | unknown
    Protesters march in defense of cross Hundreds demand L.A. County reconsider decision to strip symbol from official seal Posted: June 8, 2004 3:10 p.m. Eastern © 2004 Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Los Angeles County Hall of Administration this morning to protest the Board of Supervisors' decision to remove a small cross from the county seal after receiving a litigation threat from the American Civil Liberties Union. The protesters carried signs reading: "Jews for the Seal," "Anti-Christian Liberties Union" and "Stop the Cultural Cleansing. Stop the ACLU," according to a report by KNBC-TV. After receiving a letter from...
  • ACLU SUES LA COUNTY for (teeny) Cross in County Seal -- Supervisors CAPITULATE

    06/02/2004 3:23:38 PM PDT · by bboop · 53 replies · 854+ views
    ACLU has just sued Los Angeles County for having a cross on their County Seal. The cross represents the San Gabriel Mission (estab'd 1771) around which the city grew. We LOVE our Missions, and we cherish our history. How DARE the ACLU try to erase it?? Dennis Prager featured it this am, interviewed Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who is one (of 2)(out of 5) who want to fight this. The vote is not til next Tuesday, June 8. I called Sup. Don Knabe's office, and she said "Would you fax a letter of support?" I encourage everyone from all over the...
  • CA: LA county releases 130 inmates daily due to budget constraints

    03/25/2004 12:44:49 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 301+ views
    AP via San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 25, 2004 | Associated Press
    <p>About 130 inmates on average are released early each day from county jails to save money, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department data show.</p> <p>The inmates -- robbers, auto thieves, drunk drivers and abusive spouses -- and other convicts are freed early as part of a plan by Sheriff Lee Baca to offset millions of dollars cut from his budget.</p>
  • LA County may close courts for several days to cut deficit

    04/04/2003 9:38:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 201+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/4/03 | AP - Los Angeles
    <p>LOS ANGELES (AP) - County courts could be shut down for up to eight days over the next three months to help slash an $8.2-million budget deficit, officials said.</p> <p>The move would send many workers home without pay.</p> <p>"This is not something that we want to do," said presiding Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Dukes said Thursday.</p>