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Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 - 6:00pm
Toyota Motor North America has announced its decision not to renew its title sponsorship agreement for the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach. The following is a statement from Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach: “We have had a phenomenal relationship with Toyota for 44 years, a record in the racing world. In recent discussions, however, Toyota has elected not to renew as the title sponsor. This has now opened up an opportunity to identify a new title partner. Coming off a very successful 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, we’re excited about the future and are exploring all possible sponsorship opportunities that might exist in the market. “Toyota came aboard our fledgling event in 1975 as Official Pace Car provider and in 1980, Toyota stepped up to become our entitlement sponsor and remained in that position for 39 years. In 1976, Toyota created the charitable Toyota ‘Race for Youth’ Match Race which would become the world-famous Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race starting in 1977, continuing for the next 40 years. Among the many beneficiaries of this race were the Children’s Hospitals of Long Beach and Orange County. Together, over the years, we were able to build the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach into America’s No. 1 Street Race. “On behalf of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, I would like to thank Toyota for all that it did to help us grow our event and make it what it is today. We are proud to have had Toyota be the most prominent of our sponsor partners for so many years.” The 2019 Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14. Category: News
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on August 8 recognized two brave individuals who intervened in violent attacks, one against a peace officer, and a third person whose quick thinking helped capture a serial home invasion robber. “I am encouraged by the actions of these selfless honorees who, in some instances, put themselves in harm’s way for strangers,” District Attorney Lacey said. “Any of these cases could have had deadly outcomes if not for the courageous actions of these local heroes.” The honorees were a Bellflower woman who saw a man getting attacked with a golf club and jumped in the middle; a Detroit retiree who stopped a criminal who was viciously beating a sheriff’s deputy outside a Lakewood mall; and a Redlands man who put his fear aside in the middle of a home invasion robbery and did not rest until the defendant was held to answer for all of his crimes. District Attorney Lacey recognized the honorees last week at a Courageous Citizen Awards ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Long Beach aboard the Queen Mary. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office presents these awards several times a year to people who have performed extraordinary acts of valor and selflessness in assisting in criminal prosecutions, aiding victims, preventing crimes or even capturing suspects. Awards were presented to: James Gutierrez, 34, of Redlands (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Grace Rai) During the 2013 holiday season, a man was responsible for a series of violent, deadly home invasion robberies in Long Beach, Torrance, Westchester, Covina, Los Angeles and Sylmar. His last home invasion robbery was in Riverside. In that robbery, the defendant rang the doorbell and when James Gutierrez answered, the man forced himself into the home at gunpoint. Mr. Gutierrez yelled to his wife who was in their bedroom to call police and lock herself inside. Mr. Gutierrez continued warning his wife while he was struck several times with the gun. As the wife was on the phone with police, the defendant kicked down the door and forced both victims to the ground. Mr. Gutierrez jumped on top of his wife to protect her and was pistol-whipped again. The defendant fled as police arrived and was quickly captured, ending his crime spree. On April 5, 2018, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Covina, Torrance and Riverside Police Departments and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Richard Fredrick, 70, of Detroit (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Robert Serna) A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was escorting a man involved in a domestic dispute out of the Lakewood Mall on Aug. 15, 2014. The man, who was not under arrest, suddenly sucker-punched the deputy and knocked him unconscious. The defendant kicked and stomped the deputy on his head and neck. Richard Fredrick was sitting at a table when he saw the attack. He immediately got up, ran toward the defendant and tackled him. The deputy’s partner, who had been with the defendant’s girlfriend, responded and took the defendant into custody. On Aug. 3, 2017, the defendant pleaded no contest to assault on a peace officer, attempted murder and other charges. He was sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison and waived credit for three years in custody. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. Luz Arias, 65, of Bellflower (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Suzanna Friedman) On Oct. 16, 2016, a woman went to her ex-boyfriend’s house in Bellflower with a male friend to retrieve her property. The friend and the ex-boyfriend got into an argument that turned into a violent attack on the friend, who was struck in the head with a golf club. Luz Arias was driving through the area when she saw the attack. Even though both men were younger, Ms. Arias stopped her vehicle, yelled at them to stop fighting and physically intervened when the attack continued. Ms. Arias was pushed to the ground, but she once again got between the victim and assailant until the violence ended. The defendant pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, a golf club. He was sentenced on May 17, 2017, to two years in state prison. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood Station. Category: News
By: Steve PropesHistorically striving to be Tree City U.S.A., Long Beach loves its trees. Except for two ficus varieties, that is. Since 2015, there has been a little-noticed municipal ficus removal program in Long Beach. Which pretty much describes what has been observed at several Norse Way locations. Though not officially noted, this removal program was implemented on 28 ficus trees through a grant from the city’s Economic Development Department. As of July 20, the last of the trees had been taken out, roots ground up, trucks gone, shade only a memory, just in time for a record-setting heat wave. Business owner Debbie Ziegler of the Picket Fence definitely missed the shade, but noted, “The trees had to come out. Berries would stain the sidewalk, people would track in leaf debris. We couldn’t keep up with it.” “We got a four-day notice.,” said Ziegler of the Norse Way ficus removal. “It’s completely different; its charm is gone.” According to Long Beach Economic Development Officer Seyed Jalali, the Norse Way project is one of three business corridor improvement programs for which $450,000 of one-time funds was voted by the City Council. The other two are on Anaheim Street and Pacific Avenue. Outreach for the program began in January 2018 and money was put aside in March 2018. City staff and Fifth District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo began attending business meetings of the newly formed, yet-to-be-chartered Norse Way Village Association (NWVA) where, according to Jalali, there was strong support for the improvement ideas. Real estate broker and past president of the NWVA, James McCormick, owner of Sunbelt Properties, said the ficus trees have been an issue for at least eight years, when then Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske met with business owners about problems with the trees with very intrusive root systems, impacting both foundations and plumbing, causing thousands of dollars of damage. At the time, the trees were trimmed and “the sidewalks were ground down to where they couldn’t be ground down anymore.” At the time, “walking down the sidewalk, could mean tripping on your face.” The idea of the improvement is to increase the customer base and property values and includes façade improvements and signage. In the case of Norse Way, apart from tree removal which is needed for sidewalk replacement, “public realm improvements” that include crosswalks, festoon lighting, trash can placement and tree replacement. Replacing curbs that don’t meet ADA requirements and upgrading sidewalks with damage caused by the ficus trees, might allow for sidewalk dining. Though there won’t be any sidewalk widening, tree removal will accommodate diners. The improvements are also a response to an ADA access lawsuit, which resulted in a very large settlement. Fifth District Field Deputy Kyle Henneberque said part of the settlement was that “over the next 20 years, the city is going to have to fix all those sidewalks.” As Norse Way is used as a shortcut between Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street., according to Project Manager Eric Romero, who said installation of bulb-out crosswalks, an extension of the curb to improve the pedestrian experience, as well as posted speed limit signs, might help calm traffic. Owner of Vintage & Such, Bill Booth recalled, “Mungo held a big meeting almost a year ago. She wanted us to form an association so we could get things done, Apart from “our street getting strangled by the trees, the big thing was beautification. The trees hadn’t been maintained, you couldn’t see the street lights. The idea from what I understand, trees go, the sidewalk gets fixed, then new trees go in. Stacy will meet to discuss what trees to put in. It was voted to put them in big boxes where people could sit and we could move them around.” Possible replacement trees include the crape myrtle tree, chaitalpa tree and another variety that drops berries, giving it an outside chance to be selected. With a 2,094 ficus trees in Long Beach, “the only species of concern are ficus benjamina and ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’” according to Romero. Of the ficus benjamina, The United States Forest Service states “Roots grow rapidly, invading gardens, growing under and lifting sidewalks, patios, and driveways.” The ficus microcarpa grows in walls of buildings, bridges, highways and concrete structures. Apart from Norse Way, there are clusters of ficus in various other residential neighborhoods and at Parkview Village. The fate of those trees is not known. Removal of ficus for residents from parkways depends upon an inspection, which determines size, structural health, stability and probability of failure. According to Romero, “The plan is to remove all or most of the ficus benjamina and ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’ within a 10-year period, with a cap of 50 per year, no more than 50 percent of a block within a three-year period.” As far as Norse Way is concerned, according to Economic Development’s plan, the timing of the improvements is an attempt to pick up on the momentum of the success of nearby Douglas Park, making it attractive to new and existing businesses through improving aesthetics. To see how Norse Way looked in the pre-ficus removal days, go to www.google.com/maps and add a street address. email@example.com Category: News
Rancho Los Alamitos will present Farm Dinner at the Ranch on Saturday, August 25, on its beautiful and historic grounds near Cal State Long Beach. At $150 per person, the festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with guests entering the gardens past the living wall of giant bamboo and through the Music Patio to cross the threshold of the Ranch House for a glimpse into the home of one of Long Beach’s oldest families. Americana music by a local indie band will set the garden party mood on the Rancho’s sprawling front lawn under the 125-year-old Moreton Bay Fig trees. Party-goers will enjoy wine and craft beer tasting, sampling of tasty appetizers, exploration of the gardens, and a chance to peruse and bid at the silent auction. After dinner, a live auction will give diners a chance to bid on four unique experiences that can only happen at Rancho Los Alamitos. Check out the Rancho’s website, RanchoLosAlamitos.org, for a listing of some of the items which will be up for auction. This year, the farm dinner committee is offering craft beer tasting, with the option to purchase, before dinner. The Long Beach breweries that will bring beers to pair with the farm fresh menu are Dutch’s Brew House, Liberation Brewing and Belmont Brewing Company. The Wine Country will be there with a carefully selected offering of wines that will compliment the menu as well. When the dinner bell rings near twilight, guests will find their seats at long tables draped in white linen under sparkling lights in the historic Barns Area of the ranch. Chef Paul Buchanan will prepare the farm-to-table feast. Funds from the event will support educational programs for youth and adults including school tours for children, Tongva Tovaave (Native American Cultural Workshop), and large public events. For additional information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541. This event sold out last year. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Submitted by Rancho Los Alamitos, Photo by Doug Cox Category: News
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A Lyft driver with two passengers in the back seat was critically wounded in what police believe to be a road rage shooting.The driver, a 24-year-old Hispanic man, was found inside his car around 4:35 a.m. Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head in Glassell Park, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby's Monterey Auction He had just picked up two passengers when another driver, who witnesses said had an Uber sticker on his car, shot him and caused his car to shear a fire hydrant on Eagle Rock Boulevard, just south of Avenue 40, the LAPD said.The victim was taken in critical condition to USC Medical Center. The passengers, who were riding in the back of his car, were uninjured, the department said. Photos: Firefighters Defend Homes From the Holy Fire While police believe the shooting to be the result of road rage, they are still investigating what exactly led to the gunfire.Police say the suspect may have driven off in a white Toyota Prius. Heat Tips: Public Pools, Staying Cool Photo Credit: Loudlabs News
Shelters are being cleared and hearts are being filled as animals find their forever homes during the annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday.Photo Credit: Lori Bentley
A day after President Donald Trump claimed on Twitter his team is cooperating with the special counsel investigation out of "transparency," his lawyer Rudy Giuliani tamped down the idea of the president himself testifying for fear of being caught in a trap, saying that there is no truth, only "somebody's version" of it.Giuliani appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" and argued that he doesn't want his client to be "trapped into perjury." Steve Bannon Says GOP Must Rally Behind Trump to Survive "When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth, not the truth," he said.When pressed by Chuck Todd, Giuliani doubled down, saying, "truth isn't truth." He referenced the accusations that Trump had discussed the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, with then-FBI director James Comey, who was later fired by the president. Trump Says His White House Counsel Not a 'RAT' Like Nixon's Giuliani continued: "Donald Trump says, 'I didn't talk about Flynn with Comey.' Comey says, 'You did talk about it.' So, tell me what the truth is?"The former New York City mayor also spoke directly about the New York Times report Trump responded to in his tweets, and he accused special counsel Robert Mueller of leaking the details "illegally" to the Times. He called Mueller "desperate." Women Win Primaries in Record Numbers, Look to November He brushed aside the notion that charges could be brought against the president anyway, specifically when it comes to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a Russian government ally. Giuliani said the now-infamous meeting couldn't be used as evidence for collusion because damaging information on Hillary Clinton "was not pursued at all," despite the intention of that meeting being to receive damaging information."Any meeting in regards to getting information about your opponent is something any candidate's staff would take," Giuliani added. "The president of the United States wasn't at that meeting, he didn't know about that meeting, he found out about it after. By the time he found out about it, it was nothing. If this is their case for collusion, good luck Mueller."Meanwhile, Trump continued his attacks on the special counsel investigation on Sunday, again tweeting that there was "no collusion and no obstruction." He said Mueller is "heavily conflicted" in the "Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt."In response to the Times' report that his laywer Don McGahn has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team, Trump insisted that McGahn isn't "a John Dean type 'RAT,'" making reference to the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon.Trump's original legal team had encouraged McGahn and other White House officials to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, and McGahn spent hours in interviews. The Times reported that McGahn handed over information both potentially damaging and favorable to the president. However, the Times said, he told investigators that he never saw Trump go beyond his legal authority. The Times reported McGahn and his attorney were worried Trump was setting him up to take the blame for any possible illegal acts.McGahn's attorney William Burck added in a statement: "President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn's testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team's questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must."Dean was White House counsel for Nixon, a Republican, during the Watergate scandal. He ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.Dean, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted Saturday night in response to the Times story that, "Trump, a total incompetent, is bungling and botching his handling of Russiagate. Fate is never kind to bunglers and/or botchers! Unlike Nixon, however, Trump won't leave willingly or graciously."He added Sunday in response to Trump's tweets that he doubts the president has "ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him. However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"The Associated Press contributed to this report.Photo Credit: AP, File This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Jose and Tammy Vega arrived at the Camden County Animal Shelter in New Jersey early Saturday morning in search of a four-legged companion. The couple, who was first in line for today's Clear the Shelters event, fell in love with a 7-year-old stray Chihuahua named Pot Pie."He was just really calm tempered, my wife looked over and saw him and we knew he was 'the one,'" Jose Vega told NBC Philadelphia's Jessica Boyington. Clear the Shelters: Watch Live Clear the Shelters, the fourth annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations, culminated Saturday with more than 1,200 shelters participating in dozens of communities across the country.Since this year’s event was launched on July 28, more than 76,000 pets have already been taken, 26,810 on Saturday alone. To encourage families to find a new pet, whether puppies, older cats, rabbits or iguanas, many of the participating animal shelters and rescue organizations are reducing or waiving adoption fees. Good Human! Dog Training Is About Teaching Owners: Expert At the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland in Westbrook, Maine, workers were hopeful that 13-year-old June Bug, a "sato" — feral dog in Puerto Rico — rescued after Hurricane Maria, would finally get the companion she deserved. June Bug had been at the shelter since the winter and on Saturday, she was adopted by woman "who came in specifically for her," said Jeana Roth, director of community engagement at the shelter. "We all cried," Roth added. Odd Couples: Unlikely Species Form Heartwarming Friendships Holly, another dog born on the streets of Puerto Rico, ended up going home with a Berkeley couple. Holly was originally sent to Miami to be adopted but due to the devastating Hurricane Irma, she had to move again. "If I can give a shelter animal a good home, whether they're traumatized or not, I'm doing what I should be doing," said Holly's new family, Erik Hesse, a UC Berkeley professor.And it's not just dogs that are finding fur-ever homes during Clear the Shelters. Molly, an 11-year-old dark grey tabby cat, was adopted Saturday from the Camden County Animal Shelter. Molly's new mom, Jane DeNoto, had been thinking about getting a cat to replace her beloved Gretal who passes away eight months ago. "She's a little bit shy, quiet," DeNoto said of Molly. "When I saw her, I thought, 'She's another Gretel!'"In Atlanta, Georgia, 6-year-old Cameron was thrilled to adopt her first pet ever, a kitten, from Lifeline Animal Project's Fulton County Animal Services. The organization said its shelters in DeKalb and Fulton counties have been taking in up to 10 litters of kittens a day, "so every adopted kitten is a victory for us."When Aces arrived at the Irving Animal Shelter in Texas he was very skittish and scared, and needed surgery to remove his right eye. The Shepard mix was surrendered to the shelter because his owner had too many pets."He’s a little broken, and I’m a vet, so I’m a little broken, so we’ll help each other,” said his new mom Olivia, who adopted Aces on Saturday. "And I just lost a dog in May so, I know he’s going to help.”Even those covering the event can't help themselves. Telemundo 39 anchor Norma Garcia "couldn't say no" to an adorable puppy at the Irving shelter in North Texas on Saturday and decided to adopt him. A number of NBC4 reporters and anchors also found their fur-ever friends through pet adoption.In Illinois, Bethy found the perfect dog in Joey the Chihuaha. The Chicago resident lives in a senior citizens building and has been wanting a dog for a long time. "I'm so happy," she said.Brothers Tito and Thomas, 3-month-old Chihuaha Terrier mixes, both found forever homes on Saturday during the Clear the Shelters event at the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Florida. Friends Nicole Wade adopted Tito and Suzanne Hosang took home Thomas.The need remains great. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number of dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.A year later that number jumped to nearly 20,000 as the adoption drive went national, with more than 400 shelters taking part across the country. Last year, as the event was extended over a month, more than 80,000 pets were adopted from over 900 shelters.Photo Credit: Joe Kaczmarek/ARL This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
A Los Angeles Kings' jersey placed front and center in New York City?One hockey jersey is significant in a way that goes far beyond pucks and sticks and the competition of New York and LA on the ice. This 17-year-old LA Kings' hockey jersey is part of the newest exhibit of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum titled "Comeback Season." The Daily Call Sheet Connects Seniors for a Greater Good This special exhibit is all about the sports community and focuses on how teams, players, fans and ordinary citizens came together following the horrific and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001."This jersey is one of a kind," says Warren Bender, who has kept the jersey in his private collection. 'Stars on Ice' Led by Team USA's Asian Americans Bender is a Pasadena-based attorney and massive LA Kings' fan. But with a new exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Bender decided the time had come to part ways with one of his most meaning possessions.Bender gets emotional even thinking about jersey because of the messages that cover it. The messages were written by New York firefighters, police and first responders who moments out of their rescue efforts to document their work and remember the victims. Valencia Brothers Seek to Represent Filipino American Experience Through Food The special Kings' jersey is also signed by members of the New York Rangers hockey team as a way to remember Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis, two LA Kings' scouts that died on board United Flight 175, when it hit the twin towers."It's hard, and that's probably why it took so long, but at the same time, I feel a sense of relief," Bender says when asked it's difficult to part with the jersey.The Comeback Season exhibit also depicts other iconic moments, like George W. Bush and his first pitch at Yankee Stadium during the 2001 World Series.The goals of this special exhibit is to show how a nation recovered from tragedy and learned to cheer again."It's got the horror of the moment, but also the beauty and strength of the people coping with that moment," Mike Richter, who was playing as a goalie for the New York Rangers in 2001, says about the exhibit.The Comeback Season will be open to the public until the summer of 2019.Photo Credit: KNBC