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KABC-TV
KABC-TV

500 Circle Seven Dr
Glendale, CA 91201   Directions

(818) 863-7777

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Great California ShakeOut: 10.7 million Californians set to participate in annual earthquake drill
10/17/2019 11:44am

Millions of residents statewide are set to participate in the 12 annual Great California Shakeout earthquake drill.

US Rep. Elijah Cummings, House Committee Chair, dies at 68
10/17/2019 11:41am

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday due to complications from longstanding health challenges.

Eyewitness This: LA County residents are slightly less happy than rest of country, study says
10/17/2019 11:32am

A new study revealed people living in L.A. County are slightly less happy than most Americans.

Boxer Patrick Day, 27, dies of brain injuries days after knockout during fight in Chicago
10/17/2019 11:26am

Promoter Lou DiBella said Patrick Day, of Freeport, died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after sustaining head injuries in a bout with Charles Conwell. He was 27.

Social media goes purple for Spirit Day to fight bullying of LGBTQ+ youth
10/17/2019 10:50am

To raise awareness for LGBTQ individuals affected by bullying, celebrities and companies went purple on Thursday -- both in their wardrobes and on their social media profiles.

KCBS-TV
KCBS-TV

4200 Radford Ave
Studio City, CA 91604   Directions

(818) 655-2000

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Police: Seven-Year-Old Boy Caught Vaping In The Middle Of Class
10/17/2019 11:46am

A seven-year-old Wisconsin boy was caught vaping CBD oil right in the middle of his second-grade class last week, according to a police report.

Chargers-Titans Will Come Down To Play Of Offensive Lines Says Evan Washburn
10/17/2019 11:27am

NFL on CBS sideline reporter Evan Washburn says the key to Sundays outcome will be which offensive line plays better.

USDA: Nearly One Million Kids Would Lose Automatic Free Lunch Under Trump Proposal
10/17/2019 11:12am

Nearly a million children could lose their automatic eligibility for free school lunches under proposed changes to the food-stamp program by the Trump administration.

Actress Helen Hunt Hospitalized After LA Wreck
10/17/2019 11:12am

She was a passenger in an SUV that was t-boned by a sedan. No one was cited or arrested in the crash.

Suspect At Large After South LA Standoff, Rifle Recovered
10/17/2019 11:11am

Police were negotiating with an armed man inside the home. When they entered, he was gone.

KNBC-TV
KNBC-TV

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608   Directions

(818) 684-4444

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What to Know: Join 10M Californians in the World's Largest Earthquake Drill
10/17/2019 8:18am

Three months after Southern California was jolted by its largest earthquake in two decades, its time again to drop, cover and hold on.The Great ShakeOut of 2019 is scheduled for 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, 30 years after the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area. More than 4.6 million people in Southern California and 10.7 million throughout the state have signed up to participate in the annual earthquake safety event. List: Southern Californias Strongest Earthquakes in the Last 25 Years An estimated 65 million people are set to participate worldwide.The drill comes with memories still fresh of the real things -- jarring back-to-back July 4 and 5 earthquakes near the Kern County community of Ridgecrest. The quakes origins were about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, but shaking from the magnitude-6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes was felt throughout the region. Months Of Aftershocks Could Follow Big California Earthquake Waves of frightening aftershocks rattled residents in the weeks that followed.The earthquakes were the strongest in Southern California since the 1999 Hector Mine Earthquake. Centered in the desert east of Los Angeles, the quake measured magnitude-7.1. Map: See 30 Years of Earthquakes in California No fatalities or major injuries were reported after the 7.1-magnitude Independence Day quake, which rocked an area from Sacramento to Mexico. The quake struck at 8:19 p.m. Friday and was centered 11 miles from Ridgecrest, the same area where a 6.4-magnitude temblor hit the previous day.So, whats the goal of Thursdays ShakeoutThe drill, which began in Southern California in 2008, is designed to practice emergency preparedness for a magnitude-7.8 or larger quake along the southernmost stretch of the infamous San Andreas Fault. Such a powerful tectonic shift could produce waves of movement for hundreds of miles for more than four minutes.According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the death toll would like number 2,000 with tens of thousands suffering injuries. Damage would total around $200 billion.The energyreleased would be 50 times the intensity of the Jan. 17, 1994, NorthridgeEarthquake. Residents could expect hundreds of aftershocks, a few of which would be nearly as big as the original quake, according to the USGS.Californians should be prepared to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following a major disaster. First responders will not be able to get to everyone in the early stages of a major disaster. Being prepared includes having a disaster emergency plan with a first-aid kit, medications, food and enough water for each member of a household to drink one gallon per day, according to local and state officials.Homeowners and renters should also know how to turn off the gas in their residences in case of leaks.Photo Credit: Jim Sugar/Corbis via Getty Images

California Earthquakes: What to Do Before, During and After the Shaking
10/17/2019 11:06am

No matter where you live in California, there is a risk of considerable damage due to an earthquake.Almost every Californian lives within 15 minutes of an active fault line.And many can still recall some of the strongest quakes to hit the state, from the widespread damage caused by the 6.7 magnitudeNorthridge Earthquaketo the building collapses from the Bay AreasLoma Prieta Earthquake. List: Southern Californias Strongest Earthquakes in the Last 25 Years So, state and federal agencies have a wealth of resources to help residents prepare for the inevitable next quake. Here is what you need to know before during and after the rumbling:Emergency Alerts 10 Common Earthquake Myths Debunked The State of California has created a tool that can warn residents seconds before an earthquake strikes. That amount of time can be lifesaving, according to researchers.The early warning system are pushed through a smartphone app called MyShake. The California Earthquake Early Warning Program works with the USGS to get ShakeAlerts sent to residents the moment researchers detect a quake over magnitude 5.0.In addition, local municipalities have their own services to warn residents of a quake. For example, ShakeAlertLA.Before an EarthquakeThe best thing you can do is to prepare for an earthquake ahead of time.Secure Your SpaceFind items that will easily move during an earthquake. The state says to think about what would tousle if your home was turned on its side and secure those items.Create a Disaster PlanSome suggestions for your disaster plan include: how you will contact each other and deciding where your family will meet in case of an emergency andmaking sure every member of your family knows how to turn the gas and electricity off. More information on disaster plans can be found here.Organize Disaster SuppliesYour emergency kit should provide enough supplies to last your family three weeks -- food, water, clothing, personal care and other items. Also create a grab-and-go bag in case you need to quickly leave your home. Dont forget about supplies for your pets.Ease Financial HardshipRenters and homeowners should consider getting earthquake insuranceand look into ways to increase the stability of your home. Create copies of your IDs and insurance records. Print photocopies of items in your home that will help when you file an insurance claim.During an EarthquakeOf course, we all know that when the ground starts shaking to drop, cover and hold on. But what else should you do during the shakingIf you are in bed when an earthquake strikes, cover your head with a pillow and stay down. If you are outside, crawl toward an open space away from buildings, power lines and trees.If you are in need of immediate help, call 911. Contact 211 for less urgent matters.Once the shaking stops, evacuate your home. This may be the best chance to prevent further injury in case of an aftershock. Where possible, it may be better to evacuate on foot.Seek out anemergency shelter.An earthquake can also trigger a tsunami near the coast. If youre coastal, pay attention to the waves. If the water suddenly pulls away from the shore, a tsunami may be imminent. Search for higher ground. Find out if you are in a tsunami zone here.Lastly,register yourself as safe and well so people know you are OK.After an EarthquakeFinally, there are several things to consider in the sometimes confusing and stressful moments after the shaking.Start to check on your home, but dont enter until you know its safe. Check for gas leaks, chemical spills, broken water pipes or damaged electrical wires.Use your refrigerated food first and store canned goods for later. It may be hard to access supplies at stores following a quake.Contact your insurance company and begin taking photos of the damage.In the weeks following the quake, contact state and federal agencies like FEMA to inquire about federal assistance.For more information visit these official resources:The United States Geological Survey USGS for the latest earthquake information within the U.S.Earthquake Country for tips on Californias earthquake preparedness.MyHazards for what risks youre susceptible to.The California Earthquake Authority for insurance plans and home preparedness tips.Ready.govfor tips from the Department of Homeland Security on what to do in any type of emergency.The California Office of Emergency Services for emergency alertsReady San Diego for emergency alerts and information affecting San Diego CountyLos Angeles Emergency Management Department for alerts and information affecting the LA region

Chicago Teachers Strike in Nation's 3rd Largest School District
10/17/2019 10:24am

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union hit the picket lines early Thursday as more than 25,000 educators and support staff officially went on strike in the nations third-largest district.CTUs House of Delegates voted to rejectthe final contract offer from Chicago Public Schools during a meeting on Wednesday, paving the way for the organizations second strike in seven years.We went through, point by point, whats on the table so far and our delegates overwhelmingly, unanimously, reaffirmed that tomorrow will be the first day of a strike, because we have not achieved what we need to bring justice and high-quality schools to the children and teachers of Chicago, CTU President Jesse Sharkey said.Prior to the final vote, CPS had already canceled all classes and activities for Thursday in anticipation of CTU moving forward with a strike.I was disappointed by the CTUs decision to begin a work stoppage and force a cancellation of classes, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. Thats because I feel like we rolled up our sleeves and negotiated in good faith for a long period of time.Sharkey said that CTUs bargaining team was not satisfied with CPS final contract offer.The mayor wants a five-year contract. Many marriages dont last five years and I dont like this contract enough to marry it, Sharkey said.But Lightfoot defended the contract offer, calling it an historic proposal that would have addressed the teachers primary concerns.We offered an historic package on CTUs core issues like compensation, staffing, and class size, she said. We reiterated our proposals were rooted in our admiration of the job that staffers and teachers do every day.Negotiations between the two sides ended early Wednesday as both CPS officials and CTU representatives prepared for a strike vote, but Lightfoot hopes that both sides will return to the negotiating table soon.We will remain at the table, and we hope that CTU will as well, she said. I hope this work stoppage will end soon. This has to be about our children.Sharkey echoed similar sentiments in his speech, saying that he hoped the work stoppage will not be a prolonged one.We want to make this a short strike, he said. We want to make this a strike that wins improvements for our schools, wins the dignity and respect for our teachers... so the balls in her court on that now.Teachers picketed schools in the district beginning at 6:30 a.m., with negotiations expected to continue Thursday morning as well.Photo Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Aftermath: The Loma Prieta Earthquake
10/15/2014 3:31pm

As California marks 25 years since the deadly Loma Prieta earthquake, take a look back. The quake killed 63 people and injured thousands of others in the San Francisco Bay area. Photo Credit: AP

One Man Shot in Leg Near Santa Monica Pier
10/17/2019 9:26am

One person was shot in the leg in a parking lot adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier Wednesday night, police said.No motive was immediately known for the shooting, Sgt. Greer of the Santa Monica Police Department said. Check Out These Free or Cheap Things to Do in LA The shooting victim was interviewed by officers en route to the hospital, the sergeant said. He was not immediately identified.Police said that the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Click Here or Email Your Photos to iseenbcla.com No arrests were reported early Thursday.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Smoke and Fire From Above: Wildfire Images From Space Photo Credit: NBCLA

KTTV
KTTV

1999 S Bundy Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90025   Directions

(310) 584-2000

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Press-Telegram (Long Beach)
Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

727 Pine Ave
Long Beach, CA 90844   Directions

(562) 435-1161

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The Beachcomber
The Beachcomber

5199 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804   Directions

(562) 597-8000

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Public Invited to Reform Coalition Kick-Off Event
10/14/2019 1:44pm

By:Ian PattonOn Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6-8 p.m., the Long Beach Reform Coalition will host a kick-off event for the 2020 municipal elections and what they are calling the Long Beach Reform Ticket. The concept of the ticket will emphasize the parallel nature of the reform candidacies of our two board members who chose earlier this year to run for office.By their separate campaigns, they each reinforce one another and carry forward the mantle of the local reform movement: Juan Ovalle, District 8 City Council candidate and co-founder of LBRC member organization People of Long Beach, and Robert Fox, District 2 City Council candidate and executive director of LBRC member organization the Council of Neighborhood Organizations CONO.At the Recreation Park event, in the Banquet Hall at 5001 Deukmejian Dr., the two officially endorsed Long Beach Reform Ticket candidates will discuss their reasons for helping to establish LBRC last year, the reasons they decided to personally enter the fray and run for office, and they each will sign The Reform Pledge.The Long Beach Reform Pledge will consist of a series of local government reform policies for which the candidates promise to advocate on City Council if elected, including campaign finance reforms, restoration of a process for the public to agendize council items, a clear public vote on term limits, absolute opposition to the use of public funds for political advocacy veiled or otherwise, officeholder account reform, and greater transparency by elected officials.Info: 562 246-8949 or visit www.lbreformcoalition.org.Category: News

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10/13/2019 9:13am

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LB Marathon This Weekend
10/11/2019 12:23pm

By:Eric BaileyAthletes will be able to show if they have what it takes to sprint toward greatness in the 35th annual Long Beach Marathon presented by JetBlue Oct. 11-13.This event is much bigger than a one-day road race, said Dan Cruz, head of communications for the event. Marathon weekend kicks off on Friday with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center, where all of the 15,000 registered runners will pick up their race number, T-shirt and swag bag.The Expo is free and open to the public featuring nearly 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest in nutrition, equipment and apparel.The headlining event, the 26.2-mile marathon and bike tour, begins Sunday at 6 a.m. and will begin on Shoreline Drive. Participants will then jog past iconic Long Beach landmarks such as the bow of the RMS Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Lighthouse at Rainbow Harbor, Pierpoint Landing, and circling back to Shoreline Village.The Long Beach Marathon is the longest running marathon in Southern California, with its initial run in 1982 and welcomes 15 legacy runners this year who have competed in all 34 previous editions. In addition to the Supreme 15 Legacy Runners, there are over 330 athletes in total who have run consecutively for 10 years since the revamped loyalty program launched in 2008.Each of those athletes will have their name enshrined on a plaque near the Shoreline Aquatic Park, where the marathon has annually honored the winners and Volunteer of the Year on a memorial bench along the waterfront path.We have been so fortunate to have JetBlue join us in Long Beach for the past four years and are happy to be back for the fifth year, said Alex Bennett, executive race director. We absolutely could not ask for a better partner. From their support of our legacy program to surprise and delight activations at the finish line, their involvement has been astounding it has gone over and above anything we could have imagined.The Long Beach Airport and CO2 Coconut Water are also local sponsors of the event.The Aquarium of the Pacific 5K and Kids race take place Saturday morning and will welcome approximately 1,800 participants. Its the only 5k in North America that runs through the middle of an aquarium.The free community kids race will include over 1,000 future marathoners age 12 and under, each child receives a free entry into the aquarium after the race.Festivities surrounding the marathon make the event one of the biggest weekends of the year in Long Beach, with entertainment along the course and a finish line festival. The marathon creates a 26.2-mile block party dedicated to helping people live a healthy and active lifestyle.ericbeachcomber.newsCategory: News

City Attorney Conceals LBPD Overtime Fraud
10/10/2019 7:26pm

Why We Sued the LBPD Part TwoBy:Stephen DowningIn Part One of this two part series the Beachcomber reported the story of Christopher Williams inexplicable experience with the Long Beach Police Department LBPD, the Citizens Police Complaint Commission CPCC and the City Attorneys office after the 35-year old African American city bus driver suffered a broken arm at the hands of the LBPD and subsequently filed a complaint alleging excessive force, unlawful detention and failure to obtain medical treatment.The article exposed how City Halls so-called separate and independent internal complaint investigation process amounts to nothing more than a deceitful public relations ruse perpetrated upon the community.The story also explained why the Beachcomber filed a lawsuit to compel production of the investigative records surrounding Williams complaint following City Attorney Charles Parkins contrived decision to refuse release of the internal investigative records as required by Senate Bill 1421.The Beachcomber lawsuit involved two separate refusals by the city attorney to release public records.Letter from Jail PersonnelEvents leading up to the citys second pubic records refusal involving a SB 1421 based request began two years ago Oct. 5, 2017 when the Beachcomber received an anonymous letter from LBPD jail personnel.The open letter, addressed to the city auditor, human resources director, chief of police, personnel administrator, internal affairs and taxpayers, began: We are writing this letter so that youre all aware of what has been going on in our/your city jail. In the month of July 2017 we brought up some concerns to the city and the police administration and so far the issues continue.The writers, protesting a memorandum from Chief Robert Luna mandating that internal personnel issues be conveyed through the chain of command, asked How could we follow the chain of command when we bring up concerns or issues and all we get in return are threats What do we do when the problem is the chain of commandThe letter continued, Chief Luna, maybe you should take a good look in your jail and ask yourself why people are leaving the jail so fast and why are they retiring without any notice. They want to remove themselves as quickly as possible from this toxic environment.The letter described in detail the specifics of the toxic environment by reciting accounts of failed leadership, deputy-chief-level favored employees being untouchable, lack of training, callous, retaliatory supervision and unearned crony-related promotions.Criminal Fraud SchemeThe jail personnel concluded their open letter by exposing an ongoing criminal conspiracy condoned and practiced by top ranking LBPD administrative personnel to commit overtime fraud.The employees alleged that the fraudulent scheme was designed and put into practice by Sergeant Louis Perez and approved by Tom Behrens, the civilian jail administrator to whom Perez reported.The letter stated that when Sgt. Perez tried to involve several subordinate sergeants in his overtime scheme, they told him No, that the scheme was fraud and they were not going to be a part of it.The open message continued, Thats the reason some of the booking sergeants retired because of all the nonsense and fraud that was going on. They said they wanted no part of it and that they were all honest throughout their careers and that the overtime scheme was stealing from the city.The letter ended with a question: What are we now, the Los Angeles Sheriffs Department with Lee Baca and Tanaka running things here in the Long Beach City Jail a reference to the Los Angles County Sheriffs jail scandal that landed undersheriff Paul Tanka in federal prison and his boss, Sheriff Lee Baca, convicted of federal crimes and currently awaiting an appeal to his prison sentence.The jail personnel also made reference to a retired sergeant, Julie Anderson, who, according to public records obtained by the Beachcomber, retired from city service 30 days prior to the letter being written.The letter described Anderson as a victim of threats from the top jail administrative staff that prevented her from properly supervising subordinates protected by LBPD brass even higher up the chain.Our InvestigationWhen the Beachcomber began to investigate the fraudulent overtime abuses alleged in the letter, two confidential LBPD sources independently stated that Sgt. Anderson, as well as another jail supervisor, Sgt. Salvador Solorzano, had been solicited by Sgt. Perez to participate in his fraudulent overtime scheme and that each of the sergeants refused, informed Perez that his scheme was illegal and both reported Perez criminal enterprise though Chief Lunas chain of command to no avail.The Beachcombers sources also stated that Anderson and Solorzano became aware that Perez had successfully enlisted two other booking sergeants to take part in his scheme in spite of the fact that both had been previously warned the plot was illegal.For the purpose of this article and until the Beachcomber is successful in its lawsuit to obtain the internal investigation reports the two booking sergeants involved in the Perez conspiracy will be referred to as Sgt. G and Sgt. S. as our efforts to reach out to both Sergeants Anderson and Solorzano for direct confirmation has been unsuccessful.A year passed until the Beachcomber began to receive bits and pieces from inside sources indicating that pressures upon the LBPD administration had finally resulted in an investigation being initiated.In Feb. 2019, LBPD sources informed the Beachcomber that the LBPD civilian jail administrator, Thomas Behrens, a retired Orange County Sheriffs captain hired by the LBPD in Feb. 2016 to oversee city jail operations had been terminated as a result of the investigation.At that time, SB 1421 was in effect but the city attorney had placed an arbitrary hold on honoring public records requests under the new law pending resolution of a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general, making it impossible for the Beachcomber to obtain the investigative documents.In late May 2019, the Beachcomber learned from its sources that Sgt. Louis Perez had been terminated and that Sgt. G. and Sgt. S. had received minimal suspensions, were permitted to retain their sergeant rank and continued to supervise subordinates most all of who are aware of their criminal activity.By this time City Attorney Charles Parkin had lifted his self-initiated ban on releasing SB 1421 based public records requests PRA.City Attorney Obstructs SB 1421The Beachcomber filed a PRA requesting all records involving Thomas Behrens, Sgt. Perez, Sgt. G and Sgt. S related to the filing and approval of false overtime reports as well as reports from LBPD personnel who exposed their criminal conspiracy, including those reported by Sergeants Anderson and Solorzano.The Beachcombers Public Records Request PRA relied upon the language of SB 1421 that requires the city to release documents when a personnel investigation meets the following criteria:Any record relating to an incident in which a sustained finding was made by any law enforcement agency or oversight agency of dishonesty by a peace officer or custodial officer directly relating to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or directly relating to the reporting of, or investigation of misconduct by, another peace officer or custodial officer, including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence.The deputy city attorney DCA assigned to review the Beachcombers PRA denied the request for the SB 1421 authorized records by rendering an opinion that rearranged the structure and meaning of the statute, stating:Cases of dishonesty under SB 1421 are limited to perjury, false statements, false reports, destruction of evidence, falsifying evidence, or concealing evidence for: 1 an officer directly relating to his or her duties in the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime, or 2 an officer when being dishonest about another officers misconduct directly related to the reporting, investigation, or prosecution of a crime.When Parkins deputy was asked why her exercise of discretion did not honor the spirit and letter of the law or consider the public interest, the DCA stated, Thats a good question. A moment later she added, We have an obligation to protect our employees.One of the LBPD insiders who contributed to this story said of the DCAs legal opinion: The city attorneys office is creating the toxic environment within the department by helping them cover up retaliation, corruption and incompetence rather than correct it.The insider added that it has been her observation, since implementation of SB 1421, that the LBPD now categorizes sustained dishonesty complaints as conduct unbecoming when choosing not to terminate a sworn employee for dishonesty in order to circumvent compliance with SB 1421 PRA requests as well as evade court ordered discovery motions made by defense attorneys seeking to evaluate officer credibility and its probable influence upon court testimony.The legislative imperative established in the text of SB 1421 declares that: The public has a strong, compelling interest in law enforcement transparency because it is essential to having a just and democratic society.The Beachcomber and its attorney, Thomas Beck of the Beck Law firm, found the city attorneys rational for denial in the jail overtime fraud case to be a contrived and dishonest avoidance of the requirements of SB 1421 and thus decided to sue the city in order to force compliance.In an effort to best satisfy the public interest prior to filing the lawsuit, the Beachcomber filed additional PRA requests aimed at verifying as much of the information provided by inside LBPD sources as possible.In doing so, the Beachcomber was able to establish the following through public records:Jail Administrator Thomas Behrens was separated from city service on Feb. 21, 2019. Behrens management position does not allow for the payment of overtime.Sgt. Louis Perez was separated from city service on April 24, 2019.According to Transparent California compensation records for 2017 and 2018 Sgt. Perez was paid a cumulative total of $94,550 in overtime.According to Transparent California compensation records for 2017 and 2018 Sgt. S was paid a cumulative total of $119,825 in overtime.According to Transparent California compensation records for 2017 and 2018 Sgt. G. was paid a cumulative total of $23,409 in overtime.In response to the Beachcomber PRAs the city reported that there are no responsive records that indicate any monies have been reimbursed to the city nor do any agreements exist between the city and Perez, Sgt. G or Sgt. S to reimburse overtime funds obtained by fraudulent means.In May, 2019 the Beachcomber asked Chief Lunas spokesperson 1 if the police department presented the internal investigation to the District Attorney for criminal filing.The spokespersons response was: Ask the district attorney.On Oct. 4 the same request was made to the head deputy DDA representing District Attorney Jackie Laceys Justice System Integrity Division.On Oct. 8 the DDA responded, We have checked with several of our units and none of them have said a case was presented. I recommend contacting the LBPD again and ask them if a case was presented and where.On Oct. 8. the Beachcomber left a message with Chief Lunas office assistant outlining the DDAs recommendation and once again posed the question.Chief Lunas spokesperson 2 responded via email: The department is still reviewing the matter and is not able to respond at this time. However, the Long Beach Police Department may conduct simultaneous, but separate criminal and administrative investigations when appropriate and present the findings to a prosecuting authority at the suitable time.On Sept. 11, the Beachcomber filed a Petition for Writ of Mandate with the Superior Court to enforce the Publics right to receive previously denied records related to the Christopher Williams excessive force complaint Part One and the LBPD jail operations overtime criminal fraud conspiracy reported here.The first court hearing will be held in Department 82 of the Los Angeles Superior Court at the Stanley Mosk Court House, 111 N. Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 7, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.Should the Beachcomber prevail a follow-up article will be provided to our readers, all of whom are rightfully entitled to the full transparency afforded by SB 1421 as required of those who govern our city.If any LBPD personnel are held accountable under the criminal law for the overtime fraud reported here, the Beachcomber will provide that information as well.Stephen Downing is a resident of Long Beach and a retired LAPD deputy chief of police.stephen.beachcombergmail.comCategory: News

City Hall Stonewalls Seasoned Journalist
10/10/2019 7:22pm

By:Diana LejinsLong Beach City Hall has stooped to a new all-time low.At the opening of the new Billie Jean King Main Public Library downtown on Sept. 21, this seasoned photojournalist/reporter, who has covered news for more than 40 years, was summarily turned away from the event as a media representative by Long Beach City Community Information Officer Rick de la Torre. That meant I would be disallowed a special press tour of the library interior prior to public admission, excluded from areas where the press was allowed and refused early admission when I arrived over an hour early to photograph the celebration.Additionally, de la Torre told me that the publications that I partner with such as the Signal Hill Tribune, Beachcomber, LBReport.com, Random Lengths News and others were not considered by the city to be legitimate news-gathering entities. Therefore, I was to be denied media/press status. When I asked to speak to his superior, Public Information Officer Kevin Lee, I was told that he was too busy.Later, when I was finally allowed entry to the main event with the public, I approached Kevin Lee. He was evasive and refused to answer my questions. The YouTube video can be found under PIO Kevin Lee Long Beach. He also told a security guard to escort me out of the media area where other journalists had been photographing.Prior to the event, I completed all the proper customary notifications and requests. But, the calls, texts and emails went unanswered by Kevin Lee. I especially wanted to take photos of the library before the crowds entered so as not to include children whose parents might not want them published in the newspapers. But the special media event facilitating this was denied to me. While I was displaying/wearing proper credentials, other press representatives were allowed even without credentials.Even though some of the independent news outlets might not be considered as important as the lap-dog City Hall owned news publications by some, their value is priceless. They bring you the news, truth and information that City Hall doesnt want voters/citizens to hear. Regardless, they have a right to be there and accorded full and equal media access.The irony of this whole situation is that we were celebrating the opening of a library which represents freedom of information and a plethora of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. We were also honoring a woman Billie Jean King who passionately stood up for womens rights while Kevin Lee was blatantly denying media access to a seasoned woman journalist and denigrating the news outlets she represents. What blatant hypocrisyLees actions strike a serious blow at the very core of the tenets established by the founding fathers of this country to serve as its foundation. At best they are an affront to every citizen regardless of political affiliations or personal beliefs.Sadly, this type of behavior harms the citizens of Long Beach the most. Lee and his compatriots are frivolously courting lawsuits that will ultimately be borne at taxpayer expense and they will not be personally held accountable. To add insult to injury, Lee was given $175,149 in pay and benefits in 2018 for his disservice to Long Beach taxpayers according to California Transparent.At the very least, I expect a sincere written apology to me from the City of Long Beach and Kevin Lee for this egregious violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the California State Constitution and the people of this city. Reassurance should be made that this will not reoccur in the future. Additionally, he should be briefed on the value of the First Amendment and receive a full review of the ethics training given to all Long Beach employees.Per the California State Constitution: Every citizen may freely speak, write and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right and no law shall be passed to restrain or abridge the liberty of speech or of the press.Per the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.dianalejinsyahoo.comCategory: News