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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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California could become the first state to limit what drinks are offered to children at restaurants.If Gov. Jerry Brown signs a proposed bill, restaurants would only be able to offer water or milk to youngsters. However, adults would be able to order other drinks for their children if they want. Science Says: 'The Warmer It Is, the More Fire We See' The proposed change comes as part of an effort to address a rising rate of obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an association between frequent soda consumption and obesity, heart disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities.The bill is awaiting the governor's signature. It already passed overwhelmingly in the senate, and twice the number of assembly members said yes than no. Elon Musk Says Cutting Back on Work Hours Isn't an Option Photo Credit: Getty Image
Unionized teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are scheduled to begin voting Thursday in a strike-authorization vote as the union and district remain at loggerheads in contract talks.The vote -- which does not automatically mean a strike will be called -- will come amid labor negotiations that have been pushed into state mediation, thanks to the union declaring an impasse in talks. Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby's Monterey Auction United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl and LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner met face-to-face last week. Beutner said later the pair found "common ground" and said the district continues to offer the union 2 percent raises over each of the next three years -- the same deal reached with other LAUSD employee unions. Beutner also said he was willing to meet with Caputo-Pearl again prior to a planned mediation session next month.But Caputo-Pearl told the Los Angeles Times the district has been delaying mediation sessions, and accused Beutner of trying to "interfere with our strike vote."He also said the face-to-face meeting resulted in no indication the sides were getting closer to agreement, insisting "There is not the outline of a deal. Nothing could be further from the truth." Photos: Firefighters Defend Homes From the Holy Fire The district, in a statement issued Sunday, denied any effort to delay or avoid mediation."L.A. Unified has accepted Sept. 27, 2018, which is a date offered by the Public Employment Relations Board mediators in accordance with California labor law to resume bargaining," according to the LAUSD. "The district is waiting to hear from the mediators that the date is confirmed." Heat Tips: Public Pools, Staying Cool District officials also said it "agrees with UTLA" in concept on issues such as reducing class sizes and increasing staffing, but noted that it continues to face a roughly half-billion-dollar budget deficit during the urrent school year, and UTLA's contract demands would increase that deficit by $813 million.The teachers union is calling for a 6.5 percent raise, along with steps to lower class sizes and increase the number of staffers such as nurses, librarians and counselors. It is also calling for a reduction in standardized testing and implementation of "accountability measures" for charter schools.The union claims the district has $1.7 billion in its reserve fund that could be used to invest in classrooms. The district, however, insists its reserve fund is only $1.2 billion, which will be used to cover this year'roughly $503 million deficit, lowering the overall reserve to about $700 million.Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Hillary Clinton will headline three fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee ahead of the midterm elections in November, NBC News reported.The "intimate dinners with discussion" featuring the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee will be held in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. A Democratic source close to Clinton said she's also planning fundraisers for some women running in key congressional races. Click Here or Email Your Photos to email@example.com Republican officials welcome her involvement, hoping to tie her to Democrats running in places that lean Republican — a process that's already underway in competitive districts, according to an NBC review of midterm advertisements.Clinton is aware of that tactic, according to spokesman Nick Merrill. He said, "You pay attention to those you’re threatened by. If they didn't think she was still a force in the party, then they wouldn't continue to treat her like the president." Free or Cheap Things to Do in Los Angeles Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images, File
Police said they are trying to track down a mystery shooter who keeps blasting away at a posh Upper East Side high-rise, and authorities believe the whizzing bullets may be coming from across the river on Roosevelt Island.Officials say they are looking into at least two different shootings that left windows shattered and even a bullet fragment on the floor of somebody’s living room of One East River Place, a swanky, 50-story glass rental in Lenox Hill that overlooks the East River with some units going for as much as $7,800. Colorado Man Charged With Murder Says Wife Killed Daughters Investigators say the first shooting happened sometime Thursday overnight into Friday morning. They say the unknown gunman, armed possibly with a handgun, blew a hole in a resident’s 14-floor window, shattering it, and when the owner of the apartment woke up they found a 32-caliber bullet fragment on the floor.The shooter didn’t waste much time before sending more gunfire into the air, police said. In the early-morning hours Saturday, a 64-year-old woman was awakened by a loud bang coming from her 32nd-floor living room. Officials said she discovered her window had a small puncture hole in it; the rest of the glass was spider-webbed around it. Confederate Statue on UNC Campus Toppled by Protestors Chopper 4 was over the Upper East Side high-rise early Tuesday and showed both blown out windows boarded up.No injuries were reported in the random shootings, police said. The New York Post, who first reported the building being shot at, reports, citing police sources, the bullets may be coming from 30 River Road on Roosevelt Island, but police told News 4 the source of the gunfire is still under investigation. Last Known Nazi Collaborator in US Deported to Germany A resident of the high-rise who lives on the 22nd floor told The Post she is terrified for her life.“I’m petrified,” Ilene Epstein told the newspaper. “I’ll move out of my building before I walk around with a bulletproof vest.”No arrests have been made.Photo Credit: News 4
Three men were hit, one killed, in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood. Beverly White reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on August 20, 2018.