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Transgender Angelenos and their allies called on President Donald Trump Monday night to stop moving forward with a potentially new definition of gender.
Former Price is Right host Bob Barker was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Monday for medical assistance that was considered not life-threatening.
The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.6 billion, the highest lottery drawing in the countrys history.
An hours-long standoff - reported as armed robbery suspects barricaded with a hostage at a Tarzana marijuana dispensary - ended as police entered the location and found no one inside.
The ballroom is filled with extra magic on Dancing With the Stars as the nine remaining couples celebrate their favorite Disney songs.
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A SWAT team surrounded an unlicensed marijuana dispensary in Tarzana for hours looking for four robbery suspects, but when officers finally got inside, there were no suspects or hostages.
Hundreds of transgender-rights activists gathered in Downtown Los Angeles Monday night to rail against the Trump Administrations potential rollback of a proposal that protects trans rights.
Joe Hunt gained notoriety in the 1980s at the helm of the so-called Billionaire Boys Club, a group of well-to-do young men who ran a massive Ponzi scheme to fund their lavish lifestyle. Now, hes asking for Gov. Jerry Browns and the publics help for his release.
The Spurs kept the Lakers winless with LeBron James, rallying from a six-point deficit in the final minute of overtime for a wild 143-142 victory.
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Nine people have joined a class action lawsuit filed on Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against e-scooter companies Bird and Lime, along with their manufacturers, alleging gross negligence, attorney Catherine Lerer told NBC4.People in the lawsuit, along with several others represented by the attorney, listed their injuries on the personal attorneys website with graphic images that detail the injuries, which occurred in San Diego, Santa Monica, Oakland, Los Angeles, Venice, West Hollywood and Westwood. Surveillance Video Shows Man Breaking Window With Scooter in Venice Broken arms, facial injuries, broken legs, broken teeth, concussions, lacerations and other injuries are detailed on the website--several of which claimed to have required surgery.The lawsuit alleges that the e-scooter companies contributed to injuries in multiple ways by dumping the transportation devices on streets without appropriate warning, per the Washington Post. Heres What $615K Will Buy in SoCals Housing Market Multiple plaintiffs claim that they were struck by e-scooters while walking. One incident involving David Petersen, 62, alleges the licensed street performer was struck by an e-scooter while performing an act on the Santa Monica Pier, where e-scooters are not allowed.I was like, Get the number of that motor vehicle that hit me, Petersen said on Monday. But guess what They dont have a license plate. Theres no way to identify them. True Blue Dodgers Fans in Photos Petersen broken his arm and suffered a ruptured bicep that required surgery. The rider of the Bird scooter rode away, and the incident was being called a hit-and-run, with Petersen and Lerer alleging that Bird had refused to provide the riders name when requested.Id like to walk without looking over my shoulder every few seconds, Petersen said.Bird issued a statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:Class action attorneys with a real interest in improving transportation safety should be focused on reducing the 40,000 deaths caused by cars every year in the U.S. At Bird, safety is our very top priority, and it drives our mission to get cars off the road to make cities safer and more livable. The climate crisis and our car addiction demand a transportation mode shift to cleaner, affordable vehicles. Shared e-scooters are already replacing millions of short car trips and the pollution that comes with them, and we at Bird will continue to work with cities to help them redesign their transportation networks so that they are safer and cleaner.Lime issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit on Monday:Lime received the complaint recently and we are in the process of reviewing it. While we dont comment on pending litigation, safety has always been at the very core of everything we do at Lime -- as is our mission of reducing cars from city streets and making them safer and greener for pedestrians, bike and scooter riders alike. Lime prides itself on always taking proactive steps relating to safety wherever we have a presence.Photo Credit: Getty Images
Why did this sea lion cross the roadWere not really sure, but it must not have been that important because it stopped in the middle of an intersection in San Diego to apparently scratchits back. Armed Robbery at Illegal Marijuana Dispensary in Tarzana Officers were called to the intersection of Garrison and Rosecrans streets around 3:30 p.m. to find the seal laying on its back in the roadway blocking traffic.It was in no apparent hurry to clear the intersection despite the row of cars waiting for their right of way. SoCal Gas Settles for $46 Million With Air Force Captain A SeaWorld San Diego crew arrived a short time later and trapped the sea lion in a net and loaded it into a cage.SeaWorld Senior Animal Care Specialist Heather Armentrout said the female sea lion didnt appear to have any injuries but didsay it was odd for her to be in the street.She was taken back to SeaWorld where the staff was going to check her out with plans of releasing her to the ocean, Armentrout said.Armentrout said shes taken part in sea lion rescues in city streets before but has never seen one that far inland.No other information was available.
The FBI and local police responded to an address at the home of philanthropist George Soros after an object that appeared to be an explosive was found in a mailbox, according to authorities.The Bedford Police Department said it responded to the address in the hamlet of Katonah at 3:45 p.m. Monday after an employee of the residence opened the package. Bible Museum Says Some of Its Dead Sea Scrolls Are Fake The person placed the package in a wooded area and called police, who alerted the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives. A law enforcement source tells NBC 4 New York that the device contained explosive powder, but it wasnt clear whether it was operational.Bedford police said the FBIs terrorism task force was investigating. Caravan of Migrants Grows Ahead of Push Across Mexico The FBI is working with police to figure out who sent the device, which a senior law enforcement official said was similar to a pipe bomb. The FBI added that there is no threat to public safety.A message emailed to Soros foundation wasnt immediately returned. Fury Over Reported Federal Plan Targeting Transgender People Soros, a billionaire who made his fortune in hedge funds, has donated heavily to liberal causes and is vilified on the right.He is also the subject of many unfounded conspiracy theories. Recently, conservative critics have, without evidence, accused him of secretly financing a caravan of Central American migrants to make their way north toward Mexico and the U.S.Others have falsely accused him of being a Nazi collaborator during World War II, when he was a child in Hungary.Activists frequently post the addresses of homes he owns in Westchester County, north of New York City, on social media sometimes accompanied by ill wishes.FBI officials didnt respond to requests for more information late Monday.Photo Credit: Getty Images/EyeEm, File This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
The 10-bedroom Beverly Hills home once owned by late talent superagent Ed Limato is on the market for a whopping $42.5 million.
Da de los Muertos at Olvera Street: Its true, if you know the historic district and its annual come-togethers, that the muertos-merry, memory-deep celebration of those who have gone will take place on Nov. 1 and 2, 2018. But the nightly Novenario procession in honor of the solemn but sweet occasion will begin at 7 oclock on Thursday, Oct. 25. This every-evening event will tenderly take place through to Nov. 2, so do make plans to stop by the free event to bask in the spirit of the spirited season.The Big Carve: While BYOB is a common sight on invitations, BYOP is seen far less often. Unless, of course, it is the week before Halloween, and a Santa Ana bar is holding an event thats all about creating ghoulish gourds, complete with smiles, designs, or whatever youd like to see on the front of a squash. The 2018 date is Wednesday, Oct. 24, and if you cant BYOP, you can pay for a chance to visit the venues pumpkin patch thatll be ten bucks. For all of the need-to-knows on this seed-filled, guts-laden good time, start here, pumpkin carvers of SoCal. Ex-NFL Player Rae Carruth Out of Prison After 18 Years Oktoberfest Farewell: The season to show everyone your Chicken Dance, as well as your stein-holding skills, is wrapping up, but you can still dance your way to Huntington Beachs Old World, and other spots around Southern California, for one more schnitzel, one more oompah, one more chance to don your dirndl. Old Worlds Oktoberfest is a big bash, so big that it extends to a couple of weeknights, too, and not just the weekend. So make your way to the party on Oct. 24 or 25, if you want to miss the final weekend crowd as fun as thatll be, too.Monster Make-up Exhibit: This is the all-important week, the week before All Hallows Eve, when the costume insponeeds to kick in, and fearsomely fast, too. If youre eager to see how some of the cinematic masters have created their best and most famous monsters, get to The Hollywood Museum for a look at several spooky masks, creatures, and displays devoted to the creation of critters seen on the silver screen. The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, keep in mind. Will you see your best-loved movie baddie there Chances are good... er, bad Why We Vote: Viewers Weigh In On The Midterms Leaf Love in Lake Arrowhead: There might be a lot of light debate about when an area truly reaches peak fall color, but one thing cant be quibbled over: This mountain area kind of owns colorful trees around the last third of October, each and every year. And whether an aspen is still showing a touch of green or an oak has dropped some pretty cover will really depend upon the day you arrive, the weather and any precipitation, and where you go to look around the region. But a weekday drive is primo, especially since leaf peepers have an understandable habit of toodling around on the weekends. Happy autumn outing, fall fans.Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Date:Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8:00pm to Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 8:00pmeHunt me Down, Smear my name, Say I did it for the fameJohn Wilkes Booth in Stephen Sondheims AssassinsAt the Long Beach Playhouse Oct. 13 - Nov. 17,2018Long Beach, CA, The Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre closes its 2018 season with Stephen Sondheims musical Assassins. The play opens with an eerie carnival calliope playing Hail to the Chief. Instead of a patriotic welcome for a president its a carnival shooting gallery that offers a shocking invitation to the assembled crowd. As the barker calls for contestants, eight individuals step forward. Apparel ranges from a 19th Century frock coat to a Santa Claus costume. Each receives their own gun. And with that most shocking opening scene, musical genius Stephen Sondheim and playwright John Weidman bend time and space to allow the nations nine successful and would-be presidential assassins to meet, interact, and inspire one another to make their mark in the American history books.Sondheim uses music to show us the souls of the assassins, said Madison Mooney, Executive Director for the Long Beach Playhouse. He insists we see them as human beings and understand their motives. For example, John Wilkes Booth muses that some think he did it for fame, but he contends he wanted to kill the man who killed his country. Unfortunately, that probably reflected the view of many southerners in that era.The music for The Ballad of Boothis reminiscent of Civil War songs. John Hinckley is writing a love note to Jodie Foster that turns into a ballad. Squeaky Fromme joins with Hinckley declaring her love for Charlie Manson.Its the music that speaks the loudest, said Sean Gray, Artistic Director for the Playhouse and director for this show. The lyrics draw us in and show us the commonality in the experience. In Something Just Broke Sondheim reminds us that the words I know where I was when I heard it cuts across political leanings and time to capture the feeling of the nation when a president is shot.One of the defining characteristics of Sondheim is his ability to handle the darkest of topics with melodies and arrangements that are upbeat and in sharp contrast to the lyrics. Not everyone can write about political assassinations in a way that makes one want to sing along, but Sondheim and Weidman have done just that. I think its that counterpoint that makes the show engaging despite the dark subject.As artistic director for the Playhouse, Gray proposed and advocated for the show. As the shows director, he is responsible for selecting the cast, approving the designs and pulling the absolute best performance out of the actors as individuals and as a group. This is his tenth time in the directors chair at the Playhouse. He has a string of successes behind him including Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd and Cabaret.The set is equal parts patriotic Americana and pure carnival. Stephen Olear is the musical director. The show boasts a six-piece band with trombones, flutes, sax, keyboards and drums. Halley Hardy is the choreographer, her touch is a meaningful addition to the production. Costume Shop Manager Donna Fritsche and her team of volunteers are building memorable costumes for the actors. Her talents for design and storytelling will be on full display.Making their debuts are: Derek Rubiano, Kevin Wood, Sean McCallon, John Vann, Amanda Webb and Jess Oliver. Those returning are: Brian Pirnat, Jeseka Luna, Kyra Kiener, Taryne Moyse, Nick Bradfield, Noah Wagner, Hunter Ryti, Mark Eggert, William Ardelean, and Serena Bottiani-Henderson.The show opens October 12 and runs through November 17.SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:Pay what you can Thursday October 11 - community can see this production for whatever they can affordTwo for One Preview Friday October 12 - Tickets are $10.00Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on October 13 - Tickets are $27.00Ticket Pricing:Friday: Adults are $20.00, Seniors $18.00, and Students $14.00Saturday and Sunday: Adults are $24.00, Seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.Tickets are available atwww.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees.Promotional Design: Daisy Ramirez
By:Kirt Ramirez Ever since rolling out onto the streets of Long Beach this past summer, more and more people are taking electric scooters for a ride.Folks use them to get to work and school, take them on errands and go for joyrides with friends at the beach. Whatever the reason, the scooters are popular nowadays.The city has implemented a pilot e-scooter program to determine community benefits/impacts, Public Works Director Craig Beck said through email. The pilot started July 1 and is currently underway.Beck said the companies Lime, Bird, Razor, Spin, Skip and Unscooters have received operating permits to provide e-scooter services in Long Beach.The city is not financially involved, he said. All operational costs are funded by those companies.He said each of the six companies can deploy up to 200 scooters and maintenance is handled by the businesses respectively.The use of scooters has flourished across the state, country and even world.In California, Governor Jerry Brown recently got rid of a scooter helmet requirement.Adults over 21 are no longer required to wear helmets while riding scooters however, the city strongly encourages people to do so, Beck said.E-scooters are banned on the beachs bike path, per Long Beachs municipal code.I think you should be able to ride them anywhere you want said local resident and scooter-rider George Herrera. If you cant ride them in an ideal spot like the beach, where are we supposed to ride theseLike many others, Herrera zipped on the beachs bike path during a Sunday afternoon.Ronan Boiteau, a Cal State Long Beach French exchange student, said he rides a scooter to school but cannot take it onto the grounds, as the university prohibits e-scooters on campus. He also takes them to work and has used them in France.Its way better than the subways in Paris, he said. Its way more fun.But its more expensive than the subway, he added.Boiteau said he pays Bird $1 to start and then 15 cents a minute and the price is the same for Lime.People can ride e-scooters through downloaded mobile applications. They walk up to a scooter and with a cellular device they scan the code to unlock it, get on and then take off. The scooters can be located by wireless means.The battery-operated, dockless scooters are left behind and picked up just about anywhere.Later in the day, contract workers gather them up in vehicles and take them home to be charged, The Atlantic reported May 20 in Electric Scooter Charger Culture Is Out of Control Bird hunting has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some its a cutthroat business.The paper interviewed a high school senior who on one particularly successful night made $600 for charging Bird scooters. The following morning he delivers them to Bird Nests, or scooter pickup locations, the paper reported.Various e-scooter share drop zone spaces exist throughout Long Beach where people can drop off and grab scooters.Mary Carb rode a Bird on the beach. She said finding a scooter that works well can be challenging.They seem to always be damaged or no battery, she said. Other than that, theyre great.Allen Fan and Peter Kim cruised on the beach bicycle path.They said theyve experienced times when the scooters did not work and times when there was not great Wi-Fi connectivity. But the scooters are still fun, they agreed.They were in a hurry to find more-charged-up scooters before the ones they were on ran out of juice.Were going post by post by post, Kim said. Theres a reliability issue.Various newspaper publications, blogs and television reports have detailed problems with e-scooters.Scooter use is rising in major cities. So are trips to the emergency room, reads a Washington Post Sept. 6 headline.Electric Scooters Are Causing Havoc. This Man Is Shrugging It Off, states an April 20 New York Times headline about an article discussing Bird founder Travis VanderZanden.Bird scooters are ruining Venice, declares a May 15 Los Angeles Times headline to an op-ed by Nate Jackson.Abandoned Scooters: Rented scooters causing problems in Pacific Beach, cries the headline to a Feb. 7 piece by San Diego News 8.Injuries are the untold part of the scooter trend, doctors and victims say, reads a Sept. 10 San Francisco Chronicle headline.Electric scooters caused headaches in Louisville. Is Lexington ready Not yet, declares an Aug. 15 Herald Leader headline.And so on.Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a July 23 Twitter comment: But we should embrace and try new forms of multimodal transit. These scooters can and do provide incredible forms of transportation for many people. Im hopeful that we can get it right during this pilot program.He added, Ive read almost every article about these scooters and understand the concerns which is why we are piloting a program that takes best practices from other cities. This is not a perfect science and adjustments will need to be made as we go.kirtbeachcomber.newsCategory: News
By:Diana Lejins In its 18th year, Picture This Gallery celebrated the longest running Frida Kahlo tribute exhibit on Sept. 30 in Long Beach. In conjunction with Latino Heritage Month, artists came together to share their vibrant talent. Pictured above, complete with her pet monkey, Amy Lodevico captured TheFrida Look-A-Like 1st place trophy. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3 at 4130 Norse Way, phone 562 233-3726.Category: News
PART ONE OF TWO PARTSBy:Stephen DowningTracy Alcantar and his attorney, Jerry L. Steering, call them the Somali Pirates. Their names are Eugene Rotondo, Jerome Chiaro and James Wieser.When telling his story to the Beachcomber, Tracy Alcantar, 60, a retired mortgage broker said, We use to refer to them as the knuckle heads, but I decided that Somali Pirates was a better description. My attorney liked it.Alcantar was referring to the year 2000 piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia that threatened international shipping when Somali Pirates were enabled to hijack ships with impunity because of the absence of an effective national coast guard.Alcantar said, It fit perfectly. These guys take over a business and sell its goods with impunity just like those pirates did when they hijacked the ships. And the LBPD helped them get away with it.Alcantar began his story by showing the Beachcomber a videotape date stamped August 25, 2016, 7:20 a.m. a Thursday.Two men he identified as Eugene Rotondo and Jerome Chiaro stroll up from different directions, look around and casually stop on each side of the sidewalk leading to the front door of the Acapulco Inn AI on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore.A third man, James Jimmy Wieser approaches from a vehicle parked at the curb. Wieser glances around and strolls casually past Rotondo and Chiaro to the AIs front door.Wieser glances around and then stoops to look into the mail slot.Alcantar, whose investment made him one of the majority owners of the Acapulco Inn four years prior, narrates the video, So, thats Jimmy. See him looking though the mail slot, trying to see if anyone is insideAlcantar explains that Wieser owns the Thirsty Isle bar on Carson Street near Lakewood Boulevard and Jerome Chiaro is owner of The Annex, on Stearns Street at Lakewood Boulevard.He told the Beachcomber both places are watering holes for LBPDs East Division. Both of them have the Police Officers Association POA membership support plaques hanging in their bars.The Beachcomber reviewed the POA website and found that it solicits business owners financial support with the message, Whether you are looking to create brand visibility or direct response, weve got you covered.Alcantar points again to the video screen, Now, Wieser is going to go back to his car.The video shows James Wieser turn, give Rotondo and Chiaro a furtive nod and walk back to the vehicle parked at the curb, leaving the video frame for several seconds.Wieser then re-enters the frame holding a power drill close to his chest. Rotondo and Chiaro alter their positions giving Wieser cover from the street.Alcantar continues his narration, See the drill Hes got both Gene Rotondo one of the guys I bought the place from and his backup, Jerome Chiaro, giving him cover as pedestrians are walking by with their dogs.The deadbolt is cut, Wieser pushes the door open and the three men enter Alcantars business.Alcantar continued his story as the interior security cameras pick up the three men inside, So, this guy Gene Rotondo, he used to be an owner of Legends and an owner of the Acapulco Inn AI. The AI was a dead zone back in 2010 and Rotondo and another one of his partners, Timothy Moriarty, wanted to sell.Alcantar shuts off the video and continues, Me, Im a retired mortgage guy but my friend Hawaiian Bob Aristides Gascon who knows about running a place like the AI says, well why dont you and I join forces and buy those guys out So, I check with my wife and she says, Heck yeah We can turn that place around. So, we bought them out and over the next couple of years we made the AI a real success. So much so that these guys wanted it back.Alcantar continues with the complex story involving years of litigation he and his partner underwent With them pushing to make something out of some worthless shares they bought from the bankruptcy court, their fraud, phony legal filings and us spending hundreds of thousands in legal fees to fight this complete nonsense.Alcantar said the day of the break-in his attorney had just wrapped up the case in Judge Kleins Long Beach courtroom and finalized a sanction for attorneys fees in our favor.Alcantar continued, So, our attorney is in court getting that done the morning these pirates break into my business. Im at home and around 9:25 a.m. and I get a text message from a number Id never seen before but later found out it came from Jimmy Wiesers cell phone. It reads, You might want to come to AI for a change of management.Alcantar said, Right away I smelled something. So, I called my attorney who was just finishing up in court to meet me there. I got in my car and headed out. On my way I saw a LBPD black and white and waved him down.Alcantar said that Sergeant Mark Kosoy, working out of LBPDs East Division, occupied the black and white. He briefed Kosoy about his suspicions that an illegal takeover was in process at the AI and asked the sergeant to accompany him, which he agreed to do.When they arrived, Alcantar said, My attorney was waiting for me outside and the three of them, Rotondo, Chiaro and Wieser, were inside sitting at the bar with all these so-called legal papers spread out to allege their phony ownership.Alcantar said, So, I walked in and went up to Rotondo, took him by the arm and said, You got to go. Now Rotondo says, Dont touch me and then the sergeant steps in and says, You cant touch those people. I told the sergeant, like I had told him before, they dont belong here. I dont even know how they got in here.Alcantar continues, Then my attorney steps up and tells the sergeant about having been in court that morning. He shows him the papers related to the hearing and tells the sergeant how the judge put sanctions on Rotondo, pointing out that they had no legal right to even be in the place.Alcantar shakes his head, And the sergeant says, how do I know any of thats true Thats when Rotondo starts showing the sergeant all the so-called legal papers hes got laid out on the bar and for some reason the sergeant starts buying into his phony side of the story.Alcantar told the Beachcomber that at about this time he was getting hot and Sergeant Kosoy told his attorney that he should, Get me out of there.I objected, Alcantar said. This was a hijack I didnt even know how they got in there. It had to be some kind of break in. I said, how can the police back something like this upAlcantar said his attorney told him that the sergeant was not listening to any of it and advised that they should leave and get a court order, something that the three men who broke in did not have.A court order thats something that Sergeant Kosoy should have been asking them for, Alcantar said.Alcantar continued, So, I gave up. We left, hired another set of attorneys that cost us another $10,000 and went back to Judge Kleins court the next morning.Judge Kline was very familiar with the case, Alcantara said, and not at all happy with the blatant violations pulled by Rotondo and his pirate friends. We got the court order and they were removed from the premises that afternoon.Alcantar showed the Beachcomber a copy of the court order, as well as court documents that supported the litigation to which he referred to in his story.Alcantar said that after he took possession of the AI he discovered that the pirates damaged the security videos and it took several days to be restored by a specialist.Alcantar played the eight-camera security video no audio for the Beachcomber.It showed the break in at 7:23 a.m.It showed Wieser make a phone call and while on the phone step outside, look up at the building to verify the address and then re-enter and end the call at 7:26 a.m.It showed Chiaro clean up the inside and outside debris from the break in at 7:39 a.m.It showed a uniform LBPD officer Herrea arrive at 7:40 a.m., shake hands with each of the three men, enter into a discussion, look at their papers and then shake hands again before exiting the premises at 7:45 a.m.It showed Weiser texting on his cell phone at 9:25 a.m., the same time that Alcantar received the mysterious text that read, You might want to come to AI for a change of management.It showed a technician enter and install a temporary credit card processing machine at 9:36 a.m.It showed Sgt. Kosoy and another officer Herrea again arrive on scene at 9:59 a.m. Alacantars attorney is present. Alcantar arrives seconds later and leaves the scene a few minutes later.At 10:07 a.m. Sgt. Kosoy shakes hands with the pirates and exits along with the uniformed officer Herrea.Alcantar told the Beachcomber that after reviewing the video he called East Division and informed them that he wanted to report a burglary.Sgt. Kosoy responded.Alcantar said, I showed the sergeant the entire video, pointed out how they broke in, showed him the temporary credit card machine being installed, showed him test receipts on the machine and told him what several of my customers reported the pirates did the night before selling our inventory, taking in cash without ringing it up and running sales though their bootleg credit card machine.Alcantar told the Beachcomber that the sergeant shrugged, told him the burglary and theft of his inventory was a civil matter and refused to take a crime report.After reviewing this story, Tom Barham, a former Los Angeles Sheriffs lieutenant, combat veteran and distinguished constitutional rights attorney commented as follows:The crime of burglary is committed if a person enters, among other things, a shop, store or other building with the intent to commit grand theft, petty theft or any felony. Penal Code 459.The police are obligated to take reports of alleged crimes and convey those reports to either a city prosecutor or district attorney. In Long Beach, the city prosecutor is responsible for misdemeanor and infraction prosecutions whereas the Los Angeles County District Attorney prosecutes felony crimes.It seems that the good sergeant didnt stay in his lane when he decided for the prosecutors that this was a civil matter, Barham said.Alcantar and his partner went back to running the AI but there would be a second take over by the Somali Pirates 13 months later their criminality would again be immunized and protected by the LBPD and this time Tracy Alcantar would report it to the LBPDs Internal Affairs Division.Part Two of this two-part series will report on Alcantars experiences with LBPD Internal Affairs and the staff of the Citizen Police Complaint Commission CPCC, the classification of police conduct during the second criminal invasion as No Further Action NFA and how as Alcantar said, I came to learn just how deep the cover-up of police misconduct is allowed to thrive in the City of Long Beach.Stephen Downing is a resident of Long Beach and a retired LAPD deputy chief of police.stephenbeachcomber.newsCategory: News
By:Steve PropesIn what might be rock musics most litigated issue, lawyers for an L.A. area rock band have been given another bite of the apple against Led Zeppelins iconic Stairway To Heaven, which the British rock blues band is accused of lifting from the lesser-known instrumental, Taurus by Spirit.On Sept. 28, a three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled unanimously that a lower court judge provided erroneous jury instructions about copyright law central to the suit. It sent the case back to the court for another trial.The dispute over the timeless Stairway stemmed from a passage 45 seconds into Taurus from Spirits 1968 debut album.Amazingly enough, the jury was not allowed to hear both compositions side-by-side, relying instead on sheet music. The appeals court said the jury should have been permitted to hear the album recording of Taurus.Taurus was written by Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who was much better known in rock circles as Randy California. Born in 1951, his uncle, well-known Long Beach blues guitarist Bernie Pearl recalled, Randy was in my sisters house, close to Culver City, near Robertson, all the years he was growing up.Pearls sister, Bernice, about 11 years his senior, had a very musical house, their outlook was about music. She was involved in the Ash Grove, a legendary L.A. blues and folk music club begun by their brother Ed Pearl in the summer of 1958. Prior to the founding of the Ash Grove, she would host some of the first hootenannies in L.A. Ed was member of UCLA folksong club, people would come over and sing parts of various songs. In the 1950s, there were not that many folk singers. There were musical instruments around the house and Bernice got Randy a Martin guitar.They moved to New York City in the early 60s. I went back East with Long Gone Miles to see if we could break into the Newport Blues Festival and went to New York to visit my sister. In summer of 1966, Randy was in Jimi Hendrixs band. He had met him in a music store. He was 15 years old and was invited him to play with them. When I saw him in the Village, he had his own band, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames. At the Caf Wha, he did some blues. They had a unique sound, he was astounding, said Pearl.After nicknaming him Randy California, Hendrix wanted to take him to England. My sister was living with Ed Cassidy, later the drummer of Spirit. He was playing at this jazz club. Ed and Randy had been in the Red Roosters at the Ash Grove. Cassidy was much older and knew about the music business. They moved to Topanga, I was at the house all the time. I went to one of their concerts. They were also in Ojai.California was Randys nickname until he legally changed his name to Randy California, said Pearl. My mother attended the courts legalization with my sister.After Spirit hit with I Got A Line On You, they released an album in 1968, which included Taurus. Led Zeppelins Stairway To Heaven, with Jimmy Page on guitar, was released three years later.My sister told me Randy confronted Jimmy Page about it, Page blew him off, obfuscation, a non response. Randy was not interested in suing, Bernice was very high on it. Randy just wanted Page to admit, say Im sorry, whatever. In 1997, after moving to Hawaii, Randy drowned while trying to rescue his son from an ocean riptide. The executor of the estate, Mick Skidmore, who was in support of Randys career, pressed the lawsuit in behalf of the estate.I can personally verify that Randys riff was copied in every detail by Zep same key, same chords, same arpeggios, same tempo, Pearl wrote to the Times of Israel. I am a life-long blues guitarist who has paid as little attention as possible to rock music. I had heard neither version, believe it or not, and only when I heard news of the original suit from a reporter who called did I listen with guitar in hand to both recordings as originally issue. I found that my hands copied exactly the same notes both times.This isnt the first time attorneys got involved in well-known Led Zeppelin songs. In 1985, the band settled out of court in favor of Chicagos most formidable blues songwriter, Willie Dixon for an undisclosed amount over his Muddy Waters composition, You Need Love which Zep recorded as Whole Lotta Love, forgetting to credit Dixon.Asked about this settlement at the 1988 Long Beach Blues Festival, Dixon said, Well it wasnt very much, but we finally got it straight where I could get results from my own songs. And thats very appreciated.My sister Bernice told me after his death, that the money would go to music in Ventura County schools, said Pearl.stevebeachcomber.newsCategory: News
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