The Holidays are here and with all of our festivities comes drinking. Unfortunately not every one has a designated driver which often leads to tragedy. L.A. County Sheriff has some DUI enforcement nights already set aside to help catch the drunks before they can cause an accident. The press release with important dates and locations after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
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It first appeared here over a year ago in a blogging.LA post by Tamara, now the L.A times has jumped on the story too. Today’s times reports that residents of Hollywoodland and other tracts with great views of the Hollywood sign are plagued with tourists blocking traffic, stopping in the middle of the road for the “perfect shot” of this L.A. icon.
I’ve suggested in the past folks visit Griffith Park for a view of the hills and the sign. Its not up close and personal but it gets the point across without disrupting the lives of those that live close to it. It certainly doesn’t put folks at risk with life and limb from that vantage point.
Tourists aren’t going to go away. And that I suppose is a mixed bag. The L.A. Times article has one resident suggesting the city post armed check points to keep tourists out of the neighborhoods. Thats just a tad excessive. What would you suggest to help the problem? Where would you suggest they go so as not to interrupt traffic or cause damage to peoples property for that great shot?
It started around 6PM yesterday evening. CA highway 39 is closed at Madre to traffic. I have friends that live in the canyon in the area where some homes were evacuated. Where I sit right now its smokey and ashy.
Do stay away from the area close to the fire and keep it free or firefighters and police to move people in and out as needed unimpeded. If you really want a good view of the ‘copters and superscoopers going in and out of Azusa Canyon the Lario Bike trail off of Foothill Blvd in Irwindale/Azusa is the best spot. Good clear view of the fire zone as well as the airborne fire fighting equipment. The Lario Bike trail is between Mt Olive Drive in Duarte and Irwindale Ave in Azusa. The parking lot entrance is just east of the San Gabriel River Bridge. MAP HERE.\
Pics by me with my phone from my front porch yesterday evening and again at dawn. Click to embiggen
I’m not sure how this will affect the Lario Trail Parking area but this just in from LA County Sheriff via Nixle.
Temple City Sheriff’s Station reports street closures in the Duarte area due the fire burning north of Fish Canyon. Huntington Drive is closed at Encanto Parkway. All residential streets that intersect with Encanto Parkway north of Huntington Drive into Fish Canyon have also been closed. Encanto Park has been closed and is being used as a staging area for water dropping helicopters. At this time there is no threat to the cities of Duarte or Bradbury. Approximately 50 acres have been burned in the mountain area. There are no evacuations anticipated at this time. There has been no information regarding any structures being threatened. The percentage of the fire containment is unknown at this time
Via Monrovia PD-Fire Nixle alert:
The Madre Fire in Azusa is 250 acres and 30% contained with 450 personnel assigned, including 6 aircraft. There is no threat to Monrovia.
For full details, view this message on the web.
Who knew they had a special day too…well it is today. Be nice and thank one, anyone you see.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing a lot of good cops over the years, too many to enumerate, certainly more good than weiners. I hate to admit it, but with most of the tickets I got I deserved, certainly the 2 I didn’t deserve I fought and won.
Hat tip to my friend Tom Le Veque a sergeant at Arcadia PD for sharing the info on the day. Truthfully he exemplifies what a good cop is and what they do for the community. Tom aside from all his other duties runs APD’s social media, twitter, facebook and nixle that engages and informs the community on what is going on in the community.
Other good cops I’ve known over the years include Michael Solarez whom I knew through his work with MPD. Pasadena PD’s Christopher Kirby is another. LAPD’s Ed Brentlinger from the North Hollywood division from when I was in Valley Village is another great one I had the pleasure of knowing and working with. All these men were known by the community they served and enjoyed what they did.
So…don’t screw up today, instead hand out a starbucks card to your local officer on the beat to thank them for their largely thankless job.
KNBC has the full story HERE. I understand the voters passed a law limiting the number of dispensaries and where they can go. What I don’t understand is why the dispensaries that are outside those parameters don’t find new locations and operate legally. Can anyone explain it?
The best quote in the story is from the attorney representing the dispensaries that got their notices to appear in court because they are outside the parameters. ”You can’t just shut down a business because you don’t like it,” he said.
Well, yes, legally there are ways you can do just that. Pasadena, Monrovia and a host of cities have ordinances that ban outright the dispensaries, limit smokes shops and the old “head shop”. Challenges have failed and Prop D is likely no different. Actually Prop D didn’t outright ban, they left a window open for some shops to operate legally with some guidelines. Not sure what the deal is here as they’ve had months to find a new space and relocate. Read the rest of this entry →
The short version of the scam is that a caller calls someone, tells them their power will be shut off if they don’t immediately pay their bill via a prepaid debit card. Yes, a prepaid debit card that the scammer sends the victim out to get, then gives them the info needed to use it. Goes without saying you hangup and report the number used to contact you to the police with the details of what they wanted you to do. Common sense says that you would go to your nearest SCE office or their web site to make an immediate payment, but common sense flew out the window long before they picked up the phone. Sad.
The full press release after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
Imagine my horror this AM when my phone started buzzing and ringing and I wasn’t even awake yet. Didn’t know what was making my phone buzz, ring and vibrate so violently. I stumbled out the kitchen and saw the Amber Alert. Didn’t even know there was a Boulevard, CA until now.
This isn’t the first Amber Alert I’ve been rudely awakened too, but my first here In CA. The first was not quite 4 weeks ago while I was in Vegas and Nevada Highway Patrol saw fit to alert everyone, even non-residents of the alert.
I know from my FB feed that at some point during the night all of my friends got such a message to their phone. I’m not sure what I think about being pushed Amber Alerts, especially at all hours of the day. What’s your thought on the idea of 24/7 push notices on Amber Alerts? Is it good use or abuse of technology?
There must be a lot of folks sitting with their heads on their hands going “man did I eff up this time”. DUI arrests this year are 490 compared to 343 a year ago for the same period. Thats a lot of sorry folks looking at huge legal bills, fines and some jail time. What happened?
This from nixle:
“Community: 490+ DUI Arrests So Far in #LACounty: Independence Day Weekend AVOID #DUI Campaign (Multi-Agency Update 3)
Avoid the 100 (policing agencies) Los Angeles County DUI Campaign
The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 100 DUI deployments in Los Angeles County.
From 12:01 AM Thursday July 4, 2013 through midnight Saturday 6, 2013 officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested
490 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**). Last year during the same time period there were a total of 343 arrests for DUI.
Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight tonight. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period.”
OK I leave town for a few days and I came back to this nixle message from the L.A. County Sheriff. Has the city lost its collective mind? DUI arrests are up 23% over last year and not all agencies in the county have been counted. Have we forgotten about the designated driver or cab option? Sheesh.
This from LASD Nixle:
The Independence Day Weekend (Multi-Agency) Anti DUI crackdown is reporting a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 100 DUI deployments in Los Angeles County.
From 12:01 AM Thursday July 4, 2013 through midnight Friday, July 5, 2013, officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 286 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year, 233 individuals were arrested during same the 48 hours. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**).
DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday July 7, 2013. Law enforcement officials are continuing DUI efforts throughout the county and region. Additionally, CHP throughout the state have all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads throughout the weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.
Avoid programs, named for the number of law enforcement agencies in each county, will also concentrate crackdowns during the 18-Day August/Labor Day period. In recognition that the summer season is among the deadliest time of the year, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be making every effort to arrest drunk drivers before another life is lost. Read the rest of this entry →
If you haven’t heard about Nixle let me give you the details. Its a service many local police and fire agencies use that you as a citizen can get alerts on what is going on in your community. I signed up for a few in my area so I know when streets are closed due to some sort of fire or police emergency. They always include a link to get more details if you need them.
Today its a heat emergency and it will exist through the weekend. Two of the agencies I follow included links to cooling centers in the area.
In recent weeks I’ve learned of street closures because of fires, accidents or other police activity. Some directly affected me and I was able to use the info to avoid the problems.
Sign up is easy. You get to pick as many agencies as you want to get alerts from. You can have sent to you via email or text message. The information you get is well worth the few clicks it takes to get signed up
Yup, as I mentioned in a post a while back, the HOV to HOT lane conversion is coming to me in the San Gabriel Valley. The 10 from Alameda/Union Station to the 605 will be the affected area. The change becomes effective 2-23-2013 at 12:01AM.
The transponders aren’t cheap, and then again using the lanes isn’t cheap if you are not in a carpool either. Yes, you are required to have a transponder in your car if you use the lane. There is no $3.00 service fee charged if you use it at least 3 times a month.
Metro is so “convinced” you will love it they are running a contest that ends today to get you to sign up. Enter HERE.
AAA offers discounts on the transponders if you purchase it through them. This deal is open only to AAA members. The offer is as follows: Receive 20% off the initial pre-paid toll deposit of $40. AAA members will pay $32 for $40 worth of toll credits. Maximum discount is $8 per new account set-up.
My question is why hasn’t the 10 from DTLA to SaMo or the 405 from say the 101 to the 10 not been hit with the Lexus Lanes as well? Certainly they are as congested as bad or worse than the freeways chosen so far.
Hat tip to my friends at Arcadia PD for this tip regarding a fund raiser for the fallen officers due to shoot outs or outright assassination by Chris Dorner last week. (You remember Chris Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer on a bizarre vendetta to prove he was wrongfully terminated by LAPD )
20% of your total bill will be donated to the respective police associations for Officer Crain and Detective McKay who wound up dying as a result of shooting by McKay.
To participate all you need to do is print out the flyer to the right of this post and present it to your server at the time you order at California Pizza Kitchen February 25-28 2013.
This article was originally published at 8Asians.com and has been reposted here with permission.
Terminator Salvation. Sherlock Holmes 1,2, and 3. Lego: The Piece of Resistance. Godzilla. Stephen King’s It. Death Note. Justice League. What do all these disparate movies past, present, and future have in common? One amazing Taiwanese American producer, Dan Lin.
And you might have heard of his latest film Gangster Squad, an LAPD period movie about a battle to take back LA from the mafia. Named back in 2008 by Variety as one of top 10 producers to watch, Lin has definitely lived up to the title, and with all the classic blockbusters being tacked to his name, he and everything he does will be worth watching for long after Gangster Squad hits the streets this Friday.
Here are 8Questions with Dan Lin about his new film and more from a roundtable press interview:
One of my most favorite art gallery’s in L.A. has got to be the L.A. Center for Digital Art. Maybe because I drift into that realm with my own art often, but the images shown there are technically at the top of that genre and media.
The current show that will run this month is the Electron Salon bringing in art from 24 different artists. Its opening reception will take place in conjunction with Thursdays Art Walk at L.A.C.D.A from 7-9PM.
If you are planning on attending this weeks Art Walk and the Artists Reception at L.A.C.D.A take a train to Pershing Square and walk the 3 blocks or so to Gallery Row. It beats the hassle of traffic and trying to find parking in the area of this well attended event.
As a sidebar the folks at Occupy LA have apologized for what happened at last months Art Walk. This was reported HERE in blogdowntown. (If you don’t follow blogdowntown add it to your reading list as it is a great hyper-local source of info on DTLA). Another Occupy L.A. event likely won’t happen again at this month’s art walk.
We just received word that the vote, and all action at City Hall, has been POSTPONED until further notice.
Please continue to Support Unionized Medical Cannabis Workers, and your right to Safe Access, in LA by writing a letter to your council person at www.ufcw770.org/cannabis.
Sorry for any inconvenience. Here’s my original post:
The city is set to vote to ban collectives this Friday.
Yes, you read that right.
Currently there are 8 votes in favor of banning ALL L.A. medical marijuana collectives. In order to overturn that, we need to make sure Busciano, LaBonge, or Krekorian lean in our favor. If all three of them vote to ban… It’s referendum time.
Unless we turn just ONE VOTE by Friday, all LA collectives will be banned.
To be clear, there could very well be 8 votes to ban right now because 3 of those votes have been holding their cards close to their chest.
If you can (and you care) please show up this Friday, June 22, 2012 at 9am, at LA City Hall East () for a press conference with Union Members, Patients, and Community Allies, to preserve safe access. This is important and very real; your voice can help keep collectives open to the law-abiding citizens who use them.
Please call and write to your councilmember in the meantime: www.ufcw770.org/cannabis