Man, it snuck up fast. Today is the last day to register to vote for the June Primary. You can do it online HERE.
June 3rds election has a few things to decide. Some will be to decide who the various candidates in the November general elections as well as 2 propositions.
Prop 41 is the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act where we are asked if CA wants to step in and do the Fed’s job of housing our returning service men and women. Its a $600M bond we are being asked to approve.
Prop 42 is the Public Records, Open Meetings. STATE REIMBURSEMENT TO LOCAL AGENCIES. LEGISLATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. This propostion seeks to shift the cost of complaince from the state to the cities and counties. Could add Tens of Millions to local governments for compliance.
Monday night, early Tuesday morning my friend Lisa Barrios business, Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery located at 418 S Myrtle Ave in Monrovia was burglarized and ransacked. I’ll be helping with the inventory of stolen art work, but our best guess tonight is easily 10K in art alone was stolen from the upstairs gallery.
Shortly after midnight the neighboring business caught this persons image trying to open their door at the rear courtyard. He stopped long enough for his picture to be taken, then went one door south to the Paint n Play 2 Art Studio and Gallery. From there, someone, presumbably this person of interest, broke open the rear door and entered Paint n Play. About 15 minutes later a figure is seen on the Myrtle Avenue side of the business loading stuff into a shiny dark sedan possibly a Honda or Toyota. Read the rest of this entry →
Today was hot, miserable is tomorrow when most of us inland valleys will break 100 with room to spare. Ugga.
Red Flag warning has been extended until Wednesday night at 8PM. If you live in an area with parking restrictions on Red Flag Days…pay them heed and respond accordingly.
Pets and little ones need extra water to stay hydrated and cool in this premature blast of late summer weather. I put a big block of ice in the dogs outdoor dish to keep it cool and palatable as well as avoid evaporating faster. For the toddler I keep his water bottle filled with ice in it as well.
It should go without saying don’t leave your pets or children unattended in the heat, but at least one dolt will do it with a tragic ending. It is against the law, but some folks seem to pack their brain away in the glove box. If you see it happen, please do the following.
check the door…is it unlocked and you can open the door and let cooler air in:?
note make, model, color and license plate of the offending vehicle
call 911 and alert them of the problem and location of the car.
go into nearest store and see if the owner is there
This alert was sent via nixle and bears forwarding and repeating. Scammers are out there.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls from individuals who are representing themselves as Department employees. The caller usually tells the citizen that there has been a warrant issued for their arrest for failure to appear for Jury Duty. The caller will tell the victim that they have to pay a sum of money or deputies will come and arrest them. The caller will instruct the victim to either get a Money Order, conduct a wire transfer, or buy a Gift Card (usually Green Dot) and send it to “pay the fine.”
BE ALERT, BE ADVISED, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER call and solicit money for fines. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department does not solicit warrant information by phone. The Sheriff’s Department or any Government Agency will NEVER ask you to get a Money Order, Gift Card, or wire transfer. Sheriff Department personnel will never go to your home to collect a fee for a warrant.
BE AWARE, NEVER give your personal information to anyone over the phone. DO NOT give callers information about your bank account, pin numbers, Social Security number or any type of identifying information.
Phone Scam Thieves are just that “Thieves” they will try and trick you into giving them money and information. If you receive a call protect yourself, your information and DO NOT SEND MONEY!
If you receive a phone call, always verify who the caller truly is, DO NOT use a phone number they provide you as verification. Usually numbers provided by the thief will go to a voice recording/message. Call your local Sheriff Station to verify any solicitation.
If you have sent money or believe that you are a victim of a crime, please call your local Sheriff’s Station or Police Department and report the incident.
If you receive a suspicious phone call/solicitation that you believe is not from a real government agency, please contact The Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 593-8222. You can also file a complaint on the DCA website at dca.lacounty.gov.
There is much anger over the cancellation by civic officials of tomorrow’s Marathon Crash Race bike ride. The event, which was hatched by my friend and tireless bike advocate Don “Roadblock” Ward the year after freshly minted L.A. Marathon owner Frank McCourt (‘memba him?) decided in his infinite dimwittedness in 2009 to kill the companion landmark bike event to the annual footrace held every year since 1995 apparently because he didn’t need the cash-cow like money generated by the entry fees paid by some 10,000 cyclists to freewheel at their leisure and pleasure along the race course at dawn each year.
I did it every year from its inception to its end. Here’s my timelapse of the final LA Bike Tour:
In its first couple/three years the Marathon Crash Race was a guerilla-style ride, steadily building its participation through word of mouth in the greater Southern California bike community and beyond. But its popularity fully kablammo’d! last year. Depending upon which story you read about it there was anywhere between 2,000 to 4,000 participants. Kray. Zay.
So for this year with the race threatening to be even bigger Don went to some pretty great pains to take the informal cooperation provided previously by LAPD, city and marathon officials, and make it formal. This past week, those officials collectively said “Oh HAIL nah!” leaving Ward dejected and many of those who planned to ride threatening to crash the the marathon and ride the route regardless.
If you’re one of those protesting threateners, here’s the thing to consider: The very public slaying of the Marathon Crash Race by the bureaucrats has been coupled to subsequent very real threats of prosecutorial action to be taken against any and all riders who take to the course in the aftermath of the cancellation. In addition those two elements are linked inseparably to the heightened security concerns brought to the fore by the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
Bottom line to any one in the wake of those facts who is still deciding so unwisely to ride the closed course, you should damn well budget and prepare for and accept the VERY REAL possibility of being stopped most impolitely WELL short of the finish line potentially to stand facing officers barking orders from behind guns/batons/tasers/pepper spray canisters prior to being separated roughly from your bikes and subsequently handcuffed and arrested, with pronation and dogpiling being part of the process. And quadruple the woe and injury that could befall those who ride wearing a damn backpack of any size. For that level of dumbo idiocy I am NOT even in the slightest kidding: it could be your funeral.
I am sad to have to posit such horrible possibilities and scenarios. In a way it means the terrorists have won. But heartbreak aside, from where I’ll be safely sitting, the time and energies that would be expended getting processed into jail, bailing oneself out, dealing with any injuries incurred and a lawyer and eventually facing a court proceeding and penalty would be better spent tapping those cancel-happy bureaucrats — and extraspecially Frank McCourt — on their collective noggins repeatedly until they either bruise or finally come up with the idea that resurrecting the LA Bike Tour might be a pretty decent compromise.
1,520 DUI Arrests by LA County Policing Agencies Dec. 13-25
A couple of weeks ago I posted a warning that DUI check points were going to increase this year as the various local law enforcement agencies got Federal Grants to up enforcement. Yikes…up over last year by 95 arrests. AND New Years isn’t here yet. Save yourself the hassle and HUGE expense and get a destignated driver, use AAA Tipsy Tow, call a taxi, use the UBER app, use METRO, but don’t get behind the wheel as its not worth it.
In my corner of L.A, as well as the whole city there will be a huge increase in DUI Checkpoints starting this tonight through New Years. The press releases with details after the jump. Read the rest of this entry →
Hat tip to Ed Padgett long time friend of blogging.la for this bit of news. I can’t help but wonder if Scrooge taken over the hearts and minds of L.A. city council? Recently the issued a ban on feeding the homeless. Yes, charities, people with big hearts and do-gooders in general will be banned from feeding the homeless even though their acts cost the city nothing. A protest is planned at 4PM on 12/14 at the Intersections of
Just a little idea. One that maybe L.A City Council can wrap its warped little head around. Homelessness and the hungry aren’t going away soon. Rather than limit or prohibit the charities and the like from helping the homeless and hungry they work with them to find a solution. Maybe centralized into the warming shelters in place and it wouldn’t cost us if they do the work.
A big lump of coal to each of them for hitting those in need below the belt this time of year.
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 →
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?
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 →
I just got this alert from the LA County Sheriff via nixle. Apparently there’s more than a sucker born every moment out here in the SGV and other areas service by SoCalEddy.
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.
Here I am sitting in the rather fast moving drive through line with a few cars behind me. Behind me is this Twenty-something with a kidlet. Suddenly she dives over to the side and goes into a Handicapped Parking Space…clearly signed and delineated in blue paint. She hops out, grabs a kid from the back seat who SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN A CAR SEAT and runs into the store. Seriously, having had a parent that was handicapped prior to his passing I know those spots are precious to those who need them. I wish a pox upon that little chirpy for taking the spot from one who could have used it.
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.”