- Reporters Desk
Charges Filed for Suspect in February Murder
LONG BEACH — On March 14, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed murder and weapons charges along with gang enhancements against 24-year-old Joseph Avila.
Avila was arrested March 12, at his Long Beach residence for the murder of Robert Anthony Proano. Proano was shot and killed Feb. 10, near Myrtle Avenue and Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach. The motive of the murder is believed to be gang-related.
Anyone with information regarding this murder is urged to contact Long Beach Police Homicide Detectives at (562) 570-7244 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.
POLB Cargo Dips in February
LONG BEACH — On March 18, the Port of Long Beach announced that import volume was down 2.7 percent, while exports were up 2.1 percent at the POLB in February, compared to the same month in 2013.
Overall cargo volume dipped 2.6 percent due to an 8.3 percent decline in empty containers.
A total of 517,173 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) moved through the POLB during February. Imports numbered 271,671 TEUs, down 2.7 percent from 2013. Exports rose 2.1 percent to 143,572 containers. Empty containers were down 8.3 percent to 101,930 TEUs.
Cargo numbers were affected by the Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated in China and other countries in East Asia. The holiday fell on Jan. 31 this year and it started a two-week period during which many businesses in Asia close their doors to allow employees to be with their families; production is minimal and business is slow. Because of the time for vessels to cross the Pacific, the port is impacted from mid-February to early March.
For the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
For more details on the cargo numbers visit www.polb.com/stats.
Lieu introduces Innocence Project-backed Plan Allowing Expanded DNA Testing
SACRAMENTO – On March 20, Sen. Ted Lieu announced a plan to improve access to scientific testing of evidence for wrongfully convicted prisoners.
Lieu cited research showing that recent improvements in technology related to DNA, ordeoxyribonucleic acid, has led directly to the exonerations of hundreds of innocent people, adding that Senate Bill 980 would protect those for whom justice has fallen short.
Specifically, there have been 311 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States since 1989. Exonerations through post-conviction DNA testing have been won in 36 states. Since the year 2000, there have been 244 post-conviction DNA exonerations. DNA is a molecule that encodes the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses.
SB 980, backed by the rights group Innocence Project, would:
· Clarify the standard required to get DNA testing.
· Allow individuals requesting DNA testing access to, and require police departments to provide, biological materials once counsel is appointed.
· Require DNA evidence to be run through the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System in those cases where DNA findings come back as a negative match for the defendant.
· Improve protection of biological evidence by increasing the period of notification prior to disposal.
· Allow courts to take appropriate actions when DNA evidence was destroyed in violation of code.
SB 980 is sponsored by the California Innocence Project and the Northern California Innocence Project.
The date for the initial policy hearing on SB 980 has not yet been set.
Brown Announces CSU Board of Trustees Appointments
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced, March 16, the following appointments to the California State University Board of Trustees.
Adam Day, 44, of Alpine, has been the assistant tribal manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation since 2002. He was general manager at NCG Porter Novelli from 2000 to 2002 and vice president at the Flannery Group from 1999 to 2000. He was chief of staff for San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob from 1996 to 1999, senior policy advisor from 1993 to 1995 and campaign manager for Dianne Jacob for Supervisor from 1992 to 1993. Day was deputy chief of staff for San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox from 1995 to 1996, policy advisor for San Diego County Supervisor George Bailey from 1990 to 1992 and defense and foreign affairs legislative assistant for U.S. senator Pete Wilson in 1990. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Day is a Republican.
Debra Farar, 64, of Pacific Palisades, has served on the California State University Board of Trustees since 1999. Farar has been an education consultant in private practice since 1993. She was a national finance chair for Hillary Clinton for President in 2008, finance chair for Barbara Boxer for United States Senate in 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010 and senior advisor on education policy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis from 1995 to 1998. Farar earned a master’s of arts degree in education from California State University, Northridge and a doctor of education degree from Pepperdine University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Farar is a Democrat.
Lillian Kimbell-Del Bosque, 54, of Woodland Hills, has been legal counsel and manager of Spanish Language Authors and Publisher Relations at Gardels and Associates since 2011. She was legal counsel and business manager at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions from 1997 to 2011 and a law clerk for the Hon. Harry Pregerson at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1985. Kimbell-Del Bosque earned a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Kimbell-Del Bosque is a Democrat.