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    Man Shot, Killed in Long Beach

    LONG BEACH — On Sept. 10, a man was shot near the 2100 block of Pasadena Avenue in Long Beach. The man was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.
    When officers arrived, they discovered the victim who had been struck by gunfire in the upper body, on the sidewalk. A Long Beach police officer administered life saving measures on the victim until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived. Paramedics then took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.
    The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
    A motive for the shooting appears to be gang-related and the investigation remains ongoing.
    Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or anonymously visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

     

    Boat Strikes Catalina Island Resident Fatally Struck by Boat

    CATALINA ISLAND — On Sept. 10, at about noon, 22-year-old Belinda Joanne Nguyen was fatally struck by a boat while snorkeling in the mooring field in the Isthmus Cove at Catalina Island.

    Avalon Sheriff’s Station, Two Harbors Harbor Patrol and Isthmus Baywatch personnel responded to the accident.  When the deputies and additional personnel arrived, they learned Belinda Nguyen who was snorkeling had been fatally struck in the head by a boat’s propeller.

    Belinda Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her body was transported by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rescue helicopter, Air-5, personnel to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office.

    There is no additional information available at this time.

    The investigation is being conducted by collision investigators at Marina Del Rey Sheriff’s Station.

    Please contact Avalon Sheriff’s Station with any further questions at (310) 510-0174.

     

    No One Hurt in Officer-Involved Shooting

    LONG BEACH — On Sept. 10, a man with a gun was arrested near MacArthur Park in Long Beach.

    The incident took place at about 3:15 p.m. when a person reported having seen the man with the gun at the park, near Anaheim Street and Gundry.

    The preliminary investigation has determined the following:

    • The first officer was about a block away when he was dispatched to the location.
    • Upon the officer’s arrival, a witness directed him to where the suspect could be located.
    • The officer located the suspect who matched the description provided by the calling party.
    • The officer attempted to detain the suspect for further investigation and the suspect fled on foot.
    • As the suspect fled, the officer observed the suspect carrying a firearm in his hand.
    • The officer pursued the suspect in his police vehicle through the park, then southbound across Anaheim Street into an alley behind the 1200 hundred block of Hoffman Avenue. When the officer confronted the suspect, a shooting took place.
    • The suspect was not hit by gunfire. The suspect immediately complied after the officer involved shooting and was safely taken into custody.
    • No officers were injured as a result of this incident.
    • Due to the ongoing investigation, the suspect’s identity is not being released at this time. He is described as a 29-year-old resident of Long Beach.
    • Two weapons were recovered, a firearm and a replica firearm.

    Any unreported victims or witnesses are urged to call (562) 570-7244 or anonymously visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

     

    Port of Los Angeles Moves 786,000 TEUs in August

    SAN PEDRO — August 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles increased 3.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The port handled a total of 786,677 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in August 2015. It was the strongest August performance since 2006, when 790,726 TEUs moved through the port complex.Current and historical data is available here.

    “The numbers are strong indicators that our terminal operators, longshore labor and supply chain partners are adjusting to the new industry dynamics of carrier alliances, deploying larger ships and delivering higher container volumes per call,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said. “Our San Pedro Bay supply chain optimization working groups, overseen by the Federal Maritime Commission, are providing valuable insights that contribute to our mission to improve cargo-flow efficiency and velocity.”

    Imports increased 6.3 percent, from 383,551 TEUs in August 2014 to 407,804 TEUs in August 2015. Exports declined 14 percent, from 168,248 TEUs in August 2014 to 143,936 TEUs in August 2015. Factoring in empties, which increased 14 percent, overall August 2015 volumes of 786,677 increased 3.8 percent.

    For the first eight months of 2015, overall volumes (5,389,316 TEUs) are down 2.5 percent compared to the same period in 2014.

    Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:http://www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

     

    Record Cargo Numbers Continue at the POLB
    LONG BEACH — For the second month in a row, the Port of Long Beach broke its own record for cargo volume in its 104-year history. Overall cargo volume grew by 22.8 percent in August compared to the same month last year.
    Cargo volume, measured by the number of containers moving through the port, reached 703,652 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). The amount beats July’s cargo volume and marks two consecutive months of record-breaking volumes. A total of 1,393,896 TEUs moved through the Port of Long Beach in July and August.
    As consumer confidence grows, the dollar strengthens and retailers stock shelves, the Port of Long Beach’s strategic partnerships continue to yield positive results. Through the first eight months of 2015, Long Beach cargo numbers are growing faster than the overall economy and are up 5.4 percent compared to the first eight months of 2014.
    Not only did imports climb to 358,262 TEUs, or a 19.1 percent increase over last year, but exports grew 9.4 percent to 138,765 TEUs. Empty containers, meanwhile, rose 42.1 percent with 206,625 TEUs.
    For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
    For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats.

     

    Legislature Approves Law to Modernize and Diversify Development at the POLA

    SACRAMENTO — On Sept. 10, the California State Legislature gave its approval to a package of bills by Sen. Isadore Hall III, which will modernize and diversify development at the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding communities of San Pedro and Wilmington.

    Currently, ports are losing market share to competitors outside of the state partially because other jurisdictions are subsidizing infrastructure improvements.

    Senate Bill 63 will provide ports statewide, including POLA, with a valuable financing tool to help improve port infrastructure, address increased shipping volume and improve air quality by investing in technologies to reduce emissions. SB 63 was approved by the State Senate on a 34-1 vote and approved by the State Assembly on a 76-2 vote.

    Over the years, due to an expansion in POLA activity and a reduction of other commercial or residential development, the waterfront area now offers only isolated areas of successful visitor-oriented commercial enterprises amidst a growing inventory of abandoned, vacant or underutilized areas.

    To address this inconsistent land use, the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Harbor Department initiated the LA Waterfront planning and development program. This program is focused on establishing a framework for enhancing the San Pedro and Wilmington communities by providing waterfront access with landscaped boulevards, promenades, parks, and urban squares as well as development opportunities that will provide one-of-a-kind experiences for both tourists and residents alike.

    SB 399 by Hall will provide Los Angeles with an important tool to promote new waterfront related development, while maintaining the integrity of the State Tidelands Trust.

    SB 399 was approved by the State Senate on a 39-0 vote and approved by the State Assembly on an 80-0 vote.

    SB 63 and SB 399 now head to Gov. Jerry Brown for final action.

     

    Garcetti, City Departments Commit Pure Battery Electric Vehicles

    LOS ANGELES —On Sept. 11, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a commitment to lease 160 pure battery electric vehicles.

    The program commits city departments to the leasing of pure battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to replace aging city vehicles — including those with conventional internal combustion engines.
    The Los Angeles Police, Fire, General Services, and Water and Power departments will together lease the 160 battery electric vehicles. In addition, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the General Services Department will lease an additional 128 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
    Garcetti this past year issued the Sustainable City pLAn, a blueprint to make Los Angeles more sustainable and deliver environmental and economic benefits to the city. These leases will deliver on the pLAn’s commitment to ensure that 50 percent of the city’s annual light-duty vehicle purchases are electric vehicles by 2017. This is also a big step toward the pLAn’s longer-term target to have 80 percent of city vehicle fleet purchases be electric vehicles by 2025.
    In addition to the 288 new battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Los Angeles Police Department is also being loaned a Tesla Model S P85D and a BMW i.  These vehicles will be used for testing and research by LAPD technical experts to determine how this technology can support their future needs.  The department has also already purchased 23 electric scooters and three electric motorcycles for use by patrol officers.
    One hundred of the battery electric vehicles will be dedicated to the LAPD, making it the largest single departmental procurement to date. The battery electric vehicles will be used by detectives, investigators and administrative employees. The LADWP will lease 44 battery electric vehicles and 113 of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

    “We already have 67 EVs in our motor pool, and will purchase even more to replace our older gasoline vehicles,” said LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. “LADWP’s motor pool also includes plug-in hybrid trucks … We are proud to offer both a strong rebate to our customers who install EV chargers through our Charge Up LA program and to expand the use of EVs in our own operations.”
    The change in vehicle procurement policy will:

    • Cut operating costs of the vehicles by an estimated 41% ($0.21 per mile for EVs vs. $0.37 per mile for conventional vehicles)
    • Free up City budget dollars currently allocated to finance the purchase vehicles, so City departments can invest in key infrastructure upgrades;
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent to planting over 20,000 trees, while lowering harmful smog forming pollutants like NOx and hydrocarbons

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  • Central SPNC Committee on Homelessness: RLn ANNOUNCEMENTS Sept. 11, 2015

    Sept. 15

    Central SPNC Committee on Homelessness

    The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council will be hosting a roundtable discussion exploring the resources available to respond to the needs of our neighbors with shelter.
    Local service providers will explain what they do and what needs are yet unfunded.
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Cost: Free
    Details: www.centralsanpedro.org
    Venue: Croatian Cultural Center, 510 W. 7th St., San Pedro

    Sept. 15

    The Intermodal Container Transfer

    The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Authority’s governing board is set to meet to discuss the status of the facility’s modernization and expansion project. Particularly, the meeting will go over the preparation and future release of the project’s environmental impact report.
    Because the draft EIR is still being written, a release issued by the Port of Long Beach states that further details regarding elements of the project will be discussed at a future meeting.
    The modernization and expansion project is aimed at more than doubling the throughput capacity of the facility from 725,000 to 1.5 million containers per year, the POLB release stated. The project is also projected to add in environmental improvements that include using electric overhead cranes, cleaner yard tractors and low-emission locomotives.
    Previously, a Notice of Preparation/Initial Study was released, describing potential environmental impacts that would occur as a result of the project’s implementation.
    Time: 6 p.m. Sept. 15
    Details: (562) 275-3637; www.ICTF-JPA.org, Stakeholder Map
    Venue: Silverado Park School, 1545 W. 31st, Long Beach
     
    Sept. 19

    Ready Long Beach, A Community Emergency Preparedness Expo

    Come out and learn about how to be prepared for an emergency at this event presented by Long Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Heartwell Park in Long Beach.
    There will be activities and information for the whole family.

    • Experience the “Shakey Quakey” House
    • Build an Earthquake Kit
    • View a Preparedness Puppet Show
    • Watch Fire Department Safety Demonstrations
    • Purchase Emergency Supplies and Equipment
    • Sign up for FREE CERT Classes

    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19
    Cost: Free
    Details: CERT@longbeach.gov
    Venue: Heartwll Park, 5801 E. Parkcrest St., Long Beach
     
    Sept. 21

    Report Street Repairs Needed in NW San Pedro

    The Bureau of Street Services scheduled a small asphalt repairs truck for the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council District to perform small asphalt repairs on Sept. 30
    Email your information to Board@NWSanPedro.org by Sept. 21 and include the exact address.  If it is a pavement issue – is it a pothole, eroded pavement, bump or uneven road or resurface need.  If it is a sidewalk issue – is it uplifted and/or broken.  You can include any helpful notes.
    Time: Sept. 21
    Details: Board@NWSanPedro.org
     
    Oct. 2

    Call for Muralist Proposals

    The San Pedro Arts, Culture and Entertainment Committee and the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District’s Public Art Program seek muralist’s qualifications and proposed renderings for a project in the downtown San Pedro Arts District. The mission is to promote San Pedro’s authentic arts, culture and entertainment character, through Advocacy, Marketing and Education activities.
    Deadline: 5 p.m. Oct. 2
    Details: http://tinyurl.com/callformuralists
     

    Give Input On The City Budget Online

    The City of Long Beach is in the midst of its budgeting process for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which begins in October.  Two community surveys are available to provide input on the budget.  Click here to suggest how to balance the budget. Click here to suggest priorities for the budget.

    LBCC Offers ESL Classes

    Did you know that Long Beach City College offers English as a Second Language classes for free? There are several ESL classes open for Fall Semester at the PCC Campus. There is no California residency requirement to take ESL classes.
    Cost: Free
    Details: (562) 938-3037; http://tinyurl.com/LBCCFallSchedule
    Venue: LBCC, PCC Campus, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

    Phone Extortion Scam Alert

    The Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division is issuing a warning to the public about a recent rash of phone scams involving a threat that a family member is being held hostage, and will not be released until the victim’s family wires money.
    The victims are contacted by a suspect who states they are holding a family member hostage.  The caller then demands money to be wired, or they will kill or hurt the hostage.  The suspect advises the victim to go to an ATM to withdraw money, and then send the money via wire services.  Other variations of the extortion include the caller contacting miscellaneous businesses for “Protection Money.”  The phone calls are originating from Mexico.
    Below are crime prevention tips to avoid falling victim of this scam:

    • Incoming calls made from an outside area code or Country.
    • Callers go to great lengths to keep you on the phone, insisting you remain on the line.
    • Calls do not come from the victim’s phone.
    • Callers try to prevent you from contacting the “Kidnapped” victim.
    • Multiple successive phone calls.
    • Demands for ransom money to be paid via wire transfer.
    • Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.
    • Never give out personal or financial information to anyone who emails or calls you unsolicited.
    • Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to someone you do not know.

    Anyone with information or questions regarding this crime is asked to call (213) 486-6840.

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  • Alternate Angles an Improvisational Experience

    By Melina Paris, Music Columnist

    A keen curiosity follows me when it comes to renowned vocalist Dwight Trible’s projects. So, when it came to the improvisational music ensemble Alternate Angles, which he led during an Aug. 23 performance at KRST Unity Center of Afrikan Spiritual Science, I was intrigued. I was about to witness Trible perform in what seems to be 100 percent his element: total improvisation.

    An extraordinary vocalist, Trible always performs with an eclectic variety of extremely talented musicians. The group also includes Shay Lyn, with her expressions of melody, rhythm and word on Tibetan gong bowls and vocals; Maia on flute, piccolo and vocals; and Carlos Ninos on percussion.

    KRST is a center for people who teach and practice ancient Egyptian spirituality and science in Los Angeles. The instrumentation, including vocals, gave this foursome many endowments. Trible, a baritone known for his vocal virtuosity, can also reach very high octaves. He sings with an entirely unique sense of spirit which comes through him wholly.

    Maia is a multi-instrumentalist (flute, vibraphone, piccolo and folk harp) and an accomplished vocalist who has played throughout Los Angeles.

    Lyn comes from a family of vocalists. She accompanies herself on the Tibetan singing bowls. Her influences include the harmonic and throat-singing voices of Tibet, Mongolia and Tuva. She is self-taught in the use of diatonic singing, para-rhythmic vocal phrasing, and throat-singing.

    Percussionist, composer and educator Carlos Ninos has performed and recorded with the biggest recording artists of our time. The esteemed list includes Madonna, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Pharaoh Sanders, Eartha Kitt, Arturo Sandoval, Gypsy Kings, Jose Feliciano and Grupo Afro-Cuba de Matanzas, as well as Mariah Carey and Sade.

    Together, this ensemble is more an experience than a group to sit and listen to. Though the listening is intriguing, you never know what’s coming next. Chances are you will be amazed at their execution in timing and unity in their use of improvisation.

    Lyn opened with a welcoming into the space of “love and oneness,” followed by Ninos’ playing on various means of percussion and Lyn on Tibetan singing bowls.

    Trible, in a quiet baritone, started with a query: “Are you ready?” Maia responded in a chant which evolved into the declaration, “Music is a healing force of the universe.”

    As this chanting, music and sound progressed, Trible’s vocal acrobatics sounded like a standing bass. Esoteric at first Trible slowly moved into song. Performing their improvisational rendition of “Summertime,” with Maia on flute and Trible injecting lyrical pieces of jazz, they played within an alternate rhythm. A sort of deconstruction and a view from the inside of this song looking out. It worked wonderfully.

    Maia followed with a reading of Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise,” which this audience appreciated. Watching Alternate Angles perform is to see the budding of an inspiration bloom into a full expression of deep intuitive sounds. This is especially true with Lyn, who transforms her voice into a didgeridoo (aboriginal wind instrument) sound.

    Later in the show, Trible spoke to his audience of both friends and fans about his favorite place to play.

    “Something where we don’t know exactly what we’re going to do,” Trible said. “Vibrate on the spirit in this room. It is really good and conducive. Meditate into what it is we’re doing. Probably foreign, but something about it that feels at home.” Maria came up with the name “Alternate Angles,” Trible believes that it means a different form of expression.

    This project has been in the making for the past 10 years.

    “I’ve been looking to get some people together of the right spirit that could understand the vibration of improvising and also the respect of knowing how to be in when it’s time to be in but also to back off and all of those things,” Trible said. “Finally, I think I’ve got the people [who] can pull that off.”

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  • Man Dies in Police Custody: RL NEWS Briefs of the week, Sept. 10, 2015

    Man Dies in Police Custody

    LONG BEACH — Forty-seven-year-old Manuel Ornelas died in police custody on Sept. 5 after being taken to a hospital in Orange County.
    Ornelas was taken into custody at about 10:40 a.m. that day in the 3200 block of Ladoga Avenue after Long Beach Police Department officers received a call about Ornelas being under the influence of some type of narcotic.
    Ornelas was acting violently and destroying the residence. Arriving officers had to use force to detain the man. After he was detained, officers recognized he was unresponsive and they immediately began life saving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived. Long Beach Fire Department took him to a hospital in Orange County, where he was later pronounced deceased.
    The preliminary investigation revealed one of the residents at the location called police after finding his roommate, Ornelas, was acting bizarrely and breaking things inside the residence. Arriving officers observed the suspect throwing items from out of a second story window, including a television. The suspect also broke out several windows of the residence. Officers also observed that Ornelas was bleeding profusely, possibly from cuts that he sustained while breaking out the windows. Officers requested that the fire department respond and stand by based on the suspect’s bizarre behavior.
    The suspect exited the house and officers used verbal commands to direct him to surrender, however the suspect did not comply. Ornelas fled into the garage where officers confronted him. Officers attempted non-lethal means, which included continued verbal commands, an electronic control device, physical force, and a carotid restraint, to take him into custody. After several minutes, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. While officers were monitoring his medical condition, he went into cardiac arrest. Officers began life saving measures, which were taken over by the LBFD upon their arrival.
    The Orange County Coroner’s office is conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death.
    Anyone with information regarding this incident should call (562) 570-7244 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org

    Eight Indicted for Bogus Student Substance Abuse Counseling Claims

    LONG BEACH – On Sept. 2, eight people were indicted for allegedly participating in a scheme that submitted more than $50 million in fraudulent bills to a California state program for alcohol and drug treatment services for high school and middle school students. In many instances, these were not provided or were provided to students who did not have substance abuse problems.
    Six of the defendants who worked at the Long Beach-based Atlantic Health Services (formerly known as Atlantic Recovery Services) were arrested that morning by federal authorities.
    The indictment, which charges the defendants with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, alleges that Atlantic Recovery Services received more than $46 million from California’s Drug Medi-Cal program after Atlantic Recovery Services submitted false and fraudulent claims for group and individual substance abuse counseling services.
    “According to the indictment, ARS and its employees engaged in a long-running fraud scheme to steal tens of millions of dollars from a program with limited resources that was designed to help underprivileged youth in recovery,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said. “In the process, the defendants and ARS branded many innocent young people as substance abusers and addicts in order to boost enrollment numbers and billings.”
    The defendants named in the indictment are:
    • Lori Renee Miller, 54, of Lakewood, the program manager at Atlantic Recovery Services who supervised substance abuse recovery managers and counselors;
    • Nguyet Galaz, 41, of Montclair, who oversaw services provided at approximately 11 schools in Los Angeles County;
    • Angela Frances Micklo, 56, of Palmdale, who managed counselors at approximately nine schools in Los Angeles County, including several in the Antelope Valley;
    • Maribel Navarro, 48, of Pico Rivera, who managed counselors at approximately 10 schools in Los Angeles County;
    • Carrenda Jeffery, 64, of the Mid-City District of Los Angeles, who managed counselors at approximately three schools;
    • LaLonnie Egans, 57, of Bellflower, who managed counselors at three schools;
    • Tina Lynn St. Julian, 51, of Compton, who worked as a counselor at two schools; and
    • Shyrie Womack, 33, Egans’ daughter, also of Bellflower, who worked as a counselor at three schools.
    Galaz and Micklo are expected to self-surrender in the coming weeks. The six other defendants were taken into custody without incident that day and were arraigned on the indictment this United States District Court.
    That day arrests are the result of a 40-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on Aug. 26 and unsealed this morning.
    The eight defendants are all former employees of Atlantic Recovery Services, which received contracts to provide substance abuse treatment services through the Drug Medi-Cal program to students in schools in Los Angeles County. The schools included various sites operated by Soledad Enrichment Action, and public schools in Montebello, Bell Gardens, Lakewood, and the Antelope Valley.
    Atlantic Recovery Services allegedly submitted bogus claims for payment to the Drug Medi-Cal program for a decade, according to the indictment. Atlantic Recovery Services shut down in April 2013, when California suspended payments to the company.
    According to the indictment, the claims submitted to the Drug Medi-Cal program were false and fraudulent for a number of reasons, including:
    • Atlantic Recovery Services billed for services provided to students who did not have substance abuse disorders or addictions and therefore did not qualify to receive Drug Medi-Cal services;
    • Atlantic Recovery Services billed for counseling sessions that were not conducted at all;
    • Atlantic Recovery Services billed for counseling services that were not conducted in accordance with Drug Medi-Cal regulations regarding length, number of students, content and setting;
    • Atlantic Recovery Services personnel falsified documents, including treatment plans, group counseling sign-in sheets, progress notes and update logs (which listed the dates and times of counseling sessions); and
    • Atlantic Recovery Services personnel forged student signatures on documents.
    Previously, 11 other defendants pleaded guilty to health care fraud charges stemming from the ARS scheme. Those defendants are former Atlantic Recovery Services managers Cathy Fernandez, 53, of Downey; Erin Hoover, 37, of Long Beach; Elizabeth Black, 51, of Long Beach; Helsa Casillas, 44, of El Sereno; and Sandra Lopez, 41, of Huntington Park; and former ARS counselors Tamara Diaz, 45 of East Los Angeles; Margarita Lopez, 40, of Paramount; Irma Talavera, 27, of Paramount; Laura Vasquez, 52, of Pico Rivera; Cindy Leticia Ortiz, 29, of Norwalk; and Arthur Dominguez, 63, of Glendale.
    Another defendant – Dr. Leland Whitson, 75, of Redondo Beach, the former Medical/Clinical director of Atlantic Recovery Services – previously pleaded guilty to making a false statement affecting a health care program.
    The dozen defendants who have already pleaded guilty are pending sentencing by U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez.
    Each of the eight defendants named in the indictment unsealed potentially face decades in federal prison if convicted. For example, if convicted, Miller faces a statutory maximum sentence of 324 years in federal prison.
    An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

    LASD Boating Accident Leaves One Person Dead, Another Missing

    CATALINA ISLAND — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Avalon Station deputies are conducting a search for a missing person after a boating accident left one person dead and two others injured. The incident took place shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 6, just off the coast of Catalina Island.
    Deputies from the Emergency Services Detail along with the U.S. Coast Guard have responded to the island and are currently assisting in the search.
    At this time, the identities of the people involved will not be released pending notification of the descendant’s next of kin.
    There is no further information available at this time.
    Details: (310) 510-0174

    Inmate Dies at Carson Sheriff’s Station Jail

    CARSON — Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide detectives are responding to the Carson Sheriff’s Station Jail to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate that took place shortly after 5:45 a.m. Sept. 8.
    The inmate, a 44-year-old black man, was pronounced dead at the scene.
    There is no further information available at this time.
    Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call (323) 890-5500 or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.

    Los Angeles To Host First U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit

    LOS ANGELES — On Sept. 4, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders will be making new climate agreements at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit. The summit will take place Sept. 15 and 16, in Los Angeles.
    The summit is the first official convening of U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders on climate change under the Climate Change Working Group. It represents a key opportunity to galvanize climate action before December’s United Nations climate conference in Paris.
    During the summit, leading cities from both countries will also be sharing best practices and discussing objectives in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global climate change. Outcomes from the summit will be discussed at the state visit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. the following week.
    The summit results from the historic joint climate announcement by Obama and Xi this past November. Garcetti visited China the week after that announcement and offered Los Angeles as the host of this first annual event.
    In the joint announcement by Obama and Xi, the United States committed to reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels in 2025, and China committed to peak CO2 emissions around 2030. The announcement also launched a U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities initiative to respond to growing urbanization and increasingly significant greenhouse gas emissions from cities.
    The summit in Los Angeles marks the first effort of that initiative and will bring together local leaders from both countries for a multiple-day conference featuring a high-level plenary at which leaders declare their resolve, ambition, and actions; working-level technical exchanges to share experience and best practices; and an exhibition to engage the private sector. Breakout sessions and panel discussions will cover topics including:
    • Low-Carbon City Planning
    • Climate Finance, and Carbon Markets , and Incentive Programs
    • Low-Carbon Urban Form and Transportation and Zero Emission Vehicles
    • Climate-Smart Buildings and Green Infrastructure
    • Low-Carbon Energy
    • Urban Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change

    Every Animal Counts

    LOS ANGELES – On Sept. 3, City Controller Ron Galperin released an audit that indicated the Los Angeles’ Department of Animal Services is making progress toward its goal of making Los Angeles a “No Kill” City. Still, this past year about one of every four lost or abandoned animals that entered the city’s six animal shelters was euthanized.
    The audit looked at the question of whether the department’s statistics could be relied upon and concluded, in general, that they could be.
    From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, 14,083 cats, dogs, rabbits, roosters, snakes and other animals were euthanized by the city. That’s less than half as many as the city was euthanizing in 2003, when former Mayor James K. Hahn publicly set a goal of making Los Angeles a “No Kill” city by 2008.
    The numbers appear to represent a downward trend. From Fiscal Year 2013-14 to FY 2014-15, the number of cats euthanized dropped 2 percent, from 8,018 to 7,856; and the number of dogs euthanized went from 4,664 to 3,880, a drop of 17 percent.
    Newborn cats represent the largest single group of animals euthanized. In FY 2013-14, the last year for which such statistics are available, 4,250 cats that were less than eight weeks old were killed. (Eighty newborn dogs were euthanized during the same period.)
    Officials with the Animal Services Department stated that newborn cats are particularly susceptible to diseases and need to be fed every two to three hours around the clock. Officials said that is not possible because staff and foster care options are limited.
    Another reason for euthanizations: lack of shelter space. In FY 2013-14, 414 cats (5 percent) and 1,231 dogs (26 percent) were euthanized because shelters ran out of room. Galperin called that unacceptable.
    “Lack of space should never be a reason to end an animal’s life,” Galperin said.
    Galperin says the data also revealed disparities in euthanasia rates at the City’s six animal shelters. For example, in West LA, they euthanize 14 percent of animals. In the West Valley, 19 percent, and in South LA, 36.6 percent of animals that enter the shelter are euthanized.
    “We’ve known for quite a while that the zip code people live in often correlates to their health and even to their lifespan — with people often living healthier and longer in more affluent zip codes,” Galperin said. “The same seems to be true for cats, dogs and other animals in certain parts of the city.”
    Galperin said the disparity most likely stems from a host of factors, including differing adoption rates, spay and neutering rates, and the financial ability of residents to get quality medical care for their pets.
    In his letter to the City Council accompanying the audit, Galperin recommended that the Council ensure the department has adequate resources and personnel. He also called on the department to study potential alternative means to care for abandoned animals, including partnerships with non-profit animal welfare organizations.
    Galperin’s audit was undertaken initially to address some public skepticism about the statistics that the Department of Animal Services produces. After examining data from FY 2011-12 through FY 2013-14, auditors found that the department’s statistical reporting was reasonably accurate.
    One exception: sterilization figures, an area where the department under-reported its successes by not incorporating in the numbers the thousands of publicly-subsidized sterilizations performed by private veterinarians on the City’s behalf. Sterilization programs are widely regarded as being key to successful “No Kill” programs.
    An interactive map of City shelters with data about each facility can be found online at ControlPanel.LA

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  • A Delicious Stripe Appears at the Palos Verdes Art Center

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    The historic Palos Verdes Art Center has brought an exciting new addition to the culinary scene on the peninsula.

    Since its renovation two years ago, much has changed at the Art Center. The new executive director, Joe Baker, was there to oversee its redesign. For visitors to the art center, a new eating establishment Stripe Cafe was part of the revamp.

    Stripe Café Executive Chef Brett Hickey’s. The focus is on plant-based fare, with farm-to-table options highlighting his conscious cuisine.

    “We really see this as a place to bring the community together by using food,” Hickey said. “In a sense, going back in time, where food is fresh, organic and more natural. We want everything to be made here; we make everything in-house and we bring the seasons in, while having good, quality food and good prices.”

    The grilled vegetable tartine sandwich is a perfect example of Hickey’s commitment to highlighting vegetables on his menu. The sandwich, made with whole grain bread, features an avocado goat cheese smear nestled under fresh grilled vegetable, piquillo peppers and baba ghanoush.

    “It’s a sandwich that will make staunch meat eaters love vegetables” the chef said.

    Not to say that this is a vegetarian restaurant. The most popular item on the menu is the short-rib grilled cheese sandwich. The restaurant braises the ribs for 24 hours, adding caramelized onions and grated, fresh horseradish root to highlight the flavor.

    Every restaurant needs a hamburger on the menu. At Stripe, the hamburger patty is made with a mixture of short rib, chuck and hangar steak, ground fresh in-house to provide a unique flavor profile. Each burger is served with a house-made aioli on fresh-baked focaccia bread to absorb all the juices. Add duck fat potatoes and you just may glimpse culinary heaven.

    Hickey grew up in Long Beach and left when he was 18 to spend four years training at Johnson and Wales Culinary College in Denver. Upon completion, he traveled to Europe and spent time cooking in Italy and Croatia. Through his school he enrolled in a study-abroad program in Peru.

    “Because my mom worked for the airlines, I have had an opportunity to travel and sample many different cuisines,” he said. “California is the best place in the world for food and produce. I love going to the Long Beach farmers market each week and looking for what’s best.

    The cafe is open for lunch, but pop-up dinners have already become highly anticipated special events. The June dinner menu included salt-roasted pork and clams, grilled octopus and seared scallops.

    Hickey’s menu is full of delightful surprises: salmon smoked each day, Nutella latte, lavender-infused olive oil cake topped with lemon curd, and daily fresh soups. The chef’s favorite is tomato soup made with imported San Marzano tomato, roasted in-house with roasted garlic. A carrot–ginger soup made with miso and lemongrass is also a standout.

    Are you hungry yet? Well I am. So I think I will be going back for Gabriela’s tacos. Each morning Hickey makes a stop at a Long Beach tortilleria to pick up fresh masa for his handmade tortillas, and gives you a choice of delicious fillings: short rib, organic chicken or shrimp.

    I suggest you make this your next lunch date.

    Time: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday
    Details: (310) 541.2479; pvartcenter.org
    Venue: Stripe Café at Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes

     

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