Published on April 22nd, 2016 | by Reporters Desk0
*** RL NEWS Briefs *** April 22, 2016
Mayor Garcetti Releases Proposed Budget for 2016
LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti released a new budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year for the City of Los Angeles on April 20.
The $8.76 billion budget includes a major focus on addressing the city’s problems with homelessness, underfunded police, crime and prevention and job creation.
The plan includes an investment of $138 million towards battling homelessness. The budget includes plans to build more affordable housing, to hire more workers for outreach programs and to help create critical resources for these programs.
The budget has been submitted for approval by the city council. The council has until June 1, 2016, to approve the budget that will be delivered to Garcetti for a signature.
POLA Surpasses Two Million TEUs in First Quarter
SAN PEDRO – The Port of Los Angeles recorded the busiest quarter in its 109-year history, with a combined 2,030,982 twenty-foot-equivalent units, TEUs, recorded in the first three months of 2016.
The record-breaking quarter is an 11.3 percent increase from 2015 over the same period.
Total March 2016 volumes registered at 612,863 TEUs. It was a drop of 22.6 percent compared to March 2015, when volumes surged after congestion issues were resolved. March 2016 imports decreased 33.3 percent to 287,231 TEUs compared to the previous year. Exports increased 9.5 percent to 159,362 TEUs in March. Empty container traffic dropped 22.8 percent to 166,269 TEUs. Combined, March overall volumes totaled 612,863 TEUs.
Carson Man Gets 8 Years for Trying to Run Over U.S. Marshall
CARSON — On April 18, Keith Leon Smith, 47, of Carson, who was found guilty of assaulting a deputy U.S. marshal by trying to run him over with a minivan, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison.
Smith was found guilty by a federal jury on Jan. 14 of one count of assaulting a federal officer with a deadly and dangerous weapon.
According to the evidence presented during a 3-day trial in U.S. District Court, six Deputy U.S. Marshals went to a residence on East 220th Street in Carson, where they believed Smith was residing, on March 11, 2015. The deputy marshals were conducting an investigation with the goal of taking Smith into custody after a federal judge in 2013 had issued a bench warrant. Smith was wanted because he had violated the terms of his supervised release, after serving more than seven years in prison for being convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine.
While conducting surveillance, the deputy marshals saw Smith leave the residence and get into a minivan. The deputy marshals, who were in several vehicles, followed Smith and blocked his van. As the deputy marshals approached the minivan that Smith was driving and identified themselves as law enforcement officers, Smith reversed his vehicle toward some of the marshals service vehicles. Smith then suddenly accelerated his vehicle toward one of the deputy marshals, who was in front of the minivan. The deputy marshal, now in the way of the oncoming minivan, fired his weapon at the windshield and fell backward onto the ground.
Smith briefly stopped the vehicle as the shots hit the windshield, and then accelerated the minivan toward the deputy marshal, who was then lying on the ground. The deputy marshal was able to jump out of the way of the minivan and fire several shots at the vehicle.
Smith then sped away as the deputy marshals gave chase. But, due in part to his dangerous driving, which included swerving into oncoming traffic, Smith was able to elude capture that day. However, deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department found Smith’s minivan the next day and took him into custody.
MacArthur Park Gets Green Space
LONG BEACH — On April 19, District 6 Councilman Dee Andrews announced that JetBlue will provide a $50,000 for a new Green Space Garden at MacArthur Park in Long Beach
The project will bring urban farming to the area.
Andrews proposed the garden project late last year and has been waiting for the recent rehabilitation and new playground at MacArthur Park to be completed before he got the garden started.
The project is expected to start this summer.
Details: (562) 570-6816.
Man Murdered in Central Long Beach
LONG BEACH — One man was killed and three others were wounded after a shooting April 18 near the 1200 block of 17th Street in Long Beach.
The incident, which took place at about 8:45 p.m., claimed the life of 19-year-old
Delhaun Jackson, who was declared dead at the scene.
The other three victims were taken to area hospitals. One is in critical condition and the other two are in stable condition. No suspect information is available at this time.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to (562) 570-7244 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.
Rotary Makes Reading Fun
SAN PEDRO — On April 17, the Rotary Club of San Pedro sponsored a Community Reading Day event at the San Pedro Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.
The group hosted more than 100 children for a fast-paced presentation by children’s book authors Annabeth Bondor-Stone and Connor White. Rotary also donated backpacks of books to take home for the pre-kindergarten through 4th grade audience. Each child received a signed copy of the authors’ book Shivers – The Pirate Who is Afraid of Everything.
The Rotary Club received a 2016 local grant from Rotary District 5280, which encompasses a large part of the Los Angeles area, and did additional fundraising to support this event. Along with the Rotary Club of San Pedro, several local outreach and service organizations participated including Harbor Interfaith Services, Toberman Neighborhood Center, the Boys and Girls Club of South LA Harbor, the YWCA and the YMCA.
The Rotary Club of San Pedro meets Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. mornings at the Doubletree Hotel at Cabrillo Beach Marina.