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Published on April 8th, 2014 | by Zamná Ávila

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Charges Filed on Marijuana Collective Robbery Suspect
LONG BEACH — On April 3, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed three counts of robbery, possession of a loaded firearm and unlawful possession of a concealed firearm against Desmond Pulliam of Long Beach.
Official said the suspect may have been involved in a robbery of a marijuana collective, March 12, in the 1000 block of Gladys Avenue in Long Beach.
The collective, in the 1000 block of Redondo Avenue, had received a phone order for delivery of medical marijuana. When the collective employee went to deliver the medical marijuana to the 1000 block of Gladys Avenue, two men approached him. The suspects engaged the employee in a brief conversation. Then, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. A physical fight took place between the employee and the two suspects.  After the fight, the suspects ran from the location, taking the marijuana.
A similar robbery took place March 26. A collective outside of Long Beach received a phone order for delivery. The employee went to 1300 block of Temple Avenue in Long Beach. A man directed him to the rear of an apartment complex. Once there, another suspect showed up and robbed the employee at gunpoint. The medical marijuana and some personal items were stolen.
There weren’t any serious injuries and the gun was not fired in either instances.
On March 31, detectives found and arrested Pulliam, 22. Officials said he had a loaded gun and evidence of the related robberies, as well as items from another robber in the 1300 block of east Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, which was not related to a marijuana collective.
Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the second suspect who assisted Pulliam commit these crimes. The second suspect is described as a male, 23 to 24 years old, between 5’ 6” and 5’ 9” with a medium build and a shaved head.  He was last seen wearing dark clothing.
Anyone who may have information regarding this ongoing investigation is urged to call (562) 570-5538 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Carson Supports Warning Labels on Sugar Beverages
CARSON — The Carson City Council passed a resolution April 1 supporting Senate Bill 1000, which proposes legislation that requires a warning label on beverages with added sugars.
A representative from the American Beverage Association was present at the Carson City Council meeting arguing against the city taking this action in favor of SB 1000.  After some back-and-forth dialogue, the Carson City Council ultimately voted to support SB 1000 on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Dear and Councilman Mike Gipson, opposed.
SB 1000 requires a warning label about the harmful health effect that result from the consumption of beverages with added sugars, establishing the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act that prohibits the distributing, selling or offering for sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in California unless the beverage container bears the following specific safety warning label:
“STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING:  Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”
Carson is the first municipality in the state to support this legislation.

BOE Returns More Than $27 Million in Cash Deposits
SACRAMENTO — Michelle Steel, vice chairwoman of the California State Board of Equalization, announced April 7, that the agency is returning about $27.6 million in cash deposits to more than 5,000 businesses in California and out-of-state.
The board’s staff began issuing checks this week and will continue to do so for the next few weeks.
The breakdown of deposits being released is available by city.
The board voted in December 2013 to release security deposits to taxpayers who have good reporting and payment histories. The board began releasing more than $95.4 million to taxpayers in February.
More existing security deposits will be released as taxpayer accounts become eligible. Taxpayers with an outstanding liability or a poor history of compliance will have their security returned when they can show good compliance history for the prior 12 months. However, state law requires that the board continue to collect security deposits from its non-retail licensees who sell cigarettes and tobacco products, regardless of payment history.
The board’s December action also eliminated the automatic security requirement upon registration for a seller’s permit. The former policy required a minimum deposit of $2,000 in cash, bonds, or guaranties up to a maximum of $50,000 which had to be sent to the BOE within 30 days from the date the application for a seller’s permit was submitted. The board released about $40.2 million in bonds and guaranties earlier this year.
Steel was responsible in 2007 for finding a multi-million dollar mistake in the security deposit program and returning $42 million to over 5,500 small-business owners whose refunds had been delayed for years. Steel then changed procedures at the Board to ensure timely review and return of security deposits to taxpayers. From fiscal year 2008-09 until December 2013, the board released more than $288 million in security deposits on time to taxpayers as a result of those changes.
Despite the Board’s general policy change, the board may still require taxpayers with a history of late payments or delinquencies with the board to post a security deposit.

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