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LAPD Rookie Convicted Of 2nd Degree Murder
A jury today convicted a former Los Angeles Police Department rookie officer of second-degree murder in a fatal 2015 shooting at a Pomona bar.
Henry Solis, now 32 years old, fled to Mexico after gunning down 23-year-old Salome Rodriguez Jr. Solis was on the run for 10 weeks before Mexican authorities captured him in Ciudad Juárez and sent him back to the U.S.
Solis claimed he'd been robbed and sexually assaulted by Rodriguez and another man inside a restroom at the bar, and that the shooting happened when Solis tried to arrest Rodriguez.
According to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, however, Solis pursued and shot Rodriguez after Rodriguez walked past him outside the bar.
The jury deliberated for two days before finding Solis guilty of one count of second-degree murder. His sentencing is scheduled for March 11. Solis faces 40 years to life in state prison.
Amoeba Music Will Shape Shift To A New Location In Hollywood
A new home has been announced for L.A.'s extra jumbo record store.
The new location is about four blocks from its current one. The Sunset and Ivar store has been there since 2001, and at one point it mercifully absorbed approximately 600 of my CDs into its genre-dense protoplasm 🙏.
New Amoeba will still do that. It'll be the same "music, movies and memorabilia"/"buy, sell, trade" business, just in new digs. Same goes for live sets, special events, signings, so forth. The new place is close to Metro stops and will offer on-site validated parking.
Amoeba sold its current building in 2015 to a developer but continued to operate as it looked for a new place to set up shop.
The subsequent legal action over proposed development on the site, and the effort to preserve the existing building, was done without the company's consent, Amoeba's owners told the L.A. Times last August.
But my heart's of gold
I had to run away high
So I wouldn't come home low
It doesn't mean they were always wrong
Just take this song and you'll never feel
Left all alone
Feel me in your bones
Just one more night
And I'm comin' off this
I'm on my way
I'm on my way
Home sweet home"
'Spartacus' Actor Kirk Douglas Dies At 103
"I'm Spartacus!" Those immortal words are perhaps most associated with Kirk Douglas, one of the biggest movie stars of his era and famed for movies like Spartacus and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea — even though the lines were famously delivered by everyone else but him.
Douglas has passed away at 103, according to an Instagram post from his son, Michael Douglas. Michael lauded his father for his film legacy, his philanthropic work, and his love for his family.
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It is with tremendous sadness that my brothers and I announce that Kirk Douglas left us today at the age of 103. To the world he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to. But to me and my brothers Joel and Peter he was simply Dad, to Catherine, a wonderful father-in-law, to his grandchildren and great grandchild their loving grandfather, and to his wife Anne, a wonderful husband. Kirk's life was well lived, and he leaves a legacy in film that will endure for generations to come, and a history as a renowned philanthropist who worked to aid the public and bring peace to the planet. Let me end with the words I told him on his last birthday and which will always remain true. Dad- I love you so much and I am so proud to be your son. #KirkDouglas
Cities Vs Big Oil: Is It A Federal Case?
Local governments that sued big oil companies over the effects of climate change argued their case in a federal appeals court Wednesday.
It’s an unusual lawsuit – Oakland and San Francisco claim Chevron and four other large oil companies caused a public nuisance by selling their products that pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gases.
The nuisance is climate change and the billions of dollars that Oakland and San Francisco will have to spend coping with problems like sea level rise.
“The fossil fuel companies here that are responsible for that nuisance should bear the costs for dealing with it,” said deputy city attorney Matthew Goldberg.
Justices of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena heard arguments over whether the case properly belongs in state court – the cities want that – or in Federal court, where the oil companies want it.
Theodore Boutrous, who argued on behalf of the oil company defendants, says the effects of global warming cross far beyond the California state line.
“You can't have 50 states and all the countries around the world having all these different pieces of litigation,” Boutrous said. “So that's why we believe these cases belong in federal court.”
The appeals court is expected to issue a decision on the proper jurisdiction of the case later this year.
5 New Measles Cases In LA County
Four people have contracted measles after being exposed to an infected international visitor on the Westside, according to the county public health department.
Before you panic, just remember that many, many people are immunized to protect against measles when they are children, and the numbers we’re talking about here are very small, so the odds you may have been exposed and be at risk of getting sick are slim. In 2019, there were just 20 confirmed measles cases for the entire year in L.A. County.
That said, measles spreads through the air and by direct contact, and it's highly contagious: if you aren't immunized and you're exposed, you have a 90% chance of contracting it. If you haven’t been vaccinated or don’t know for sure one way or another, you might want to check the map below to see the locations that infected person was known to have visited (and you might want to consider getting that shot).
Note: The locations on the map below were visited by the infected person between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, 2020. Click each location to see the address and approximate times the person is believed to have visited.
OC Coronavirus Patient Released In Good Condition
The one coronavirus patient in Orange County has been released from the hospital in good condition.
The patient is a man in his 50s who was diagnosed after traveling to Wuhan, China -- ground zero for the outbreak.
OC health officials say the man remains in isolation, while reiterating the message coming from all public health agencies: the risk to the public remains low.
L.A. County officials have not updated the condition of the one coronavirus patient there. A Public Health Department spokesman said via email that the agency will only provide information if a person with coronavirus dies, or "there are public locations where a confirmed case may have been if needed to identify additional persons at risk for being infected."
Meanwhile, two planes carrying about 350 Americans who left China arrived at Travis Air Force Base in northern California Wednesday, and later in the day one was set to fly people to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, where they’ll be quarantined for 14 days.
Nearly 200 American diplomats and their families are quarantined at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County. Health officials have confirmed that a child in the group who came down with a fever was not infected with coronavirus.
A traveler who arrived Monday at LAX on a flight from China was placed under federal quarantine and transferred to March ARB. The passenger’s quarantine order expires Thursday, Feb. 6.
- What you need to know about novel coronavirus
- Rage tweets, jokes and stifled coughs: how Asian Americans in LA are dealing with coronavirus fears
- Here’s how Chinese Americans in the San Gabriel Valley are handling coronavirus concerns
- Are coronavirus fears keeping diners from Chinese restaurants?
- Another possible coronavirus victim: travel agencies that serve Asian communities
- 4:45 p.m.: This story was updated to indicate that a child who contracted a fever is not infected with the coronavirus.
Coronavirus: How Asian Americans Are Dealing With Spread Of Xenophobia
For Asians in Los Angeles, xenophobia sparked by the spread of a virus originating in China has acted as a harsh reminder to even the native-born that they come off as foreign to those fearful they are disease-carriers just because of how they look.
Cindy Lu, a University of Southern California graduate student, has stopped blowing her nose in public to avoid glares.
As for Ren Fernandez-Kim, she is now partial to rage-tweeting. It started after a jarring episode at a Target in Pasadena where an older couple stared her down after she coughed into her elbow. Fernandez-Kim recalls awkwardly smiling and waving as the pair walked away, frowning.
"Then I got angry," said Fernandez-Kim, who vented online just hours later.
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Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca, 77 And With Alzheimer's, Reports To Prison
Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca has started a three-year prison term for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.
Baca reported to the La Tuna federal correctional institution near El Paso, Texas, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator. An official at the prison confirmed that Baca reported Tuesday.
The 77-year-old Baca, who has Alzheimer's, lost the last of his appeals earlier this month. He was convicted and sentenced in 2017.
His imprisonment caps a scandal that dates back to 2011, when sheriff's deputies hid an inmate informant from FBI agents who were investigating systematic abuse of jail inmates.
Baca was convicted in part for directing deputies to hide the informant, and for lying about his role to the feds.
The scandal snagged nine other Sheriff's Dept. officials, several of whom were convicted of beating prisoners or helping to cover up the abuse.
- Disgraced Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca Ordered To Report To Prison (LAist)
- Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty in federal corruption scheme (KPCC)
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the day Baca reported to prison.
Not Everybody’s Choosing To Cash In On Kobe Bryant Gear
The death of basketball star Kobe Bryant is rippling through the memorabilia market, with buyers and sellers alike storming stores and online markets hoping to snag one last piece of his legacy. Now, they’re making a choice: profit from tragedy, or honor his memory.
On one website, shoes made famous by Bryant began selling for well over double what they were just hours before. Experts say that’s not uncommon when a celebrity dies. But prices level out over time. That means both dealers and fans must decide whether to sell now or hold on.
At second-hand sneaker shop Cool Kicks on Melrose Avenue, co-owners Adeel Shams, and Davon Artis chose to hold onto them. The store stocked several models, released over Bryant’s career. Minutes after news of Bryant’s death, the two pulled them from the shelves.
Childcare Workers Aren't Paid Much At All, So They're Mobilizing To Unionize
Remember this the next time you drop off your most precious assets -- your kids -- with a childcare worker: many of them often take home less than minimum wage for the hours they work.
It should come as no surprise then, that they want to unionize. In fact, they’ve been trying to for more than a decade.
Today, some of those childcare workers towed a red wagon filled with an estimated 10,000 signed cards in support of a union election through the streets of Sacramento.
Their destination? The Public Employment Relations Board offices.
Dozens chanted slogans like "It’s our choice, give providers a voice!"
The proposed Child Care Providers United California could give an estimated 40,000 providers the ability to bargain with the state for higher wages and more professional development.
"My dream is for every family to have access to quality care," said Bellflower provider Catalina Johnson at a rally before the signatures were submitted. "When 40,000 providers come together in one voice as Child Care Providers United, we will have the strongest advocate for our communities, families and children."
Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 378 which gave home child care providers the right to collectively bargain.
Once the signatures filed Wednesday are verified, the election will likely be held early in the summer.
It’s Wednesday, Feb. 5 And Here Are The Stories We’re Following Today
It's Wednesday and, we'll be honest, it already feels like a long week. President Trump addressed the nation in the annual State of the Union address last night. Today, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to make a final impeachment vote, expected to be along party lines.
The winds have died down and sunny skies are forecast with highs in the mid-60s in DTLA.
What We’re Covering:
- The novel coronavirus outbreak has claimed more than 400 lives and surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization. That’s no excuse to be racist, though evidence of xenophobia and outright bigotry is on the rise. Reporter Josie Huang will take a look at how fear may be fueling a similar backlash against Asian communities in Southern California.
- The death of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has had buyers and sellers alike storming stores and online markets and buying up all related merch. Take Two producer Austin Cross explores how some people are pursuing profit, while others are holding back to honor Kobe’s memory.
- On average, early childhood educators in L.A. County earn a scant $14.65 an hour. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that they want to unionize. Reporter Mariana Dale will update us on their efforts to organize.
- Like everything else that’s gotten a greenwashing of late — from diapers to potato chips and even gun lubricant — wines are now being touted as “natural,” “organic,” “biodynamic.” LAist food contributor Catie Disabato explains what that means (if anything) and offers a roundup of natural wine happy hours that will cover you for every day of the week
- The Orange County Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight. It’s the latest in the tense battle between the Orange County School of the Arts and the Santa Ana Unified School District over OCSA’s charter renewal petition. SAUSD approved OCSA’s charter – with conditions. OCSA rejected SAUSD’s findings and is appealing to the Board of Education to authorize the charter instead. Reporter Carla Javier will attend what could be a crowded board meeting, and we’ll bring you her report Thursday morning.
In Case You Missed It:
- The Iowa caucuses were a debacle. With California’s Mar. 3 primary a few weeks away, could the introduction of new technology here cause similar problems? The short answer is no.
- CalMatters has created six colorful charts illustrating where Californians are spending their money so far in the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump is the No. 1 recipient. But that’s not the whole story.
- The L.A. City Council voted to prohibit private detention centers within city limits. The move is a response to plans by the federal Department of Health and Human Services to open a privately run child migrant shelter in the northeast San Fernando Valley.
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