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Probation for L.A.'s Top Budget Official in DUI Case
Los Angeles' City Adminstrative Officer Miguel Santana today plead "no contest" to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol, a charge stemming from March when he was involved in heavy budget discussions with City Council.
Santana today was immediately sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to pay $1,737 in fines and penalty assessments, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Jarvis. He was also ordered to enroll in a six-month drinking-driver program and to view victims of alcohol-related accidents in a hospital and morgue program. A second count, driving while having a .08% or higher blood alcohol, was dismissed under terms of a negotiated plea agreement.
When Santana was caught on March 26th, he was driving a city-issued car. The official, who is paid around $220,000 a year, immediately took a hiatus and has since returned to the job, guiding the City Council through its $6.7 billion budget . Before getting pulled over for speeding, Santana was attending a charity event that roasted District Attorney Steve Cooley, whose office took him to court today.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.