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By Richard Winton | LA Times A man whose record includes seven felony convictions now faces an attempted murder charge after prosecutors say he opened fire with a machine gun on two Los Angeles police officers, grazing one of them. Malcolm Darnell Guss Jr. is accused of using a fully automatic AR-style rifle to shoot at Officers Stefan Carutasu and Joshua Rodney after they tried to stop his white Chevrolet sedan at around 9:30 p.m. on July 3 in Willowbrook near Broadway and Rosecrans Avenue, just south of Los Angeles. Guss allegedly unloaded on the officers before they could get…

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By Rachel Uranga | LA Times Blasting a $2-billion people mover that would link SoFi Stadium to one of Los Angeles’ newest rail lines, Rep. Maxine Waters is on a mission to halt a project she called “ridiculous.” “To the degree that I can do anything to stop it, I will do it,” she said Wednesday. “It’s a project that has turned out to be totally unnecessary and totally much too costly.” The veteran lawmaker argues the elevated people mover — once touted as a marquee piece for the 2028 Olympic Games — won’t help those living in the working-class but gentrifying community. She…

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By Summer Lane | California Insider Senate Bill 1230, introduced in February by Democratic Sen. Susan Rubio, would empower the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to seize flavored tobacco products from store shelves and destroy them. “As a schoolteacher, I know all too well that California students continue to have easy access to addictive e-cigarettes with flavors designed to appeal to youth,” said Ms. Rubio in an April statement. According to the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2.8 million middle and high school students in the United States—about 10 percent—reported using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which is an aerosolized delivery…

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By 209Times STOCKTON- Disgraced former Stockton Mayor Michael has announced he is raising money to run for Lieutenant Governor of California. This announcement comes days after the Fair Political Practice Commission found that Tubbs hid over $4 million in donations he raised for his “Reinvent Stockton” nonprofit that also runs “Stockton Scholars”. Tax documents also show that the same “nonprofit” then paid him and his friends six figure salaries with Tubbs making $202,612 while his former tax funder paid “executive assistant”, Cameron Burns, was paid $136,882. Now he’s raising money to run for Lt Governor while claiming he helped poverty…

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By Salvador Hernandez | LA Times Four days before a woman barreled into a busy Windsor Hills intersection at more than 100 mph, causing a deadly, fiery crash, prosecutors say, she searched online using her phone: “Why do I feel like death is near?” That same day, they say, she also searched, “Can you see your dea[th] coming?” Those internet searches were part of the evidence presented by prosecutors Friday against Nicole Linton, a traveling nurse charged in the deaths of five people and a fetus after crashing through the intersection of La Brea and Slauson avenues on Aug. 4,…

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By Colleen Shalby | LA Times A long-awaited Automated People Mover train at Los Angeles International Airport could finally have a set deadline for completion — with the final price tag expected to include around half a billion in legal costs. Los Angeles World Airports staff will ask the board of commissioners on Thursday to approve $400 million more to settle claims over the delayed project at LAX, according to a board agenda released Monday. If approved, officials expect the project to finish construction on Dec. 8, 2025. The project is about 95% complete, but disagreements between the airport and…

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LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, July 13th, at approximately 11:56 AM, security personnel at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall apprehended an individual outside the facility attempting to throw contraband over the wall. As a precautionary measure, the facility was placed on lockdown and visiting was canceled. The department’s Campus Safety and Security Operations, along with the SEO K-9 Firearms teams, conducted a thorough sweep of the entire facility for additional contraband. The lockdown was lifted at 4:33 PM. Letter: L.A. County probation DSOs are staging callouts which impacts juvenile halls The safety and security of the youth in our care are…

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By Libor Jany and Richard Winton | LA Times After an initial round of interviews, the number of contenders to be the next Los Angeles police chief has been narrowed to about 10 names, according to multiple sources familiar with the nationwide search. Among them is Jim McDonnell, a one-time LAPD assistant chief and former Los Angeles County Sheriff, whose name has circulated around LAPD headquarters and City Hall for months as a possible candidate. His entry, confirmed by at least three sources, adds another dynamic into what is considered by many to be a wide-open race to be the…

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By Dan Diamond, Samuel Oakford and Carol D. Leonnig | Washington Post Hollywood executives, performers and thousands of other Californians filed into a Los Angeles theater last month, expecting a star-studded fundraiser for President Biden, backed by actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts, that would inject millions of dollars into Biden’s static campaign and launch him on a path to beat Donald Trump in November. Instead, many attendees — led by Clooney — now say they watched a dud and a preview screening of what the nation saw two weeks later in Biden’s prime-time debate against Trump. “I said to my wife, either he’ll do great at…

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By Lindsey Holden | Sacramento Bee California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week attacked a ballot measure changing parts of Proposition 47, saying it’s more of a “drug policy reform” than an attempt to address retail theft. His comments at two different press events emphasized the measure’s expensive price tag — and may preview a coming opposition campaign against the district attorney-backed initiative, now numbered Proposition 36. “I’m very concerned about this drug policy reform that takes possession and makes it a felony,” Newsom said at a Thursday press conference in Oakland. “And increases the size of our prison population by…

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By Rachel Swan and Dan Kopf | SF Chronicle In recent months it seemed that Oakland — a city famously grappling with a rise in crime — had course-corrected in remarkable fashion. Statistics published by the police department showed year-to-year crime had dropped by 33% overall by the end of April, a dramatic shift after last year’s spike. Mayor Sheng Thao praised the city for turning a corner. Gov. Gavin Newsom quoted the 33% figure in a news release touting Oakland’s partnership with the California Highway Patrol. The news spread through social media posts and optimistic headlines, including stories in the Chronicle. But a new Chronicle review of Oakland police data finds that the city…

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By Clara Harter | Daily Breeze Los Angeles City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto announced a lawsuit on Wednesday against a “massive” illegal short-term rental ring, allegedly run by an Airbnb influencer who offered master classes in his rental schemes. According to the complaint, the rental group reaped more than $4 million in profits by listing dozens of illegal vacation rentals on platforms including Airbnb, VRBO and Booking.com in violation of the city’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance. “As renters battle a severe housing shortage and sky-high rent, these defendants exacerbated our housing crisis by leasing at least 30 apartments and houses from their owners and…

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During its Constitutional Convention, which began on July 10 in Chicago, delegates of the storied organization for African American men will consider an amendment to their bylaws that would restrict membership to “any male defined as a human being naturally born male, who remains and continually identifies as a male,” according to a draft reviewed by GLAAD. Some members of the organization say the proposed language is not only discriminatory and unnecessarily exclusionary but politically motivated. They say the organization’s national leadership — and this amendment — don’t reflect a broader Alpha membership that can be more accepting and welcoming.…

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By Andrew Sheeler | Sacramento Bee More than two years out from the 2026 California gubernatorial election, candidate and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis’ campaign announced that has more than $9 million on hand. That includes a haul of $1.4 million in the first six months of 2024, according to her campaign. Since announcing her bid, Kounalakis has raised nearly $5.4 million — that’s in addition to the $4.4 million she had stashed in her lieutenant governor campaign committee. Read more at: Sacramento Bee

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By Ashley Ahn | LA Times Ontario City Council Member Jim Bowman has been arrested for an alleged hit-and-run and suspicion of driving under the influence. First responders were notified Monday at 5:05 p.m. about a traffic accident involving two vehicles near Euclid Avenue and Mission Boulevard, Ontario Police Department Sgt. Melissa Ramirez said in a statement Thursday. Witnesses said one vehicle had left the scene of the accident. Police said the vehicle that left the scene was driven by Bowman, who called 911 about a minute later near Locust Street and Laurel Avenue, about a mile away from the accident, to…

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