Los Angeles District Attorney
Failed effort to recall George Gascón had a good chance of winning, new poll shows
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón got a lucky break when his opponents failed to gather enough valid signatures to put a recall on the ballot. If it had gone before voters, the recall had a good chance of winning, a new poll shows. Registered voters surveyed this month were favoring a recall 41% to 20% with the rest undecided, according to the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles County DA George Gascon declined to charge man months before he allegedly murdered off-duty cop
A man accused of killing an off-duty Los Angeles-area police officer this month would have been locked up if authorities had prosecuted him for prior strikes in a February felony domestic violence case, meaning he would have faced prison time. Carlos Delcid, 20, allegedly shot Monterey Park police officer Gardiel Solorio, 26, multiple times on Aug. 8 while he was sitting in his car outside a gym in a busy shopping center.
Gascón hirings seek protection at DA union appeal hearings
Members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who are former deputy public defenders are asking a court for greater protection from threats they say they have received as witnesses during hearings on appeals by other prosecutors who maintain they were wrongfully passed over for promotions by the hirings of the transferees. The petition was brought, Thursday, in Los Angeles Superior Court by the District Attorney’s Office against the county Civil Service Commission, asking that ongoing hearings on the appeals be stayed until the current legal action is decided.
L.A. District Attorney George Gascón on crime, Kobe photos, re-election, and more: unedited interview
KLTA reporter Kareen Wynter sat down with embattled Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón for a rare one-on-one interview Thursday, covering topics including the Kobe Bryant crash photos lawsuit, his approach to juvenile justice, increasing violent crime, and whether he intends to run for another term. On Violent Crime: Kareen: “When you look at crime, with homicides up, hate crimes, shootings at an all-time high, what do you say to those who believe your policies have contributed to that?”
DA Gascón wants reelection to fix ‘40 years of bad policy’
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón says he is determined to seek a second term despite his opponents vowing to stall his re-election, saying social justice reform goals would take more than four years. “One of the commitments that I made to the community when I ran in 2020 was that I would run for two terms because taking 40 years of bad policy cannot be turned around in a four-year cycle.”
L.A. TACO interviews D.A. George Gascón: Here are 8 things we learn
L.A. TACO’s Lexis-Olivier Ray sat down for a conversation with Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón at L.A. TACO Studios the morning after a second attempt to force him into a recall election failed. The 68-minute interview is now live on YouTube for you to watch what Gascón called his “most grueling interview yet” in a discussion that spans the deadly Windsor Hills car crash, the murder of Jacqueline Avant, the police shootings of Ryan Twyman and Andres Guardado, local recall efforts, the media, and, naturally, his favorite tacos, among many subjects.
Courts & Rulings
California high court to review ruling saying prosecutors must follow '3 Strikes' law after Gascón filing
The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to review an appellate court ruling that says state district attorneys must follow a 28-year-old law that requires prosecutors to add "strikes" based on a defendant’s past convictions that would lengthen their sentences, according to a report. Progressive Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón asked the court last month to review the appellate court’s decision that said he had overstated his authority in telling prosecutors to not prosecute strikes and other sentence enhancements.
Debt collection agency might be liable based
A collection agency that stapled a typewritten note to a summons inviting the defendant to contact it might be liable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by creating the false impression that the advisement emanated from the court, the Sixth District Court of Appeal has held. Its unpublished opinion was filed Tuesday. Justice Cynthia C. Lie authored it.
Justice Patricia Guerrero confirmed as California’s next chief justice
By a unanimous 3-0 vote, Justice Patricia Guerrero was confirmed Friday to take her place as the next chief justice of the California Supreme Court. The hearing saluted Guerrero's achievements while paying tribute to her predecessor, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. “I’m honored to be living in a state where a little girl grew up in the Imperial Valley raised by immigrant parents from Mexico could grow up, follow her dreams and become the first Latina associate justice on the California Supreme Court,” Guerrero said.
Onica Cole was properly fired as deputy city attorney
Onica Valle Cole - an unsuccessful candidate in the June 7 primary for Los Angeles city attorney - was appropriately fired as a deputy city attorney for insubordination, Div. Five of the Court of Appeal for this district held yesterday. In her two ill-fated campaigns for election to the Los Angeles Superior Court, in 2016 and 2018, Cole ballyhooed her service as a pro tem judge. On three occasions in 2017, she sat in that capacity despite having been expressly denied permission by her office to so - in light of her reduced work hours, occasioned by an injury - giving rise to the finding of insubordination.
Appeals court partially lifts ban on federal contractor vaccine mandate
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Biden Administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors can largely go back into effect - at least for now - overturning a lower court ruling that enjoined the contractor mandate nationwide. The decision was far from a victory for the administration, however. The three-judge panel’s majority found that a narrower injunction to block the mandate would have been warranted, and that once the case is fully litigated, the plaintiffs are at least “reasonably” likely to win their claim that the president can’t use his authority under procurement law to mandate vaccines for contractors.
California Court Of Appeal rules in favor of policyholder in COVID business interruption case
Recently, the California Court of Appeals, Second District, became only the second appellate court in the country - state or federal - to rule favor of a policyholder on a Covid-19 business interruption claim by holding that the policyholder sufficiently pleaded "direct physical loss or damage" under a commercial property insurance policy. In Marina Pacific Hotel & Suites, LLC v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co., the insured hotel operator alleged that COVID-19 caused "a distinct, demonstrable, or physical alteration to property" at its hotel and restaurant, which resulted in "closures or suspension in operations as well as precautionary and remedial measures resulting in decontamination or disposal of impacted property."
Two charged in shooting death of homeless double amputee as he slept in wheelchair: "Disturbingly brutal and callous”
Two people were charged with shooting and killing a homeless double amputee as he slept in a wheelchair in South Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday. Rubi Anguiano Salazar, 37, and Raymundo Hernandez, 34, were charged with murder for the death of 69-year-old Gerold Lipeles on May 17, authorities said. Lipeles was sleeping outside a McDonald's restaurant when Salazar walked up and shot him in the head, prosecutors alleged. He died five days later at a hospital.
SLO County DA cannot prosecute Tianna Arata and BLM protesters, appeals court rules
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office will not be allowed to prosecute Tianna Arata and six other Black Lives Matter protesters for crimes it charged them with during a July 2020 protest, the state appellate court ruled Wednesday. San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Matthew Guerrero removed the office from the case in December 2020, citing a campaign email sent on San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow’s behalf that said he was “leading the fight against the wacky defund police movement” as a clear conflict of interest.
LA man charged in beating death of toddler was arrested for burglary same month alleged abuse occurred
A North Hollywood man arrested in March for alleged organized retail theft and subsequently released on bail was recently charged in the March 22 beating death of his 14-month-old son. Cesar Daniel Cabrera Jr., 20, is charged with assault on a child and child abuse likely to cause great bodily injury, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced on Aug. 26. Prosecutors added an out-on-bail enhancement to the case, though it is unclear if District Attorney George Gascon is allowing sentencing enhancements after he barred them in nonviolent cases when he took office in 2020.
LA City Attorney files lawsuit against owners of apartment complex in effort to curb gang activity
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit against the owners of an apartment building in South L.A., which police say is a stronghold for a violent street gang. Authorities say the gang has been storing weapons in one of the units at 41st Street and Avalon Boulevard and running operations from there. On top of that, officials say they're using intimidation to run the neighborhood.
Inside the tumultuous early days of SF District Attorney Brooke Jenkins' tenure
Lexa Grayner, a lawyer in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office’s special prosecutions unit, entered the first all-staff meeting called by new DA Brooke Jenkins on Monday, July 19, thinking her job was safe. The previous Friday, Jenkins, appointed by Mayor London Breed, had fired 15 of Grayner’s colleagues as part of the “reshuffling” she’d promised on her first day in office. But most of those staffers had been department chiefs setting policy, while Grayner’s role focused on day-to-day litigation work, including overseeing cases related to ghost guns, fraudulent Americans with Disabilities Act claims and technology companies.
Santa Barbara DA alleges discrimination and favoritism in salary dispute
In unusually heated remarks, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley this Tuesday accused the county supervisors of “discrimination and unwarranted favoritism with taxpayers’ dollars” against her and her department. Dudley, now in the last few months of her last term of office, took pointed exception to a proposal that would give her - as an elected department head - a 2.5 percent pay increase while all appointed county department heads had been given pay increases of 5 percent.
California may allow more ill, dying inmates to leave prison
California would allow more ill and dying inmates to be released from state prisons under legislation that cleared the state Senate without opposition on Thursday and heads to the Assembly for final approval. It would ease the current standard, which critics say is so restrictive that it keeps inmates locked up who are too sick to be dangerous. That not only fills prison beds unnecessarily, they say, but is costly because the inmates often require the most expensive and intensive care.
Effort to block prison-to-ICE transfers in California fails in final hours of legislative session
California lawmakers rejected a bill that would have blocked state prisons and jails from transferring noncitizens to federal immigration custody after the completion of their sentences. The so-called VISION Act, which overwhelmingly passed the state Assembly last year, fell three votes short of the 21 needed for approval in the Senate late Wednesday, as lawmakers rushed to wrap up the legislative session.
California OKs bill to protect workers who use pot at home
California could soon become the seventh state to make sure people won’t lose their jobs if they smoke marijuana when they are off the clock. State lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that would stop companies from punishing workers who fail a certain type of drug test that detects not whether a person is high, but whether the person has used marijuana at all in recent days.
California stalls scaled down bail reform after year's delay
California lawmakers balked at a scaled-back attempt at reforming the state's cash bail system Wednesday, a year after a more expansive effort also stalled amid headlines over a gruesome killing. The latest version would bar suspects released prior to trial from being charged for things like ankle monitors or other conditions imposed to ensure they show up in court. It also would require that bail premiums be returned to suspects if charges are dismissed or no charges are filed within 60 days after the suspects' arrest.
Attempt to strengthen California's concealed-carry gun law lacks support from lawmakers
A proposal to strengthen California's concealed-carry law in response to a Supreme Court decision expanding rights to carry firearms in public failed in the Assembly on Tuesday despite backing from Gov. Gavin Newsom and other Democratic leaders. But the bill isn't dead yet. In what's called reconsideration, lawmakers may vote on the bill again Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session and the last chance for state lawmakers to act on legislation and send it to the governor.
Los Angeles County/City
LAPD cops shot man after acknowledging he was unarmed, bodycam footage shows
Immediately after Los Angeles police officers shot a 39-year-old Black man in the back several times, the department claimed its officers believed he was carrying a gun. In body camera footage of the July 18 incident released Wednesday, however, an officer can be heard saying, “It’s not a gun, bro,” as they pursue him on foot. A 911 caller had alerted law enforcement to a man walking around the area brandishing “a black, semi-automatic gun,” according to audio of the call.
LAPD officer briefly detained in company of gang member
An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer was briefly in custody after his fellow officers saw him with a gang member who was found to be in possession of narcotics and a "ghost gun," police said Monday. Gang enforcement officers from the 77th Street Division saw two men standing next to a parked vehicle in South Los Angeles on Saturday, an LAPD source told the Los Angeles Times. After officers searched the vehicle they found narcotics and an untraceable illegal gun, known as a "ghost gun," inside a bag.
LAPD facing challenges as department is down 800 officers, city sees rise in homicides, robberies
The Hollywood Walk of Fame - known across the globe as one of the most famous streets, adorned in the names of the rich and famous. But lately, Hollywood is beginning to become synonymous with crimes. On Monday, we buckled up with LAPD to find out what's really going down. "For the most part, Hollywood is relatively safe," said Los Angeles Police Department Captain Ray Valois. Capt. Valois broke down crime stats in the Hollywood area for FOX 11. He said rapes and aggravated assaults are down compared to last year.
Nearly 40% of LASD jail buses are out of service, and some incarcerated people are missing court dates
With nearly three dozen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department court transportation buses out of service, some incarcerated people are missing important court dates or forced to stay in county jails longer, according to a court employee and multiple public defenders in courtrooms across the county. The Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday that 32 out of a total of 82 buses that transport incarcerated people to and from L.A. County courthouses were in the repair shop “for various reason[s].”
LA County takes step to ensure crash photos are never leaked again, following Kobe Bryant incident
The 2020 helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas that took the lives of NBA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna; Sarah and Payton Chester; Keri, John and Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan sent shock waves across the world. But the unimaginable pain and grief sustained by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, was compounded when graphic photos from the crash scene were shared by Los Angeles County deputies and firefighters with each other, some of their spouses, and in one instance with a bartender at a bar where a deputy was drinking.
LA County Sheriff Villanueva faces lawsuit over alleged whistleblower retaliation against sergeant
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is facing yet another whistleblower lawsuit accusing him and the department of corruption and retaliation. Sgt. Vanessa Chow, a 21-year veteran of the department, says her role as a liaison between the sheriff and the Board of Supervisors put her in the crosshairs of Villanueva's "war against the BOS.” In her newly filed lawsuit, Chow says she also became a target in part because her husband, Detective Jefferson Chow, was the lead investigator in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department's investigation into the September 2018 Banditos deputy gang attack at Kennedy Hall in East Los Angeles.
LA County commission blasts Sheriff’s Department over misinformation about deputy charged with sex crimes
The Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission is pushing for an investigation into last month’s erroneous claim by the Sheriff’s Department that commissioners had overturned the firing of a deputy charged with sexually assaulting four girls. Sean Essex, 51, who faces 33 criminal counts, hasn’t been terminated by the Sheriff’s Department nor has he ever appeared before the Civil Service Commission to appeal a disciplinary matter, said Craig M. Hoetger, the commission’s executive director.
Sheriff’s deputy crashes patrol vehicle, later found at home
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a traffic collision near the intersection of Pico Canyon Road and North Southern Oaks Drive in Stevenson Ranch on Friday night, but was not found at the scene when first responders arrived, according to L.A. County radio dispatch traffic and Sgt. Magos with the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. The deputy was later found at his home nearby, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Anne Heche was trapped in burning home for 45 minutes
Firefighters sent to the scene of a car crash and house fire in Mar Vista Aug. 5, that ultimately claimed the life of actor Anne Heche, were unable to begin lifesaving efforts for about 45 minutes after they first arrived at the scene, according to LA City Fire Department records and time-stamped recordings of radio communications. The recordings, provided by LAFD to the NBC4 I-Team under the California Public Records Act, reveal firefighters couldn’t get access to her car for at least 20 minutes, and it took at least another 20 minutes to pull the car out of the burning building in order to rescue Heche.
Crime/Public Safety
CA homicides and violent crime spiked in 2021, state report shows
Violent crime and homicides rates shot up again in 2021, adding fuel to an argument that the Golden State is fraught with crime as the state's top Democrats head into another election season. The total arrest rate decreased, but the report also revealed that homicides increased 7.2 percent from the previous year, according to a report from the state Department of Justice. That rate is "significantly" below the state's historical high of 4,095 homicides in 1993, the state's attorney general's office said.
Attorney General Bonta downplays increased crime in California
In a press release dated August 25, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the release of state crime data for 2021. Noting that violent and property crime rates “remain significantly below their historical highs,” he admitted that homicides increased 7% last year. This follows a 31% increase in homicides from 2019 to 2021. The largest single-year increase in state history. Taking the Attorney General at his word that “Good data is a cornerstone of good public policy,” the latest Crime in California report strongly suggests that current policies are taking the state in the wrong direction.
The battle against ghost guns: how LA County has tried to stop the sale of untraceable firearms (Video)
Despite the bans from the state and city officials, ghost guns have only exploded in popularity with police saying they've seen a 400% increase of these untraceable weapons on the streets. However, a new federal regulation has given officials a glimmer of hope in the fight against ghost guns. Ross Palombo sits down with L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón and LAPD Deputy Chief Kris Pitcher.
Gun battle sparked by road rage in Long Beach leaves one wounded, police say
A gun battle triggered by road rage broke out in Long Beach early Sunday morning, leaving one person wounded and leading to the arrest of a man police believe was involved in the car-to-car shooting, authorities said. At least two others were injured when one of the vehicles collided with a third vehicle, which crashed into a house, police said. Investigators were searching for a second suspect, said Brandon Fahey, a Long Beach Police Department spokesman.
Thousands more Kia, Hyundai vehicles stolen in Los Angeles this year because of a TikTok challenge, LAPD says
The teenager in Milwaukee calmly explains to his nervous interviewer how he’s stolen possibly hundreds of cars with nothing more than a screwdriver and a USB cord. All it took was a little ingenuity of kids with too much time on their hands. The interview, posted to YouTube in May 2022, shows two teenaged members of the “Kia Boys,” a loose confederation of young car thieves in Milwaukee who police say have stolen hundreds of Kia and Hyundai vehicles over the last two years.
Video of LAPD high-speed chase that killed two bystanders raises new questions
A Los Angeles police car dash cam of a pursuit shows officers chased a fleeing motorist at high speed for at least 80 seconds before the suspect went through a red light and collided with another car, killing two people inside. Officers opted to turn off their lights and siren and back off the pursuit only a few seconds before the fatal collision that took the lives of Janisha Harris, 35, and Jamarea Keyes, 38, the LAPD video of the Aug. 19 incident shows.
Jury rules excessive force in 2017 police shooting
A federal jury has found a San Jose police officer liable for excessive force in the fatal 2017 shooting of Jacob Dominguez, who was a man killed during a traffic stop in which police claimed he appeared to have a gun, though he turned out to be unarmed. The excessive-force finding - accompanied by a $1 million jury award - was part of a mixed verdict reached Wednesday after a week-long civil trial that centered around Sgt. Michael Pina’s claim that Dominguez dropped his arms from a surrender pose, which Pina took as a sign Dominguez was reaching down for a firearm inside his car.
Lawsuit accuses Black Lives Matter head of syphoning more than $10 million from donors
The head of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation was accused of syphoning off more than $10 million in from donors, in a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit says that Shalomyah Bowers, the board secretary of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the non-profit organization that acts as the movement's administrative arm, used Black Lives Matter, or BLM, as his "personal piggy bank," and of "betray[ing] the public trust by self-dealing and breaching his fiduciary duties."
Newsom’s controversial mental health care plan for homeless advances
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s controversial proposal to steer homeless people with severe mental disorders into treatment cleared the state Assembly on Tuesday and is on its way to becoming law despite objections from civil liberties advocates who fear it will be used to force unhoused residents into care they don’t want. Homeless people with severe mental health disorders often cycle among the streets, jail and hospitals, with no one entity responsible for their well-being.
‘Fund police’: Biden pushes plan to build public trust in officers
President Joe Biden made a stop in election battleground country Tuesday to rally votes for the Democratic side of the ticket in the upcoming midterms, questioning the lack of bipartisan support for his crime-prevention plan. “Every single Republican member of Congress - every single one in this state - voted against the support for law enforcement,” Biden said, referring to his Safer America Plan. "They talk about how much they love it [policing]. They voted against the funding.”
$480,000 awarded to inmate who suffered miscarriage after sheriff's deputies stopped at Starbucks while driving her to hospital
Southern California's Orange County has agreed to pay $480,000 to an inmate who was pregnant but suffered a miscarriage after sheriff's deputies stopped at a Starbucks while driving her to a hospital. Sandra Quinones, who is no longer in custody, alleged in a federal lawsuit that sheriff's staff delayed treatment after her water broke in the jail. County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the payment, but Quinones must formally accept the settlement before it becomes final, the Orange County Register reported.
NYC, California pensions ask credit card firms to help track suspicious gun buys
Top New York City and California pension officials want payments processors Visa Inc, Mastercard Inc and American Express to create a new tool to track suspicious gun purchases. Staff for New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, who oversees pension funds, said he has filed shareholder resolutions at Mastercard and American Express asking their boards to explain their views on whether to add a new "merchant category code" for firearms stores.
California lawmakers reject bill to allow their staff to unionize at the state Capitol
For the fourth time in five years, the California Legislature rejected a bill to allow its staff to unionize, parting with other West Coast states that have approved similar legislation to try to improve workplace conditions and offset power imbalances between politicians and their legislative staff. The bill died after Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) initially refused to allow a vote in his committee on the final night before the lawmakers adjourned for the year.
South L.A. man pleads guilty to conspiring to commit armed robberies of half a dozen businesses in two-week crime spree
A South Los Angeles man pleaded guilty today to a federal conspiracy charge and admitted to committing six armed robberies of businesses, mostly 7-Eleven stores, during a two-week crime spree late last year. Colin Powell Lacey, 28, of the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit interference with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act).
California man convicted in pair of 1980s rape-murder cold cases: 'Sexually motivated serial killer'
A California man was convicted in Los Angeles Thursday for the rape and murder of two women in the 1980s, after investigators linked him to the case using new DNA evidence testing. Horace Van Vaultz Jr., 67, who was described by prosecutors as a "sexually motivated serial killer," was convicted by a jury for first-degree murder for the deaths of Selena Keough, 21, on July 16, 1981, and Mary Duggan, 22, on June 9, 1986, City News Service reported.
Custody assistant pleads no contest to trying to bring drugs into jail
A Los Angeles County sheriff's custody assistant pleaded no contest Friday to trying to bring methamphetamine into Men's Central Jail nearly four years ago. Jose Flores, 43, was immediately sentenced to 300 hours of community service and two years probation following his plea to a felony count of attempting to bring an illegal substance into a jail, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Man who thought he was communicating with Kylie Jenner is convicted of three murders in OC
A 31-year-old man who tried to crash into reality TV personality Kylie Jenner’s home is scheduled to be sentenced next month for killing two transients in Anaheim and a cellmate while awaiting trial. Marvin Magallanes was convicted Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder and a count of second-degree murder, with special circumstance allegations of multiple murders. Magallanes is expected to be sentenced Sept. 8 of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Articles of Interest
A judge’s affair with Tom Girardi, a beachfront condo and a $300,000 wire from his firm
Tricia Bigelow, then a presiding justice of a state appeals court in downtown Los Angeles, wanted a weekend place at the beach. She found an ocean-front condominium in a prime area of Santa Monica in 2015 and embarked on a luxurious makeover later described in a rental listing: custom kitchen cabinets, high-end appliances, a built-in wine fridge, a soaking tub and furnishings in an elegant nautical theme. To pay the substantial price tag, she did not have to rely on her judicial salary alone.
Donald Trump threatens to sue if CNN doesn’t apologize, retract ‘big lie’ - with libel law on justices’ to-do list
Donald Trump has threatened CNN with a lawsuit over the network’s reporting of “The Big Lie.” His lawyers insist in a letter to the network that he simply believes it. As far-fetched as it may seem, the threat comes less than a month after two Supreme Court Justices raised the stakes when they made it known they want to reconsider the First Amendment precedent that set actual malice as the libel standard for public figures.
Trump hired one of the lawyers defending him in the Mar-a-Lago raid case after seeing him on TV, report says
One of the lawyers fighting the Department of Justice on Donald Trump's behalf was hired after the former president saw him on TV, according to a report. The New York Times reported the detail on Sunday about the hiring of Jim Trusty, a former federal prosecutor. It cited unnamed people close to Trump for the information.
Recent legislation threatens newspapers’ public notice revenue
Want to post a notice of a public meeting, announce a public bid or a project or inform the public of some other government proceeding? Do you need to publish updated voter rolls, notices of election or notify non respondents to subpoenas of legal proceedings or court actions? Are you a contractor who has finished a publicly funded project and you need to inform the taxpayers of its completion?
Alec Baldwin sued by Marine’s family; he gave them money before learning of Jan. 6 activities
The sisters and widow of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan are again suing Alec Baldwin for $25 million, alleging the actor exposed them to social media hatred after learning one of the women was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 of last year. Their original suit was dismissed in May by a federal judge in Wyoming who said her court had no jurisdiction over Baldwin, who lives in New York.
‘Absolute warfare’: Cartels terrorize Mexico as security forces fall short
The butcher had been killed and no one knew why. The execution occurred in broad daylight as he worked in a family-owned restaurant, one of many murders that go unsolved every week in Celaya, among Mexico’s most dangerous cities. His co-workers and family cried and drank tequila to calm their nerves, while a forensic expert walked among tables still covered with food left behind by customers who had fled during the shooting.
CalSavers to cover nearly all employees in California
CalSavers, the state-run program that provides retirement plan coverage to private-sector employees whose employers do not, will cover nearly all such employees in the Golden State. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Aug. 26 signed legislation further expanding the program. S. 1126 expands the definition of “eligible employer” for purposes of the CalSavers Retirement Savings Trust Act to include a person or entity that has (1) at least one eligible employee and that (2) satisfies the requirements to establish or participate in a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement.
Got an email about your antivirus? It might be a scam
Whether or not you’re subscribed to antivirus software, you might get a message about it. An email or a letter in the mail will say your subscription was renewed - and you’ll be charged several hundred dollars. Subscription scams are trending, and fake antivirus billing renewals could trick you out of hundreds. Sometimes, con artists pretend to represent Microsoft, Google or other trusted tech companies. They think you’ll call their fake customer service number if they hide behind official logos.
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