County Oversight Commission Members Call On Villanueva To Resign As Sheriff

first_imgCommunity News County Oversight Commission Members Call On Villanueva To Resign As Sheriff CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm 23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyBet You Didn’t Need Another Reason To Stay Coupled Up This SeasonHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex VillanuevaExpressing doubt over the sheriff’s version of events leading to the arrest of a local reporter, a civilian commission that oversees the agency asked county attorneys Thursday to prepare a report on legal responsibilities involved in law enforcement activities at protests — and some members called on the sheriff to resign.“It’s with great reluctance that I’m calling for Sheriff (Alex) Villanueva to resign,” said Civilian Oversight Commission member Robert Bonner, a former federal prosecutor and head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department itself deserves better. The men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserve better.”Bonner criticized Villanueva for failing to build a working relationship with the county Board of Supervisors, saying he has “gone out of his way to alienate and insult supervisors.”Patti Giggans, chair of the commission, echoed Bonner’s sentiment, saying, “The sheriff’s department does not have the leader it deserves.”The commission could take an official “no-confidence” vote on the sheriff at its next meeting.The comments came at the end of a meeting highlighted by concerns over the weekend arrest of a reporter covering protests outside a Lynwood hospital following the shooting of two sheriff’s deputies in Compton.Inspector General Max Huntsman, who is investigating the arrest of Josie Huang, a reporter with KPCC and LAist, said he is still waiting to receive materials from the sheriff’s department to conduct a more thorough probe. But he questioned the veracity of earlier statements by Villanueva and the department about the arrest.“Unfortunately, all evidence we have currently gathered suggests that significant parts of the claims made by the (sheriff’s) department may have been false,” Huntsman told the commission. “The information we have gathered is preliminary and not intended to substitute for a complete investigation.”Huang was pinned to the ground and handcuffed while covering the arrest of a demonstrator outside a Lynwood hospital following the Saturday night shooting of two deputies. Her arrest has been met with outrage from media organizations.On Wednesday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — a coalition of 64 media organizations — called on the sheriff’s department to drop the citation it issued to Huang, who spent about five hours in custody. The group echoed concerns expressed by other media groups that have disputed the sheriff’s version of the arrest, and called on the department “to take immediate steps to prevent another incident like the arrest of (Huang).”During Thursday’s meeting, Oversight Commission member Lael Rubin said she’s concerned that under the leadership of Villanueva, deputies may have violated people’s right to protest and journalists’ right to report a story.“It seems to me that the sheriff has dug in his heels on this issue, and I don’t want us to get into a situation where the sheriff is asking us to defend what he has done here,” Rubin said.The commission asked county attorneys a report on the legal responsibilities of law enforcement operations at protests and have it ready for the panel’s next meeting in October.Emails and calls to the LASD seeking comment regarding Huang’s arrest and the commission’s actions were not immediately returned. An LASD representative told City News Service on Wednesday the case was still under investigation and the department had no further comment.Huang was arrested as she was covering a confrontation involving a handful of protesters at the emergency room entrance of St. Francis Medical Center, where the deputies injured in the Compton shooting were being treated.Video from the scene showed deputies pinning Huang to the ground and arresting her.The sheriff’s department claimed she didn’t have proper media credentials, failed to properly identify herself as a reporter and was “interfering with a lawful arrest” of one of the protesters.Villanueva later doubled down on that contention, saying Huang got “right up on the shoulder” of a deputy trying to make an arrest, and saying her actions were more “activism” than journalism.But video from Huang’s cell phone subsequently surfaced, showing her repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter, shouting “KPCC,” and saying, “You’re hurting me” and crying out in apparent pain.Huang was cited and could face charges under California Penal Code Section 148 for obstructing a law enforcement officer from performing his or her lawful duties.County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl told City News Service Thursday that she has little faith in Villanueva to denounce the actions that were taken against Huang.“I think it’s now incontrovertible that the sheriff has essentially been lying about so many of these things and has (been) shown to be lying by video recording,” Kuehl said.“I understand deputies need to make quick decisions, minute by minute, but that’s where accountability and training come in and that’s where leadership comes in,” she said. “The sheriff should be telling his deputies that these actions are not acceptable, that the press has the right to cover these stories.”The letter from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press accuses deputies of violating Huang’s constitutional rights.“The right to record police activity in public is clearly established, and an officer who violates that First Amendment freedom — especially through the use of force — enjoys no legal immunity,” the group contends in the letter. “Based on multiple recordings of the incident, it appears that the Department’s arrest of Ms. Huang violated these clearly established First Amendment rights.”The Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists wrote a letter to Huntsman on Wednesday asking that his office make public all information it gathers in the investigation.“The department’s treatment of Huang threatens to have a chilling effect on journalists across the county. We cannot overstate the importance of a thorough investigation by your office,” chapter president David Zahniser wrote.Villanueva apologized Wednesday for a separate incident involving one of his deputies, who shined his flashlight at a television camera operated by a Fox11 crew that was documenting the arrest of a suspect at a fire.“Unbelievable. Look at this LA County Sheriff’s Deputy shining his flashlight directly into our @foxla camera, trying to prevent us from recording an arrest made at fire,” reporter Gigi Graciette tweeted. “Said we weren’t allowed to videotape. What? We are standing on sidewalk where law clearly allows us to be.”Villanueva responded soon after with his own tweet.“I have personally spoken to @GigiGraciette and apologized on behalf of @LASDHQ for the wrongful actions of one of our personnel while she and @FoxLA were reporting on an arrest,” the sheriff said. 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Bicycles – after bicycles, you can also rent electric bicycles in Rijeka

first_imgThe bicycle is an electric bicycle manufactured by Apache MATTA TOUR, the size of a 28-inch wheel, the size of an 18-inch frame with a motor in the center. It has nine speeds, a large capacity battery and GPS tracking. What is a Ricycle? All information on how to rent electric bicycles and conditions of use are available on the website ricikleta.rijeka.hr A total of 28 bicycles have been installed, equipped with an information system that allows their rental via a mobile application, enables charging of the electric battery on the terminal stand and includes GPS tracking. RiCikleta is a new system of public electric bicycles, which was presented a few days ago in Rijeka. This is a new project of the City of Rijeka which sets up terminals with electric bicycles available for rent at four locations in the city, on Jadranski trg, in front of the Youth Hall in Trsat, on the pedestrian bridge over Rječina (on the Sušak bridge) and on the garage roof at Kantrida Pools . center_img Rental of RiCikleta is done by scanning the QR code, ie paying the rent via QRPay code via a smartphone and the GO2BIKE application, which can be done by any adult. The price of renting a bike is 10 kuna per hour, while the maximum time of uninterrupted use is 3 hours. Before the expiration of the three-hour period, the user is obliged to return the bicycle to one of the four existing stations of the Ricikleta system. The bicycle can be used within the administrative boundaries of the City of Rijeka. This project seeks to encourage urban mobility of citizens and enable the development of alternative forms of movement around the city that are beneficial to the health of the individual and the environment. Source and photo: City of Rijeka, ricikleta.rijeka.hrlast_img read more

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John D Wood dismisses Pope

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Leading young players target French titles

first_img Leading young English players will cross the Channel later this month to target two French titles.Five members of the England Golf women and girls’ squads will play in the French U21 women’s championship at St Cloud, from 29 March to 2 April: Annabell Fuller and Martha Lewis of Surrey, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset, Hannah Screen of Hertfordshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.Six players from the England boys’ squad have been selected for the simultaneous French boys’ championship at St Germain: Barclay Brown of Yorkshire, Enrique Dimayuga of Surrey, Harry Goddard and Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, Matthew Freeman of Nottinghamshire and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire (pictured, copyright Leaderboard Photography).The playersAnnabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) was runner-up in the recent Portuguese women’s amateur and is the English U16 girls’ champion.Martha Lewis, 18, (St Georges Hill) was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, among other good results.Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham & Berrow) reached the last 16 in the British girls’ and won the U16 trophy at the Scottish girls’ championship.Hannah Screen, 18, (Berkhamsted) was runner-up in the British women’s stroke play and helped England win the Girls’ Home Internationals.Amelia Williamson, 17, (Royal Cromer) was in England girls’ team which won a European bronze medal and is a consistently high finisherThe boys will play both individually and in two teams for the Nations Cup:Team OneHarry Goddard, 18, (Hanbury Manor) has helped England win the Boys’ Home Internationals for the last two years.Matthew Freeman, 16, (Notts.) was fifth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and runner up in the Midland qualifying for boys’ County FinalsRobin Williams, 16, (Peterborough Milton) was a semi-finalist in the Boys’ Amateur Championship and is a GB&I and England boy international.Team TwoBarclay Brown, 17, (Hallamshire) was in England’s winning teams at the European Young Masters and in the U16 international against Spain.Enrique Dimayuga, 16, (Walton Heath) was fifth in the English U16 boys’ McGregor Trophy and in the North of England U16 championship.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishop’s Stortford) was runner-up in the English U16 McGregor Trophy, and reached the last 32 in the Boys’ Amateur 2 Mar 2018 Leading young players target French titles Tags: Boys, French, U21, Womenlast_img read more

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D’AMATO’S IRISH-BRED HUNT COULD BE ‘NOW’ HORSE IN SUNDAY’S $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Irish-bred Hunt, a sharp first condition allowance winner on Feb. 4, will hope to parlay his recent good form over the course into victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. Named in honor of the original Voice of Santa Anita, the Hernandez attracted a wide-open field of seven.Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Hunt was attentive to the pace as the 5-2 favorite on Feb. 4, opened up by two lengths crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and prevailed by three quarters of a length in his hillside debut. A 4-year-old gelding, Hunt is owned by Michael House and is 12-2-5-1 overall with earnings of $91,109.A close second going a mile on turf in his U.S. debut at Del Mar Aug. 30, Hunt will be making his sixth stateside start on Sunday and will be ridden back by Prat.A winner of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes over the course in September, 2014, Tarabilla Farms’ Home Run Kitten never threatened here in the downhill Clockers’ Corner Stakes Jan. 24, but had been idle since May 9 and was likely in need of the race. Trained by David Hofmans, Home Run Kitten has two wins from five tries down the hill and he has an abundance of back class to draw upon.A 5-year-old horse by Kitten’s Joy, Home Run Kitten is 16-4-2-5 overall with earnings of $342,300.D’Amato will also send out Papacoolpapacool, who has been idle since well beaten in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 6. The Hernandez will be his first start down the hillside turf course.Devoid of early speed, trainer John Sadler’s Bench Warrant has two wins from five tries down the hill and has been finishing well in his last two hillside starts, the Clockers’ Corner Stakes on Jan. 24 and the Grade III Daytona Stakes on Dec. 26. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., the 4-year-old colt by Street Boss is 12-3-0-1 overall with earnings of $191,470.The speed of the field is trainer Vann Belvoir’s Rocket Heat, who opened up early and was tagged late in both the Daytona and Clockers’ Corner Stakes and was most recently fourth, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes at six furlongs on dirt Feb. 7. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Latent Heat, Rocket Heat is owned by Mike Sanchez. With an overall mark of 14-5-4-1, he has earnings of $214,680.Trainer Doug O’Neill’s Guns Loaded comes off a sharp second condition allowance win here going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Feb. 20 and has a win and a second from four tries over the course. Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Haymes, Rodriguez and Rothblum, the 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by the D’wildcat is 24-6-3-4 overall with earnings of $299,470.Class Racing Stable’s Holy Lute was attentive to the pace in the Clockers’ Corner Stakes here Jan. 24 and has a win and four seconds from seven hillside tries. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the 6-year-old horse by Midnight Lute figures to get a stalking trip under Victor Espinoza. With an overall mark of 24-4-6-3, he has earnings of $402,042.The complete field for the Joe Hernandez Stakes, to be run as the fourth race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 120; Hunt, Flavien Prat, 122; Papacoolpapacool, Brice Blanc, 120; Rocket Heat, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 120; Guns Loaded, Santiago Gonzalez, 120, and Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 120.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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Buffett’s multimillion-dollar boost to the fight for rhinos

first_imgA rhino with her calf at a watering home in a South African game reserve. Thanks to continued conservation efforts since the 1960s, South Africa is the last stronghold of significant rhino populations in the world. (Image: South African Tourism)• Media relationsHoward G Buffett [email protected]• Rey ThakhuliSouth African National Parks+27 12 426 5203+27 73 373 [email protected]• Chris MaraisNature Conservation [email protected] AlexanderThe US-based Howard G Buffet Foundation, a philanthropic trust headed by the elder son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, has pledged a massive R255-million (US$23.7-million) for a high-tech three-year initiative to fight rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park and test tactics that could be used against armed militia elsewhere in Africa.The project, announced in Johannesburg on Friday 14 March, will be run by the Nature Conservation Trust in partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks), the state body in charge of the country’s system of natural reserves.The funds will go towards creating an “intensive protection zone” in the Kruger National Park, which will use sophisticated detection and tracking equipment on the ground and in the air, elite dog units, highly trained ranger teams, and improved intelligence gathering and surveillance systems to keep poachers at bay.At 1.9-million hectares, the Kruger is South Africa’s flagship national park, and home to over 40% of the world’s remaining rhinos – the largest single population in the world. But a massive increase in the global demand for rhino horn has seen 1 383 of the animals poached from Kruger since January 2010, part of a larger assault in which 2 368 rhinos have been slaughtered in South Africa over the past few years. In some areas of Africa, entire populations of rhino have been eliminated.Criminal networks and armed militiasRhino poaching in Kruger is driven mainly by criminal networks in Mozambique, South Africa and East Asia, but there is evidence that militant armed groups elsewhere in Africa get significant funding from the illegal trade in rhino horn. The new protection zone in Kruger will be a testing ground for tactics to fight poaching in these other African regions.“As the world opens its borders and travel between countries becomes easier, cross-border crimes increase,” Edna Molewa, South Africa’s environment minister, said at the announcement. “It is a sad reality that increases in certain crimes, such as the illicit wildlife trade, can be partly attributed to modern development and growing economies.“In this world of illicit trade in wildlife the biggest resource, as with many other natural resources, happens to be found in Africa.” The illegal trade in wildlife, Molewa said, is today the fourth-largest syndicated criminal activity in the world after drug trafficking, human trafficking and arms smuggling.The Howard G Buffett Foundation is a private family foundation working in food and water security, conflict mitigation and conservation in some of the poorest regions of the world.‘Africa’s best national parks system’A farmer, businessman, philanthropist, conservationist and photographer, Howard G Buffett heads both his foundation and the South African Nature Conservation Trust. “This effort joins our foundation’s historic support for conservation,” he said on Friday, “with our current focus on conflict mitigation in Africa, particularly in the Great Lakes region.”His foundation has committed an additional R1.9-billion ($175-million) to its Africa Great Lakes Peace Initiative, which includes funding for anti-poaching efforts intended to interrupt the flow of money to armed groups.The Kruger Park project will be directed by retired Major General Johan Jooste, a decorated army veteran hired by SANParks CEO David Mabunda in 2012 to run the national parks’ anti-poaching efforts. SANParks, Buffett said, was “the best operating national parks system on the continent”, providing a “unique opportunity to test new technology and new ideas” to curb poaching.Mabunda said the Buffett Foundation intervention would transform SANParks’ continued work to curb the assault on rhino populations. “The scale, complexity, and strategic value of this initiative is truly unprecedented for SANParks,” he said. “We believe it will be transformative in our ongoing efforts to address poaching and the decimation of the rhino population in Kruger National Park.“More importantly, the lessons we hope to learn and share across SANParks and the continent will, we believe, develop new and more effective ways to combat illicit wildlife trade, particularly where it is financing armed groups.”Poachers’ eyes on AfricaThe demand for rhino horn, a folk remedy attributed with powerful curative properties in many Asian countries, has decimated rhino populations across the world. With the three South Asian rhino species close to extinction, poachers’ attention has recently turned to Africa as the last source of the horn.“Having completely destroyed rhino populations throughout the world the criminals have in the last seven years set their sights on Africa, specifically South Africa,” Molewa said.With few natural enemies, rhino were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia. Today there are fewer than 30 000 left in the world, only 4 000 of them outside Africa, which has an estimated population of 25 000 rhino.And as rhino numbers continue to dwindle, their horn has become arguably the most expensive commodity on earth today, according to research by a number of non-governmental organisations.“South Africa is home to more than 80% of the world’s rhino population, a testament to our country’s successful conservation practices,” Molewa said. “It is this successful restoration of the rhino population since the 1960s that makes South Africa the single-most important country in the fight for the survival of the rhino.”last_img read more

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IPL works when Indian players perform: Preity Zinta

first_imgKings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta was her usual sporting self after she was forced to pay way over and above what the management had in mind for India pacer Mohit Sharma.When the Haryana speedster came up for auction toda y, KXIP and Kolkata Knight Riders went in aggressive pursuit. But shortly into the bidding war, KKR pulled out and it seemed Punjab had Mohit in the bag for a little over Rs 4 crore when Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped into the fray.SRH played around for a while before backing off, leaving Mohit with KXIP for a whopping Rs 6.50 crore. But Zinta was unphased with the extra money she had to pay. (How the teams stack up now )”Mohit is going to get married soon, so it’s a small wedding gift from us,” said the Bollywood star with her trademark dimples in place”. “Look the tournament works when Indan players perform so we don’t mind.” (KKR happy to keep small side: Gambhir )Zinta did not want to accuse SRH of purposefully tampering with their plans and budgets around Mohit’s purchase but said teams often did these things intentionally to upset the available purse in rival camps.”I am not saying anyone did this intnetionally but sometimes teams do that. Every team wants to buy the big players, so I don’t think it’s always intentional.”Mohit, who plays for Haryana, said he was happy to turn out for KXIP.”It seems I have always played for Kings XI Punjab. I have known Virender Sehwag for very long now and he has helped me a lot. I am happy to play with him again,” Mohit said.advertisementSehwag, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, is now a mentor with KXIP.last_img read more

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9 days agoEngland U21 boss Boothroyd praises Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi

first_imgEngland U21 boss Boothroyd praises Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has lauded Callum Hudson-Odoi for showing a “first-class” attitude after dropping down from the senior team.The Chelsea winger was simply sublime in the Young Lions’ 5-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.”I hope not,’ the boss replied when quizzed on if he thought that would be the last time he would be involved with the Young Lions.”He’s been brilliant for us, if a player was a senior and then came back down to us they could be moody but he has been first class, on and off the pitch.”If anything in both games he was almost trying too hard, things don’t come off but what he did tonight was exceptional.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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New Penn State OC Joe Moorhead Posts Heartfelt Thank You Note To Fordham Players, Coaches, Fans

first_imgJoe Moorhead tweets a thank you to Fordham players, coaches, and fans.joe moorhead penn state ocJoe Moorhead is headed to Happy Valley to become Penn State’s next offensive coordinator, but he certainly isn’t leaving Fordham on bad terms. Monday morning, Moorhead, who served as head coach of the Rams for the past four seasons, posted a heartfelt letter to players, fans and coaches associated with the program. Moorhead, in his four years at the school, took it to the FCS Playoffs three times.Hail Men of Fordham! pic.twitter.com/oUCpuG4So7— Coach Joe Moorhead (@BallCoachJoeMo) December 14, 2015Moorhead also played quarterback for Fordham from 1992-1995.Moorhead’s hiring is considered by many to be one of the best during college football’s offseason. He has his work cut out for him – Penn State finished next-to-last in total offense in the Big Ten in 2015.last_img read more

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