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Mixer: More than a case of mistaken ID in Dorner-related shooting

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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It’s been a year to the day since Los Angeles Police officers shot at a pickup truck in Torrance they thought belonged to fugitive and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner had been fired from the force, written an internet manifesto alleging a culture of discrimination and intimidation, and went on a killing spree against those he believed were behind his firing.
The pickup truck, which was …

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Officers faulted for shooting during Dorner manhunt

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

More than half a dozen LAPD officers who mistakenly shot at two women delivering newspapers during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner are facing discipline that could range from a slap on the wrist to dismissal. The department’s oversight panel says the officers violated LAPD policy when they collectively fired their weapons more than 100 times. One of the women was shot twice in the …

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Today’s News: DWP will tap tainted water for drinking; Clippers lure Rivers from Celtics; DGA has new leader

Posted June 24, 2013 by | 88 Comments | ]

Water wells. The Department of Water and Power plans to build a pair of new groundwater treatment plants to tap an old source of water: deep wells under the San Fernando Valley. But they’ll have to solve some major pollution problems first.
The plants will restore groundwater pumping of drinking water to dozens of wells that DWP started closing in the 1980s. The two plants …

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Today’s News: 1 in 10 L.A. County adults here illegally

Posted May 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Immigrant tally. A new study confirms that the national debate over immigration reform is as important in Los Angeles as anywhere in the country.
One in 10 adults in L.A. County either crossed the U.S. border illegally or overstayed their visa, according to a report by USC researchers. In some parts of Koreatown and South L.A. that number is 1 in 3.
The report by USC’s …

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Today’s News: Homeless’ property rights; Sheriffs vexed by long jail stays; Redistricting fight

Posted February 28, 2013 by | 17 Comments | ]

Skid Row debate. Citing an immediate health hazard, attorneys for the city of L.A. plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to overturn rulings that prevent police from confiscating and destroying property homeless people leave on sidewalks. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says allowing the homeless to store their belongings on sidewalks creates a health hazard. The way it stands now, …

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Today’s News: ‘Argo,’ Affleck come up gold; Special effects protest; Sequester cuts

Posted February 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Hollywood’s night. The Iranian hostage drama “Argo” was the big winner at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, but no single film dominated the Oscars ceremony. Daniel Day Lewis won his third Best Actor award and Jennifer Lawrence her first. Ang Li was top director for “Life of Pi.” There were a few surprises, a few eyebrows raised by host Seth MacFarlane …

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Today’s News: Ex-mentor’s tip launched Dorner manhunt; New twist in Prop. 8 fight; Shrinking juries

Posted February 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Unmasking Dorner. The LAPD says the toll of Christopher’s Dorner’s revenge spree might have been higher if not for the quick thinking of a sergeant who had trained Dorner. Terie Evans called police in Irvine after the shooting deaths of the daughter of former LAPD official and her fiancée in that city. The day before, Evans had received a phone call from police in …

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Today’s News: Bell trial nears end; Dorner firing probe; Pricey School Board races

Posted February 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Bell corruption. Closing arguments are expected to begin today in a corruption trial for the former mayor of Bell and five former city councilmembers. They’re accused of giving themselves six-figure salaries in a rip-off that prosecutors say put the small city on the edge of bankruptcy. The defendants say they didn’t know they were doing anything legal because they were kept in the dark …

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Big Bear residents recover from Dorner manhunt

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

Law enforcement officials say the ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner – who waged a personal war with authorities over the course of two weeks – died of a single gunshot wound to the head in a burning mountain cabin on Tuesday. San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials told reporters today that it appears the wound was self-inflicted. Dorner is accused of killing a couple in Irvine …

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Today’s News: Dorner’s body ID’d; Campaign corruption; Blacklisted screenwriter

Posted February 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

Dorner case. Burned human remains found in a San Bernardino Mountain cabin after a wild shootout have been positively identified as those of fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, but the investigation into his alleged murder spree continues. Court documents suggest Dorner gathered information on his first two victims – Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence – before he shot them to death in Irvine last week. …

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Today’s News: Dorner details; Family Services investigated; Rosendahl targets sister city

Posted February 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Dorner aftermath. No positive identification yet, but San Bernardino County authorities say they are all but certain the charred body found in the ruins on a burned vacation cabin is Christopher Dorner. Investigators now turn their attention to how the angry ex-cop managed to elude their manhunt. Dorner’s driver license and other personal effects were found in the burned cabin where the fugitive apparently made …

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Mayor Villaraigosa on Dorner, the State of the Union and his future

Posted February 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
LA Mayor Villaraigosa

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today said he believes Christopher Dorner is dead, but he says LAPD won’t stop special protection details — whatever the cost — for some 50 LAPD families until Dorner’s body has been positively identified.
Meanwhile, the mayor led the cheers for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.  In an interview this morning with KCRW, the mayor said Obama …

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Today’s News: LAPD still on guard; Officer funeral; Grammy shenanigans

Posted February 13, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Dorner. The LAPD will continue providing protection to dozens of families thought to be under threat by Christopher Dorner until the body found in a burned-out San Bernardino Mountain cabin can be positively identified. San Bernardino County authorities have said they are all but certain the body is Dorner, but L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigsa told KCRW this morning that the city is willing to …

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The hunt for Christopher Dorner

Posted February 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Man Hunt On For Former LAPD Officer Suspected Of Shooting Police Officer

Christopher Jordan Dorner was formally charged today with killing a Riverside police officer and attempting to kill two others. So-called “special circumstances” make him eligible for the death penalty. In his lengthy manifesto on Facebook, Dorner vows “unconventional warfare” against all officers involved in his firing by the LAPD — and their families. In many Southern California neighborhoods, armed guards have been assigned to …

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LA Observed: Getty House, Greuel’s Police Plan, and More from the Mayor’s Race

Posted February 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

The five leading Los Angeles mayoral candidates met for a debate on Sunday morning in Hancock Park. Moderating the town hall debate was none other than Kevin Roderick, editor of LA Observed, who joins KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis with the latest on the campaign.
One question Kevin asked, and that got picked up today in the L.A. Times, was about their plans for Getty House — …

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Christopher Dorner manhunt hits home

Posted February 11, 2013 by | 25 Comments | ]
My dog Ziggy checks out an LAPD officer and detective.

The hunt for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner came close to home this weekend. I returned to my Glendale house Saturday evening after a night out to find a pair of plain-clothed LAPD officers hunkering down on my front patio. 
The two bulky men in baseball caps and sweatshirts had pistols strapped to their thighs and shotguns in hand. They were standing in the dark on …

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Today’s News: Dorner manhunt strains LAPD; Texas Governor tries to lure California employers; Former Bell officials on the stand

Posted February 11, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Dorner hunt. An LAPD SWAT team responded to an alert at a Nortridge Lowe’s last night – but it was just one more in a series of false sightings as the massive manhunt continues for accused killer Christopher Dorner. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced yesterday that the city is putting up a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s capture and conviction. The money, …

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Ex-LAPD cop subject of statewide manhunt

Posted February 7, 2013 by and | 85 Comments | ]
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Updated Monday 9:30 a.m.  A false sighting led an LAPD SWAT team to a Lowe’s in Northridge Sunday,  as the massive manhunt continues for accused killer Christopher Dorner. In addition to the two women who were mistakenly fired on, a man driving a truck similar to Dorner’s was also targeted by police.  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced yesterday that the city is putting up a $1 million …

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