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Mixer: Guns in the crosshairs

Posted October 30, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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In a unanimous vote this week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a measure that would require handguns be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock.
Councilman Paul Krekorian, who authored the measure, says the law is all about preventing children from unintentionally harming themselves or others.
“There are more preschoolers killed with guns in this country than police officers killed by guns,” …

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L.A. City leaders push ahead with gun control agenda

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you live in Los Angeles and you own a handgun, you could soon have to lock it up or disable it.
The L.A. City Council is scheduled to vote today on a law that aims to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of children, all too often with devastating consequences. The measure would require handgun owners to store their firearms under lock and key, …

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Bid to loosen concealed weapons law hits a roadblock

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

A legal ruling with the potential to greatly increase the number of Californians permitted to carry concealed weapons is going to get another review from a federal appeals court.
The 9th Circuit court of Appeals says that 11 justices will consider the case. Last year, a three-judge panel from the court struck down the San Diego Sheriff Department’s concealed permit policy.
The panel ruled 2-1 that …

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More concealed weapons likely in California

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

California is a step closer to allowing just about anyone who can legally own a gun to carry a concealed weapon. That’s because a federal judge has refused to allow State Attorney General Kamela Harris and anti-gun activists to challenge a court ruling from earlier this year that affirmed that right.
The concealed weapon case comes from San Diego – but it will have implications …

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Commission gets more power to ensure coast access

Posted June 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Beach access activists have won a big victory. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law giving the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who illegally block beach paths to the beach. The commission has never had that authority before. Previously, it had to go to court to have fines imposed on intransigent property owners. The new powers come as a …

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Reflections on the Santa Monica College shooting, one year later

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
SMC community members set up a memorial for those killed. (Photo: Avishay Artsy)

Terror arrived at my college a year ago this month. On June 7, 2013, a man, wielding a .223 caliber assault rifle and a handgun and strapped with 1,300 rounds of ammunition, killed his brother and father in Santa Monica and set their house ablaze. Then he commandeered a passing car, shot up a bus and sprayed bullets across an intersection, before ordering the …

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One after another, U.C. campuses honor slain students

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

There are no classes at U.C. Santa Barbara today. The campus is taking a time out to mourn the murders of six students by mentally disturbed loner Elliot Rodger. A memorial for the victims of the rampage is planned for 4 p.m. at UCSB. It’s expected to draw thousands of students and community members. About 2,500 people turned out for a vigil on the …

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Is California falling short of long-term clean air goals?

Posted November 5, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

California won’t meet long-term goals for reducing the greenhouse gases believed to be a major factor behind climate change without making major policy changes. The state wants to cut emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by the year 2050. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that emissions will drop significantly by 2030, but then they’ll begin to increase because of …

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Courts faulted for not keeping guns from mentally ill

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Many courts in California fail to report the mentally ill to justice officials, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners. State law requires that courts tell the Justice Department when they make certain mental health determinations. That can put people on a list prohibiting them from buying firearms .But a new state audit finds that many courts are not aware of …

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Today’s News: No motive in gunman’s ‘farewell’ note; On-time budget; California snowfall decline expected

Posted June 14, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Killer’s goodbye. The man responsible for last Friday’s deadly shooting rampage in Santa Monica carried a note saying he was sorry for his actions. But investigators still aren’t sure what motivated John Zawahri to kill five people before he was shot to death by police.
Zawahri’s four-page, hand-written note was found on his body after he was killed on the Santa Monica College campus. Police …

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Was Friday’s tragedy a ‘school shooting?’

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Investigators are still piecing together the details of Friday’s deadly shootings in Santa Monica that killed 5 people. Police shot and killed the gunman in the library of Santa Monica College; he died on campus.
The first incident happened at a house north of the college, but culminated at the school. And that fact has led law enforcement to not label what happened on Friday …

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Santa Monica shooting victim profile: Margarita Gomez

Posted June 10, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
A memorial shrine at Santa Monica College, days after the June 7 shootings. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

The Los Angeles Times this afternoon posted a profile of Margarita Gomez, one of the five victims of Friday’s shooting at Santa Monica College. Gomez, 68, was a familiar face here on campus. She lived across the street and usually visited twice a day to collect recyclables. The Times spoke to Gomez’s son, Rafael Torres:

Although she had worked at a ceramics company for almost …

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Today’s News: Delta water plan gets more expensive; Boy Scouts tax status challenged; Revenue rebound

Posted May 30, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

Water works. A controversial plan to restore habitat and overhaul California’s water system will cost a half a billion dollars more than originally estimated. The price tag of Governor’s Brown Bay Delta Conservation Plan is now almost $25 billion.
Brown’s plan calls for two enormous concrete tunnels that would carry water 35 miles from the San Joaquin River Delta to pumps near the town of …

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Technology to make guns with a 3-D printer prompts calls for legislation

Posted May 8, 2013 by | 140 Comments | ]
A photo of the 3D gun printed by Texas-based Defense Distributed.

It sounds pretty futuristic, but it’s now apparently possible to make your own gun – using a 3-D printer. That’s prompted one California legislator to propose banning the technology.
The Texas-based nonprofit group Defense Distributed is a collective of gun access advocates. Over the weekend the group successfully fired a handgun made mostly of plastic using a 3-D printer. The technology works by building up …

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Do gun buybacks really reduce crime?

Posted May 7, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]
Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa look over weapons collected at an LA gun buyback event in May 2012. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

More than a 1,000 guns were surrendered at this past weekend’s gun buyback event, held throughout Los Angeles.
The city collected 516 handguns, 381 rifles, 226 shotguns and 49 assault weapons.  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says during his administration, the anonymous gun buyback program has removed more than 11,000 guns from the street.
But is it doing anything to reduce crime? City officials believe so. But a …

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Today’s News: Police diverted by multiple false alarms; U.C. admission getting tougher; Targeting illegal guns

Posted April 19, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

False alarms. As the drama unfolds in Boston this morning with the search for the remaining suspect in the Marathon bombings, police in L.A. are also on edge. They responded to numerous bomb scares yesterday, including one that that forced an evacuation of Cal State L.A. and the cancellation of classes. A man who walked into a Hollywood Hooters and claimed to have a …

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Today’s News: Challenge to ‘conversion therapy’ ban; Runners honor Boston victims; Kicking the coal habit

Posted April 17, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Conversion therapy. In San Francisco today, a federal appeals panel will hear arguments on a new state law that outlaws so-called “conversion therapy.” The treatment, which is aimed at making gay and lesbian teenager straight, has been dismissed as ineffective and dangerous by many mental health professionals. But critics say the ban violates the civil rights of practitioners and parents. Governor Jerry Brown signed …

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Today’s News: Support for tougher gun laws; Digital billboards; Who gets Dorner reward?

Posted March 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Guns poll. Californians are way out in front of the country as a whole when it comes to stricter gun controls. A new USC-Dornsife-L.A. Times poll finds Californians overwhelmingly favor a proposed federal ban on assault weapons, as well as restrictions on high-capacity magazines, background checks for ammunition purchases and rules requiring all gun owners to be registered and insured. One thing that Californians …

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Today’s News: Honing in on Navy sonar; Illegal gun owners; Another Olympics bid

Posted March 8, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Sonar dispute. The California Coastal Commission is due to rule today on whether a proposed Navy training program poses an unreasonable risk to marine wildlife off the Southern California coast. Environmentalists say increased sonar activity and underwater explosions could harm sea creatures, including endangered mammals like the blue whale. The fight is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between environmentalists and the Navy …

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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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