NEWS IN BRIEF: Boyle Heights Bar Fight, Senator’s Aide Enters L.A. Council Race

By EGP News, City News Service

Man Slashed in the Face at Bar
(CNS) – A man involved in a brawl at a Boyle Heights bar was slashed in the face with a broken bottle Monday, police said.

Los Angeles firefighters saw the fight when they arrived at La Zona Rosas bar at 1010 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave. to treat the man, and called for police backup. Los Angeles police Sgt. John Porras of the Hollenbeck Station said.

Police arrived and stopped the fight, and paramedics took the bleeding man to a hospital, Porras said. It was unclear if any arrests were made.

Senator’s Aide Enters L.A. Council Race
(CNS) – Atwater Village resident Robert Negrete, an aide to Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla, says he is joining the long list of candidates vying to replace Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the 13th District.

Negrete, 39, is staff director in Padilla’s Los Angeles office and says he has worked for Padilla for 10 years.

Thirteen others have filed to run for Garcetti’s seat in a district that branches into such communities as Hollywood, Koreatown, Filipinotown, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, and Glassell Park.

Driver’s License Bill Goes to Gov.
(EGPNews) – On August 30, AB 2189, a bill reintroduced by Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) which will allow undocumented students who are granted federal deferred action to apply for a California Drivers’ License, passed the Assembly by a vote of 55 to 15. The bill states that any document received by a person granted deferred action would be accepted as proof of legal presence for the purpose of applying for a California Drivers’ License.

The Governor has 30 days to either sign AB 2189, let it become law without his signature or veto it.

Investigators Question Man’s Death
(CNS) – Los Angeles police were investigating whether an 81- year-old man found dead at the bottom of a staircase Monday, with his son hovering over him, died accidentally, a sergeant said.

The 81-year-old man was later identified as Carlos Ardon, said Coroner’s Investigator Dana Bee.

Homicide detectives took Ardon’s son, who is in his 40s, into custody for questioning about the death, which was reported at Third and Pecan Streets about 1:30 a.m., Los Angeles police Sgt. John Porras of the Hollenbeck Station said.

Mortgage Fraud Culprit Pleads Guilty
(CNS) – A South El Monte man has agreed to plead guilty to his role in a scheme that falsely promised to eliminate mortgage debt for about 200 distressed homeowners who each paid a $15,000 fee, federal prosecutors announced last Friday.

Instead of working on behalf of the homeowners, Ernesto Diaz simply sent worthless “Sovereign Citizen” paperwork to lenders that did nothing to affect the mortgage of a single homeowner, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In a plea agreement filed this week in Los Angeles federal court, Diaz—who formerly worked as a realtor—agreed to plead guilty to one count of mail fraud, a charge that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Diaz is expected to make his initial federal court appearance on Sept. 13.

Freeway Crash in Eagle Rock
(CNS) – Four people were injured last Sunday in a vehicle crash on the Ventura (134) Freeway in Eagle Rock, a city fire official said.

The crash was reported at 4:02 p.m. on the westbound 134 at Figueroa Street, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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