Brenda Villa’s Olympic Medals on Display Through Friday at Commerce Library

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Wanting  to share her success with her hometown, Olympic gold medalist Brenda Villa has lent her four Olympic medals to the City of Commerce which has placed them on display to be viewed by residents and visitors through Aug. 2 at the Commerce Central Library: 5655 Jillson Street.

Breves de la Comunidad

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Boyle Heights

Un hombre fue fatalmente balaceado el lunes, 29 de julio, en lo que las autoridades calificaron como un ataque posiblemente relacionado a pandillas en la zona de Boyle Heights. Justo después de las 10 a.m., policías respondieron a la zona de las calles Lanfranco e Indiana y encontraron a un hombre herido de aproximadamente 20 años de edad . La víctima, identificado como Mikey Rodriguez, más tarde murió en el hospital, dijo el oficial de LAPD Gregory Baek. Oficiales buscaron al sospechoso en el perímetro, pero no lo encontraron, el sospechoso solo se describió como un hombre joven. cualquier persona con información sobre el asesino o el asesinato esta alentado a llamar a la policía al (877) LAPD-247.



Hubo un incendio en un edificio comercial en Commerce el martes, 30 de julio, pero hubieron heridos, informaron las autoridades. Los bomberos fueron a la cuadra 5200 de E. Washington Blvd. a las 5:31 a.m. y extinguieron las llamas en 30 minutos, reportó el Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles. De acuerdo con el despachador, el lugar estaba considerado una escena de crimen porque el edificio supuestamente se estaba utilizando para cultivar marihuana. El incendio se consideraba accidental y los daños se calculaban a $60.000.


Los Ángeles

El Alcalde Eric Garcetti el lunes anunció que un camión de reparación de asfalto visitará las vecindades de la ciudad dos veces durante el próximo años para reparar las carreteras. De acuerdo con la oficina del alcalde, la agencia municipal de servicios de las calles coordinará lo servicios con los 100 concejos vecinales de la ciudad para localizar baches en cada comunidad. El alcalde dijo que quiere responder a quejas de baches durante 48 horas.


Bell Gardens

A partir de hoy, 1 de agosto, hasta el domingo, 4 de agosto, la ciudad de Bell Gardens realizará su programación “Celebre Bell Gardens.” Las celebraciones incluirán entretenimiento, comida, juegos de carnaval, y más. Las celebraciones se realizarán en Veterans Park, localizado en 6662 Loveland Street. Para obtener más información llame al (562)806-7650.


Boyle Heights

La nueva oficina del Concejal José Huizar abrió sus puertas el lunes, 29 de julio, tras semanas de operar desde El Sereno en preparación para la mudanza a su nueva ubicación en el segundo piso del edificio histórico en 2130 E. 1st Street (1st & Chicago). El sábado 10 de agosto, a las 10 a.m., se inaugurará la nueva oficina que forma parte del nuevo ayuntamiento de Boyle Heights. El nuevo número de teléfono de la oficina es (323) 526-9332.


Hearing Slated For Drive Thru Starbucks In Highland Park, Near Garvanza

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The Los Angeles Department of City Planning will hold a public hearing Aug. 7 on a project that would convert a fast food restaurant on York Boulevard in Highland Park into a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-thru lane.

If approved, the Starbucks would be located at 6238 and 6240 York Blvd, near the intersection North Figueroa Street. York is a major transportation route for people traveling to and from Pasadena, and to the110 Pasadena (Arroyo Seco) freeway.

The proposed location is adjacent to residential properties and the applicant, Bill Kempton, is seeking a conditional use permit that would allow the coffee shop to open at 6:00 a.m., one hour earlier than is currently permitted for the area, according to the notice of public hearing from the planning department. The Starbucks would keep the same 11:00 p.m. closing time.

At the hearing, planning officials will also consider whether potentially negative impacts from the drive-thru, such as noise and fumes from cars idling or noise from people placing orders, have been sufficiently mitigated to avoid significant effects on nearby homes

There is a drive-thru Starbucks about two miles away on the other end of York Blvd, near the intersection of Eagle Rock Boulevard.

The public will be allowed to ask questions or present testimony on the proposed project at the hearing before a decision is made.

The meeting will take place Aug. 7 at 11:00 a.m. at LA City Hall, 200 N. Spring Street, Room 1020, Los Angeles 90012.

For more information, contact planner Christina Toy Lee at (2130 473-9723 or



Commerce City Workers Rescue Man from Burning Building

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Two Commerce City park maintenance workers credited with saving the life of a man on Tuesday will be recognized by the City Council at their meeting on Aug. 5.

Anthony Delgado and Armando Zuniga were on their way down Washington Boulevard on Tuesday morning to irrigate street medians when they spotted smoke, according to the city. They followed the smoke to a commercial building and called 911 to report the structure fire.

Delgado and Zuniga saw an 18-wheel semi truck parked in front of the building with a sleeping driver inside, so they woke up the driver who then moved his truck to allow access for emergency vehicles.

That’s when the city workers saw a man on the floor of the building’s entrance, gasping for air. According to the city, the two men acted quickly and pulled the victim to safety.

Delgado, a 20-year city employee, is captain of the City’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. “There wasn’t time to think about what was happening so we did what we were trained to do. Our job is to help people,” Delgado said in a written statement.

Zuniga has worked for the city for 28 years and served on the Urban Search and Rescue Team from 1991 to 1996. “I’m just happy that no one got hurt,” he said.

According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the fire at the building in the 5200 block of East Washington Boulevard was reported at 5:31 a.m. and extinguished after about 30 minutes.

A county fire department dispatcher said the cause of the fire was accidental and damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents. According to the dispatcher, the site of the fire is now a crime scene because the building was allegedly being used to grow marijuana.

It had been used for that purpose in recent weeks, according to the dispatcher.

New Board of Public Works Selects Leadership

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Former mayoral hopeful Kevin James was picked Wednesday to lead the board that oversees Los Angeles’ Public Works Department.

James was elected president of the Board of Public Works by his colleagues during the newly formed panel’s first meeting.

The board also chose Monica Rodriguez, a program director for the California Association of Realtors, to serve as vice president. James appointed Matt Szabo, a longtime City Hall staffer, as the board’s president pro tem.

The new board also includes Barbara Romero, an urban projects director for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, and former Assemblyman Mike Davis.

A native of Boyle Heights, Romero previously said she did not realize how “neglected” her neighborhood was until she went off to college.

Romero said she later decided not to move back to Boyle Heights because “there were better amenities and better infrastructure in other neighborhoods” and said that as a commissioner she wants to help “transform and revitalize neighborhoods.”

Unlike other city departments, the Department of Public Works is run by a board of five mayoral appointees, rather than a general manager or director. It has authority over such services as trash and recyclables collection, sewer maintenance, pothole repair and tree trimming.

The commission positions are paid, unlike the city’s other boards, which are staffed by volunteers. Each commissionewr gets a salary of $136,116.72.

With the exception of Romero, all of the members of the new board have run unsuccessfully for city elected office. Szabo made a failed bid for a Hollywood-area council seat and Davis for a South Los Angeles council seat. James wanted to be mayor, but finished third in the March primary, later endorsing Eric Garcetti. Rodriguez made a failed attempt for a San Fernando Valley council seat in 2007.

Each board member will be assigned one of the public works department’s five bureaus and will be responsible for contracts, engineering, sanitation, street lighting or street services. The commissioners will each also be assigned to work with three City Council members.

Judge Postpones Sentencing In Bell Corruption Case

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Pending a retrial, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused Monday to set a sentencing date for five former elected officials in Bell who were convicted of bilking thousands of dollars from the town of about 35,000 people just southeast of downtown.

Judge Kathleen Kennedy said sentencing could be put off until former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez and ex-City Council members George Mirabal, Teresa Jacobo, George Cole and Victor Bello are retried on certain charges.

“The sentence might be different, depending on how many counts are involved,” Kennedy said.

All three were convicted in March of misappropriating public funds by collecting exorbitant salaries. But jurors deadlocked on a handful of counts and Kennedy declared a mistrial on those charges.

Prosecutors are set to retry the five on those counts. They argued Monday that sentencing would expedite any potential appeal on the first set of charges and allow for a more efficient process overall.

But Kennedy rejected what she called a “piecemeal approach” and instead set a date for another pretrial hearing on Oct. 4, with an eye toward a second trial early next year.

The judge also raised the possibility of a years-long appeals process.

“Who’s to say the California Supreme Court won’t be involved,” Kennedy asked, noting that an appeal to the state’s highest court might take four years to resolve.

On March 20, Hernandez, Jacobo and Mirabal were each convicted of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five others. Cole was convicted of two counts and acquitted of two others, while Bello was convicted of four counts and acquitted of four others.

The panel completely exonerated former Councilman Luis Artiga of all 12 counts against him.

Commerce Presents ‘Summer Safari Movie Nights’

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Watching a movie outdoors in the summer night air is fast becoming a favorite past time in the Southland, and that includes in the City of Commerce which last week launched its free, and open to the public, Friday night movie screenings at local parks.

The city wants to “provide family entertainment during the long summer days,” according to the announcement from the Commerce Department of Parks and Recreation.

The outdoor movie screenings— which start at 8:30 p.m. and are projected on a jumbo screen with surround sound — will rotate between Bristow, Bandini and Rosewood parks.

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and even pack dinner for a nice nighttime picnic, recommend city officials. And if you don’t want to pack your snacks, no worry, food can be purchased at the “Safari Snack Shack.”

The remainder of the summer movie schedule is as follows:

—August 2, “Mighty Joe Young,” Bristow Park.

—August 9, “Robin Hood,” Bandini Park, 4725 Astor Ave. Commerce.

—August 16, “Avatar,” Bandini Park.

—August 23, “Two Brothers,” Rosewood Park, 5600 Harbor St. Commerce.

—August 30, “The Lion King,” Rosewood Park.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (323) 887-4434.

Highland Park Resident Survives Crash Off Side of Mountain

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Two Los Angeles residents, one of them a 21-year-old Highland Park man, were recovering Tuesday after being ejected from their vehicle that plummeted approximately 450 feet off Angeles Crest Highway, north of Altadena.

Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies from the Crescenta Valley Station were flagged down on Tuesday at approximately 1:10am by a group of motorists who told them their friend’s black Honda had possibly gone over the side of the Angeles Crest highway, according to a press release.

Deputies searched the area and found the vehicle approximately 450 feet over the side of Angeles Crest Highway at mile marker 42 north of Greenridge Drive.

The driver was hanging on the side of the mountain, approximately 100-150 feet down, according to Sgt. Burton Brink.

Deputies slid down the hill and held on to him for 30-45 minutes to prevent his potentially fatal fall 400 feet down the mountain, the press release states. The driver was conscious but appeared to be in a delirious state of mind, deputies tried to keep him alert before search and rescue team members were able to rappel down and rescue them from the canyon, according to authorities.

The sole passenger crawled away from the scene and was able to reach safety at a nearby gas station.

The driver suffered head trauma and internal injuries and was airlifted to a local hospital around 3:15a.m.; the passenger was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for possible internal injuries.

A canister of gas, suspected as an engine booster associated with street racing, was recovered at the scene, CHP Officer Adam Eggleston said.

Central Basin Municipal Water District Sues Vendor

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The Central Basin Municipal Water District, which has been tied to an ongoing federal investigation into Sen. Ron Calderon, filed a lawsuit on July 25 alleging that a contractor overbilled the district more than $850,000.

“As a public agency, it is a top priority of Central Basin’s that we act in a fiscally responsible manner,” the district’s general manager, Tony Perez, said. “As the district moves forward, we are reviewing all expenditures with the goal of reducing costs.”

The lawsuit contends that Pacifica Services billed the district for services relating to a “professional services” contract without authorization. District officials said they were preparing to accept bids for a new contractor that will eventually be selected to replace Pacifica.

Pacifica officials could not be reached for comment.

Federal investigators served a subpoena at the Central Basin Municipal Water District’s offices last month in connection with a probe that included a search of the Sacramento offices of Calderon, D-Montebello. Calderon’s brother, Tom, was a longtime consultant for the water district.

“Moving Central Basin forward requires that we seek to protect the district’s financial stability,” Perez said. “Providing the highest level of service to our constituents requires that we hold our consultants to the highest of professional and ethical standards.”

Person of Interest in Murder Questioned

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After a year of investigation, Los Angeles police detectives said Tuesday they have identified and questioned a person of interest in a Panorama City double-killing that was featured on the television show “L.A.’s Most Wanted.”

The person of interest was identified as twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Murillo, according to Lt. Paul Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division detective unit.

“While we did not get the tips we hoped for following a TV news feature last August, detectives continued to work the case,” Vernon said. “It took a while but DNA finally identified Murillo, putting her at the murder scene and in the victim’s car.”

Detectives released video showing suspect Edwin Lugo, 19, and Murillo walking and laughing in a Lincoln Heights CVS store just hours after the killings. The store was two miles from Lugo’s father’s house.

Lugo was arrested on Sunday in the drug-related killings of Mario Martinez, 35, and Jaime Polino, 26, who were shot to death in Martinez’s apartment in Panorama City on June 2, 2012, at 7907 Brinfield Ave., Vernon said. Lugo is due in court in Van Nuys at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 7.

Vernon said that Polino’s car was taken from the crime scene. DNA evidence established that Murillo was in the car, and it also linked her to the crime scene, according to Vernon.

A search warrant was served at Murillo’s home in Lancaster on July 25.

She was questioned at the police station and then released. Detectives are continuing to work on the case, and she has not been charged.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Gretchen Schultz at the Mission Homicide Unit at (818) 838-9951.

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