Breves de la Comunidad

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

LOS ANGELES

(CNS) – Las tarjetas Metro TAP de edición limitada que celebran la candidatura olímpica de Los Ángeles están disponibles en estaciones selectas, anunció la agencia el viernes.

Las tarjetas cuentan con los mundos “Listo para dar la bienvenida al mundo”, e incluyen fotos de opciones de transporte público que los visitantes podrían usar para viajar entre lugares potenciales.

“Los Ángeles tiene la mira puesta en los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos, y ahora, los pilotos del Metro pueden mostrar su espíritu olímpico cada vez que TAP”, dijo el alcalde Eric Garcetti. “Cuando decimos que estamos ‘listos para dar la bienvenida al mundo’, significa que estamos listos para aprovechar nuestras inversiones históricas en transporte público, para que podamos conectar a los aficionados con parques deportivos de manera rápida y asequible y aliviar la congestión del tráfico en toda la ciudad, al igual que lo hicimos durante los Juegos de 1984”.

Los Ángeles está compitiendo con París para los Juegos de 2024, aunque el Comité Olímpico Internacional espera que la semana próxima apruebe un plan para premiar los Juegos 2024 y 2028 simultáneamente en su reunión en Lima, Perú, en septiembre.

“Metro ya tiene una red de tránsito grande y robusta, y en 2024 planeamos agregar casi 20 millas de nuevo servicio ferroviario a nuestro sistema”, dijo el gerente general de Metro, Phillip A. Washington. “Estas líneas ya están en construcción hoy. Estaremos listos para transportar a los espectadores de manera cómoda y eficiente con el sistema de tránsito interconectado de Metro que sirve a todos los lugares deportivos olímpicos y paralímpicos”.

 

LOS ANGELES

(CNS) – Buenas noticias para los amantes de los perros del condado de Los Ángeles. La Junta de Supervisores ha acordado aumentar el número de perros que los residentes pueden poseer de tres a cuatro.

El Departamento de Cuidado y Control de Animales del condado dice que el aumento del límite les dará a los perros sin hogar oportunidades adicionales de encontrar hogares amorosos e permanentes y de reducir la falta de vivienda en el condado de Los Ángeles.

El aumento fue propuesto por las supervisoras Kathryn Barger y Hilda Solís y aprobando por unanimidad.

 

CITY OF TERRANCE

(CNS) – Las autoridades dieron a conocer el nombre de un hombre que murió cuando su auto se estrelló contra un gran aparejo estacionada en el área de City Terrace del condado.

Joseph Rodríguez-González, de 25 años, murió en la escena del accidente, ocurrido alrededor de las 5:25 de la mañana el domingo en la avenida North Ditman y la calle Marengo, dijo el jefe asistente Ed Winter el domingo.

Rodríguez-González conducía un Audi A4 negro en la dirección oeste en la calle Marengo cuando perdió el control del auto por razones desconocidas, “dando lugar a que la parte delantera del vehículo colisionará con la parte trasera de una combinación de tractor-remolque estacionada a lo largo de la acera norte de la calle Marengo”, según un comunicado de la Patrulla de Carreteras

Victim in Fatal Car Crash Identified

July 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

CITY TERRACE – Authorities released the name of a man who was killed when his car crashed into a parked big rig in the City Terrace area of the county.

Joseph Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 25, of Los Angeles died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 5:25 a.m. Sunday at North Ditman Avenue and Marengo Street, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter Sunday.

Rodriguez-Gonzalez was driving a black 2008 Audi A4 westbound on Marengo Street when he lost control of the car for unknown reasons, “resulting in the front of the vehicle colliding with the rear of a parked tractor-trailer combination parked along the north curb of Marengo Street,” according to a CHP statement.

Play Ball! City Terrace Park Gets in the Swing of Things

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s high fives to encourage young baseball players Saturday at
City Terrace Park. Pictured: (right to left) Congressman-elect
Jimmy Gomez, Antonio Chapa-Senior Field Deputy Bertha Velázquez-field deputy to Sup. Hilda Solis, Dodgers Alumni-Darell Thomas, Deputy Director East Community Services Agency- Mercy Santoro, Daniel Cerda- President of the City Terrace Parents Sports Association.

 

(Photo by Gaby Hernandez-Gonzalez)

(Photo by Gaby Hernandez-Gonzalez)

 

 

Man Who Allegedly Twice Threw Dog Into City Terrace Ravine Pleads Not Guilty to Animal Cruelty

February 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A 21-year-old man who was allegedly caught on video throwing a pit bull into a ravine in the City Terrace area pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony animal cruelty charges.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Hanasono ordered Andres Spancky Raya to be taken into custody in lieu of $65,000 bail and revoked his probation in a previous case.

Raya allegedly threw the dog – then known as Mary Jane – into a ravine in the 1300 block of Luella Drive last Sept. 26, then returned to the cul de sac two days later and did the same thing.

In October, authorities released the surveillance video showing the dog being thrown into the ravine after it jumped in the open window of the motorist’s car and asked for the public’s help in identifying him.

“The video’s just heartbreaking to see – how this man treated this animal in throwing him over this ravine on two different occasions,” Deputy District Attorney Alexandra Campbell told reporters.

The dog – subsequently re-named Hera Grrl – has since been adopted, according to the prosecutor.

“I guess the dog is doing really, really well in its new adoptive home,” Campbell said.

Raya is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Feb. 23 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.

He could face up to three years and eight months in state prison if convicted as charged, according to Campbell.

Man Shot in City Terrace

August 11, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

A man was shot and wounded in unincorporated City Terrace, authorities said Wednesday.

The shooting was reported at 11:05 p.m. in an alley adjacent to the 200 block of North Ditman Ave., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim, a 25-year-old man, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a hospital, where he underwent surgery and was expected to survive, said Lt. Glenn Walsh of the sheriff’s East Los Angeles station. There may have been more than one shooter, he said, adding that the victim was unable to give details about the incident when deputies arrived.

Exide Complaints Go On Record

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

For several years now, Joe Gonzalez of Boyle Heights has voiced his complaints to officials with the Department of Toxic Substances Control; repeating himself at nearly every Exide-related meeting he attended.

“They know me by now, they’ve heard it all before,” he told a City Terrace resident Monday outside the latest public meeting seeking input on the decontamination process for residential properties contaminated with lead by the now shuttered battery recycler.

On Monday, for the first time, his and the statements of others were recorded for the official public record on the cleanup process, something Gonzalez has urged DTSC officials to do for years.

“Regulars” like him have attended dozens of public hearings and meetings since air quality regulators forced the Vernon-based plant to suspend operations in March 2013 and to inform over 110,000 east and southeast Los Angeles County residents of their elevated cancer risks due to toxic emissions.

Gonzalez contends there would already be an accurate and transparent record of what residents have said during the closure process if their hundreds of hours of testimony and public comment had been videotaped or recorded for the official record.

As a result, “There is no oral history of what we’ve been through” for the public or elected officials to refer back to, adds Teresa Marquez of Boyle Heights.

That changed Monday, however, when residents and environmental activists spoke on the record, often repeating what they’ve said at past meet meetings about what DTSC should consider in preparing for what some environmental experts believe could be the largest toxic cleanup in state history.

Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), DTSC is required to consider and release its cleanup plan and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for public review, which is to be documented by a court-mandated recorder. The document will cover the potential effects of removing and transporting lead tainted soil during the cleanup of homes within 1.7 miles of the Exide plant. The same process took place when the state agency presented an

EIR outlining how Exide plans to clean the now permanently closed facility in Vernon.

“I’m glad, in this case, there is a formal record” of what we want state regulators to do, Marquez told EGP.

Unlike recent scoping meetings in Huntington Park and Commerce where attendance was light, well over 100 people attended Monday’s meeting at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights.

More than a hundred residents, from Boyle Heights to Maywood, attended the Exide EIR scoping meeting at Resurrection Church Monday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

More than a hundred residents, from Boyle Heights to Maywood, attended the Exide EIR scoping meeting at Resurrection Church Monday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“We have attended meeting after meeting,” observed Rev. Monsignor John Moretta. “Your presence is important,” Moretta emphasized.

Comments from all three scoping meetings focused on concerns that the residential cleanup itself is not being done efficiently and thoroughly. A large number of residents at the meetings have asked that the 1.7-mile radius be expanded to include more communities.

“Expand the scope,” demanded David Petit, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Lead doesn’t decide to follow one side of the street but not the other.”

Other residents asked that the state agency consider decontaminating the inside of homes and parkways, and that the cleanup be done block by block to avoid re-exposure.

“You can’t just clean one property here and there and expect the whole neighborhood to be cleaned,” said Gonzalez.

Drawing outrage from many was the protracted timeline for starting the cleanup, which cannot begin until the EIR process is completed in June 2017.

So far, 236 of the estimated 10,000 homes possibly contaminated with lead have been cleaned.

“We still have a long way to go,” noted Carlos Montes. “It took years for us to force them to close the plant down and it will take years for them to finish the cleanup.”

Terry Cano, a lifelong Boyle Heights resident, has repeatedly told DTSC officials her family has suffered many health issues over the years. Her block is home to residents suffering with various forms of cancers, she claims are the result of constant lead exposure.

“I have never seen any plan … [detailing what can be done to protect] the health of the community,” Cano told state regulators. “We need to know the cumulative effects of being exposed to toxins.”

Cano is also angry that the public cannot access the results of soil tests taken from area schools, a complaint made by many residents since the fallout from Exide’s lead and arsenic emissions became public.

“I have asked this specifically, that needs to be available now,” Cano demanded.

Gonzalez told EGP he would not be happy until minutes from all Exide related meetings are available to the public.
“There’s a court reporter now, [but] only because it is required under CEQA,” he pointed out.
Montes told EGP there may now be a paper trail of their concerns, but he’s not sure where it will lead.

“It’s great that we have a record of our concerns and complaints,” he said. “But we will have to wait to see if they do anything about it.”

Son Arrested After Attacking Mother with Hammer

June 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 54-year-old woman was critically injured when she was struck multiple times by a hammer while she was sleeping in bed early Wednesday and her 27-year-old son was arrested.

The attack woke up others in the Eastside home who attempted to restrain Gustavo Gonzalez, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The attack was reported at about 2:35 a.m. as a “family disturbance,” Navarro-Suarez said.

When deputies entered the home in the 3700 block of Whiteside Street, about a block north of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, they got into a “physical confrontation” with Gonzalez, Navarro-Suarez said.

Some deputies suffered minor injuries, before subduing Gonzalez and taking him into custody, Navarro-Suarez said.
Gonzalez was taken to a hospital for treatment, Navarro-Suarez said.

Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem, Navarro-Suarez said. He is expected to be booked at the Inmate Reception Center.

The woman, whose name was not released, remains hospitalized in critical condition, Navarro-Suarez said.

Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact Lt. Alvarez the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s East Los Angeles Station at (323) 264-4151. Tips can be provided anonymously.

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