Man Found Dead in Highland Park

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A man was found dead Monday in Highland Park, according to police.

The victim was bludgeoned to death,  said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez.

Officers with LAPD’s Northeast Division were called to Sycamore Grove Park in the 4700 block of North Figueroa Street at about, 3:30 p.m., ” said LAPD Detective Ubaldo Zesati.

“It looks like he was a transient,” Zesati told EGP. He said the victim appeared to be Hispanic.

Lopez said the man was in his 40s or 50s.

The still unidentified man was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

There is no suspect information, Lopez  said.The case is still under investigation.

 

Updated: 8:30 p.m.

Update July 28, 10:30 a.m. to add man appeared to be in his 40s or 50s.

Man Wounded In Higland Park Weekend ‘Gang’ Shooting

July 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One person was wounded in a shooting in Highland Park Sunday night.

The male victim was shot in a lower extremity just after 8 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Avenue 56, said an officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Station.

The victim was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound, the officer said.

No suspect information was immediately available.

Police were investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related, the officer said.

Gang-related shooting in the Northeast L.A. neighborhood have increased significantl this year, with the highest number coming between February and April.

Law enforcement officials have blamed a turf war between the Avenues and HPK for the increase.

Stepped up enforcement, including some assistance from  from LAPD’s elite Metro mobile division and use of gang injunctions has slowed the number of shootings since May.

The  motive in the latest shooting remains under investigation.

El Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles Actualiza Entrenamiento

July 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El jefe de policía de Los Ángeles Charlie Beck, dijo el lunes que todos los agentes de la policía del departamento serán capacitados durante el próximo mes sobre formas de cómo reducir encuentros potencialmente violentos como parte de una “conversación nacional” sobre el uso de fuerza de la policía, así como en respuesta a los disparos fatales de oficiales a Ezell Ford en el sur de Los Ángeles.

La sesión de entrenamiento de cinco horas de duración, que se llevará a cabo en las 21 divisiones de policía, comenzaron el lunes con oficiales de la División de Topanga en la Preparatoria Judía New Community en West Hills. Oficiales de la División Noreste también recibieron entrenamiento el lunes, dijeron funcionarios del LAPD.

La formación se centra en la “preservación de la vida”, que incluye ver “lo que es el uso de fuerza legítimo” y el “objetivo de la policía para el uso de fuerza”, dijo Beck.

“Siempre hemos dicho que la preservación de la vida es la cosa número uno en la policía”, dijo Beck. “No es sólo acerca de la preservación de su propia vida – es sobre la preservación de la vida de las personas con quien están en contacto”.

Beck caracteriza las sesiones no como el re-entrenamiento, sino como un curso de actualización sobre las políticas del departamento.

El 11 de agosto de 2014, el disparo a Ford, de 25 años, hombre desarmado, negro que los familiares dijeron que era un enfermo mental, “tenía un ímpetu” para el entrenamiento,

“Pero no es la única razón”, dijo Beck, quien insistió en que el departamento hubiera llevado a cabo el entrenamiento de todos modos.

Beck dijo que el tiroteo de Ford “es un incidente importante en la historia de el Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles” y es parte de una “conversación nacional” impulsada por disparos de la policía en todo el país, todos los cuales “impactan la forma de cómo los policías de Los Ángeles se sienten acerca de su trabajo”.

“Tenemos que reconocer que esto no es un tema que se trata sólo de otros lugares. Se trata, de aquí también”, dijo.

Los oficiales recibirán entrenamiento sobre el control de los miembros del público que son enfermos mentales, incluyendo técnicas de apaciguamiento y “el papel que nuestros médicos desempeñan para ayudar a los oficiales en el campo”, según el comandante Andy Smith, portavoz del LAPD.

Beck dijo que los oficiales también aprenderán sobre la historia de la relación entre los agentes de policía de Los Ángeles y el público, y la práctica de la policía comunitaria.

Beck dijo que hizo una aparición personal en el evento de entrenamiento del lunes envió un mensaje a los agentes de policía que “esto es algo que no sólo yo apoyo, pero [algo en] lo que creo”, así como para mostrar al público que la policía de Los Ángeles “se toma este momento muy en serio”.

No Single Strategy to Fighting Crime

July 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It was still light out when officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Gang Division stopped three young men in a Glassell Park neighborhood that for years was notorious for gang and drug activity.

It was just one of several stops officers would make that night which would end up with one or more “known” gang members being taken into custody for parole violations or for violating local gang injunctions prohibiting them from congregating with other “known” gang members.

In the weeks leading up to that Friday night, Capt. Jeffrey Bert with LAPD’s Northeast Division had attributed the rising violence to feuding between the Avenues and HLP gangs in Highland Park. Gang related violence was up 67%, Bert told the audience at a panel discussion on gang injunctions in April. There were 20 shootings between the Avenues and Highland Park gangs between Feb. 6 and April 18 alone, he said, giving his support to the use of gang injunctions as a successful crime-fighting tool.

During a stop, Northeast LAPD officers check suspects for parole and gang injunctions violations. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

During a stop, Northeast LAPD officers check suspects for parole and gang injunctions violations. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

There were five more shootings in Highland Park during the month of May; four were gang-related, according to the LAPD.

On Friday, May 22 —  the eve of the start of the three-day Memorial Day Holiday weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season — officers from LAPD’s Northeast Division gang and Special Problems Units, and from the specialized mobile Metro unit were out in force, continuing efforts to quell the recent rash of gang-related shootings and violence in Highland Park.

“You never know what it’s going to be like” out there, Sgt. Chris Gomez, head of the Special Problems Unit told EGP reporters that night.

From a distance, the large number of police officers responding to the Glassell Park stop seemed excessive, but according to Gomez, every officer at the seemingly well-under-control scene had an assigned role, from watching movement along the street and in the apartments overhead and across the street, to directing innocent bystanders away from the sidewalk where the suspects stood handcuffed.

This is a dangerous area, Gomez said. A police officer was ambushed on this very street, he said. He said police policy dictates that an officer should never be outnumbered. There are three suspects, the initial stop was made by a patrol car with two officers, so other units in the area responded to provide back up.

That night, officers with the Special Problems Unit told EGP that they try to interact and get to know residents in the area and to diffuse tension between the police and the community. Echoing comments made in the weeks prior by LAPD brass, “We can’t do it alone,” said Officer Asuncion.

Social demographers and criminologists often point to summer being the time when crime rates spike the most. At-risk youth with few resources and too much time on their hands are more likely to engage in illegal activity, studies have found.

But Los Angeles’ 12.7 percent increase in violent and property crime during the first half of the year is bad news, and could indicate a longer and higher increase without greater intervention. Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck last week announced plans for a ramped-up domestic violence response team and said additional back-up officers should help stem the crime rise.

The figures marked the first time in about a decade that overall crime has risen in the city.

Violent crime rose 20.6 percent overall in the first six months of the year, compared with the same time last year, according to Los Angeles Police Department figures.

In the violent crime category, homicide fell 6.7 percent, but rape was up 7.9 percent, robbery up 16.6 percent and aggravated assaults increased by 26.3 percent.

Gomez said this week that the members of his unit have seen an increase in the number of older gang members returning to the community.

“Their prison terms are up and they’re getting out of jail,” he said, referring to Drew Street and Avenue gang members arrested during past crackdowns on gang and drug violence in the Northeast area.

But it’s the younger members that are doing most of the work of the gangs, Gomez said.

That’s why he supports intervention programs like Summer Night Lights, which keeps parks open after dark to give youth in low-income communities a safe and neutral place to hang out and take part in sports and other positive programs. It also gives officers a chance to interact positively with the community, he said, noting that at the Cypress Park Recreation Center people come and sit down with officers and talk.

Stepped up enforcement and more cops visible on the street are also important, he said. Gomez supports Beck’s plan to add officers to the mobile, specialized Metro unit, which has some of the department’s best trained officers, but says there is a downside, the reassignment of officers has left some divisions, including northeast, short-handed at times.

“Frankly, we need more resources,” says Gomez, whose unit “fills the holes” in the division’s handling of crime. More than a handful of officers have been taken from every division, and that “cripples our ability to pursue leads and calls for service,” Gomez said.

It’s a message he says Division captains have communicated to higher-ups.

 

EGP reporter Jacqueline Garcia contributed to this story.

 

Crime Numbers: ‘Bad News’ for Los Angeles

July 9, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

A 12.7 percent increase in violent and property crime in Los Angeles during the first half of the year is “bad news,” Mayor Eric Garcetti acknowledged Wednesday, but he and police Chief Charlie Beck said a ramped-up domestic violence response team and additional back-up officers should help stem the crime rise.

The figures marked the first time in about a decade that overall crime has risen in the city.

The leap in crime “is bad news, but … my administration doesn’t run away from bad news,” said Garcetti, who joined Beck at a news conference to address the crime statistics.

Violent crime rose 20.6 percent overall in the first six months of the year, compared with the same time last year, according to Los Angeles Police Department figures.

In the violent crime category, homicide fell 6.7 percent, but rape was up 7.9 percent, robbery up 16.6 percent and aggravated assaults increased by 26.3 percent.

Property crimes rose 10.9 percent, police said. Burglary saw a 15.8 percent jump, while auto theft was up 13.8 percent and larceny up by 8.9 percent.

The increase could be driven by higher rates of domestic violence, gang crime and “an increase of folks that are living on the street that are more likely involved in violent incidences,” Beck said.

Garcetti said domestic violence response teams, which had been limited to a few police stations, will be expanded to all 21 police division by the end of summer, with funding and contracts already in place.

Meanwhile, a back-up unit stationed at the Metropolitan Division will be boosted by 200 officers by the end of the year to offer police support across the city, Garcetti said.

Other measures in the works include expanding the areas where gang-intervention work will take place, retraining officers in de-escalation techniques and rolling out body cameras to a few divisions this summer, and eventually to the entire police department by next year, Garcetti said.

Programa de Verano Mantiene a Jóvenes Fuera de Problemas

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Según estadísticas, cuando la temperatura sube y la escuela está cerrada, los jóvenes de los barrios con pocos recursos y menos actividades para mantenerse ocupados se encuentran en un mayor riesgo de involucrarse en problemas.

Es un hecho que los funcionarios de la ciudad y la policía están muy conscientes de ello, y es la razón detrás de un programa que mantiene muchos de los parques de la ciudad de Los Ángeles y los centros de recreación abiertos por la noche durante el verano.

Read this article in English: Summer Night Lights: Alternative to Trouble

Ahora en su octavo año, el programa Summer Night Lights (SNL) ofrece deportes gratis, arte y otras actividades y comida gratis para los niños/jóvenes y sus familias en muchos de los barrios densamente poblados de la ciudad.

La residente de Highland Park Teresa Martínez ha estado llevando sus hijos al Centro de Recreación de Highland Park por los últimos dos años para que tengan un poco de diversión en el verano.

“Hay muchas actividades ocurriendo y el programa de Summer Night Lights es muy popular en esta área”, le dijo a EGP. “Ofrecen comida gratis, bebidas, música, rifas, un montón de cosas”, agregó.

Este año, la hija de Martínez de 10 años juega en un equipo de softbol, mientras que su hijo de 13 años espera unirse a un equipo de baloncesto.

Cuando los chicos están ocupados haciendo cosas que disfrutan, son menos propensos a meterse en problemas o ser reclutados por las pandillas, dijo el entonces concejal, y ahora alcalde Eric Garcetti cuando encabezó el programa hace ocho años como una forma de combatir la actividad de las pandillas en Glassell Park y los barrios circundantes. En asociación con la Oficina de Desarrollo Juvenil y Reducción de Pandillas (GRYD) y la Ciudad de Los Ángeles, el programa de “parque en la noche” se ha expandido a 32 lugares de la ciudad.

El programa Summer Night Lights esta disponible en 32 parques de la ciudad hasta el 28 de agosto de 2015. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

El programa Summer Night Lights esta disponible en 32 parques de la ciudad hasta el 28 de agosto de 2015. (EGP foto por Jacqueline García)

También ha demostrado ser una buena herramienta para reducir los crímenes violentos, mientras que promueve paz, actividades positivas y resultados saludables para los residentes, según GRYD. Summer Night Lights se centra en las zonas más afectadas por la violencia de las pandillas, el desempleo, y con altas concentraciones de jóvenes y adultos jóvenes.

“Esta es una gran oportunidad de participar con los jóvenes y crear un punto positivo” de contacto, Christopher Gómez, sargento de la División Noreste de LAPD le dijo a EGP. Agregó que su Unidad de Problemas Especiales supervisa las localidades de Glassell Park y Highland Park, ayudando a que las familias se sientan más cómodas con sus jóvenes que participan en las actividades del parque.

Martínez dijo que al principio dudaba en llevar a sus hijos al parque donde algunos programas deportivos se llevan a cabo hasta las 11pm. Esos temores ya se han disipado: “Siempre hay mucha actividad de la policía y hay mucha participación de los padres también”, explicó, agregando que ahora se siente contenta de que Summer Night Lights se ofrezca en Highland Park.

Según GRYD, en 2014 se registraron más de 900.000 visitas en los 32 sitios de Summer Night Lights. Hubo una reducción del 15,4% en los delitos—relacionados con pandillas de miércoles a sábado entre el 25 de junio y el 9 de agosto—en comparación con el mismo periodo de 2013. Más de medio millón de comidas gratis fueron servidas durante las horas del programa.

Según las autoridades, más de 10.000 jóvenes han participado en las ligas deportivas de fútbol, baloncesto y béisbol, y en clínicas deportivas con los LA Kings, LA Galaxy, LA D-fenders, Play Rubgy USA, CHIVAS USA y la WNBA/Coca Cola.

El horario del programa es de 7pm a 11pm de miércoles a sábado en parques y centros de recreación selectos. Algunas de las actividades que ofrecen dichas localidades este año incluyen:

- Arte: talleres de arte nocturnos, artes culinarias, serigrafía, pintura de murales, zumba, hip-hop y poesía.

- Deportes: ligas de baloncesto, softbol y/o ligas de fútbol para todas las edades;

- Eventos especiales: conciertos de música, salud/estado físico, noches de películas, recursos de ciencia y alfabetización;

- Comidas saludables por la noche;

- Departamento de Recursos de Salud Pública.

El programa también contrata a algunos jóvenes, de edades 17-24, para trabajar en las localidades participantes. En 2014, se crearon 1.068 puestos de trabajo locales y 325 jóvenes en riesgo fueron contratados y se les proporcionó entrenamiento continuo.

Este año se ha añadido una evaluación pre-programa enfocada en la identificación de las carreras y metas para los jóvenes que participan en el programa educativo de Summer Night Lights.

Algunas localidades que ofrecen el programa son:

– Glassell Park Recreation Center:
3707 Verdugo Rd. 90065

– Highland Park Recreation Center:
6150 Piedmont Ave. 90042

– Costello Recreation Center:
3141 E. Olympic Blvd. 90023

– El Sereno Recreation Center:
4721 Klamath St. 90032

– Montecito Heights Recreation Center:
4545 Homer St. 90031

– Ramon Garcia Recreation Center:
1016 Fresno St. 90023

– Ramona Gardens Recreation Center:
2830 Lancaster Ave. 90033

– Cypress Park Recreation Center:
2630 Pepper Ave. 90065

Para obtener más información, visite: http://grydfoundation.org/programs/summer-night-lights/

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LAPD Officer Injured During Chase

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A Los Angeles Police Department officer was injured during a stolen vehicle chase that ended in South Pasadena last Friday.

A unit from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station began chasing the vehicle about 5:50 p.m. Friday, Officer Jane Kim of the Media Relations Section said.

The chase ended on the Pasadena (110) Freeway at Garfield Avenue, a South Pasadena police dispatcher said.

The suspect was taken into custody, Kim said.

It was unclear how the officer was hurt, or if the chase ended with a crash, but the injury does not appear to be life-threatening, Kim said.

Activists Want LAPD Officer Charged

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Community activists Wednesday urged District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file criminal charges against an LAPD officer found by the Police Commission to have violated department policy in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man.

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled on Tuesday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford.

In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated Los Angeles Police Department policy, the commission rejected Chief Charlie Beck’s finding that Wampler had adhered to policy.

Beck will ultimately decide what discipline, if any, the officers will face. The District Attorney’s Office will review the shooting to determine if any criminal charges are warranted, Steve Soboroff said Tuesday.

“This is a tragedy for all involved — the family, relatives, loved ones and friends of Mr. Ford, as well as the involved police officers,” Soboroff said. “To the Ford family, my fellow Police Commissioners and I extend our sincere sympathies for your profound loss.”

Soboroff went on to say the LAPD has the most extensive review process in the nation for use-of-force incidents.

“Our review of this incident has been intense and intensive,” he said announcing the decision.

Activists and Ford’s family disagree.

Lacey “should file criminal charges against Wampler,” community activist Najee Ali said at a news conference outside the District Attorney’s Office in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

“We want justice,” Ali told reporters. “We want Wampler prosecuted — at the very least for assault under color of authority. The community cares about Ezell Ford being shot and killed by the LAPD.”

The commission ruled there was no reason to have detained Ford in the first place and that Wampler badly mishandled the encounter, leading to the fatal confrontation. It said its ruling was based on the “totality” of the circumstances, not just the moment when force was used.

Wampler’s partner, Antonio Villegas, was found to have been much less culpable, with the panel objecting to his initial decision to draw his weapon early in the confrontation but upholding his decision to fire at Ford to protect Wampler.

Autopsy results showed Ford was shot three times — in the right side of his back, the right arm and the right abdomen. The gunshot wounds to the back and the abdomen were both fatal, according to the report.

Ford was pronounced dead in an operating room at California Hospital Medical Center.

The autopsy report noted that the gunshot wound on Ford’s back had “muzzle imprint,” indicating the shot was fired at close range, and that Ford had some marijuana in his system.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the union supports Beck’s findings that both officers involved in the shooting were justified and their actions were in policy.

“Chief Beck’s findings were based on facts presented and his over 40 years of law enforcement,” Lally said in a statement. “Every day, LAPD officers are put directly in harm’s way as they face complex situations, unthinkable dangers and split-second decisions all in an effort to protect the citizens of Los Angeles. On the other hand, we are extremely disappointed in the findings of the Police Commission.”

Lally contended the commission was swayed by protesters and external political influences, “resulting in a determination that was purely political and self-serving. We believe the commission’s decision was irresponsible and reckless and was solely made to avoid civil unrest.”

The five-member commission deliberated behind closed doors for several hours before announcing its decision. In a raucous public meeting beforehand, commissioners heard dozens of people urging that both officers be held accountable for Ford’s death.

“I’m begging you, please, please. My son would never grab for no gun,” Ford’s mother Tritobia said. “He wanted to live … He walked the streets. I didn’t want him to walk the streets around there because I know it was unsafe. That was his right. And he didn’t deserve to die for it…”

“Please, think about it. Ezell was mentally ill. He wasn’t a lunatic. He wasn’t suicidal, he wanted to live,” Ford’s mother said. “These officers did wrong. They did wrong.”

Ford, 25, was fatally shot on Aug. 11, 2014, near 65th Street and Broadway. Police said the officers approached Ford for acting suspiciously, and he lunged at one of them and began trying to grab Wampler’s weapon.

Beck and the department’s independent watchdog, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, each concluded in separate reports that the officers were justified in their actions, although Bustamante faulted the tactics used by one of the officers in approaching Ford in the first place.

The Police Commission, which has the final say on whether the officers acted properly, met behind closed doors for more than three hours reviewing the investigations and concluded that some of the officers’ actions were within department policy and some were not.

Beck will ultimately decide what discipline, if any, Wampler will face. The District Attorney’s Office will review the shooting to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

Ford’s family filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit last September against the LAPD, alleging Ford was shot in the back as he lay on the ground.

According to the lawsuit, Wampler and Villegas — who are named plaintiffs — engaged in an unlawful search and seizure of Ford, denied him due process, used excessive force and violated his civil rights.

“No officer goes to work with the intent of using deadly force,” Lally said. “Officers may be compelled to use force when there is an objectively reasonable certainty that there could be injury to themselves or someone else. In the case of Ezell Ford, the only reason one would attempt to take an officer’s weapon is to use it against the officer, his partner or an innocent bystander.”

Homeless Dwellings Removed from Arroyo Seco Channel

June 4, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Struggling to push the bicycle loaded with his belongings along the bumpy path carved out of the brush next to the Arroyo Seco channel in Highland Park last week, a homeless man grumbled he was being forced to leave the encampment that was his home.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do! I don’t know where I’m going to go,” he said as he pushed his bike through a hole cut in the wire-mesh fencing next to the Avenue 57 exit on the Arroyo Seco Parkway-110 Pasadena Freeway.

Lea este artículo en Español: Indigentes Son Removidos del Canal de Arroyo Seco

He was one of more than two-dozen homeless people removed from illegal encampments located between Avenues 52 and 57; invisible to many of the drivers on the freeway.

But to residents living nearby, the network of knotted tarps, tents, clothes hanging from the bushes and fencing and growing piles of trash are not only an eyesore, they’re a public safety issue.

They demanded that the city clean up the area and move the homeless out.

(EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

(EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

In response, on May 25, as required by law, the city posted signs notifying encampment dwellers that they had three days to leave and remove their belongings before the city starts clearing the area on May 28.

The city’s departments of public works, parks and recreation, officers from the Hollenbeck and Northeast police divisions and the of Councilman Gil Cedillo (CD1), coordinated the cleanup.

County mental health workers and employees with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) were also called in to assist anyone wanting help: there were no takers.

“CD1 takes these complaints seriously,” Cedillo told EGP in an email. “The intent was not only to ensure the safety and livability for the surrounding community, but to also offer homeless services to the individuals living in the encampments and to get them connected with valuable social services,” he said.

About 30 people were living in the 17 encampments along the Arroyo, according to public works spokesman Jimmy Tokeshi. He said it took a day and a half to clear the 18 tons of trash and debris removed from the third-of-a-mile stretch along the freeway.

How to best deal with Los Angeles’ homeless population has sparked increased debate in recent months, from calls for more police enforcement to building more affordable housing.

Residents watching the cleanup such as Wendy Riser, said they’ve heard that some of the homeless in those encampments at some point were residents of Highland Park, but ended up on the streets because of different situations such as loosing their jobs, increase of rent, mental illness or drugs.

Several homeless in Northeast L.A. neighborhoods like Highland Park, Montecito Heights, Eagle Rock and Cypress Park have ties to the community, including family and friends who live nearby.

That was the case last week when a young woman, seeing the clearing underway, ran to the encampment in search of her mother who she told police had been living there with a boyfriend.

She wanted to know if her mother was ok, explained LAPD Officer Oscar Cassini. It’s not uncommon for relatives to know that a loved one is living at one of the homeless encampments, to keep track of them there, he said.

Some people might find that shocking, but there are lots of reasons why someone can’t take in the homeless person, Cassini said, referring to cases of mental illness or heavy drug use.

The number of people in Los Angeles living in “tents, makeshift shelters, and vehicles increased by 85% from 2013” when the number was 5,335,to 9,535 today, according to the recently released results of LAHSA’s 2015 Homeless Countdown.

Skyrocketing housing costs are a big part of the problem, claim affordable housing advocates.

According to LAHSA’s report, California’s lowest-income households spend about two-thirds of their income on housing.

The 2014 USC Casden Forecast reported that as of December 2014, the average monthly rent in the Los Angeles region was $1,716, making L.A. one of the top 10 most expensive places to rent in the U.S.

Outreach staff sent to last week’s encampment clearing spoke with 18 men and 7 women but were unable to get them to accept services, LAHSA Spokesperson Eileen Bryson told EGP by email. “Most of the encamped homeless dwellers were preoccupied with managing their personal items during the clean up,” she said.

According to Officer Cassini, many refuse offers to be placed in a shelter because they don’t like to “follow the rules.”

“Some of them do drugs and in the shelters you can’t do that,” he said, moments after taking one of the homeless men into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Bryson said crews removed a large number of illegal and dangerous items such as 117 hypodermic needles, 50 aerosol cans and 17 propane tanks.

Animal Control Services remove three chickens and a cat, she said.

Caltrans had to disconnect power lines illegally connected to light poles along the 110 Freeway, providing electricity to 6 of the encampments, Bryson said.

A passerby walking his dog found the removal activity troubling. Moving the homeless will not solve the problem, it’s “just a band aid,” said Christopher. There must be a better solution.

Cleanup of other encampments between Via Marisol and Bridewell Street along the Arroyo Seco channel started this week should be finished today, according to Tokeshi.

Crews will remove “trash and bulky items, and when appropriate store property found in the cleanup area within the framework of the court decisions aimed at protecting individual rights,” he said.

The 2015 Homeless Count report from LAHSA found that there are 25,686 people in the City of Los Angeles with no homes. In CD1 there are nearly 2,000.

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Expolicía de Los Ángeles Acusado de Asesinato Comparece en Corte

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

El expolicía de Los Ángeles Henry Solís, extraditado este martes de México, compareció el miércoles ante un magistrado de El Paso, Texas para iniciar su procesamiento acusado de asesinato, informó el Buró Federal de Investigaciones (FBI).

“Solís tuvo una primera comparecencia en la corte municipal en El Paso con un cargo de fugitivo local”, informó en un comunicado la agencia policial federal.

El también exinfante de Marina de EE.UU., que se encuentra bajo custodia federal en una cárcel del condado de El Paso, está acusado en Los Ángeles de asesinar a un hombre identificado como Salomé Rodríguez hace dos meses.

“Solís esperará procedimientos de extradición en El Paso, donde se determinará si será regresado a Los Ángeles y cuándo para ser procesado por el Fiscal de Distrito del Condado de Los Ángeles”, informó el FBI.

Según la denuncia penal presentada en el Tribunal de Distrito de EE.UU. en Los Ángeles, Solís estuvo involucrado en un altercado físico con la presunta víctima en una zona céntrica de Pomona, el 13 de marzo de 2015.

“Solís supuestamente perseguía a la víctima a pie y le disparó varias veces, causándole la muerte, según la denuncia”, señaló el FBI en un comunicado.
Los hechos ocurrieron durante una pelea en una zona de clubes nocturnos y cuando Solís se encontraba fuera de servicio.

De acuerdo a informes del FBI, el 14 de marzo el acusado había sido detectado por las cámaras de seguridad del Puente Internacional Paso del Norte, en la zona centro de El Paso, durante su ingreso a Ciudad Juárez, acompañado por su padre, Víctor Manuel Solís.

Reportes de los investigadores indican que Solís había estado residiendo en la zona de la Colonia El Mezquital, en Ciudad Juárez, con miembros de su familia.

“Solís estaba viviendo en México, en violación de la ley de inmigración mexicana y anoche fue deportado a los Estados Unidos”, informó el FBI.

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