Man Shot to Death Near Montebello River

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting Montebello Police investigate the death of a man who was fatally shot and whose body was found near a Montebello river embankment on Friday night.

Montebello police Lt. Larry Jackson told EGP that officers responded Friday Nov. 2 around 9:38 p.m. to a call reporting a “person down” on the Rio Hondo River embankment near Beverly Boulevard and Rae Drive near Great Rea Park.

When the officers arrived, they discovered a male victim unconscious on the ground. Montebello paramedics discovered that the unidentified victim had been fatally shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Mark Pope from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told EGP they do not have yet have any leads on a possible suspect or suspects, or a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Bell Gardens Police Seek Driver In Fatal Hit and Run

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Police are asking for the public’s help to find the person responsible for a hit-and-run that killed a man in late October.

Bell Gardens Police Capt. Jeff Travis identified the victim as Salvador Lopez, 52, of Maywood.

Lopez was struck on Oct. 21 around 7p.m. as he was crossing the street on the 8300 block of Eastern Avenue. The driver stopped but never exited the vehicle before driving off, said Travis. Lopez was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. the following day.

Travis told EGP an eyewitness described the suspect vehicle as a Nissan Quest minivan with a license plate containing “6K.”

No other witnesses have come forward, but Travis told EGP that “Sometimes people talk,” adding, “The vehicle may have come home with some damage, so maybe a neighbor would see the damage to a car.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Bell Gardens Police Department (562) 806-7600.


Man Accused of Double Killing In Boyle Heights

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A man was in custody Wednesday for allegedly killing his brother and another man in Boyle Heights.

The shooting, which occurred around 4 p.m. Tuesday at 3301 Hunter St., involved a “family dispute,” said Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph, who did not elaborate.

Gustavo Lopez, 29, died at the scene, and Rafael Aguilar, 22, died at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. Both men were from Los Angeles.

Israel Lopez, 25, was booked on suspicion of murder, with bail set at $1 million.


Vernon Workplace Shooting Conviction Upheld

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A state appeals court panel Tuesday upheld a Santa Fe Springs man’s conviction for fatally shooting his boss and a co-worker at a Vernon lumber yard nearly 3 1/2 years ago.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Saul Gastelum Moreno’s claim that his trial attorney was ineffective for failing to request a “pinpoint” jury instruction on the issue of provocation as it relates to premeditation and deliberation.

The appellate court panel found in its 13-page ruling that there was “ample evidence Moreno made a reflective decision to kill” Alan Bohnhoff, the owner of Bohnhoff Lumber Co., and co-worker Jaime Sanchez.

The May 18, 2009, shooting deaths — which were captured on surveillance video — followed a work-related dispute.

Moreno was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of evading police, and sentenced in August 2011 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Too Toxic to Trash: Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup

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Saturday, November 10

9am-3pm—Too Toxic to Trash: Free Countywide Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in South Whittier. Residents can safely discard of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused medications, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides; sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles; universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos and cell phones. Drop off site: LA County Sheriff’ Dept STAR Training Center- 11515 South Colima Rd. South Whittier. For more information, call LA County Dept. of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or go to www.888CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of LA County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.


The Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual Taste of the Town

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Friday, November 9

6-9pm—The Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s 4th annual Taste of the Town will be Nov. 9 at The Bagramian Hall, located behind Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Cathedral. Culinary extravaganza features sampling of delectable delights from more than 20 local restaurants, fine wine and spirit tasting, live entertainment, and lIve auction. For more information or tickets, call (323) 721-1153, or visit www.MontebelloTaste.com.


Opening Ceremony: “Honoring the Valor, Traditions and Dreams of Our Warriors”

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Friday, November 9

10am—Opening Ceremony: “Honoring the Valor, Traditions and Dreams of Our Warriors”- 2012 American Indian Heritage Month Celebration presented by the Los Angeles City/County at Los Angeles City Hall-Council Chambers-3rd Floor. Program & reception follow in Forecourt. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/HeritageLA


Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library Book Fair & Holiday Boutique

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Thursday, November 8

2-8pm—Los Amigos of the East Los Angeles Library Book Fair & Holiday Boutique: runs through Nov. 18-Mon-Thurs. 2-8pm/Fri-Sun 1-4pm. Book, holiday novelties & more. Proceeds benefit the library, located at 4837 E. Third St., LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.


Paying Tribute to American Veterans –Guide to Local Events

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Ceremonies such as this one in last year in Montebello will be repeated across the Southland. (EGP Archive)

Originally a day to honor the heroism of World War I veterans and the “armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany [that] went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” President Wilson in 1919 proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, the day we now observe as Veterans Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, in 1954, the 83rd Congress, “at the urging of veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938,” removing the word “Armistice” and inserting “Veterans” in its place, thus acknowledging those who fought during World War II, the greatest mobilization of U.S. troops in American history, and during the aggression in Korea. “With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.” That tradition continues today, with many local veterans groups, cities, and others holding public ceremonies to honor veterans from all sectors of the U.S. Armed Forces. The following is a list of some of the local observances taking place:

Today, Thursday Nov. 8

Noon-1pm—East Los Angeles College 1st Veterans Day Celebration honoring all armed service veterans but especially all student veterans who have made the choice to return back to school to enrich their lives through higher education. Location: Foyer of the Rosco C. Ingalls Auditorium –ELAC. To register or for more information, email for this event, eurenar@elac.edu

Friday, Nov. 9

7-9pm—Veterans’ Concert at Mark Keppel High School. The tribute to veterans concert at the school’s auditorium is open to the public, and free to veterans. Keppel High is located at 501 East Hellman Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801. For more information call (626) 572-2242

Saturday, Nov. 10

10-11am—El Sereno Veterans’ Day Ceremony presented by the Office of Councilman Jose Huizar in coordination with El Sereno Veterans Committee. The Tribute to American War Veterans will take place at the Dr. Donald Newman Flag Pole, located at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Eastern Avenue. For more information call the councilman’s El Sereno Field Office: (323) 226-1646.

(EGP Archive)

1-4pm—City of Los Angeles First Annual Veterans Appreciation Festival in front of the new USS IOWA battleship museum at the Port of Los Angeles. The event is free to the public, tours of the USS IOWA are free to Veterans and their families. The festival includes free food, resource booths for veterans, presentation of the colors, live music, as well as a children’s play zone and patriotic Harley riders. Official program starts at 1:45 pm. The USS IOWA is located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro. On-site parking. For more information, visit http://www.portoflosangeles.org

1-7pm—Free Veterans Day BBQ and Concert at West LA VA Medical Center Campus. Event will include a BBQ and free concert by America for Veterans, military members and families. BBQ: 1-4pm at the Rose Garden, behind building 220 at the WLA Medical Center, and is free for all Veterans, military members and family members on a first come first served basis. The concert is from 5 to 7 pm, doors open at 4pm at the Wadsworth Theatre on the West Los Angeles VA (WLA) campus: 11301 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90073. For more information visit www.losangeles.va.gov or call (310) 478-3711, ext 42441.

Sunday, Nov. 11

10am—Veterans Day Ceremony at Cinco Puntos in Boyle Hights. Public is invited to join state, county and local officials, veterans, and others  as they pay homage to local servicemen and women. Formal ceremony concludes at 11am; a reception follows at the Eugene Obregon American Legion Post 804. The Mexican American All Wars Memorial at Cinco Puntos is located at the intersection of Lorena, Indiana and Cesar Chavez in Boyle Heights. For more information, call Tony Zapata (323) 261-8533 or the American Legion Post 804 at (323) 268-2982.

11am—Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills presents “Honoring a Life, Honoring A Veteran-53rd Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Special presentations by the American Military Museum & the Ft. MacArthur Military Museum; military equipment displays; patriotic music and the Golden Stars Skydiving Team.  No charge for admission or parking. Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills is located at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, LA 90068. For more information, call 800-204-3131 or visit ForestLawn.com.

11am—Montebello’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Montebello City Park. Public invited to attend ceremony near the Memorial Monument at the park located on Whittier Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. U.S. Marine Core Sgt. John Eric Mejia will be the keynote speaker. Ceremony will include placing of wreath, posting of colors and riffle volley by the American Legion Post 272, along with Schurr High School’s marching band playing patriotic music. Light refreshments will be served.

10am—City of Commerce Veterans Day Ceremony will include a processional march for all branches of the US Armed forces. Commerce resident and US Army and Iraq War Veteran Julia Thompson, will be the key note speaker. Entertainment and light refreshments; Bus shuttle to Veterans from Bandini, Bristow and Rosewood Parks. In the event of rain, the event will be moved to the basketball gym at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 6364 Zindell Ave., Commerce, 90040. For more information, call Rachel Baltierra at (323) 887-4404.

11am—Monterey Park Veterans Day Ceremony. City officials and American Legion Post 397 will present this ceremony in front of the Monterey Park City Hall. Veteran William Sanchez, a World War II prisoner of war, will be one of the speakers. Post 397, located across the street from City Hall, will host a free lunch and open house following the ceremony. Monterey Park City Hall is located at 320 W. Newmark Ave, Monterey Park, 91754. For more information, call (626) 571-9211.

11am-3pm—7th Annual Northeast Los Angeles Veterans Day Ceremony & Parade. The day’s events begin with a Solemn Ceremony at Eagle Rock City Hall to honor military veterans, and will include a gun salute and the placing of a wreath at the Veterans of all Wars memorial. The parade begins at 1pm at the LAFD Fire Station 55, located on Avenue 45 in Highland Park and will end at Veteran’s Square, located at the southeast corner of the intersection of York and Figueroa. Entertainment at Veteran’s Square begins at 2:30pm. For more information, visit nelavetsparade.org or call Ruby de Vera (323) 258-0776 or Heinrich Keifer (323) 385-4935.

2pm—Bell Gardens Hometown Heroes Closing Ceremony. Local Veterans featured on banners throughout the city as part of the four-year program, will be presented with their banners during a ceremony at Ross Hall, located at Bell Gardens Veterans Park, 6662 Loveland Street, Bell Gardens. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Nick Razo at 562-806-7702.

11am-4pm—City of Bell Celebrates 85th birthday with Veterans Day commemoration and family-friendly activities at Veterans’ Memorial Park: 6500 Wilcox Ave, in Bell. Celebration begins with a salute to veterans at 11am, with birthday celebration activities, including live entertainment, arts & crafts for kids, a free Zumba Class,  In-N-Out Burgers for $1 to the first 500 residents and more immediately following. Bring out blankets and lawn chairs as entertainment will take place in the baseball diamond at Veterans’ Park

November 6 General Election – Unofficial Results State and L.A. County

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U.S. President

Barack Obama (Dem)             59.1 %

Mitt Romney     (Rep)             38.6%

U.S. Senate

Diane Feinstein (Dem)    61.4%

Elizabeth Emken (Rep)   38.6%

U.S. House of Representatives

27th District:

Judy Chu (Dem)  63.4%

Jack Orswell  (Rep) 36.6%

32nd District:

Grace Napolitano (Dem) 65.4% David Miller (Rep) 34.6%

34th District:

Xavier Becerra (Dem) 85.6%

Stephen Smith (Rep) 14.4%

38th District:

Linda T. Sanchez (Dem) 67.2% Benjamin Campos (Rep) 32.8%

40th District:

Lucille Roybal-Allard (Dem) 59.4%

David Sanchez (Dem) 40.6%

California State Senate

33rd District:

Ricardo Lara (Dem80.5% Lee H. Chauser (Rep) 19.5%

California State Assembly

48th District:

Roger Hernandez (Dem)   58.8% Joe M. Gardner (Rep) 41.2%

49th District:

Edwin “Ed” Chau (Dem) 56.6% Matthew Lin (Rep) 43.4%

51st District:

Jimmy Gomez  (Dem)     60.2% Luis Lopez (Dem) 39.8%

53rd District:

John A. Perez (Dem)  82.7% Jose Trinidad Aguilar (Rep) 17.3%

58th District:

Christina Garcia  (Dem)  71.5% Patricia A. Kotze-Ramos (Rep) 28.5%

Statewide Ballot Propositions

Proposition 30- Temporary increase in sales tax and income taxes on higher income Californians.

Yes:  53.9% No: 46.1%

Proposition 31:Budget Reform

Yes:    39.2%           No: 60.8%

Proposition 32: Bans Pay Check deductions for political causes.

Yes: 43.9% No: 56.1%

Proposition 33: Auto Insurance Rates.

Yes: 45.4%   No: 54.6%

Proposition 34—Ends the State’s Death Penalty.

Yes: 47.2% No: 52.8%

Proposition 35: Harsher penalties for people convicted of human trafficking.

Yes:  81.1% No: 18.9%

Proposition 36: Changes Three Strikes Law.

Yes: 68.6% No: 31.4%

Proposition 37: Food Labeling.

Yes:   46.9%              No: 53.1%

Proposition 38: Higher Income taxes to pay for education.

Yes: 27.7%         No: 72.3%

Proposition 39—Changes tax code for multi-state corporations.

Yes: 60.1% No: 39.9%

Proposition 40—Approves Citizens Commission’s Redistricting Maps.

Yes: 71.4% No: 28.6%

County of Los Angeles

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey     54.99%

Alan Jackson 45.01%

Measure A–Only advisory, this measure asks voters if they are in favor of making the County Assessor an appointed rather than elected position.

Yes:   22.2%       No: 77.7%

Measure B–Would require performers in adult films to use condoms while engaged in sex act

Yes: 55.8% No: 44.1%

Measure J– To advance Los Angeles County’s traffic relief by accelerating light rail/subway construction within five years.

Yes:  64.7% No: 35.2%

City of Commerce

Measure AA. Sales Tax Increase to Fund Essential Services.

Yes: 67.2% No: 32.7%

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