Dec 062016

Bomb Threat To LA Metro Universal City Station

It isn’t known whether the threat reported on anonymous tip line on Monday 12/05/16 is credible or not. However with a bomb threat to the Universal City Station allegedly scheduled for Tuesday (12/06/16) morning, every precaution has been taken to protect LA Metro stations in Los Angeles area.

In a joint effort, the FBI, LAPD and L.A. Sheriff’s Department will be increase security on LA Metro’s stations.

To assure the public of LA Metro’s safety, L.A. Mayor Garcetti himself plans to ride the Red Line at Universal City on Tuesday morning.

LA Metro released the following statement:

“The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has increased its security presence across the whole Metro system following information received about a potential threat to the transit system. The information was received through an anonymous tip earlier today warning of a threat on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 specifically at the Red Line’s Universal Station.
Metro Security has been collaborating with its law enforcement partners, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles Police Department to mitigate the threat, which is being investigated for its validity.
In the meantime, Metro is taking a number of precautions and is increasing law enforcement presence across the whole Metro system.
“At this point, we don’t know if this is a credible threat, but the safety of our passengers, employees and the public is our number one priority, so we take this threat very seriously,” said Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington.
“We are relying on multi-agency collaboration between Metro Transit Security, LASD and LAPD to keep the public safe and we ask the public to be one of our partners in enhancing our ears and eyes on the system,” said Metro Chief Security Officer Alex Wiggins. “If you see something, say something. Call our Transit Watch Hotline at 888.950.7233 or notify us through the Transit Watch app.”

LAPD asks Angelenos to call 877-A-THREAT or use the iWatchLA app to report any suspicious activity. Don’t be afraid to be wrong! It’s better to be too careful and alive than careless and…. dead.



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Nov 152016

Los Angeles On Mass Deportations

On Monday November 11th 2016 Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Garcetti clarified Los Angeles position on the upcoming changes in federal immigration law enforcement.

In spite of President Elect Trump’s plans for mass deportations of illegal immigrants, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck assured that LAPD will stick with Special Order 40. Special Order 40 – in effect since 1979 and signed back then by Chief Daryl Gates – prohibits Los Angeles Police Department from enforcing immigration law.

Speaking to Los Angeles Times, Chief Charlie Beck said: “We are not going to engage in law enforcement activities solely based on somebody’s immigration status. We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job.”

L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti confirmed Los Angeles’ commitment to Special Order 40.
Speaking to the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, the Mayor said: “Our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they. That’s not the role of local law enforcement.”



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Nov 152016


On November 13th several thousand protestors marched throughout Los Angeles to express their opinions on the recent election. LAPD officers from throughout the City worked diligently to facilitate the demonstrators constitutionally guaranteed right to peacefully demonstrate while ensuring a safe environment for everyone.

Last evening and into the early morning, approximately 1,000 protestors marched through downtown Los Angeles when some of the demonstrators began vandalizing property, blocking main roads, assaulting, and interfering with officers, and refusing to leave when conditions became unsafe. As a result, LAPD officers arrested 187 adults and 8 juveniles for their unlawful conduct related to the demonstrations.

The LAPD will continue to provide the necessary resources to ensure the safe and peaceful expression of opinions. When demonstrators begin to violate the law and create unsafe conditions for the demonstrators, officers, and the public, Department personnel will continue to take appropriate enforcement action.

(Statement from LAPD’s Website)



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Oct 172016
2016 Sherman Oaks Street Fair

Representatives of Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce

Anything L.A. Magazine’s staffers hit the road this Sunday (10/16/16) and visited the annual Sherman Oaks Chamber Of Commerce Street Fair.

2016 Sherman Oaks Street Fair

The high energy community event was informative, entertaining and action-packed. There was live music, a vintage car show, community stage, pet zone and food trucks serving delicious food… And all that in addition to the business EXPO and vendor booths with all kinds of goodies from clothing to jewelry. No wonder the Sherman Oaks Street Fair attracts thousands of visitors: there were young people, old people, young families with kids in tow and many dogs with their owners on the other end of the leash.

We talked with representatives of the hospitable Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce as well as with:

several media outlets




many local businesses and organizations

















several notable health organizations



California State Military Reserve


several local politicians’ representatives




and the LAPD!


We told them all about the plight of Adam Krief who is fighting blood cancer and asked them to support the upcoming Anything L.A. Magazine SFV Bone Marrow Donor Drive For Adam Krief. Community has great powers, the power to heal is among them is.

Thank you Sherman Oaks Chamber Of Commerce for your support of the SFV bone marrow donor drive for Adam Krief and congratulations on another vibrant, busy and successful Street Fair!

Photo credit: Wolf Kesh



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Sep 132016

Rampart Stations

The Rampart Station invites Latino community leaders and the Latino community members for a forum. Dialog between the community and the LAPD makes Los Angeles safer for us all.

The “Latino Community Forum” is an event for the leaders and members of the community.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Set-up 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Latino Community Forum 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Universal Church
1925 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

LAPD Commander Todd Chamberlain, Assistant Commanding Officer Central Bureau
LAPD Captain III Jeff Nolte, Rampart Area Commanding Officer
Rampart Area Officers

The goal of the “Latino Community Forum” is for the Los Angeles Police Department and its community partners to engage in dialogue to answer questions that can educate and help the community.

This event is targeting community leaders, such as school faculty, church clergy, and various organizations working within the Latino community.

This event is free to the attendees and participants. Parking on Westlake Ave East side of the street in the parking structure. Free parking located at 1300 West Fourth Street Los Angeles, CA 90017. Guest may enter parking lot from the gate located on Bixel Street.

For additional information please contact Officer Ruben Vargas, Rampart Community Relations Office at (213) 484-3052.

Jul 252016

Award For Locating Stolen Penske Truck

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Area Auto Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a stolen Penske commercial truck containing sports apparel and business related items worth approximately $375,000 dollars.

On Sunday, July 17, 2016, around 11:30 p.m., the victim parked a yellow moving truck in the area of Herrick Avenue and Daventry Street in the City of Pacoima.

The victim locked the rear roll up door with a stainless steel master lock and secured the steering wheel with a grey twist steering wheel lock.

On Monday, July 18, 2016, around 8:00 a.m., the victim discovered that the truck had been stolen along with the items.

The victim is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of the Penske truck and all of the contents within it.

The moving truck is described as a 26 foot, yellow 2014, 1HC International Model: 4300/2 Door with an Indiana License Plate number 2162272.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Foothill Auto Detective Tavarez, at (818) 834-3111 during normal business hours. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

Jul 232016


In 2015, nearly one thousand people were shot in the City of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the vast majority of shooting victims were young men of color shot by other young men of color. According to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, “Far too many of our young men are victims of senseless shootings at the hand of suspects who look just like them. The time for change is here. The time to unify is now! Together we must stop the violence.”

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Chief Beck teamed up with Compton rapper The Game to launch the first in a series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) to encourage the community to hear this message and more importantly, have the strength and courage to implement it so that ultimately, the result is peaceful action.

During the PSA, The Game states, “We have to be more positive. We have to stop killing one another. Humanity, it has to resurface. So this is my stand. A positive stand: to unite. Let’s unite. Stop the violence. Be the change.”

Throughout the #StopTheViolence Campaign, public figures will share a message that continued dialogue is crucial and that there needs to be mutual accountability to make our communities stronger and our neighborhoods thrive.

Media Outlets in Los Angeles, the nation and all around world are asked to join this movement and support this urgent call to action to #StopTheViolence and #BeTheChange.

The following is the first installment of the #StopTheViolence PSA featuring Police Chief Charlie Beck and Compton rapper The Game.

Additional videos will be posted on LAPD’s Social Media Platforms:

  • Twitter: @LAPDHQ
  • Twitter: @LAPDCRD
  • Twitter: @LAPDOnlineNews
  • Instagram: LAPDHQ
  • Instagram: LAPDCRD
  • YouTube Channel: LAPDCRD
Jul 202016

Stop Terrorism BEFORE It Strikes

What Suspicious Behaviors and Activities Should You Report?

  • People drawing or measuring important buildings.
  • Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures.
  • Briefcase, suitcase, backpack, or package left behind.
  • Cars or trucks left in No Parking zones in front of important buildings.
  • Intruders in secure areas where they are not supposed to be.
  • Chemical smells or fumes that worry you.
  • People asking questions about sensitive information such as building blueprints, security plans, or VIP travel schedules without a right or need to know.
  • Purchasing supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons or purchasing uniforms without having the proper credentials.


Important Places to Watch

  • Government buildings
  • Religious facilities
  • Amusement parks
  • Sports/Entertainment venues
  • High-rise buildings
  • Mass-gathering locations—parades, fairs, etc.
  • Schools
  • Hotels
  • Theaters
  • Shopping malls
  • Bridges
  • Public transportation

There is a lot more you should know, the complete list and many important details are available on LAPD Website: read them!

In short, if you report something suspicious to you that turns out to be insignificant, your report will be dismissed. BUT – if by chance – you report a real threat, YOU could save many innocent lives. Take your chances: be a hero! Download the iWATCH app and use it.

Jul 172016


iWATCH, iREPORT, i KEEP US SAFE (iWATCH) is a community awareness program created to educate the public about behaviors and activities that may have a connection to terrorism.

This program is a community program to help your neighborhood stay safe from terrorist activities. It is a partnership between your community and the Los Angeles Police Department. We can and must work together to prevent terrorist attacks.

Remember that the iWATCH program is about behaviors and activities, not individuals.

Download iWATCH App from Google
Download iWATCH App from iTunes

To learn about the iWATCH program and about the behaviors and activities that you should report, read and download a brochure that explains the program.

Terrorism is real. Protect yourself, your loved ones and our Los Angeles community. Tragedies are much easier to prevent than to live with!

Download the iWATCH App and revisit Anything L.A. Magazine for more info from LAPD!

Jul 162016


LAPD released a statement On The Attack in Nice France:

“As the people of Nice, France work to deal with the tragic and horrific attack, our thoughts and prayers are with them. As a department, we stand united with our French residents all around the world. We at the Los Angeles Police Department send our thoughts and prayers to the families who have been impacted by this tragic incident. We want to ensure the French residents are not alone.

The proud members of the Los Angeles Police Department will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of the residents of Los Angeles.

While there are no known credible threats to the City of Los Angeles, we encourage our residents and visitors to be vigilant; always be aware of your surroundings. If you See Something Suspicious, Report it to iWatchLA. The iWatchLA App is a free terrorism reporting App that is available for download on Google and also available on Android and IOS. “If you See Something Say Something.”

Jul 102016

Rappers For PeaceIn the aftermath of recent killings in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, two black rappers – Snoop Dogg and the Game – organized and took part in a peaceful march of racial minority men on the Police Department Headquarters in Los Angeles.

The march was announced on Instagram and urged African American, Mexican and all other race men to leave their weapons and anger behind and stand united in delivering a message of unity, respect for human life and the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts between minority men and law enforcement.

The march coincided in time with a LAPD graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, a meeting was held which included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck as well as Snoop Dogg and the Game.

Snoop Dogg addressing police officers stressed: “Respect is key. Think about the person you’re pulling over and their family. Because that way, you’ll have more of a consideration of life and de-escalate as opposed to escalate.”

The Game, made a great point, saying, “The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton. As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that.”
He also said: “I took those police uniforms off of those police officers that met an untimely demise last night and I turned them into what they really are before they put them on, and those are human beings, like me and everyone standing here.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Beck expressed similar sentiment in regard to the need to address and resolve the recent racial tensions which resulted in the loss of seven human lives:
“We are all furious about what has happened to this conversation – that there is no dialogue, that it is becoming a screaming contest from opposite sides of the room. It can’t be that. The way to solve problems is to sit down, look them in the eye and work it out.”

It’s remarkable to see individuals from different walks of life getting together for a meeting of the minds. Peaceful dialog and immediate reforms are badly needed, but the dialog and reforms have to be based on the understanding that color, ethnicity and / or uniforms aside, we are all EQUALLY HUMAN.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich



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Jun 252016


City Council announced today that it has approved the Body Worn Video Camera project to continue as planned by the Los Angeles Police Department.

The decision today by City Council to approve the LAPD’s contract to move forward with the purchase and deployment of nearly 7,000 cameras over the next 2 years, was received with welcoming arms.

“I am very pleased that we can now move forward with our plan to purchase and outfit our uniformed officers with Body Worn Video cameras”, said Chief Charlie Beck. This 21st Century policing tool is just another way that LAPD will enhance our ability to keep our communities safe as well as improve accountability. “We believe that use of body worn cameras will help to reduce the number of uses of force because the cameras can affect how people behave when they are aware that their actions are being recorded”, Beck added.

The Department currently has nearly 1,000 body worn video cameras deployed and plans to expand that deployment rapidly now that City Council has given the go ahead with the contract.

The fact that LAPD Body Camera Project Is Approved To Proceed, is meaningful to us all and will go a long way in protecting LAPD officers from unjustified accusations AND increasing the public’s trust in Los Angeles Police Department.



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Huge Victory.....

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This is a huge victory for officers and the general public's safety! Thanks Magazine!
Jun 242016


The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the upcoming holiday. The Independence Day is always a special occasion. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors. The Los Angeles Police Department wishes you a safe, happy and peaceful 4th of July.


  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • When approaching or leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located inside a police station, mall, or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.


  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Always carry your California Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
    Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
    Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.


  • If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
  • Teach your child to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your child is separated from you.
  • Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.
  • Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  • Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
  • Teach children their full name, address and telephone number to give to police officers or mall security. Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

Hosting a Party

  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available for party guests.
  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
  • Arrange for an official designated driver for your party who will not drink at all.

Attending a Party

  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer and slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
  • Know your safe limit.
  • Never drink and drive.



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Jun 222016


LAPD’s Directed Enforcement Task Force (DETF) identified intersections in San Fernando Valley where most traffic accidents occur and is working on reducing the number of traffic collisions through education and enforcement. The goal being to end traffic deaths by 2025.

One of the primary duties of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is to facilitate the safe and expeditious movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To enforce compliance with traffic laws and to develop driver awareness of the causes of traffic collisions, the LAPD appropriately warns, cites or arrests traffic law violators.

On June 17, 2016, the LAPD conducted a Directed Enforcement Task Force (DETF) at various intersections throughout Operations-Valley Bureau (OVB). The goal of the DETF is to reduce the number of traffic collisions at specific intersections that have the highest incident of fatalities, severe or visible injuries through education and enforcement. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and LAPD partner on safety programs throughout the City of Los Angeles as part of Vision Zero, a goal to end traffic deaths by 2025. The DETF is a data-driven effort that brings a laser focus to locations and causes of crashes, preventable through education, enforcement, and engineering.

The DETF will be comprised of officers from traffic divisions throughout the City of Los Angeles. Through a detailed analysis of reportable traffic collisions over the past year, the LAPD has identified the following intersections in OVB that the DETF will focus on:

•Victory Boulevard at Laurel Canyon Boulevard
•Coldwater Canyon Avenue at Vanowen Street
•Sepulveda Boulevard at Nordhoff Street
•Devonshire Street at Woodley Avenue
•Roscoe Boulevard at DeSoto Avenue

The DETF is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!



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Jun 122016


The Los Angeles Police Department Juvenile Division – Sexually Exploited Child Unit detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating additional victims of 34-year-old Pil Mendez who was arrested for sexual battery.

On June 8, 2016 around 9:40 a.m., Mendez was arrested for one count of 243.4(e)(1) PC and three counts of 647.6(a)(2) PC. In November 2015, a female student reported that Mendez inappropriately touched her and made sexual comments to her on multiple occasions. During the investigation, additional students disclosed that Mendez had also inappropriately touched them and made inappropriate sexual comments to them.
Mendez was a teacher assistant at Miguel Contreras High School. Mendez is being held on $50,000 bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Los Angeles Police Department Juvenile Division – Sexually Exploited Child Unit at (213) 486-0580 between 6:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.



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Jun 032016

Fatal Hit And Run With Pedestrian

The Los Angeles Police Department South Traffic Division detectives are asking for the public’s help in providing any information that would lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a hit and run collision which left 65-year-old Joseph C Haywood injured at scene.

On May 31, 2016, around 10:10 p.m, Joseph C. Haywood was walking westbound across the crosswalk on 63rd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard when he was struck by a possible black Honda sedan traveling southbound on Crenshaw Boulevard.
The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and render aid to the victim, or identify themselves, as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he later died from his massive traumatic injuries.

There is no driver description.

On April 15, 2015, the City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund. A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact South Traffic Division detectives at (323) 421-2500 or the South Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 421-2577.
Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).
Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.
All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

May 272016

LAPD Presented New Bicycle To 8-Year-Old Crime VictimOn Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Captain Ernest Eskridge, Area Commanding Officer, Foothill Area; Captain Elaine Morales, Patrol Commanding Officer, Foothill Area and Burglary Detective III Al Munoz, Foothill Area visited the home of 8-year-old Alejandro Elias in Pacoima to present him with a new bike!

Why? On May 4, 2016, eight year-old Alejandro Elias had his bicycle taken from his fenced front yard. This theft is significant because Elias has a passion for riding bikes and did so with his little brother. His passion made him an instant member in the community of people who ride bikes. Everyone has a story around their first riding experience. Alejandro, right from the start, riding his bike was about freedom and feeling alive, this was taken from him and he was sad.

When Foothill Area Burglary Detectives saw pictures attached to the crime report of Alejandro and his little brother riding their bikes, they took up a collection and notified the local Target Store, who generously assisted with the purchase of a new bike, along with a Target gift certificate.

This act of generosity by LAPD Commanding Officers, a Burglary Detective and Target store certainly helped restore the child’s faith in justice.



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May 022014

Jim McDonnell for sheriffHe’s the best candidate to lead the department through a rigorous and soul-searching reinvention. Los Angeles County voters are soon to pick a new sheriff from a field of seven candidates, each with a reasonably decent chance of making it to a runoff, and it’s hard to overstate both how unusual and how momentous that is. The last time L.A. saw a sheriff’s race like this, with no incumbent running and no single candidate so embraced by political kingmakers as to have a virtual lock on victory, this county’s sheriff fought crime by raising posses and galloping after outlaws in rural lairs like the Hollywood Hills. This new state of affairs, with voters rather than power brokers or the law enforcement establishment setting the Sheriff’s Department’s course, may turn out to be permanent. Or it may be a mere interlude in a long and continuing history of entrenched incumbency and unaccountability. Either way, the decision voters will make in the June 3 primary (and the Nov. 4 runoff, if no candidate emerges from the first round with more than half the vote) comes at a crucial time, culminating a period of rare public scrutiny of the Sheriff’s Department’s management, hiring, spending, internal discipline, candor and, especially, use of force against jail inmates and visitors. The election decision will have an impact for years to come.

The pivotal question before voters is whether they believe the department is emerging from a chaotic but limited period in which professional standards broke down, and that with Sheriff Lee Baca’s departure and the continuing implementation of reforms urged by a citizens commission, it is now well on its way to recovery; or if instead it is continuing on a decades-long path that promotes cliques, secrecy and abuse, and needs a sweeping and dramatic change in culture.

If it’s the former situation, as some of the candidates argue, all that is needed is the right candidate from the right departmental faction to complete a sweep of troublemakers and commit to better management of the jails, and all will be well.
But if the department’s problems are not that recent or simple — and the evidence is overwhelming that they are not — what is needed is a candidate with the law enforcement credentials, the integrity, the backbone and the skills to march the deputies, their leaders and their culture through a rigorous and soul-searching reinvention, all while raising performance standards and recommitting the department to transparency and humane and constitutional treatment of suspects, inmates and the public at large.
That latter standard is the bar a candidate should meet. The one who comes closest is Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. The Times strongly recommends a vote for McDonnell for sheriff.

Is McDonnell as good as his reputation? Does he have the will, as well as the command presence, to confront and prevail over what is sure to be resistance from entrenched elements in the Sheriff’s Department?
The Times’ editorial page is convinced. His tenure as Long Beach police chief has been short but impressive. Before that, he was a highly regarded second in command to the Los Angeles police chief, and although he was not the most publicly visible or vocal leader of the Los Angeles Police Department during the era of Rampart reforms, his leadership during that time was unmistakable to those who closely follow the LAPD. His quick mind and thoughtful analysis were apparent as he sat on the county’s Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence that cut to the heart of problems in the Sheriff’s Department and recommended decisive corrective action.

It is also important to note his long relationship with community groups, including law enforcement critics. Repairing relationships between the Sheriff’s Department and the communities it serves must be a priority, not merely as a nice complement to strong leadership but as an essential component of it. McDonnell is noteworthy for his emphasis on respect — for the public and for the officers he leads.

Some sheriff’s deputies and leaders, and some candidates, argue that the department’s current situation is a far cry from the corrupt and abusive culture and the broken leadership that characterized the LAPD in the Rampart era. But they are wrong. Beyond the contempt shown to the people of Compton by conducting surveillance flyovers without telling them; beyond the weird sale of bulletproof vests to Cambodia; beyond the appalling hires of obviously unfit deputies from other departments; beyond the findings of race-based harassment in the Antelope Valley; beyond the staggering number of deputies arrested off duty (and in some cases on duty) for drunk driving; beyond the unfathomable cases of drugs smuggled into a jail (inside a burrito, no less), alleged fraud and weapons violations by deputies, and an inmate apparently being hidden from his FBI handlers, this is a department that for decades has been inadequate to the task of constitutional policing and jailing. It needs a reboot. It needs McDonnell.

Credit retired Cmdr. Robert Olmsted for his role in calling out abuse in the jails, but he is not the leader the department needs. Todd Rogers, especially, deserves notice for his commitment to community policing, and the integrity and professionalism he brings are badly needed in the department. But like other candidates, he need not hold the top spot to be part of the solution.

A note about candidate and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka: His name comes up in virtually every report or interview about command breakdown and jail violence in the last five years of Baca’s tenure. His attempts to explain some of his stunning directives — for example, his admonition to deputies to work in the “gray area” of the law and his later explanation that he meant they should use their discretion — are laughable. He is exactly the wrong person to lead the Sheriff’s Department forward.
The right person is Jim McDonnell, and The Times urges a vote for him on June 3.

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

Apr 092014

LAPD Investigating Every Car In Los AngelesLAPD Says They’re Investigating Every Car In Los Angeles, Including Yours.
The LAPD and LASD have been collecting information on every license plate in Los Angeles as part of an ongoing “investigation”—whether or not a crime has been committed. Big Brother much? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have been digging into the reasons behind why the LAPD and LASD has been hoarding this data without any “judicial oversight,” according to Boing Boing. The law enforcement groups have been using automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) mounted atop of their patrol cars and on telephones poles to take high-tech images of license plates, and logging info on the date and location of these instances, according to a press release from the EFF.
So, every time you drive by one of those cameras, your info is getting stored, even if you haven’t done anything wrong. And, according to EFF, you can learn more info about the owner of the car (say, for instance a home address) after doing a search on a license plate number.

The ACLU and EFF filed a lawsuit together against the LAPD and LASD in May 2013 under the California Public Records Act because the police groups wouldn’t release any info on policies and training regarding the ALPRs. They also refused to release a week’s worth of data so the ACLU and EFF could get an idea of what type of info they’re keeping and looking for, according to a release.

The LAPD’s response? “All ALPR data is investigatory—regardless of whether a license plate scan results in an immediate ‘hit’ because, for instance, the vehicle may be stolen, the subject of an ‘Amber Alert,’ or operated by an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant.”
So, in essence, it doesn’t matter if your record’s squeaky clean—everyone in Los Angeles is being investigated.
Jennifer Lynch of EFF argues this goes against our Fourth Amendment rights in a blog post:

“This argument is completely counter to our criminal justice system, in which we assume law enforcement will not conduct an investigation unless there are some indicia of criminal activity. In fact, the Fourth Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution exactly to prevent law enforcement from conducting mass, suspicionless investigations under “general warrants” that targeted no specific person or place and never expired.”

LA Weekly pointed out that there are two dozen police agencies that have info on 160 million data points revealing where L.A. drivers have been on specific dates.

License-plate recognition hasn’t gone swimmingly in other cities. The Boston Police Department’s ALPR program was shuttered after it was found “that the department failed to protect personal data and that license plate readers were deployed primarily in low-income neighborhoods,” according to Aljazeera.

The LAPD, however, did acknowledge the privacy concerns in a brief:
The privacy implications of disclosure (of license plate data) are substantial. Members of the public would be justifiably concerned about LAPD releasing information regarding the specific locations of their vehicles on specific dates and times. . . . LAPD is not only asserting vehicle owners’ privacy interests. It is recognizing that those interests are grounded in federal and state law, particularly the California Constitution. Maintaining the confidentiality of ALPR data is critical . . . in relation to protecting individual citizens’ privacy interests”

There will be a hearing on this issue at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in April, according to EFF. Hopefully, there will be some transparency on ALPRs with less of a George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian future vibe.

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Reprinted from; written by Jean Trinh in News

Aug 122013
LAPD Safe Driving Tips For Back To School

LAPD Safe Driving Tips For Back To School / Anything L.A.

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News Conference

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Crosswalk Awareness Detail (Vanowen Street/Columbus Avenue)
7:30 a.m.

Start of News Conference
8:30 a.m.

Columbus Avenue Elementary
6700 Columbus Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91405

Councilmember Nury Martinez, City of Los Angeles 6th Council District
Chief Steven Zipperman, Los Angeles School Police Department
Captain Maureen Ryan, Valley Traffic Division, Los Angeles Police Department
Captain LaTonya Allen, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Lieutenant Jones, City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation
School will be back in session this week and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division wants to remind drivers to pay extra attention to the roadway due to an increase in traffic.  We want all our children to have a safe return to school.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has over 1,100 schools and 655,000 children in attendance.  The motoring public and parents need to practice safe driving at and near schools.  Traffic congestion is a significant safety hazard throughout the City of Los Angeles for school children.

Parents need to discuss bus, pedestrian and bicycle safety with their children and prepare them for a safe school year.  Parents dropping off their children are reminded to obey all traffic laws and if available use the Safety Valet Program.  They need to be vigilant and utilize patience when near a school.

In order to promote awareness for back-to-school traffic safety, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School Police Department will be conducting a School Zone Crosswalk Awareness Detail at the crosswalk located at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Vanowen Street.  A press conference will follow.

Be a Responsible Parent and practice the following good driver tips:

•    Allow Extra Time: Do not arrive late or at the last minute.  Prepare the night before and leave your house early so you do not need to rush.
•    Reduce Speed:  The maximum speed near a school is 25 miles per hour.  However, slower speeds are recommended when children are present.  Speed is the number one cause of collisions around schools.
•    Obey Stop Signs: Make a complete stop.  Be vigilant.  Look for children stepping off the sidewalk.
•    No Double Parking:  Double parking impedes traffic flow.  Never let a child exit a double parked vehicle.
•    Avoid U-Turns: U-turns near the school cause congestion.  Do so only at an intersection if permitted.
•    Do Not Park in a Red Zone:  The curb is red due to safety reasons.  Parking in the red often obstructs the view of other drivers which could result in a collision with a child or other vehicle.

For more school safety information on walking, biking, or school bus tips visit or

For more information, please contact Sergeant Stephen Egan 818-644-8146 or the Valley Traffic Division Watch Commander at 818-644-8010.