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“Reflector Vest Crew” Burglars Arrested By LAPD

July 10, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the LAPD.

STUDIO CITY/WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, July 9, the Los Angeles Police Department North Hollywood Division burglary detectives along with the LASD Major Crimes Bureau and Burglary-Robbery Task Force, worked together to arrest burglary suspects coined the “Reflector Vest Crew” on June 27 and July 3.

The LAPD reported that the “Reflector Vest Crew” name was coined for using reflective clothing worn by construction workers as a ruse. The suspects would send one person wearing the clothing to knock on the victim’s residence to see if they were home without raising suspicion. If the residence appeared unoccupied, other suspects would emerge and enter through the rear. The “Reflector Vest Crew” sought out residences in wealthy enclaves of Los Angeles, including Studio City, West Los Angeles, and West Hollywood. Detectives have identified over 30 homes that were targeted by the crew during this investigation.

On multiple dates from March 2024 to June 2024, three suspects, later identified as Roderick Dennis, 39, of Los Angeles, Michael Mitchell, 21, of Ontario, and Munya Jones, 21, of Los Angeles, were identified in a string of residential burglaries focused on taking high-end purses, jewelry, watches, and cash. The defendants used multiple rented vehicles and sophisticated techniques to prevent detectives from uncovering their identities.

In recent weeks, investigators were able to locate sufficient evidence and submit the case to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for filing after detectives caught the suspects during an in-progress burglary in Studio City on June 27. All three defendants were booked and charged with multiple counts of residential burglary.

On July 3, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force executed a search warrant in connection with the “Reflector Vest Crew” investigation. The search warrant resulted in the arrest of Ashely Ellison, 33, the girlfriend of defendant Roderick. The investigation revealed that Ellison was renting vehicles for Roderick, which he used to commit the burglaries.

It was also revealed that Ellison was storing stolen items at her home for Roderick. During the search warrant, North Hollywood Burglary detectives recovered thousands in US currency, two stolen firearms, jewelry appraisals, and additional evidence linking Roderick and others to the burglaries. Ellison was arrested for 496(A) PC- Receiving Stolen Property.

Detectives are actively working to identify additional suspects and other crimes potentially committed by this group. The case is being prosecuted by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Major Crimes Bureau. Detectives are seeking additional information on these burglaries and are requesting the public’s help.

Detectives are asking anyone with information that could lead to the identification of additional victims or witnesses to contact LAPD North Hollywood Burglary Detectives at 818-754-8410. 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 the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org , and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the “Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip.

By Trevor

Updated Bacteria Warnings And Beach Closures

July 10, 2024 ·

Bacteria Photo by CDC Via UnSplash

PACIFIC PALISADES—On July 8, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) announced that the bacteria warnings for Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State Beach near Will Rogers Tower 18 and the Malibu Pier in Malibu have been cleared. There are at least 13 other swimming areas and beaches that remain closed due to active bacteria warnings issued by the LACDPH.

LACDPH advises beachgoers to avoid swimming, surfing, and playing in the contaminated ocean waters in the following areas. Please be mindful of your children, the elderly, and even pets frolicking in the bacteria-infested waters.

Know before you go. If you are unsure if the beach you plan to attend has met state standards for public safety, call the Los Angeles County Beach Closure hotline at 1-800-525-5662 or visit the LACDPH website.

July 8 reports indicate that bacteria was found in water samples from the following areas. Water quality levels are not within State standards.

The entire swim area at Las Flores Creek at Las Flores State Beach

Topanga Canyon Beach in Malibu, and 100 yards up and down the coast from the lagoon.

The entire swimming area at Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach and 100 yards up and down the coast from the public restroom areas.

The Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, and 100 yards in each direction up and down from the pier

Zuma Beach and 100 yards to and from Trancas Canyon Creek

The entire swimming area at the Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro

Escondido Creek at Escondido State Beach, including the entire swimming area

The entire swimming area at Walnut Creek at Paradise CoveSolstice Creek at Dan Blocker County Beach, and the entire swimming area

Marie Canyon Storm Drain at Puerco Beach, and 100 yards up and down the coast from the public access steps

The entire swimming area at Sweetwater Canyon Storm Drain at Carbon Canyon Beach

The entire swimming area at Castlerock Storm Drain at Topanga County Beach

Ramirez Creek at Paradise Cove, and 100 yards to and from the Paradise Cove Pier

By Sharon






Community Blood Drive In Beverly Hills On July 11

July 10, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page that they will be hosting a Community Blood Drive with the Red Cross on Thursday, July 11.

The event will transpire from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Hall Municipal Gallery located at 455 N. Rexford Drive.

Individuals can make an appointment at redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: CityBevHills.

By Trevor

Nikima Newsome Chosen As Santa Monica City Clerk

July 10, 2024 ·

Nikima Newsome has been selected as the new Santa Monica City Clerk. Photo by Erika Chimi via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, July 9, the city of Santa Monica announced on its website that the City Council named Nikima Newsome as the new City Clerk.

Newsome, a five-year veteran of the City Clerks’ Office, has served as interim city clerk since outgoing clerk Denise Anderson-Warren retired in December 2023.

“Ms. Newsome’s depth of experience and leadership makes her the perfect choice for our next city clerk,” said Mayor Phil Brock. “We’ve seen her navigate the interim role with the utmost professionalism and I know we are in the best hands as she continues as our permanent city clerk.”

Prior to working with the city of Santa Monica, Newsome served Township of Mount Holly in New Jersey for five years as the township clerk, deputy registrar, and purchasing agent. She was the deputy clerk of council for the Cuyahoga County Council in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Being a city clerk has been my passion since I was introduced to the field, and I am incredibly honored and humbled to do what I love in the city I have come to love,” said Newsome. “I am so excited to usher in a new dynamic and energy to the City Clerk’s Office.”

Newsome holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgian Court University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Dayton. She holds certifications as a Certified Municipal Clerk and a Master Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and is a licensed Registered Municipal Clerk and Qualified Purchasing Agent in New Jersey.

Newsome’s appointment is effective immediately, and she will have an annual salary of $230,784.

By Trevor

Applications Open For Cultural History Grants

July 9, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Scott Graham via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On July 3, the city of West Hollywood posted on its website that it opened applications for its 40th Anniversary Cultural History Grant program. The deadline for applications is Thursday, August 29.

According to a news release from the city of West Hollywood website, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the city managed its Arts Grant Program for 26 years. West Hollywood’s Arts Grant Program provides grant funding to individual artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit arts organizations for the production, performance, or presentation of art projects that take place in West Hollywood, and those that serve the West Hollywood community.

The 40th Anniversary Cultural History Grant is a category specifically dedicated to highlighting the history of West Hollywood concurrent with West Hollywood’s recognition of 40 years of Cityhood, and exploring stories of the people, policies, and cultures that make West Hollywood unique. Eligible projects include the presentation of a cultural history exhibition or activity, film screening, panel discussion, or walking tour.

Proposed projects must occur in 2025, in West Hollywood or the immediate West Hollywood adjacent area (within five blocks of the municipal boundary of West Hollywood) and must be free and accessible to the public. The maximum award per grantee is $10,000 with a total of $40,000 of available funding for the program.

Artists and organizations interested in applying may visit www.weho.org/arts for more information and a link to the application.

For more details about West Hollywood’s Arts Grant Program, visit www.weho.org/arts or contact Eva Angeloff, West Hollywood Grants Coordinator, at (323) 848-6354 or at eangeloff@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Truck Fire In Sherman Oaks

July 9, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a truck fire in Sherman Oaks. Photo courtesy of Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—On Saturday, July 6, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a truck fire that was reported at 9:09 p.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway, South of Venture Boulevard. By 10 p.m., the LAFD indicated that the fire had been fully extinguished and was confined to the tractor (cab) only of the big rig, which included *tandem* (two) trailers containing 7,600 gallons of diesel motor fuel.

The trailers are intact, upright and were not involved in the fire and are not leaking product. A minimal leak of diesel motor fuel at the scene is attributed to partial leakage of the tractor’s *one* ‘saddle’ tank used to propel the truck. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

All lanes of the northbound and southbound 405 Freeway remain closed between Burbank Boulevard and Skirball Center Drive until the LAFD, and the California Highway Patrol operations are complete, and the site has been rendered safe for travel. Unknown ETO. Travelers, expect congestion and delay.

By Trevor

Beverly Hills Alerts Public To Be Safe In The Heat

July 9, 2024 ·

The city of Beverly Hills is providing tips for residents to stay cool during this heat wave. Photo by Tim Mossholder via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, July 8, the city of Beverly Hills posted details on how the public can remain safe during the extreme heat in the weather.

Residents should stay indoors, and if possible spend time in air-conditioned locations. In Beverly Hills, the following locations are available as a cooling centers during regular business hours.

-Roxbury Park Community Center: Weekdays 8 am to 9:30 pm; Weekends 8 am to 5 pm.

-La Cienega Park Community Center: Weekdays 8 am to 9 pm; Weekends 8 am to 5 pm.

-Beverly Hills Public Library: Monday through Thursday 9:30 am to 9:30 pm; Friday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday Noon to 6 pm.

For a list of Los Angeles County cooling centers visit the Public Health website or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county.

Ways to Beat the Heat

-Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.

-Avoid unnecessary exertion.

-If you experience dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst you need to relax in a cooler, shaded place and drink water or a sports drink.

-More severe symptoms (such as disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing) may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention.

If You Must Be Outdoors

-Try to limit your activity to morning and evening hours when the temperature is cooler.

-Cut down on exercise.

-Try and rest often in shady areas.

-Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and using sunscreen.

-Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.

Groups Are at Greater Risk For Heat-Related Illnesses

-People aged 65 or older.

-Infants and young children.

-People with chronic medical conditions.

The public is being warned to never leave a senior, child or pet in a closed car or any vehicle since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. Anyone who knows seniors who live alone or people whose immune and/or respiratory systems are not working properly, they should check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Santa Monica Mountains

July 9, 2024 ·

A hiker had to be rescued after an injury in the Santa Monica Mountains. Photo by Ronatory via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Saturday, July 6, officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department helped rescue a hiker who was injured in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The incident was reported at 3:37 p.m. The LAFD ground and air response assisted a 66-year-old female hiker suffering from exhaustion on the Bienveneda Trail north of Leacock Trail near Topanga State Park.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter lowered a Flight Paramedic to help medically assess and stabilize the patient, whose condition was undetermined.

The patient and LAFD Flight Paramedic was hoisted into the hovering helicopter for continuing in-flight care during direct air transport to an area hospital.

By Trevor

Hazardous Materials Released In Westwood

July 9, 2024 ·

Photo by Robert Zunikoff via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On Friday, July 5, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported hazardous materials being released in Westwood.

The LAFD indicated the incident transpired at 7:10 p.m. at 215 VA, where firefighters responded to reports of smoke coming from the sidewalk and from a vault.

Crews set up a perimeter, asked nearby building occupants to close doors/windows and shelter in place, and deployed monitoring equipment.

Hazardous Materials Specialists determined that the smoke/white vapor cloud coming from underground was a large amount of steam from an underground construction operation and that there was no hazard present and determined the site is safe. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

By Trevor

E-bike Program Open For Income-Qualified Residents

July 9, 2024 ·

E-bike. Photo courtesy of David French via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Monday, July 8, the city of Santa Monica announced in a press release that residents who have income that qualifies can apply for a $2,000 voucher that can be used at select retail program partners for an e-bike, bicycle, and/or safety equipment such as a helmet, lock and lights.

Approximately 90 vouchers will be available as a result of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the United States Department of Energy.

Eligible residents can submit an application, and recipients will be determined through three separate lottery draws on July 17, August 14 and September 10. Lottery winners will receive an email notification of their voucher award with instructions on how to redeem their voucher.

Residents need only apply once, as all applications will roll over to the next lottery and applications will remain open until the date of the final lottery.

Recipients will receive a compilation of bike safety resources, including the League of American Bicyclists’ online Smart Cycling course.

Vouchers can be redeemed at The Bike Center located at 1555 2nd St., Bike Attack Electric at 2904 Main St. and Helen’s Cycles at 2501 Broadway. The program is not a rebate program, where funds are reimbursed. Vouchers must be presented at the time of purchase.

“I’m thrilled to see the launch of this program that prioritizes equitable transportation solutions,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Shannon Parry. “Increasing access and encouraging active transportation options like bike riding enhances our progress toward achieving our climate goals.”

Applicants must be 18 years or older, a resident of Santa Monica and meet income-defined criteria.

For more details, including application forms and eligibility details visit the city of Santa Monica website. Online applications are provided in English and Spanish and paper applications can be provided by calling (310) 458-2201 ext. 2504 or contacting bikevoucher@santamonica.gov.

By Trevor

Big Blue Bus Seeking City Council Approval On ‘Brighter Blue’ Plan

July 9, 2024 ·

Photo by Terence Starkey via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, July 5, the city of Santa Monica announced that on Tuesday, July 9, the Santa Monica City Council will vote on Brighter Blue, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) five-year plan to improve Big Blue Bus service in the city and West Los Angeles.

According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, the proposed plan was created as a result of travel and behavior changes since the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly growing regional rail network. Brighter Blue is informed by an extensive analysis of Big Blue Bus’s existing service and an 18-month rider outreach and stakeholder engagement effort that utilized on-board and online surveys, focus group meetings, public workshops and hearings, and an extended public comment period.

Brighter Blue calls for greater investments in service frequency and span, and enhanced connections to Metro Rail’s expanding network. Brighter Blue will provide riders with fast, sustainable and reliable access to jobs, healthcare, education and other essential destinations, and help deliver a world-class transit experience during major events, including the 2026 FIFA World Cup and 2028 Olympic Games.

If the Santa Monica City Council adopts Brighter Blue, Big Blue Bus riders can anticipate the following enhancements:

-More frequent service on most routes, including a high frequency network with weekday service every 10 minutes or better on select corridors during peak hours.

-Expanded operating hours so that most routes start earlier in the day, end later at night and operate on weekends.

-Improved connectivity to key destinations, such as the LAX/Metro Transit Center, Culver City Transit Center and the Metro Rail D Line extension.

The city is alerting the public to support Brighter Blue by participating at the meeting on July 9 at 5:30 p.m. Submit a written public comment via email to councilmtgitems@santamonica.gov before 12 p.m. on July 9. To learn more about Brighter Blue visit www.BrighterBlueBBB.com.

By Trevor

SMPD Arrests Several Suspects During Beach Fight

July 7, 2024 ·

Efigenio Tacuba. Photo by the SMPD.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, July 7, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News that several people were arrested during a beach fight, and authorities are requesting cell phone video from any individuals who captured the incident as it unfolded.

On June 29, at 2:21 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call of multiple male subjects fighting north of the Pier near Tower 14. It was reported that one of the people involved in the fight was stabbed. The SMPD drone was first on-scene and confirmed an active fight. Additional responding officers arrived after and intervened.

The fight started when a vendor (identified as Efigenio Tacuba) approached a group of beachgoers and sexually battered several females.  Others in the group confronted Tacuba who requested assistance from fellow vendors.  Several vendors armed themselves with umbrella poles, belts, and at least one knife.

Officers located a victim suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound. An additional victim suffered a possible broken ankle during the altercation. Both victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Four subjects taken into custody were charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney with felony assault and one with multiple counts of sexual battery:

-Tacuba, Efigenio.  DOB: January 1, 1994.  243.4(a) PC (three counts);

245(a)(1) PC (two counts)

-Cruz Murcia, Jorge Luis.  DOB: March 2, 1995.  245(a)(1) PC (two counts)

-Manzanarez Hernandez, Samuel.  DOB: July 19, 1984.  245(a)(1) PC (two

counts)

-Hernandez, Oscar Samuel.  DOB: July 2, 1977.  245(a)(1) PC (two counts)

Additional arrests are likely to follow.  Anyone with information related to this incident or this individual, particularly cell phone video footage of the incident, is asked to contact Detective Holloway at Jacob.Holloway@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Fatal Head On Collision Closes All Lanes Of PCH

July 5, 2024 ·

Photo by Rio Space Via Unsplash

MALIBU—On July 7, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased in the July 4 head-on collision as Martin O’Keke, 44, who was reportedly a ride-share driver in the area.  Okeke lost his life when the white 2020 Cadilac Escalade crossed the center line for an unknown reason.  Two others were injured in the crash.


On July 4, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded to a fatal traffic collision at the 22000 block of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), west of Carbon Cyn in Malibu due to a fatal traffic collision closing all lanes of PCH until further notice.

An updated alert from the Lost Hills Station was sent out on July 5, at approximately 4:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 a.m. (PCT) advising drivers to use an alternate route. There was no known ETA at that time.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2019 Mercedes Benz, four-door sedan crossed the center line of the highway striking the Escalade head-on. First responders declared the driver of the Escalade dead at the scene of the crash. The passenger in the Escalade suffered major injuries. The driver of the Mercedes Benz suffered significant injuries as well. Both injured parties were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for Treatment.

Investigators indicate that alcohol and speed may have been factors if not the cause of the accident.

By Sharon

WEHO Residents Blame House Fire On Squatters

July 3, 2024 ·

Firefighter photo by Jen Theodore via Unsplash

WEST HOLLYWOOD—WEHO residents are complaining over repeated fires believed to be started by squatters in a vacant home. The most recent fire was on June 28, when LAFD firefighters were called to fight the blaze located at 4909 Fountain Avenue near the intersection of Fairfax and Fountain.

Neighbors have publicly complained to KTLA reporters first at the scene indicating that this was the third fire in two years. Residents fear their homes may too catch fire. Though there is a security guard on site, squatters are still managing to break in.

Reports indicate that the homeowner wanted to have the house demolished, but at the time the city would not permit it.

LAFD firefighters have now red-tagged the home, deeming it unsafe for occupancy.

By Sharon

SMPD Fourth Of July Safety Reminders

July 3, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Stephanie McCabe via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, July 2, the city of Santa Monica reported that the Police Department’s holiday deployment plan is in full effect.

In anticipation of a greater number of visitors and events, SMPD is deploying additional officers throughout the city. The SMPD wants to make sure residents and visitors alike can feel comfortable relaxing in the sand and enjoying our awesome ocean views.

A combination of the Directed Action Response Team (DaRT), Homeless Liaison Program (HLP) Team, Traffic, Public Service Officers, and Patrol Officers, in addition to the Downtown Services Unit have been deployed to assist in ensuring a safe holiday weekend.

Safety Tips for the Weekend

  • Keep personal belongings secure and in sight. Lock vehicles and secure homes, especially when away.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

List of Items Prohibited on the Beach

-Fireworks: Fireworks are illegal citywide (including those marked safe & sane). If you are found in possession of fireworks you will be cited or arrested.

-Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is not allowed on the beach.

-Gas-powered generators

-Amplified music or instruments: Keep it courteous for fellow beachgoers.

-Open flames.

-Firearms or other weapons

Important Note Regarding Pets

  • Unleashed dogs are prohibited. Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/paved pedestrian path, but not the sand or in the water.
  • With summer heat, the pavement can get very hot, burning your dog’s paws.
  • Leaving a pet in a hot car is dangerous and illegal. Owners who violate these rules will be cited or arrested, and the car may be forced open to remove the animal.

DUI Prevention

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs poses a significant threat to everyone on the road. SMPD motor officers will be conducting safety-focused operations throughout the weekend. We strongly encourage everyone to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or arranging alternative transportation such as rideshare services. Let’s work together to prevent tragedies and make this holiday a safe one for all.

As we celebrate Independence Day, the Santa Monica Police Department remains dedicated to the safety and well-being of everyone in our community. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday.  For emergencies, please dial 911. For non-emergencies, contact our dispatch center at 310-458-8491.

By Trevor

Caltrans PCH Master Plan Feasibility Study Workshops

July 3, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Ryan Ancill via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Tuesday, July 2, the city of Malibu posted on its website that all community members are invited to attend workshops to learn about and give input to Caltrans’ PCH Master Plan Feasibility Study on Thursday, July 11 and Wednesday, August 28.

Both workshops will transpire from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in-person only at Malibu City Hall, Council Chambers (no remote participation option). Caltrans will also hold a virtual workshop on Thursday, July 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Register for the virtual event here.
The study aims to identify safety and multimodal travel improvements for all users of PCH in Malibu, including options for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as enhancing transit opportunities on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu.

The focus of the PCH Master Plan Feasibility Study is to identify transportation improvements that will address safety for all users, including multimodal travel options for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as enhancing transit opportunities, for an approximately 22-mile portion of the Pacific Coast Highway located within the city limits of Malibu.

The PCH Master Plan will include community stakeholder engagement activities and community outreach meetings to gather input on various traffic calming measures and other street improvements, including a “boulevard” roadway.

The Master Plan will be used in future PCH safety improvement projects. For background information, review the Fact Sheet. For further questions, please contact: D7.System.Planning@dot.ca.gov.

By Trevor

BHPD Warns To Not Drink And Drive During 4th Of July

July 3, 2024 ·

The Beverly Hills Police Department is warning the public about driving while impaired on the Fourth of July holiday. Photo by TMP - An Instant of Time/Shutterstock.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, July 2, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced in a media release that they are alerting drivers to plan ahead if they are planning to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday by drinking.

The BHPD reported that in 2022, 487 people were killed in crashes throughout the country during the Fourth of July holiday period. Of those fatal crashes, 40 percent involved alcohol. In California, 68 people were killed in crashes during the 2023 Independence Day holiday period. In addition, California Highway Patrol officers made nearly 1,224 arrests for driving under the influence – an average of one DUI arrest every five minutes.

“Choosing a sober driver is not just about following the law; it’s about saving lives,” said BH Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook. “If you plan on celebrating the Fourth of July with a drink, we want you to make a plan to go safely with a sober ride home. Think of your loved ones, friends, and family before getting behind the wheel.”

Driving under the influence includes impairment from prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and marijuana. The BHPD is alerting the public who may be hosting friends and family for barbecues and watching fireworks shows, offer nonalcoholic drinks for designated sober drivers and monitor who is drinking. If they see people leaving who have been drinking, offer to have them stay the night or make arrangements for them to take a sober ride home. Anyone who sees an impaired driver or witnesses someone driving recklessly should contact 9-1-1.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Brush Fire Near Griffith Observatory

July 3, 2024 ·

The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Photo by Pedro Marroquin via Unsplash.

GRIFFITH PARK—On Tuesday, July 2, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported they battled a brush fire at 9:43 p.m. The fire was located at 2800 W. Observatory Road.

Initial companies report a 15 foot x 15 foot area of brush burning near Griffith Observatory. By 10:16 p.m., officials contained the fire burning near the Griffith Observatory by LAFD air and ground crews.

They were assisted by Griffith Park rangers, without any significant spread beyond the initial 15 foot x 15 foot area. No structures were threatened and there were no injuries reported during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Griffith Observatory is owned and operated as a public service by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. In 2020, the Griffith Observatory celebrated its 85th anniversary. The inspiration of the establishment came from Griffith J. Griffith.

By Trevor

LAFD Rescues Woman From Slope

July 3, 2024 ·

The LAFD had to rescue a woman from a slope on July 3. Photo by Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

STUDIO CITY—On Wednesday, July 3, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that it had to rescue a woman from a slope.

The incident was reported at 1:58 a.m. at 8469 Mulholland Dr. The LAFD performed a ground-based rescue of a 23-year-old female from a low-angle slope.

A LAFD helicopter was in the air to assist with illuminating the region. No vehicular involvement was needed and there was no major injuries reported.

By Trevor

City Council Approves Operating, Capital Improvement Program In 2024-25 Budget

July 2, 2024 ·

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SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica City Council on June 25, adopted the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 operating and Capital Improvement Program, or CIP, budget, continuing to invest in key priorities of public safety, addressing homelessness, sustainability, mobility and inclusive policies and programs.

As part of the budget adoption, the City Council directed city staff to schedule a study session to explore what is needed to further deal with public safety and homelessness in the region and discuss revisions to the budget to reallocate resources accordingly.

Tuesday’s action included approval of updates to the 2024-2025 operating budget, the second year in the approved biennial Fiscal Year 2023-2025 Operating Budget.

The $765.3 million operating and CIP budget for 2024-2025 includes $1.8 million of adjustments in support of public safety and economic recovery based on council direction at the May 28, 2024, budget study session, as well as allocation of grant funds to support homelessness programs.

Adjustments include:

  • The addition of four police officer positions.
  • A one-year waiver along with a second-year reduction on outdoor dining fees for businesses on the Third Street Promenade.
  • Enhancements to the city’s security camera program.
  • Investments in mobility, road safety and transit, including enhancements to unsignalized intersections.

The budget reflects key investments in the five community priority areas of 1) Clean & Safe, 2) Addressing Homelessness, 3) Sustainable & Connected, 4) Justice, Equity & Diversity and 5) Economic Growth and Cultural Vitality.

The overall budget is balanced and funds key initiatives and projects such as:

  • Ongoing resources to address homelessness, including a contract with The Salvation Army for drug abuse treatment services and funding for the completion and implementation of the citywide Homelessness Strategic Plan.
  • Expanded operating hours for the Homeless Liaison Program (HLP) Team in the Police Department.
  • $119 million for police and crime prevention, including increased deployments of the mobile command post and build-out of the Real Time Crime Center. With the four additional officers added in this year’s budget, the City Council has allocated resources for 11 new police officers over the past two fiscal years.
  • Enhanced recruitment efforts to fill Police Department vacancies.
  • Creation of a small business assistance and tenant improvement fund and streamlining the city’s permitting processes.

In addition to approving the first year’s budget for the CIP, the Santa Monica City Council moved forward a $194.7 million FY 2024-2026 Biennial Capital Improvement Program plan. It will make way for safety cameras and other public safety improvements, transit upgrades, parks and community services, tree planting and other key infrastructure projects in the next two years.

The two-year CIP includes projects funded by 22 different sources, including enterprise funds that get revenue from rates and fees, such as the Water Fund, as well as tax revenues from voter-approved ballot measures, federal and state funding.

Capital projects slated for the next two years include:

  • $29 million to begin the Pier Bridge replacement project
  • $11.95 million in street and sidewalk maintenance
  • $6.45 million to construct two groundwater recharge wells to recycle water collected through the newly operational Sustainable Water Infrastructure Project (SWIP)
  • $4.77 million for the completion of the Wilshire Transportation Safety Project
  • $1 million for streetlight modernization
  • $2.1 million for a new playground at Virginia Avenue Park
  • $500,000 for tree planting and landscape improvements as part of the Urban Forest Master Plan
  • $450,000 for the completion of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • $850,000 to complete a new community garden on 19th Street

Santa Monica restored many services and such investments in the community, approved during the FY 2023-2025 budget, have positioned the city to maintain progress toward addressing community needs.

City staff plans to continue to seek additional revenues, grant funds, reimbursements and other resources to expedite restoring reserves and fund additional capital projects and service restorations. For more information, read the staff report here.

By Trevor

City Of Beverly Hills Is Hiring

July 2, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills posted on its Facebook page on Monday, July 1 that it is hiring. There are open positions in various departments such as Public Works, Beverly Hills Police Department, Community Services and more.

Several full-time positions are available with the Beverly Hills Police Department, which include Communications Dispatcher, Lateral Police Officer, Pre-Service Police Officer (Entry Level). Other positions available include: Parking Supervisor, Senior Recreation Supervisor, Systems Integrator and Water Resources Engineer. Some of the positions start at an annual salary of $74,000 to upwards of $178,000.

Work history is required on the application. A resume submitted in lieu of an application will not be sufficient. Furthermore, “See resume” is not an acceptable response under ‘Work Experience’ section. An application containing such a response may be deemed incomplete. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

The first application created will be saved and can be used for subsequent positions individuals wish to apply for. The application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications. Collect details about education and employment history before creating the applicants application. Please complete the application in its entirety making sure you give detailed information on all relevant areas as a poorly completed application can be a disadvantage to meeting the minimum qualification for a position.

Individuals planning to spend more than 30 minutes applying, should be certain to click on the save button as they go along. Failure to do so will result in loss of information. Do not click submit until certain they have completed the application. Once an applicant clicks submit they will no longer have the option to update.

They can print a copy of the job bulletin and their application for future reference. An automated confirmation email will be generated following submission. Keep this confirmation as proof. If an applicant is selected for the next round(s) of the recruitment process, their qualification may be evaluated through written, skill assessment, and oral exams.

Be sure to add the email of government jobs to the address book, so applicants can receive emails regarding the positions they are applying for. See all openings at www.beverlyhills.org/jobs.

By Trevor

Election Nomination Period Starts July 15 For Malibu General Municipal Election

July 2, 2024 ·

Photo by Arnaud Jaegers via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on its website that the nomination period for candidates running for Malibu City Council in the November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election opens on Monday, July 15, at 7:30 a.m. and ends August 9 (unless one or more of the incumbents does not file, in which case the nomination period will be extended to August 14).

Three City Council seats will be on the ballot. Nomination packets may be picked up in person from the City Clerk’s Office at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road) throughout the nomination period during the City Clerk’s office hours, which are posted.

To schedule an appointment to pull nomination paperwork to begin the nomination process, email City Clerk Kelsey Pettijohn at KPettijohn@MalibuCity.org or call 310-456-2489, ext. 228.

Before any candidate raises or spends any money in connection with their campaign, they must complete and sign the Declaration of Intent to Solicit and Receive Contributions Form and the Fair Political Practices Commission Form 501 and file them with the Malibu City Clerk.

Both forms are available on the Elections webpage of the website, in addition to other information on dates, voter registration, vote-by-mail ballots, and candidates. The page will be regularly updated with new information throughout the period.

The five-member City Council is elected at-large to serve four-year terms. The Mayor’s office is rotated annually among all councilmembers.

Current members of the Malibu City Council include: Mayor Steve Uhring, Mayor Pro Tem Doug Stewart, and councilmembers Bruce Silverstein, Paul Grisanti and Marianne Riggins. The three council seats up for grabs include Uhring, Silverstein and Grisanti.

By Trevor

William Isaac Thomas Jr. Charged With Sexual Assault

July 1, 2024 ·

A suspect who utilized his career as a photography and model industry expert has been charged with sexual assault. Photo by Nijwam Swargiary via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Friday, June 28, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office disclosed that William Thomas Jr., a photographer who represented himself as a modeling industry expert was charged with sexually assaulting three teenagers as each were pursuing modeling careers in Los Angeles between 2017 and 2023.

Photo courtesy of the LAPD.

William Isaac Thomas Jr., 49, is charged in case 24CJCF02920 with three counts of oral copulation; two counts of sodomy by use of force; and one count of attempted sodomy of an unconscious or asleep victim. It also is alleged that multiple victims were vulnerable, and that the manner in which Thomas carried out the offenses indicates planning, sophistication, and professionalism.

He is expected to be arraigned on July 22 in Dept. 30 of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

It is alleged that starting in 2017 through 2020, Thomas sexually assaulted the first victim, age 18 at the time, while the victim was pursuing a modeling career. In 2020, Thomas allegedly established a working relationship with a second victim, age 19-20 at the time, who was also pursuing a modeling career. Thomas sexually assaulted the second victim until 2023. In 2022, Thomas allegedly began working with a third victim, age 19 at the time, and proceeded to sexually assault him until 2023.

Each victim was being represented by Thomas as they pursued careers in modeling. Thomas is being held on $1,525,000 bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-West Bureau’s Special Assault Section (SAS) are seeking additional victims and witnesses connected to Thomas.

“He preyed upon young men by promising them jobs and monetary opportunities he never delivered,” said Detective Brent Hopkins, a Special Assault Section supervisor. “Once he made them reliant upon him, the abuse began. Now that he is no longer able to harm these victims, hopefully more will be able to tell their story.”

Detectives are requesting that anyone with details that could lead to the identification of additional victims or witnesses to contact LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau, Special Assault Section, at 213-473-0447. 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 the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LAPD Seeking Information On Attempted Rape Suspect

July 1, 2024 ·

Photo by Luis Villasmil via Unsplash.

TOPANGA CANYON—On Sunday, June 30, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Division Sexual Assault Unit are seeking additional information on an attack suspect in the Canoga Park area.

The LAPD reported that on June 23 at around 10:30 p.m., a 24-year-old female reported she was walking westbound on Roscoe Boulevard from Owensmouth Avenue, when an unknown male suspect tried to sexually assault her. The suspect was last seen running eastbound on Roscoe Boulevard.

Photo courtesy of the LAPD.

The suspect is described as a 25 to 30-year-old Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was wearing a red shirt, orange and blue long sleeve flannel and dark blue pants.

Video from the LAPD shows the suspect following the victim near a well-light business as two vehicles were stopped near a light.

The LAPD is asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Detective Padilla at (818)756-3264. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

Phase 1 Of Malibu Community Lands Complete

July 1, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Malibu Facebook page.

MALIBU—On Friday, June 28, the city of Malibu posted on their Facebook page that Phase 1 of the Malibu Community Lands project has been completed.

From now until mid-August, the city of Malibu will review all the feedback they have collected so far.

Starting in mid-August, they will return with Phase 2 of the project, where the city will use the input received from Phase 1 to refine questions for the community to aid in the decision-making process.

To review the presentations and community feedback from Phase 1 visit: //MalibuCommunityLands.org/2024-Community-Meeting-Series. The public can view the Malibu Community Lands recap video at: www.//Youtube.com/watch?v=6zlfdJt5kTM.

For more details and to share thoughts visit: www.MalibuCommunityLands.org.

By Trevor

Over A Dozen Beaches Deemed Unsafe For Swimming

July 1, 2024 ·

Beach photo by Frank Mckenna via Unsplash

MALIBU—On June 27, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued bacteria warnings for at least a dozen Malibu beaches. Health officials warn the public to stay off the beaches due to high levels of bacteria found in the ocean water.

According to LACDPH, the bacteria at 12 Malibu beaches and several more L.A. County beaches may jeopardize the health and well-being of those swimming at the beaches that have been contaminated with raw sewage and runoff water following rainfalls.

The following came directly from LACDPH:

“Elevated bacteria levels in ocean water may cause illness, especially in children and the elderly.

Bacteria found in LA County beaches can cause illness, especially in children and the elderly. High levels of bacteria in ocean water can indicate fecal matter and can lead to sickness such as vomiting, diarrhea, and eye infections.”


The following beaches have been deemed unsafe to swim at:

Santa Monica Canyon Creek at Will Rogers State Beach (near Will Rogers Tower 18, 100 yards up and down the coast from the creek)

Topanga Beach in Malibu (100 yards up and down the coast from the lagoon)

Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey

Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach (100 yards up and down the coast from the public restrooms)

Santa Monica Pier (100 yards up and down the coast from the pier)

Zuma and Tancas Canyon Beaches (100 yards up and down the coast from the creek)

Malibu Pier (100 yards up and down the coast from the pier)

Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro

Escondido Creek at Escondido State Beach

Dockweiler State Beach (100 yards up and down the coast from the Westchester Storm Drain)

Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica South Tower 20, 100 yards up and down the coast from the Pico-Kenter storm drain)

Walnut Creek at Paradise Cove

Solstice Creek at Dan Blocker County Beach

Puerco Beach (Marie Canyon Storm Drain, 100 yards up and down the coast from the public access steps)

Carbon Canyon Beach (Sweetwater Canyon Storm Drain)

Topanga County Beach (Castlerock Storm Drain, entire swim area)

Latigo Shore Drive in Malibu (100 yards up and down the coast from the public access steps)

Ramirez Creek at Paradise Cove (100 yards up and down the coast from the Paradise Cove Pier)

When planning a beach outing, LA County Health officials encourage the public to know before you go by contacting the public beach closure hotline at 800- 525-5662.

Please note that furry family members are at risk of sickness as well. Pets drinking and frolicking in the seawater may also get sick from its contaminants.

By Sharon

Richard Mollica Resigns From Planning Director Position

July 1, 2024 ·

The current city of Malibu Planning Director, Richard Mollica will be resigning from his position on July 25. Photo by Alia Ollikainen/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on Friday, June 28 that the current Planning Director, Richard Mollica would be resigning from his position, effective July 25.

He joined the city of Malibu in 2004 and brought a wealth of experience and a dedicated commitment to the community’s planning services. In particular, his environmental and coastal management were instrumental in supporting the vision and sustainability of the city.

“It has been an honor to serve Malibu residents. I was fortunate enough to grow up in my Grandfather’s Malibu Barber Shop alongside my Aunt’s Beauty Salon and enjoyed weekly shrimp brunches at the Malibu Sea Lion. Working for the City has allowed me to give back to the community in ways my family members did as members of the LA County Lifeguards, Lion’s Club, Navy League, and Kiwanis Club. As part of the first graduating class of Malibu High School, I experienced the 1993 fire firsthand. Little did I know at that time that I would play a key role in rebuilding Malibu after the 2007 fires and the Woolsey Fire. It was an honor to give back and reconnect with so many fire victims, some of which were my schoolteachers. I will always cherish my time here and am grateful for the support I have received from the residents and my staff,” said Mollica.

“We are deeply grateful for Mr. Mollica’s contributions to our city. His leadership in planning and development has left an enduring impact on our community. We wish him continued success in his next chapter,” said City Manager Steve McClary.

All services and counter hours remain open, and the city of Malibu will keep the community informed on updates to the operations.

For further inquiries contact the Human Resource Department or City Manager’s Office at (310) 425-2489.

By Trevor

BH Hosting Multi-Family ADU Community Workshop

July 1, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page that it is hosting a multi-family ADU Community Workshop on Monday, July 8.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hills City Hall Municipal Gallery. Participants can join BH planners for an interactive workshop to discuss potential changes to multi-family Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations.

Key topics include height, floor area, and setbacks. The participation of the public will be valuable feedback for our Planning Commission and the Beverly Hills City Council.

The city of Beverly Hills posted on its website that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are attached or detached units that provide complete, independent living facilities for sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same site as a single-family residence or multi-family building.

Sometimes called second units or granny units, ADUs can be an effective way to provide additional housing on single- and multi-family properties where housing units already exist. ADUs cannot be sold separately from the main residence; but can be optionally rented for periods of 31 days or longer. ADUs are allowed on any property that is zoned for residential or mixed-use that has an existing or proposed dwelling unit.

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 24-O-2892 amending the ADU regulations in the Beverly Hills Municipal Code (BHMC) on March 18, 2024, which became effective on April 18, 2024. The ordinance includes, but is not limited to, amendments to the BHMC that:

-Repeal and replace the existing ADU code sections [BHMC §10-3-409; §10-3-603.5; §10-3-702.5; §10-3-803.5; §10-3-902.5; §10-3-1002.5; §10-3-1102.5] with a new Article 50 (Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units) in Title 10, Chapter 3 (Zoning) of the BHMC to comprehensively regulate ADU development consistent with state law, including local standards beyond state law minimums for single-family development;

-Amend the Definitions section [BHMC §10-3-100]; and

-Create a discretionary review path for ADUs located on any residential property developed with a single-family residence to allow ADUs that do not conform to the proposed by-right objective standards [BHMC §10-3-3600].

For those unable to attend in person, they can join the virtual workshop on Zoom occurring on July 31. That workshop will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the event visit www.beverlyhills.org/adu.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Structure Fire In Hollywood Hills

July 1, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a structure fire in Hollywood Hills on June 30. Photo by Maxim Tajer via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, June 30, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a structure fire in Hollywood Hills West. The fire was reported at 6:59 a.m. at 8100 W. Sunset Blvd.

First-arriving companies reported a one-story single-family dwelling with fire showing from the front. Firefighters proceeded in offensive mode, breaching entrances to fight fire and search for victims. They ascended to the roof to ventilate the pressurized smoke and heat.

Full extinguishment of the blaze was completed in 35 minutes. There was a total of 37 firefighters on-scene. There were no reports of any injuries. The official cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

By Trevor

Thieves Steal Bronze Plaques Honoring Teachers

June 30, 2024 ·

Scrap metal photo by Markus Spiske via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On June 27, the Los Angeles City Council announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification/arrest/conviction of those responsible for the theft of the bronze plaques honoring eleven teachers on the Victory Boulevard Hall of Fame at Canoga Park.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield said, “It’s egregious and awful that someone would yank them out of the sidewalk and try to sell them for scrap metal. They have significant financial value, but beyond that, they have community value.

It’s our version in the West Valley of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but instead of glorifying celebrities, we’re glorifying teachers. When you rip these plaques out of the ground, you’re also ripping out part of the soul of this community.”

The non-profit Walk of Hearts group has awarded and installed 77 plaques in the San Fernando Valley over the last 20 years. These 11 plaques honoring teachers were among those placed in Canoga Park for the impact these teachers had on their community at large.

The initial cost of the plaques was an estimated $4,000 per plaque, but the cost of replacing them is expected to be much higher.

The plaques are not the only recent thefts. There have been reports of fire hydrants, and copper wiring from the bridge, there have been thefts at local cemeteries, and the bronze statue at MacArthur Park was also stolen.

Anyone who has more information regarding the thefts or has seen the stolen items is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at the 24-Hour Anonymous Tip Line
1-877-LAPD 24-7 or (1-877-527-3247)

By Sharon

BHPD Arrests Five for Armed Robbery

June 27, 2024 ·

Rolex photo by Ruru Lulu via Unsplash

BEVERLY HILLS—On June 20, at approximately 4:53 a.m., the Beverly Hills Police Department, LAPD Hollywood Division responded to an armed robbery call in the 8600 block of Wilshire Boulevard. With the assistance of a Beverly Hills city employee who witnessed the incident, and employees of the Real Time Watch Center (RTWC), who shared surveillance footage to provide a vehicle description, officers were able to set up a roadblock in a timely manner.

Police attempted to stop the drivers of the vehicle identified near the scene of the crime. The suspects gave chase. BHPD officers along with LAPD Air and Ground patrol were in pursuit of the vehicle. Officers in the helicopter gave the location to LAPD Hollywood Division, and BHPD officers locating the suspects. Five suspects were arrested.

The following people were arrested:

An 18-year-old male, Xavier Ford, from Oakland was booked on the following charges: PC 211 – Robbery, PC 245(A)(1) PC – Assault with a firearm, PC 182(A)(1) – Conspiracy.

Gangster Lawson, a 23-year-old male from Oakland, California, was booked on the following charges: PC 211 – Robbery, PC 245(A)(1) PC – Assault with a firearm, PC 182(A)(1) – Conspiracy.

An 18-year-old male, Nasir Blocker, from Oakland, California, was booked on the following charge: PC 211 – Robbery.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department webpage, all five adults had previous entries on their record that have since been expunged.

Male juvenile, 17 years old and another Male juvenile, 16 years old

Canyon News reached out to BHPD who provided a presser for more information. BHPD Lieutenant Andrew Myers responded to a separate inquiry regarding the whereabouts of the juveniles. Lt. Myers indicated that the juveniles were taken to a juvenile detention facility.

By Sharon

Santa Monica Minimum Wage Raises To $17.27 July 1

June 27, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Demian Tejeda via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The minimum wage in the city of Santa Monica which currently sits at $16.90 per hour, will be rising to $17.27 per hour starting July 1, 2024. Santa Monica’s minimum wage law sets general and hotel worker wages and mandates paid sick leave.

The amount increases annually by the published Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Works (CPI-W) for the Los Angeles metropolitan area (LA-Riverside-Orange County, CA) published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Santa Monica posts the new rates annually on or near January 1.

The wage for hotels and businesses operating on hotel property is $19.73 per hour and will increase to $20.32 per hour effective on July 1, 2024. This rate aligns with the city of Los Angeles’ Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Rate. Santa Monica will post the new rates annually on or near May 15.

The paid sick leave provision requires Santa Monica employers to provide 40 hours (small businesses) or 72 hours (larger businesses) of paid sick leave.

The ordinance includes service charges, first-time workers, enforcement provisions, and a limited exemption for employers providing transitional jobs. To apply for the Transitional Jobs exemption email wagehelp@dcba.lacounty.gov.

Employers must post Santa Monica notices. At a minimum, employers must post Santa Monica’s legal notices in English and Spanish.

Businesses must also post notices in any other language spoken by five percent or more of the employer’s workforce.

Legal notices are available for download below. Contact wagehelp@dcba.lacounty.gov to request the legal notices in an additional language.

See below for legal notices valid from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024, and the legal notices valid from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. These contain updated minimum wage and hotel worker living wage rates.

For additional details visit https://www.santamonica.gov/minimum-wage.

By Trevor

2023 Water Quality Report For Beverly Hills

June 27, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday, June 26 that it has released its latest Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).

“It’s more than just a requirement – it’s our promise of transparency and ensuring you have all the info about your water quality. Curious about your water’s source or what’s in it? Look no further!,” the city of Beverly Hills stated on Facebook.

The CCR offers a comprehensive snapshot of our water quality, mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board and submitted to the Division of Drinking Water (DDW) local division office.

Residents can access the CCR online at www.beverlyhills.org/waterqualityreports.Those wanting a printed copy can contact (310) 285-1000 or send an email at askBH@beverlyhills.org, and the city will mail one out.

By Trevor

Jawann Garnett Arrested For Attempted Murder By SMPD

June 27, 2024 ·

Jewann Garnett. Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—On Wednesday, June 26, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News that a suspect in an attempted homicide had been arrested.

The SMPD reported on Monday, June 24, officers responded to a call of a male subject assaulting multiple victims on the beach, just north of the pier. The subject, later identified as Jawann Dwayne Garnett of Los Angeles, attacked a 17-year-old girl who was on the sand near Lifeguard Tower 13, striking and strangling her.

A female bystander, 25-year-old intervened and suffered injuries when the suspect punched her and bit her ear. He then attacked a female in her 70s who was walking near the waterline, pulling her into the ocean and holding her underwater.

Lifeguards and police officers were on-scene within minutes, interrupting Garnett’s attack and took him into police custody. The juvenile was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries and later released. The other two victims were treated at the scene by lifeguards and fire department personnel.

On June 26, the Los Angeles District Attorney filed the following charges:

-Victim 1 (juvenile)

664/187(a) PC – attempt murder

273(a) PC – felony child abuse

-Victim 2 (bystander)

245(a)(4) PC – ADW likely to produce GBI

220(a)(1) PC – assault with intent to commit rape

-Victim 3 (elder)

664/187(a) PC – attempt murder

207(a) PC – kidnapping

Garnett, who is currently homeless, has a long criminal history in Los Angeles County, including prior arrests for the following crimes: 220 (a)(1) PC – Assault w/Intent to Commit Rape, 236 PC – False Imprisonment, 245(a)(2) PC – Assault w/Deadly Weapon – Firearm, 273.5(a) PC – Domestic Violence (Felony), 243(e )(1) PC – Domestic Violence (Misdemeanor), 245(a)(1)PC Assault w/Deadly Weapon – Not a Firearm, 483PC Theft, 602(k) PC – Trespassing, 290.011(a)PC – Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

In December 2021, he was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Division for 664/287(c)(2)(a) PC -Attempt Oral Copulation through Force, and subsequently charged and convicted for 220(a)(1) PC – Assault w/the Intent to Commit Sexual Assault. He was placed on probation.

Garnett is currently on formal probation for his 220(a)(1) PC conviction and has been arrested for several violations of his probation terms and soon after released. He was released on June 6, on his own recognizance for a probation violation and is scheduled to go to court for the violation on August 5, 2024.

On June 9, 2024, Garnett was arrested by the SMPD for failing to register as a sex offender. While in custody, he was registered as a sex offender in the city of Santa Monica and released with a citation with a promise to appear in court. That was the police department’s only encounter with Garnett prior to the attack on the beach. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Anyone with details related to this incident or this individual is asked to contact Detective Lucero at Hilda.Lucero@santamonica.gov, Detective Sergeant Goodwin at Chad.Goodwin@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Two-Story Vacant Fire

June 26, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Tuesday, June 25, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a two-story vacant fire at 6920 Sunset Blvd. The fire was reported at 6:33 a.m.

Men and women of the LAFD responded to the 2-story vacant structure, they found heavy fire showing, from this site of a previous burn. Firefighters are utilizing heavy streams to protect exposures.

It took 45 firefighters, 29 minutes to knockdown flames in the vacant building. One 35-year-old female patient was transported to a local hospital with burn injuries. LAFD heavy equipment operators, along with Building and Safety, will be on-scene to evaluate the building (the site of multiple previous burns) for demolition due to safety concerns.

Sunset Boulevard was closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive. PIO Adam Vangerpen was on-scene for media staging at Sunset and Highland to address the blaze. There were no reports of any additional injuries.

By Trevor

Caltrans PCH Master Plan Feasibility Study

June 26, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Malibu Facebook page.

MALIBU—Caltrans will present its Master Plan Feasibility Study to a special joint meeting of the City’s Public Safety and Public Works Commissions Wednesday, June 26, at 5 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.

The study aims to identify safety and multimodal travel improvements for all users of PCH in Malibu, including multimodal travel options for pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as enhancing transit opportunities on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu.

The PCH Master Plan will include community stakeholder engagement activities and community outreach meetings to gather input on various traffic calming measures and other street improvements, including a “boulevard” roadway. The Master Plan will be used in future PCH safety improvement projects.

For background details, review the Fact Sheet https://malibucity.org/…/PCH-Master-Plan-Factsheet-6-20-24. For further questions email D7.System.Planning@dot.ca.gov.

By Trevor

Street Paving Taking Place In Malibu

June 26, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Malibu Facebook page.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu posted on its Facebook page on Monday, June 24 that LA County Waterworks District 29 conducted paving work on Winding Way East on June 24. The city coordinated with MRCA to close Escondido Falls Trailhead parking lot Tuesday, June 25, as needed.

Paving continued on Winding Way West and Murphy Way on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and June 26. It included sealing driveway entrances. The city of Malibu thanked the public for its patience and cooperation during this necessary maintenance work.

Motorists should plan accordingly and exercise caution while driving in these areas. For further questions or information contact Malibu City Hall at 310-456-2489.

By Trevor

Sherman Oaks Domestic Violence Case Turns Deadly

June 25, 2024 ·

Ryan Richard Rodriquez photo via Unsplash

SHERMAN OAKS—On Thursday, June 20, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Division responded to a radio call of domestic violence between a man and a woman in the 6700 block of Etiwanda Avenue. Reports indicate a couple at the Villa Tarzana condominiums, were fighting. Soon after officers arrived the fight became deadly.

According to an LAPD press release, a woman who answered the door, was the wife, and batter victim, of her husband, later identified as 45-year-old, Marlon Jimenez. The victim admitted to police that they had a history of domestic violence. She then escorted officers into the bedroom where the suspect was.

Responding officers were explaining to the Jimenez what they were doing there, and that they would be handcuffing him. That is when he pulled a knife out of the waistband of his pants and barricaded himself in his bedroom.

Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) and the LASD Crisis Negotiations Team (C.N.I.) responded to the call. According to reports, team members were attempting to get the agitated suspend to comply when they entered the room and found him dead. He had a ligature around his neck that was tied to the bed frame and a loaded 9mm pistol at his side.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner investigated the crime scene and confirmed the death of Marlon Jimenez. No officers were injured during the incident. The only reported injuries were those of the victim who had been assaulted by the suspect before committing suicide with the victim and the police on the premises.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Locator, Jimenez had an extensive criminal history. There were 22 entries on this individual. He was in jail over a reported misdemeanor in 2023. He was on probation.

In 2022, Jimenez was booked into jail on a felony and bonded out.


By Sharon

Planters Removed From Sidewalks That Prevented Homeless Encampments

June 25, 2024 ·

Planters which were placed outside of business to prevent homeless encampments have been removed by the city officials of Los Angeles.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, June 24, the city of Los Angeles removed planters that were placed on the sidewalks by business owners to halt homeless encampments in the region of Highland and Sunset Boulevard.

Homeless encampments have been blocking sidewalks throughout Los Angeles for a period of time impacting businesses in the region with trash and decrement that has impacted foot traffic to businesses in the region.

The planters were placed outside of businesses in May 2024 to halt the blockage of sidewalks and paths to businesses for the past 2 years. According to reports, the planters have helped deter crime in the region.

Last week the city of Los Angeles placed notices noting the planters were obstructions and had to be removed or the city would remove them, as the business owners who installed them did not have permits to do so.

Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez said in a statement to NBC 4 Los Angeles:

“We understand the frustration that local businesses feel about this issue, and we encourage residents to follow the legal process and work with the city to obtain the proper permits to install community beautification projects in the public right of way.”

Sunset Sound Recorders, a business on Sunset Boulevard was surrounded by homeless encampments in earlier February 2024, which impacted business for its high-profile clients who were concerned about safety. In early June 2024, a homeless encampment outside of the business was cleared by city officials.

The removal was part of the Mayor of Los Angeles Inside Safe program which is aimed at housing the homeless in the area. The program has helped move 21,000 Los Angelenos off the streets since December 2022. The program has spent over $341 million as of May 31, 2024. A total of $105 million has been spent by the program to house individuals in motels.

Only 539 individuals are currently in housing, with 305 in limited subsidized housing, 68 in permanent supportive housing. A total of 1265 individuals have housing courtesy of motels that have bene paid for by the program. A total of 842 people have exited the program, with 735 individuals returning to homelessness, 50 being incarcerated and 44 dying.

The Los Angeles Homelessness Service Authority reported more than 75,000 people living in homelessness in 2023 in the region. The number of homeless individuals in LA rose 14 percent from 2022 to 2023.

By Trevor

Fireworks Show At Palisades Charter High School

June 25, 2024 ·

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PACIFIC PALISADES—On Thursday, July 4, enjoy an evening of fireworks and music at Palisades Charter High School located at 5777 Bowdoin Street.

Advance purchase tickets are required for entry to the music and fireworks show. All sales will be made via the online ticketing platform at the links included on the website. There will not be any ticket sales at the gates, which will open at 6 p.m. There will be food trucks on the upper deck and music by DJ Lee Dyson of Hey Mister DJ.

Online advance purchase tickets are required for all attendees, including children. Ticket QR codes (on phones or printouts) will be scanned at the entrance for each attendee, including children under six with free tickets.

The Pacific Palisades Fireworks Spectacular is at 9 p.m. Entry gates will close at 8:45 p.m. (for fire safety reasons.) Any ticket holders arriving after the gates close will not be admitted and no refunds will be given.

The annual fireworks pageant at Pali High begins at 9 p.m. will be presented by world famous Pyro Spectaculars. Attendees must be scanned into the stadium before the gates close at 8:45 p.m.

The following items will not be permitted, so should be left at home. Anyone arriving with such items will be required to take them home or leave them outside, at their own risk. No chairs with stick legs. No large bags or coolers. No food. No beverages. No silly string. No poppers. No dangerous items. No bicycles or skateboards. No pets.

Late entry will not be permitted, even for ticket holders, so attendees are asked to arrive early. No refunds will be given for those unable to use their tickets due to delayed arrival precluding entry, such as for trying to attend with pets and/or other prohibited items, including chairs with stick legs (as noted above and in our FAQs).

All these events are organized, paid for and put on by PAPA, a non-profit, thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors and volunteers.

By Trevor

Recruitment Period For Team Beverly Hills Now Open

June 25, 2024 ·

The recruitment period for Team Beverly Hills is currently underway. Photo by David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, June 24, the city of Beverly Hills announced on its website that applications for the Team Beverly Hills program are being accepted through Friday, August 9.

Formed in 1996, Team Beverly Hills provides residents with a hands-on look at the operations of local government. The program features a variety of class sessions and includes interactive experiences with many departments.

Team Beverly Hills is an interactive and educational program that informs community members about their local government representatives, departments and programs; community associations; and current community issues.

Program participants explore the behind-the-scenes operations of Beverly Hills’ including Public Works, Emergency Management, Information Technology, Community Services and Public Safety. More than 800 residents have completed Team Beverly Hills and over 70 percent of all current elected officials and City Commissioners are Team BH alumni.

The program allows open dialogue with city officials, city representatives, and community/business leaders in order to enable and offer participants an understanding of issues, opportunities, and challenges facing Beverly Hills.

The Team Beverly Hills program will select 50 residents (30 appointed by the Beverly Hills City Council, 18 selected by a random lottery, and two selected by the Beverly Hills Unified School District) for its upcoming class. Five representatives from the city’s business community (appointed by the BH City Council) will also be selected for the program, which kicks off later this year.

To learn more about Team Beverly Hills and fill out an application online, visit beverlyhills.org/teambeverlyhills or by emailing teambh@beverlyhills.org.

By Trevor

City Hall Closed, Parking Enforcement For Independence Day

June 25, 2024 ·

West Hollywood City Hall will be closed for Independence Day.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood announced on its website that in observance of Independence Day, West Hollywood City Hall will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

Visitor parking permits may be obtained at the Kings Road Parking garage. The following parking regulations will not be enforced on Thursday, July 4:

-Parking Meters and associated time limits
-Peak Hour Towing Restrictions
-Street Sweeping

Permit Parking and all other parking regulations will be enforced. The enforcement of all parking regulations will resume on Friday, July 5.

By Trevor

Minimum Wage In Malibu Increases July 1, 2024

June 24, 2024 ·

The minimum wage in the city of Malibu is rising to $17.27 starting July 1 2024. Photo by Alexander Grey via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on its website that beginning July 1, 2024 the minimum wage will rise to $17.27 per hour. This is in accordance with the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance. The increase includes a 2.2 percent cost-of-living increase based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the Los Angeles – Long Beach – Anaheim statistical region (not seasonally adjusted).

“This wage reflects our dedication to creating a more equitable community in Malibu,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “By aligning our minimum wage increases with L.A. County and some neighboring cities, we hope to help our local businesses stay competitive and be able to attract excellent staff at a time when companies across the nation face serious staffing challenges.”

The City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance requires that the minimum wage in Malibu increase every year on July 1, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. The CPI increase is set every year in December by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Malibu City Council voted on March 28, 2016, to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020, mirroring the minimum wage increases implemented by Los Angeles County and other neighboring jurisdictions. Companies with more than 25 employees were required to pay employees no less than $10.50 after July 1, 2016, until reaching $15 per hour in 2020.

Initially, to give smaller local businesses with fewer than 25 employees adequate time to adjust to the changes, the city’s ordinance provided a one-year delay. Their minimum wage increases started July 1, 2017, and were set to rise annually on the same schedule until reaching $15.00 per hour in 2021. As of July 1, 2022, small businesses with fewer than 25 employees must also adhere to the same minimum wage established by the Ordinance (see Malibu Municipal Code Section 5.36).

All employers in the Malibu city limits are required to print out and display a poster explaining the ordinance, worker rights and protections, how to file a complaint for non-compliance, and other information. The poster is available to download, print out or share at: https://www.malibucity.org/MinimumWagePoster.

The poster must be placed in the same conspicuous and accessible location at all job sites where mandated federal and state labor postings are required to be displayed. The city of Malibu is conducting direct outreach to businesses in city limits to ensure that that all businesses are aware of and are adhering to the minimum wage requirements. Those wanting more information about the ordinance can view a video about the city of Malibu’s Minimum Wage via the city’s website.

By Trevor

Edan On Case Referred To LA District Attorney’s Office

June 24, 2024 ·

The suspect who assaulted a protestor has had his case referred to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Photo by Chris Slupski via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On Friday, June 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced today that Edan On, 18, a counter-protestor at a pro-Palestinian demonstration at UCLA on April 30, has been referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration.

“Our office has completed a thorough review of the incident involving Mr. Edan On who allegedly assaulted another protestor,” District Attorney Gascón said. “We cannot establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. On’s conduct directly caused the victim’s injury. There is no evidence to suggest that Mr. On was working in collaboration with any other individuals; and our investigation found no proof of conspiracy or any organized effort by Mr. On related to the incident.

Given these factors, we believe that the appropriate course of action is to refer the matter to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, which will consider misdemeanor filing. This referral aligns with our commitment to applying the law fairly and ensuring that justice is served based on the available evidence.”

On April 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m., counter-protestors started dismantling a barricade surrounding a pro-Palestinian encampment. Clashes between the two groups escalated into violence. The victim arrived at the encampment at UCLA Royce Quad around the same time to support the pro-Palestinian encampment.

On allegedly assaulted the victim between 12:30 to 1:30 a.m. during the clash between the protestors. Aside from the known victim, no other victim or witness reported a crime involving On to law enforcement.

One other matter involving the UCLA demonstration was presented to the office and is currently under review. The case is being investigated by the University of California Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

Feroz Merchhiya Chosen As Chief Information Officer

June 24, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Domenico Loia via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Thursday, June 20, Santa Monica City Manager David White announced the appointment of Feroz Merchhiya as chief information officer to lead the city’s Information Services Department, following a nationwide recruitment.

Merchhiva started his career at Oracle Corporation and has over 2 years of experience in digital transformation, innovation and technology. He recently held the position as chief information officer and chief information security officer for the city of Glendale, Arizona. He previously led strategic service delivery and technology solutions for Kaygen Incorporated.

“Technology is the cornerstone of city services and operations,” White said. “With Feroz’s wealth of experience in enterprise technology and information security, I’m confident he will build on our information services department’s great work towards even more improvements for our residents and businesses.”

Merchhiya will be responsible for Santa Monica’s strategic use of technology and cybersecurity to enhance community experience, leverage data, provide insights and improve services. He will lead the city in implementing strategic technology initiatives in line with the department’s mission to empower people, connect the community and develop solutions to support a digitally literate city.

“I am thrilled to join the team of dedicated civic leaders at Santa Monica,” Merchhiya said. “I look forward to leveraging my skills and experience to serve the community, and collaborating with key partners and stakeholders to ensure we embrace the latest technological advancements to deliver streamlined services for all.”

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from National University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Karachi University. He will join the city effective July 15, 2024 with an annual salary of $253,674.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued Near Temescal Ridge Trial

June 24, 2024 ·

The LAFD helped rescue a hiker on June 22. Photo by Emmett Reiner/Shutterstock.

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Saturday, June 22, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported that at 11:41 a.m. a hiker had to be rescued at Temescal Ridge Trail near Pacific Palisades.

The LAFD Ground and Air Response to an ill 55-year-old male hiker dehydrated and unable to walk in hot weather near the conclusion of his journey on a remote section of the Temescal Ridge Trail.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter lowered a Flight Paramedic to medically assess and stabilize the patient, who has been hoisted along with the LAFD Flight Paramedic into the hovering helicopter for continuing in-flight care during direct air transport to an area hospital. No additional details about the incident have been reported to the public.

By Trevor

Judge Rules Against 600 Resident Evictions

June 21, 2024 ·

Old apartment photo by Mike Von via Unsplash

WESTWOOD—On June 17, Superior Court Judge Harry Jay Ford III made a tentative ruling in favor of tenants who reside at, Barrington Plaza Apartments located at, 11740 Wilshire Boulevard. The Judge’s tentative ruling indicates that current owner of the 712 rent controlled property would be in violation of the Ellis Act if he were to follow through with evictions of more than 600 residents.

The civil case was heard at the Santa Monica Courthouse last April Last week, Judge Ford made the following ruling.

“The court concludes [the landlord’s/Douglas Emmett Inc.] intent to temporarily withdraw Barrington Place from the rental market with the present intent to return it to the rental market after the renovations were completed is inconsistent with an intent to go our of the rental business under the Ellis Act.”

According to the San Francisco Tenants Union, “The Ellis Act is a state law which whic says that landlords have the unconditional right to evict tenants to “go out of business.” For an Ellis eviction, the landlord must remove all of the units in the building from the rental market, i.e., the landlord must evict all tenants and not single out one tenant (for example, with low rent) and/or remove just one unit out of several from the rental market. The Ellis Act is included in the just causes for evictions under the Rend Ordinance as Section 37 .09(a)13.

Ellis Act evictions generally are used to change the use of the building. Most Ellis evictions are used to convert rental units to condominiums, using loopholes in the condo law….

The Barrington Plaza Apartments were built in 1963, and renovated in 1988. Douglas Emmett Inc., owns a string of luxury resort-style apartments in southern California. This is one of the few rent-controlled properties, and is reportedly in desperate need of renovations.

The Judges reasoning for blocking Douglas Emmett Inc. from evicting his clients is because the landlord’s intent was to renovate the property and then lease out the apartments again to new clientele at a higher rate.

Douglas Emmett Inc. must complete the renovations without evicting the tenants. This was only a tentative motion. The landlords have the right to appeal the court’s decision.

By Sharon

Motorcyclist Dustin Perdomo Killed in Freeway Crash

June 20, 2024 ·

Harley Davidson photo via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On Wednesday, June 19, at approximately 4:00 a.m., there was a multi-vehicle accident on the westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway near Topanga Avenue exit. One person was struck and killed in the crash. The name of the motorcyclist was not initially published pending notification of the next of kin.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiners Department later identified the victim of the crash as 32-year-old, Dustin Perdomo. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend in mourning posted the following memorial message on Facebook:

“Dustin Perdomo was a very special friend I lost this morning in a motorcycle accident on the 101 freeway. I’m heartbroken. I never got tired of hanging out with you. You were soft spoken and gentle. I could literally tell you anything and you never judged me. I love you my brother and will miss you deeply”

The westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway remained closed until approximately 10:00 a.m.

There were three other vehicles involved in the accident with no other fatalities. There is no more information available at this time.

By Sharon

LAFD Firefighters Rescue Hiker in Distress

June 20, 2024 ·

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STUDIO CITY—On June 19, at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) firefighters were dispatched to 8591 Mulholland Drive to rescue a hiker in distress.  Video footage captured at the scene and posted at approximately 11:30 p.m. shows an LAFD first responder propelling down the hillside of a canyon with his rescue gear to help the distressed hiker.

When he got to the hiker who was down in the brush and could not get to his feet on his own. It took awhile for the paramedic to get the hiker up on his feet, straps on and in a position where he could make the trek up the hill.

The fireman eased the hiker up the hill, helping him with each step until they made it to the top, where at least a dozen other LAFD first responders were ready to assist.

When reaching the top, the hiker was able to slowly walk on his own. There were no reported injuries other than the soreness and perhaps his pride.

The Los Angeles Fire Department posted the following reminders of how to prepare for a hike.

“With springtime weather giving way to summer, we are seeing an increase in ill or injured hikers whose predicaments were preventable. Before you take out to hike LA, take a moment to review and share these hiker safety tips from your friends at the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Hike with a friend or family member

Take plenty of drinking water.

Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Don’t walk off-trail

Be aware of the wildlife that lives in all of our state parks.”

By Sharon

SB 1297 To Allow Speed Camera Systems Passes In Malibu

June 20, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of George Huffman via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Tuesday, June 18, the city of Malibu announced that Senate Bill 1297 (SB 1297), which authorizes the use of speed camera systems in designated areas of Malibu successfully passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee June 17. The legislation aims to enhance road safety and decrease speeding-related incidents in the community.

SB 1297, introduced by Senator Ben Allen, whose 24th District includes Malibu, received support from several Committee members, community and safety advocates, and law enforcement officials. The bill will now advance to the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee for further consideration.

“We are thrilled that SB 1297 has taken this significant step forward,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “The implementation of speed camera systems is a crucial measure to protect our residents, pedestrians, and visitors from the dangers of speeding. This technology will serve as a deterrent, encourage responsible driving, and ultimately save lives.”

Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (whose 42nd District includes Malibu), co-author of SB 1297, joined Senator Allen at Monday’s hearing, and stated, “This legislation represents a critical step towards making our roads safer. I am proud to support SB 1297 and look forward to its continued progress through the Assembly.”

The proposed speed camera systems will be placed in five high-risk areas along Malibu’s 21-mile stretch, where speeding poses a serious threat to public safety. Data gathered from other communities and countries that have utilized similar measures show an average of 41 percent reduction in fatal or incapacitating injury crashes.

Bridget Thompson, a classmate of the Pepperdine students killed on PCH back in October 2023, testified in Sacramento in support of the bill. “This legislation is a necessary step towards ensuring that no other family or community has to endure the pain we have experienced. Speed cameras will make our roads safer for everyone,” said Thompson

Michel Shane, father of Emily Shane who was killed in 2010 on PCH testified, saying, “The passage of SB 1297 out of committee is a beacon of hope for those of us who have lost loved ones to reckless driving. It is a crucial step towards preventing future tragedies on our roads.”

“We thank the Assembly Transportation Committee for their support and recognition of the importance of this bill,” added Mayor Uhring. “We look forward to continuing our efforts to make Malibu a safer place for everyone.”

By Trevor

Decomposed Body Discovered on Embankment in Studio City

June 20, 2024 ·

Makeshift Shelter photo by Grant Durr via Unsplash

STUDIO CITY—On Tuesday, June 19, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to a call from dispatch of what responding officers reportedly referred to as, “A death in plain view.” A decomposed body was discovered near the 101 Freeway on the embankment area near Moorpark Street, in Studio City approximately 133 yards below the wash not far from Laurel Canyon.

First reports indicate that the body was found in a makeshift shelter and that no cause of death could be determined. The investigators from California Highway Patrol concluded that there was no evidence of foul play.

There is no information regarding the deceased as the individual was in the advanced stages of decomposition. Responding officers indicated the death occurred at least two months ago. The body had decayed beyond recognition leaving police with no physical description to report.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office now has custody of the body and has now taken over the investigation.

By Sharon

Malibu Launches PCH Safety Education And Awareness Campaign

June 19, 2024 ·

Pacific Coast Highway. Photo courtesy of Daniela Araya via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu has launched a PCH Safety Education and Awareness Campaign where city leaders, law enforcement, community members, community advocates and partner agencies participated for the “Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” campaign.

The event will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at Malibu Bluffs Park located at PCH at Malibu Canyon Road.

Addressing PCH safety is a top priority for the city of Malibu and has been conducting an intensive effort to address PCH safety, including supporting state legislation, highway improvements and technology, driver education, and increased traffic enforcement.

“Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” was designed by a focus group of longtime residents with deep marketing and advertising experience, two Pepperdine students, the LA County Sheriff’s Department, CHP, and City staff. The community picnic-style event will feature a panel discussion led by community members with a Q&A, a presentation of the City’s new “Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” music video and campaign materials, and a call for volunteers to join the PCH safety effort. Take the pledge to “cruise PCH at or below the speed limit in Malibu” and receive a “Cruise Malibu – Surf, Sand, Slow” gift.

Food will be available to buy. Attendees are asked to bring chairs, blankets, and warm clothing. No alcohol or BBQs. Any dogs should be leashed. The event is free, but no RSVPs needed.

For more details about the city of Malibu’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit the webpage.

By Trevor

Two-Story Four-Plex Blaze In Hollywood Hills

June 19, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Fire Department reported a two-story fourplex blaze at 3322 N. Barham Blvd. in Hollywood Hills on June 18.

Officials were first alerted about the fire at 5:33 p.m. where firefighters investigating the source of the smoke inside of the two-story fourplex found a small fire involving contents only (no structural involvement yet).

Crews quickly snuffed out the small fire and remained on scene to evacuate the smoke from the building using blowers. There were no reported injuries during the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

Brush Fire In Hollywood Contained By LAFD

June 19, 2024 ·

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, June 17, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported a small brush fire at 7529 W Franklin Avenue in Hollywood.

Firefighters extinguished a 20-foot x 20-foot (400 square feet) vegetation fire that consumed grass, trees and a shed. Due to the location and access issues, it took firefighters 81 minutes (4:42 a.m.) to extinguish the flames.

LAFD Air Operations provided critical water drops to keep it from growing while ground crews gained access. There were no reported injuries during the incident. The cause of the brush fire is under investigation.

By Trevor

Pico Branch Library Celebrating 10 Years

June 19, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Tom Hermans via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, June 18, the city of Santa Monica announced that a celebration will be held on Saturday, June 29 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pico Branch Library located at 2201 Pico Boulevard.

The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. It is free to the public and there will be activities for the entire family.

At 11 a.m. there will be an opening by the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra Mariachi band and a welcome address by Mayor Phil Brock. Keynote speaker, Anne Carmack, city of Santa Monica Poet Laureate will read a special poem she wrote for the event from words contributed by the community.

City officials, the Director of Library Services, Library Board and Friends of the Library Board members, and community members in celebrating this beloved neighborhood library branch in the Virginia Avenue Park campus with a performance-filled afternoon. Ashley Granillo reads from her book, “Cruzita and Mariacheros.” Following the reading, enjoy Mariachi music and a book signing by the author.

The day’s line-up includes Summer Reading Program signups, a variety of activities, giveaways courtesy of the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library, refreshments, screen printed tote bags, and much more.

The event concludes with bossa nova music courtesy of the Angelo Metz Quartet. Participants are asked to check out a local history RED Kit, one of the library’s new interactive items that invites neighbors to share their stories through interviews and spoken word.

“In the 10 years that Pico Branch has existed within the Virginia Avenue Park campus and the Pico neighborhood, our library services, programs, and staff have woven themselves into the fabric of this community, ensuring that everyone has access to lifelong learning opportunities and experiences. Cheers to many more years of partnership and collaboration!” said Erica Cuyugan, Director of Library Services.

Designed by Koning Eizenberg Architecture of Santa Monica, the Pico Branch Library, which opened to the public in June 2014, is a two-building, state-of-the-art, LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum rated facility.

Since parking is limited, the public is asked to walk, bike, or take Big Blue Bus line 7 to the tenth anniversary celebration. Additional free parking is available in the Venice Family Clinic lot, located just a half block east of Virginia Avenue Park, at 2509 Pico Blvd. The Pico Branch is wheelchair accessible. For assistance with accessibility accommodations, call (310) 458-8600 at least one week in advance.

The Pico Branch 10th anniversary celebration is presented by the Santa Monica Public Library and Virginia Avenue Park. Generous support is provided by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. For more information, call the library at (310) 458-8600; or email library@santamonica.gov. Follow us on social media @smpubliclibrary for updates.

By Trevor

‘Les Is More’ Talk Series With BH Mayor

June 19, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Santa Monica Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its website that Beverly Hills Mayor Les Friedman will host ‘Les is More: An Hour with the Mayor,’ a special talk series held at City Hall featuring guest speakers and topics.

The first event will be on Monday, June 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall | Municipal Gallery at 455 N Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Mayor Friedman’s guest speaker will be Beverly Hills Fire Chief Greg Barton who will share highlights from the Fire Department’s unhoused and nurse practitioner program as well as how the community can continue to stay safe and diligent when it comes to protecting themselves, loved ones and their property.

Participants can join via Zoom with the link below:

Launch Meeting – Zoom

Or call in at (310) 285-1020. Individuals with questions can email LesisMore@beverlyhills.org.

By Trevor

Arson Suspect Allen Francisco Contis Arrested By SMPD

June 19, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, June 18, Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News that a suspect responsible for an arson in the area was arrested. The SMPD reported on Saturday, May 25, at about 11:30 p.m. patrol officers responded to a commercial burglary call in the 2900 block of Lincoln Boulevard.

The owner of the business received an alert from the alarm company that a single suspect entered the business by breaking through a skylight. Responding officers arrived while the suspect, later identified as Allen Francisco Contis, 49, was still inside and were able to take him into custody without incident. Contis, who is currently homeless, was issued a citation and released per the LA County Bail Schedule.

On Wednesday, May 29, patrol officers responded to radio calls of multiple arsons in the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Lincoln Boulevard and the alley east of Lincoln Boulevard. Multiple witnesses identified Contis as the individual responsible for setting fire to a discarded tire, a city-owned trash can, and a small garage located directly adjacent to a multi-unit apartment complex.

Responding officers located and arrested Contis without incident. He has been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office with two counts of felony arson [451 (b) PC] and one misdemeanor count of giving false information to a police officer [148.9(a) PC].

When asked if the suspect was connected to any other arsons in the region, Lt. Aklufi informed Canyon News “We don’t know if he is connected with other arsons, though that may come out in the investigation.”

The burglary case will be presented to the District Attorney separately. Anyone with details related to this incident or Contis is asked to contact Detective Tavera at Hector.Tavera@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Speed Humps Being Replaced

June 19, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Santa Monica Facebook page.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, June 18, the city of Santa Monica announced on its Facebook page that six speed humps will be removed and replaced as part of the Annual Sidewalk Replacement and Improvement Project.

As a result, Cloverfield Boulevard, between Ocean Park Boulevard and Pico Boulevard on Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be under construction.

Motorists are expected to experience heavy traffic and parking impacts and follow onsite traffic controllers’ direction.

For more details, the city should refer to the project website at the link below: https://www.santamonica.gov/annual-paving-and-sidewalk-repair-project.

By Trevor

Outdoor Neighborhood Concerts On June 21

June 18, 2024 ·

The city of Santa Monica will be holding outdoor neighborhood concerts on June 21.

SANTA MONICA—On June 13, the city of Santa Monica announced on its website that the city will celebrate music-making on the summer solstice, June 21, with three free outdoor concerts, joining Make Music Los Angeles in encouraging the community to pick up an instrument and play.

Make Music Day is noted as a global celebration of music from 800 cities across 110 countries on the summer solstice inspired by France’s Fête de la Musique. Santa Monica has participated in Make Music Los Angeles since its inception in 2012 and gives support to neighborhood associations through its Art of Recovery program to present outdoor concerts.

June 21 events in Santa Monica include:

-Concert in Beach Park 1 presented by Ocean Park Association, 2 – 6 p.m.
-Concert in Colorado Center Park presented by Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors, 4 – 8 p.m.
-Concert in Palisades Park presented by North of Montana Association, 5 – 8 p.m.

Make Music Los Angeles is inviting everyone to pick up an instrument on June 21 and participate in music through online music lessons, national projects and a global livestream of events worldwide. To learn about ways to participate visit www.makemusicday.org.

By Trevor

Cahuenga Brush Fire Battled By LAFD

June 18, 2024 ·

The LAPD battled a brush fire on Cahuenga Blvd. Photo by Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, June 16, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a brush fire that was reported at 2:17 p.m. at 2699 N Cahuenga Blvd.

The LAFD had over 100 firefighters (along with four LA County FD hand crews) stopped all forward progress of the fire at approximately three acres (1 hour 52 minutes from the time of alarm). Fire helicopters made strategic water drops on the head of the fire, while ground crews developed progressive hose lays around both flanks of the fire.

Crews established a containment perimeter and remained on scene into the evening to cool down hot spots within the burn footprint and improve containment lines. No structures were damaged during the fire. The cause of the brush fire is currently under investigation.

One LAFD firefighter was transported to a local hospital in fair condition for a non-life-threatening medical problem.

By Trevor

SMPD Conducting Bike, Pedestrian Safety Operation

June 18, 2024 ·

Santa Monica Police Department cruiser. Photo by Walter Cicchetti/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists during the week of June 16.

The SMPD identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to lower deaths and injuries.

Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries. Such violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another,” the city of Santa Monica stated.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

BHPD Officer Guzman Honored At High Sierra Motorcycle Competition

June 18, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Gijs Coolen via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Friday, June 14, the Beverly Hills Police Department indicated in a news release that Motor Officer Guzman was awarded at the High Sierra Motorcycle Competition held in Reno, Nevada, from June 6 to June 8. The competition, which drew 36 of the finest police riders from Nevada, California, and Canada, showcased Officer Guzman’s exceptional riding skills and dedication.

Competing in the highly competitive BMW Metric Division A-Class, Officer Guzman secured a third place, demonstrating his abilities and commitment to excellence. In a remarkable display of teamwork and precision, Officer Guzman, alongside San Joaquin Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Grant, clinched first place in the Two-Man Tethered Ride.

California motor officers swept the BMW Metric Division A-Class, claiming the top three positions. Officer Guzman was the “only motor officer representing Southern California, making his achievements even more commendable,” the BHPD stated.

“The Beverly Hills Police Department congratulates Motor Officer Guzman on his remarkable success and looks forward to his continued contributions to the Department and the community,” the BHPD added.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued At Topanga State Park

June 18, 2024 ·

A hiker had to be rescued at Topanga State Park after an injury on June 15. Photo by Lucas Favre via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Saturday, June 15, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported a hiker was rescued in Topanga State Park. Officials were alerted at 11:08 a.m. The LAFD ground and air team responded to a 72-year-old male hiker with head trauma after he fell on a remote section of the Backbone Trail near Rivas Canyon.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter lowered a Flight Paramedic to medically assess and stabilize the patient, who will soon be hoisted along with the LAFD Flight Paramedic into the hovering helicopter for continuing in-flight care during direct air transport to an area hospital.

By Trevor

Beverly Gardens Park Closure On June 20

June 18, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page that on Thursday, June 20 from 3p.m. to 7p.m. roads surrounding Beverly Gardens Park will be impacted, including N Crescent Dr. and Park Way.

There will also be meter closures and truck staging on Park Way. Individuals with questions can contact the ask BH team at askBH@beverlyhills.org, dial (310) 285-1000 or via the city of Beverly Hills mobile app.

By Trevor

Unlawful Encampments And Arrests Made On UCLA Campus

June 18, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Joonyeop Baek via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On June 10, the UCLA Police Department disclosed that at about 3:15 p.m., a group of approximately 100 people affiliated with a UCLA registered student organization marched to the walkway at the top of the Janss Steps and set up an unauthorized and unlawful encampment with tents, canopies, wooden shields, and water-filled barriers.

The group restricted access to the general public which is a violation of UCLA policy. University officials advised the group that they were violating University policy and California law, but they refused to leave.

The group’s conduct, which included the use of amplified sound, interrupted final exams. After UCPD issued multiple dispersal orders, the group began to leave the area.

The group marched to the Kerckhoff patio, where they set up an unauthorized and unlawful encampment with tents, canopies, and barricades with patio furniture. The group restricted access to the general public in violation of university policy. The group’s conduct, which included entering Moore Hall, also disrupted nearby final exams. After UCPD issued dispersal orders, the group began to leave the area.

The group later marched to the courtyard between Dodd Hall and the School of Law, where they set up another unauthorized and unlawful encampment. They restricted access to the general public in violation of university policy and impacted nearby final exams. At around 8 p.m. approximately 25 members of the group were arrested for California Penal Code section 626.4(d) – Willful Disruption of University Operations.

The individuals are in the process of being cited, issued 14-day stay away orders from UCLA property, and released. Approximately 150 protesters remained in the area at 10:31 p.m. June 10.

As a result of the unauthorized and unlawful encampments at the three locations, the group damaged the Shapiro fountain, spray-painted brick walkways, tampered with fire safety equipment, damaged patio furniture, stripped wire from electrical fixtures, and vandalized vehicles.

In addition, as the first encampment was setting up, one individual was arrested at Royce Quad for California Penal Code section 148(a)(1) PC for interfering with a police officer. That individual was cited and later released.

The investigation into all these incidents is ongoing, and anyone with details is asked to contact the UCLA Police Department (Report #24-1105).

By Trevor

LAFD Firefighters Fight Flames Amidst Water Restrictions

June 17, 2024 ·

Fire photo by Raquel Raclette via Unsplash

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On July 17, a post-fire began in northern Los Angeles County and Ventura Counties including the Gorman area.  At 7:23 a.m. reports of high winds that had fanned the flames engulfing approximately 15,000 acres including ranch lands in Gorman.


Most recent reports indicate that the wildfires have increased to approximately 42,000 acres.  The Los Angeles Fire Department has issued an air quality alert due to the extent of the wind and wildfires.  The public is urged to take precautions and know your evacuation route should you need to use it.


The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) firefighters responded to several fires over the weekend. LAFD Hollywood firefighters battled two brush fires in extra dry conditions due to government-imposed water restrictions on Los Angeles County residents.

On June 17, at 3:21, an LAFD alert confirmed a brush fire in progress located at 7529 Franklin Avenue in Hollywood Hills.

The fire consumed brush in a 20’ x 20’ area full of dry grass, trees, and a shed. It took firefighters a reported 81 minutes to extinguish the flames. The following came directly from an LAFD Alert:

“Due to the location and access issues, it took firefighters 81 minutes (4:42 a.m.) to extinguish the flames. LAFD Air Operations provided critical water drops to keep it from growing while ground crews gained access. No reported injuries. Cause of fire under investigation.”

On June 16, there was a reported injury at a brush fire in progress located at 2699 N. Cahuenga Boulevard.

According to an LAFD press release, it took over 100 firefighters nearly two hours to get the Cahuenga brush fire under control. The fire consumed approximately three acres. Approximately one-quarter-acre was burning grass going uphill.

Fire helicopters worked from above spraying water strategically on what LAFD referred to as, “The head of the fire, while ground crews developed progressive hose lays around both flanks of the fire.”

Crews established a containment perimeter and remained on the scene to manage hotspots. There was no reported structure damage. No evacuation orders were necessary. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

One LAFD firefighter was transported to an area hospital in fair condition with what the LAFD press release referred to as a “non-life-threatening medical problem”.

There were several structure fires reported as well in Los Angeles County between June 16 and 17.

The following information on the government-imposed water restrictions came directly from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) webpage:

“Watering Days & Restrictions based on the last number of your street address, your watering days are as follows:
ODD: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
EVEN: Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Water use restrictions include but are not limited to:

Watering with sprinklers is limited to one cycle of up to eight minutes per station per watering day for non-conserving nozzle sprinkler systems (typical residential system), or two 15-minute cycles per watering day for conserving nozzle sprinkler systems.

ALL outdoor watering is prohibited from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
No runoff onto streets, driveways, and gutters.
No watering of any hard surfaces such as sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or parking areas.


Hand watering with a self-closing shut-off nozzle on the hose is permitted any day of the week before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

All leaks must be repaired in a timely manner.
No washing vehicles without using a hose with a self-closing water shut-off nozzle.

Customers found to be in violation of the 3-Days-a-Week Watering Ordinance will receive direct communication from us and may be fined if the violation is not corrected. The first notice is a written warning. Subsequent violations can result in fines ranging from $100 to $600, as shown below. No monetary citations will be issued without [Any] prior-warning.”

By Sharon








Leonard Hector Korpie Charged With Murder

June 14, 2024 ·

Edgar Chaparro photo via Unsplash

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, June 11, at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a call of an assault taking place near Jameson’s Pub in the 2700 block of Main Street.


LASD booking photo Courtesy of Lt. Erika Aklufi


According to reports, the manager of Jameson’s Pub located at 2702 Main St. asked some raucous patrons to leave the premises. A fight ensued outside the pub, resulting in patrons beating the pub manager until he lost consciousness.

When SMPD officers arrived at the scene the pub manager was not breathing. Officers administered CPR until paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department arrived.

The pub manager was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The following came directly from the SMPD press release.

“All three patrons involved in the incident were initially arrested and booked at the Santa Monica Jail. Following a thorough investigation of the incident, the individual responsible for punching the victim was positively identified as:

Korpie, Leonard Hector, DOB: 02/2/1998, a resident of Venice.

On June 13, the District Attorney filed the homicide charge and Korpie is being held on $2 million bail.”

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact Det. Hector Tavera at Hector.Tavera@santamonica.gov or call the watch commander at (310) 458-8427.

By Sharon

‘Summer Sounds 2024’ Free Concert Series Start July 7

June 13, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Kane Reinholdsten via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—West Hollywood’s Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series returns starting Sunday, July 7 where concerts will take place on select Sunday evenings at 4 p.m. and will run thru Sunday, August 18, at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

The city of West Hollywood’s 2024 Summer Sounds Free Outdoor Concert Series is organized by the city’s Arts Division. Summer Sounds concerts are free to attend; RSVPs are not required but are requested. Reserved seating is not available. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, park blankets, and low chairs. Food will also be available for purchase.

For additional details about Summer Sounds performers and to find out details about the series visit www.weho.org/summersounds.

For more information about Summer Sounds contact Joy Tribble, West Hollywood’s Arts Specialist, at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Vacho Shahen Convicted In 2016 Home Invasion

June 13, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the SMPD Facebook page.

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department indicated in an email to Canyon News on Wednesday, June 12, that a suspect involved in a 2016 home invasion was convicted in court.

The SMPD reported on August 28, 2016, officers responded to a ‘shots fired’ call at a residence in the 600 block of Adelaide Drive, Santa Monica. They discovered the homeowner had been shot once in the torso during what was determined to be a failed robbery attempt. The victim survived and was taken to UCLA hospital where they were treated.

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

A multi-year investigation, aided by DNA evidence, linked the incident to additional home invasions in Beverly Hills and Downey. All four incidents transpired within a two-week period in 2016. The suspect, Vacho Shahen, 39, of Las Vegas, was arrested in Philadelphia, PA, in 2018.

Last week, after a three-week trial, Shahen was convicted by a jury on 16 of 17 felony charges. His sentencing is scheduled for June 24, 2024, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The SMPD is offering free home security assessments to all residents. The assessments help identify potential vulnerabilities and provide recommendations to better secure your home. To schedule an assessment contact the Community Affairs Unit at 310-458-8474.

For additional details regarding this investigation contact Sgt. Chad Goodwin at 310-458-8931 or Lt. Erika Aklufi at 310-458-8493.

By Trevor

Vacho Shahen Convicted of 16 Cold Case Felonies

June 13, 2024 ·

Maxim Hopman photo via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On June 24, a 39-year-old, Las Vegas man by the name of Vacho Shahen, will be sentenced in a court of law for a string of burglaries committed in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, California eight years ago.

Shahen was arrested in 2018 in Philadelphia. A positive DNA match linked Shahen to several home invasions in southern California over a two-week time span in 2016.

On August 28, 2016, Shahen was reportedly the suspect in a failed burglary attempt in the 600 block of Adelaide Drive in Santa Monica. The homeowner who was at home at the time, reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to the torso. She survived her injuries.

According to the inmate locator on the LASD webpage, Shahen was initially arrested by other state agencies on November 12, 2021. He was booked into jail at the Inmate Reception Center (ICR) with no bail.

On March 3, 2024, Shahen was assigned to permanent housing at the Men’s Central Jail located at 441 Bauchet Street in Los Angeles.

Records indicate he had a court date on February 2, 2022. Shahen reported to court again during the second week of June. He was found guilty on 16 of the 17 felony charges filed against him.

He is scheduled for sentencing in criminal court on June 24, at 8:30 a.m. at the L.A. Superior Court located at 210 W. Temple St.

By Sharon

Visitors Asked To Help Keep Malibu Beaches Clean

June 12, 2024 ·

Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On Tuesday, June 11, the city of Malibu posted on its website that it is asking visitors to the region this summer to participate in keeping its beaches, mountains, and trails clean.

“Malibu is proud to welcome summertime visitors from near and far to our beautiful beaches and mountains, and we encourage all residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to share in the responsibility of making Pacific Coast Highway safer,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “Please help us keep our beaches, trails and neighborhoods safe and clean.”

SUMMER BEACH TEAM PATROLS, MEMORIAL DAY –THROUGH LABOR DAY

The city of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Malibu-Lost Hills Station (LASD) have started annual Summer Beach Team patrols funded by the city. Each year from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, LASD patrols Malibu’s beaches on offroad vehicles and trucks to preserve the pristine nature of the beaches and promote a family-friendly atmosphere. Their presence helps curb various crime and safety issues that arise, including the illegal consumption of alcohol. Reducing alcohol consumption on the beaches helps prevent drunk driving on PCH and canyon roads, and helps prevent ocean drowning, fights and other issues that are exacerbated by alcohol use.

ADDITIONAL PATROLS TO MAKE PCH SAFER

After the recent deaths of four Pepperdine students struck by a speeding motorist in October 2023, the city approved a long-term contract with the California Highway Patrol to add three full-time officers to partner with the LASD with traffic enforcement on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. From January to April, CHP officers issued more than 1,200, more than 1,000 of which were for speeding, and LASD Deputies issued 1,793 citations. The highly visible enforcement sends a signal that speeding and reckless driving will not be tolerated in Malibu and is important during the busy summer season.

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

The city encourages visitors as well as residents to help keep PCH, canyon roads, beaches and trails safe and clean this summer, with these messages on social media all summer:

-Don’t drink and drive – designate sober drivers or use rideshares or taxis.

-Keep your eyes on the road – don’t text and drive.

-Slow down and watch for pedestrians and cyclists on PCH, and cars pulling in and out of beach parking.

-Pack it in, pack it out – dispose of your trash in trash containers, and if you see litter, please pick it up and throw it away in a trash container.

-Alcohol, dogs and fires are prohibited on beaches in Malibu.

For more details about Malibu’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit the city’s webpage.

SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE BEACH ACCESS IN MALIBU

The city of Malibu encourages safe and responsible use of all public beaches, ensuring that residents and visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastline while adhering to guidelines that protect both people and the environment.

There are several fully publicly accessible beaches in Malibu that have public parking lots, bathrooms, and staffed lifeguard towers, including Malibu Surfrider, Westward Beach, Point Dume State Beach, and Zuma Beach.

There are plenty of public access paths to beaches that are in between homes, where there are no bathrooms, trash containers or lifeguards. The California Coastal Commission offers a map showing 18 different public access paths in Malibu, available here.

Anyone that is utilizing beach access paths are asked to:

-For safety, whenever possible, park on the ocean side to avoid crossing PCH on foot.

-Stay on the path and off of private property (the public beach area generally begins at the mean high tide line, or where the sand is wet).

-Dogs, alcohol and fires are prohibited.

-Do not leave trash or human waste on the beach.

-Be respectful of residents – keep noise to a minimum.

-There are no lifeguards on duty – beachgoers are responsible for their own safety.

ENJOY JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SAFELY

All personal fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles County. Every year, illegal fireworks cause thousands of injuries, especially among children, they cause house fires and wildfires, and using them can lead to costly fines. For a list of public fireworks displays in Los Angeles County, visit the website, or call (888) 654-FIRE.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Swim Center Fun Events

June 12, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—Santa Monica events are about to kick-off. The Santa Monica Swim Center begins its hours of operation on Saturday, June 15.

Teen Nights will be held on Friday, June 21 and August 2 from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. There will be music, pizza, and other fun for teens. Family and Friends Splash Night will be held on July 12, 4-7 p.m. That event will have family-friendly entertainment, and sweet treats for all ages.

The city of Santa Monica Community Aquatics is an award-winning, community-serving program that serves the City of Santa Monica across three different sites. We offer learn-to-swim classes, training programs, water aerobics classes, lap swim, and fun events for community members of all ages.

For more details visit the Swim Center’s website at https://ow.ly/cG6h50ScF43 or call (310) 458-8700.

By Trevor

Scheduled Power Outages In Beverly Hills

June 12, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, June 11, the city of Beverly Hills posted on its Facebook page that Southern California Edison will be conducting work in select neighborhoods will encounter 15-minute outages that SCE is conducting to perform circuit connectivity checks on the system.

These outages are required to help improve outage communication data to customers. The outages will occur on Friday, June 14 at 12:30 a.m. and at 2 a.m. Anyone with questions can contact the SCE 24-Hour Outage Hotline at (855) 683-9067.

By Trevor

Sleeping Woman Wakes To Intruders In Hollywood Hills

June 11, 2024 ·

Unsplash Photo by Arnaud Steckle

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, June 10 at approximately 2:45 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) dispatchers received a 911 call of intruders in the 2700 block of Rinconia Drive in the vicinity of the Beechwood Canyon area.

Police arriving at the scene found shattered glass from the door where the suspects gained entry to the home. The caller, who was not the homeowner, but the housekeeper, indicated that she was asleep in the home at the time of the break in, and woke up to find two men in the room with her while she was sleeping.

The suspects who fled the scene were described as two males wearing all black. The homeowner described the vehicle the suspects drove away as being a black sedan, possibly an Audi or a Honda.

The suspects are still at large. No physical harm was reported. This case remains under investigation. Those who may have more information regarding the break-in are encouraged to contact officers at the LAPD’s Hollywood Community Police Station located at 1358 Wilcox Avenue in Hollywood or call 213-972-2971 Voice / 213-485-9899 TDD/TTY

By Sharon

Emergency Preparedness Fair June 23 In Beverly Hills

June 11, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page that it will be holding an Emergency Preparedness Fair on Sunday, June 23.

The city of Beverly Hills, the Beverly Hills Fire Department and the Beverly Hills Police Department will participate in the family-oriented community event with raffles, family-fun activities and emergency vehicles on display.

The Beverly Hills Fire Department posted on its website that during a major disaster, the Fire and Police Departments could be delayed in their response, it may take up to 72 hours for medical care response depending on the severity of the event or events.

The Just in Case BH helps to facilitate a neighborhood of trained CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team) and facilitates access to local doctors, basic medical supplies, and central meeting locations. The program will also supply block captains with a way to communicate during power and internet outages.

The CERT program educates volunteers about emergency and disaster preparedness for different hazards that may occur and impact their area and trains them in basic emergency and disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, medical operations, and terrorism.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair will include participation from the Office of Emergency Management, Public Works, Human Services, K-9 units, BHCPR and more. The event will be held at Greystone Mansion from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 905 Loma Vista Dr. To learn more visit www.beverlyhills.org/justincasebh.

By Trevor

Visitors Asked To Help Keep Malibu Beaches Clean

June 11, 2024 ·

Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On Tuesday, June 11, the city of Malibu posted on its website that it is asking visitors to the region this summer to participate in keeping its beaches, mountains, and trails clean.

“Malibu is proud to welcome summertime visitors from near and far to our beautiful beaches and mountains, and we encourage all residents, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to share in the responsibility of making Pacific Coast Highway safer,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “Please help us keep our beaches, trails and neighborhoods safe and clean.”

SUMMER BEACH TEAM PATROLS, MEMORIAL DAY –THROUGH LABOR DAY

The city of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Malibu-Lost Hills Station (LASD) have started annual Summer Beach Team patrols funded by the city. Each year from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, LASD patrols Malibu’s beaches on offroad vehicles and trucks to preserve the pristine nature of the beaches and promote a family-friendly atmosphere. Their presence helps curb various crime and safety issues that arise, including the illegal consumption of alcohol. Reducing alcohol consumption on the beaches helps prevent drunk driving on PCH and canyon roads, and helps prevent ocean drowning, fights and other issues that are exacerbated by alcohol use.

ADDITIONAL PATROLS TO MAKE PCH SAFER

After the recent deaths of four Pepperdine students struck by a speeding motorist in October 2023, the city approved a long-term contract with the California Highway Patrol to add three full-time officers to partner with the LASD with traffic enforcement on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. From January to April, CHP officers issued more than 1,200, more than 1,000 of which were for speeding, and LASD Deputies issued 1,793 citations. The highly visible enforcement sends a signal that speeding and reckless driving will not be tolerated in Malibu and is important during the busy summer season.

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

The city encourages visitors as well as residents to help keep PCH, canyon roads, beaches and trails safe and clean this summer, with these messages on social media all summer:

-Don’t drink and drive – designate sober drivers or use rideshares or taxis.

-Keep your eyes on the road – don’t text and drive.

-Slow down and watch for pedestrians and cyclists on PCH, and cars pulling in and out of beach parking.

-Pack it in, pack it out – dispose of your trash in trash containers, and if you see litter, please pick it up and throw it away in a trash container.

-Alcohol, dogs and fires are prohibited on beaches in Malibu.

For more details about Malibu’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit the city’s webpage.

SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE BEACH ACCESS IN MALIBU

The city of Malibu encourages safe and responsible use of all public beaches, ensuring that residents and visitors can enjoy the beautiful coastline while adhering to guidelines that protect both people and the environment.

There are several fully publicly accessible beaches in Malibu that have public parking lots, bathrooms, and staffed lifeguard towers, including Malibu Surfrider, Westward Beach, Point Dume State Beach, and Zuma Beach.

There are plenty of public access paths to beaches that are in between homes, where there are no bathrooms, trash containers or lifeguards. The California Coastal Commission offers a map showing 18 different public access paths in Malibu, available here.

Anyone that is utilizing beach access paths are asked to:

-For safety, whenever possible, park on the ocean side to avoid crossing PCH on foot.

-Stay on the path and off of private property (the public beach area generally begins at the mean high tide line, or where the sand is wet).

-Dogs, alcohol and fires are prohibited.

-Do not leave trash or human waste on the beach.

-Be respectful of residents – keep noise to a minimum.

-There are no lifeguards on duty – beachgoers are responsible for their own safety.

ENJOY JULY 4TH FIREWORKS SAFELY

All personal fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles County. Every year, illegal fireworks cause thousands of injuries, especially among children, they cause house fires and wildfires, and using them can lead to costly fines. For a list of public fireworks displays in Los Angeles County, visit the website, or call (888) 654-FIRE.

By Trevor

Home Electrification Event In Santa Monica

June 11, 2024 ·

Money can be saved by going electric. Photo by Jagjit Singh via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica will be hosting a Home Electrification event on Monday, June 17. The event will educate the public on ways to create safe and healthy properties by switching gas appliances with electric options.

The free two-hour workshop will cover everything you need to know about building electrification. Topics include:

-Electric appliances (heat pump water heaters, induction cooktops)
-Electricity cost impacts and more!
-Lower chance of fire, lower carbon emissions, renewable energy sources with Clean Power Alliance.

The event will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be hosted by the city of Santa Monica, QuitCarbon, and green-building expert Robert Fortunato. The workshop is for homeowners, architects, engineers, property managers, city staff and everyone else interested in electrifying their homes. Free registration is required.

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/a-practical-guide-to-home.

By Trevor

Annual Sidewalk Replacement And Improvement Project Underway

June 11, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Santa Monica Facebook page.

SANTA MONICA—On Monday, June 10, the city of Santa Monica announced on their Facebook page that the Annual Sidewalk Replacement and Improvement Project will repair various sidewalks, curbs, gutters, and driveway aprons at the locations indicated on the table.

It will transpire on Main Street between Pico Boulevard and Marine Court and will run through August 2024. Construction will occur Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Any concrete that is removed will be restored by Friday of the same week. Trash service and bus routes will not be impacted by the construction activities.

Schedule changes and project updates can be found on the project website: https://www.santamonica.gov/annual-paving-and-sidewalk.

Full driveway access will be maintained. During construction, sidewalk access will be limited, and temporary warning signs will be posted directing pedestrians to a safe route. Construction vehicles will also occupy parking spaces as needed.

Temporary No Parking signs will be displayed beforehand. It is important for public safety that everyone complies with all construction, traffic and parking signs placed near construction areas. All other parking restrictions will be strictly enforced including street sweeping. Trash service in the area and bus routes will not be impacted by the construction activities.

Dates are subject to change due to weather. Should the schedule change, temporary “NO PARKING” signs with revised dates will be posted.

Contact Gene Higginbotham for any specific arrangements or concerns about your location at (310) 754-5191 or gene.higginbotham@psomas.com.

By Trevor

Malibu Asks FAA To Address Aircraft Noise Impacts

June 10, 2024 ·

Photo by Nick Morales via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On June 6, the city of Malibu announced on its website that it petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court to review a February 20, 2024, decision by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as part of the city’s effort to address noise impacts on the community of new flight paths.

“Like every community in America, Malibu needs to able to enjoy peace and quiet as an important part of community health and wellness,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “However, our residents, as well as the habitats and wildlife of the Santa Monica Mountains, are heavily impacted by aircraft noise. I urge the FAA to work with Malibu to find solutions so that we can protect our quality of life.”

The city of Malibu indicated that three new flight paths in and out of Los Angeles International Airport (HUULL TWO, IRNMN TWO, and RYDRR TWO) have been identified as having particularly strong noise impacts on Malibu generated by planes during take-off and landing. The FAA’s February 20, 2024, decision would exclude those flight paths from further environmental considerations.

The city of Malibu wants a dialogue openly with the FAA about the impacts of these flight paths on the community, the need to take the issue seriously, and to work with the city to develop flight procedures that will decrease such impacts.

The city of Malibu hopes that a Court review of the decision made by the FAA can get the Federal Aviation Administration to come to the table and discuss with the city a way to reach an acceptable solution between the parties.

For details, see the City’s petition to the FAA. For more background information, see the City’s September 9, 2023, letter to the FAA.

By Trevor

Boxing Champion, Ryan Garcia, Arrested For Felony Vandalism

June 10, 2024 ·

Shutterstock photo of boxer, Ryan Garcia

BEVERLY HILLS—On June 8, at approximately 5:45 p.m. lightweight boxing champion, Ryan Garcia was arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) for vandalism.

Reports indicate that Garcia was intoxicated enough to warrant a call from his driver to the police after dropping him off at the Waldorf Astoria located at 9850 Wilshire Blvd. Staff at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel accused Garcia of causing $15,000 worth of damage which is classified as a felony.

According to California Law, the punishment for vandalism is based on the value of the property that was damaged. If convicted of felony vandalism, the vandal may face up to three years in state prison, a fine of $50,000., or both.

@MattWallace posted video footage of Garcia on X social media platform depicting an inebriated Garcia with the following message.

“I’m not okay. Soon my Tik-Tok will be deleted. They’re going to try to put me in jail, then they’re gonna kill me.”

In April, Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney were heading into an upcoming boxing match when neither of the participants met the weight requirements for the match. The boxing match transpired with Garcia winning.

On April 20, near the time of the match, Garcia tested positive for an illegal substance.

“Warning: Ryan Garcia has a “handler” in his circle. He has been drugged, shamed, and arrested by design. Remember when Ryan ‘tested positive’ for Ostarine before fighting Devin Haney? It was only a few billionths of a gram (nothing) and we now have proof he was set up by a handler!


Why would trace amounts of a banned substance appear in two separate supplements? Because they were planted there,… absolutely NOBODY in Hollywood can be trusted!” @Matt Wallace posted on X.

Ryan’s attorney released copies of ‘confidential test reports,’ showing Ostarine, a banned substance, was detected in two supplements: Nutra BIO super carb raspberry lemonade and strawberry-flavored Body Health Perfect Amino.

A phone call was made for a ‘wellness check’ in Ryan’s hotel room the day he was arrested. He was obviously in an incapacitated state, and the entire vandalism thing was, a setup to get him where they want him. 15K is nothing to Ryan… without that call…it just gets paid, and you never hear about this. Everything happening is fully controlled.

I will leave you with the newest quote from Ryan’s legal team:

“Throughout his career, Ryan has voluntarily submitted to numerous tests, all of which have returned negative results, underscoring his commitment to fair and clean competition. Additionally, multiple negative tests leading up to his fight against Haney further affirm his clean record. The ultra-low levels of Ostarine detected in his samples, in the billionth of a gram range, along with his clean hair sample [that]proves contamination rather than intentional ingestion. The recent test results reiterate this,”—Darin Chavez (Ryan Garcia’s Attorney).

According to WebMD, when taken by mouth: Ostarine is possibly unsafe. It might cause liver damage and other serious side effects such as heart attack.

By Sharon

Help Still Needed To Locate Help Missing Person, Attilio Brillembourg

June 10, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of LASD Facebook page.

MALIBU—On Saturday, June 8, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department noted on their Facebook page help is still needed to locate Missing Person Attilio Brillembourg. He was last seen on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 1:10 a.m., on the 6000 block of Murphy Way in Malibu.

Brillembourg is described as a 53-year-old White male, standing 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has gray hair, green eyes, and an unknown tattoo on his upper thigh. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, gray pants, and no shoes. There is concern for his well-being.

Anyone with details about the disappearance of Attilio Brillembourg or has seen him is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau Missing Persons Detail at 323-890-5500.

To provide information anonymously call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use a smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Hollywood Hills Kitchen Fire

June 10, 2024 ·

The Los Angeles Fire Department had to battle a kitchen fire on June 9. Photo by Christian Mackie via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, June 9, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a kitchen fire that erupted at 2:07 p.m. at 3662 N Barham Blvd. First arriving on the scene were 22 LAFD firefighters that took a total of 18 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish a kitchen fire.

The fire was reported on the second-floor apartment at a large three-story center hallway apartment building. There were no reports of any injuries during the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

LAFD Extinguish Vacant Two-Story Apartment Fire

June 10, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a vacant-two-story apartment fire on June 6. Photo by Guido Jansen via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, June 6, the Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a fire at 1:48 a.m. at 1765 N Vista Del Mar Avenue.

A total of 32 firefighters took just 19 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish flames within a small abandoned and vacant two-story apartment building.

The fire was well involved by the time the LAFD arrived on the scene. There were no reports of any injuries during the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

Suspect Stabs Parents In Their Woodland Hills Home

June 6, 2024 ·

Random knife photo by Paul Volostnov

WOODLAND HILLS—On Wednesday, June 5, at approximately 8:40 a.m. police were called to 24200 Hatteras Street to investigate claims of an assault in progress.

Media Relations officer, Rosario Cervantes first told the Daily News that first officers who arrived at the scene observed, “a male individual armed with a knife.”

Officers stopped the assault in progress by tasing the suspect. Reports indicate that this victim was the homeowner at this address and the suspect’s father. There was a woman and a third person present who were also suffering from stab wounds.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) transported two victims in critical condition, and one in moderate condition to area hospitals for treatment. The suspect was taken into custody

The suspect was later identified as Pete Demetriou, 34 who reportedly is mentally ill. An LAPD detective first told KNX News that an argument ensued over a court hearing Demetriou was expected to attend.


The detective indicated that as a result, the suspect stabbed both his father and his mother. There is no information readily available on the third victim, the condition of the victims, or where the suspect may be detained.

By Sharon

Unidentified Man Shot In Woodland Hills

June 6, 2024 ·

Tom Def photo via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On Tuesday, June 4, at approximately 12:45 p.m. an unidentified man was shot in the vicinity of the intersection of W. Oxnard St. and Fallbrook Avenue. Two suspects were reportedly last seen fleeing the scene of the crime in a Toyota Highlander.

The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment of gunshot wound(s).\

There is no further information regarding the identity or condition of the person who fell victim to this crime.

The case is under investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department (LASD) is seeking public information on the identity of both suspects and the victim.

Those who may have information, or may be able to identify the victims or the suspects in this case are encouraged to contact the Topanga Community Police Station at 21501 Schoenborn St. in Canoga Park or call818-756-4800 or 818 756-5899

By Sharon

Woodland Hills Woman Dies On 101 Freeway

June 6, 2024 ·

Freeway photo courtesy of Iain Kennedy via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On Tuesday, February 4, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the California Hwy Patrol (CHP) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Station 84 responded to a traffic collision on the 101 Ventura Freeway involving at least one vehicle and one motorcycle.

Paramedics attempted to render aid to the lone victim of the crash,  later identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners,  31-year-old Allyson Kiran Sabharwal of Woodland Hills. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities indicated that the incident took place at the off-ramp near Desoto Avenue shutting down all but one lane on the 101 Freeway near Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

The lone victim of the crash may have been struck by a second vehicle. The incident is currently under investigation by CHP.

Those with more information are encouraged to call CHP West Valley at, 818-888-0980. They are located at 5825 DeSoto Avenue.

By Sharon

UCLA PD Arrest Suspect In Off-Campus Burglary

June 6, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Michael Godon/Shutterstock.

WESTWOOD—On Tuesday, June 4, the UCLA Police Department announced that they were investigating an off-campus hot prowl burglary that transpired.

The incident was reported on Monday, June 3 at 5 p.m. The UCLA PD indicated that at 1:17 a.m., the suspect climbed a wall into the backyard of an occupied residence on the 600 Block of Gayley Avenue and entered the residence through an unlocked door.

He was caught by residents while removing items inside the house. The residents escorted the suspect from the residence after recovering their property.

The suspect was identified as a White male approximately 22 years old. He stood 6 foot and 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, gray pants and brown shoes at the time of the incident.

The UCLA Police Department noted that they arrested a suspect on June 4. The name of the suspect has not yet been disclosed to the public. The UCLA PD is alerting the campus community to:

• Dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
• For non-emergencies, program the UCLA PD 24-hour phone number into your cell phone – 310-825-1491.
• Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Report any suspicious activity to the police.
• Do not leave doors to buildings propped open.
• Secure your residence by locking all windows and doors.
• Avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas when walking at night.
• Utilize the UCLA Safe Ride Service and UCPD CSO evening escorts.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project Pop-Up Events

June 6, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Palm Calm/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, June 5 that it will have two upcoming pop-up events regarding the future of the Santa Monica Airport.

The Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project aims to transform the area into a great park, consistent with Measure LC, improving connectivity, public spaces, and overall quality of life for the community.

The project is currently in phase one of five. The first phase consists of several pop-up events, the launch of the website, community survey, and virtual education sessions.

Upcoming pop-up events:

Sunday Farmers Market

Sunday, June 9; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 2640 Main St.

Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 15; 2 p.m. -7 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave.
To share your thoughts and opinions, take the following survey: https://www.smacproject.com/.

By Trevor

Malibu Community Lands Outreach Project June 8, 13

June 5, 2024 ·

Aerial overview in the city of Malibu. Photo by Aerial Film Studio/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu is undergoing an extensive outreach and engagement program to gather community feedback regarding the future uses of community lands. Over the next several months, the city will seek input from the Malibu community, including residents, businesses and community groups.

For information about the Community Lands Project, including the parcel maps, background information and calendar of events visit: https://malibucommunitylands.org/.

Submit your input on the future uses of the five community lands via the link below: https://malibucommunitylands.org/Public-Input-Received/.

On Saturday, June 8 (Little League Closing Day) a community lands project event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Community Meeting – at Malibu Bluffs Park (PCH & Malibu Canyon Road – Map)

There will be another event on Thursday, June 13 from 10 a.m. Pop-Up Event – Malibu West Beach Club (30756 PCH at Trancas Canyon Road – Map. Parking on Trancas Canyon Road or Broad Beach Road)

In 2016 and 2018, the city of Malibu purchased five vacant parcels of land totaling over 61 acres to preserve the lands as community spaces instead of private developments. Before any development decisions, the engagement program focuses on dialogue and gathering insights on the types of facilities the community prefers.

“This outreach program underscores our commitment to including the needs and views of all of the community,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “By actively involving our residents and all community members, and others, we are ensuring that Malibu remains a vibrant and thriving community for generations to come.”

In February 2024, the city of Malibu partnered with Tripepi Smith, a community engagement firm specializing in local government, to facilitate the initiative. The program’s framework, developed in collaboration with the Malibu City Council, city commission members and city staff, will guide the execution of various outreach activities. Malibu anticipates executing the program in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on broad outreach to gather initial feedback from the community, while Phase 2 will build on the input received for more refined feedback to aid in future decision-making processes.

To centralize information and facilitate community participation, the city launched a dedicated website, MalibuCommunityLands.org that will serve as a comprehensive resource, offering background information on the project, guidance for community participation, event calendars, a map pinpointing the community land locations, public input archives, frequently asked questions and avenues for public comments. The community can also email their concerns and feedback to: MalibuCommunityLands@MalibuCity.org.

“Through this extensive outreach program, we aim to empower our community members to actively shape the future of Malibu’s community lands,” said City Manager Steve McClary. “We are excited to cultivate and advance a vision for Malibu that ensures these lands meet the long-term needs and aspirations of the entire community.”

By Trevor

SMFD Celebrates National CPR And AED Awareness Week

June 5, 2024 ·

The SMFD is celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness Week. Photo by Martin Splitt via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Fire Department reported on its Facebook page that they are celebrating National CPR and AED Awareness week June 1 through June 7.

The public is invited to join the SMFD for a Sidewalk CPR event on Wednesday, June 5, at the 3rd Street Farmers Market.

The event will transpire from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will also be an event on Thursday, June 6, at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

“CPR saves lives – come learn to save a life with SMFD,” the Santa Monica Fire Department noted on its Facebook page.

By Trevor

Virtual Workshop On Single-Use Plastic, Expanded Polystyrene Ordinance

June 4, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Caleb Lucas via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its Facebook page that it will be holding a virtual workshop on Monday, June 24 to educate the community regarding the regulation of single-use plastic and expanded polystyrene.

On March 18, the Beverly Hills City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic and expanded polystyrene (e.g., Styrofoam) foodware.

The ordinance will decrease plastic waste by requiring food facilities that provide disposable foodware to use compostables or recyclable items, impacting businesses such as restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, and pharmacies. Items that will be permitted include compostable 100 percent fiber-based, free of PFAs & non-fiber additives. Items that are recyclable will also be permitted as long as they are unlined aluminum & containers with a CRV value.

Single-use plastic foodware and expanded polystyrene (e.g., Styrofoam) products comprise a significant proportion of Beverly Hills’ waste production, dominating landfills. Such items also pollute streets, critical waterways, and local ecosystems, breaking down into hazardous microplastics that accumulate in perpetuity. Additionally, producing conventional plastics and expanded polystyrene depends on extracting and processing fossil fuels, resulting in significant greenhouse gas emissions.

Key provisions

-Food facilities cannot provide single-use articles* to customers with ready-to-eat food, including cutlery, straws, and containers, unless they are compostable or recyclable. This requirement also applies to food trays and egg cartons.

-Retail establishments cannot sell, rent, or offer expanded polystyrene products to customers.

-Third-party online food ordering businesses must allow food facilities to indicate which single-use foodware accessories they offer and allow customers to select which accessories, if any, will be included with their order.

-Full-service restaurants may only provide multiservice utensils, which are designed to be cleaned and reused, to customers for consumption on the premises.

*A single-use article is any disposable foodware item used to serve, consume, transport, or contain food or beverages. This term includes plates, bowls, clamshells, pizza boxes, cups, trays, egg cartons, and wrappers, among other items. It also includes single-use foodware accessories provided alongside ready-to-eat food, such as forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks, straws, stirrers, spill plugs, hot beverage sleeves, cup lids, napkins, and condiment containers.

Impacted Businesses

Most retailers and food facilities, including restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, and pharmacies, will have until March 18, 2025, to comply. Mobile facilities and farmers’ market vendors must comply by September 18, 2025, and March 18, 2026, respectively.

To further educate the community, the virtual meeting will be held via zoom on June 24, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. To learn more visit beverlyhills.org/plasticandfoam for additional details.

By Trevor

Residents Asked To Signup For Flashvote To Partake In Community Surveys

June 4, 2024 ·

Residents are being asked to voice their opinion on community matters in Malibu. Photo by Celpax via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Friday, May 31, the city of Malibu announced on its website that it is encouraging public participation as part of ensuring the city’s services, policies, programs and activities respond to the evolving needs and desires of the entire community.

The city of Malibu noted its goal is to engage the community on issues that are important in Malibu. The city partnered with FlashVote, a third-party platform renowned for its expertise in collecting statistically valid community input.

TO SIGN UP: To join the conversation and make your voice heard, visit https://www.flashvote.com/malibucity or call 775-235-2240 to participate by phone or text only.

Flashvote’s methodology ensures that, even with relatively low participation rates, the survey results will provide a statistically valid representation of the community’s views on a given subject. For example, with a population the size of Malibu’s, in order to get a five percent margin of error, a survey needs 384 respondents. To achieve a seven percent margin of error, just 195 respondents are needed.

According to Flashvote, the most common question about their methodology is “what percentage of our population do we need to hear from?” Only the total number of responses matters. A good target range is about 200 to 600 people regardless of the size of the population, as long as there is a valid scientific sample.

Keys to statistically valid surveys are: a large number of responses, respondents who are not self-selected to the topic (and therefore biased), and using well-structured, unbiased question and answer choices. Flashvote prevents “ballot stuffing,” or people voting multiple times to skew the results.

For more details on Flashvote’s methodology, visit: https://www.flashvote.com/margin-of-error.

Participants will receive a short one-minute survey every few months and will get to see full survey results within two days. FlashVote offers a user-friendly interface accessible via email, text or phone so participation is convenient and accessible to all residents.

FlashVote also makes sure the feedback received is always anonymous. In order to participate, an account must be created that involves sharing some personal information. Personal details are kept confidential and is not shared with marketers, advertisers or any other third parties. Flashvote utilizes safeguards to ensure data protection. The city of Malibu will not have access to users’ data.

Government agencies may only see your screen name, nothing else. By default, a screen name will be set to your real first and last name, but it can be changed to anything the participant wants. Emails sent by FlashVote by participants  will disclose your name and email unless sent anonymously, which is an option.

For more details read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): https://www.flashvote.com/residents_faq.

By Trevor

Mountain Biker Rescued In Brentwood

June 4, 2024 ·

A mountain biker had to be rescued by the LAFD. Photo by Franco Alani via Unsplash.

BRENTWOOD—On Monday, June 3, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed that it rescued a mountain biker via helicopter. The incident was reported to the LAFD at 8:05 p.m. at Sullivan Fire Road.

One adult male mountain biker sustained an injury on a remote trail  about halfway up Sullivan Fire Road, and west of the Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park.

An LAFD rescue helicopter lowered a flight paramedic to medically assess and stabilize the patient. The biker was then safely hoisted into the hovering helicopter for in-flight care during direct transport to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the incident.

By Trevor

BHPD Members Earn Doctoral Degree From University Of La Verne

June 4, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the Beverly Hills Police Department.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department announced on May 30 that two esteemed members, Lieutenant Jesse Perez and Captain Giovanni Trejo graduated from the University of La Verne with a doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Lieutenant Jesse Perez’s Achievement has earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, advancing his field in law enforcement. He has 21 years of experience; Lieutenant Perez is a Patrol Lieutenant.

Watch Commander and SWAT/CNT Commander, his doctoral research, titled “Law Enforcement and Advanced Drone Technology: A Comprehensive Inside Look at the Use and Implementation of Law Enforcement Drone Technology and Its Effect on Officer Safety, Police Culture, and Public Perception,” delves into the transformative potential of drone technology in modern policing.

Lieutenant Perez’s research provides invaluable insights as law enforcement faces challenges such as losing confidence in government institutions, recruitment and retention issues, community trust, legal changes, and technological advancements. He emphasizes technology when used legally, ethically, and morally, can be a significant ‘force multiplier’ in 21st-century policing. He advocates for the responsible use of drone technology to enhance officer safety, gather intelligence, reconstruct crime scenes, search for missing persons, and support SWAT operations.

“Lieutenant Perez’s vision includes integrating drone technology in partnership with the community to promote transparency, accountability, and legitimacy in law enforcement. His work highlights the importance of using technology as a tool to assist law enforcement, not as a replacement for police personnel,” the BHPD stated on its Facebook page.

Captain Giovanni Trejo’s Achievement

Captain Giovanni Trejo graduated with a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, furthering his commitment to enhancing law enforcement practices through innovative leadership. His dissertation, “Organizational Change in Law Enforcement: Exploring the Use of Change Management Practices of Police Executives Adopting Less Traditional Patrol Procedures,” underscores his dedication to professional development.

Captain Trejo’s academic journey started in 2020 during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on his experience, Captain Trejo shared, “This program tested my patience and determination. We were known as the pandemic class. We started in 2020 by attending classes virtually and spending weekend sessions in Zoom. Thoughts of quitting often traveled through my mind, and I’m sure my classmates did as well. But I am not one to start something and not complete it. Two things that helped me get through the program were my love and appreciation for law enforcement. Our communities deserve the best. Anything below the mark of excellence is simply a disservice to them. That mark of excellence was my target when I embarked on this venture. Commitment to public service propelled me and got me to where I am today.”

Chief Mark G. Stainbrook praised Captain Trejo’s accomplishment: “Captain Trejo’s dedication to professional development and his innovative approach to law enforcement leadership are commendable. His achievement is a testament to his unwavering commitment to serving our community with excellence.”

“The Beverly Hills Police Department congratulates Lieutenant Jesse Perez and Captain Giovanni Trejo on their outstanding achievements. Their academic and professional accomplishments inspire the entire Department and the community they serve. The Department looks forward to the continued impact of their contributions on law enforcement practices and the broader community,” the BHPD said in a statement on Facebook.

By Trevor

CHP And LASD Traffic Enforcement Update For Malibu

June 3, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of travelview/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On Thursday, May 29, the city of Malibu announced an update about the dangerous conditions on Pacific Coast Highway. The city approved a long-term contract with the CHP to add three full-time officers starting in January to assist the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) with traffic enforcement patrols on PCH in Malibu.

It is the first since Malibu’s founding in 1991 that the city has had regular CHP patrols. After the October 2023 incident that resulted in four Pepperdine University students being killed, the LASD increased traffic enforcement patrols at the City’s request.

The CHP patrols and the intensified traffic enforcement by LASD have already gotten noticeable results, with fewer collisions, injuries and deaths on PCH in Malibu. This highly visible enforcement sends a strong signal that speeding and reckless driving will not be tolerated in Malibu.

Malibu – Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station Enforcement Report: January – April 2024

Total collisions = 70

Fatal traffic collisions: 0

Total number of fatalities: 0

Injury traffic collisions: 24

Property damage only traffic collisions: 46

Total number of people injured in collisions: 35

Total traffic citations issued: 1,793

January – April 2023

Total collisions = 76

Fatal traffic collisions: 1

Total number of fatalities: 1

Injury traffic collisions: 34

Property damage only traffic collisions: 41

Total number of people injured in collisions: 56

Total traffic citations issued: 1,613

CHP Malibu Enforcement Report: January – April, 2024

Speeding Citations: 1,057

*Speeding in excess of 100 MPH: 1

*Reckless driving: 1

*Unsafe turn or lane change: 11

*Following too close: 4

*Distracted driving: 23

*Seatbelt violations: 8

Equipment violation citations: 77

All other citations: 59

TOTAL: 1,241

*These categories only represent March 2024 – April, 2024

For more details about Malibu’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit www.malibucity.org/pchsafety.

By Trevor

Landslide And Construction Lane Closure Updates

June 3, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Hasselmann via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu reported on its website that the City Public Works Department is in constant communication with Caltrans on the closures due to landslides that have been impacting Malibu as Caltrans engineers continue to assess the safety and stability of the slopes and the roadway at the landslide sites in Topanga Canyon and on PCH.

Residents, commuters and visitors should check navigation apps and Quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest road conditions and closures or call Caltrans Highway Information Network at 800-427-7623 before hitting the road. For the most up to date information, follow Caltrans District 7 on X (Twitter) at https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7.

Caltrans noted that Topanga Canyon Boulevard between PCH and Grandview Drive was reopened on Sunday, June 2. There had been a full closure of the important route which connects Malibu to the western San Fernando Valley, and which is crucial for the Topanga Canyon community, due to a large landslide following heavy rain in March.

Two northbound lanes of PCH are now open at Porto Marina. A decades-old landslide had moved into traffic lanes during heavy rain in March. The lanes were shifted into the center median, and northbound PCH had been reduced to a single lane since March.

CALTRANS – PCH AT TUNA CANYON

Caltrans installed a temporary traffic signal at the PCH/Tuna Canyon intersection April 10 to assist with left turns onto PCH, as Tuna Canyon is one of the only routes through/out of Topanga Canyon.

CALTRANS – PCH AT BIG ROCK

One lane of northbound PCH remains closed near Big Rock Drive due to an active landslide. Over the past few weeks, the majority of large rocks have descended.

CALTRANS – SOLSTICE CREEK BRIDGE REPLACEMENT WORK

One lane of northbound PCH is diverted into the center media just before Corral Canyon for a project to repair or replace culverts along PCH to restore endangered fish habitat, and to replace the Solstice Creek Bridge. Motorists are advised to watch for active construction with workers and work vehicles, and a 30 MPH speed limit.

By Trevor

Street Flooding In Bel Air

June 3, 2024 ·

Street flooding caused some issues in Bel Air on June 2.

BEL AIR—On Sunday, June 2, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed that street flooding transpired at 841 N. Beverly Glen Blvd. The LAFD was alerted of the issue at 11:54 a.m.

The apparent rupture of an underground water pipeline caused localized street flooding and soil disruption in the region. The water threatened to enter one or more residential structures on the street. There were no injuries reported and no road closures as a result of the excessive water.

By Trevor

Jalen Rodger James Arrested For Battery On Elderly Victim

May 30, 2024 ·

Jalen Rodger James. Photo courtesy of the SMPD.

SANTA MONICA—On Wednesday, May 29, Lt. Myesha Morrison, Public Information Officer with the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that a suspect who battered an elderly victim was arrested.

The SMPD reported that on May 23, near the 1600 block of Ocean Front Walk, a 73-year-old woman was walking when a male pushed her to the ground. The suspect, later identified as Jalan Rodger James, 39, who is experiencing homelessness, was located shortly thereafter and arrested for battery on an elder and resisting arrest.

The victim informed officers that while on her morning walk, she saw James walking towards her, yelling incoherently. She tried to move out of his way, but he intentionally pushed her to the ground. She sustained a back injury in addition to abrasions on her hands as she tried to halt her fall.

Dispatchers received a second call reporting the same suspect attempting to punch bystanders. Within three minutes of receiving the call, the SMPD Drone Operator located James walking near 2nd and Colorado. Officers arrived on scene, and he was arrested.

The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office for official filing of charges after detectives located footage and gathered witness statements.  He is being charged with Felony Battery with serious bodily injury – 243(d) PC; Felony Elder/Adult Abuse – 368(b)(1) PC and two counts of Resisting an Executive Officer – 69PC.

James faces additional charges in another Santa Monica assault case pending review by the LA District Attorney.

“The safety and well-being of our most vulnerable residents is a top priority for the SMPD. Assaults on elderly individuals are taken very seriously, and we will continue to pursue felony charges in these situations”, said Police Chief Ramon Batista.

Anyone who may have been harmed or has information related to the suspect is asked to contact Detective Holloway (Jacob.Holloway@santamonica.gov) or the Watch Commander (24/7) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Hiker Injured In Griffith Park

May 30, 2024 ·

A hiker who was injured was rescued in Griffith Park by the LAFD. Photo by Galen Crout via Unsplash.

GRIFFITH PARK—The Los Angeles Fire Department rescued a hiker who was injured in Griffith Park on Wednesday, May 29. The incident was reported to the Fire Department at 11:50 a.m. at 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.

Park rangers on-scene in a remote area of Griffith Park about an injured male hiker, approximately 23 years old, with an ankle injury.

The LAFD’s helicopter crew lowered a paramedic down to the patient, while ground crews made access to the remote location with vehicles capable of navigating Griffith Park’s narrow trails.

Due to steep and difficult terrain, personnel with the LAFD decided to hoist the patient into a helicopter and transport him to a nearby hospital for further treatment. No additional details about the incident have been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Edan Oh Arrested For Assault With Deadly Weapon

May 29, 2024 ·

A suspect was detained in Beverly Hills for his role in an assault n the campus of UCLA. Photo by David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS/WESTWOOD—On May 23, the UCLA Police Department indicated in a news release that a suspect was arrested in connection to an assault with a deadly weapon that transpired on the UCLA campus on April 30.

The UCLA Police Department indicated on Tuesday, April 30, a group of instigators came to Royce Quad and violently attacked students, faculty, and staff members who were engaged in an encampment at that location. During that attack, one individual was seen on video assaulting encampment occupants with a wooden pole, causing serious injuries to at least one victim.

Detectives with the UCLA Police Department conducted an investigation that included interviewing victims, speaking with witnesses, and reviewing security camera footage and publicly available videos from members of the public and the media. On Thursday, May 23, at about 8:45 a.m., officers with the UCLA PD detained a subject at a business in Beverly Hills in connection to that crime.

Edan On, 18 was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the UCLA Police Department, where he was booked for felony assault with a deadly weapon.

On, who was not a student, faculty, or staff member at UCLA, was then transported to the Los Angeles County jail on $30,000 bail.

The UCLA Police Department is investigating all reported acts of violence and is actively working to identify the other perpetrators of violence associated with any protest or counter-protest activities between April 25 and May 2. The investigations are ongoing, and any additional victims or individuals with information on this case or other related cases are asked to contact the UCLA Police Department Detective Unit at (310) 825-1491.

By Trevor

Sexual Battery Transpires Near UCLA Campus

May 29, 2024 ·

A sexual battery transpired near the UCLA campus on May 23. Photo by Tommao Wang via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—The UCLA Police Department reported on Friday, May 24 that they are investigating a sexual battery that transpired off the campus of UCLA. The incident was reported on May 23 at 3:30 p.m.

On Thursday at about 2:45 p.m., the suspect grabbed the victim by the shoulder and thrust his pelvis against the victim’s buttocks at the southwest corner of Le Conte Avenue and Broxton Avenue.

The suspect has been described as a Black male, approximately 30 years old and standing 5 feet and 6 inches tall. He has a thin build, short black hair and a full beard and mustache.

He was wearing a black short-sleeve T-shirt and tan khaki pants. The victim in the sexual battery is a UCLA student.

The UCLA Police Department would like to remind the campus community to:

• Dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.
• For non-emergencies, program the UCLA PD 24-hour phone number into your cell phone – 310-825-1491.
• Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Report any suspicious activity to the police.
• Do not leave doors to buildings propped open.
• Secure your residence by locking all windows and doors.
• Avoid poorly-lit or deserted areas when walking at night.
• Utilize the UCLA Safe Ride Service and UCPD CSO evening escorts.

This incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with details on the incident is asked to contact the UCLA PD.

By Trevor

BHPD Issue 53 Citations During Pedestrian Safety Operation

May 29, 2024 ·

The BHPD issued 53 citations during its Pedestrian Safety Operation. Photo by Rolando Garrido via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department announced on May 23 that they issued a total of 53 citations during a bicycle and pedestrian safety operation on May 21. The BHPD noted that a variety of violations were made by drivers.

The operation took place at various locations throughout the city from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A total of 59 motorists were stopped and contacted during the operation.

“Safety is a shared responsibility, with drivers holding the greatest responsibility to keep other road users safe,” said Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook. “We hope this operation serves as a reminder to everyone to practice due care and to look out for one another.”

The BHPD will be holding additional traffic safety operations later this year.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

“The Godfather” Producer Albert S. Ruddy Dead At 94

May 29, 2024 ·

Film producer Albert S. Ruddy (left) with actor James Caan. Photo by s_bukley/Shutterstock.

WESTWOOD—It was announced on Tuesday, May 28, that the producer of the Oscar-winning films “The Godfather” and “Million Dollar Baby,” Albert S. Ruddy died at the age of 94. Ruddy died on May 25 after a short stay at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for a brief illness Ruddy’s family disclosed via a publicist. An official cause of death for the producer has not been disclosed to the public.

Albert was born in Montreal, Canada in 1930. He later moved to New York City and Miami Beach, Florida with his mother. He graduated from University of Southern California (USC) in 1956 with a degree in architectural design. He produced the movie “Wild Seed” in 1965 alongside Marlon Brando Sr., the father of actor Marlon Brando.

He co-created the CBS TV series “Hogan’s Heroes” in 1965. The show ran until 1971. Ruddy grew to fame in the film industry with the 1972 classic, “The Godfather,” which he produced from the novel by Mario Puzo. The movie starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan and Talia Shire. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and walked away with three (Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture). The Best Picture win was Ruddy’s first Oscar victory during his career.

He produced the 1974 sports-comedy, “The Longest Yard” starring Burt Reynolds, which earned $43 million at the box-office. Ruddy earned his second Oscar for the 2004 film “Million Dollar Baby” starring Clint Eastwood and Hillary Swank. The movie won four Academy Awards including Best Picture for Eastwood, Ruddy and Tom Rosenberg.

The last film that Ruddy produced was the 2021 drama “Cry Macho” that starred and was directed by Clint Eastwood. His last TV credit was as a producer for the series “The Offer” that chronicled the making of the 1972 film “The Godfather” and it starred actor Miles Teller who recently starred in the movie “Top Gun: Maverick” alongside Tom Cruise. Ruddy was married twice during his life, once to Françoise Ruddy and later to Wanda MacDaniel. Ruddy leaves behind his wife MacDaniel, whom he shares two children with.

By Trevor

Landlord Sued By City Of Santa Monica For Fair Housing, Harassment

May 29, 2024 ·

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SANTA MONICA—On May 23, the city of Santa Monica announced that a lawsuit was filed against a landlord per the City Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Unit for rent-controlled property, alleging violations of local laws protecting tenants against housing discrimination and tenant harassment.

In the complaint, the city alleges that landlord Masoud Atef intentionally discriminated against his tenant based on disability. One tenant who has lived at the property since 2021, and who is immunocompromised, made multiple requests in the past year for a reasonable accommodation that Atef professionally remediate toxic mold in her unit and temporarily relocate her during the remediation.

The complaint alleges Atef declined to consider the request and told the tenant that his building is not suitable for tenants with “special conditions,” and that it is “not a wise choice for someone with respiratory issues” or for those who “require special care and attention.”

Santa Monica’s Housing Anti-Discrimination Ordinance prohibits discrimination by landlords against tenants with disabilities. The protections include:

-Requiring landlords to make reasonable accommodations when necessary to afford a person with a disability equal opportunity to use and enjoy a rental unit.

-Prohibiting landlords from making any statements that indicate a preference, limitation, or discrimination with respect to a disability.

-Prohibiting landlords from making a rental unit unavailable to a person because of that person’s disability.

“The City Attorney’s Office works diligently to affirmatively further fair housing in our city,” said Deputy City Attorney Denise McGranahan. “Our goal is to protect all tenants in our city and eliminate discriminatory practices through education and litigation, if necessary.”

The complaint against Atef alleges that he has engaged in harassment against tenants of multiple units at the same property. He demanded tenants move out and threatened to evict tenants when he had no legal basis to do so, demanding entry to units without required notice, yelling at tenants in front of their children, and cutting off access to common areas and facilities in retaliation for tenants exercising their legal rights.

The city’s lawsuit seeks a court order that Atef refrain from future harassment and discrimination, receive training in fair housing and landlord-tenant laws, grant the disabled tenant’s reasonable accommodations request, and restore housing services taken away from the tenant. The lawsuit also seeks to recover monetary damages, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and other relief.

The complaint, City of Santa Monica v. Masoud Atef, Case No. 24SMCV01606 is available here.

Two of Atef’s former tenants, who allege they moved out because of the harassment filed their own lawsuit with 12 causes of action, Cano v. Atef Case No. 23 SMCCV044. Those tenants are represented by Tobener Ravenscroft LLP. The city’s and the tenants’ lawsuit are being heard by the same judge.

By Trevor

WeHo Receives ‘Prohousing Designation’ From CA Department Of HCD

May 28, 2024 ·

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WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Thursday, May 23, the city of West Hollywood announced in a news release that it received a Prohousing Designation from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for its efforts to increase development of housing at all income levels. The designation was announced by the Governor of California in April 2024. Prohousing Designation comes with funding incentives and additional resources that can help to speed housing production. West Hollywood is one of only 47 jurisdictions in the State of California to earn the designation.

With the Governor’s announcement, the Department of Housing and Community Development noted the following regarding West Hollywood’s Prohousing Designation: “The City of West Hollywood’s Prohousing application shows a solid commitment to developing housing, supporting affordable units, and increasing its housing supply. Within the R-1 zone, which is the most prevalent throughout the city, West Hollywood permits duplexes and triplexes by right in transit-priority, high-resource, and highest-resource areas. The city also has an Affordable Housing Trust Fund used to support nonprofit development projects, with a requirement that at least 60% of units be affordable to low- and moderate-income households and at least 20% dedicated to low-income households. Similarly, the city now waives fees for housing projects in high-resource areas when more than 25% of units are affordable, and for development projects owned or occupied by nonprofit organizations.”

According to a news release from the city of West Hollywood, it administers $2.9 million in FY 2023 General Fund monies to assist with the rent stabilization housing program of 17,175 units throughout the region.

By earning the HCD Prohousing Designation, West Hollywood joins California communities designated as Prohousing in being able to exclusively access Prohousing grants and additional points in the scoring of competitive housing, community development, and infrastructure funding programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

To meet the housing needs of all Californians, the State of California needs to plan for 2.5 million new homes over the next 8 years, with at least one million serving the needs of lower-income residents.

West Hollywood’s Long Range Planning Division works to advance housing as part of its efforts to manage policy development and strategic planning activities for Sustainability, Mobility, Housing, Land Use, and special strategic planning projects. For additional details about West Hollywood’s Long Range Planning efforts, visit www.weho.org/lrp.

For more details contact Francisco Contreras, West Hollywood Long Range Planning Manager, at (323) 848-6874 or at fcontreras@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Malibu Summer Recreation Guide Now Available

May 28, 2024 ·

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MALIBU—On May 22, the city of Malibu announced on its website that the City’s Summer 2024 Recreation Guide and City Newsletter is available on the website and was sent via postal mail to Malibu residents the week of May 6. The Guide features Malibu’s various programs and parks and includes informative articles and contact information for city departments and services.

“We’re proud of the wide variety of high-quality, professionally run educational, sports, artistic and cultural programs, camps and events that the City of Malibu offers to enrich the lives of our residents,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “I encourage everyone in Malibu to have a look through the Recreation Guide and find a program that inspires them, there is something in it for everyone.”

The Guide provides residents with information about upcoming Summer programs offered June through August, including Aqua Aerobics, Day Camps, Learn to Swim Lessons, Outdoor Recreation, Parent and Me Programs, Senior Programs and Excursions, and events including the CineMalibu Movies in the Park Series.

Registration for Spring Programs started May 13 on the Registration webpage. For ongoing, up-to-date information on Community Services programs, visit the webpage.

By Trevor

Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program Re-Launches

May 28, 2024 ·

The city of Santa Monica announced the Los Angeles County has re-launched the Rent Relief Program.

On Friday, May 24, the city of Santa Monica announced on its website that the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) started accepting applications for a second round of the Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program last week.

The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 4:59 p.m. PDT. Led by the LA County Board of Supervisors as an effort to decrease evictions of tenants for non-payment of rent, the program will distribute over $68 million in financial support to qualified landlords adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program will provide up to $30,000 per rental unit to landlords for unpaid rent and eligible expenses dating from April 1, 2022, to the present. To qualify, units must still be occupied by impacted tenants, and eligibility will be prioritized based on the following factors:

Affected units located in the high and highest need geographies as defined and identified in the LA County Equity Explorer Tool.

-Landlord or tenant whose household income is 80% or below LA County Area Median Income (AMI).
-Landlords who can fully satisfy tenants’ debt for the eligible period upon receipt of rent relief grant.
-Landlord owns no more than four rental units.
-Landlords who do not meet all four factors may apply but will have lower priority.

If an applicant has already submitted a complete application, the County is advising not to submit another application for the same impacted rental unit/tenant. If an applicant has already been awarded a grant under this Program, the existing application will be reviewed for additional rental arrears and if eligible, will be notified by the Program.

Those interested in applying for the LA County Rent Relief Program can review eligibility requirements and access the application directly by visiting the program portal at www.lacountyrentrelief.com. Submission of a completed application is not a guarantee of funding.

Free technical assistance in multiple languages is available daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

By Trevor

LAFD Battles Two-Story Hollywood Fire

May 28, 2024 ·

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Fire Department battled a two-story fire in Hollywood on Sunday, May 26. The fire was reported at 1:52 a.m. at 1816 N. Wilton Place.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing from a two-story vacant craftsman-style home. For a portion of the fire, firefighters retreated into the defensive mode and fought the fire from the exterior only. They transitioned again inside the structure to finish extinguishing the flames in hard-to-reach areas.

It took a total of 70 firefighters, 49 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. There were no reports of any injuries during the blaze. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

BHPD Arrests One Following High-Speed Chase

May 23, 2024 ·

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BEVERLY HILLS—On Wednesday, May 22, the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) took one suspect into custody after chasing him in high pursuit. Police began following the suspect near Hollywood Hills when the suspect they were following reportedly brandished a weapon.

The incident then escalated into a high-speed chase. The suspect sped into oncoming traffic driving down the wrong side of Mulholland. CBS Videocam footage shows the police in pursuit of a dark-colored SUV traveling down Sunny Cove, to Woodrow Wilson Drive, running red lights, and weaving through traffic as he approached Cahuenga Boulevard W. and the Cahuenga access road. The suspect appeared to be driving on the shoulder of Oakcrest Drive, onto the shoulder of Cadet Drive to Bennet Drive, and Barbara Court, picking up speed while weaving through all lanes and the shoulder of Ventura Boulevard and Vineland Avenue.

CBS KCAL helicopter footage shows the driver of a white SUV exiting his vehicle. He managed to get out of his car and sit on the ground after enduring the impact of the suspect plowing into his vehicle at a high rate of speed.

Reports indicate that the suspect was traveling at nearly 100 m.p.h. when he crashed into another driver at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Erwin Street. Firefighters made their way to aid the victim of the crash while police continued after the suspect who had not exited his vehicle and ran on foot into a nearby alley.

It appeared that the suspect attempted to break into a nearby home while attempting to elude police. Video footage shows an officer escorting the now handcuffed suspect who appeared to be a light-skinned male wearing gray pants and a white t-shirt.

Canyon News reached out to the Beverly Hills Police Media Relations Department for more information. BHPD Lieutenant Andrew Myers responded with the following information:


The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was Gagik Arshakyan, a 26-year-old from Van Nuys, California.  


Booking Charges are as follows


245(A)(2) PD – Assault with a firearm.


2800.2(A) VC – Evading a peace officer: reckless driving.


4463(A)(1) VC – Forge/Alter vehicle registration.


11350(A) H&S – Possession of a controlled substance.


20001(A) VC – Hit & Run causing injury.


148 PC – Resisting or obstructing a public officer.


245(C) PC – Assault on a police officer.


According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department inmate locator, Arshakyan was booked into the Beverly Hills Police Department jail. His bail was set at $50,000.  His court date is Friday, May 24, at 8:30 a.m. at Los Angeles Superior Court on La Cienega Boulevard.


Arshakyan has a criminal record with 22 charges against him dating back to 2022.

By Sharon

 

Lisa Ann Heflin Charged In High-Speed Pursuit

May 23, 2024 ·

Los Angeles Police Department. Photo by JHVEPhoto/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—On Wednesday, May 22, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office disclosed a woman has been charged with leading Los Angeles Police officers on a high-speed pursuit throughout Los Angeles that ended in a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound 405 Freeway on May 17.

Lisa Ann Heflin, 41, was charged in case 24ARCF00739 with 10 counts of assault upon a peace officer; four counts of assault with a deadly weapon; one count of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while driving recklessly; and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. She pleaded not guilty to all charges at arraignment on May 22. A preliminary hearing setting is scheduled on June 20 in Dept. 31 of the Airport Courthouse.

On May 17, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division responded to a disturbance call where they encountered Heflin. When approached by officers, she allegedly got into her vehicle, crashed into a police cruiser and proceeded to lead officers on a 30-minute, high-speed pursuit through the cities of Venice Beach, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles before entering the northbound 405 Freeway and crashing into multiple vehicles.

Five police vehicles, two civilian vehicles and a tractor trailer were damaged during the chase. None of the victims sustained significant injuries.

If convicted as charged, the maximum sentence is 22 years and 8 months in state prison. The court has set bail at $695,000. The case is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

By Trevor

Annenberg Community Beach House Kicks Off Summer 2024 Activities

May 23, 2024 ·

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SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, May 21, the city of Santa Monica disclosed that activities for the Annenberg Community Beach House for Summer 2024 will begin on June 2.

Underwater listening sessions, a cardboard yacht regatta, pride events, summer solstice moments, special adults-only swims, along with a variety of sand and beach recreation will be part of the fun for all ages at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

On Sunday, June 2, dublab will host Ocean of Sound, (age 18+), a curated evening of artists providing restorative listening – above and below the water.

The 12th annual all-ages Cardboard Yacht Regatta will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Two-person teams race themed cardboard and duct tape yachts across the historic pool. Teams must pre-register, and the fee is $20 per team.

The pool will open for daily recreation swimming on Sunday, June 16, through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. Pool hours will be Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 4 and September 2, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special events celebrating June’s SaMo PRIDE will include Family PRIDE, free with RSVPs encouraged, on Friday, June 14, and PRIDE Sunset Swim (age 18+) on Friday, June 21.

New for 2024 is Summer Solstice: Big Talk Sunset Picnic on June 20 offers a communal way to connect and revel in solstice energy. This free event is for all ages. RSVPs are encouraged.

July and August events include Sunset Swim (age 18+) on Fridays July 12 & July 26 and August 9 & August 23.

Free events open to all ages include Sunset Picnics on Thursdays July 18 and August 15, and Santa Monica Public Library on August 9. RSVPs are encouraged.

Summer-inspired recreation classes include stand-up paddleboard, Floating Fitness Workout, yoga, and volleyball for youth and adults, and for youth there is Bounce and semi-private swim lessons and Bounce summer camp.

For more information, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com.

By Trevor

Two Suspects In New Years Eve Attack, Arrested

May 22, 2024 ·

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HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On May 21 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Hollywood Division officers and assistance of the LAPD Metropolitan Division officers jointly served two warrants at separate residences. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody for their part in an assault that took place on New Year’s Eve, 2023.

According to reports, the suspects were part of a minibike gang.  Angie Teresa Guizar, a 40-year-old female who stands about five foot one, from Los Angeles was taken into custody.


She was arrested and booked into jail. Her bail amount was set at $30,000. She was assigned to permanent housing, with no indication of an upcoming court date. Ms. Guizar has a criminal record.

On October 23, 2023, Guizar was arrested on felony charges by California Highway Patrol, Glendale-Verdugo-Hills Station. The total bail amount was $115,000. Permanent Housing was assigned. Guizar bonded out on the same day she was arrested. Her court date was set for October 25, 2023.

LASD has a second notation of Guizar’s arrest. On October 24, 2023, she was booked into jail by the California Department of Corrections on a separate felony charge and with a scheduled court date of November 17, 2023. She was released from jail on December 21, 2023, after time served. No further information was available.

On May 21, Jacob Esteban Hernandez, 21, of Rosemead, was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hollywood Division. He was booked into jail and released the same day on a $50,000 bond. Hernandez was described as being a Hispanic male about five foot eight inches tall and weighing approximately 150 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

According to the LASD Inmate Locator, his next court date is scheduled for June 11, 2024, at 8:30 a.m. at the Los Angeles Municipal Court, Division 30 located at 210 W. Temple St. in Los Angeles.  Hernandez had a criminal record.


He was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division on August 24, 2023. He was given a citation for an unknown misdemeanor charge and released the same day from the Downey Police Department. No bail amount was indicated on the Inmate locator.



The May 21 warrants served, were for crimes committed on December 31, 2023, at approximately 3:00 p.m. involving a physical altercation that occurred with four to five members of a minibike gang. The incident took place in the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard in the Entertainment District.

A confrontation ensued between gang members and a victim who had a 10-year-old child traveling with him in the front passenger’s seat. The child was present for the entirety of the assault. Following the assault their vehicle was vandalized. No serious physical injuries were reported.

Authorities were able to identify at least two of the suspects due to multiple shared videos of the assault. Video footage of the suspects committing their crimes that were posted on social media aiding police in positively identifying and detaining the suspects that had previously been, at large.

By Sharon

Larry Ameyal Cedeno Charged With Stabbing Two Tourists

May 22, 2024 ·

A suspect who stabbed two tourists from Germany has been charged in court. Photo by Thanh Tran via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, May 21, the Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a man has been charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the stabbing of two German tourists near the Santa Monica promenade.

Larry Ameyal Cedeno, 29, was charged in case 24ARCF00735 with one count of attempted murder and one count of assault with a deadly weapon. It is further alleged that in the commission of the offenses, the defendant both used a knife and caused great bodily injury to the victims.

On May 19, at approximately 8 p.m., Cedeno allegedly stabbed two victims on the 1500 block of 4th Street in Santa Monica. The victims were taken to the hospital with injuries.
In an unprovoked incident, he assaulted three individuals. Two victims suffered stab wounds; one remains in critical but stable condition; the third victim was assaulted with no major injuries. The two individuals who were stabbed have been identified as tourists who are not related to each other.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers immediately started CPR on the first victim while additional officers located the suspect. The suspect was detained and arrested a short time later and remains in custody at the Santa Monica Jail pending arraignment and the official filing of charges.

Cedeno is scheduled to be arraigned on May 22 in Dept. 30 of the Airport Courthouse. If convicted as charged, the maximum sentence is life in state prison, a bail of $2,155,000 was recommended for the defendant. The case is being investigated by the Santa Monica Police Department.

Anyone with details related to this incident is asked to contact Detective Burciaga at George.Burciaga@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Auto Rollover In Pacific Palisades

May 22, 2024 ·

Several people had to be transported by ambulance after a rollover crash. Photo by Camilo Jimenez via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—The Los Angeles Fire Department reported on Tuesday, May 21, that an auto rollover transpired at 5:49 p.m. at 17010 W. Sunset Blvd. Firefighters were on scene of a rollover crash involving a structure. No patients were trapped during the incident.

Crews found one overturned vehicle, which came to rest against a two-story apartment building. Firefighters provided medical assessment and ongoing care enroute to the hospital for three patients (two in serious condition and one person in moderate condition).

Three others were in good-to-fair condition and received an assessment and care on scene, but declined transportation to a hospital, the LAFD reported. There were no additional details on what caused the crash.

By Trevor

Nuisance Abatement Action Filed Against Pavilions Motel Owners

May 22, 2024 ·

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SANTA MONICA—On Monday, May 20, the city of Santa Monica disclosed on its website that the City Attorney’s Office filed a lawsuit against the owners and managers of the Pavilions Motel in Sunset Park, Saeed Farzam and Goharshad Farzam, alleging they violated the state Drug Abatement Act, state public nuisance laws and Santa Monica public nuisance law, by maintaining the Pavilions Motel as a place known for drug sales, fights and other issues that have impacted the quality of life for the surrounding area.

The complaint alleges that the Pavilions Motel, located within blocks of an elementary school and public park, community members are aware illegal drugs are sold in the motel parking lot or through motel “take out” windows.

The Santa Monica Police Department made multiple arrests in 2024 related to drug activity in and around the motel, including executing two search warrants which recovered quantities of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl consistent with drug sales, as well as baggies, scales and weapons.

The complaint also alleges that the drug activity is connected to a stream of disruptive activity that emanates from the property, including loud fights that wake the neighbors, public intoxication, barking dogs and a large fire last year that engulfed two recycling bins.

The lawsuit seeks a court order to stop the drug and disruptive activities, require physical and managerial improvements to the property while the case proceeds and to close the property for one year, and seeking $25,000 in civil penalties per defendant and recovery of Santa Monica’s costs in investigating and abating the nuisances.

“Property owners are responsible for ensuring that their properties are not a nuisance or a danger to the neighborhood, and the city will hold them accountable when they fail to do so,” said City Attorney Douglas Sloan.

The Pavilions Motel was part of enforcement efforts in the past that included a joint code enforcement and police operation in 2007 that resulted in a temporary closure of the motel and arrests of several individuals, including owner Saeed Farzam.

“The Pavilions Motel has had an outsized impact on the community and on the deployment of police resources for years,” said Chief of Police Ramon Batista. “The Santa Monica Police Department is pleased to collaborate with the City Attorney’s Office in developing long-term solutions to this problem and this lawsuit is a critical step in that process.”

The People of the State of California and the City of Santa Monica v. Saeed Farzam, Goharshad Farzam, and Pavilions Motel, Inc, 24SMCV02305 has been assigned to Department 207 in the Beverly Hills Courthouse. The complaint can be read here.

By Trevor

LACPH Reports Possible Hepatitis Exposure

May 21, 2024 ·

Seafood Photo by Marcos Paulo Prado

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, May 17, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued a press release warning the public of a report of Hepatitis A that LACDPH is investigating.  An employee of Whole Foods Market located at 239 N. Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills in the seafood section, has reportedly tested positive for the virus.

The following information came directly from the press release:

“Based on the employee’s job duties and symptoms while at work, Public Health is recommending that anyone who purchased products from the seafood counter section of the store between April 20 and May 13 receive hepatitis A vaccine if they are not already immune. People who have not received the hepatitis A vaccine or had a previous hepatitis A infection may not be protected from the virus.

Receiving vaccination as soon as possible after exposure could help reduce the risk of developing hepatitis A infection. Residents should contact their local pharmacy or medical provider for the vaccine. Public Health is working with the company to ensure employees that are not immune are referred for vaccination.”

The Cleveland Clinic posted the following information about receiving a vaccine after exposure to the Hepatitis A virus:

“The Hepatitis A vaccine can prevent Hepatitis A infection if administered within two weeks of exposure. A single dose of the vaccine may be enough to prevent infection, but it usually takes two to three doses to be fully vaccinated. Healthcare providers may also recommend an injection of immune globulin (IG) in some cases.”

For those who cannot receive the PEP vaccine recommended in the allotted time frame, a visit to a healthcare professional is still recommended.

The CDC estimates that the Hepatitis treatment could be effective up to seven days following exposure. 

By Sharon

Mandatory Brush Clearance For Homeowners June 1 Deadline

May 21, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu is reminding members of the community about Mandatory Brush Clearance that has a deadline of June 1. Photo courtesy of Landon Parenteau via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on its website May 20 that it is reminding homeowners of the upcoming deadline for mandatory brush clearance.

Malibu’s Public Safety Department is reminding all homeowners that June 1 is the deadline for annual brush clearance around their properties. It is part of the city’s annual fire prevention efforts to decrease the risk of wildfires as the city approaches the summer season.

“The devastating Woolsey Fire must always serve as a reminder that we all have to be prepared for the next big wildfire, and doing proper brush clearance is a big part of that,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “If you have not yet completed your brush clearance and need help or information, please contact our Fire Safety Liaisons, we are here to help you.”

On June 1, local Los Angeles County Fire Department engine companies begin conducting annual mandatory brush clearance inspections in the city of Malibu. Property owners are strongly asked to come into compliance as soon as possible, both to avoid fines and to protect their homes, their neighbors’ homes, and their community.

Brush clearance is a shared responsibility for all property owners in High Fire Hazard Severity Zones. The entirety of Malibu is in a High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. Such measures help create the “defensible space” that firefighters need to effectively protect life, property, and the environment. Properties with good defensible space may require no or minimal intervention during a wildfire and stand the best chance of survival.

The Brush Clearance Program is a joint effort between the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the County of Los Angeles Department of Agricultural Commissioner Weights and Measures, Weed Hazard and Pest Abatement Bureau. The unified enforcement effort have the ability to declare both improved and unimproved properties a public nuisance and, where necessary, require the clearance of hazardous vegetation. Non-compliant properties may be subject to a County administrative fine of $500 and/or a non-compliance fee of $648, to be assessed on the property tax bill.

In conjunction with annual brush clearance, Malibu homeowners may sign up for a free Home Wildfire Assessment. This service includes a home inspection by one of the City’s Fire Safety Liaisons who will point out vulnerabilities and offer the homeowner a no-obligation checklist. The checklist often includes simple and inexpensive steps that can prevent flying embers from igniting a home during a wildfire, a leading cause of homes catching fire and burning down during wind-driven wildfires. Malibu has conducted nearly 500 Assessments since the program was launched in 2019.

For more details including a list of vendors, maps, a video and more, visit the LA County Fire Department website.

To schedule a Home Wildfire Assessment, contact the Fire Safety Liaisons at 310-456-2489 or email: FireSafety@malibucity.org.

By Trevor

Fatal Traffic Collision On Pacific Coast Highway May 14

May 21, 2024 ·

The LASD are investigating a fatality that transpired after a crash on PCH. Photo by fivetonine/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On May 19, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced that on May 14, deputies responded to the 28000 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu regarding a traffic collision with injuries.

The preliminary investigation indicates Party #1 was traveling southbound on Pacific Coast Highway in a gray 2008 Honda Civic nearing the intersection of West Winding Way when he possibly suffered from a medical emergency.

Multiple witnesses stated Party #1 abruptly veered into oncoming northbound traffic and struck Party #2 who was traveling northbound in a white 2012 Ford E-250 van. Witnesses and emergency medical personnel attempted to revive Party #1 but were not successful and was announced deceased on the scene. Party #2 was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone who was a witness to the accident or has any information related to this collision is asked to contact the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at (818) 878-1808 and speak with our Traffic Investigations Office. (Report Reference #24-02224-10).

By Trevor

LASD Asking For Help To Locate Atilio Brillembourg

May 21, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the LASD X/Twitter page.

MALIBU—On Sunday, May 19, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help to locate missing person, Atilio Brillembourg, 53. He, a resident from New York, who was last seen on May 18 at 1:10 a.m., on the 6000 block of Murphy Way, in the city of Malibu. There is concern for Brillembourg’s well-being. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Detail.

Attilio is described as a White male, standing 5 feet and 10 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds. He has gray hair, green eyes, and unknown tattoo on his upper thigh.

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, gray pants and no shoes. Anyone with information about Brillembourg’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau Missing Persons Detail at 323-890-5500.

To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

City Of Malibu And American Red Cross Blood Drive June 6

May 21, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu will collaborate with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on June 6. Photo courtesy of Nguy N Hi via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu is partnering with the American Red Cross for a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, June 6. The blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Malibu City Hall located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

The American Red Cross noted on its website that those who donate blood before June 9 can receive an exclusive Tetris® and American Red Cross T-shirt, while they last. Individuals can automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to New York to meet Tetris creator, Alexey Pajitnov.

By Trevor

Beverly Hills Celebrates Mission Impossible Event

May 21, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of David Vivies via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills will be celebrating its Building Safety Event Mission Impossible 2024 on Wednesday, May 22. The event will transpire from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take place at the Beverly Hills City Hall, at the Municipal Gallery. Located at 455 N. Rexford Drive, 2nd Floor.

The city of Beverly Hills posted the following message on its Facebook page:

“Discover our services, participate in Q&A sessions, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes! We hope to see you there.”

The public will get the chance to connect with Plan Review Engineers, Building Inspectors, other Building & Safety experts, and the City’s Building Official. Property owners, design professionals, contractors, students, and community members are welcome to attend.

May is Building Safety Month, and is an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about building safety. For more than 43 years, Building Safety Month has reinforced the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

By Trevor

Stabbing in Santa Monica, One In Custody

May 20, 2024 ·

SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, May 19, at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) responded to a stabbing in the parking garage number seven at 4th and Broadway. 


According to a May 20, SMPD press release, this was an unprovoked incident.  Cedeno assaulted three individuals. Two victims suffered stab wounds one remains in critical but stable condition; the third victim was assaulted with no major injuries.  


The victims were transported to an area hospital. The suspect, later identified as Larry Ameyal Cedono, 29,  was taken into custody.


The following information came directly from the SMPD press release.


“Upon arriving at the scene, officers immediately began CPR on the first victim while additional officers located the suspect. The suspect was detained and arrested a short time later. The suspect remains in custody at the Santa Monica Jail pending arraignment and the official filing of charges. Suspect: Larry Ameyal Cedeno; DOB 04-20-1995; on probation for larceny.”


The name of the victim has not been released. The victim has not been identified. Police reports indicate no known motive for the attack. SMPD requests that the public avoid the area during the ongoing investigation.


 The City of Santa Monica has the following tips on their website reminding the public to be diligent when it comes to personal safety.


“Make personal safety and security a top priority in your life.  By taking a proactive approach, you can significantly reduce the risk of being criminally victimized.   


Review and familiarize yourself with the following crime prevention personal safety tactics and suggestions.  Share them with your loved ones and friends.  


Always be aware of your surroundings.


Project confidence; walk purposefully and make eye contact with passers-by.


Hold your belongings (purses, shopping bags, backpacks) close to your body.


Carry your wallet inside your coat or in your front pocket.


Park in well-lit areas, near businesses that are open / where there are other people.


When approaching your car, have your keys ready in hand.


Check your back seat before entering the car.


If you think you are being followed, change directions, or cross the street.


Be especially alert when using enclosed or underground parking structures.”

By Sharon

 

SMPD Requests Public Assistance Locating Missing Person

May 20, 2024 ·

UCLA photo by Nicholas Ismael Martinez

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, May 17, the Santa Monica Police Department sent out a Silver Alert requesting public assistance in locating Ricky Wayne Anderson, 75. Those searching for this individual have started a “Have You Seen Ricky?” campaign to help bring Ricky home, as he is a dementia patient in need of his daily medication.

“Ricky” has been described as a six-foot-tall black male weighing approximately 200lbs. He was last seen at UCLA Hospital located at 1250 16th St in Santa Monica. He was wearing a dark blue sweatshirt and sweatpants.

Those who may have any information about the whereabouts of this individual are encouraged to call The Santa Monica Police Department Watch Commander. There is someone available to take calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Canyon News reached out to the Santa Monica Police Department for a missing person’s photo.  The Public Information Coordinator, Myesha Morrison responded with the following photo with thanks for getting the word out.

Photo Courtesy of SMPD

The following information came directly from the City of Santa Monica webpage as May is Mental Health Awareness Month:

“Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase understanding of and destigmatize conversations about mental health and substance abuse and elevate local resources that support diverse paths to prevention and recovery for all. Join the city of Santa Monica for a series of community events and activities highlighting mental and behavioral health throughout the month of May.

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at (800) 854-7771, or text “LA” to 741741. Available 24/7.”

By Sharon

Suspicious Material Investigated By SMPD

May 20, 2024 ·

The Santa Monica Police Department investigated suspicious materials on May 19. Photo courtesy of Harper Sunday via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, May 19, the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that a bomb squad call out was made to authorities.

At approximately 4 p.m., the city of Santa Monica’s Police/Fire Dispatch Center received a call reporting the discovery of what an individual believed to be bomb-making materials found while cleaning a deceased relative’s home.

Before contacting the police, the caller placed the items in their vehicle and began to drive to the Santa Monica Police Station. Officers responded to the vehicle in the field, stopping near 5th and Colorado, where they confirmed the suspicious items. They immediately contacted the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad.

As a precaution, nearby buildings in the area were evacuated, and streets were closed while the Bomb Squad rendered the materials safe. There were no injuries or direct threats to public safety.

Information related to the incident was provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The area in question was cleared. The SMPD are not providing any additional details at this time. The public is informed to always report any suspicious activity by contacting 9-1-1.

By Trevor

LAPD Officers Involved In Crash In Brentwood

May 20, 2024 ·

The LAFD helped police officers injured during a crash in Brentwood. Photo by Myles Cecil via Unsplash.

BRENTWOOD—The Los Angeles Fire Department reported on Friday, May 17 officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were involved in a crash that left several officers injured.

The LAFD was alerted of the incident at 5:25 a.m. on the northbound 405 freeway. Firefighters arrived to a traffic accident involving LAPD officers who were in pursuit of a vehicle. This resulted in a vehicle crashing into parked vehicles and hitting a police car. Four total officers were injured with one being taken to an area hospital.

The incident expanded to the freeway where the van did go the wrong way and the pursuit ended with crashing into three vehicles on the freeway. No extrication was needed. One patient was transported to an area hospital.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Topanga State Park

May 20, 2024 ·

The LAFD rescued a hiker who was injured at Topanga State Park. Photo by Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Saturday, May 18, the Los Angeles Fire Department noted that a hiker was rescued in the Santa Monica Mountains. The LAFD reported at 12:01 p.m. the LAFD Ground and Air Response responded to a 28-year-old female hiker with an apparent ankle fracture, on a remote section of the Temescal Ridge Trail in Topanga State Park.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter lowered a Flight Paramedic to medically assess and stabilize the patient, who be hoisted along with the LAFD Flight Paramedic into the hovering helicopter for continuing in-flight care during direct air transport to an area hospital. No additional details about the incident were reported to the public.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Blaze At Abandoned Hotel

May 20, 2024 ·

The LAFD battled a blaze at an abandoned hotel in Hollywood. Photo by Guido Jansen via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, May 19, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a fire at an abandoned hotel at 1624 Schrader Blvd. The LAFD was alerted of the blaze at 3:15 a.m.

The fire was categorized as a Major Emergency at 4:15 a.m. A total of 126 LAFD firefighters were assigned to battle the blaze with heavy fire in the sub-floor/basement, both above ground floors and attic of a vacant and abandoned two-story hotel. There were no reports of any injuries.

It took 98 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish heavy fire in the sub-floor/basement, both above ground floors and attic of a vacant and abandoned two-story hotel. The cause of the fire is under investigation. LAFD Public Information Officer – Firefighter David Ortiz arrived on the scene to address the media at 5:20 a.m.

By Trevor

City Accepting Nominations For 2024 Jake Kuredjian Citizenship Award

May 20, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Nathan Lemon via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on its website that the Parks and Recreation Commission is accepting nominations for the 2024 Jake Kuredjian Citizenship Award, which recognizes contributions to improving recreation resources for the community.

“Every year, the Jake Kuredjian Award recognizes community members who dedicate their time and energy to making Malibu a better place for all,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “I encourage everyone in Malibu to submit nominations for that special person who brings the community together.”

Malibu residents can submit nominations online at MalibuCity.org/JakeAward. The final day to submit an online nomination is Wednesday, June 5.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding individual or group who has given their time and resources to enhance the quality of recreation programs for the Malibu region.

Past recipients of this award have shown a commitment to improving the quality of life in Malibu through recreational opportunities and have made a lasting contribution to the community.

The Jake Kuredjian Citizenship Award is in honor of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian. Deputy Kuredjian was killed in the line of duty on August 31, 2001, while he and other law enforcement personnel were engaged in a shootout with a suspect in Stevenson Ranch. Deputy Kuredjian worked as an Armenian interpreter for the Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the FBI. The Gold Meritorious Conduct Medal was presented to Deputy Kuredjian in 1989 for rescuing a woman from a cliff while stationed in Malibu.

The Parks and Recreation Commission will review the nominations at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.

For more details, including a list of past award recipients, visit https://www.MalibuCity.org/JakeAward.

By Trevor

Anya Baroff Wins Grant for Tree Planting Efforts

May 17, 2024 ·

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Bishop

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, May 14, The Nextdoor Kind Foundation announced the 100 winners of $500 microgrants. A panel of Los Angeles County community leaders was tasked with choosing from 550 applicants. Each applicant was required to illustrate how their project would be the best in unifying the efforts of the citizens in creating a positive impact on the community they serve.


Anya Baroff of Santa Monica is one such winner. She was chosen for her leadership in spearheading an effort to plant trees with community members of the Ocean Park neighborhood with the intent to support community cohesion and collaboration.

Anya Baroff of Santa Monica is a Neuroscience researcher at Harvard Medical School. She has also held previous positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Music Thinks, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara. She is also proficient in Volunteer Management, Research, Grant Writing, Statistics, and Psychology.

The following individuals serve on the panel:

Founder and Executive Director of Compton Advocates, Candace Leos Valdepena, Gladys Nyoth, founder and CEO of I Know a Place, Hyepin Im who is the President and CEO of Faith and Community Empowerment, Jera Turner, who is a Special Education Administrator for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

A Board member of the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands, Jim Kennedy, The Senior Policy Advocate for Nourish California, Kameron Mims-Jones, The Director of Advancement and Philanthropy at the Boys and Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley and Eastside, Lilly Rocha who is the CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association, Founder and owner of Kindness and Mischief Coffee, Mo Maravilla, Norma Fernandez who serves as CEO of Everything On, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, Rabbi Noah Varkas, and Yana Simone who is the co-founder and Executive Vice President of New Earth.

By Sharon

Sexual Assault Suspect Malcolm Ward Arrested

May 16, 2024 ·

Malcolm Ward. Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced on Thursday, May 16 that a suspect who attempted to sexually assault a woman has been arrested.

Lt. Erika Aklufi of the SMPD informed Canyon News that on Monday, May 13, at 7:14 a.m., officers responded to reports of an assault occurring in the 2000 block of Ocean Front Walk.  Witnesses to the incident told dispatchers a young woman was being dragged across the ground by her ponytail.

Responding officers were on scene within minutes and found both the victim and suspect near the Bicknell restrooms.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The victim, a Venice resident, was jogging southbound on the beach path when the suspect grabbed her ponytail from behind, knocking her to the ground. He pulled her several feet toward the restrooms.

The victim believed that the suspect intended to sexually assault her.  Several witnesses intervened in the attack and contacted police.  The victim suffered minor physical injuries during the incident.

The suspect was identified as Malcolm Jimmy Ward, Jr., 48 and he is currently on parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  He is currently homeless and is being held without bail.

On May 15, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Ward with felony counts of:

  • Kidnapping
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Rape
  • Violation of Parole

Lt. Aklufi informed Canyon News via email that “No other reported attacks in Santa Monica.” She added she was unaware of any possible attacks by the suspect involving the LAPD or any other agencies.

Anyone with additional details about the assault is asked to contact Detective James McCoy at james.mccoy@santamonica.gov or CrimeTips@santamonica.gov.

By Trevor

City Launches New Development Project Portal To Improve Customer Service

May 16, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of travelview/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On May 14, the city of Malibu indicated in an email to Canyon News that it launched a new online Development Portal that streamlines the permitting process as part of the city’s comprehensive effort to improve customer service at Malibu City Hall. The Portal is available at https://MalibuCity.org/DevelopmentPortal.

“Employing technology to help Malibu improve the efficiency of its day to day operations is one of our major objectives and this Portal is a significant step in that direction,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “Our new Portal empowers our community to navigate development projects with ease and transparency. It simplifies the submittal of documents to various City Departments and in return provides a series of dashboards that allow the user to monitor the progress of their project.”

The new Portal dashboard is intended to mirror the existing flow of home and building construction, repair, renovation, and other projects as they move through Malibu’s development phases. It starts with a project, moves into Planning, followed by Building Safety, Permits, and finally into Inspections, making it easy and transparent for the property owner to follow the progress of their project. Users can see their project-related public documents.

The Development Portal was developed for property owners and building professionals to monitor and track their applications through the permitting process. The Portal is accessible on the city’s homepage. After clicking one of the links on the homepage, users are taken to the Portal dashboard where they can create an account and access project information and numerous other services. To further expand the user experience, many of the services offered in the Portal, such as requesting an inspection, reviewing records, and requesting to initial a new application, do not require users to register.

Users can keep track of all projects, monitor progress, revisions, corrections, pending fees, upload application materials, and submissions for each project. City staff can request required documents and accept or decline them instantly. The document submission upload technology is easy to use.

Submittal features have been re-designed to further streamline the process, making it less time consuming and requiring less information to initiate a new application or to result in response to corrections. Each new application request is reviewed by a senior staff member to ensure that the correct application type is assigned to a proposed project.

To ensure that residents and building professionals are comfortable with the new Portal, staff is actively holding individual tutorials for owners and building professionals. To request a tutorial, contact Patricia Salazar, Development and Operations Manager, at psalazar@malibucity.org or Tracey Rossine, Environmental Programs Manager, at trossine@malibucity.org.

Over 135 users have registered to monitor projects, staff have requested more than 900 documents using the Portal, and 500 documents have been uploaded by building professionals or residents.

For an overview of the Portal, see the PowerPoint presentation at https://MalibuCity.org/PortalPPT.

For detailed instructions on how to use the Portal, including a video tutorial, visit: https://malibucity.org/858/Development-Portal.

By Trevor

Health Fair For Older Adults At Plummer Park

May 16, 2024 ·

A health fair will be held at Plummer Park in West Hollywood on May 21 for older adults. Photo courtesy of Mark Timberlake via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—To celebrate Older Adults Month, West Hollywood will host its 19th Annual West Hollywood Older Adults Health Fair on Tuesday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Admission is free; no RSVP is required.

The Older Adults Health Fair is a no-cost event co-sponsored by Cedars-Sinai and Jewish Family Service LA and will have health screenings, information from more than 25 health and social services community partners, vaccinations, a Human Library activity, complimentary lunch while supplies last, giveaways, and more. Local organizations will provide health and social services information, Cedars-Sinai will conduct health screenings, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will administer COVID-19 and flu vaccinations.

There will be limited free parking at the Plummer Park parking lots, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue/N. Vista Street at the north end of the park. Paid parking meters are available in the surrounding area.

West Hollywood provides free transportation to Plummer Park through its Cityline service. Cityline is an accessible alternative to the larger bus system and all shuttles are ADA-accessible. It operates Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and shuttles arrive approximately every 30 minutes. For additional details and a detailed route map, visit www.weho.org/cityline — route maps are available on Cityline shuttles and at West Hollywood City Hall, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For information on the event contact Becca Lubin, West Hollywood Strategic Initiatives Program Administrator, at (323) 848-6518 or at rlubin@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

International Jewel Thief Arrested And Detained

May 15, 2024 ·

Beverly Hills photo by David Vives

BEVERLY HILLS—On Friday, May 10, Yarong Wan, 49, an international jewel thief, was arrested in New York. Wan stands accused of stealing an estimated $300, 000 in jewelry since 2018, targeting high-end jewelry stores such as Cartier and Tiffany in Seoul, Korea, Beverly Hills, Miami, New Jersey, and New York.


Laurenz Heymann photo


Wan had what is referred to as a “Red Notice,” by The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) placed on him by the Republic of Korea after allegedly stealing 322,000 worth of jewelry in Seoul, Korea.

According to Interpol, A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

Reports indicate that Wan entered the United States illegally in San Diego, California on December 29, 2023.

On March 4, the suspect entered a Tiffany Store at Rockefeller Center in New York, NY. Wan tried on a diamond ring valued at 255,000. He then switched it with a Cubic Zirconia replica and left the store with the diamond ring.

On March 12, Wan reportedly took a ring worth $25,000 from the Hudson Yards Complex in Manhattan, New York.

The Nassau County Police Department, Major Case Bureau indicated that they were in search of a burglar who reportedly entered London Jewelers located at 2046 Northern Boulevard on April 19. Video footage captured a person, later identified as the suspect who was posing as a customer. He used what police referred to as a “sleight of hand,” technique to distract the salesperson and make away with a $17,000 Chopard Watch.

On Friday, May 10, Nassau detectives, the NYPD Major Case Squad, and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force executed a search warrant for Yarong Wan at his residence located at 135-11 40th Road, in Flushing (Queens) New York.

Wan was arraigned in a lower Manhattan court on Saturday, May 11. Due to a fugitive warrant from Hermes, New Jersey, the suspect is not eligible for bail.

On Sunday, May 12, Wan was charged with 3rd-degree larceny in Nassau District Court. He is to remain in custody until his next court date in January 2025.

By Sharon



2024 Concours d’Elegance Returns June 16

May 15, 2024 ·

The Concours d'Elegance event returns to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on June 16. Photo by Jeff Tumale via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills disclosed on its website on May 14, that the 2024 Concours d’Elegance will return to the area on Sunday, June 16. This year the event will celebrate 29 years and will showcase more than 100 rare automobiles in the heart of Beverly Hills. The event is free to the public.

Fathers, families and car enthusiasts of all ages are invited to enjoy an up-close look at some of the world’s most exotic and expensive vehicles at the 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance. The area’s must-attend Father’s Day event will run from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Rodeo Drive.

This year’s event, powered by O’Gara Coach, will host a full slate of incredible vehicles lining Beverly Hills’ most famous street between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. There will be a special celebration of hypercars and supercars that include the McLaren, Pagani, Czinger and more, in addition to race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers.

Attendees can enjoy a stroll or stay in one of Beverly Hills’ top hotels and experience luxury boutiques, shopping and dining all within walking distance of the car show.

This event is supported by the city of Beverly Hills and the Rodeo Drive Committee with returning sponsors O’Gara Coach, Auto Vault Storage, GEARYS, Ferrari of Beverly Hills, Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills, Lucid Motors, Two Rodeo and RM Sotheby’s. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is pleased to welcome new sponsors for this year’s event, including the upcoming Netflix Film “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” and Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Proceeds from the Concours benefit will help the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association and Beverly Hills Firefighters’ Association. They are non-profit charities raising funds for first responders and their families. Parking will be available at nearby parking garages.
Individuals interested in having their vehicle for display can complete the following application: https://fathersdaycarshow.formstack.com/forms/application.

By Trevor

Malibu Arts Commission Invites Artists To Participate In “A Tale of a Seaside Town”

May 15, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Laura Adai via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Monday, May 13, the city of Malibu indicated in a news release that the Arts Commission is inviting local artists to respond to the Call for Artists for the city’s summer public art exhibition, “A Tale of a Seaside Town.” The event is a tribute to Malibu’s surfing culture. Certain artists will have their artwork featured at the Malibu City Gallery at City Hall.

“Malibu’s natural beauty and community have always attracted and inspired artists in every medium imaginable – from music to literature, painting and digital arts,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “I hope all of Malibu’s artists, whether professional, student or hobbyist, young or old, will participate in this wonderful exhibition of our community’s talent.”

Artists of all ages can submit their artwork to be a part of this collaborative community-wide art show. The Arts Commission is accepting artwork in all media including, but not limited to photography, paint, drawing, collage, free standing art and written work.

Submissions are being accepted until Friday, May 31. Submissions will only be accepted online at https://malibusummerexhibit.artcall.org. Artists whose work has been accepted will be notified by June 12. For questions or assistance with submission contact Brittany Saleaumua at 310-456-2489, ext. 349.

The exhibition will be displayed in the Malibu City Gallery at City Hall, located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, from July 15 through August 23. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free for the public.

By Trevor

Memorial Day Closures For City Hall, Parks And Facilities

May 15, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu has announced closures for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Photo by Paul Hermann via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on their website that in observance of Memorial Day, Malibu City Hall, Malibu Senior Center, and Community Pool will be closed on Monday, May 27. Malibu city parks will be open from 8 a.m. to sunset. For more details on City parks and facilities, visit https://www.malibucity.org/335/Community-Services.

The Community Services Department (formerly known as Parks and Recreation) provides programs and facilities to meet the recreation and leisure needs of the community.

The department administers the use of and maintains several park and athletic facilities in the city and provides programs for all ages in a wide range of interests and activities.

By Trevor

Sea Captain Jerry Boylan Sentenced for Negligence

May 14, 2024 ·

Photo by Sean Malone

MALIBU—On May 2, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California sent out a press release announcing the sentencing of Sea Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan, 70, of Santa Barbara, who was found guilty of gross negligence in the deaths of 33 passengers and one crew member who died in a horrific fire aboard the P/V Conception at dawn on September 2, 2019.

Captain Boylan was found guilty of gross negligence after he and five crew members were able to escape and survive the fire. He and all but one crew member abandoned the burning boat while the others were asleep below deck. He has been sentenced to 48 months of prison time.

The following information came directly from the press release:

“Boylan, as captain of the Conception, committed a series of failures – including abandoning his ship instead of rescuing passengers – that resulted in the disaster. Such conduct constituted misconduct, gross negligence, and inattention to his duties and led to the deaths of 34 victims, prosecutors argued.

As the ship’s captain, Boylan was responsible for the safety and security of the vessel, its passengers, and its crew. Federal prosecutors argued he failed in his responsibilities in several ways, including by failing to have a night watch or roving patrol, failing to conduct sufficient fire drills and crew training, failing to provide firefighting instructions or directions to crew members after the fire started, failing to use firefighting equipment, including a fire ax and fire extinguisher that were next to him in the wheelhouse, to fight the fire or attempt to rescue trapped passengers, failing to perform any lifesaving or firefighting activities whatsoever at the time of the fire, even though he was uninjured, failing to use the boat’s public address system to warn passengers and crew members about the fire; and, becoming the first crew member to abandon ship even though 33 passengers and one crew member were still alive and trapped below deck in the vessel’s bunkroom and in need of assistance to escape.”

The FBI, the Coast Guard Investigative Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms (ATF) and Explosives investigated the incident.

Assistant United States Attorneys Mark A. Williams, Matthew W. O’Brien, and Juan M. Rodríguez of the Environmental Crimes and Consumer Protection Section, Brian R. Faerstein, of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section, and Alexander P. Robbins of the Criminal Appeals Section prosecuted this case.

The Investigative Service Director for the U.S. Coast Guard made the following statement:

“There are no winners when lives are lost at sea, but there is justice in bringing those accountable to answer for their crimes. Today is an example of that. This was in its truest form, a joint effort by our hard-charging CGIS Special Agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”

Christopher Bombardier, the Special Agent in Charge of the ATF’s Los Angeles division offered his deepest sympathy:

“I want to express my deepest condolences to everyone who lost a loved one. No sentencing will ever be sufficient for the suffering you have endured, nor will it bring back your loved ones. I hope this prosecution and sentencing sends a message to other captains that this recklessness is never repeated. I want to thank our National Response Team, which investigated the cause and origin of the fire. Their dedication and skilled expertise provided much-needed answers,” Bombardiere stated.

By Sharon

Six People Arrested For Drug Offenses

May 14, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, May 10, the Santa Monica Police Department reported on their Facebook page that the Department’s Mobile Command Post made several arrests near 3rd and Arizona.

The Downtown Services Unit was conducting an operation focused on narcotics-related crimes in the area.

Their efforts led to six arrests for various drug offenses and three citations were also issued. Public Services Officers addressed concerns in nearby parking structures, issuing 65 citations for vehicle and municipal code violations.

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department Facebook page.

The SMPD reminded the public that, “As residents and visitors, we all play a role in maintaining a safe and clean Downtown. If you witness any suspicious or illegal activity, please report it promptly to the SMPD non-emergency line at (310) 458-8491 or if warranted, call 9-1-1.”

“Thank you so much. We residents appreciate it. I wish you had the ability to have this type of presence every day so the criminals would find another city to torment,” Jessica Yingling said in a statement on Facebook.

By Trevor

“Go Safely PCH” Education Campaign Launched May 8

May 14, 2024 ·

Pacific Coast Highway. Photo courtesy of Jermaine EE via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On May 8, the city of Malibu indicated on its website that state, county and Malibu officials and law enforcement held a press conference to announce the “Go Safely PCH” driver education campaign at the site of the Ghost Tires Memorial commemorating the nearly 60 people who have lost their lives on PCH in the last 10 years, as well new traffic safety improvements on PCH.

Officials announced actions being taken at the state and local level to decrease deaths and serious injuries on Pacific Coast Highway and make it safer for residents, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Speakers included Toks Omishakin, Secretary, California State Transportation Administration (CalSTA); Lindsey P. Horvath, Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; Barbara Rooney, Director, California Office of Traffic Safety (Cal OTS); Douglas Young, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Assistant Chief, Southern Division; Tony Tavares, Director, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans); Steve Uhring, Mayor, City of Malibu.

PCH has been a safety concern for the city of Malibu for years. The Malibu City Council declared a local state of emergency to address the increasingly dangerous conditions on the highway, culminating in the deaths of four Pepperdine University students struck by a speeding driver while walking along PCH in October 2023.

The CalSTA and CalOTS campaign includes 31 billboards placed along freeways outside Malibu, as well as posters, lawn signs, and social media advertising. The officials and law enforcement attending the press conference signed the pledge wall, making a commitment to do their part to slow down and drive safely as part of the collective effort to make PCH safer.

See the GoSafelyPCH campaign website.

Take the online pledge to commit to slowing down and driving safely on PCH.

For more details about the GoSafelyPCH campaign, see the press release.

For more details about Malibu’s efforts to address PCH safety, visit the website to learn more.

By Trevor

Concrete Repair Roadwork In West Hollywood

May 14, 2024 ·

The city of West Hollywood will be doing concrete roadwork beginning May 13. Photo by Valentin Salja via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Monday, May 13, the city of West Hollywood noted on its website that the city’s asphalt and concrete repair contractor will begin to grind and overlay depressed and damaged areas within the roadway at various locations.

The work will take place each day beginning at 8 a.m. and could continue until 4 p.m. They will maintain at least one lane of traffic through work areas at all times. Work is expected to last until Friday, May 17.

Roadway Grinding and Overlay – Various locations include:

-Harper Avenue
-Crescent Heights
-Kings Road
-La Jolla
-1034 La Jolla
-1206 Clark
-Fuller Avenue
-Melrose Avenue Temporary Parkway Paving Installation

By Trevor

Adolescent Mountain Lion Spotted In Woodland Hills Neighborhood

May 14, 2024 ·

Mountain Lion Photo by Hu Chen

WOODLAND HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a Woodland Hills resident, Corinna Bubenheim reported a mountain lion in her yard near Woodlake Avenue and Mariano Street. It was her pet German Shepherds that alerted her to the presence of a predator. He was lounging in her avocado tree.

Bubenheim called 911 who referred her to animal services. According to animal control and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the cougar appeared to be young, and was not wearing a tracking collar. He descended from the tree on his own and left the premises. Animal Services reportedly knocked on doors to inform the neighbors of the wildlife sighting.

Reports indicate there was a chicken coop on the property that attracted the adolescent lion cub to the area.

The following information came directly from the California Fish and Wildlife webpage and is entitled, “Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Mountain Lions.”

“Mountain lions (Puma concolor), also known as puma, cougar, or panther, are native to California and the second largest felid in North America. They inhabit diverse habitat types throughout the state, including forests and foothills, coastal, rural, and wildlife-urban interfaces. They are reclusive and solitary animals, mostly avoiding people when possible.

Mountain lions provide many ecosystem benefits by helping to maintain healthy prey populations. They will hunt deer and elk, invasive species such as wild pigs and feral horses, and smaller animals such as coyotes, raccoons, and rodents. Potential conflict with mountain lions may occur due to property damage and loss of livestock or pets while hunting. Feeding other wildlife, such as deer, may attract mountain lions.”

By Sharon

Beverly Hills Housing Element Certified By State Of California

May 13, 2024 ·

The city of Beverly Hills. Photo courtesy of Noppadol Phongphanich via Shutterstock.

BEVERLY HILLS—On May 8, the city of Beverly Hills announced on its website that on May 1, the city of Beverly Hills was notified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that its revised draft Housing Element that was adopted March 18, 2024, and submitted for review on March 19, 2024, was in substantial compliance with the State Housing Element Law.

“We are pleased that our efforts were recognized and received formal certification by HCD,” said Michael Forbes, Director of Community Development. “I commend the intensive work of our City Staff working closely with HCD during the process and we look forward to implementing the plan’s programs as soon as possible.”

The State of California requires that each jurisdiction’s housing element be updated every eight years and certified by the State. Beverly Hills updated its Housing Element for the 2021 to 2029 period. A major component of this update is the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA”), in which the State estimates each region’s housing needs for all income groups.

The city of Beverly Hills is continuing to review plans and issue building permits for all types of projects. To learn more and view the certification letter, visit beverlyhills.org/housingelementupdate.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project Starts May 19

May 13, 2024 ·

Members of the Santa Monica community are asked to provide that input regarding the Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project which will start on May 19.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, May 10, the city of Santa Monica announced that the city will kick off the official community engagement process for the Santa Monica Airport Conversion Project at a community event on Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Clover Park. The event will be held at 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., in the BBQ Area No. 1, which is on the east side of the park.

The kickoff event will be a community open house, featuring multiple stations for community members to listen, to learn, and to share ideas with the team about plans for the future of Santa Monica and the airport land.

The community engagement process is expected to be a 21-month effort to determine a preferred scenario for the future of the airport site, focused on a “Great Park”, consistent with the 2014 voter-approved Measure LC.

The preferred scenario, once approved by the Santa Monica City Council, will inform the environmental review process required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Implementation would start after the airport operations end, anticipated on December 31, 2028, as agreed upon with the Federal Aviation Administration in the 2017 Consent Decree.
Following the event at Clover Park, the city’s contracted consultant team, led by Sasaki, will continue to communicate with the public at community events and other venues.

Community members can email TheFutureofSMO@santamonica.gov with questions about the community engagement process. The community website smacproject.com provides an email sign-up option for project updates and will soon expand to include the first survey, engagement timelines, virtual learning sessions and more.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Runyan Canyon

May 13, 2024 ·

A hiker was rescued by the LAFD after getting injured at Runyan Canyon. Photo by Joel Jasmin Forestbid via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed they rescued a hiker in Runyan Canyon. The LAFD were informed at 7:20 p.m. of a hiker who suffered injuries near 2469 N. Solar Drive.

The 35 year-old hiker sustained injuries secondary to a 15-foot fall in a remote area of Runyon Canyon. Crews on the ground and in the air coordinated to locate and assist the patient, who was able to walk down the trail.

He was able to meet an LAFD paramedic ambulance for treatment and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

By Trevor

LAFD Knockdown Tree Fire

May 13, 2024 ·

The LAFD extinguished a dumpster fire and tree fire on May 9. Photo by Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Thursday, May 9, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced that they battled a fire that ignited a tree in the Hollywood Hills region. The fire was reported at 7:53 p.m. at 6700 W. Hillpark Drive.

Crews on the ground declared a knockdown on the initial dumpster fire, as well as the palm trees on fire. Blue flames were initially observed in the dumpster that were later determined to be caused by an electrical wire and conduit. LAFD HazMat experts indicated there was no further threat to the surrounding region.

The Highland Avenue off-ramp from the southbound 101 was closed while companies coordinated ways to extinguish the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries during the incident.

By Trevor

Filmmaker Roger Corman Dies At The Age Of 98

May 13, 2024 ·

Filmmaker Roger Corman has died. Photo by s_bukley/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—Filmmaker and producer, Roger Corman, known for his B-movies that dominated the 70s, 80s and 90s, died on Thursday, May 9 at his home in Santa Monica at the age of 98. His family released the following statement on X announcing Roger’s passing:

“It is with profound sadness, and boundless gratitude for his extraordinary life, that we remember our beloved husband and father, Roger Corman. He passed away on May 9th, at home in Santa Monica, California, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Julie and his daughters Catherine and Mary. He was generous, open-hearted and kind to all those who knew him. A devoted and selfless father, he was deeply loved by his daughters. His films were revolutionary and iconoclastic, and captured the spirit of an age. When asked how he would like to be remembered, he said, ‘I was a filmmaker, just that.’”

The filmmaker was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 5, 1926. The family moved to Beverly Hills when he was 14. He went to Beverly Hills High School and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in industrial engineering.

Corman is known for helping launch the careers of directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. He was instrumental in giving acting titan Jack Nicholson his start in the film “The Cry Baby Killer.” Other actors and actresses that Corman helped launch careers for included Peter Fonda, William Shatner, Dianne Ladd and Bruce Dern to name a few.

During his career, he directed/produced over 300 films, many of them low-budget horror flicks that turned a profit for the filmmaker. Corman is responsible for the distribution of many films for acclaimed foreign directors that included Akira Kurosawa from Japan, Ingmar Bergman from Sweden, Federico Fellini from Italy and Francois Trauffaut from France to name a few. He produced his first feature film, “Monster from the Ocean Floor” in 1954 for a mere $12,000. He had a deal with major movie studios including Columbia Pictures, United Artists and 20th Century Fox.

He received an honorary Academy Award in 2009 at the Governors Awards. Some of his iconic films include “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960), “A Bucket of Blood” (1959) and “The Cry Baby Killer” (1958). He appeared in several movies during his career which include “The Godfather: Part II,” “Philadelphia” and “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Director of the 1978 horror classic, John Carpenter posted on X:

“Roger Corman, one of the most influential movie directors in my life, has passed away. It was my privilege to know him. He was a great friend. H shaped my childhood with science fiction movies and Edgar Allen Poe epics. I’ll miss you Roger.”

Producer Gale Ann Hurd posted the following statement on social media:

“Roger Corman was my very first boss, my lifetime mentor and my hero. Roger was one of the greatest visionaries in the history of cinema. I am absolutely devastated by his loss and send my love and deepest condolences to the Corman family.”

By Trevor

Jorge Luiz Garcia Arrested For Assault On Hollywood Boulevard

May 13, 2024 ·

A suspect has been arrested for an assault that transpired on Hollywood Blvd. Photo by Kamil Zajaczkowski/Shutterstock.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On May 9, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that a suspect involved in an assault that transpired on Hollywood Boulevard was arrested.

The LAPD reported on May 6, around 2:15 a.m., patrol officers from the LAPD’s Hollywood Division responded to a report of an Assault w,ith a Deadly Weapon in the 6700 block of Hollywood Boulevard. When officers arrived on the scene they located a severely injured male at the scene. Paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was treated for several injuries.

A video of the incident, recorded by a witness, was obtained by a media outlet and posted on various social media platforms.

The video showed the victim and the suspect involved in a fight. The victim was pepper sprayed and knocked to the ground. The suspect continued to punch the victim while he was lying unconscious on the ground causing severe injuries to the victim.

Detectives from the Hollywood area were able to locate additional videos in the region that led to the identity and arrest of the suspect.

On May 8 around 2:30 p.m., detectives located the suspect in the Hollywood area and took him into custody. The suspect is identified as Jorge Luiz Garcia, 27, of Los Angeles. He was booked for 245(A)(1) PC- Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The case will be presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

Anyone with details about the assault is asked to call detectives at Hollywood Division 213-972-2971. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

By Trevor

BHPD Citizen Police Academy Celebrates Class #8

May 9, 2024 ·

The Beverly Hills Police Department recently celebrated Class #8 of the Citizen Police Academy. Photo courtesy of the David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Wednesday, May 8, the Beverly Hills Police Department posted on its Facebook page the celebration of Class #8 from the Citizen Police Academy.

They graduated last week at the Greystone Mansion after an eight-week deep dive into the police department. The class learned about the K-9 Unit, SWAT, Defensive Tactics, Crime Lab, and Range Day, and even participated in a Ride-Along among other activities.

Beverly Hills residents interested in the Fall class can learn more information at https://linktr.ee/bhpd_90210.

Established in 2015, the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) was established in 2015 and was created with the mission to foster trust and communication by educating the Beverly Hills community in the daily aspects of law enforcement. The application period for the Fall 2024 class will be July 18 to August 13. To be notified about the next application period or to learn more about the program email aguvlekjian@beverlyhills.org.

CPA Schedule

Classes run from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Fall 2024 Classes

-Thursday, September 5 (mandatory attendance)

-Thursday, September 12

-Thursday, September 19

-Tuesday, September 24

-Thursday, September 26

-Sunday, September 29 (Range Day)

-Tuesday, October 1

-Thursday, October 10

-Thursday, October 17

-Tuesday, October 22

-Thursday, October 24

Being a member of the Citizen Police Academy provides behind-the-scenes experiences and knowledge of police work that many never have the chance to encounter. Participants will:

-Engage in practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences

-Gain insight into police policies, procedures, and training

-Have first-hand experiences with specialized units (K9, SWAT, Detectives, etc.)

-Be invited to participate in a ride-along with an officer

Eligibility

To become a member of the Citizen Police Academy, applicants must meet the following requirements:

-Be at least 21 years old

-Pass a background check

-Never have been a member of prior Citizen Police Academy classes

-Commit to attending all scheduled training sessions

Proof of residency in the city of Beverly Hills is required by providing one of the following documents:

-California Driver’s License or Identification Card

-Utility bill

-Vehicle registration

Attendance on the first day of the CPA program is mandatory. Failure to attend may result in the termination of your enrollment in the program.

Each applicant must submit a completed application and pass the limited background check in order to become part of the Citizen Police Academy class. The Citizen Police Academy is an 8-week program, held in the Spring and another session in the Fall, with one additional optional training day. Each weekly session is approximately three hours long.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Working To Improve PCH

May 9, 2024 ·

The city of Santa Monica is aiming to improve safety on Pacific Coast Highway. Photo courtesy of Thomas Ciszewski via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On May 8, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced a press release regarding new plans for safety for Pacific Coast Highway.

The new “Go Safely PCH” campaign and detail the ongoing efforts to make the corridor safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The goal is to deliver roadway improvements, increased enforcement to deter speeding and safety education for residents and visitors. “Go Safely PCH” is a commitment to keeping everyone headed to Malibu’s beach, shops or restaurants safe.

“Go Safely PCH is more than a campaign – it’s a movement demonstrating our collective commitment to making this beautiful corridor safer for everyone who travels on it,” said Secretary Omishakin. “Through infrastructure improvements, increased enforcement and drivers doing their part by slowing down, we can and will save lives. I thank all our partners for coming together to say in a strong, unified voice: One more life lost is one too many.”

Since 2010, 59 people have been killed on the 21-mile stretch of PCH in Malibu, including the deaths of four Pepperdine University students who were struck and killed by a speeding driver in October 2023. Every day, an average of 12 people are killed on California roads. California’s goal is to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2050.

“Death and danger along PCH are unacceptable; we can’t wait to change the status quo. Now is the time for close coordination and meaningful action,” said Lindsey P. Horvath, Chair, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “While we advance important infrastructure and legislative changes for a safer PCH, education is essential. As summer approaches and Malibu prepares to welcome beachgoers and visitors, the ‘Go Safely PCH’ campaign will foster a safer scenic roadway for the Malibu community and all who enjoy our gorgeous coastline.”

The new education campaign is informing drivers of the increased law enforcement presence and reminding them to slow down on PCH or face consequences. The messages are being shared on billboards, lawn and beach signs, flyers, posters and on social media. Residents of California are encouraged to take a traffic safety pledge and commit to practicing safe driving behaviors when visiting beaches, parks, shops and restaurants along PCH.

“The ‘Go Safely PCH’ campaign is about establishing a strong road safety culture that no longer accepts the death and destruction on PCH,” said OTS Director Barbara Rooney. “We encourage everyone to make a commitment to safe driving on PCH. The beach will still be there when you get there. If you ever feel the need to speed, think of the 59 victims and how your responsible actions behind the wheel will help make sure there are no more deaths and senseless tragedies on PCH.”

Starting in January, the city of Malibu added three full-time California Highway Patrol officers to help the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) with traffic enforcement on PCH in Malibu for the first time since 1991. The support from CHP officers resulted in more than 1,200 citations through April, more than 1,000 of which were for speeding.

In addition, the OTS provided approximately $555,000 in additional funding to the LASD, Los Angeles Police Department and Santa Monica Police Department for increased enforcement on PCH.

“The California Highway Patrol is committed to working with our traffic safety partners to enhance the safety of Pacific Coast Highway for all travelers,” said Commissioner Sean Duryee. “By combining engineering enhancements, educational campaigns, and rigorous enforcement efforts, we not only improve conditions on the highway but also save lives along the way.”

Caltrans is investing $4.2 million for multiple safety upgrades to PCH infrastructure, including lane separators to prevent vehicles from drifting into oncoming traffic or making illegal turns, crosswalk striping at all locations for increased visibility for drivers and pedestrians, more visible road striping, speed limit markings on the road, as well as more speed limit and curve warning signs.

Caltrans has also installed optical speed bars, which are stripes spaced at decreasing distances that make drivers aware of their speed and prompt them to slow down, as well as 13 speed feedback signs. Additional proposed work includes pavement upgrades, new bike lanes and pedestrian access improvements from the McClure Tunnel in Santa Monica to the Ventura County line. A full list of current and planned updates for PCH Safety projects are on the Caltrans District 7 website.

The Malibu City Council declared a Local Emergency to address the dangers on PCH, which is visited by millions of people every year. Malibu has invested $39 million commitment on traffic safety improvement projects, and another $8 million dedicated to future PCH safety improvement projects.

“The epidemic of reckless driving is impacting communities across our country,” said Malibu Mayor Steve Uhring. “I am proud to be in California where we are taking proactive steps to address this issue. The problem will not be solved overnight, but this education program puts a major change agent in our toolbox. On behalf of all Malibu residents, I thank our state partner agencies for their leadership in providing solutions to this important problem.”

Between 2019 and 2023, five people were killed on PCH in Santa Monica, and more than 100 crashes resulted in injuries, including 12 serious injury crashes.

Santa Monica’s Local Roadway Safety Plan identifies PCH as a priority corridor for infrastructure safety improvements as part of the Caltrans PCH corridor study.

“We have seen far too many serious crashes on PCH, and it is absolutely heartbreaking that five people have lost their lives in Santa Monica’s section of the highway since 2019,” said Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock. “Santa Monica is committed to making our roads safe for everyone. Since we don’t have jurisdiction over PCH, our partnership with the state and regional agencies is critical to our mission to eliminate fatal and severe injury crashes in Santa Monica through our Vision Zero initiative.”

The announcement of the Go Safely PCH campaign follows the work of the PCH Taskforce, a coalition of law enforcement, traffic engineers, Caltrans and local and state elected officials working to find solutions to make PCH safer.

For details on safety updates, campaign pledges and access to digital assets, visit GoSafelyPCH.org.

By Trevor

We Are Essential Community Festival Starts May 19

May 9, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Amritanshu Sikdar via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica announced on their website on May 8 that the We Are Essential, a community festival focused around water conservation and zero waste and organics recycling education, kicks off National Public Works Week on May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gandara Park.

Gandara Park is located at 1819 Stewart St. in the Pico Neighborhood and is near the City Yards, which is the essential public works services.

The festival, which will feature workshops, activities and performances, is part of a two-year artist-in-residency project with artist Debra Scacco that explores themes of ecological sustainability and justice, the daily work of municipal maintenance and its connections to the community, and the labor of public works essential workers.

The free event will feature activities for the whole family, including:

-Learn about compost workshop

-Tap and purified blind water tasting

-Santa Monica Youth Orchestra and SOL-LA Music Academy performing water-themed music

-Coloring stations

-Seed and compost giveaways

-Closeup photo ops with city utility vehicles

-Recycling themed lawn games

-Vocal artist Sharon Chohi Kim

-Reading by Santa Monica Poet Laureate Anne Carmack

-Participatory truck activation by artist Tanya Aguiñiga

The city will continue celebrating National Public Works Week through May 25, highlighting the role of public works in our daily lives and honoring the essential workers that make it all possible.

Additional Public Works Week activities include:

-A celebratory proclamation delivered by the City Council at its May 14 meeting.

-Public displays in the City Hall lobby and the City Yards Operations Center lobby

“The dedicated employees of our Public Works Department keep essential city services running day in and day out,” said Mayor Phil Brock. “I’m thrilled to celebrate and acknowledge our workforce and all essential workers this May and every day of the year.”

By Trevor

Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Concept Plan Invitation

May 8, 2024 ·

Aerial overview of the city of West Hollywood. Photo by Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, May 7, the city of West Hollywood indicated in a press release that community members are welcome to attend an upcoming Informational Open House to learn more about the Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Concept Plan. The focus of the in-person open house is to provide community members with detailed information regarding the Street Design Concept Plan and share an overview of the project’s steps taken to-date and next steps, moving forward.

The Informational Open House will take place on Tuesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at the Plummer Park Community Center in Rooms 1 and 2, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. Drop-in; no advance RSVP is needed. Light refreshments will be served.

West Hollywood’s mobility projects are guided by the adopted Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, which advocates for comfortable, safe, healthy, and convenient places to walk and bicycle in the context of a balanced, multimodal transportation network serving pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and abilities.

The Street Design Concept Plan was identified as a priority project in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, and it launched in 2019. The project’s primary objective is to enhance the neighborhood and protect the safety of both pedestrians and cyclists through strategic street improvements across the corridor. This comprehensive streetscape initiative aims to create safer, more accessible routes for walking and biking while effectively reducing cut-through traffic.

By transforming Kings Road and Vista/Gardner Streets into key connecting corridors, the Street Design Concept Plan facilitates a seamless link between residential and commercial areas and east-west routes like Santa Monica Boulevard and Fountain Avenue. This connectivity not only supports a healthier, more active community, but promotes environmental sustainability and enriches local quality of life.

The Street Design Concept Plan is the first project stage in the development of the Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings Street Design Capital Improvement Project.

As a result of recent approval of the Street Design Concept Plan by the West Hollywood City Council, the Plan now moves forward to the Design & Engineering Phase, where concepts will be developed in much more detail. This includes the development and incorporation of detailed engineering plans, specifications, and cost estimates that will serve as the blueprint for project construction. The next stage of the project will determine the feasibility of the conceptual project elements from the Street Design Concept Plan and allow for additional insight into any refinements that may need to be incorporated into the project’s final design.

The Community Engagement and Plan Development Process to date has included:

-The Willoughby, Vista/Gardner, and Kings project was identified in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan adopted in 2017, and outreach on the Concept Plan for these streets began with a visioning workshop in Summer 2019.

-The project was delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but in August 2022 the City hosted two community virtual workshops. Feedback and survey responses guided recommendations.

-In 2022, demonstration projects were installed along Willoughby as an alternative way to share ideas and provide community input.

-In addition to the community workshops, staff also met with residents to share information about the project. City staff attended multiple update meetings with the City of Los Angeles, including Council District 5 and the Mid-City West Neighborhood Council.

-As part of the demonstration project and community workshops in 2022, Here LA and the City’s WeHoTV collaborated to put together an engagement video to help community members envision potential street changes and improvements.

-In April 2023, based on feedback from the community, City staff finalized the report and recommendations to include protected bike lanes along Vista/Gardner, except for the two blocks between Fountain and Lexington, which were excluded due to the potential loss of parking along this segment.

-Staff presented these recommendations to the Transportation & Mobility Commission in June 2023, and the Commission expressed its support.

-In November 2023, the West Hollywood City Council directed staff to develop a policy to include protected bike lanes on all roadway projects. Following this directive, staff developed a protected bike lane option for Gardner between Fountain and Lexington.

-In March 2024, staff presented the Street Design Concept Plan to the West Hollywood City Council with two options for Gardner between Fountain and Lexington, including one with the addition of protected bike lanes.

The city will provide additional community outreach opportunities, moving forward, to refine concepts as part of the upcoming Design & Engineering Phase. West Hollywood will be looking for ways to address issues of concern, including decreasing impacts to on-street parking.

For additional details about the Street Design Concept Plan visit the Engage WeHo information and feedback page, which is located at https://engage.weho.org/willoughby.

For more information contact Bob Cheung, West Hollywood Senior Transportation Planner, at (323) 848-6346 or at bcheung@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

May Is Motorcycle Safety Month

May 8, 2024 ·

May is Motorcycle Safety Month. Photo by Tim Meyer via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, May 7, the city of Santa Monica disclosed that the month of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.

The Santa Monica Police Department is reminding drivers to always look twice for motorcycles. By practicing safe driving habits and taking shared responsibility on our roads, we can help everyone arrive at their destination safely.

“Motorcycles may be difficult to spot, so be extra careful before changing lanes,” Lieutenant Cody Green said. “A simple double take could mean the difference between a safe journey and a tragic crash. Motorcycle riders do not have the same protections drivers and passengers do. Let’s all do our part to keep each other safe out there.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, around 6,218 motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2022. Motorcyclists were about 22 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle crash and four times more likely to be injured.

During the month, the SMPD will conduct Motorcycle Safety details about education or enforcement programs.

To help protect family and motorcyclists, it is important to adhere to the following tips while driving or riding:

Drivers

  • Always check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes.
  • Do not follow a motorcycle too closely. Always keep a safe distance.
  • If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful. Be sure that the rider is turning before moving ahead.

Motorcyclists

  • Always wear a U.S. DOT-compliant helmet with eye protection.
  • Wear leather or other sturdy clothing such as a jacket, pants, boots with nonskid soles and gloves. Add reflective strips or decals to your clothing and motorcycle to make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Ride defensively. Don’t assume a driver can see you. Avoid riding in a driver’s blind spot.
  • Always keep your lights on, even during the day.

Both drivers and riders should never drive/ride distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Celebrate Fire Service Day At Fire Station 1 On May 11

May 8, 2024 ·

The public can participate in celebrating Fire Service Day at Fire Station #1 on May 11. Photo by Michael Jeffrey via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Monday, May 6, the city of Santa Monica announced that the Santa Monica Fire Department will host a community celebration May 11 for Fire Service Day at Fire Station 1.

Open house activities for families and children include:

-Exploring fire engines and the ladder truck

-Fire station tours with firefighters

-Hands-only CPR and important emergency preparedness information with American Red Cross

-Stop the Bleed education in partnership with University of California, Los Angeles

The event will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1337 7th Street.

During the year, the SMFD offers outreach programs, including fire station tours, fire engine visits, and education on fire and life safety topics. The event offers an additional and unique opportunity to meet local firefighters and learn about what they do through a hands-on experience.

Fire Station 1 serves the downtown core and is Santa Monica’s most active station with 7,430 calls for service received in 2023. Fire Station 1 houses the department’s largest equipment, including its ladder truck, which will be on display for Fire Service Day.

By Trevor

BHPD Military Equipment Funding, Use And Acquisition Regarding AB-481

May 7, 2024 ·

Photo by Laurenz Heymann via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department indicated in a news release on Friday, May 2, updates regarding AB-481. The Beverly Hills City Council will address AB-481 during its next session on Tuesday, May 7.

As of January 1, 2022, AB-481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain City Council approval regarding the funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment. AB-481 designated certain equipment as “military equipment,” regardless of whether it was procured from the military. Approved military equipment currently utilized by the Beverly Hills Police Department includes:

-Unnamed ariel vehicles (Drones)

-Long Range Acoustic Devices (LARD)

-Robotics

-Armored Vehicles

-Command and control vehicles

-Breaching apparatus that are explosive in nature

-Ammunition of .50 caliber or greater

-Specialized firearms

-Specialized firearms with the ability to launch explosive projectiles

-Flash-bang devices

-Projectile launch platforms and their associated munitions

Individuals can review the inventory of the military equipment that the BHPD is requesting to purchase and an annual report on military equipment use.

During that Council Session the general public will get the opportunity to share their comments and any concerns they have.

For comments, questions and complaints can be submitted to: https://www.beverlyhills.org/569/Military-Equipment-Use-Policy-Assembly-B.

By Trevor

Malibu Community Lands Outreach Project Meeting May 21

May 6, 2024 ·

The Malibu coastline. Photo courtesy of Alia Ollikainen/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—On Friday, May 2, the city of Malibu disclosed that it will hold its first meeting about the Malibu Community Lands on May 21. The meeting is part of a project launching and extensive outreach and engagement program to gather community feedback regarding the future use of five community lands. In the next several months, the city of Malibu will seek input from the community, including residents, businesses and community groups.

The meeting on Tuesday, May 21 will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Malibu City Hall, located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

According to the city of Malibu website, the meeting will provide background on the Community Lands project and serve as an opportunity for individuals to give insights and engage in meaningful discourse regarding the future use of the following five vacant parcels of land:

-Chili Cook-Off
-Triangle
-Heathercliff
-Trancas
-La Paz

Those unable to attend the event can provide feedback by submitting a public comment or emailing MalibuCommunityLands@MalibuCity.org.

By Trevor

WeHo Celebrating National Bike Month

May 6, 2024 ·

West Hollywood is celebrating National Bike Month this May. Photo courtesy of Robert Bye via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On May 1, the city of West Hollywood disclosed they would be celebrating National Bike Month in May. According to the city’s website, National Bike Month was established in 1956 and promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, National Bike Month showcases the many benefits of bicycling and encourages more people to give biking a try.

To celebrate Bike to Work Week, West Hollywood, in collaboration with the West Hollywood Bicycle Coalition, will host a pop-up “pit stop” aimed at bicycle commuters on Thursday, May 16, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It will take place adjacent to 8743 Santa Monica Boulevard, just east of Hancock Avenue. Cyclists will be allowed to enjoy light refreshments and giveaways, such as free LED safety lights and a limited number of bike helmets.

Information about West Hollywood’s various upcoming bike and pedestrian safety projects will be provided. Community members are asked to follow the City’s mobility and streetscape project pages on the Engage WeHo portal to receive information and updates.

For more details contact Bob Cheung, West Hollywood Senior Transportation Planner, at (323) 848-6346 or at bcheung@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Thrive Market Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit

May 6, 2024 ·

Thrive Market has reached a settlement related to a consumer protection lawsuit. Photo by Bernard Hermant via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, May 3, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced a settlement was reached with Thrive Market Technologies, Inc., an e-commerce membership-based retailer offering natural and organic food products. The company is expected to pay $1.55 million to settle a civil lawsuit alleging it violated the California Automatic Renewal Law and False Advertisement Law.

State law prohibits companies from automatically renewing consumers’ subscriptions without clearly and conspicuously disclosing the subscription terms or without their affirmative consent. State law also prohibits companies from displaying a price that suggests a discount or a deal without support.

Under a judgment negotiated with the company entered on April 30 in Santa Barbara County Superior Court and signed by Judge Colleen K. Sterne, the company was additionally ordered to comply with the following terms:

-Clearly and conspicuously disclose its automatic renewal terms;

-Obtain consumers’ affirmative consent to the terms through a checkbox before charging for an automatic renewal subscription;

-Email consumers a confirmation of the transaction that includes the automatic renewal terms after they pay;

-Allow consumers to cancel their subscription online at will; and

-Avoid making misleading statements regarding its subscription and products.

The company did not admit any wrongdoing. They were cooperative in the investigation and has taken steps to correct the violations.

The case was investigated by the California Automatic Renewal Task Force (CART). The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office formed CART to address rising consumer complaints against online automatic renewal subscriptions. In addition to LADA, CART includes the district attorneys’ offices of Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Diego, and the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office.

By Trevor

LAFD Responds To Down Wires In Hollywood

May 6, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Kenrick Mills via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Sunday, May 5, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call of down wires in the Hollywood region. At 2:05 p.m., the LAFD responded to 1086 N. St. Andrews Place where scaffolding (approximately 4 – 5 stories tall) was swept outward from the building by wind and was resting on wires on the north side of Santa Monica Boulevard.

The LAFD Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists are on scene assessing the situation. Firefighters were keeping pedestrians and motorists out of the area due to the unstable scaffolding, which was not occupied. Motorists were advised to avoid the region as officials dealt with the downed wires. Santa Monica Boulevard would be closed between Wilton and Western Avenues. There were no reports of any injuries.

By Trevor

BHPD Promotes Bicycle Safety Month

May 2, 2024 ·

The BHPD is alerting the public of the importance of being safe while bicycling. Photo by Frankie Lopez via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Wednesday, May 1, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced the start of Bicycle Safety Month. May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and the BHPD is encouraging everyone to get active and safely take bike rides while reminding drivers to be on the lookout for more people biking and walking.

“Everyone deserves to reach their destination safely,” Police Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said. “Unfortunately, there has been an increase in bicycle fatalities and injuries over the last few years. Bicyclists do not have the same protections as people in a vehicle, so if you see a bicyclist — slow down.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1,105 people killed while riding a bike in 2022, and an estimated 46,195 bicyclists were injured. In 2021, 976 bicyclists were killed (a 1.9 percent increase from 2020), and an estimated 41,615 bicyclists were injured (a 7 percent increase from 2020).

In an effort to keep those biking and walking safe, the Police Department will conduct a traffic safety operation on Tuesday, May 21, focused on driver behaviors that put bicyclists and pedestrians at risk, such as speeding, making illegal turns, failure to yield the right of way, and running stop signs or red lights.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day May 11

May 2, 2024 ·

The city of Beverly Hills is preparing for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 11. Photo courtesy of David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, May 11, the city of Beverly Hills will host Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The event will transpire from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Fire Department Station #2 located at 1100 Coldwater Canyon. The event is free for the public to attend.

Participants can receive education material and handouts regarding vegetation maintenance, home hardening, fuel modification, and emergency planning.

The city of Beverly Hills indicates on its website that catastrophic brush fires are happening at an increasing rate in the state and across the country. The many hillside communities within Los Angeles are under threat of devastating wildfire. As this risk increases, it is important to plan, prepare, and stay aware.

The “Ready, Set, Go!” program is designed to walk individuals through the steps to take to ensure they are prepared in the case of an approaching wildfire.

Being “Ready” for wildfire starts with maintaining adequate vegetation clearance/maintenance around your home. By following the Beverly Hills Brush Maintenance Program, residents can create an area around their home that is free of dead, dry, and hazardous vegetation. Without this vegetation maintenance, the fire will quickly spread throughout the property and to your home and there is little that can be done to defend it.

In addition to the Brush Clearance Program, individuals can harden the home by using fire-resistant building materials. Flying embers from a wildfire can destroy homes up to a mile away. Individuals should prepare for the possibility of evacuation before the need arrives as a result of a wildfire.

Stay informed by following local media and your Beverly Hills Nixle Alerts via text to BEVHILLS to 888777 to receive text message alerts.

By Trevor

Pro-Palestine Protesters and Counter-Protesters Clash at UCLA

May 1, 2024 ·

UCLA photo by Joy Armani

WESTWOOD—On Tuesday, April 30, at approximately 10:45 p.m., the tension at the University of California (UCLA) campus escalated. Pro-Palestine protesters and counter protesters broke out into a brawl. A Pro-Israel group also stood in sodality. Fighting, fireworks, and pepper spray were used in what administrators had earlier suggested would be a peaceful protest. Police reportedly were briefly on the scene Tuesday night and then left the student-led demonstrations to their own devices.

On the afternoon of April 30, UCLA President Caroline Folt spoke to those who had established a Palestine Solidarity Encampment on the UCLA campus. Before the demonstrations escalated to violence, Folt demanded that protesters disband immediately, forewarning students who continued their demonstrations could face expulsion.

According to UCLA spokesperson and Chancellor for Strategic Communications, Mary Osako, indicated that the protesters remained peaceful until Sunday.

On Tuesday, April 30, Osako made the following statement:

“Horrific acts of violence occurred at the encampment tonight and we immediately called law enforcement for mutual aid and support. We are sickened by this senseless violence, and it must end.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom remains under scrutiny for ignoring the ongoing violence. Newsom first told KNBC that he and other state officials were “working with,” UCLA trustees.” Newsom cited the students right to protest saying, “We want to maintain the right to protest without hate.”

Reminder, UCLA’s main commencement ceremony has been canceled. Canyon News reported on April 26, that the UCLA 2024 main commencement ceremony has been canceled due to the extreme safety measures in place following the Gaza War Pro-Palestine protests happening on campuses nationwide. USC will not be able to manage the crowd as graduation ceremonies at UCLA have the potential to draw crowds of 65,000 or better.

By Sharon

City Of BH Hosting Building Safety Event

May 1, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills will be hosting its Building Safety Event as part of Building Safety Month. The event will take place on May 22.

The Building Safety Event, ‘Mission Impossible 2024’ will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public will be able to discover services available, participate in Q&A sessions, enjoy refreshments, and win prizes.

The public will get the opportunity to connect with Plan Review Engineers, Building Inspectors, other Building and Safety experts and Beverly Hills’ Building Official.

May is Building Safety Month, and the opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping the City of Beverly Hills safe. Building Safety Month is an international campaign celebrated in May to raise awareness about building safety. For more than 43 years, Building Safety Month reinforced the need for the adoption of modern, regularly-updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

It will be held at the Beverly Hills City Hall – Municipal Gallery located at 455 N. Rexford Drive on the Second Floor.

By Trevor

Traffic Signal Synchronization Project Update On PCH

May 1, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of travelview/Shutterstock.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu disclosed on its website that crews are currently working between Big Rock and just north of Las Flores with one north lane closed, needed as three separate crews are working on site (utility investigation/boring operations/fiber installation), as part of the Traffic Signal Synchronization Project on Pacific Coast Highway.

Crews were unable to implement the alternate traffic control (shifting the lanes to the center to keep two lanes open) due to safety reasons, existing infrastructure, and specific locations of ongoing work.

The goal of the project is to synchronize all the traffic signals along an approximately eight-mile section of PCH, between John Tyler Drive and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Improvements will include new closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras at each intersection, replace existing signal poles with new signal poles, street improvements and ADA upgrades, ATCS sensors, and changeable message signs. Mid-block sensors will enable Caltrans to monitor traffic flow and speed, then remotely adjust signal timing in the moment.

As of January 25, in response to community concerns, the City of Malibu Public Works Department has adjusted traffic management plan on the PCH Traffic Signal Synchronization project. The new plan aims to enhance traffic flow while balancing project timelines. The revised measures will allow two lanes of traffic in each direction by shifting one travel lane into the center median, when and where possible. The adjustment is designed to address congestion issues, while maintaining production and safety levels for the construction workers and motorists.

Motorists can expect delays during the week between 6 a.m. through 3 p.m. with alternating lane closures in both directions, mostly on the right-hand lanes. The project is on track for completion as planned by the end of 2024. Summer work hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) will be Monday through Friday 7 a.m. through 4 p.m., with some nighttime work.

The project will make PCH a safer “Smart Corridor” by installing communication lines between the existing traffic signals on PCH from Topanga Canyon Boulevard to John Tyler Drive to synchronize the signals to existing traffic conditions. It will allow signals to be controlled remotely by the Caltrans Traffic Management Center to lower traffic speeds and reduce congestion.

The new equipment will capture real-time traffic data and send it to the traffic signal controllers, which will use state-of-the art software to adjust the traffic signal timing to actual traffic volume. Vehicles going the speed over the speed limit will encounter red lights, while those going the speed limit will encounter green lights. The project will also include new closed circuit TV cameras at each intersection, replace existing signal poles, street improvements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades, Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) sensors, and changeable message signs.

According to CalTrans, PCH at Malibu Canyon Road handles roughly 4,600 cars per hour, or approximately 40,500 vehicles per day during peak hours in the summer months. About 1,215,000 vehicles pass through Malibu on PCH every month during the summer.

The $34.6 million project is fully funded through Measure R funds administered by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is expected to take about one year to complete.

Residents can expect noise, lights, vibrations, and dust related to the work. Watch for workers and work vehicles in and around the roadway and altered traffic patterns. Under California law, traffic citations are doubled in construction zones.

For more information, visit the project webpage. The project is funded by Measure R Highway Operational improvements.

By Trevor

Violent Protests Erupt On UCLA Campus

May 1, 2024 ·

Violent protests erupted on the UCLA campus on Tuesday, April 30. Photo by Michael Gordon/Shutterstock.

WESTWOOD—Demonstrations in Royce Quad on the UCLA campus in Westwood turned violent on Tuesday, April 30. Protestors in support of Palestine clashed with counter-protestors during the nighttime hours on Tuesday that resulted in the Los Angeles Police Department being called to the campus.

Counter-protestors arrived on campus with loud-speakers shortly after 10 p.m. Individuals were seen being beaten and plywood boards were used to attack each other.

Independent Journalist Anthony Cabassa who was on the UCLA campus, posted the following statement on X:

“UCLA UPDATE 🚨: Still ZERO law enforcement present, dozens of people needing medical assistance, and this man appears to be bleeding profusely from his right arm. Security ordered to stand down, no LAPD presence. A Jewish woman said multiple men assaulted her, no security help.”

Individuals were maced during the incident, and a barricade separating those in support of Palestine and those supporting Israel was destroyed. Video on social media showed fireworks being setoff against the groups on Tuesday night, early Wednesday morning.

UCLA cancelled classes Wednesday as a result of the violence that transpired Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Protestors were threatened by officers from the LAPD who arrived in Swat Gear to disperse or face arrest.

Chancellor Gene D. Block from the UCLA released the following statement on April 30:

“This past Thursday [April 25], a group of demonstrators — both members of the UCLA community and others unaffiliated with our campus — established an unauthorized physical encampment on part of Royce Quad, joining those who have set up similar presences at universities around the country.

Many of the demonstrators, as well as counter-demonstrators who have come to the area, have been peaceful in their activism. But the tactics of others have frankly been shocking and shameful. We have seen instances of violence completely at odds with our values as an institution dedicated to respect and mutual understanding. In other cases, students on their way to class have been physically blocked from accessing parts of the campus.

UCLA supports peaceful protest, but not activism that harms our ability to carry out our academic mission and makes people in our community feel bullied, threatened and afraid. These incidents have put many on our campus, especially our Jewish students, in a state of anxiety and fear.

In response, we’ve taken several immediate actions. We have significantly increased our security presence in the area, including adding greater numbers of law enforcement officers, safety personnel and student affairs mitigators. We have also engaged law enforcement to investigate the recent acts of violence.

The barriers that demonstrators used to block access to buildings have been removed, and we have staff located around Royce Quad to help ensure that they will not go up again. With regard to these incidents, our student conduct process has been initiated, and could lead to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

We continue to encourage anyone who experiences discrimination to report it to our Civil Rights Office. If you feel you are in danger, contact UCPD.

I recognize that the suffering in the Middle East has had a profound impact on our campus, and we continue to hope for a peaceful resolution. While Bruins hold a variety of perspectives on this conflict, we must all protect the wellbeing of our peers and maintain an environment safe for learning. This is a commitment I call on our community to uphold as we navigate the weeks ahead.”

Mara Vaill posted on Facebook, “UCLA, this is reprehensible behavior. Every one of the student protesters should be expelled. No return on tuition. No coming back. They are breaking campus rules. I will never donate to UCLA ever again. It’s sad too because UniCamp was such a happy childhood memory for me.”

Students protesting outside of Columbia University in New York.
Photo by Lev Radin via Shutterstock.

In New York, at Columbia University, authorities arrested over 100 people who broke into Hamilton Hall and refused to come out after creating a tent encampment in protest of the war in Gaza. Officers with the New York Police Department arrived on campus after 9 p.m. on April 30 and announced Hamilton Hall was clear almost two hours later.

Graduation is scheduled for Columbia University on May 15, and authorities have been asked to stay around campus until May 17. Students were asked to shelter-in place as a result of the protests on campus in recent weeks. Tons of furniture inside of Hamilton Hall was damaged during the melee.

Protests have also taken place on college campus Yale University, New York University, Harvard University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Southern California, the University of Arizona-Tucson and the University of Utah to name a few.

Many college graduation ceremonies across the U.S. have been cancelled at several universities as a result of the protests and violence on campuses.

By Trevor

Affordable Housing Comes To Santa Monica

April 30, 2024 ·

Santa Monica Photo by Hill Country Camera

SANTA MONICA—On April 29, the Executive Director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCOSM) Tara Barauskas, announced that on Friday, April 26, they broke ground on Santa Monica’s newest affordable housing development, Berkeley Station.

The 13-unit facility is expected to house Santa Monica residents who are of modest means, veterans, and at-risk young adults aging out of foster care.

According to Barauskas, “Berkeley Station is an exciting, innovative project and represents two firsts for us, our first development specifically for vulnerable youth as well as our first modular development (made in a factory). This is a great example of the type of housing that needs to be built to help alleviate Santa Monica’s affordable housing crisis.”

The City of Santa Monica and the CCOSM are partnering on this project. Community leaders present at Friday’s groundbreaking include Santa Monica Councilmembers, Democratic Caucus Chair, and Santa Monica Assemblymember, Rick Chavez Zbur (D-Hollywood-51st District).

Chavez Zbur made the following statement, the full text of which may be seen on his website:

“One of the most cost-effective and compassionate ways of reducing the number of Californians experiencing homelessness is to empower people to stay in their homes.

Chavez Zbur jointly co-authored The California Security Act, AB 2498 with Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-La Palma).

“AB 2498 would create a statewide housing subsidy program to allow some of our most vulnerable people to remain ‘housed,’ while experiencing challenging and often life-altering circumstances. I’d like to thank Assemblymember Quirk-Silva for her leadership in prioritizing homelessness prevention and for her commitment to addressing the housing and homelessness crisis with real solutions,” Chavez Zbur continued.

The following came directly from the press release, the full text of which is posted on the City of Santa Monica webpage:

“Santa Monica continues to be a leader in finding innovative, sustainable, and compassionate ways to address the homelessness and housing crisis,” said Phil Brock, mayor of Santa Monica. “It is so important that our transition-age youth and low-income families have a safe and stable place to live, and Berkeley Station will provide these households with that secure foundation so they can thrive.”

“Berkeley Station is a model of the type of affordable housing we need to be building across California,” said Sen. Ben Allen, (D-Santa Monica). “I want to recognize and thank Community Corporation for its commitment to the most vulnerable here in our community.”

“We are extremely excited to work with Community Corporation of Santa Monica on their first prefabricated development,” said Steve Glenn, founder and CEO of Plant Prefab. “Berkeley Station will be built at our new factory in Tejon Ranch utilizing techniques that offer a more sustainable and time and cost-efficient way to create affordable, temporary, and transitional housing.”

Berkeley Station was reportedly designed to meet LEED Gold Standards with the amenities including a community garden, laundry facilities, a rooftop deck, a community room, Energy Star appliances, and solar panels.

By Sharon


SMPD Bike/Pedestrian Safety Operation May 3

April 30, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Tungsten Rising via Unsplash.

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists on Friday, May 3.

The SMPD identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led to those collisions. Traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas where bike and pedestrian traffic and collisions occur in an effort to decrease deaths and injuries. Officers will be looking for violations committed by drivers, bike riders and pedestrians alike that can lead to life-changing injuries. These violations include speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield or provide right of way to bicyclists or pedestrians, or failing to stop for signs and signals.

These extra enforcement efforts will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“We all have places to be and not everyone gets there by car. Bicyclists and pedestrians have the same rights to the road but face even more risk without the protections vehicles have. We should all be looking out for one another,” the SMPD said in a statement.

Funding for the program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Multiple People Injured During Traffic Collision

April 30, 2024 ·

Multiple people were injured during a traffic collision in Hollywood on April 29. Photo courtesy of Jules PT via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On Monday, April 29, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported multiple people were injured during a traffic collision. The incident was reported at 3:50 p.m. at 6078 W Santa Monica Blvd.

Firefighters arrived on scene to three-vehicle collisions that resulted in seven patients being injured. One of those victims was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. The other six sustained only minor injuries.

Additional details about the cause of the collision and the condition of the victims have not been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Free Bike Repairs At Public Works Day

April 30, 2024 ·

Bike repairs and used bikes will be given out during the Public Works Day event on May 19. Photo by Carl Nenzen Loven via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills will celebrate Public Works Day on Sunday, May 19. The goal of Public Works is to educate the public on the 200 plus employees committed to maintaining and strengthening Beverly Hills’ infrastructure including: traffic and street lights, sidewalks, streets, the stormwater system, City facilities, parks and trees.

In addition, the Public Works Department provides fresh water, trash and recycling service, wastewater removal, and parking at city facilities and meters.

During the event on May 19, free bike repairs will take place and there will also be a collection held for used bicycles.

The Public Works Department will be collecting old bikes or parts that will help less fortunate members of the community to have access to transportation. Non-profit Walk ‘n Rollers will be on-site collecting bicycles to be fixed up and distributed to children and adults without the resources to purchase bikes on their own. Walk ‘n Rollers will also offer free safety inspections and minor bicycle repairs for residents that ride to the event.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held at the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market (Third St/Civic Center Dr).

For more details on programs and services browse the webpages, follow on social media, sign up for the newsletter “The Backbone,” or contact Public Works Customer Service. For more details about the Department of Public Works, visit www.beverlyhills.org/pw.

By Trevor

Grand Theft Suspects Arrested By SMPD

April 30, 2024 ·

Agustin Vega. Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email that two suspects involved in a grand theft had been arrested as of Monday, April 29. The suspects were charged on suspicion of committing two counts each of burglary from a vehicle and grand theft.

On April 24, at 12:24 pm, a dark colored Nissan Altima with three occupants pulled into the Chevron at 1344 Santa Monica Boulevard and stopped next to an open car door of a vehicle getting gas. One of the suspects took the victim’s purse from the front seat.

At about 12:30 p.m., the same Altima pulled into the Sinclair gas station at 1944 Pico Boulevard and stopped in front of the second victim’s vehicle at the pumps. The rear passenger in the Altima opened the victim’s car door, took the victim’s purse, and fled with the other suspects.

Around 30 minutes later, the same suspects shattered the window of a vehicle parked at the Shell station at 1866 Lincoln Boulevard and stole a laptop, iPad, and other property.
The suspects were tracked and arrested with the assistance of the Hawthorne Police Department. Officers recovered several hundred dollars and most of the victims’ property.

Raul Santino Lopez.
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

On April 26, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed felony burglary and grand theft charges (487a PC and 459 PC):

-Raul Santino Lopez, 20, of Richmond
-Agustin Jesus Vega, 21, of Richmond

Lopez and Vega do not have a significant arrest history in the state of California. Anyone with details related to the incident or the suspects is asked to contact Detective Tavera at Hector. Tavera@santamonica.gov or the Watch Commander 24 hours at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Feedback Wanted On Sunset Arts And Ad Program

April 29, 2024 ·

The city of West Hollywood is asking for the public's feedback regarding its Sunset Arts & Advertising Program. Photo courtesy of Roberto Nickson via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Friday, April 26, the city of West Hollywood disclosed that they want community members to provide feedback on proposed policy changes to the Sunset Arts & Advertising Program.

“The Sunset Strip has been a premier outdoor advertising venue since the 1960s and ’70s, when recording artists debuted albums on custom-painted billboards. Today, technology propels advertising into new realms, transitioning from painted murals and vinyl to dynamic and creative billboard displays,” the city of WeHo stated in a press release.

The Sunset Arts & Advertising Program was adopted in 2019 to allow a limited number of new billboards on Sunset Boulevard. The program includes a design excellence competition where only a select number of applicants are awarded the opportunity to proceed with applications for new billboards. The proposed amendments will provide additional clarity for defined terms, clarify intent and vision principles, and strengthen the standards, including those around brightness and orientation of the new billboards.

Proposed amendments focus on making guidelines, vision, and standards clearer for the public and applicants; clarifying the language of standards and guidelines to make them easier to understand and follow; bolstering the lighting standards with specific and measurable standards; and incorporating best practices into the policy.

West Hollywood wants residents, businesses, and visitors to share their feedback and suggestions on Engage WeHo. PDF documents of proposed amendments to the program, a map of billboard locations, the original Sunset Boulevard off-site signage policy, and the Sunset Boulevard lighting study are available by logging in or creating an account at https://engage.weho.org/SAAP.

The feedback portal is open and will remain open through Sunday, May 19 at 11:59 p.m. (Those looking to provide feedback must be logged in). West Hollywood’s Community Development Department will gather feedback submitted during the review period and present proposed program updates at a future date.

Goals for the Sunset Arts & Advertising Program are:

Revitalization: The principal benefit of the program is to help revitalize the Sunset Strip. Through this program, new development and façade remodels were encouraged and this has led to several projects completely redeveloping underutilized, and sometimes deteriorating sites;

Historic Preservation: The program encourages the designation, restoration, and preservation of historic buildings. Once designated, the income from a billboard helps the property owner maintain the historic building;

Streetscape and Public Realm: An important aspect of the program is the improved streetscape that is part of many of the projects. The goal is to create meaningful public realm enhancements that actively engage and enrich the pedestrian experience along Sunset Boulevard, providing interesting places to sit, to view, and to engage with streetscape elements, some of which will be interactive. Program projects also contribute to capital improvement projects, such as the Sunset & La Cienega Boulevard Intersection Improvement Plan, which will improve this intersection for both the pedestrian and the motorist;

Economic Vitality: This program helps individual property owners and business owners with additional revenue to improve and maintain their buildings and businesses, thereby encouraging economic stability and growth. Iconic businesses such as the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Roxy Theatre, the Whisky a Go-Go nightclub, and the Comedy Store will be ensured a stable and steady income, helping to maintain these important businesses on the Strip; and

City Content & Arts Programming: Each billboard must provide a contribution of time (17.5% per hour, 10.5 minutes per hour) to city content (public City announcements and/or public art). At the top of every hour, full motion animated billboards will display ten and a half minutes of City content and/or arts programming curated by the City of West Hollywood in consultation with the City’s Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. This is an important aspect of the program, helping the City achieve the goal of bringing art to everyone using Sunset Boulevard and adding to the vibrancy and aesthetics of the Sunset Strip, ensuring its importance and relevance as a world-famous destination.

For more details on the Sunset Arts & Advertising Program, visit the city of West Hollywood website. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Ordinance Approved For Use Of Low-Carbon Concrete

April 29, 2024 ·

The city of Santa Monica has approved an ordinance for low-carbon concrete. Photo courtesy of Tanner Vote via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—It was announced on April 25 that the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance that will require the use of low-carbon concrete for all new construction, swimming pools and spas.

As noted in a press release from the city’s website, traditional concrete is a mix that uses Portland cement, known as clinker, and other materials. The process of creating traditional concrete uses substantial energy that creates large amounts of embodied carbon emissions. Low-carbon concrete uses alternative materials that help decrease future carbon emissions.

“I’m thrilled to see our city continue to advance towards the goal of carbon neutrality,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Shannon Parry. “We know the concrete industry is ready to supply low-carbon alternatives and we are ready to implement this very important step in our fight against climate change.”

City staff conducted outreach to local concrete suppliers and builders in formulating the ordinance, and all expressed support and willingness to provide low-carbon concrete options. These options are available now and at a lower cost than traditional cement.

The city of Santa Monica currently uses low-carbon concrete mixes in city infrastructure projects, one example being the Moongate structure at Woodlawn Cemetery.

National examples of developments that have utilized low-carbon concrete materials include the One World Trade Center in New York and Wilshire Grand Center in downtown Los Angeles.

The ordinance does include exemptions to allow for flexibility, such as for projects that require less than three yards of onsite mixing for immediate needs, during emergencies, in cases of supply chain challenges or if the cost of traditional concrete mix is higher than low-carbon options.

Compliance checks for the new ordinance will be part of the Plan Check process. The ordinance will return for a second reading on May 14 and go into effect 30 days later. For more details, review the staff report, or view the Santa Monica City Council discussion.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Griffith Park Near Hogback Trail

April 29, 2024 ·

An injured hiker was rescued near Griffith Park. Photo courtesy of Lisha Riabinina via Unsplash.

GRIFFITH PARK—On Sunday, April 28, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced they rescued a hiker in Griffith Park. Officials were alerted of the hiker needing help at 10:26 a.m. near Hogback Trail.

The LAFD Ground and Air Response with L.A. Park Rangers responded to an adult female hiker with an injured ankle on a remote section of Hogback Trail west of Vista del Valle Drive in Griffith Park.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter lowered a Flight Paramedic to medically assess and stabilize the patient, who was hoisted along with the LAFD Flight Paramedic into the hovering helicopter for continuing in-flight care. The victim was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation via direct air transport. No additional details about the incident have been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Fire Extinguisher Training On May 15

April 29, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu will be hosting fire extinguisher training on May 15. Photo by Piotr Chrobot via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced on its website on April 25 that it will be offering two free fire extinguisher training sessions for community members as part of the city’s efforts toward community-wide emergency preparedness, Wednesday, May 15, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.

The one-hour training sessions will be taught by the City’s Fire Safety Liaisons. A classroom session will cover fire extinguisher mechanics, decision making on when to use a fire extinguisher, and safety considerations. The second part of the training will include a live- fire hands on exercise, with safety supervision.

To register for either training session, email Emergency Services Coordinator Sarah Flores at saflores@malibucity.org.

By Trevor

Malibu Developing 79 Additional Housing Units

April 29, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu is moving forward with an additional 79 housing units including for low-income individuals. Photo courtesy of Allison Huang via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On April 25, the city of Malibu announced that it will be allowing the development of 79 housing units, 47 which are required to be affordable to low-and very low-income homes. The housing plan is expected to be adopted by September 23, 2024. It is a settlement with California Attorney General Rob Bonta, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Director Gustavo Velasquez allowing the city to reach compliance with the state’s Housing Element Law.

The agreement, which is in the form of a proposed stipulated judgment and must be approved by the court, is related to California’s sixth “housing element update cycle” for the 2021-2029 time period.

Under the state’s Housing Element Law, each city and county in California must periodically update its housing plan to meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), or share of the regional and statewide housing needs. Located in Los Angeles County, Malibu was required to update its housing plan by October 15, 2021 to accommodate its 79-unit RHNA target. The city submitted a Housing Element Update in 2022, but was not found to substantially comply. After receiving a notice of violation from the state, the city and state conferred in good faith to chart a course for the city to attain compliance.

“Malibu is a community that holds both tremendous need for affordable housing, and tremendous opportunity. This agreement provides an enforceable contract to ensure those housing needs are met,” said HCD Director Gustavo Velasquez. “We are very appreciative to the City of Malibu for working with us to create this path to compliance with state housing law, and my team will provide every resource to help them be successful in that effort.”

“We understand the importance of adhering to the State’s housing element law and are dedicated to fulfilling our obligations,” said Steve Uhring, Mayor of Malibu. “Despite the challenges we’ve encountered, such as the devastation of the Woolsey Fire and the issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and staff turnover, our partnership with HCD has been pivotal in guiding us toward a resolution. This settlement reflects the shared goal of the City and State of California to address housing needs effectively in our community.”

A compliant housing element must include an assessment of housing needs, an inventory of resources and constraints relevant to meeting those needs, and a program to implement the policies, goals, and objectives of the housing element. Once the housing element is adopted, it is implemented through zoning ordinances and other actions that put its objectives into effect and facilitate the construction of new homes for Californians at all income levels.

The housing element is a crucial tool for building housing for moderate, low, and very low-income Californians and redressing historical redlining and disinvestment. State income limits for what constitutes moderate, low, and very low-income Californians vary by county and can be found here. In Los Angeles County, the median income for a one-person household is $68,750. A one-person household that earns less than $70,650 is defined as low-income, and a one-person household that earns less than $44,150 is defined as very-low income.

Under the settlement:

Malibu will take several required actions to adopt a compliant housing element by September 23, 2024. The housing element process is typically lengthy — for example, local governments must meet certain public participation requirements and HCD must review every local government’s housing element to determine whether it complies with state law and provides written findings back to each local government — but Malibu has agreed to an expedited timeline and ensuring the public’s participation.

Malibu acknowledges that, until it has adopted a substantially compliant housing element, it may not deny certain low, very low, and moderate-income housing development projects based on the city’s current, outdated general plan and zoning code. This is known as the Builder’s Remedy.

The city of Malibu could be subject to monetary penalties if it remains noncompliant 12 months after the effective date of the stipulated judgment.

A copy of the petition and proposed judgment, which details the settlement terms and remains subject to court approval, can be viewed here and here.

By Trevor

LASD Homicide Bureau Investigating Fatal Shooting

April 25, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of David Von Diemar via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal shooting that transpired on Wednesday, April 24. The LASD reported they were made aware of a shooting at 2:55 p.m. on the 800 Block of Westlake in Malibu.

Authorities arrived on scene to find an adult male dead. The LASD is not able to provide any additional details at the time.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wanting to remain anonymous can call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

‘Public Safety Meet And Greet’ On May 1 At Plummer Park

April 25, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Hanna Tor/Shutterstock.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city is inviting the community to a Public Safety Meet and Greet event on Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. at Plummer Park’s Community Center, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. No RSVP is needed.

The city of West Hollywood reported on its website that attendees will have an opportunity to meet city staff members from its Community Safety Department, as well as members of the City’s Public Safety Commission and representatives from the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 7 and Station 8, and Block by Block Security Ambassador program. Pizza, salad, vegan options, and other refreshments will be available at the event.

West Hollywood’s Community Safety Department works to ensure public safety and improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors in West Hollywood. The Community Safety Department fosters a community policing approach and works with a variety of organizations, agencies, and partners to provide targeted community programs to reduce crime and increase neighborhood livability; to facilitate emergency management and disaster preparedness; and to coordinate law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services personnel for all major special events utilizing a unified command approach.

Community Safety programs and services are provided though the Public Safety Administration Division and Neighborhood and Business Safety Division in collaboration with the West Hollywood Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the Block by Block Security Ambassadors program. The Community Safety Department serves as the direct liaison to the City’s Public Safety Commission and Business License Commission.

For more details contact Anita Shandi, West Hollywood’s Public Safety Manager, at ashandi@weho.org or at (323) 848-6446. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Man Grilling Meat In Shopping Cart, Arrested

April 24, 2024 ·

The City of Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, April 21, just before 3:00 p.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) arrested a single Black male who was grilling meat in his shopping cart. He appeared to be living in homelessness.


Homeless Photo by Nathan Dumlao


The Citizen app first reported a man walking down the bike lane on Ocean Avenue while grilling. He was using a sword as a meat skewer and had a wood fire going in his shopping cart. His fire was put out, and the individual was taken into custody by SMPD officers.

The individual is reportedly facing misdemeanor charges. First reports indicate he may not get a weapons charge since he was not using his sword to cause bodily harm.

The name of the suspect has not been released. There is no more information currently available.

On January 24, 2024, the City of Santa Monica released the results of their 2023 homeless count.

The homeless count results indicate that as of January 2024, Santa Monica has 926 people living in homelessness which is a 15 percent increase compared to 2022. The homeless count completed in 2023 showed 807 individuals living in homelessness.

By Sharon




Building Safety And Open House In WeHo May 7

April 24, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Nastuh Abootalebi via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Tuesday, April 23, the city of West Hollywood announced that the month of May is Building Safety Month and will host a Building and Safety Division Open House event on Tuesday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the West Hollywood City Hall Courtyard, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard at Sweetzer Avenue.

The community is invited to meet city staff and learn about the work of the Building and Safety Division. There will be light refreshments at the event.

According to a press release from the city’s website, Building Safety Month is an international campaign that is aimed to raise awareness about building safety. It reinforces the need for the adoption of modern, regularly updated building codes, and helps individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

West Hollywood’s Building and Safety Division is responsible for the enforcement of the building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical codes as adopted by the West Hollywood City Council. They are responsible for enforcement of the California State accessibility regulations and energy conservation regulations. The Division reviews and processes building permit applications, performs plan check reviews of construction documents and performs building inspections for construction projects in the region. Services are provided directly to the community using a variety of methods including a public counter, website, phones, mail, e-mail, and extensive field site visits.

Each May, the International Code Council, its members, and “a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design, and safety communities come together with corporations, government agencies, professional associations and nonprofits to promote building safety through proclamations, informational events, legislative briefings, and more,” the city stated on its website.

All communities need building codes to ensure the safety of their citizens from disasters like fires, earthquakes, weather-related events, and structural collapse. Building codes are the best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues. Code officials work consistently to keep the public safe.

For more details about West Hollywood’s building and safety division visit the Building and Safety area on the city’s website or contact Cynthia Zabala, Senior Plan Check Engineer, at czabala@weho.org or at (323) 848-6892. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Summer Recreation Programs Open April 24

April 24, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Gabin Vallet via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, April 23, the city of Santa Monica announced that registration for the city’s summer recreation programs begins Wednesday, April 24, at 6 a.m. for Santa Monica residents, and Wednesday, May 1, at 6 a.m. for non-residents.

Indoor and outdoor recreation classes for all ages are provided at city parks, the Santa Monica Swim Center and the Annenberg Community Beach House seasonally throughout the year.

All classes and camps require an account via ActiveNet, which is the city’s online registration system. Instructions for how to create an ActiveNet account can be found online. Once registration opens, interested individuals can register here.

The Santa Monica Community Recreation Division provides valuable programs and enrichment opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in a multitude of classes, programs, and events throughout its parks, fields, and facilities.

Community Recreation runs programs and facilities that keep Santa Monica active including the Santa Monica Swim Center & Aquatics Program, Memorial Park Gym, the Cove Skatepark, Adult Sports Leagues, and Community Camps & Classes.

Information on Santa Monica’s recreation classes and camps, field permits, sports leagues and more can be viewed at: https://santamonica.gov/topic-explainers/recreation-programs-in-santa-monica.

By Trevor

Storage Shed Fire In Westwood

April 24, 2024 ·

A storage shed caught fire in Westwood on April 23. Photo by Emily Marsh via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On Tuesday, April 23, the Los Angeles Fire Department battled a storage fire that transpired in Westwood. The blaze was reported at 10:12 a.m. at 1391 S. Westwood Blvd.

It took 60 firefighters about 29 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish flames in a storage shed to the rear of a one-story row of commercial businesses. This prevented the fire from spreading to the common attic shared by an adjacent one-story restaurant and gallery.

There were no reports of any injuries during the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Police Department Hiring Forensic Specialists

April 23, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department Facebook page.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is looking to hire Forensic Specialists. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 26 via the online application process. Only the first 100 qualified applications received will be accepted for further consideration.

The position involves performing technical fingerprinting, photographic, video and computer graphic tasks related to criminal investigation. Identifying, documents, collecting, and preserves physical and biological evidence. They will perform laboratory analysis for developing latent fingerprints by using conventional techniques. In addition, to fingerprint comparisons associated with the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases.

Duties for this position include:

-Conducts complex crime scene investigations and utilizes specialized techniques in recognizing, searching, documenting, collecting and preserving physical and biological evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, firearms evidence, plant material, blood spatters, tool mark, and tire track impressions.

-Makes casts of footprints and other impression evidence.

-Documents crime scene utilizing conventional, digital photography including forensic videotaping.

-Performs crime scene sketching and diagraming with the assistance of computer aided software.

-Performs field and laboratory analysis of physical evidence collected at crime scenes and performs subsequent chemical processing for the detection of latent fingerprints, including laser applications such as the use of alternate light sources (ALS).

-Performs presumptive chemical analysis on various types of substances including blood, semen and saliva.

-Produces and stores digital photography using digital image archiving software, video storage. Produces crime scene charts and enlargements.

-Testifies in court as an expert witness in the areas of latent fingerprint analysis, crime scene investigation including the documentation, collection, and preservation of crime scene evidence and/or the results of forensic examination/findings.

-Processes and compares fingerprints found at crime scenes and coordinates with representatives of other law enforcement agencies in the identification of suspects through comparison of fingerprints and in the use of Automated Finger Print Identification Systems (AFIS) and the CAL-ID AFIS system and Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).

-Prepares court exhibits to depict crime scenes, including latent print comparison charts.

-Prepares detailed reports of crime scene investigation and of the forensic analysis performed.

-Conducts training programs.

Applicants should be in possession of a Possession of a valid Class C driver license and graduated from high school or equivalent. Four years of recent, paid work experience performing fingerprint identification and related photographic work and processing crime scenes for physical evidence.

An Associate’s degree in criminal justice or forensic science or 30 semester units of college level course work in fingerprint classification and identification or a closely related field will substitute for two years of the required work experience. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science or a closely related field will substitute for the four years of required work experience.

All applicants must submit an online city application and required supplemental questions to be considered for this position. Applications can be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process and should not be submitted.

For more details visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santamonica/jobs/4454722/forensic-specialist?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs.

By Trevor

SMPD Participating In Take Back Day

April 23, 2024 ·

The Take Back Day event will be held on Saturday, April 27. Photo by James Yaema via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department is partaking in Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27. The event will transpire from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 333 Olympic Drive.

“Did you know that one Facebook share can make a huge difference in creating a safer world for us all? Spread the word to your friends and family by sharing this post and using the #TakeBackDay hashtag to promote the proper disposal of unneeded medications on April 27! You never know who you could be helping,” the SMPD posted on its Facebook page.

“The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety, and national security threat. DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day reflects DEA’s commitment to Americans’ safety and health, encouraging the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes as a measure of preventing medication misuse and opioid addiction from ever starting.

DEA is committed to making our communities safer and healthier, and we can do this by reducing overdoses and overdose deaths. While the community does its part to turn in unneeded medications and remove them from potential harm, we are doing our part to further reduce drug-related violence,” the Drug Enforcement Agency states on its website.

The event allows unused prescription drugs to be turned in safely and anonymously. The event leads to the collection of a record amount of prescription drugs being collected to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

By Trevor

New Beverly Hills Website Launches May 1

April 22, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Tommao Wang via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—Starting Wednesday, May 1, the city of Beverly Hills announced starting Wednesday, May 1, the city will unveil its new website, that underwent an extensive refresh under the guidance of its Website Steering Committee which consisted of community members and Council liaisons, Councilmember John Mirisch and former Councilmember Lili Bosse.

The new website, designed by Beverly Hills’ selected vendor, CivicPlus, features improved functionality, easy navigation as well as at-a-glance information about city news and upcoming events.

In conjunction with the website launch, Beverly Hills will unveil its new customer relations program called ‘askBH’ which will serve as the primary contact service for non-emergency assistance on city services, programs and events.

This new program will make things easier for community members to get in touch with a Beverly Hills representative by phone, email, mobile app, website or via text.

“It’s imperative that we provide effective and hospitable customer service to our community and point them in the right direction when they need a question answered,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman. “Our new askBH team will be readily available to serve anyone needing assistance.”

During the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, the askBH customer service team can help the public navigate with recreation reservations, solid waste and commercial trash services, reporting code violations, street repairs, obtain fire permits and more. Additional information will be made available soon.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued Near Hollywood Sign

April 22, 2024 ·

The infamous Hollywood sign. Photo courtesy of DeAndre Bush via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS/GRIFFITH PARK—The Los Angeles Fire Department reported on Sunday, April 21, that they rescued a hiker near the Hollywood sign.

The incident was reported at 8:36 a.m. of 1 female hiker needing assistance near the Hollywood sign. The lone hiker was isolated after suffering from a lower extremity injury in a remote area of the Hollywood Hills.

Rescuers on the ground and LAFD Air Ops coordinated a hoist operation and air transport to a local hospital for the injured hiker. The Los Angeles Fire Department did not have any additional details to report about the incident.

By Trevor

LAFD Battle Parking Structure Fire

April 22, 2024 ·

The LAPD battled a fire inside a parking structure on April 21. Photo courtesy of Guillermo Casales via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—The Los Angeles Fire Department battled a fire inside a parking structure in Pacific Palisades on Sunday, April 21.

The incident was reported at 7:45 a.m. at 17310 W Vereda De La Montura; First arriving companies report a convalescent home (3 residential stories over a parking structure) with light smoke showing due to one automobile on fire in parking structure. The vehicle ablaze was beneath an assisted living facility and was put out within 34 minutes.

One female patient sustained an injury after a fall, while evacuating the building. She was transported by paramedics with the LAFD to a local hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

By Trevor

Woman Dies After Stabbing At Metro Station

April 22, 2024 ·

Photo by Tada Images/Shutterstock.

STUDIO CITY—A woman in her 50s died after she was stabbed in the neck after leaving a Metro Train at on Monday, April 22.

The incident transpired on 3900 block of Lankershim Boulevard shortly after 5 a.m. Paramedics were called to the scene to treat and transport the victim to a local hospital where she later died. The name of the victim has not been announced to the public.

LA Metro posted on X Monday morning:

“B LINE: Trains SKIP Universal/Studio City due to police activity. For alternate service, use North Hollywood and ride back to Universal via Metro bus shuttles or Line 224. Follow announcements.”

Metro was offering free rides to the public in honor of Earth Day (April 22).

A suspect was taken into custody by police. The name and age of the suspect has not been disclosed to the public. No details on a motive for the stabbing have been released to the public.

Anyone with details about the stabbing is asked to contact the LA Regional Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-222-TIPS or 800-222-8477

By Trevor

Assault Victim’s Family Seek Public Assistance Identifying Suspect

April 18, 2024 ·

Ambulance Photo by Camilo Jimenez

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On April 15, Brett Foreman started a ‘Justice for Albert’ page on Instagram along with a Gofundme on behalf of Gloria Jimenez. As of April 17, family and friends have raised $61,142 to benefit the long road of recovery ahead for Alberto Vasquez, 53, who was brutally assaulted on the night of April 4 or in the wee hours of April 5 and left bleeding and unconscious on the sidewalk.

The family is asking for public assistance in identifying the suspect and gathering facts in the case. Vasques was last seen leaving Heart Bar and was in route to Gym Bar.

On Saturday, April 5, Vasquez was transported by ambulance to an area hospital and was listed in critical condition. The following information came directly from a post by Michelle Hansen:

“He is thankfully out of the ICU now, but he will need multiple surgeries and has a long road ahead to recovery, and possible permanent damage.

While we await further details about his recovery timetable from medical staff, we are beginning to raise money through Go Fund Me that will be used to cover medical and living expenses as he will be unable to work for the foreseeable future. His family will be administering this fund.

We need to find out who did this to our wonderful friend, brother, and uncle, and are asking anyone who saw or heard anything to get in touch at 951-440-4353 or @je_cree_ma_vie with any info. Thank you so much. #justiceforalberto @ktla5news @heartweho @gymbarweho @vasquez.lecoiffer”

The family posted the following message on Instagram:

“We posted a statement from Heart earlier, but it was misunderstood by some as letting them off the hook.

It took eleven days for them to tell police they would share footage. We do not know if it was complete or comprehensive.

They did not call the police, nor did they report this incident to the police.

It took eight days for a police report to get filed, and it took eleven days for an investigator to be assigned to the case.

They are complicit in this situation. Albert was assaulted in front of their business and left unconscious until a bike patrol person attended to him. This is unacceptable. We look forward to seeing the analysis of the footage.”

By Sharon

The Santa Monica Coalition Demands End To Needle Distribution

April 18, 2024 ·

Smoking in the Park photo by Ernst Gunther

SANTA MONICA—On April 16, at 10:30 a.m., residents gathered at Christine Emerson Reed Park for a planned protest organized by the Santa Monica Coalition. The protesters were there to demand an end to the free hypodermic needle distribution in Santa Monica.

According to their web page, “The Santa Monica Coalition is a movement comprised of Santa Monica residents, business owners, and locals that addresses the humanitarian crisis, public safety concerns, the rising crime, and the current lack of responsiveness from the City of Santa Monica.”

According to an April 11, press release, Santa Monica has now passed San Francisco with the highest number of addicts per square mile. Of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County, Santa Monica now comes in third for the most meth and fentanyl overdoses “behind only Skid Row, and MacArthur Park.”

The following information came directly from the aforementioned press release. Full text with funding information may be found on the Santa Monica Coalition website.

“The city of Santa Monica, Los Angeles, along with the Venice Family Clinic have been operating the only open-air, public-funded needle distribution in the state. They make their distributions at Reed Park, Tongva, and Pacific Palisades Park (along Ocean Avenue).

This program is attracting substance abusers to settle in our parks, inject drugs, and discard their used needles in the grassy areas of the park.”

For the last 19 months the city has not acted on our behalf. Our City Manager, David White, without consulting the city council, signed a joint proclamation on behalf of Santa Monica, with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Venice Family Clinic. David White is currently being supported by council members, [Gleam] Davis, [Caroline] Turosis, and [Jesse]Zwick.

All three council members voted against ending needle distributions in our parks.

“We want our parks available for safe use for all of our families and visitors.”

On February 16, the Santa Monica Coalition filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) regarding the distribution of hypodermic needles at area beaches and parks. The coalition flooded City and LADPH officials to no avail.

The Santa Monica Coalition has since launched a “Santa Monica is not safe,” campaign to get residents involved in the movement to restore the beauty of Santa Monica.

By Sharon

VP Harris Events Shuts Down 405 Freeway

April 17, 2024 ·

Colin Lloyd Photo

BRENTWOOD—On Saturday, April 13, Vice President, Kamala Harris traveled back to her home state of California via Air Force Two for a series of events. The Patch notified the public of road traffic delays and road closures upon her arrival and departure. The southbound 405 Freeway in Brentwood on April 16, as the Harris Motorcade with her security detail prepared for her departure at the Los Angeles International Airport for a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Harris and First Husband, Doug Emhoff first attended a fundraising event at the home of Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane’s home. The event was attended by two to three dozen people including Los Angeles Mayor, Karen Bass. Fundraising efforts reportedly brought in approximately $1.5 million to Biden’s Victory Fund.  The Second Couple keeps a home in nearby Brentwood.

On April 13, Harris made a surprise appearance at the Power, Leadership & Influence of the Black Woman event held at the Fairmont Century Plaza from 10:30-2:00 p.m.

The Power in Leadership event, entitled, “An Intimate Conversation with Laphonza Butler,” featured; Senator Laphonza Butler (D-CA), co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Malina Abdullah, President and CEO of Brotherhood Crusade, Charisse Bremond Weaver, L.A. County Supervisor, Holly Mitchell, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Yvonne Wheeler, and Producer, actress, and singer, Marla Gibbs

According to the verbiage of Vice President Harris was introduced as a champion of abortion. She touched on the age-old debate that the overturning of Roe v. Wade denies a woman who may have been a victim of incest or rape, “the right to an abortion.” Scientific data proves otherwise as the actual percentage of women seeking an abortion who could qualify for that exemption is reportedly less than one percent.

Reports indicate that Harris attended a meeting of President Biden’s Nation Security team via secure internet. President Biden was at a separate campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the time.


By Sharon

Larry Thompson, United States Congressional Candidate, Warns Of Civil War

April 17, 2024 ·

I predict we are one Presidential election away from a Civil War. Larry Thompson For Congress - Photo courtesy of http://www.LarryThompsonForCongress.com.

Biden Out, Newsom In; Republican Fear of Californication of America and Democrat Fear of Republican Dictatorship the Cause

LOS ANGELES—April 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In his March 29, 2024 Political Manifesto, Voting In The Age of Chaos, U.S. Congressional Candidate, Larry Thompson (R), predicts the Democrat elite will persuade President Joe Biden to gracefully step aside and allow their shadow candidate, Governor Gavin Newsom, to receive the Democratic Presidential Nomination.

“The 2024 Presidential Election will be the feared Democratic Californication of America versus the assumed Republican Dictatorship of former President, Donald J. Trump,” claims Thompson.

He defines this political scenario plus “sky-high food prices, gas prices, housing prices, escalating inflation, unemployment, higher taxes, border crisis, fentanyl, indoctrination of children, loss of parental rights, uncertain reproductive rights, rampant crime, the growing homeless, devaluation and government digital replacement of the U.S. dollar, plus a brazen Russia, brave Ukraine, threatening China, aggressive Iran, Anti-Semitism on the move, and sleep walking into a World War as THE AGE OF CHAOS.”

And in this Age of Chaos where “Republicans think Democrats are foolish and naïve and Democrats believe Republicans are evil and selfish,” Thompson predicts “we are one Presidential Election away from a Civil War.

“I predict we are one Presidential Election away from a Civil War.”

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“While some pundits are already suggesting we are in a cold Civil War now, my prediction,” Thompson adds, “goes way beyond that. I foresee an all-out breakdown in communication between the political parties with a call to action or blind eye to citizens taking the disagreements to the streets with a mob mentality.

“The losers of the election will start the war; the winners will ultimately end it, as they will control the military might of the United State Government. This civil war will not be North versus South. It will basically be Blue versus Red. Democrats versus Republicans.”

These are very strong and controversial words coming from a Congressional Candidate who is unanimously endorsed by the California Republican Party. Not to mention his additional endorsements from the Los Angeles County Republican Party, The Ventura County Republican Party, The American Independent Party, The California Young Republicans, The Los Angeles County Young Republicans, The California College Republicans, Brock Pierce, Chairman of The Bitcoin Foundation, and Perianne Boring, Founder and CEO of the Chamber of Digital Commerce. www.LarryThompsonForCongress.com

When asked how he plans to defeat his 14-term incumbent opponent, Brad Sherman (D), Thompson quips. “Oh, I will definitely beat “long time sleeping at the wheel, Sherman,” I’m just glad Taylor Swift isn’t running.

“Seriously, I am finally the right congressional candidate at the right historical time for California Congress CA 32. I ask Republicans, Democrats, and the Politically Homeless to Vote For Me.

“Pray that with Common Sense and Common Civility we all find Common Ground to solve our Common Issues AND AVOID A CIVIL WAR.”

For further information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Thompson, contact:

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Larry Thompson For Congress

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Los Angeles, CA 90025

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BHPD Warns DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze

April 17, 2024 ·

The BHPD is warning motorists not to get behind the wheel if under the influence of marijuana.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department are warning drivers to celebrate 4/20 responsibly. The Police Department notes that while recreational and medicinal use of marijuana is legal in the state of California, drivers should be cautious while on the road.

“Whether it is on 4/20 or any other day, it is unsafe and illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana,” Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said. “It’s important to make responsible choices, especially when it comes to getting behind the wheel.”

The BHPD is warning motorists that are planning to participate in 4/20 activities and consume marijuana, plan ahead, designate a sober driver, or consider staying in and ordering delivery from local establishments. Do not drive, and never ride with an impaired driver. Driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous, illegal, and has consequences.

Studies note that THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, can slow reaction times and make it difficult for drivers to judge distances and keep a steady position in their lane. The Police Department is asking anyone who spots and impaired motorists on the road to safely pull over and contact 911.

By Trevor

City Launching Community Outreach And Engagement Program

April 17, 2024 ·

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MALIBU—On Tuesday, April 16, the city of Malibu announced on its website that it will be launching an extensive outreach and engagement program to gather community feedback about the future use of five community lands.

In 2016 and 2018, Malibu purchased five vacant parcels of land totaling over 61 acres to preserve the lands as community spaces instead of private developments. Prior to any development decisions, the engagement program’s goal was meaningful dialogue and to gather insights on the types of facilities the community prefers.

“This outreach program underscores our commitment to including the needs and views of all of the community,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “By actively involving our residents and all community members, and others, we are ensuring that Malibu remains a vibrant and thriving community for generations to come.”

In February 2024, Malibu partnered with Tripepi Smith, a community engagement firm specializing in local government, to assist with the initiative. The program’s framework, developed in collaboration with the Malibu City Council, City commission members and city staff, will guide the execution of various outreach activities. The city anticipates executing the program in two phases: Phase 1 will focus on broad outreach to gather initial feedback from the community, while Phase 2 will build on the input received for more refined feedback to aid in future decision-making processes.

Malibu has launched the dedicated website, MalibuCommunityLands.org which will serve as a comprehensive resource, offering background information on the project, guidance for community participation, event calendars, a map pinpointing the community land locations, public input archives, frequently asked questions and avenues for public comments. The community can also contact via the email address: MalibuCommunityLands@MalibuCity.org.

“Through this extensive outreach program, we aim to empower our community members to actively shape the future of Malibu’s community lands,” said City Manager Steve McClary. “We are excited to cultivate and advance a vision for Malibu that ensures these lands meet the long-term needs and aspirations of the entire community.”

By Trevor

Public Hearings For Big Blue Bus Service Changes

April 16, 2024 ·

Service changes could be coming for the Big Blue Bus in Santa Monica. Photo by Michael Gordon/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica will host two public hearings in April to discuss proposed service changes to Big Blue Bus set to be implemented over the next five years. According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica from April 11, Brither Blue is BBB’s strategic service planning initiative wants to adapt to rider needs and travel behavior post-pandemic. The goal is to advance the city’s strategic priority of a Sustainable & Connected community.

Changes proposed under Brighter Blue reflect themes identified through stakeholder focus groups, surveys, and written feedback where riders have consistently emphasized the importance of improved frequency, expanded service hours, and greater connectivity to essential destinations. The Big Blue Bus team is asking the community for input on the following enhancements aimed to make transportation more accessible, convenient, and efficient:

-Increase frequency to 15 minutes or better on a network of key Big Blue Bus routes on major corridors

-Expand service hours to allow for all-day travel on weekdays (5 a.m. – 11 p.m.) and weekends (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)

-Broaden travel opportunities by introducing weekend service on select weekday-only routes

-Ensure direct access to current and planned Metro Rail D Line, C Line, and K Line stations, and the future LAX People Mover

“We are advancing our engagement process to ensure that future Big Blue Bus service aligns with community needs, promotes greater access to high-quality bus and rail service in our region and attracts new riders to our system,” said Director of Transportation Anuj Gupta. “I am looking forward to implementing what we have heard in order to continue to improve our service to the community.”

Online Public Hearing

-Tuesday, April 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In-Person Public Hearing

-Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Virginia Avenue Park, Thelma Terry Building 2200 Virginia Avenue

Community members should review the draft service changes an provide feedback at two public hearings. Each hearing will begin with a brief presentation of the proposed changes followed by a public comment period.

To attend a public hearing, register at brigherbluebbb.com. Anyone not able to attend can provide input via an online survey at https://sur-vey.typeform.com/to/N9oGdT41.

Written comments can be mailed to Big Blue Bus, 1660 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Attn: Alfredo Torales, Transit Planning and Performance, or by email to brighterblue@santamonica.gov.

Written comments will be accepted between April 15 and May 24. All comments will be carefully reviewed by the Big Blue Bus team, and adjustments may be made to the proposed service changes based on the feedback received.

To arrive at the in-person meeting take Big Blue Bus Route 7 which servces Virginia Avenue Park. For those driving, parking is available in the lot on Pico Boulevard and 23rd Street.

For more details about the proposed service changes and Brighter Blue, visit brigherbluebbb.com.

By Trevor

Industrial Fatality In Bel Air

April 16, 2024 ·

A man in Bel Air was killed after an industrial accident involving a forklift in Bel Air. Photo by Ronen Sigan via Unsplash.

BEL AIR—On Monday, April 15, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported an industrial accident transpired at 1 p.m. on 970 N. Moraga Drive. Officials arrived on scene to find one adult male trapped under a forklift.

There was a quick response from LAFD Crews including individuals specially trained, certified and equipped for Urban Search & Rescue operations. An adult male worker who was trapped beneath a toppled forklift that had been carrying steel rebar at a construction site, proved beyond medical help and he died at the scene.

LAFD personnel secured and stabilized the scene, as they prepared to assist the Medical Examiner with the discreet and dignified recovery of the victim’s remains. Details regarding the age and name of the victim has not been disclosed to the public. No other injuries were reported during the incident.

By Trevor

LAPD Mourns Loss Of Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte

April 16, 2024 ·

Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte died on Monday, April 15. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

STUDIO CITY—On Monday, April 15, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced on their website they are mourning the loss of Recruit Firefighter Jacob Fuerte, 22.

It was reported at 5:14 a.m. on Monday, an incident occurred on the NB 101 freeway at Vineland Avenue in Studio City. Fuerte was on his way to the Drill Tower Academy for training may have been involved in a traffic collision. He got out of his vehicle to assess the situation and help anyone in need when he was struck by another car. LAFD firefighter paramedics responded to the scene, but declared Recruit Firefighter Fuerte deceased.

Fuerte joined the LAFD on February 12, 2024. He was in week 10 of a 20-week rigorous training program. He is survived by his father, two sisters, and a brother.

Recruit Fuerte’s father is a 17-year veteran Firefighter/Paramedic with the department, and has dedicated his life to helping others.

“I received devastating news this morning that one of our colleagues lost their life tragically. He had just started his firefighting career, which requires courage, bravery, and prioritizing others before oneself. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family during this most difficult time.” said City of Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is conducting a hit-and-run investigation into this tragedy’s circumstances. Any members of the public with information that may assist with this investigation, are encouraged to contact the CHP West Valley Area Office at 818-888-0980 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

By Trevor

Affordable And Permanent Supportive Housing Coming To Santa Monica

April 16, 2024 ·

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SANTA MONICA—On Thursday, April 11, the city of Santa Monica disclosed in a press release that City Council on April 9 took a step forward in bringing more than 120 affordable apartments, including 50 with supportive services, to the city-owned site on 4th Street.

The Santa Monica City Council approved a design concept for the development that includes a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments, along with ground floor retail and residential and commercial parking spaces. Staff will be exploring the feasibility of adding an additional floor of apartments and will return to City Council for final approval of a ground lease and a development and disposition agreement.

According to a press release, the development of the site into affordable housing is part of the approved Housing Element aimed at the city’s goal to address homelessness in the region. It is set to serve individuals and families earning from 30 to 80 percent of the Area Median Income, as well as those dealing with homelessness.

Project developer EAH conducted robust community outreach as part of the design review process and incorporated feedback from neighboring residents and businesses.

“Moving forward in bringing affordable and permanent supportive housing to city-owned land is a key step in our strategy to fulfill our Housing Element requirements,” said Mayor Phil Brock. “I look forward to the next steps and ultimately seeing families move into these new homes and thrive.”

The development was made possible by $2 million secured by Representative Ted Lieu as part of the 2022 House Appropriations Bill, along with various state sources. The development furthers the priority of Justice, Equity & Diversity by providing housing opportunities for all.

For more details view the staff report of city council meeting.

By Trevor

Arts And Literacy Festival April 27

April 15, 2024 ·

Children learning in the classroom. Photo by Andrew Ebrahim via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On April 11, the city of Santa Monica announced in collaboration with Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District welcomes families to the free 10th annual Arts & Literacy Festival on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park.

The city of Santa Monica indicated in a press release that the theme for 2024 “The robots are here,” and the event will host over 30 different community organizations offering games and activities that align with Santa Monica Cradle to Career Building Blocks for Kindergarten campaign, which brings together community partners to ensure Santa Monica children start kindergarten ready to learn, inside and outside the classroom.

Event activities include:

-reDiscover Center’s Robot Dance Party

-Robotic demonstrations by SaMo Tech Robotics Team

-Santa Monica Public Library’s Storytime Stage featuring robot themed books read by local librarians and Santa Monica Fire Chief Matthew Hallock

-An obstacle course organized by Santa Monica Fire Department

-Delivery robot Coco making special deliveries

-The popular Steve’s Machine Empire featuring participatory machines and contraptions

-Santa Monica Resource Recovery & Recycling’s Curby the Robot will be on hand to teach children about recycling

-Dancing with Bollypop and WeBreak dance companies

-Collecting stamps from activity booths on the event’s Explorer Card, redeemable for a free book at the Santa Monica Public Library booth

Main Stage performance schedule:

-Emcee Sean Hill

-SaMo Tech Robotics Team demonstration

-WeBreak hip hop dance company

-Santa Monica Youth Orchestra’s Mariachi Ensemble and Balkan Ensemble

-Bollypop interactive dance performance

-Elemental Music’s Prelude program

-Santa Monica Ballet Folklorico

For more details, visit santamonica.gov/places/parks/virginia-avenue-park.

By Trevor

Two-Story House Fire In Sherman Oaks

April 15, 2024 ·

Firefighters battled a blaze in Sherman Oaks on April 12. Photo courtesy of Cullan Smith via Unsplash.

SHERMAN OAKS—A two-story house fire was reported by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Friday, April 12. The fire was reported at 3:49 p.m. at 3935 N. Witzel Drive. The fire was reported in the attic and concealed wall space adjacent to fireplace/chimney.

The first arriving 30 LAFD firefighters took just 28 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish fire in the attic of a 3,397 square foot two story home. The blaze was extinguished at 4:17 p.m.

There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued Near Nichols Canyon

April 15, 2024 ·

A hiker was rescued near Nichols Canyon by the LAFD. Photo by Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Fire Department announced a hiker was rescued on Sunday, April 14. The LAFD reported the incident transpired at 10:56 a.m. at Nichols Canyon.

The LAFD Ground and Air Response assisted an adult male hiker with an apparent ankle fracture, on the Lower Trebek Trail east of Nichols Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The patient was hoisted aboard a hovering LAFD rescue helicopter in fair condition and will receive continuing in-flight care from LAFD Flight Paramedics during direct helicopter transport to a regional trauma center for treatment. No other details about the incident have been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Topanga State Park

April 15, 2024 ·

The LAPD rescued a hiker who injured himself in Topanga State Park on April 14. Photo by Ali Kazal via Unsplash.

BRENTWOOD/TOPANGA CANYON—A hiker was rescued at Topanga State Park on Sunday, April 14, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. LAFD Ground and Air Response to an adult male hiker with an apparent left knee facture, in remote terrain between Sullivan Fire Road and Rustic Creek in Topanga State Park.

An LAFD Rescue Helicopter was able to locate the hiker and lowered a flight paramedic to medically evaluate and stabilize the 58-year-old man. He was hoisted aboard the hovering helicopter for in-flight care during direct transport to an area hospital to be treated for injuries sustained.

By Trevor

SMPD Make Arrests In Organized Retail Thefts

April 15, 2024 ·

Several suspects involved in a theft at a Santa Monica Ulta store have been arrested. Photo by Content Pixie via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Friday, April 12, the Lt. Erika Aklufi informed Canyon News via email that several arrests were made in connection to a series of organized retail thefts.

The SMPD reported on March 23, before 4 a.m., six suspects armed with sledgehammers broke through the front window of the Ulta Beauty store located at 1234 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. The suspects, all wearing hoodies and face masks, used the sledgehammers to break open glass display cases containing high end fragrances, stealing over $23,000 in merchandise.

The suspects fled the location in two dark-colored vehicles. Following an exhaustive and thorough investigation, the suspects were tracked to a location in South Los Angeles and identified.

On April 11, SMPD detectives working in collaboration with the LAPD Organized Retail Crime Task Force served a search warrant in the 1200 block of 90th Place in Los Angeles. The warrant was served by a team comprised of SMPD SWAT, UAS, Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division personnel, and LAPD’s ORCTF.

The team recovered two firearms and merchandise from the ULTA burglary. Three individuals associated with the burglary were arrested and transported to the Santa Monica jail for booking. Based on evidence recovered during the warrant, detectives believe the individuals who burglarized the Santa Monica ULTA store are part of a larger organized retail theft crime ring that may have gang connections.

In custody for burglary (459 PC):

-Caleed Jamari Mouton, 24– Prior arrests for gun possession and domestic violence
-Christine Eelayia Walker, 21– No prior arrests (no booking photo available)
-Mekhai Taveon Ray, 22– Prior arrests for robbery

All of the suspects were released from custody with citations per the Los Angeles County bail schedule. Detectives are confident the other three individuals responsible for the ULTA burglary will be arrested soon.

By Trevor

O.J. Simpson Dies of Prostate Cancer

April 12, 2024 ·

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—The children of O.J. Simpson announced the death of their father on the X social media platform. The former NFL and 1968 Heisman Trophy winner passed away from prostate cancer. He was 76 years old.

“On April 10th, our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Lee, who was a janitor at a bank, and Eunice Simpson, who worked as an administrator. He also was preceded in death by his two-year-old daughter, Aaren who drowned in a swimming pool in 1979.

He leaves behind his children, Arnelle Simpson, Jason Simpson, Aaren Simpson, Sydney Brooke Simpson, Justin Ryan Simpson, and many grandchildren.

Simpson won the Heisman Trophy as a senior for the USC Trojans in 1968 and then was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the 1969 NFL/AFL draft. He played many years for the Buffalo Bills and also played for the San Francisco 49ers.

After becoming the first running back to break the 2,000-yard rushing mark, multiple news outlets hailed him as the best running back of all time, He played 11 seasons with the NFL. OJ Simpson then was named Player of the Year in 1972, 1973, 1975 and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Simpson told ESPN reporters, “I was part of the history of the game,” and then years later, “If I did nothing else in my life, I’d made my mark.”

His football fame soon became clouded by the double slayings of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. On Sunday, June 12, 1994, police responded to two 911 calls to 875 South Bundy Drive in Brentwood, California. Brown, 35, and Goldman were found stabbed to death.

Multiple media outlets highlighted that OJ and Nicole Simpson’s children, Sydney and Justin were home at the time of the murders, suggesting that they were sitting outside eating ice cream at the time, unaware of what was happening inside of the house.
He was acquitted of the crimes of which he was accused.

OJ Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million in retribution to the Brown and Goldman families after losing a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit in connection to the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

The Heisman Trophy of OJ Simpson was in his possession until it was sold to the General Manager of Western Nevada Supply, Rick Reviglio, for $255,000.


In January 2008, Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison after being charged with theft, and other charges in connection with a motel room full of sports memorabilia. Simpson, who repeatedly alleged that “He only wanted what was his,” served nine years of that sentence at Lovelock Jail in Nevada, part of which he served as a janitor.

By Sharon







Fernando Macias Morales Arrested For Sexual Assault By SMPD

April 11, 2024 ·

Fernando Macias Morales. Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA/WEST HOLLYWOOD—Lt. Erika Aklufi of the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News via email on Wednesday, April 10 that a suspect responsible for a 2023 sexual assault has been arrested.

On September 7, 2023, authorities responded to the 2900 block of Pennsylvania Ave regarding a sexual assault. A woman reported that a Lyft driver picked her up from a restaurant in West Hollywood and sexually assaulted her during the ride home.

The victim, a Santa Monica resident, fell asleep in the car and woke up to inappropriate touching. The suspect offered to walk her to her door, which she refused. Once home, she realized several hours passed since she was picked up.

Santa Monica detectives investigated and identified the driver as Fernando Macias Morales, 34, of Los Angeles. He was arrested him on April 5, 2024, in the San Fernando Valley.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Morales with felony counts of:

  • Kidnapping to commit a sexual act (California Penal Code 209(b)(1))
  • Sexual penetration of a person intoxicated or under sedation (California Penal Code 289(e))
  • Oral copulation of a person intoxicated person or under sedation (California Penal Code 287(i))

His bail is set at $500,000. Anyone with additional details is asked to contact Det. Stephanie Davis at 310-458-2201 x4400, Sgt. Chad Goodwin at 310-458-8931, or the Watch Commander desk 24 hours a day at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

La Cienega Community Center Temporarily Closed

April 11, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on Wednesday, April 10 that the La Cienega Community Center will be temporarily closed from April 3 thru April 30.

Due to recent heavy rains and resulting water intrusion at La Cienega Park Community Center, the facility is temporarily closed through April 30.

Following the storms, staff detected odors throughout the building. To be cautious, the city of Beverly Hills is in the process of air testing to ensure satisfactory air quality. Staff is continuing to assess the level of water intrusion and any potential damage to the building.

While repairs are being performed, the La Cienega preschool program has been relocated and combined with the Coldwater Canyon preschool class. Other community programs have been moved to other facilities, as a result. The safety of our preschool students, visitors and staff is always our top priority.

“We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the community’s patience and look forward to reopening the Center soon,” the city of Beverly Hills said in the Facebook post.

By Trevor

“Safe On PCH” Weeklong Safe Driving Event

April 11, 2024 ·

Pacific Coast Highway. Photo courtesy of Josh Duke via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu posted on its website that Lindsey P. Horvath, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is partnering with California Highway Patrol (CHP), the City of Malibu, Malibu High School, PTSA Malibu, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD), and the Malibu-Lost Hills Station to host “Safe on PCH.”

The weeklong program focuses on safe driving, and will engage students and families to keep roads in Malibu safe for the community.

Pacific Coast Highway impacts the lives of every person in the Malibu region. On Monday, April 29, the lunchtime fair will transpire at 12 p.m. with resources and information from the LASD, CHP, Supervisor Horvath’s Office, and Malibu.

On Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m. there will be a Sheriff Impact Presentation, where the Sheriff’s Department will host the IMPACT Teen Drivers’ parent program called Under Your Influence (UYI), which educates parents and teens with evidence-based strategies to help keep teens, their families, and everyone they share the road with safe. The special presentation is for parents and will happen from 9 to 10:30 am at Malibu High School’s Parent Center.

On Wednesday, May 1, there will be a screening of the film, “21 Miles Film” at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu High School. The movie is directed by Michel Shane. There will be a discussion after the movie with a panel moderated by Chair Horvath to inform and educate students and parents about the dangers on PCH and offer tips to make driving on PCH safer for teenagers. Panelists include Captain Jenn Seetoo, Captain Dennis Ford, Robert D. Cohen, Bridget Thompson, and Shane. It will take place in the Malibu auditorium with an expected attendance of over 200 people. This event requires a separate RSVP.

On Thursday, May 2, two school assemblies will transpire coordinated by Malibu High School and CHP. One targeting 6-8th graders (30 minutes) and one for 9th –12th graders (45 minutes). The assembly will include Impact Teen Drivers’ high school program called “What Do You Consider Lethal” (WDYCL) which engages, educates, and empowers students with evidence-based strategies that help them prevent car crashes, particularly those caused by reckless and distracted driving.

On the final day of the week-long event, on Friday, May 3, the Malibu High School will be holding student classroom breakout sessions focused on the causes and effects of distracted driving. There will be a classroom presentation followed by a group activity.

For more details visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-on-pch-week-tickets-859158926477?aff=oddtdtcreator. No RSVP is required for the general week, only select events.

By Trevor

Michael Parrett Arrested For Threatening Lifeguard

April 10, 2024 ·

Michael Vincent Parrett. Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica Police Department.

SANTA MONICA—On Tuesday, April 9, the Santa Monica Police Department informed Canyon News that a suspect who threatened a lifeguard that resulted in the closure of Pacific Coast Highway has been arrested.

Public Information Officer for the SMPD, Myesha Morrison indicated at approximately 11 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of the Beach for an individual threatening a lifeguard with a metallic rod. The suspect, later identified as Michael Vincent Parrett, 38, who police indicated was a homeless man, jumped from the roof of Lifeguard Tower 12 and approached the victim with the rod, thrusting it towards him several times. The victim was able to dodge out of the way and was not injured.

Parrett was found by officers in the 400 block of Palisades Beach Road and ignored the officers’ commands and started running on the sidewalk, approaching multiple bystanders, while still holding the rod. When the officers intervened, the subject ran into the bluffs overlooking PCH. As a result of the risk of the suspect falling onto PCH and into traffic, the California Highway Patrol assisted in closing northbound and southbound traffic.

The suspect threatened that he would not give up without a fight resulting in the Crisis Negotiations Team responding to the location. Dialogue with Parrett continued for over an hour and half with no impact. Parrett informed officers that would have to shoot him before he gave up. Officers attempted to use less than lethal means to have the suspect drop the rod and surrender. He continued to maintain control of the weapon, refusing to drop it.

He was taken into custody with the assistance of a department K9. Parrett was taken to a local area hospital for evaluation before being transported to the Santa Monica Jail. He was booked for 245 (a) 1 PC – Assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to inflict great bodily injury.

By Trevor

Spring Fest At West Hollywood Park April 27

April 10, 2024 ·

Carnival games will be at the Spring Fest in West Hollywood on April 27.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood is inviting the public to Spring Fest at West Hollywood Park on Saturday, April 27. The event will unfold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.  Limited parking is available in the adjacent five-story West Hollywood Park structure.

According to a press release from the city’s website, activities will start at the West Hollywood Park Aquatic and Recreation Center and Great Lawn. There will be carnival games, music, performances, giveaways, egg hunts, face painters, and more

Three of the featured activities for the event include:

-Youth Basketball Shoot Out (Ages 10 to 15) – register here ($7) – In the Shoot Out, the player shoots from five spots around the key: right corner, right wing, top of key, left wing, and left corner. At each spot: take one dribble in for a mid-range shot, dribble for a lay-up, and then end the game with a 1 & 1 free throw.

-Duck Relays and Cardboard Boat Races – register here (free) – Duck Relays are a swim event using inflatable ducks to race relay-style across the pool in a team of four and Cardboard Boat Race are one- to three-person teams of all ages that will test their ingenuity in racing homemade boats made of cardboard and duct tape across the pool.

-Themed Recreation Swim and Rubber Duckie Hunt – registration has reached capacity, waiting list is open here (free) – Themed Recreation Swim is full of adorable rafts of rubber ducks, water toys, floaties, and mighty merfolk of the sea and swimmers will be able to participate in a rubber duckie hunt.

To discover more about Spring Fest and recreation programming visit: www.weho.org/recreation and select Rec Reader.

For more details, contact the WeHo Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6534 or email wehoaquatics@weho.org or recreation@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Urgent Repair On Key Water Pipeline To Impact BH Traffic

April 9, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills announced on its website on Monday, April 8 that commuters and residents who use North Santa Monica Boulevard are informed to avoid or allow ample time to travel through a two-block portion of the area as crews from the Metropolitan Water District urgently repair a leak in a major water pipeline starting at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

Water service to residences and businesses will not be impacted by the leak or construction activities. Only one lane will be open in each direction on North Santa Monica Boulevard between Moreno Drive and Wilshire Boulevard (link to map), where Beverly Hills borders Angeles, through at least Saturday, April 13, although repairs may extend beyond that timeline.

“We will work as quickly as possible to address this issue to protect the region’s water supplies, as well as public safety,” said Shane Chapman, Metropolitan assistant general manager of operations. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation during this urgent repair.”

The leak was discovered in Metropolitan’s Santa Monica Feeder, a 24-mile pipeline that provides water to the cities of Glendale, Burbank, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Metropolitan crews will excavate to inspect the pipeline and immediately repair the leak.

In addition to the traffic impacts, residents and businesses may notice increased noise due to construction and excavation. For updates, email communityrelations@mwdh2o.com.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Police Department Hiring Crossing Guards

April 9, 2024 ·

The Santa Monia Police Department is accepting applications for Crossing Guards. Photo courtesy of Ground Picture/Shutterstock.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced on their Facebook page that they are currently accepting applications for Crossing Guards.

The position will require applicants to ensure the safety of the community’s children as they travel to and from school.

“As a Crossing Guard, you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive impact by providing essential guidance and instruction on safe street crossings,” the Facebook post states. Duties include escorting children across intersections, monitoring for any suspicious activity near school premises, and promptly reporting traffic accidents or hazardous road conditions.

The position offers candidates to engage with the public and contribute to the overall safety of the streets in Santa Monica. Those with a passion for helping others, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting safety, are encouraged to apply for the position.

To apply visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santamonica. The position pays $19.73 per hour and is part-time on a temporary basis. Applications started to be accepted on April 1 and will end on April 26. Individuals applying should have at least one year of recent, paid or volunteer experience working with the public and be in possession of a valid Class C driver license. Possession of a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid certificate is desirable.

By Trevor

Double-Murder Suicide In Family Dispute

April 9, 2024 ·

The LAPD are investigating a double-murder suicide that transpired in Woodland Hills. Photo by Anis Rahman via Unsplash.

WOODLAND HILLS—On Tuesday, April 9, the Los Angeles Police Department Topanga Division announced that on April 8, around 7:35 a.m., officers responded to the 6200 block of Variel Avenue for a radio call of a homicide investigation. Operations Valley Bureau (OVB) homicide detectives were notified and responded to the scene learning of two related incidents that transpired following the homicide on Variel Avenue.

The LAPD reported that the first incident involved two young children being found on the 405 Freeway near Howard Hughes Parkway. The second incident involved a single vehicle fatal traffic collision in Redondo Beach.

Detectives worked in collaboration with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Redondo Beach Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office to determine if the incidents were related and discovered that the victim, Jaelen Chaney, 29, and the suspect, Danielle Johnson, 34, resided together with her two young children, aged eight months old and nine years old, in a residence in the 6200 block of Variel Avenue.

On April 8, around 3:40 a.m., Chaney and Johnson became involved in a verbal altercation that escalated into Johnson becoming violent, stabbing Chaney, who succumbed to his injuries at the scene. A knife with biological evidence was later recovered from the scene, where Johnson fled with her two children in a dark-colored Porsche SUV.

Around 4:30 a.m., the dark-colored SUV was spotted driving on the 405 Freeway when the two children were expelled from the vehicle while it was moving. The nine-year-old child sustained moderate injuries from the fall and was transported to a local hospital. The eight-month-old child sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at scene.

Around 5 a.m., Johnson drove her vehicle at a speed in excess of 100 miles per hour in Redondo Beach near the intersection of Vincent Street and the Pacific Coast Highway and collided with a tree. Johnson did not survive the crash and was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

These events transpired before LAPD personnel were notified of the crime. Around 7:35 a.m., neighbors on Variel Avenue spotted the front door open, which prompted them to check on the well-being of the residents. It was at that time Chaney was discovered dead inside the apartment. After a thorough investigation and collaboration with the above agencies, homicide detectives determined that the incidents were all related and no further threat to the community.

Anyone with additional details is asked to contact Operations Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives at (818) 374-9550. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wanting to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Being Investigated By SMPD

April 8, 2024 ·

The SMPD are investigating a string of anti-semitic incidents in the region. Photo by Jon Tyson via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, April 7, the Santa Monica Police Department disclosed that they are actively investigating multiple reports of anti-Semitic graffiti discovered in various locations throughout the city, including the Pico Neighborhood (2100-2300 Pico Blvd) marking sidewalks, trees and light posts. The Police Department condemns the hateful acts and indicated such behavior will not be tolerated in the region.

“Let me be clear: there is no place for hate in Santa Monica,” said Police Chief Ramon Batista. “We are appalled by these cowardly acts of anti-Semitism. Our department is fully committed to upholding the safety and dignity of all members of our community.”

The SMPD are taking the incidents seriously and dedicating resources to identify the offender. Anyone with details about these acts is asked to come forward.

To report newly discovered graffiti:

  • Call 310-458-8491 to speak with a non-emergency dispatcher; or
  • Utilize the Santa Monica 3-1-1 App

Canyon News reached out to the Santa Monica Police Department for more details, but did not hear back before print.

By Trevor

LAFD Rescues Individual From Trapped Vehicle

April 8, 2024 ·

Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter. Photo courtesy of Spencer Davis via Unsplash.

GRIFFITH PARK—On Sunday, April 7, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed they rescued an individual in Griffith Park after an accident. The incident was reported at 5:47 a.m. on the northbound 5 freeway.

A solo vehicle with two persons trapped in the vehicle, one of whom (undetermined age/gender) was deceased. The other patient (undetermined age/gender) was disentangled from the wreckage by firefighters and has been taken to a regional trauma center in critical condition. No other injuries were reported. The name of the deceased has not been disclosed to the public.

The vehicle was found by the California Highway Patrol on the right shoulder with heavy damage. There were no reports of any fire. Possible closure of one or more lanes of northbound 5 freeway near the 134 interchange until CHP and Medical Examiner operations are complete.

Motorists were expected to deal with congestion and delay in the region, as authorities completed their investigation.

By Trevor

Meeting For Revenue Sharing Agreement In School District Separation Efforts

April 8, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu is having a special meeting to discuss revenue sharing as it pertains to the school separation efforts. Photo courtesy of Ivan Aleksic via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu announced they are inviting the community to join a Special Meeting and Work Session of the City Council scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 aimed at providing residents with a comprehensive understanding of the revenue sharing agreement in the context of the ongoing school district separation efforts.

The city reported on its website that the Special Meeting and Work Session will serve as an opportunity for residents to gain insights into the revenue sharing agreement and its implications for the community. The session will focus exclusively on providing details and fostering discussion among Malibu residents and community stakeholders. The Santa Monica-Malibu School District (SMMUSD) will host community workshops for residents of Santa Monica, in addition to joint sessions in May that will be co-hosted by SMMUSD and Malibu.

Throughout the April 10 Work Session, key guiding principles will be emphasized, including equity, fairness, and local control in education. By upholding these principles, the City remains committed to ensuring that decisions regarding educational policies are made with the best interests of the community in mind.

The Special Meeting and Work Session will feature presentations, discussions, and opportunities for residents to ask questions on the revenue sharing agreement. By fostering open communication and collaboration, the city hopes to empower residents to play a role in the school separation process.

All interested residents are invited to attend the Special Meeting and Work Session and participate in the discussion at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers at Malibu City Hall (23825, Stuart Ranch Rd, first floor). Viewing and commenting instructions for remote participation will be posted with the meeting agenda in advance on the website.

A second workshop will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. Details regarding the second workshop location will be provided in a subsequent announcement.

For more details on Malibu’s school separation efforts contact Deputy City Manager Alexis Brown at 310-456-2489, ext. 300, email abrown@malibucity.org, or visit the Malibu Unified webpage.

By Trevor

Lisa Jones Arrested In Vehicle Vandalism Series

April 8, 2024 ·

The suspect responsible in a series of vandalism incidents has been arrested. Photo by Justus Menke via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Thursday, April 4, the Los Angeles Police Department disclosed that the West Los Angeles Auto Detectives, in conjunction with LAPD South Traffic Division, Pacific Division, and Santa Monica Police Department, announced the arrest of a suspect believed to be involved in a series of vandalism crimes that transpired in the cities of Los Angeles, Culver City, Burbank, and Santa Monica.

The LAPD reported on March 28, around 5 p.m., the suspect, later identified as Lisa Jones, 30, drove to the 2000 block of Camden Avenue. Jones exited her vehicle with a brick and threw it at a random vehicle’s windshield. Jones picked up the brick from the ground and drove away. The incident was captured on video and garnered national news coverage. Several other vandalism victims came forward in the Venice, Mid-Wilshire, Woodland Hills, and northeast neighborhoods of Los Angeles, as well as the cities of Culver City, Burbank, and Santa Monica.

Detectives from West LA Division, Pacific Division, South Traffic Division, and SMPD worked together to identify Jones. On April 3, West Los Angeles Autos detectives and patrol officers took Jones into custody. She was arrested and booked for 594(B)(1) PC – Felony Vandalism. She is being held with no bail, Booking no. 6787608.

Anyone with details about these crimes or these types of incidents is asked to call the West LA Auto Detectives at (310) 444-1503. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

LAFD Has Two Cliffside Rescues In Two Days

April 4, 2024 ·

Cliff Photo by Maddie Roy Via Unsplash

MALIBU—On April 3, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a vehicle left the highway by the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and Malibu Canyon Road. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) the vehicle plummeted approximately 150 feet down a cliff and into the vegetation down below.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Canyon News reached out to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office. Kelly, the Public Information Officer in the Medical Examiner’s Office responded quickly with the following information:

Reports indicate there were two cliffside rescues. This rescue in Malibu was assigned case number is 2024-05591. The deceased has been identified as a 63-year-old female by the name of Tracy Ann Vancura of Camarillo.

The second cliffside rescue happened on April 4, at 7:41 a.m. at 3730 Roxbury St. in San Pedro.

LAFD reported in a press release those firefighters responded by land, air, and sea. First responders able to reach the injured party located at the bottom of Point Ferman Cliffs but discovered that the patient had already died.

A recovery effort was initiated to recover the remains of the individual. The Medical examiner’s case number is 2024-05612. The name and identifying factors of the deceased are still pending notification of next of kin.

By Sharon

Lester J. Friedman Takes Oath As BH Newest Mayor

April 4, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of David Vives via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, April 2, the city of Beverly Hills held its ceremony for its newest Mayor, Lester J. Friedman who was sworn in.

Friedman was elected Mayor of Beverly Hills at the City Council’s reorganization meeting on Tuesday evening. He succeeds Julian A. Gold, MD who completed his third and final term on the Beverly Hills City Council. During the same ceremony, Councilmember Lili Bosse completed her third and final term. New Councilmembers Craig A. Corman and Mary N. Wells took the oath of office.

“I am deeply grateful to once again serve our community,” said Mayor Friedman. “Maintaining the safety and security of our community is a top priority, while preparing for the excitement of the 2028 Olympics and other world events will lead to some productive conversations. The year ahead will certainly be one filled with meaningful commitments that will enhance the quality of life for everyone living in and visiting Beverly Hills.”

Mayor Friedman was first elected to the BH City Council in 2017 and served as Mayor during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. He previously served on the Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission from 2011 through 2017 and served as its Chair in 2015. Mayor Friedman is also an attorney. Sharona R. Nazarian, PsyD was named Vice Mayor by the BH City Council during the ceremony.

Vice Mayor Nazarian, who was first elected in 2022, previously served as a Beverly Hills Public Works Commissioner and was a past Chair of the Beverly Hills Human Relations Commission. The Mayor and Vice Mayor serve one-year terms and are selected by their City Council colleagues during the annual reorganization meeting.

By Trevor

New Urban Artwork Rainbow Neon Dog At William S. Hart Park

April 4, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the city of West Hollywood website.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Wednesday, April 3, the city of West Hollywood announced on its website they completed the installation of Rainbow Neon Dog as part of its Urban Art Program at the northwest pedestrian entrance to William S. Hart Park, located at 8431 De Longpre Avenue.

The city reported on its website that the Rainbow Neon Dog has reconditioned, electrically rotating neon sign in the shape of a barking dog set atop a supporting pole that raises it above street level on Sunset Boulevard in either direction. The sign measures 10 feet high, by 10 feet wide, by 3 feet deep. It was designed in 1990 by Wilson Ong for the Collar & Leash pet store formerly located at 8555 Santa Monica Boulevard.

By Trevor

Jobson Marangoni De Castro In Federal Custody Following $1.8 Million Theft

April 3, 2024 ·

American Green Travel Photo Via Unsplash

BEVERLY HILLS—On April 2, Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 38, pleaded guilty to stealing over $1 million in items from a luxury hotel in Beverly Hills and then traveling with the stolen goods to the state of Florida to sell.

According to a Department of Justice press release, on May 10, 2023, De Castro was brought to the hotel by an Uber driver. He was then able to enter the hotel room of two Brazilian National travel companions who were visiting the U.S. to attend a fashion event.

De Castro was able to access the victim’s room by tricking the hotel clerk on duty into giving him a[his] key.

Surveillance video footage captured at the scene revealed that the suspect initially entered the victim’s room while they were sleeping. Seeing that the room was occupied, De Castro quickly exited without notice.

He returned to the room once the victims left for dinner. The victims reported the theft upon their return to the hotel.

Prosecutors in the case contend that De Castro stole high-end suitcases containing approximately $1.8 million in jewelry, and other items including, but not limited to, a custom-made aluminum RIMOWA carry-on bag, several black Tumi suitcases, a white embroidered silk jacquard Chanel dress, along with other high-end clothing, a watch valued at nearly $90,000, jewelry, and air tags.

Reports indicate that it took De Castro multiple trips to strip the room of all of the merchandise.

The following information came directly from the DOJ press release.

“De Castro then traveled to Miami and, on May 17, 2023, messaged a buyer in Miami on Instagram. De Castro told the buyer he wanted to sell jewelry – a diamond necklace and luxury watch – but he did not have papers for them because he had found them in a box belonging to his late mother. The jewelry matched the description of that stolen from the victims in Beverly Hills a few days earlier, according to court documents. The next day, the buyer wired De Castro $50,000, for the jewelry, which De Castro brought to the buyer’s store in Miami.

The name De Castro provided to the buyer was “Jobs Marangoni,” the same name he used for his Uber account.

De Castro has been in federal custody since August 2023.

Jobson Marangoni De Castro, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property, a felony that carries a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.”

The FBI and the Beverly Hills Police Department are investigating the theft. The Assistant U.S. Attorney, Alexander Gorin of the General Crimes Section is prosecuting the case.

The U.S. District Judge, Hernan D. Vera scheduled an evidentiary hearing for De Castro on April 30, to determine the extent of the loss.

A sentencing hearing is expected to be scheduled in the next few months.

By Sharon

Authorities Request Public Assistance Identifying Deceased Man

April 3, 2024 ·

Sheriff Car Photo by Alina Rubo Via Unsplash

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual found dead on March 31 (Easter Sunday) in the 8700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in WEHO. The Los Angeles County Coroner/Medical Examiner’s office pronounced him, “Dead at the scene.”                                                                                     


Canyon News reached out to the Los Angeles Coroner’s office for more information. The Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office responded with the following information on the victim:


“The decedent appears to be homeless. On the morning of March 31, 2024, he was found unresponsive on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and pronounced dead at [the] scene. The decedent appears to be a black male, aged approximately 45 to 60 years old. No tattoos were noted. His right eye has corneal opacity/cloudiness. He was wearing a black t-shirt with “LOVE FROM LEXI BENEFIT RIDE In honor of Berlyn Victoria Flores Saturday, July 24, 2010″ on the back, black pants, and gray socks.”


According to the Medical Examiners report, the victim had brown eyes, was 69″ tall and weighed 146 lbs.


LASD encourages anyone with more information or who may remember seeing the deceased while he was alive to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

By Sharon

BHPD K-9 Koa Dies

April 3, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the BHPD Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills Police Department announced on their Facebook page on Tuesday, April 2, that their K-9, Koa has died. Koa died on March 28 as a result of an underlying health condition while on duty.

The BHPD indicated he served with “dedication and brought joy to all he encountered. Thank you for your service, K-9 Koa. You will be sorely missed.”

A message from @bhpdk9 stated:

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of K-9 Koa. In the year he served with the BHPD, K-9 Koa was a vital asset to the K-9 unit and a beacon of light and pure joy to the community members he interacted with. K-9 Koa was honored with a hero send-off. Thank you for your service, K-9 Koa! You will be greatly missed!”

By Trevor

BHPD Looking For Distracted Drivers In April

April 3, 2024 ·

Using a cellphone while driving is against the law in the state of California. Photo courtesy of Jonas Lee via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, April 2, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced in a news release that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The BHPD will be actively looking for drivers throughout the month who are in violation of the state’s hands-free cell phone law.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving,” Chief Mark G. Stainbrook said. “Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach.”

The BHPD reported that according to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, more than 74 percent of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, there were at least 140 people killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in the state. The numbers could be underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, even when stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app. Using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

Motorists are asked to pull over to a safe parking spot if they have to take a call, text or email. The BH Police Department noted other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

By Trevor

West Hollywood Hosting Annual Tree Planting April 20

April 3, 2024 ·

The annual tree planting event in West Hollywood will take place on April 20. Photo by Eyoel Kahssay via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Saturday, April 20, the city of West Hollywood will host an annual Tree Planting at 9 a.m. in the public parkway at 1146/1148 Formosa Avenue.

Four paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) trees, which are widely planted throughout Southern California and are native to Australia, will be planted on April 20.

The paperbark is a rounded, evergreen tree with a maximum height of 40 feet. It has a low water use rating and features exfoliating bark and oblong leaves with seasonal flower displays in the summer and fall that will attract pollinators and birds. Sun exposure ranges from partial shade to full sun.

Members of the West Hollywood community are invited and asked to participate in this year’s annual tree planting event. Individuals can drop by without an RSVP.

Supervision, instruction, tools, and gloves will be provided. The event will begin with a short ‘how-to’ planting session, followed by a discussion on the benefits trees provide to the urban environment.

By Trevor

One Arrested For Attempted Arson At Station 105

April 3, 2024 ·

LAFD photo by Spencer Davis via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On March 31, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) arrested one individual for attempting to set fire to Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) station 105, located at 6345 Fallbrook Ave, in Woodland Hills.

The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call for trespassing at Station 105 after receiving reports of a man attempting to use the LAFD diesel fuel pump and spray the outside of the building. The suspect was successful in using the fuel pump that requires a pin code to operate.

A LAFD Captain indicated only one member of Station 105 was present at the time of the incident.

Authorities located and arrested the suspect at a nearby homeless encampment where he allegedly resides. No additional information is available about the suspect at this time.

By Sharon

SMPD Focusing On Distracted Driving

April 3, 2024 ·

The BHPD will be looking for distracted drivers behind the wheel in the month of April. Photo courtesy of Why Kei via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The Santa Monica Police Department announced that for the month of April they will be looking for drivers violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“In today’s fast-paced life, it is common to lose focus while driving. Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a crucial reminder that even a moment of inattention or a quick glance at the phone can lead to serious consequences. Let’s get off our apps and keep our eyes on the road. Before starting the car, silence your phone or put it in the glove box, trunk or back seat. Anywhere you can’t reach,” the SMPD stated in a press release.

According to the 2023 California Statewide Public Opinion Survey, over 74 percent of drivers surveyed said that distracted driving because of texting was their biggest safety concern. In 2021, at least 140 people were killed in distracted driving traffic crashes in the state of California. Some numbers could be underreported because law enforcement officers may not always be able to tell that distraction was a factor in a crash.

Under current law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while operating a vehicle, this includes while stopped at a red light. This includes talking, texting or using an app, using a handheld cell phone while driving is punishable by a fine, and violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record.

For drivers who have to respond to a phone call, text or email o has other distractions, is asked to pull over to a safe parking spot to complete the task without putting themselves or others at risk. Other distractions can be eating, grooming, reaching for something that fell on the floor, putting on or taking off clothing, talking with passengers, or children in the back seat.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

By Trevor

Malibu Environmental Education And Events April 2024

April 2, 2024 ·

The month of April is being celebrated in Malibu to increase awareness about protecting the planet. Photo by Louis Reed/Unsplash.

MALIBU—On April 1, the city of Malibu disclosed that a month-long series of events and activities in celebration of Earth Month. Community members can enjoy environmental education and recycling activities during April promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship in Malibu. A complete schedule of Earth Month events can be found at www.MalibuCity.org/EarthMonth.

“The guidance in Malibu’s General Plan is very clear. The people of Malibu are a responsible custodian of the area’s natural resources for present and future generations. Our founding fathers recognized that celebrating nature and protecting the environment would unite our community, so I invite everyone in Malibu to be part of our Earth Month activities,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “Please join with your neighbors in the global effort to protect and preserve our planet.”

April 22 is Earth Day, the world’s largest event focused on preserving the planet. Throughout April, Malibu is committed to inviting community participation in the city’s environmental events highlighting recycling, waste reduction, water conservation, and energy efficiency, and empowering the community to adopt sustainable practices.

For 2024, Earth Month events include Electronic and Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Document Shred Day, Organic Recycling Virtual Training, the 2024 State of the Watershed and a Firescaping class. All events are free for the public to attend. The city will post sustainability tips on social media throughout Earth Month. To see a highlight of all event visit: https://www.malibucity.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1734.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued From Griffith Park

April 2, 2024 ·

An injured hiker was rescued by the LAFD in Griffith Park. Photo courtesy of Holly Mandarich via Unsplash.

LOS FELIZ/GRIFFITH PARK—On Monday, April 1, the Los Angeles Fire Department indicated that they rescued a hiker north of Mount Hollywood Tunnel in Griffith Park. The incident was reported at 2:48 p.m.

LAFD Ground and Air responded to a 24-year-old female hiker in fair condition with a fractured ankle. The hiker was hoisted aboard a hovering LAFD helicopter.

They were transported to receive in-flight care during direct transport to regional trauma center for injuries sustained. No additional details about the incident were disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Spring Recreation Offerings In The City Of Malibu

April 1, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu has posted on its website itself Spring Recreation offerings. Photo by Aniket Bhattacharya via Unsplash.

MALIBU—The city of Malibu is alerting the public to explore Malibu’s spring sports, recreation and cultural programs, classes, facilities and events in the Spring 2024 Recreation Guide and City Newsletter at MalibuCity.org/CommunityServices. Print editions were mailed to Malibu residents during the week of March 4.

“We are proud of the wide variety of high-quality, professionally run educational, sports, artistic and cultural programs, camps and events that we offer our residents,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “From students and parents, to seniors and young kids, there is something for everyone. I encourage you to browse the guide and find a program that inspires you.”

The city of Malibu indicated on its website that the guide includes informational articles and contact information for City Departments and services.

Residents can find details in the guide about upcoming spring programs offered from March through May, including Afterschool Programs, Outdoor Recreation, Parent and Me Programs, Senior Programs and Excursions, Spring Break Day Camps, and events, including the 24th Annual Chumash Day Native American Powwow and Intertribal Gathering.

Registration for Spring Programs opened on March 11 via the Registration webpage. For ongoing details or up-to-date information on Community Services programs visit the webpage.

By Trevor

Anthony Pittman Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison

April 1, 2024 ·

A man who sexually assaulted a woman has been sentenced to 8 years in state prison. Photo by Syarafina Yusof via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On Thursday, March 28, 2024, the Santa Monica Police Department announced that in February 2024, Anthony Pittman, who is currently homeless, pled no contest to a series of sexual assaults he committed between August and September 2022.

The SMPD reported on September 27, 2022, at approximately 4 a.m., a female experiencing homelessness was sleeping near the Santa Monica Library when she awoke to a male suspect attempting to remove her blankets. She attempted to run from the suspect but was tackled to the ground where he sexually assaulted her. A few hours after the incident, she walked to the Santa Monica Police Station and made an official report.

The other 2022 incidents occurred in LAPD’s Northeast and Wilshire Divisions. Pittman was linked to his victims, who were all homeless female adults, through DNA evidence.

Pittman, a previously convicted sex offender, was sentenced to eight years in state prison for Forced Sodomy and Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony. The SMPD is asking anyone with information connected to Pittman to contact Detective Sergeant Goodwin at Chad.Goodwin@santamonica.gov, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427.

By Trevor

Hiker Rescued In Pacific Palisades

April 1, 2024 ·

A hiker was rescued in the Santa Monica Mountains. Photo courtesy of Clement M F via Unsplash.

PACIFIC PALISADES—On Sunday, March 31, the Los Angeles Fire Department disclosed that a hiker was rescued. The LAFD reported at 8:08 p.m. a hiker was rescued in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The LAFD ground and air responded to an adult male hiker stranded in darkness on a rain-soaked remote section of Temescal Ridge Trail south of Skull Rock in Topanga State Park.

A hovering LAFD Rescue Helicopter found the man and lowered a Flight Paramedic to perform an initial medical assessment. The hiker indicated he was uninjured. He and the LAFD Flight Paramedic were hoisted aboard the hovering helicopter, to shuttle the victim to a safe location beyond the wilderness.

By Trevor

Firefighters Battle Four-Story Building Fire

April 1, 2024 ·

One person was displaced after a fire in Hollywood on March 28. Photo by Maxim Tajer via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On March 28, the Los Angeles Fire Department extinguished a four-story residential building fire at 1310 N Detroit Street. The LAFD reported the blaze at 4:57 p.m.

Los Angeles City and County firefighters responded to a four-story residential building with smoke showing from the rear. Crews made access to the smoke-filled building, instructing residents to shelter inside of their apartment units. Firefighters located one unit on the third floor with contents burning inside, causing the heavy smoke conditions throughout the building.

It took the first 50 LAFD firefighters (along with help from LACoFD) 36 minutes to access, confine, and extinguish the flames. Thankfully, firefighter communications with residents (telling them to stay in their units without opening the door to the smoky conditions) kept the many building occupants safe. There were no reported injuries despite the building being heavily occupied.

One man returned home from the store to find his apartment destroyed. The American Red Cross is responding to assist the individual during this time of being displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

By Trevor

Two-Story House Fire Extinguished In Westwood

April 1, 2024 ·

The LAFD was able to extinguish a two-story house fire in Westwood. Photo by Aldo Prakash via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—The Los Angeles Fire Department announced that a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 911 S. Malcolm Avenue was extinguished on Sunday, March 31.

The LAFD reported the blaze at 1:25 a.m. with almost 40 LAFD firefighters extinguishing the blaze in 31 minutes (1:56 a.m.). They were able to access, confine, and fully extinguish heavy fire in the attic and second floor of a 3,795 square foot two-story home (built 1927).

There were no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

By Trevor

UCLA Library Announces New Senior Fellows Cohorts

April 1, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On March 27, the UCLA disclosed in a press release that the UCLA Library will welcome 20 top managers of academic libraries from across the nation for its 2024 UCLA Library Senior Fellows program. The biennial residential program will be held in July, focuses on management perspectives, strategic thinking and practical and theoretical approaches to issues impacting academic libraries, preparing fellows to pursue advanced leadership roles in the field.

“As a 2018 fellow, I value how much the UCLA Library Senior Fellows program intentionally built a cohort of not just good colleagues, but good friends and good advisors from across many different parts of the academic library landscape,” said Athena Jackson, the Norman and Armena Powell University Librarian. “The immersive experience and length of the program allowed for trust to be built and ideas to be shared candidly with a goal towards honing our skills as leaders and learners.”

Over 300 fellows have attended the program since its inception in 1982, and about 100 of its alumni have gone on to become library directors, including about 60 at Association of Research Libraries institutions.

“The UCLA Library Senior Fellows program has been nothing short of transformational for academic libraries,” said Janice Welburn, program director and a member of the 1999 cohort. “I am eager to welcome our new cohort to campus for a series of lectures, panels, workshops, and field trips and look forward to the lively debate, discussion and new friendships that will follow.”

The program is one of the longest-running leadership development program in the library profession, the UCLA Library Senior Fellows program is administratively hosted and supported by the UCLA Library.

The 2024 cohorts will arrive on the UCLA campus July 8 for a three-week residential program. Cohort members include:

-Michelle Armstrong, associate dean, Albertsons Library, Boise State University

-Tamika Barnes, associate dean for Perimeter library services, Georgia State University

-Nicole Branch, dean, University Library, Santa Clara University

-Gina Costello, associate dean, technology initiatives and special collections, Louisiana State University

-Shamella Cromartie, associate dean for organizational performance and administration, Clemson University Libraries, Clemson University

-Michael DeMars, associate dean of public services, Cal State Fullerton

-Kerri Goergen-Doll, associate dean of libraries, Oregon State University Libraries and Press

-Adriana Gonzalez, senior associate dean, University of Arkansas

-Mihoko Hosoi, associate dean for collections, research and scholarly communications, Penn State University

-Alexia Hudson-Ward, associate director of research, learning and strategic partnerships, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

-Heather James, interim dean of library, Foley Library, Gonzaga University

-Melissa Mallon, associate university librarian for teaching and learning, Vanderbilt University

-Danianne Mizzy, dean of library services, Montclair State University

-Katherine O’Clair, associate dean for academic services, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University

-John P. Renaud, associate university librarian for research resources, UC Irvine

-Alexandra Rivera, associate dean for diversity, inclusion and organizational development, Michigan State University Libraries

-Sandy Rodriguez, associate dean of special collections and archives, University of Missouri-Kansas City

-Lidia Uziel, associate university librarian for research resources and scholarly communication, UC Santa Barbara

-Amy Warner May, associate director of scholarly resources, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

-Roger Zender, associate university librarian, creation and curation services, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University

By Trevor

Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Workshop April 18

March 28, 2024 ·

Public input is wanted regarding the Coastline in the Malibu region. Photo courtesy of Kal Visuals via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Wednesday, March 27, the city of Malibu announced that the community is invited to an upcoming workshop focused on the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment, offered in-person April 18 and virtually on April 30. The workshop provides a opportunity for the community to share feedback and engage in talks regarding the next steps in addressing the projected impacts of sea-level rise in Malibu.

“We live in a seaside community that is highly vulnerable to sea-level rise, so it is crucial to get everyone in Malibu informed and involved in the efforts to address it,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “If we collaborate and share ideas, then we can be better able to shape the future of our coastline, and make sure Malibu stays strong and resilient for future generations.”

The city of Malibu noted on its website that the in-person workshop on Thursday, April 18, will take place at 5 p.m. at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road). The virtual workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 3 p.m. Zoom link for the virtual workshop is posted at https://tinyurl.com/MalibuCVA.  RSVPs are not required for the events.

Malibu previously presented technical results of projected sea-level rise impacts in the mid-century and late-century at in-person and virtual workshops in November 2023. The recording of the virtual workshop is available at https://youtu.be/qf51xGSahRs.  The draft Coastal Vulnerability Assessment report and interactive GIS map is available at https://malibucity.org/coastal.

The community’s input, gathered through the upcoming workshop, will shape the final stages of the Coastal Vulnerability Assessment as the project approaches completion. For more details, visit https://malibucity.org/coastal, call 310-456-2489, ext. 390, or email mbuilding@malibucity.org.

By Trevor

Picasso Pets Event On April 6

March 28, 2024 ·

The Picasso Pets Event is April 6. Photo courtesy of Jay Wennington via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Wednesday, March 27, the city of West Hollywood’s Picasso Pets event will kick off with the swearing-in of the city’s honorary Pet Mayor, Winnie Erickson, on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The free event will provide an opportunity for pet parents to meet Winnie, participate in pet-friendly activities, and receive event souvenirs while supplies last. The pet caricature portrait activity has reached capacity for the event, but pet parents are encouraged to partake in other activities at the event.

Pets must always remain leashed and under the control of their human. If it rains, the event will be moved indoors to the Doheny Room located on the second floor of the West Hollywood Park Aquatic and Recreation Center (which is adjacent to the surface level of West Hollywood Park).

The City’s Pet Mayor is a program approved by the West Hollywood City Council in 2022. As part of the program, the City’s Mayor may choose to have their pet (dog, cat, or another animal companion) serve as the Pet Mayor during their mayoral term. The City’s Pet Mayor Program intends to enhance support for the West Hollywood community’s animals and animal guardians and help bring awareness to the City’s ongoing efforts and initiatives focused on animal welfare.

The Pet Mayor will be tasked with attending appropriate meetings and events, which may include attending fundraisers in support of animal rescue organizations, visiting dog-friendly establishments in West Hollywood, and other forms of community engagement.

Winnie, the beloved four-legged incoming Pet Mayor found her home with Mayor John M. Erickson when she was adopted from Wags and Walks. Winnie is 9 years old.

West Hollywood has been focused on animal rights and protections for decades and the city’s commitment to animal rights is one of its legacies. The city has consistently worked to enact leading-edge animal welfare legislation.

In 1989, the West Hollywood City Council passed Resolution 558 making West Hollywood a “Cruelty-Free Zone” for animals. This action was then followed by West Hollywood’s move to secure animal care service policies that included a no-kill policy for stray and abandoned animals. West Hollywood focused its efforts on raising awareness about the availability of thousands of abandoned animals at shelters waiting to be adopted, even sponsoring local adoption fairs at City parks — a tradition that continues to this day.

For more details about West Hollywood’s Pet Mayor contact Jennifer Del Toro, the City of West Hollywood’s Community and Legislative Affairs Supervisor, at (323) 848-6549 or at jdeltoro@weho.org. For information about Picasso Pets, call (323) 848-6534 or email recreation@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing call TTY (323) 848-6496.

By Trevor

Actor Will Smith Gets Speeding Ticket On PCH

March 28, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On Friday, March 22, well-known actor and comedian, Will Smith received a ticket for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway. Police ticketed Smith for driving 63 miles per hour driving close to 20 mph over the speed limit.

The following information came directly from the California General Code:

“Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) (State Route 1) is a four-lane state highway traversing the city from east to west along the Pacific Coast. The right-of-way includes an intermittent center turning lane. Within the city, PCH is about 25 miles long with a posted speed limit between 45 and 55 miles per hour.

The famous actor did not get away with a warning. PCH is listed as one of the nation’s most scenic highways. The number of fatal accidents on this stretch of highway has resulted in a heavier police presence and many more tickets.

Police first told TMZ that, “No one gets a break for putting the pedal to the metal on such a super dangerous stretch of highway.

Reports indicate there have been as many as 58 fatal accidents on the Pacific Coast Highway in the last 14 years.

Multiple news outlets have reported the speeding ticket as “part of Will Smiths ongoing legal trouble.” One aforementioned article cited Will Smith slapping Chris Rock. That was almost exactly two years ago, at the Oscars. Reports indicate that Smith was banned from the Oscars for 10 years. There hasn’t been any reported criminal activity since that time.

On March 26, Smith released the trailer for his latest film, “Bad Boys Ride or Die.” The action-packed comedy – cop adventure will be released in theaters on June 7. The film was directed by Adil and Bilall and was written by Chris Brenner. The trailer may be found on Will Smith’s Facebook page.

By Sharon

Local Charter School Wins Decathlon

March 27, 2024 ·

WOODLAND HILLS—On Sunday, March 24, El Camino Charter High School, also known as “ECR” or “Elco” located at 5440 Valley Circle Boulevard in the Woodland Hills district of San Fernando Valley won the California Academic Decathlon in Santa Clara, California.

According to the school website, 54 California schools competed in the areas of math, science, literature, art, music, social science, economics, essay writing, interviewing, speech, comprehension, and humanity.

ECR students competing earned a total of 50,781.20 out of 60,000 available points, earned 48 individual medals earning both state and super quiz titles. 

This is not the first win for El Camino High. ECR students won the Decathlon last year earning their place in the National Finals in Frisco, Texas, and took home the 2023 Division I Champion title. The Woodland Hills charter school has achieved the right to compete nationally three times in the last five years.  

In addition, this win marks El Camino’s 14th state title which is more than any other school in the state of California.

Elco students will now represent the state of California as they move forward to compete at the national level in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 25-27. According to the U.S. Decathlon website, online national competitions for small, medium, and large schools are also open to qualified teams from each participating state.

According to U.S. News and World Report, El Camino Real Charter High School is ranked 3,645 in the nation.

Canyon News reached out to El Camino Real Charter High School for a statement but did not hear back in time for print.

By Sharon

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Beverly Hills’ Home Raided

March 27, 2024 ·

The Beverly Hills home of musician Sean 'Diddy' Combs. Photo Demian Tejeda Benitez via Unsplash.

BEVERLY HILLS—The Beverly Hills property of music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, 54, was raided by agents with the Department of Homeland Security on Monday, March 25. Combs who references himself as ‘Diddy,’ also had one of his properties in Miami, Florida raided on Monday as authorities looked for evidence related to a sex trafficking investigation that the musician/actor has been accused of. Law enforcement had guns drawn as they entered the property in BH and detained individuals inside the property.

Diddy’s two sons, Justin and King Combs who were at the Beverly Hills’ property at the time of the raid, were detained by authorities, but not arrested. Traffic was cut off to neighbors in the Holmby Hills region as agents completed the raid. Some neighbors not able to access their home included “Alien” director Ridley Scott.

In addition to Diddy’s BH home being raided, his home in Miami was also raided by authorities at the same time, as footage was seen on social media of a boat docking near the property on Star Island which is a secluded region in Miami where the rich and famous reside.

There were no specific details on what authorities were looking for in the warrant disclosed to the public. Diddy was not arrested or taken into custody. He was about to board a flight with his twin daughters to travel internationally for Easter break, when he was halted by authorities. The warrant came from the Southern District of New York. Diddy was captured in video obtained by TMZ pacing back and forth after news of the raids were made public.

Diddy was sued by his former girlfriend, Cassie, back in November 2023, where he was accused of abuse and sexual assault. A settlement was reached between both parties that was not disclosed. Combs denied all allegations alleged against him. Since the lawsuit brought by Cassie, the musician has faced several lawsuits in recent months from others.

In February 2024, music producer Rodney ‘Lil Rod’ Jones filed a lawsuit against Combs alleging he was forced into sex acts and asked to find sex workers for Diddy. Jones alleged that Diddy drugged him and assaulted him.

Combs is a well-known name in the music industry having found success with rapper Biggie Smalls in the early 90s. He parlayed that success into working with musicians Mary J. Blige, 112, Danity Kane, Mase and many more. He was recently honored at the 2023 Bet Awards where he earned the Lifetime Achievement Award.

By Trevor

New Details For Installation Ceremony For Mayor, Vice Mayor Of BH

March 27, 2024 ·

The Installation Ceremony will take place on April 2. Photo courtesy of the city of Beverly Hills.

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills has announced new details for the New Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Council Installation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 2. The city of Beverly Hills posted on its website the event will be held at 7 p.m. at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Beverly Hills.

Current Mayor Julian A. Gold, and councilmembers John A. Mirisch and Lili Bosse will be in attendance at the ceremony, where Lester J. Friedman will be sworn in as a the new Mayor of the city and Sharona R. Nazarian, PsyD will be sworn in as the new Vice Mayor.

Newly elected Beverly Hills City Councilmembers Craig A. Corman and Mary N. Wells will be sworn in during the ceremony. A total of 10 candidates ran for two open seats on the Beverly Hills City Council during the March 5, 2024, General Election.

The Wallis Annenberg Center is located at 9390 North Santa Monica Blvd. A reception is scheduled to take place after the ceremony. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and free parking will take place at the following garages: 450 N. Crescent Drive structure and the Rexford/Civic Center structure located at 450 N. Rexford Drive.

By Trevor

Malibu Provides Updates On Landslide Road Closures

March 27, 2024 ·

The city of Malibu has provided n update about road closures in the region because of landslides. Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Monday, March 25, the city of Malibu provided an update on its website related to several road closures because of landslides in the region.

The City Public Works Department is communicating with Caltrans on the closures due to landslides that have been impacting Malibu as Caltrans engineers continue to assess the safety and stability of the slopes and the roadway at the landslide sites in Topanga Canyon and on Pacific Coast Highway.

“We understand the inconvenience and frustration caused by the traffic congestion. The closures are for your safety. We will continue to post any significant changes on social media and other platforms. Meanwhile, we urge residents, commuters and visitors to check navigation apps and Quickmap.dot.ca.gov for the latest road conditions and closures or call Caltrans Highway Information Network at 800-427-7623 before hitting the road. For the most up to date information, follow Caltrans District 7 on X (Twitter) at https://twitter.com/CaltransDist7. Please drive cautiously in the slide areas, and watch for workers and work vehicles in the road,” the city stated on its website.

TOPANGA CANYON REMAINS CLOSED

Topanga Canyon remains closed in both directions from Grand View Drive to PCH until further notice due to the large, active landslide located 1.8 miles north of PCH. Large rocks continue to fall at the site. Caltrans is continuing to monitor the slide. Additional rain is forecasted for the weekend.

FLAGGERS DIRECTING TRAFFIC AT TUNA CANYON & PCH

As of March 22, Caltrans stationed flaggers to direct traffic from Tuna Canyon Road onto to southbound PCH in Malibu to help make it easier and safer for drivers to cross the northbound lanes of PCH and prevent wrong-way drivers from entering the one-way Tuna Canyon Rd.

2 LANES OPEN IN EACH DIRECTION AT PCH & BIG ROCK

Caltrans restriped the median lane on PCH at the ongoing active landslide just south of Big Rock Drive in Malibu to provide two northbound lanes to help alleviate traffic congestion. One northbound lane was taken up by K-rails to halt the active landslide. There are now two northbound and one southbound lanes open. Caltrans is assessing the slide and making plans to clear the roadway. The duration is unknown.

By Trevor

Grand Theft Suspect Arrested By BHPD

March 27, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of the BHPD Facebook page.

BEVERLY HILLS—On March 15, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced on their Facebook page that a grand theft suspect had been arrested.

The BHPD reported a suspect committed a grand theft on Rodeo Drive. While walking away, authorities utilized their Real Time Watch Center technology and personnel were able to track him to where he committed another grand theft several blocks away.

“Still hot on his trail, our Virtual Patrol Officers (VPOs) informed our patrol officers that the suspect had left our City’s jurisdiction,” the BHPD stated.

An hour after the crimes were committed, officers were able to locate the suspect. The suspect tried to run away, but officers were faster and took him into custody. The name of the suspect and items stolen have not been disclosed to the public.

“Let this be a reminder: don’t commit crime in Beverly Hills; we will track you down even outside our City limits,” the BHPD said in a post on Facebook.

By Trevor

Fire Chief Matthew Hallock Swear-In Ceremony March 27

March 27, 2024 ·

The Santa Monica Fire Department will hold a Swear-In ceremony for Fire Chief Matthew Hallock on March 27. Photo by Marc Kleen via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica announced on its website that the Santa Monica Fire Department will host the swearing-in ceremony for Fire Chief Matthew Hallock on Wednesday, March 27. The event begins at 11 a.m. inside Fire Station 1, 1337 7th St.

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo will open the ceremony followed by a presentation of colors by SMFD Department’s Honor Guard. An invocation will be led by fire department chaplain Josh Young followed by remarks from retired Santa Monica Fire Chief Ettore Berandinelli.

Interim City Clerk Nikima Newsome will perform the swearing-in ceremony followed by a badge pinning by Hallock’s wife, Cheryl.

Chief Hallock will give remarks to close the ceremony, followed by a reception where light refreshments will be served.

The event will be live-streamed and available for viewing on Santa Monica’s YouTube channel here.

By Trevor

Another Landslide In Hollywood Hills

March 26, 2024 ·

Landslide photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—On March 24, several homes in the Hollywood Hills area were damaged after recent rainfall. According to local meteorologists, Sunday’s bouts of rain added to the already saturated ground sending mud and debris down below the hillside on the 9200 block of Flicker Way.

The area near Sierra Mar Place, where comedian Jerry Seinfeld use to live, has also been one of the places most seriously affected by the Spring rains this year.

According to The Landslide Blog, on EOS written by Dave Petley, due to a landslide, four homes in the area have been red-tagged or declared “unsafe for occupation.” Petley explained that aerial video footage showed the rotation of blocks of sandstone and siltstone bedrock has caused large amounts of “weathered material” into the homes below.

According to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, “Rotational slides (slumps) are landslides that occur along a curved or spoon-shaped surface. Back-tilting may occur near the scarp of the landslide and there is often a toe of displaced material. Rotational slides often occur because the internal strength of the material is overcome by its own weight.”

According to World Weather information, Hollywood Hills has a sixty-one percent chance of more rain in the forecast for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31.

By Sharon

Detectives Seek To Identify Indecent Exposure Suspect

March 25, 2024 ·

Photo courtesy of Markus Spiske via Unsplash.

WEST HOLLYWOOD—On Thursday, March 21, the Los Angeles Police Department disclosed they are searching for a suspect who has been exposing himself to individuals. The LAPD West Bureau’s Special Assault Section (SAS) noted the incidents have occurred in Mid-City and the West Los Angeles areas.

The LAPD reported on January 28, shortly after midnight, the suspect started harassing residents in the 800 block of North Croft Avenue. He exposed himself and made crude comments to a woman who was headed home. The suspect returned several more times to stare in her windows. On March 2, he repeated this conduct in the 5700 block of West 6th Street in the early morning hours, then again in the 1200 block of Armacost Avenue shortly afterward.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a male, White or Hispanic, around 40-50 years old, dark, graying hair, dark mustache, brown eyes, standing approximately 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds.

“When you’re at home, you should be thinking about comfort and relaxation, not this lewd conduct,” said Detective Brent Hopkins, a supervisor with SAS, “There’s no place for this in our neighborhoods.”

Photo courtesy of the LAPD.

The LAPD has responded with increased patrols in the areas and detectives have been in communication with their counterparts at surrounding agencies. Via social media and word-of-mouth, they are also sharing information and photos of the suspect in the hopes of identifying him and preventing additional crimes.

“The community is our most valuable ally and source of information,” Detective Hopkins said. “Someone out there knows who this guy is and can help us put an end to this disturbing behavior.”

Photo courtesy of the LAPD.

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information that could lead to the identification of additional victims or witnesses to contact the lead investigator, Detective Brent Hopkins of the LAPD’s Operations-West Bureau, Special Assault Section, at 213-473-0447or via email at 39343@lapd.online. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247).

Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

By Trevor

LAPD Investigating Felony Hit-And-Run That Injured Pedestrian

March 25, 2024 ·

The LAPD is searching for a driver involved in a felony hit-and-run. Photo by Runnar Madlung via Unsplash.

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Thursday, March 21, they are currently investigating a felony hit-and-run collision that occurred in January.

Detectives with the LAPD West Traffic Division indicated on January 9, at 7:30 p.m., a black or dark gray Ford F-150 traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard, crashed into a pedestrian that was within the crosswalk from the south curb of Santa Monica Boulevard, west of St. Andrews Place. The Ford F-150 continued traveling westbound on Santa Monica Boulevard to northbound Wilton Place, fleeing the scene without identifying themselves or providing aid to the pedestrian as required by law.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene and transported the pedestrian to a local hospital for medical treatment. The victim is a 44-year-old resident of Los Angeles who is currently recovering from severe injuries to their face, torso, and legs. The investigation is ongoing.

Video of the suspect vehicle fleeing the scene can be viewed at West Traffic Division’s X/Twitter account(@LAPDWestTraffic) and their Instagram account (@lapd.wtd).

Drivers are informed that if they become involved in a collision, they are to pull over and stop as soon as it is safe to do so, notify emergency services, and remain at the scene to identify themselves.

Pedestrians are reminded to use caution when crossing the street and to always look both ways before proceeding as vehicles may or may not see people crossing the street, especially in hours of darkness.

Anyone with details about this collision is asked to contact West Traffic Division Detective Section at 213-473-0234. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS 800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

By Trevor

Santa Monica Planning To Build 3 Affordable Housing Sites

March 25, 2024 ·

Photo by Blake Wheeler via Unsplash.

SANTA MONICA—On March 19, the Santa Monica City Council approved to move forward with an agreement with Hollywood Community Housing Corporation to add to the city’s supply of affordable and permanent supportive housing.

The proposed projects, which are expected to come back for final approval by the City Council, include approximately 130 units on three city-owned properties at 1217 Euclid Street, 1211-1217 14th Street and 1146 16th Street, in line with the city’s approved Housing Element.

The City’s 2021-2029 Housing Element commits the city of Santa Monica to developing 100 percent affordable housing on specific City-owned sites to meet its share of regional affordable housing. The sites identified in the Housing Element include three surface public parking lots near Wilshire Boulevard and 14th Street. In accordance with the Housing Element, the City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to evaluate and select a development team qualified to undertake the development of the three sites. An evaluation committee composed of representatives from several City departments and a consultant reviewed proposals from nine teams. Staff recommends the City Council selection of a team led by Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC) based on the team’s overall experience in development, design, operations, and supportive services, including the strength of its proposal for the sites.

According to a press release from the city’s website, once built, the projects are expected to assist individuals and families making anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of the Area Median Income, as well as individuals experiencing homelessness. Having the projects online will assist the cities goal of Addressing Homelessness and Justice, Equity & Diversity.

The Euclid Street site will include permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals, with The People Concern as the lead supportive service provider. They will provide wrap around supportive services including mental health services, crisis intervention, individual therapy, rehabilitation and therapeutic groups, substance abuse services, life skills education, medication management, benefits assistance and connections to outside services as needed.

“An important part of Santa Monica’s Housing Element is our commitment to dedicate several city-owned properties to advance much-needed affordable housing production,” said Santa Monica Mayor Phil Brock. “I am glad to see these projects moving forward as part of our city’s strategic effort to address homelessness and continue to build a community where all have the ability to live and thrive.”

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation was selected through a competitive bidding process based on experience and other criteria.

Next steps include a community engagement process to allow for input on the design and development plan. A refined proposal incorporating community feedback is expected to return to council for final consideration and approval in 2025.

For more details review the staff report and watch the council meeting.

By Trevor

River Rescue Near Laurel Canyon Boulevard

March 25, 2024 ·

The Los Angeles Fire Department participated in a rescue near the Los Angeles River on Sunday, March 24. Photo by Levi Meir Clancy via Unsplash.

STUDIO CITY—On Sunday, March 24, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced a river rescue transpired at 5:03 p.m. on the Los Angeles River East of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

LAFD ground and air response, following a sudden rainstorm, had to assist an adult female first discovered in the concrete-lined Los Angeles River flood control channel near Whitsett Avenue. The victim was “less than knee depth” in water that was moving at approximately 15 miles-per-hour, the LAFD indicated.

After being thrown a flotation device and briefly holding onto the lower portion of a 24-foot wooden ladder lowered by the first arriving LAFD crew along the vertical concrete wall of the Los Angeles River, the 35-year-old woman was again swept a short distance downstream by the 15 mile-per-hour flow of storm water, before being rescued by an LAFD Rescue Helicopter crew using a hoist cable and harness.

She and her LAFD rescuer were safely hoisted aboard the aircraft where she received continuous in-flight care for minor injuries, including hypothermia, during direct helicopter transport to an area hospital. The woman has confirmed there were no other persons or animals with her or known by her to be in peril. No additional details about the incident were provided by the LAFD, who gave another update at 5:42 p.m.

By Trevor

North Santa Monica Bay State Of The Watershed 2024 Event

March 25, 2024 ·

The Santa Monica Bay State of the Watershed event will be held on April 25. Photo courtesy of Jong Marshes via Unsplash.

MALIBU—On Thursday, March 21, the city of Malibu announced that community members are invited to attend the 2nd annual North Santa Monica Bay (NSMB) State of the Watershed 2024 event on Thursday, April 25. The event will occur at Malibu City Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“Protecting our beautiful natural surroundings is a big part of life in our community and Malibu is committed to securing the future of our watersheds and marine ecosystems,” said Mayor Steve Uhring. “The North Santa Monica Bay State of the Watershed provides a rare opportunity for residents and multiple publ