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

UCLA Police Department Hosting Pancakes With Police

March 21, 2024 ·

Pancakes on a plate. Photo courtesy of Tatiana Rodriguez via Unsplash.

WESTWOOD—On Tuesday, April 16, the UCLA Police Department will host its Pancakes with Police event. The event is free to the public and allows the UCLA community to have breakfast with officers from 8 am. to 11 a.m.

Join for free pancakes and coffee while meeting officers and enjoy interactive displays, photo opportunities, and station tours.

To attend visit the UCLA PD located at 601 Westwood Plaza (link is external) and BruinCards are required for entry by participants and their guests.  The event was recently held back April 2023.

By Trevor

Decades Old Village Theater To Be Restored

February 23, 2024 ·

Vintage filming equipment photo by Jeremy Yap

WESTWOOD—On Thursday, February 22, Jason Reitman, and a coalition of approximately 35 filmmakers along with the financial backing of a significant number of investors have taken custody of Westwood’s iconic Village Theater located at 961 Broxton Avenue.

Old theater photo by Merch Husey

Those involved in acquiring the theater include, but are not limited to the following people, both Jason and Phil Rietman, Steven Spielberg, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Guillermo del Toro, Chloe’ Zhao, Lulu Want, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher McQuarrie, Emma Thomas, Emma Seligman, Seth Rogen, Jay Roach, Judd Apatow, Damien Chazelle, Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Hannah Fidell, Alejandro González Iñárritu, James Gunn, Sian Heder, Rian Johnson, Gil Kenan, Karyn Kusama, Justin Lin, Phil Lord, David Lowery, Chris Miller, Todd Phillips, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and some other interested parties.

Many of the producers and filmmakers have indicated that they will be programming and introducing movies in the newly renovated venue.

Village Theater, known for its large tower is located near UCLA, and contains one of the largest screens in Los Angeles. Reports indicate the 93-year-old vintage theater will remain open while renovators add a bar, and a gallery where producers may show off their wares.

The National Theater Owner’s (NATO) President and CEO, Michael O’Leary thanked the group for their efforts.

“On behalf of the nation’s theater owners, we applaud this remarkable act of love from some of our greatest filmmakers in revitalizing the classic Village Theater. It promises to be yet again a community anchor in a historic moviegoing neighborhood.”

By Sharon

Happening Now, Battle Of The Badges Blood Drive

February 5, 2024 ·

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA—On February 1, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) announced their annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive to benefit the American Red Cross, and those they service throughout the coverage area including, but not limited to, Westwood, Brentwood, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks.

Blood drive happening now in our coverage area

On the LAFD website it is noted that this annual drive has been a great support for the Red Cross since 2007. Blood donors have contributed over 50,000 units of blood since the inception of the drive. Last year 2,500 units of blood were donated. This year’s goal is 3,000 units.

The police department, fire department, and Sheriff’s department are competing to see who can bring in the most donations.

The drive lasts from January 10 through the end of March 2024. Participants receive a free commemorative t-shirt, while supplies last.

Eligible donors are required to make an appointment through the Red Cross donor app that may be found on the Red Cross website or by calling the Red Cross 1-800 REDCROSS and using the sponsor code BOB24.

The remaining LAFD community blood drives are as follows:

Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Fire Station 89 located at 7063 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood.

Thursday, February 15 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Fire Station 59 located at 11505 Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Saturday, February 17 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station 87 located at 10124 Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills.

Monday, March 18 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station 5 located at 8900 South Emerson Avenue in Westchester

Saturday, March 23 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Fire Station 87 at 10124 Balboa in Granada Hills.

More donor opportunities are listed on the American Red Cross Website.

February 6 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Riverside Police Department, 10540 Magnolia Ave.

February 13 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., City of Buena Park, 6650 Beach Blvd.

February 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Rialto Police Department, 214 N Palm Ave.

February 14, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. located at City of Seal Beach, 707 Electric Avenue.

February 20 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Ave.

February 27 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Montclair Police Department, 5111 Benito St.

February 28 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., Los Angeles County Internal Svc Downey, 9150 Imperial Hwy.

February 28 from 10 am. until 4 p.m. Glendora Police Department, 140 South Glendora Ave.

February 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., George E. Brown Jr. Fed Bldg. Riverside, 3470 Twelfth St.

March 7 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., Upland Police Department, 1499 W 13th St.

March 28 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Bell Gardens Police Department, 6662 Loveland St.

More locations and information may be available on the LAFD, LAPD, and LASD prospective websites.

By Sharon

Parking Permit Scam Targeting UCLA Students

January 30, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On Sunday, January 28, the UCLA Police Department announced on their Facebook page a parking permit scam that is targeting UCLA students.

Authorities are warning students about the scam that involves a perpetrator impersonating a student that attempts to sell a parking permit in exchange for a digital payment.

UCLA parking permits can only be purchased from UCLA Transportation and are non-transferrable. Anyone who encounters someone trying to sell them a UCLA parking permit are asked to report them by calling (310) 825-1491.

By Trevor

Sexual Battery Suspect Arrested By UCLA PD

January 30, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On January 23, the UCLA Police Department noted a suspect responsible for a sexual battery has been taken into custody.

It was reported on January 19 at around 2:10 p.m., the suspect grabbed the victim’s buttocks near the Inverted Fountain. At 6:07 p.m., the suspect grabbed another victim’s buttocks near Pritzker Hall.

The suspect was described in a news alert as a male, Indian or Middle Eastern in his 20s with short black hair. He was wearing a blue and gray jacket, gray sweatpants, black sneakers, a black backpack and headphones.

The victims in each sexual battery are UCLA students.

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.

The name of the suspect has not yet been disclosed to the public.

By Trevor

Charges In Sexual Assault Cases In Culver City, Long Beach, Additional Victims Sought

January 17, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD/SANTA MONICA—On January 9, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with Culver City Police Chief Jason Sims and Long Beach Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Don Mauk, announced felony charges in two separate cases.

In the first case, out of Culver City, Marcos Maldonado was charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl at her Culver City home. In the second case, out of Long Beach, Martin Lopez was arrested for impersonating a police officer and accused of sexually assaulting and attempting to kidnap a woman.

“From the day this disturbing and tragic crime occurred, Culver City Police Department Investigators have worked tirelessly to solve this case,” said Culver City Police Chief Jason Sims. “I want to thank all our partners who worked alongside our detectives to ensure this suspect was identified and located as quickly as possible. Thank you to the LA Impact Task Force, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab, the UCLA Santa Monica Rape Treatment Center, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for your partnership. I also want to thank the Culver City community, particularly the Blair Hills neighborhood for the continued support of the dedicated men and women of the Culver City Police Department who have worked diligently to seek justice for the victim in this case. We will continue to work in close collaboration with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office through the successful prosecution of this suspect.”

“Our personnel work tirelessly to keep Long Beach safe and to hold suspects responsible for crime committed in our city,” said Long Beach Chief of Police Wally Hebeish. “This arrest is a testament to our commitment to bringing justice to victims and getting dangerous suspects out of our community. We urge anyone who may have also been a victim of this suspect to please come forward and we stand ready to assist the District Attorney in the prosecution of this case.”

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

Martin Lopez, 54, was arrested, not charged, for impersonating a police officer. It is further alleged that Lopez has previously been convicted of two or more serious and/or violent felonies. He is scheduled to be arraigned on January 24 in Dept. S01 at the Long Beach Courthouse.

On or about December 27, 2023, the victim was leaving a restaurant in Long Beach when she was allegedly approached by Lopez at her vehicle outside of the restaurant. He falsely identified himself as a police officer, showing the victim a badge. Lopez allegedly proceeded to sexually assault the woman under the guise of a “search.” He attempted to unsuccessfully command the victim get into his vehicle. At that time, Lopez was confronted by one of the multiple individuals who witnessed the incident.

He fled the scene and was arrested on January 4, 2024. Hi bail was set at $2,410,000. Lopez could face up to 77 years to life in prison. The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.

Marcos Maldonado, 35, is charged in case 24ARCF00040 with two counts of forcible rape of a child under 14 years; one count of sodomy by use of force – victim under age 14; and two counts of sexual penetration by use of force of victim under 14.

It is further alleged that the offenses were committed, the victim was a child under 14 years of age. It also is alleged that the defendant committed the offenses during the commission of a burglary and engaged in the tying or binding of the victim.

Maldonado pleaded not guilty to all charges at an arraignment on January 8. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 15 in Dept. 31 at the Airport Courthouse.

On December 2, 2023, Maldonado allegedly broke into the 12-year-old victim’s home through an upstairs balcony during the early morning hours where he proceeded to sexually assault her over the course of three hours. He was identified by the victim in a six-pack photo line-up. His bail was set at $1,800,000 at his arraignment.

If convicted as charged, Maldonado will face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case was investigated by the Culver City Police Department.
It is believed that there may be more victims of both Lopez and Maldonado and they are asked to come forward. If anyone has details regarding Lopez they should call 562-570-7368. If anyone has details about Maldonado they should contact 310-253-6302 or email tips@culvercity.org.

By Trevor

Westwood Dance Studio Offers Dance Classes For Kids

January 11, 2024 ·

WESTWOOD—On January 10, LA Dance Fit announced that they will be holding Hip Hop Dance lessons beginning January 23 at 4:00 p.m. The classes are for children six years old and up. The lessons will be held at the Dance Fit Studio located at 10936 Santa Monica Boulevard.

On their website, the Dance Fit Studio message relays that their classes aren’t only about learning to dance.

It’s “Designed for young enthusiasts, this class isn’t just about learning dance steps; it’s a journey into self-expression and confidence building, set to the pulsating beats of hip-hop.”

LA Dance Fit is known for the dance classes offered. They have offered classes for both beginners and the more seasoned dancers in not just hip-hop, but have classes in Soul Hip-Hop, Jazz-Funk, and Afro-Caribbean Vibez.

Canyon News reached out to the Dance Fit Studio for more information and a photo but have not heard back in time for print.

By Sharon

Murder Suspect Arrested Near Red Bluff

October 24, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—On Friday October 20 at approximately 5:56 p.m. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) located an individual that fit the description of a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal incident that Lassen County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies had just responded to at 4:48 p.m. the same day.

CHP arrested and detained Edward Harold Biggs in connection with that incident. Reports indicate that witnesses told police that they saw Biggs and the victim, later identified as Marty Robert Ashley Sr., who first responders found lying on the side of the road with severe head and facial injuries. Life-saving techniques were administered to the victim to no avail. Mr. Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies indicated that witnesses were able to identify the assailant. CHP officers located Biggs in his big red truck on highway 36 close to Manton Road near Red Bluff. Biggs was taken into custody and according to LCSO is currently incarcerated at the Tahama County Jail on a murder charge.

This case is currently under investigation.  If you know anything about the altercation between the victim and suspect you are encouraged to contact LCSO at 530-251-8013.

By Sharon

One Person Killed In Two-Car Collision

May 1, 2023 ·

SANTA MONICA—Two vehicles collided on Saturday, April 29 on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica that resulted in one person being killed and nine others injured. The crash occurred at 3:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of PCH, near the California Incline, Santa Monica Police Lt. Erika Aklufi indicated.

“A Kia with six adults and two small children was northbound on PCH and attempting to turn left into Beach Lot Four North when it was T-boned by a southbound Toyota Camry with two adults,” said Lt. Aklufi.

All of the passengers were transported to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. A passenger in the back of the Kia suffered a major leg injury and later died at the hospital. The name of the victim has not been disclosed to the public.

Authorities indicated the of the injuries were minor.

The Santa Monica Police Department shut down northbound lanes of PCH between the 900 and 1000 blocks of road, and the California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert at 4:50 p.m., shutting down the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway at Fourth Street.

By Rob

Westwood Man Struck And Killed By Semi Driver

March 20, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—On March 19, at approximately 12:05 p.m., a wreck on Highway 99 and Oswald Road claimed the life of Steven Tadeo, 30, of Westwood.

Reports indicate that Tadeo was traveling northbound on the highway at approximately 65 mph in his Toyota Tacoma truck when the driver of a semi-truck took a left, crossing the highway directly in the path of Tadeo. The semi-truck driver was traveling at an accelerated rate of speed when it struck Tadeo’s car.

Reports from the California Highway Patrol indicate that Tadeo’s truck initially struck the landing gear on the left-hand side of the semi and was pinned underneath. Steven died at the scene from blunt force trauma caused by the crash.

Highway 99 between Barry and Oswald Roads were closed to the public for approximately two hours as officers investigated the crash.

Canyon News reached out to Sutter County Sheriff’s Office where Under Sheriff Scott Smallwood indicated the incident is being investigated by the CHP. Canyon News contacted the CHP for more information, but did not hear back before print.

Anyone with details on the incident is asked to call the CHP Yuba-Sutter Office at (530) 645-6200.

By Sharon

UCLA’s Powell Cat Passes Away

March 12, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—UCLA’s unofficial mascot known by students and staff as the Powell Cat passed away on Thursday, March 9. The cat was found under a tree near its home, in front of Kaufman Hall.

The cause of death has yet to be determined. According to Powell Cat’s official Instagram, which was run by a staff caretaker, the cat was alive at around 9 a.m. that day. At around 4:09 p.m. the account confirmed Powell Cat’s death. There are plans to have a memorial gathering which will be on Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. The location has yet to be announced. Updates can be found on Powell Cat’s Instagram.

Many students took to social media to post their memories of the cat and their condolences. Students said Powell Cat was a friend and source of joy on campus and expressed their shock at their sudden passing. Many students gathered outside Kaufman Hall on Thursday afternoon to check on the cat following a post in the UCLA subreddit around 3 p.m. first alleging Powell Cat’s death.

Powell Cat was a stray that was first discovered on UCLA’s campus back in 2015. Kathleen Brown, a staff member at the UCLA Library who was one of Powell’s caretakers, explained to NBC that the history is unclear but that it is possible that Powell’s mother, renamed Midgeley, could be the one who lived inside Powell Library. Everyone suspected that the cat was probably born around 2013. 

Throughout Powell Cat’s life UCLA staff members took it upon themselves to provide food, snacks, water and other necessities for the cat. 

A UCLA student who chose to remain anonymous spoke with Canyon News in an interview. “Powell Cat was a beloved member of my school and community. They were the reason I looked forward to coming to campus. They were our unofficial mascot for myself and many students,” the student explained. “I would sit beside them, greet them hello and goodbye, wish them well, give them pets and playtime, take pictures, like many other students and faculty would.”

The same student informed Canyon News that students are urging the UCLA Campus to erect a permanent memorial for Powell Cat. “I feel that a memorial of Powell Cat should be erected, because as I’ve said, they were a beloved member of UCLA and gave the proper morale that students including myself needed on a bad day. I would say they constantly served us with their presence and we owe them our gratitude,” the student concluded. 

By Christianne

Nurses Address Unsafe Patient Conditions At UCLA

February 28, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—Nurses affiliated with the California Nurses Association, which represents more than 18,000 nurses at the University of California, are calling upon the University of California – Los Angeles to address unsafe patient practices within their facilities.  

“We have tried to warn UCLA about the existing patient safety issues with shared rooms,” said Mary Gay Dacquel, RN, in a news release from the California Nurses Association on February 27. “UCLA has ignored our recommendations and refused to tell us their plan after the [California Department of Public Health] waiver expires.” 

According to CNA, issues have been going on for months and they are deeply concerned about “the patient care conditions and the lack of patient privacy and dignity due to the ongoing use of shared rooms and hallway beds.”

“Putting two patients into a room meant for one makes our incredibly tough and demanding job even more stressful,” said RN and CNA Nurse Representative Thuy Nguyen. “Not only do we have to navigate twice the number of visitors and equipment in a small room meant for just one patient, the cramped space also means patients lose their privacy and potentially expose each other to Covid-19. This should only be a practice when absolutely necessary, not a band-aid for deeper failures by management to plan for inevitable surges in patients.”

The group of unionized nurses plans on holding a demonstration in front of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday, March 1. This follows another demonstration that will be held by RNs at the University of San Francisco concerned over the same issues. They plan on organizing on Tuesday, February 28, between 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCSF Parnassus Medical Center, 505 Parnassus Avenue in San Francisco. 

Studies have shown when nurses are assigned too many patients to safely care for at once, the patients are at an increased risk for preventable medical errors, avoidable complications, increased length of stay, readmissions, and even death. Studies have shown that assigning nurses too many patients to safely care for at once also leads to ongoing moral distress and job dissatisfaction.

According to the U.S. News, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is ranked #5 on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll. It is nationally ranked in 14 adult and 7 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 17 adult procedures and conditions. It is a general medical and surgical facility that works to instruct upcoming medical professionals. The evaluation of UCLA Medical Center also includes data from Mattel Children’s Hospital.

Also ranked the #2 hospital in California & Los Angeles metro area and nationally ranked in the top 5 in Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics and Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, UCLA Medical Center excels at caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients in these specialties and more. It is rated High Performing in nearly all procedures and conditions.

By Christianne

Two Female Students Assaulted On UCLA Campus

February 8, 2023 ·

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WESTWOOD—On February 6, the University of California-Los Angeles campus police reported at least two females were assaulted by the same individual on Sunday, February 5. Both incidents occurred near campus parking structures.

The first incident occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. on February 5 by UCLA Parking Structure 1 located on Gayley Avenue nearest LaConte Avenue. A male approached the victim demanding money.

According to reports, the suspect grabbed the victim, held her hands together, and would not let her go claiming to have a gun. He was attempting to kidnap the young woman when she was able to break free and get away.

The second victim reported she was approached at approximately 6:45 p.m. the same day. The assailant approached the woman, threatening her close to Parking Structure 7. She was also able to escape and report the incident.

One of the women reported she was walking with a friend on campus Sunday evening when a man approached them and blocked their path. “The entire time I was thinking about how I could escape the situation,” she told UCLA campus police.

The suspect is described as a Black male between 25 and 40 years of age and standing approximately 5 foot and 10 inches tall. He has dark hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a dark blue shirt with white lettering on it at the time of the assaults.

UCLA Police sent a “Attempted Burglary/Assault” alert and posted it on the campus police Twitter page. 

UCLA has a section on its website for student safety under “Residential Life” titled “Living in Los Angeles” that notes the following:

While the UCLA campus and nearby Westwood neighborhoods are generally safe, it is important that you help educate your students about personal safety. Some tips that you may want to discuss with your student are:

• Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you leave for only a short while.
• Avoid bringing large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items to college. Leave them in a secure location at home.
• Make sure your purse or backpack is securely closed. Carry purses close to your body.
• Carry enough cash for cab fare, bus fare or telephone calls in case you become uncomfortable and need to go home.
• When walking or exercising, use a well-traveled route, walk purposefully, be observant, and avoid being out alone at night.
• To travel within the campus, call the free Campus Escort Service, a friend, or wait for a campus shuttle to help you get home.
• Report to the police any unusual or suspicious activity or persons.

By Sharon

Carvel Ice Cream Vandalized On New Year’s

January 4, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—Five windows of a Carvel Ice cream shop located in Westwood were shattered by vandals on Sunday, January 1. The store’s cash register containing less than $200 was taken during the process. 

The business’s owner, Steve Winick, discovered the damage through a friend who sent him images of the shattered windows. 

It is unknown how many people were involved in the crime. In months prior, the property owner removed security cameras and according to the store operator, were never replaced. 

Winick set up a GoFundMe account to help cover his $5,000 deductible for the damage and have raised a total of $1,804 of the goal. 

On January 3, Armando Chavez, who works at a window company offered to help Winick replace his shop’s windows and clean up after hearing initial reports of the crime. Winick offered free ice cream to Chavez and his 500 employees as a thank you for the gesture. 

There have been three other businesses near Carvel Ice Cream subjected to similar crimes in recent months. It is unknown if the crimes are related. 

Canyon News reached out to Winick for a statement but did not hear back before print.

Vaccination Required For Bars, Wineries, Breweries And More

September 20, 2021 ·

BEVERLY HILLS—The city of Beverly Hills indicated in a press release that the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) will issue a new Health Officer Order that requires customers to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges.

Under the modified Order, employees and customers are required to have at least one vaccine dose by October 7 and both doses by November 4.

The New Health Officer Order will require workers and attendees at outdoor mega events (consisting of crowds over 10,000 people) to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before working or attending the event.

Attendees at indoor mega events are already required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test prior to entry. These requirements will also apply to theme parks within the county.

While not required, LACDPH also recommends vaccine verification at indoor portions of restaurants to reduce transmission risk.

This announcement impacts businesses in the City of Beverly Hills. When available, theupdated Health Officer Order can be viewed at beverlyhills.org/coronavirus.

To find the nearest vaccination site, visit VaccinateLACounty.com or beverlyhills.org/covidvaccine. For questions about business impacts from the new Health Office Order, email businessrecovery@beverlyhills.org.

To stay updated on the latest COVID-19 news, visit beverlyhills.org/coronavirus or call the City’s COVID-19 Hotline Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 310-550-4680.

By Donald