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9 Dead, 16 Injured After Van Plows Into Pedestrians in Toronto; Incident Appears Intentional, Source Says

One witness, who was driving at the time, said he at first thought the driver was having a heart attack until he saw the white van speeding and striking people on the sidewalk. Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale said there are some casualties from the collisions, but didn’t offer details. “About 20 seconds after that, I came upon a crowd of about 30 people … probably about five people on the ground, bleeding,” he said, adding that pedestrians were performing CPR. ‘She’s face down on the concrete’
Another witness, Christian Ali, said he came onto the scene and saw bodies and evidence of the destruction. Breaking news update
Nine people are dead and 16 are injured after the driver of a van plowed into multiple pedestrians in Toronto, police said. The suspected driver was in custody and the van has been located, Toronto Police media representative Gary Long said. Authorities have not said publicly if the vehicle collisions were intentional. We’re obviously going to have more to learn and more to say in the coming hours,” he said. “It’s a nightmare.”
Bersat Noorai, the manager of Taftan Kebab, said he saw the white van hit the bench in front of his restaurant. He first saw a man unconscious at the side of the road and figured it was a terrible accident after he saw debris from a car. Chelsea Luelo, who works at Capriccio Café, saw the incident and said she thought the driver was hitting people intentionally. The vehicle was going 60 to 70 kph, he estimated. “Two blocks over, I saw another gentleman unconscious in the middle of the road and a policeman leaning over him holding his neck,” Ali said. He then ran outside and saw two or three people on the ground. Seven patients from the incident were received at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “She’s face down on the concrete, a lot of fluid coming out of her head,” Ali said. Stephen Powell, district chief for Toronto Fire, confirmed that there have been multiple casualties. He said he did not see the initial collision but saw the aftermath. Irshad works at an Esso gas station about a block from where the van is reported to have driven onto the sidewalk. “Our hearts go out to anyone affected. 43.653226
-79.383184 The hospital was unable to provide details on the severity of those injuries. A large presence of Toronto fire, police and EMS personnel are on the scene, Powell said. He also saw multiple emergency vehicles in front of his gas station. Toronto Mayor John Tory said there was a tragic incident on Yonge Street. Previous story
The driver of a white van collided with multiple pedestrians on a busy street north of downtown Toronto on Monday, leaving numerous people injured along a trail of destruction stretching up to a mile, officials said. “And then, just pandemonium broke loose, just everyone was going crazy,” he said. “My thoughts are with those affected by this incident and the front-line responders who are working to help those injured,” he said. About a block up, he saw a woman who looked like she had died. One witness told CNN network partner CTV that he was out for a cigarette when he saw the van hit a man walking through the intersection. A law enforcement official briefed on the situation in Toronto tells CNN the incident is believed to be deliberate. In recent years, individuals have driven vehicles into crowds of pedestrians in fatal attacks in major cities including Barcelona, New York, London and Nice. A witness, Raj Irshad, said he saw multiple bodies on the ground. One man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, was losing a lot of blood, and Noorai said he brought him a towel and water and called 911. Prime Minister Trudeau: ‘Our hearts go out to anyone affected’
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said early Monday afternoon that he was just learning about the incident. The incident happened in the North York area at the intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue, police said. ‘Pandemonium broke loose’
Mary Tan shared two photos showing people injured in the incident. “He’s just hitting people one by one, going down,” the witness said. Powell said the suspect covered between a half-mile and a mile in the vehicle. “It looked like he was going straight, halfway through the sidewalk,” Luelo said.

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Top Chef Alum Chef Bruce Kalman of Pasadena’s Union and Grand Central Market’s Knead & Co Pasta Bar + Market and new concept The House of Machines joined us live with a taste of his upcoming event with Feastly. Pepcid has teamed up with Feastly to create a series of unforgettable culinary experiences. For more information on the event including how you can get tickets, click HERE. For more info on Bruce Kalman and all his restaurants, recipes and more, visit his website. On Tuesday, April 24, Chef Bruce Kalman will be the featured chef and will prepare a five-course meal (menu overview below) at The Idea Loft in Los Angeles. Feastly connects passionate chefs with adventurous eaters seeking more authentic dining experiences by offering unique meals served in chefs’ supper clubs, testing kitchens and homes.

Mother of Man Who Was Randomly Stabbed to Death in Ventura Restaurant While Holding Daughter Speaks Out

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Father Dies After Being Randomly Stabbed in Neck While Dining With 5-Year-Old Daughter in Lap Near Ventura Promenade The mother of a Ventura man who was randomly stabbed to death while dining at a beachside restaurant with his daughter on his lap was still grappling this weekend with the loss of a man she described as “a good husband and a loving father.”
Anthony Mele is seen in an undated photo posted to a GoFundMe campaign. “It was so quick, my son turned and was stabbed while he’s holding his daughter.”
Read the full story on LATimes.com. Anthony Mele Jr., 35, was having dinner with his wife, Hana, and their 5-year-old daughter, Willow, at the Aloha Steakhouse on the city’s promenade Wednesday night when a homeless man walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck, police said. Mele was transported to a local hospital, where he later died, authorities said. The suspect “came in and straight up stabbed him,” Rebecca Mele, 57, the victim’s mother, said in an interview with The Times on Sunday.

Search Suspended for Missing Man After Unoccupied Boat Washes Ashore Near Newport Beach

Coast Guard. Brandon Taylor of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard and Newport Beach Lifeguards. Authorities on Monday identified a missing boater whose disappearance spurred an all-out search the previous day when his unoccupied watercraft washed ashore in the Newport Beach area. KTLA’s Judy Oehling and Jennifer Thang contributed to this story. 33.618883
-117.929849 No one was on board, she added. Nicholas Busick, 47, left on his approximately18-foot Boston Whaler boat about 1 p.m. About 15 minutes after that, watchstanders from the Coast Guard Los Angeles-Long Beach received a report of a possible missing person in the water near Newport Beach, according to a statement from the U.S. — the boat was found near the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol office, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun. The incident is not believed to be “suspicious,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet that included a photo of the missing man. Nearly five hours later — around 5:45 p.m. No further details were immediately released amid the ongoing search. Multiple agencies were involved in the search, including the Sheriff’s Department’s Harbor Patrol, U.S. The discovery sparked an intense search for Busick, and included the use of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter that was dispatched to the coastal area. The search was suspended Monday, at least for the time being, due to the given facts and circumstances, said Lt. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach command center by dialing 310-521-3801. Investigators believed he departed from Catalina Island, but the exact location was not immediately known. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released this photo of Nicholas Busick on April 23, 2018. Jr. Sunday, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Busick was described by the Coast Guard as being about 6-feet tall, weighing 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was believed to be wearing a dark T-shirt and gray shorts at the time of his disappearance, according to the release.

Man Sentenced to 110 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old Girl

“Thanks to her resilience on the stand, this predator will never be able to hurt another child.”

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-117.289765 The crimes stem back to 2012, when Williams moved into an apartment complex in San Bernardino, prosecutors said. Stanley Williams, 53, was found guilty of four felony counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse on Feb. A man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl who lived in his San Bernardino apartment complex has been sentenced to 110 years in state prison, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said. Stanley Williams, 53, is seen in a booking photo published by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office on April 23, 2018. “He started off by holding hands with the victim and telling her that he loved her,” Deputy District Attorney Long said in a news release. 26, the DA’s office said. In 2013, the girl’s mother discovered inappropriate Facebook messages between her and Williams and then confronted him about them. Before his conviction, Williams tried to stop the victim from testifying, sending her letters and attempting to make contact with her through attorneys and other people, according to prosecutors. Once the girl was inside Williams’ home, he began grooming her into developing a sexual relationship with him — slowly becoming affectionate before initiating sexual relations with her, prosecutors said. From there, Williams managed to convince the young teen that he was her boyfriend and they were in “a loving relationship,” prosecutors said. The girl’s family agreed. The 13-year-old victim was living there at the time, and Williams asked her parents if she could come over and clean his apartment “in exchange for a few dollars,” prosecutors said in a news release. She also called the police and Williams was arrested and later charged. Still, the girl took the stand in court. “At trial, the victim showed great strength and courage in her testimony,” Deputy DA Long said in a news release.

LAPD Investigating Whether String of Armed Robberies at Trader Joe’s Are Linked

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-118.243685 The April 12 robbery was one of at least seven of Trader Joe’s grocery stores in the Los Angeles area in recent months, authorities said. The store was robbed again in a similar fashion at the same time of day on March 2. on Feb. The robbers fled on foot, said Culver City Police Lt. In Long Beach, a Trader Joe’s store on Bellflower Boulevard was robbed twice in two weeks. As one man took a position at the door, the other brandished a gun and forced the store manager to fill a white leather bag with about $4,800 in cash. The two men who walked into a Trader Joe’s in Culver City were not interested in Chocolatey Cats Cookies or lemon elderflower soda.

Murder Trial of Former Rap Mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Set for September

The former rap impresario — who fled the scene but eventually turned himself in — has pleaded not guilty, arguing that he acted in self-defense. Footage from the burger joint’s security camera shows Knight’s truck barreling into Terry Carter, 55, who died, and Cle “Bone” Sloan, who survived. Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, in orange jail attire, appears with attorney Matthew Fletcher in Los Angeles criminal court April 8, 2015. A judge Monday set a September trial date in the murder case of former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, whose dramatic court saga stretches back more than three years. Read the full story on LATimes.com. Gary Gray. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red Ford F-150 pickup into two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers at Central and East Rosecrans avenues following an argument on the set of the movie “Straight Outta Compton” in January 2015. 34.052234
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Mayor Garcetti Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Consider Expanding Rent Control in L.A.

In L.A., “rent stabilization” rules limit how much landlords can hike rent annually on tenants living in apartments built before October 1978. Repealing the state law would allow local governments to impose rent control on newer buildings, a longtime goal of tenant groups. Read the full story on LATimes.com. In cities like Los Angeles, which already had rent control when the law was passed, the restrictions can go back years earlier. 34.052234
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Garcetti joined tenant and community activists at a news conference outside City Hall to back a proposed ballot initiative that would roll back the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which bans cities and counties from capping rent increases on apartments built after 1995. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he would “absolutely” consider extending L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks outside City Hall at a news conference supporting a proposed ballot initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act on April 23, 2018. Landlords face no limits, however, on how much they can increase the rent once an apartment is vacated. limits on rent increases to cover newly built apartments if California voters roll back a state law that prohibits it.

FDA Approves World’s 1st Contact Lenses That Darken in Sunlight

Contact lenses that automatically darken when the wearer goes outside are cleared to hit the market after the innovation got a green light from the U.S. Johnson & Johnson said it’s been working to bring the adaptive contacts to market for more than a decade. Food and Drug Administration this month. The Acuvue Oasys with Transitions technology are seen in a photo released by Johnson & Johnson on April 11, 2018. They will be sold as soft lenses suitable for daily use for up to 14 days and can be worn by those who are nearsighted or farsighted. Lorenson told the outlet that a gray tint may be perceptible on light-colored eyes, but on brown eyes they should go unnoticed. The packaging for Acuvue Oasys contact lenses with Transitions technology is seen in a photo released April 11, 2018, by Johnson & Johnson Vision. “That’s who you are — we didn’t want to change that,” said Donna Lorenson, a vice president in communications at Johnson & Johnson Vision. The technology, which has been available in eyeglasses since the 1960s, is the result of a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Vision and Transitions Optical. The company has not released images of how the darkened lens appears on the human eye, but a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the developers worked to ensure they don’t significantly alter the eye’s natural color. They are made with a photochromic additive that reacts molecularly to change the amount of light filtering into the eyes based on the amount of ultraviolet light they are exposed to. That means they will darken in bright sunlight, and return to a clear tint in normal or dark light. The lenses will be marketed under the Acuvue Oasys brand, Johnson & Johnson said in a press release. The product is the first of its kind, the FDA said in its announcement of the approval on April 10. They can be used by some people with certain degrees of astigmatism, but not by anyone with diseased eyes, the FDA said. Acuvue Oasys with Transitions are expected to be available for purchase early next year.

Eric Garcetti Spends Time in Iowa, South Carolina in Preparation for Possible Presidential Bid

While other 2020 contenders are quick to show their rage at the President, Garcetti has taken a more zen approach, urging his fellow Democrats not to waste time responding to each provocative tweet. This week, he included $430 million directed toward the crisis in his budget proposal. The progressive LA mayor quotes Dostoyevsky and Eleanor Roosevelt on the campaign trail and transitions smoothly from English to Spanish in his speeches. On the Jewish side, it was bagels on Saturday and hanging out with his cousins. At Columbia, his longtime friend Ben Jealous, the former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (who is running for governor of Maryland), recalled in an interview how Garcetti helped start a group called Black Men for Anita Hill with one of their professors. So it kind of felt like everywhere and nowhere. “I want the war room,” Garcetti told Guerrero. (Credit: Mark Ralston / AFP / Getty Images)
He introduced himself to Democratic activists at Cooney’s Tavern as the grandson of a Mexican immigrant who became a citizen “because this country said there was a place in it for him.” He joked about his heritage as “just your average Mexican-American-Jewish-Italian,” reviving a line from his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He often says Democrats ought to stop acting like “the smarty-pants party” and “speak English” to voters (Dostoevsky quotes aside). “He’s disconnected and he’s divisive. Related Story‘We’re the Same’: Mayor Garcetti Draws Comparison Between Los Angeles and Iowa

“Now I’m here today, the grandson of that man, as mayor of the largest city in the largest state in this country,” Garcetti told the crowd Cooney’s Tavern. She paused for a minute: “I felt like I knew him a long time, and this is the first time I met him.”
From the Valley to the White House
The joke about Garcetti’s background at City Hall is that the mayor is “1/8 everything.” He grew up eating menudo, a traditional Mexican soup, on weekends in his grandmother’s kitchen. When asked about the criticism that he did not do enough on the homelessness issue in his first few years as mayor, Garcetti notes that the city helped house 8,400 veterans since he took office, and that the dollars for permanent supportive housing from the ballot measure just began to flow last October. Mayor Garcetti Visits South Carolina Ahead of Possible 2020 White House Bid

He tried it out in South Carolina in February, where longtime Democratic organizer Bernice G. We, on the other hand, are people who care.”
It’s a message that Garcetti is using for the 2018 midterm elections, and it’s perhaps the outline of a broader message for a 2020 presidential run. “It takes him to a different place. “But that 5% that nags at all of us — of what’s going wrong in this country — I think is best thought out not in your own head, but by getting out there, being out there, and listening to Americans.”
If he were elected president, Garcetti would have to leave in the middle of his second term. Voters often said they liked how Garcetti used the story of his grandfather, the Mexican immigrant to the US who fought in World War II and opened his own barbershop, as a touchstone to explain his family’s values and their American story. He has actively opposed the Trump administration’s expedited deportations, pointing out the public policy consequences of the families that have been broken up in LA. “The next grandpa Sal — whether they’re coming from Mexico, or they are coming from the Midwest — deserves to make sure that their future is as bright as his was, and ours can be once again.”
The context is clear: Garcetti doesn’t think America has lived up to that promise with Donald Trump in the White House. But in interviews with dozens of voters while traveling with Garcetti across the early presidential contest states of New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa, his potential to become a major contender was apparent. “But there’s always something else to do tomorrow. The elder Garcetti noted that the family moved from their 3-bedroom house in a middle-class section of Encino to the tony neighborhood of Brentwood when Garcetti was in high school. “Eric’s secret power is humility,” Jealous said in a recent telephone interview. Garcetti didn’t, but he still composes music on the Knight upright piano in his City Hall office. After his talk at a community center outside of Columbia, she invited him to lunch at her house on his next visit to lower Richland County. “I took the baton from folks who came before me — who started the transportation investments; who began to reimagine our airport; who started investing in jobs and better education — and I’m going to have to do the same for someone else.”
“I want to turn momentum on traffic. Garcetti’s recent “State of the City” speech centered on his vow to end homelessness in Los Angeles, but some activists fault him for not becoming more focused on the issue sooner. No mayor has ever gone straight from City Hall to the White House. And the 47-year-old mayor is not yet igniting rooms with his unique personal story the way the young Barack Obama did. Throughout the city, freeway ramps are littered with trash, which the city is slow to clean up because officials must first verify that they are not throwing away the property of the people who live in nearby tents. Scott wasn’t sure what to expect. Garcetti calls Amy — who he describes as his love, his partner and his “No person” — to ask what he can bring home. Over a chili cheeseburger at Tommy’s Burgers, one of his boyhood haunts, Garcetti described his family’s neighborhood nearby as “middle America in LA” — a place once dotted with orange groves and factories, where you could get a “decent home for a reasonable price.”
“It was literally where ‘The Brady Bunch’ was filmed. But he argues that his values are rooted in his early experiences as a kid from a middle-class neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley who loved baseball and playing Galaga at the arcade. “It’s how you can use your background and your experience to help other people who don’t have that.”
“There’s an understanding that where he came from, there are the same roots and values that we have; the value of helping someone — don’t care if you’re rich, poor, black, white, Hispanic,” Scott said. Homelessness is now, by far, the biggest crisis gripping the city and the most visible problem facing Garcetti, as he attempts to position himself for a presidential run. “It’s not where you come from,” she says when asked whether Garcetti’s Los Angeles background would be a hurdle for him. He insists that Angelenos share the same aspirations and concerns as Iowans — noting that he is grappling with crumbling infrastructure, traffic, and a severe homelessness crisis in his own city as mayor. “I think everyone has the impression that LA is Hollywood and fast lives,” the Los Angeles mayor said in an interview in March while giving CNN a driving tour of his childhood hang outs. The LA Mayor says he’ll make the decision about whether to run for president by talking to voters in places like Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina. But at the mayor’s official residence in LA, which is known as “Getty House,” it’s all hydroponics, so tomato seedlings are off the table. Eric Garcetti isn’t exactly a natural fit in Iowa. Road to a decision
The last stop on Garcetti’s recent tour of his childhood haunts is Tapia Farms in the Valley, which has some of the last acres of surviving farm land in the city of Los Angeles. That sort of Sunday normalcy would fade away quickly if Garcetti decides to run for president. In places like South Carolina, he urges his listeners not to take Trump’s bait. His grandfather on his mother’s side became a tailor, who ended up cutting suits for Jack Valenti and later President Lyndon B. It clears his mind,” Gil Garcetti said during an interview with CNN on a recent afternoon outside LA’s Museum of Natural History, where he was photographing the antiquities in the King Tut exhibition for a new book. He rejects the notion that he’s been any less strident than other leading 2020 Democrats like US Senators Cory Booker, a fellow Rhodes scholar, and Kamala Harris, noting his own impassioned speeches at venues like the women’s marches in Los Angeles. It was anonymous America,” he said. (Gil Garcetti ultimately switched careers to become a photographer). Over his career in LA city politics, he has developed a loyal following among California Democrats as a deep thinker, a feminist, an environmentalist and a fierce advocate for LGBT rights, who pushed to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour and make community college free. Trump would be a striking contrast. Garcetti vs. In the year of #MeToo and female empowerment, the Los Angeles mayor notes that he insisted since he was elected that more than 50% of the city’s commissioners are women. “I think I’ll be sad that there’s always works left undone,” he says, while leaning against his car outside the batting cages where he and his friends used to hit fastballs in the Valley. Perhaps most stunning, there was a 41% spike in homelessness among children countywide. Councilman Eric Garcetti celebrates with supporters at The Hollywood Palladium after being elected as mayor of Los Angeles on May 21, 2013. About 34,000 people in LA were homeless in 2017, and the size of the population rose by 20% from 2016 to 2017, according to the city’s annual homeless count. “That couldn’t be further from the truth. He directed his Office of Immigrant Affairs to help connect undocumented immigrants with non-profit groups that offer legal aid. On his first tour of Iowa as a potential 2020 contender, Garcetti attempted to link his background to the experience of Iowans, who will drive the early race for Democratic presidential nomination. He continued to promote her even as she warned him that her time would be constrained as a single mother. He governs in that style, Guerrero said, fostering Socratic method-style discussions where aides are encouraged to argue against themselves. “Ninety-five percent of my work is being mayor,” Garcetti said. Related StoryL.A. Johnson. Mayor Eric Garcetti Travels to Iowa Ahead of Potential White House Bid

He’s a Jewish-Mexican-American with blue-collar roots who tries to connect by describing his childhood neighborhood as “middle America in LA.” He’s also a Rhodes Scholar with undergraduate and master’s degrees from Columbia University who studied at the London School of Economics and went on to become mayor of a city that is home to the wealthy, famous and liberal elite. Tent encampments spread out on sidewalks across the city, far beyond the dystopian scene on Skid Row where the population was once concentrated. The huge fire that swept through the hillsides along the 405-freeway last December, destroying homes in Bel Air, began with a cooking stove fire at a homeless encampment. He and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, a fellow Rhodes Scholar and activist, who he met on the plane to Oxford, are competing over who can visit all of them first. Within Skid Row, violent crime is still rampant, and needles and trash still cover the sidewalks. “You expect him to be arrogant.”
During his student years, Garcetti did humanitarian work in Ethiopia and organized dissidents in Burma. He later taught human rights and political science at Occidental College and has visited more than 80 countries across the world. He said: “That just seemed normal.”
While Salvador Garcetti was trained as a union barber, Garcetti’s grandmother worked as a meatpacker. As mayor, Garcetti has used his family history to connect with the city’s huge population of undocumented immigrants. I want to make in a dent in homelessness on the way to eradicating it on our streets,” Garcetti said. The two friends organized a local boycott in the neighborhood surrounding Columbia to force local store owners to accept cans from homeless people. He draws laughter with what has become his signature line: LA is just like the rest of America, with a few more Kardashians in the mix. He sees little point debating who would be Trump’s fiercest critic in 2020. He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 2005 while serving on the Los Angeles City Council and served as an intelligence officer for 12 years. It was small-town America in what wound up, as I grew up realizing, was a really big city.”
Music was also an integral part of Eric Garcetti’s childhood, with three pianos in the family’s home. Most Democratic strategists say that in order to be competitive, the candidates will have to make a firm decision on whether to run between the 2018 midterm election in November and the New Year. Guerrero said one aspect of the challenge that they tackled first was streamlining communication between city and county, which handles health and welfare, convening all of the players from law enforcement, to sanitation officials, to service providers who are experimenting with pilot programs for “tiny houses” and other temporary shelter. Gil Garcetti encouraged his son to pursue a career as a jazz pianist after Oxford. “We’ve got somebody who is playing with our lives in the White House — who doesn’t care what the price of soybeans are; who doesn’t care if that steel is more expensive for our carpenters,” Garcetti said, alluding to Trump’s tariffs and impact that China’s retaliatory measures could have on Iowa. His maternal grandparents fled persecution as Jews in Eastern Europe. The problem has tentacles far beyond the welfare of those living on the streets. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)
A zen approach to Trump
Democrats are still wrestling with the lessons of their loss in 2016, and many are concerned about not repeating the same mistakes when they choose their nominee. They also started a group aimed toward creating a safe space for gay and bi-sexual men to have discussions — “this was 25 years ago,” Jealous noted. And you have to be at peace knowing you’re not going to finish it all.” (More than a fifth of those people became homeless for the first time over that 2016-2017 year). Los Angeles Mayor Mayor Eric Garcetti declares an emergency homeless shelter crisis after returning to Los Angeles from on April 17, 2018. Garcetti acknowledges the opportunities that he had as a child, including attending what is now known as Harvard-Westlake, one of the best private high schools in Los Angeles. “He walks the walk,” Guerrero said in an interview in her office. I ask what he feels he’d have to accomplish before he’d be comfortable leaving City Hall. “It just kind of shaped who I was — that you could walk to your Little League. Scott — a stalwart of Democratic politics in the Palmetto State — helped wrangle voters to a barbecue buffet dinner to hear him speak. Though Trump won over middle-class voters who liked his authenticity, the Los Angeles mayor argues that the President’s assurances that he would help those voters have proved hollow. He is unquestionably a long shot. He picks up a flat of ripe strawberries, pays with cash, and then heads out to pick up his 6-year-old daughter Maya. Garcetti’s complex identity is what sets him apart in what will likely become the largest and most diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates in generations. Garcetti’s father, Gil Garcetti, did not run for county district attorney until Garcetti was in college. When Garcetti and his wife Amy lived in their own house in Silver Lake (which was featured in Dwell Magazine) they used their green thumbs to create an expansive kitchen garden. Los Angeles voters approved Proposition HHH in November of 2016 to provide $1.2 billion for permanent housing over a decade. When Garcetti was campaigning to bring the Olympics to LA in 2028, he won over International Olympic Committee members by greeting them in their native languages, including a few lines of Amharic to the member from Ethiopia. … Nobody knew who we were.”
Garcetti is highlighting that notion, as well his grandparents’ blue-collar story, in part to untangle himself from the image of Los Angeles as the glittering mecca of wealth and celebrity life. Related StoryL.A. His father was the Los Angeles district attorney who unsuccessfully prosecuted OJ Simpson. There’s a crowd for “Tomato-mania,” but the LA Mayor wanders inconspicuously to the farm stand’s counter until he’s recognized by one of the cashiers. Garcetti’s goal is 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing over the next 10 years. He focuses instead on his infrastructure accomplishments in Los Angeles to address the city’s horrific traffic — how he championed Measure M, a voter-approved sales tax increase that will raise $120 billion over 40 years for traffic improvements. The mayor of Los Angeles, a diverse and liberal city, recently traveled to the overwhelmingly white and politically much more conservative state, where political activists are already gearing up for the first-in-the-nation caucuses that will unfold less than two years from now. In his State of the City address, he also noted that there was less than $20 million in the city’s budget for homelessness four years ago. “On any given day, you can portray any of us as firebrands or thoughtful deliberators,” he said. As Democrats, he says, “The more we’re obsessed with ourselves, the more we’re going to lose.”
Garcetti’s challenges
One of the reasons that Garcetti seems to connect is that he does not boast about his elite resume on the trail. “In this moment, when the President is defining himself by how he can divide us and scare us, we have to stop yelling at the television and stop screaming at the Facebook feed and get to work and win some elections,” he told the crowd who listened to him speak over a plated dinner of barbecue and greens in lower Richland County. He hired his long-time chief of staff, Ana Guerrero, the activist daughter of migrant farm workers, when she did not yet have a college degree.

Colin Kaepernick Named Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience

Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, became the subject of controversy when he kneeled during the national anthem before several 2016 NFL preseason and regular-season games in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the United States. Since becoming a free agent last year, Kaepernick completed a September 2016 pledge to donate $1 million to organizations working in what he called oppressed communities. “He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination.”
The award is Amnesty International’s highest honor, according to its website. Amnesty International awarded Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his public protest against racial and social injustice. He has also received the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California in December. Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal’s annual Bill of Rights dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Dec. Kaepernick was presented with the award at a ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands. “And when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
His protest, which inspired other players to participate, sparked national debate over issues of police brutality and racial and social injustice. “Colin Kaepernick’s commitment is all the more remarkable because of the alarming levels of vitriol it has attracted from those in power.”
In March 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent, but has yet to be offered a contract from any NFL team. In October, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him from being signed. Kaepernick’s kneeling drew the attention of President Donald Trump, who said during a September rally in Alabama that NFL owners should respond to the protests by firing the players. Past winners include Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, U2, Alicia Keys and Ai Weiwei. Related StorySeahawks Postpone Colin Kaepernick Workout, Question National Anthem Intentions

“To me, this is something that has to change,” Kaepernick said in an August 2016 interview. Related stories

Colin Kaepernick Honored With Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award He was also widely criticized for what many onlookers characterized as showing disrespect to the US flag. “When high-profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens many others in their struggles against injustice,” Shetty said. Kaepernick was named GQ’s Citizen of the Year in November and in December accepted the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. (Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)
“The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick,” Salil Shetty, the human rights group’s secretary-general, said in a statement. 3, 2017. Related StoryColin Kaepernick Just Finished Donating $1 Million to Charity, Completing Pledge

Kaepernick said Saturday that he shares the award with “all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force.”
“I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence,” he said.

L.A. Metro Offering Free Bus, Train Rides Sunday to Commemorate Earth Day

Fare boxes at Metro transit stations and on buses will be deactivated at midnight and will not be turned back on until Monday, Metro announced. In honor of Earth Day, Metro Los Angeles will be offering free rides on all bus and rail lines on April 22, the official date of the annual event. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Angelenos interested in helping cut down pollution can do so on the cheap this Sunday. Do something nice for Mother 🌎 on Earth Day and Go Metro. https://t.co/Z7xtLIwKnU pic.twitter.com/tNCSyrzcjh
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) April 14, 2018

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-118.243685 Bike-share riders can also redeem 30 minutes of free service by entering a promo code, though the standard rate of $3.50 per half-hour will kick in after that. Read the full story on LATimes.com. Rides will be free! The transit service announced the free rides last month, after Metro’s board of directors acted on a motion from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also serves as board chairman.

$20K Reward Offered After 3 Antelope Valley Friends Go Missing Under Suspicious Circumstances

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating three people from the Antelope Valley community of Littlerock who have been missing for months, officials said Saturday. A $20,000 reward is being offered by L.A. Detectives have not provided details on the suspicious nature of their disappearance. 14, investigators said. Jose Lara Paez, Cuauhtemoc Lara and Julieta Arvizu all disappeared in January under suspicious circumstances, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. They were reported missing by family members on various dates, but none have been seen or heard from since Jan. 34.521104
-117.983679 County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s Office for information leading to the apprehension of the person or people responsible. From left, Jose Lara Paez, Cuauhtemoc Lara and Julieta Arvizu are seen in photos released April 21, 2018, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Lara, 39, and Arvizu, 49, lived together in Littlerock, while 66-year-old Paez stayed at their home but was not a resident there, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Anonymous tips can be submitted via 800-222-8477, the P3 Tips mobile phone app or LACrimeStoppers.org. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Department’s homicide bureau at 323-890-5500. Though Lara and Paez share a last name, they are not related, officials said.