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Mercedes-Benz Could Move Into Vacant Boeing Space

Mercedes-Benz Could Move Into Vacant Boeing Space

By Anthony Alaniz

Mercedes-Benz could soon be occupying the old Boeing facility on Lakewood Blvd. and Conant St. in Long Beach after sitting empty for eight years.

Mercedes-Benz, which has a 15-year lease that begins March 1 at the facility, has yet to release any details about what it plans to do with the 1.1 million square foot facility.

“Aerospace is disappearing from this area and going to other states but to have activity like that, a car manufacturer assembling cars?,” Fred Mooshagian, who worked at the facility nearly 60 years ago, said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “Absolutely!”

“We know that Mercedes-Benz is coming in, and then we have the Habit and Starbucks,” said Gary Maldia of the sub shop in an interview NBC Southern California. “They will benefit.”

Mercedes Benz, which has been very tight-lipped about its lease, did not return NBC Southern California’s calls for comment Thursday.

With an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent, Bob Foster, the mayor of Long Beach, hopes Mercedes-Benz will hire locally.

“Mercedes has a big footprint here,” he said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “They have research facilities near by here. This is going to increase their presence in and around Long Beach.

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Police Defend DUI Arrest of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

Police Defend DUI of Man Who Blew 0.00 on Breathalyzer

By Anthony Alaniz

Larry Davis was arrested Jan. 13, 2014 and charged with a DUI after he ran a stop sign and appeared to be intoxicated during a field sobriety test, according to arresting officers.

Davis said he had only one drink. After blowing 0.00 on a Breathalyzer, he offered to provide a blood sample as well. He ended up spending a day in jail according to the Austin Statesman.

The results came back negative months later. Now, Davis is trying to have his arrest record cleared. The Austin Police are defending their arrest and DUI charge against Davis.

“If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” said Cmdr. David Mahoney, of Austin police said in an interview with The Raw Story. “We need to get them off the road, so that was probably (the officer’s) mindset.”

Davis’ case was dismissed last week. Travis County picked up his legal fees.

“I was arrested for nothing, really,” Davis said in an interview with The Raw Story. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.”

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Escaped camel injured man, chased cars in rural Los Angeles County

By Anthony Alaniz

An escaped camel rampaged a rural Los Angeles county Friday in the unincorporated community of Acton. The camel was reported to be chasing cars shortly after 8:30 a.m.

The camel escaped from an enclosure and stomped a 72-year-old man who tried to capture it.

“My dad . . . tried to catch it and it must have cornered him or something, and it took off after him, bit him on the head and knocked him down and stomped on him,” Skylar Dossenbach told KCBS-TV. “He crawled under something and the camel tried to pull him out from under it.”

The father was hospitalized. The man, who hasn’t been identified, needed stiches for a gash in his head, Dossenbach said in an interview with KCBS-TV.

Dossenbach said she eventually captured the camel.

“I just put a halter on him, fed him a treat and he calmly walked down to my round pen and I corralled him,” she said in the interview.

Animal control seized the animal because the owner does not have a permit to have such an animal. The owner, who hasn’t been named, could also be cited for endangering residents, sheriff’s officials said.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune 

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Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Former Student Detained In College Shooting Threat

Source: CBS Los Angeles

By Anthony Alaniz

Authorities detained a 21-year-old woman Thursday in connection with a shooting threat. The threat was made to LA Valley College, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.

The woman, who was detained for several hours, was former LAVC student Sydnee Lewis. She was taken into police custody at 10:40 a.m. at her Panorama City apartment near Sylmar Avenue and Plummer Street.

Authorities handcuffed and questioned Lewis as officers searched her apartment. No weapons were found during the search. She was released four hours later. Lewis suspects another woman made the threat.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the threat around 9:15 a.m. Deputies considered the threat credible after an anonymous call about a possible shooter heading to the school, officers said.

“We continued to investigate, as we are now. We were able to determine that there was indeed a possibility this was going to happen. We were able to detain someone and we are continuing the investigation at this time,” Lt. Melva Mitchell said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

The campus was evacuated as a precaution and all classes before 5 p.m. were cancelled. The case is still being investigated as investigators try to track down the person who actually made the threat.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Nightclub

Woman Killed Over an Accidental Photobomb Outside Night Club

Source: Facebook

By Anthony Alaniz

A woman was killed last week after she was beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub. According to authorities, Pham was attacked on the morning of Jan. 18 as she stood in line outside The Crosby Club.

When officers arrived, they found her unconscious. She died Tuesday after being taken off life support.

According to one of Pham’s friends, the confrontation may have started when Pham unintentionally stepped into another group’s photo.

“I can’t imagine it starts with someone interrupting a photo,” her father, Dung Pham, said in an interview Sunday with The Los Angeles Times. “I don’t know what to think.”

Pham graduated from Chapman University with a degree in psychology and was married a year ago this month.

Police have arrested two suspects and are looking for another person of interest in the incident.

Last week, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, a 25-year-old of Santa Ana, pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with Pham’s death. She is being held on $1-million bail.

Police have released the names of the second suspect or of the other person being sought, officials said. The incident is still under investigation.

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

Two stranded in vacant dealership fire

By Anthony Alaniz

A fire broke out at a vacant car dealership around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in Inglewood. Firefighters knocked had everything under control in under three hours.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the two-story commercial building, according to officials.

“It used to be a Honda dealership, it’s been vacant for a few months,” Los Angeles Fire Department Asst. Chief Ralph Terrazas said in an interview with NBC Los Angeles.

The dealership is located on the 5200 block of of Centinela Ave. near La Cienega Blvd.

Two homeless people had to be rescued by firefighters. They were on the roof when firefighters arrived on the scene. They searched the vacant building for any additional homeless people who could have been staying in the space.

It took approximately 120 firefighters to battle the blaze Tuesday. It wasn’t clear what departments were called to assist in fighting the incident.

No injurers were reported from the incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. No other information is available at this time.

Source: NBC Los Angeles

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Deceptive advertising charges filed against Los Angeles County dealerships by FTC

Los Angeles County car dealerships settle with FTC over deceptive ads

Source: Forbes

By Anthony Alaniz

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four Los Angeles Cunty car dealerships alleging they used deceptive advertising tactics. The deceptive ads were an apparent tactic to lure customers into showrooms.

Casino Auto Sales, of La Puente, Rainbow Auto Sales, of South Gate, Honda of Hollywood, in Los Angeles, and Norm Reeves Honda in Cerritos, were among the car dealerships charged, according to the FTC.

No fines or penalties were brought against the dealerships, though a violation of the consent order will result in a $16,000 fine per violation per day, said the FTC.

Allegedly, some of the advertisements would promote low cost vehicles, but the fine print would hide hidden fees, taxes, and down payments.

“You should never have fine print disclaimers that are inconsistent with any prominent claims your making, that’s deceptive,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “It doesn’t cure a misrepresentation to have fine print disclaimers that nobody can read or understand. It’s still deceptive.”

An Advertisement from Casino Auto Sales, provided by the FTC, stated a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LS was priced at $17,995. Buried in the fine print was a $5,000 down payment, though it was unclear if the down payment was part of the $17,995 price or an additional fee.

This is part of a larger operation by the FTC called “Operation Steer Clear.” Six other dealerships across the country have been charged.

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

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Electric cars may become solution for power storage

2014 Ford Focus Electric

2014 Ford Focus Electric (Source: Ford)

By Anthony Alaniz

A pilot program out of the University of Delaware hopes to turn electric cars into energy-grid storage units, allowing the car owners to get paid for the electricity taken from their cars when they are plugged into the grid.

This would be a way to control the flow of electricity into the system when other forms of renewable energy sources, like wind and solar power, are sometimes unstable.

“This is a fascinating option,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “The technology works. You can do this. The question is … what do we need to do to make it happen?”

One issue with the concept is convincing automakers of the potential to create a value proposition for the car owner and boost sales, said Tom Gage, chief executive of EVGrid, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

Automakers are not in the business of stabilizing the electric grid. There are also concerns about voiding a vehicle’s manufacturer warranty.

Another hurdle is utility regulations and the companies. Typically, utility companies invest in large-plant technologies that make money by charging the customers. There are no large storage plants to invest in with vehicle storage so they may shy away from this type of emerging technology.

“There is momentum behind this idea,” Willett Kempton said, the brainchild behind the program, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. “These batteries are a huge resource, and we are going to need them.”

Source: The Los Angeles Times

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Suspected drunk driver kills one in 7-car crash

Suspected drunk driver kills one in 7-car crash

Source: (CBS Los Angeles)

By Anthony Alaniz

A seven-vehicle crash left one dead Monday night in San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The accident happened at 11:05 p.m. in the 19200 block of Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.

The male driver of a gray Ford Taurus, and suspected of drunk driving, was driving eastbound on Ventura when he crashed into six vehicles stopped at the intersection. He was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, the LAPD said.

An unidentified 60-year-old woman from Los Angeles, who was in the first car to be struck, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspected drunk driver, who is described to be in his 30s, went into a nearby convenience store, purchased a six pack of beer, and began drinking after the crash had occurred.

“He was loudly asking for the beer, ‘I need beer, beer,’” the clerk said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

“We’ve seen this happen in the past where somebody, because of the level of stress or whatever the situation is, they go out and consume some alcoholic beverages,” Det. Bill Bustos said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.

Three other people suffered minor injuries. The suspect was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

The accident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

Source: CBS Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Parkers’ Victory

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The Los Angeles City Council has today decided to forgive drivers who park at broken parking meters in the city. Those who park at meters and who are incapable of paying for the time due to a malfunctioning machine will not be ticketed from now on.

Drivers before would be ticketed and charged the same amount as those whose meters have expired. But the motion passed with a 13-0 vote.

Critics of the motion feel that this will encourage vandalism of parking meters to avoid payment or ticketing; but the new machines that accept credit cards are built stronger and are less likely to break down.

It seems unlikely as well that drivers will choose to destroy meters rather than pay $1-2 for parking.

According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, only six meters have broken since January of this year out of the 38,000 located in the city. The odds of finding a broken meter are not in drivers’ favor, so the city does not feel that this passing will heavily decrease its profits from the citations.

This is a nice win for Los Angeles drivers – they deserve breaks as often as they can get them.