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Tom Camarello with Progressive Democrats of America and members from several other organizations rallied in front of Rep. Henry Waxman's L.A. office this week to protest food stamp cuts in the House farm bill.
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $20 billion in cuts to food stamps — now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — over the next 10 years. The cuts are part of the farm bill being debated by the House.
Advocates for the poor in Southern California are concerned about the impact that SNAP cuts will have on Southland families. On Monday, a coalition of local activists rallied in front of Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s office in Los Angeles calling on him to oppose the farm bill if it contains cuts to SNAP.
Susie Shannon of the L.A. group Poverty Matters told KPCC that “parents will have to make a decision between paying rent and buying food.” This, she says, “impacts what kind of food” a family will buy. She worries that not only will kids be getting less food, “children will be getting less nutritious food.”
David Perdue, the man shot at by police after being mistaken for rogue ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
The man who was mistakenly shot at by Torrance police during the search for ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner has filed a federal lawsuit against the department.
David Perdue of Redondo Beach is suing the City of Torrance and its police department for civil rights violations.
Torrance police deliberately crashed into Perdue’s black truck on Feb. 7 and fired three shots at him, believing that he was Dorner. Police that night were looking for Dorner who was said to be driving a dark grayish Nissan pickup truck.
"As a result of the ramming and shooting, David is in constant pain," the lawsuit states. "He now moves slowly and unsteadily."
Perdue’s attorney and the Torrance city attorney tried to reach an agreement on a possible settlement Thursday during a four-hour mediation hearing. He said the city offered to pay the Blue Book value for the Perdue’s Honda Ridgeline truck but his attorney Robert Sheahen sought more.
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Performer Jeff Garlin performs onstage at the International Myeloma Foundation's 6th Annual Comedy Celebration hosted by Ray Romano benefiting The Peter Boyle Research Fund at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on October 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
According to the Associated Press the following is an actual news story and not an episode summary of the HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm":
Prosecutors won't be filing charges of vandalism against "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actor Jeff Garlin who was arrested Saturday, accused of smashing a car window in a dispute over a parking space.
Instead, the 51-year-old will receive a hearing at the city attorney's office where he will be advised about the law and how to avoid such incidents. A spokesman for the city attorney said Monday the actions did not reach the threshold for a criminal filing. The hearings are frequently used in such cases to avoid a full-blown criminal case.
According to a police report, the dispute occurred in a Studio City parking lot of a CVS drugstore. Garlin was arguing with the driver of a Mercedes and allegedly broke the driver's side window of her car with his bare hand.
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There's been a swell development on the L.A. waterfront.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Port of L.A. officials announced Monday plans to transform a 100-year-old San Pedro pier into an "urban marine research and innovation center" called AltaSea.
Officials said development of the 28-acre campus — situated at the Port of L.A.'s City Dock No. 1 — will be developed "through a public-private partnership between the Port, a non-profit organization, and a host of regional public and private universities."
The center will include labs with circulating seawater, classrooms and other modern support facilities. The vision of the center is to unite "marine science, education, business and community," says AltaSea on its website.
A wave of funding has given AltaSea the nudge it needs to begin Phase 1, which is estimated to cost $155 million. Financial commitments currently total $57 million:
The family of Kendrec McDade and attorney Caree Harper at an earlier rally at Pasadena City Hall. A relative is holding a photo of McDade in a football uniform.
The man who lied to Pasadena police emergency dispatchers about being robbed at gunpoint by two men last year – and which contributed to a fatal police shooting of another man – will serve three months in jail.
Oscar Carrillo-Gonzales, 28, struck a plea deal with the Pasadena City Attorney Monday. He pleaded guilty in court to two misdemeanors: making a false emergency call and making a false criminal report to a police investigator.
Carrillo called 9-1-1 on March 24, 2012 to report that two gunmen stole his backpack from him. In fact, Carrillo saw only one person reach into his parked car and run away with his backpack. He said he told the cops that the suspects had guns to speed up their response.
The call eventually led to a police pursuit and the fatal shooting of 19-year old Kendrec McDade, who died of seven gunshots. Police say McDade grabbed his waistband and turned suddenly at the police officers.