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LA City Councilman Jose Huizar involved in Boyle Heights crash

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L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar was involved in a traffic accident Thursday in Boyle Heights. The Los Angeles Police Department says one person was detained for a possible drunk driving charge and one person was treated on scene for a minor injury.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar was involved in a three-vehicle traffic collision Thursday evening, resulting in one injury.

The crash was reported at First Street and Boyle Avenue in Boyle Heights at 6:45 p.m., according to LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. One person was treated on scene for a minor injury, LAPD said.

A spokesman for Fourteenth District representative Huizar called it a minor traffic accident and denied that alcohol played any role. 

“Councilmember Huizar was involved in a minor traffic accident this evening near First and Boyle near his home in Boyle Heights. LAPD gave the Councilmember a DUI sobriety test, which of course he passed. The councilmember is glad that nobody was seriously injured,” Rick Coca, a spokesman for the councilman, said in a statement.

The LAPD could not provide any immediate details on the vehicles, but both the Los Angeles Times and KTLA reported that a Saturn was struck from behind by a Toyota Highland hybrid, which was registered to the councilman’s office. A spokesman for Huizar could not immediately confirm whether the Toyota was a city-owned vehicle.

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Medical marijuana clinics banned by LA City Council (updated)

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An increasingly unruly crowd begins to stand after being repeatedly told to stay seated.

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Two passionate medical marijuana supporters argue with the council and police.

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Police presence is temporarily increased after some members of the crowd act out.

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A smaller crowd than early in the day begins to reenter the chamber.

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Two passionate medical marijuana supporters argue with the council and police.

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The public waits outside of the chamber as the council holds a private session.


Nonprofit storefronts that sell medical marijuana will be banned in the city of Los Angeles under a proposal approved Tuesday.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-0 to prohibit the sale of medical cannabis in retail establishments. However, exemptions will allow patients to continue growing marijuana for their own use, and primary caregivers may continue to distribute the drug.

The vote, which came after hours of public testimony and debate, drew sharp criticism from patients who use medical marijuana to tame the side effects of their illnesses. Some public speakers shouted at council members and then the police officers who took to the council chamber after the vote.

Earlier in the day, the council heard from patients and advocates of medical marijuana. 

“A ban on medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives is an attack on patients. They need this. It can work in other cities,” said Don Duncan, the California director of Americans for Safe Access. “You guys have to get it together and pass regulations that protect safe access for legitimate patients for legal operations.”

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