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Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced today that he's running to replace retiring L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley.
The announcement goes against a pledge Trutanich made during the campaign for city attorney promising to seek a second term as city attorney rather than run for another office, including district attorney, while in the post. Trutanich said at the time, "It's time for a prosecutor, not a politician."
During his campaign against then-City Councilman Jack Weiss, Trutanich called on Weiss to swear the same pledge. If violated, the pledge required whoever won the election to take out full-page newspaper ads with a headshot and the words "I AM A LIAR" in large block print, as well as to donate $100,000 to an after-school program.
“I love my job as City Attorney, but I can’t do my job to protect residents — nor can our local police and sheriffs — without a crime fighting partner in the DA’s office,” Trutanich said in a statement.
Kids throwing footballs on a beach
The age-old hobby of tossing a football or Frisbee on the beach on a beautiful summer day in Los Angeles could cost you a fine thanks to a new ordinance passed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
Claiming that such activity could be dangerous to other beachgoers, the Supes put restrictions on "any person to cast, toss, throw, kick or roll any ball, tube, or any light object other than a beach ball or beach volleyball” on or over a beach without certain permissions and largely during the crowded summer season.
Water polo participants in the ocean are excluded from the 37-page ordinance that only applies to summer beach activities. Summer is determined to be between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
While this may mean that some families keep footballs and Frisbees at home, they may consider bringing a yard stick. The board also prohibited digging a hole in the sand deeper than 18 inches. Because we live in Hollywood, movie and TV productions will be granted exceptions.
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For sale signs are posted on a foreclosed house on Sept. 15, 2011 in Glendale.
California has secured up to $18 billion in a settlement with national banks, part of which will directly help homeowners in the state hardest hit by the mortgage crisis. The state has more than 2 million underwater borrowers, whose homes are worth less than their mortgages.
Five major banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial — will pay roughly $26 billion nationwide to reimburse American homeowners and overhaul their industry.
The banks and U.S. state attorneys general agreed to the deal late Wednesday after 16 months of contentious negotiations. California and New York agreed to the deal late Wednesday, according to a source the AP did not name, but described as being close to the negotiations.
The numbers for California as described by California's Attorney General Kamala Harris in a release:
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Senator Edward M. Kennedy visits the Matterhorn at Disneyland in Anaheim, California (1960)
No one will be coming around the mountain of the Matterhorn Bobsled ride for the next six months as Disneyland doles out an extreme makeover to its popular, abominable snowman-inhabited attraction.
In one of the most extensive ride overhauls in the park's history, the improved version of the Matterhorn will feature new bobsled cars/seats, and a mountain that's freshly coated in new painted snow. City of Anaheim permits describe the work as a $1 million project, notes the L.A. Times.
Officials said no major track changes are planned for the roller coaster, and that no plans currently exist to tie-in the Matterhorn revamp with a new, Swiss Alps-themed Walt Disney Studios film in development.
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Jason Schumann pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Francisco Rodriguez.
24-year-old Jason Alejandro Schumann of Calabasas pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the murder charge in the shooting death of 17-year-old Francisco Rodriguez on Jan. 11.
Prosecutors say Schumann shot the El Camino Real High School soccer goalie after he was lured outside of his Winnetka home in the San Fernando Valley by a woman believed to 19-year-old Elizabeth Ibarra.
Investigators say Ibarra is Schumann's girlfriend, however she has not been charged in the case and no motive has been revealed. The pair are charged in an unrelated armed robbery that occurred two weeks before the shooting.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Feb. 21, according to CNS.