Los Angeles County Sheriff Baca and Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton are in London this week for a conference on terrorism and to study the British response to terror attacks. In July, London was the target of terrorist bombing in which two people were killed and dozens were injured after two blasts in the city’s underground train network, The Tube, and another explosion on double-decker bus. Baca is being joined across the pond by Paul Lennon, director of intelligence and emergency services for the MTA, and Commander Dan Finkelstein of the Sheriff’s Office of Homeland Security, who also serves as chief of the MTA’s Transit Police. "Tens of thousands of people ride public transportation every day in Los Angeles County," Baca said in a prepared statement. "We know from past experiences in London, Spain and Israel that public transportation is a favorite target of terrorists. It is critical that Los Angeles County be prepared to protect...Read More
Author: Andre Coleman
Upset about the closure of two elementary schools in their neighborhoods, Altadena residents will have a chance to make their voices heard on Jan. 14, when LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich hosts a community meeting at the Altadena Community Center. As Pasadena Unified School District Board members voted Dec. 20 to close Altadena elementary schools Noyes and Edison along with two others, Altadena Town Council members voted 13-0 to create a committee that will look at seceding from the PUSD. School board members closed the schools to fill a growing budget gap of more than $4 million. The idea that Altadena should consider forming its own school system was advanced by newly elected Town Councilman Justin Chapman, 20 and a freelance writer for the Weekly. "The supervisor is looking at all the information that the community is providing," said Tony Bell, a spokesman for Antonovich. "I understand that there is a community meeting coming up and [PUSD Superintendent] Dr. [Percy] Clark will be there to discuss enrollment, management and budget issues, and we look forward to an informative meeting with community input. It is our hope that whichever decision is made, it will be for the benefit of the students of Altadena. The supervisor is aware that this has been discussed before, and it is an issue that needs to be looked at," said Bell. The community meeting is...Read More
An LA Superior Court judge has once again guaranteed public access to the gravesite of famed abolitionist and onetime Altadena resident Owen Brown, which has been closed since 2002. "There exists in favor of the public and the court hereby quiets title to an easement for public right-of-way and recreational purposes," ruled Judge C. Edward Simpson on Dec. 28. The area surrounding the grave site has been closed since Mike Cichy purchased the property for $47,000 and closed off a dirt path to the area that was used by the public since 1899. After hikers continued to use the path, Brown’s headstone disappeared from the marble slab on which it rested. "The area will be open to the public," said Paul Ayers, an attorney for the activist group Save the Altadena Trails. "Mr. Cichy is about as done as it gets." Brown was the third child of famed abolitionist John Brown, and was with his father when Brown attempted to force an end to slavery in the United States by leading a raid on an ammunitions depot at Harper’s Ferry on Oct. 16, 1859. Ayers said a public march to the site is being planned to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s...Read More
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