L.A. County’s Homeless Problem Is Worsening Despite Billions from Tax Measures






L.A. County’s Homeless Problem Is Worsening Despite Billions from Tax Measures


February 19th, 2018

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Via: Los Angeles Times:

Los Angeles County’s homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region’s homelessness agency.

The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how much new housing would be needed when they asked city and county voters to approve the tax measures.

As a result, a $73-million annual shortfall in funding for the county’s comprehensive homelessness program could more than triple, a Times analysis of the report found.

Providing permanent housing for the county’s chronically homeless population would require more than 20,000 new units, about 5,000 more than projected two years ago, the report said.















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Broward County Sheriff Says Officials 'Will Not Get Re-Elected' Without Push For Gun Reform

Gun control reform is coming. At least, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is hoping it is.

The top law enforcement officer in the Florida county where a gunman on Wednesday killed 17 adults and students with an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School warned politicians that gun policy needs to change during a vigil the following night.

“If you’re an elected official, and you want to keep things the way they are ― if you want to keep gun laws as they are now ― you will not get re-elected in Broward County,” Israel told a crowd that erupted in cheers.

Thousands attended the Parkland, Florida, vigil held at an amphitheater lit by candles and dotted with 17 four-foot-high angels ― one for each of the victims.

Community leaders spoke to the crowd as parents and students comforted each other, at one point leading a chant: “No more guns!”

Since the tragedy, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas have been some of the most vocal critics of U.S. gun policy, pleading for reform on national television. Florida has some of the nation’s weakest gun laws.

At a news conference earlier on Thursday, Israel urged lawmakers to give police and mental health professionals more power to involuntarily detain people who post disturbing content on social media. The sheriff said accused gunman Nikolas Cruz posted “very disturbing” images prior to the rampage. 

“We need to have the power to take that person and bring them before mental health professionals at that particular time, involuntarily, and have them examined,” he said. “People are going to be rightfully concerned about their rights ― as am I. But what about these students? What about the rights of young kids who go to schools?”

Israel said he wished officials had the legal authority to act “if they see something on social media, if they see graphic pictures of rifles and blood and gore and guns and bombs, if they see something, horrific language, if they see a person talking about ‘I want to grow up to be a serial killer.’”

In a familiar theme, top Democrats have called for policy change in the wake of the shooting while top Republicans ― including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) ― have argued against “politicizing” the tragedy

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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What Are They Hiding? Clark County Disobeys Court Order to Release Paddock’s Autopsy

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Las Vegas, NV — (ZH) After months of radio silence, new information released earlier this week surrounding the investigation into Las Vegas Shooter Stephen Paddock’s motive appears to have revived suspicions that another person was involved in the shooting.

The newly unsealed documents – which were unsealed by court order after journalists at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other media sued – revealed that the FBI is seeking a “person of interest” named Douglas Haig. Haig’s name had not previously been connected to the shooting. What’s more, according to what’s been widely cited as his LinkedIn page, Haig had “DOD Top Secret clearance” and worked for top weapons manufacturers and specialized in Military Ammunition, as we pointed out.

Haig’s connection to Paddock and the shooting is unclear, but in another confusing development, Clark County Nevada Coroner John Fudenberg is defying a court order to release the full autopsy report for Paddock – even though Paddock’s body was cremated in December.

According to the Daily Caller, District Court Judge Timothy Williams ordered the coroner Tuesday to immediately release the autopsy. Fudenberg is conferring with others in his office, and no date had been given for his compliance with the judge’s order, the corner’s office told The Daily Caller.

The office also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the report wouldn’t be released until it was “finalized.”

“The coroner’s office has fought to keep autopsy reports confidential,” according to the the Review-Journal.

It’s difficult to imagine what component of the autopsy could, at this point, be left unfinished; after all, Paddock’s body was destroyed weeks ago. And yet, the coroner has chosen to pay $32,000 in legal costs instead of turning over the final report.

“The shooter’s body was cremated Dec. 21. How can the autopsy report not be ‘finalized’ when the body was cremated more than five weeks ago?” Review-Journal Editor-in-Chief Keith Moyer publicly stated. “The law is squarely on the side of the public’s right to open government.”

An interim report released Jan. 8 gave only scant information about the autopsy and did not release either the autopsy or a toxicology report on Paddock.

“Preliminarily, the injuries noted were on the posterior of both calves and a gunshot wound to the upper palette inside the decedent’s mouth with obvious damage to the upper teeth,” the department stated.

“The cause of Paddock’s death was an internal gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a suicide,” the report concluded.

While the details so far largely comport with the early press reports, some say the initial report was suspiciously lacking in detail.

“What’s glaring are the missing details on the autopsy,” said Wayne Black, a 40-year veteran law enforcement and private security expert, in an interview with TheDCNF.

“This is probably one of the most significant medical examiner’s investigations of the year,” he said.

It’s been four months since the shooting, and still much remains vague or unknown. Paddock’s motives remain a mystery. Unanswered questions remain about the official timeline of events. Photos published online in the immediate aftermath of the shooting purported to show a second shooter closer to ground level, but they were largely dismissed by law enforcement and the media.

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Homeless Camps Along Santa Ana River in Orange County






Homeless Camps Along Santa Ana River in Orange County


January 19th, 2018

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  1. kjod71 Says:




    My annual Xmas and New Years vacation is visiting family in SF and LA. We visited friends in Alameda, near Oakland, and there are very large homeless encampments–much larger this year–underneath the 880 Freeway.

    And then in SoCal, we were driving on the I-5 Freeway over the Santa Ana River around Anaheim. My wife who grew up around there noticed the tents along the “river” when we were driving on the freeway and remarked that she had NEVER seen that before.

    Hidden America.









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Welcome to the People’s Republic of Larimer County Where They Are Still Stealing and Dealing

Stacy Lynne is the face of the victimized citizens who have to live in Larimer County (Ft. Collins, CO). I dub the most corrupt county in America as the “People’s Republic of Larimer County”. Stacy had her son stolen by a New World Order Judge, Julie Kunce Fields, and her only crime was to stand up to the corrupt Agenda 21 forces in Larimer County. Her SUV was illegally bugged as was her cell phone by the Larimer County Sheriff. Stacy is still in fear for her life because in Larimer County, Hillary would be right at home as practicing witchcraft is a popular past-time.. Virginia Farver was faced with eviction from her Ft. Collins home because she tried to follow her staturory right to refuse a smart meter on her home. The authorities threatened to evict her in the middle of a Colorado winter. Welcome to the People’s Republic of Larimer County where they are still stealing and dealing.

 

 

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DA Decries Light Sentence For Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy in Molestation Case


Two teenage girls who were sexually molested by Dustin Bingham, an extended family member and former Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy, asked a state district judge for leniency at his sentencing hearing Wednesday, District Attorney Marco Serna said.

Serna said such behavior is not uncommon among victims of sexual molestation within families; the girls’ mother also asked District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer for leniency in sentencing Bingham, a relative of the mother.

Serna, whose office on Wednesday issued a statement calling Bingham a “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said all three family members “minimized” the molestation.

“They loved their family member despite what he did,” the district attorney said.

Marlowe Sommer on Wednesday sentenced Bingham to 15 years in prison but suspended 10 years, Serna said, ordering him to undergo 10 years of supervised probation.

“Bingham was a wolf in sheep’s clothing while he served as a sheriff’s deputy in Santa Fe County and that made him extremely dangerous,” Serna’s news release said. “I am disappointed that he was not sentenced to more years in prison, but we will continue to seek justice for our innocent victims.”

Bingham in November pleaded guilty to five felony counts in the high-profile case brought by Serna’s office in August.

The 37-year-old former lawman admitted to fondling the girls, whom he had watched after and who were under the age of 18 during the time of the criminal sexual contact. Bingham also pleaded guilty to two felony counts of child solicitation through electronic communication and sexual exploitation of children in connection with communications he had with a girl who was not a relative.

Serna said the girl whom Bingham admitted soliciting online told the judge that Bingham deserved the maximum prison sentence of 25 years and described to the judge the psychological damage of the abuse.

Bingham on Wednesday apologized and asked for leniency, according to Serna.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said in an interview on Wednesday that Bingham “got what he deserved” and that he has “no sympathy for people like this.”

According to the affidavit for Bingham’s arrest, the molesting occurred between November 2015 and April 2017. The girls had told Bingham’s father about the abuse, the affidavit says, and when the father confronted his son, Bingham told him, “Dad, I’m guilty,” according to the affidavit. The father told police that he tried to handle the situation with religious leaders at the Mormon church the family attends in Los Alamos, the affidavit says. But he then decided to report the allegations to police.

Los Alamos police arrested Bingham in May.

Bingham resigned from the sheriff’s office in February amid an internal investigation, after working there since April 2015, the sheriff has said. Bingham previously worked for the Los Alamos Police Department.

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Woman killed by 2 pit bull terriers in Bell County, Kentucky

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A Kentucky woman is dead and her husband is severely injured after they suffered a Christmas Eve pit bull attack.

Lorraine Brock Saylor, 66, and her husband – Johnny Saylor – were attacked by two pit bulls on Sunday in Arjay, Kentucky.

Around 10.20am, brother-in-law James Saylor called police to tell them that the two dogs had ‘savagely’ attacked the couple.

According to WYMT, James had been inside his own home next door when he heard the ruckus. When he went outside to see what the commotion was, he saw the two dogs attacking his brother.

He then grabbed a doorstop off his front porch and threw it in hopes of distracting the animals.

Around 10.20am, brother-in-law James Saylor (pictured) called police to tell them that the two dogs had 'savagely' attacked the couple

    

Johnny was able to get away and grab his gun and shot at the dogs, killing one.

The other ran down Country Lane and has not been seen since.

According to police, the dogs did not belong to the couple.

Lorraine was confirmed dead at the scene, by the Bell County coroner, at 10.40am.

A thorough autopsy is expected to take place on Tuesday in Frankfort, Kentucky, at 9am.

Both animal control and the Bell County Sheriff’s Department are looking for the brown Pitbull still out and about.

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WATCH: Pinellas County Deputies Suspended After Excessive Force Caught on Dash Cam


Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Wednesday he has suspended two of his deputies for violating department procedures during a use of force arrest that was partially caught on dash cam video.

The video shows the deputies striking 25-year-old Jimarez Reed in May.

Sheriff Gualtieri said the use of force never looks good but that the deputies were justified in striking Reed, pulling his hair and hitting him with a handcuff.

The deputies had a good reason to believe Reed had a gun in his waistband and was refusing their lawful orders, the sheriff said.

Gualtieri did find problems with the incident, saying Deputy Alexander Edge should have never jumped on Reed from behind. It was a dangerous move that could have created crossfire, Gualtieri said.

Edge is being suspended for 15 days.

Deputy Jason Fineran is being suspended for five days for intentionally muting the audio on the dash cam video, the sheriff said.

“The reason why there’s no audio initially is because Deputy Fineran intentionally turned it off, which is a direct violation of Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office policy,” Gualtieri said. “Deputy Fineran testified for whatever the reason that he has a habit of turning off his microphone.”

Reed’s attorney, Michele Rayner said she is not pleased with the discipline issued. She released the dash cam video in October.

“Some things don’t add up for me,” Rayner said. “But I understand that he is doing his job and he’s protecting his deputies and also possibly trying to protect himself from a lawsuit and protect his department from a lawsuit. So I get what he’s doing.”

Gualtieri said Reed has plenty of blame for the incident and was even caught on a jail house phone call to his ex-girlfriend saying “he likes to bleed and he likes to fight.”

The sheriff said the incident began because Reed showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home with a gun. Deputies did not find that gun on Reed but did find it and another one in his car.

Reed was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, resisting an officer with violence and obstruction.

Source: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2017/12/13/pinellas_county_depu.html

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San Joaquin County Sheriff Called Mans Death an Accident After The Officer Tased Him 31 Times


Daniel Lee Humphreys was speeding on his motorcycle down a freeway in Stockton, fleeing from a California Highway Patrol officer, when he crashed. Humphreys, 47, staggered to the median and tried to climb over a metal divider.

The officer shocked him repeatedly with a Taser gun and killed him.

It has been more than nine years since that July night in 2008, but Humphreys’ ex-wife, Barbara Steward, said his death is in her thoughts every day.

“It’s something I probably will think about the rest of my life, because of the way it all turned out,” Steward said one evening in November, as she sat on her den sofa in a wash of candlelight. Steward talked about her 13-year marriage to Humphreys and the two daughters they raised together.

She said it would have been easier for the girls, who were 13 and 18 at the time, to accept their father’s death if had happened naturally, or even by accident.

“But to know it was preventable, and it was so excessive, and then for nothing to be done,” she said. “I think that’s what I struggle with every day for my kids.”

Steward said it still stings that San Joaquin County Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore ruled Humphreys’ death an accident — especially knowing that his office had evidence about the Taser that was withheld from the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy.

“It was only reported that he was tased twice and in reality he was tased 31 times,” she said. “I’m not sure how that can be overlooked or swept under a carpet like it was.”

Questions about Humphreys’ death surfaced last week when the county’s chief forensic pathologist resigned, accusing Sheriff Moore — who oversees the coroner’s office — of meddling in the investigations of deaths in which law enforcement officers were involved.

Dr. Bennet Omalu — best known for his discovery of a traumatic brain injury in football players and played by Will Smith in the movie “Concussion” — raised the Humphreys case, along with several more recent officer-involved deaths, in memos released last week accusing the sheriff of repeatedly withholding investigative reports and certifying deaths as accidents in order to protect officers.

In an Aug. 22, 2017, memo — one of several he wrote this year to document what he sees as wrongdoing by the sheriff — Omalu said that in the Humphreys case, “information was intentionally withheld from me by the sheriff, in order to mislead me from determining the case to be a homicide.”

At the time of Humphreys’ death Omalu had been with the county less than a year. He wrote that he had initially thought the suppression of evidence was “an anomaly” but has since come to regard it as “routine.”

The accusations raise questions more broadly about the independence of death investigations in a sheriff-coroner system, in which forensic pathologists work under a law enforcement officer, according to the California Medical Association and the San Joaquin Medical Society.

“The issue of diminished public trust in the autopsy process is not new,” Dr. Grant Mellor, president of the county medical society, wrote in a letter to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors last week.

Citing related allegations in Santa Clara County, Mellor and the president of the statewide medical association, Dr. Theodore Mazer, called on San Joaquin County officials to immediately create an independent medical examiner’s office and remove control of coroner functions from the sheriff.

San Joaquin is one of 50 California counties that have an elected sheriff-coroner, while the remaining eight, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, have independent medical examiners.

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