This bureaucratic organization put its gun belt on, metaphorically speaking, and answered your prayers. Yes, the DMV went after the most-hated scofflaws in California, the dreaded misusers and abusers of disabled parking placards. You know the type:
Updated at the bottom: David Cruz provides new details of his views. First posted Tuesday afternoon.
David Cruz, an expert on civil rights and constitutional law, made his way from USC to D.C. to observe the oral arguments on California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage this morning. In a packed courtroom, he saw a seriousness in the crowd lightened by moments of laughter as justices made small jokes, followed by an intense grilling of the attorneys for the parties.
Cruz tells L.A. Weekly that supporters of gay marriage who hoped for a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision are likely to be disappointed:
"We don't need these new jail cells, we don't want these new jail cells, we can't afford these new jail cells," says Mary Sutton of Critical Resistance, a member of the No More Jails coalition, in a press statement.
Sutton and other activists say the supervisors should instead spend money on programs such as drug treatment, housing, education, and job training. They're holding a mass protest in front of Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in downtown today. But will the supervisors listen?
Adolf, a happy child, arrived by British Airlines on Monday, the final leg of his saga. Echo Park business litigator and human rights activist Laine Waggenseller stumbled onto his plight in 2011. Carol Horvitz, executive director of Children's Burn Foundation, says "Laine went with friends to an orphanage in Uganda, and heard about Adolf. We got hold of the orphanage, got a lot of paperwork done -- a lot -- to get Adolf here."
Remember Dino M. Zaffina? The studio sound man was a new(ish) member of the Southern California Darts Association in 2010 when he became angry that his middle initial was not included when players' scores were listed on the association's web site.
As L.A. Weekly Staff Writer Chris Vogel detailed in a Feb. 2 cover story, Zaffina subsequently learned that the 33-year-old association had allowed its incorporation to lapse. Zaffina promptly incorporated under the name and sued "60 darts players and eight stunned Los Angeles-area bars where darts are played regularly," as Vogel reported, for "using the historic name 'Southern California Darts Association,' which Zaffina now legally controlled." He also put up a website under the name and began issuing press releases touting his ownership.
When last we checked in, things weren't going well for the band of darts players formerly known as the Southern California Darts Association. They'd filed a cross complaint in an effort to stop Zaffina, but the judge struck it down. Zaffina had also snapped up rights to the new name that they'd contemplating incorporating under.
That was then. But on Monday, U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner issued an injunction that changes the game significantly.
Thousands of protesters marched down Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards this morning/afternoon, lighting up L.A.'s most famous sidewalks in red, blue and gold.
Their picket signs and T-shirts blasted the nay-sayers with phrases like...
First of all, they're blind, which is never easy.
And now, thanks to a California federal court ruling, they won't be able to book a flight on JetBlue's website.
Where's the humanity.
The organizations include: the Los Angeles County Probation Officers Union, AFSCME Local 685; the Supervising Deputy Probation Officers Union, SEIU Local 721; and the Probation Managers Association, AFSCME Local 1967, according to a statement.
This after ...
But as we've seen, bad things can happen at that jail, anytime and in any part of the jail, even the visiting room.
Suddenly, says Chavez, and without warning, three officers starting beating him.