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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

OFFICE OF HOLLY MITCHELL
  • Office of Holly Mitchell
A Westside Democratic state Senator wants to reduce the length of state prison sentences handed out to people convicted of selling crack cocaine.

Sen. Holly Mitchell, who represents Culver City and parts of South L.A., says handing out different sentences for possession of crack for sales versus possession of cocaine for sales amounts to racism in the justice system.

Her office notes that crack actually contains less active narcotic than regular cocaine and that its use "is approximately equal among all ethnic and racial groups." Yet ...

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Justice

Disabled Placard-Abusing A-Holes Busted by DMV

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FILE PHOTO BY ALEX SCHMITT / FLICKR
  • File photo by Alex Schmitt / Flickr
Say what you will about the DMV and its cliched sassy workers, long lines and exorbitant fees.

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:

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sheriff Lee Baca
  • Sheriff Lee Baca
The Los Angeles chapter of No More Jails Coalition is taking it to the streets today, telling L.A. County supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Gloria Molina, Don Knabe, and Mike Antonovich that the plan for embattled Sheriff Lee Baca to build a new women's jail is a crazy way to spend millions of tax dollars.

"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?

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

One tiny Ugandan orphan Laine Waggenseller met in 2012. - WAGGENSELLER LAW FIRM
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  • One tiny Ugandan orphan Laine Waggenseller met in 2012.
A Thousand Oaks host family this week welcomed Ugandan orphan Adolf Baguma, 11, who was burned by his aunt at the age of 7 as punishment for trying to grab some food. Famed Dr. Peter Grossman will perform multiple surgeries so that Adolf -- forced by his burns to crawl on all fours for years -- can stand tall.

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."

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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Federal Judge Slaps Back Dino M. Zaffina in Darts Trademark Battle

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Dino M. Zaffina: A U.S. District Judge has barred him from using trademarks or a website for the Southern California Darts Association. - COURTESY OF MILAN SABATA
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  • Dino M. Zaffina: A U.S. District Judge has barred him from using trademarks or a website for the Southern California Darts Association.

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.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Non-profit 'Unified Young Americans' have this message for Pres Obama..." - @E_ESPINOSA VIA TWITTER
  • @e_espinosa via Twitter
  • "Non-profit 'Unified Young Americans' have this message for Pres Obama..."
The myriad Armenians of Los Angeles County took to the streets today -- and to the Internet, brave new frontier for social justice! -- to call for global recognition of the "forgotten holocaust" of 1915.

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...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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Federal Court Rules California Council of the Blind Can't Sue JetBlue

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... unless you're blind
  • ... unless you're blind
Blind people just can't seem to get a break.

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.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

DAR
  • DaR
In the wake of a rare proposal to have a sheriff's department oversee thousands of state parolees, a job that would normally go to local probation officials, union boards representing 95 percent of L.A. probation employees today announced a vote of "no confidence" in their Chief, Donald Blevins.

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 ...

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Men's Central Jail
  • Men's Central Jail
It was about 5 p.m. at Men's Central Jail when sheriff's deputies were getting ready to release temporary inmate Steven Chavez.

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.

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