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Daily News Digest
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May 22, 2013

City Election Results

With all precincts reporting, clear leaders emerge in city races
The Los Angeles City Clerk released final vote tallies for the citywide election early Wednesday morning, leaving only mail-in ballot results standing between candidates' victory and defeat. With 100% of precincts reporting just after 3 a.m., clear leaders emerged in citywide races for mayor, city controller, and city attorney, as well as four City Council seats and positions on the Board of Education and the L.A. Community College Board of Trustees. City Councilman Eric Garcetti won the mayoral race just before 2 a.m., when City Controller Wendy Greuel called him to concede, a Greuel campaign source told the Times. Current ballots say Garcetti led by eight points with almost 54% of the vote. Incumbent City Atty. Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich conceded to Mike Feuer just before midnight Tuesday. He trailed by 20 points in early tallies after struggling for months to match Feuer's fundraising force. Lawyer Ron Galperin led former City Councilman Dennis Zine 56% to 44% in the race for city controller.
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles voters OK move to curtail medical marijuana outlets
Voters strongly supported a ballot measure to sharply curtail the number of medical marijuana dispensaries permitted to operate in Los Angeles while boosting taxes on the sale of pot for health reasons, election returns early on Wednesday showed. The proposal appeared headed for passage. Returns showed 63 percent of voters supporting it compared with 37 percent opposed, after tabulation of more than 40 percent of ballots cast at polling stations on Tuesday, and all of the mail-in ballots received as of last Friday. Two rival measures seemed likely to be defeated, with "no" votes far surpassing "yes" votes for each.

Click here for final (unofficial) election results from the City Clerk.

Law Enforcement

Crime alerts for Reseda, Rancho Park and 12 other L.A. neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 14 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Seven neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Reseda was the most unusual, recording seven reports compared with a weekly average of 3.7 over the last three months.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD officers fatally shoot armed man in Boyle Heights
Los Angeles police Monday night shot and killed a man who they said pointed a gun at them when they tried to stop him. No officers were injured in the incident, which was reported shortly before midnight near the intersection of South Gless and East 3rd streets in Boyle Heights. Officers were on patrol in the area when they spotted a known gang member in the area carrying a revolver, an LAPD official said.
Los Angeles Times

LAPD warns of bicycle thefts

Bicycle thefts have been a problem in recent weeks in the area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division. "We have a lot taken from Venice Beach," said LAPD Detective Robyn Salazar. "People leave them unattended when they swim." Another problem is people do not lock their bicycles or do not use strong enough locks, according to Salazar. Police recommend using solid, medal locks for protection. Salazar also encourages bike owners to not leave valuables on unattended bikes.
Marina Del Rey Patch

FBI mourns loss of agents in hostage rescue training

The FBI is mourning the deaths of two special agents killed Friday during a training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The agents, Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, were assigned to the FBI's Critical Incident Response Group. The FBI said the cause of the incident is under review. "We mourn the loss of two brave and courageous men," FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said in a statement issued Sunday. A law enforcement official said the agents were killed while training to use a rope for landing on a ship from a helicopter.

Driver gets 21 years in pedestrian's death in Canoga Park
A 20-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 years in prison on charges stemming from the death of a pedestrian who was struck in a Canoga Park crosswalk last year. Ernesto Jacinto Lopez of Canoga Park pleaded guilty on March 28 to one count each of voluntary manslaughter, evading an officer with willful disregard, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting an executive officer, grand theft auto, and admitted gang enhancements on those charges, according to Deputy District Attorney Elan Carr.
City News Service

Detectives seek to see what killed passenger in car on Ventura Freeway
Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Division tried Tuesday to determine what killed a passenger in a car parked along the Ventura (101) Freeway in Sherman Oaks. California Highway Patrol officers came upon a black Toyota Yaris near the San Diego (405) Freeway on Sunday and the officer stopped and saw there were two females in the car. The passenger was not breathing and unresponsive. The driver was in a state of medical distress.
Sherman Oaks Patch


Public pension employees skip Hawaii conference
Organizers of an annual conference for people who manage more than $3 trillion in public sector pension funds in the U.S. and Canada say a significant number of administrators are skipping this year's meeting in Hawaii to avoid the perception they're wasting money by heading to the island paradise. Roughly 650 people are coming to this year's weeklong National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, compared with about 1,000 attendees at last year's meeting in New York, executive director Hank Kim said Monday.
Associated Press

Public Safety

LAFD chief's report slammed by city Fire Commission
The Los Angeles Fire Commission on Tuesday delivered a strong rebuke of a highly anticipated report by the fire chief regarding a controversial plan to beef up the number of ambulances assigned to firehouses. The report by LAFD Chief Brian Cummings was intended to quell criticism of his plan to reassign 22 firefighters per shift from engines to ambulances, a move he said was necessary to address a growing load of 911 calls for medical help.
Los Angeles Times


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