MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOS ANGELES
LA cracking down on pot dispensaries after new law
(Information in the following story is from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles are closing after voters approved significant restrictions on pot shops.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office is in the process of shuttering 38 dispensaries that don't comply with a recently approved municipal ballot measure.
Feuer told the Los Angeles Times that there will be more prosecutions to come.
Another 42 shops have already closed since July, when Measure D took effect.
The law only allows 134 nonprofit dispensaries in the city. There were nearly 1,000 a few years ago.
The city struggled with how to regulate the budding industry until voters agreed to sharply reduce the number of shops and tax those that remain.
Shops have to move if they're within 600 feet of a park, school or child-care facility.
SF Bay Area transit talks yet to resume
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit and its two unions have yet to resume as each side met separately to discuss strategy amid hopes that a second commuter-crippling strike in less than three months can be averted.
A BART spokeswoman said BART's general manager plans to attend the talks for the second day in a row when they do resume sometime Saturday.
Both sides met for 12 hours at BART's headquarters in Oakland Friday and were expected to resume bargaining at 9:30 a.m. PDT Saturday. Instead, the talks were put off so each side could meet in "caucus" Saturday morning.
The unions have threatened to go on strike midnight Sunday if a contract agreement isn't reached this weekend.
Mass.' Markey wants FTC to probe Google changes
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate changes in Google's terms of service that will allow the Internet search giant to use a user's name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.
Google is changing its terms of service starting Nov. 11 for those who do not explicitly opt out. A user's reviews of restaurants, shops and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to their friends and connections when they search on Google.
Markey wrote a letter on Saturday, asking FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to investigate whether these changes violate Google's settlement with the commission over previous privacy violations.
Markey is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Cal Gov. Brown vetoes sex abuse bill
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's governor has vetoed a bill that would have allowed some sex abuse victims who are now barred by the statute of limitations to file lawsuits against private institutions who employed their abuser.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he vetoed the bill because it unfairly expanded on a similar measure passed in 2002 amid the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal.
The current bill from Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose would have lifted the statute of limitations for a group of alleged victims who were 26 and older and missed the previous window to file lawsuits because of time and age restrictions.
Catholic Church leaders and representatives of other organizations in opposition said the proposal to allow claims is unfair because it does not allow those accusers to sue public institutions. Brown agreed.
TRACKING SEX OFFENDERS
Law punishes sex offenders who ditch GPS devices
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Paroled sex offenders in California who cut off their GPS tracking devices will receive harsher punishments.
Under legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday, cutting off a tracking device becomes a felony that could send parolees back to state prison for up to three years.
The bill, from Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, also applies to offenders who are ordered to wear the tracking devices as a condition of their county probation.
It takes effect immediately.
The legislation came in response to reports that more offenders were ditching their ankle bracelets.
One set of figures from the state showed that the number of paroled sex offenders who are fugitives in California was 15 percent higher than before Brown's sweeping law enforcement realignment law took effect in 2011.
Gov. Brown vetoes bill to lessen some drug charges
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have given county prosecutors the option of charging lower-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies.
In his veto message Saturday, Brown wrote there are other efforts underway to examine how California sentences drug offenders. He said that the legislation, which would have made possession of heroin or cocaine a misdemeanor, was not the right way to go.
The legislation's sponsor, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, has said the flexibility granted by his bill would reduce incarceration costs.
Anyone involved in selling or manufacturing drugs would not have been eligible for the lesser charges.
BOULDER CRASH-CHILD KILLED
Man wanted for vehicular homicide likely in Calif.
(Information in the following story is from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/)
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old Longmont man wanted on a vehicular homicide charge stemming from the death of his 7-year-old son has likely fled to California.
Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says officers who tried to serve a warrant for Manuel Nunez, also known as Manuel Nunez-Luna, learned that he had left town. Nunez faces several charges, including vehicular homicide and driving under the influence, stemming from the Aug. 23 crash in Boulder County that killed Vicente Nunez.
The Longmont Times-Call reports the man was arrested after the crash but was released as state troopers continued their investigation.
Investigators say Nunez ran a red light and crashed after swerving to avoid crossing traffic. He and six other passengers, including four children ages 5 through 15, suffered minor injuries.
Teacher stabbed in front of students in Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — An elementary school teacher has been fatally stabbed while watching her students play at a park in Long Beach.
Teacher Kelleye Taylor was watching two dozen students at a playground near the Huntington Academy on a weekly outing the school called "Fun Friday."
Witnesses tell the Long Beach Press-Telegram that Taylor was stabbed in the neck by a man police later identified as the father of her grandchildren.
Soon after, police arrested Steven Brown of Long Beach on suspicion of carrying out the Friday afternoon slaying.
Long Beach Police Sgt. Aaron Eaton says investigators recovered the weapon they believe Brown used, but have not developed a possible motive.
Brown was taken to Long Beach's jail, where he was held on $1 million bail.
PASADENA POLICE SHOOTING
Pasadena police shoot man following foot pursuit
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Police in Pasadena shot a man they say pulled a gun during a foot chase.
The shooting happened around 10 a.m. Friday after two officers on patrol spotted Paris Holloway.
Police say Holloway fled and the pursuing officers fired several shots when he brandished the gun.
At least one bullet hit Holloway, who was taken to the hospital and was expected to survive.
The Pasadena Star-News reports that several witnesses said police did not seem in a hurry to call paramedics.
Karina Huizar says Holloway was bleeding from the mouth and stomach when police handcuffed him.
She says other bystanders were screaming at the officers to help him, but they did little until an ambulance arrived.
Cal contractor sting leads to 75 arrests
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California authorities arrested 75 people during an undercover sting operation conducted last week by the Contrators State License Board.
The board announced Friday that its annual operation netted two registered sex offenders, two people with multiple felony records and three with open warrants for their arrest.
Some 72 of those arrested are suspected of operating without contractor's license. They face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.
The board said the majority of suspects were found through advertisements on Craigslist.org. The board also said 56 of the suspects may be charged with illegal advertising and 10 of them with requiring an excessive down payment.
Anyone can advertise to perform jobs of less than $500, but ads must state they are not licensed contractors.
RESIDENTIAL HOTEL FIRE
Residential hotel fire in Santa Maria may be arson
SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials in Santa Maria say an early morning blaze at a residential hotel may have been started by an arsonist.
Fire Chief Daniel Orr says about 170 people live at the decades-old Town Center Inn, where firefighters arrived around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Santa Maria Times reports that people were hanging out of the three-story building's windows to escape flames and smoke. Seven were treated for smoke inhalation.
Residents described a frantic scene.
Herminio Escalante said he heard two explosions, then screams.
The "suspicious" blaze is being investigated as arson, Orr said.
Parents pull off LA freeway, deliver baby in SUV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A couple in Los Angeles turned the back seat of their SUV into a delivery room.
The parents welcomed their new baby girl after pulling off a freeway on the city's west side around 1 a.m. Saturday.
They were on their way to the hospital, but the baby couldn't wait.
A short time later, firefighters came and took the mother and newborn to a hospital.
The family was not publicly identified.