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Whittier Police Chief takes aim at California laws allowing early release of convicted criminals

Parolee who was released is suspected in earlier homicide and auto theft prior to shooting and killing Officer Boyer and wounding a second officer

WHITTIER (CNS) – A veteran police officer was shot and killed today and another officer was wounded by a suspected 26-year-old gang member, who had been driving a stolen car and may have been involved in a murder related to the early morning car theft before the fatal gunfire, authorities said. Paramedics dispatched at 8:17 a.m. to Colima Road and…

Veteran police officer Keith Boyer killed in line of duty

Police Officer Patrick Hazel wounded. A 26 year-old suspected gang member in custody after being shot.

Update: (Whittier) The Whittier police officer slain earlier today has been identified as 25-year veteran Keith Boyer, according to Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper. The wounded officer was identified as Patrick Hazel. L.A. County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina says the suspect is expected to live — and is also suspected in another murder in East Los Angeles.   WHITTIER (CNS)…

New bill: Child prostitution victims could sue both ‘johns’ and pimps

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Assemblyman Brian Maienschein, R-San Diego, today introduced a bill that would allow child prostitution victims to sue those who pay them and their pimps. The bill would also allow district attorneys, city attorneys or the state attorney general to sue both “johns” and pimps for up to $10,000 for illegal acts such statutory rape, prostitution and…

Oroville evacuees return home to find homes burglarized

A hazardous situation developed with the Oroville Dam emergency spillway. Officials feared that because of severe erosion and massive amounts of water sending downstream, the structure would fail. On Sunday, February 12th there was an immediate evacuation of about 188,000 residents in the low levels of Oroville near the site of the Auxiliary Spillway at Oroville Dam. Related: Thousands evacuated near Oroville…

New legislation helps human trafficking victims get on their feet

AB 900 Would Allow Sex Slaves and Sweatshop Workers to Recover Financially from the Nightmare of Slavery

 SACRAMENTO —(Thursday, February 16, 2017) –California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D- San Diego) and State Controller Betty Yee announced today their effort to allow victims of human trafficking to be compensated by the state crime victims fund for the income they lost and for other damages that resulted while they were enslaved. “Whether they are forced to be sex slaves…

New proposal that would require schools to test water for lead

SACRAMENTO —(Wednesday, February 15, 2017) –California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) proposed regular testing for lead in the water systems at public schools and to shutter the unsafe water systems if high lead levels are discovered. Assembly Bill 746, which Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher authored after the San Ysidro School District acknowledged last month it had discovered high lead…

San Diego to support Washington’s lawsuit against President Trump’s travel ban

  SAN DIEGO (CNS)  – The San Diego City Council voted today to join in the filing of a brief in support the state of Washington’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban.” San Diego is one of several major U.S. cities that would back Washington State’s’s case, which was upheld at the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. City…

Oroville Dam emergency spillway predicted to fail

SAN DIEGO- UPDATE: The California Office of Emergency Services activated all 13 swift water rescue teams in the state and ordered them to respond to Butte County in Northern California. This is a result of the compromised emergency spillway at the Lake Oroville Dam and the evacuations in the area. San Diego Fire-Rescue’s Swift Water Rescue Team 8 is currently…

State Water Board votes to keep water restrictions in place

Local water authority says they made the wrong decision

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