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A bill seeking to limit the ability of California educators to cooperate with federal immigration officers or other authorities involved in immigration enforcement advanced on Friday afternoon to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach authored the bill in February, shortly after President Donald...
Animal poaching and smuggling
LOS ANGELES (CNS) >> A Monterey Park man who accepted packages containing three highly venomous king cobras coiled up in potato chip canisters pleaded guilty today to a federal wildlife smuggling charge. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling another 20 or so cobras, as well as sending protected turtles to Hong Kong, according to his plea agreement. Prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence of no more than 18 months in exchange for the plea. A Dec. 7 sentencing hearing was...
Joyriding Montebello Chevrolet dealership employee caught by the car’s owner in fast-food drive-thru
MONTEBELLO >> When she spotted her car Friday in the drive-thru of the Tommy’s in Pico Rivera, Mari Agredano-Quirino grabbed her cellphone, hit the record button and gave the repairman behind the wheel an earful. Agredano-Quirino had just dropped off the 2010 replica Indy 500 Chevy Camaro at a Montebello dealership for service. Yet a short time later, here was her car being taken out on...
Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest
Fired Centinela Valley schools Superintendent Jose Fernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to public corruption allegations that a prosecutor alleged could have bilked the district of $1.5 million to as much as $3 million. Fernandez, 57, wearing blue jail attire after spending two days behind bars, said nothing during his arraignment at the Torrance courthouse, bowing his head and looking down. He sat facing a judge with his hands cuffed behind his back. Judge Thomas Sokolov entered...
Books and literature
If you haven’t visited your library for a while, you may be surprised. Sure, the books, music and movies are still there, but libraries across Southern California are also offering computers, virtual reality game consoles and other items, along with a wealth of free classes and community events. The Altadena Library opened the Fab Lab, a fabrication lab that has Mac computers, 3-D printers and other tools, in May. The space is used...
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is turning to the internet to find 10,000 new recruits. The agency — which is tasked with fighting cross-border crime and illegal immigration — has launched what it describes as “an enhanced careers section” of its website, along with Twitter feeds in English and Spanish. The Twitter account, @ICEgovCareers, went live on Aug. 8, and offers details on recruiting...
Three years after Jose Fernandez was fired from his position at the helm of the Centinela Valley Union High School District after revelations of excessive compensation, the disgraced former superintendent was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges. Fernandez, 57, was booked into county jail at 9:30 a.m., according to online records. • RELATED:
Movies & TV
Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica area Cinecon 53 Classic Film Festival: Screenings of forgotten or unusual films from the silent and early talking eras plus a movie collectibles show. Movies begin, 5 p.m. Aug. 31; 9 a.m. Sept. 1-4. Check website for schedule. Dealer’s memorabilia show: noon-9 p.m. noon-9 p.m. Aug. 31; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 1-2 (Loews Hollywood Hotel, third floor, 1755 N. Highland Ave.). Tickets $50 per day; $40 on Sept. 4;...
A devastated Texas needs help after Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on Friday night. At least five are dead after the deluge, many injured and communities are destroyed. And with floodwaters rising in much of southeast Texas, more than 450,000 people are likely to seek federal aid in recovering from Harvey, according to reports. Here’s how you can help: RED CROSS ONLINE: Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10...
Movies & TV
What’s streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix in September: ‘Jerry Before Seinfeld,’ ‘Transparent’ and Paul Hollywood hits the road, more
With all the television shows and movies streaming in September, there’s plenty to choose from. Like Jerry Seinfeld, for instance. Named the highest paid comedian of 2017 by Forbes, he’s obviously still doing something right. Netflix’s “Jerry Before Seinfeld” special puts Seinfeld on stage at the Comic Strip in New York (where he launched his career) for a show that highlights his stand-up and provides insight...