Bell Gardens News, CA Local News http://feed.informer.com/digests/DOH1GNC6VV/feeder Bell Gardens News, CA Local News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 20 Sep 2020 07:51:51 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Man charged with attempting to sexually assault Bell Gardens Petco employee in restroom using scissors https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-charged-with-attempting-to-sexually-assault-bell-gardens-petco-employee-in-restroom-using-scissors/ Bell Gardens | KTLA urn:uuid:b6f13519-290e-e5cc-e94e-9b43b48777b0 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 01:39:54 +0000 A man was charged Friday with attempting to sexaully assault a 19-year-old woman while armed with scissors in the restroom of a Bell Gardens Petco, officials announced. Jaquice Blackman, a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, was charged with one count each of assault with attempt to commit rape and second-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County District [...] <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?w=662" alt="Jaquice Blackman is seen in an undated photo released Nov. 18, 2020, by the Bell Gardens Police Department." class="wp-image-1274111" width="212" height="231" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg 1679w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?resize=276,300 276w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?resize=768,836 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?resize=662,720 662w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?resize=1412,1536 1412w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/11/EnKH6qMUwAAsshj-e1605917108839.jpeg?resize=212,231 212w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 212px" /><figcaption>Jaquice Blackman is seen in an undated photo released Nov. 18, 2020, by the Bell Gardens Police Department.</figcaption></figure></div> <p>A man was charged Friday with attempting to sexaully assault a 19-year-old woman while armed with scissors in the restroom of a Bell Gardens Petco, officials announced.</p> <p>Jaquice Blackman, a 24-year-old from Los Angeles, was charged with one count each of assault with attempt to commit rape and second-degree burglary, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a <a href="http://da.lacounty.gov/media/news/man-charged-bell-gardens-sexual-assault-burglary">news release</a>.</p> <p>The cases includes a special allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon — a pair of scissors. </p> <p>Blackman pleaded not guilty Friday and is scheduled to return to court on Dec. 8.</p> <p>Just before 4 p.m. Monday, he <a href="https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-armed-with-scissors-sexually-assaults-woman-at-bell-gardens-petco-police/">allegedly broke into the restroom</a> of a Petco in the Los Jardines Shopping Center on Eastern Avenue and struck the female employee in the face several times. He also attempted to sexually assault her, the DA's office said.</p> <p>The victim said she was on her break when she went to the employee restroom and the man, armed with scissors, forced his way in.</p> <p>“As soon as he came in through the door, I told him to get out, and I guess that wasn’t enough, because he still forced his way in,” the victim, who only wanted to be identified as Jaylene, told KTLA. “As soon as he came in, there was a physical attack.”</p> <p>Blackman allegedly fled when the victim struggled and screamed.</p> <p>He was taken into custody Wednesday after the public helped authorities <a href="https://ktla.com/news/local-news/suspect-in-custody-in-sex-assault-at-petco-in-bell-gardens/">identify him</a>.</p> <p>If convicted as charged, Blackman faces a possible maximum sentence of more than seven years in state prison. Bail was set at $120,000.</p> Exide can abandon polluted battery recycler in LA County in two weeks, judge rules https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/16/exide-can-abandon-polluted-battery-recycler-in-la-county-in-two-weeks-judge-rules/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:bdb4d855-788c-d129-57f4-6fbc693040a0 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:24:09 +0000 A bankruptcy plan approved by the federal judge essentially forces California to take over responsibility for environmental cleanup at the Vernon site. <p>Exide Technologies can abandon its heavily contaminated battery recycling plant in Vernon and stop paying for environmental protections preventing the spread of toxic dust to neighboring cities as soon as Oct. 30, a federal judge ruled Friday.</p> <p>The court&#8217;s support of Exide&#8217;s bankruptcy plan allows the company to avoid liability for decades for environmental harm to the largely Latino communities surrounding the plant and dumps the cost of cleaning up the contaminated property — estimated at nearly $100 million — at the feet of California&#8217;s taxpayers.</p> <p>Judge Christopher Sontchi, presiding over a federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, barred the international company from abandoning the property before Oct. 30 to give California officials time to prepare for the transition. Exide&#8217;s funding of an $800,000-a-month tent containing the toxic dust inside the plant is covered by insurance until that date.</p> <p>If California is &#8220;unable to transfer this property in the next two weeks, it&#8217;s because of their own bureaucracy, or their inability to act, not because of anything the debtors are doing,&#8221; Sontchi said in his ruling.</p> <h4 class="">&#8216;Imminent&#8217; environmental threat</h4> <p>Lawyers representing the California Department of Toxic Substances Control argued the lead dust remaining at the Exide plant poses an &#8220;imminent and substantial&#8221; risk to public safety and asked Sontchi to take abandonment off the table. If abandoned, the site, which requires daily maintenance, could fall into an even worse state while California goes through the process of seizing control, its lawyers argued.</p> <p>Waste treatment systems could overflow and spill contaminated water into the streets. The protective barrier could rip and spread more lead dust into communities already impacted by Exide&#8217;s decades of operation.</p> <p>Allowing the site to be abandoned would set a precedent that polluters can simply file for bankruptcy and then dump contaminated assets to avoid any liability, said Peter Friedman, an attorney representing DTSC, in his closing remarks.</p> <p>&#8220;What the debtors are saying is that somebody else can take care of this problem,&#8221; Friedman said. &#8220;It creates such terrible, perverse incentives. This can&#8217;t be the law.&#8221;</p> <h4 class="">$270 million spent for clean-up</h4> <p>DTSC officials estimate lead, arsenic and cadmium produced during Exide&#8217;s decades of operations spread up to 1.7 miles away, contaminating schools, parks and thousands of homes in the working-class neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Maywood, Huntington Park and Commerce. California already has spent <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2016/02/17/gov-brown-proposes-176m-to-speed-up-cleanup-of-homes-schools-near-exide-plant/">more than $270 million</a> to clean up 3,200 properties impacted by the contamination. A <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2019/05/06/lead-found-in-baby-teeth-of-children-who-lived-near-exide-battery-plant-in-vernon/">study at USC</a> found children close to the facility had twice as much as lead in their baby teeth compared to those who participated in a similar study in Boston.</p> <p>While Sontchi acknowledged lead can cause <a href="https://news.usc.edu/106960/vernon-residents-deal-with-the-dangers-of-living-near-lead-and-industrial-smelting-plants/">long-term health</a> effects, such as developmental disabilities and cancer, it takes time to build up in the human body, he said. California can take control of the site — and funding of the protective measures — before any immediate harm could occur, he said. Testimony offered during the two-day hearing described DTSC employees walking around the exterior of the site without wearing respirators, which Sontchi said did not support the state&#8217;s argument that there is an imminent threat to human health.</p> <p>&#8220;There is no evidence it is going to explode into flames here,&#8221; Sontchi said.</p> <h4 class="">State can appeal ruling</h4> <p>The ruling gives California seven days to file an appeal and leaves open the possibility the state could later file an administrative claim for expenses against the estate.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Justice supported Exide&#8217;s bankruptcy plan, as did other states where Exide operated facilities. The other contaminated properties will be placed under the control of various trustees. California rejected a settlement that would have provided $2.6 million to the state and established a trustee for the Vernon site. Roughly <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/28/la-county-to-spend-2m-for-soil-cleanup-at-exide-battery-plant-in-vernon/">$26 million</a> was previously set aside by Exide to cover clean-up efforts.</p> <p>Attorneys for Exide argued those existing funds, combined with the $2.6 million, would cover costs of the protective measures in place for months and years. But California&#8217;s attorneys countered that spending the money on upkeep would reduce the funding necessary for the more permanent solution of demolishing and cleaning up the site, something Exide was supposed to pay for under previous agreements.</p> <p>The U.S. Attorney&#8217;s Office <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2015/10/28/la-county-to-spend-2m-for-soil-cleanup-at-exide-battery-plant-in-vernon/">agreed</a> not to pursue prosecution against Exide in 2015 in exchange for the shuttering of the Vernon facility and the payment of $50 million toward the clean-up. Exide admitted to the illegal storage, disposal, shipment and transport of hazardous materials at the time. The <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/exide-technologies-admits-role-major-hazardous-waste-case-and-agrees-permanently-close">agreement</a> allows the U.S. Attorney&#8217;s Office to prosecute the felonies at any time until 2025 if Exide failed to adequately finance clean-up efforts in Vernon.</p> <p>State and county officials have <a href="https://speaker.asmdc.org/sites/speaker.asmdc.org/files/pdf/Exide-Proposed-Settlement-Comment-Ltr-to-DOJ-10-6-20.pdf">called</a> on the federal government to follow through with the prosecution in light of Exide&#8217;s bankruptcy.</p> <p>Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, whose district includes Commerce, called Sontchi&#8217;s ruling appalling in a statement Friday afternoon.</p> <p>&#8220;This blatant disregard for the community by Exide, the DOJ and the judge is another reminder that if you&#8217;re brown and poor, you&#8217;re disposable,&#8221; she said in the statement. &#8220;I expect the state to file an appeal and to continue fighting for justice. 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County for a livelihood will return to work, but it&#8217;s a start, say city and casino officials.</p> <p>Los Angeles County <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/01/l-a-county-sets-reopening-dates-for-nail-salons-malls-and-outdoor-cardrooms/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">on Thursday gave the go-ahead</a> for cardrooms to reopen outdoors only and without food and beverage service as early as Monday, Oct. 5. Operating outdoors has been permitted for weeks under current state guidelines, but the county did not allow it until now.</p> <p>Aaron Dennis, general manager at the Lucky Lady Larry Flynt Casino, said the whole team of roughly 200 employees coming back to work at 5 p.m. Monday have come together to make the outdoor setting a reality. That&#8217;s a little less than half of its full time staff.</p> <p>The casino has prepared a tent roughly 80 feet by 100 feet accommodating about 40 tables.</p> <p>&#8220;We expect to be quite busy based on real simple supply and demand principles,&#8221; Dennis said. &#8220;We still expect the same amount of active gamblers in our communities to enjoy some fun.&#8221;</p> <p>Players will be separated by plexiglass between each other as well as the dealer. No food or beverage service will be allowed. Face masks must be worn at all times. And players will only be allowed indoors for vital services or to use the bathroom.</p> <p>&#8220;We’ve been able to effectively recreate an entire casino operation in a matter of weeks outdoors and in tents,&#8221; Dennis said. &#8220;It really speaks to what we’re able to accomplish because our team is so dynamic.&#8221;</p> <p>The reopening of casinos, even just for outdoor operations, represented a sigh of relief for several cities that rely heavily on casino cardroom gambling and the taxes they create to run vital city services.</p> <p>Officials from Hawaiian Gardens, Bell Gardens, Gardena and Commerce<a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/14/cities-losing-big-from-closed-cardrooms-mayors-ask-county-to-reopen-outdoors/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> came together in September</a> to urge the county to allow the outdoor operations of cardrooms as every other county where gambling occurs has already allowed.</p> <p>In Bell Gardens, where roughly half of the general fund revenues come from The Bicycle Hotel &amp; Casino, getting back to gaming means a great deal not only for the city but the roughly 100 local families directly employed there, according to Mayor Alejandra Cortez.</p> <p>&#8220;For us it’s a glimmer of hope,&#8221; Cortez said. &#8220;It’s a starting point to move forward. The pandemic has been much longer than we all expected. We’ve been suffering for the past several months, engaging in tough conversations with employees and residents about needing to cut services.&#8221;</p> <p>In response to the revenue losses, Cortez said the city gave its police officers a 7.5% pay reduction and furloughed city staff members.</p> <p>&#8220;How do we thank our employees for sticking with the community and working through the pandemic, when instead of saying thank you, we are reducing their salaries?&#8221; Cortez said.</p> <p>The casino has been prepared with tents for the past couple of weeks and will be prepared to open on Monday, according to Bells Garden City Manager Mike O&#8217;Kelly.</p> <p>&#8220;Having the casino open in some capacity, as limited as it is, is still better than not having it open at all,&#8221; O&#8217;Kelly said. &#8220;It gives us some hope that the casino will come back in full capacity at some point in the near future.&#8221;</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/california-theme-parks-push-back-on-restrictions-in-states-draft-reopening-plan/" title="California theme parks push back on restrictions in state’s draft reopening plan"> <span class="dfm-title"> California theme parks push back on restrictions in state’s draft reopening plan </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/ducks-draft-czar-martin-madden-accustomed-to-challenges/" title="Ducks draft czar Martin Madden accustomed to challenges"> <span class="dfm-title"> Ducks draft czar Martin Madden accustomed to challenges </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/trumps-covid-diagnosis-rocks-final-stage-of-presidential-campaign/" title="Trump&#8217;s COVID diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign"> <span class="dfm-title"> Trump&#8217;s COVID diagnosis rocks final stage of presidential campaign </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/california-to-work-with-theme-parks-before-issuing-reopening-guidelines-state-officials-say/" title="California to work with theme parks before issuing reopening guidelines, state officials say"> <span class="dfm-title"> California to work with theme parks before issuing reopening guidelines, state officials say </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/biden-and-wife-test-negative-for-covid-plus-the-latest-from-the-white-house/" title="Biden and wife test negative for COVID; plus the latest from the White House"> <span class="dfm-title"> Biden and wife test negative for COVID; plus the latest from the White House </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>At the city of Commerce, where about 45% of its revenue comes from the Commerce Casino, City Manager Edgar Cisneros said the city has been making every effort it can to diversify but for now relies heavily on the casino. The city was short $15 million on a roughly $68 million annual budget this year due to the casino&#8217;s closure for roughly six months, Cisneros said.</p> <p>&#8220;The city of Commerce is thrilled and also optimistic that outdoor gaming will be done responsibly and it will be enjoyed by those who see it as a hobby and a form of entertainment,&#8221; Cisneros said.</p> <p>While Cisneros said he didn&#8217;t want to criticize officials he felt that cardrooms should have been given an opportunity to prove themselves. When cardrooms <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/06/19/hustler-casino-in-garcena-reopens-with-plexiglass-and-half-capacity/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">first reopened June 19</a> after being closed since March, the state ordered them closed <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/07/01/newsom-tightens-up-coronavirus-rules-bars-indoor-dining-in-la-orange-and-riverside-counties-shuts-parking-at-state-beaches/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">less than two weeks later on July 1</a>. It was supposed to be a three-week closure but ended up being three months.</p> <p>&#8220;They might as well not provide a time frame,&#8221; Cisneros said. &#8220;And they never could trace a case back to a casino. Those were some of the concerns we expressed to the health department.&#8221;</p> <div style="border-top: 1px solid #999;border-bottom: 1px solid #999;padding: .5em"><a style="color: red" href="/newsletter">Sign up</a> for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. <a style="color: red" href="/newsletter">Subscribe here</a>.</div> Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/14/cities-losing-big-from-closed-cardrooms-mayors-ask-county-to-reopen-outdoors/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:e20dc406-2aa8-b223-e6ac-f0c88792cdbe Mon, 14 Sep 2020 17:29:50 +0000 Without cardroom tax revenue, these cities are suffering more than most, mayors said. Hawaiian Gardens receives more than 70% of its funding from tax revenue generated by The Gardens Casino. <p>Mayors of five Los Angeles-area cities with cardroom casinos all came together Monday, Sept. 14, to urge Los Angeles County officials to allow cardrooms to reopen outdoors.</p> <p>L.A. County still has not given the green light to reopen cardrooms outdoors even though they have been granted approval by the state, with certain restrictions, since Sept. 9. Cardrooms represent big revenue, sometimes more than half of the general fund for cities whose mayors spoke out on Monday.</p> <p>In Hawaiian Gardens, Mayor Jesse Alvarado said the city receives more than 70% of its funding from tax revenue generated by The Gardens Casino. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the city laid off nearly 40% of its staff and lost further tax revenue that came with close to 2,000 employees at the casino, Alvarado said. The city also reduced or eliminated services affecting youth and seniors, he said.</p> <p>&#8220;Without the board’&#8217;s support, we’ll have to make more cuts to put at risk our ability to provide services and jeopardize public safety,&#8221; Alvarado said.</p> <p>That scenario was repeated by each mayor who spoke on a Zoom conference call with reporters on Monday.</p> <p>Alejandra Cortez, Mayor of Bell Gardens, said revenue from The Bicycle Casino typically amounts to 50% of the city&#8217;s budget, which has already lost $8 million in tax dollars since cardrooms were closed in March.</p> <p>Gardena has lost $4.9 million so far, according to Mayor Tasha Cerda.</p> <p>The Commerce Casino in Commerce accounts for roughly 40% of city revenue and employs 2,000 people, said Councilman John Soria.</p> <p>&#8220;The Commerce Casino and the neighboring casinos have done their part to protect employees and customers,&#8221; Soria said. (Cardrooms reopened with lots of protocols on June 19, only to be closed three weeks later amid a surge in new cases.) &#8220;We were at 60% capacity with zero spread of the coronavirus.&#8221;</p> <p>L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer did not offer a specific reason when asked Monday why cardrooms were not being allowed to reopen when the state already allows it. Instead she said the county would hold steady with its decision until the end of September when it can look closer at the data and the impact on cases after Labor Day.</p> <p>&#8220;We’ve had significant spikes after the holidays that resulted in us taking some steps backward,&#8221; Ferrer said. &#8220;We want to avoid that happening again. We are going to wait a couple of weeks and look at our data and review it with the board later this month.&#8221;</p> <p>Supervisor Janice Hahn said that while she was sensitive to the impact that business closures have had, she also wants to be careful about reopening, which she said occurred too quickly in June. This time, the county is taking a few weeks between reopenings to monitor the impact on case numbers, Hahn explained.</p> <p>&#8220;I am very worried about the toll the closure of cardrooms is taking on the cities that depend on them for revenue and the thousands of workers who are out of jobs,&#8221; said Hahn in a statement Monday. &#8220;But the fact is there are still too many people sick and dying of this virus. We need to follow the advice of our public health experts to save lives and they are saying it is not the time to reopen card rooms.&#8221;</p> <p>Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents Bell Gardens and Commerce, said she supported allowing cardrooms to reopen outdoors with the proper safety precautions. Solis cited the devastating financial toll on the two cities and the loss of jobs especially among communities of color.</p> <p>&#8220;Everyone should be aware of the risks that result when people of different households gather together during this public health crisis, even when outdoors,&#8221; Solis said in a statement. &#8220;But I believe with safeguards in place, operations of outdoor cardrooms can safely reopen for business.</p> <p>Everyone should be aware of the risks that result when people of different households gather together during this public health crisis, even when outdoors. 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County is acting responsibly with regard to public health, although I do not believe they (the Board of Supervisors) understand how much time, effort, and money has been spent to ensure any outdoor operation is safe for our guests and the community,&#8221; Yaple said in a statement Monday.</p> <p>In Florida, where cardrooms have been allowed to operate indoors for months throughout the pandemic, cases have been few and far between, according to Roy Choi, who owns part of a business that caters to cardrooms in Florida and California. He said out of 350 employees at a cardroom in Florida, eight tested positive with no other employees getting sick, which meant the cardroom was not a vector of transmission, Choi said.</p> <p>&#8220;This is with indoor gaming and more than 50% with no dividers,&#8221; Choi said about rules in Florida. &#8220;In some cases you have poker tables almost full. But they adhere to masks. And what we saw in CA in the time we were open is our cardrooms did a great job of enforcing hand sanitizing and masking protocols&#8230; Our plea is to at least allow outdoor gaming. Our employees and families and communities really depend on it.&#8221;</p> <div style="border-top: 1px solid #999;border-bottom: 1px solid #999;padding: .5em"><a style="color: red" href="/newsletter">Sign up</a> for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. <a style="color: red" href="/newsletter">Subscribe here</a>.</div> It took nearly 30 years, but these 5 siblings and their parents opened a new restaurant together https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/08/05/it-took-nearly-30-years-but-these-5-siblings-and-their-parents-opened-a-new-restaurant-together/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:3b9daddc-17f0-2dd8-3445-ab3436537d90 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 10:32:02 +0000 This family went from selling tamales from a shopping cart to opening Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens last month. <p>Maria Elena Lorenzo and husband Juan Irra began their journey as restaurateurs nearly 30 years ago with an orange shopping cart.</p> <p>On early weekday mornings, Lorenzo trekked a mile from their home to sell homemade <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/18/5-restaurants-to-get-your-christmas-and-holiday-tamales/">tamales</a> to kids and their parents in front of Grape Street Elementary School in Watts while Irra filled the trunk of his car and sold them at local factories.</p> <p>Then, Lorenzo would push the shopping cart through the neighborhood, selling tamales along the way before making her way back home by sunset to the Imperial Courts housing projects where the couple would sell to their neighbors, too.</p> <p>At the end of their long day, Lorenzo and Irra would return to kitchen where their five daughters would help them prepare tamales for the next day. On the weekends, the kids would join their mother as she pushed the cart through Watts.</p> <p>The daughters went on to work at some of Los Angeles&#8217; most respected Mexican and Latin restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria and Mezcalero and now they have rejoined their parents in the kitchen as the couple from Guerrero, Mexico, finally opened their first brick and mortar <a href="https://www.presstelegram.com/2018/12/06/these-four-new-restaurants-are-heading-to-the-long-beach-exchange-in-early-2019/">restaurant</a> after decades as street vendors.</p> <p>“This is truly a family restaurant. Just with my daughters we’re all doing it together,” said Lorenzo in Spanish, a few days before the opening Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens in mid-July.</p> <p>“It’s been a long journey. Everything we did was to feed my daughters everyday, to push forward and little by little we did it and here we are,” she said.</p> <p>Due to the <a href="/tag/coronavirus">novel coronavirus pandemic</a> the restaurant is open for drive-thru and take-out only for now, but the menu is made up of Guerrero-style Afro-Mexican cuisine. Menu offerings include banana leaf-wrapped tamales, pork and chicken dishes and stews as well as several other items not typically seen at many Mexican restaurants.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="9"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB9.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tacos Pescadillas at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="673" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB8.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Restaurant Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="656" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB10.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tacos de Barbacoa at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="737" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB3.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tacos de Barbacoa along with Tacos Pescadillas and Chilate drink at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB6.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Pozole with Chilate drink at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="749" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB5.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tacos de Barbacoa, Consomm?? and Tacos Pescadillas at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="670" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB4.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tacos de Barbacoa at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="792" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WDN-L-ELENAS-0724-KB1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Maria Irra with her Tacos Pescadillas at Tamales Elena y Antojitos in Bell Gardens on Friday, July 17, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <p>Lorenzo and her daughters run the kitchen, among them eldest daughter Judepth Irra, 38, who has cooked at places such as the lauded Rivera restaurant and Petty Cash Taqueria, and youngest daughter Heidi Irra, 24, who was the chef de cuisine at Mezcalero in downtown LA.</p> <p>Another daughter, 34-year-old Nayeli Irra, was a cook at Chicas Tacos, while 35-year-old Teresa Irra also worked at Chicas Tacos as the night manager, and 28-year-old Maria Irra worked her way up at Petty Cash, starting in the guacamole station before moving to the kitchen as a cook.</p> <p>“This restaurant is our heart and soul. These are the dishes my mom makes for my dad, what she serves at our house,” Maria Irra said.</p> <p>Dad, meanwhile, has given himself the title of &#8220;the executive,&#8221; and is in charge of restaurant supplies, Maria Irra noted.</p> <h4 class="">Watts and the tamales</h4> <p>Lorenzo and her husband came to the United States in 1992 from Costa Chica, a majority Afro-Mexican community on Guerrero&#8217;s Pacific coast known for its pozoles.</p> <p>Maria Irra was a year old when the family arrived in Watts and her parents quickly began selling tamales.</p> <p>“She used to take her shopping cart all along Watts, along Grape Street, through the projects, while my dad would sell more tamales from the back of his car at factories and everyone loved them,” Maria Irra said.</p> <p>Maria Irra remembers working in the kitchen with her sisters helping their mom make tamales at night and the clattering of the shopping cart during the times when they would join their mother on her weekend tamale route.</p> <p>“We used to lay down in the bottom of the shopping cart while my mom walked down the street selling them&#8230;there was no time for babysitters, no money for babysitters, so the way she could do her job was to put us at the bottom of the cart and sell tamales,” Irra added.</p> <p>By 2007, her parents had saved enough money to buy a <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2019/06/07/the-10th-season-of-the-great-food-truck-race-has-two-teams-from-the-los-angeles-area/">food truck</a>, which they parked in front of the same school where they once pushed the shopping cart.</p> <p>While their truck was successful and they added more dishes like tacos and burritos, Maria Irra said her parents&#8217; real dream was opening a <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/12/24/how-this-redondo-beach-couple-went-from-regulars-to-owners-at-casa-playa/">restaurant</a>.</p> <p>But if they couldn’t do it, they advised their daughters to spread out and work at other kitchens and to learn from other chefs so that maybe one day maybe they could have a restaurant of their own.</p> <p>But the daughters also had a dream, which was for the family to open a restaurant together.</p> <p>“We were always a united family. Ever since we were little we knew we had a responsibility to help our parents because we used to see them breaking their backs until late at night making tamales,” Maria Irra said.</p> <h4 class="">More than tamales</h4> <p>Now that the family has opened Tamales Elena y Antojitos, the restaurant will offer far more than the dish that started the family business.</p> <p>“I want to change people’s thoughts about what real Mexican cuisine and culture is. There are ingredients where we’re from that you can’t find anywhere else,” Maria Irra said.</p> <p>Some of the highlights on the menu will be the various pozole dishes, including red pozole and a vegan elopozole made with sweet corn from Guerrero.</p> <p>Also on the menu will be a stew made with tongue and plantain, a dish popular in their hometown.</p> <p>“We cook the lengua with all the spices, it’s skinned and sliced and mixed with a sauce made with chiles and tomatoes and then we put in the slices of platano macho in there,” Maira Irra said.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/18/the-cheesecake-factory-is-offering-15-lunches-dessert-included/" title="The Cheesecake Factory is offering $15 lunches, dessert included"> <span class="dfm-title"> The Cheesecake Factory is offering $15 lunches, dessert included </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/16/grant-help-is-on-the-way-for-breweries-in-la-county/" title="Grant help is on the way for breweries in LA County"> <span class="dfm-title"> Grant help is on the way for breweries in LA County </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/16/lucilles-smokehouse-bar-b-que-introduces-restaurant-within-a-restaurant/" title="Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que introduces &#8216;restaurant within a restaurant&#8217;"> <span class="dfm-title"> Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que introduces &#8216;restaurant within a restaurant&#8217; </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/15/mcdonalds-to-hold-100-drive-up-hiring-events-wednesday/" title="McDonald&#8217;s to hold 100 drive-up hiring events Wednesday"> <span class="dfm-title"> McDonald&#8217;s to hold 100 drive-up hiring events Wednesday </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/15/hotville-chicken-in-baldwin-hills-really-turns-up-the-heat/" title="Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills really turns up the heat"> <span class="dfm-title"> Hotville Chicken in Baldwin Hills really turns up the heat </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>“The spiciness, the tartness of the tomato, the flavors the platanos release as it cooks with the lengua is seriously good. You can’t find it anywhere else,” she added.</p> <p>The restaurant will also serve chilate, a chocolate and rice based drink that originated in pre-Hispanic times, as well as aporreadillo, another dish common to their hometown made of shredded pork meat mixed with scrambled eggs that will be served in tacos and other dishes.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re proud of the restaurant, of what my parents did even before the restaurant&#8230; My parents started from the bottom but we always knew we were going places,” Maria Irra said.</p> <p><strong>Tamales Elena y Antojitos</strong></p> <p>Where: 8101 Garfield Ave., Bell Gardens</p> <p>Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Wednesday.</p> <p>Information: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/tamaleselenayantojitos/">instagram.com/tamaleselenayantojitos</a>.</p> Mandate diversity? California bill would ban all-white corporate boards https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/08/04/mandate-diversity-california-bill-would-ban-all-white-corporate-boards/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:1ea19a63-8825-d41f-9127-8323f373d725 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:48:01 +0000 More than 600 publicly held companies with California headquarters would be required to have a person of color serving on their boards by the end of 2021 under a bill introduced by Assembly members Chris Holden, a Pasadena Democrat, and Cristina Garcia, a Bell Gardens Democrat.  <div class="wp-block-group has-light-gray-background-color has-background calmatters-summary"> <div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <p><strong>By <a href="https://calmatters.org/author/elizabeth-castillo/">Elizabeth Castillo</a></strong> | CALMatters</p> <p>All-white corporate boards would be prohibited in California under a bill in the Legislature that follows in the footsteps of a controversial <a href="https://calmatters.org/economy/2018/11/california-women-boardroom-law-faces-legal-challenges/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">law</a> that mandated women in corporate boardrooms.</p> </div> </div> <p>More than 600 publicly held companies with California headquarters would be required to have at least one person of color serving on their corporate boards by the end of 2021 under the legislation introduced by Assemblymembers Chris Holden, a Pasadena Democrat, and Cristina Garcia, a Bell Gardens Democrat.</p> <p>Holden said many corporations need to be prodded into racially diversifying their boards.</p> <p>“This is the time to do something bold,” he said. People of color “need to have the same access as those who have benefitted for so long, and the time is now.”</p> <p>Nationally, 19.5% of board members of <a href="https://fortune.com/fortune500/">Fortune 100</a> companies are people of color, according to a 2018 <a href="http://theabd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Missing-Pieces-Report_01142019_FINAL.pdf">report </a>by the Alliance for Diversity.</p> <p>In California, many large corporations — including Disney, Apple, Intel, Tesla, Oracle, Chevron, Facebook, Wells Fargo, Cisco Systems and Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google — already have at least one person of color on their boards. But some, like Corona-based Monster Beverage Corp. and Chegg Inc. in the Bay Area, have all-white board members.</p> <p>The law, if enacted, would be the first in the nation to mandate the racial makeup of corporate boards. Last year, Illinois <a href="https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-illinois-bill-public-company-board-diversity-20190430-story.html">considered</a> a bill that would have required companies based there to have a woman, Latino and a Black person on their boards, but instead only required them to report the gender, race and ethnicity of the members.</p> <p>California’s bill, <a href="https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB979" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">AB 979</a>, faces its next hurdle Aug. 13 in the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions committee. The Legislature has until Aug. 31 to pass bills unless Gov. Gavin Newsom calls lawmakers back for a special <a href="https://www.sacbee.com/news/article244502487.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">session</a>.</p> <p>The California Chamber of Commerce and the California Manufacturers &amp; Technology Association declined to comment on the bill. Both opposed California’s 2018 gender diversity bill, <a href="https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB826">SB 826</a>.</p> <p>Opponents say the diversity bill will trigger legal challenges, just as the law mandating female corporate directors did.</p> <p>“The Legislature seems intent to make the same mistake again,” said Michael Bekesha, a senior attorney with Judicial Watch.</p> <p>Judicial Watch challenged the gender diversity law as unconstitutional on behalf of three California taxpayers. The California Secretary of State aimed to have the lawsuit thrown out but a court ruled in favor of Judicial Watch and the <a href="https://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Crest-et-al-v-Padilla-Women-on-Boards-complaint-27561.pdf">case</a> will go to trial sometime next year, Bekesha said.</p> <p>When Gov. Jerry Brown <a href="https://ca-times.brightspotcdn.com/89/11/e07e898d40bfa1a532dabef65abe/sb-826-signing-message.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" aria-label="undefined (opens in a new tab)">signed</a> the bill into law that required corporations to include women on boards, “he was aware that there would be concerns that the law was unconstitutional and I think you’ll see similar statements playing out as this new bill progresses,” Bekesha said.</p> <p>Some opponents say such laws are patronizing.</p> <p>Anastasia Boden, senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, which also challenged the gender diversity law in court, said that race and sex-based laws “very often can harm the very people they intend to help.”</p> <p>“It relegates women to quota hires,” Boden said. “Women will now be seen as being hired simply because of the government mandate rather than because of their qualifications and achievements when they may have even been hired without the quota.”</p> <p>The diversity bill defines underrepresented communities as people who self-identify as Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Alaska Native.</p> <p>The requirements would ramp up in 2022. For corporations with nine or more directors, at least three directors must be people of color by the end of 2022, and corporations with between five and eight directors must have at least two. Companies would be fined $100,000 if they don’t comply.</p> <p>Supporters say the new diversity bill is sorely needed because racism is widespread.</p> <p>“What COVID has revealed is systemic racism and the impact on different ethnic groups or racial groups,” said Maeve Richard, a former assistant dean at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “And so the post-COVID answer is we need to do something about it.”</p> <p>Richard said some companies rely heavily on their social network, which often leads to a predominantly white board of directors. Companies, she said, should use objective criteria to ensure their boards have qualified and diverse members, adding that government can play a role in creating a more equal system.</p> <p>Others emphasize how little has changed over the years. Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration from 2014 to 2017, served on the  U. S. Department of Labor’s Glass Ceiling <a href="https://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/glassceiling/">Commission</a>, which was formed in 1991. She said she sees some of the same problems still persisting now. While she sees progress, she recognizes how slow it’s been.</p> <p>“I definitely think that these times have brought a greater awareness and more conversations in boardrooms about maybe unconscious bias that may exist,” she said. “People are having hard conversations. It’s a journey, it’s not like you turn on a switch and all of a sudden people are enlightened.”</p> <p>The Latino Corporate Directors Association reported that 86% of California-based public companies have no Latinos on their boards even though Latinos represent 39% of the state. The organization has not taken a formal position on the bill.</p> <p>“This moment feels a lot different from other moments, that’s why I’m going to say I’m hopeful,” said Linda Akutagawa, the CEO of LEAP, a nonprofit which aims to cultivate Asian and Pacific Islander leadership. “But despite the kind of change that we’re going through right now, I don’t think this is going to change as quickly as maybe advocates and activists want to see.”</p> <p>McKinsey &amp; Company <a href="https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/delivering-through-diversity#">researchers</a> found that companies with ethnically diverse executive teams are 33% more likely to outperform companies with less diverse teams on profitability, according to 2017 data.</p> <p>Even though diversifying a company can improve the bottom line, Akutagawa explained why change has been slow:</p> <p>“People with power do not give up power that easily,” she said. “And corporate boards have power.”</p> <p><em>CalMatters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.</em></p> Suspected Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested In Fatal Downtown LA Crash https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/05/17/downtown-la-los-angeles-hit-and-run/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:0c8a49fb-2dd7-efde-4351-492f09d3901d Mon, 18 May 2020 04:42:16 +0000 A driver was arrested on Sunday afternoon in a deadly hit-and-run that happened earlier this month near downtown Los Angeles. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p0"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"c514","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p0","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"androidIntentPlayer":"true","token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)</strong> – A driver has been arrested in a deadly hit-and-run that happened earlier this month near downtown Los Angeles.</p> <p>59-year-old Maria Perez of Bell Gardens is accused of hitting and killing 51-year-old Byern Smith around 2 a.m. on May 7 as he was walking in the 1600 block of East Seventh Street, police said.</p> <p>The 2005 Scion xB was seen fleeing the scene and Smith was pronounced dead.</p> <p>The vehicle was spotted on Sunday and police took Perez into custody.</p> <p>Perez was booked on felony hit-and-run, a second unspecified felony charge and two outstanding misdemeanor warrants, according to the LAPD.</p> <p>She is being held on $100,000 bail, according to jail records.</p> <p>Police said Perez is due in court Monday regarding the two felony warrants.</p> <p>A $25,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the driver&#8217;s arrest.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Person killed while running on 710 Freeway in Bell Gardens https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/05/05/person-killed-while-running-on-710-freeway-in-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:21dee5b8-23db-dc40-6070-852da796e0d3 Tue, 05 May 2020 08:13:55 +0000 A witness told the CHP the pedestrian was running on the right side of the freeway prior to the accident, and the witness dragged the victim to the side of the road. <p>BELL GARDENS — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle and killed Tuesday morning on the southbound 710 Freeway in Bell Gardens.</p> <p>Officers responded to the crash between the exits for Florence and Firestone avenues about 2:10 a.m. and found the pedestrian down in the No. 3 lane of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>A witness told the CHP the pedestrian was running on the right side of the freeway prior to the accident, and the witness dragged the victim to the side of the road.</p> <p>Three southbound lanes of the 710 Freeway in the area were closed, with traffic getting by only in the No. 4 lane, the CHP said.</p> <p>The name of the victim was not disclosed.</p> <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m12!1m3!1d13237.097203248702!2d-118.17027682284277!3d33.95978854516303!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1588691581614!5m2!1sen!2sus" width="100%" height="500px" scrolling="yes" class="iframe" allowtransparency="1" id="5f67088d47967" allowfullscreen="yes" allow="geolocation" ></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> Judge tells Norwalk, LA County to work out coronavirus-spurred feud over homeless at hotel https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/04/27/judge-tells-norwalk-la-county-to-work-out-coronavirus-spurred-feud-over-homeless-at-hotel/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:9c273e98-c36b-20dc-5b24-65c52d733e4b Mon, 27 Apr 2020 15:13:20 +0000 They're to be back in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. <p>Los Angeles Superior Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner on Monday, April 27, asked officials from Norwalk and Los Angeles County to work out their  disagreements over <a href="https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2020/04/23/city-officials-oppose-plan-to-house-homeless-in-norwalk-motel-county-vows-to-sue/">a county plan to rent more than 200 rooms to homeless people,</a> who are in danger of contracting coronavirus, in a Norwalk hotel.</p> <p>They&#8217;re to be back in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.</p> <p>The county on Thursday sued the city after its City Council voted last Tuesday to impose a temporary ban to prevent renting out space to homeless without prior city approval. The council&#8217;s action came after city officials learned the week before of the contract with the hotel.</p> <p>Citing city complaints about the county&#8217;s plan, Jessner said she thought two were not that far apart.</p> <p>&#8220;My suggestion is take a day to sit down and meet and confer in a meaningful, professional and calm way. I don&#8217;t think there&#8217;s that much disagreement,&#8221; she said. &#8220;It sure seems like you all could sit down and figure these issues out.<aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/13-more-coronavirus-deaths-reported-in-la-county-hospitalizations-still-inching-downward/" title="13 more coronavirus deaths reported in LA County; hospitalizations still inching downward"> <span class="dfm-title"> 13 more coronavirus deaths reported in LA County; hospitalizations still inching downward </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/pandemic-glossary-terms-that-became-part-of-our-daily-dialogue-in-the-past-6-months/" title="Pandemic glossary: Terms that became part of our daily dialogue in the past 6 months"> <span class="dfm-title"> Pandemic glossary: Terms that became part of our daily dialogue in the past 6 months </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/entertainment-industry-treading-water-after-6-months-of-coronavirus-restrictions/" title="Entertainment industry treading water after 6 months of coronavirus restrictions"> <span class="dfm-title"> Entertainment industry treading water after 6 months of coronavirus restrictions </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/free-covid-19-vaccines-for-all-says-new-cdc-playbook/" title="Free COVID-19 vaccines for all, says new CDC playbook"> <span class="dfm-title"> Free COVID-19 vaccines for all, says new CDC playbook </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/18/pandemic-timeline-in-southern-california-heres-how-it-all-happened/" title="Pandemic timeline in Southern California: Here&#8217;s how it all happened"> <span class="dfm-title"> Pandemic timeline in Southern California: Here&#8217;s how it all happened </span> </a> </li></ul></aside>&#8220;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Norwalk&#8217;s issues include that the hotel&#8230;</p> <ul> <li>Is within 200 to 300 feet of homes and a half mile within two schools</li> <li>Has six buildings and that are situated around a central courtyard, with various points of ingress and egress associated with each building</li> <li>Does not comply with county fire codes for assisted living facilities, thereby creating a risk to the proposed “high risk” occupants</li> </ul> <p>&#8220;This location, which is close to sensitive uses, together with the difficulties of securing the entry and exit points, along with the failure to comply with fire code requirements, raise serious concerns for the City from a health and safety perspective,&#8221; Norwalk City Manager Jesus Gomez wrote in a declaration for the judge.</p> <p style="text-align: left">The county&#8217;s plan to rent out the rooms is part of Project Roomkey, a strategy in which the state and counties are using federal disaster dollars to rent out space in hotels. In Norwalk&#8217;s case, the plan calls for renting to homeless who are 65 and older or others who have underlying conditions that would place them at heightened risk of they contract the virus.</p> <p style="text-align: left">So far, the county has secured more than 2,500 hotel and motel rooms at over 250 hotels across the region, Louis R. Miller, attorney for the county, said in court papers asking for a temporary restraining order against Norwalk.</p> <p style="text-align: left">Miller pursued the order on the basis that Norwalk was interfering with Gov. Gavin Newsom&#8217;s executive order on coronavirus.</p> <aside class="related right"> <h2 class="widget-title">Related links</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/04/24/covina-residents-protest-plan-to-house-homeless-in-hotel-during-coronavirus-crisis/">Covina residents protest plan to house homeless in hotel during coronavirus crisis</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2020/04/23/city-officials-oppose-plan-to-house-homeless-in-norwalk-motel-county-vows-to-sue/">City officials oppose plan to house homeless in Norwalk motel; county vows to sue</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2020/04/17/lawndale-and-bell-gardens-aim-to-impede-efforts-to-house-homeless-la-county-contends/">Lawndale and Bell Gardens aim to impede efforts to house homeless, LA County contends</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2020/02/14/norwalk-council-candidates-talk-marijuana-homeless-shelters/">Norwalk council candidates talk marijuana, homeless shelters</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2020/02/05/norwalk-council-approves-veterans-housing-project/">Norwalk council approves veterans housing project</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.whittierdailynews.com/location/california/los-angeles-county/norwalk/">More Norwalk news</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>But Norwalk City Attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman said the county never consulted with city officials over the use of the hotel. &#8220;The city had no opportunity to be at  the table,&#8221; Alvarez-Glasman said.</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2020/04/17/lawndale-and-bell-gardens-aim-to-impede-efforts-to-house-homeless-la-county-contends/">The strategy has drawn opposition in several cities,</a> including Bell Gardens, <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/04/24/covina-residents-protest-plan-to-house-homeless-in-hotel-during-coronavirus-crisis/">Covina</a> and Lawndale. Attorneys for Los Angeles County on April 17 filed a request for an emergency hearing with a federal judge, alleging that their court-ordered efforts to help house homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus are being stymied by objections from Lawndale and Bell Gardens.</p> Lawndale and Bell Gardens aim to impede efforts to house homeless, LA County contends https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/04/17/lawndale-and-bell-gardens-aim-to-impede-efforts-to-house-homeless-la-county-contends/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:1a4281e9-63d5-3a22-75d2-c6987f55504b Sat, 18 Apr 2020 13:11:36 +0000 According to the filing in Los Angeles federal court, the county has received correspondence from the two cities threatening to interfere with Project Roomkey, which seeks secure housing in participating motels or hotels for vulnerable persons experiencing homelessness. <p><strong>By FRED SHUSTER, City News Service</strong></p> <p>Attorneys for Los Angeles County on Friday, April 17,  filed a request for an emergency hearing with a federal judge, alleging that their court-ordered efforts to help house homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus are being stymied by objections from Lawndale and Bell Gardens.</p> <p>According to the filing in Los Angeles federal court, the county has received correspondence from the two cities threatening to interfere with Project Roomkey, which seeks secure housing in participating motels or hotels for vulnerable persons experiencing homelessness.</p> <p>Included in the filing is a letter to a hotel operator from Bell Gardens&#8217; city attorney in connection with the &#8220;unauthorized decision to sublease the hotel &#8230; to be utilized as a medical shelter and quarantine housing for contagious and high-risk patients potentially infected with COVID-19.&#8221;</p> <p>The letter demands a stop to use of the hotel for the homeless and requests that existing tenants be transferred elsewhere as soon as possible.</p> <p>&#8220;The unauthorized operation of a medical facility&#8221; constitutes a breach of the hotel&#8217;s lease with the city and if immediate steps are not taken, the city will be &#8220;forced to seek remedies,&#8221; including terminating the lease and essentially closing the hotel, according to the letter.</p> <p>The letter dated Wednesday further warned that Bell Gardens planned to file a motion for a temporary restraining order in Superior Court by Tuesday, unless an agreement can be reached.</p> <p>In response to a call for comment, a Bell Gardens spokesman pointed to a city statement that &#8220;the operations of the medical sheltering facility are outside of the allowable uses of the hotel. The city expects to work with the hotel business owner to ensure the hotel is operated in accordance with allowable uses.&#8221;</p> <p>A second letter included in the county&#8217;s filing from Lawndale&#8217;s city attorney to the operator of a hotel in that city states that the agreement with the county &#8220;to become a temporary homeless shelter&#8221; was &#8220;negotiated and executed in complete secrecy&#8221; without any input from the city, and if the agreement was not terminated, the city would schedule a public Planning Commission hearing to consider revoking the hotel&#8217;s special use permit.</p> <p>The Lawndale attorney wrote that &#8220;while Project Roomkey is a well-intended program to help the most vulnerable homeless in Los Angeles County during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the city believes that allowing the (hotel) to operate as a shelter could cause irreparable harm to the Lawndale community.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s always room to work things out,&#8221; said Lawndale City Attorney Tiffany Israel.</p> <p>The county&#8217;s filing asks U.S. District Judge David Carter to schedule an &#8220;immediate intervention.&#8221;</p> <p>The judge &#8220;can play a valuable role in the county&#8217;s efforts to successfully implement&#8221; Project Roomkey in the two cities, the county wrote, asking that Bell Gardens and Lawndale city officials be ordered to appear.</p> <p>&#8220;Time is of the essence,&#8221; county attorneys wrote in the filing.</p> <p>Project Roomkey is a state-supported and FEMA-approved program to secure hotel and motel rooms in local communities to provide safe isolation capacity for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in order to protect them and their neighbors from COVID-19 during the ongoing public health emergency.</p> <p>The county&#8217;s Office of Emergency Management is also establishing hotels and motels as isolation facilities for people testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantine facilities those who have been exposed to people testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.</p> <p>People are eligible for isolation and quarantine facilities if they cannot safely self-isolate or quarantine at home, regardless of socio-economic status, &#8220;but the unsheltered are the most likely beneficiaries of this program,&#8221; the county attorney wrote, adding that hotels and motels throughout the city of Los Angeles and county are participating.</p> <p>The county has contracts for beds with more 25 hotels for a combined total of 2,500 beds in cities in the Antelope Valley, the South Bay, the San Gabriel Valley, the San Fernando Valley, and metropolitan Los Angeles.</p> <p>Carter is overseeing a lawsuit against the city and county brought by the L.A. Alliance, a coalition of Skid Row-area business owners, formerly homeless and disabled city dwellers, which alleges not enough has been done to address the homeless problem downtown, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Carter has managed to have dozens of new sanitation facilities installed in Skid Row as part of settlement talks and is attempting to find safe camper parking for those living in their vehicles in the 50-block area in downtown Los Angeles.</p> Coronavirus: LA County Requests Emergency Hearing Over Project Roomkey After Bell Gardens, Lawndale Tell Hotels To Stop Housing Homeless https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/17/coronavirus-bell-gardens-lawndale-la-county-project-roomkey/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:4e1346d2-ef6e-e655-f72a-9ff1dd7c5a4f Sat, 18 Apr 2020 02:53:16 +0000 According to the filing in Los Angeles federal court, the county received correspondence from the two cities threatening to interfere with Project Roomkey, an initiative to secure housing at participating hotels and motels for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p1"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p1").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4520144","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p1","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)</strong> — Attorneys for Los Angeles County Friday filed a request for an emergency hearing with a federal judge, alleging that court-ordered efforts to help house homeless people at risk of contracting <a href="http://www.cbsla.com/coronavirus">the novel coronavirus</a> were being hindered by objections from Lawndale and Bell Gardens.</p> <p>According to the filing in Los Angeles federal court, the county received correspondence from the two cities threatening to interfere with Project Roomkey, an initiative to secure housing at participating hotels and motels for vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness.</p> <p>Included in the filing was a letter to a hotel operator from Bell Gardens&#8217; city attorney in connection with the &#8220;unauthorized decision to sublease the hotel &#8230; to be utilized as a medical shelter and quarantine housing for contagious and high-risk patients potentially infected with COVID-19.&#8221;</p> <p>The letter demanded that the hotel stop bringing in new homeless tenants and transfer its existing tenants to other facilities.</p> <p>&#8220;The unauthorized operation of a medical facility&#8221; constituted a breach of the hotel&#8217;s lease with the city, according to the letter, and the letter said that if immediate steps were not taken, the city would be &#8220;forced to seek remedies,&#8221; including terminating the lease and essentially closing the hotel.</p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://cbsloc.al/2KdgwKB">Coronavirus: Garcetti Announces Rapid Testing For Homeless, Pop-Up Facility On Skid Row</a></strong></p> <p>The letter dated Wednesday further warned that Bell Gardens planned to file a motion for a temporary restraining order in Superior Court by Tuesday, unless an agreement was reached.</p> <p>A statement from the city of Bell Gardens reiterated the point made in the letter:</p> <p>&#8220;The operations of the medical sheltering facility are outside of the allowable uses of the hotel. The city expects to work with the hotel business owner to ensure the hotel is operated in accordance with allowable uses.&#8221;</p> <p>A second letter included in the county&#8217;s filing from Lawndale&#8217;s city attorney to the operator of a hotel in that city stated that the agreement with the county &#8220;to become a temporary homeless shelter&#8221; was &#8220;negotiated and executed in complete secrecy&#8221; without any input from the city, and if the agreement was not terminated, the city would schedule a public Planning Commission hearing to consider revoking the hotel&#8217;s special use permit.</p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://cbsloc.al/2RKDHjJ">LA County Officials &#8216;Extraordinarily Worried&#8217; About Coronavirus Spike At Nursing Homes</a></strong></p> <p>The Lawndale attorney wrote that &#8220;while Project Roomkey is a well-intended program to help the most vulnerable homeless in Los Angeles County during the COVID-19 global pandemic, the city believes that allowing the (hotel) to operate as a shelter could cause irreparable harm to the Lawndale community.&#8221;</p> <p class="p1">The county&#8217;s filing asks U.S. District Judge David Carter to schedule an &#8220;immediate intervention.&#8221;</p> <p>The judge &#8220;can play a valuable role in the county&#8217;s efforts to successfully implement&#8221; Project Roomkey in the two cities, the county wrote, asking that Bell Gardens and Lawndale city officials be ordered to appear.</p> <p>Project Roomkey is a state-supported and FEMA-approved program to secure hotel and motel rooms in local communities to provide safe isolation capacity for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in order to protect them and their neighbors from COVID-19 during the ongoing public health emergency.</p> <p class="p1">The county has contracts for beds with more 25 hotels for a combined total of 2,500 beds in cities in the Antelope Valley, the South Bay, the San Gabriel Valley, the San Fernando Valley, and metropolitan Los Angeles.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> LA-area card casinos, cities seek assistance as coronavirus shutdown threatens jobs https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/04/10/la-area-card-casinos-cities-seek-assistance-as-coronavirus-shutdown-threatens-jobs/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:c7cc32e1-41bd-6acf-a0bf-b58fefbca2cd Sat, 11 Apr 2020 09:59:11 +0000 "Without the help of PPP funding, California’s gaming operators, all of which voluntarily ceased operations in mid-March, will be forced to permanently lay off employees and some may not be able to reopen," association President Kyle Kirkland wrote. <p>Shuttered Los Angeles-area card casinos and cities that rely on the revenues they generate are appealing for state and federal assistance as the coronavirus pandemic continues.</p> <p>Hawaiian Gardens is especially hard hit as nearly 70% of the city&#8217;s general fund comes from sales tax revenue and card club fees generated by <a href="https://www.thegardenscasino.com/">The Gardens Casino</a>.</p> <p>The city says it will be forced to offset the known losses of more than $1.5 million in the current fiscal year through reserve funds, layoffs and the reduction or elimination of youth and senior programs, police services, transportation options, nonprofit partnerships and infrastructure improvements.</p> <p>&#8220;To say we&#8217;re concerned is an understatement,&#8221; City Manager Ernie Hernandez said Friday. &#8220;What will really suffer is quality of life.&#8221;</p> <h4 class="">A dire situation</h4> <p><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LDN-L-CASINOS-3-0411.jpg"><img class="alignright size-article_inline_half lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LDN-L-CASINOS-3-0411.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LDN-L-CASINOS-3-0411.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LDN-L-CASINOS-3-0411.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/LDN-L-CASINOS-3-0411.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /></a>In an April 9 letter to California congressional leaders, the <a href="https://californiagamingassociation.org/">California Gaming Association</a> called the situation dire.</p> <p>Most of the casinos have fewer than 500 employees, the association said, and although it appears they would qualify for emergency Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds, businesses that get 33% or more of their revenue from legal gaming operations can&#8217;t access the relief loans.</p> <p>&#8220;Without the help of PPP funding, California’s gaming operators, all of which voluntarily ceased operations in mid-March, will be forced to permanently lay off employees and some may not be able to reopen,&#8221; association President Kyle Kirkland wrote.</p> <h4 class="">Seeking SBA help</h4> <p>The Gardens Casino employs about 2,000 workers, which is well above the less-than-500-employees cap to qualify for a PPP loan. But Keith Sharp, the facility&#8217;s general counsel, said the casino still hopes to receive Small Business Administration funding.</p> <p>&#8220;The SBA has a long-standing rule that doesn&#8217;t allow loans for gambling businesses,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We&#8217;re trying to fix that, but we&#8217;re having a heck of a time right now. We&#8217;re hopeful that some elements of the stimulus package will loosen the reins. Many of our employees are minimum wage workers who rely on tips.&#8221;</p> <p>In a letter sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Hawaiian Gardens Mayor Jesse Alvarado said the closure of The Gardens Casino is having a severe ripple effect.</p> <p>&#8220;It has the most significant financial impact to any city with a casino in the state of California and has played a critical role in the city’s ability to fight crime and roll back major gang issues,&#8221; he wrote.</p> <p>The city hasn&#8217;t determined how many employees will have to be let go, but it issued advance layoff notices to all city workers so when the reduction takes place it can happen quickly.</p> <p>Alvarado is asking Newsom for the following:</p> <ul> <li>Redirect the $97 million surplus in California&#8217;s gambling control fund to help the casino to re-open when it is safe to do so and to assist its employees and the community during the crisis</li> <li>Provide relief and clarification regarding the casino’s ability to access state and federal relief programs, including unsecuritized loans without burdensome and untimely regulatory processes</li> </ul> <h4 class="">Grim predictions</h4> <p><a href="https://www.thebike.com/">The Bicycle Hotel &amp; Casino</a> in Bell Gardens is a big moneymaker for that city as well, with sales tax and card club fees accounting for 46% of the city&#8217;s general fund revenues. If the casino&#8217;s closure extends through April 30, Bell Gardens will lose more than $2 million, city officials said.</p> <p>That&#8217;s the equivalent of six police officers and a 26.5% reduction in parks and community services. A closure continuing through June 30 would result in a projected loss of more than $4.8 million for the city, as well as the elimination of 33 full-time positions.</p> <p>Bell Gardens Mayor Alejandra Cortez also wrote to Newsom asking for &#8220;immediate executive or regulatory action&#8221; to address the situation.</p> <p>&#8220;The Bicycle Club &amp; Casino is vital to the service provided to the residents who live in the city of Bell Gardens,&#8221; she said.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/18/palos-verdes-ice-rink-becomes-latest-victim-of-coronavirus-closures/" title="Palos Verdes ice rink becomes latest victim of coronavirus closures"> <span class="dfm-title"> Palos Verdes ice rink becomes latest victim of coronavirus closures </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/14/cities-losing-big-from-closed-cardrooms-mayors-ask-county-to-reopen-outdoors/" title="Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors"> <span class="dfm-title"> Cities losing big from closed cardrooms; mayors ask county to reopen outdoors </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/13/israel-imposing-new-nationwide-lockdown-as-coronavirus-cases-surge/" title="Israel imposing new nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases surge"> <span class="dfm-title"> Israel imposing new nationwide lockdown as coronavirus cases surge </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/10/aztec-pivots-amid-covid-19-pitching-its-tents-to-schools-restaurants-hospitals/" title="Aztec pivots amid COVID-19, pitching its tents to schools, restaurants, hospitals"> <span class="dfm-title"> Aztec pivots amid COVID-19, pitching its tents to schools, restaurants, hospitals </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/09/california-supreme-court-denies-o-c-board-of-education-petition-to-reopen-campuses/" title="California Supreme Court denies O.C. Board of Education petition to reopen campuses"> <span class="dfm-title"> Denied: O.C. Board of Education petition to reopen campuses </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> 5 LA County casinos close amid coronavirus concerns https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/03/14/four-l-a-countys-casinos-close-amid-coronavirus-concerns/ Bell Gardens – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:86f516d7-74e0-a58d-f71b-a3fdf38ecdb9 Sat, 14 Mar 2020 21:35:07 +0000 Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week urged Californians to cancel large gatherings of more than 250 people. <p>Los Angeles County card rooms and casinos became the latest businesses to announce closures due to the <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> outbreak on Saturday, March 14.</p> <p>The Commerce Hotel &amp; Casino, The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, The Bicycle Hotel &amp; Casino in Bell Gardens and Hollywood Park Casino will close operations beginning this weekend, company officials said Saturday.</p> <p>The closure will be temporary and all the businesses plan to re-open as soon as possible “based upon the best available information,” officials said.</p> <p>The Hustler Casino in Gardena said it too was suspending operations Saturday evening.</p> <p>“The health and safety of everyone are paramount at this time. We are taking all necessary measures to ensure that we help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. We will continue to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the governor of California and will re-open when it is announced safe to do so,” Larry Flynt, president of LFP Inc., said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/07/16/larry-flynts-lucky-lady-casino-in-gardena-remains-closed-after-roof-collapse/">Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena</a> has remained closed in the wake of a roof collapse that injured 11 people in July.</p> <p>Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this week urged Californians to cancel large gatherings of more than 250 people.</p> <p>Los Angeles County health officials announced 11 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, March 14, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 53.</p> <p>Two of the cases new cases are hospitalized.</p> <p>The total number of confirmed cases includes four in Long Beach and one in Pasadena. There has been one death.</p> Teen Suspect Who Shot At Officers Near Bell Gardens Elementary School Found Dead After Standoff https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/02/06/police-suspect-bell-gardens-elementary-school/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d4bd3bca-9d85-135f-0d06-9cf2490b108e Fri, 07 Feb 2020 06:20:05 +0000 The suspect is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p2"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p2").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4437096","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p2","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> — Following a nearly 12-hour standoff, a 17-year-old boy suspected of opening fire on officers near Bell Gardens Elementary School Thursday was found dead from what was likely a self-inflicted gunshot wound.</p> <p>According to Bell Gardens police, the situation unfolded at about 9:30 a.m. near Jaboneria Road and Eastern Avenue when two officers tried to stop two teen suspects who were known to them. The two ran away on foot, and in the process, one of them opened fire on the officers. The officers returned fire, police said.</p> <p>A massive multi-agency search ensued and a perimeter was established. Bell Gardens Elementary School was temporarily put on lockdown and parents were contacted to pick up their children as a precaution.</p> <p>“I hope they catch him because it’s a concern for everybody,” parent Elvis Olivares said.</p> <p>Police eventually determined that the suspect who had opened fire on them was hiding inside an apartment, possibly with a female, and had threatened to kill himself. Surrounding streets were shut down.</p> <p>“SWAT teams, battering rams, K-9 units coming by,&#8221; resident Robert Ricoy said. &#8220;They actually had somebody right here on Gotham, threw a couple of flashbangs and everything, sent the dogs in there and came up empty.&#8221;</p> <p>At around 7:15 p.m., police fired tear gas into the building hoping to draw the teen out. At 8:45 p.m., officers entered to find him dead from what was likely a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was not identified.</p> <p>Police said the second suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was found in a separate location and taken into custody. It&#8217;s unclear what the two boys had been wanted on.</p> Huntington Park Named California’s ‘Most Miserable’ City, Business Insider Says https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/10/02/huntington-park-named-californias-most-miserable-city-business-insider-says/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:b8a4074a-68f1-629b-dfd9-65c1086e44d7 Wed, 02 Oct 2019 22:58:17 +0000 Huntington Park is California's "most miserable" city, according to census data compiled by Business Insider, ranking 10th on the list of 1,000 of America's most miserable cities. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p3"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p3").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4179438","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p3","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)</strong> — Huntington Park is California&#8217;s &#8220;most miserable&#8221; city, according to census data compiled by <em>Business Insider</em>, ranking 10th on the list of 1,000 of America&#8217;s most miserable cities.</p> <p>In total, California has 210 entries on the list with the majority of those cities in the southern part of the state.</p> <p>Rankings were based on factors such as population change, the percentage of people with jobs, median household incomes, median commute times, the number of people living in poverty, and the percentage of people without health insurance.</p> <p>Overall, Gary, Indiana, ranked first, followed by Port Arthur, Texas, and Detroit as the third most miserable city in America.</p> <p>Southern California cities in the Top 100:</p> <ul> <li>Huntington Park (10)</li> <li>Bell Gardens (14)</li> <li>Lynwood (21)</li> <li>El Monte (22)</li> <li>Palmdale (36)</li> <li>Montebello (40)</li> <li>Compton (41)</li> <li>San Bernardino (42)</li> <li>Hemet (44)</li> <li>Lancaster (50)</li> <li>National City (55)</li> <li>Hesperia (59)</li> <li>Inglewood (60)</li> <li>Paramount (61)</li> <li>La Puente (62)</li> <li>Victorville (66)</li> <li>Pomona (83)</li> <li>Monterey Park (89)</li> <li>Baldwin Park (93)</li> </ul> <p>See the full list of cities <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j1L19LB3T3uldlkW8OsJ_JyFq-f8yPBYWXLj752hBHA/edit#gid=1188779382">here</a>.</p> Armed Robbery Suspects Lead Deputies On Wild Chase, Share Romantic Moment In Bell Gardens Backyard https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/28/pursuit-suspects-lead-deputies-on-wild-chase-share-romantic-moment-in-bell-gardens-backyard/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:de67af77-7173-79cf-60d6-441d0238efc2 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 05:10:29 +0000 Two robbery suspects led sheriff's deputies on a wild pursuit and then, in true "Bonnie and Clyde" fashion, engaged in a romantic embrace before deciding to surrender.  <div class="featured-video"><div id="p4"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p4").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4155242","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p4","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> — Two armed robbery suspects led sheriff&#8217;s deputies on a wild pursuit through the streets of East LA, Commerce, and Bell Gardens Wednesday afternoon, and shared a romantic moment before surrendering.</p> <p>During the pursuit, the driver, 21-year-old Amelia Pestano, went the wrong way up streets, weaved in and out of lanes and narrowly avoided a crash.</p> <p>The duo even came close to pushing a pick up truck out of their way in Bell Gardens.</p> <p>The car eventually stopped in an alley near Fostoria Street and Eastern Avenue.</p> <p>Pestano, and her passenger,  23-year-old Edgar Acosta, got out of the car and ran. Pestano made a daring leap from roof to roof and down onto a car, as neighbors in the houses below rushed to lock their doors.</p> <p>She continued to flee, running along the tops of walls before eventually joining Acosta on the roof of a backyard shed.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class=" wp-image-1034919 aligncenter" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="628" height="352" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg 1280w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=1024,576 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=1138,640 1138w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/48A8C2212DAD47ACBE46EAB46F37A378.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 628px) 100vw, 628px" /></p> <p>And then, in true &#8220;Bonnie and Clyde&#8221; fashion, the duo engaged in a romantic embrace before deciding to surrender to the pursuing officers.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class=" wp-image-1034877 aligncenter" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/B6C096C0B89C4C4E905FB7DA4D06FD55.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="624" height="349" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/B6C096C0B89C4C4E905FB7DA4D06FD55.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/B6C096C0B89C4C4E905FB7DA4D06FD55.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/B6C096C0B89C4C4E905FB7DA4D06FD55.jpg?resize=320,180 320w" sizes="(max-width: 624px) 100vw, 624px" /></p> <p>Pestano and Acosta were then taken into custody without incident.</p> <p>They were both charged with attempted robbery, possession of fire arms and felony evading.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Bell Gardens Youth Football Team Raising Funds To Replace Stolen Equipment https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/07/03/bell-gardens-youth-football-team-raising-funds-to-replace-stolen-equipment/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:85567686-60d7-bea4-784f-8c93c050fa49 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:57:57 +0000 Police said someone broke into a storage shed just feet from where the team practices at Bell Garden High School over the weekend and stole tens of thousands of dollars' worth of football equipment. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p5"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p5").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4117139","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p5","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> — The Bell Gardens youth football team is supposed to play its first game in just a few weeks, but a weekend theft left the team with no equipment for the fast approaching season.</p> <div id="attachment_1025449" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1025449" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1025449" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg 1280w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=1024,576 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=1138,640 1138w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/07/empty-locker.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1025449" class="wp-caption-text">This storage shed used to house all of the equipment for Bell Gardens Youth Football. (BELL GARDENS YOUTH FOOTBALL)</p></div> <p>Police said someone broke into a storage shed just feet from where the team practices at Bell Garden High School over the weekend and stole tens of thousands of dollars&#8217; worth of football equipment.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s a devastating loss to a program that has to raise money every year to basically sustain itself,&#8221; Scott Fairfield, Bell Gardens police chief, said.</p> <p>The boys, ages 5 to 14, are trying to stay positive, but they&#8217;re now practicing without helmets, shoulder pads and knee pads.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s definitely heartbreaking,&#8221; Angela Olague, city athletic director, said. &#8220;Above anything else, it&#8217;s heartbreaking.&#8221;</p> <p>Thomas Bracken, a 13-year-old who plays on the team, said it&#8217;s more than just football. He said being part of the team taught him how to take better care of himself and care for others.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s 13- to 15-year-old kids here that just want to have fun,&#8221; he said. &#8220;If you&#8217;re stealing from that, then you need some higher life standards.&#8221;</p> <p>Former player Juan Barajes has already stepped up, donating his own shoulder and knee pads to the team.</p> <p>&#8220;This is the least I could do,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>The team is now asking the community for donations. A <a href="https://bit.ly/2LzmyHg">GoFundMe page</a> has been set up, and as of Wednesday morning had raised more than $2,500.</p> Woman Captured In Bell Gardens After Stealing SUV With 2 Children Inside https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/03/08/woman-steals-suv-children-inside-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:2c44b573-275f-05aa-3c11-738900e86df4 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:44:56 +0000 The suspect was caught after abandoning the vehicle and running away. The children were unhurt. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p6"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p6").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4043187","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p6","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> – A woman was captured in Bell Gardens after allegedly stealing an SUV Friday morning which had two young children inside, authorities said.</p> <div id="attachment_1008033" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1008033" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1008033" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="188" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg 873w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg?resize=300,188 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg?resize=768,482 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture2-7.jpg?resize=640,402 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1008033" class="wp-caption-text">Surveillance video shows a female suspect walking away from an SUV which police say she stole with two children inside. She abandoned the vehicle in a Bell Gardens parking lot. March 8, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>At around 7:40 a.m., the suspect stole a Nissan Xterra in the city of Bell after a mother briefly left her kids &#8212; a 5-year-old girl and a 4-month-old infant &#8212;  inside the vehicle while she ran back into her home to grab something, Bell police said.</p> <div id="attachment_1008032" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1008032" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1008032" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="130" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg 1271w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg?resize=300,130 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg?resize=768,332 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg?resize=1024,442 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/capture-21.jpg?resize=640,276 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1008032" class="wp-caption-text">(CBS2)</p></div> <p>The woman drove it for about six blocks before abandoning the vehicle in a restaurant parking lot in the 5700 block of Gage Avenue in neighboring Bell Gardens. She left the two children in the SUV and ran away, Bell police said. Security video obtained by CBS2 from a restaurant in the parking lot showed the woman walking away from the vehicle.</p> <p>Officers swarmed the area and found the suspect a short time later. Her name was not immediately released. The children were rescued unhurt, police said, and reunited with their mother. The 5-year-old girl was able to identify the suspect, police said.</p> <p>&#8220;But she did great,&#8221; Bell police Det. Marisol Lomeli told CBS2. &#8220;She gave us descriptions. We actually had her identify two people.&#8221;</p> <p>A motive for the theft was not immediately confirmed. It’s unclear if the suspect knew the family of the children.</p> <p>The investigation is ongoing.</p> Evacuations After 8 Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Bell Gardens Home https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/15/evacuations-8-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:20a9502f-24e1-04c8-dcb4-969ea878ffe6 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:44:23 +0000 Three of the patients were children, two of whom were in critical but stable condition at last report. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p7"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p7").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3667428","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p7","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> – Eight people, including three children, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Bell Gardens Tuesday morning, prompting a hazmat callout which forced surrounding homes to be evacuated.</p> <div id="attachment_1000153" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/01/capture-28.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1000153" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1000153" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/01/capture-28.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="167" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/01/capture-28.jpg 596w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/01/capture-28.jpg?resize=300,167 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/01/capture-28.jpg?resize=310,174 310w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1000153" class="wp-caption-text">Jan. 15, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>At around 9:15 a.m., Bell Gardens police and Los Angeles County Fire crews were called to the 5500 block of Clara Street, where they found several people suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.</p> <p>The eight patients were rushed to local hospitals. Two children were in critical but stable condition, the fire department said. The other seven were in fair condition.</p> <p>Police said that surrounding homes were evacuated and traffic on Clara Street was diverted.</p> <p>The cause of the carbon monoxide leak was under investigation by LACFD hazmat. There was no immediate word on whether the eight patients all resided in the home.</p> Police: Knife-Wielding Man Shot, Killed By Officers After Stabbing Stepfather https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/22/police-shoot-kill-suspect-in-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a20e3d4e-e36f-a474-ddbb-67cc3abe35fc Thu, 22 Nov 2018 19:30:06 +0000 The victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition. No officers were hurt. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p8"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p8").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3982575","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p8","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA)</strong> – A knife-wielding man was shot and killed by Bell Gardens police officers Wednesday night after he stabbed his stepfather.</p> <p>The shooting occurred at 10:18 p.m. at a home in the 5900 block of Loveland Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.</p> <div id="attachment_993382" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-993382" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-993382" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="146" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg 877w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg?resize=300,146 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg?resize=768,375 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg?resize=640,312 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture56.jpg?resize=620,300 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-993382" class="wp-caption-text">(CBS2)</p></div> <p>Officers responding to a 911 call about a family disturbance came upon an agitated 24-year-old Hispanic man, the sheriffs’ department reports.</p> <p>Officers chased the suspect into the home, where they witnessed him stab his 33-year-old stepfather with a knife, LASD said. That is when they shot him in the upper torso. He died at the scene.</p> <p>The victim was rushed to a hospital where he was in stable condition Thursday, the sheriff’s department said.</p> <p>No officers were hurt.</p> <p>No names were released. The sheriff&#8217;s department is investigating.</p> Man Dies After Road Rage Shooting On 710 Freeway https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/07/27/fatal-road-rage-shooting-710-freeway/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:54a4b6b2-0012-b196-e9fd-7f601d3e7fc2 Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:55:53 +0000 Shots were fired at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, after a road rage incident on the northbound 710 Freeway, north of the 91 Freeway in South Gate. 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The victim was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved.</p> <p>Details of the road rage incident were not available, but the suspect fired several rounds, hitting the victim at least once in the upper torso, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader said.</p> <p>The driver of the victim vehicle got off the freeway on Florence Avenue and drove to a parking lot to call for help, Schrader said. The victim was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.</p> <p>The driver was not hurt.</p> <p>A description of the suspect or vehicle were not immediately available.</p> <p>Anyone with information about either the road rage incident or the shooting can call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> ‘I Saw My Life Flashing Before Me’: Video Shows Officer Pull Gun From Holster After Asking Unarmed Man To Show ID https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/05/18/bell-gardens-police-gun-holster-desmond-taylor/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a30d8bc0-25eb-5347-b685-bf782c63939b Sat, 19 May 2018 03:48:58 +0000 Thirty-year-old Desmond Taylor told CBS2 News he was on his way to a job interview at Tesla when the driver of the car he was traveling in through Bell Gardens got pulled over for running a stop sign. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p10"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p10").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3866983","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p10","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA) —</strong> A man filming a routine traffic stop in southeast Los Angeles County said he feared for his life when a police officer pulled his gun out of his holster after asking him for identification.</p> <p>Desmond Taylor, 30, told CBS2 News he was on his way to a job interview at Tesla when the driver of the car he was traveling in through Bell Gardens got pulled over for running a stop sign.</p> <p>Taylor said he started filming the Bell Gardens police officer who stopped them with his cellphone. The officer then went over to Taylor&#8217;s side of the vehicle and asked him for identification.</p> <p>&#8220;I need you to identify yourself so I could either cite you or warn you for not having your seat belt,&#8221; he tells Taylor.</p> <p>&#8220;OK, let me look in my bag and see if I have my DMV paper, OK?&#8221; Taylor replies. &#8220;Go ahead,&#8221; the officer responds, as the camera begins pointing downward.</p> <p>The officer continues, &#8220;Go ahead, and be careful how you [&#8230;] grab in there,&#8221; as he is seen pulling his firearm out of his holster.</p> <p>&#8220;Whoa,&#8221; Taylor says during the cross-talk. &#8220;Look , man. Put that gun down, brother.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;Go ahead. Go ahead, look at it,&#8221; the officer says.</p> <p>&#8220;Put the gun down, sir. 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[unintelligible] Go ahead.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m looking for my — put your gun, dude — put your gun away.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;I will put it away,&#8221; the officer says as he finally holsters his weapon.</p> <p>&#8220;Let me look in my bag for my documents, please,&#8221; Taylor says as the officer leaves his hand on the holstered weapon.</p> <p>Smiling, the officer then reverses the roles and lifts his arms to his sides to show he has nothing in his hands.</p> <p>&#8220;Why you doing this, man?&#8221; Taylor asks.</p> <p>Taylor told CBS2 that at that moment, he feared for his life, saying, &#8220;I saw my life flashing before me.&#8221;</p> <p>To add to his frustration, the hour-long traffic stop made Taylor, a music producer, miss his interview.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t have anything on me. I don&#8217;t have any warrants, I have a clear background, and I was eventually let go, but the sad thing is it was a missed opportunity for me,&#8221; said Taylor. &#8220;It&#8217;s something that should&#8217;ve never happened, something that should&#8217;ve never escalated to this point.&#8221;</p> <p>The officer never pointed the gun at Taylor, but he, nonetheless, feels the fact that the officer even pulled it out of his holster is wrong.</p> <p>&#8220;This is not OK, you know?&#8221; Taylor told CBS2. &#8220;The actions by that police officer was not OK.&#8221;</p> <p>The Bell Gardens PD told CBS2 they were beginning to review the case but had no comment Friday.</p> <p>Taylor said he has hired an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit.</p> Body Found Inside Burning Car In Bell Gardens https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/04/03/body-found-burning-car-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:2fea2eb2-d9ca-f642-054f-7fdd5b27cd3c Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:18:01 +0000 Sheriff’s detectives and arson investigators are now trying to determine if the death was an accident or a homicide. 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Florence Ave., just around the corner from the Bicycle Casino and a block away from the 710 Freeway.</p> <p>The body was so badly burned, sheriff’s officials said it was hard to tell how the person was killed.</p> <p>Sheriff’s detectives and arson investigators are now trying to determine if the death was an accident or a homicide. Detectives are also looking at fresh tire marks left on the pavement near where the car was parked.</p> 4, Including Pregnant Woman, Arrested At End Of Bell Gardens Standoff https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/06/23/bell-gardens-standoff/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:039f888b-9b3a-9fca-692c-c13ff933975c Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:56:03 +0000 Four people were taken into custody early Friday after a flash bang was fired into a Bell Gardens hotel to end a standoff with the Hawthorne police SWAT team. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p12"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p12").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3687610","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p12","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Four people were taken into custody early Friday after a flash bang was fired into a Bell Gardens hotel to end a standoff with the Hawthorne police SWAT team.</p> <p>One of the suspects was wanted in connection with an assault on a police officer on Thursday, Hawthorne police Lt. Robbie Williams said. Two men and two women, one of whom is reportedly pregnant, were all taken into custody at about 4:20 a.m.</p> <p>All four were tracked to the Quality Inn &amp; Suites, 7330 Eastern Ave., where the standoff began late Thursday night.</p> <p>No officers or suspects were injured, Williams said.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Whoops! Toy Reportedly Filled With Cocaine Shows No Trace Of Drugs https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/06/07/cocaine-filled-toy-has-no-drugs/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:b87e3dba-e33f-f549-61d9-49ba54942b14 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 06:00:10 +0000 The substance, whatever it is, has been deemed harmless. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p13"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p13").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3679529","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p13","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS  (CBSLA.com)</strong> —  A child&#8217;s toy found in a vending machine that initially tested positive for drugs had no cocaine inside it, officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>On Monday, a concerned parent reported to police that their child retrieved a toy from a vending machine at Taqueria Los Altos, a restaurant in Bell Gardens.</p> <p>While her child was playing with the toy, it ruptured and a white powdery substance &#8212; about 5 grams &#8212; spilled out.</p> <p>Police in Bell Gardens reported the substance tested positive for cocaine. In all, about 135 grams (4.8 ounces) was confiscated.</p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>RELATED LINK</strong></span> <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/cocaine-toys-vending-machine-restaurant/">Police: Cocaine Found In Toys Sold In Vending Machine At Bell Gardens Restaurant</a></p> <p>Authorities alerted the public via social media about the potential health risk.</p> <p>Further investigation revealed the initial testing revealed a &#8220;false positive.&#8221;</p> <p>Police located the toy vendor. The powder resembles talcum powder or baking soda. The actual substance is yet to be officially determined.</p> <p>The substance, whatever it is, has been deemed harmless.</p> <p>At the restaurant, a staple in the community for 27 years, it was business as usual Wednesday evening.</p> <p>&#8220;We feel relieved since we were getting bad reviews,&#8221; said Edgar Ramirez, the owner&#8217;s nephew.</p> <p>Ramirez told KCAL 9&#8217;s Andrea Fujii they lost business when the public thought they might be connected to drugs.</p> <p>&#8220;My uncle was stressed out,&#8221; says Ramirez. &#8220;We lost clients for two days because they thought my uncle was involved in coke and all that.&#8221;</p> <p>Ramirez says his uncle hopes everyone can now move on.</p> <p>&#8220;Everything goes through social media,&#8221; Ramirez said, &#8220;and people are going to be seeing &#8216;Oh, this restaurant sells coke.&#8217; But they may not see the positive review now that it was all fake.&#8221;</p> Police: Cocaine Found In Toys Sold In Vending Machine At Bell Gardens Restaurant https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/cocaine-toys-vending-machine-restaurant/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:808ff6c4-1a05-739e-1e44-6e2d0fc463ff Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:40:07 +0000 A mother and her young son made a disturbing discovery when a toy they purchased from a Bell Gardens restaurant vending machine turned out to contain cocaine, police said. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p14"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p14").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3678906","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p14","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com) —</strong> A mother and her young son made a disturbing discovery when a toy they purchased from a Bell Gardens restaurant vending machine turned out to contain cocaine, police said.</p> <p>A squishy ball in a plastic container similar to a stress ball was purchased about 9:30 p.m. Monday from a gumball-type machine at Taqueria Los Altos at 6939 Eastern Ave., according to Bell Gardens police Detective Miguel Torres.</p> <p>&#8220;While her son was playing with the putty-ball toy, it ruptured and a white powdery substance came out,&#8221; Torres said, adding that the mother then called police.</p> <p><strong>PHOTOS: <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2017/06/07/cocaine-toys-gallery/">Cocaine Found In Vending Machine Toys</a></strong></p> <p>Officers showed up with a drug-testing kit. They ran the powder through it, and it came back as cocaine, and a total of 136 grams (4.8 ounces) of the drug were removed and recovered, according to the detective.</p> <p>Detectives on the case told CBS2/KCAL9&#8217;s Jeff Nguyen that amount of cocaine is not a small amount.</p> <p>&#8220;It was weird because me and my sister get toys sometimes. and then when I heard about it, I was like I&#8217;m not going to get them anymore,&#8221; said one restaurant customer.</p> <p>Customer Candace Mahan called the incident upsetting.</p> <p>&#8220;These are kids, small kids coming in here looking for stuff in the machines,&#8221; added Mahan.</p> <p>Police said the machine belongs to a company called Snack Time Vending.</p> <p>Detectives don&#8217;t think that the restaurant or the vending company are involved. They are investigating how the cocaine got into the machine.</p> <p>&#8220;We contracted with this company for the past couple years, but no way are we affiliated with this company. We only lease the location to the company,&#8221; said Alfredo Sanchez, the restaurant’s spokesman.</p> <p>Police said the ball had a smiley face on it and that they want to warn parents of children who might buy items from these types of machines. Police said that the machine in question has been removed from the restaurant.</p> <p><em>(©201</em><em>7 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> Feds Raid Bicycle Casino In Bell Gardens In ‘Criminal Fraud’ Probe https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/04/04/feds-raid-bicycle-casino-in-criminal-fraud-investigation/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:484e5e54-4da3-12f4-1a68-78877515ff75 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:30 +0000 Agents declind to reveal the nature of the raid, but some reports and sources say the probe may be linked to money laundering. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p15"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p15").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3646221","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p15","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Federal agents Tuesday shut down and raided the Bicycle Hotel &amp; Casino in Bell Gardens as part of a criminal fraud investigation, authorities said.</p> <p>Authorities with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement&#8217;s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) confirmed the raid at the casino complex located at 888 Bicycle Casino Drive but declined to provide details of the raid.</p> <p>&#8220;The search warrant issued by a United States magistrate judge was filed under seal in relation to an ongoing investigation,&#8221; said Virginia Kice of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. &#8220;Because the warrant is under seal, we are not able to comment on the scope or nature of the investigation.&#8221;</p> <p>The raid was a part of a &#8220;criminal fraud&#8221; investigation, according to KNX 1070&#8217;s Pete Demetriou.</p> <div class="embed-twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BREAKING?src=hash">#BREAKING</a> Federal agents shut down Bicycle Casino &amp; Hotel in Bell Gardens for &quot;criminal fraud&quot; investigation. More to come..<a href="https://twitter.com/KNX1070">@KNX1070</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://t.co/JeNCtcpq5o">pic.twitter.com/JeNCtcpq5o</a></p> <p>&mdash; Pete Demetriou (@knxpete) <a href="https://twitter.com/knxpete/status/849275312772861953">April 4, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> <p>The raid was conducted by nine state and federal agencies, including the Los Angeles High Intensity Financial Crime Area Task Force, the IRS, the California Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney&#8217;s Office, officials said.</p> <p>A rep told CBS2&#8217;s Kara Finnstrom the casino would remain closed as the investigation continues. One woman staying at the hotel said guests were not asked to leave.</p> <p>A statement released by a Bicycle Hotel &amp; Casino said they &#8220;are working with authorities and currently do not have additional information. As soon as the federal agents have completed their work, we will be in full operation.&#8221;</p> <p>The Bicycle Club was seized in 1990 after investigators said the club was partly built with laundered drug money.</p> Smash-And-Grab Robber In Bell Gardens Was Hoping For Big Windfall But Ended Up With Windex https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/03/24/you-can-only-shake-your-head-at-failings-of-smash-and-grab-burglar-in-bell-gardens/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:f48d9e77-f5e3-3b1f-67ca-8ace519adbe3 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:04:26 +0000 Try as he might, the TV set just won't come off the wall. The suspect flings himself on top of it, uses all of his body weight, bounces up and down on it. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p16"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p16").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3641151","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p16","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com) — </strong> A would-be burglar who tried to steal a large screen television, now, ironically finds himself on TV.</p> <p>The burglar is shown on surveillance video shattering the front door of a Bell Gardens business and then making his way inside the shop.</p> <p>Police said the man was wearing a plastic mask along with a hoodie. But it’s what happened next &#8212; reports KCAL 9&#8217;s Tom Wait &#8212;  that had detectives shaking their heads and many people laughing.</p> <p>The would-be thief tries to make off with the TV.  But the struggle is real for this burglar &#8212; the TV mounts are stubborn.</p> <p>Try as he might, the set just won&#8217;t come off the wall. The suspect flings himself on top of it, uses all of his body weight, bounces up and down on it.</p> <p>Finally, the set comes down -– but apparently he was scared off.  After all that work  he leaves without the flat screen.</p> <p>One man giggled when shown the video.</p> <p>This was pretty much the reaction from folks when Wait showed them the video. Giggles and laughs and puzzlement.</p> <p>&#8220;It’s just like so dumb for him to do something like that, you know?,&#8221; said one woman. &#8220;When the cameras are watching.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;He thought he could like easily get the TV but obviously he was having trouble pulling it out of the wall,&#8221; said one man.</p> <p>Police say the thief did get away with a laptop – and &#8212; a bottle of Windex. He ran off into the night before he could be caught  &#8212; apparently the bungling burglar was not seriously hurt from his tumble.</p> <p>&#8220;It’s funny to watch the video, but I mean, if you want to steal something make sure it’s not[ [stuck] on to the wall,&#8221; said one  woman.</p> Wife Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Gets 3 Months Jail For His Killing https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/01/20/wife-of-slain-bell-gardens-mayor-gets-3-months-jail-for-his-killing/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:6bdb9e02-8c10-83ea-9871-0c0c112e0a8b Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:40:57 +0000 The wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor has been sentenced to three months in jail for killing him in their home. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (AP)</strong> — The wife of a suburban Los Angeles mayor has been sentenced to three months in jail for killing him in their home.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo was sentenced Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2014 killing of Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo had claimed she shot him three times in the chest to protect herself and their son.</p> <p>She said her husband had abused her for years and she was intervening in an argument after he punched their son in the face.</p> <p>The son called 911 to report the shooting, telling a dispatcher: &#8220;He&#8217;s on the floor dying. He hurt me.&#8221;</p> <p>Daniel Crespo, a probation officer, was mayor of the city of about 42,000 residents.</p> <p>She will be on probation five years.</p> <p><em>(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)</em></p> Wife Of Bell Gardens Mayor Pleads Guilty To His Killing https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/11/30/wife-of-bell-gardens-mayor-pleads-guilty-to-his-murder/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:18b942df-154e-bead-5be3-aead1d2e1203 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:19:16 +0000 The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter for shooting him three times in their home just over two years ago. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p17"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p17").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3585901","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p17","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)</strong> — The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter for shooting him three times in their home just over two years ago.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo, 45, faces three months in county jail, 500 hours of community service and five years formal probation under a disposition reached with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She is set to be formally sentenced on Jan. 5.</p> <p>Daniel Crespo Sr., 45, was shot to death on Sept. 30, 2014 at the couple’s home in Bell Gardens following an argument, according to authorities. Lyvette Crespo later claimed she had been the victim of domestic violence for years, while Crespo’s brother told reporters his sister-in-law may have learned his brother was having an affair.</p> <p>One of the woman&#8217;s attorneys told the judge that she wanted to plead no contest, but the prosecutor insisted on a guilty plea and Crespo eventually acquiesced after speaking with her lawyers.</p> <p>&#8220;She should plead guilty to what she did,&#8221; Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said outside court. &#8220;The factual basis is that she shot him three times in the chest.&#8221;</p> <p>Outside court, Crespo&#8217;s brother William objected to the plea agreement, which he said he heard about for the first time during the hearing.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m hurt. I&#8217;m confused, all kinds of emotions are going on right now,&#8221; he told reporters. &#8220;I&#8217;m so shocked. I still can&#8217;t believe that she&#8217;s gonna get away with this &#8230; She should pay for what she did. She killed my brother.&#8221;</p> <p>He said he believes his sister-in-law&#8217;s sentence &#8220;should be a long time,&#8221; or the death penalty.</p> <p>&#8220;She should receive the same thing she did to my brother,&#8221; he said. &#8220;She should receive the death penalty.&#8221;</p> <p>Another of her attorneys, Roger Lowenstein, told reporters last month that two deals had been on the table. The first, involving a plea of involuntary manslaughter, was withdrawn by prosecutors who then sought a voluntary manslaughter plea. Both deals were for probation with no jail time, he said.</p> <p>&#8220;Lyvette Crespo is innocent. This is a self-defense case,&#8221; Lowenstein said, alleging her husband &#8220;tortured (her) for 28 years.&#8221;</p> <p>He said then that it made sense for Crespo to take the deal and &#8220;start healing&#8221; given the risk of a possible 21-year sentence and a mandatory 10-year term for using a firearm if she had gone to trial and been convicted.</p> <p>Crespo was indicted in April 2015 on the voluntary manslaughter charge.</p> <p>A civil lawsuit filed Oct. 20, 2014, by Daniel Crespo&#8217;s mother alleges her daughter-in-law picked a fight with him knowing that their son would intervene, then opened a safe, grabbed a gun and killed her husband &#8220;with malice and in cold blood.&#8221;</p> <p><em>(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> Plea Deal For Wife Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Falls Apart https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/10/17/plea-deal-for-wife-of-murdered-bell-gardens-mayor-falls-apart/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:f2bfcacd-f069-e839-9e07-70f373a96baa Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:20:08 +0000 The attorneys said they tried to reach a deal, but the offer was not approved by supervisors in the District Attorney’s Office. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p18"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p18").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3563083","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p18","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A plea deal has fallen apart for the wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Sr., who claims she shot and killed him in self-defense after enduring years of abuse at his hands.</p> <p>During a discussion about potential trial dates for Lyvette Crespo, 45, a judge asked if a plea deal had been struck.</p> <p>The attorneys said they had tried to reach a deal, but the offer was apparently not approved by supervisors in the District Attorney’s Office.</p> <p>Defense attorney Eber Bayona said the family had a strong voice in the decision-making process and that he believed the parties are now at an impasse.</p> <p>A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Nov. 30, with a tentative trial date of Jan. 5.</p> <p>Outside the courtroom, co-defense counsel Roger Lowenstein said his client had been considering two plea deals for probation with no jail time.</p> <p>The first, for a deal involving a charge of involuntary manslaughter, was withdrawn by prosecutors who instead wanted a voluntary manslaughter plea.</p> <p>&#8220;Lyvette Crespo is innocent. This is a self-defense case,&#8221; Lowenstein said, alleging her husband &#8220;tortured (her) for 28 years.&#8221;</p> <p>However, given the risk of wrongful conviction, a possible 21-year sentence and a mandatory 10-year term for using a firearm, Lowenstein said it made sense for his client to take the deal and &#8220;start healing.&#8221;</p> <p>William Crespo, the brother of Daniel Crespo Sr., spoke out against the deal when he learned of it.</p> <p>Crespo was indicted by a grand jury on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the Sept. 30, 2014, shooting death of her husband.</p> <p>Los Angeles County sheriff&#8217;s investigators have said the mayor and his wife were arguing when their then-19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr., intervened, leading to a struggle between father and son.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo claims she was protecting the couple&#8217;s son when she grabbed a handgun and shot her husband, who had allegedly punched the young man in the face.</p> <p>Bayona contends that Daniel Crespo &#8220;was a man who abused not only his wife but other women&#8221; and mentally and physically abused his children.</p> <p>William Crespo has denied allegations that his brother was abusive, but said the mayor had a series of extramarital affairs that angered his wife.</p> <p>A civil lawsuit filed Oct. 20, 2014, by Daniel Crespo&#8217;s mother alleges her daughter-in-law picked a fight with him knowing that their son would intervene, then opened a safe, grabbed a gun and killed her husband &#8220;with malice and in cold blood.&#8221;</p> <p><em>(©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> Bell Gardens Man Acquitted Of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend’s Teenage Daughter https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/03/04/bell-gardens-man-acquitted-of-kidnapping-ex-girlfriends-teenage-daughter/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:3e17a0c6-dd61-d59d-918c-9a95090c6fb0 Sat, 05 Mar 2016 01:17:08 +0000 Jurors deadlocked on a charge of rape against Isidro Garcia, but convicted him of lewd acts on a child. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p19"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p19").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3369220","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p19","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) —</strong> A Bell Gardens man accused of abducting his former girlfriend&#8217;s teenage daughter in Santa Ana and sexually assaulting her for more than 10 years was acquitted Friday of kidnapping.</p> <p>Jurors deadlocked 9-3 in favor of guilt on a rape charge against Isidro Medrano Garcia, prompting Senior Deputy District Attorney Whitney Bokosky to drop that count.</p> <p>But the 42-year-old was convicted of committing lewd acts on a child.</p> <p>Prosecutors said Garcia kidnapped the 15-year-old girl in August 2004, impregnating her and moved her around Southern California. He even changed his identity as well as her name and age so he could legally marry her.</p> <p>Garcia was accused of forcing his captive into marriage in 2007 and had a child with her in 2012. The victim said she took pills to enhance her fertility during her time with Garcia, according to Bokosky.</p> <p>In 2014, the victim went to the Bell Gardens police station and told officers she was being abused and wanted a divorce.</p> <p>Elenor Miklos was one of 12 jurors who voted in favor of convicting Garcia of rape. &#8220;I felt like she was a 15-year-old child. She was only in this country for a couple of months, and here&#8217;s a 30-year-old taking advantage of her. I do believe that she said that she wanted him to stop, and he should have stopped. I think that&#8217;s rape,&#8221; Miklos said.</p> <p>The defense attorney argued that the girl had many chances to leave Garcia over the course of 10 years and go to authorities, but she did not.</p> <p>Garcia faces up to four years and four months in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 15.</p> Walmart Announces Plans To Shut Down 7 Stores In LA Amid Worldwide Closures https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/15/walmart-announces-plans-to-shut-down-7-stores-in-la-amid-worldwide-closures/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:fe67a7a2-615d-5e2f-8f17-690c6c572e65 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:40:49 +0000 The announcement comes three months after its CEO Doug McMillon told investors the world's largest retailer would review its store fleet amid increasing competition. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p20"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p20").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3346871","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p20","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) </strong>— <span style="color:#000000;">Walmart announced plans Friday to close seven stores in Los Angeles County. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">The announcement comes three months after its CEO Doug McMillon told investors the world&#8217;s largest retailer would review its store fleet in amid increasing competition from all fronts, including from online rival Amazon.com.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">&#8220;Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future,&#8221; McMillion said in a written statement. &#8220;It&#8217;s important to remember that we&#8217;ll open more than 300 stores around the world next year. We are committed to growing, but we are being disciplined about it.&#8221;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">In total, the retailer plans to shut down 269 stores in the U.S. and worldwide. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">In the U.S., 154 locations will be closed, most of them small format stores called Walmart Express, which were launched as a test program in 2011. The remaining 115 locations that will shut down are spread over Latin America, mostly in Brazil.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">According to retailer, more than 95 percent of the stores that are set to be closed nationwide are within 10 miles of another Walmart. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company&#8217;s 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.</span></p> <p>According to CBS News, the retailer has warned that its earnings for the fiscal year starting next month will be down as much as 12 percent as it invests further in online operations and pours money into improving customers&#8217; experience.</p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">Looking forward, company officials said, Walmart plans to focus in the U.S. on supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, the e-commerce business and pickup services for shoppers.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">The closures, which will start at the end of the month, will affect 16,000 workers. The company says 10,000 of the workers are located in the U.S.</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">The following stores will be closing in the greater Los Angeles area:</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #2949: 151 E. 5th Street in Long Beach; </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #2960: 4101 Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles;</span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #5642: 2408 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena; </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #5688: 6820 Eastern Avenue in Bell Gardens; </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #3086: 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles; </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #5690: 2045 E. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino; and<br /> </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">— Store #4173: 12120 Carson Street in Hawaiian Garden. </span></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">For a complete list of store closings, <a style="color:#000000;" href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2016/01/15/walmart-continues-sharpened-focus-on-portfolio-management#anchor" target="_blank">click here</a>.</span></p> <p><em>(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> More Details Emerge About Bell Gardens Shooting That Left 3 Injured https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/07/more-details-emerge-about-bell-gardens-shooting-that-left-3-injured/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:161ee9c8-b7bd-0846-57a3-b57818baf83b Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:43:06 +0000 Additional details were being released Monday after a possible car-to-car shooting in which three people were injured on Sunday night. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Additional details were being released Monday after a possible car-to-car shooting in which three people were injured on Sunday night.</p> <p>The victims of the shooting, who remained hospitalized, told police the incident began with an altercation on the 710 Freeway.</p> <p>A longtime Bell Gardens resident, who asked not to be identified by name, explains that he was picking up his grandchildren when he says he heard three gunshots.</p> <p>When the man came around the corner, he says he saw a car riddled with bullet holes on Florence Avenue.</p> <p>&#8220;This needs to stop … all over the place,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We’re supposed to love one another … and help each other.&#8221;</p> <p>The shooting, police say, is being investigated as possible road-rage.</p> <p>Three victims, two of whom are believed to be father and son, say they were followed off <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/06/3-transported-to-hospital-after-bell-gardens-shooting/" target="_blank">710 Freeway around 7:30 p.m. Sunday</a>.</p> <p>Those two victims described the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored SUV and told police they were shot by a passenger after the vehicle had pulled up alongside them at a red light.</p> <p>So far, police have not named a suspect or determined the motive. They are looking at whether the shooting was captured on nearby security cameras.</p> <p>All three victims are expected to survive.</p> 3 Transported To Hospital After Bell Gardens Shooting https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/09/06/3-transported-to-hospital-after-bell-gardens-shooting/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:fcd50d6d-375e-2502-3745-656a5d8b5dda Mon, 07 Sep 2015 05:56:55 +0000 Three people were shot on Sunday night in Bell Gardens, authorities said. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com) —</strong> Three people were shot on Sunday night in Bell Gardens, authorities said.</p> <p>The shooting was reported at 7:40 p.m. at Florence Avenue and Jaboneria Road, the LA Fire department said.</p> <p>All three victims were taken to the hospital.</p> <p><em>(©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> Van Topples Pole, Cuts Power To 1,000 Bell Gardens Residents https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/07/08/van-slams-into-bell-gardens-power-pole/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:283dfbc5-c270-8428-e9f6-2d6cd6baf7b6 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 02:00:00 +0000 Fire crews were called to a Bell Gardens neighborhood Wednesday afternoon after a van slammed into a power pole. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p21"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p21").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3201093","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p21","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Fire crews were called to a Bell Gardens neighborhood Wednesday afternoon after a van slammed into a power pole, which then fell into the street.</p> <p>It happened around 4:15 p.m. at the corner of Jaboneria Road and Gage Avenue, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reports.</p> <p>Crews worked to restore power to 1,000 nearby residents.</p> Attempted Murder Suspect In Custody Following Standoff At Bell Gardens Home https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/07/06/man-wanted-for-attempted-murder-barricades-self-in-bell-gardens-home/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:0147e3cd-e42e-8b5b-2fbc-8d9e166bf376 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:00:56 +0000 Authorities Monday were on the scene of a barricade situation at a home in Bell Gardens. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com) </strong>— Authorities Monday were on the scene of a barricade situation at a home in Bell Gardens.</p> <p>According to the Bell Gardens Police Department, a sheriff&#8217;s SWAT team was sent to a home located in the 6000 block of Live Oak Street near Florence and Ira avenues for report of a possible barricade.</p> <p>Upon their arrival, officers learned a man, who is wanted for attempted murder, barricaded himself inside of the home with a possible family member.</p> <p>At 7:30 a.m., a child safely exited from inside of the home.</p> <p>SWAT team members deployed tear gas, which subsequently led the suspect to exit the home.</p> <p>Jose Navarro, 31, was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday in the 5800 block of Quinn Street.</p> <p>No injuries were reported during the standoff.</p> ‘Band Aid Bandit’ Suspected In 11 Armed Robberies In LA; $10K Reward Offered https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/05/21/band-aid-bandit-suspected-in-11-armed-robberies-in-la-10k-reward-offered/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d75fa681-ca34-c429-671a-58f0e25b04bc Thu, 21 May 2015 20:54:40 +0000 Deputies sought the public's help Thursday to provide information that would lead to the arrest of a serial armed robbery suspect who has been dubbed the "Band Aid Bandit." <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) </strong>— Deputies sought the public&#8217;s help Thursday for information that would lead to the arrest of an armed robbery suspect dubbed the &#8220;Band Aid Bandit.&#8221;</p> <p>According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department, the suspect is responsible for at least 11 armed robberies at various cellphone stores, banks and jewelry stores in Norwalk, Paramount, Hawaiian Gardens, Bellflower, Lakewood, Bell Gardens and Long Beach.</p> <p>The armed robberies began in March 2014. His most recent crime was committed in the beginning of April, authorities said. To date, the suspect has stolen more than $136,000.</p> <div id="attachment_667419" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-667419" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-667419" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg?w=300" alt="(credit: LASD)" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg 625w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/05/suspect-1.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-667419" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: LASD)</p></div> <p>Deputies consider the &#8220;Band Aid Bandit&#8221; to be a danger to the community as the suspect has become more aggressive and hostile during each robbery.</p> <p>He has not physically harmed victims. However, he has been armed with a handgun during each robbery.</p> <p>Officials expressed their concern that victims may be injured if the &#8220;Band Aid Bandit&#8221; is not soon apprehended.</p> <p>The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.</p> <p>Anyone with information regarding this suspect is urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department&#8217;s Major Crimes Bureau detectives at (562) 946-7893.</p> Medical Clinic To Provide Services In Lynwood For Underserved Neighborhoods https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/05/08/medical-clinic-to-provide-services-in-lynwood-for-under-served-neighborhoods/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:c319dc13-ce8e-5778-79d9-5f9e994ae271 Fri, 08 May 2015 18:00:07 +0000 Officials Friday announced a medical clinic will open to provide services for residents who live in underserved neighborhoods of South Los Angeles. <p><strong>LYNWOOD (CBSLA.com) </strong>— Officials Friday announced a medical clinic will open to provide services for residents who live in underserved neighborhoods of South Los Angeles.</p> <p>The Eisner Pediatric &amp; Family Medical Center, which previously focused on OB/GYN services, will provide medical, dental/oral health in addition to individual and family primary care for all ages.</p> <p>A case manager will help residents with everything from legal aid, transportation, and getting food for their families.</p> <p>Insured and uninsured residents that live in the areas of Lynwood, South Los Angeles, Compton, Bell Gardens, South Gate, and other surrounding communities will receive treatment regardless of their ability to pay for treatment and their documentation status, officials explained.</p> <p>According to Healthcare Atlas, the area is designated as a medically underserved region. In fact, more than one in four residents are uninsured or even undocumented.</p> <p>Additionally, there is a health professional shortage in the area for primary care. Health officials explained there currently is about 1,878 residents receiving treatment per primary care physician.</p> <p>The newly expanded clinic now spans a total of 7,200-square-feet, and is run by a non-profit organization.</p> Wife Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Makes Bail On Involuntary Manslaughter Charge https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/24/wife-of-slain-bell-gardens-mayor-makes-bail-on-involuntary-manslaughter-charge/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d526c8a3-4288-e499-119c-83ae8fdb0a8e Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:11:40 +0000 Crespo, who faces up to 21 years in state prison if convicted, is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 29 for a pretrial hearing. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)</strong>  — The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo Sr. posted bail and was released from sheriff&#8217;s custody this afternoon, a day after pleading not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging her with voluntary manslaughter for her husband&#8217;s shooting death last fall.</p> <p>The grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday against Lyvette Crespo, 43, who admits to shooting her husband three times in the right side of the chest at their condominium last Sept. 30.</p> <p>She said she was defending herself and her teenage son from an abusive husband who had just allegedly punched their 19-year-old son Daniel Jr. in the face.</p> <p>She was taken into custody yesterday in lieu of $150,000 bail, and was released about 4:40 Friday afternoon, according to sheriff&#8217;s online jail records.</p> <div id="attachment_583145" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2014/10/crespo-family.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-583145" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-583145" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2014/10/crespo-family.jpg?w=300" alt="An undated photo of Daniel Crespo and his wife, Levette. (credit: CBS)" width="300" height="167" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2014/10/crespo-family.jpg 632w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2014/10/crespo-family.jpg?resize=300,167 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2014/10/crespo-family.jpg?resize=310,174 310w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-583145" class="wp-caption-text">An undated photo of Daniel Crespo and his wife, Levette. (credit: CBS)</p></div> <p>Crespo, who faces up to 21 years in state prison if convicted, is due back in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 29 for a pretrial hearing.</p> <p>CBS2&#8217;s Amy Johnson was at the jail in Lynwood when Crespo walked out.</p> <p>Johnson reported that Crespo kept her head down and walked passed reporters with her hair covering her face.</p> <p>Her attorney, Eber Bayona, contends that she was a longtime victim of domestic violence. He repeated that contention Thursday, and said Daniel Crespo &#8220;was a man who abused not only his wife but other women&#8221; and mentally and physically abused his children.</p> <p>Daniel Crespo&#8217;s brother, William, has denied allegations that Daniel was abusive, but said the mayor had a series of extramarital affairs that angered his wife.</p> Wife Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Pleads Not Guilty To Voluntary Manslaughter https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/23/wife-of-slain-bell-gardens-mayor-pleads-not-guilty-to-voluntary-manslaughter/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:1d8d618f-e633-01ce-3fb7-e87127f6d9af Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:35:59 +0000 The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo has pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging her with voluntary manslaughter, prosecutors announced Thursday. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)</strong> — The wife of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo has pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging her with voluntary manslaughter, prosecutors announced Thursday.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo, 43, was arraigned this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office announced.</p> <p>Crespo allegedly shot her 45-year-old husband <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/12/19/coroner-slain-bell-gardens-mayor-suffered-3-gunshot-wounds-to-right-chest/">three times in the right chest</a> while both were home on Sept. 30, 2014, according to prosecutors. The indictment includes an allegation that she personally discharged a handgun.</p> <p>She had been<a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/bells-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo-shot/"> initially detained and questioned by authorities</a> following the shooting, but was not arrested as she claimed self-defense in the shooting, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department spokesperson.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/tag/daniel-crespo/">COMPLETE COVERAGE: CRESPO SHOOTING</a></strong></p> <p>Crespo’s daughter had previously told officials that her father was verbally and physically abusive for over 20 years to her mother, alleging that Crespo was known to drag Lyvette by the hair to force her to sleep with him.</p> <p>When Lyvette wouldn’t comply, the daughter alleged Daniel would cause injuries that weren’t serious enough to draw attention for reports to be filed.</p> <p>Daniel Crespo&#8217;s brother, William, has denied the allegation, but hinted the mayor had an extramarital affair.</p> <p>A civil lawsuit filed last Oct. 20 by Daniel Crespo&#8217;s mother alleges her daughter-in-law picked a fight with him knowing that their son would intervene, then opened a safe, grabbed a gun and killed her husband &#8220;with malice and in cold blood.&#8221;</p> <p>Crespo is due back in court May 29 for a pretrial hearing. If convicted, she faces up to 21 years in state prison, according to prosecutors.</p> <p><em>(©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> Man Wanted For Stalking, Making Terrorist Threats In LA https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/07/man-wanted-for-stalking-making-terrorist-threats-in-la/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:98e1876a-2738-7d9a-c2c0-98423aa22903 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 15:28:34 +0000 Authorities sought the public's help Tuesday to locate a 27-year-old man that is wanted for stalking and making terrorist threats. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com) </strong>— Authorities sought the public&#8217;s help Tuesday to locate a 27-year-old man that is wanted for stalking and making terrorist threats.</p> <p>According to the Bell Gardens Police Department, David Herrera is also accused of violating a domestic restraining order.</p> <p>Detectives described Herrera as a Hispanic man who has black hair, brown eyes, stands 5-foot-7 tall and weighs 175 pounds.</p> <p>He drives an older model blue Ford Truck, a black Toyota and a red Toyota Camry and is known to frequent the areas of Garfield Avenue and Fostoria Street.</p> <p>Police explained Herrera is also wanted in South Gate and Monterey Park.</p> <p>Anyone who is aware of his location is urged to contact 911 or your local police department.</p> Bell Gardens Company Recalls Frozen Beef, Pork Over Possible Metal Contamination https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/01/08/bell-gardens-company-recalls-frozen-beef-pork-over-possible-metal-contamination/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:e1f0297f-9d05-c928-f00d-1a2f8f4a6497 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 04:59:56 +0000 A Los Angeles-area company is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (AP)</strong> — A Los Angeles-area company is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.</p> <p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling 2.2-pound packages of &#8220;Mishima Sukiyaki Beef&#8221; and 1.7-pound packages of &#8220;Mishima Gingered Pork.&#8221;</p> <p>Both have the number &#8220;EST.1163&#8221; inside the USDA inspection mark. The beef has a package identification number of 15069, and the pork&#8217;s inspection number is 15059.</p> <p>The products were produced from August and December and were shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.</p> <p>Authorities say a restaurant in Illinois reported finding a stainless steel wire in a beef product but there have been no reports of injuries or illness.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)</em></p> Bell Gardens City Council Meets For First Time Since Crespo’s Death https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/27/bell-gardens-city-council-meets-at-city-hall-for-first-time-since-crespos-death/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:7fcab1aa-5a8f-a9f9-fcdc-ac7308e19b35 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:58:31 +0000 The Bell Gardens City Council met Monday for the first time since the shooting death of Daniel Crespo, and some leaders publicly spoke about the loss. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — The Bell Gardens City Council met Monday for the first time since the shooting death of Daniel Crespo, and some leaders publicly spoke about the loss.</p> <p>During the meeting at City Hall, a moment of silence for Crespo was observed.</p> <p>&#8220;Today was a very difficult day because he&#8217;s not sitting here next to me,&#8221; said Mayor Pro Tem Priscilla Flores, pointing to Crespo&#8217;s empty seat.</p> <p>Flores said a decision has not been reached on whether the council will appoint a replacement or hold a costly special election.</p> <p>&#8220;A quarter of a million dollars is a lot of money, and we&#8217;re not a city that has that type of money just to throw away. But again, that decision hasn&#8217;t been made,&#8221; Flores told KCAL9’s Serene Branson.</p> <p>Many on the council have been known to butt heads with Crespo, who died at 45.</p> <p>Through a translator, one woman called the council members &#8220;hypocrites.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;How could you think that we would believe all of your tears and sadness? It was a wonderful performance,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>&#8220;The City Council for many years had many differences, but at the same time and the past recent years, they came together to work together to better the community,&#8221; said Albert Bernal, a Bell Gardens resident.</p> <p>Authorities said Crespo died Sept. 30 after being shot by his wife in his Bell Gardens condo. Before the shooting, authorities said, Crespo and his wife had argued and their son attempted to intervene.</p> <p>The wife’s attorney claims they were victims of domestic violence.</p> <p>Council members, though, say they will remember Crespo as their colleague and for the good he did for the city.</p> <p>&#8220;He will be missed,&#8221; Flores said. &#8220;I&#8217;d like to adjourn this meeting in memory of our mayor, Daniel Crespo.&#8221;</p> <p>The council has until the end of November to decide on how to fill Crespo&#8217;s seat.</p> <p><strong>RELATED STORIES:</strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Wrongful-Death Suit Filed In Case Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/20/report-wrongful-death-suit-filed-in-case-of-slain-bell-gardens-mayor/" target="_blank">Wrongful-Death Suit Filed In Case Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Tensions Escalate Between Slain Mayor’s Brother, Wife At Memorial Service" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/tensions-escalate-between-slain-mayors-brother-wife-at-memorial-service/" target="_blank">Tensions Escalate Between Slain Mayor’s Brother, Wife At Memorial Service</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Son Of Slain Mayor Says Mom Acted In Self-Defense" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/07/son-of-slain-mayor-says-mom-acted-in-self-defense/" target="_blank">Son Of Slain Mayor Says Mom Acted In Self-Defense</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/03/only-on-2-were-explosive-text-messages-sent-from-slain-mayors-wife-to-his-alleged-mistress/" target="_blank">Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Loved Ones ‘Stunned’ In Wake Of Shooting Death Of Bell Gardens Mayor" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/loved-ones-stunned-in-wake-of-shooting-death-of-bell-gardens-mayor/" target="_blank">Loved Ones ‘Stunned’ In Wake Of Shooting Death Of Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> Wrongful-Death Suit Filed In Case Of Slain Bell Gardens Mayor https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/20/report-wrongful-death-suit-filed-in-case-of-slain-bell-gardens-mayor/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:75e1b93c-5401-685e-d503-bed7a3670b38 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:00:28 +0000 The mother of slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against her daughter-in-law. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — The mother of slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against her daughter-in-law. </p> <p>The Los Angeles Times reports that Crespo&#8217;s brother, William, filed the suit on behalf of Otila Santos, Crespo&#8217;s mother, as her guardian ad litem. She remained in a nursing home.</p> <p>The suit reportedly seeks more than $53 million in damages.</p> <p>The filing of the suit was announced by William Crespo during an afternoon news conference. The family has retained James &#8220;Jay&#8221; Devitt.</p> <p>&#8220;They jumped on my brother. My brother was maybe pushing them off of him. I feel this murder was planned. That&#8217;s all I can say. It was planned,&#8221; Crespo said at the news conference. &#8220;Lyvette, you should not have killed my brother. You belong behind bars for killing my brother.&#8221;</p> <p>Also revealed during the press conference were text messages William Crespo claims were sent by his brother to Lyvette Crespo earlier this year. The message was allegedly sent after Lyvette had found out about his affair. </p> <p>One of the messages from Daniel Crespo allegedly states, &#8220;It better b d last time U threaten to shoot me in d head!!!&#8221;</p> <p>Further details about the suit were not immediately released.</p> <p>The mayor died Sept. 30 after being shot by his wife in his home, authorities said. He was 45.</p> <p>According to authorities, Crespo and his wife were involved in an altercation that turned physical.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo alleged that the incident was an act of self-defense while William Crespo claimed in the weeks following that he believed Lyvette killed him upon learning of his brother&#8217;s extramarital affairs. </p> <p>No charges have been filed in the case, which remained under review.</p> <p>A call placed by CBS2 to Lyvette Crespo&#8217;s attorney was not immediately returned.</p> <p><strong>RELATED STORIES:</strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Tensions Escalate Between Slain Mayor’s Brother, Wife At Memorial Service" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/tensions-escalate-between-slain-mayors-brother-wife-at-memorial-service/" target="_blank">Tensions Escalate Between Slain Mayor’s Brother, Wife At Memorial Service</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Son Of Slain Mayor Says Mom Acted In Self-Defense" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/07/son-of-slain-mayor-says-mom-acted-in-self-defense/" target="_blank">Son Of Slain Mayor Says Mom Acted In Self-Defense</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/03/only-on-2-were-explosive-text-messages-sent-from-slain-mayors-wife-to-his-alleged-mistress/" target="_blank">Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a title="Loved Ones ‘Stunned’ In Wake Of Shooting Death Of Bell Gardens Mayor" href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/loved-ones-stunned-in-wake-of-shooting-death-of-bell-gardens-mayor/" target="_blank">Loved Ones ‘Stunned’ In Wake Of Shooting Death Of Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> Tensions Escalate Between Slain Mayor’s Brother, Wife At Memorial Service https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/tensions-escalate-between-slain-mayors-brother-wife-at-memorial-service/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:59bc6eb0-8357-d21a-301e-03b7a3a1df2a Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:16:54 +0000 Tensions escalated at Monday's public memorial service for Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo. <p><strong>WHITTIER (CBSLA.com) —</strong> Tensions escalated at Monday&#8217;s public memorial service for Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo.</p> <p>Crespo&#8217;s brother, among the loved ones present at Rose Hills Memorial Chapel in Whittier, became emotional when he was asked about his brother&#8217;s wife, who shot him during an argument and who was also present at the service.</p> <p>&#8220;She didn&#8217;t have to kill my brother. I miss him a lot, and it hurts me a lot. I want my brother back,&#8221; William Crespo said before walking into the service. &#8220;I want justice. That&#8217;s all I want is justice.&#8221;</p> <p>Deputies say Crespo&#8217;s wife, Levette Crespo, 43, shot her husband several times Sept. 30 during a family argument. Investigators interviewed Levette, but she was not arrested, pending a decision by the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office on whether or not charges would be filed.</p> <p>On Oct. 7, Crespo&#8217;s son, Daniel Crespo Jr., said that his mother acted<a href="http://cbsloc.al/1sccJij"> in self-defense</a>.</p> <p>Authorities say the mayor punched his 19-year-old son in the face before he was shot several times by his wife. The 45-year-old mayor was pronounced dead at a hospital.</p> <p>William Crespo, meanwhile, says he believes Levette killed her husband after learning that he had an affair.</p> <p>Private services are scheduled for Tuesday for Crespo&#8217;s immediate family.</p> <p><strong>RELATED STORIES:</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1xkbqhq" target="_blank">Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife May Determine Case’s Outcome</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1uJ8Vac" target="_blank">Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1tnzjAY" target="_blank">Small Group Gathers To Remember Slain Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/01/charges-still-pending-in-fatal-shooting-of-bell-garden-mayor/"> Mayor&#8217;s Brother: &#8216;I&#8217;ve Never Seen Him Beat Up His Son&#8217;</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/02/murdered-mayors-brother-believes-wife-may-have-killed-him-when-she-learned-of-extramarital-affair/">Dead Mayor&#8217;s Brother Believes His Wife May Have Killed Him When She Learned Of Affair</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/bells-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo-shot/">Wife Questioned After Fatal Shooting Of Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> Public Memorial To Be Held For Bell Gardens Mayor https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/public-memorial-to-be-held-for-bell-gardens-mayor/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:5df1d6cc-d265-4c2a-187f-cc9703cd9dc9 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:56:57 +0000 A public memorial will be held Monday for the slain mayor of Bell Gardens. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — A public memorial will be held Monday for the slain mayor of Bell Gardens.</p> <p>Mayor Daniel Crespo, 45, was fatally shot by his wife on Sept. 30 at their Bell Gardens apartment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.</p> <p>Crespo, and his wife, Lyvette, were involved in a family fight when the shooting occurred.</p> <p>Lyvette Crespo has not been arrested for the crime and charges have not been filed, according to the District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>The public memorial will be held at 5 p.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Chapel, 3888 Workman Mill Road in Whittier.</p> <p>A private service will be held Tuesday for family and invited guests.</p> <p><em>(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> <p><strong>RELATED:</strong></p> <p>[display-posts tags=”Crespo” wrapper=”ul” posts_per_page=”4″]</p> Son Of Slain Mayor Says Mom Acted In Self-Defense https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/07/son-of-slain-mayor-says-mom-acted-in-self-defense/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:83b5e31b-a7f2-51fd-2cd1-f04d3b11b341 Wed, 08 Oct 2014 03:32:03 +0000 In a 911 call released Tuesday, Daniel Crespo Jr. tells a police dispatcher that his father had hurt him and was lying on the floor dying. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (AP)</strong> — The son of slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo says his mother shot his father in self-defense.</p> <p>In a 911 call released Tuesday, Daniel Crespo Jr. tells a police dispatcher that his father had hurt him and was lying on the floor dying.</p> <p>He says it wasn&#8217;t his mother&#8217;s fault, adding, &#8220;She was defending herself.&#8221;</p> <p>Screaming, crying and sobs can be heard on the recording.</p> <p>Authorities say the mayor punched his 19-year-old son in the face before he was shot several times by his wife, Lyvette Crespo, during an argument Sept. 30. The 45-year-old mayor was pronounced dead at a hospital.</p> <p>Authorities questioned the wife but haven&#8217;t made an arrest.</p> <p><i>(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)</i></p> <p><strong>RELATED STORIES:</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1xkbqhq" target="_blank">Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife May Determine Case’s Outcome</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1uJ8Vac" target="_blank">Only On 2: Were Explosive Text Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife To His Alleged Mistress?</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://cbsloc.al/1tnzjAY" target="_blank">Small Group Gathers To Remember Slain Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/01/charges-still-pending-in-fatal-shooting-of-bell-garden-mayor/"> Mayor&#8217;s Brother: &#8216;I&#8217;ve Never Seen Him Beat Up His Son&#8217;</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/02/murdered-mayors-brother-believes-wife-may-have-killed-him-when-she-learned-of-extramarital-affair/">Dead Mayor&#8217;s Brother Believes His Wife May Have Killed Him When She Learned Of Affair</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/09/30/bells-gardens-mayor-daniel-crespo-shot/">Wife Questioned After Fatal Shooting Of Bell Gardens Mayor</a></strong></p> Messages Sent From Slain Mayor’s Wife May Determine Case’s Outcome https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/10/07/messages-sent-from-slain-mayors-wife-may-determine-cases-outcome/ Bell Gardens – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:06d294d3-7146-db7e-e342-852a69d7c01d Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:20:02 +0000 Investigators are trying to piece together what happened a week ago when the mayor of Bell Gardens was fatally shot by his wife. <p><strong>BELL GARDENS (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Investigators are trying to piece together what happened a week ago when the mayor of Bell Gardens was fatally shot by his wife.</p> <p>No charges have been filed but detectives are looking at profanity-laced messages sent from Daniel Crespo&#8217;s wife, Levette, to one of his girlfriends.</p> <p>CBS2/KCAL9&#8217;s Serene Branson spoke to legal analyst Steve Meister about what the messages could mean for the case.</p> <p>&#8220;Just because she&#8217;s out of custody doesn&#8217;t mean she&#8217;s out of the woods,&#8221; Meister said.</p> <p>He said investigators will consider Levette Crespo&#8217;s state of mind when she shot her husband.</p> <p>Her attorney said she was defending herself and her 19-year-old son.</p> <p>Meister said investigators are likely wondering: &#8220;Was she acting completely out of rage and anger, and not from the perspective of an abused spouse at all?&#8221; </p> <p>Especially since reports have surfaced that the mayor was involved in extramarital relationships with at least two other women.</p> <p>One of those alleged girlfriends played for CBS2/KCAL9 a voicemail she said came from Levette Crespo, where she can be heard saying &#8220;&#8230;And if you think you&#8217;re gonna come and destroy my marriage, you got another thing coming.&#8221; </p> <p>Investigators believe the message is legitimate.</p> <p>She allegedly goes on to say, &#8220;So if your [expletive] itches, go find another [expletive] post to scratch it on, you [expletive]&#8230;&#8221;</p> <p>In a text message belonging to a number linked to Daniel Crespo, the girlfriend said Levette wrote, &#8220;&#8230;if I found out your [sic] borrowing money from my husband we&#8217;re going to have a problem!!!!!&#8221;</p> <p>That message was dated five days before the shooting at Crespo&#8217;s condominium.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s very important evidence. It impacts the investigation significantly because, again, the question starts to become not just was she behaving reasonably the night she shot her husband, but whether was she telling the truth about behaving reasonably,&#8221; Meister said. </p> <p>Branson contacted Levette Crespo&#8217;s attorney for a comment on the messages. He said he&#8217;d reply later in the night, but never followed up.</p> <p>Investigators told Branson they&#8217;re working very hard on the case but haven&#8217;t yet present it to the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p>