Biden credits Capitol police with democracy’s survival after Jan. 6 attack

Framed by the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute Saturday to fallen law enforcement officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site by declaring “because of you, democracy survived.” Biden spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. Standing where the violent mob tried to block his own ascension to the presidency, Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath. “Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and fundamentally un-American attack on our nation’s values and our votes. Because of you, democracy survived,” Biden said. “Because of these men and women, we avoided a catastrophe, but their heroism came at a cost to you and your families.” Hundreds of officers and their families sat on chairs assembled on the Capitol’s west front. Some in the audience dabbed their eyes as the president drew connections with their loss and his own history of grief, including the deaths of…

Karen Bass Officially Kicks Off Her Run For Mayor Of Los Angeles At Saturday Event

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Rep. Karen Bass used the kickoff event for her campaign for mayor of Los Angeles Saturday to reiterate her pledge of solving homelessness  if elected. “In 1994, we treated the emergency (of the earthquake) as an emergency,” Bass, D-Los Angeles, said at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. “We mobilized local, state, federal governments, the private and nonprofit sectors. Neighbors helped neighbors. We found temporary shelter and rebuilt our city. In record-breaking time. We can fix our city again. Forty-thousand people on the street is an emergency. Solving this emergency — solving homelessness — will be my overwhelming top priority as mayor.” Bass also pledged to “work to support and strengthen the business community because I care about income inequality, and we need to make L.A. attractive to businesses, large and small, that provide living wage jobs so people can afford homes.” “We need to ensure that minority- and women-owned businesses are included and fully participate,” Bass said. “We need to use the platform that the mayor has, the bully pulpit and formal mayoral authority, to celebrate our city, recruit employers, clean…

Running Springs widow hopes for ‘miracle’: The return of her wedding ring lost on 91 Freeway

A Running Springs woman is hoping a good neighbor can help her recover her lost wedding ring that was given to her by her recently deceased husband. “We were married 2 1/2 years… Yes, we were trying to have a baby,” said Naomi Symonett, who lost her husband Dwayne in August due to complications from COVID-19. He was 43 years old. About two months after Dwayne Symonett’s death, on Oct. 11, Naomi Symonett lost her wedding ring after a visit to Knott’s Berry farm with family. Symonett rolled down her window to wave goodbye to her brother, who was driving next to her, when the ring flew off her finger on the 91 Freeway, headed east near Brookhurst Street in the Fullerton area. “It was the wind. It was the wind, and I lost weight. Since my husband’s passing, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight. Between that and the wind, it flew right off,” Symonett said. “Complete shock. Complete shock. It was the last thing I had that tied me and Dwayne together. It was just the most valuable possession.” Naomi Symonett called the…

Strike averted as showbusiness crews union reaches deal with studios

An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns. Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios and other entertainment companies in negotiations, confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press. The union’s members still must vote to approve the tentative agreement. “Good for @IATSE for standing your ground. And don’t forget we got your back anytime you need us,” comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt said on Twitter. Another actor, comic and writer, Yvette Nicole Brown, tweeted ”#UnionStrong!” along with a link to a story reporting the agreement. The effects of the strike would have been immediate, with crews not only on…

Strike Averted: IATSE And AMPTP Have ‘Basic Contract’ Agreement, Per Officials With The Theatrical Stage Employees Union

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) – The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees has reportedly reached an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after bargaining for months. IATSE held a strike authorization vote earlier this month, which 98.6% of its members approved. It was set for Monday, Oct. 18. While IATSE said the two parties have come to a “basic contract” agreement, they cautioned that there are still secondary things that need to be worked out and agreed upon. A strike would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs and would have frozen productions in Hollywood and across the U.S. After days of marathon negotiations, representatives from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and from the studios and entertainment companies who employ them reached the three-year contract agreement before a Monday strike deadline, avoiding a serious setback for an industry that had just gotten back to work after long pandemic shutdowns. Jarryd Gonzales, spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents the studios and other entertainment companies in negotiations, confirmed the agreement to The Associated…

Water Main Break That Forced Road Closures In Del Rey Repaired By DWP Crews

DEL REY (CBSLA) – Crews repaired a water main that ruptured Saturday in Del Rey affecting services in the area and at least one fire hydrant, authorities said. The water main break in the 11600 block of Culver Boulevard occurred at 1:13 a.m. forcing eastbound and westbound closures of Culver Boulevard, between Dawes and Berryman avenues, according to the Department of Water and Power spokesman Albert Rodriguez. Water in the affected area was shut down at 5:25 a.m., Rodriguez said, and the estimated time of the water main repair is eight hours. DWP was able to divert water from the broken main to other pipes, while the repairs were underway.

`Mr. Irrelevant Week’ Founder, Former Trojans WR Paul Salata Dies at 94

Share this article:Paul Salata, the former USC football player who founded the Mr. Irrelevant Award to honor the last selection of the NFL Draft, died Saturday in Newport Beach, one day shy of his 95th birthday. Salata died of natural causes, according to USC Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone. Salata played on the Trojans football team in the mid-1940s and later in the NFL and CFL. He lettered at end for USC in 1944, 1946 and 1947, as the Trojans won league titles each year and played in the Rose Bowl in the 1944 and 1947 seasons. He caught a touchdown in USC’s 25-0 win over Tennessee in the Jan. 1, 1945 game. Salata missed the 1945 season while in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He also lettered as an infielder on the 1948 Trojan baseball team that won the program’s first College World Series championship, Tessalone said. After his playing days, he was a successful sewer contractor, a philanthropist and even had bit parts in several movies, including “Stalag 17,” “Angels in the Outfield” and “The Joker Is Wild.” But his…

LA County Urges Public To Avoid High-Risk Halloween Activities for COVID

Share this article:The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals increased by 20 people Saturday to 658, while the number of those patients in intensive care ticked up from 180 to 182, according to state figures. The county’s number of COVID patients has fluctuated in recent days after weeks of steady decline, rising for three straight days, then dropping for two straight days before Saturday’s increase. Local health officials reported 1,122 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s cumulative totals to 1,476,791 cases and 26,410 deaths since the pandemic began. The highly transmissible Delta variant continues to account for 100% of COVID-19 strains seen among samples sequenced in the area, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. Saturday’s test positivity rate was 0.8%. Health officials are urging residents to plan for a safe Halloween. Officials reminded people that closed spaces with poor air flow, crowded places with many people nearby and close contact settings where people are talking, laughing, screaming, or breathing heavily close together are the most dangerous environments for contracting the virus and should…

Garden Grove motorcycle crash kills man: Police

A 41-year-old man is dead after crashing his motorcycle early Saturday morning at Harbor Boulevard and Palm Street in Garden Grove, according to the Garden Grove Police Department. The man, who has not yet been identified, was unresponsive when police arrived to the scene of the traffic collision at about 1 a.m. The investigation is ongoing, and the cause of the crash is still to be determined. Anyone with information is asked to contact traffic investigator D. Mihalik at 714-741-5925.

Bill Clinton ‘doing fine’ as he recovers from blood infection and will be out of hospital Sunday

Bill Clinton will spend one more night at a Southern California hospital where he is recovering from an infection, a spokesman said Saturday. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” spokesman Angel Ureña said in a statement. Clinton will remain overnight at University of California Irvine Medical Center “to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow,” the statement said. Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital southeast of Los Angeles. She returned Saturday with her daughter Chelsea Clinton around 8 a.m. Saturday in an SUV accompanied by secret service agents. President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton and the former president “sends his best.” “He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. Clinton, 75, was admitted on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, Ureña said. “He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football,” said Ureña’s Saturday statement. An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection…

Bill Clinton Expected To Be Released From UCI Medical Center Sunday

ORANGE (CBSLA) – Former President Bill Clinton remained at UC Irvine Medical Center Saturday, where he is being treated with antibiotics for an infection that has kept him hospitalized since Tuesday night, but a spokesman said his condition is improving. “President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the last 24 hours. He will remain overnight at UC Irvine Medical Center to continue to receive IV antibiotics before an expected discharge tomorrow,” Angel Ureña, spokesperson for the former president, tweeted Saturday. Bill Clinton was admitted to the intensive care unit for treatment of a urinary tract infection that had spread to his bloodstream. Officials said he was treated in the ICU more out of privacy than the nature of the illness. Hillary Clinton visited her husband at the hospital Saturday morning. The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate was also spotted at the hospital Thursday night. Clinton also received a phone call Friday from President Joe Biden. “Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing,” Biden told reporters while traveling in Connecticut. “He’s doing fine. He really is. And he’s going…

Man fatally shot behind cannabis dispensary in San Bernardino: Police

A man was shot near a cannabis dispensary in San Bernardino early Saturday morning and later died of his injuries, according to Lt. Michele Mahan of the San Bernardino Police Department. The man, whose identify has not been released, was found suffering from an unknown number of gunshot wounds in a parking lot behind a dispensary at 570 W. Fourth St. by Police Department officers after they heard gunshots at about 3:52 a.m., Mahan said. The victim later died at a local hospital, and no motive or suspect information has been released. Contrary to some earlier reports, the shooting did not occur near the Regal Cinemas in San Bernardino, Mahan said. “Although this location is near the movie theater and shares a public parking lot in common, this shooting did NOT take place at the theater and was unrelated to the theater in any way,” Mahan said in an email. “The theater had been closed for several hours before the shooting took place. The shooting is believed to have been related to the marijuana dispensary which was open and operational at the time of the…

Inside SoCal: 10/17 Wrap-Up

CHEF CURTIS STONE Try your hand at making Chef’s Squid Ink Linguine with Clams, Fennel and Calabrian Chiles as seen on Inside SoCal. Click HERE for the recipe. To learn more about Curtis Stone’s new pasta machine, click HERE. About Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant: Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is the second restaurant from fine dining chef Curtis Stone. For this venture, Curtis partnered with his brother, Luke Stone. Gwen is both an old-world, European-style butcher shop and an elegant restaurant that is redefining fine dining in LA. A menu that calls on fire-based cooking techniques, guests have flexible options including á la carte or a five-course menu. A stone’s throw from iconic Hollywood venues, a pre-theatre menu is also available for guests looking for a quick bite before a night on the town. Reservations are recommended however walk-ins are always welcomed. AVIVA’S WALLIS HOUSE The Wallis House run by the Aviva non-profit organization offers transitional housing – a 42-bed home – for young women and their children who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Their goal is to house and heal women…

Bill Clinton Reportedly To Be Released Soon From UCI Medical Center

ORANGE (CBSLA) – Former President Bill Clinton remained at UC Irvine Medical Center Saturday, where he is being treated with antibiotics for an infection that has kept him hospitalized since Tuesday night, but a spokesman said his condition is improving. Clinton, 75, “is continuing to receive treatment for an infection at UC Irvine Medical Center,” spokesman Angel Urena said in a statement Friday afternoon. “All health indicators are trending in the right direction, including his white blood count, which has decreased significantly. In order to receive further IV antibiotics, he will remain in the hospital overnight. “President Clinton continues to be in excellent spirits, and is deeply grateful for the outstanding care he is receiving and the well wishes that people have sent from across America and around the world.” Clinton also received a phone call Friday from President Joe Biden. “Oh, I wanted to see how he was doing,” Biden told reporters while traveling in Connecticut. “He’s doing fine. He really is. And he’s going to be released from the hospital. And we talked about, which we were going to do before, getting together.…

Robert Durst Reportedly On Ventilator With COVID-19

Share this article:New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for killing a longtime friend in her Benedict Canyon home over two decades ago, has contracted COVID-19 and is on a ventilator, it was reported Saturday. Dick DeGuerin, the lead attorney for the 78-year-old Durst, told the Los Angeles Times that his client had been hospitalized, and had been in bad shape during his sentencing hearing. “He was having difficulty breathing and he was having difficulty communicating,” DeGuerin told the newspaper. “He looked worse than I’ve ever seen him and I was very worried about him.” It was not clear when or where Durst was hospitalized. Attempts to reach DeGuerin and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for further details were not immediately successful. Durst, who often appeared frail during his lengthy murder trial, was held in a wing of County/USC Medical Center during the proceedings. He sat quietly in a wheelchair Thursday as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. DeGuerin vowed to appeal his…

Man Shot To Death in West Covina

Share this article:A 55-year-old man was shot to death in a residential neighborhood of West Covina, authorities said Saturday. Officers responded at about 5:30 p.m. Friday to a shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of South Montezuma Way, the West Covina Police Department reported. They came upon the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. West Covina police urged anyone with information regarding the homicide to call them at 626-939-8500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Man Shot To Death in West Covina was last modified: October 16th, 2021 by Contributing Editor