This Week In The News (04/22-04/26)
NRA Sues Los Angeles Over Law Requiring Disclosure of Ties to Gun Rights Group
Wednesday, April 24 (Reuters) – On Wednesday, the National Rifle Association sued the city of Los Angeles over an ordinance introduced on April 1. Companies are now required to disclose NRA contracts or sponsorships in order to get city contracts. The NRA claims the law is unconstitutional, while the Los Angeles City Council said providing public funds to NRA-linked contractors undermines efforts to promote gun safety in the city.
Ex-Lakers Coach Luke Walton Accused of Sexual Assault by Former SportsNet Host
Monday, April 22 (CBS Los Angeles) – On Monday, a lawsuit against former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton (currently coach of the Sacramento Kings), was filed on behalf of former Spectrum SportsNight host Kelli Tennant. Tennant alleges Walton sexually assaulted her at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. Walton was also accused of assaulting a female reporter while an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.
Former Alaska Baseball Star Killed in California Accident
Monday, April 22 (AP News) – Sladen Mohl, 19, died at the scene Thursday night after being struck by a car in Torrance, California, The Anchorage Daily News reported. The car, a Toyota Highlander, was driven by a 16-year-old girl who ran a red light, struck the teenager, and hit two other vehicles. Police said she is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A memorial for the Girdwood, Alaska, former baseball star will take place at the El Camino College baseball field.
Booker, LA Mayor Talk Environment But Not Endorsement
Monday, April 22 (NJTV News) – New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant on Earth Day. Booker expressed his satisfaction with the site and other efforts being made in Los Angeles, and discussed toxic superfund sites near his home in Newark, New Jersey. Although Garcetti said “America would be lucky to have Cory Booker as president…”, he did not offer an endorsement, mentioning the prospects of former Vice President Joe Biden and Californian Kamala Harris, who are both in the race.
Man Killed in 210 Freeway Rollover Crash of Stolen Car in Claremont
Monday, April 22 (Daily Bulletin) – Kenneth Moore, 29, was killed after a stolen car he was driving rolled over on the 210 Freeway in Claremont. The accident was reported at about 1:25 a.m., west of Baseline Road, on the right shoulder of the roadway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Moore, who was homeless, was pronounced dead at the scene, after the 2015 Hyundai Azera rolled over onto its roof.
2 Killed in Santa Ana Crash Identified; Police Suspect Street Racing was Involved
Monday, April 22 (The Orange County Register) – Jerman Marquez, 39, and Richard Inda, 29, were killed in a motor vehicle crash near Bear Street and Alton Avenue in Santa Ana on Saturday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office. The crash occurred just after 9:15 p.m.; the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. At the time of the report, police were still searching for a red Mustang suspected of drag racing with the car the victims were in.
Driver Arrested After Car Crashed Into Defense Contractor Building in Kearny Mesa
Wednesday, April 24 (10 News San Diego) – Daniel Mackinnon, 36, was arrested by San Diego Police on Wednesday after investigators suspected he deliberately crashed a Toyota Prius into a building in Kearny Mesa. The structure belongs to defense contractor Raytheon. Mackinnon also faces arson-related charges in connection with intentionally setting the car on fire. Police searched the suspect’s home near City Heights, while firefighters put out the fire, which caused minimal damage, in about 15 minutes.
Woman Breaks Leg Riding Electric Scooter As San Diego Considers Scooters Regulations
Tuesday, April 23 (KPBS) – A 46-year-old woman fractured her femur Monday night while riding an electric scooter in Mission Hills. The accident occurred on Pacific Highway near Interstate 5. According to police, she was looking at her phone’s GPS, lost control, and crashed, and later treated at an area hospital. On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council is planning to vote on a regulatory package affecting dockless electric scooters, bicycles, and companies like Lime, Bird, and Razor that own them.