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Deputies set up a DUI checkpoint on Santa Monica Boulevard at Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. Patch file photo.
Al Sanchez July 21, 2014 at 02:41 pm
This isn't about safety! This is about revenue and Government overreach done to the max. I'm sureRead More this is completely unconstitutional, too. But, we bend over and take it because we dare not go against the PC-minded lemmings that push this stuff down our throats in a most uncomfortable way. I hope one day that this type of government intrusion gets blotted out, like the red light cameras that are along the same lines. Yeah, I'll get replies that it's about safety and that I should be ashamed of myself -- go ahead! Anyone likes this stuff is just another Stepford Wife and/or lemming that has been brainwashed beyond hope. Good luck in your 1984 world.
PcCrap July 21, 2014 at 04:59 pm
How about the police enforce our laws and get rid of the ILLEGALS that are breaking into our homes,Read More stealing our stuff and taking up housing, making it impossible to purchase a home in a decent and safe area now.
George Martin July 21, 2014 at 07:35 pm
Actually, it's not unconstitutional, because they announce the checkpoints beforehand. Courts haveRead More ruled that driving to the checkpoint with prior knowledge is evidence of implied consent. Don't want to be stopped? Don't go there.
A judge threw the book at serial robber Alonzo Harris -- and then some -- giving him a 620-year sentence. Patch file photo.
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 10:52 am
No Tears but they probably hit an establishment kicking back to democrats. How many murders andRead More molesters get much less???
at July 20, 2014 at 06:17 am
You ignorant greedy morons at Patch. Don't you realize how disturbing it is to have your video adsRead More suddenly start on their own, suddenly blasting users with totally unexpected noise? Unsubscribing.
Joker Joe July 21, 2014 at 01:03 pm
The previous judges were Democrats.
Attorneys for Marlene Pinnock, the woman seen in a video being punched by a CHP officer, filed a lawsuit today. Patch file photo.
Rob July 18, 2014 at 11:43 am
The CHP Officer clearly needs anger management classes, probably should be tested for steroid use,Read More suspended without pay and face possible termination. Thank God for cell phone videos ... Hard for CHP to justify such force. Honey, you deserve every penny coming to you and then some! Sadly, though, NOT ONE onlooker went to the victims defense to pull the Officer off of her :(
Eileen Hanson Jang July 21, 2014 at 10:11 am
When a person assaults another person they need to be arrested. He may have mental health issues butRead More like everyone else with mental health issues need need to be arrested and punished for his CRIME.
Death Row in San Quentin. Patch file photo.
Jeffe' July 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Fact: People are wrongfully convicted. Even 1 innocent person wrongfully executed is too much, theRead More fact that you are ok with that says a lot about how little you actually have thought about this. How many bad guys do we need to kill to make it ok to execute 1 innocent man? 100 to 1? 20 to 1? 1 to 1? If you think that death is the only effective deterrent to crime that matters then are also very confused. Do you really think that it is pointless to put anyone in prison, probation, or fine them, since death is the only deterrent that matters? I encourage you to actually think about your position and how you arrived at that. Killing out of emotion (revenge) in no way makes murder ok. Killing in revenge is the ultimate sign of weakness. It takes strength to hold your rage and remain a civil thinking person. I couldn't care less about revenge and consequences. The criminal justice system is about the safety of our citizens, not vengeance. Locking someone up for life is enough because it removes a killer from his potential victims. It also costs the tax payers less money than killing them. Being in favor of a policy of executing people is also incompatible with belief in Christ, and when 70% of this nation claims to be Christian it should give you a good idea how many are full of shit that this is even a debate. Bottom line: No, your immature and selfish desire to kill people does not make it ok. It does not make us safer. It solves nothing. It wastes more tax dollars, and we have and will again execute innocent people because juries and judges are composed of people, and people are fallible. If you are ok with all that you should be locked away from the rest of society where you can do no harm. Sorry for the rant, long day and I keep seeing this subject brought up everywhere I look due to the court's decision. Thank you all for letting me get this out of my system =)
Becky July 20, 2014 at 07:21 am
I feel sorry for the cruel and unusual suffering of the families who wait 20 + years for theirRead More murderer's sentence to be carried out.
Steve M July 20, 2014 at 12:15 pm
They didn't waste much time with Timothy McVeigh who killed 144 people including children but oneRead More official said that he's getting a free ticket out of this world with hardly anytime in prison.
A double-decker bus in Hollwyood. Path file photo.
ATC July 19, 2014 at 08:15 am
This lawsuit will never make it into a courtroom. And that's exactly how she and her lawyer want it.Read More The bus company will instead settle for some huge amount out of court. Why? Because that will still be cheaper than the cost of fighting it in court. That's the huge flaw in our system, and that's why there are thousands of bogus claims filed every day. The goal is always a settlement, not a court judgment. Nobody is responsible for their own actions anymore; instead we sue. Stupid SHOULD hurt; but instead it's become a payout.
TC July 20, 2014 at 11:21 am
It's nice to read posts from people with common sense @iscott, HCooper and ATC. People are alwaysRead More looking to cash in for their bad choices and there is always a lawyer waiting in the wings to take on cases of this sort.
summer July 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm
I'm quite sure the drivers tell their passengers to remain seated when the bus is in motion. IRead More could be wrong, but I'd put money on it. I personally think the driver should counter sue as I'm sure the injuries she incurred with her stupidity has impacted him or her to some degree.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow will meet with activists today upset about video that has surfaced, showing an officer beating a woman on the 10 Freeway. Patch file photo.
PcCrap July 8, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Now let's get the politicians out of Los Angeles so the police and our government CAN UPHOLD OURRead More FREAKING LAWS! The FIRST step an Illegal Alien takes on AMERICAN soil.... get ready... is an ILLEGAL ONE. Apply and wait in line if you want to come here. And btw - how many AMERICANS are killed at the hands of these Illegal Aliens EVERY SINGLE YEAR????? NO ONE WILL TELL YOU THE ACTUAL NUMBER BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN AGENDA TO CONTINUE THIS INVASION. American lives then count for less than the ILLEGAL ALIENS who do not belong here.
PcCrap July 8, 2014 at 04:53 pm
Also, thank an ILLEGAL ALIEN for your outrageous rent and home prices. Supply in demand people.Read More They have ruined SO MUCH of Los Angeles YOU are paying a premium to live in a safer - ever shrinking - decent area.
Police sealed off a part of Hollywood for 3 1/2 hours this morning. Patch file photo.
emma July 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Helicopters overhead all night for hours.. lights flashing in our windows. Another saturday night inRead More Hollywood. It's like a war zone. Bring on higher density , bring in the skyscrapers, more nightclubs, mega developments and compounds lining out residential streets..That's just what we need..And the Mayor brags about crime not being this low since 1949. Which leads one to believe his crime 'data' is 'fatally flawed' (Judge Goodman's words) as his population data was 'fatally flawed ' and 'wishful thinking' (Judge Goodman), in his illegal Hollywood Community Plan, that was not going to 'accommodate population growth', since the population stats were all lies, but 'encourage population growth' which Judge Goodman threw out and ruled in favor of three law suits against it. Where do these crime stats come from? Because we who live in Hollywood are fully aware they are 'wishful thinking' and definitely 'fatally flawed' as we live with on going shootouts and knifings on a regular basis, many nightclub related, the nightclubs he encouraged the proliferation of, in his version of a 'revitalized Hollywood', oh...and rapes. After your ten years as CD 13 councilman and president of city council, Hollywood and Hollywood Blvd. are dangerous and a total mess. Hollywood Blvd., on the national historic register was neglected and left to rot, the easier to claim buildings (like the beautiful Warner Pacific Theatre) have so fallen into disrepair (under your leaderhsip of the area), they are not worth saving, so tear it all down, tear down all of Hollywood's history, and build ugly generic steel and glass skyscrapers. Great planning for Hollywood, demoing whatever history that survives.. as if tourists want to come to Hollywood to see generic town, USA. Hollywood is fast becoming a bad amusement park version of NYC Times Square, with only the bad parts, and without any good..cheap dirty looking shot bars, boardwalk type low class bars, the place to come to party (sometimes on party buses) do drugs, get drunk, get in fights, some tragically ending in shootouts and fatalities. No good aspects whatsoever such as Broadway Theatres, elegant supper clubs, elegant piano bars, performing arts, and culture. And now, they will probably allow developer to tear down a beautiful landmark theatre, stretching from Wilcox to Cahuenga, that could be made into a live, legit theater as The Pantages was, on national historic register Hollywood Blvd., that could have been reused to add some culture to the Blvd., The Pacific Warner Theatre, an L.A. Cultural Resource Monument. It's breathtaking how Garcetti and O'Farrell are destroying Hollywood for developers who are funding their political careers.
Scott Zwartz July 6, 2014 at 02:18 pm
And, the glue which makes the destruction of Hollywood possible is a continual and unlawful votingRead More pact among city councilmembers in violation of Penal Code 86. Penal Code 86 forbids city councilmembers from vote trading and from engaging in voting agreements. However, LA City Council has a voting pact where the councilmembers will phrase their motions for a YES Vote and they have an agreement that they have to VOTE YES. The vote tabulator automatically votes YES even if they have left Council Chambers. Watch Channel 35 and you'll see maybe 4 or five councilmembers sitting at their desks; yet 11, 12, 13 votes will come in all YES. The Voting Pact means a councilmember may NOT vote against another councilmember's motion. As a result over 99.9% of the council votes are unanimous -- that statistic alone is proof that there is a agreed upon voting pact. One cannot have UNANIMOUS VOTES over 99.9% of the time, if councilmembers were exercising their independent judgment as the law requires. That is why the vote for Garcetti's corrupt Hywd Community Plan was passed UNANIMOUSLY even though the City Atty advised against passing the Plan. That is why each Hywd Project is approved UNANIMOUSLY even though there not adequate infrastructure. No councilmember cares about the Truth or Facts, or what is good for residents. Even people who pretend that they care about Hollywood will tell the Court that it would be reasonable for Hollywood to add over 200,000 people in the next 16 years when the City itself said Hywd would only add 52,000 people. In other words, while pretending to be protecting Hollywood from excessive development, these turn coats tell the court that we can handled FOUR (4) additional Millennium Projects along with everything else Garcetti wants to jam into Hywd. There is no end to the sycophants and sell outs who will say or do anything to grab a few more tax dollars for themselves.
William Bergmann July 7, 2014 at 09:09 am
This is what success breeds. 20 years ago the corner was a wasteland, now it is packed with touristsRead More and tour busses and seems as though the city did not expect the redevelopment to work. No place to park tour busses but they keep adding them. No planning to speak of at all. The corner of Highland and Franklin remains a civic disgrace. The 1st National building at Hollywood and Highland looks like it was moved from Detroit! Where is any leadership with this mess????
Patch file photo.
George July 6, 2014 at 11:02 am
Rodney King again...... When will they learn?
Rob July 6, 2014 at 02:02 pm
Nope. Sorry. That was excessive UNNECESSARY force. Hope she lawyered up. Anger management classRead More anyone?
Jill Pyeatt July 10, 2014 at 09:24 am
There can be NO EXCUSE for such brutality in a civilized society. I hope the officer is firedRead More immediately.
A Tesla split in half after car thieves crashed it in West Hollywood. Patch file photo.
Candi Cane July 6, 2014 at 09:28 am
The car came with a guarantee. If it splits in half, you get to keep both halves.
Stephen Warren July 6, 2014 at 11:30 am
Was kind of hoping the theives were the only casualties and were hauled away in body bags. NeverRead More seems to work that way though, unfortunately.
RC Vic Kerman July 6, 2014 at 02:28 pm
It is an Electric car and can only run for about an hour so you just lay back and let the air patrolRead More follow the car until it has to stop for a charge and then you wouldn't endanger other innocent lives! Period!
Patch file photo by Renee Schiavone.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 03:44 pm
I appreciate your comment Jeremiah and I don't think I could've said it better myself, so I won't beRead More redundant. Except to repeat only one thing-- This is why Mr Melhman: "the age limit is based on the medical risk profile that would endanger both the employee and the public he is tasked with serving. The likelihood of sudden debilitating circumstances increases with age and these jobs have a stress level which can precipitate it." I'm still of working age yet from day to day I have bizarre health issues pop up. I run abt 3-5 miles per day, 5-6 days a week. I'm in excellent health. I'm also clever and a bright individual. Yet I've begun having pains in places, and I'm also getting forgetful. My eyesight is decreasing. I get stressed easier than I used to. Because this is our natural human aging process. we age. we just do. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Now, in reading this article, I didn't read, nor did I realize we were discussing being let go at a certain age. I thought we were talking about applying for the job, where can age limit is set due to medical and statistical averages. So I agree with you, I do not think a person should be let go the day they turn 62. Most others do also, that;s why we are offered pensions at particular ages for incentive. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Lastly, your point using vote vs age limits is like comparing dogs to elephants, and completely irrelevant. We're talking about a person's capability to perform a certain type of job.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 03:55 pm
**** And I bet SouthernBelle knows something many women and men have forgotten - it's a whole lotRead More more fun acting out the roles when men act like men and women act like women and we all play the game and enjoy life as equal but thankfully different! **** Any good man who values his life knows women are superior to men and don't argue with them because even if you win, you lose!! :-) **** hahahahahahahahahaha!!! Yep, exactly how I feel. There are many many careers out there to choose from. Maybe a girl's passion is to put on 100 lbs of equipment and run up stairs to fight a fire and carry out a 250 lb man- but I'm guessing more aren't than are interested in that. But I'll tell you what, if my daddy's house catches fire and some gal runs up his stairs she best be able to carry him down because HIS life depends on it. And if she can't, then her taking a job she's unable to perform is just wrong.
southernbelle July 12, 2014 at 04:01 pm
one more thing--Mr Melhman, Not sure how long you've been in the area or if you are familiar with LARead More county hiring for Police and fire. But over the past 10 yrs they have had to lower their physical ability testing, as well as their hiring requirements because they had to account for women's physical abilities, and not enough men or women were passing the orals due to prior drug use (even trying it once counts), criminal records (DUI's fall in this), etc. This is also why the quality is lower than it used to be. We haven't seen nothing yet! It's abt to get a whole lot worse because no one wants police officer jobs anymore. so sad how we treat them!
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Chastity Lake July 5, 2014 at 04:31 pm
Buster, are a moron?
Chastity Lake July 5, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Buster - random DUI checkpoints are constitutional. Lorelei - no federal or state court can overruleRead More the SC.
Chastity Lake July 5, 2014 at 04:36 pm
There is only a time/manner/place restriction on DUI stops in California. A static location isRead More allowed, with every car that passes through checked. The reason is to avoid targeting based on impermissible grounds.
Fireworks. Patch file photo.
Saltwater June 26, 2014 at 06:19 am
Thank you, LASD for reminding us how dangerous fireworks. How many helpless watermelon areRead More needlessly destroyed every year by fireworks?
molly rogers June 26, 2014 at 07:40 am
I wish everyone would go to the parks or beaches. They have beautiful displays there. Last yearRead More my neighbourhood was like a war zone with all the illegal fireworks. They literally shook my house. A neighbours's tree caught on fire, another's attic caught fire, another's porch was scorched. All the poor animals are terrified and several traumatized dogs were running down the middle of the road. We could not catch them. Everything is so dry because of the drought so they are a fire hazard. Not to mention all the injuries that occur every year. Used to be it was just July4th but now they start weeks before and end weeks afterwards.
Jannet Bornkomm June 26, 2014 at 10:14 am
In the 91343 zip code illegal fireworks are rampant. For the past few weeks flying illegalRead More fireworks can be spotted from my house. Why isn't law enforcement doing anything?
Photo courtesy the California Highway Patrol.
Dave Beck June 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Since LA County represents 26.1% of California's census (estimated as of 2013), it would appear thatRead More it is doing better than the rest of the state, if it is only experiencing 24.4% of car thefts. This article appears to be a non-issue….
Wolfman June 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
I have lived in the South Bay for over 50 years and never had my car, truck or motorcycle stolen butRead More I also use my head as to where I park and secure them.
Genv Erac June 28, 2014 at 09:34 pm
that's funny I just read an article on 10 top cities to have your car stolen from. and 9 were inRead More northern cali,1 was in Washington state. there was no cities listed for any southern cali location that recorded above average car thefts. so how can LA county be home to 25% of stolen car totals for the state??
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