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Mt. Library Reopens

The Montana branch library will reopen this week. It has been closed since March 2020, due to the covid 19 emergency.

It will only be open 2 days a week at first. The Montana Branch will be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LA County Beaches Closed for Lightning

LA County beaches were closed on Tuesday due to lightning. “Lifeguards are clearing the water and advising patrons on the beach to seek shelter immediately. The Lifeguard Division is working with the National Weather Service, to monitor the current storm cell.” Said the County lifeguards on Twitter.

There was a bit of rain last week, but it amounted to less than .05 inches.

Prosecutors Vote to Oust Gascon

More than 9 of 10 Los Angeles prosecutors are supporting an effort to recall District Attorney (DA) George Gascon, according to the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys (LAADDA), which released the results of a vote among county prosecutors Tuesday.

The LA County Registrar approved the recall, which is now seeking between 800,000 and 900,000 petition signatures, last year in the midst of the county's violent crime spike that began in 2020.

"It's been one year of Gascon's social experiment," said Eric Siddall, vice president of LAADDA. "I think after that one year, people have had time to evaluate whether this is working or not working. I think most people who actually live in Los Angeles [and] understand what's going on in Los Angeles, including the political leadership here in LA, feel that this has been a miserable failure."

Siddall added later on that he was not expecting 97.9% of the 83.3% prosecutors who participated in the vote to support the recall. The vote followed Gascon's refusal to accept an invitation from prosecutors in his office to defend himself amid the recall effort.

"We asked our members directly whether we should endorse the recall as an organization," he said. "We decided that because we thought we'd rather not have several members of the board of directors make this call and that it should be a decision that every line prosecutor makes collectively.”

The LAADDA has filed two lawsuits against Gascon, accusing him of violating state law.

LAPD Endorses Caruso for Mayor

Photo: Rick Caruso is a billionaire real estate developer.

2.25.22: LAPD’s Police Protective League endorsed Rick Caruso for Los Angeles Mayor. Caruso previously served as president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, where he maintained a good relationship with the union leadership.

“We believe that the people of Los Angeles and the members of the LAPD agree: Our approach to public safety needs to change. Rick is not a typical politician, and we believe that he can fix L.A.,” Lt. Craig Lally, the union president, said in a news release put out by the Caruso campaign.

Caruso was unanimously selected by the the union’s political action committee and board of directors. Lally said. The union represents about 9,500 rank-and-file officers at the Los Angeles Police Department.

“I’m deeply grateful to have the support of the front-line police officers in the city. We cannot reduce crime in L.A. without their contributions,” Caruso said in a statement. “I have deep respect for the city’s labor unions and look forward to working with them as mayor.”

 

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