FROM Andrew Smith
Will the Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Get New Life in Sacramento? Three million smartphones were stolen last year nationwide. In Los Angeles alone, 3000 were taken away. Legislators in Sacramento are considering a new law to require a "kill switch," so you could disable your phone, making it useless to thieves. For the moment, iPhone owners have an alternative, an app called " Find My iPhone ." New York Times reporter Ian Lovett wrote about how that worked for Sarah Maguire in West Covina. Maybe that worked for Maguire, but law enforcement says chasing after your stolen cellphone can lead to unintended consequences.
Easing the Rules against Unlicensed Drivers The LA Police Commission has approved new rules advocated by LA Police Chief Charlie Beck, in the interests of undocumented workers. Now, if drivers pulled over for minor violations turn out not to be licensed, their cars can be impounded for 30 days and fines can exceed $1200. In the future, they'll get their cars back sooner, and be charged just $38.50 a day for storage plus a fee of $228. Commander Andrew Smith, a communications officer for the LAPD, explains.
LAPD Working with Protesters on Occupy LA End Date The LA City Council has officially backed Occupy LA, but three weeks ago Mayor Viaraigosa said there are health and safety concerns — not to mention damage to City Hall's lawn — and the protest "can't continue indefinitely." Yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he's working with protesters to shut down or move to another location. LAPD Commander Andrew Smith is in on the action.
With the Big Delay Almost with Us, Is It Time to Panic? If you love to hate the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass, try living without it. That's what the Westside of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley will have to do from 7pm tomorrow, when the ramps shut down between the 10 and the 101, until 5am Monday morning. What does the frenzy over " Carmageddon " say about transportation planning past, present and future?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?