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?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.