L.A. Seems Shocked that Crime is on the Rise

Because crime is not supposed to impinge of the Progressive Center of the City. Or something. Homicides on the Rise in Downtown.

Since the start of August, eight people have been killed within the Central City. Overall, the killing marked the 15th homicide in Downtown since the start of the year, which has already surpassed last year’s mark of 13 at this time.

But it’s better than it was a few years ago, so that’s OK then.

Your Tax Dollars at Work: The $600K Shipping Container Edition

Facepalm X 2Government sucks, and California government sucks like a Dyson vacuum cleaner, but this is insane. L.A.’s New Project Housing Homeless In Shipping Containers Costs $600k Per Home.

That 600K is higher than the median price of condos in L.A.

The containers will be arranged into towers, then connected by walkways to create a single, unified building topped with rooftop terraces and gardens. They have been specifically manufactured as modular, prefabricated homes because building codes prevent the developer from using recycled containers.

So right off the bat, L.A. is lying to everyone because they are not shipping containers. They just look that way.

“We aren’t actually building housing cheaply; we are just simulating building cheap housing as expensively as possible,” [J.F.] Mailander [a retired banker who has been a vocal critic of Garcetti’s housing policies] said.

But government is “doing something” even if it is insane. Bets on how long it takes for those “rooftop gardens” to be overrun by drug addicts? “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” That is still the most frightening sentence in the English language.

An LA .gov Agency “Failed Dramatically”

Color me shocked. (Not that I’m all that shocked.) Scathing new audit finds deep operational failures at L.A.’s top homeless outreach agency.

The .gov agency in LA that was supposed to…

move hundreds of people from the streets into housing, shelters or treatment for mental illness and substance abuse has failed dramatically to meet the goals.

When a .gov agency loses the LA Times…

The audit found that, despite having more than doubled its staff of outreach workers in the last two years, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority missed seven of nine goals during the 2017-18 fiscal year and five of eight last fiscal year.

And the goals were not “land on the moon” caliber. They were “not unreasonable.”</P

When ever a government “declares war” on a social problem, you can be that the real issue is lining someone’s pockets. Did we win “The War on Poverty?” Are we winning The War on (Some) Drugs™? I didn’t think so.

And the following quote still applies.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’
  – Ronald Reagan

Even in Deep Blue Los Angeles, People Are Beginning To Say “Enough!”

That is, “Enough with the taxes, already.” A shrug from voters to struggling L.A. schools, and have a nice summer, kids.

The LA Times is heartbroken that given a choice, taxpayers who already feel overburdened don’t want to pay more in taxes. Isn’t it the Democratic Way to collect more taxes? Not that any problems are ever solved…

A new levy of some kind has failed. Measure EE it was called. Here are some of the comments the reporter has heard.

The district administration is inept, they carped. The union is corrupt and teacher benefits are bloated. Taxes are already too high. Parents are derelict. More money wouldn’t make a difference. Illegal immigration is bankrupting the district.

The last one is telling. Can it really be that in the Liberal Bastion, of LA in the heart of The People’s Republic of California, that voters are finally seeing the impact of illegal immigration? (I’m sure the LA Times will be labeling all of them Racist Trump-supporters in the next day or two.)

Three LA Detectives Contract Typhoid Fever – Maybe

Revisiting the middle ages is not my idea of a vacation. LAPD employee contracts bacteria that causes typhoid fever.

The LAPD said in a statement that it had “learned about an employee from our Central Division who has contracted Salmonella Typhi,” the bacteria that causes typhoid fever.

The department confirmed that a second employee has contracted a lower intestinal infection, but a specific diagnosis has not been determined.

A source who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly said that a third employee had also left work with similar symptoms, and that all three employees were detectives.

The CDC says this isn’t typical in 1st world counties.

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness with symptoms that include stomach pain, diarrhea and loss of appetite. It is not commonly found in the United States but rather typically occurs in parts of the world where water is more likely to be contaminated with sewage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Apparently those parts of the world now include major cities in California.

Modern society was nice while it lasted.

Fahrenheit 451 Seems to be Coming True

I was looking through various news stories for blogging fodder, and I was stopped short by all the video. Police body cameras and security cameras are everywhere. When did all this video end up on news programs? This video reminds me more of Fahrenheit 451 than Nineteen Eighty-four. (The surveillance state usually reminds me George Orwell’s dystopian novel.) LAPD Releases Intense, Disturbing Video Of Officer Being Ambushed

I’m not sure why really, since it doesn’t end in the execution of an innocent man, the way the police chase did in Ray Bradbury’s novel.

I guess what is striking is the glee with which the newscaster describes the events. Even her warning about “very vivid and very violent” video put my teeth on edge.

The censorship part of Fahrenheit 451 has been coming true for some time. Everyone objects to some part of a book until it is eliminated, and finally they just outlaw all books.

Fake Raid on Drug Warehouse By Cop and Friends

This is what The War on (Some) Drugs™ has done. Instead of enforcing the law… Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty in Sham Drug Warehouse Search Case.

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty today to federal charges stemming from the armed robbery of more than a half-ton of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders from a downtown Los Angeles warehouse.

Federal charges? What, the local authorities couldn’t be bothered to prosecute one of their own?

All three men were dressed as LASD deputies, carried holstered firearms and posed as legitimate law enforcement officers executing a search warrant of the warehouse, court documents state. Perez, a convicted felon, also allegedly brandished a rifle. The warehouse search was allegedly staged to look like law enforcement was executing a search warrant, according to federal prosecutors.

He faces “at least” twelve years in prison. His two accomplices face between 5 and 40 years in prison.

I Thought The Left Says Cooperation Is the Way to Go

Just comply with the bad guys and they will leave you alone. I guess these guys didn’t get that memo. Clerk Shot, Killed At Mid-City Gas Station

Police say the man complied with the suspects’ demands but was shot anyway. The two suspects were described as men in their 20s. They were seen fleeing in a white four-door Chevrolet Malibu.

And great reporting CBS. Men in their 20s. Is that all the description you have? Height. Weight. Hair color. Anything?

Cooperation with violent criminals is a strategy for getting out of a bad situation in one piece. I happen to think it is not a very good strategy.

Of course being armed to defend yourself is also only a strategy, not a defense. There are no guarantees in this life…

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

Defending yourself has a lot to do with attitude

The women in this video have attitude. Women Use Chairs to Take Down Suspected Carjacker at Nail Salon

This guy was taken down by 3 women at a nail salon. That’ll go over nicely in the big house.

Three women in a nail salon in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles smashed chairs against a carjacking suspect head while defending themselves on Wednesday, January 31.

Two do a credible job of keeping him occupied while the 3rd runs next door for reinforcements. The folks from a neighboring business show up and subdue the bad-guy, holding him for police.

Just click thru and enjoy.

LAPD Officer accused of sex with 15-yr-old now charged with weapons crimes

Uphold the law. Break the law. Whatever. LAPD officer accused of having sex with teen cadet is charged with weapons crimes – LA Times

Investigators seized more than 100 firearms, including assault rifles and inert grenades, sources with knowledge of the investigation have said. Sources said many of the weapons had been illegally modified and are not legal to own under California law.

The original arrest was part of an investigation into “teen cadets” that apparently stole police cars, radios, tasers and other such things. (I wonder what the stated goals are of that program for teens – probably not achieving those goals.)

A search of the house turned up the weapons. And while I’m sure that the California laws are crazy, the police are supposed to uphold the law, not consider themselves above the law.

He “appeared to have picked the wrong house.”

That is an understatement… Reseda Homeowner Scares Off Intruder With Gunshot « CBS Los Angeles

A Reseda homeowner on the 6600 block of Silvia Avenue awoke around midnight to hear the intruder enter through the backdoor of his home. He quickly reached for his handgun.

One shot missed, but the would-be bad guy ran like a rabbit. Guess he wasn’t expecting armed-self-defense in the People’s Republic of California.

If you break into houses, you will eventually find an armed resident. This should surprise no one. Self-defense is a human-right.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies Guilty of Beating Handcuffed Guy

Not often juries convict cops. Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating – Elkhart Truth.

The three were found guilty of “deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records.” Two were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights.

“An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority and power to violate people’s constitutional rights — as was the case here — is one of the worst kinds of criminals and should be brought to justice,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes, one of the three prosecutors on the case.

The guy they beat up wasn’t a convict or even being held pending trial. He was there to visit someone.

There was a culture where deputies were to arrest anyone who “looked” suspicious, didn’t show the officers enough “respect,” etc. This resulted in unreasonable searches, unlawful arrests, falsified reports and unjustified force. And all of that is why the Feds are investigating the LA Sheriff’s Department.

Your Tax Dollars At Work (Or Off Work) – LA Edition

So what happens when you make it more financially attractive to be off-work on workers-compensation leave? A culture of workers' comp abuse at the LAPD and LAFD – LA Times.

It doesn’t help that state law has created a perverse incentive to stay off the job — sworn personnel get 100% of their salary and pay no state or federal taxes while on leave, meaning they can earn more money at home than at work.

Only in California.

When you ask them anonymously, in surveys, they say that most of the leaves are not justified.