Thursday Sunrise Hotsheet
Our dear leader, Mayor Sam, is away on a fact-finding mission, so I’m on Thursday hotsheet duty. Let’s jump right in, shall we?
The Sister City has learned that the two surviving male accomplices in a botched taxi robbery have confessed to investigators, but that Hollenbeck Detectives have yet to present their case to the District Attorney's office. The bizarre details have reportedly left many in the City Terrace community wondering how the two deceased girls found themselves involved in a violent robbery, and ultimately through a car windshield.
Pedro Espinoza, the alleged killer of Jamiel Shaw Jr., pleaded not guilty in L.A. Superior Court Wednesday. Anita and Jamiel Shaw Sr. were among those in attendance:
"It was hard seeing the alleged killer of my son," Jamiel Shaw Sr. said outside the courtroom, wearing a T-shirt with his son's photograph.
"It felt good to see him behind the bars," he added. "He's entitled to a fair trial. So are we."
We’ve hammered City Hall pretty hard for flouting its legal responsibility to cooperate with federal immigration law. I think it’s also worth pointing out how clearly the facts of this case illustrate the magnitude of the problem we face as a nation, thanks to years of willful neglect by Presidents Bush and Clinton—whose failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border invited Espinoza’s parents to cross with a four year old son. As an adult, with no legal status, Espinoza had little future beyond the cash economy, and no home in Mexico to return to. Today, he’s out of the shadows and hopefully off the streets for good.
Walter Moore tells me that Jamiel’s family is actively seeking a sponsor for Jamiel’s Law on City Council. Obvious starting points would be CDs 8, 9, and 10—although I suppose we can count Herb Wesson out—Zuma Dogg hears that Mayor Villaraigosa is on an arm-twisting campaign to replace Eric Garcetti with Wesson as Council President.
Without your consent, L.A. City Council voted yesterday to raises your taxes—oops, fees... I mean, rates—again. The rate hikes will begin this summer and supposedly be used to upgrade aging infrastructure. No talk of first examining the surpluses DWP currently funnels into the General Fund. I guess that’s what you call “hush money,” y'all.
And finally, Pasadena may ban smoking. Probably a smart move to offset the additional carbon my vehicle now produces waiting on half-empty Gold Line trains and massive road construction projects that never seem to have actual workers on premises.