Archive for August, 2011

Transit panel accuses MTA of civil rights violations

August 21, 2011
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Cuts in bus service made by the MTA are singling out and punishing low-income residents, communities of color, students, the elderly and disabled, according to a panel at a recent forum on public transportation. The meeting, sponsored by the Bus Riders Union, along with over 30 other organizations, featured testimony from a panel of...
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Police killing of Kelly Thomas rattles Fullerton

August 19, 2011
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Reporting from Orange County – Jim Arambula was sitting at the bus stop at the Fullerton Transportation Center when two men in suits came up to him. The men identified themselves as officials from the Orange County District Attorney’s office. They proceeded to question him about Kelly Thomas. Thomas was a 37-year-old schizophrenic homeless...
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Montes to get property back after FBI raid

August 13, 2011
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The district attorney’s office agreed yesterday to return property belonging to Chicano activist Carlos Montes, which was seized during a sheriff’s department and FBI raid on May 17. Montes was arrested for allegedly forging a firearm application. Prosecutors say Montes failed to disclose a 42 year-old felony conviction of his while purchasing a shotgun...
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Venice residents ‘sleep out’ for the homeless

August 7, 2011
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Those with homes, as well as a few without, slept outside last night to raise awareness of, what critics say is, a growing movement to criminalize the homeless in Venice. Advocates say the city is attempting to remove a destitute population from the beachside community through various parking ordinances, such as disallowing overnight parking,...
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