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Body of a man found in street near Santa Fe Springs City Hall


SANTA FE SPRINGS (CNS) – A man was found dead this morning on a street in front of Santa Fe Springs City Hall.

The man’s body was discovered after midnight on Telegraph Road near Pioneer Boulevard, prompting the closure of Telegraph Road between Pioneer Boulevard and Alburtis Avenue until further notice, according to the Whittier Police Department, which provides police services in Santa Fe Springs.

Details of what led up to the man’s death were not immediately available.

Los Angeles launches cybersecurity system to detect malicious emails


Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday new cybersecurity tools for Angelenos to fight malicious emails.

The LA Cyber Lab app, available for free on the Apple Store and Google Play, allows Angelenos to submit suspicious emails for analysis to the eponymous non-profit agency tasked with assessing potential online threats. The app then reports the risk severity back to the user, and will flag larger threat campaigns in the area, giving individuals and businesses a bird’s-eye view of active threats.

“Public safety in the 21st century isn’t just about protecting our physical streets and neighborhoods,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “We need to protect the digital presence that is part of everyday life for our residents and businesses.”

Wednesday also saw the launch of the LA Cyber Lab’s Threat Intelligence Sharing Platform. The platform, developed in partnership with IBM, collects data on emerging cybersecurity threats from public agencies, other government partners, and private businesses who have volunteered to participate. The platform, which is designed to help smaller businesses track threats, will connect to the app.

“Community defenses, even in the digital world, are the most effective way to gain the upper hand on cybercrime, and the threat-sharing portal and mobile app are important milestones in this work,” Wendi Whitmore, Vice President of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security, said.

The system and app were made possible by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, officials said.

Another horse dies at Santa Anita


ARCADIA (CNS) – Another horse has suffered a fatal injury at Santa Anita, where 30 other horses have died during the track’s winter-spring meeting.

Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Dean Pederson, was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture after being pulled up while working on the training track, which is considered to be the safest surface at Santa Anita, the Los Angeles Times reported. Veterinarians tried to save the horse but at 11 p.m. Monday, decided that euthanasia was the best option.

“Everyone at Santa Anita and throughout The Stronach Group is devastated by the loss,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, chief veterinarian for The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. “We are carefully reviewing what factors could have contributed to Zeke’s injury. Santa Anita will continue to work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to be transparent with our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.”

Before Monday”s fatality, there had been 1,034 workouts without incident, officials said. Santa Anita opened for training after Del Mar’s summer meet closed and racing moved to Los Alamitos.

Benson said Zeke would undergo a necropsy by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, a procedure mandatory for all on-track accidents. The accident and necropsy reports will then be reviewed by the California Horse Racing Board.

Zeke last ran on Aug. 29 at Del Mar, where he finished fifth in a claiming race.

Santa Anita is under unprecedented scrutiny over safety concerns after 30 fatalities in the track’s winter-spring meeting. The track has implemented several measures to try to solve the mystery of why so many horses have died.

New medical protocols were put in place to make sure horses were as sound as possible before running. In addition, Santa Anita tore up its track in its offseason to install a new drainage system.

The sport is currently in a long stretch of safe racing. It has been 14 weeks since a horse has died racing. Zeke’s is the fifth training death in Southern California since Santa Anita’s closing day on June 23. Four horses died during training during Del Mar’s seven-week meeting. Two of the deaths came as the result of a freak accident on the second day of the meet when a horse threw his rider and ran head first into another horse, killing both animals instantly.

Santa Anita’s fall racing meet opens Friday, Sept. 27.

New National Security Advisor an Angeleno


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Robert C. O’Brien, President Donald Trump’s choice to be his new national security advisor, was born in Los Angeles and has maintained a strong California connection.

O’Brien is the founding partner with former federal Judge Stephen Larson of the Los Angeles law firm Larson O’Brien LLP, which he established in January 2016.

Previously, he was the partner-in-charge of the California offices of Arent Fox LLP, a national law firm, which under O’Brien’s leadership grew faster than any other top law firm, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal, which in 2016 named him one of the 500 most influential people in Los Angeles.

He received his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA, from which he graduated cum laude. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University in Orange, has attended the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and is reported to speak fluent Afrikaans.

Since May 2018, O’Brien has been Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. He was given the rank of ambassador one year later.

In 2017, O’Brien was under consideration by the Trump administration to serve as Secretary of the Navy, for which he was endorsed by the Orange County Register editorial board.

O’Brien authored the book “While America Slept.” In The Hill, retired career foreign service officer Bart Marcois wrote, “If you’re wondering what trends and events will drive President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy, you need to read “While America Slept” by Robert O’Brien. The book leaves a reader well versed in the foreign affairs themes that will dominate the discussion for all of the Trump administration, Marcois wrote.

Trump may have taken note.

“I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor,” Trump tweeted this morning. “I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!”

Lancaster bus manufacturer signs historic union deal


Lancaster bus manufacturer BYD announced Monday an agreement to hire hundreds of union workers to build a 150 acre SkyRail/SkyShuttle manufacturing facility in Lancaster.

Monorail systems proposed and implemented by BYD will by built in Lancaster by as many as 1,000 new union workers from Lancaster and the wider Los Angeles region, according to Stella Li, President of BYD North America.

“We are committed to our community and to a growing and well-trained union workforce,” Li said.

The agreement, signed with the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, also specifies that Lancaster residents will get first priority in hiring. They’ll be followed Antelope Valley residents, and then residents of disadvantaged areas within greater Los Angeles County.

Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris has long touted BYD’s presence in the Antelope Valley as “life-saving” for the local economy. Parris has estimated that the final number of new jobs in the area could be as high as 2,500, and that’s without taking into account ancillary industries also receiving a boost from newly-employed Lancaster residents, such as housing and retail.

BYD’s SkyRail is an elevated tramway proposed for the Los Angeles region. Still in its planning stages, SkyRail is projected to move up to 30,000 people every hour in each direction, with trains operating on two minute headways.

Street closures announced ahead of Trump’s visit


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – President Donald Trump’s visit to Los Angeles today will prompt the closure of a number of streets in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills beginning this morning and lasting until midday Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Police Department warned drivers of the following street closures beginning at 4 a.m. Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles and continuing until midday Wednesday:

— Figueroa Street from Sixth Street to Eighth Street;

— Wilshire Boulevard from Flower Street to Beaudry Avenue;

— Seventh Street from Flower Street to Bixel Street.

Other closures were announced as follows:

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Los Angeles:

— Spring Street between S. Avenue 18 and Alpine Street;

— College Street between North Main Street and Figueroa Terrace;

— Stadium Way between Lilac Terrace and Bishops Road;

— Wilshire Boulevard between the Harbor (110) Freeway and South Flower Street.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Los Angeles:

— Wilshire Boulevard between South Flower Street and the 110 Freeway;

— Figueroa Street between 7th Street and West 4th Street;

— North Hill Street between Bernard Street and Alpine Street;

— College Street between Yale Street and North Main Street;

— North Spring Street between Alpine Street and South Avenue 18.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Los Angeles:

— Bundy Drive between Airport Avenue and West Pico Boulevard.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Beverly Hills:

— Sunset Boulevard between South Sepulveda Boulevard and Bedford Drive;

From 8 p.m. to 9 or 9:30 p.m. in Los Angeles:

— West 9th Street between the 110 Freeway and South Flower Street;

— South Figueroa Street between Olympic Boulevard and West 6th Street.

Also, the following streets will be closed intermittently:

— Sunset Boulevard between Ladera and Beverly drives between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Suggested alternate east/west routes: Santa Monica, Wilshire and Olympic boulevards.

— Benedict Canyon Drive between Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Drive between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Suggested alternate north/south route: Coldwater Canyon Drive.

Trump has a campaign fundraising event scheduled for Tuesday in Beverly Hills and will be spending the night in downtown Los Angeles.

Politico reported that Trump will hold a fundraising breakfast in Los Angeles Wednesday.

CNBC reported that Tuesday’s fundraiser will be at the home of real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer, a major Trump and Republican Party donor.

Crossing guard hit by vehicle dies at hospital


VAN NUYS (CNS) – A crossing guard who was hit by a vehicle in the Valley Glen area near Van Nuys died at a hospital, authorities said today.

Paramedics sent to the 13400 block of West Vanowen Street about 7:20 a.m. Monday took the woman to a hospital, where she died about 10 hours afterward, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Information was not immediately available on her identity.

A teenage girl was also hit by the vehicle, and was treated for injuries described as not life-threatening.

The motorist remained at the scene and was interviewed by officers.

LAPD Sgt. David Delgado told KTLA5 that the driver possibly “couldn’t see very clearly because … the sun was in his eyes.”

Overturned big rig prompts closure of southbound 605 Freeway in Long Beach


LONG BEACH (CNS) – A big rig carrying a large carnival ride was struck by a vehicle and overturned this morning on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Long Beach and prompted the closure of the southbound lanes of the freeway near the accident site for hours.

The accident occurred near the Willow Street offramp about 1:10 a.m. when a Toyota Corolla crashed into the big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“As a result of the collision, the big rig overturned and impacted the guardrail, which caused the engine to become dislodged from the engine compartment of the big rig,” CHP Sgt. Anthony Soriano told reporters at the scene. “A BMW was traveling in the No. 2 or 3 lane and impacted the engine that was in the roadway.

The drivers of both cars were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the CHP reported. The big rig driver was not hurt.

An Orange County Fire Authority official told a news photographer at the scene a hazardous materials team was brought in to clean up spilled gasoline and oil and the freeway would be closed until the cleanup was complete. The accident site was near the Long Beach/Los Alamitos border, prompting an OCFA response.

The southbound freeway lanes were closed, and traffic was taken off the freeway at Carson Street, snarling traffic during the morning commute. Four southbound freeway lanes were reopened about 9 a.m., but the slow lane remained blocked while crews worked to clear the scene.

Gold Line trains on single track in part of Pasadena due to power repairs


PASADENA (CNS) – Morning commuters on the Gold Line through Pasadena may experience a delay Monday with trains sharing a track between two stations while crews repair overhead power lines, authorities said today.

The trains will share a track between Sierra Madre Villa and Lake Avenue stations during the morning commute, running at 10-12 minute intervals, Metro spokesman Dave Sotero said.

“Metro personnel are assigned at the affected stations in Pasadena to assist with customer information until all repairs are complete and normal operation can resume,” Sotero said.

Information about the delays and the service schedule will be made at the stations and on trains, he said.

Trains will operate on both tracks between Atlantic Boulevard and Lake Avenue stations to the south and Sierra Madre Villa and APU/Citrus College stations to the north, Sotero said.

The power line issue came to light Friday when there was no train service between the Lake Avenue and Sierra Madre stations and shuttle buses were needed to bridge the gap.

Teen killed in shooting outside Rose Bowl was in cleaning crew


PASADENA (CNS) – An 18-year-old man who was killed in a shooting outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, police said today.

Kamryn Stone of Los Angeles was on the first day of a job working for a company hired to clean up the area, his father told CBS2.

Stone was a recent high school graduate taking real estate classes at West LA College, his father said.

A 51-year-old Los Angeles man also wounded was hospitalized with stable vital signs.

Officers were dispatched a little after 11:20 p.m. Saturday to the area of Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street regarding a physical altercation and shots fired and came upon the two victims, Pasadena Police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.

They were both rushed to a hospital, where Stone died, he said.

“Preliminary, it appears this incident may not be random in nature,” Carrillo said.

“The shooting happened about three hours after the game,” according to a Pasadena Police Department watch commander. The University of Oklahoma defeated the UCLA Bruins, 48-14, at the Rose Bowl.

“The Rose Bowl Stadium and parking lots were cleared of patrons and vehicles from the UCLA game several hours earlier,” added City of Pasadena PIO Lisa Derderian. “Pasadena police are actively investigating the incident and preliminary reports indicated it was an isolated incident.”

Pasadena police asked anyone with information regarding the incident to call them at 626-744-4241.