Amid the election buzz hoopla, you may have missed a few big stories. The List has you covered. Here are the biggest Los Angeles news stories you want to know about.
Councilman Jose Huizar continues to face legal trouble
The FBI searched Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar’s home and City Hall office Wednesday, with at least a dozen agents carrying out boxes, bags or rolling suitcases of potential evidence. Huizar was also recently named in two lawsuits filed by two former employees. One lawsuit filed accused him of doctoring his schedule to hide certain meetings from the media, and other ethical violations. The second lawsuit accuses Huizar of retaliating against an employee who complained that Huizar had an affair with one of his staff.
L.A. City Council committee approves regulations for Airbnb
On Tuesday, a Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal to cap the renting of a primary residence at 120 days. However, up to 365 days will be allowed if hosts meet certain criteria. Affordable housing units are barred from Airbnb and other short-term rentals. The city does not have an ordinance regulating Airbnb, which connects travelers with hosts looking to rent out their home or a bedroom in their home but struck a three-year deal with the company in 2016 for it to pay hotel taxes on behalf of its hosts.
Democratic presidential candidate promotes universal income in Los Angeles
Andrew Yang is far from a household name, but the author and entrepreneur hopes to take the country by storm in 2020, when he makes a White House bid. Yang spoke last week at two events in Los Angeles to promote his proposal to give every U.S. citizen 18 to 64 years old $1,000 a month from the federal government. Universal basic income programs such as this one have long been touted by tech industry leaders in Silicon Valley as a solution to unemployment caused by automation.
OC Supervisors Extend Jail Phone Contract
Despite an ongoing scandal involving the improper recording of confidential phone calls to defense attorneys for the past three years, the Orange County Board of Supervisors extended its contract with a company that provides phone services to jail inmates on Tuesday. Recording confidential calls from inmates to their attorneys is a potential constitutional violation that could lead to the dismissal of cases against the defendants. Some of the defendants whose calls were recorded in Orange County include some of the most violent, including one defendant charged with killing his girlfriend and their two infant sons.
Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca continues fighting conviction in Pasadena court
On Tuesday, a federal appeals panel heard arguments but made no decision in former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s appeal of his conviction on charges of obstruction of justice and lying, crimes for which the ex-lawman was sentenced to three years behind bars. Lawyers for Baca alleged before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena that the trial judge in the case had abused his discretion by barring jurors from hearing evidence of the former sheriff’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.