Los Angeles, California, Crime News

North Hollywood – A passenger Edwin Chavez, 25, was pulled over on Laurel Canyon Boulevard just north of Saticoy Street and got out with a TEC-9 semiautomatic pistol and began shooting at the police officers who pulled the car over. Police officers fired three rounds at Chavez, hitting him in the shoulder. He was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Police charged Chavez with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer. Luckily none of the officers that pulled over the driver and Chavez was unharmed.

Los Angeles – Patrol officers who were driving in the area of Drew Street and Weldon Avenue became alerted when they heard semi-automatic gunfire. Police then pulled over on Weldon and saw three reputed gang members in a small black, four door vehicle. As the car passed the police car, shot were fired in the officers direction. Officers returned fire, the suspects however disappeared and have not been located as of today. The Robbery Homicide Division is investigating the alleged attempted murder of the police officers that had been shot at.

Granada Hills -William Campos,18, was shot and killed at a birthday party on June 8, 2007 on Haskill Avenue. The Los Angeles Police Department have taken a 16 year-old alleged gang member into custody with the shooting of Campos. Party goers who were at the party identified the unnamed suspect and he was arrested without incident June 15. Charges are expected to be filed against the teen. Campos was also an alleged gang member was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center after the incident occurred, however he died from a single gun shot wound to his chest.

Los Angeles – A late night crash shut down the Santa Ana Freeway when a car who officers tried to stop for reckless driving, slammed into a tractor trailer killing it's passenger. The crash had the highway for more than four hours according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the car whose name was not immediately was arrested at the scene.

Los Angeles – Los Angeles Police who are currently retired may be called back to active duty for up to a year so that seasoned veteran officers can stick around long enough to help train rookie cops. The LAPD's Recall / Bounce program could go into affect as early as this year. Police Commission President John Mack said " The idea really is to make it possible for the department to have the benefit of expertise and experience of some individuals who have been with the department for a period of time…. and we're trying not to lose the benefit of that".

Los Angeles – Two people and an officer were injured when a tour bus broadsided a police patrol car in Chinatown. The officer had to be freed from his car by firefighters and it is possible that he suffered a spinal cord injury. No other information is available as of today. The two other …

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Top Hotels in Redondo Beach California

Redondo Beach is a popular seaside destination on the sunny Pacific coast of yjr Los Angeles area in Southern California. The beaches on Redondo have sunshine, sand and the relaxed way of life that California is famous for. Beachfront activities, such as beach volleyball, surfing, sailboarding, kayaking and inline skating are all part of the Redondo Beach experience. Following are the best hotels in Redondo Beach.

Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club. Portofino is a haven located only six miles from Los Angeles n the quaint beach town of Redono at King Harbor. Portofino Hotel is directly on the waterfront, with beautiful views of King Harbor and the tranquil Portofino marina. Portofino boasts scenes of breathtaking beauty, with sunsets, sailboats and the California sea lions on King Harbor. The hotel has recently completed a $11 million renovation, showcasing a new ocean inspired theme in the lobby. Guests rooms and baths have a contemporary nautical theme. Hotel amenities include complimentary beach cruiser bikes, 24 hour fitness center, heated outdoor oceanfront pool and whirlpool, fireplace seating at The Living Room Bar and Waterfront dining at Baleen Los Angeles. 260 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach, California 90277. 1-310-379-8481.

Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel. Crowne Plaza is just a block away from the white sand beach front. This hotel is just seven miles from the LAX Airport. The onsite European Day Spa offers a chance to relax while receiving healthful treatments. Relax at the outdoor swimming pool while enjoying a great ocean view. Splash Mediterranean Bistro is the restaurant on the premises. 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California, California. 1-310-318-8888.

Best Western Sunrise at Redondo Beach by Pacifica. Best Western is a coastal hotel that captures the relaxed essence of Southern California with amenities including a heated swimming pool, whirlpool,complimentary high speed wireless Internet access and complimentary breakfast. 400 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California 90277. 1-888-334-7384.

Best Western Redondo Beach Inn is just nine miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, exercise room, sauna, business center and exercise room. 1850 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA. 1-310-540-3700.

Redondo Pier Inn. This inn is located just 2.5 blocks from the Redondo Pier and beach. 206 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA. 1-800-841-9777.

Information is subject to change. Contact the hotels for additional information and to make reservations.

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The Fishwife in Seaside, California: Moderately Priced Seafood

In an unassuming older commercial neighborhood in Seaside, California, – just north of Monterey – we recently discovered an alternative to the pricey tourist-oriented seafood restaurants up and down the Monterey peninsula. It is called The Fishwife. There same people own and operate three other eating places in the area. There is a Mexican/Belizian-oriented taqueria next door called Turtle Bay and an additional version of each 'brand' a bit further south in Pacific Grove, home of the famous Asilomar Conference Grounds and the renowned and much visited Monarch butterfly sanctuary.

You can eat really nicely prepared and presented seafood at The Fishwife for about half what the touristy places charge. It feels like a bargain – And sure as heck tastes like one!

Serving a wide assortment of fresh, generously proportioned seafood dishes, The Fishwife is open at lunch time and serves lunch or dinner until closing late in the evening. There is no ocean view nor are there sounds of waves crashing. No cloth napkins or Art Deco light fixtures. No overdressed servers or encyclopedic wine lists. It is simply a neighborhood restaurant about a half mile from the beach. What it DOES have, however, more than makes up for what it lacks.

The lunch and dinner menus are similar and we noticed that the many locals and obvious 'regulars' used them interchangeably. Each presents a couple of dozen main seafood entrees. Many local varieties, including swordfish, snapper, halibut, sand dabs, shrimp and salmon are available in various styles and preparations.

All are done "Carribean" style with an appropriately suggestive, but not overpowering, dusting of spiciness. Nothing here is bland, but you won't need a pitcher of iced water to survive the meal with either. My wife and I are tough customers when it comes to sea food, and thought that The Fishwife got things just right!

We actually came across it in an ad in the phone book in our hotel room. A member of the staff at the hotel, when we asked him for directions to it, smiled broadly and told us that his grandmother and he had been frequenting The Fishwife since he was a child. We took that as a good recommendation!

Unpretentious and simple, The Fishwife in Seaside has a small dining room holding only about 30 people. Unlike the larger, overpriced competition in the area, it is quiet and a pleasant place to eat. The room you first enter has a couple of tables and a fresh fish counter where you can buy the raw makings for your own cooking any time.

The night before we came across The Fishwife, we spent about $30. a piece on a seafood dinner at a waterfront restaurant about a mile away. It was OK – But, the food at The Fishwife was honestly better prepared, more tasty and the portions were nearly twice the size of those served the night before at about half the price ($12 – $14 per entrée.) Our dinners were prepared in …

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People Secretly Want to Be like Someone Else

Have you ever noticed how quickly people are to jump up and want what someone else has? Or they want to be like someone else. Usually it is someone who is famous or rich.

What is that great need to be like someone else or to want what the other person has? I started thinking about this recently because everywhere I looked I started seeing the beautiful ring that is for sale. You know the one; the one Princess Diana wore and the one that Kate Middleton will be wearing when she marries Prince William.

Ever since the news of the Royal engagement of Miss Catherine Elizabeth Middleton is set to be married to the Royal Prince William, on April29, 2011, at Westminster Abby, the rings have gone on sale everywhere.

The beautiful and special ring is a lovely replica of the ring that Princess Diana wore. Who would not want that ring. It would be a reminder every day of a woman loved by all who lost her life too soon. She received the ring thirty years ago as an engagement ring. Women all over the world want to be seen wearing one just like it thinking maybe they will feel just a little of the magic that they think that kind of life brings. I am afraid that most of us do not take time to think of all the responsibility that comes with the titles. It isn't all fun and magic.

Whether it is the glamorous lifestyle or the magic of it all, you can get the ring for merely 19.90. Naturally for that price, you will not be getting real gold but no one will know that unless they, too, have one. Then it doesn't matter. I am sure it is only the well known names attached to this particular ring that makes it so popular. But still, we cannot resist.

The company, Sterling ton Collections are making this available. A 3.0 carats oval cut, faucet-ed faux Ceylon Sapphire. Fourteen oval diamonds. This is layered in sterling silver or deluxe to platinum plate. And that is for just another 10.00. These rings are selling like gold on television and from magazines. And they come with a hinged jewelry box. If bought from television.

I am sure that the main reason for the high sales is that everyone loved Princess Diana so much and they love her children. That is the way it will always be. That is the nature of our world.

So, go ahead. You know you want to. Jump on that band wagon and order you one of those beautiful sapphire rings. You are promised a money back guarantee. But more than that; you will forever have a reminder of one of the most loved women in the world. A woman who gave more of herself to help others in her short life than anyone else in history.

source:Patricia Burke…

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Kids from America Are People Too!

Kids in America up for adoption often get overlooked. They are often older. Too many undesirable. So people adopt babies from overseas or wait years on waiting lists to adopt. Why are these kids so undesirable? Its because many come with scars. Pain that comes from their life before they were adopted. Many weren't given up. Many were taken away. They have no family, no home. Why should these kids be overlooked? They are just as precious as another child, and in some ways, need more help than other children. Babies in America get snatched up quickly and easily. I highly doubt there will every be too many American babies "up for grabs". Babies always go first.

My parents were awesome. They took in kids that were either older, or had physical handicaps. My eldest brother and I were older when we were adopted, and my older but younger than oldest brother was born with hydrocephalus. Most people wouldn't have touched us with a 10 foot pole. We could be damaged, for goodness sake!

Damaged? I ask you this. Aren't we supposed to help the people who are in worse situations than us? Aren't we supposed to help the damaged, the poor, the disabled? If altruism is looked at so favorably in our society, why do some kids sit for years in foster care without families? Wards of the state, homeless, often in bad placements. Babies happen all the time. The older kids need homes too.

There will always be babies oversees to adopt. There will always be people having babies. There are kids that truly need the love and affection that they may not have ever had.

Sure, these kids might be harder emotionally, physically, behaviorally. But does hard equate bad? Not necessarily. I was a good student. I graduated in the top of my class, I tutored many kids who needed help. I have volunteered at hospitals and nursing homes. Yes, I may not be your average 24-year-old, however, diversity is something that makes this world awesome. Without it it would be boring. If everyone was the same and everything was good would there be a point to living? You wouldn't learn anything because there would be nothing to learn.

It makes me sad that there are kids that spend tons of years in foster homes, only to be released when they turn 18, and they get in trouble. Because they aren't given what they need to shine. They need families and love. Yes, people can shine without family. But parents, aunts, uncles, siblings help a person to grow and relate to people. The first people you learn from are your family. If you have nobody that will always care about you, why should you try? A lot of kids in the foster care system get lost. They don't escape the abuse even while in the foster care system. There are bad foster parents. The system needs work. These kids need homes.

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Psychology Author Suggests that Sometimes Optimism Can Lead People Astray

In a recent article in Psychology Today psychologist and author of 15 self-help books, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., suggests that people with naturally optimistic personalities might occasionally find their sunny dispositions get them into trouble.

The thinking goes, she says, is that if you are a naturally optimistic person (she uses President Obama as an example), odds are, you deal with stressful situations in one of two ways; the first is by using emotional strength building techniques such as forcing yourself to look at the bright side, pushing the bad stuff out of your mind, or using calming techniques such as meditation. The other way is by assessing the situation and if possible, doing something to change things so that they are not so stressful.

The problem comes, she says, when the optimist encounters a problem that can't be solved through either method. In those cases, she says, research has shown that the optimist sort of dive bombs, unable to cope, and as such, in normal everyday situations, winds up making themselves sick. She cites a study where college students were subjected to stress and then their immune systems were tested to see how well their bodies were coping. Oddly enough, it was the so-called optimists who showed the biggest decrease, and thus became more susceptible to illness.

Most people have seen anecdotal evidence of such; someone in their life that is normally what most would call a happy-go-lucky optimist suddenly crashes under what others might see as a normal stress inducer. The difference is that the optimist continues to try to change an untenable situation, while those not of such a sunny disposition soon realize the futility of continuing to push for a solution and give up, or throw up their hands in defeat. After endlessly battling with an unsolvable problem, the optimist on the other hand, eventually caves, feeling lost, cold and defeated, leaving him vulnerable to illness and perhaps depression.

The solution, as Kraus sees it, is simple; make a list of rules for yourself, if indeed you are the optimistic kind. The rules let you know when to stop pursuing an unattainable goal, as simple as that. Of course, it's not as easy as all that, because if you are the kind of person that pursues a solution to a problem until you drop from exhaustion, then you're not likely the kind of person that will stop and pull out a list of rules you made for yourself for just such a situation.

More realistically, optimistic people maybe ought to just thank their lucky stars for their sunny dispositions, because when they are not busy trying to stamp out some horrible stress inducer, they are happier than the rest of us, so maybe it's best to just leave them be.…

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An Open Letter to Congress and the American People

America is in the worse state it has ever been. As a people we have been sitting on our apathy way to long and hiding our head in the sand. America is floundering and wallowing in its own bad choices. The American dream has turned into a nightmare.

It is time we woke up and stopped living our splintered lives and hiding behind our own special interest groups and as a people form a united front or we will not be the United States of America. I've done my share of thinking on this and I have some questions and a few suggestions.

First and foremost, it is high time we got back to basics back to the foundation this nation was founded on and took America and the situation we find our self in seriously. It is no laughing matter. America is dying a slow and agonizing death.

We need to remember our history and the price we have paid and take a lesson from other lands and peoples that are no more. If we will not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it.

It is high time Congress got down to business and did their job, because you are not and you haven't been for a long time. Don't blame President Obama, stop blaming George Bush, Bill Clinton, and back and back and back. It is you, the congress who makes the final decision. You represent the American public. You work for us and you are not doing your job.

You are all behaving like a bunch of bullies on the playground. I have 0 tolerance for bullies. Congress is not working for the betterment of our nation and all this partisan bickering needs to stop, now. The majority of those serving right now are playing head games and feeding propaganda to the American people. You are a bunch of self-serving liars. We are reading you like a book and it is looking like some third rate novel. You are not representing us and our needs and desire to keep America strong and get America back on its feet.

Where is your American pride? Put the politics and all your perks and special interest, all your philandering, all your personal little agendas aside and do your job. Get down to the business of truly setting America back on its feet to recovery. We are a very sick nation.

We don't need bigger government. We need more common sense in running the government we have. It is going to be a very long journey but every journey begins with the first step, even if it is a little one, one step at a time.

Cut the pork. All of it. We can't afford it anymore. No more funding all these extra special interest programs, no more special handout and tax breaks for big business or your special friends or allowing yourself to be bought for a vote. Stop playing Judas. It doesn't say much about you …

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Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills California is a unique concept in high-end hospitality. Located at 1224 Beverly Drive in Los Angeles, Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills offers guests exceptional contemporary hospitality in a beautiful environment.

Whether you are jetting into LA for a day or a week the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills is the perfect place to stay. Unique among hospitality venues the stylish hotel is in a perfect location, being a half-mile from Rodeo Drive, and gives guests access to some of the most incredible shopping in the world.

Made up of over 138 rooms the 12-story luxury property features European influence and is quite beautifully adorned. Décor features of the property include a G-1 glass pool table, Venetian glass chandeliers, rosewood finishes, travertine flooring and much more.

In-room accommodations at Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills include luxury bedding, luxury bath amenities, Italian furniture, hardwood floors, black and white photography, rainfall showers, dual vanities and much more.

The onsite amenities at Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills include a fabulous swimming pool with teakwood deck ad private poolside cabanas and surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna. There is also a poolside bar which is quite popular among guests. Onsite dining is also excellent be it from the main restaurant Mr. C or from Ciprianis. The fitness center is also state-of-the-art and an awesome place to work out any hour of the day. Poolside spa services are also available to guests of the hotel.

There are a few other great perks ideal for the business person on the go. As a guest of Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills should you forget your laptop the hotel will provide complimentary use of an iPad or MacBook laptop. There is also a car and driver that provides complimentary service within three miles of the hotel.

Guests to the Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills can reach the property by flying into Los Angeles International Airport and taking ground transportation to the hotel.


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Top Hotels at Balboa Island, California

Balboa Island California is a fantastic and relaxing place to visit. While there, it is necessary to find a great place to stay. Access to the beach, restaurants, and all activities is a must. There are several hotels to choose from for visit to Balboa Island.

First look at the Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel (www.Thebestinn.com), this hotel is known for having the world's most pristine beaches. Located at 1800 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach (949)675-3463. There are many boating and water activities available while you are staying here at the Bay Shores. You can try boogie boarding, surfing, skating, and biking to mention a few. Rooms at the Bay Shores Peninsula are decorated to inspire your visit to the area. Restful and comfortable with the hotels goal of making your visit one to remember. There are two bedroom suites in the Annex; each suite is made to feel like a home. King and queen beds, coffee makers, CD player and some rooms come equipped with a 42" plasma TV and refrigerator.

The family can also stay in one of the remaining rooms with a view of the bay or ocean beaches. There are just 25 rooms and suites in this hotel so reservations well in advance are necessary. Prices run for a queen bed $180.00 with it rising to $209.00 for Friday and Saturday. King size beds range from $209.00 – $239.00. Each room has high-speed internet, pillow top bed, VCR & DVD, Partial Ocean view and a continental breakfast. Courtyard balconies with tables and rocking chairs for the comfort of an evening watching the sunset, or morning for sunrise. Reviews of this hotel range from great to good and every one states the view is magnificent and the extra touches such as fresh fruit and cookies are a plus. There were some complaints that there was no pool, fitness center and no restaurant at the actual hotel. The good reviews outweigh the bad ones by far.

Also check out the Hyatt Hotels & Resort located at 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport (949)729-1234 (Newport beach.hyatt.com). Reviews indicate the price for this hotel is in the very good range. This hotel has a 24-hour front desk, alarm clock in every room, babysitting and child services if you need them, a restaurant that is open for all 3 meals a day. There are 403 guestrooms and most have a private balcony. Full amenities such as TV, stereo and iPod dock, work desk and seating areas and refrigerators. The price tag for this hotel ranges for King Bed or two Double Beds $170.00 per night, bay view with balcony $205.00 a night, Pool view with balcony $195.00 a night. Prices go as high as $220.00 per night for some rooms.

Another fantastic place to stay is the Balboa Inn, located at 105 Main St, Newport (www.balboa inn.com) room rates are a little high on this location. $583.33 for an ocean view $365.67 for courtyard suite, $259.00 deluxe queen and a standard queen or king …

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People and Culture in Communication: A Quick Guide to Sociolinguistics

We all bring our own types of communicating into a relationship. One example of this between a man and a woman may be in how we make plans and include one another.

Man: Do you want to go out to dinner tonight?
Woman: I don't know. What do you want to do?
Man: I thought you wanted to go.
Woman: I do! But what do you want to do?

In this scenario, the man is offering to take the woman out to dinner, perhaps wanting to please his wife. He is a bit surprised by her response.

She, in turn, wants to be sensitive to his desire and make sure that they both want the same thing. She seems indecisive to him and he seems to be shutting down to her. They are both communicating according to the styles they learned growing up in each of their own households.

One person might be direct, the other indirect. It can drive us all crazy! But by understanding how we each communicate as individuals, we can (hopefully) lend a more generous ear in truly hearing what the other person is saying or wants to say. In this case, it is simply offering and accepting an invitation to dinner. Such a simple conversation can escalate into a ruined evening if communication breaks down.

Let's look at another way of communicating that can lead to other extremes. It's pretty safe to say we've all been in a conversation where one person is speaking rather loudly. The receiver of the conversation notices and starts to speak softer and quieter in an effort to tone down the volume. Before long, it becomes an extreme battle as the louder of the two wants the other person to speak up, and vise versa.

The same thing happens non-verbally when it comes to personal space. Stand next to someone who requires a lot of personal space and you will see them back up to keep the distance between you comfortable. This is across the board in terms of culture. Americans tend to like more space between them, say, than Asians do. Culture, population, upbringing and sexual orientation all contribute to communication quirks, mishaps and misunderstandings, which take some adjusting.

Along these lines, an English as a Second Language teacher in China sent a student off with her film to be developed at a nearby camera shop. The teacher was appalled when she saw her student walking around campus distributing the pictures to all of her friends and classmates.

"But I didn't get to see them first!" exclaimed the teacher.

Her student could not understand the negative reaction in a pace where privacy is virtually non-existent and sharing is natural and expected. It's one way the Chinese build relationships. The American teacher saw and felt this as a violation of herself, her privacy and ultimately of the friendship with her student.

Communicating with one another is sometimes like living in a different culture, even if it is in our own …

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