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CITY NEWS SERVICE: City Council Fights Back Against Swatting

November 12, 2013

LOS ANGELES - A motion that combats the perpetrators of “swatting” was given final approval by the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, November 6.

Motion 13-0430 was authored by Councilman Paul Koretz, who presented the motion in April. The new ordinance is designed to amend Section 19.123 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code, which itself allows the City Council to offer rewards that lead to the arrest of “the willful misconduct of one or more persons,” according to the Administrative Code.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Our Town: The saga of Santa Monica Airport

November 12, 2013

On Oct. 31, City Hall filed a complaint against the Federal Aviation Administration in federal court to establish the city’s right to control the future use of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) property. If City Hall wins, subsequent land use decisions will have a tremendous impact on residents in both Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

MARINA DEL REY ARGONAUT: City sues feds for control of Santa Monica Airport

November 07, 2013

Some activists and officials are pushing for flight restrictions or even a total airpstrip closure

By Gary Walker
With some residents pushing for reduced flight operations at Santa Monica Airport and others calling for the airfield’s conversion to a public park, Santa Monica officials filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration last week seeking control of the property.

LARCHMONT CHRONICLE: Hollywood Schoolhouse

November 01, 2013

By Isabel Arroyo 6th Grade

The Hollywood Schoolhouse was very proud to host a Los Angeles Regional Anti-Bullying Kick Off event in October that began a month-long focus on byllying in Los Angeles. Hollywood Schoolhouse 4th graders discussed the adverse effects of bullying with California State Senator Ted Lieu, along with representatives from local TV and radio stations. They also discussed how other schools can stop bullying in their own environments.

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Phony 9-1-1 calls - L.A. OKs rewards to combat ‘swatting’

October 31, 2013

By Rick Orlov

Even with tougher state laws on the books and a sharp decline in the number of incidents, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a plan calling for rewards as needed to help track down those responsible for “swatting.”

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: Restoring arts for inmates a solution to California’s overcrowded prisons: Guest commentary

October 23, 2013

By Tim Robbins and Ted Lieu, Can theater help solve California’s prison overcrowding crisis? The answer is yes.

THE COLLEGIAN AT FRESNO STATE: Law punishes sex offenders who cut GPS devices

October 23, 2013

By Crystal Deniz

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new bill on Oct. 12 that requires sex offenders to spend 180 days in jail for tampering with the GPS device they are fitted with before they are released on parole.

TORRANCE DAILY BREEZE: State Sen. Ted Lieu pushes Craigslist to crack down on prescription drug ads

October 22, 2013

By Brenda Gazzar, Los Angeles Daily News

Chris Bell couldn’t stand the intense pain he felt after a failed hip surgery nearly seven years ago, he said, and he soon found himself addicted to prescription painkillers.

SANTA MONICA DAILY PRESS: Gov. Brown signs Lieu Legislation

October 14, 2013

By Greg Asciutto

SACRAMENTO- Gov. Brown signs Lieu legislation Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills authored by State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) over the weekend, all of which will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Senate Bill 57 establishes severe penalties for registered sex offenders who remove or disable monitoring devices assigned to them as a condition of parole. If convicted of disarming their devices, first-time offenders face 180 days of parole revocation in county jail.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Gov. Brown targets sex offenders who remove tracking devices

October 14, 2013

By Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SACRAMENTO -- Sex offenders on parole who remove their electronic tracking bracelets will no longer be eligible for early release from county jail under legislation signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Early release has been common in some counties with their own severe jail crowding problems, but the legislation by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) will mandate that those who remove GPS devices be sentenced to 180 days and require that the sex offender serve the entire parole revocation in county jail.