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POSTED June 20, 2012 8:34 p.m.

NOOSE FOUND ON DAVIS HIGH SCHOOL GOAL POST: DAVIS  (AP) — City leaders in Davis are angrily denouncing the hanging of a noose at a local high school while police search for whoever was responsible.

Davis High School principal Jacquelyn Moore tells The Sacramento Bee that the rubberized noose was found suspended from a football goal post at the school on Friday.

Moore called the discovery "demoralizing" and the person or people who put up the symbol of racism "broken."

Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov tells The Bee that officers do not have evidence the noose was directed at a particular target, but the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

Community activist Jann Murray-Garcia notes that the noose was found just ahead of Juneteenth, the June 19 commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

GROWTH-CHANNELING CHANGES OK'D FOR HOLLYWOOD: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has approved zoning changes for Hollywood that could plant more towers in Tinseltown — and some critics say that threatens their million-dollar views.

The Los Angeles Times says the council voted 13-0 Tuesday to approve revised zoning guidelines and allow larger buildings around subway stations and bus routes. Areas of Sunset and Hollywood boulevards could see much larger and denser residential and commercial projects.

The changes are aimed at channeling Hollywood's growth around transit hubs. At the same time, limits would be placed on development in the Hollywood Hills and in historic and single-family neighborhoods.

However, some in the hills say the growth would spoil their views and cause more traffic jams. Some opponents say they may sue to block the zoning changes.

CA MAN TO BE TRIED FOR TEEING OFF ON CHIHUAHUA: RIVERSIDE  (AP) — Prosecutors say a Southern California retiree charged with using a golf club to kill a Chihuahua has been ordered to stand trial for one count of felony animal cruelty.

A statement Wednesday said Witnesses told investigators 58-year-old to Larry Jaurequi hit the dog as if driving a golf ball off a tee, sending the 6-pound animal through the air on Jan. 26 in the Riverside County community of Menifee.

The dog, named Lily, died of a lacerated liver and broken bones.

Jaurequi pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty with an enhancement alleging he used a deadly weapon. He could be sentenced to four years in prison if convicted.

Defense lawyer Paul Grech has said Jaurequi has an unfortunate history with dogs, noting he was attacked by a dog years ago.

COMMITTEE REJECTS CALIF. 911 CALL PRIVACY BILL: SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A state Senate committee has rejected a bill spurred in part by the release of 911 tapes involving Demi Moore.

The bill by Assemblywoman Norma Torres would have barred the news media from getting 911 emergency call audio tapes and transcripts.

Torres, a former emergency dispatcher, was upset with the release of the call describing the actress as shaking and convulsing in a January medical emergency. The Democrat from Pomona says her bill, AB1275, would protect patient privacy.

It cleared the Assembly but failed Tuesday in the Senate Public Safety Committee after news organizations objected.

Meanwhile, Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a Democrat from Los Angeles, has withdrawn AB2299. His Assembly-approved bill could have removed the home addresses of current and former law enforcement officers and judges from public property records.

PEBBLE BEACH DEVELOPMENT GETS FINAL OK: PEBBLE BEACH . (AP) — A scaled-back development plan by a Clint Eastwood-backed group on a breathtaking swath of coastal real estate has cleared its final hurdle, after decades of environmental fights.

Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously that Pebble Beach Co. does not have to build affordable housing near the same Del Monte Forest site where it will build up to 100 homes. The Monterey Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Mi4Yze) the company must help find another location for low-income housing and pay a $5 million in-lieu fee.

Last month, the California Coastal Commission approved the company's development plan, which also includes a new, 100-unit hotel on the former site of Spyglass Quarry and the expansion of its current Lodge at Pebble Beach.

The compromise with coastal regulators ended the battle over the pristine land near the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

PET SHOP OWNER FACES ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE: SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego County man has been charged with animal cruelty after authorities say they found puppies, dogs, a 7-foot python and other animals kept in poor conditions at his pet shops.

Johnson Tan Le of El Cajon pleaded not guilty Tuesday to more than a dozen counts of animal cruelty. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Le has a 2004 conviction for animal mistreatment as a pet shop operator. In March, authorities seized 117 animals from his home and from two pet shops in San Diego. Le also operated a pet shop in Oceanside.

 

REGULATORS DELAY DECISION ON NUCLEAR PLANT PROBE: LOS ANGELES (AP) — California utility regulators are delaying a decision on whether to launch an investigation into the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant.

The twin reactor plant between Los Angeles and San Diego has been shut down for nearly five months after the discovery of excessive wear on tubing that carries radioactive water.

A Public Utility Commission meeting agenda shows the panel intended to consider an order Thursday to launch a probe into the shutdown and its possible impact on electricity rates for customers of Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Commission spokesman Christopher Chow said Wednesday that the proposal is not finished and is being postponed until Aug. 2.

MORE THAN 100 CATS FOUND AT MADERA MAN'S HOME: MADERA AP) — Madera County authorities are trying to find homes for more than 100 cats discovered in a home after their owner died.

The Fresno Bee  says 154 cats and seven dogs were found in a ranch home in Madera last week.

The owner, a 58-year-old man, was lying dead in the backyard, apparently from natural causes. A pit bull was guarding his body.

Madera County animal control director Kirsten Gross says most of the animals were in good condition but 10 cats had to be destroyed.

The rest are available for adoption.

PASADENA COLLEGE FIRES OFFICIAL IN BRIBERY CASE: PASADENA  (AP) — Pasadena City College officials say they've fired a high-ranking school official named in an ongoing criminal bribery probe.

In a statement Wednesday, spokesman Juan Gutierrez says the board voted in closed session to end the contract with Vice President of Administrative Services Richard Van Pelt, effective immediately.

Gutierrez says the board also was given a recommendation to terminate the contract with Board Facilities Services Supervisor Alfred Hutchings.

The county's criminal investigation focuses on solicitation of bribes for a competitive contract for the school last year.

The contract was never awarded. Prosecutors received a complaint in March. Officials are also investigating other campus contracts for impropriety.

Hutchings remains on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

 

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