• HAYASHI TO RUN FOR VACANT ALAMEDA COUNTY SEAT: SAN JOSE (AP) — California Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi says she’s planning to run for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Nadia Lockyer.
Hayashi — who is on probation after pleading no contest in January to charges that she shoplifted from a Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco — has filed papers indicating her intent to run for supervisor in the November election.
The Democrat from Hayward said her opponents would try to use the shoplifting incident to what she termed “smear” her.
The 45-year-old Hayashi has said that she inadvertently walked out of the store with the items.
Nadia Lockyer, the wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, resigned in April as county supervisor after her problems with substance abuse and marital troubles played out publicly.
Bill Lockyer has since filed for divorce.
• FEINSTEIN: ELECTION YEAR NOT IDEAL FOR GUN DEBATE: SAN FRANCISCO: (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the nation needs to have a “sane” discussion on gun control and ban military-style assault weapons. But the California Democrat acknowledges that probably won’t happen before the November election.
Feinstein tells “Fox News Sunday” that “people haven’t rallied” in years because of the power and reach of the gun lobby, and that with the election looming, “it’s a bad time to embrace a new subject.”
President Barack Obama called for reinstating the ban during his 2008 presidential campaign. But since his election, he hasn’t worked to get that done or back other proposals.
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson challenged Feinstein on Fox by saying the issue wasn’t about guns, but rather “sick, demented individuals.” Feinstein disagreed, saying “people use these weapons because they can get them.”
• DEMONSTRATORS PROTEST ANAHEIM POLICE SHOOTING: ANAHEIM (AP) — The police chief in Anaheim says two officers have been placed on leave after they were involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man that led to a violent clash between witnesses and police.
Protesters burst into the Anaheim Police headquarters’ lobby Sunday as Chief John Welter held a news conference to discuss what happened the night before.
He said 24-year-old Manuel Diaz was shot in front of an apartment complex following a foot chase. He said what led one of the officers to shoot Diaz is under investigation.
The shooting sparked a melee in the neighborhood as some threw rocks and bottles at police. Officers fired rubber bullets and pepper spray to suppress the crowd.
• RIVERSIDE COUNTY DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN, SAVES BABY: MORENO VALLEY (AP) — A Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a domestic violence suspect who was holding a knife to a baby’s throat.
The Riverside Press Enterprise says deputies were summoned to a Moreno Valley home by a woman who said she feared her boyfriend would harm her child.
Deputy Robert Martinez says an officer repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop the knife, but he did not comply. Martinez says the officer, fearing for the child’s life, opened fire, striking the suspect.
The newspaper says the baby was treated at the scene for serious injuries and then transported to a hospital. Sheriff’s officials released no information about the baby’s injuries or updated condition on Sunday.
The suspect was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.
• DEPUTIES THINK JACKSON SAFE AFTER REPORTED MISSING: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said Sunday they believe Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and the guardian of his three minor children, is safe in Arizona with family members after she was reported missing.
The disclosure came after another concerned family member officially reported her missing Saturday night amid a dispute over the estate of her superstar son.
A person familiar with Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts said she is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona and following a doctor’s orders to rest. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch was reported missing by a relative on Saturday night.
• 2 WORKERS KILLED IN CRASH ON LA FREEWAY: TORRANCE (AP) — Two suspected drunken drivers were involved in a collision early Sunday that killed two road workers and forced the closure of a major Southern California freeway, authorities said.
A blue Ford Explorer rear-ended a black Lexus SUV at 3:35 a.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway in Torrance, sending the Lexus spinning out of control into a construction zone, California Highway Patrol Officer Dion Conley said.
The Ford overturned. The Lexus slammed into drilling equipment being used in an asphalt retrofitting project.
Two road workers, both men, were struck and killed. Their names were withheld pending notification of family.