STATIONS ASKED TO PULL BROWN'S TAX INITIATIVE ADS: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Opponents of Gov. Jerry Brown's November tax proposal are asking California television and radio stations to stop running ads they say make false claims.
Three TV ads that began airing this week for Proposition 30 say revenue from the temporary sales and income tax increases the governor seeks cannot be touched by Sacramento politicians. Yet that claim is at odds with an independent legislative analysis and Brown's previous statements.
In a letter sent Friday, the No on 30 campaign says stations should not be used "as a vehicle to mislead voters."
The budget signed by Brown earlier this year calls for $6 billion in cuts to K-12 schools and colleges if Proposition 30 fails, yet the additional tax revenue also would free up billions of dollars for general purposes.
TEENS FILE CLAIM SAYING COACH CONSPIRED IN HAZING: LA PUENTE (AP) — Four teenagers who say they were sexually hazed by soccer players at a Southern California high school have filed claims saying the coach and older players conspired to attack them and videotape the assaults.
Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott says detectives are investigating the allegations. The coach is on paid leave.
An attorney representing four students told reporters last week that the players were attacked after making the varsity team earlier this year.
The teens say the coach lured them to a back room at the school so they could be sexually assaulted, including sodomy.
MAN RE-PLEADS IN LA-AREA DOG KILLING, GETS JAIL: PASADENA (AP) — A man on trial for beating a dog to death with a hammer changed his plea to no contest after jurors were shown a videotape of the killing.
Forty-two-year-old Young Song of Pasadena pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog with a special allegation of using a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors say Song went into his neighbor's yard on April 20, 2011, shot the dog with a pellet gun and later beat it to death with a hammer. He removed the dog's body and it was never found.
The judge sentenced Song to three years of probation and a year in county jail. He must pay his neighbor $75 and can't have an animal for 10 years.
HORSE SHOT 58 TIMES WITH BB GUN FACING SURGERY: RANCHO PALOS VERDES (AP) — Someone fired 58 BB pellets into a Southern California horse named Calamity Jane.
The wounded 10-year-old mare wasn't expected to survive when it arrived at a Castaic shelter last month.
The horse had also been neglected by her owner and was taken by animal control officers to a shelter.
Stacey Cohen, who lives in Redondo Beach and keeps horses at Rancho Palos Verdes, says she was moved to adopt the horse two weeks ago because the shelter planned to put down the horse.
The mare's BB wounds are still bleeding and there's fear the lead pellets might poison her bloodstream.
Veterinarian Larry Kelly has offered to remove the BBs for free. Surgery is planned on Tuesday.