PROPOSAL TO PROTECT HOMELESS FROM DISCRIMINATION; SACRAMENTO . (AP) — A California lawmaker wants to protect the homeless from discrimination.
Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says state law already protects residents from discrimination based on sex, race, religion and sexual orientation and he says homelessness should be added to the list.
Ammiano's "Homeless Bill of Rights," Assembly Bill 5, is aimed at communities that try to drive out homeless people who have nowhere to turn.
Sacramento, for instance, has battled homeless tent encampments for years. And San Francisco voters passed an ordinance banning sitting or lying on sidewalks.
Ammiano's proposal would give legal protection to people engaging in life-sustaining activities on public property. That includes sleeping, congregating, panhandling and urinating.
POWERFUL STINK FROM SALTON SEA COULD BE MONITORED: SALTON SEA (AP) — Southern California air quality officials say they may approve a $200,000 system to track the stink of rotting fish and eggs emanating from the sulfurous waters of the Salton Sea.
Spokesman Sam Atwood told The Desert Sun monitoring levels of hydrogen sulfide in the area could help officials establish an action plan and notify the public of pending odor problems in the future.
Officials received more than 235 complaints of a foul, powerful odor after a thunderstorm Sept. 9 churned up the lower sulfurous water layers. The smell was detected across Southern California and in Arizona.
Environmental groups urged further action to mitigate the odors, saying federal air quality standards weren't being met in nearby rural communities.
EX-LYNWOOD SCHOOL OFFICIAL GETS PRISON TERM: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Lynwood school official who misappropriated $700,000 in district money has been sentenced to eight years in state prison.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say William Agopian of Santa Ana was sentenced Friday and ordered to repay the money.
Agopian is the former chief business officer for the Lynwood Unified School District. He acknowledged diverting money from a bank account that was created to fund a sister-city trip to Mexico for Lynwood students.
Agopian pleaded guilty in November to misappropriation of public funds and filing a false tax return.
3RD TRIAL FOR MOM IN REVENGE KILLING OF GANG RIVAL: LONG BEACH (AP) — A Southern California mother who drove her teenage son and his friends to a park to kill a 13-year-old gang rival is facing a third trial.
Prosecutors have charged 35-year-old Eva Daley with first-degree murder for the June 2007 stabbing death of Jose Cano in a Long Beach park.
Cano was a bitter rival of the woman's 14-year-old son and prosecutors say she wanted revenge because Cano allegedly stabbed her son earlier.
Daley's 2008 murder conviction was overturned two years later by an appellate court that ruled jurors got what justices called "impermissibly ambiguous" instructions.
A mistrial was declared last month in a second trial because of a jury deadlock.
A Long Beach judge on Thursday set her third trial for late February.
BODY OF MISSING MAN FOUND IN SUV AT SUPERMARKET: FALLBROOK (AP) — Authorities in San Diego County say a man missing for two weeks has been found dead inside an SUV in a supermarket parking lot.
The body was discovered Thursday evening in a Toyota 4Runner at an Albertsons market in Fallbrook.
The family of 24-year-old Alvin Bulaoro reported locating the car. Family members say they'd been looking for him since Dec. 21.
The body was wrapped in a sleeping bag in the backseat of the SUV. Authorities say there were signs of trauma and the death is considered suspicious.
SHOOTING VICTIM APPARENTLY DROVE SELF TO HOSPITAL: NORWALK (AP) — Los Angeles County authorities say a man who suffered multiple wounds in a shooting in Norwalk died after apparently driving himself to a hospital.
Sheriff's Deputy Don Walker tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram (http://bit.ly/TBk9Kx) that deputies responded around 4 a.m. Wednesday to a report of shots fired on Gard Avenue, near Rosecrans Avenue.