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City of LA to Dismiss Some Old Warrants, Fines and Minor Citation Fees

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and LAPD Chief Michel Moore today announced that they will seek to unclog the Court system of five plus year old, uncollectible minor citations and instead focus resources on bringing to justice fugitive misdemeanants charged with serious offenses.

Over 80% of the affected City’s cases have been referred to collection agencies.

“We’re taking action with our law enforcement partners today to focus on the most important public safety issues, help address root causes of poverty and homelessness and conserve Court resources,” said Feuer.

“For example, the new Fugitive Misdemeanant Recovery Program—combined with the recall of 150,000 warrants for minor infractions—will enable LAPD to concentrate on taking truly dangerous criminals off the street.”

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the initiative offers those facing fines for non-violent, low level offenses a second chance.

“This reprieve will help individuals struggling with homelessness and other types of economic challenges,” Lacey said. “Most importantly, we hope to make an impact that benefits the Court and allows us all to reallocate limited resources.”

“These are individuals who have not had contact with law enforcement for more than half a decade and whose only offense was a low-level, non-violent crime and failure to appear in court,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore.

“This new smart policing approach will allow the LAPD to focus precious resources pursuing those committing violence in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.”

In separate motions to the Los Angeles Superior Court, both the City Attorney and District Attorney, moved to suspend fines and fees for minor pedestrian, quality-of-life and moving violations.

In addition to recalling and quashing nearly 150,000 warrants, the City Attorney is moving to dismiss approximately 800,000 pending infraction citations (with 65% of those over 10 years old, and the oldest dating back to 1981).

In addition to recalling and quashing nearly 248,000 warrants, the District Attorney is moving to dismiss roughly 900,000 pending infraction citations (with 54% of those over 10 years old, and the oldest dating back to 1981).

Doing so will improve public safety, help stem the tide of poverty and homelessness, and conserve scarce judicial resources.

Photo: Richard Vogel Associated Press

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Trump’s Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

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Trump's Iran Conflict Has Americans Shopping for Bunkers

(TMZ) –The United States conflict with Iran has had Americans freaked the f**k out lately — and, accordingly, they’ve been looking far and wide to burrow themselves underground.

TMZ spoke with some of the best bunker retailers in the biz, and wouldn’t you know it … they say their sales and window shoppers have gone through the roof over the past week or so as missiles and nuke threats have been flying back and forth in the Middle East.

Let’s start with Rising S — which hawks pretty pricey shelters, ranging from $45k to a whopping $1 million. They tell us bunkers have been selling like hotcakes since Trump took out Gen. Soleimani. RS says they’ve sold 17 bomb shelters since then. A recent uptick of 150%.

Next is Hardened Structures … which sells some of the most expensive shelters — in the multi-million dollar range. Your average Joe probably can’t afford ’em, but they say they’ve had 12 inquires of late. Another surge.

President Trump says “the missiles fired last night (by Iran) were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”

Then we got a company called Vivos, which tells us they’ve had 1,000-plus inquiries for products in the last week alone, and 300-plus in a 24-hour period. They’ve even sold 20 “spots” in shelter communities they operate. Pretty wild, huh?

Here’s another crazy thing … all of the places we contacted say most of their recent potential buyers have cited Iran as the reason they were in the market.

We circled back after DT’s Tuesday AM speech, which seemed to be an attempt to deescalate things. Nonetheless, nobody’s canceled.

Take cover, y’all!!!

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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WeHo Tech Company Shows Off Water-Proof Earbuds at CES 2020

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WEST HOLLYWOOD — For 2020, EarFun will be releasing its second pair of headphones- the Air, a next-generation True Wireless earbuds experience serving as an enhanced version of their critically-acclaimed earbuds, the EarFun Free.

CNET selected the EarFun Free as one of the Best True Wireless Earbuds of 2019, and it was also recommended by both CNET and PCMag as a budget-conscious alternative to other brands.

The new earbuds have been recognized by CES 2020 (Consumer Electronics Show- in Las Vegas this year) for featuring proprietary water-proofing technology, a substantial improvement over the basic design requirements needed to achieve IPX7 certification, all designed by EarFun’s R&D. Attendees can get a sneak peek at the new earbuds.

Just over a year ago, EarFun emerged from the plethora of small audio brands. What has separated them from the newcomers is how quickly EarFun has solidified themselves as a curator of value-conscious audio. 

“We wanted to create something very comfortable for casual listening and secure enough for physical sports or exercise” said Directing head of EarFun, CEO and Founder White Wong, “Our research and development team have been dedicated to achieving a combination consisting of a perfect fit that is wireless and convenient, and produces great sound all at an affordable price.”

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New Year, New Data Privacy Rights: CA Setting the Standard for Consumers

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SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued an advisory for consumers highlighting their new rights as part of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into in effect on January 1, 2020.

The advisory describes consumers’ basic privacy rights under the CCPA and methods for consumers to exercise those rights, information about the data broker registry, and new guidelines related to data security. Enforcement of CCPA is the responsibility of the Office of the Attorney General.

“Knowledge is power, and in today’s world knowledge is derived from data. When it comes to your own data, you should be in control,” said Attorney General Becerra.

“In California we are rebalancing the power dynamic by putting power back in the hands of consumers. I encourage all Californians to take a moment to understand their new rights and exercise these rights to take control of their personal data.” 

CCPA grants new rights to California consumers

  • Right to know – Consumers may request that businesses disclose what personal information is collected, used, shared or sold by the business, in both categories and specific pieces of information;
  • Right to delete — Consumers may request that a business delete the consumer’s personal information held by both the business and by extension, the business’s service providers;
  • Right to opt-out —Consumers may direct a business to cease the sale of the consumer’s personal information. As required by the law, businesses must provide a “Do Not Sell” information link on their websites or mobile apps;
  • Rights for minors regarding opt-in consent — Children under the age of 16 must provide opt-in consent, with a parent or guardian consenting for children under 13; and
  • Right to non-discrimination — Businesses may not discriminate against consumers in terms of price or service when a consumer exercises a privacy right under CCPA.

Businesses subject to CCPA

Not all California businesses are subject to CCPA. A business is subject to CCPA if the business:

  • Has gross annual revenue in excess of $25 million;
  • Buys, receives, or sells the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices; or
  • Derives 50 percent or more of its annual revenues from selling consumers’ personal information.

In addition, as proposed by the draft regulations, businesses that handle the personal information of more than four million consumers will have additional record-keeping obligations.

Data Broker Registry 

As required by California Civil Code section 1798.99.80, a data broker must register with the Attorney General at oag.ca.gov/data-broker/register. The law mandates that a data broker shall pay a registration fee and provide information including primary physical, email, and internet website addresses, as well as any additional information or explanation the data broker chooses to provide concerning its data collection practices. The registry is accessible to consumers.

Consumers’ private right of action in the case of a data breach 

Businesses are required to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices to protect consumers’ personal information, and CCPA authorizes a consumer to institute a civil action if their personal information, as defined in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) of Section 1798.81.5 is subject to an unauthorized breach as a result of a business’s failure to reasonably secure this data.

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