Morning Brief: Sheriff Villanueva Accused of Promoting ‘Code of Silence’ About Deputy ‘Cliques’

Also Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza sold, a UCLA professor wins the Nobel Prize, and more

» An Inspector General’s report accuses Sheriff Alex Villanueva of promoting a “code of silence” about “gang-like” deputy groups within his department. The report finds “substantial evidence” that one group, known as the Banditos, has actively disrupted operations at the East L.A. Sheriff’s Station and been linked to violence. [ABC Los Angeles]

» A 37-year-old woman identified as Kashmir Duran was arrested for attacking, biting, and yelling racial slurs at a Black security guard at the West Hollywood Pavilions grocery store. Duran could face felony charges. [KTLA]

» Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza will be sold to New York City-based developers for an undisclosed sum. The developers say they will consult with residents in the area before deciding on redevelopment plans. A previous bid by developer CIM Group to buy the property fell through earlier this year amid community outcry.  [Los Angeles Times]

» Willowbrook residents got a peek at the $70 million renovation of Magic Johnson Park on Tuesday. The project, one of the most largest investments in any L.A. County park, will include hundreds of new trees, walking trails, and a full education and conference center. It’s set to open to the public next month. [ABC Los Angeles]

» UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, making her only the fourth woman to be given the prizeShe received the honor for work done with UC Berkeley’s Reinhard Genzel to discover a massive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Dr. Roger Penrose of Oxford also shared the prize for separate work on the same subject. [The New York Times]


» Some Los Angeles Voters Got Mail-In Ballots with No Presidential Candidates A small snafu at the registrar-recorder’s office led to a batch of ballots being sent out without a very important component

» Stephen Miller, Architect of Trump’s Immigration Policy, Tests Positive for COVID-19 The Santa Monica High School graduate is reportedly one of at least 34 people in Trump’s orbit who’ve tested positive

» Pasadena’s Own Guitar God Eddie Van Halen Has Passed Away at 65 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee battled with cancer for a decade


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