Last Update: Thursday, December 05, 2013
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 03 October 2013 05:56|
Registration Opens for LA Marathon
(CNS) - Registration has opened for the 2014 LA Marathon. A discounted entry fee of $150 will be available through Oct. 31. The price will increase to $160 on Nov. 1.
Runners can register at the race's website, lamarathon. com.
The marathon will be held March 9.
The 2013 race sold out, with a capacity field of 24,000 runners from all 50 states and 61 nations, organizers said.
"It is our experience that when a race sells out, the demand increases exponentially for the event the next year,'' LA Marathon LLC Chief Executive Tracey Russell said.
"We are preparing for an even earlier sell-out for the 2014 race and encourage runners to sign up now and begin their training.''
Runners registering for the marathon may also sign up for the race's official training program, LA Roadrunners, which combines training with an educational program to help participants fulfill their marathon goals.
Man Charged With Toddler's Death
(CNS) - A Palmdale man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter was charged with murder and assault.
Matthew Albert Worthen, 23, was ordered to remain jailed on $1 million bail while awaiting arraignment Oct. 16 in Lancaster Superior Court, where he is charged with one count each of murder and assault on a child causing death.
Worthen allegedly assaulted the girl, who is identified in the criminal complaint as Zanai N., while the toddler was left in his care Sept. 22, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The girl appeared to be having difficulty breathing when her mother returned home, and the toddler was taken to a local hospital, where she died, according to prosecutors.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison, according to the District Attorney's Office.
(CNS) - Palmdale officials said they will appeal a judge's finding that the city's method of electing City Council members by a citywide vote rather than through individual districts is keeping black and Hispanic candidates out of office.
The Northern Los Angeles County city violates the California Voting Rights Act by using an election format that dilutes the influence of minority voters, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney wrote in his decision.
According to Palmdale officials, absentee ballots are in circulation to voters and some have already been cast. The ruling would prevent tabulation and the certification of the outcome, officials say.
Palmdale City Attorney Matthew Ditzhazy called Mooney's decision "wildly unprecedented and radical'' as well as contrary to the Elections Code.
"Since Palmdale's election has already begun, we encourage those to have received their absentee ballots to vote and mail in their ballots,'' Ditzhazy said. "There has never been a reported case in California where a Superior Court judge has enjoined a regularly scheduled election five weeks before people are scheduled to go to the polls.''
In the ruling, Mooney said he didn't consider voter turnout or the effectiveness of past campaigns, only voting patterns. He pointed out that intent to discriminate is not required to prove a violation.
"Plaintiffs' evidence established that racially polarized voting occurred in the city council elections for the City of Palmdale,'' he wrote
(CNS) - A 32-year-old motorcyclist was killed Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, in a collision on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Van Nuys.
The crash occurred at 2:38 p.m. just north of Burbank Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi.
The CHP identified the motorcyclist as a Van Nuys man who was riding a 2007 Honda.
For reasons not known, the motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle and was struck by the right side tires of the big rig, according to the CHP. He died at the scene.
The driver of the big rig was identified as 66-year-old Rafael Mendez of El Paso, Texas.
Newborn Girl Surrendered
(CNS) - A newborn girl dropped off at a hospital in Lancaster was the seventh unwanted baby received by the county through the Safe Surrender program this year, said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe.
The girl, dropped off Monday, Sept. 30,will be cared for by social workers and put up for adoption by the county's Department of Children and Family Services.
"Last week, we launched a new Safe Surrender outreach campaign with a message to desperate mothers that 'there is a better choice,"" Knabe said.
"This mother made the better choice by safely surrendering her baby at a hospital, and now her child has a chance to be part of a loving family."
The baby is the 110th given to the county since the program started by Knabe began more than 12 years ago.
Smuggled Jail Drugs
(CNS) - A civilian laundry supervisor at the Pitchess Detention Facility was arrested for allegedly bringing narcotics into the jail.
Juan Ortiz, 55, who had worked for the sheriff 's department for 13 years, was arrested at Pitchess' South Facility by detectives from the sheriff 's Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.
He allegedly was in possession of four ounces of methamphetamine and heroin and syringes, said sheriff 's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Ortiz resigned from the department immediately after he was arrested, Whitmore said.
Ortiz was booked at the sheriff 's Santa Clarita jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.