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Randy Economy and Brian Hews are "two of the best" Investigative Reporters in all of Southern California. They are responsible for uncovering the biggest 'political pay to pay scandal' in the HISTORY of Los Angeles County government, deep inside the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office. Randy and Brian's work has been featured on Fox News, NBC LA, CBS/KCAL, KTLK-AM 1150, The Mark Isler Show, The David Cruz Show, Univision Radio Network, KTLA News, Los Angeles Times, LA Daily News, KFI Talk Radio, KABC Talk Radio, KABC Eyewitness News and dozens of other media outlets across America. He is the On-Line Editor for Hews Media Group who publishes Los Cerritos Community Newspaper and the La Mirada Lamplighter. If you are interested in interviewing Randy and Brian for your news program, radio talk show, etc., drop an email to Randy@CerritosNews.net, or call 562 407-3873 during regular business hours. Thanks for all of your AMAZING SUPPORT and INTEREST! America's community newspapers are the BACK bone of a FREE MEDIA. Los Cerritos Community Newspaper can be found at www.loscerritosnews.net. Investigative Reporting is becoming a "lost art" here in the United States. Randy Economy and Brian Hews are determined to "keep politicians" on their toes and accountable.

Friday, December 31, 2010

MIKE HAYWOOD: New University of Pittsburgh Football Coach Arrested for Domestic Violence in South Bend, Indiana. If this is true, "what was he thinkin?"

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Coach Mike Haywood:  Is this man capable of the charges he now faces?  Hummmm...


St. Joseph County Jail: Temporary Home of Pitt Head Football  Coach
By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.con
December 31, 2010
4:25 p.m. (Left Coast Time Zone)


South Bend, IN

University of Pittsburgh Football Head Coach Mike Haywood is in jail this New Years Eve.  Amazing details coming out of South Bend, Indiana, that Haywood,  has been arrested for domestic violence.

Here is the scoop:

St. Joseph County Police say Haywood was arrested around 4 p.m. Friday at a home in the 50000 block of Hawthorne Meadow Drive.  He has a child with the woman living there.  Haywood is the former head coach at the University of Miami (Ohio).  See above You Tube Video for one of his "classic" locker room rants.

Police say there was a custody issue and the woman attempted to leave, and this is when police say a "physical altercation" broke out.

YIKES.  The woman, (her name is not be released due to the fact that she is a possible victim of Domestic Violence)  told police Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her.  The victim apparently suffered bruising and "red marks" on her arms.  Haywood is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail until his arraignment on Monday, or until a judge-requested bond is granted.

I just watched this clip from You Tube.  What do you think?  Hit my comment section.If these charges turn out to be true, what should the University of Pittsburgh do? 
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2011 PASADENA ROSE PARADE LINE UP! All 98 ENTRIES ARE GETTING READY FOR COLORADO BOULEVARD!

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Paula Deen is the "GRAND DAME OF THE PARADE!"
By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 31, 2010
UPDATED AT 11:35 a.m.

Pasadena, CA

Here is the Official Line Up for the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.  GET UP EARLY!  Parade Begins at 8 a.m. (PST) TOMORROW,  January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  BTW.  Next year, I should become the "official Blogger" for the Tournament of Roses Parade.  Just throwin' it out there Red Suiters.  Happy New Year!  Also, look for a FLYOVER of the B2 Stealth Bomber.  This is AWESOME to see in person, year in and year out!

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      1.Theme Float
2.       Grand Marshall Paula Deen
3.       AMERICAN HONDA
4.       Military Flyover
5.       Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard
6.       West Coast Composite Marine Band
7.       KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL
8.       Southwest DeKalb High School Band
9.       Tournament of Roses President
10.   DISCOVER FIANCIAL SERVICES
11.   BAYER ADVANCED
12.   MEDIEVAL TIMES HORSES
13.   QUIKERETE COSTRUCTION
14.   CAL POLY UNIVERSITY’S
15.   All-Birdville High Schools Band
16.   Scripps Miramar Saddlebreds
17.   US BANK FLOAT
18.   Pasadena City College Herald Trupets
19.   2011 Rose Queen and Court sponsored by Macys
20.   The Giddy Up Gals
21.   Mayor of Pasadena Bill Boagard
22.   DONATE LIFE FLOAT
23.   Central-Carroll High School Band
24.   US Army Ft. Hood Cavalry
25.   FARMERS INSURANCE FLOAT
26.   UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FLOAT
27.   University of Wisconsin Marching Band
28.   ODD FELLOWS AND REBEKAHS FLOAT
29.   WESTERN ASSET FLOAT
30.   2010 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Inductees
31.   RFD-TD FLOAT
32.   TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FLOAT
33.   Texas University Marching Band
34.   CITY OF WEST COVINA
35.   The Shrine Riders
36.   DOLE FRUITS FLOAT
37.   Los Angeles Unified School District HS Band
38.   Valley Hunt Club Hitch and Riders
39.   NATURAL BALANCE PET FOODS FLOAT
40.   Wells Fargo Stagecoach
41.   Banda Musical Delfines Band
42.   Benny Martinez Family Equestrian
43.   SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
44.   LUTHERAN LAYMAN’S LEAGUE
45.   Pasadena City College Band
46.   Southern California Peruvian Paso Horse Club
47.   ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION AND PIFER FLOAT
48.   LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL FLOAT
49.   West Carolina University Marching Band
50.   CUNARD CRUISE LINE FLOAT
51.   Spirit of the West Riders
52.   RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY FOUNDATION
53.   All American Cowgirl Chicks
54.   ROTARY INTERNATIONAL FLOAT
55.   The Salvation Army Band
56.   Region One Arabians
57.   CITY OF LOS ANGELES FLOAT
58.   North Japan Honor Green Band
59.   Victorian Roses Ladies Riding Society
60.   CHINA AIRLINES FLOAT
61.   CITY OF ALHAMBRA FLOAT
62.   New Buffalo Soldiers
63.   CITY OF SIERRA MADRE FLOAT
64.   Albertville High School Band
65.   UNO FLOAT
66.   MESSINA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
67.   Marching Sound Machine Band
68.   CITY OF SOUTH PASADENA FLOAT
69.   Tommie Turvey’s Movie Horses
70.   KAISER PERMANTE FLOAT
71.   ANHEUSER-BUSCH FLOAT
72.   Lindberg High School Marching Band
73.   TRADER JOES FLOAT
74.   Londonberry High School Marching Band
75.   CITY OF DOWNEY FLOAT
76.   Wild West Willie
77.   Kern County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse
78.   NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA FLOAT
79.   Dowingtown High School Band
80.   CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS FLOAT
81.   CITY OF BURBANK FLOAT
82.   Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation
83.   SAVING AMERICA’S MUSTANGS FLOAT
84.   Owasso High School Marching Band
85.   HGTV FLOAT
86.   CITY OF TORRANCE FLOAT
87.   Cowgirls Historical Foundation
88.   CITY OF GLENDALE FLOAT
89.   Wyoming High School Marching Band
90.   Long Beach Mounted Police
91.   CITY OF LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE FLOAT
92.   The Pipes and Drums of California State Firefighters Association
93.   California State Firefighters Association
94.   LA COUNTY FIREMAN’S BENEFIT AND WELFARE ASSOCIATION FLOAT
95.   CDF Firefighters Pipes and Drums
96.   Upland High School Marching Band
97.   CITY OF DUARTE/CITY OF HOPE FLOAT
98.   Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Below: The All Birdville Marching Band preps for Colorado Boulevard!  Go GETTEM!
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BILLY THE KID REFUSED PARDON BY NEW MEXICO GUV. BILL RICHARDSON! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Billy the Kid (1860 – 1881).Image via WikipediaBy Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 31, 2010
4:20 a.m.

New Mexico, CA

Governor Bill Richardson has officially said NO to the "pardon" request of the legendary Billy The Kid.

Yep.  Western justice has prevailed in this well known case that took place more than 130 years ago.  

Richardson, is one of my favorite political figures in America.  I wish he would have been elected President in 2008. 

This "possible" Billy The Kid "pardon" situation was a very public event in New Mexico during the past several years.

Over the past eight years Governor Richardson received dozens of communiqu├ęs regarding a pardon of Henry McCarty, a/k/a Henry Antrim, a/k/a William H. Bonney, a/k/a “Billy the Kid.”

The widespread belief that in return for damning testimony which The Kid provided at a later murder trial, a pardon was promised – but never granted – by then-New Mexico Territorial Governor Lew Wallace for earlier actions committed by The Kid during the Lincoln County Wars in New Mexico in the latter half of the 19th century.

Specifically this "Pardon"  issue revolves around The Kid’s alleged role in the killing of one Sheriff William Brady, a suspected operative of a rival faction during the Wars.

Richardson is out of office after today.  He made his announcement on Good Morning America just a couple of minutes ago.  As soon as a clip of his appearance hits GMA here on the West Coast, I will put it up on my blog.

So, is this okay with you?  Has Justice been carried out?  What do you think about Governor Richardson's take on this situation?  Hit my comment section below!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

2011 PASADENA TOURNAMENT OF ROSES: THE HOURS ARE COUNTING DOWN! CROWDS BEGIN TO ARRIVE and ONE RECORD SETTING FLOAT IS GOING TO THE DOGS...LITERALLY!

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By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 30, 2010
12:01 a.m.

Pasadena, CA

Let the countdown clock begin.

It is total madness over in the "Float Tents" in Pasadena and Azusa and surrounding "hoods." Literally thousands of volunteers (known as "Pedal Pushers") are sticking hundreds of tons of flowers, seeds, bark, glue and wonderment to more than five dozen super cool works of art we here call "floats."

This is PERFECT Pasadena Parade weather. Yep. Cold. Into the 30's tonight. We had a great day of rain. The flowers are literally "popping" in all the right places. Looks like sunshine on New Years Morning.  Bundle up.  Don't be cold, be cool.

The Marching Bands are also getting rested and prepared to march over 5 1/2 long miles in ultra cold weather that his expected for the 8 a.m. start of the parade.

The horses are also getting ready for their final "grooming sessions" and thousands of fans have already begun to camp out to get their front row seat. Great festival over at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center today featuring all the amazing and talented horses and their riders!  (My best pick are the Buffalo Solider Riders).

COOLEST FLOAT EVER?
Look for the coolest float in the 2011 Rose Parade to be the massive entry from Natural Balance Pet Food.  It could be the "coolest" float in the history of the 100 plus year extravaganza.Yep.  It is going to be a record setter.  (Biggest, largest, and heaviest float to ever to chug down Colorado Boulevard).

Floating down Colorado Boulevard, literally.....
The float will feature world famous skating bulldogs Tillman and Rose.  Joining them will be a half dozen skim boarders and a team of Dock Diving Dogs. Yep. Cowabunga dude.  This mega float is all about water. Pools of dogs diving, skim boardin' and just having a total blast while a billion humans watch them via television, and the Internet.

The theme of the Natural Balance Float is apply called  "Havin' a Splash". Thousands of wanna be "doggie" divers auditioned to be part of this entry.  Mega amazing Jim Hynd from Fiesta Parade Floats is the mastermind behind this record setting float.

Here are a few of the impressive stats on this bad boy:

  • 104 Feet Long (Biggest ever, a world record)
  • 18 Feet wide
  • 26 Feet tall
  • 84,300 TOTAL POUNDS
  • Two independent steering systems
  • Portable heating system for the swimming pool
  • Tens of Thousands of flowers, Gerber daises, roses, seeds
  • 12 dogs
  • 2 human drivers (not seen, at the front and the back)

Wow.  BTW.  If this float sinks along Colorado Boulevard, since it is so heavy, look for a real dog eat dog controversy to break out.  Stay tuned.
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CHARLES "CHUCK" DAVIS: Orange County Businessman Surrenders to FBI after being Indicted in $2.4 Million Investment Fraud Case. Released on bail. Are you a victim?

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The Seal of the United States Federal Bureau o...Image via WikipediaFrom the FBI here in Los Angeles!

SANTA ANA, CA—An Irvine man pleaded not guilty this afternoon after surrendering this morning to special agents with the FBI in an investment scheme case that allegedly involved losses totaling $2.4 million.
Charles “Chuck” Davis, 53, was taken into custody without incident this morning and was arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court. After pleading not guilty, Davis was released on a $160,000 bond and was ordered to stand trial on February 22.
   Davis was named in a 10-count indictment returned last Wednesday by a federal grand jury. The indictment alleges that Davis operated an investment scam involving the Newport Beach-based LifeRight Holdings, Inc.
 According to promises made by Davis, LifeRight was going to develop and use infomercials to market a product to combat child obesity.
   Davis signed agreements with investorsPrivate Placement Memoranda (PPM)—that provided for 15 percent interest on the investment over a 13-month period. The PPMs also called for investors to receive royalties on products sold and an option to convert the investment into shares of LifeRight stock when the company began selling product.
   The indictment alleges that investor funds were not used in the manner set forth in the PPMs. Instead, Davis used investor funds for personal expenses, including payments to himself, family members, and girlfriends; clothing, jewelry, and other consumer items; rent, utilities and credit card payments; and legal fees to lawyers representing Davis in lawsuits brought against him.
    As a result of the scheme, the indictment alleges that Davis caused approximately 40 investors to lose more than $2.4 million.
   In addition to LifeRight Holdings, Davis owned, controlled or was affiliated with LifeRight Holdings International, Inc.; LifeRight Worldwide, Inc.; American Membership Systems, Inc.; Solomon Davis Financial Group, Inc.; Forward Area, Inc.; Arcane Communications, Inc.; CJ Davis, Inc.; Arcane Communications; and Hawk Management Group.
   The indictment accuses Davis of two counts of mail fraud, five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. If he is convicted of all 10 counts in the indictment, Davis would face a statutory maximum sentence of 170 years in federal prison.
   An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in court. The case against Davis was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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JAMMED PACKED: Disneyland sells out two days in a row. It is the "Most Crowded Place on Earth."

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Above: The Pasadena City College Honor Band performing at Disneyland on Tuesday night.

By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
Trapped inside Disneyland.  Been there, done that.
December 28, 2010
4 a.m.

Anaheim. CA

Call it the Most Crowded Place on Earth. Or, It's NOT SUCH a SMALL WORLD, after all. Or, How Dumbo are Tourist?  Or my favorite, Stand In Line All Day long for $200 and Go No Where.

It has been mass confusion at Disneyland during the past two days. You know, it was bound to happen. For the first time in 55 years of operation, Disneyland was filled to capacity, just two hours after opening on Tuesday, and it was also the second day in a row that the Magic Kingdom here in our hood was forced to turn potential guests away because of overcrowding.


Look for hundreds of thousands of fans from Wisconsin and Texas Christian University to be arriving in LA for this weekends Rose Bowl.  Yep. All those travel delays have put everyone back a couple of days this week.  What a mess.

The freeway traffic and streets around Disneyland are totally packed.   Today and Thursday is going to bring lots of rain and wicked winds to So Cal.  So, be careful when you ride the "Matterhorn Bob Sleds," you know, the one in Fantasy Land, not those up at Big Bear Lake.

Welcome to the OC!  BTW. How many peeps can fit into Disneyland?  My sources say it can fit around 80,000 MAXIMUM.  BTW.  The Rose Bowl in Pasadena can fit over 106,000 people for a football game.  So, that gives you a hint....
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Remembering Douglas and Steven Uselton: Emotional funeral held for son and father killed by drunk driver at Seacoast Grace Church in Cypress.

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December 28, 2010
5:25 p.m.

Cypress, CA

They gathered together to remember, as if they could ever forget the love between a father and son who lost their lives together in a flash.

Today the family and friends of Douglas and Steven Uselton joined together as "one" to say good-bye to them in an emotional, and beautiful tribute

As you recall, Douglas and Steven Uselton were the son and father were killed in Buena Park a couple of weeks ago in a horrific accident that law enforcement says was caused by a young driver who was under the influence of a "controlled substance." 

Their funeral was held today in Cypress at Seacoast Grace Church. More than 500 friends, family, classmates, and community leaders attended the services. Above is touching video coverage t produced by Eugene Garcia from the Orange County Register.  (Thanks OC Register for making this clip available for the community).

Please continue to Pray for the Uselton Family tonight, and you can still contribute to the Memorial Fund that has been established.   See link below for more details.

RIP
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Monday, December 27, 2010

ROSE FLOAT BUILDING LIVE CAM! WATCH PHOENIX DECORATING COMPANY IN ACTION LIVE FROM PASADENA! THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN FOR NEW YEARS 2011!

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By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 27, 2010
7 p.m.

Pasadena, CA

FOUR days and counting.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade  is beginning to take shape.

Thanks to the wonderment of the great folks at Phoenix Decorating Company, for the next couple of days I will be bringing my readers a LIVE "inside look" of the actual construction of some of the biggest and best floats that will be appearing in the 2011 Rose Parade. Watch this event go from drawings to finished flower pedals. Could rain hit Pasadena for the Parade?  Stay tuned!

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BUZZIN' ELECTION 2011: Is Ted Lieu heading to election win in upcoming Special Election in California's 27th State Senate District? Is Brian Quintana "in or out" of the upcoming campaign?

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POTUS with Ted Lieu.
By Randy Economy
www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com
December 27, 2010
5 p.m.

Norwalk, CA

The field of candidates wishing to replace State Senator Jenny Oropeza in the 27th District is beginning to take shape, but this campaign may well be over before it officially begins.

Oropeza, who previously held the seat, died suddenly a couple of months ago, just days before the November 2010 General Election.  She was overwhelmingly reelected by the voters of this district that goes from the west side of Los Angeles, down Pacific Coast Highway and inland to Torrance and west Long Beach.

Oprah and Brian Quintana
So far, the big front runner in the campaign is former Torrance Councilman and Assemblyman Ted W. Lieu.  This district is overwhelming Democratic in registration, so Republicans have little chance of capturing this seat.  But, the GOP has fielded two candidates so far including Martha Flores-Gibson or Long Beach, and  Bob Valentine from Manhattan Beach.  Also pulling nomination papers from the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Office in Norwalk is Democrat Mervin Evans of Los Angeles, and Jan B. Tucker from the Peace and Freedom Party.

GOP's Martha Gibson
Still sitting on the sidelines, is Hollywood producer Brian Quintana, who has deep pockets and tons of support from the entertainment industry lined-up.  Quintana ran for US Senate against Democratic scion Barbara Boxer and did garner an impressive showing against her in this past June's California Primary election.  (Gee, that Primary seems like a long long time ago, doesn't it?).

Anyway, Brian is still weighing his options and will have an announcement this week if he is "in" or "out" of this campaign.

Candidates have till January 3rd to file.  Stay tuned. 

This race could be wild, or perhaps a real snooze festival. 

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LISTEN TO RANDY ECONOMY AND BRIAN HEWS ON KFI TALK RADIO

Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

Los Angeles Local News, Weather, and Traffic Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California. LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group. “LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said. Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.” Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy and Brian Hews on the David Cruz Show!

Hear Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Brian Hews, Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!

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