Friday, December 30, 2011


What's THE REaction: 
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Totally adoring our one and only Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Just listened to a Press Conference about the rash of arson fires that have engulfed a two square mile area in We Ho and Hollywood during the past 48 hours. Zev is a walking "sound bite." Reporters LOVE ZEV. Today he did not DISAPPOINT us professional note takers and news dudes. 

 "We're going to catch these SOB's."


Son's of unwed single mothers are now under attack by the wanna be Mayor of LA La Land. Oh, my. Wonder what old Gloria Allred things about his "choice of words." Anyway. Here is the official scoop from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Fire Czars. Time to catch these "arsonists."

From the LASD, and LACFD:
 West Hollywood Sheriff's Station deputies and Los Angeles County firefighters received a call at 12:23AM, Friday, reporting a fire in the 7700 block of Romaine in the City of West Hollywood.  This led to deputies and firefighters working together to respond to a succession of similar fire incidents, with the last one occuring in West Hollywood at 2:09AM.  Los Angeles County Sheriff's Arson/Explosive Detail detectives responded and determined the five separate fires were acts of arson. T
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hey included: 
7700 block of Romaine St. at 12:23AM 
1000 block of Genessee Ave. at 12:27AM 
1200 block of Curson Ave. at 12:34AM 
1200 block of Harper Ave. at 2:09AM (two fires) 
For safety reasons, about 50 people were temporarily evacuated from an apartment building on Harper Ave. Residents were able to re-occupy their homes soon thereafter.  Detectives and firefighters discovered that all the fires started as vehicle fires in apartment car ports. No one was injured. 
"The total damage is estimated to be $350,000.00," said Battalion Chief Jon O'Brien, Los Angeles County Fire Department. "Ten vehicles with a total value of about $185,000.00 were damaged or destroyed. Four structures suffered about $150,000.00 in damage as well as another $15,000.00 in damage to personal property." 
Meanwhile in Hollywood (City of Los Angeles), many similar arson fires occurred during roughly the same period of time.  "The City of West Hollywood arson fires are definitely related to the LA City fires," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Arson/Explosives Detail Detective Ed Nordskog. 
"We are very fortunate that these outrageous crimes didn't result in injuries or death," said Captain Kelley Fraser, West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "We are asking for the public's help in the search for the arsonist(s). If you saw or see anyone or anything suspicious, please report it immediately." 
"As a result of these arson fires, in addition to an increased awareness in West Hollywood, there is also an increased deployment of deputies," said Captain Fraser. "We are asking for the public to maintain a high level of awareness and help us catch these arsonist(s)." 
"Arsonists often like to watch fires they set," said Sheriff's Detective Nordskog. "Please contact us if you noticed anything suspicious. Someone likely saw something they may not think was important, but all clues are good clues right now." 
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Arson/Explosives Detail at (323) 881-7500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website
"It is always a good idea to clear out potentially flammable debris from your carports and ensure you have functional smoke alarms in your homes," said Fire Battalion Chief O'Brien
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies and Los Angeles County firefighters are working closely with Los Angeles City Fire and Police authorities to investigative these crimes and to apprehend those responsible. 
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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

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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 on the David Cruz Show!

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.

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!