Wednesday, June 30, 2010


By Randy Economy
June 30, 2010
9:30 p.m. (CST)

Browsville, TX:

Hurricane Alex has finally hit landfall.

The location of the Category 2 Hurricane, the first of the new weather calendar hit 110 miles south of Brownsville, Texas in the Northeastern section of Mexico about 40 miles from LA PESCA MEXICO.  Above is the latest satellite photo from the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are now up to 100 MPH, or 155 KM per hour.
The present movement of Alex is west at a slow 10 MPH.








If you live in this area being hit, please send me your photos to and I will share them with the rest of the world around us.  Remember, be safe!

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YORBA LINDA FUNERAL: Marine Corporal Claudio Patino IV, 22, died in Afghanistan last week.

Breaking News:
By Randy Economy
June 30, 2010
1:20 a.m.

Yorba Linda, CA

The residents of this wonderful tight knit enclave has been hit hard by the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The people of Yorba Linda will once again come together as a community to bring home a fallen hero and to lay him to rest.

Corporal Claudio Patino IV was killed last week while fighting in Afghanistan. He will be brought home today (Wednesday) to a heroes tribute.

The City Council of Yorba Linda issued this statement about the death of Patino:

"It is with profound sadness that I again ask the residents of this fine City to bow their heads to mourn the tragic loss of another fallen Marine, Corporal Claudio Patiño IV. Corporal Patiño’s service and dedication to our Country deserves our utmost respect and admiration. To Corporal Patiño and his fellow Marines, who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great Nation, we humbly thank you and you shall never be forgotten.”

Here are the details of the Military Funeral for Patino.

  • Patino's body is estimated to arrive at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base Wednesday, June 30 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The address for the training base is 11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos, CA 90720. The Brea Police Department will be escorting the body from the base to Hilgenfeld Mortuary.
  • A viewing of the body will be open to the public at the Hilgenfeld Mortuary on Thursday, July 1, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The address for the mortuary is 120 East Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805.
  • The funeral for Corporal Patino will be held Friday, June 2 at 9:00 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints 17130 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda, CA. The Service is expected to last until approximately 11:00 a.m.
  •  Following the funeral service, there will be a procession which will pass by Corporal Patino's former High School, El Dorado, the Yorba Linda Veterans Memorial, and the Patino family home before exiting the City via Imperial Highway. Please pay your respects at the particular stops or the on the streets as the body passes by during the procession.  
  • The body will be transported to the National Cemetery in Riverside after the procession and the burial will take place at 2:00 p.m.
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By Randy Economy
June 30, 2010
12:57 a.m. PST

Off Texas:

Here comes the first hurricane for 2010, and Alex seems to be gaining speed and anger by the hour.

Hurricane Alex was official won the title of "First Hurricane for 2010" as of 8  pm PST on Tuesday.

As of this 1 a.m. PST posting, good ol' Alex was 255 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas with top winds of 80 mph.  It is now a Category 1 Hurricane and could reach a Category 2 according to most weather divas.

Hurricane warnings are now in effect from Baffin Bay, Texas south to La Cruz, Mexico. A tropical storm warning is in effect north of the hurricane warning from Baffin Bay to Port O'Connor and south of the hurricane warning from La Cruz to Cabo Rojo.

Get ready for tons of rain from this Alex dude.  He could dump as much as 2 FEET of water in some flood prone areas.

For you "Cane trivia junkies, Alex is the first Atlantic Basin hurricane during the month of June in over 15 years, since 1995's Hurricane Allison.  Since today is the last day of June, today history could be made if an when Alex hits the US mainland.

BTW.  I leave for Kingston, Jamaica in 10 days to start work documenting the life of Catholic Msgr. Gregory Ramkissoon. So far, no other hurricanes appear to be brewing in the Atlantic basin.

Much of the Gulf of Mexico is being evacuated today for Alex and his arrival on shore. So, this will effect the oil clean up areas along the Mississippi and Louisiana and Florida coast lines.  The outer bands of Alex could cause havoc in this entire area.

Stay tuned, and be careful!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

RIP: Paul Johnson, NBC4 Today in LA Morning traffic reporter passed away tonight. This man TOUCHED EVERYONE in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA for DECADES!

--Paul Johnson

By Randy Economy
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
12:02 a.m.
Tonight our world lost a great man with the passing of Paul Johnson

EVERYONE in Southern California got to know this amazing television news reporter, and "Traffic Czar" for so many wonderful reasons.

Tonight we are all saddened by his death.

Many of us never saw Paul in person, including me, but we trusted him with our lives, day in and day out for decades.

Paul Johnson was that "calm before the storm."  You know what I'm talkin' about. 

He would come the radio or on Channel 4 Morning News with THAT amazing voice, to inform us that the world was coming to an end on the 405 Freeway due to an overturned tanker truck.

But none of us seemed to care. We ALL LOVED Paul.

We planned our morning drive times around HIS in and day out for DECADES!  We literally trusted our lives with him. The stories he shared with millions of us made us feel special, and he made us all feel "part" of this amazing community known as Southern California.

The deep silky voiced Johnson was 75 years old at the time of his passing in the OC. His wife Nancy and their family and close friends were with him at his bedside.
Here is a posting from the NBC4 News website tonight:

"He put up a heroic fight against a glioblastoma (brain tumor) but on Tuesday, it was time to go, and as his wife Nancy said in a voicemail to his coworkers a few minutes after he left, "He's gone to see Jesus."

The world was a better place while he was in it, telling us to "buckle up, be careful out there," but what he was really telling us is that no matter what was ahead on the road, no matter what obstacles or accidents were in the way, that it was going to be OK."


Johnson has been a part of our local television and radio landscape.  Before joining NBC 4, he was with Metro Traffic in August 1982.   He has also reported traffic conditions for several Los Angeles radio stations, including KNX, KZLA, KACE, KXEZ and KSRF. KFAC, KUTE, and on KIIS-FM from 1969 to 1972, where he was an on-air personality. 

RIP Paul!!

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GO DONS!: Cerritos High School Class of 1980 getting ready to CELEBRATE its 30th Class Reunion at Queen Mary!

By Randy Economy
June 29, 2010
10:15 p.m.

Cerritos, CA:

As you may know, I graduated from Cerritos High School in 1978. 

I missed my recent 30th Class Reunion in 2008 because of my house fire that took place just a couple of weeks prior to the reunion.

I loved my days at CHS, and I fondly remember so many amazing friends and classmates and teachers. 

We keep in touch through my blog, and Facebook and Twitter and we try to grab lunch or dinner over at the Cerritos Towne Center as often as possible.

I wanted to post this information about the 30th Reunion for the Cerritos High School Class of 1980.  This BIG REUNION will be  September 25, 2010 at the historic Queen Mary Hotel and Resort in Long Beach.

If you want more details, click on the PIC and DOWNLOAD this FLYER, and feel free to send this link to all of our "peeps" all around our cyber hood.

Party on Dons!
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Crooks steal Cypress High School Baseball teams new motorized cart

Home base of baseball field in Třebíč, Czech R...Image via Wikipedia
Breaking News:
By Randy Economy
June 29, 2010
7:40 p.m.

Cypress, CA:

Crooks have stolen the Cypress High School's Baseball team new motorized cart and tonight there is a manhunt to find those responsible for this idiotic crime.

The $7,000 vehicle, that was purchased just last week was ripped from the teams secured storage unit on the high school campus.  It is believed that the crime took place between yesterday late afternoon, and before early this morning.

The money to buy the new cart was raised by team members selling items throughout the community during fundraising events.

The cart, seen here, is used to transport heavy equipment to and from their game sites and during fundraising and sporting events. The team took delivery of the golf cart just five days ago.

The Cypress Police Department is asking the public for help in finding the golf cart and suspect(s) responsible for the theft.

The cart has a unique aluminum bed.  Here is a picture of the "hot cart."

So, if you see anyone running up and down Valley View or Walker Street in a new fancy cart, call the Cypress Police Department, Criminal Investigations Bureau at (714) 229-6631.
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Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks sued $146,000 by his EX Campaign Consultant John Shallman for skipping out on bills. Yikes. Go getem' Johnny!

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Los Angeles C...
Los Angeles, CA
By Randy Economy
June 29, 2010

Noted California campaign consultant John Shallman has brought legal action against Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks after being left with almost $150,000 in "unpaid" campaign bills.

Wait a cotton pickin' minute? 

A politician is being sued for not paying their bills while running for office.  Gee, how different.

John Shallman is one of the best political ad-visor's here in California. He is well respected and has a reputation for hard ball campaigns.  I like John....good guy! 

He is great a what he does, one of the very best.  Today, John is taking hard legal action against Parks for running out on $147,000 in unpaid bills during his failed campaign for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2008. 

Parks, a former Chief of Police for the City of Los Angeles, lost that campaign to the winner Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Shallman filed his lawsuit on Monday.  He is demanding more than $146,000 be paid to him by Parks for television advertising and other unpaid campaign expenses.

Parks "personally guaranteed" that he would repay the money but did not follow through, according to an article in today's Los Angeles Times. 

Bottom line....when you run for your bills...or don't run....period.

Stay tuned.
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BREAKING: 17-year old boy in Norwalk shot and killed. Investigation underway at Sproul Street near Norwalk Park. Detectives need help to find killer.

Breaking News:
By Randy Economy
June 29, 2010

Norwalk, CA

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department are are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy who was shot Sunday night in Norwalk.

The teen, whose name has not been released, was taken by two friends to the Coast Plaza Hospital in Norwalk on Sunday night at around 7:22 p.m.

The victim had bullet wounds to his upper torso and died from his injuries.

Later, at around 10:30 p.m.,  Homicide Detectives went to the area located at 12400 block of Sproul Street in Norwalk to begin investigating the death.  This area is located right next to Norwalk Park and the historical Gilbert Sproul Museum.

If you have any additional information about this matter, please call the Norwalk Sheriff's Department at  (562) 863-8711.

I will post more information as soon as it is available, inculding the name of the victim. 

In the meantime, let's make our streets and community safe this Summer. 

We all live here....peace.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Bye Bye Senator Byrd. A man with a remarkable history. Will Governor Joe Manchin appoint himself to the Senate?

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An earlier portrait of Robert ByrdBREAKING NEWS:
By Randy Economy
June 28, 2010
2:45 a.m.

Sen. Robert Byrd, was 92-years-old at the time of his death this morning.  He entered the United States Senate in 1958, two years before I was born.  I am now 50 years old.  I have never known of the US Senate WITHOUT Mr. Bryd being a Member.

He was a tried and true Democrat from West Virginia.  He once was a Member of the KKK.  He was colorful.  Full of vim and vigor, and brought the pork back to the Black Hills of West Virginey.

Byrd was the longest-serving Congress member in history. 

His death will be talked about for months and years and generations to come.

Byrd was admitted to a Washington area hospital last week and his condition and died at 3 a.m. EST today.

Initially thought to be suffering from heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, Byrd was expected to remain in hospital for "not more than a few days," but his age and frail health got the best of him today.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin will now appoint his successor to serve the remainder of his 2 1/2 year term.

Here is a note to Gov. Manchin:  Do America a FAVOR, and APPOINT YOURSELF to SERVE in Senator's Byrd seat.  I know the early morning quarterbacking is beginning.

Gov. Joe Manchin is amazing, and compassionate and would be a great Senator.

Remember, you heard it here first. Stay tuned.

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BREAKING: Sen. Robert Byrd Dies at age 92.

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Breaking News:
By Randy Economy
June 28, 2010
2:27 a.m.

Washington, DC

West Virgina Senator Robert Byrd has died at the age of 92.

Robert Carlyle Byrd was born November 20, 1917 and was the senior United States Senator from West Virginia, and a member and former Senate Leader of the Democratic Party.

Byrd had been a Senator since January 3, 1959, and is the longest-serving Senator as well as the longest-serving member in congressional history.

He had been the Dean of the Senate since 2003. He was also the oldest current member of the Congress, and was the first person to serve uninterrupted for half a century as a U.S. senator.

Byrd had been President pro tempore of the United States Senate since 2007, a position that puts him third in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He also held this post previously from 1989 to 1995, briefly in January 2001, and from June 2001 to January 2003.

More details as they develop.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010


Randy Economy Photos
Anna Titus and Leroy Titus celebrate her retirement
from the ABC School District after 29 1/2 years!
By Randy Economy
June 27, 2010
10:07 p.m.

Sheraton Cerritos, CA!

You can call her the ultimate Super Diva of Cerritos!

Tonight more than 200 friends and family and community leaders paid tribute to ANNA TITUS who celebrated more than 29 and 1/2 years of employment from the ABC Unified School District.

Every DIVA needs her own pic on
M&M's and this gals makes
Anna is one of the greatest leaders here in our part of the world here in Los Angeles County. Tonight she was honored by Members of Congress, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, several State Senators and State Assemblyman, a host of local City Council Members and Mayors, School Board Members, and College Trustees.

We all LOVE ANNA TITUS here. She is one of the most loving, kind and compassionate people you will ever meet. I was honored to be with Anna tonight, and wanted to post this great moments for this special celebration.

"You will never know how much all of my family and friends and co-workers mean to me as I close this special chapter in my life. I shall always remember this day and cherish the memories. You are all the "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Thanks Anna for being so special too so many of us. 

Your inspire me, and I will know that my thoughts echo throughout Southern California.

Have a great time and remember, a new chapter in your life is about to be written! 

BTW. How in the world did they get you photo on those M&M's.   W2G Girl!  Now thats HOT!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wishing Norwalk's Marcel Rodarte "Gods Speed" as he heads off to Germany for service in the Air Force Reserves!!

Norwalk, CA
By Randy Economy
June 26, 2010

Today more than 50 close friends and family members of Norwalk community leader Marcel Rodarte gathered at his home to wish him well on his deployment to Germany this week with the United States Air Force Reserves.

Marcel was greeted with lots of hugs and well wishes during a reception held at his home in Norwalk with those who love him the most!  Great job in hosting this event to Lupe Rodarte, Marcel's amazing mother, and to all of the community members and who helped put this "send off" together on a short notice.

Marcel will be back here in Norwalk sometime around late November.

He also used today's celebration to kicked off his campaign for the 2011 Norwalk City Council Election, in which he will be a candidate.

So, GOD SPEED Marcel!

Thanks for your service to our community and to America.  He really is a great inspiration to many here, including the young people of Norwalk!  I am proud to call Marcel my friend!

Be careful.  Make sure you follow Marcel on Facebook, and I will keep everyone of you up to date on his travels as well.


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Routine traffic stop leads to $45 Million Drug Bust in San Bernardino. Haul included a staggering 38,000 pounds of marijuana, 2,700 pounds of cocaine and 67 pounds of methamphetamine. YIKES!

This is what $45 Million worth of ILLEGAL DRUGS look like, all stuffed in the back
of a big rig truck in the Inland Empire.  The driver was stopped on a "routine traffic stop" and voila.  Makes you wonder what's "REALLY" inside some of these big rigs whizzing up and down our freeways day in a day out here in Southern California.
San Bernardino County Sheriff Photo

Breaking News
By Randy Economy
May 26, 2010
3:13 a.m.  PST

San Bernardino, CA--

Welcome to the "HIGH" way to CALIFORNIA DREAMS, so to speak.

Law enforcement authorities hit pay dirt this week here in the Inland Empire after they pulled over a big rig tractor trailer for a routine traffic stop.

After smelling a "strong odor" of marijuana, officials stumbled upon $45 million worth of drugs in the back of a truck they had pulled over for a traffic violation.

Deputies stopped the truck Wednesday morning, then opened the trailer after finding problems with the paperwork for the load, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office said Friday.  An "overwhelming odor" led investigators to about 20 tons of narcotics stashed in pallets in the back of the truck, including about 38,000 pounds of marijuana, 2,700 pounds of cocaine and 67 pounds of methamphetamine, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Sheriff Rod Hoops said Friday night the seizure was one of the largest in the county's history.  The truck's driver, Fernando Luevano, 32, was arrested and charged with possession, transportation and sale of narcotics, authorities said.  I wonder who he will rat out, and who was really behind this mega huge drug haul.

Om Friday, also in the IE, another "pot bust" netted $2 Million worth of plants in an upscale quite home in Fontana.

So, stay tuned.  More details are emerging.

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AMAZING VIDEO!: Tom Cruise and Jimmy Kimmel jump off Hollywood building in search of eggs. WTH?

Home of Jimmy Kimmel LiveImage by bamalibrarylady via Flickr

By Randy Economy
June 26, 2010
Hollywood, CA

This week marks the opening day of another great Tom Cruise flick "Knight and Day."  I love Tom Cruise movies.  Always have, and always will.  But these movie promotion "hype event" are getting a tad crazy. 

Take Friday for example.

Cruise and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel literally jumped off a famed Hollywood landmark in search of the perfect egg.  Huh? Bizarre but true! I wanted to post this clip from You Tube to show you what stars will do to promote one of their new flicks. 

This is pretty good stuff...and the fans in Hollywood on Friday totally got into it. Catch Cruise and Kimmel in action, watch this clip! 

So, are you going to see "Knight and Day?"  What is your favorite Tom Cruise flick?  Hit my comment section below.
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$2 Million Pot Bust in Fontana lands Lanson Quin in jail. Crime directly tied to Southern California Asian Gangs according to LA County Sheriff task force

Breaking News
By Randy Economy
June 26, 2010

Fontana, CA

More than $2 million worth of home grown marijuana was seized from a Fontana home on Friday and it has direct ties to several local Asian Street Gangs here in the Los Angeles County Area.

Operation Safe Streets - the Asian Gang Team of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at a residence on the 5900 block of Wilshire Drive, Fontana on Friday and arrested at least one male adult suspect in what is being called a "major pot cultivation operation."

This investigation stemmed from information received from an anonymous informant that a male Asian adult who resides in the San Gabriel Valley area, was involved in the cultivation of marijuana.

After a three month investigation, investigators on Friday served a search warrant and entry was made into a  4-bedroom home in a quiet, well groomed neighborhood in Fontana.

Deputies found suspect Lanson Quin and detained him.   A further search of the home revealed overwhelming evidence of marijuana cultivation including special lighting and hydroponic (watering systems) equipment throughout the home. About 1,800 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2 million were recovered.

Investigators were at the residence late into the day collecting evidence and processing the scene.

Quin was arrested and booked at Industry Sheriff’s Station for felony cultivation of marijuana.  "The cultivation of marijuana is illegal and we will enforce the law to prevent these drugs from getting into the hands of children and adults," said Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker.

Bail has not yet been set,
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Friday, June 25, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: MASSIVE 6.9 Earthquake hit the Solomon Islands off New Zealand

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Breaking News:
June 25, 2010
11:56 p.m.

Off New Zealand —

A huge powerful earthquake has struck underwater off the Solomon Islands.  It took place around 10:30 p.m. PST.

There is no immediate word of damage and no tsunami alert has been issued.  The U.S. Geological Survey says Saturday's quake had a magnitude of 6.9. It was centered 35 miles west-southwest of San Christobal in the Solomon Islands at a depth of 22 miles under the ocean's floor.

The Solomon Islands is a country of nearly 1,000 islands that lie on the "Ring of Fire" -- an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim. About 90 percent of the world's quakes occur there.  A massive 7.1 earthquake his these very same islands just 2 months ago.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says it expects no major tsunami threat from the quake.

Here is the official data from the USGA:

Magnitude 6.9 
Date-Time Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 05:30:20 UTC
Location 10.607°S, 161.429°E
Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Distances 55 km (35 miles) WSW of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.
205 km (130 miles) SE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
220 km (135 miles) SSE of Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands
2070 km (1280 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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