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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Actor Luke Perry, who starred on the long-running hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210,” suffered a stroke Wednesday.,(Getty Images)

Perry, 52, was taken by ambulance to a Los Angeles-area hospital after paramedics responded to his home in Sherman Oaks.,A representative for Perry told ET he remained under observation at the hospital.,It’s unclear if Perry will be part of the show.,Perry currently stars in the CW show “Riverdale.” read more

Days after Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander stepped down to take a job with a sports and entertainment firm, more than a dozen candidates are lining up to fill the vacant seat.As of the middle of this week, only a handful had actually filed paperwork with the city to raise money for a special election in June, with a likely runoff in August.,Look whats going on, he said.So far, potential candidates include Englanders former chief of staff, John Lee; former Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein; attorney and airport Commissioner Jeff Daar; Cal State Northridge sustainability instructor Loraine Lundquist; and U.S. Rep. Brad Shermans district director, Scott Abrams.Many who have expressed an interest are relative newcomers to politics, including Josh Yeager, a Chatsworth resident who works for a public affairs firm; Jack Kayajian, an outreach specialist with the city attorneys office; tech startup founder Brandii R. Grace; and Michael Benedetto and Carlos Amador, both Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council members.Some likely candidates have run for or served in elected office in L.A. or other cities, including Jay Beeber, who previously ran to represent a council district spanning Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile, and Frank Ferry, an attorney who served on the Santa Clarita City Council.Ben Pak, who unsuccessfully ran for the state Board of Equalization and was a field deputy for former state Sen. Kevin de Len, said he also is considering a run.,And David Balen said he plans to run again after he lost as a write-in candidate against Englander four years ago.As of midweek, only Amador, Ferry, Lundquist, Oberstein, Yeager and another candidate named Annie Cho had filed paperwork with the City Ethics Commission to raise money for the June special election an initial step that more candidates are likely to take as the race heats up.Lee, a Republican, is widely seen as the front-runner because serving as chief of staff has been a common path to the council.,Oberstein and several other competitors argue, however, that the city needs to break with that political dynasty.Its time to bring someone in who hasnt spent a decade with the business-as-usual politics of City Hall, Oberstein said.Lees history with City Hall also could spur questions over a lawsuit from a former Englander aide, who claimed Lee harassed her at work.,Lundquist said she was deeply frustrated that years later, the city did not have adequate analyses or a credible emergency plan.Sonenshein called the council one of the most desirable seats in California government, with an annual salary of over $200,000 and immense power in the sprawling city.Yet Levine said the race will likely have paltry turnout, since it is at a time of year when voters are not used to heading to the polls, and nothing else will be on the ballot.

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities have linked a suspect to a series of break-ins at celebrity homes in the Hollywood Hills over the past two years that resulted in the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of items.,At a news conference Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police announced the arrest of 32-year-old Benjamin Eitan Ackerman in connection with the burglaries of at least 13 homes starting in 2017.,“Ackerman targeted high-end celebrity homes that were for sale, or were being shown during open house appointments,” LAPD Capt. Cory Palka said Wednesday.,Ackerman’s arrest comes after four members of a suspected burglary ring were captured in October, also accused of targeting the homes of celebrities, including former Los Angeles Dodger Yasiel Puig, Rams receiver Robert Wood and singer Rihanna.,Two days prior, on Sept. 25, the Hollywood Hills home of singer Rihanna was broken into for the second time in a span of five months.

Thousands had been evacuated, affecting communities across Ventura and LA Counties, including the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, in communities like West Hills and are still seeking a cause, so stay tuned in 2019.,In the meantime, even as communities complain about homelessness, the San Fernando Valley has just one year-round homeless shelter at the moment to address the immediate needs of the thousands who are living outdoors or in vehicles.,California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch Englander, City Attorney Mike Feuer, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and other officials expressed satisfaction with the settlement, which came as the result of lawsuits brought by the city and county of Los Angeles and the state.,He’s spent much time connecting with communities across the city, including a recent community meeting in Van Nuys, where he touted the area’s command staff and talked about the need to improve department technology and reiterated his Valley connections.,Valley LA City Councilman calls it quits

Mitch Englander decided to step down from the LA City Council, moving on to what he calls a job of a “lifetime” with global sports and entertainment firm Oak View Group. read more