LA Democrat will be youngest in Legislature
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A 26-year-old Democrat who won a special legislative election will become the youngest member of the Legislature.
Preliminary results show Sebastian Ridley-Thomas winning the Assembly District 54 seat in Los Angeles County with 60 percent of the vote. He is the son of former state legislator Mark Ridley-Thomas, now chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Election officials said Wednesday that less than 7 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during Tuesday's primary. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas' margin of victory means he avoids a runoff election.
He will become the youngest lawmaker in the Legislature. Ian Calderon, a Whittier Democrat, was 27 when he won his seat last year.
The youngest member of the Assembly on record is John De Haven, who was 19 when he was elected in 1869.
SURF CITY DISTURBANCE
20 now under arrest over Huntington Beach melee
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Police say they've now arrested 20 people in connection with a night of violence that followed a surfing contest in Huntington Beach.
The Los Angeles Times reports police have announced an additional six arrests since the July 28 melee.
The violence began when a crowd surged through downtown streets following the U.S. Open of Surfing. The mob broke windows, damaged police cars, fought and looted, causing several injuries and thousands of dollars in damage.
The six people arrested since the melee include three juveniles and they're suspected of crimes ranging from failing to disperse to assault with a deadly weapon and taking part in a riot.
Lesbian victim testifies of alleged 2008 gang rape
MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A 33-year-old Northern California woman who was allegedly gang raped partly because she is a lesbian is testifying at the trial of one of four men charged in the brutal attack that unfolded on a Richmond street five years ago.
The Contra Costa Times reports that the victim took the witness stand Tuesday on the first day of 36-year-old Humberto Salvador's trial and said the assault started after Salvador demanded her keys and wallet and split her head open with a flashlight.
The woman is not being named because she was the victim of a sexual assault. She was expected to continue her testimony on Wednesday.
Prosecutor Melissa Smith said in her opening statement that after striking the woman, Salvador ordered her to take off her clothes and taunted her about her sexual orientation.
Arrest made in Calif. in Mexico slayings from 2000
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Federal authorities in California have arrested a man accused of killing eight government officials in a Mexican city 13 years ago, and he has been handed over to Mexican authorities.
Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Newsom said Wednesday that Genaro Olaguez was arrested at a relative's home Tuesday in Sacramento and booked into the county jail.
He says the Mexican government asked U.S. authorities to detain Olaguez, who had fled to the U.S. after what officials describe as a massacre. Newsom says Olaguez, who is 53, is suspected of killing a commissioner and seven other city officials in Sinaloa, Mexico, on May 2, 2000.
Jail records list the suspect's last name as Olaguez-Rendon. Newsom and Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Lisa Bowman say Olaguez was sent to Mexico on Wednesday.
MAN ARRESTED-BITING ATTACK
CA man arrested for biting parents
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) - A Bay Area man is facing charges after authorities say he viciously attacked his parents after they refused to allow him to see the family cat.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says when 26-year-old Yevgeniy Bolshakov of Daly City came home from an outing Saturday, he asked his parents about the cat.
When they told him it was recovering from surgery and that he couldn't see the animal, Wagstaffe says, Bolshakov punched his 64-year-old father in the head, biting the older man on the arm and ripping off a piece of flesh, before biting and punching his mother.
Bolshakov pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of assault, mayhem and making criminal threats.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Bolshakov is in county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Advocates decry sending youth offenders to feds
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Immigrant advocates are calling on Orange County probation officials to stop referring youth offenders to federal immigration authorities.
Students from the University of California, Irvine law school's immigrant rights clinic said Wednesday that turning over minors to immigration authorities violates state confidentiality law and hinders rehabilitation efforts.
The students issued a report saying Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued nearly 700 detainer requests for minors in California between October 2009 and February 2013 and youth in Orange County facilities accounted for more than 40 percent of the total.
The report says, however, that referrals in Orange County have dropped since probation officials changed their referral policy in 2012.
A spokesman for the Orange County Probation Department reserved comment until reading the report.
2 California cities vote to ban e-cigarettes
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Two California cities have voted to ban electronic cigarettes in public places and Los Angeles has moved to limit their sale to keep the devices out of the hands of minors.
The Richmond and Carlsbad city councils on Tuesday voted to prohibit the battery-powered nicotine inhalers from parks, restaurants and other places where cigarettes are banned.
City News Service says the Los Angeles council on Wednesday approved an ordinance that requires e-cigarettes to be sold the same way as tobacco products. If the mayor signs the law, e-cigarettes would join the list of products that can't be sold on the street or from mobile vendors such as food carts
Proponents believe e-cigarettes are healthier than regular cigarettes because they don't create tar or tobacco smoke. But critics say they still contain dangerous chemicals and could be a gateway to regular cigarettes.
More than 40 cities across California have taken steps to regulate sales or use of e-cigarettes.
Carl Icahn ups ante in crusade for Apple buyback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activist investor Carl Icahn is seeking the support of Apple shareholders as he tries to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more of its cash to buy back the company's stock.
Icahn is upping the ante with a shareholder proposal that he submitted to Apple last week. The investor disclosed the move in a Wednesday post on his Twitter account and elaborated on his reasoning in an exclusive interview published by Time magazine.
Apple confirmed it has received Icahn's proposal, but didn't reveal anything about its content.
Icahn had previously urged Apple Inc. to spend $150 billion buying back its shares. In his tweet, Icahn said his shareholder proposal isn't asking the Cupertino, Calif., company to spend that much. He didn't specify a new target amount.
Disney raises annual dividend to 86 cents
NEW YORK (AP) - Disney is raising its annual dividend to 86 cents from 75 cents.
The Walt Disney Co. says it is boosting its dividend by 15 percent after its third-consecutive year of record net income, earnings per share, and revenue.
The Burbank, Calif., company's next dividend is payable Jan. 16 to shareholders of record on Dec. 16.
Disney also says it will hold its next annual meeting on March 18 in Portland, Ore.
Big Banksy piece from gas station up for auction
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles gas station owner is selling a piece by one of the world's hottest graffiti artists.
"Flower Girl," by the elusive street artist Banksy, is up for bid on Thursday at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Gas station owner Eytan Rosenberg says he didn't know who Banksy was when a friend of a friend asked if the British artist could paint on his wall.
The work depicts a young girl with a basket of flowers and a security camera looming over her like a vulture.
When Rosenberg sold his family gas station last year, he painstakingly removed the painting and installed it in a sturdy aluminum frame.
Auctioneer Michael Doyle says the 9-by-8 foot piece could fetch more than $300,000 at auction.
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