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May Day March for Immigration Reform and Workers’ Rights

LOS ANGELES | May 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of marchers are expected to gather at 10 a.m. at Broadway and Olympic for a morning program full of entertainment and politics prior to the May Day march for immigration reform and workers’ rights. The march will start at 11:45 a.m. and will proceed northbound down Broadway.

The march ends at Broadway and 1st Street and will conclude with a rally featuring performances and speakers from labor and community groups from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..

STREET CLOSURES

The following streets will be closed between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday:

Broadway Avenue between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Spring Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Hill Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

1st Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue;

Broadway Avenue between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Spring Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street;

Hill Street between Olympic Blvd and Temple Street; and

1st Street between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying it will respect the marchers as many have never forgotten the lasting impression of the 2007 march where police dispersed crowds by beating people with batons and firing at them with beanbag rounds. There were no deaths, but hundreds of demonstrators and journalists and 18 officers suffered injuries.

"The right to march, demonstrate, protest, rally or perform other First Amendment activity comes with responsibility which includes respecting the civil and property rights of all others. It is the goal of the Department to facilitate lawful public demonstrations in the City of Los Angeles."

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Construction Projects Fast-Tracked by Los Angeles City Inspectors for Cash

LOS ANGELES | April 8, 2011

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, a confidential informant has provided the FBI with information in that as many as 40 cash bribes in exchange for approving and fast-tracking construction projects were accepted by City of Los Angeles building inspectors of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.

TWO INSPECTORS, ONE INFORMANT AND AN AFFIDAVIT

In an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Teresa L. Brand the details of the bribes are explained by the informant. The information provided led to the federal investigation of two City of Los Angeles building inspectors: Hugo Joel Gonzalez, 49, of Eagle Rock and Raoul Joseph Germain, 59, of Altadena. Gonzalez and Germain were arrested Friday in connection with the bribery allegations.

The informant, a work site supervisor for a residential property developer, told Special Agent Brand that in addition to cash bribes, inspectors also accepted materials and labor for their personal homes. In one case, the informant said he or she had paid for an inspector’s vacation.

The informant “never refused to pay a bribe in connection with any such property, because acquiescence to bribe demands avoids delays in the construction inspection process and, at least with certain … inspectors, is the only way to pass inspections required in connection with residential construction projects,” according to the affidavit. It is unclear how many inspectors were involved in the alleged activity.

CITY AGENCY REACTION

Los Angeles City Council members stated Friday they want to know how widespread the allegations are. A spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (the “Department”) said Friday that the Department has determined that homes at the center of the federal bribery case are safe.

“The [D]epartment takes these matters, when they arise, very seriously and with zero tolerance,” said Department spokesman David Lara.

THE PROSECUTION

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Akrotirianakis said that Gonzalez and Germain, who have each been charged with one count of federal bribery and made their first appearance in federal court Friday. Each of the two men face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Attorney Akrontirianakis declined to say whether he anticipates more arrests coming out of the investigation.

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Angelenos To March in Honor of Emiliano Zapata

Boyle Heights, 4th and Soto Streets, Los Angeles, California

Emiliano Zapata Salazar (August 8, 1879 – April 10, 1919) was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, which broke out in 1910, and which was initially directed against the president Porfirio Díaz. He formed and commanded an important revolutionary force, the Liberation Army of the South, during the Mexican Revolution.

More than a century later, Angelenos will march in honor of Emiliano Zapata in the Boyle Heights District of Los Angeles on April 11, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., an event to be placed on the calendar.  The march will have an assembly on 4th and Soto Streets, Los Angeles, California  and will proceed according to the following route: Soto N/B then E/B Chelsea then N/B Murchinson then W/B Alcazar then N/B Soto then W/B Valley Blvd using half of the road.

For more information, please contact the Los Angeles Police Department, Special Events Permits Unit, at (213) 847-1640.

Emiliano Zapata. (2011, March 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:43, March 4, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Emiliano_Zapata&oldid=416826678

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