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May 30, 1989 | JACK JONES
Still addressed as "Chief" more often than not, a shirt-sleeved Tom Reddin leans back in the Koreatown headquarters, talks of his successful security business and notes with mild surprise that it has been 20 years since he quit as head of the Los Angeles Police Department to become a television newscaster and commentator. Reddin officially retired as chief on May 6, 1969, and went on the air for KTLA at 5 p.m. that day. Those 20 years, he insists, "have been good to me." Reddin, who will be 73 next month, had spent two years as chief--a job he took over when the city was still reeling emotionally from the Watts riots of 1965.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
As actors and industry members flocked to the Dolby Theatre for the 86 th Academy Awards on Sunday, a group of about 50 security guards and community supporters took to Hollywood Boulevard to protest. In an effort to sway the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to stop using non-union Security Industry Specialists for the annual event, the protesters held signs that read “Academy Awards: Support Good Jobs for Our Communities” and handed out fliers that read: “Why can't Oscar go Union?
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
A Los Angeles judge has awarded a $90-million judgment in an employment lawsuit brought by 15,000 former and present guards against a private security company. In a ruling issued Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John S. Wiley ordered ABM Security Services of New York to pay back wages, interest and penalties to clients represented by the firm Roxborough, Pomerance, Nye & Adreani. The lawsuit alleged that ABM violated the law by refusing to give off-duty rest breaks to security personnel at commercial buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Santa Monica jury has awarded a female news producer $5.42 million after finding a West Hollywood nightclub was negligent when an employee allegedly sexually assaulted her in one of its restrooms. The 43-year-old woman sued the Here Lounge and club worker Victor Cruz, alleging she was assaulted and raped by him on March 23, 2009. After a 15-day trial in Santa Monica Superior Court, jurors found Cruz committed a sexual offense that harmed the woman and that Here Lounge's negligence was a substantial factor in causing that harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1986
Los Angeles County's fastest growing industry--private security--has low minimum qualifications for becoming a security guard. The "average" pre-classroom training is 4 to 8 hours. And this is usually not by a trained teacher, but by a senior or supervising officer. Local adult evening schools (high school and community colleges are offering more extensive courses by trained experienced teachers at very reasonable fees, usually $20 or less). More training for this responsible position should be made mandatory.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2012 | By Matt Assad
Over the last 23 years Sheldon Adelson has built Las Vegas Sands Corp. into the world's largest casino company — bigger than the next 10 competitors combined. He's done it without having a single one of his 40,000 workers in Las Vegas, Asia and Bethlehem, Pa., join a labor union. Now a band of security guards making $13 an hour may be on the verge of ending the world's 14th-richest person's winning streak. The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to begin bargaining with its 130 security guards as a labor union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Lee Romney
The Dodgers fan fatally stabbed after a game in San Francisco was the son of a security guard who worked for the team, officials confirmed Thursday. In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, the Dodgers said they were "shocked and saddened" to learn of Jonathan Denver's death. They called him "the son of one of our security guards.” “There is no rational explanation for this senseless act which resulted in Jonathan's death," the statement continued. "The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable.  Words are not enough to describe our sadness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time.” RELATED: Bryan Stow's family calls Dodger fan's death 'senseless' Denver, who lived in Fort Bragg, Calif., and his brother met their father in San Francisco to watch the Dodgers play the Giants on Wednesday, friends said.
BUSINESS
October 19, 1992
Name: Alec Watson Company: Burns International Security Services/Ricoh Electronics Thumbs up: "It keeps me out of trouble. I'm 74 now--it's a badge of honor. But when I first retired, I was home and all my wife and I were doing was rearranging furniture. She got me a job. I've been a security guard for several years . . . about a year and a half at Ricoh. Ricoh is a very good, very diversified place to work. It's busy and the people are nice. It's all about being a deterrent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2009 | Richard Winton
Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have reorganized their security operations and given the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department the responsibility of supervising transit security guards, officials said Thursday. The move to transfer supervision of the security officers from MTA executives to the Sheriff's Department follows complaints that some guards have improperly detained, pushed or struck commuters. As a result of the reorganization, two MTA executives lost their jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1988 | From United Press International
If you think you've been seeing more security guards lately, you're not imagining things. According to the state Department of Consumer Affairs, the number of licensed security guards in Los Angeles County jumped from 29,092 in 1980 to 55,292 in 1987. There are 731 private security companies in the county registered with the state--almost twice as many as in 1980--and many of these companies have seen their businesses grow by more than 100% in the last five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Gary Friedman
A 36-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shooting and killing a security guard during a robbery in Rancho Cucamonga. Diego Dominguez, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested early Sunday after deputies stopped him leaving his Placer Street home. Investigators also served search warrants on his cars and house. Dominguez was arrested on suspicion of robbery and the murder of 45-year-old Dean Sena, said the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department in a statement. He was booked at the West Valley Detention Center.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - The young arena worker approached with a raised hand, so I stopped and sighed. I had been in Russia for two weeks. I knew the drill. I was walking somewhere I should not be walking. I spun in my mud-caked hiking boots and began to walk in the other direction. But the worker jumped in front of me again with the same raised hand. It turns out she only wanted to share a high-five. I happily obliged, then slinked away, too embarrassed to tell her it was the first time at these Olympics I had witnessed anything from our hosts resembling spontaneous joy. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi On a practical level, the Sochi Games were nearly perfect.
WORLD
February 12, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Scores of people have been killed in brutal land battles in rural Honduras but authorities have failed -- or refused -- to investigate, possibly bowing to moneyed interests, a new report says. The violence in the Bajo Aguan valley has come from many sources, including private security guards hired by huge landholders making millions of dollars from  palm oil; government forces accused of abuses including arbitrary arrests and torture; and peasant groups, who contend their land has been stolen, according to the study.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former security guard at a Lakers practice facility pleaded no contest Friday to stealing three of the team's championship rings and hundreds of dollars of gift cards, the L.A. County district attorney's office said. Mejía Eddie Monterroso, 23, entered his plea to grand theft of personal property and was sentenced to 180 days in county jail and three years' probation. He was also ordered to pay almost $14,000 in restitution. Prosecutors said Monterroso stole the property while he worked the night shift between Oct. 24 and Dec. 5, 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Contrary to reports that bystanders did nothing as a 23-year-old woman was fatally beaten outside a Santa Ana nightclub, an Orange County prosecutor said that as many as 15 people tried to come to the victim's rescue. Kim Pham died after being pummeled, knocked to the ground and then stomped during a Jan. 18 altercation outside the club. Criticism erupted after a video of the fight surfaced,  showing some people standing nearby or recording the fight on their cellphones. But Senior Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former Marina del Rey security guard was charged with murder in connection with the slaying of his supervisor at an upscale apartment complex in the waterfront community, authorities said Wednesday evening. Byron Keith Street, 47, is accused of fatally shooting Patrick Odoikyene on Dec. 30 at the complex in the 4200 block of Via Marina Drive.  Street is charged with one count of murder with a special circumstance allegation of murder during the course of a burglary, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Street was also charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree residential burglary and three counts of vandalism over $400 damage, prosecutors said.
NEWS
October 22, 1997 | From a Times staff writer
Police officials from two dozen Southern California agencies gathered Tuesday to vent their frustrations over unlicensed or unqualified security guards in their cities, but many left the meeting optimistic about promised reforms in the screening of private guards. The meeting was organized by Assemblyman Jim Morrissey (R-Santa Ana), who said he is deeply concerned about the integrity of the private security industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON
Authorities are asking for the public's help in their investigation of what police said was an attack by Hells Angels motorcyclists at the Ventura Theatre that left at least one security guard injured. The fight broke out about 11 p.m. Saturday inside the theater at 26 S. Chestnut St. during a performance by Ventura-based band Raging Arb and the Redheads. According to Ventura Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
A 47-year-old Inglewood man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in connection with the killing of a security guard in Marina del Rey just before the end of the year. Byron Keith Street is due to be arraigned on charges of murder, burglary, felony vandalism and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Street is accused of shooting and killing Patrick Odoikyene, a 47-year-old uniformed private security guard at an upscale apartment complex who was working in the 4200 block of Via Marina Drive on Dec. 30, the Sheriff's Department said.
NATIONAL
December 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Shortly after he arrived at Ramstein Air Base in Germany in March 2012, Air Force security guard Trent Smith was at an off-base apartment when, he says, a male sergeant touched him and pressed him to go into the bedroom for sex. "I said, 'No, I don't want to spend the night,'" Smith recalled. But Smith, 20, says he felt he had no choice. "I went along with it. " For Smith, the encounter - which he reported up the chain of command three days later - began an emotional ordeal.
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