Postal worker victim of road rage and pepper spray

A honk here, a finger there, maybe even a few choice words–all drivers are susceptible to a little road rage at some point. Apparently, not even government employees are exempt from experiencing this.

U.S. Postal Service vehicle. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

On Wednesday, April 20, a 55-year-old U.S. Postal Service worker was on duty when she was pepper sprayed in an attack motivated by road rage, according to Pasadena Star News.

The mail carrier was delivering mail around 10:40 a.m. near Mar Vista Avenue and Claremont Street when she “inadvertently cut off another vehicle,” said Pasadena police Lieutenant  John Luna.

This prompted the suspect, a Latina woman also in her 50s, to follow the victim to an apartment complex on North Lake Avenue. She proceeded to yell at the postal carrier about her driving and spray her in the face with pepper spray.

Paramedics said the victim suffered irritation from the pepper spray. Other than that, she was unhurt and decided she did not need to be taken to a medical center.

After the incident, the suspect hopped into her “late-model, light-colored pickup truck” and fled the scene. She was reported to be 5’6″ and around 160 pounds, with a medium complexion and dark hair. She was also wearing a dark top.

The Pasadena police urge anyone with information on the suspect to report it to the police department at 626-744-4241.

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No chance for this saggy pants ordinance

Are you tired of seeing hooligans with pants that hang well below the hip? So are the Azusa jokesters who took to social media to warn the public of a new ban on wearing saggy pants.

Official looking signs that warned of a $100 fine or 10 days in jail for violating the fashion code soon accompanied the Facebook posts, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News.

“Pull up your pants,” the sign warned. “No one wants to see your underwear.”

The red flag should have been the April Fool’s enforcement date. Still, local citizens flooded the Azusa Police Department’s phone lines, asking about the authenticity of the ordinance.

This prompted Azusa PD to tweet about the hoax and set the record straight.

 

Hillary Clinton–Cleveland, Ohio: Analysis

Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio invited former Senator Hillary Clinton to speak on behalf of her presidential campaign on March 8, one week before Ohio’s primary..  The Democratic presidential candidate  spoke to campaign supporters for 20 minutes.

Clinton spent the first seven minutes of the speech thanking her supporters, riling up the crowd, name-dropping local politicians, and promising to knock down barriers once elected. Much of the speech consists of her talking about America’s potential should she be elected as president.

Like many Democratic orators before, the majority of it revolved around making America a better place for marginalized people groups and proposing equality for all.

She also decisively pitted the Democrats against the GOP: “Every time you think it can’t get any uglier, they find a way.”

Focusing on the other party is a particularly effective tactic in a persuasive speech such as this. The most notable zinger of the speech is when she proclaims the presidential race “shouldn’t be about delivering insults, it should be about delivering results for the American people.”

Because 20 minutes is fairly short, she could not expound upon the entirety of her platform. She tailored her speech to Ohio natives, choosing to go in depth about the auto industry and investing in small businesses and not outsourcing old jobs.

She voted for the funds that saved the auto industry when it was on the brink.

She’s referring to voting for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which assisted financial institutions with $700 billion and in turn bailed out the auto industry.

More than 14 percent of children in Cleveland have been exposed to lead in paint, soil, and water.

It is true that Cleveland children have been exposed to lead, according to data compiled by the Ohio Department of Health in 2014. It shows that 17.25 percent of children under six years of age have more than five micrograms per deciliter of blood, but it does not say where the lead comes from.

Nabisco laid off 600 workers in Chicago, moving a production line out of the country.

In July 2015, In These Times reported that Irene Rosenfeld–head of the Illinois food conglomerate Mondolez International Inc. with which Nabisco is associated–announced the company would outsource 600 jobs to Salinas, Mexico rather than invest $130 million to modernize the existing Chicago plant. The pink slips have been handed out in waves beginning in January 2016.

Nabisco has long received tax breaks from the state of Illinois.

This has more to do with Nabisco’s parent company, Mondelez International Inc. The company maintains a different manufacturing facility in Naperville and is licensed as a limited liability company called Mondelez Global. This common corporate move allowed the company to participate in the flawed EDGE (Economic Development for a Growing Economy) program, a strategy launched in 1999 by Illinois Governor George Ryan to create more jobs by awarding companies with millions of dollars.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Mondelez Global agreed to create 25 new jobs with EDGE’s $35 million investment, making the company eligible for tax breaks. Turns out it didn’t actually create the new jobs and failed to achieve the hiring goals.

 

Eaton corporation is shutting down a factory in Berea, eliminating more than 100 jobs, moving that work out of the country.

As stated by Crain’s Cleveland Business, the Eaton Corporation is, indeed, closing a hydraulics plant in Berea, Ohio, which will result in 102  job losses. The assembly work will move to the company’s plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

More than 900,000 that have contributed, most less than $100

Only 19 percent of her total fundraising is from individual donors, according to Politifact.

For more detailed numbers regarding  Hillary Clinton’s donation numbers, visit OpenSecrets.org.

In general, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made accurate truth claims in the midst of vague optimistic rhetoric.

What do you get when you track a stolen SUV?

A car chase, a handgun, ammunition, stolen mail and a pinch of methamphetamine, for starters. Add 12 arrests, and it’s a party.

Sirens light up atop a police car. Courtesy of Matt Popovich.

A call placed by an OnStar employee notified Glendora police of the whereabouts of a sport utility vehicle stolen out of Azusa on Tuesday. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, it was discovered on the 700 block of South Pasadena Avenue.

Police detectives surveilled the property where the SUV was parked before chasing the two men who drove off in it at 10:22 a.m. A short pursuit ensued and ended when the driver slammed into a curb on the corner of Westridge and Colorado Avenues.

Glendora Police Captain Joe Ward said police arrested both men, one of whom attempted to flee. They also found stolen mail with Azusa addresses, ammunition and methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

The police then doubled back to the house and detained two men seen walking out. One was arrested. A regional SWAT team later executed a search warrant to see what mysteries the suspected gang-affiliated home would present.

Officers arrested seven people and found a handgun, methamphetamine and meth pipes inside the house. One of them kept flashing gang signs and then putting hands in their pocket, Ward reported.

Just as the police were about to leave, a car with two women inside arrived. Officers discovered methamphetamine in the car and arrested the two, concluding the police bust.

Public transportation: a benefit or a burden?

Passengers on a bus. Courtesy of Ryan McGuire.

Passengers on a bus. Courtesy of Ryan McGuire.

The first thing I learned on my big public transportation foray in Southern California is that you can spend more money than necessary if you don’t play your cards right. My first bus fare to get to the train station will forever be a mystery because I put two dollar bills in, and upon my expectant expression, the driver asked, “You expecting change or something?” which garnered laughter from other passengers.

My initial attempt to blend in did not fare well for me.

My most recent public transportation adventures were on Chinese subways in the heart of Shanghai. There it seems everyone, from schoolchildren to businessmen and foreigners, uses this method to get around on a day-to-day basis without a second thought.

Through my travels, domestic and abroad, I’ve realized public transport is viewed differently around the world and even in different parts of California. What is a godsend for some is a burden for others.

For this trip specifically, I wanted to experience traveling from Azusa Pacific University to the University of California Riverside (UCR). Although ridership has been on the decline in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in recent years, it’s not so around the nation.

According to a report by the American Public Transportation Association, public transit ridership in the United States in 2013 was the highest it has been since 1956. Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transportation that year alone.

I rode that first bus until my transfer to another bus that would take me to the Pomona Transit Center. Other than sarcastic comments, the bus driver offered conversation to an older African American gentleman sitting adjacent to him. He seemed to be a regular.

“If I got to ride all the time with the same 3 people, I figure I shouldn’t be quiet around them. I’m loud by nature,” said the man, who I later found out to be Southern California native Alan Glover. The outgoing rider saw the everyday hustle and bustle as an opportunity to chat with those around him, both regulars and others.

Unfortunately, this amiable approach isn’t always the case with other passengers. On the second bus I met a tall woman in business attire around her late 20s named Eileen Teran. She was heading home after a day of clerical work at the Pomona courthouse.

“I stay quiet, mind my business. You never know what kind of weirdos there are when you’re a lady riding alone,” said Teran. “A couple of months ago I had to switch bus routes when this guy—he looked okay at first—but this guy showed up one day, talks to me once, and thinks he can predict my schedule and sit next to me the rest of the week. Oh no.”

She then explained that she was just trying to scrape up enough money to finally buy her own car. She saw the bus system as a waste of time in the mornings.

 

“I’d even say I prefer [public transportation] to cars, but that might just be because I’m broke.”

 

On the way to Riverside from Pomona, I met Allison Harris, a bike-clad college student with a different perspective. She was originally from the bay area and moved to Southern California earlier that year for school. She explained the difference between traveling through San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“Up north, it’s kind of just more convenient for people—anyone really—to use public transit like BART because getting in and out of the city [San Francisco] is a traffic storm every day,” she said. “Down here, I feel like people use it if they don’t have any other way. It’s like the last resort. I think I’d even say I prefer it to cars, but that might just be because I’m broke.”

She commented that she takes advantage of a discounted Metrolink pass program set up through UCR, a common practice at many universities set in place to encourage students to arrive at school through modes of transportation other than driving alone.

I used the last leg of my trip to observe those around me and focus on my stop. It was getting darker by the minute, and although slightly on edge, I couldn’t help but appreciate the availability of public transport in the Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. Even though it isn’t as extensive as that of New York or Shanghai, this complex network of trains, busses and subways is practical for anyone looking to save money and encounter interesting people.