A parolee fired three rifle shots outside of a Catholic Church at a festival in Granada Hills. His apparent motive was striking back at his ex-girlfriend over custody of their son. His ex-girlfriend was wounded in the assault.
Fernando Diaz Jr. is being held in the Van Nuys Police Station on a lot of bail. A restraining order had been issued against him.
The incident should at minimum resolve the custody dispute, anyway.
g This "opinion" by DJ Waldie on LA transit is virtually opinion-free. Busses are crowded and slow! Who knew? (They also are in NYC and Paris.) He's sort of right but sort of wrong about most drivers not calling the stops; in fact, on most twelve minute-map busses, a recording calls the stops. Any stop on "Hollywood" is even given a special cadence all its own by the voice-over; more simulated urbanism from a town that doesn't really seem to want to know what urbanism is.
g Speaking of simulated urbanism, the examples of trolley bus at the Grove (accident last Friday), the short life of the Holly Trolley, and the limbo of Angel's Flight all demonstrate that jitney-styled transit in LA is not essential, it's simply nostalgic, and we don't have forward thoughts on short transit, but retro thoughts on it.
g Add the Library to the list of Departments that won't really be cutting back after all. The overstated org "Save LAPL" reports that a whopping 36.5 jobs have been saved (about half a job per branch), and there will be no special Sunday closures, so your well-fed librarians can continue to graze through the weekends. The book budget is restored too. "More than 1300 people visited this website and sent passionate messages of support for the Library, messages that went directly to the Mayor, the Budget & Finance Committee of the City Council, and the City Librarian!" MayorSam get more daily visits from Minutemen than that...