Hahn Requests Extension for $10,000 Reward in Murder of Eric Gregory Brown IIIhttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
12-year-old was killed last year in Long Beach drive-by shooting
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn to extend the County’s $10,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 12-year-old Eric Gregory Brown III. Brown was fatally shot while walking with friends along Lewis Avenue in Long Beach on the night of May 9, 2023.
“Eric was just a kid enjoying some time with friends when he was brutally and senselessly killed on the street. Those responsible belong behind bars and we’re going to continue pursuing this case until that happens,” said Hahn. “If you know something, I’m asking for your help in delivering justice for Eric’s family.”
The reward was first approved by the Board in June and extended in August. Anyone with information is urged to contact Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detective John Carlin at (323) 890-5500.
Hahn Issues Statement on Closure of Wayfarers Chapel due to Accelerated Land Movementhttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
San Pedro, CA – Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn issued the following statement after it was announced that Wayfarers Chapel would be closed to the public due to accelerated land movement in the area:
“The decision to close Wayfarers Chapel for public safety is the right one, but it is still devastating news and another reminder of the seriousness of this land movement. Wayfarers Chapel is one of the more beautiful chapels in the country if not the world and we all have treasured memories there.”
Los Angeles, CA– Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn issued the following statement after the Board of State and Community Corrections voted to find both Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall unsuitable:
“It is unfortunate that the Probation Department made excuses at today’s BSCC meeting instead of owning up to the unacceptable conditions at two of our probation facilities. The BSCC wants to see real change and I expect the same.
Multiple probation chiefs have been unable to fix the problems facing the department. I am concerned about the future of the Probation Department and whether they are capable of the reform that we all know needs to happen.”
Wilmington, CA—Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn issued the following statement after a compressed natural gas powered semi-truck explosion injured Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters who were on the scene:
“I want to express my solidarity with the Los Angeles Fire Department in the wake of the terrible accident this morning in Wilmington where a natural gas explosion has injured nine firefighters who were on the scene working to protect the community. My prayers are with each of those firefighters and their families and with the entire department. I have no doubt our LA County doctors and nurses are doing everything they can to save their lives. I have represented Wilmington for decades now and I know that with the truck traffic in that area, a tragedy like this one is something the community has worried about for a long time.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn Issues Statement on Arrests of Shooting Suspectshttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Los Angeles, CA—Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement regarding the arrests made of two suspects in a shooting rampage that took place late Sunday night into early Monday morning in the cities of Bell, Huntington Park, Cudahy, and the unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone. In total, four people were killed including a 14-year-old boy and another teen was wounded.
“The last 48 hours have been heartbreaking and terrifying for our Southeast LA community. I am grateful that Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives, in partnership with the police departments of Bell and Huntington Park, were able to act quickly and bring two suspects into custody in less than 48 hours. This took an around the clock effort and demonstrates a commitment to the safety and well-being of our residents that I truly appreciate. This continues to be an active investigation and I am urging anyone who has any information about these shootings or any additional suspects to please call in and report what you know to our Sheriff’s Department.”
This afternoon, Supervisor Hahn spoke to the media at a press conference at the Hall of Justice alongside Sheriff’s Department officials, Bell Police Chief Carlos Islas, Huntington Park Police Chief Lozano, Bell Mayor Fidencio Gallardo, Bell Councilmember Ali Saleh, Cudahy Vice Mayor Liz Alcantar, and Huntington Park Councilmember Arturo Flores.
Anyone with information can call the department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be made to the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers through its website or by dialing (800) 222-8477.
For Black History Month, Hahn Honors Sgt. Nikki Alexander, First Black Woman Sergeant in History of Long Beach Police Departmenthttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Los Angeles, CA – This morning, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn honored Sergeant Nikki Alexander of the Long Beach Police Department, who made history as the first Black woman to be promoted to the rank of sergeant in the 135-year history of the department. Hahn and Alexander were joined by LBPD Commander Shalena Benson during the brief ceremony in the Board Room of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration.
“Sergeant Alexander has not only blazed a trail for women in law enforcement, but she has also turned around and helped lead and mentor future leaders in fields that have not traditionally welcomed them,” said Hahn. “I’m grateful for her service to our communities both in and out of uniform.”
Alexander began her career in law enforcement 21 years ago and was promoted to sergeant in 2022. The Long Beach Police Department is the second largest municipal police agency in Los Angeles County.
“I want to say thank you to Supervisor Hahn for this award and for honoring me. I appreciate you recognizing all of my hard work. I also want to recognize my colleagues who are here with me—thank you for your support, as well,” said Alexander during the ceremony.
In addition to her service on the Long Beach Police Department, Alexander volunteers her time to help young people. She mentors middle and high school girls in financial literacy, college preparation, volunteerism, and leadership and serves on the Board of the Health, Education, Arts & Science (H.E.A.S.) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides STEAM education and other educational opportunities to minority youth.
Hahn Requests Public’s Assistance for Sheriff’s Investigation into Four Sunday Night Shootings in Southeast LAhttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Four dead from shootings in Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park, and Florence-Firestone
Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in a string of shootings overnight in Southeast Los Angeles. Four shootings claimed the lives of four people and injured others Sunday night and early Monday morning in Cudahy, Bell, Huntington Park and the unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the investigation. Hahn issued the following statement in response to the shootings:
“These recent shootings are very troubling to me and the residents of these cities. I have been in contact with the cities of Bell, Cudahy, and Huntington Park and offered any assistance we can provide. It is especially concerning how close two of these shootings were to schools. I am confident that our Sheriff’s Department will find those responsible. If you have any information that could assist our detectives in this investigation I urge you to come forward as soon as possible.”
Hahn Releases Statement After BSCC Findings of Noncompliancehttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Los Angeles, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn issued the following statement reacting to the Board of State and Community Corrections inspection findings that found Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall out of compliance with multiple standards.
“To say I am disappointed is an understatement. We have long known what the BSCC’s expectations were and it is troubling that the department made so little progress and fell so short in meeting them. It is clear that our Probation Department has enormous challenges, from staffing to programming, but it is imperative that we bring these two facilities into compliance because the future of the youth in our care is in jeopardy. I pledge to put every available County resource behind bringing these facilities into compliance. The alternative is unacceptable.”
Supervisors Take on Uniform Fight for Women Firefightershttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Supervisor Hahn wears turnout gear designed for men and experiences the ill-fit constricting her ability to lift her leg. Captain Kelliher and Chief Marrone pictured at right.
Los Angeles, CA—Today, the all-women Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Board Chair Lindsey Horvath to take on a challenge facing women firefighters in LA County and across the country: their uniforms are made for men.
The ill-fitting uniforms and turnout gear leave women firefighters and lifeguards vulnerable to cancer due to exposure smoke and other carcinogens, and injuries due to the uniforms and gear constricting their movement.
“The women of our LA County Fire Department are heroic, and they save lives every day all while dealing with uniforms that don’t fit correctly and restrict their movement,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn, who tried on the turnout gear for herself before the meeting. “Like so many other women in a male dominated field, they go out of their way not to complain. But this is a real problem and these women need to know that this board has their back – and their hips.”
The challenge is that most manufacturing companies that produce firefighter uniforms or turnout gear don’t make ones that are meant to fit female bodies. As a result, the women in the Los Angeles County Fire Department are forced to wear uniforms and protective gear that are designed for men and do not fit properly.
“Women on our frontlines deserve to have uniforms and equipment that are suited for the essential, lifesaving work that they perform day in and day out,” said Chair Lindsey P. Horvath. “Today’s motion will further ensure that our diverse and exceptional Los Angeles County firefighters are fully prepared and supported in the essential roles they play in our communities.”
LA County Fire Fighters Emily Fuller and Siene Freeman demonstrate how turnout gear designed for men restricts their movement.
During today’s board meeting, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone, Deputy Chief Eleni Pappas, Lifeguard Section Chief Danielle McMillon, and Battalion Chief Sara Rathbun testified to the board about the challenges the uniforms create for women in the department, including increased cancer risk and getting injured on the job. Women firefighters wearing their turnout gear demonstrated that the cut of the pants limits women’s ability to squat or climb and the cut in the chest and shoulders limits women’s ability to raise their arms.
“I echo Supervisor Hahn’s statement that I’ve never once complained about my uniforms, but that doesn’t mean they fit,” said Fire Captain Sheila Kelliher. “We are problem solvers by nature, it’s what we do. Where I have a problem is, now I’m mentoring the next generation of men and women coming through our department, and when I tell a 23-year-old girl, ‘Eh, just figure it out, just, I don’t know, pull them up, tighten up your suspenders,’ it doesn’t work. We need to do better.”
The motion approved by the board today directs the LA County Fire Chief to work with the CEO and the Women’s Fire League to report back in 60 days on a plan to make work uniforms and PPE specific for women fire fighters and lifeguards available to LACoFD employees. The Board will also send a letter signed by all five women members to the manufacturers and vendors that produce and distribute the PPE and uniforms purchased by LACoFD urging them to manufacture women’s PPE and uniforms and make them more accessible to purchase.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department currently employs just 82 women firefighters– an issue that has drawn criticism from Supervisor Hahn.
Fire Chief Anthony Marrone testified that he was committed to taking on this challenge saying, “this is an issue of equity that we must address as we move forward to not only hire but retain and promote women.”
Supervisor Hahn and LASD Seek Public’s Help in solving 1967 Murder of Huntington Park Police Officerhttps://hahn.lacounty.gov/wp-content/themes/blade/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg150150Hayley MunguiaHayley Munguiahttps://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/630b38108b5fe959ca74b3e2916d05a0?s=96&d=mm&r=g
$20,000 reward offered for information about the cold case
Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help in solving the fifty-seven-year cold case murder of Huntington Park Police Officer Robert Keller.
“The murder of Officer Robert Keller continues to be painful for the Huntington Park community and his family,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “This many years later, we hold out hope that we can solve this case and provide some sense of closure to Officer Keller’s family. I urge anyone with any information about this murder to share what they know with our Sheriff’s detectives.”
On October 5, 1967, Officer Keller was dispatched to the “Wonder Shop,” a business at 6509 Pacific Blvd. in Huntington Park, to investigate a “silent” burglar alarm call. He confronted the armed burglary suspect inside the location. Officer Keller, who exchanged gunfire with the suspect, suffered gunshot wounds in the gun battle and succumbed to his injuries.
While Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives and officers of the Huntington Park Police Department conducted a rigorous investigation at the time of the murder, the crime has remained unsolved. The case is currently being investigated by the Unsolved Unit using the latest scientific methods and technologies.
“The City of Huntington Park thanks the office of Supervisor Hahn and the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department for the continued support to unravel this infamous crime,” said Huntington Park Mayor Marilyn Sanabria. “We are grateful for the proposed motion to bring additional resources to help solving this case.”
Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a motion by Supervisor Janice Hahn reestablishing a reward for $20,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the heinous murder of Officer Robert Keller.
Anyone with information is urged to call Lieutenant Joseph Purcell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5565, or the Los Angeles Regional Crimestoppers Hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).