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                                                                                                                                                                              Deputies trade gift
                                                                                                                                                                              cards for weapons in a
                                                                                                                                                                              buyback program at a
                                                                                                                                                                              Compton parking lot.
                                                                                                                                                                              By Laura J. Nelson

                                                                                                                                                                                  As cars snaked through a
                                                                                                                                                                              series of orange cones in a
                                                                                                                                                                              Compton parking lot, five
                                                                                                                                                                              shopping carts slowly filled
                                                                                                                                                                              with rifles and assault weap-
                                                                                                                                                                              ons. Nearby, plastic produce
                                                                                                                                                                              crates     overflowed     with
                                                                                                                                                                              handguns, spare gun parts
                                                                                                                                                                              and ammunition maga-
                                                                                                                                                                                  The weapons and acces-
                                                                                                                                                                              sories came from a gun buy-
                                                                                                                                                                              back program held Monday
                                                                                                                                   Bethany Mollenkof Los Angeles Times        by the Los Angeles County
L.A. COUNTY DEPUTIES collect weapons during Monday’s buyback event. Volunteers emptied magazines and threaded zip ties                                                        Sheriff ’s Department, the
through barrels. It was the Sheriff’s Department’s first such effort since 2009 and netted 193 rifles, 144 handguns and 22 assault rifles.                                    agency’s first such effort
                                                                                                                                                                              since 2009. Deputies sweat-
                                                                                                                                                                              ed under unseasonably
                                                                                                                                                                              warm temperatures as they

                                 L.A.’S RACE FOR MAYOR                                                                                                                        lifted weapons out of car

                                 Candidates covet the bases
                                                                                                                                                                              trunks and truck beds and
                                                                                                                                                                              chalked the weapons’ value
                                                                                                                                                                              on each windshield. Volun-

                                                                                                                                                                              teers emptied magazines
                                                                                                                                                                              and threaded zip ties
                                                                                                                                                                              through barrels.
                                                                                                                                                                                  More than an hour before
                                 Garcetti, Perry, Greuel, James look to build victorious coalitions
                                                                                                                                                                              the buyback was scheduled
                                                                                                                                                                              to start, 15 cars waited. By 5
                                                                                                                                                                              p.m., deputies had collected
                                                                  clave in Wilmington and                                                Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.          386 weapons, including 193

red flags
                                 By Seema Mehta                   meeting with Northeast L.A.                                            Garcetti and Perry joined            rifles, 144 handguns and 22
                                                                                                      ‘People’s Pledge’
                                                                  community leaders at a                                                 fellow mayoral hopefuls              assault rifles. Those who
                                     Trying to build coalitions   Mexican     restaurant     in       An L.A. mayoral candi-             Controller Wendy Greuel              turned in the weapons left
                                 that will deliver victory, Los   Mount Washington.                   date’s plan to limit out-          and attorney Kevin James at          with $50 in gift cards in ex-
                                 Angeles’ mayoral candi-             “I believe no part of this       side spending has origins          a forum at an African Ameri-         change for gun parts and
                                 dates are feverishly criss-      city should be forgotten,”          in Massachusetts. AA3              can church in South Los An-          non-working guns; $100 for
L.A. County auditors             crossing the city, reaching      Garcetti told dozens of vol-                                           geles the evening before. The        handguns, shotguns and ri-
                                 out to diverse groups of         unteers in Wilmington.                                                 previous night, they spoke                       [See Guns, AA4]
find that a deal with            voters in their homes,              One of his supporters               Garcetti isn’t alone in an-     before a largely white audi-
Enterprise cars wasn’t           houses of worship and meet-      told him the community was          gling for support among the        ence in the San Fernando
                                 ing places.                      the redheaded stepchild in          city’s many ethnic groups.         Valley.
competitive.                         Councilman Eric Garcet-      the city of Los Angeles, he         Councilwoman Jan Perry on              The appearances before           Contentious issue
                                 ti spent Sunday visiting Afri-   said to the crowd. “No mas.         Friday spoke to Jewish and         such varied voter groups re-         In the aftermath of New-
By Abby Sewell                   can American churches, en-       No more. We’re going to             African American students          flect the challenge and ne-          town, Glendale considers
                                 couraging volunteer pre-         make sure this is a city for        at a USC Shabbat dinner            cessity of retail campaign-          banning gun shows from
    Auditors reviewing a         cinct walkers in a Latino en-    everybody.”                         that commemorated the                   [See Candidates, AA4]           its civic auditorium. AA3
$1.75-million car leasing con-
tract given to a company
with a politically connected

                                                                                                                                                                              Some in
lobbying firm found that Los
Angeles County officials had
failed to create a “truly com-
petitive” process, but that

                                                                                                                                                                              state are
there was no evidence of im-
proper influence.
    Investigators with the

                                                                                                                                                                              missing a
county auditor-controller’s
office reviewed the Enter-
prise Rent-a-Car contract at
the request of Supervisor

Michael D. Antonovich. A re-
port by KCET-TV had
raised questions about the
way the business was award-
    Enterprise was given a
sole-source, five-year deal in                                                                                                                                                As part of redistricting
March to provide 60 leased
vehicles to the county’s                                                                                                                                                      process, 4 million
Community Development                                                                                                                                                         residents won’t have a
Commission and to main-
tain the agency’s existing                                                                                                                                                    senator for two years.
fleet. Commission staff pro-
jected that outsourcing the                                                                                                                                                   By Patrick McGreevy
fleet services would save
about $300,000 a year.                                                                                                                                                            SACRAMENTO — Many
    The Nov. 28 report on                                                                                                                                                     state senators will serve con-
KCET’s “SoCal Connected”                                                                                                                                                      stituents outside their offi-
focused on the lobbying firm                                                                                                                                                  cial districts for the next two
Englander Knabe & Allen                                                                                                                                                       years to address a quirk
and questioned whether its                                                                                                                                                    caused by the redrawing of
clients — including Enter-                                                                                                                                                    political boundaries in 201  1.
prise — got an unfair advan-                                                                                                            Mark Boster Los Angeles Times             When the legislative dis-
tage because partner Matt                                                                                                                                                     trict maps were remade,
Knabe is the son of county                                 FIRE DE STROYS SCHOOL CAFETERIA                                                                                    some new districts over-
Supervisor Don Knabe, who                                                                                                                                                     lapped old ones. Voters in
voted along with all the            Firefighters battle a blaze that destroyed the cafeteria building at Mountain View High School in                                         only half of the 40 state Sen-
other supervisors to award          El Monte. KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported that the building also housed a maintenance shop and                                                 ate districts chose repre-
        [See Contract, AA4]         student store. One firefighter sustained a minor injury. The cause of the blaze was unknown.                                              sentatives last year. Some
                                                                                                                                                                              communities in the old dis-
                                                                                                                                                                              tricts were moved into new
                                                                                                                                                                              ones that will not have elec-

From home kitchens, luscious profits
                                                                                                                                                                              tions until 2014.
                                                                                                                                           Police say N.M.                        That has left nearly 4 mil-
                                                                                                                                           teen confessed                     lion Californians without an
                                                                                                                                                                              elected representative in the
                                                                                                                                           The 15-year-old boy                Senate for the next two
                                                                                                                                           admitted to killing his            years, while others tempo-
                                    Through two years of re-      her to contract with a com-             But that hurdle recently         mother, father and                 rarily have two senators.
                                                                                                                                           three young siblings,
A Fountain Valley                search, trial-and-error reci-    mercial kitchen to produce          disappeared.
                                                                                                                                           authorities say. AA2
                                                                                                                                                                                  “That happens during
                                 pes and taste tests, Ory         it.                                     Last fall, Gov. Jerry                                               every redistricting. It can’t
woman will boil down             came up with Eco-BeeCo, a            Instead of building a           Brown signed Assembly Bill                                              be helped,” said Peter Yao,
                                                                                                                                           ‘Death Wish’
state rules for cottage          natural sugar alternative        small market and gradually          1616, a law allowing Californi-
                                                                                                                                           director dies
                                                                                                                                                                              former chairman of the Citi-
                                 with a tad of freeze-dried       making the transition to            ans to make and sell certain                                            zens Redistricting Commis-
food entrepreneurs.              honey that passed her re-        large-scale distribution, Ory       non-hazardous foods out of           Michael Winner, who                sion, created by voters to re-
                                 quirements      nutritionally    had to invest $35,000 to            their kitchens. Foods that           specialized in thrillers           draw legislative boundaries
By Jeremiah Dobruck              and her father’s gustatory       blend 6,000 pounds of Eco-          don’t include cream or meat,         and action movies,                 every 10 years. “It has hap-
                                 muster.                          BeeCo without ever having           such as bread, fruit, baked          was 77. AA5                        pened more this time
    When Caron Ory’s father         But when Ory wanted to        sold a pouch of it.                 goods, jarred goods and dry                                             around because we dramati-
was diagnosed with diabe-        share her product outside of         “I spent thousands, and         mixes — like Eco-BeeCo —             Complete Index .. AA2              cally moved the district
tes and struggled to stop        family and friends, she ran      it was a big, big, big risk,” she   could all bypass commercial          Lottery .................. AA2     lines.”
eating sugar, the trained die-   into a hurdle.                   said. “I didn’t even know my        production and be sold               California ............. AA3           Lawmakers last week ap-
titian told him not to worry.       To sell the product she’d     product was a big seller, and       straight out of a home kitch-        Obituaries ............ AA5        proved a plan to have many
    “I’ll create something for   developed in her home            here I am blending 6,000            en, according to the law.                                               senators temporarily pro-
                                                                                                                                           Weather ................ AA6
you,” she promised.              kitchen, state law required      pounds.”                                      [See Kitchen, AA4]                                                    [See Districts, AA5]

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