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Gondola project at Dodger Stadium sparks gentrification and privacy fears from Chinatown residents

  • A mile-long gondola project at Dodger Stadium has sparked fear among Chinatown residents who worry about gentrification and privacy concerns.
  • The project, backed by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, is currently in the hands of the environmental nonprofit Climate Resolve.
  • Chinatown residents believe that the project will “hurt” their neighborhood as the ride will be “just 40 feet” above residents’ homes.
  • The gondola ride would be free for anyone who shows a current Dodgers ticket and could carry around 5,000 people per hour.

Chinatown residents in Los Angeles are expressing gentrification and privacy concerns regarding the upcoming mile-long gondola project at Dodger Stadium.

The gondola project, backed by former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, is a planned mile-long ride that would stretch from Union Station to the Dodgers Stadium. Climate Resolve, an environmental nonprofit organization, is currently overseeing the project. 

Arcadia nurse accused of shooting into neighbor’s apartment over piano noise in California

  • Kathryn Pugh, a 39-year-old registered nurse, was arrested for allegedly firing several gunshots into the apartment of her neighbor, Pin Hsin Lin, over piano noise in Arcadia, California, on Aug. 1.
  • Police said they found Pugh intoxicated and in possession of two legally registered guns in her apartment.
  • She was charged with two felony counts of discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling and is being held without bail.
  • Pugh, who moved in last year, had been complaining about the noise of her downstairs neighbor, according to Lin. Lin had been teaching piano lessons in her apartment for nearly three years.
  • Pugh’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 16.

A registered nurse was arrested for allegedly firing several gunshots into her neighbor’s apartment over piano noise in Arcadia, California.

Pin Hsin Lin, who had been teaching piano lessons in her Sunset Boulevard apartment in Arcadia for nearly three years, was getting ready for a lesson when a bullet that was fired through her ceiling barely missed her.

81-year-old woman found dead and ‘semi-charred’ in suspected home invasion robbery in Los Angeles

  • Ok Ja Kim, an 81-year-old Korean woman, was found dead and "semi-charred" in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday in what police are investigating as a home invasion robbery.
  • Los Angeles Police Department investigators believe someone broke into Kim’s home to steal some of her belongings, killed her and tried to set the house on fire in the process.
  • Although the case is being investigated as a homicide, Kim’s cause of death has yet to be determined.
  • There is currently no suspect information regarding this case.

A Korean woman was found dead and “semi-charred” in her Los Angeles home in what police are investigating as a home invasion robbery.

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers responded to a report of a dead body in the 20800 block of Martha Street in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California, at around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sriracha factory slows from producing 18,000 bottles of Sriracha an hour to just 2,000 an hour

Due to a drought, the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California, is producing about 2,000 bottles an hour compared to its usual production of 18,000 bottles an hour. 

The Huy Fong Foods, Inc. factory has been hit with a chili shortage due to an unexpected crop failure in peppers caused by severe weather conditions. The company estimated that it is only receiving approximately 10 percent of its typical amount of pepper products, reported NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles DA Gascón seeks to overturn death sentence of man who murdered two Japanese students

  • Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón petitioned to change the death sentence of Raymond Oscar Butler, the man who murdered two Japanese students in 1994, to life in prison without parole.
  • Gascón’s office cited Butler’s age and his mental illness at the time of his crime.
  • Butler, then 18-years-old, fatally shot Marymount College film students Takuma Ito and Go Matsuura through the the backs of their heads in 1994. He was later convicted in 1996 and sentenced to death.
  • He also received another death sentence for his involvement in a fatal stabbing of a fellow inmate prior to his sentencing in 1995, which Gascón’s petition did not seek to lift.
  • The petition has reignited criticisms against Gascón, with critics blaming his criminal justice reform policies for the crime surge in Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón asked a Superior Court Judge to overturn the death sentence of a man who murdered two Japanese students in 1994.

Gascón wants to change the death sentence of Raymond Oscar Butler, 47, to life in prison without parole, reported NBC News

Man accused of attacking Filipino American family at Hollywood drive-thru pleads not guilty

  • Nicholas Weber, the 31-year-old man accused of hurling racial slurs and attacking a Filipino American family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood on May 13, pleaded not guilty to all his charges in court on Monday.
  • Weber is facing one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of battery with hate crime enhancements for attacking the Roque family.
  • Following Weber’s plea, Judge John H. Reed of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the Roque family’s request for a protective order, covering a five-block perimeter around their home in case Weber posts his $150,000 bail.
  • “The legal team expected the judge might release him or significantly lower the bail,” Nerissa Roque told reporters, adding that she and her daughter, Patricia, were pleased by the decision.
  • “Community pressure helps in continuing seeking justice,” Nerissa added. “But it continues to be an open case and we invite more community members, more Filipino organizations, more Asian and multi-racial organizations to continue to stand with us.”

Nicholas Weber, the man accused of hurling racial slurs and attacking a Filipino American family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood in May, has pleaded not guilty to battery charges.

Weber, 31, is facing one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of battery with hate crime enhancements for attacking the Roque family at the drive-thru on May 13. The Sylmar man, who is currently in custody at the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, pleaded not guilty to all his charges in court on Monday.

Suspect in murder of elderly Asian man in LA had mental issues that ‘came out of nowhere’, uncle says

  • Keonte Woods, 25, is accused of fatally stabbing 70-year-old Dal Lee in Los Angeles’ South Main Street on May 5.
  • Lee was sitting inside his parked van when a Black male suspect approached him from behind and stabbed him in the neck, police said.
  • Woods was arrested in connection to the incident on May 12 and charged with murder on May 16.
  • However, a criminal complaint revealed that Woods was also allegedly involved in a separate attack against another Asian victim on April 30.
  • Woods’ uncle, Travis Jones, told the Los Angeles Times that Woods had kept to himself until he began to struggle with mental issues that “came out of nowhere.”
  • Woods is now facing a joint felony case from both attacks and is being held on a $2 million bail.

A man accused of killing an elderly Asian man in Los Angeles in May had kept to himself before struggling with mental issues, his uncle said.

Keonte Woods, 25, was arrested on May 12 in connection with the fatal stabbing of 70-year-old Dal Lee in the 5300 block of South Main Street a week earlier.

Asian US Navy veteran knocked out in LA Koreatown attack to press charges if assailant is caught

  • A U.S. Navy veteran was knocked unconscious after being sucker-punched in Los Angeles’ Koreatown on Tuesday afternoon.
  • The 32-year-old victim, identified only as Leo, was playing on his phone while waiting for a bus near a Chipotle in Wilshire and Vermont when “this Black man with anger issues sucker-punched me,” he recalled in an Instagram post.
  • The veteran, who already suffers from PTSD and anxiety, sustained scrapes and bruises on his face and shoulder, as well as a large contusion on the back of his head.
  • Leo told NextShark that he plans to press charges against his unidentified assailant “if he is caught.”
  • Despite his unfortunate experience, Leo, who is Taiwanese American, said people can be “strong, vigilant and mindful, but don't let resentment take up any more of your time and space.”

An Asian U.S. Navy veteran who lost consciousness after being sucker-punched in Los Angeles’ Koreatown on Tuesday will press charges if his assailant is caught, NextShark has learned.

The 32-year-old victim, who asked to be identified as Leo, was playing on his phone while waiting for a bus near a Chipotle in Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue at around 1:45 p.m. when “this Black man with anger issues sucker-punched me,” he recalled in an Instagram post.

KCON LA 2022 reveals second set of headliners

  • KCON LA have announced the second set of headliners for their 10thanniversary celebration.
  • The second round of headliners include Ateez, INI, JO1, Kep1er, Lightsum, Loona, NCT Dream and TO1.
  • KCON 2022 is a return to in-person KCON events after 2020 and 2021 were virtual only due to the pandemic.
  • KCON LA 2022 will run from August 19-21 at Crypto.com Arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The second set of headliners for KCON LA 2022 was finally revealed Tuesday by CJ ENM. 

Joining the first round of headliners announced last week for KCON LA 2022 are Loona, Kep1er, Lightsum, NCT Dream, Ateez, TO1, JO1 and INI. 

Activists demand justice for victims of anti-Asian attack at North Hollywood McDonald’s drive-thru

  • Dozens of supporters stood beside the Roque family outside the Van Nuys District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles on Friday as they urged the authorities to investigate and prosecute Nicholas Weber for allegedly committing a hate crime.
  • The crowd consisted of members from several groups, including the Filipino Migrant Center, the Kabataan Alliance and the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON).
  • “It’s really unfortunate that these kinds of Asian hate cases are not really a priority, unless the media and the community get involved, and attorneys get involved,” Sandy Roxas, the Roque family’s lawyer, said.
  • Nerissa Roque, 47, and her daughter, Patricia, were reportedly ordering at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Victory Boulevard on May 13 when Weber, who was driving a Jeep, rear-ended their car and used a “racist stereotypical accent” while saying he would kill them.
  • Gabriel Roque, 60, rushed to the scene after being called by his wife and daughter. Weber punched Gabriel for trying to intervene, then choked Nerissa for attempting to stop him, according to reports.
  • An arrest warrant was issued for Weber after he failed to appear in court on June 8.

Dozens of supporters rallied outside a courthouse in a Los Angeles neighborhood to demand justice for the Filipino American victims of an alleged hate crime at a McDonald’s drive-thru last month.

Activists stood beside the Roque family outside the Van Nuys District Attorney’s Office on Friday, chanting “Justice for the Roque family” as they urged the authorities to investigate and prosecute Nicholas Weber for committing a hate crime. Some reportedly expressed concern that the Los Angeles Police Department is not investigating the case in-depth.

Arrest warrant issued for man who attacked Filipino family at North Hollywood fast food drive-thru

ROQUE FAMILY WARRANT
  • Nicholas Weber, 31, was ordered to appear in court on June 8 after he made racist remarks and physically attacked Gabriel Roque and his family at a McDonald’s drive-thru in North Hollywood on May 13.
  • An arrest warrant has been issued for Weber after he did not show up to court.
  • He now faces felony and misdemeanor battery hate crime charges.
  • The Filipino Migrant Center, the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns and Migrante Los Angeles are supporting the Roque family in their case by organizing a rally outside of the District Attorney’s office on Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man who threatened and physically attacked a Filipino family at a fast food drive-thru in North Hollywood, California.

Nicholas Weber, 31, was ordered to appear in court on June 8 after he made racist remarks and physically attacked Gabriel Roque and his family at a McDonald’s drive-thru on Victory Boulevard at around 10 p.m. on May 13. However, he did not show up to court, leading to a warrant for his arrest.