Oakland police, long criticized for using traffic violations to search and interrogate people of color, are trying something new: they’ve dramatically cut back on enforcement. Officers are declining to pull people over in most cases for low-level infractions like a broken windshield or tail light. They might not even stop motorists for rolling through a stop sign, if no one is crossing the street and the car doesn’t pose an imminent threat to public safety, said police Captain Christopher Bolton. Instead, the police are focused on more serious violations and people they’ve identified as potential suspects or witnesses. “They’re becoming more sophisticated,” said Jennifer Eberhardt, a psychology professor at Stanford University who has worked with Oakland Police for years to curb racial bias and mend a corrosive relationship with residents. During 2018, the first full year of the program, the number of “discretionary” stops — the … [Read more...] about To curb racial bias, Oakland police are pulling fewer people over. Will it work?
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You’re traveling for Thanksgiving by car? Then listen up: The absolute worst time to leave Southern Californnia is 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, because of what is expected to be a record freeway crunch, AAA predicted.About 3.7 million Southern Californians are expected to take a car trip of more than 50 miles during the long weekend, AAA said. They’ll be among the 55.3 million nationally who are traveling for the holiday, about 49.3 million by car. A strong economy is being credited for a 2.9% overall surge in Thanksgiving holiday travel.Nov. 27 is expected to be the worst travel period nationally, and car trips are expected to take as much at four times longer than normal in major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles and much of Southern California. So leave now if you can. But you probably can’t. So ....When not to goWhen the time comes, here are some peak periods to avoid at choke points around Southern California on D-Day (departure day), … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving car trip? Avoid these crunch times on busier-than-ever L.A. roads
Police in Oakland disproportionately stop and search African American pedestrians and motorists under the parameters of “reasonable suspicion” — a vague legal standard that can amount to little more than an officer’s hunch. From September 2014 to September 2015, more than 34,000 people were stopped by Oakland police, 1,876 for reasonable suspicion. About 70 percent were black, even though just 26.5 percent of Oakland residents are African American, according to a Chronicle analysis. Crime in Oakland LocalBy Chip JohnsonOakland must crack down on sideshowsLocalBy Chip JohnsonBooming Oakland must confront crime problemsLocalBy Chip JohnsonOakland tries new way to police cops, but could do more on crimeLocalBy Joaquin PalominoSharp downturn in use of force at Oakland Police Department Reasonable suspicion is the lowest legal threshold officers must clear to conduct a rudimentary search without consent. Unlike traffic or probable cause stops, which require … [Read more...] about Black Oakland residents stopped, searched with vague legal tactic
First, on Oct. 29, Los Angeles International Airport banned taxis, Uber and Lyft from curbside pickup and ordered them (and their traveling customers) to use LAX-it, a new pickup lot east of Terminal 1 at World Way and Sky Way. Next came long lines and delays during peak travel times, howls from frustrated travelers and an apology from airport leadership.Now, as the holidays approach and with them, crowds, comes “Son of LAX-it.”On Nov. 6, LAX responded to complaints by adding three lanes to the pickup lot, expanding its size by about 50% in hopes of getting more travelers on the road faster.These changes in the way cabs and rideshares are handled are vital, LAX officials say, because of the congestion that ride-hailing services brought to the traffic horseshoe serving the terminals, compounded by lane closures that are part of construction projects that will continue for years. Advertisement The construction will continue until the airport’s automated people mover … [Read more...] about How to hail a ride at ever-changing LAX during the holidays (or any other time)
Europe is currently home to somewhere between 3.9 and 4.8 million illegal immigrants, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. “Europe has experienced a high level of immigration in recent years, driving debate about how countries should deal with immigrants when it comes to social services, security issues, deportation policies and integration efforts,” Pew notes in its latest study of the question.“Among these recently arrived immigrants are many who live in Europe without authorization,” the article adds. “Coupled with unauthorized immigrants who were already in Europe, their numbers reach into the millions, though together they make up a small share of Europe’s total population.” Although the number of illegal migrants in Europe reached its peak in 2016, it has fallen only slightly since then, since Europe has so far been unable to devise an effective system for repatriating those migrants whose appeals for asylum have been … [Read more...] about Pew: Europe Hosting at Least 3.9 Million Illegal Immigrants