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KSBR News Briefs on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Off-duty LA officer fires gun during struggle with teen in Anaheim

A Los Angeles policeman is under investigation after a video appears to show him firing a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy in Anaheim.

No one was injured but two teenagers were arrested after the incident, which spurred dozens of people to protest against police last night in the streets of Anaheim, where the officer lives and the confrontation occurred.

The Los Angeles Times reports there had been problems with teens walking across the officer's lawn and the boy apparently believed the officer had cursed a teenage girl who had done so on Tuesday.

A witness said that's when the 13-year-old spoke up.

 

Immigrants change up their routines, brace for arrest

In our County dozens of immigrants have signed powers of attorney authorizing relatives and friends to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents.

Around the country, President Trump's efforts to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living illegally in the U.S. have spread fear and anxiety and brought about major changes in how people go about their daily lives.

The unease has been building for months but intensified in recent weeks with ever-clearer signs that the Trump administration would jettison the Obama-era policy of focusing mostly on deporting those immigrants who committed serious crimes.

On Tuesday, the administration announced that any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged with or convicted of any offense, or even suspected of a crime, will now be an enforcement priority. That could include people arrested for shoplifting or other minor offenses, or those who simply crossed the border illegally.

Some husbands and wives fear spouses who lack legal papers could be taken away. And many worry that parents will be separated from their U.S.-born children.

 

Lake Forest

The Lake Forest City Council has agreed to allow the construction of a 102 room Springhill Suites Marriot to move forward.

Mayor Scott Voigts says the Council had rejected an appeal to the five story hotel that will be built on the corner of Lake Forest and Rockfield Boulevard.

He says hotel construction will begin in the summer, with completion expected in the middle of next year.

He says with an 80 to 85 percent occupancy rate, it’s projected, the hotel will generate between 275-thousand to 350-thousand dollars a year in revenue.

It will become Lake Forest’s 11th hotel.

 

San Juan Capistrano

The San Juan Capistrano City Council has approved a 45 day moratorium on changing the Senior 55 and over only mobile home parks to people of all ages.

Mayor Kerry Ferguson says the problem is mobile home park owners have been changing the status of their properties and raising the rent. And it has created pressure on seniors who then have a tough time finding modestly priced places to live.

She says the moratorium would give the City attorney time to look at the issue to determine what action if any, the City Council could take in the future on the problem.

In other business, the Council talked about a proposed general retail, eating and drinking development at the former Ito Nursery property on Los Rios Street.

She says the Council took no action, but today, the City’s Design Review Committee will see an unveiling of the project at 4:30 this afternoon.

 

Laguna Niguel

The Laguna Niguel City Council has agreed to move forward in the process to have a new community building at Crown Valley Park.

Assistant City Manager Dan Fox says the Council reviewed the programming and space analysis of the new 25-thousand square foot community building that will replace the 40 year old building.

He says when it’s finished it will have 15 different rooms instead of the current two. And it will also have new locker rooms as it’s adjacent to the pool.

He says the goal is to have construction begin at the end of next year, with completion by the City’s 30th Anniversary on December1, 2019.