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SOUTHLAND BRIEFLY : 4 SENATORS REQUEST ROGERS' RESIGNATION.

SACRAMENTO - Four state senators said Tuesday that one of their colleagues, Sen. Don Rogers, R-Palmdale, is unfit to serve in public office and should resign for claiming he didn't owe federal taxes because he is white.

Three Los Angeles Democrats - Sens. Diane Watson, Hilda Solis, and Richard Polanco - were joined by Nicholas Petris, D-Oakland, at a Capitol news conference calling for Rogers to step down.

On Monday, the Senate Rules Committee - chaired by Senate Leader Bill Lockyer, D-Hayward, - began examining issues surrounding Rogers' citizenship status to determine whether he no longer meets the requirements to serve in the Senate.

All lawmakers must be U.S. citizens in order to keep a seat in the Legislature. But in a document filed four years ago, Rogers declared that he did not consider himself a citizen of the United States and believed he owed no federal taxes because the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to slaves, did not apply to him.

Rogers has said previously that he used the ploy in an effort to avoid paying more than $140,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest owed to the Internal Revenue Service.

SOURCE: - Daily News

Noise regulation system probed

The Los Angeles City Council took steps Tuesday aimed at improving enforcement of the city's noise ordinance at Van Nuys Airport.

The council directed the City Attorney's Office and Airport Commission to review the ordinance, and recommend ways to make sure curfew violators are identified and that fines are collected in a timely manner.

Assistant City Attorney Breton Lobner said his office would review the council request and study what other cities are doing to enforce noise rules.

``We're going to look at it and see,'' he said, but added there may be City Charter rules that limit what Los Angeles can do.

Councilman Mike Feuer introduced the measure after the Daily News reported April 1 that city prosecutors were taking up to three years to collect fines from violators and that some violators were escaping punishment altogether.

SOURCE: - Daily News

Sexual harassment lawsuit settled

The City Council voted Tuesday to pay $150,000 to a former LAPD homicide detective to settle a lawsuit in which she charged that she was subjected to sexual harassment by two male homicide detectives in the South Bureau.

The unidentified female homicide detective alleged that she was subjected to lewd comments and inappropriate touching, according to her attorney, Carol Sobel of the American Civil Liberties Union.

SOURCE: - Daily News

Suspect files civil rights suit

A man who opened fire on police officers as they tried to arrest him and his companion for a Newbury Park liquor store robbery filed a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming police used excessive force.

Robert Cunningham, 32, who was paralyzed from the waist down in the June 26, 1995, gunfight, said in his U.S. District Court suit filed Monday that members of the LAPD's Special Investigations Section tried to kill him.

In addition to compensatory and punitive damages, the suit also asks U.S. District Judge J. Spencer Letts for an injunction prohibiting SIS officers from following culprits, allowing them to commit crimes and killing them.

SOURCE: - Associated Press
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Date:Apr 17, 1996
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