by Paul Teetor
In the event you reside up on Peninsula and also you’re late for an appointment it’s completely okay to hurry down Hawthorne Boulevard at practically 90 miles per hour – double the posted velocity restrict — and crash so badly that your 5,000-pound beast of a car goes flying proper by and over the oncoming site visitors lane and slams right into a tree.
In the event you’re a celeb.
And when you’ve been consuming or taking medicine earlier than the early morning crash, simply inform the cops you haven’t been consuming or taking medicine. They’ll imagine you and gained’t hassle with a urine take a look at or a blood alcohol take a look at to be sure you’re telling the reality and nothing however the fact.
In the event you’re a celeb.
And when the cops discover an empty capsule bottle in your backpack simply inform them you don’t bear in mind what occurred and also you don’t know something concerning the capsule bottle.
They’ll imagine you – when you’re a celeb.
They’ll imagine you even when you’ve had a number of DUI’s involving drugs like Vicodin and Ambien as lately as 4 years in the past.
In the event you’re a celeb.
Even when you’re a black movie star.
That’s the underside line of final Wednesday’s announcement by LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva that he won’t be submitting any prices in opposition to golf nice Tiger Woods after studying from an evaluation of the black field in Woods’ $80,000 SUV that the first reason behind his horrific crash on Hawthorne Boulevard six weeks in the past was extreme velocity – someplace between 84 and 87 miles per hour.
The choice was surprising however not stunning to many who’ve watched Villanueva’s erratic actions and boastful conduct since he was elected in 2018. The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Fee was so disgusted it known as on him to resign final fall, however he ignored them. He has acted so imperiously and uncontrolled that his nominal bosses – the 5-member County Board of Supervisors – has uninterested in his incompetence, lack of transparency and high-handed strategy. They’re at present wanting into how they’ll take away him as a result of he won’t face the voters once more till November 2022.
His two most high-profile circumstances have each been problematic for him and his division.
He screwed up the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash investigation by making an attempt to cowl up the scandal that erupted when his deputies took unauthorized images of Bryant’s charred physique and used the photographs to attempt to decide up girls at a bar.
Then he was sued by Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant for improperly dealing with the images. Bryant has gained a sequence of court docket choices that allowed the go well with to proceed. Now Villanueva has proven that he doesn’t perceive the idea of equal justice underneath the legislation – movie star or not.
Simply ask outstanding protection legal professional Tony Capozzola, who lives close to the crash website and is a former Los Angeles Deputy District Lawyer. “This determination to let Tiger skate with no prices is a basic case of movie star justice,” he tells the Straightforward Reader. “It makes me sick. Do you assume this could occur to a black man from South Central underneath the identical circumstances? The sheriff is a celeb sycophant.”
Villanueva, who spent all of three minutes explaining his determination to the press earlier than strutting out of the room, anticipated such criticism.
“I do know there are some saying he obtained particular or preferential remedy of some variety,” he mentioned. “That’s completely false.”
However there have been two very curious features of the press convention the place the no-charge determination was introduced.
First, in explaining why he declined to order drug and alcohol assessments, Villanueva launched a sheriff’s captain who mentioned that “there was no proof of any impairment….no open containers within the car and no proof of narcotics or medicine within the car or on his individual.” However Villanueva didn’t reveal that an empty capsule bottle – “an empty plastic pharmaceutical container” — had been present in Woods’ backpack, info he certainly knew when he spoke to the press.
That contradictory info was not made public till later within the day when 22 pages of stories from the deputies who responded to the accident scene had been posted on the sheriff’s web site. Villanueva didn’t return calls from the Straightforward Reader in search of a proof for why he didn’t point out that very related truth at his press convention.
Second, though Villanueva quoted one deputy as saying Woods was calm and cooperative on the crash scene, the web site contained a report from a distinct deputy who mentioned Woods was “disoriented” and “combative” when questioned on the scene. At one level, the deputy wrote, Woods mentioned he was in Florida, not California. One other deputy’s report mentioned Woods was “considerably combative.”
Capozzola mentioned the sheriff’s so-called “investigation” was incomplete and incompetent.
“In fact his blood and urine ought to have been examined for medicine and alcohol,” he mentioned. “He had two earlier situations of driving intoxicated whereas on medicine. That alone is cause sufficient to order blood assessments. He may have killed lots of people if there had been any site visitors on that southbound lane. The general public deserves to know if he was driving underneath the affect and endangering lives.”
On the day of the crash, Villanueva mentioned it was “purely an accident.” Even earlier than a proper investigation was began, he mentioned it was unlikely that there could be any felony prices. Wednesday he repeated that very same evaluation, including there was no cause to cost Woods with rushing or reckless driving.
Just a few hours after Villanueva made his announcement that the investigation was over, Woods tweeted out how grateful he was to the Sheriff and his deputies. He even thanked by title a deputy and two paramedics “for serving to me so expertly on the scene and getting me safely to the hospital.”
Woods didn’t point out it, however he had much more to be pleased about than simply their assist the day of the crash. For the following six weeks they gave him each break and each advantage of the doubt.
That’s how the justice recreation is performed in LA.
In the event you’re a celeb.
Mira Costa heads into Battle of the Seashore on a successful streak
After shedding their first three video games, all brutal last-second losses to good groups, Mira Costa has put collectively a two-game successful streak heading into the annual Battle of the Seashore Friday evening in opposition to Redondo.
The Mustang’s newest victory was final Friday evening, by a rating of 23-7 over Peninsula. It was their thirteenth straight victory over Peninsula. Costa is now 2-3 total, 2-2 within the Bay League.
Costa Head Coach Don Morrow feels like a scientist in his lab when requested to elucidate how he turned his workforce round: “We simply needed to discover the proper formulation, the proper stability between working and passing for this explicit workforce.”
Morrow, who has been teaching the Mustangs since 1993, has at all times been often called a fundamentals-first sort of man. Three yards and a cloud of mud was normally his most well-liked offensive type.
However final season he realized he had an elite passing expertise in his new quarterback, Slingin’ Sam Whitney. Whitney had improved a lot between his sophomore season when he led the JV and his junior season that he was named the Bay League Offensive Participant of the 12 months after setting eight faculty passing information.
After Whitney transferred to a Connecticut prep faculty, Morrow continued to make use of that Air Raid offense to begin this 12 months with new QB Casey Pavlick. Like Whitney the 12 months earlier than, Pavlick had graduated from the JV to the varsity, and amazingly, he put up comparable passing numbers to what Whitney had completed the 12 months earlier than. The offense was prolific and Pavlick and tight finish Thomas Southey, the perfect within the South Bay, mixed for a bunch of TDs to maintain the Mustangs in each recreation.
However after their third straight shut loss, Morrow tweaked the formulation from pass-first to run first.
“It wasn’t Casey’s fault,” he says. “He performed nice for us. We simply wanted to have higher offensive stability, not be fairly so predictable. Again within the day, out of fifty performs we preferred to run 35 occasions and go 15 occasions. We’re making an attempt to get again to that formulation.”
The outcomes had been clear two weeks in the past, when the Mustangs crushed Santa Monica 49-7, scoring, on 5 speeding touchdowns. They usually continued to make use of the ground-and-pound assault Friday evening to put on down Peninsula. They gained 220 yards on the bottom and scored two TD’s working and one passing. Dean Repetti dove in from three yards out and Ryan Moreno scampered in from 10 yards away.
The passing recreation contributed as effectively when Pavlick discovered Southey for a 20-yard TD to open the scoring. “Thomas made an actual good up-and-out transfer to get open, and Casey put the ball proper on the cash,” Morrow.
Southey, who doubles because the workforce’s kicker, accomplished the scoring with a area objective.
Redondo, in the meantime, comes into the Battle of the Seashore driving a 3-game shedding streak. After successful their first recreation, they’re now 1-3 total and 1-2 within the league. They had been scheduled to play Santa Monica final weekend, however Santa Monica needed to cancel the sport due to Covid-19 protocol points.
Scrambling to search out an opponent accessible to play, the Sea Hawks, on brief discover, got here up with Jurupa Hills, which beat them 18-6.
Morrow mentioned his successful streak and Redondo’s shedding streak gained’t be elements within the rivalry recreation, which might be performed at Redondo.
“It’s going to be an actual slugfest,” Morrow mentioned. “They play nice protection, and so they run the ball effectively. It’s going to be a decent, onerous fought recreation. This has at all times been an ideal sequence.”
Though the Mustangs gained the final two conferences, Redondo gained the three video games earlier than that.
Something can occur in a rivalry recreation, and doubtless will.
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