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The 6-foot-10 Jalen Hill played 77 games in three seasons for UCLA, starting 40 games, averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Hill played his last game for the Bruins on Jan. 30, 2021, going scoreless in 11 minutes against Oregon State.

Former UCLA basketball player Jalen Hill dies in Costa Rica

LOS ANGELES (CNS)—Former UCLA power forward and center Jalen Hill has died after going missing in Costa Rica, his family announced. He was 22.


In an Instagram post, Hill's family wrote they were unable to share any details surrounding his death.


"We know Jalen has played a part in the lives of so many people," the family wrote Tuesday. "We also acknow- ledge the role that so many of you have played in his. As we try to navigate this devastating time in our lives,
we ask that you please give us time to grieve. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.''


Hill was a star at Centennial High School in Corona, leading the Huskies to the CIF Southern Section Regional Division I championship game as senior in 2017. He was ranked as the No. 47 player nationally in his high
school class by ESPN.com.


"I'm so stunned I don't even have an emotion right now," Josh Giles, Hill's coach at Corona Centennial told the Los Angeles Times. "To hear something like this is next-level devastating."


Bruins coach Mick Cronin called Hill's death heartbreaking.


"Jalen was a warm-hearted young man with a great smile who has left us far too soon,'' Cronin said in a statement.


The 6-foot-10 Hill played 77 games over three seasons for UCLA, starting 40 games, averaging 6.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Hill played his last game for the Bruins on Jan. 30, 2021, going scoreless in 11 minutes against Oregon State.

 

The team announced the following week that he was sitting out a game against USC for personal reasons.


Hill later said the reason why he never came back to play was due to anxiety and depression after putting excessive pressure on himself to succeed.


"It was a tough decision to make, but once I knew what I had to do, it wasn't hard, like I figured out, like, this is going to help me," Hill told the Times in a 2021 interview.


Hill was among three UCLA freshmen arrested for shoplifting when the Bruins were in Hangzhou, China to open the 2017-18 season and remained at the team's hotel until their case could be resolved. Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley publicly apologized upon their return to campus and thanked everyone involved in helping to resolve the case so they could return home, including then-President Donald Trump.


Hill called his personal actions "stupid."


"There's just no other way to put it," he said. "And I'm not that type of person. I hope that this mistake will not define me as a person, but it shows that I have messed up and can learn from it. I don't want to be known for
this dumb mistake. I want to be known for my respectfulness and my love and passion for the game of basket- ball. This event has changed me in a way I can't explain."


The three players were initially suspended indefinitely from the team while they went through the university's disciplinary review process. Ball withdrew from school before the review was completed. Hill and Riley remained
suspended through the remainder of the season.

LA MAYOR: BASS VS. CARUSO

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The Nov. 8 general election will feature a slugfest between Karen Bass, who previously held the 37th District congressional post and billionaire developer Rick Caruso. But the other race scarcely mentioned to now, involves State Senator Sidney Kamlager and three-term LA City Councilwoman Jan Perry, which will likely catch fire in the quest by the opposing candidates to succeed Bass for the 37th District congressional seat. Photo by Tyrone Cole 

The other political race crying for attention: 37th District Congress

LOS ANGELES (MNS)Former Council- woman Jan Perry will advance to the gen- eral election in the race to replace Rep. Karen Bass in the 37th Congressional District. Perry will face State Senator Sydney Kamlager, who for the second time in as many elections, is leaving her current position after serving less than a year to seek higher office.

Updated results by the registrar's office added to Perry's lead over Culver City Mayor Daniel W. Lee in their battle to take on Kamlager for the Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Bass to run for mayor. 

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Jan Perry

Sidney Kamlager

Going into Friday, Perry had a 1,085-vote lead over Lee, but that margin expanded to 1,250 when the updated results were released.

 

"I think the voters of Los Angeles and the 37th Congressional District sent a clear message last night, exper- ience counts. You can't just buy elections, said Perry" Special interests from outside of the District spent $1.4 million in support of Senator Kamlager to influence the outcome of this election. The entire field of candidates combined was outspent by more than 3 to 1 by a free-spending billionaire.

"I look forward to a spirited exchange of ideas," said Perry. "We must discuss how to bring jobs and afford- able housing into our community, address the home- less crisis that plagues our neighborhoods, and debate ideas on how to provide much-needed relief from record-breaking gas prices and inflation, she continued."

 

Earlier this year, Sen. Kamlager sponsored legislation  on behalf of the Super PACs that supported her cam- paign, which would allow the State of California to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. The Senate finance committee initially rejected the legislation, but it is currently under reconsideration.

"We need leaders in Washington who can get results for our community and who will fight to deliver affordable housing, health care, and good-paying jobs to the district," said Faye Geyen, resident of Culver City. "The time for talk is over. Jan Perry isn't afraid to push for policies like the repeal of the gas tax that help working people. She has a record of true accomplishment and my full support."

Perry currently serves as the executive director for two non-profits that address future infrastructure, economic development, and environmental challenges and support agencies that serve Los Angeles’ unhoused popula- tion. From July 2013 to December 2018, she served as the general manager of the City of Los Angeles’ Econ- omic and Workforce Development Department. During her tenure, the department enrolled 91,000 people in its training and placement programs.

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SAN FERNANDO (CNS)A misdemeanor gun case has been dismissed against former Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey's husband, who was charged in 2020 with pointing a gun out his door while ordering a group of Black Lives Matter protesters to leave the couple's Granada Hills property.


David Allan Lacey was allowed to enter an 18-month diversion program in May 2021 to resolve the mis- demeanor case in which he was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, complete 13 anger management classes, complete a gun safety course and not to possess any firearm during the diversion- ary period, but Superior Court Judge David Stuart terminated diversion early after Lacey completed all the program's terms, according to defense attorney Samuel Tyre.


"David is happy this matter is behind him," Tyre said.


The judge said last May that he believed Lacey's case was "an appropriate case for diversion," noting that he was at the time a "67-year-old man who has led an otherwise exemplary, productive life." The judge also noted that there was a "unique politically charged situation that's unlikely to recur again."


In a statement shortly after the May 2021 hearing, David Lacey's attorney said, "We maintain David's innocence. He was protecting his wife and family from protesters the night of the incident. This diversion allows David to avoid the risks of a jury trial. We are happy the judge and the attorney general agreed diversion was appropriate."


At an April 2021 hearing, one of the group's members, Melina Abdullah, who is listed as one of the alleged victims in the complaint, told the judge, "So, what I experienced at the hands of David Lacey was one of the most traumatic experiences of my life ... He's getting special treatment because he's the husband of the former district attorney."


Attorney Carl Douglas, who is representing Abdullah and the other two victims listed in the complaint, said protesters had been outside the Laceys' house for 40 minutes before the run-in.


"This is not a circumstance of a distraught husband protecting his family," Douglas told the judge during the hearing in April 2021.


Lacey was charged in August 2020 with three misdemeanor counts of assault with a firearm by the Calif- ornia Attorney General's Office involving the March 2, 2020 encounter with demonstrators. The protest occurred before sunrise. David Lacey was seen on video pointing a handgun out the front door of the couple's home and ordering the protesters to leave the property. No arrests or injuries were reported.


Protesters can be heard asking to see his wife, prompting him to again order the group off the property.


Members of Black Lives Matter who took part in the protest immediately condemned David Lacey's actions. Activist Jasmyne Cannick posted the video online and sent links to local media outlets.


Black Lives Matter repeatedly protested against Jackie Lacey, criticizing her for what they saw as a failure to hold law enforcement officers accountable for shootings of minority suspects, and accusing her of failing to meet with them to discuss the issue.


Abdullahwho has said the protesters were off the Laceys' porch in less than 60 secondsinsisted Lacey's house was not off-limits given the district attorney is a public official and BLM never threatened her.


On Twitter, Abdullah alleged David Lacey "pointed a gun at my chest and said 'I will shoot you.'" She noted last year that the counts filed against him are "misdemeanors, but charges nonetheless."


Jackie Lacey lost her bid for a third term as the county's top prosecutor to former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.


In a statement released by her re-election campaign in 2020, she said, "The events that took place earlier this year have caused my family immense pain. My husband acted in fear for my safety after we were sub- jected to months of harassment that included a death threat no less than a week earlier. Protesters arrived at my house shortly after 5 a.m. while I was upstairs. My husband felt that we were in danger and acted out of genuine concern for our well being."


Shortly after the charges were filed, Tyre said he and his client were "disappointed that the Attorney Gen- eral's Office felt that the conduct at issue amounted to criminal behavior."


He added then that his client's "human instinct is forever and always to protect his wife and his family and to keep them safe from physical harm."