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Click It Or Ticket

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Starting today and continuing through the end of the month, Los Angeles law enforcement agencies will join their counterparts throughout the state in cracking down on motorists who don’t buckle up.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is partly funded by $3 million in traffic safety grants awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tickets for seat belt violations went up on Jan. 1 to $132 for adults and $435 for children under age 16.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Announces Hiring Of Two New Senior Deputies

Earlier this week Supervisor Ridley-Thomas announced the hiring of two new senior deputies — Linda A. Smith and Richard P. Fajardo. Smith, an educator with extensive experience in the public and non-profit sectors, has joined the staff as Senior Deputy for Human Development and Services.

Farjardo, a respected lawyer and advocate who was the lead attorney in a voting rights case that resulted in a court-ordered redrawing of supervisorial districts in Los Angeles County, has joined the staff as Senior Deputy for Justice and Public Safety issues.

Read about the entire senior staff.

'Gifts for Guns' Success

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The latest “Gifts for Guns” event held this past weekend was a huge success, with 193 guns surrendered. Crescenta Valley Station collected 71 guns, and Marina del Rey Station collected 122 guns during this event.

The “Gifts for Guns” program was developed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2005 to provide a unique opportunity for area residents to safely surrender any firearm, anonymously and without questions, to Sheriff’s personnel in exchange for a $100 gift card for any handgun or rifle, or a $200 gift card for an assault weapon. Last year, the Sheriff’s Department collected more than 3,000 guns, which were later destroyed. To date, this program has been very successful and has already collected 2,588 guns.

The Sheriff’s Department plans to hold a “Gifts for Guns” event at 21 drive-thru locations over the next couple of months. This Friday, May 8, 2009, people can drive through the following locations:

East Los Angeles

100 block of Mednik Avenue (Belvedere Park parking lot), East Los Angeles, California 90022

Industry Station

150 North Hudson Avenue, Industry, California 91715

Lennox

11507 Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90047

West Hollywood (Saturday, May 9, only)

5500 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90027

Each weekend, different stations will host the program. For more information on future dates and locations, please contact your local Sheriff’s station.

VIDEO: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Governor Schwarzenegger and Sheriff Baca Promote The Gifts For Guns Exchange Program

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas held a press conference promoting the Gifts for Guns exchange program. Over the next couple of months residents can turn in their firearms and ammunition – no questions asked – at 21 drive-thru locations and receive $100 to $200 gift cards in return.

The program kicks off this weekend at Lynwood City Hall. More information here (PDF).

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