LADA October 2023 Newsletter

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Newsletter  |  October 26, 2023

We Mourn the Tragic Death of Sgt. Guerrero
and His Wife Annabel


​LADA family gathered with Annabel and LADA BOI Sgt. Emilio Guerrero’s loved ones for a candlelight vigil at St. Raymond Catholic Church, remembering and honoring both of their incredible lives that were tragically taken by a fatal vehicle collision in Downey on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.

LADA thanks the community for your support during this time. Annabel and Sgt. Guerrero leave behind two daughters, ages 12 and 15, in addition to Sgt. Guerrero’s 20-year-old daughter.

To honor the memory of Emilio and Annabel and to provide support to their young children, consider donating through the Star & Shield Foundation at:

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to assist the Guerreros’ children in their time of need.

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Man Charged in Fatal Crash That Killed Four Pepperdine University Students in Malibu


L.A. County District Attorney Gascón announced murder charges against the driver in a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu that killed four Pepperdine University seniors.

“Our hearts go out the families, loved ones and the Pepperdine University family as they cope with this unimaginable pain,” District Attorney Gascón said. “We stand in deep sorrow for the loss of four innocent lives tragically taken in a senseless act. We want to assure the community that we are committed to seeking justice for those who have been taken from us too soon.”

Fraser Michael Bohm of Malibu is charged with four counts of murder and four counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. He pleaded not guilty to all charges at arraignment and if convicted, Bohm faces the possibility of multiple life sentences.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the full news conference here.

Read our news release here.

Los Angeles County District Attorney's
Office Launches Investigation Into
Labor Practices in Local Hotels


District Attorney George Gascón stood alongside labor leaders, elected officials, union organizers and workers during a press conference to announce his office’s investigation into local hotels’ labor practices amid the largest hotel strike in U.S. history. 

This vital inquiry comes in response to the recent strikes organized by UNITE HERE Local 11, shedding light on concerns regarding the alleged employment of unhoused refugees, particularly from Venezuela, to replace striking workers, notably in the housekeeping departments.

“We take these egregious allegations with the utmost seriousness,” District Attorney Gascón said. “The mistreatment of vulnerable workers and their exploitation will not be tolerated. We will conduct an exhaustive investigation, working closely with UNITE HERE Local 11 and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with labor laws and protect the rights and dignity of all workers.”

Watch the full news conference here.

District Attorney George Gascón Launches
Latine Advisory Board


District Attorney Gascón recently swore in the members of LADA’s first-ever Latine Advisory Board.

The Board will advise the office regarding policies, priority issues and best practices related to the Latine community and the criminal legal system.

We thank each of these volunteers for their commitment to improving the work of this office and public safety in our diverse communities!

Read our press release here.

Watch it on TikTok.

All LADA-Sponsored Legislation for
2023 Session Signed into Law!


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We celebrate a milestone California legislative session, with all LADA-sponsored legislation having been passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom!

The five bills include:

  • AB 1261 (Santiago): Immigrant Rights Act
  • AB 1187 (Quirk-Silva): Expanding Victim Services for Children and Their Families
  • SB 603 (Rubio): Protecting Child Victims
  • SB 55 (Umberg): Cracking Down on Catalytic Converter Theft
  • AB 709 (McKinnor): Increasing Efficiency in the Criminal Justice Process

We thank the Deputy District Attorneys and LADA personnel who worked on each of these bills, the community advocates who rallied to ensure their passage, and the leadership of our state legislature and governor in ensuring their becoming law. 

To read more the LADA-sponsored and supported legislation, visit our website here.

For a brief synopsis of each LADA-sponsored bill, view on Instagram here.

District Attorney Gascón Sends Message During Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Join District Attorney George Gascón in speaking up about Domestic Violence and sharing resources with those in need.

Victims in need of shelter or assistance may call the #LACounty Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.

Watch it on TikTok.

Congrats Retired Judge Armstead on Becoming
First-Ever Director of JCOD


Congratulations to retired Judge Songhai Armstead, sworn-in as the first-ever director of L.A. County’s Justice Care and Opportunities Department (JCOD)!

Last year, the Board of Supervisors created the JCOD in order to merge and house the Alternatives to Incarceration Office, Jail Closure Implementation Team and the Reentry division of the Office of Diversion and Reentry under one umbrella.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


This Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating our Hispanic and Latino colleagues and community!

Read about some of our stellar LADA employees — including our own District Attorney — and volunteers who contribute to this office’s work and mission, hereherehere and here.

Commemorating Indigenous Peoples' Day


Honoring Filipino American History Month


Read about some of our amazing LADA employees who contribute to this office’s work and mission, hereherehere and here.

LADA Supports Breast Cancer Awareness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. LADA stands in solidarity with all those whose lives have been touched by this disease, including the warriors among our ranks who have survived and those who have lost loved ones. We recognize their incredible courage and strength.

Watch it on TikTok.

D.A. Gascón Greets Newest Class of DDAs


District Attorney Gascón met with the newest class of Deputy District Attorneys to congratulate them on completing their training and moving forward in their work at LADA!

We look forward to seeing the many achievements of our newest DDAs.

Bravo to Constitutional Rights Foundation
as It Turns 60


We congratulate the Constitutional Rights Foundation on its 60th anniversary!

LADA partners with the Constitutional Rights Foundation to create lessons for LADA’s Project LEAD, a law-related education program that teaches fifth graders about the criminal legal system.

We are proud to continue our partnership with CRF as it transitions into becoming Teach Democracy.

Watch it on TikTok.

LADA Applauds Coro Southern California's
2023 Honorees


Congratulations to Coro Southern California on another successful Crystal Eagle Awards event. LADA applauds this year’s honorees!

Coro has been training leaders across sectors, professions and corners of civic life for over 75 years, including our own District Attorney Gascón, who is an alumni of the program.

Watch it on TikTok.


BVS Holds Forum on Domestic Violence:
It Happens to Men, Too.


In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, LADA’s Bureau of Victim Services held a virtual Community Provider Forum discussing “Domestic Violence: It Happens to Men, Too.”

One in nine men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking.

We thank the speakers from various agencies, LADA’s Bureau of Victim Services and Bureau of Communications personnel who discussed the challenges men face when they are victims, looking for resources and reporting the domestic violence to law enforcement.

Watch it on TikTok.

Watch the forum here.

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AAPI Advisory Board Holds Forum
on Elder Abuse in Sun Valley


Thank you to everyone who participated in the AAPI Advisory Board’s “Know Your Rights Workshop: Elder Abuse and Scams” at the Palm Village Senior Housing complex in Sun Valley.

Those who attended learned about how to identify elder abuse, where to get help and how to avoid fraud and scams.

We are grateful to our AAPI Advisory Board for coordinating this event!



Save This Date for LADA's Asian American and
Pacific Islander Advisory Board Hate Crime
Safety Event in Downtown L.A.


Learn about how to identify and report hate crimes and incidents, find mental health resources and get assistance with applying to CalFresh. We thank our AAPI Advisory Board for coordinating this event!

Sign up to attend this free event here.

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