Emanuel Pleitez aspirante a la Alcaldía de Los Angeles visita Bereavision

Feb 6, 2013

Emanuel Pleitez aspirante a la Alcaldía de Los Angeles visita Bereavision

En una entrevista que se alargo por cerca de quince minutos en el programa matutino de “Hogar Al Día”, entrevistado por nuestro compañero Cesar Rosales.

Bereavision TV El Monte CA, Febrero 5, 2013.- A muy temprana hora llego a las instalaciones de Bereavision el candidato para la Alcaldía de Los Ángeles Emanuel Pleitez para ser entrevistado por el programa de Hogar Al Día.  Las elecciones se efectuaran el próximo 5 de Marzo y en la lucha por la vacante de la ciudad Angelina los aspirantes se apresuran para llegar a la gente para buscar el apoyo electoral.

Emanuel Pleitez, nació en Sur Los Ángeles, California, específicamente en El Sereno.  De descendencia Mexicana y Salvadoreña, fue criado por madre soltera juntamente con su hermana menor.  Atendió a la escuela  Woodrow Wilson High School en El Sereno de donde se graduó y ganó varias becas para seguir sus estudios.

Fue aceptado en la Universidad de Stanford, donde pudo involucrarse en el “Hispanic Undergraduate Business Association”, en el movimiento de gobierno estudiantil llamado “ASSU Student Government”, y en la fraternidad profesional de negocios Alpha Kappa Psi”.  Fue en esta transición donde pudo desarrollar su habilidad como líder comunitario en el área de la política. Tomó un receso de la universidad para ayudar en el puesto de líder de campo en la campaña presidencial de, John Kerry; mismo que el pasado, 29 de Enero el presidente, Barack Obama, confirmó como Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos. El día 6 de Febrero, Kerry, tomó protesta ante el Vice-presidente Joseph Biden en las instalaciones del Departamento de Estado.

Pleitez, también trabajo para la campaña política del presidente Obama y tambien es defensor de las clases minoritarias.

Por Jose Rodriguez/02.05.13

Fotos por Dan Alvarez

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Corrupción en Distrito de San Diego

Feb 5, 2013

SAN DIEGO.- El caso contra más de una docena de actuales y ex funcionarios escolares del sur del condado de San Diego acusados de aceptar regalos a cambio de votos en los contratos de construcción se le asignó a la Corte de South Bay, debido a que ahí es donde ha sucedido la mayor parte de los presuntos crímenes, así lo dictaminó un juez el día de hoy.
El juez Timothy Walsh afirmó la decisión que tomó el mes pasado de transferir el caso al Condado Sur, negando una moción presentada por la Oficina del Fiscal de Distrito para que el caso vuelva a la corte del centro de San Diego.

“Yo creo que el lugar más adecuado es el sur del condado”, dijo el juez.

El vicefiscal de distrito, Gary Schons, argumentó sin éxito que el caso se presentó correctamente en el centro y que la supuesta corrupción de los oficiales de la escuela se produjo en todo el condado de San Diego.

Schons también argumentó que la corte del Condado Sur no tiene las facilidades para hacer frente a estos casos.

Pero Walsh dijo que los presuntos crímenes ocurrieron mientras la mayoría de los acusados actuaban como oficiales públicos de South Bay.

Entre los 15 acusados con dos cargos, se encuentran funcionarios y ex funcionarios de la Sweetwater Union High School, de los distritos escolares de San Ysidro y del Distrito Southwestern Community College.

El ex Superintendente de Sweetwater Union High School District, Jesús Gándara, junto con el ex síndico, Greg Sandoval y miembros actuales de la Junta, Arlie Ricasa y Pearl Quiñones, fueron acusados hace un año y cada uno se ha declarado inocente de cargos de soborno, perjurio y otro en relación con el supuesto régimen “pagar-por-juego “. Cada uno se enfrenta a una condena de entre cuatro y siete años de prisión si es declarado culpable.

También se imputa en acusaciones emitidas el mes pasado a los actuales miembros de la Junta de Sweetwater, James Cartmill y Bertha López, así como al Superintendente del Distrito Escolar de San Ysidro, Manuel Paul y al ex Superintendente de Southwestern College y presidente, Raj Chopra.

Cartmill, López, Pablo y Chopra también están acusados de cargos soborno, perjurio, entre otros.

La mayoría de los acusados se espera que sean procesados el 15 de febrero.

Durante años, los funcionarios públicos regularmente aceptaban lo que equivalía a sobornos – viajes, cenas de lujo – a cambio de sus votos en proyectos multimillonarios de construcción, alegó el fiscal de distrito Bonnie Dumanis.

En marzo del año pasado, la compañía de construcción “Henry Amigable” admitió un cargo menor de haber proporcionado regalos, comidas y entradas para eventos de entretenimiento a los funcionarios del distrito para influir en las decisiones de la Junta Escolar en los contratos de construcción.

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North Hills Woman Charged in Child Porn Conspiracy

Feb 5, 2013

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Photo by KTLA.  Letha Montemayor Tucker, is taken into custody after being charged of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children.

LOS ANGELES – A North Hills woman named last month as one of two suspects sought in connection with a child pornography case tied to the San Fernando Valley was indicted today on federal charges of producing child porn and child sex trafficking.

Letha Montemayor Tucker, who uses the nickname “Butterfly,” was named in a four-count indictment returned by a Los Angeles federal grand jury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The indictment accuses Tucker, 52, of conspiracy to produce child pornography, production of child pornography, conspiracy to engage in child sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children. The charges carry a potential federal prison sentence of 10 years to life.

Tucker, who is currently being held without bond, is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court on Feb. 13.

The indictment comes one month after tips provided by the public resulted in the identification of Tucker as one of two people allegedly involved in the production of a widely circulated series of child porn images taken about 11 years ago.

The photos show an adult man, “John Doe,” and a woman, now believed to be Tucker, sexually molesting a girl whom investigators have confirmed was between 11 and 13 at the time the images were taken, federal prosecutors said.

“The sex trafficking of minors is unconscionable under any circumstances,” said United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. “As this case demonstrates, we will spare no effort in locating and prosecuting those who seek to take advantage of young, vulnerable victims.”

According to the indictment, both Tucker and the victim lived in a residential hotel in the Los Angeles area between 2000 and 2001.

At the time, Tucker worked as a prostitute, provided the victim with crack cocaine and, on multiple occasions, directed the child to engage in sexual acts with Tucker’s male clients, federal prosecutors allege.

Around May 2001, Tucker contacted “John Doe” and asked whether he would be interested in having sex with the victim in exchange for money, the indictment alleges. Tucker then brought the girl to the man’s home, where he engaged in sexual acts with the victim and photographed the encounter, prosecutors allege.

Based upon forensic analysis conducted by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, investigators believe the images were produced in the Los Angeles area, specifically in the San Fernando Valley.

The illegal images were first discovered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations special agents in Chicago in 2007. The material was submitted to NCMEC’s Child Victim Identification Program, which determined the victim had not yet been identified and was not linked with other known child porn images.

As a result of leads provided by the public, special agents with HSI located the victim within a week after the case was announced on Jan. 3. She is safe and is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, officials said.

“The victim in this case was devastated when she learned from investigators that these sexually explicit images had been distributed over the Internet,” said ICE Director John Morton. “The reality is, every time such images are viewed, the children shown are exploited yet again. That is why we owe it to these young victims to vigorously pursue these cases and hold the perpetrators accountable for their reprehensible crimes.”

While Tucker and the victim were quickly found, the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect remain unknown.

In the images in the child porn series, “John Doe’s” face has been purposely obscured by someone involved in the production of the images, but he appears to be a 40- to 50-year-old white male who would now be about 11 years older.

Tucker was arrested outside a North Hills apartment complex on Jan. 3 by federal and local authorities, less than 10 hours after federal prosecutors released photographs of a man and woman identified as “Jane Doe” and “John Doe.”

HSI agents continue to pursue several leads, but they are appealing again for the public’s help. Anyone with information or tips that can assist in the ongoing investigation is asked to call (866) DHS-2ICE or visit http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp.

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City Council Approves Regulation On Medical Marijuana

Feb 5, 2013

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Photo by Chuck Coker / Flickr

LOS ANGELES – The City Council gave final approval today to placing its own proposal on the May 21 ballot to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, bringing the total number of ballot measures on the topic to three.

If approved by voters, the measure would increase a tax on the sale of medical marijuana and allow only a limited number of dispensaries to remain open. It would allow roughly 100 dispensaries that opened prior to the city’s imposition of a 2007 suspension on the facilities.

“This is a step in the right direction,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has cancer and uses medical marijuana as a pain reliever.

The latest ballot measure — proposed by Councilman Paul Koretz — is billed as a compromise between two petition-driven initiatives that will also be on the ballot in May.

One would increase the tax on marijuana from $50 to $60 for every $1,000 in sales, but does not limit the number of dispensaries. The other would allow only the original group of about 100 dispensaries operating prior to the city’s 2007 ban on new shops.

The backers of the second proposal — United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance, and Americans for Safe Access L.A. — announced earlier they were abandoning support of their initiative in favor of Koretz’s proposal, although the all the issues will still appear on the ballot.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who is running for re-election in the March primary, threw his support behind the Koretz measure.

“I believe this is the most sensible regulation we can come up with in this era of turmoil,” he told the council. “… This gives our city the opportunity to regulate medical and give medical marijuana to those people who truly need it, some sensibility. Let the voters speak… let’s put it in the hands of the public.”

Councilman Jose Huizar, who said he has received multiple complaints from constituents about marijuana dispensaries, voted against the ballot measure.

“It will not protect neighborhoods from the proliferation of of marijuana,”  he said, adding “whether over the counter or on the street, a sale is a sale. It’s illegal under California state law.”

Council members Jan Perry, Mitch Englander, Joe Buscaino and Bernard Parks also dissented.

Today’s vote coincided with the first day of a state Supreme Court hearing on a case stemming from Riverside over the ability of cities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Use of marijuana for medical purposes is allowed in California, but is still illegal under federal law.

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Singer Chris Brown Prosecuted For Possible Violation Of Probation

Feb 5, 2013

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LOS ANGELES – Prosecutors filed court papers today asking that Chris Brown be found in violation of his probation for failing to complete 180 days of community labor, alleging that in some instances the singer was actually in a different state or on a plane to Cancun when he claimed to be carrying out his sentence.

Brown, 23, has been on probation since June 2009, when he pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, singer Rihanna, inside a rented car in the Hancock Park area.

In a 19-page court filing, Deputy District Attorney Mary Murray asked that Brown be required to perform all of his community labor in Los Angeles County under the supervision of the probation department and cited various discrepancies in reports about Brown’s community labor work in Virginia, where he was authorized by the court to complete that portion of his sentence.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, could not be reached for immediate comment.   According to the court papers filed by the prosecution, probation officers reported in October 2011 that Brown had completed 581 hours of community labor. The following month, the Richmond Police Department reported that Brown had completed 103 days — or 824 hours — of community labor. But in February 2012, the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision Office reported that Brown had completed 701 hours.

The prosecution has made repeated requests for documentation of Brown’s community labor hours, but have not found any corroboration of the numbers, Murray wrote.

“In fact, evidence shows that although Virginia Probation accepted supervision of defendant, no one from that department ever approved, scheduled, supervised, monitored or verified any of the community labor reported to this court,” according to the prosecution’s filing. “Representations made by the Richmond Police Department regarding supervision, completion, documentation and reporting of the defendant’s labor are inconsistent, unreliable and cannot be attributed to any source.

“Claims that the defendant completed in excess of 500 hours of community labor at Tappahannock Children’s Center cannot be verified or documented. In addition, claims that the defendant cleaned, stripped and waxed floors at that location have been credibly contradicted.”

Prosecutors noted in the court papers that on some dates that Brown was reported to be performing community labor, he wasn’t even in Virginia.

In one case, Brown was reported by Virginia officials to have performed eight hours of community labor on Oct. 23, 2010, in Richmond, but he actually spent that day hosting the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge about 120 miles away in Washington, D.C., prosecutors contend.

On March 15, 2012, Richmond officials said Brown spent four hours picking up trash between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., but flight records showed that Brown was aboard a private jet that left Richmond bound for Cancun at 4 p.m., according to prosecutors.

They also contended that work Brown allegedly performed at the Tappahannock Children’s Center in Virginia was arranged by Brown’s mother, the facility’s former director. Although he claimed to have been cleaning floors at the center after-hours, there was no evidence Brown performed any of the work, and the center’s regular floor-cleaning contractor stated he had never seen the singer there, and no one else had done any floor cleaning, according to the court documents.

On June 22, 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. He admitted that he assaulted Rihanna during an argument that began around 12:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2009, while the singers were in a rented Lamborghini in the Hancock Park area. Brown issued a videotaped apology posted on his website, telling his fans his conduct had been “inexcusable.”

He was sentenced to five years probation, a yearlong domestic violence program that he has already completed and the 180 days of community labor.

In an August interview with Oprah, Rihanna said she has forgiven Brown. The two have since reunited.

Brown is due in court tomorrow for a progress report hearing.

Prosecutors noted in their court papers that Brown has also committed a number of other potential probation violations, most recently an alleged fight with singer Frank Ocean at a West Hollywood recording studio. Brown and two of his companions allegedly punched Ocean in a dispute over a parking space.

Brown also tested positive for marijuana last summer, failed to receive a travel permit from his probation officer before taking a court-approved trip to Paris in July and allegedly angrily stole a phone from a fan who took pictures of the singer in Miami, prosecutors contend.

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Sweetwater School Corruption 5 are Charged

Feb 5, 2013

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announces charges against current and former Sweetwater school district officials, Jan. 4, 2012.

Photo by Katie Euphrat / KPBS

Above: San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announces charges against current and former Sweetwater school district officials, Jan. 4, 2012.

SAN DIEGO  – The case against more than a dozen current and former South County school officials accused of accepting gifts in exchange for votes on construction contracts was properly assigned to the South Bay courthouse because that’s where most of alleged crimes occurred, a judge ruled today.

Judge Timothy Walsh affirmed the decision he made last month to transfer the case to South County, denying a motion by the District Attorney’s Office to bring it back to the downtown San Diego courthouse.

“I believe the venue is most appropriate in South County,” the judge said.

Deputy District Attorney Gary Schons argued unsuccessfully that the case was properly filed downtown and that the alleged corruption by school officials occurred all over San Diego County.

Schons also argued that the South County courthouse doesn’t have the facilities to handle such a case.

But Walsh said the alleged crimes happened while most of the defendants were acting as South Bay public officials.

Among the 15 defendants charged in two indictments are current and former officials from the Sweetwater Union High School and San Ysidro school districts and the Southwestern Community College District.

Former Sweetwater Union High School District Superintendent Jesus Gandara, along with former trustees Greg Sandoval and current board members Arlie Ricasa and Pearl Quinones, were charged a year ago and have each pleaded not guilty to bribery, perjury and other counts in connection with the alleged “pay-for-play” scheme. Each faces between four and seven years in state prison if convicted.

Also charged in indictments handed down last month are current Sweetwater board members James Cartmill and Bertha Lopez, as well as San Ysidro School District Superintendent Manuel Paul and former Southwestern College Superintendent and President Raj Chopra.

Cartmill, Lopez, Paul and Chopra also are charged with bribery, perjury and other counts.

Most of the defendants are expected to be arraigned Feb. 15.

For years, the public officials regularly accepted what amounted to bribes — trips, fancy dinners — in exchange for their votes on multimillion- dollar construction projects, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis alleges.

In March of last year, construction company executive Henry Amigable admitted a misdemeanor charge that he provided gifts, meals and tickets for entertainment events to district officials to influence the school board’s decisions on construction contracts.

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Apoyo a la Reforma Migratoria

Feb 5, 2013

 

LOS ÁNGELES.- El Supervisor del Condado de Los Angeles, Mike Antonovich, presentará una moción en la Junta de Supervisores del día de hoy pidiendo el apoyo de la Junta Directiva para la Reforma Migratoria propuesta por un grupo bipartidista de senadores estadounidenses.

“Esta legislación es un enfoque integral para la reforma migratoria que incluye un programa de trabajadores temporales, una mayor seguridad en la frontera y una mayor coordinación de la policía federal y local”, dijo Antonovich.

La moción pide una carta de cinco firmas en apoyo de la propuesta de los senadores que se enviará a la delegación del Congreso del Condado.

Así mismo, requiere que la propuesta incluya como componente de la reservauna Patrulla Fronteriza entrenada, modelada después de los programas de aplicación de la ley de reserva, y pide a los grupos de presión del condado de Washington y al Director General de la oficina enviar un reporte mensual a la Junta sobre el progreso de la reforma de inmigración.

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Interview with Manny Cepeda “El Salsero Clasico”

Feb 5, 2013

Interview with Manny Cepeda “El Salsero Clasico”

In the studios of Bereavision with one of the best exponents of the Latin American music.

Bereavision TV El Monte, CA February 2, 2013. – Manny Cepeda was born in Puerto Rico one of the metropolises of the musical genre of salsa, where he studied at a young age in the ” Escuela Libre de Música ” in the Pablo Casals Conservatory.  One of the most important impulses in his career was winning a scholarship “Interlochen Music Camp” in Traverse City, Michigan.  And in order to firmly establish itself he continued his studies at Illinois State University where he also graduated, also attended the Ellington University in New Orleans and the University of La Verne in Naples, Italy.

“… I come from a musical family the Cepeda from Bomba and Plena in Puerto Rico, I did my studies in school in a very important public school called Escuela Libre de Música…” The Salsero Clasico, told us during the interview.

Among his many talents he is an expert percussionist, composer, singer and arranger.  He has been involved in music for over fifty years, and from the age of seven as a professional with his official musical Identification Card.  Based on its long experience in the tropical rhythms, he has managed to have his own salsa band in the city of San Diego, California.  Besides composing his own music and combinations of styles, also offers teaching Latin Jazz music for musicians who are interested in learning more about this art form.
An important detail that I wanted to touch in this interview, was the source of inspiration for his songs and rhythms.  I was impressed by the fact that our interviewee was the lead in the musical band of the U.S. Army. We also found that his first record in his career was called Dove (Paloma), a CD dedicated to his wife in the year of 2004 and his last album recorded entitled Dear Father (Padre Querido) was dedicated to his father who lived to the age of 92, Mr. Leonides Rivera.
The inspiration comes from my many countries that I have visited … I served 31 years of military service at the head of musical bands as important as The Navy Steel Band... “, mentioned Manny as an example in the second question.
With this interview I learned that even Mexico has its own very defined tropical rhythms in the salsa style.
“…My music reflects much these experiences, one thing I do differently from other composers, is that I mix rhythms, for example I have a cumbia just written here in San Diego. And the cumbia has Mexican cumbia, but this is actually a mix of Salsa and cumbia… ” said Cepeda with emotion.
A composer who is bringing his multifaceted creative flavor to the musical culture of Salsa. El Salsero Clasico, is classified by its position in the pace of the class conservative assonance of hot music. Well let me tell you that if you like to know more about the music, biography, presentations of Manny Cepeda, visit his website www.mannycepeda.com, to find more details of Manny.
So the fusion of rhythms I love, I have a song called-Chévere-, for example, and has samba from Brazil, sobo tone from Cuba, Cumbia, Bolero, Salsa and Merengue all in a song…” added our Mr. Cepeda to give us a taste of the work he is doing right now.

By Jose Rodriguez/02.02.13

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Accidente fatal de autobús turistico en Big bear

Feb 4, 2013

San Diego- Una empresa de turismo de Baja California emitió una disculpa hoy a raíz de un accidente en San Bernardino en el que murieron al menos ocho personas y hubo decenas de heridos a bordo de un autobús alquilado en una compañía de San Diego.

Funcionarios con sede en Tijuana Tours & Charter InterBus indicaron en su página de Facebook, en español e Inglés, que “lamentan profundamente” el accidente de un grupo de sus clientes “que baja de las montañas de Big Bear” en la autopista 38 en Yucaipa en domingo por la noche.

El autobús, propiedad de Scapadas Magicas de National City, golpeó un autobil y una camioneta y se volcó alrededor de las 6:30 pm, según la Patrulla de Caminos de California y funcionarios del departamento de bomberos.

En total, 43 personas estuvieron involucradas en el accidente – 38 pasajeros y el conductor del autobús, y dos más cada uno en los otros vehículos. Una área de salud se creó para tratar a los pacientes en el lugar antes de ser trasladados a hospitales, algunos con lesiones potencialmente mortales.

El número de muertes probablemente aumentará, el corresponsal de relaciones públicas de CHP Mario López, dijo a la prensa esta mañana.

“La evidencia inicial sugiere que los frenos del autobús turístico se agotaron, de acuerdo con un funcionario de InterBus, que fue el alquiler del autobús de la compañía, Magicas Scapadas.”

El propietario-operador del autobús reprobó un tercio de sus vehículos de seguridad de las inspecciones del gobierno en los últimos dos años, a veces debido a problemas con los frenos y los neumáticos, según informes publicados. Su fila historial de seguridad esta en lo ultimo de una cuarta parte de las empresas comparables de Estados Unidos, muestran registros de Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Debido a los problemas de mantenimiento en curso, Magicas Scapadas había sido marcada para posibles “acciones de intervención e inspección en carretera”, según el Departamento de Transporte de EE.UU..

Esta mañana, la National Transportation Safety Board anunció que estaba enviando un equipo de investigación a San Bernardino para reunir y documentar pruebas sobre el accidente y determinar su causa.

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Tour bus crashes in Big Bear

Feb 4, 2013

SAN DIEGO – A Baja California tour company issued an apology today in the aftermath of a San Bernardino County crash that killed at least eight people and injured dozens of others aboard a bus leased from a San Diego-area company.

Officials with Tijuana-based InterBus Tours & Charters stated on their Facebook page, in Spanish and English, that they “deeply regret” the accident involving a group of their customers “coming down from the mountains of Big Bear” on Highway 38 in Yucaipa on Sunday evening.

The bus, owned by Scapadas Magicas of National City, hit a car and a pickup truck and overturned about 6:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol and fire department officials.

In all, 43 people were involved in the crash — 38 passengers and the driver on the bus, and two each in the other vehicles. A triage area was set up to treat the patients at the scene before they were taken to hospitals, some with life-threatening injuries.

The number of deaths was likely to rise, CHP public-affairs Officer Mario Lopez told reporters this morning.

Initial evidence suggested that the brakes on the tour coach gave out, according to an official with InterBus, which was leasing the bus from Scapadas Magicas.

The owner-operator of the bus failed in excess of one-third of its government vehicle-safety inspections in the past two years, sometimes due to problems with brakes and tires, according to published reports. Its safety history ranks in the bottom one-quarter of comparable U.S. companies, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show.

Due to those ongoing maintenance problems, Scapadas Magicas had been flagged for possible “intervention action and roadside inspection,” according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This morning, the National Transportation Safety Board announced that it was sending an investigative team to San Bernardino County to gather and document evidence about the crash, and determine its cause.

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