Former LAPD chief manifest danger of attack at the Grammy awards

Feb 9, 2013

LOS ANGELES  – Los Angeles police are worried about being targeted at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, a former Los Angeles deputy police chief said today.

John Miller, now a senior correspondent at CBS News, said today that former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner has a plan that could include targeting a police command post at a major incident, such as the nationally- telecast Grammy broadcast at the Nokia Theater Sunday.

Speaking on the “CBS Morning News” today, Miller said he has talked with Los Angeles police and found them to “have an anxiety factor that is unbelievable.”

Miller said Dorner probably did not plan to abandon his truck, loaded with weapons, in Big Bear.

“The reason it was there was not because it was where he was going, he broke the axle,” Miller said on today’s broadcast.

“He probably left only the ammo he couldn’t carry,” the CBS News senior correspondent said. Miller, a former FBI assistant director, served as LAPD’s intelligence chief under then-chief William Bratton.

Dorner, Williams theorized, “may have a plan and “could circle back and attack the command post.”

“Look at the organic things that happen in los Angeles,” Miller said. “There will be the Grammys Sunday in Los Angeles, where you will have a major police command post.

“I’ve spoken with people there and their problems are very interesting,” Miller said. “One problem is, can they get enough cops to police the Grammys, when they have had everyone out deployed on this?”

Williams’ comments were made on today’s national telecast, and posted at cbsnews.com later in the day.

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San Diego To Celebrate The Lunar New Year With A Three-Day Festival

Feb 7, 2013

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SAN DIEGO – A three-day festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Kearny Mesa to usher in the Year of the Snake.

The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at Kearny Mesa Park, is hosted by the Little Saigon Foundation and is geared toward the Vietnamese community.

About 10,000 attendees are expected through Sunday, the actual day of the Lunar New Year. The festival will include 100 vendor booths, 16 carnival rides, live music and entertainment, lion dances and, on Sunday, the Miss Vietnam Traditional Dress Pageant.

An Asian cultural village will be laid out in a ying-yang style and contain a replica of an 11th century Buddhist tempt built in Vietnam — called the One-Pillar Pagoda. Festival organizers say the once-childless King Ly Thai Tong had the wooden pagoda built as a sign of gratitude for the birth of his son.

According to tradition, the snake is in sixth position of the 12-sign Asian zodiac and symbolizes intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. The hanban.com website on Chinese culture calls the Year of the Snake one for steady progress, attention to detail and discipline.

Other celebrations are scheduled for the following weekend, including the Tet Festival in Mira Mesa and a Chinese-themed event in the Gaslamp Quarter.

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