“He’s sitting in the car stopped in the street, waiting for his friend to return to the car,” said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Terry Keyzer. After Pacheco’s friend returned to the car, they drove off and soon after suspected they were being followed, Keyzer said. After awhile “they believe they’re no longer being followed,” Keyzer said. “They park and another car pulls up. A male black gets out and shoots (Pacheco) multiple times.” Pacheco, whose hometown was not released, was Latino and all three men charged are black, but Keyzer said the incident was neither gang-related or a hate crime. “It appears to be a chance meeting, maybe a disrespect issue … The motive is unknown, but it could have just been an argument,” Keyzer said. NORTH HILLS – Prosecutors have charged three San Fernando Valley men with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year old man, authorities said. The charges follow the weekend arrests of Michael Brown, 23, and Edward Arch, 20, both of North Hills. Fredrick Thomas, 21, of Lake View Terrace was arrested Thursday. Police would not say who the suspected gunman is. The men are accused of killing Dennys Pacheco, who was shot and killed the afternoon of May 4 after he and a female companion drove to a North Hills neighborhood. While Pacheco’s friend went into a nearby residence, Pacheco remained in his car and somehow got into an argument with several men, police said. [email protected] (818) 713-3329 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
In his brief, three-year political career, Arnold Schwarzenegger has played a wide range of roles: The brash outsider, the unstoppable reformer, the arrogant over-reacher, and the sensible statesman. It’s been quite a show. But beyond merely entertaining us, Schwarzenegger has brought a pragmatic flair to bureaucratic and partisan Sacramento. And he’s engineered real solutions to some of the state’s most pressing problems. This act deserves a sequel, and Schwarzenegger deserves another term in office. Of all the governor’s political accomplishments, perhaps none is more remarkable than the way he’s rehabilitated his political career since last year’s “Year of Reform” debacle. Schwarzenegger’s transformation has been a powerful testament to his leadership. Realizing that he can no longer steamroll his agenda through Sacramento, Schwarzenegger has opted for a more collaborative tone. He’s dropped the antagonistic rhetoric, and sought out areas of compromise with legislative Democrats. The results have been impressive. Working together, Schwarzenegger and the Democrats passed a balanced budget on time. They put together the infrastructure-bond package that will appear on November’s ballot. They worked out their differences and enacted a minimum-wage hike. And to top it all off, they took on global warming and reforming the Los Angeles Unified School District. Not bad for a year’s work. To be sure, there are other critical, more contentious issues that remain unresolved, such as redistricting, budget reform and public-employee pensions. But through their cooperation, Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders have provided a blueprint for how sensible reform can be achieved. It’s a refreshing change from Sacramento’s old style of pig-headed, partisan politics — a style that Schwarzenegger’s opponent, Treasurer Phil Angelides, has come to embody. Ever since the launch of the recall drive against Gray Davis three years ago, Angelides has set out to be Sacramento’s chief obstructionist. Even when Schwarzenegger and Democrats worked together during his first year in office, Angelides refused to play along, opting instead to stoke partisan passions. As a candidate for governor, Angelides has staked his campaign on an economically destructive call for tax hikes. Rhetorically, he likes to talk about President Bush and the Iraq war — grist for the base, to be sure, but irrelevant to the needs of California and the responsibilities of its governor. The distinction couldn’t be more clear: Angelides, the partisan and ideologue, vs. Schwarzenegger, the centrist and pragmatist. The governor has held firm in some areas, such as his refusal to raise taxes, while making compromises in others, such as in boosting education spending, with the goal of making California more stable, healthy and prosperous. No, Arnold hasn’t been the superhero we might have hoped for, but he has been far more of a statesman than anyone ever imagined. It’s a role he ought to keep playing for four more years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!