Larry Altman, Pasadena Star News

Larry Altman

Pasadena Star News

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Past articles by Larry:

Lomita restaurateur who killed wife, disposed of body denied parole

State parole commissioners heard David Viens’ first public description of the murder of his wife, Dawn, in 2009 and his expressions of remorse, but denied parole. → Read More

Nurse blamed for death of Redondo Beach man faces possible loss of license

John Michael Flynn, who is on leave from the faculty at El Camino College, is accused of gross negligence by the state attorney general and a nursing board in the 2014 death of Mansoor Lahiji. → Read More

John Gilligan, former LA County deputy district attorney, dies at 64

Gilligan prosecuted his office’s only successful case against a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed citizen in the past 18 years. → Read More

Gascon leads Lacey early in hotly contested race for L.A. district attorney

In the months-long campaign, both candidates declared themselves the voice of reform → Read More

Gascon leads Lacey early in hotly contested race for L.A. district attorney

In the months-long campaign, both candidates declared themselves the voice of reform → Read More

Los Angeles DA candidates Lacey, Gascon swap barbs at debate

Debate topics include systemic racism in law enforcement, the death penalty, mental health and who donated money to their campaigns. → Read More

With Lacey, Gascon both billing themselves as reformers, L.A.’s DA election sets up fascinating showdown

Gascon calls himself a criminal justice reformer who aims to reduce the prison population and reduce crime. Lacey calls herself a “reasonable reformer” who is already directing changes in the crimi… → Read More

Nation watching LA’s DA race: Battle pits progressive Democrats against more establishment wing

Incumbent Lacey nearly put away her challengers and kept her job without a runoff in March. She fell just short. Now, polls say bitter contest against Gascon is tight, with many voters undecided. → Read More

Little Company of Mary, nurse found negligent in death of Redondo Beach patient

Jury awards more than $1.5 million to family of man who had a feeding tube inserted in his lung instead of his stomach. → Read More

LA DA, the sequel: Voters appear to have ordered new episodes of this legal TV drama

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey appears to have fallen short in her bid for an outright victory to keep her job, setting up what might be a bitter November runoff against a reform… → Read More

Can DA Lacey elude a runoff? It’s up to those uncounted ballots – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

According to semi-official election results, Lacey received 50.69 percent of Tuesday’s vote, more than opponents George Gascon and Rachel Rossi received combined. → Read More

LA County fire chief holds out hope funding will pass, but it would take a lot of still-uncounted votes

Realism, however, might make that mathematically impossible. It wasn’t clear Wednesday how many votes still needed to be counted. → Read More

Supporters of Measure R celebrate landslide victory for Sheriff’s Department accountability

Measure R grants permanent subpoena power to the sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission → Read More

Voters consider Measure FD’s upgrades for LA County fire teams

Measure FD would add a parcel tax of 6 cents per square foot on residential and commercial buildings with a cap of 100,000-square-feet. → Read More

Voters deciding whether to install civilian oversight of LA County Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff Alex Villanueva opposes the measure, calling it unnecessary and “political bashing.” Proponents hope measure will strengthen the ability to scrutinize deputy-involved shootings. → Read More

Veteran LA DA Lacey faces high-profile foes in Super Tuesday election showdown

George Gascon waged a high profile campaign to unseat Lacey; former public defender Rachel Rossi also running → Read More

LA County sheriff, civilian-oversight advocates square off over Measure R

Proponents want stronger scrutiny of the law enforcement agency; Sheriff Alex Villanueva calls the initiative unnecessary. → Read More

Chief pitches LA County’s FD to fuel fire-fighting future; foes fear homeowners’ cost

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby is asking voters to pass Measure FD, a parcel tax he says is necessary to fund his department for the future, adding paramedics, improving the 911 system, u… → Read More

Sen. Harris endorses Gascon in tight LA DA race

Gascon and Rachel Rossi, a former Los Angeles County and federal public defender, are running in the March 3 election, challenging incumbent Jackie Lacey. → Read More

Businessman sought in 3 killings denies he’s living in Montenegro to avoid arrest – Press Telegram

Richard Wall is wanted in the killings of a Rolling Hills Estates lawyer and a Whittier man who worked for him. In an interview, he insists he has done nothing wrong. → Read More