CA Assemblywoman Gonzalez To Push Double Pay On Holiday Bill

SAN DIEGO–California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) announced a new legislative proposal today requiring California employers to provide double pay to workers who have to give up their holidays to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas.   Assemblywoman Gonzalez was joined outside the Walmart on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego by Mickey Kasparian, President […]

California Couple Indicted For Drug Trafficking In Silk Road 2.0 Probe

SACRAMENTO–A federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment Thursday against a northern California couple for drug trafficking in connection with a probe targeting Silk Road 2.0, an illicit network of websites dismantled earlier this month following a multi-agency probe spearheaded by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI. David Schell, 54, […]

Real Estate Developers Convicted In $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON–A federal jury convicted three Miami real estate developers Friday for their roles in a $20 million mortgage fraud scheme involving the sale of condominium units in the Miami area. Stavroula Mendez, 68, Lazaro Mendez, 42, and Marie Mendez, 49, were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.  […]

CPUC Approves San Onofre Settlement That Returns $1.45 Billion To Consumers

SAN FRANCISCO–The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved a settlement agreement that provides consumer refunds and credits of approximately $1.45 billion due to the premature shut down of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station following a steam generator tube leak on January 31, 2012. Additionally, there is the potential for customer recovery of […]

FBI Warns Of Cyber Scammers Targeting Holiday Shoppers

In advance of the holiday season, the San Diego FBI Field Office reminds shoppers to beware of cyber criminals and their aggressive and creative ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims, including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, sale of fraudulent or […]

Former New Mexico Detective Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Police Department Intern

WASHINGTON–A 38 year-old former detective with the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced today for violating the civil rights of an LCPD student intern. Michael Garcia was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. He also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and […]

OSHA To Retailers: Keep Workers Safe During Major Sale Events


WASHINGTON–As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is encouraging retail employers to implement safety measures to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. OSHA says tragic consequences and risk to workers can occur if the proper safety procedures are ignored. In 2008, a retail […]

Homeland Security, CDC To Begin Enhance Screenings For Travelers To The U.S. From Mali

WASHINGTON–Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added Mali to the list of Ebola-affected nations for which enhanced screening and monitoring measures will be taken. There are no direct flights from Mali to the United States. However, each day, a small number of travelers, averaging 15-20, […]

Reps. Cicilline, Bass Introduce Congressional Resolution To Honor Ebola Health Workers

  WASHINGTON, DC–Following a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing entitled “Combatting Ebola in West Africa: The International Response” with top administration officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Representatives David N. Cicilline (D-RI) and Karen Bass (D-CA) today introduced a congressional resolution to acknowledge […]

Workers Face Millions In Unpaid Wages In Southern California Garment Industry

LOS ANGELES– Widespread labor violations by employers in the Southern California garment industry are costing workers millions of dollars a year in unpaid wages, according to the U.S. Labor Department. During fiscal year 2014, the department’s Wage and Hour Division conducted 221 investigations of employers in this industry, almost all in and around Los Angeles, and […]