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HB will fly the “Rainbow” flag

THE RAINBOW flag (Wikipedia).

The “rainbow flag” of the LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer – community will fly over city hall, the Huntington Beach City Council has decided.

On a 6-0 vote, with Councilmember Erik Peterson absent, the council approved a request by Mayor Kim Carr and Councilmember Dan Kalmick to raise that banner on May 22, the birthday of gay activist Harvey Milk, and continue waving until the end of June.

“This is not exclusionary,” said Carr. “This is actually about bringing everyone in.”

Milk was a member of the Board of Supervisors for the city and county of San Francisco. He was killed in 1978. His assailant, Dan White, also fatally shot Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978 in the city hall.

June is Gay Pride Month.

On a similar 6-0 vote, the council voted to direct city staff to create a policy on how to decide which flags would be flown on city property.

Three killed in Anaheim car crash

A traffic accident killed three people Tuesday morning in Anaheim.

According to the APD, the accident took place around 2:50 a.m. in the area of Brookhurst Street and Orange Avenue. Arriving officers found a black Kia with three men inside who were pronounced dead at the scene. A white Mercedes Benz at the scene had been abandoned.

Two women – who witnesses said had been in the Mercedes and left the scene in another vehicle – later appeared at an area hospital for treatment. An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

On Wednesday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s coroner division identified those killed in Tuesday’s crash. Alexander Smiller, 63 of Los Angeles and Jacob Rolon, 32, of La Mirada were named by the coroner. The name of the third decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Westminster police bust “slaphouse”

An alleged gambling den was busted by Westminster police last week, with assistance from other area law enforcement agencies.

According to the WPD, the incident took place on Tuesday, April 27. WPD detectives, along with West County and Buena Park SWAT teams, served a search warrant on a “slaphouse” in the 14000 block of Monroe Lane in Westminster.

Police say that several documented gang members were contacted, including one on probation from a federal offense. Another was found to be on probation out of Riverside and was later arrested for a felony warrant.

The term “slaphouse” refers to the sound made when gamblers work the controls of the devices they use. Nineteen people were arrested and 11 illegal gambling machines were seized, along with several thousand dollars.






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