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2009 - Castaic resident Gidget, the Taco Bell commercial Chihuahua, dies at 15 after major stroke [story]


superiorcourthouseGov.  Edmund G. Brown Jr. has appointed Songhai D. Miguda-Armstead, Timothy P. Dillon, Ronald F. Frank, Julian C. Recana, Lawrence P. Riff, Laura A. Seigle, Natalie P. Stone and Lisa K. Sepe-Wiesenfeld to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Miguda-Armstead, 39, of View Park-Windsor Hills, has been a supervising deputy city attorney at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2008, where she has served in several positions since 2003. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Miguda-Armstead fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. She is a Democrat.

Dillon, 59, of Los Angeles, has been an attorney in private practice since 2000. He was a partner at Shernoff, Bidart, Echeverria and Bentley from 1993 to 2000 and at Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard, Avchen and Shapiro LLP from 1988 to 1993. Dillon was an associate at Wyman, Bautzer, Kuchel and Silbert from 1986 to 1988 and at Golenbock and Barell in New York City, NY from 1981 to 1986. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Albany. Dillon fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. He is registered without party preference.

Frank, 57, of Manhattan Beach, has been a partner at Burke, Williams and Sorensen since 2008. He was a partner at Bannan, Frank and Terzian LLP from 1995 to 2008 and an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in 1989, at Adams, Duque and Hazeltine from 1983 to 1995 and at Geary, Stahl and Spencer in 1983. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University. Frank fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. He is registered without party preference.

Recana, 45, of Signal Hill, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Early, Maslach, Price and Baukol in 1999. Recana earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Recana is a Democrat.

Riff, 59, of Glendale, has been a partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP since 1997. He was a partner at Lane Powell PC from 1989 to 1997, where he was an associate from 1986 to 1989, and a trial attorney at the Southern Pacific Transportation Company from 1982 to 1985. Riff earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Riff is a Democrat.

Seigle, 48, of Los Angeles, has been a partner at Irell and Manella LLP since 2001, where she was an associate from 1994 to 2000. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diarmuid O’Scannlain at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1993 to 1994. Seigle earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. Seigle is a Democrat.

Stone, 44, of Los Angeles, has served as an appellate judicial attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second District since 2010. She was an associate at Munger, Tolles and Olson LLP from 1999 to 2010. Stone served as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1998 to 1999. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. Stone fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Brian M. Hoffstadt to the Court of Appeal. Stone is a Democrat.

Sepe-Wiesenfeld, 59, of Santa Monica, has been a managing attorney at Farmers Insurance Group since 2015, where she has worked in several positions since 2008. Sepe-Wiesenfeld was national managing attorney at Coast National Insurance Company-Bristol West from 1997 to 2008 and a senior associate at Haight, Brown and Bonesteel from 1986 to 1997. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sepe-Wiesenfeld fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on July 1, 2014. She is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $184,610.

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Friday, Jul 20, 2018
The L.A. County Superior Court on July 17 sided with Los Angeles County and dismissed a portion of Chiquita Canyon LLC's complaint, which challenged 13 conditions of the county's conditional use permit governing how the landfill operates, Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Friday.
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The Los Angeles County Arts Commission has announced $4,518,000 in two-year grants to 216 nonprofit arts organizations through its Organizational Grant Program, and the Santa Clarita Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival are among the grantees.
Friday, Jul 20, 2018
The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, July 24, starting at 9:30 a.m.
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The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority on Thursday launched the Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal, dubbed LA-HOP, the new Countywide Web-based portal that channels outreach support to people experiencing homelessness.
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Supervisor Kathryn Barger cast the lone vote opposing a motion to place a measure on the November ballot which seeks to increase property taxes on residential and commercial properties to generate approximately $300 million a year to fund additional stormwater projects.

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