A man committed suicide by a gun shot to his head around 1 p.m. Friday at the corner of Pickford Street and Sherbourne Drive in Pico-Robertson, CA, 90035.
I saw a crumpled body wrapped in a white sheet next to a black BMW. Blood leaked through the sheet.
I heard the man was from Beverly Hills. No idea yet why he chose this location to kill himself.
I arrived at the scene at 2:05 p.m.
R. posts to FB: “I remember not so long ago a police car chase ended not far from that corner, and the driver being chased shot themselves in their car.”
The news media usually do not cover suicides to avoid encouraging them (unless the suicides are by public figures). Thus I have not been able to find out anything further on this story. And I don’t expect any MSM coverage.
Ken* emails at 1:54: Hi Luke:
I see you cover the Pico Robertson news– I was driving 1 block south
of Cashio near Sherborne just 10 minutes ago and I saw caution tape,
police, firefighter, onlookers, and a big white blob
This email is getting sent out to members of Orthodox shuls in the ‘hood.
Once every ten years, new district lines are drawn for our representatives in Sacramento
and Washington. For decades, Orthodox Jewish voting power has been diluted because
our two largest neighborhoods – Hancock Park/Beverly-LaBrea/Fairfax and Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood/Beverly
Hills – have been placed in separate Assembly Districts.
The Opportunity . . .
A new Commission has been created to draw fair district lines without backroom deals.
We finally have an opportunity to unite our community into a single Assembly District
- and to increase our influence with our representatives in Sacramento. The would
mean more respect and assistance for our unique community.
In the first few draft maps, our two largest neighborhoods were placed in separate
districts. After receiving testimony and documentation by Agudath Israel, and letters
from organizations such as the Orthodox Union, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Hatzalah,
the Commission adjusted the lines to unify parts of our community.
But the current draft map chops Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood in half, with Beverlywood
and South-of-Pico placed in a District with Culver City, Baldwin Hills and the Crenshaw
area. We want to unite our community in a single district, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Commission resumes work soon, so please act quickly!
What to say . . .
1. Tell them where you live – Pico-Robertson, Beverlywood, Hancock Park, Beverly-Fairfax,
Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood, Santa Monica,
the Valley. Emails from Beverlywood and South-of-Pico are especially important.
(We are blessed to have significant communities in the Valley
and the far Westside. Geography prevents placing all in a single district. But
even those areas will benefit if our two large City neighborhoods are in
a single district.)
2. Tell them: The Fairfax/Hancock Park neighborhood and Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood
neighborhood constitute a single, integrated
community-of-interest (COI) with many shared institutions. The only way that the
Orthodox community will have a voice in the Assembly is if
Fairfax/Hancock Park and Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood are all in the “LAMWS” district.
3. Tell them your personal connections between these communities. Do you live
in one neighborhood and send your children to school in the
other? Shop in the other? Use a hospital in the other? Community activities?
Tomchei Shabbos? Hatzolah? Classes? Be specific. We need to
show that the neighborhoods interact and form a single community!
4. Tell them: Uniting our community in a single district will not weaken the
representation of any other minority group or community of
5. Thank them for putting some of Pico-Robertson into the “LAMWS” district,
but ask that they not divide Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood in half.
All of Pico-Robertson/Beverlywood should be in the “LAMWS” district, along with
Beverly-Fairfax, Hancock Park and Beverly Hills
6. Be respectful and appreciative. The 14 Commissioners must divide the whole
state, and none of them live in our neighborhoods. They do not
know us, so we need to educate them.
Supported by concerned Orthodox Jewish organizations in the Los Angeles Area.
Walking down Airdrome, I saw signs up warning about a rash of car breakins. Apparently, the thieves have a way of breaking into cars without breaking windows. This apparently happens late at night or early in the morning. It’s a bad idea to leave any valuables in your car.
I found this great little kosher dairy restaurant at 8944 W. Pico blvd.
Los Angeles, California, 90035 (310) 385-9592.
Last night, I celebrated my friend’s 50th birthday there. I got a vegie burrito with mozarella cheese, avocado, and tomato. They include a green salad on the side. It was all delicious. I love this place. The food is excellent. The service is prompt and friendly.
I wanted to inform you of an upcoming event that I felt may be of interest to you. THE KLEZMATICS: ON HOLY GROUND will screen at The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Saturday July 23rd at 2pm.
THE KLEZMATICS: ON HOLY GROUND is a feature length documentary about the Grammy Award-winning, New York-based, klezmer band. The Klezmatics have made numerous television and radio appearances, including PBS’s Great Performances series with Itzhak Perlman as well as on Garrison’s Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on NPR. In 2006, the band released “Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie.” It was their first English language EP and won a Grammy Award for Best World Music. THE KLEZMATICS: ON HOLY GROUND captures the restless, energetic, infectious charm of The Klezmatics live. The members’ on-camera candor reveals the personal struggle behind the music as the band’s members make a living and raise families while maintaining their work as independent artists.
“…combines the best elements of a backstage doc, a concert film and an eye-opening lesson in remixing Jewish culture.”—San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
On his radio show yesterday, Dennis Prager said: “I expected some form of guilty verdict. I’ve listened to commentary for a day now.”
“The prosecution had an impossible task.”
“Casey Anthony either got away with murder or she got away with manslaughter.”
“I don’t like Jose Baez [Casey's defense attorney]. I don’t like his values. I don’t like he partied afterwards, opening champagne on TV. Didn’t a little girl get killed? Didn’t a family get torn apart?”
“Casey made up lie after lie after lie to just delay the investigation. The non-reporting of your own child gone missing.”
“PTSD leads one to party? Her brother is the father of the baby? Her father molested her?”
“The most eloquent moment of the trial was watching the parents leave the court room after the verdict was announced.”