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Forty-one-year old Jamison Connor pled not guilty yesterday to charges unrelated to the death of an Escondido bike rider last month.
Connor, who is accused in the hit-and-run death of Kevin Lentz as he was riding with a group of fellow mountain bikers, was arrested for parole violations and multiple other charges just five days after the alleged head-on hit on Lentz.
Police arrested Connor on Thanksgiving Day as he was apparently driving drunk and stoned, with a loaded gun and a bag of meth in his pickup — along with his four-year old son.
According to TV station 7 San Diego, Connor faces 16 felony counts, along with three misdemeanors.
Connor faces one count of each of the following charges: child cruelty resulting in injury or death, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of an unlisted handgun, carrying a loaded firearm in public, carrying a concealed weapon with a prior conviction, having a concealed weapon in a vehicle with a prior conviction, possession of a controlled substance while armed, use of controlled substance while possessing a firearm, crime against a person or property while having a previous conviction for drugs, DUI for alcohol or drugs, DUI for alcohol and drugs, and violating probation, according to (Escondido Police Department).
He also faces three counts of crime against a person or property while having a previous conviction for narcotics and four counts of possessing ammo while prohibited, according to EPD.
And that lengthy list doesn’t even include charges for killing Lentz and fleeing the scene.
If he’s lucky, he may see that kid again someday.
Streetsblog takes a look at car-centric, anti-safety Councilmember John Lee’s attempt to rip out LA’s first Great Streets project — and first protected bike lanes — noting that he’s calling for a totally subjective public opinion survey, rather than an actual study of the safety and effectiveness.
Meanwhile, Keep Rowena Safe tells you where to send your comments if you’re ready to fight back.
If you DON’T want to see the protected bike lanes removed from Reseda Blvd, use this form to attach your comments to CM John Lee’s motion.
— KeepRowenaSafe (@KeepRowenaSafe) December 5, 2019
And the LACBC shares the message they sent to members and supporters in Lee’s district.
We just sent this message as a targeted email to our members/supporters in Lee's district and surrounding areas.
— Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (@lacbc) December 5, 2019
Speaking of the LACBC, don’t miss their annual open house tonight. It’s free for members; if you’re not one yet, you can sign up at the door.
Our Annual Open House is tomorrow night, Dec. 5, 6-9 PM. Join us for an evening of food and music and fun! Thank you to our generous sponsor @JimPocrass, in-kind donors, members and volunteers, for keeping our wheels spinning! Details & RSVP: https://t.co/q26099v0tB #bikeLA pic.twitter.com/DqnlwtlHIE
— Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (@lacbc) December 4, 2019
I plan to be there to help them honor my friend, site sponsor and former fellow board member Jim Pocrass, so be sure to say hi.
Robert Leone forwards news of another closure of Camp Pendleton to people on bicycles next week.
This is how a representative of the base described it.
Due to military operations bicycle access will be closed on Old Pacific Highway from San Onofre State Park to the Las Pulgas gate entrance. Bicyclists may ride on the I-5 shoulder during the indicated days of the Old Pacific Highway closure.
Closure time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
When: Daily, from December 9-13
Turns out our means of transportation is far more efficient than anything else. Including those mice and lemmings in cars.
(just kidding about the “breaking” — we’ve known it for a LONG time) pic.twitter.com/hK3LdZvJry
— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) December 4, 2019
Thanks to Yves Dawtur for the heads-up.
Los Angeles ranks a surprising 14th on a list of international cities most ready for the coming mobility revolution; LA is one of the top three American cities, behind New York and San Francisco.
Singapore topped the list, followed by Amsterdam, London and Shanghai.
That much-loathed Peloton ad is turning into a disaster for the company, costing it $1.5 billion — yes, with a b — in market value.
Even advertising industry bible AdAge called out the “commercial’s bizarre vibe,” while a psychologist called it a complete male fantasy.
But the company says it’s not their fault, it’s yours for misunderstanding what they were trying to say.
As someone who has stuck his feet in his mouth so many times I now wear favored socks, I can safely say when everyone thinks you got it wrong, chances are it’s your fault.
‘Tis the Season.
Over one hundred Tennessee kids asked for a bike through the county’s Angel Tree program; thanks to the Salvation Army and a local bike charity, they’ll all get one for Christmas.
Sometimes its’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A 17-year old Hawaiian boy will be tried as an adult in the death of an 85-year old woman, who fell and hit her head when he rode his bike up as she walked with her husband and snatched her purse.
This is the last week to offer your comments on a proposal to close the eight-mile gap in the LA River bike path through DTLA.
Congratulations to Santa Clarita for being named a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community.
A San Diego letter writer says give the new bike lanes time to catch on, already.
Mountain View has prohibited parking RVs in bike lanes; the ACLU finds that “disturbing.” Yes, people who live in RVs need a place to park them, but bike lanes have no value, and offer limited safety, if no one can actually ride in them.
A Newark CA truck driver isn’t a fan of the Idaho Stop because bike riders blow through red lights and stop signs anyway; others say the real problem is the people in cars doing it. Or maybe everyone.
A homeless Maui man was given a “last chance” probation for attacking a bike commuter with a broomstick, just six days after he was released from prison.
Portland will now require larger buildings to include a bike room. Even though bike thieves love them; if they’re not monitored 24/7, it’s just an invitation to steal multiple bikes at once.
An allegedly stoned 17-year old girl was cited on a juvenile manslaughter charge for killing a 76-year old man who was riding his bike on the sidewalk.
More on New York’s decision to start replacing delivery trucks with ped-assist ebikes.
A New Orleans magazine says people are dying of indifference in the city, as officials, cops and the news media ignore the problem of reckless drivers.
Police in Pensacola FL are pulling over bicyclists without lights — not to ticket them, but to give them a free set.
Just in time for the holidays, Cycling News takes a look at the best saddle packs, while Bike Radar lists the best “affordable” stocking stuffers for bicyclists. Because really, who doesn’t want bum butter in their stocking?
Bike riders in the Canadian capital complain that the city’s new Vision Zero plan is really just a Vision 20, calling for a 20% reduction in traffic deaths each year.
Tragic news from the UK. Yesterday we questioned what kind of heartless coward could run down a pregnant woman riding a bicycle and leave her bleeding in the streets; today we learned just who is accused of the crime — and that the victim’s baby died.
The family of a Polish man killed by a 17-year old Maltese driver while riding his bike have forgiven him, as he appeals his four-year prison sentence and lifetime driving ban.
A Bangladeshi op-ed says bicycling should be encouraged in the capital city, despite roads that are ill-equipped for people on bicycles.
Honda engineers seriously studied the effects of a collapsible bicycle frame on head injuries after getting hit by a car. And not, say, making the cars safer instead.
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