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  1. About Us & Employment - Our Brands & Products - Advertise With Us - Disclosure - Send Us An E-Mail SUBMIT ONLINE TIPS: https://gtaw.link/tipline SUBMIT HOTLINE TIPS: Dial #151 Founded in January 2023, the Los Santos Insider ("LSI") has become a dominant media outlet within San Andreas, and operating out of Los Santos. With a objective of providing the general public with reliable, credible, and entertaining content, the LSI strives towards modernizing the media (and news) industry. Some of the content our outlet is most known for are: Local Crime, Investigative, Business & Finance, Sports, Breaking News, and other types of critical opinion pieces. The Insider is mostly known for its renowned team of journalists, and the incorporation of modernized Stringers operating throughout Los Santos County. Focused on the reliable and credibility of content, the LSI invests in it's ability to obtain local stories, photographs, and footage of things happening within your locality. Equipped with one of the biggest fleet of vehicles in the industry, the outlet also utilizes one of the first and newest approaches: Stringer vehicles to allow our journalists to focus on the content that matters with a sense of job security, the right tools, and a supportive team environment. "Our readers deserve factual, credible, and resource based content. They deserve to know what is happening in their locality without obscurity." (( DISCORD )) Live Reporter, Stringer, Investigative, Online Article Journalist Positions Earn up to $50,000+ per week with bonus incentive programs Competitive and private health care plan, sick leave Provide a minimum of 1 article per week Transparent, trustworthy, and self reliant candidates an asset Must be able to work unsupervised Focused on: Written Content, Stringer Operations, Public Service Write and provide your own Trial Article using the guidelines below. (( OOC: You will be required to provide your OOC Admin Record upon Faction Invite. )) Stringer, Investigative, Photo Blog Content Scouts Earn up to $50,000+ per week with bonus incentive programs Competitive and private health care plan, sick leave Provide a minimum of 1 photo album per week Transparent, trustworthy, and self reliant candidates an asset Must be able to work unsupervised Focused on: Photography & Blog Content, Stringer Operations, Other (( OOC: You will be required to provide your OOC Admin Record upon Faction Invite. )) Studio Staff, Client Services Agent, Marketing Staff, Corporate Assistants, Accountants Earn up to $50,000+ per week with bonus incentive programs Competitive and private health care plan, sick leave Transparent, trustworthy, and self reliant candidates an asset Must be able to work unsupervised Focused on: Supporting Journalists, Photographers, Executive Management, Clients, Advertisement & Marketing Services (( OOC: You will be required to provide your OOC Admin Record upon Faction Invite. )) Interested Candidates can send their resume, cover letter, or the follow application with SUPPORT STAFF in the subject line:
  2. (( We have become an Official Faction, please click here for an up to date thread. )) About Us & Employment - Advertise With Us & Sponsorships - Disclosure - Send Us An E-Mail All donations, services, and business related funds can be sent to Routing Number: 0100 4009 8. (( We have become an Official Faction, please click here for an up to date thread. )) About Us The Los Santos Insider (under the Insider Media Group) was established in January 2023 to fill a growing void in the news & media industry for the City of Los Santos, and her surrounding counties. Throughout our time we have strived to provide reliable, transparent, and entertaining content to our readership and have grown into a household name from business review, critical opinion pieces, breaking news, and a variety of content we publish. "Our readers deserve factual, credible, and resource based content. They deserve to know what is happening in their locality without obscurity." Providing coverage in topics such as Local News, Crime, Sports, Business & Finance, Recreation, Opinion Pieces, and more. Our outlet continues to invest in our publishing team to bring all corners of the city a sense of interest when reading our content. We are always open to suggestions, feedback, and business networking! So please reach out to us if you are an avid reader, supporter, or an aspiring business, we want to hear what you think. Submit an anonymous tip by calling 62245951 or e-mailing us. (( )) (( We have become an Official Faction, please click here for an up to date thread. )) About Us & Employment - Advertise With Us & Sponsorships - Disclosure - Send Us An E-Mail Employment Opportunities (( We have become an Official Faction, please click here for an up to date thread. ))
  3. May 19, 2023 | NEWS Former Senator's Staffer denies conspiracy allegations and explains her story This Wednesday, in the early hours of the morning, Luca Giraldi released a recording that highlights a vocal exchange. In the written post, he recites an elaborate explanation of the events, in which he dons good graces, noble intent, and embellishes himself as a man of the people. The story invariably provoked the readers, and it evokes a gnawing curiosity about it - how would this story be told by the accused woman from the recording? As made apparent today, Luca Giraldi resigned on his own accord to prevent his incoming impeachment. The aforementioned recording was released two days ago in an open letter - and here, the accused young woman elaborates on the story. We established contact with the woman, and she explained the story in-depth; from the beginning of the night, to the very end of it, and the consequential aftermath. She will be referred to as Ellen. "The threats against me... Were subtle to say the least; I'm sure he'd deny the accusation, but... I just wanted to bring some context to why I hadn't reached out. I thought about getting a lawyer. For defamation. Especially now. Well, he outright said, if I was to do anything that pushed him further, he'd make sure to make my life rather difficult. " Told us Ellen when our journalists inquired; according to her words, Luca Giraldi warned her that if she were to speak about the events on any legal, social or media platform, consequences would follow. "Well... After he had met with Senator Rossi, which... Seemed to be more of an act of desperation? Senator Giraldi had made it clear to me. He would fold on his stance, against the death penalty, if Rossi was to consider abstaining from the vote." Ellen continued to enlighten us - during her time alongside Luca Gilradi, she told us that she felt as if handling his impeachment was solely placed on her, and her only - she shared how Luca Giraldi schemed, and that he tried to "bargain" to earn votes in his favor. Next, we asked about the night in which all of it occurred. "It started with him telling me that I need to "learn how to drive." And that, even if I was a "woman staffer", I could do a "decent job". He had mentioned as we started driving, that if I was a "yes woman", he'd have me fired, immediately." Ellen explained, as they set out for a drive - this was after Luca Giraldi had shown her his recently acquired property in the hills, which he renovates. During this whole night, Luca had been incredibly affected by the recent course of events - tension was rapidly brewing, and he was prone to outbursts. Ellen was trying to maintain a sense of dignity around him, but she found it hard - he was armed with a firearm. The evening continued, and Luca Gilradi would endlessly ramble about distinct members of the Senate being traitors, claiming that the entire city is after him, and how the rules aren't a guideline that he follows during the ride. Ellen had initially asked him if he would like to be driven and left at home, but he refused. During the ride, Ellen also told us how Senator Luca labeled her as part of a "lower hierarchy" - comments along the lines of her being "beneath him", as he worded them, were often thrown around. Following this drive, Luca Giraldi had taken himself and Ellen to his home - a beach apartment, where he would show her a rich collection of art. Once inside, she was told to be barefoot and was provided with a substantially strong drink. Ellen shared the depth of Luca's character; how he was demanding, assertive, and sometimes, violent. She felt obliged to do her job, and if that would entail tolerating his behavior - so be it, even if she didn't know she would be subjected to continuous abuse. "I was off-put. And I'm not so easily moved to be awkward. The man does have his ways of making one feel uncomfortable. Pressured. And— I suppose I felt... Obligated, to some extent, to satisfy his needs." And the story comes to a halt - here plays the recording, and it twists the event - the situation escalates, and Giraldi kicks her out, and fires her; a reasonable assumption would be that the story ends here, but it gradually progresses into more. After being fired on the spot, she gets employed anew, and pawned off to Senator Isabel Garcia, who according to Ellen, was also subjected to Giraldi's maniacal and psychotic outbursts and deceit. On the following day, Ellen is brought into Senator Garcia's office, where Giraldi shows the well-known recording, and he accuses her of being a "spy" for a political rivalry, or as she told us, "he told me he knew my game". After pleading that she was no spy, and that she's entertaining no plot, Luca refused to believe such - still, he remained adamant and convinced that this was a "ruse". Once again, Ellen was fired, screamed at, and continuously called a "lying bitch", and told that she would never again set foot in the Senate. Since then, Ellen hasn't been working as a Staffer - but she comes forward, as she believes it is the rightful thing to do, to expose a man that hides beneath a cloak of false righteousness, good morals, and wears a veil over his true face. The story of Ellen aligns with Luca Giraldi's recording - she does not deny it. But she openly denies his allegations and conspiracies - he claims that this is all a plot, a theatre in which she is an undercover envoy, a spy sent by his political rivalries. Ellen describes herself as a professional, and that she was striving to do good work for the Senators - it was a demanding workplace, and she ought to be able to meet certain expectations. Repetitively called a spy, Ellen continuously denies such an allegation - Luca claimed she had ulterior motives, a web of deceit to serve her own interests, but the former Staffer denies all of it. "I didn't understand. My interests were to do good work. To consult. To be a staffer, for the Democratic Party, to all extent. And I was. I was a damn good worker... I was prompt. Timely. And loyal." This chapter has come to an end - earlier this morning, shortly after the hearing that took place in the Capitol, which lasted more than five hours, Luca Giraldi forwarded his resignment. He is no longer a representative of District 33, and the Chairwoman of the Democratic party Diana Jones announced the end of his tenure. If you have a story or concern, get in touch at [email protected] ((@starcaller)) 1870 is a product of LSN > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  4. May 17, 2023 | NEWS Heated politics; Giraldi accuses Lt. Governor of a threat, Noah Wade denies; Brandenburg calls Giraldi confused Andrew Brandenburg, Carry Saunders, and Luca Giraldi LSN hosted a talk show earliear in the afternoon, where Carry Saunders invited two very prominent political figures; Republican Senator Andrew Brandenburg, and Democratic Senator Luca Giraldi. Topics that were tackled in the show were the controversies surrounding the budget affair with the DA's Office, the quarrels between the two representatives, accusations stretching out to Lt. Governor Noah Wade, and the most recent event; the confession of Senator Luca Giraldi, which cut a written-form in an open letter earlier this morning. Senator Giraldi shedded light on some affairs that took place behind closed doors during the DA's Appropriations Metting - as it took place, Luca Giraldi felt opressed by Noah Wade, claiming that he was threatened to vote accordingly in a certain way, as the Lt. Governor dictated. The District 33 representative also said that Wade threatened to circumvent those who did not comply with him and his suggestion, whilst five Senators attended the meeting. Senator Brandenburg immediately denied the aforementioned accusation, and said the following; 1870 came in contact with Lt. Governor Noah Wade immediately after the show concluded to issue an official statement to regard the allegations made that the President did in fact, threaten the senators to vote accordingly with his bidding. Noah Wade denied the allegations made that he threatened the Senators with circumvention, and he provided us with the following statement; In the early hours of the morning, Senator Giraldi published an Open Letter that canvassed a sensitive matter; he came forward on his own, painting himself with innocence before a potentially ill-willed peer could label him with ignominy. It comes off as an earnest confession, which is entirely unrelated to the recent political affairs that have held the spotlight - but many readers and commentators are convinced that it is entirely fabricated, and only serves the purpose to beseech sympathy during the hardships that he has undergone. There is no evidence at hand to shed truth to either alternative - and even his political rivalry, Andrew Brandenburg, finds the scenario do be prone to suspicion. The original post by Senator Giraldi includes a plethora of hateful comments, hashtags that support his impeachment, and a handful of images that mock his image - which wont be included, but are broadly circulating the social platforms. Source; FaceBrowser Watch the talkshow here! Carry Saunders live: Senators Brandenburg and Giraldi in debate over the former's attempt to impeach the latter If you have a story or concern, get in touch at [email protected] ((@starcaller)) 1870 is a product of LSN > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  5. May 15, 2023 | NEWS Senator Brandenburg addresses the DA Office's budget controversy and the call to impeach Senator Giraldi Republican Senator Andrew Brandenburg Republican Senator Andrew Brandenburg discusses and addresses the recent events that have taken place in an interview with 1870; the budget denial of the District Attorney's Office, the impeachment of Democratic Senator Luca Giraldi, and the political feuds. In the last weeks of April, Senator Brandenburg introduced a bill that sought to appropriate funds for the Office of the Los Santos District Attorney for the period of Q2, otherwise known as LSDA Q2 APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2023. Following shortly, Senator Luca Giraldi submitted an edited act that severely cut the DA Office's budget and according to him, it was shortened by seventy percent. As of today, Senator Andrew Brandenburg addressed the matter publicly; following the Lt. Governor Noah Wade's call for the removal of Luca Giraldi, whom he refers to as the "conspiracy theorist of District 33", Brandenburg brought to attention his thoughts on the matter, along with a Senate Resolution, referred to as S.R. 37 - Resolution to investigate and impeach Senator Luca Giraldi. Source; FaceBrowser For the following interview, Senator Andrew Brandenburg will be referred to with the initials A.B, respectfully, and the journalist will refer to herself as V.A. V.A: I'm so glad you agreed to come today. Let's talk politics. I believe you know why I have called you in today - tension has been rapidly brewing lately, and it began escalating to newer heights as of today. Let's talk about one of your peers at the Senate, Luca Giraldi. As we've seen before, Democrats and Republicans have always contended to maintain a common ground; and in this case, the correspondence seems far more convoluted. What do you think of Luca Giraldi? A.B: I believe that Senator Giraldi joined a game that he did not understand at all, or he just had a flawed understanding of what being a Senator means. I can safely say that Senator Giraldi put on a hat too big for him, and, to this day, he fails to understand that making a lot of noise just to fill up your political agenda isn't a good long-term way of maintaining the faux image of being a hero. While he raises a lot of ruckus, claiming he does so in the interest of the people, we can clearly see that his actions actually cause the contrary. Constantly picking up fights, nitpicking and gnawing, does nothing but harm the Senate's workflow, ergo, leading to prolonged sessions for a simple majority which, eventually, leads to a blockage. Once the blockage comes, budgets are put on hold, bills are stalled because of constant nitpicking, what does he do? He blames the Republicans. When the Republicans defend themselves and put him in his place he calls them fascists. Because he has no logical argument left. Let's not forget that Luca Giraldi is the one Senator that voted against a bill sponsored by his own party, just because they probably had some internal strife. So, apart from acting immature during Senate meetings, Senator Giraldi also puts his own ego higher than important things, higher than the people, higher than the State. V.A: In an interview with the ‘LS Insider’, Senator Giraldi admitted to defunding law enforcement agencies, and that he cut seventy percent of the DA Office’s budget. Why do you think that is? A.B: That night I realized how the Democrats really play. A few weeks prior, Diana Jones came to me to ask for a bipartisan effort on a bill. I was open for discussion, but did not give her an answer straight away.. That night, with the DA Office's budget, I realized that they're doing foul play. It was the only night the Democrats had a majority over the Republicans, and their attitude was absolutely different from how it was prior to that. They wanted no compromise, no middle ground. That made me realize that the bipartisanship was just a mask that they were wearing in order to get us to help them. Once they didn't need us, they had no intent to show bipartisanship or compromise. Other than that, that whole DA Office budget thing was clear foul play. As you can see on the Senate's public platform, a few minutes after the session ended, Senator Giraldi sponsored a bill to fund the remaining seventy percent that he cut. So, that can mean only two things. They either just wanted to stall everything and nitpick at the DA's Office, or they wanted to submit the bill themselves to pose as heroes. Anyway, whatever that was, it did nothing but hinder the prosecution in this State and, of course, to destroy any chance of bipartisanship until the day Giraldi resigns or is impeached. So, yes, in short, they stalled everything and created a ruse, just to fill up the political agenda, not giving a damn about the damage they caused. V.A: Let's move on to the most recent events. First the Governor called for Luca's impeachment, and now you officially push the resolution. Elaborate on the motive with a few words. A.B: Lieutenant Governor Wade called for Giraldi's impeachment due to Giraldi having no respect for the State Executives and because he said absurd things, accusing Noah Wade of authoritarian attitude, when, in fact, Wade issued an Executive Order for budgets, because the Senate was unable to meet in that month. So, basically, Noah Wade saved the State budgets and Giraldi comes and calls him a dictator. Also, probably the most dangerous thing, Giraldi wants to amend the Constitution. Basically, he says that the Constitution is not good enough. Modifying the Constitution, the fundamental act that guarantees our freedoms, can create a very dangerous precedent. If you modify it now to cut from the Lieutenant Governor's rights, you might as well modify it next time to cut fundamental rights from the people. And, of course, Noah Wade knows this and realizes how absurd and how dangerous Giraldi's plans can be. Add that to the circus he created in the Senate, and, of course, he called for Giraldi's impeachment. However, their personal strife does not concern me. The decision to work on this impeachment resolution was mine alone, and I also discussed it with my colleagues, presenting them both sides of the coin. After Giraldi's interview, when he started lying again, I decided it was time to put a stop to his nonsense. V.A: We witness a constant feud on the social media platforms, and I must ask - are the interactions with Senator Geraldi just as tense when you're corresponding in the Senate? A.B: Well, I can say that Senator Giraldi is one man, and Luca Giraldi is another. Those things you see in the Senate? Just a ruse. Circus made to impress his voters and make it look like he's actually doing something. V.A: When and if Senator Giraldi gets impeached, what future does the Democratic caucus have, in your opinion? They are already a minority, and losing a representative might prove to be crucial for them. A.B: Well, if Giraldi gets impeached, I believe it will be a great time for Diana Jones to reflect on the people she chooses for her team. Giraldi was never an elected Senator, as I am, or as Senator Rossi is. He was appointed. He never passed through the most important filter, and that is the people. The vote of the people, their decision, is the most important factor that validates a Senator. Anyway, without Giraldi, probably the Democrats will want to parley again and they will again seek "bipartisanship". V.A: Is there anything you'd like to tell the citizens of Los Santos? A.B: All I can say to the people of San Andreas is that we'll always be in their service. Whatever we do, we do in the greater interest of the people. Political games, circus like Giraldi creates, do nothing but put the welfare of the people at risk. And that is why we will stop this. If you have a story or concern, get in touch at [email protected] ((@starcaller)) 1870 is a product of LSN > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
  6. LSFD Urban Search & Rescue Assemble To Recover Local Man Written by Kate Park, April 3 2023 Published by Scarlett Remington, April 3 2023 Above: Ladder-7 with USAR operatives in conversation. On the 2nd of April 2023, at around 23:48, responders from the San Andreas Fire Marshall service requested mutual aide from Los Santos Fire Department pertaining to a unresponsive persons being located in the sewers situated in El Burro Heights area. Crews from the nearby Station 7 quickly assembled to the area to assess, and evaluate the situation however deemed it difficult to reach the individual via maritime methods safely prompting Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) to be activated. Above: State Fire Marshals overlook the rescue attempt. The search and rescue team (USAR-3) comprised of highly trained personal from Station 3 later arrived on-scene and commenced operations on the recovery of the individual. Working with an aerial ladder platform, with the use of a rope-pulling method an operator descending from the bridge toward the individual. Tragically despite the rapid mobilization of assets the individual was pronounced deceased by medics shifting the focus to a retrieval operation. The individual was hoisted some time later where official recognition of life extinct was confirmed. Above: A USAR Operator retrieves the unresponsive male, hoisting him from the ground. At this time the investigation as been passed to the Office of Fire Marshals, and the County Coroner has been informed. Together agencies will be working closely to identify the individual, informing next of kin, and resolving the tragic circumstances that revolve around the incident. There has been no official statement from the San Andreas Fire Marshalls and the office involved. At this time information will take time to gather, and likely follow over the next few days as facts are established. Despite the circumstances being unknown it is a sobering reminder around the dangers of rapid flowing water sites across the outskirts of the City. Our thoughts are with the victims friends, and family at this time.
  7. Aviation Accident Report 05/FEB/2023 At around 19:00 the SAAA was made aware of a low-flying Mammatus Dodo Fixed-Wing aircraft in the Sandy Shores area. After coordinating with Air Traffic Control, SAAA investigators arrived on scene. The aircraft had already landed as instructed by Air Traffic Control. SAAA investigators helped members of the local law enforcement locate the aircraft. The investigation concluded that the pilot’s endorsement had expired. Law enforcement had taken the pilot, Aidan Kirkland, into custody. More updates will follow as the investigation continues. Carlos Montoya SAAA Public Communications Officer Mobile phone: 1395203 https://saaa.gta.world/
  8. BREAKING - 22/12/2022 Horrific crash at Haywick and Meteor leaves multiple injured By Hugh Schwartz - 22/12/2022 Photograph depicting the scene, courtesy of Hugh Schwartz. Earlier tonight, a terrifying car accident at the intersection of Haywick and Meteor. Multiple injured. K9 unit deployed on the scene as well as police SUVs and ambulances. Edit: original said "terrifying car accident at the crossroads or Haywick and Meteor." This was changed to "a terrifying car accident at the intersection of Haywick and Meteor" for clarity. Photographs depicting the incident provided by Hugh Schwartz First responders were unable to issue a statement at this time. Follow Hugh Schwartz on Facebrowser for more. Got a scoop? Text Hugh Schwartz at 63610973 or message him on Facebrowser (anonymous or not).
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  10. The following topics contains information about Enrique Torres and the Public Communications Division of the Los Santos Police Department. Screenshots from some of our roleplay activities. The purpose is to give you a sneak peak how we handle the PR of our faction. PCD is assigned under Professional Standards Bureau, professionalism is our number one priority. The thread will cover Torres' attempts to become known in the Department, earn some credit and reach positions. INTEGRITY IN ALL WE SAY AND DO
  11. **The following appears on the LSNN website as an announcement. As a static webpage, comments are naturally disabled. ** LSNN Political Reporting Policy By Allegra Nixon _____________ This document aims to clearly set forth LSNN’s approach and stance to political coverage in San Andreas, for the sake of ensuring full transparency and accountability where necessary. The topics covered are: LSNN’s stance on political coverage Bias and favor Public interest Frequency, volume and equal opportunities Additional measures of transparency Advertising Complaints and issues _____________ LSNN’s Stance on Political Coverage We believe that the media plays an incredibly important role in informing the citizens of what’s going on politically in San Andreas, and how this affects them. This often involves distilling otherwise complicated political information and jargon in a manner which is digestible and comprehendible. The network, while committed to stamping out bias at every possible juncture, believes that misinformation should be avoided at all costs. As such, every effort will be made to ensure that reporting is as factual as possible. LSNN still retains its right to investigative journalism. We believe it is our journalistic duty to publish topics of public interest, and that in some cases, this may result in certain parties coming under critique and scrutiny. We also wish to reiterate that we are not a court of law, and that we are permitted and indeed encouraged, as a media organisation, to publish topics of public interest even while investigations may be ongoing and conclusions yet to be reached in the eyes of the law. Where hard evidence is of course preferred, we still value personal testimony provided it is from credible and reliable sources - which are deemed as such entirely at our own discretion. It is the belief of the network that this is indeed the nature of the political beast, and that anyone in a position of responsibility should be prepared to answer to the people. We serve as the medium – connecting the politicians to the people – and reserve the right to embody any questions or concerns they may have, and to provide commentary and critique where necessary. We want our audience to find value in our political reporting, and to feel that we are providing useful and relevant information which could otherwise be overlooked or remain un-investigated. It is our duty to ensure that such reports are entertaining as well as informative, which is reflected in our reporting style. _____________ Bias and favor LSNN retains a firm commitment to political neutrality, as is stated in the above. As part of this commitment, any employees at LSNN who are charged with covering political stories are in no way permitted to allow their own political stances to affect their reporting style. Every American citizen has the right to vote, however we require that our political correspondents do not share their own political voting intentions through their reporting. This can easily be misinterpreted, however, so for full clarity: our journalists are still permitted and encouraged to provide critique and critical thinking when dealing with political matters. Doing so does not mean that a journalist is biased: far from it, it means they’re doing their job. It should also be noted that, whilst rooted in the pursuit of truth, journalistic styles can also venture into the sensational, dramatic and overly critical. This again is not an example of bias or misrepresentation, but rather necessary tools at any journalist's disposal to ensure that their story is interesting, entertaining and informative. _____________ Public interest It should go without saying that anything related to the official political procedures of San Andreas, such as legislature changes and proposals, elections and so on, clearly fall within the public interest and thus LSNN is obliged to provide coverage. However, for clarity, LSNN also believes that it is not just the policy that the people vote for; it is the individual. Attributes such as trustworthiness and reliability are thus within the public interest. Therefore, any action of a public figure which calls these attributes into question, regardless of whether this is related to their policies, work or their private lives, falls within our remit to cover. This has been provided for clarity as we believe that actions such as, for instance, adultery, criminal behaviour and so on, serve to inform the public about the attributes of the individual, and thus we are obliged as a media organisation to cover. _____________ Frequency, volume and equal opportunities Of prime concern to all political parties with regards to media coverage, is often the topic of “who gets the most limelight and attention”. This section aims to set the record straight. Our approach here can be summed up as follows: “Every politician and political party will be given equal opportunities for media coverage, both during elections and after-the-fact. However, if one individual or party is conducting more newsworthy activities than others, we will absolutely not censor ourselves purely in the name of balance. Coverage will come to those who earn it, and we at LSNN reserve the right as journalists to be the ones who decide that.” In practise, this could look like the following: During an election period, all interested parties will be contacted equally and given the same opportunities from the offset. However, if one candidate or party is more active than another, the likelihood of them attaining higher volumes of coverage is naturally increased. Not only does this ensure that hard work is rewarded, it means that we are not over-censoring our news agenda purely to attain “balance”. Likewise, if a party or individual comes under fire for a certain reason, or is involved in a scandal, it stands to reason that they too will attain higher levels of coverage (albeit with a different lens). This too is unavoidable, and part of the natural flow of the news agenda. The specific actions being taken by LSNN to ensure equal opportunities from the offset are as follows: A balanced programme of political guests on broadcasts and in articles. Both parties featured in a story or update will receive equal time and opportunity to provide comment. We reserve the right to report even without comment, but will state as such during our reporting. It remains entirely at the discretion of LSNN as to whether or not a story is relevant to LSNN’s audience, and thus, we will not guarantee coverage of every event or comment. _____________ Additional measures of transparency The following steps are also being taken by LSNN to ensure neutrality in reporting on political issues: LSNN staff will not accept gifts from any individual associated with a political campaign. LSNN will regularly meet, in equal measure, with the party leaders and any independents to address transparency concerns. 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  13. What happened in Mission Row? A mysterious event occurred in the Mission Row police precinct today. Police were preparing for a "suspect" to come inside and presumably fill out a form of some sort (We all know the LSPD loves their bit's of paper). However, when the man entered he was taken into custody and has not been heard from since. I ask you, the readers, who was this man? what did he do to warrant such an offense on his freedoms? Only time will tell, stay posted for the full story as Sparrow News digs deep to unravel the truth. If you have any information please, do not hesitate to reach out. Contact Info: 763 52 282 Response Format: Username: Comment:
  14. Gang Killing in Strawberry. On Tuesday night 4 bodies were found outside Bert's Tool Supply Co. Three in the Alley, and one on the side walk outside the parking garage. A nearby witness claimed it was the Main St. and Families gangs fighting each other. The fight was attributed to "Gang Politics" by the witness. When pressed further, the 13 year old claimed "They just don't F*ck with each other". Upon investigation of the scene police officers found assault rifle casings. When asked what happened the Officers on scene stated they could not comment on an ongoing investigation. After going to the police station Officers said events like this occurred all the time. Are we as citizens of Los Santos just ok with this? A lack of caring? A lack of transparency form our Police force? Why are bodies piling up in the street with no answers? Is it just because it's "Gang Politics"? Do people not matter in Los Santos? These are the questions I pose to you, the reader of Sparrow News your independent news source, focusing on what's getting overlooked. Stay tuned for our next pieces on local business in Los Santos, and city biker gangs taking crime to Sandy Shores. Contact Info: 763 52 282 Response Format: Username: Comment:
  15. Interview with Secretary of Labor Herbert Brennan; "The County has really experienced a rapid decline in industry across the board in the recent decades" BY MICHAEL GOLD Los Santos, SA - 13th of May, 2021, The LSNN hosted a live interview with The Secretary of Labor Herbert Brennan to discuss the new projects and job opportunities offered to the County citizens. Michael Gold with Herbert Brennan in LSNN Studio Michael Gold: Good evening Los Santos. This is Michael Gold and you are watching LSNN live. I am very pleased to have The Secretary of Labor Herbert Brennan with me tonight. Mister Brennan, pleased to have you, and thanks for accepting our invitation on such short notice. Herbert Brennan: Thank you for having me, Michael. The last time we spoke I've told you I'll appear on your show when I'm ready to announce the next big project of the Department of Labor. Michael Gold: That's true, and here we are today having you with us, and this means we have some new projects to be discussed as you already stated sir. Let us start with the commercial fishing in the county? What can you tell us about that project? Herbert Brennan: First of all, the County has really experienced a rapid decline in industry across the board in the recent decades. I've always fought that trend. The project of Commercial fishing is not without backing of the people of the County. I've talked about this the first time on your show. The strength of our economy is in the small businesses and the middle class. We're opening this field for small businesses, family companies rather than huge corporations. The accent is on the residents of the County, and the jobs that the industry brings. In spirit of the Department's motto we've already created programs which will stimulate and revive economy of the County. The ball is on the other side of the court now. In the State Senate where, hopefully, we'll be able to propose our amendments to The Hunting Act, introducing commercial fishing which will be regulated by the Department of Fishing and Wildlife. Michael Gold: That's very pleasant to hear, thank you for the clarification. Switching to the hunting act, when I was at Paleto Bay few weeks ago, I have pumped into few folks out there and they were so upset because of the increasing rate of crimes such as armed robberies in the county. They all were positive that the current hunting regulations caused that. People could now walk with a rifle and say that it is for hunting purpose. Do you have any comment on this issue? Herbert Brennan: Now, I'm not the State Ranger, nor Director of Fish and Wildlife. I recall being presented on the meeting between the Sheriff and the residents of the County in Paleto Bay few weeks ago. I'm confident that the Sheriff's Department, along with the State Rangers are looking into these potential abuses. I, myself, am a hunter. I hunt regularly in that area. There's always a patrol of State Rangers present. I have my confidence in the Sheriff's Department and Rangers. Michael Gold: We have already talked about the fishing project. Is there any projects that are currently being cooked for the County mister Brennan? Is there any new jobs introduced for our folks out there? Herbert Brennan: Indeed, there are. I must say to you, and to everyone watching and listening, especially to the residents of the County that their Government has not forsaken them. Commercial fishing is sorta of a test run for us in line of many projects that we plan for the County. Michael Gold: Can we have a small exclusive sneak peak? Herbert Brennan: We've mentioned already that the industry of the County has been neglected for past decade, and more. We're aiming in revitalizing the industry of the area in the future. I'm sure the residents of the County will understand my words. That's all I can say for now. Michael Gold: Sir, I know that you have a busy schedule so we are going to jump to our last question tonight. Allow me first to announce that it is out of the main topic we are discussing tonight, a bit of a drift. Lately there has been a very important topic that most of Los Santos citizens were discussing everywhere, it is the Capital Punishment. I want to ask you sir as a citizen of Los Santos not as Secretary of Labor, are you with or against the Capital Punishment, and why? Herbert Brennan: We've witnessed a raising trend among ranks of conservatives and red states which is paying off. A Marshall Project review found that in roughly half the states with an active death penalty system, Republican lawmakers have recently sponsored or written bills to ban or constrain the punishment, or to help potentially innocent prisoners avoid it. Although many of these bills are unlikely to pass, their sheer volume suggests a significant shift in conservative views. The trend is good. Polls are encouraging that more and more conservatives are against death penalty in favor of life sentence. Michael Gold: Does this mean that Herbert Brennan the Citizen of Los Santos is with those who are against the death penalty? Herbert Brennan: This topic is no place for a joke, but as my friend and long time colleague once said "This is San Andreas. We are all liberals". But, you are right. I am against death penalty as it opens moral dilemmas, and potential danger of sentencing of innocent people. I'm in favor of life imprisonment. Michael Gold: Thank you for the plan and clear answer mister Brennan. Today we were delighted to have The Secretary of Labor Herbert Brennan at our studio. Thank you very much sir for attending. Herbert Brennan: Pleasure, Michael. Michael Gold: So that was all for tonight ladies and gentlemen. This was Michael Gold, and you were watching LSNN live. It is your RIGHT to KNOW.
  16. Interview with the newly born security firm; Holland Private Security management speaks to LSNN BY MICHAEL GOLD Los Santos, SA. On the 3rd of May 2021, The newly born security firm known as Holland Private Security - found by Frank Jansen (CEO) and his two fellows, James Beenhouwer (COO) and Jan Bakker (HR director) - has shown a growing potential in a very short period of time. Only one month since they introduced themselves to Los Santos, and here they are having different contracts with clients that trust the firm and their services. LSNN was inside Holland's office, and were able to make three interviews with three different members of the management team behind the firm. We were introduced more to them, and their firm that gives multiple security related services to the Los Santos community. Holland Security officers during an event Supervisor of Security: Jessica Russell Michael Gold interview with Jessica Russell (Video) HR Director: Jan Bakker Michael Gold interview with Jan Bakker (Video) Chief Operations Officer: James Beenhouwer Michael Gold interview with James Beenhouwer (Video)
  17. Interview with Omar Ortiz, Anthony Ramirez's lawyer speaks after his client execution; "I am against capital punishment all together. There's no human way to kill a person" BY MICHAEL GOLD Los Santos, SA. On 27th of April, 2021, the date set for the execution of Anthony Ramirez, the killer of Deputy Corner Stacy Nguyen. LSNN was able to get an exclusive interview with Omar Ortiz the lawyer of Ramirez in the LSNN studios on the day of the execution. Michael Gold and Omar Ortiz in the LSNN studio Michael Gold: Good evening Los Santos, this is Michael Gold and you are watching LSNN live. On the 4th of April, 2021, and before dawn, Anthony Ramirez was arrested by Police Officer II Eduardo Rojas, on El Rancho Boulevard, Cypress Flats. The nineteen years old was accused of killing police Officer ranked as Deputy Corner Stacy Nguyen. As stated in the autopsy record, Officer Nguyen suffered from three rifle caliber rounds to the head, with exit wounds meaning no bullet fragments were collected during the autopsy. However, one 9mm round was recovered from her abdomen area. The head caliber rounds had damaged the brain, which lead to her death. His honor Michael McMurrary was the assigned judge of the case and District Attorney's Office Prosecutor Melanie Cromwell was the Prosecutor. On the 21st of April, 2021, the final hearing for State of San Andreas v. Anthony Ramirez was held in Greg E. Joplin courthouse, on Ginger Street, in Little Seoul. The defendant, Anthony Ramirez, has been indicted on the charges of First Degree Murder, Possession of a Prohibited Firearm or Explosive Device and Discharging a firearm in public. The purpose of the hearing was for summary judgement. Ramirez throw a speech in the courtroom, while every one listened. In his speech, Ramirez plead guilty. After Mr. Ramirez's statement, Justice McMurray stated that he finds mister Ramirez guilty on all charges, then he announced a 15 minutes recess in order to debate sentencing time. "Now to address mister Ramirez. I find it the highest of crimes for you to take a life of one of our peace officers of this great state. Due to the gravity of these crimes and your complete disregard at the time the total lack of care for life and the highly violent nature of the murder, this court sentences you to Capital Punishment, death by lethal injection", said Justice McMurray, announcing Ramirez's punishment. Today 27th of April, 2021, is the day Ramirez was executed. And today we have in the studio Mister Omar Ortiz, Ramirez lawyer. Welcome Mister Ortiz. Omar Ortiz: Thank you, Mister Gold. It's a pleasure to be here with you today. Michael Gold: Mister Ortiz, first we would like to know how were you approached and by whom to take the case? Omar Ortiz: I was approached by the partner of Mister Ramirez. She reached out, extremely sick with worry as you could imagine. Michael Gold: Accepting such a case with very narrow chance of winning, is very difficult to accept, let me first show my admiration for you stepping to take such a case. Can you please tell us why did you accept it? Knowing that losing is more probable. Omar Ortiz: Well, Mister Gold. A case isn't just about winning or losing. It's about the individual. Mister Ramirez certainly had a tough life, he went through things that you could probably not even fathom. The case to me, wasn't about winning. It was about ensuring Mister Ramirez had a fair trial, as he's entitled to like every other citizen within this great state. Michael Gold: Speaking of which, do you believe Mister Ramirez had a fair trial? Omar Ortiz: I believe from a legal standpoint, his trial was fair yes. Although I am firmly against capital punishment. Michael Gold: Are you against the capital punishment in this specific trial or in general Mister Ortiz? Omar Ortiz: I am against capital punishment all together. There's no human way to kill a person. The lethal injection can take awhile to actually bring about a persons death, it can take multiple doses. It is also stated to, likely be rather painful. Not only that, it makes a public spectacle of the persons death. An entire nation watching your death. Regardless of the crime, any execution violates a persons right to life. Mister Ramirez was expecting his first child, a son. This child will never meet their father. Their only knowledge of their own father will be nation spread news articles of his death. It's barbaric, to say the least. Michael Gold: Some citizens, who would be on the opposite side, seeing the capital punishment is just justice, they would say that the officer as well might have children that will never see her again because of Mister Ramirez act of extreme violence against her, and they would be in favor of executing him, to bring justice to the lady. Don't you believe that this opinion is correct as well? Omar Ortiz: My heart goes out to the family of the officer. That is without a doubt. I can't even begin to imagine how they are feeling. Yet growing up, my mother always told me that two wrongs don't make a right. Mister Ramirez would of faced justice within the prison system. Yet he wasn't given that chance, he was murdered. The only difference being his murder carried a seal of approval. Incarceration is supposed to be about two things. The first being justice, the second being rehabilitation. Yet with capital punishment, neither of these are achieved. The only thing accomplished was revenge. Michael Gold: This will lead us to the rehabilitation topic. I can say from your words that you are supporting it and you want to see the state pushing it forward, how do see this system will add value to our community? Omar Ortiz: I feel work is definitely needed in terms of rehabilitation. As of current, the prison system within our state is focused more around the punishment and breaking down of incarcerated individuals. Yet what I believe we should be doing is working with these individuals and building them up to a point they can once again be a positive and functional member of general society. If you look at the countries where this outlook on incarceration is supported, you will see they have much lower rates of re-offending. Our current system puts these individuals at a much greater risk of re-offending. To put it in perspective, look at the case of Toa Asau. A homeless child, living on the streets with no food or water. Yet we put him to trial- as an adult. We then sentenced him as an adult. We placed him in an adult facility, within the same holding unit as adults. We are the only western nation that does such things. Michael Gold: Point proven mister Ortiz. Now let's go back to the day of the final hearing. We all saw Ramirez having a statement that he prepared trying to convince the judge and the courtroom that he has changed. "I'm a reformed man. The US rehabilitation programs really did come through. I'm closer to my God. I went through tens, maybe hundreds of books. You can confirm that I've been on good behavior. I'm really a reformed man. I think, with the rehabilitation I've been through, I can be once again be a productive member of society. I hate myself for what I did. I think about it day and night. It's nothing I thought I'd be capable of doing. There's not much more to be said. Your honor. I plead guilty. I was caught on camera. I only ask the courts for mercy with my sentencing and a second chance at life. I'm still young and have a lot to look forward to" Stated Ramirez. Ramirez plead guilty on that day, and even the judge re-asked him about it. Were you the one behind this move mister Ortiz? How did you two co-ordinate? We saw you support him by patting his back after he finished. Omar Ortiz: First of all, that speech was not prepared. Mister Ramirez stood up and spoke on the spot from his heart. Mister Ramirez made his own decision to speak to the people within the courtroom. He was also true in his words. He had changed, he had found faith within the system, attending church and reading books from the library. He became very interested in earning an education, on better himself as a person. Mister Ramirez- before being placed within the system, faced a number of difficulties. Addiction, notably. Yet he had come to accept this. He was ready to admit this. He was at a stage, where he was able to progress and own up to his actions. Mister Ramirez really did regret his actions. He was torturing himself on a daily basis. He found it hard to live with what he had done. This was the first time he had ever been convicted of a violent crime like that. Yet he didn't try to hide from it. He was ready to face it. That was the only purpose of his speech. To express his emotions to the courtroom, he was after all, human just like the rest of us. Michael Gold: Sir are you the one who advised him to plea guilty in that courtroom? Omar Ortiz: Mister Ramirez made the decision himself and I'll admit, I was proud of him. Michael Gold: Such a big case that took all that media coverage, how do you feel after losing the case? And are you still in contact with the family? Omar Ortiz: I spoke to Mister Ramirez' partner before coming here. I expressed my condolences and checked that they were comfortable with us discussing his trial and punishment on the news today. I will remain in contact with them and offer my support. The loss of the case means nothing to me, the loss of Anthony Ramirez' life does. Michael Gold: We send our condolences to both families for their loss. Human being life is very precious, and needs to be kept always as that. This interview with the first public speech of Mister Ortiz after the last hearing of the case. You have seen it exclusive on our screen, LSNN. Thank you for being with us mister Ortiz. Omar Ortiz: Thank you for having me, Mister Gold. Michael Gold: So, Los Santos this was all what we have for tonight. I am Michael Gold, you were watching LSNN live. Our aim is to keep you always informed, it is your RIGHT to KNOW.
  18. Man-hunt in progress after three police officers slaughtered, one wounded. DAVIS, Los Santos -- Two deputies, one police-officer involved in a high-risk traffic stop were shot dead by a suspect with a fully automatic assault rifle. One police officer was wounded and is now in critical condition. The County Sheriff's Department tweeted 22-year-old Victor Vasquez is wanted in relation to the attack and should be considered armed and dangerous. Vasquez now faces several felony murder charges, however it is likely it could be upgraded to capital murder, depending on his intent, detectives said. Early Tuesday morning, authorities believed he may have been inside his mother's house in the area of Carson Avenue and Brogue Avenue in Davis. Officials, including members of the SEB team, surrounded the home. After members of the tactical team stormed the house, it was revealed that the suspect was in fact not inside. Authorities said his mother wasn't aware they were searching for him as she had been at work. "This a nightmare scenario for our city.” said a City of Davis official. “Davis is a city where everyone should feel safe, and the Police and Sheriff Department help in that goal. I implore anyone who has information on the whereabouts of the suspect to contact authorities.” Anyone with information about Vasquez’s location, whereabouts or any relevant information is asked to call 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
  19. THE RANA REPORT Your source for the latest Los Santos news, investigative journalism, and city-wide updates. A Nightmare in Fantasia: Two Dead after G6 Shooting at Magnolia Event. BY RANA KHATI Fantasia Event Hall Logo. On January 23rd, 2021, a Gruppe SIx guard fatally shot a young African-American man after a security breach lead to a brawl on the dance-floor of the Fantasia Event Hall; later, the same guard was then fatally shot while sitting detained in the back of an LSPD cruiser. The G6 Fantasia Hall shooting has seized the internet in the recent days, with press releases from Magnolia Records, G6, and Fantasia, a call to protest G6, and many often conflicting online accounts of what actually happened. The Rana Report contacted both G6 and Magnolia Records to hear what their understanding of the truth is to present you with a more solid understanding of the nights events from the different perspectives. G6 Armed Response Logo Rana sat down for an interview with CEO Clifford Hunter of Gruppe Six, who has been the CEO for half a year now: Manager Daniel Jones (left) & COO Melissa Cole (right) of Magnolia Records We also sat with both Chief Operations Officer Melissa Cole and Manager Daniel Jones of Magnolia Records who were on scene at the event and had their own perspective of the harrowing event: While we are unsure at this time whether Fantasia Event Hall will be taking civil action against G6 with regard to the lost revenue, we are sure that the loss in lives is a cost beyond measure. The LSPD has no comment at this time. The story will be updated with a link to the CCTV footage when it is released by Magnolia Records. With a community in heartache, a demonstration planned for tomorrow January 25th is sure to bring people together to express collective frustration, grief, and anger but may provide the necessary closure many need. The Rana Report will be covering the protest and has reached out to Fantasia Event Hall to arrange a final interview on the harrowing night, perhaps to lend the last bit of clarity needed for Los Santans to have a clearer picture of a truly dark night. UPDATED 10:58 pm 1/25: CCTV Footage Released With the release of the CCTV footage, one can see much more of t he situation. below you can see the young man being shot for the first time in the crowd, The Rana Report cannot detect glass bottles near his position. The images show the initial shot and as he is falling after having been shot three times, another security guard winds up for a strike with the flashlight. While it does show the security officer shooting the young man a number of times, the CCTV appears to show that the guard stopped shooting once the victim was on the ground. These images are disturbing and should not be viewed by sensitive readers. Remember to like and subscribe for more city-wide news! Thank you for supporting independent news! > Comments are enabled
  20. THE RANA REPORT Your source for the latest Los Santos news, investigative journalism, and city-wide updates. Former LS COO Charles Lockhart confirmed as State Attorney General BY RANA KHATI Alta City Hall. On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, the Senate Public Safety and State Security Committee convened for the confirmation hearing of Mr. Charles Lockhart for Attorney General. Mr. Lockhart was most recently the City Operations Officer for the greater Los Santos area. Throughout the hearing, Mr. Lockhart clarified and espoused his approach to criminal justice. He indicated that with regard to the death penalty that it should only be used only as a “last case resort” reserved for acts of mass murder or terrorism but ultimately should remain an option for those cases. With regard to organized crime, he expressed that there is a lack of manpower with regard to both the LSPD and LSSD task forces and indicated his office would attempt to increase support in this regard, whether that means a recruitment drive or seeking out of city transfers is unclear. Senator Ernst pressed Mr. Lockhart on what his office might do to tackle fraudulent charities, Mr. Lockhart referred back to his previous answer of ‘increasing resources’ to the relevant departments. With regard to the recent corruption blowout from Former Mayor Oswald Halford, Senator Burris asked him if there was anything that can be done to prevent this situation from ever happening again. Mr. Lockhart simply stated that as Mr. Halford was caught and prosecuted, “there isn’t much more that can be done when the system worked” Senator Burris pressed him and challenged the idea that the system worked with regard to the corruption and Mr. Lockhart’s reply was that “nobody knew of these allegations prior to him taking office” and then remarked as if Senator Burris was calling for a global surveillance of citizens home, office, and vehicles. Senator Burris has made no such proposal at any point during the hearing. On marijuana criminalization, Mr. Lockhart expressed that there are too many resources going towards the policing of marijuana that could be better expended in other areas of criminal justice which shows a willingness for his office to pursue a more lenient policy towards marijuana offenders. Mr. Lockhart was confirmed with a majority vote of four Yeas, those voting in the affirmative being Senator Frank Ernst, Senator Ethan Schmidt, Senator Gabriela Morales, and Senator Dwight Burris. Senator Gabriela Morales leaving the confirmation hearing. Senator Gabriela Morales, a prominent member of the city and state Democratic Party offered her comments after the hearing: When asked about the recent civil unrest with regard to former Mayor Halford’s corruption scandal, Senator Morales offered words of encouragement: UPDATED January 21, 2021: Lockhart in the Hearing - Taken by Ms. Nayeli Greyfeather @Greyfeather Thank you for supporting independent journalism Remember to like and subscribe for more city-wide news! > Comments are enabled
  21. January 25th, 10:00 PM By Natalia Vorobieva.. A Mystеry? Russiаn cuisine is probably still largеly unknown. Thеrеforе it is not еasy to ratе it for forеignеrs. Oleg the owner of Trоika rеstaurant told us about how he is offering everyone a taste of a culinary mystery. When we asked why he opened his restaurant in Los Santos, he told us: "I always wanted to make a place for Russian people and those who are interested to find out more about our culture, where people can erase their cultural boundaries and differences to enjoy the taste of food we make with love." Like all great empires, Russians had a great cuisine, influenced by many cultures, like French, Chinese, Turkish, Finnish, and many other. Therefore once we talk about Russian cuisine we are talking about the cuisine of the largest country in the world and many nations in it. But not everyone is interested in sharing their culture and opening their hearts for a new experience. That's what Oleg, the owner told us: "I am deeply outraged with recent Russophobic trends, I have been always hospitable to anyone who visits my restaurant, but recently I have felt the growth of negativeness towards men and women of my culture, so I went to make a research. I found out that there were bot farms that spread hatred through the internet. They want us to be busy fighting while they push any agenda they want. I want them to remember, that we are the nation that has invented the AK-47." Healing wounds. As America Tomorrow rose in popularity, we have gone through a similar experience. When provocative entities have attacked our company refusing to play by the rules set by corporations. One of the local radio enthusiasts named "DJ Paul" who runs his station out of the garage, has stated that "Russia is a petrol station with nukes." That's not the first attack coming from one of many pirate radio stations. Russian cuisine is an amalgamation of many traditions, yet none of them has ever been marketed or made a meaningful foray into foreign markets. Today, America Tomorrow and Troika have united to shed light and break the cocoon of prejudice, showing the warm and inviting side of Los Santos' restaurant industry. We decided to go for soups, a visiting card of Russian cuisine, and it was outstanding! Borsch, fish soup, cabbage soup – the possibilities are endless. Traditionally eaten at the start of a meal, soups are believed to aid in the digestive process. Troika has a Russians have a mind-boggling variety of soups: rassolnik - chicken soup with pickles, solyannka - meat soup with olives and sausages, okroshka - a cold soup made of chopped vegetables, orange borsh - cabbage soup, soup s frikadlkami - meatball soup, uha - fish soup and the list goes on. There is one secret that makes Russian soups so good - podjarka - which is a pre-frying of chopped onions, grated carrots, and a little bit of garlic in vegetable oil. Troika offers the most authentic experience all around Los Santos, while offering a chance to dive deep into a culture of a far and mysterious land. We rate this restaurant ten out of ten and suggest every gourmet to postpone their affairs and visit the best Russian cuisine restaurant you can find in San Andreas. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story! The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of AMT.
  22. THE RANA REPORT Your source for the latest Los Santos news, investigative journalism, and city-wide updates. State Senate unanimously clears Marijuana Decrim to move to a final floor vote. BY RANA KHATI State Senate Hearing on Marijuana Legalization On Sunday January 24th, 2021, the San Andreas State Senate Public Safety and Security Committee convened to debate a resolution calling for the decriminalization of the use and sale of marijuana throughout Los Santos and San Andreas. Senator Dan Cardenas (R) chaired the debate and present for questioning was Dr. Danielle Shaw of Pillbox Hill Medical Center, Sheriff Dale Kelly of the Los Santos Sheriff's Department, LSSD Captain Isabella Ramirez, Unit Captain of Twin Towers Correctional Facility and LSSD Civilian Administrator Jameela Calvin. Activists came out in support of the measure in favor of decriminalization as well as with hesitation towards some of the senators: Baba Black, 44, a "Right to Blaze" activist: “Republican(s) lie… [regarding] herb. I think.. Republican will make a big lie and stop legalization.” Rana Khati: Would you be surprised if they supported it at the end of the debate? BB: “Ja, mon, but they are heavy into.. greed 'n de poison world.” (Quotes rendered from West Indian patois.). Prior to the debate, Senator Dwight Burris (D) shared his expectations regarding how it might go: Senator Burris: I'm expecting us to get this over with, we have a lot more on our plate, weed should have been legal a long time ago. If you see anybody making a fuss, it's clear cut party politics, I'm expecting my colleagues to use common sense. Senator Ethan Schmidt (R) provided an optimistic viewpoint prior to the hearing: RK: I wanted to get your impressions beforehand. Whether you have an open mind to the idea or not. Senator Schmidt: I do have an open mind to the idea, any idea. I think that's what democracy is about. Senator Dan Cardenas chaired the historic hearing and ensured an orderly and time efficient proceeding, he operated with impartiality as chairman and assigned and enforced time evenly across the board. He afforded time in the beginning to opening statements from those invited which are reproduced below. Dr. Danielle Shaw & Captain Isabella Ramirez opening statements on behalf of Pillbox Hill & the LSSD respectively Opening statement of Dr. Danielle Shaw of Pillbox Hill Medical Center: Opening statement of Captain Isabella Ramirez, Unit Commander of the LSSD Twin Tower Correctional Facility: Sen. Gabriela Morales (D), unfortunately photographed nearby a trash-can during her opening statement. Senator Gabriela Morales (D) is the primary sponsor of the resolution, which ultimately calls on the Senate to convene on a vote to a final bill that addresses the core issue- the decriminalization of marijuana use and distribution throughout the state. While largely seen as a symbolic vote to prioritize a hot-button issue, Senator Morales's floor time was sharply focused on inquiring about the potential positive effects of such decriminalization: DC: Senator Morales is recognized for 5 minutes. Senator Morales: Sheriff Kelly, Captain Ramirez, Doctor Shaw, thank you for your statements today, I'm sure many in the audience watched on with happiness at hearing your candidness. Legalizing marijuana is at the forefront of the Democratic agenda, but I hope that we can move this resolution beyond party lines, so again, thank you. I'd like to just ask, Doctor Shaw, whether you have statistics or even anecdotal knowledge of health complications at PHMC (Pillbox Hill Medical Center) in regards to consumption of cannabis? DC: I am yet to see such a case Senator, its far more like we'd encounter issues with other prescription medication like Oxycodone. The worst you'll get from Marijuana is a hungry stomach and feel a bit sleepy. GM: Thank you, Doctor Shaw, can I ask a further question, is it likely you would prescribe marijuana, or cannabis, to treat certain aliments in accordance with scientific evidence? DS: Correct, there are many conditions which would benefit from Marijuana. To list a few, Parkinsons, Anxiety, HIV or AIDS, or even as a pain relief in cases of severe trauma. GM: And therefore, do you believe that it is beneficial, from a healthcare standpoint, to have cannabis as a valid option for medical and recreational use? DS: I do. Senator Frank Ernst (R) challenges the issue, questioning those called to the hearing. The most critical of the resolution in it's current form, Senator Frank Ernst (R) used his floor time to question the Law Enforcement witnesses on potential drawbacks of decriminalization from a criminal justice standpoint. The debate was tense between the Senator and the Sheriff, but became contentious particularly with interjections from LSSD Civilian Administrator Jameela Calvin and Dr. Danielle Shaw. Senator Frank Ernst's questioning: Senator Ethan Schmidt (R) and Senator Frank Ernst (R) seated at the Republican side of the dais. Senator Ethan Schmidt (R) offered a brief line of questioning with regard to the witnesses stances on the various categories of legalization and medical use-cases: Senator Ethan Schmidt: I have a question for all three of the witnesses. If we are to separate medical usage of marijuana, decriminalization of marijuana, and recreational use of marijuana into three different categories. Which categories would you support, not support, or remain neutral on? DK: To start off, I do believe of marijuana for medicinal reasons should be left to medical professionals. They probably know whether it is safe to do better than I ever will. As such, I won't be commenting on medicinal use. Decriminalizing the use of marijuana, thus making sure the users are not treated as criminals has my support however. I believe Captain Ramirez has already shed some light into why that may be. I have no comments on recreational use, however. DS: Senator, if I may. I'd be in strong support for its medical use, as well as decriminalizing it. I'm also in support of recreational. ES: Thank you. One more question. Marijuana is currently decriminalized under 15 grams. Under what use case would more than fifteen grams be necessary for medical usage? DS: Senator, such quantities would be akin to allowing patients to not make frequent trips to the hospital. Same type of scenario goes to if we allow them to grow their own plants. It helps reduce the workload on my staff for such prescriptions ES: Thank you, I yield the rest of my time to the chair. Senator Dan Cardenas (R) offered his own line of questioning: Senator Dan Cardenas: Sheriff Kelly. Are you in favor of legalizing marijuana distribution... and giving people the power to wholesale marijuana? My question extends to the Sheriff's deputies as well. DK: I'm neutral on the matter. DC: Thank you. I extend the same question to Ms. Shaw. To repeat, are you in favor of legalizing marijuana distribution and giving people the power to wholesale marijuana? DS: I am Senator, provided provisions are made to ensure correct taxation, regulation to ensure its sold to those of age, and general safeguards akin to that of alcohol distribution. With those accounted for yes, otherwise, no. DC: Correct taxation, as in... tax which would effectively fall on distributors? DS: Correct. DC: Thank you. I don't believe in new taxes, but OK ... so you say we should raise taxes on small business, dispensaries and even individual growers? DS: I'm saying, if you'll allow me, to introduce a small tax like we do on alcohol sales, which can be used to generate income in support of communities, to use against tackling real crime or healthcare from its aftermath. DC: Essentially sales tax for marijuana. I see. My time has expired. LSSD Sheriff Dale Kelly answering questions. The Senate voted unanimously, all six senators voting yea to move the resolution to a final floor vote when a full bill is presented. The Democratic Senators were naturally elated regarding the results. The Rana Report got the impressions from the Republican Senators to get their view of how the hearing went and how they wish to move forward on the pressing issue. Rana Khati: Did todays session adequately ease any of your concerns regarding this resolution's decriminalization of marijuana? Senator Ernst: This resolution is a non-binding procedure that simply expresses a sense of the Senate. It's unknown to me why Ms. Morales didn't draft an actual bill to present to the Senate. As soon as I see an actual bill discussed, you'll know my exact thoughts. RK: Did the information from Dr. Shaw or Kelly inform you more greatly? Was this a productive use of your time? Senator Cardenas: Yes indeed. I feel it's important that we hear from our law enforcement on the matter. They're the ones on the street actually keeping citizens accountable. We learned that the police don't even charge for marijuana unless it comes along with additional charges. Now whether these arrests make it to court... that's a question for the district attorney. RK: And did this ease any of your concerns with regard to the proposed resolution, potential amendments nonwithstanding? DC: I believe so, yeah. It seems like we're not enforcing this anyway— why should it be there, right? But I don't want my name on saying that we should strike all notions of cannabis and marijuana from the penal code. Not without proper legislation. RK: Do you know whether your constituents are in favor any form of Marijuana decriminalization initiative by the Senate? FE: Polling indicates that this is a popular issue, sure. But, it's on us as public servant to ensure that any form of decriminalization and legalization doesn't harm the public, our children, or our economy. DC: I know Central wants to see marijuana legalization. We all heard Dr. Shaw today and Dr. Shaw and her hospital are exactly in my district. I can't overlook the sensational... nature of the issue. Indeed. I support Frank in his statement here. RK: Senator Schmidt, did todays hearing resolve any questions you may have had regarding this issue? Senator Schmidt: It sure did. I believe we've set the right foundation to look into fully legalizing marijuana. The people of Blaine County have made it clear they are in favor of legalization, therefore I am obligated to fulfill it. But as Frank said, as public servants, we must make sure it is done through thorough deliberation. FE: Which is precisely why I took issue with some of the language in the resolution. How can we make commitments if we don't even know what an outline of the marijuana bill looks like? RK: Do you believe your colleagues across the aisle are providing this level of due diligence? ES: I believe my colleagues across the isle should've proposed a bill with specifics on how they wish to carry out legalization. Which authorities get delegated licensing. And everything else which needs to be discussed. FE: Again, I'm not sure why Morales proposed a resolution, but I'm sure it's because she wants to look like she's doing something on the issue without actually proposing something concrete. RK: Thank you for your time Senators. The Rana Report has reached out to the office of Senator Morales regarding the insinuations on her motives in bringing the resolution to the floor and we are currently awaiting a response. The article will be updated when we receive one. All in all, activists elated as they left the courtroom; the sense that the government was actively listening to the will of the people was undeniable. We caught up with Baba Black, the activist we spoke to prior to the debate: Rana Khati: So before the hearing you stated you thought the republicans might vote against. How do you feel about the result... an unanimous motion for this to proceed... with the republicans [Yea] vote? Baba Black: Ja, mon. I think dem Republican hide dey rasism nao, seen? Dem wanna be I and I savior nao widde Biden adminis-tray-shun 'n ting, seen? Dey wanna be moa moderate widdey policy. RK: Do you think they will vote yea on the final bill? BB: I no-no. Dem sneks inna grass, yano. We also spoke with Ms. Nora Patterson, the Curator of Culture Los Santos City Government RK: Are you able to give your impressions of today's events? Nora Patterson: Well. It's nice to see that they have opened the floodgates regarding marijuana use. I fully agree on the legalization of marijuana. It's silly of them to keep it illegal for any longer. The Rana Report will continue to update the public regarding the fate of marijuana decriminalization legislation throughout the State of San Andreas and the city of Los Santos. Remember to like and subscribe for more city-wide news! Thank you for supporting independent news!
  23. THE RANA REPORT Your source for the latest Los Santos news, investigative journalism, and city-wide updates. LSFD saves one injured in flipped car crash on Del Perro Boulevard! BY RANA KHATI The car and LSFD doing their best to secure the scene. In the early hours of Monday January 25th, 2021, a car swerved to avoid another and ended up toppled over upside down in a dramatic scene off Del Perro Blvd. The currently unidentified man miraculously survived this harrowing incident and is in stable condition and being transported to Pillbox Hill Medical Center for treatment. Another involved in the incident was visibly shaken but otherwise completely unharmed. With the recent epidemic of car speeding some politicians and community groups have called for speed bumps throughout Los Santos, whether the State Senate and city government will heed this call is currently unknown. Information courtesy of lsfd.live Remember to like and subscribe for more city-wide news! Thank you for supporting independent news! > Comments are enabled Username: Comment:
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