According to the LB Post, former Long Beach police officer Anthony Mark Brown could receive more than $90,000 in pension benefits during his retirement years even though he's facing charges of possessing child porn while he was on the force.
Anthony Mark Brown, a 26-year veteran of the force, was arrested while on duty and charged with three felony counts of child pornography distribution and one felony count of possession, is set to earn a monthly pension of around $7,800, or $93,600 per year, from the state-run CalPERS retirement system.
Context: The state can only terminate CalPERS benefits under limited situations, such as when a retiree is accused of a crime related to their work.
Brown's official duties with the LBPD have not been linked to the allegations that he posted pictures and videos of children, some as young as 7, being sexually assaulted.
According to Transparent California, in 2019, Brown received $116,668 in salary and another $106,983 overtime. Overall, Brown earned $294,447 that year after insurance and other compensation, according to the database.
Dana Tanner, the controversial restaurant owner who defied Long Beach COVID-19 health orders, announced Monday she will be shutting down Restauration, the LB Post reports.
Quick refresher: Tanner gained national attention last November after openly serving patrons on the patio weeks after the County entered its stay-at-home order and hosting a small New Year's Eve dinner.
In February, the city revoked the restaurants' health permit. In January, the city shut off gas to the restaurant and even threatened to cut off the water.
Despite facing misdemeanor charges, Tanner was also accused of installing an unauthorized flex connection from an adjacent unit's gas supply running to Restauration. She later denied installing the gas connector.
Even with the closure of her business Tanner still has to face tens of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties, as well as 20 criminal charges and the possibility of eviction, for failing to follow coronavirus health orders and then continuing to work after the city revoked her health permit.
What she's saying:
"I just don't want to cringe or have a panic attack every time a Public Works vehicle drives by my restaurant," Tanner told the Post.
"I don't want to be looking over the shoulder for the rest of my life fighting for my business in Long Beach, so I just made the hard decision to close," Tanner said.
On Monday, parent company Decurion announced that both Arclight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres are closing down permanently due to the economic fallout brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Deadline.
🎥: Together Pacific Theaters and Arclight operates 300 theaters, including a location at The Lakewood Mall .
🎥: Deadline reports that Decurion “exhausted all potential options,” and that it returned all of the keys to every Arclight and Pacific theater to their landlords, and the landlord will decide which locations to keep and which to return to the theater chain.
💵: Over the weekend, IndieWire reported that Arclight's new Culver City location was behind on its March rent by $181,90o.
Why it matters:
Decurion's announcement arrives as Los Angeles County recently expanded capacity for indoor moviegoing to 50% after more than a year of being closed. According to Deadline, it's expected by Memorial Day weekend for movie theaters to operate at 100% capacity.
Here's Decurion's statement:
"After shutting our doors more than a year ago, today we must share the difficult and sad news that Pacific will not be reopening its ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres locations.This was not the outcome anyone wanted, but despite a huge effort that exhausted all potential options, the company does not have a viable way forward.To all the Pacific and ArcLight employees who have devoted their professional lives to making our theaters the very best places in the world to see movies: we are grateful for your service and your dedication to our customers.To our guests and members of the film industry who have made going to the movies such a magical experience over the years: our deepest thanks. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you."