Author Archives: Jan Tucker

About Jan Tucker

The Detectives Diary is an innovative tool combining Private Investigation and Journalism. In 1984, Steve Harvey's Los Angeles Times "Around the Southland" Column entitled Jan Tucker's program of providing low-cost "Opposition Research" services to indigent and working class candidates for public office, "Take Cover: Hired Mudslinger Rides into Town." A 1996 Los Angeles Times article by Henry Chu carried a sub-headline identifying Tucker as a "P.R. Guru." In November 2012, Tucker became Criminal Justice Columnist for Counter Punch Magazine and a commentator for Black Talk Radio. As a private investigator since 1979 and a former First Vice President of Newspaper Guild Local 69, Tucker takes these skills to a new level in the pages of the Detectives Diary with insightful and unique exposures and analysis of history and current events. State Director--California League of Latin American Citizens, Former seven term Chairman of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators, Co-President San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles Chapter-National Organization for Women, former National Commissioner for Civil Rights-League of United Latin American Citizens, former Second Vice President-Inglewood-South Bay Branch-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, former founding Vice President-Armenian American Action Committee, former First Vice President, Newspaper Guild Local 69 (AFL-CIO, CLC, CWA), Board member, Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition, Community Advisory Board member--USC-Keck School of Medicine Alzheimer's Disease Research Project

Hate Crimes in California

  Senate Bill 1234 (Kuehl) of 2004 (http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=200320040SB1234&search_keywords=), sponsored by Equality California, enacted a comprehensive hate crime law for California, including a new, standardized, more inclusive definition of the term “hate crime.” The law as passed requires state and local … Continue reading

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Mark Dymally is 5150 material

If Mark Dymally winds up getting “5150’d” over this pattern of behavior, it wouldn’t be the first time.
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An outrage in Santa Rosa

The latest outrage taking place in Sonoma County in the wake of the shooting of Andy Lopez by Deputy Gelhaus involves threats and humiliating treatment by Santa Rosa Plaza security officers who forced patrons, including women, to remove their shirts … Continue reading

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Bring Hollywood Home Legislation

AB 1780 has been introduced into the California legislature as a “spot bill,” a bill that is essentially a place holder in the legislative process until the actual language of the bill is negotiated with the bill sponsor (which in … Continue reading

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United Parking–Ripping Off Workers

United Parking/United Valet Parking Inc. (UVP) holds Los Angeles City Business Licenses for over 100 lots and is licensed by the Los Angeles City Police Commission to operate them.  As is typical in “pay to play” politics in Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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Anti Gay Laws throughout the world

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Abused after death at LA Co Jail

It’s bad enough to die in custody; do they really have to abuse you after your demise?  Here’s the latest from a Whistle Blower in the jail system who reports that an inmate in Los Angeles Mens Central Jail Module … Continue reading

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Whistle Blowers Welcome & Protected

  Whistle blowing on Crime in the Suites Politicians usually rant and rave to get re-elected about “crime in the streets” and write draconian and frequently insane laws to spend taxpayer money willy nilly to do something about it. One … Continue reading

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Ivan Illich’s Toe by Rudy Acuna

      Ivan Illich’s Toe By     Rodolfo F. Acuña       Other than my stint in the army, the first time I had ever been outside of Los Angeles for more than a week was in … Continue reading

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Telephone Metadata and Due Process

  An Inarticulate Defense of Data Collection: It’s not just about prevention     Over and over and over again I hear everybody from President Obama to Senator Dianne Feinstein defending the continued collection of “meta-data” from telephone company records … Continue reading

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