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Former Hollywood DMV Employee Sentenced to Prison for Accepting Bribes in Exchange for Altering Test Scores

A former Department of Motor Vehicles employee was sentenced Friday to almost two years in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for altering records to fraudulently issue driving licenses and permits, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in California said. Aaron Gilliam, 51, of Sherman Oaks, pleaded guilty to taking money in exchange for accessing the DMV’s database to alter records and give passing scores to people who never took or passed the written driving test between April 2016 and July 2017, according […]

OCSD Deputy Dies 6 Years After Collapsing During SWAT Tryout, Never Regaining Consciousness

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy who never regained consciousness after collapsing during a SWAT tryout in 2013 has died, the Sheriff’s Department announced Saturday. Carlos Cammon died at a rehabilitation facility on Friday night, according to the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. Cammon was 29 at the time of the tryout on July 18, 2013, having served six years with the agency, Sheriff Don Barnes said in a tweet. In 2010, he received the medal of courage along with […]

Authorities Investigating After Man Killed in Suspected Gang-Related Shooting in Maywood

An investigation is underway after a 24-year-old man was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in Maywood early Saturday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Deputies responded to reports of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 5500 block of Gifford Avenue at about 7:25 a.m. and found the man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, authorities said. The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his […]

Redondo Beach 17-Year-Old Found Dead in Lake Havasu After Being Struck By Boat

A 17-year-old boy from Redondo Beach who was struck by a boat in Lake Havasu was found dead Friday following a two-day multi-agency search, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. Adam Gomez “departed from a vessel” while it was moving Wednesday and was struck by the vessel and its propellor, Arizona authorities said on Facebook. The teenager then disappeared below the water’s surface near Thompson Bay and did not resurface. Sheriff’s deputies responded and began a search for Gomez, who […]

Ex-USC Gynecologist Charged With Assaulting Patients Posts Bail, Released From Jail

A former University of Southern California gynecologist charged with sexually abusing patents has posted bail and been released from jail. The Los Angeles Times reports Dr. George Tyndall was freed Friday evening on $160,000 bond. Tyndall was arrested in June on 29 felony counts and faces up to 53 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He has denied any wrongdoing. The criminal case alleges Tyndall assaulted 16 women at the student health center where he worked for nearly three decades. […]

Dog Rescued From Arizona Shelter Starring in ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake

An Arizona rescue dog will make his film debut in Disney’s live-action remake of “Lady and the Tramp.” And he certainly looks the part. Monte, a 2-year-old terrier mix, will play the titular Tramp in the film, set to premiere on the Disney+ streaming service when it launches in the US on November 12, CNN affiliate KTVK reported. The pup was sent from a municipal shelter in New Mexico to Phoenix’s HALO Animal Rescue in April 2018. Monte was beloved among staffers for his good behavior […]

2 Metro Expo Line Stops Reopen in Downtown Los Angeles

Two stops along the downtown stretch of Metro’s Expo Line that were closed for construction work over the summer reopened for business Saturday, officials said. The Expo Line platform at the 7th Street/Metro Center station and at the Pico station were closed in June because of a $350 million renovation of the Blue Line, which includes track upgrades to improve efficiency and reliability. The Blue Line, which shares tracks with the Expo line, runs from downtown to Long Beach and […]

‘Black Panther’ Sequel to Be Released in May 2022

The Latest on Walt Disney Co.’s biannual D23 fan convention in Anaheim (all times local): 10:50 a.m. Writer and director Ryan Coogler says that “Black Panther 2” will hit theaters on May 6, 2022. Coogler made an appearance Saturday at the Walt Disney Co.’s D23 fan convention in Anaheim. Coogler said he wasn’t ready to reveal a title or a plot yet for the highly anticipated sequel to “Black Panther,” which became a cultural phenomenon and grossed over $1.3 billion […]

Unity Among World Leaders Tested in G-7 Summit in France

The Latest on the Group of Seven summit (all times local): 7:40 p.m. A French diplomat says President Emmanuel Macron tried to reduce the pressure exerted by President Donald Trump over a new digital services tax the country is imposing on internet giants. The official, who spoke anonymously in accordance with the French presidency’s customary practices, said Macron told Trump the tax is not an anti-American policy. During a 2-hour working lunch with Trump, Macron stressed the need for every country to […]

High School Athletes Fight Off Woman Who Assaulted Them, Tried to Push 1 Over Bridge in Ladera Ranch Area: Sheriff

A woman was arrested after she assaulted two high school boys and tried to push one over a bridge in the Ladera Ranch area Friday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. The boys, part of Capistrano Valley High School’s cross-country team, were running on Crown Valley Parkway between O’Neill Drive and Jardines at about 4 p.m. when the woman assaulted them, authorities said. Deputies responded to the area after multiple callers reported someone trying to jump off the Crown Valley […]

CA Officials: Residents Can’t Keep Invasive Giant Rodent as Pet

California wildlife officials don’t want residents keeping nutria — invasive, semi-aquatic rodents — as pets. The California Fish and Game Commission has been trying to keep the South American nutria from spreading in the state. Now the Sacramento Bee reports the commission says it will discuss adding nutria to a list of prohibited pets. Scientists say they’ve captured hundreds as part of a $2 million plan to eradicate the animal. The orange-toothed rodents can give birth to litters of up to 12, […]

Bodycam Video Released in Chino Police Shooting of Man Suspected of Growing, Distributing Marijuana

Body camera video released by Chino police on Friday shows an officer shooting a man apparently hiding behind a door during a search of a residence in July. The incident, which happened at a home in the 6800 block of Rockrose Street in Chino around 4 p.m. on July 3, left 49-year-old Li Xi Wang of Fontana dead, according to the Police Department. Officers were serving a search warrant involving a complaint about possible drug cultivation and trafficking at the […]

Trump Claims He Has ‘Absolute Right’ to Order U.S. Companies Out of China Under 1977 Law

President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted “order” to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a spiraling trade war between the two nations. China’s announcement Friday that it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports sent Trump into a rage and White House aides scrambling for a response. Trump fired off on Twitter, declaring American companies “are hereby ordered to immediately […]

Amazon Rainforest Fires: Brazil Says 44,000 Troops Beginning Operations After Blazes Trigger Outcry

Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry. President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying previously deforested areas had burned and that intact rainforest was spared. Even so, the fires were likely to be urgently discussed at a summit of the Group of Seven leaders in France this weekend. Some 44,000 troops will be […]

Fire Destroys Chase Bank in Torrance After Driver Loses Control, Crashes Into Building

A Chase bank continued to smolder early Saturday after a driver lost control, slammed into the building and caused a big fire the previous night. A Torrance police officer called the city Fire Department after witnessing the crash near Hawthorne Boulevard and Carson Street, fire official Alec Miller said. The officer pulled one occupant out of the vehicle, and crews arrived at the scene in about two minutes, according to the Torrance Fire Department. A total of two people who […]

Prince Andrew, Who Visited Epstein After His Release in 2010, Denies Knowledge of Sex Crimes

Britain’s Prince Andrew responded to intense media scrutiny of his links to Jeffrey Epstein by issuing a statement Saturday denying any knowledge of criminal behavior by his one-time friend who killed himself in a New York jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction,” Andrew said in the written statement, […]

Woman Scammed Out of $200K in International Romance Scheme Run by 2 Nigerian Men in L.A. Area

In March 2016, a man claiming to be a US Army captain stationed in Syria reached out to a Japanese woman on an international site for digital pen pals. Within weeks, their relationship grew into an internet romance with the man sending daily emails in English that she translated via Google. The man who called himself Terry Garcia asked for money — lots of it — from the woman identified as FK in federal court documents. Over 10 months, she sent him […]

Prison Riot in San Diego Leaves 6 Inmates Injured, 2 Seriously

The Latest on a riot at a California prison (all times local): 10:20 p.m. Authorities now say at least six inmates have been injured, two seriously, in a riot at a state prison in San Diego. Cal Fire San Diego Capt. Thomas Shoots says the riot erupted shortly after 8 p.m. in a yard at Richard J. Donovan Correction Facility. Shoots tells the San Diego Union-Tribune that roughly 100 prisoners were in the yard at the time. He says two […]

1 Dead After Being Hit by ‘Several Vehicles’ on NB 110 in Downtown L.A.: LAFD

One person has died after “reportedly being struck by ‘several vehicles'” on the northbound 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday, officials said. The incident happened near Temple Street and will affect northbound motorists on the freeway, the Los Angeles Fire Department announced at 6:15 a.m. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fire Department. Authorities provided no further details, including the circumstances that led to the death. SIGALERT UPDATE IN LOS ANGELES: NB I-110 […]

Lawsuit Alleges Harassment, Retaliation in the LADWP

A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee filed a civil complaint this week alleging he suffered harassment and retaliation that ranged from slurs and graffiti to leaving a dead rat in his work truck while he worked as an electric distribution mechanic for the utility over the past three years. Thomas Gonzales says he was forced to resign from his job at the LADWP’s Palms yard in June due to “severe, pervasive, and relentless harassment he experienced […]

Software Engineer (Backend)

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Backend Software Engineer (Internal Systems Support) | Acorns HQ (Irvine)
At Acorns, we're building a different kind of investing experience - one that looks after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming. The Acorns team is passionate about pursuing our mission and living our values. It all begins with Heart. Our Heart leads us in everything we do. It allows us to make bold decisions, build trust, grow and advance our society. Come find your place at Acorns and join us in the revolution.
Acorns is seeking a Backend (Full Stack) Engineer for our ISS team (Internal Systems Support) who has a passion for building internal tools and contributing to open source projects with an emphasis on utility while building rich, scalable, internal applications, frameworks, and tools.
Backend software engineers on Acorns' ISS team focus on everything from maintaining existing Ruby on Rails admin applications, to architecting new solutions and services to bring us to an event driven, scalable architecture that can support hundreds of internal teams admin needs.
As a backend engineer on ISS, your typical week would involve collaborating with product and your engineering colleagues to plan and build new features for our internal systems while working closely with QA and customer support to build the best solutions possible. You will work in Ruby/Rails, React, GraphQL, Node.js, AWS, Kotlin, HTML, CSS, and RESTful APIs.
You are not expected to have experience with all technologies listed above. We're looking for experienced engineers that love learning new technologies on the job, think creatively to solve complex problems, and enjoy working collaboratively.
Within 1 month, you will:

  • Introduce yourself and work with the various teams here from mobile, QA, compliance, securities and more.

  • Learn about our roadmap and all the exciting new projects coming soon.

  • Get your first project into production and learn about our development processes.

  • Familiarize yourself with our codebase and products.


Within 6 months, you will:

  • Improve various front-end/backend codebases by adding modular, performant, and maintainable code contributions.

  • Elevate our architecture to increase developer velocity and drive growth through Acorns' internal applications and tools.

  • Provide insight into full-stack development best practices; Support decisions around framework and tool choices.

  • Build efficient and reusable full-stack abstractions and systems; Optimize application for maximum speed and scalability.


Within 12 months, you will:

  • Have demonstrated excellence within the engineering organization.

  • Built services and products that are used daily by our millions of users.

  • Be someone other team members go to for advice or questions on services you helped build.


What you will bring to Acorns:

  • BS in Computer Science or 3+ years of professional software experience

  • 3+ years of full-stack development experience

  • Ruby/Rails experience

  • JavaScript experience

  • Experience in a front-end framework

  • Excellent understanding of software engineering fundamentals, design patterns and OOP architecture

  • Ability to work effectively on multiple projects with demanding deadlines in a team environment


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary and stock options

  • A comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family

  • Unlimited paid time off

  • Corporate gym access

  • Daily breakfast, weekly team lunches, and an endless supply of snacks

  • Numerous career possibilities that allow you to grow with Acorns

  • Talented and motivated team members who care deeply about one another, our mission and our customers.

  • The rare opportunity to create a new world. We inspire one another every day to do meaningful work that solves big societal challenges.


About Acorns:
Acorns is the leading micro-investing app in the U.S. It allows users to round up their daily purchases and automatically Invest the Change® into a low-cost, diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds offered by some of the world's top asset managers (including Vanguard and BlackRock). Founded in Newport Beach, Calif., by father and son team Walter and Jeff Cruttenden, Acorns provides a simple entry-point using the Acorns app on iPhone or Android. Customers accumulate fractional shares in one of five portfolios constructed by world-renowned Nobel Laureate economist Dr. Harry Markowitz. Acorns' smart portfolio algorithms automatically work in the background of life, helping users build wealth naturally, pennies at a time. From Acorns mighty oaks do grow.
Mission:
With benevolence and courage, we look after the financial best interests of the up-and-coming; beginning with the empowering step of micro-investing.
Values:

  • Lead with heart

  • Make bold decisions

  • Always build trust

  • Never stop growing

  • Advance our society


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