Saudi princess Meshael Alayban is accused of forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant in Irvine. She allegedly made the woman work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month.
A woman whom Orange County authorities described as a Saudi royal princess was charged Wednesday with human trafficking for allegedly forcing a Kenyan woman to work as a domestic servant.
Meshael Alayban, 42, was taken into custody early Wednesday by police at her Irvine home in a gated community. Orange County prosecutors allege that Alayban forced the woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for only $220 a month. Authorities say she was unable to flee because Alayban kept the woman’s passport and documents.
Authorities said the woman left the home on Tuesday. She boarded a bus and eventually contacted police.
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Wednesday charged Alayban with one felony count of human trafficking.
One of Orange County’s largest hospitals has banned elective abortions, now that it has joined a Catholic hospital group, it was reported Saturday.
Hoag Memorial Hospital notified its doctors last week that the decision was made independently by the hospital’s board, was not religiously inspired and was not imposed by the new partners, the Orange County Register reported.
But one Hoag gynecologist expressed unhappiness that his practice was under the new birth control policies of the Catholic agency.
“With this directive, we are coming under the influence of the sisters of St. Joseph,” said Dr. Alberto Mendivil.
St. Joseph Health System, which is owned by a Catholic charity, has finalized a partnership with Hoag, and in the process created a health-care powerhouse in Orange County, the Register reported. It now controls about one third of the county’s health care through its network of six hospitals and affiliated clinics.
St. Joseph facilities follow the Catholic Church’s guidelines on health care, and generally prohibit abortions and contraceptive practices, the newspaper reported.
“This was not a religious decision for Hoag,” said Robert Braithwaite, the chief executive officer for the hospital, in an interview with the Register.
COMMENT: WHAT A LOAD OF BULLSHIT!
The last straw for the African American police officer living in an upscale Orange County community was the acid pellets someone shot into his garage in October, the corrosive capsules damaging his car.
It had been an ugly, racially tinged pattern since the Inglewood police officer, his wife — a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy — and their two children had moved into the Yorba Linda neighborhood in 2011.
Rocks were thrown through their windows, car tires were slashed, and racial taunts were shouted by passing motorists. One day, their 6-year-old son came home from school asking why his classmates said they couldn’t play with him because he was black.
“It just illustrates that even amid our really wonderful community, life is different for some people,” said Rusty Kennedy, the executive director of the [Orange County Human Relations] commission.
Though African Americans account for a small fraction of the county’s population — no more than 2% — they are the most frequently targeted group for hate crimes, Kennedy said. [Emphasis added.]
Gee, Rusty, do you think there might be some relation between those two facts?
After years of decline, Orange County faces a 14% increase in reported hate crimes, many of them targeting people based on race or religion, a new report says.
According to the report released by the Orange County Human Relations Commission, African Americans, who make up 2% of the county’s 3.2 million residents, were most frequently the victims of hate crimes, with 19 reported cases.
Members of the Jewish and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities also were targets in the increasing number of incidents, the report said. In all, 64 reported hate crimes occurred in 2011, the report said, as the county has grown more diverse.
“I would hope there would be a day when you wouldn’t see 64 documented hate crimes in our community,” said Rusty Kennedy, who heads the commission and who began recording the statistics 21 years ago. “But I fear they’re happening much more frequently than we’re aware.”
Orange County prosecutors are asking that a UC Irvine professor accused of setting fires at his son’s high school be held without bail after investigators discovered emails in which he allegedly outlined plans to kill officials and students.
Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 48, of Irvine, was arrested July 24 on felony arson charges in connection with a series of fires set at University High School, the nearby Mason Park Preserve and the home of an assistant principal this month, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
After his arrest, investigators discovered emails on Reinscheid’s cellphone addressed to himself and his wife from April. He described detailed plans to “burn down University High School, commit sexual assaults, purchase firearms and murder school officials and students, and then kill himself,” the district attorney’s office said.
Reinscheid, who posted bail the day of his first arrest, was taken into custody again July 27.
Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said prosecutors are unable to pursue criminal charges regarding the threats because the emails were private, but that they would be used during Reinscheid’s bail hearing.
“We believe he’s dangerous, and we believe he’s a risk to public safety,” she said.
Officials say Reinscheid’s 14-year-old son attended University High School and was disciplined at the school in March. Sometime after that, prosecutors said, the teen committed suicide in the Mason Park Preserve.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California is buying Robert Schuller’s celebrated Protestant Crystal Cathedral megachurch for $57.5 million, the LA Times reports. The spacious, light-filled house of worship is a “a monument of 20th century modernist architecture,” the Times writes.