Missing Person Joseph Raker Cohen

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Missing Persons Unit investigators are asking for the public’s help locating Missing Person Joseph Raker Cohen. He is a 48 year-old male, White, who was last seen Monday, April 27, 2020 at 8:55 a.m., on the 1900 block of Marengo Street in Los Angeles.     

Joseph is 5’8” tall, 150lbs with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a blue/yellow Paisley print shirt and blue jeans.
Mr. Cohen suffers from Schizophrenia. His loved ones have not seen or heard from him. They are very concerned and asking for the public’s help.  

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently issued an executive order placing a temporary rent freeze on eligible residential properties in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County in response to the COVID-19 health emergency. The temporary rent freeze is the latest in a series of protections the Board has enacted to protect renters, including an eviction moratorium and rent stabilization ordinances for multi-family units and mobile homes.

The temporary rent freeze means that owners of multi-family housing properties built before February 1995 in unincorporated Los Angeles County may not increase the rental cost for their tenants until May 31, 2020, unless extended.

This follows the Board’s actions from March 18, 2020, in which a temporary moratorium on certain residential and commercial evictions in unincorporated Los Angeles County was enacted. The eviction moratorium, which is effective from March 4 to May 31, unless extended, includes a ban on evictions for:  Nonpayment of rent, if the tenant can show they have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic due to:
A diagnosis of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19; Layoff, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from business closure or other economic or employer impacts of COVID-19; Compliance with a recommendation from the County’s Health Officer to stay home, self-quarantine, or avoid congregation with others during the state of emergency, and extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses related to diagnosis and testing for and/or treatment of COVID-19.  Child care needs arising from school closures related to COVID-19.

A no-fault reason, which encompasses evictions where the notice to terminate tenancy is not based on alleged fault by the Tenant, unless necessary for health or safety of the tenant, neighbors, or the property owner As directed by the Board of Supervisors, several L.A. County departments are also exploring options to expand and strengthen this eviction moratorium. April 1 also marks the effective date of the permanent Rent Stabilization Ordinance and Mobilehome Rent Stabilization Ordinance in unincorporated L.A. County. The ordinances limit the amount of rent increases and extend eviction protections for eligible rental units and mobilehomes in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.


LOS ANGELES – Academy Award®-winner, The Long Way Home. The life of Theodor Herzl as seen in, It Is No Dream. Two documentaries from Moriah Films that will connect you to the history, heroes, and inspirational stories of the Jewish people during this difficult time.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, The Long Way Home combines rare archival films and stills with new interviews, and interweaves historical narrative with stories, anecdotes, and recollections of Jewish refugees. The film takes an in-depth look at how most of the world was either indifferent or unwilling to deal with the plight of the Jewish refugees, but at the same time acknowledges the efforts of those who did support the survivors in their attempt to make new lives for themselves.
Streaming now on: AFGA, Amazon, iTunes, Pluto, Xumo.  Upcoming: iTunes, GooglePlay, Kanopy, The Roku Channel, Dish, Alchimie.  Tools for Tolerance® for Law Enforcement is committed to supporting critical conversations that generate understanding and promote justice. Over 150,000 criminal justice professionals have participated in certified programs from 676 U.S. jurisdictions representing 46 states and the District of Columbia as well as personnel from seven Canadian Provinces, China, Russia, the UK, France and Israel.


Meant to Be

LOS ANGELES – Simon Wiesenthal Center hosts the streaming of some riveting documentaries this week, including Eastern Europe before the Holocaust and Europe Today. Folk stories, parables, and anectodes woven together with never before seen film footage, rare archival photos and new film sequences shot on location in this warm, rich look at pre-World War II European Jewry and  Europe in 2005.  Anti-Semitism, Islamic extremism and terrorism are on the rise, a precursor to what is happening in Europe today. Explosive new film material and interviews with neo-Nazis, Islamic fundamentalists, government leaders, and victims of anti-Semitism are spotlighted in these two documentaries.


Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actor/director, Kevin Costner, Ever Again examines the resurgence of violent anti-Semitism and terrorism that threatens Europe and all of Western civilization. It exposes the dangerous Islamic extremism and culture of death being preached from the mosques of Europe’s major cities.  You will hear from victims of anti-Semitism, government officials, and Jewish community leaders. Chilling perspectives are also provided by those who blame the world’s problems on the Jews. Undercover crews captured explosive new material in interviews with both Islamic fundamentalists and neo-Nazis. Streaming now on: AFGA, GooglePlay, iTunes, OverDrive, Xumo.  Upcoming: Alchimie, Dish, The Roku Channel. Ever Again is narrated by Kevin Costner,  co-Writer/Producer, Rabbi Marvin, and co-Writer/Director, Richard Trank.

Narrated by Martin Landau, Echoes That Remain, is a warm and rich documentary portrait of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust. It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.The film's production team spent over a year of research in archives around the world collecting film footage and photographs to help dramatize the folk stories, parables, and anecdotes. Streaming now on: AFGA, Amazon, Xumo
Upcoming: Dish, The Roku Channel.


Los Angeles -- Pregnant women and single mothers may be experiencing particular food insecurity and hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Los Angeles County, there are several programs and services that help families who have been affected by recent events: 

Home Visiting Programs are still enrolling new clients and serving families in LA County. Home Visitors provide support and services during pregnancy; coaches parents on how to support children during difficult times; offers techniques for lowering stress; and connects parents to educational training, job opportunities, and other resources. For the health and safety of our clients, all home visiting programs have temporarily moved all in-person visits to telehealth visits to continue providing support to all our families. For more information, call (213) 639-6434.

MAMA’s Program is providing services to pregnant women and those who have recently delivered during the COVID-9 crisis by offering telehealth telephonic and video visits for medical and behavioral health services, social care navigation, and nursing support. The telehealth platform lessens the face-to-face contact for these women without decreasing the number of visits they require or desire. Pregnant women in the safety net who need prenatal and immediate postpartum services can call 844-37-MAMAS for appointments and enhanced perinatal services.  Doula services provide emotional support, physical comfort, education, and advocacy to African American pregnant women and persons during pregnancy, childbirth, and the newborn period. Call (213) 639-6448 for more information and eligibility requirements.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides healthy foods and other resources to pregnant women and families with a child under 5 years of age. For more information and eligibility requirements, text APPLY to 91997, visit or call (888) 942-2229. Cash aid and food purchasing services are available through CalWORKS. This program provides monthly financial assistance to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care and other necessary expenses. For more information and eligibility requirements, call (866) 613-3777. 

Early childhood education and childcare services are available for essential workers. Call (888) 92CHILD (922-4453) or visit for more information and resources.  Emotional support services are available for pregnant and parenting families feeling anxious, panicked, or stressed. Mental health professionals are available at (800) 854-7771.

California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services are available and include nutritious foods and more resources that are available to all eligible families affected by COVID-19. WIC welcomes military families, migrant families, fathers, foster parents and legal guardians with eligible children. If your income has been affected by recent events, and you are:


Breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
Non-breastfeeding women (until the infant is six months old)
Women up to six months after a pregnancy loss
For infants and children, up to the child’s fifth birthday. 
To find out if you’re eligible, California residents can start by texting APPLY to 91997, call (888) 942-2229 or visit

If you want to learn more about the risks of COVID-19 to pregnant women, visit COVID-19: Advice to Pregnant Women. If you are pregnant and you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 or you think you may have contracted the virus, visit to schedule an appointment.  Lastly, pregnant women should take the same preventative measures as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:

Stay home. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Have food delivered to your home so you can avoid checkout lines at grocery stores. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom. Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).

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