House Foreign Affairs Committee presses Pompeo to appear for Iran hearing

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., on Friday pressed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to agree to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and threatened to issue a subpoena if necessary.

The invitation to Pompeo from Engel, the committee chairman, comes as Democratic lawmakers demand answers about Trump’s recent actions against Tehran, particularly an airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani that led a retaliatory attack on American troops in Iraq and has escalated tensions in the region.

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“As the Administration’s public face of this policy, your participation at this hearing is necessary so that the committee can conduct appropriate oversight and consider legislative alternatives related to the use of military force as well as the strategy and aims of American policy in Iran, Iraq, and the broader Middle East,” Engel wrote.

Pompeo was previously invited to testify before the committee this week but declined, citing time constraints. Engel warned Pompeo that he would use legal means to compel him to testify if he refuses to appear at the Jan. 29 hearing.

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“I was particularly troubled by the fact that, rather than discuss urgent matters of war and peace with the State Department’s committee of jurisdiction you announced after you had been invited to the January 14 hearing, you traveled to California to deliver a scripted speech on these same issues,” Engl wrote. “I consider your testimony to be of extremely high importance and am prepared to use all legal means to ensure your attendance.”

The State Department did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment Friday.

On Tuesday, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and former State Department official under President George W. Bush, told Congress that the Trump administration’s campaign against Iran has been effective.

He expressed optimism that sanctions on Iran have been strong enough to bring its leaders back to the negotiating table and was encouraged by threats of additional sanctions from Britain, France and Germany, all signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Also present at the hearing were former national security adviser Stephen Hadley and former deputy national security adviser and former deputy director of the CIA Avril Haines

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Tensions between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic reached a boiling point after Sloeimani‘s death earlier this month. Democrats blasted the attack, saying it would put American lives in danger. Trump administration officials said the Quds Force commander was planning attacks against American personnel and American forces.

Iran responded by launching missiles at military bases in Iraq that house American troops, which injured 11 service members. Trump initially said no one was injured in that attack.

Iraqi lawmakers also voted to expel U.S. troops from the country, which had been invited back to combat the Islamic State after the terror group overtook vast swaths of the country from security forces and has since been defeated.

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The House last week passed a War Powers Resolution, mostly along party lines, intended to tighten Trump’s military action toward Iran. Senate Armed Services Committee member Tim Kaine, D-Va. introduced a second version that would mandate the U.S. withdraw troops from hostilities against Iran.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report. 

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Court settlement reached in Supervisor Perez case

A court settlement has been reached in the misdemeanor case against Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez regarding alleged financial conflicts of interest in her role as supervisor, ending an 18-month ordeal for Perez.

H.A. Sala, Perez’s defense attorney, said a settlement was reached with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning in Kern County Superior Court that will result in the dismissal of all charges if certain conditions are met.

According to a news release from the DA’s Office, those conditions include:

● Payment of $30,000 in penalties, payable to community charitable organizations focusing on homelessness abatement and/or drug rehabilitation. Payment of $30,000 represents the return of financial benefits conferred to Perez’s husband, Fernando Jara, for his work promoting the cannabis industry prior to Perez’s Oct. 24, 2017 vote, which involved cannabis land-use ordinance revisions.

● Payment of a $4,000 administrative fine to the Fair Political Practices Commission and resolution of the commission’s investigation into Perez’s actions related to the Oct. 24, 2017, vote.

● Performance of 100 hours of community service, to be served through community service providers approved by the Probation Department.

● Completion of an in-person ethics course conducted through the California Institute for Local Government, an organization dedicated to promoting ethics education for local government leaders.

● Amendment of previously filed Form 700 disclosures covering years 2016 and 2017 to reflect all income received from the cannabis industry by Perez and her husband during those years.

Perez’s alleged conflict of interest arose between her role as supervisor and the California marijuana industry. The first count against Perez stated she “did make, participate in making or attempt to use her official position to influence a governmental decision in which she knew or had reason to know she had a financial interest.”

Perez was the lone vote against a motion banning commercial cannabis. Her husband, Jara, owned a consulting firm that had done work on marijuana policy for several clients.

The second count against Perez stated that on April 3, 2017, she failed to file a statement “disclosing her investments, interests in real property, and income during the period of 2016,” also a misdemeanor.

It was believed to be the first time an elected official has been criminally charged in Kern County.

According to a news release from the DA’s Office, the agreed upon stipulation to the facts underlying the charges, signed by both counsel and Perez, provide that Perez acknowledge the following:

● In December 2016, Jara received a $5,000 check from David Abbasi for consulting services. Abbasi operated marijuana dispensaries during that time.

● In a Form 700 submitted on April 3, 2017, by Leticia Perez, which required reporting for calendar year 2016, she did not disclose the payment received from Abbasi.

● In March 2017, Jara was retained pursuant to a written contract by Stephanie Smith and C. Martin Smith — principals of Industrial Partners Group — to represent them and IPG in public affairs and political strategy. IPG’s objective was to seek regulatory approval for cannabis operations in Kern County.

● IPG paid Jara $25,000 for the contracted services. Jara, on behalf of IPG, was to identify viable opportunities for IPG to obtain approval for licensed cannabis operations throughout the Central Valley, which included unincorporated Kern County.

● Jara attended and arranged meetings for IPG principals and agents regarding the potential leasing of property in Kern County for potential cannabis-related operations that would be subject to county jurisdiction.

● In summer 2017, Jara met with IPG principles and agents in Perez’s office related to future cannabis regulations in Kern County.

● On Oct. 24, 2017, in her capacity as a Kern County supervisor, Perez participated in a vote regarding the approval and regulation of the sale of cannabis and cannabis-related products in unincorporated Kern County. The vote presented a foreseeable financial interest to Perez and Jara, and Perez knew and had reason to know of the financial interest of both herself and Jara in the vote.

● The parties agree that discovery has been provided in compliance with People v. Murgia, and, having had the opportunity to review the materials, the defense will not be making further claims of selective prosecution regarding this case. All parties further agree that by entering the stipulation and conditional dismissal, any such claim is waived and will not be raised in any potential future hearings on the case.

In a statement, District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer commented on the resolution:

“When the penalties that may be imposed by the Fair Political Practices Commission are not enough to fully address violations of the public trust, criminal prosecution is appropriate to ensure that there is a strong deterrent for actions that run counter the public’s trust and ethics laws. In this case, the criminal prosecution has successfully achieved our goals of ensuring that Supervisor Perez is not permitted to profit from the conflict of interest she engaged in. Moreover, today’s resolution requires clear admissions to the facts underlying the charges, ensuring that voters can make educated choices about the supervisor’s actions. In addition, the resolution provides both punishment and rehabilitation measures to ensure future compliance with ethics laws.”

Sala also shared his reaction to the settlement.

“The objective we had from the moment the charges were filed was to achieve a dismissal. That mission has been accomplished,” he said. “Upon the satisfaction of the conditions … the charges will be dismissed in 180 days.”

In a news release that followed, Sala’s office characterized the dismissal of charges as “an appropriate and just resolution of the case” that will allow Perez to continue to serve as county supervisor in the 5th District.

In addition, Perez will donate the $30,000 previously paid to her husband to the Bakersfield Homeless Center, and that her community service hours will be served at the center.

Gov. Gavin Newsom promotes using state-owned trailers to house homeless people

Gov. Gavin Newsom repeatedly promoted a temporary solution to California’s most visible problem this week during a tour on homelessness that began at a shelter in the Sierra foothills and ended in a vacant city-owned lot in the shadow of the Oakland Coliseum: The state would dispatch 100 travel trailers to provide immediate shelter.

Newsom and his aides publicized their plan again Thursday, posting a video on social media showcasing a caravan of 15 trailers traveling down the highway toward the Bay Area, where the shelters were on display for a news conference.

“We need to tackle the issue of homelessness head on,” the governor tweeted. “Eight days ago, I issued an executive order to rapidly increase housing and shelter options across CA. Just a few days later, we’re deploying trailers to communities in need to provide services & shelter.”

“California is responding to a crisis,” tweeted Jason Elliott, Newsom’s senior counselor for housing and homelessness.

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Standing next to the governor on Thursday, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that the 15 trailers would house 50 to 70 people in her city. But with federal estimates suggesting more than 150,000 Californians lack permanent housing — with more than 100,000 living outdoors or in their cars — 100 trailers would fail to help even 1% of the population in need across the state.

“On one hand, it’s a little bit of a publicity stunt, but on the other hand, it’s evidence that someone is finally paying attention to this,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic strategist and former communications director for Gov. Gray Davis. “Does it solve the problem? No. Is it a start? Yes.”

While their benefits will be limited, the trailers are symbolic of the public pressure Newsom faces to address homelessness, motivating the governor to show he’s trying to tackle the problem — a top-of-mind concern to California voters — with a sense of urgency, Maviglio said.

A poll released by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California this week found that 23% of likely voters considered homelessness the most important issue for Newsom and the Legislature in 2020, followed by housing costs and availability at 11%.

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“This is something the state can do right now, today, to help members of the public,” said Brian Ferguson, a spokesman at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, who said the trailers were sent to Oakland from Butte County, where state workers were using them in response to the Camp fire.

Rob Stutzman, a Republican consultant and former communications director to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said he doesn’t fault Newsom for using the trailers to show action on homelessness, which is difficult to do by touting wonky spending proposals and policy changes.

“There are no pictures of that,” Stutzman said. “It’s hard to demonstrate to voters that ‘I get it, something needs to be done and I’m doing something.’ This at least presents a visual of something tangible that demonstrates he is doing something, but you have to be careful not to somehow oversell to voters that he thinks this is an actual solution.”

Newsom told reporters that he recognized the trailers didn’t offer a permanent resolution to the problem.

“This is a deeply temporary solution to the crisis at hand,” he said. “No one is in denial about the scale and scope of the crisis, either, and none of us are naive that 15 trailers … is going to solve the crisis. It’s about catalyzing a focus, catalyzing investment and beginning to leverage our resources and resourcefulness to meet this moment head-on.”

The governor has described the trailers and dozens of tents he intends to deploy as a way to establish triage centers for state, local and social service groups to connect with the homeless population in different communities and offer assistance.

Newsom’s staff provided few details in response to questions about the deployment of all 100 trailers, which they said would be made available by the end of March. It has not been determined which communities will receive them. The governor’s office anticipates that up to 11 people could fit in each trailer and said it will be up to local governments to decide what to do with them, including whether the trailers will be connected to electricity or water.

The plan is just one example of efforts Newsom included in his proposal to spend $1.4 billion on homelessness in the new state budget. The governor called for allocating $750 million to a new California Access to Housing and Services Fund to support rent subsidies and develop affordable units to provide more stable housing options.

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If approved by the Legislature, the funding would follow a plan to provide $650 million to communities this year to address homelessness. Through executive order, the governor has also tasked his administration with identifying excess state land and property that could be used for short-term emergency shelters.

Stutzman said Newsom’s ability to solve or at least stem homelessness could define his administration. For better or worse, the governor has publicly acknowledged that he owns the problem.

“We’ve seen public polling that shows this is an increasing crisis in the minds of voters and it cuts across ideological spectrums,” Stutzman said. “The risk is that if there’s a public health crisis that comes out of this, or if the problem continues to grow at a substantial volume, then he could end up being defined by this crisis, which is uniquely pronounced in California.”

Instagram influencer arrested for climbing pyramid in Egypt: ‘I saw horrible things and I don’t wish this upon anybody’

Is a great Instagram post worth going to jail over?

An American-Russian influencer recently revealed to his followers that he’d spent several days in an Egyptian jail after being arrested for climbing one of the pyramids of Giza.

Ironically, Vitaly Zdorovetskiy uploaded a picture about a week ago where he bragged that he was going to take over Egypt. Several days later, he revealed that he had been arrested.

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“No words can explain what I just went through the past five days,” Zdorovetskiy wrote alongside a picture that appears to show him sitting on top of one of the pyramids.

“I was locked up in Egypt because I climbed the Pyramids of Giza,” he continued. “I’ve been in Jail many times but this one was by far the very worst. I saw horrible things and I don’t wish this upon anybody.”

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Oddly, after commenting about how horrible his experience in jail was, he added: “Was it worth it? F— YEAH! I did it for a good cause and soon I’m going to share the whole video so the whole world can see.”

The post has received over 192,000 likes and over 2,000 comments (although many of the comments are just made up of laughing faces or the flame emoji).

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The Egyptian Parliament decided that it was illegal to climb the pyramids in November, The Sun reports. Anyone who violates this law can face thousands of dollars in fines and up to 30 days in jail.

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President Trump continues to insist he doesn’t know Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who now says Trump was aware of efforts to surface dirt on political rivals.

Speaking in the Oval Office, Trump said he didn’t know anything about Parnas, with whom he’s posed with in photographs.

Trump said he takes thousands of photos at fundraisers, but suggested that did not mean he knows Parnas.

Trump said he did not believe he’d ever spoken to Parnas.

He added he would “probably” be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, despite the event coinciding with his impeachment trial.

Some context here: Parnas — a central figure in the White House’s alleged Ukraine pressure campaign — said yesterday that Trump “knew exactly what was going on” despite his repeated denials of wrongdoing.

“He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the President,” Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “I have no intent, I have no reason, to speak to any of these officials.”

Parnas asserted he was the one “on the ground” doing Trump and Giuliani’s work, “and that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep.”

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Kern’s final groundwater plan approved

After months of fireworks over low-ball pumping numbers and concerns that some groundwater agencies wouldn’t get on board, Kern’s last Groundwater Sustainability Plan was approved Wednesday with barely a murmur.

The Kern Groundwater Authority board of directors voted unanimously to adopt its final GSP with just two weeks to spare before the massive document is due to the State Department of Water Resources.

The KGA’s was the last water plan awaiting formal adoption among Kern’s five valley Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, including Henry Miller, Olcese Water District, Kern River and Buena Vista.

The plans are required under the state’s new groundwater law, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which aims to reduce severe groundwater overdrafting and bring the state’s critical subbasins into balance by 2040. The first plans are due to the state Jan. 31 with updates required every five years.

The GSAs must also sign a coordination agreement pledging to use the same data and accounting methods and make sure any actions they take to manage the Kern subbasin’s groundwater shortfall don’t negatively impact the other GSAs.

Accounting for groundwater became a heated topic at the KGA’s October meeting after its 16 members turned in water budgets showing the entire subbasin was only overdrafted by about 85,000 acre feet a year.

Water district managers were called out for using “phony” numbers by the late KGA Chairman Dennis Mullins. Subsequent water budget numbers show that mostly agricultural pumping in the subbasin is being overdrafted — more water is pumped out than is put back — by about 324,000 acre feet a year. (One acre foot is about enough water cover a football field to a depth of one foot.)

Even as that argument was cooling, the Buena Vista Water Storage GSA, which isn’t a KGA member, said it wouldn’t sign a five-year coordination agreement with the other GSAs because the plans continued to allow too much pumping. Buena Vista would only sign a one-year agreement, General Manager Tim Ashlock said.

That refusal brought fears that all the Kern subbasin groundwater plans would be deemed incomplete, which could trigger probation for the entire subbasin under which the state could take over and issue its own pumping restrictions and fees.

But Wednesday morning, the Buena Vista board of directors approved the coordination agreement for the full five years. They still feel there isn’t enough oversight and too much pumping, Ashlock texted. But directors realized they weren’t going to get others to agree to a one-year agreement and didn’t want to push the subbasin into probation.

What all this means is now the Kern GSAs can file their plans with the state with all the required pieces in place.

Whether the state approves the plans is another story.

The DWR has already sent a comment letter on the KGA plan concerned about subsidence that it says is damaging the California Aqueduct, the state’s main water artery supplying 25 million people.

In that letter, sent Dec. 26, the DWR writes about the KGA groundwater plan that it “…contains the following sentence: ‘While it is generally acknowledged that subsidence exists within the Subbasin, there are generally no significant impacts to infrastructure within the Subbasin.’ We disagree with this conclusion, as subsidence has reduced the flow capacity of the Aqueduct by 19% near Highway 46.”

Similar letters were sent to other GSAs that border the Aqueduct.

Days later, a report on Aqueduct subsidence was released Dec. 31. In that report, researchers suggest that heavy agricultural pumping to sustain a massive increase in permanent crops along the Aqueduct is to blame for several areas of subsidence that have sunk the canal by between four and six feet.

KGA consultant Patty Poire mentioned the DWR letter at Wednesday’s meeting and said state staffers have already scheduled a meeting in Bakersfield on Feb. 7 with Poireand KGA members to discuss the subsidence issue.

That meeting will not be open to the public.

Woman missing in Butte County for six days is found alive

A woman in the early stages of dementia who went missing six days ago was found alive Wednesday by a helicopter crew searching for her in Butte County.

Paula Beth James, 68, was last seen the evening of Jan. 9 in Oroville, where she lives, and was reported missing the following day.

Butte County Sheriff’s Office deputies, detectives, search and rescue teams, and pilots spent more than 100 hours scouring the region in search of James. They’d been desperate to find her before a massive storm reaches the area, which is under a winter storm warning for the next two days.

About noon Wednesday, a sheriff’s helicopter was flying over the Butte Meadows area when a sergeant spotted a vehicle below, covered in snow, about three miles from the Bambi Inn. It matched the description of James’ silver 2018 Toyota 4Runner.

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The pilot landed the helicopter, and two Sheriff’s Office employees hiked over to the 4Runner, which sat in a snow-covered area about 150 yards off the road. Inside, they found James, alive.

The first responders worked quickly to get James to a hospital.

“We hadn’t given up, and we’re so happy with the outcome,” said Megan McCann, a public information officer with the Sheriff’s Office.

James was conscious, talking and cold when the search team found her, McCann said.

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Butte Meadows is about 55 road miles north of Oroville. It is unclear where James was headed, but authorities think she might have left home to meet a friend for lunch.

How James survived the elements as long as she did remains for now unexplained. Authorities hadn’t been able to interview her Wednesday evening but were eager to learn how James kept herself safe while awaiting rescue, McCann said.

“That is what everyone is wondering, including us,” McCann said.

Honduran migrants gather to try forming new caravan

Hundreds of people, mostly Hondurans, began walking and hitching rides from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Wednesday in hopes of starting another migrant caravan similar to one that traversed through Mexico and inundated American border agents in 2018.

Their attempt to form another caravan comes as Mexico has begun stepping up efforts to block migrants from arriving at the southern border amid pressure from the Trump administration. Many migrants are seeking asylum in the United States, citing endemic poverty and increases in crime and gang activity in their Central American countries.

“We aren’t living here, we’re just surviving,” said Elmer Garcia, 26, a migrant from the town of Comayagua, Honduras. “So it doesn’t make much difference if you die there, or die here.”

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Migrants ride on top of a truck moving along the highway, in hopes of reaching the distant United States, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, early Wednesday. Hundreds of Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Migrants ride on top of a truck moving along the highway, in hopes of reaching the distant United States, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, early Wednesday. Hundreds of Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

Wednesday’s journey could face obstacles from Mexican authorities, which broke up a number of attempts to form caravans last year.

“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for them to reach the United States,” said human rights activist Itsmania Platero. “The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries.”

In an attempt to decrease the flow of migrants, the U.S. has entered into bilateral agreements with Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to deny people the opportunity to apply for asylum in the U.S. in an effort to enlist other countries to help deal with the ongoing crisis.

Migrants are instead sent back to Central America with an opportunity to ask for protection there.

Gerson Noe Monterroso, 34, said he’s been unemployed for five years and sees the journey to the U.S. as an opportunity. He left his home in Choloma, just north of San Pedro Sula, with dreams of finding a job to send money back to his family.

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He was making the trip Wednesday with his toddler in his arms. His other children are with their grandparents back home, he said.

Israel Connor, a Nicaraguan who has been living in Honduras since fleeing political and social upheaval, left Wednesday with his wife and their three children, ages 3 to 5.

“We are going to struggle, but if God is with us, nobody can stop us,” said Connor. “We know we are going to get through Guatemala, and God will soften the hearts of the Mexican authorities.”

After arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, migrants seeking asylum are given a series of options: One is to be sent back to Guatemala as part of a “safe third country” agreement with the U.S. or their home country. Another is entering into the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — also known as “Remain-in-Mexico” — where they can wait out their cases in Mexico.

The program ended the practice of “catch-and-release” by where immigrants were released into the U.S. to await their hearings.

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Critics and human rights advocates say sending migrants to countries marred by violence puts them in danger. The Trump administration recently started returning Mexican migrants deep into the country, as far down as Guadalajara.

The plan marks a change from past protocols, which called for releasing migrants at the border. Homeland Security officials expect to return 250 Mexican migrants each week.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Bakersfield College names former Driller, Renegade as interim football coach

R. Todd Littlejohn has been named interim football coach at Bakersfield College, according to a news release sent by the school Wednesday morning.

Littlejohn is a Bakersfield native and a Bakersfield High School and Bakersfield College graduate, who brings NFL and Division I college coaching experience to BC.

“I’d like to thank (BC Athletic Director) Sandi Taylor for this tremendous opportunity to lead a storied program,” Littlejohn said in the release. “What I learned as a college player started here and propelled me into my coaching career. I’m proud to be a member of the BC football legacy and grateful for the opportunity to come home and lead Renegade Nation into a new era.”

Littlejohn returns to Bakersfield after most recently being the safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Prairie View A&M, an NCAA Division I FCS university located in Prairie View, Texas that competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). For the past three years he has also been a head coach for the Tropical Bowl FBS All-Star game played in January each year in Daytona Beach, Florida.

After a prep football career at Bakersfield High School, Littlejohn came to BC where he played for both legendary Renegade coaches Gerry Collis and Carl Bowser from 1983-84 before transferring to West Texas State where he was an All-American defensive back. He then transferred to Fresno State where he played baseball for one year while earning his bachelor’s degree in 1989.

Littlejohn’s coaching career began in 1989 at Porterville College where he was a defensive backs coach. In 1990, he moved to Bakersfield College, where he coached the defensive backs in 1990 and 1991. After spending the 1992 and 1993 seasons instructing the defensive backs at Missouri Western State College, Littlejohn served as an assistant coach at Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College in 1994. He would then go on to coaching stints at De Anza College, the San Jose Sabercats (AFL), UCLA, Syracuse, the New York Giants (NFL), UC-Berkley, the Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), New Mexico State University, Scottsdale Community College and most recently at Prairie View A&M.

“I am thrilled to welcome R. Todd back to his hometown of Bakersfield,” Taylor said. “In this time of transition for Renegade football he brings a wealth of experience to his new duties as the interim head coach. We look forward to coach Littlejohn leading our football program.”