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Where in Mexico is Steven Slater?

The JetBlu flight attendant was reported as missing in Tijuana

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Is Steven Slater alive and well at home in Tijuana? (Facebook)

Steven Slater is likely somewhere in Mexico, but is he missing?

Widely known as the beer chugging JetBlu flight attendant who quit his job in 2010 by deploying the emergency exit chute and shouting “Fuck it, I quit,” as he slid to the pavement, Slater became something of a worker’s national hero.

Slater has since been in and out of Southern California recovery centers, including West Hollywood’s Breathe Life Healing Center and WestWind Recovery sober-living residences and has struggled openly on Facebook with relapse and employment struggles.

He recently relocated to the San Diego area and like an increasing number of people who live near the border, Slater, who had recently taken a job at Seaworld, decided it would be cheaper to live in Tijuana and commute to work.

That move unsettled his many friends in the sobriety community and his fans, concerned for his safety given his history of recovery failures.

“I blocked three people so far today who felt the need to message me with their unsolicited scoldings. Not one of whom I have ever met in person nor whom has ever paid my rent. I’m not looking to go down a spiral of self-doubt at an already stressful time because someone has a problem with something that is absolutely none of their goddamn business. Yes, I know about the crime. Yes, I know about the line to get across the border. At this point I’m starting to think there’s a bunch of passive-aggressive assholes who would like to see me get jacked after all. JUST STOP,” he wrote on August 2nd.

After five days living in Tijuana Slater had reportedly missed two days of work, according to co-worker Tony Tapia.

“Hello Friends,” Tapia wrote on Facebook, “I’m Tony one of Stevens friends and coworkers from seaworld who also happens to live in Tijuana near him. I am very worried about Steven. The last time I have heard from him was Sunday night when he was walking around San Ysidro Border. The last time his landlords seen him (a family friend) was Sunday morning when he left for work which I did see him that day at work. He has missed two days of work and doesn’t reply to his phone. If you know any information about his whereabouts or if he’s safe place let me know. Thank you.”

Another friend, Jim Fossett, a Los Angeles nurse, told The New York Post that Slater “left his job at SeaWorld on Sunday to cross back over (into Mexico). He seemed like he felt pretty safe in the neighborhood where he lived. I don’t know if he met up with the wrong person or he got mugged or something.”

Slater had made several posts about his commute, complaining that it “takes 3 hours to cross into the United States but one 5 minutes to enter Mexico.”

Within hours of Tapia’s post a “MISSING” meme was posted and the story that Steven Slater was missing went viral, making newspaper headlines and evening newscasts in New York and Los Angeles.

TMZ, the first media to report Slater as a missing person, reporting at 9:25 AM on August 8, said that the Chula Vista Police Department claimed Slater was “reported missing Tuesday in Tijuana after friends pled with the public just days prior to help find him. Cops say friends told them they had not been able to get in touch with Slater since Sunday,” TMZ wrote.

By 9 PM the same day Facebook friend, Jason Lopez, posted on Slater’s page that the Ex-pat was at home in Tijuana and did not wish to be disturbed.

Once again it appears, Steven Slater has grabbed headlines, coincidentally on the ninth anniversary of his August 9, 2010 “I quit” stunt.

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LA County Parks winter classes are happening NOW!

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, pick up a hobby or instrument or simply be more active, there’s a class for everyone

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LOS ANGELES – LA County Parks is here to make your 2022 memorable. If you have not yet taken one of our classes, now is the time to register! Meet us safely outdoors at a park near you or join a class virtually from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’re looking to learn a new skill, pick up a hobby or instrument or simply be more active, there’s a class for everyone. We offer a wide range of classes (held outdoors or virtually) for all ages.

FIND A CLASS TODAY

Here are just a few of the many classes we offer!

  • Arts & Culture: Music Mondays 🎵 Family & Me Music Class  
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  • Exercise and Fitness: Morning Senior Stretching (Virtual), Adrienne’s Salsa Cardio (Virtual) and Jay’s Fitness 365 Athletes ️ 
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REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Our quick and easy 24/7 online registration system Active Net allows you to manage everyone’s schedule through a single household account. Sign up for Winter Classes for yourself, partner and children from your smartphone or computer. To learn more about Active Net, visit parks.lacounty.gov/reserve/.  

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for In-person Classes:
The health and well-being of park guests and staff is our top priority. In accordance with LA County Public Health, currently masks are required at all times for all participants.  Participants must maintain six feet physical distance from the instructor and staff at all times.

Follow LA County Parks on social media: Facebook @parks.lacounty.gov and Twitter/Instagram/TikTok @lacountyparks.

Share your experience using #LearnSomethingNew at #LACountyParks.  

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We’re Hiring! Become a LA County Pool Lifeguard!

Candidates will get paid for a 64-hour training which includes becoming certified though the American Red Cross in Emergency Medical Response

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Castaic Sports Complex Aquatic Center (Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles)

LOS ANGELES – LA County Department of Parks and Recreation is hiring! This summer, the Department aims to hire over 250 new lifeguards to work at our 30 aquatic facilities, all across LA County. Not only is lifeguarding a fantastic way to kickstart your career, but it’s a great opportunity for young adults looking for part time employment while in school or looking for a career as a first responder.

Pool Lifeguards will receive a starting pay of $18.27, well above the minimum wage with opportunities to work year round. Applicants must be 17 years of age by time of appointment.

Those who meet the initial requirements will then be required to sign up and pass the Los Angeles County Swim Test. The Los Angeles County Swim Test consists of a 500-yard swim test that must be completed under 10 minutes. Upon completion of the test they will be invited to Pool Lifeguard Academy.

Candidates will get paid for a 64-hour training which includes becoming certified though the American Red Cross in Emergency Medical Response, CPR, AED, Lifeguarding, and First Aid.

SWIM TEST DATES AND LOCATIONS

Our Aquatics team is eager to help as many prospective candidates and interested students start a career path that can provide them with so many opportunities beyond lifeguarding!

Those who are interested in becoming a Pool Lifeguard are encouraged to attend an online “Open House” session to learn more about the position and answer questions.

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE SESSIONS: 

Session 1: January 19, 6pm tinyurl.com/mr36m9mn
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APPLY TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD TODAY!

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Missing woman in WeHo, public’s help sought

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WEST HOLLYWOOD – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for resident’s assistance in locating thirty-year-old Dalia Taqali who disappeared from West Hollywood Sunday night.

Taqali was last seen around 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Genesee Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Taqali is developmentally disabled and suffers from dissociative identity disorder, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Taqali’s family is concerned for her well-being and is asking for help finding her.

Investigators said she may be headed near the area of Sunset Boulevard and North Curson Avenue in Hollywood.

Taqali stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 110 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black hoodie, green backpack, black purse and blue stud earrings on both ears.

Authorities also said Taqali has a scar on her abdominal area and is missing a front tooth.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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