District honors reporter for influential articles

The Bassett Unified School District announced it plans to honor Staff Writer Thomas Himes at the district’s Cesar Chavez celebration on March 31.

School Board President Laura Santos said Himes was selected to receive a local hero award for his work reporting on police checkpoints and vehicle impounds in Baldwin Park.

The Baldwin Park City Council suspended police checkpoints earlier this year and drafted new policies governing their use after Himes wrote a series of articles on the checkpoints and constitutionally questionable practices.