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    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For Letitia Johnson-Davis, being an educator feels "ancestral.""My great-grandmother was a teacher at a time where she wasn't even supposed to be teaching. She taught herself how to read and then was teaching others to do so at the beginning of the 1900s," recalled Davis, sitting at the cafeteria tables at Baldwin Hills Elementary where she, up until this school year, was principal.Johnson-Davis, now the director of educational services for the Center for Powerful Public Schools, said she went into education to counter inequities she experienced as a student."I remember, vividly, going home and asking, like, 'Why do I never see anything that looks like me in texts?'" she said.Johnson-Davis said she wondered why the only thing she ever learned about Black history over the course of a whole school year was Martin Luther King Jr. and "maybe something about enslavement."As a Black woman, a Black educator and a Black mother of two Black sons, Johnson-Davis said she has become "very much aware of the pervasive, not only underachievement of Black students within our schools, as...
    As sweltering drought conditions continue to worsen throughout California, Ventura and other Southern California counties have shifted from “extreme” to “exceptional” drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor Report. Along with Ventura County, northwest Los Angeles County, most of Kern County and the eastern portion of San Bernardino County are also in the federal report’s highest range, signifying “exceptional drought.” Almost all of California is facing detrimental drought conditions, with 50 of the state’s 58 counties under a state of emergency amid excessive drought conditions. In Ventura County, Calleguas Municipal Water District officials have declared a water shortage, continuing their call to residents to conserve water. A map of California, showcasing the areas affected by drought conditions as of Aug. 17.(U.S. Drought Monitor Report) “The board’s action urges residents, businesses and agencies in Metropolitan’s 5,200-square-mile service area to lower the region’s water demand to stave off more severe actions in the future, which could include restricting water supplies to Metropolitan’s 26 member agencies,” officials said in a statement Tuesday. Officials for the Metropolitan Water District...
    Franklin Canyon Park is a gem hiding in plain sight. It’s a national park in our own backyard, yet people may live here for years and never hear about it, much less visit it. Located at 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, its gates are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week and admission is free. Easily accessible, it consists of five miles of trails that wander among 600 acres. From the San Fernando Valley, take Coldwater Canyon Boulevard south until you reach Mulholland Drive. Keep going straight as you cross Mulholland and continue down a sloping road that leads into a canyon where, to your left, you will see picnic tables at the bottom of a hill, on the top of which is a nature center. As you continue down the road, you will find turnouts where you can park and meander along trails, some of which lead to water where ducks, turtles, and koi are prone to gather. At the end of the road you reach Franklin Canyon Ranch, which consists of a...
    MALIBU (CBSLA) – Powerful surf washed away a section of roadway in Malibu Thursday as high tides brought huge waves to the Southern California coastline, with more dangerous conditions expected into the weekend. Westward Beach Road. Aug. 19, 2021. (Credit: Frank Nielsen) A portion of Westward Beach Road leading to the Westward Beach parking lot, located between Zuma Beach and Point Dume, was washed away by the strong surf Thursday afternoon. The city of Malibu has closed the road and parking lot, with repairs not expected to be completed sometime after Labor Day. Point Dume Road is also closed due to erosion. Ten lifeguard towers in Malibu had to be moved back because of the tides. Beachgoer Angela Telles got familiar with the high surf after waves snuck up on her and swept away her belongings. “Our chair and everything was swept away with the water, including my cellphone,” Telles said, adding that she also got caught in a rip current that pulled her into the water. “…and then all of a sudden, I got pulled under and then when...
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- In Southern California, many Afghan immigrants have watched the events unfolding overseas with a familiar sense of dread.Jamila Fazel fled Afghanistan 38 years ago with her husband, in fear for their lives. Now three decades later, she's watching again the country she once called home unravel in chaos as Taliban fighters regain their foothold on the government."It is hard to trust them. They don't believe in humanity, they don't believe in women's rights," said Fazel.Fazel is a founding member of the Afghan Club in Rancho Cucamonga, which brings together members of the Afghan community. On Wednesday, the group staged a protest to bring attention to the plight of Afghanistan under the Taliban."Every where they go, they destroy and kill people. They promise people peace, human rights, this and that, but I don't believe them," said Anabi Amani.EMBED More News Videos Chaos continues in Afghanistan as the Biden administration faces backlash over the catastrophe. "I am very much concerned about women's rights and the children they will not allow... to go to school," said Nasima Kazimi.For...
    ”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards judging geographic locations, noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: Southern California workers this spring enjoyed the biggest jump in pay in the nation as the pandemic makes bosses pay up for talent. Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index that tracks changes in what workers cost bosses. The report includes a study of U.S. job hubs — the metropolitan area comprising Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties, plus 14 others. Details Wages and salaries in Southern California rose at a 5.4% annual rate in the 12 months ended in June — up from a 4.8% pace in March and 4% in June 2020. That meant Southern California’s pay hikes ranked No. 1 nationally — and the 1.4 percentage-point gain over 12 months was the largest among the 15 metros tracked. It’s not just here. Nationally, pay in June was rising at a 3.5% annual rate vs. 3% three months earlier and 2.9% a year earlier. But, compared...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/CBS News) — Afghan immigrants in the Southland are already finding ways to help out at home as the crisis in Afghanistan continues. An Orange County woman who volunteers with relief organizations say she’s expecting several dozen special visa holder families to arrive in Southern California from Afghanistan within the next few days. READ MORE: LA Phil Requires Full Vaccination At Walt Disney Concert Hall “I work with refugees… so far, we’re expecting 42 families with their children,” volunteer Sonik Sadozai said. “They will keep coming the next few days, maybe this week.” A decade ago, Orange County’s Ernie Hernandez went to Afghanistan as a chief warrant officer in the Marine Corps. Now a pastor in San Clemente, Hernandez said the crisis in the nation reminds him of the sacrifice many American service members have made. “I just sit back and think about how many young men and women — Americans — stepped up to defend our freedoms and answered the nation’s call… and to see it back to where it seems to be going is tragic,” Hernandez said....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Southern California is seeing some wild weather this week, including lightning that ignited trees near Big Bear Lake and rain in the San Fernando Valley. Six small fires were ignited by lightning near Big Bear Lake Tuesday, according to the San Bernardino National Forest. At least one tree was badly scorched and burned, but crews quickly got those fires contained. READ MORE: Emmys Now An Indoor/Outdoor Show With Limited Tickets Due To Rise In COVID Cases Big Bear Lake lightning fire update: ⁃ Three fires are contained and mopped up. ⁃ Two fires have crews on scene cutting line.⁃ A crew is currently hiking into the remaining fire. pic.twitter.com/kL2Nngu8T6 — San Bernardino National Forest (@SanBernardinoNF) August 11, 2021 READ MORE: Calif. To Require All Teachers To Be Vaccinated Or Undergo COVID Testing Just a few hours later, early morning rain fell across Los Angeles County. Scattered showers were seen in North Hollywood and Studio City, and the National Weather Service said isolated thunderstorms bringing heavy rain could cause limited debris flows in local burn areas....
    Cold enough for you … ? … asked no one living in our scorch-and-sizzle places. Not until the 1950s and ‘60s, anyway, by which time air conditioning altered our lives and living spaces almost as much as electric light and running water. AC is such a standard of our living standard now that, enswirled as you may be at this moment by that sweet, sweet cool air, you might not even give it a thought — until the power bill comes. And yet, where would you be without AC? Maybe not living here at all. In 1975, LIFE magazine listed 100 events that changed the nation. One of them was the Louisiana Purchase. One of them was the atomic bomb. And one of them was the 1902 invention of modern air conditioning. Air conditioning didn’t just change the indoors — letting us “cheat the atmospheric whims of Mother Nature,” as another issue of LIFE magazine put it, in 1944 — but it changed the outdoors, too, our public landscapes. Explaining L.A. With Patt Morrison Los Angeles is a complex place....
    A man was dead and three other people were injured in a shooting at a Huntington Beach house on Saturday that was related to a dispute among family members over the sale of the home, authorities said. Huntington Beach officers were called to the 4500 block of Operetta Drive just past 10:50 a.m., police said. They found three gunshot victims in front of the residence. “While officers were evacuating the victims, a male, who was believed to be the shooter, came out of the residence with a superficial gunshot wound,” police said in a news release. Paramedics took the four to a hospital, but one man died. He was a “real estate professional,” Huntington Beach Police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said. She did not provide additional details about the dead man. “Based upon the preliminary investigation, it is believed that the shooting was related to a family dispute pertaining to the upcoming sale of the residence,” said Police Capt. Tim Martin. “A group of real estate professionals accompanied a family member to view the residence when the shooting took place.” Huntington...
    Four people were hospitalized after a pit bull attacked them in the Santa Ana River on Friday morning, Aug. 6, authorities said. Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department paramedics were dispatched to an area off of the end of Wilderness Avenue on the Riverside-Jurupa Valley border about 8:30 a.m. The extent of their injuries was not immediately reported, said April Newman, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire. Riverside police and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies, as well as Riverside County Animal Services, responded to the call. The dog was believed to still be loose late Friday morning, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a police spokesman. No other details were immediately available. This story is developing. Please check back for updates. Related Articles Accused sexual predator and former University of Michigan doctor took semen samples from athletes. Where did they go? N.J. gym owner pleads guilty to assaulting officer on Jan. 6 Aide who accused Cuomo files a criminal complaint Map: Antelope, Monument and McFarland fire evacuation and perimeters Retired firefighter pleads guilty to child molestation...
    The chief of the Los Angeles Police Department has ordered use-of-force detectives to investigate the arrest of NBA player Jaxson Hayes, accused by LAPD of fighting with officers when they responded to a Woodland Hills residence for a suspected domestic violence incident. Chief Michel Moore said during the Police Commission meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, that Hayes, a 21-year-old center for the New Orleans Pelicans, was seen on police body-camera footage on July 28 repeatedly trying to get back inside the residence in the 22800 block of Mariano Street, where officers were trying to interview a victim. Moore said the footage shows police ordering Hayes to stay outside and blocking him from entering. As officers tried to arrest him, police have said, Hayes broke free and pushed an officer against a wall. The officers pushed Hayes to the ground, police said, shooting him with a stun gun and using their body weight to keep him restrained, with the alteration lasting about two and a half minutes before the suspect could be handcuffed. The chief said...
    NAMIE TOWN, Japan (KABC) -- As billions of people watch the Olympics, front and center is the Olympic cauldron, fueled by hydrogen.It's an important statement Japan is sending to the world: They are on a new path to a clean energy society.In an Eyewitness News exclusive, David Ono travels to Japan to learn more about this giant endeavor and their surprising partner.Could this place be the future?A brand new, totally green, facility in Fukushima produces hydrogen - the most abundant element in the universe.The plant uses solar energy, then takes water and splits it into hydrogen. The result is clean burning fuel and no carbon footprint.Ten years ago, in this very place, Japan thought nuclear energy was its future. But when the tsunami smashed the nuclear plant, the need for a new path was clear.PART 1: How the Fukushima nuclear disaster is propelling Japan into a new age of hydrogen energyRadiation from the catastrophe turned nearby Namie Town into a ghost town - 80% of it still looks like one.Mayor Kazuhiro Yoshida of Namie Town says a nearby hydrogen plant...
    A familiar late-summer cocktail of high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity will create hazardous conditions this week, prompting the National Weather Service on Sunday to caution about elevated fire risk for the Southland’s valleys, mountains and deserts. With a meager to nonexistent marine layer putting little moisture in the air, the sun will be shining hot on SoCal this week. Temperatures are expected to reach triple digits in lower mountain ranges and valleys — five to 10 degrees hotter than usual, the weather service reported. Some of the worst of the heat will be in the Antelope Valley and southern Santa Barbara County, where temperatures are likely to hover between 95 and 105 degrees, according to the weather service. “Basically we have an area of high pressure sitting over Southern California that, combined with [the] local wind pattern, are preventing the marine layer and sea breeze from providing much relief to the forecast area,” said weather service meteorologist David Sweet. We have an extended period of elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions, Sunday through Thursday - HOT,...
    With the click of a mouse, a Karma Automotive technician brings a brand new electric vehicle to life. You sit inside and marvel at the sleek console, the plush seats, the streamlined, jet-age dashboard. Never mind that this new car doesn’t yet exist. Never mind that the driver’s seat you’re sitting on is actually a metal office chair. Thanks to the magic of virtual reality, Karma Automotive’s designers can visualize how a car looks long before they build it. “I can put you inside a car,” said David Hilton, who as Karma’s senior design director oversees work at the EV maker’s design studio in Irvine. “It can get fairly real. You get close. … I’ve done concept cars completely virtually.” Karma is one of a handful of electric vehicle and battery innovators that have sprung up recently in and around Irvine, which has become a small but growing EV hub over the past few years. In addition to Karma, electric truck startups Rivian and Lordstown Motors have staked their flags here. Enevate, a battery designer that claims to have 400 patents...
    A man fleeing police in Riverside died after he fell and struck his head on Sunday evening, Aug. 1, according to police. Shortly after 9 p.m., officers attempted to stop a car on Van Buren Boulevard near the 91 Freeway for an unspecified reason when the suspect car fled police, Officer Ryan Railsback said. A few minutes after the pursuit started, the suspect allegedly attempted to exit the moving car when he fell and struck his head, possibly on a fire hydrant, in the 9400 block of Garfield Street, Railsback said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Railsback said. No identifying suspect information was immediately available. Further details regarding the incident were not immediately available. Related Articles Ex-topless dancer sues former California cop, alleging sexual assault during traffic stop Ex-California prosecutor says superiors told him to ditch evidence pointing to murder defendant’s innocence Union says badge bending occurred at Vallejo Police Department, but for a different reason Contra Costa sheriff defends notifying ICE when 64 felons were released from custody...
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (KABC) -- The CDC released new guidelines recommending that people wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in regions facing "high" or "substantial" COVID-19 transmission.But what constitutes as "high" or "substantial?" And what parts of the United States and more specifically, Southern California, are seeing these high rates of COVID-19?Along with the new guidelines, the CDC released a map showing which areas are experiencing surging COVID rates. In Southern California, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties are all currently listed by the CDC as having "high" transmission rates, while Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Imperial County are "substantial."CDC COVID-19 Transmission Map by CountyClick on a county below for more information, or search for a county in the table.Graphics not displaying correctly? Click here to open the map in a new window or click here to open the table in a new window.Cases are rising across the United States as concerns around the delta variant grow. According to an internal document from the CDC, this variant appears to cause more severe illness and spreads as...
    A violent brawl broke out on a California freeway, with a police officer seen tackling men to the ground to break up the fight. "I’ve only seen stuff like this on TV, never in person," Vanessa Cobb who witnessed the brawl, told KTLA. "I was just trying to go home from work." BRAWL BREAKS OUT ON VENICE BEACH BOARDWALK The incident unfolded Wednesday on Freeway 60 in Ontario, located in Southern California, after a collision. The drivers were exchanging insurance information when the violent brawl broke out, according to police.  Officers responded to the scene and said three people "became verbally and physically combative towards the officers," and police used force "to gain control of the situation," according to a press release. Video shows one officer tackling at least two men during the incident.  Officers were kicked and spat on during the altercation, the Ontario Police Department’s Sgt. Joseph Estrada told KTLA. One officer was injured and taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  Three people were arrested, including a father and...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have identified the gunman involved in a California standoff that killed a sheriff’s deputy and three others who were held hostage in a San Joaquin Valley home. The shooter, identified Tuesday as Jose Manuel Ramirez Jr., was fatally shot by Kern County sheriff’s deputies. He had a history of arrests on domestic violence offenses and a restraining order was supposed to have prohibited from having guns and approaching the home where the attack occurred Sunday in Wasco, a small community in the middle of farm fields northwest of Bakersfield. (Editor’s note: This story includes discussion of domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).) The sheriff’s office has not said what led to the deadly shootings or the specifics of the 41-year-old’s previous arrests. He had been armed with an AK-47 style rifle and a handgun on Sunday. The county coroner identified the victims who were held hostage inside the home as Ramirez’s sons, 24-year-old Jose Manuel Ramirez III and 17-year-old Angel Manuel Ramirez,...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with attendees after his speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, John Heubusch, left, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledges applause at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the...
    California has come a long way in the battle against COVID-19. But maybe not as far as many think. Case rates have risen enough in recent weeks that if the state’s old four-color tier system were still in place, Los Angeles County could have just moved into the most restrictive purple tier, where Southern California spent the darkest days of the pandemic, while Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties would likely now be in the second-most restrictive red tier, according to state data updated Thursday, July 22. Hospitalizations are on the rise as well, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients undergoing hospital treatment statewide doubling in just the past 16 days to more than 2,400 and the number requiring intensive care doubling in the past 17 days to 575. The last time the numbers rose that quickly was in November and December, as the devastating winter surge was building. Since the state reopened June 15 and the tier-based restrictions were lifted, California has tried to crawl back to something closer to pre-COVID-19 normalcy. Battered by the human and economic...
    Amid the quickening spread of the coronavirus’ Delta variant, Pasadena will require all city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 once the shots receive federal approval. City Manager Steve Mermell announced the requirement at a City Council meeting Tuesday, in tandem with another new rule that will again require people in Pasadena to wear masks in public settings indoors. “When a police officer arrives at your home, a firefighter arrives at your home because you need our assistance, you don’t get to choose if we send the vaccinated ones or the nonvaccinated ones,” Mermell said. “The public has to come into contact with city employees. We want the city employees to be healthy, we want the public not to get ill.” The new vaccination requirement comes days after approximately a dozen workers tested positive for COVID-19 and several others were forced to quarantine, city spokesperson Lisa Derderian said. “Just one testing positive has a domino effect on numerous others,” she said. “We need to make sure we’re taking care of our work families because they take it home to...
    Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene held an impromptu protest in Southern California on Saturday after a third venue canceled their 'America First' rally just hours before they were set to take stage. As an alternative to the rally, the duo convened a 'Free Speech Peaceful Protest' with about 100 supporters outside the Riverside City Hall. Gaetz, who represents Florida's 1st congressional district, warned conservatives are getting ready to fight in the streets for their First Amendment rights. Later Saturday night, Greene posted a video of her and Gaetz walking barefoot on the beach where they were also surrounded by an entourage of supporters holding signs, cheering and yelling 'Freedom' and 'We love you!' '[Matt Gaetz] and I are proud to fight for America in the halls of Congress,' Greene tweeted just after 11 p.m. pacific time on Saturday. 'Thank you, Southern California for showing up even though the communists tried to cancel us!!' The protest in Riverside, a city about 55 miles east of Los Angeles, came after a third California venue canceled Greene and Gaetz's rally. Conservative...
    COVID-19 is rebounding across Southern California, swelling the numbers of infections and hospitalizations and prompting fresh calls for residents to get vaccinated. While their overall numbers remain relatively low compared with the pandemic’s earlier high-water marks, Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino counties have all seen their daily case averages more than triple over the past two weeks — mirroring a trend in Los Angeles County, data compiled by The Times show. Fourteen days ago, Orange County was reporting a weekly average of about 48 new cases per day. Now, the figure is 150. During that same time, averages grew in San Diego County from 92 cases per day to 344; in San Bernardino County from 55 cases per day to 215; and in L.A. County from 298 cases per day to 983. Riverside County publicly updates its case count weekly, but its latest numbers were not available as of early Wednesday afternoon. However, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now considers Riverside, along with L.A. and San Diego, to have “substantial” community transmission — the second-worst classification...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (CNS) -- Air quality after this year's Fourth of July festivities was the worst in the region since the Bobcat Fire last September, and showed the second highest pollution levels for Independence Day in the last decade, the South Coast Air Quality Management District said Tuesday.The level of fine particulate matter this year remained higher than normal Fourth of July celebrations, but was 14% lower than last Fourth of July's historic pollution levels, according to the SCAQMD, which attributed the poor air quality to personal "backyard" fireworks and commercial fireworks displays in the region.Officials warned that high levels of fine particulate matter can have negative health effects and lead to cardiovascular and respiratory health problems, such as heart attacks, asthma aggravation, decreased lung function, coughing and difficulty breathing. Officials urge people during periods of poor air quality to remain indoors with windows and doors shut, and to use air conditioning or air purifiers.The group found "unhealthy" to "hazardous" air in the Southland's valley and inland areas, with the highest concentration recorded in the San Bernardino County city of...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Crews rescued a woman who became trapped between two buildings in Santa Ana in southern California on Tuesday afternoon.An Orange County Fire Authority rescue team responded to the area and worked to free the woman wedged between two walls.The woman, who was nude, became stuck in the very narrow gap, and crews had to cut into the wall to reach her. According to City News Service, the rescue attempt lasted two and a half hours.Crews used a camera to find the woman's exact position before cutting through the eight-inch thick concrete wall.OCFA later tweeted she had been rescued."After a cautious and technical operation, firefighters have gotten the victim out," OCFA tweeted at 4:30 p.m. "Our paramedics will be assessing her now."The woman was conscious and communicating with crews during the incident. Paramedics say she did not appear to have any life-threatening injuries, and she was taken to a hospital to be checked out.It wasn't immediately known how she got stuck.
    Twelve people were arrested Tuesday, July 13, in Orange and Riverside counties on suspicion of being involved in a ring that distributed at least $2 million in heroin, authorities said, with customers using code words to place orders to employees, often in Santa Ana, on cell phones. Seven others were declared fugitives by the FBI, with four of them believed to be in Mexico, federal officials said during a press conference at the FBI’s office in Orange. Authorities executed six search warrants Tuesday as part of “Operation Horse Caller,” a five-year investigation targeting the group, which is accused of smuggling drugs into Orange County from Mexico. Buyers placed orders for the drug using the names of Mexican food as code words, authorities said, with the scheme running from March 2017 to April 2021. A “taco” was a gram, while an “enchilada” was the much-larger ounce of heroin, a federal official said. So-called runners went out to meet buyers in various Orange County parking lots with their orders, which were sometimes concealed in food packaging such as Cheetos chip bags, said...
    General Motors officially announced on Tuesday, July 13, it’s bringing its Advanced Design Center to Pasadena, where it will invest $71 million to build a new campus. The auto-making giant says it wants to bring the company closer to technology hubs, leading universities and design schools while creating jobs and increasing its own capacity. The nearly 150,000-square-foot campus will sit on 8 acres, where GM’s technology teams will research and develop key mobility technologies with a goal of increasing safety, reducing emissions and congestion, company officials said in their announcement. “Having a physical presence in Southern California’s technology epicenter is an integral part of our global design operations and this new innovation campus will not only expand our operations twofold, but offers access to the rich cultural diversity and talent in the region,”  Michael Simcoe, GM vice president of Global Design, said in a statement on Tuesday. Related Articles Sponsored: Green Rides: Canada Will Ban Internal Combustion Vehicles by 2035 Sponsored: The 2021 RAM 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 Pickup Truck Latest Lotus, Lamborghini...
    A man who tried to push open a manhole cover from below died after a pickup truck drove over it this weekend, police said. Investigators were searching for the driver. The pickup was heading westbound on Panorama Street toward Parthenia Street when it drove over the cover at around 10:25 a.m. Saturday, July 10, Los Angeles police said Monday. The white Chevrolet Silverado, from model year 2008 to 2012, police say, drove over the cover, pushing it on top of the man who fell back down into the manhole, police said. The victim, whose name had not yet been released, was in his 20s. Video of the incident shows the cover slowly lifting a couple of inches above the ground when the pickup truck strikes it. The cover flies into the air and lands next to the manhole. The victim is not seen in the footage. It was unclear why the man was in the manhole. Police said manhole covers should not be disturbed or moved by the public. Police asked that anyone with information about this case to call...
    Law enforcement officers uprooted more than 100,000 illegal marijuana plants and seized almost 10,000 pounds of processed marijuana in a raid Thursday, July 8, on 51 properties in Anza. Five people were arrested, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The Sheriff’s Department has conducted numerous operations in Anza and other parts of rural southwest Riverside County to counteract illegal growing, water theft and violence that included the slaying of seven people in September at a property in Aguanga where marijuana was grown. No arrests have been announced in that case. After the shooting, Sheriff Chad Bianco said to expect even more enforcement. Thursday, some 100,343 marijuana plants were confiscated and 9,806 pounds of processed marijuana was seized, for a total combined weight of more than 50 tons. Thirteen firearms (eight handguns, four rifles and one shotgun) also were taken, as was $49,546 in cash, a sheriff’s news release said. Related Articles Texas man who waited ‘over six hours’ last Super Tuesday to vote now faces illegal voting charges Santa Clara County public defender launches bid to replace...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Triple digit temperatures were expected in Southern California Sunday with the Antelope Valley expected to bear the brunt of the heat. A heat advisory remained in place for the mountain communities as well as the Inland Empire and the Santa Clarita Valley through 8 p.m. Monday. An excessive heat warning remained in effect through 9 p.m. Monday for the Antelope Valley as well as the Apple and Lucerne valleys, Palm Springs, and the Coachella Valley. READ MORE: Coronavirus Rates Continue To Climb In LA County Due To Delta Variant Temperatures were expected to rise into the triple digits, with Lancaster expected to hit 112 on Sunday, while Palmdale was to see a high of 109. Forecasters said temperatures won’t drop dramatically overnight in the area either, with lows expected in the mid-70s to mid-80s. READ MORE: Billionaire Richard Branson Reaches Space In His Own Ship “Strong upper level high pressure will bring excessively hot temperatures to the interior valleys, mountains and deserts through early next week, with above normal temperatures most everywhere away from the coast,”...
    A 63-year-old Texas real estate developer and reality TV personality is facing sexual assault charges in Orange County, including allegations that he raped an unconscious 16-year-old girl while on vacation in Laguna Beach. William Hutchinson of Highland Park, Texas, has been charged with one felony count of rape of an unconscious person and five misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday. The Orange County allegations came a day after Hutchinson was charged with sexual assault in Texas, allegedly involving a 16-year-old girl at Hutchinson’s Dallas-area home. A prominent developer in Texas, Hutchinson appeared on the Lifetime series “Marrying Millions,” which spotlighted his relationship with a woman 40 years younger than him. According to Texas media reports, Hutchinson is a founder of Dunhill Partners, which was involved in the revitalization of Dallas’ Design District, and manages retail space around the country. Orange County prosecutors allege that Hutchinson brought two 16-year-old girls with him during trips earlier this year to his Laguna Beach vacation home. During an April trip, Orange County prosecutors allege that Hutchinson...
    An intense heat wave is already bringing dangerous conditions to inland and desert regions of Southern California. Officials believe records could fall in these areas Saturday after some desert communities saw low overnight temperatures that barely dropped below 90 degrees. “Borrego had a low of 88, breaking their old record of 87 from 1985. At 1 a.m. it is still in the mid-upper 90s in the deserts,” the National Weather Service said Friday. “Lows will only drop into the upper-80s to low-90s in the deserts, so the natural relief overnight will be minimal.” Temperatures along the coast will be mild, in the 70s and low 80s, getting progressively hotter farther inland. Much of Southern California will be blanketed until Monday morning by excessive heat that could send temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Among the areas likely to be hit hardest are the San Diego County deserts, the Coachella and Antelope valleys, interior San Luis Obispo County and the Cuyama Valley. Saturday will likely be the hottest day in this heat wave, forecasters said. The Apple and Lucerne valleys...
    IRVINE (CBSLA) — U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is visiting Southern California to promote the Biden Administration’s plan to invest in the nation’s infrastructure and workforce. Walsh is scheduled on Friday to visit facilities at UC Irvine, including an electric vehicle charging station and a HeadStart childcare facility, with Reps. Katie Porter and Mike Levin. READ MORE: Caught On Video: Bear Cub Takes Midnight Stroll Through Thousand Oaks He will also join a roundtable discussion on investing in the homecare workforce at a local senior center with representatives from the Service Employees International Union and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, then return to UCI to discuss improving veterans’ opportunities with members of the Black Chamber of Orange County, Hispanic Chamber of Orange County, and Asian Business Association. READ MORE: Aftershocks From Magnitude 6.0 Quake Rattle Eastern Sierra (credit: Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters) Walsh’s swing through Irvine follows a visit Thursday with Rep. Mark Takano and the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, which walked the secretary through some of their training programs and shared their priorities, like supporting the Davis-Bacon...
    Two people died after a car struck a median, became airborne and landed in the pool in a nearby backyard in a Chino neighborhood early Wednesday, police said. At about 2:18 a.m., police responded to a report of a solo car crash at the intersection of Schaefer Avenue and East End Avenue. A car was found in the pool of a nearby backyard with all three of the car’s occupants ejected, the Chino Police Department said. A 21-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene while a 27-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman were transported to an area hospital, police said. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The woman remained in serious condition. The victims’ identities were not immediately available. The cause of the crash is under investigation, police said. Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Officer Azarcon at 909-334-3159 or via email at [email protected] Related Articles Man dies after 1-880 crash Piedmont wealth manager charged in pedestrians death Teen who recorded George Floyd’s arrest loses uncle in...
    (CNN)A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Southern California was vandalized with a swastika and other "horrific" graffiti that police are investigating as a hate crime, officials said.Officers from the Long Beach Police Department were called to King Park on Friday around 3:20 p.m. following reports the statue was vandalized with "hate/bias-motivated graffiti," police said. Officers discovered the graffiti covering the front of the statue, Long Beach police spokesman Richard Mejia said in a statement. Police did not share a photo of the graffiti but an image posted on Twitter showed a black swastika spray-painted on the statue's chest and SS bolts on a leg. The SS bolts are "a common white supremacist/neo-Nazi symbol derived from Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany," according to the Anti-Defamation League. Swastikas are hate symbols associated with Nazis. Read MoreThe graffiti has since been removed and a hate crime investigation is underway, Mejia said. No information about a suspect was available."The Long Beach Police Department takes all reports of hate or bias-motivated incidents seriously. We value the diversity of our Long Beach community and...
    GLENDALE, Calif. (KGO) -- Even a mother bear and her cub have to find ways to beat the summer heat somehow.RELATED: Caught on Camera: Bear, 3 cubs enjoy picnic at South Lake Tahoe beachVideo recorded by Paul Huber caught two bears enjoying an afternoon swim in his backyard poll in Glendale, California on July 2nd.Both bears looked like they fit right in with a backyard invitation, with the bear cub even seen climbing out of the pool as any other human would.
    RIVERSIDE (AP) — Veterinarians and wildlife managers are warning of an outbreak of distemper among young dogs and raccoons in inland Southern California. The Southern California News Group reports that in nearly all cases, the animals become severely ill and do not survive, despite aggressive treatment. An animal hospital in Murrieta has treated 15 to 20 dogs with canine distemper this year. In a typical year the facility sees just one or two cases. Officials urge residents to buy puppies only from reputable sources. The virus is not transferable to humans. (© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    A 3.8 magnitude earthquake in Los Banos was felt in the northern San Joaquin Valley, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, at 4:23 p.m. Saturday, was centered at the city’s west edge, near the Highway 152 bridge over Los Banos Creek. Early responses to the USGS Did You Feel It webpage came from Modesto, Gustine, Patterson and Newman as well as Los Banos. The quake came several hours after a pair of 3.5 quakes in Southern California. Related Articles Map: Earthquakes near Fontana, Bakersfield Magnitude 3.9 earthquake rattles East Bay Map: 3.6 earthquake near Truckee 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Southern California Map: Another earthquake cluster in Southern California
    Seventeen people were reported injured in a large explosion that rocked South Los Angeles on Wednesday evening while the Los Angeles Police Department was disposing of illegal fireworks, police and the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Residents hurry away from the scene of a fireworks explosion in South Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 30. Photo: OC HAWK Los Angeles Fire Department personnel assist injured people after a large explosion in South LA on Wednesday. (ONSCENE.TV) Los Angeles Fire Department personnel assist an injured man after a large explosion in South LA on Wednesday. (ONSCENE.TV) Police assist a man after a large explosion in South LA on Wednesday. (ONSCENE.TV) Los Angeles Fire Department personnel assist an injured person after a large explosion in South LA on Wednesday. (ONSCENE.TV) Glass is scattered after a large explosion in South LA on Wednesday. (ONSCENE.TV) An LAPD Bomb Squad vehicle after a large explosion in South LA on...
    Cases of flea-borne typhus are on the rise in Long Beach, officials announced Tuesday, June 29. There have been 10 cases reported so far this year, more than double the four cases that had been reported this time last year. Typhus can cause high fever, chills, headache and rash and enters the skin through scratching a bite from an infected flea, which rats, cats, dogs, raccoons and opossums can carry. Related Articles Squirrels are ravaging my backyard fruit trees Critter Corner: Why Dobermans and other breeds get “cropped” Did mask keep my cat from recognizing friendly neighbor? Hubert the hummingbird is a serial feeder bully Kitten rescued from lofty and dangerous perch near SFO Pets and animals do not become sick from typhus, but if it’s left untreated in humans, the disease can cause severe illness. This year’s increase in cases is not specific to one geographical location in Long Beach, officials said in a Tuesday statement; cases have been found throughout the city. Residents are encouraged to protect...
    FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A 45-year-old man has died after being pulled out of Millerton Lake on Sunday afternoon.The victim, who was from Chula Vista in southern California, had rented a jet ski and was on the lake on the Fresno County side when witnesses heard screams coming from the water just before 2 pm.A visitor to the lake in a day-use boat headed over immediately, found him in the water next to his jet ski, and pulled him onto the boat.The victim was unconscious and not breathing.Authorities believe he was under water for 20-30 minutes.The rescuers performed CPR on him, and he was rushed to Saint Agnes Medical Center, where he was later declared dead.The visitors on the boat also rescued a female victim, who had minor injuries.This incident comes after multiple reports of drowning or near-drowning in the Valley in the past two weeks.As temperatures soar into the triple digits, Central Valley residents are heading to the water to cool off, but authorities warn the conditions can be dangerous.Last weekend, a 15-year-old boy from Fresno died after being...
    FRESNO, Calif. -- A 45-year-old Southern California man has died after being pulled out of Millerton Lake on Sunday afternoon.The victim, who was from Chula Vista, had rented a jet ski and was on the lake on the Fresno County side when witnesses heard screams coming from the water just before 2 p.m.A visitor to the lake in a day-use boat headed over immediately, found him in the water next to his jet ski, and pulled him onto the boat.The victim was unconscious and not breathing. Authorities believe he was under water for 20-30 minutes.The rescuers performed CPR on him, and he was rushed to a hospital, where he was later declared dead.The visitors on the boat also rescued a female victim, who had minor injuries.This incident comes after a 15-year-old boy from Fresno died after being pulled from the water at Millerton Lake on the Madera County side last weekend.A day after that incident, a 46-year-old man died after being found unresponsive in the wave pool of Fresno's Island Water Park.First responders are urging everyone to take safety precautions...
    On the heels of a record-breaking heat wave, parts of Southern California will again see temperatures soar into the triple digits beginning this weekend. A warming trend brought on by an unusual high-pressure zone over Washington state is expected to peak Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an excessive heat warning that will be in effect from Saturday through Tuesday in the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys, where it could reach 110 and 103 degrees, respectively. An excessive heat warning is also in place from Sunday through Tuesday in the western San Fernando Valley, where the high is expected to hit 100 degrees. A less-severe heat alert will be in effect from Sunday through Tuesday in the eastern San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, and from Monday into Tuesday for the Los Angeles Basin. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience, they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool...
    Approximately $3.5 million worth of drugs were seized and two men were arrested on suspicion of being involved with a drug-trafficking organization that operated from Mexico to across Orange County and the Inland Empire, the Huntington Beach Police Department announced Thursday, June 24. Police investigators found that drug pickups from the organization were happening across Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, in addition to large shipments that went across state lines to New York. Two men accused of being involved with the organization were arrested earlier this month, although authorities declined to name them or state their positions in the organization. It was unclear in which cities the drug pickups took place, and why the Huntington Beach Police Department was the investigating agency. A police spokeswoman declined to say if any of the drug pickups occurred in Huntington Beach. One man, who was arrested in Compton, was found with two kilos of cocaine and was booked on suspicion of possession with intent to sell, Huntington Beach police said. Another man was arrested in San Bernardino County by the California Highway...
    Beach hazards will be looming this week as summer officially gets underway, with a south swell bringing beefy waves and an extreme evening high tide that could cause flooding. The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Statement starting Tuesday, June 22, that remains in effect through Thursday evening for the Southern California coast as far north as Ventura County. Combined with waves in the 4- foot to 6-foot range, it could spell trouble for areas prone to flooding such as low-laying harbors and coastal areas, including the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, which suffered major flooding last Fourth of July weekend. Flooding on July 3, 2020 washed sea water into parking lots, streets and homes on Balboa Peninsula. Newport Beach officials say their beaches need help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep ocean water from causing destruction. (Photo courtesy of @surflick/ Brandon Yamawaki)  Workers in Newport Beach are using heavy equipment this week to build up a berm in the area to hopefully stop ocean water from again flooding the parking lots, streets and homes as...
    Firefighters attempted to rescue several people from a swarm of bees in Fountain Valley, but were also attacked by the insects and had to call for backup before two two badly stung patients could be taken to a hospital Tuesday, June 22. Santa Ana resident John Madrid told a videographer that he, his girlfriend and his best friend were planning to eat at Sizzler at 16373 S. Harbor Boulevard. They pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot at about 3 p.m., and were surrounded by the buzzing  insects as soon as they stepped out of their car. “We parked. I got out. There’s a few bees and I swiped a couple, and then there’s 15,” Madrid said. “I started running like crazy, and they attacked my best friend and girlfriend.” The three of them scrambled, Madrid said. He wound up stung, but not nearly as bad as the other two people he was with. “My buddy’s 315 pounds, big man, strong guy,” Madrid said. “And he’s crying like a baby: ‘help me John!’” At some point, Madrid managed to reach his...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — With COVID restrictions eased, residents across the southland are expected to travel in large numbers over Fourth of July weekend, according to estimates released Tuesday by the Automobile Club of Southern California. According to the Auto Club, roughly 3.3 million Southern California residents are expected to travel over the holiday, beating Memorial Day weekend’s numbers. READ MORE: Single-Engine Plane Catches Fire After Crash At Big Bear City Airport The estimate is up roughly 46% from last year’s pandemic-impacted holiday weekend but just 5.6% below the pre-pandemic holiday in 2019. Of those traveling, roughly 86% of people are expected to travel by car, while 13% will fly or use some other means of transportation. READ MORE: LA County Board Of Supervisors Extends Eviction Moratorium Through Sept. 30 “Car and air travel each are showing growing strength this Fourth of July holiday weekend because many states have reduced or eliminated COVID-19 restrictions,” said Filomena Andre, the Auto Club’s vice president for travel. “We expect car travel to be the highest on record and air travel to be the...
    More than 47,000 counterfeit Cialis pills and 10,117 fake pieces of designer clothing and footwear – with an estimated value of $12.7 million-plus – were seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach ports area, officials announced Monday, June 21. The clothing items bore Christian Dior, Versace, Gucci, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Nike Air and Swoosh designs and was part of a shipment from China, said Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for U.S Customs and Border Protection. The haul included handbags, shoes and sunglasses. The merchandise’s estimated value is based on suggested retail prices by the manufacturers, Ruiz said. Border Protection officers and U.S. Homeland Security investigators seized the items and turned them over to the Los Angeles Police Department for further investigation, Ruiz said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security Investigators, seized more than $12.7 million worth in counterfeit Cialis pills and designer accessories at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. (Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection) U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, along with U.S. Homeland Security...
    SAN FERNANDO — A Washington man who pleaded no contest to murdering his estranged wife in her Santa Clarita-area home while her children slept was sentenced Monday to 35 1/2 years to life in state prison, with a judge and the victim’s family saying they believe he should remain behind bars for the rest of his life. Superior Court Judge Cynthia L. Ulfig noted that James Matthew Dorsey “will have the possibility of being paroled in the future” as a result of the policies of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who has barred prosecutors in his office from filing special circumstance allegations in new cases that could result in sentences of death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. “Obviously the feeling of the family members here, as well as this court, is that he should remain in prison for the rest of his life,” the judge said. Michelle Dorsey, a 38-year-old mother of three boys, died April 15 of stab wounds after being taken to a hospital. She had also suffered blunt force trauma injuries,...