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    Just down the street from SoFi Stadium, a stone’s throw from LAX and neighboring rocketbuilder Space X, Levi Stockton stood among a shiny fleet of private jets inside a hangar at Advanced Air, where his company operates private charter flights, among an array of services, at Hawthorne Municipal Airport. On this day — a little more than a week before Super Bowl LVI — things are relatively quiet here, save for the occasional thunder of a Gulf Stream taking off or the chop/chop of a small helicopter approaching, as he walked out onto the edge of the small airport’s 4,956-foot -long runway. But come next week at this time, as the iconic game draws nearer, this place — which has been in business for 17 years — will be buzzing like never before. A plane heads toward LAX over SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)  Hollywood Park  and the ubiquity of events and business that draw people to L.A. have always been a source of customers...
    A 17-year-old boy found driving a stolen car was arrested after leading Corona police on a pursuit and striking two of their cars, along with two innocent bystanders’ cars, police said. Police found the stolen car being driven in the area of Ontario and Rimpau avenues around 1:50 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, the Corona Police Department said in a news release. The driver fled the officer and went into a shopping center parking lot at Fullerton and Ontario avenues, where he then struck a parked car and the front end of the officer’s car, according to police. The driver continued to flee and a pursuit ensued that spanned sections of both the 91 and 15 freeway. The driver struck at least two innocent bystanders’ cars, as well as another officer’s vehicle, authorities said. Police were able to end the chase in the area of Pierce Street and the 91 Freeway in Riverside. The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, willfully resisting a police officer and causing injury and possession of a stolen vehicle, police...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Just ahead of Valentine’s Day, the supply chain issues impacting the United States are leading to a shortage of flowers in stores across Southern California. Florists all over California are seeing flower shortages, especially for red roses. And on top of that, there’s also a glassware shortage that has everything from vases to alcohol bottles in limited supply. READ MORE: Woman Suffering From Depression, Multiple Sclerosis Missing In BellflowerOne local florist said Saturday prices will probably be up at least 25 percent during Valentine’s Day. READ MORE: Man Arrested For DUI After Collision With Police Officer“These are 2021 problems that are continuing into 2022,” said Kate Penn, CEO of the Society of Professional Florists. The shortages come just as pandemic-delayed weddings start up again. Flower farms all over the world closed or cut their operations, and those same farms – particularly in South America, where most of the U.S. imports its flowers – are suffering from poor growing conditions, according to The Produce News, a trade website covering fresh produce. MORE NEWS: LAPD Investigating Del Rey...
    Southern California Gas Co. settled a lawsuit this week filed by the Center for Environmental Health stemming from the 2015 Aliso Canyon facility gas leak, the largest natural gas leak in U.S. history. The suit alleged that SoCalGas had violated California’s Proposition 65, which requires businesses to provide warnings about possible exposures to toxic chemicals. As part of the settlement, the utility company must monitor for benzene at its Aliso Canyon facility in the San Fernando Valley and provide text-message and email alerts for all residents in the surrounding area in the event of another leak. California L.A. County calls for independent health study of massive natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon Residents of Porter Ranch and other nearby communities have waited more than six years for the study to commence. “The settlement includes a $1.55-million payment from SoCalGas to the plaintiffs, the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and counsel,” wrote SoCalGas spokesperson Christine Detz in statement. The leak began in Oct. 2015 and lasted for more than 110 days, releasing 109,000 metric...
    This map shows 164 ships that are en route to Los Angeles and Oakland ports. The majority are headed to Los Angeles. (Courtesy of the Marine Exchange of Southern California) LOS ANGELES — Cargo ships waiting to unload amid a supply chain crisis have been pushed even further out to sea, this time to avoid missile blasts from U.S. Navy training exercises along the Southern California coast. The number of ships anchored offshore swelled last fall to more than 100 as U.S. and port officials have scrambled largely in vain to clear the backlog. But they have been pushed further and further away from shore, and now, only those cleared to dock within 72 hours are permitted within 50 miles, said Capt. J. Kipling Louttit with the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which coordinates shipping traffic and piloting vessels into port. “The military is shooting missiles and guns six days a week,” Louttit said. “We needed to spread the ships out, so we had to skip over the area. We now have them 150 miles offshore of Southern California....
    Five people were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing train cars to steal packages in Torrance over the weekend, police said Tuesday, Feb. 1. A witness called police after they saw the suspects carrying boxes from the train cars at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, Torrance police said in a statement. Officers arrived at the railroad tracks near 190th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard and quickly detained one suspect, then the four others shortly after while searching the area. Officers found that locks were cut on some of the train cars and forced open, with several cars that had property missing, police said. Officers recovered small generators, taken from the train cars, still in their boxes near where the suspects were detained, according to police. The burglaries come at a time when train car thefts have increased in recent months in the region, particularly in the downtown Los Angeles area. “It’s been a problem here in Torrance as well, we’re addressing that and working with the rail car companies,” Torrance police Sgt. Mark Ponegalek said. Including the incident on Sunday, there have...
    CUDAHY (CBSLA) — A deep earthquake was felt through much of the Los Angeles area just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The magnitude-3.3 earthquake struck Cudahy at 9:26 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The depth of the earthquake was more than 9 miles. A small M3.3 in Cudahy. Probably felt around much of LA basin. Quite deep at 14km. pic.twitter.com/NndIfTnTbE — Dr. Lucy Jones (@DrLucyJones) February 1, 2022 According to earthquake expert Dr. Lucy Jones, the depth of the earthquake was “quite deep.” This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it comes in.
    SAN FRANCISCO —  The Omicron wave took a much greater toll on Southern California compared to the San Francisco Bay Area, where higher vaccination levels contributed to significantly lower death rates, according to a Times data analysis. Southern California’s COVID-19 death rate during January was three times worse than the Bay Area’s, the data show. More than 2,400 COVID-19 deaths have been recorded in Southern California since New Year’s Day, the equivalent of about 11 deaths for every 100,000 residents. In the Bay Area, the death rate was 4 per 100,000 residents, totaling just over 300 deaths. This is the latest coronavirus wave where, compared to Southern California, the Bay Area has fared relatively better, and local officials this time credit high rates of vaccination and booster shots. Hospitals have also been able to maintain available capacity in San Francisco, while Southern California facilities have reported serious strain. Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, said the differences in deaths “can largely be accounted for by these important differences in percent [of people] vaccinated...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to turn San Quentin State Prison into a facility to rehabilitate criminals means that some of Southern California’s most notorious killers, condemned to death, will be moved into the general populations at other prisons. The change will not affect their death sentences. No one has been executed in California since 2006, and the governor’s moratorium on capital punishment remains in effect. RELATED: Governor Newsom proposes dismantling California’s death row They will follow other death row inmates who already have been moved to other prisons, where they received more time out of their cells than at San Quentin while working to pay restitution as part of the Condemned Inmate Transfer Pilot Program. That program, which expired in January but which officials say they hope to make permanent, was created after the voters passed Prop. 66, the headline feature of which was to streamline death row appeals. The roughly 124 inmates in that program, out of about 700 death row inmates overall, will remain at their current prisons. As of 2021, more than $49,000 in restitution has been...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- California is facing a new round of offshore winds this week and after a dry January there could be "fire weather" concerns.A Wind Advisory is set to go into effect for parts of the Bay Area early Tuesday morning and persist into Thursday morning, potentially becoming similar to the Jan. 21-22 wind event, the National Weather Service said.North Bay hills potentially could be hit by gusts topping 70 mph (113 kph), forecasters said. Forecasters urged residents to be ready for potential power outages, downed trees and dangerous driving conditions.Fuels in the area have also become drier since the January event "so will need to monitor how this wind event evolves in future model runs as fire weather concerns may come into play," forecasters said.Elsewhere, wind advisories will be in effect Tuesday and Wednesday from the northern Sacramento Valley south to the northern San Joaquin Valley.Santa Ana winds will develop in Southern California on Wednesday and offshore flow will continue into the weekend, according to the forecast.Winds could increase on Sunday, but current modeling indicates "a...
    From curling to Persian ice cream, we’ve got icy fun for everyone! SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CURLING CENTER READ MORE: Woman Struck, Killed By Car After Falling From Party Bus In LANewly opened in 2021, the Southern California Curling Center is the first ice facility dedicated to the sport of curling in SoCal which means more ice, and better ice, to serve Los Angeles and the region. The sport of curling is accessible to anyone – from kids to college age and beyond, as well as adaptive wheelchair curling, and special curling sticks for those with mobility or arthritic issues. For more details about the facility, or to learn how to curl, visit their online website at curling.la. Southern California Curling Center 4545 Pacific Blvd Vernon, CA 90058 READ MORE: Watch: Hungry? Take A Look At These Rams Game Day Food IdeasSAFFRON AND ROSE PERSIAN ICE CREAM Since the mid-70s, Saffron and Rose has been serving Persian ice cream to Southern California and remains family owned. They work with natural ingredients of the highest quality and are known for their namesake flavor...
    SONOMA, Calif. (KGO) -- For the past 3 months, Troy Farrell has been fighting to get his cat Nubbins back home."She was my support cat. That was my friend. That was who I have," said Troy Farrell, Sonoma County Resident.RELATED: Tito, French bulldog robbed from owner at gunpoint in Castro Valley, is back home safeNubbins is a neighborhood cat, she's lived in Sonoma in the Railroad Avenue neighborhood for years. Troy says she is the reason they chose the house."Every time we would go to a window she would run up and be like 'I'm here let me in, let me in. I love you' and we said that's the sign. This is the right house,'" said Farrell.Several years ago, Troy adopted her. In October, after he came back home from a trip she was gone."They stole my cat," said Farrell.VIDEO: San Lorenzo woman's missing French bulldog miraculously found 600 miles away in MexicoEMBED More News Videos A Bay Area woman's missing French bulldog has miraculously been found four weeks later and 600 miles away in Mexico. Neighbors say a...
    A scam in which residents who were promised exorbitant sums of money in ads on Facebook Marketplace and other social media platforms were left stranded as thieves drive off with their cars has resulted in dozens of recent auto thefts, Orange County local law enforcement officials warned on Thursday. A countywide auto theft task force is investigating more than 50 reports of an “elaborate scheme” that appears to be targeting members of Orange County’s Latino community, according to an Orange County District Attorney’s Office statement. The victims responded to ads claiming to offer them the opportunity to transport money in their own vehicles, authorities said. After meeting up in a public place, the thieves told the victims that they needed to take the victims’ vehicles to another location in order to load the money, but that the victims needed to wait behind. The victims were reportedly then left waiting on the street until they realized the thieves were not coming back with the vehicles. “These criminals are preying on those who may be struggling financially through advertising get-rich-quick schemes,” Orange...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Airports across the state will get millions from the Biden Administration’s infrastructure law to make long-overdue safety improvements and technology upgrades. LAX, one of the largest and busiest airports in the nation will get $79 million, and Burbank Airport will receive close to $8 million. Van Nuys Airport is getting a comparatively smaller boost at $763,000. READ MORE: CSU System Likely To Drop SAT, ACT For Admission“This airport not only supports 10,000 jobs in this area, but also brings $2 billion with a B into the local economy,” said Michael Christensen, Deputy General Manager of Los Angeles World Airports. READ MORE: Water Main Break Floods Cahuenga Blvd. In Hollywood HillsVan Nuys Airport is the busiest general aviation airport in the country, according to Rep. Tony Cárdenas. Even though the airport is not served by any commercial airlines, it has more than 220,000 takeoffs and landings a year. The infrastructure funds will be used to improve the airport’s facilities, update its technology, and make flying safer and more efficient. MORE NEWS: Flurry Of Small Earthquakes Hit Grapevine...
    The FBI and local law enforcement agencies are seeking tips to identify a suspect they believe is linked to at least 14 robberies or attempted bank robberies across two counties, FBI officials said. Since November 2020 to as recent as Jan. 21, 2022, a white male, between 50 and 60 years old, approximately 6’ tall, with a medium to heavy build and gray hair has entered various banks and verbally demanded cash or loose bills, passed a note to the teller with the demands or in some cases done both, a news release said. Investigators believe the suspect robbed or attempted to rob seven Wells Fargo banks in Placentia, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Torrance; five Chase Banks in Gardena, Torrance, Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, one Union Bank in Fullerton and one U.S. Bank in Mission Viejo. After receiving the cash or making the attempt, the man has been seen fleeing on foot. Officials have dubbed him the “Green Gaiter Bandit” because he has been seen on surveillance video wearing a variety of gaiters covering his neck and face,...
    POMONA, Calif. (KABC) -- A family in Pomona has lost their home to a fallen tree in the latest round of Santa Ana winds that have already caused major damage in a number of Southern California neighborhoods.Powerful Santa Ana winds blew through the Perez family's Pomona neighborhood over the weekend and toppled their tree, onto their home, while they slept."I'm like 'oh my gosh, What happened? What happened?'" said Roxanne Perez. "Our amazing neighbors called 911 already and they were already at our door saying you guys need to get out, you need to get out. And I was like 'oh my gosh! what do I do?'"Perez says they trimmed the tree with the hopes it would prevent an incident from happening. The damage was so severe that their home has been red-tagged, meaning it's unsafe to live in.RELATED: Southern California battered by powerful winds leaving thousands of residents without powerEMBED More News Videos Clean-up continues and thousands of homes remain without power across Southern California after strong winds wreaked havoc over the weekend. A GoFundMe page has been set...
    All Times EST Wednesday No. 17 Providence at No. 21 Xavier, 6:30 p.m. No. 18 Tennessee vs. Florida, 6 p.m. No. 19 LSU vs. Texas A&M, 9 p.m. No. 22 Marquette at Seton Hall, 8:30 p.m. No. 23 Iowa St. at Oklahoma St., 8 p.m. No. 25 Davidson vs. VCU, 8:30 p.m. Thursday No. 2 Gonzaga vs. Loyola Marymount, 11 p.m. No. 6 Purdue at Iowa, 9 p.m. No. 7 UCLA vs. California, 9 p.m. No. 11 Wisconsin at Nebraska, 4 p.m. No. 15 Southern Cal vs. Stanford, 11 p.m. No. 16 Ohio St. at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Friday No games scheduled. Saturday No. 1 Auburn vs. Oklahoma, 2 p.m. No. 2 Gonzaga vs. Portland, 9 p.m. No. 3 Arizona vs. Arizona St., 2:30 p.m. No. 4 Baylor at Alabama, 4 p.m. No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 12 Kentucky, 6 p.m. No. 7 Houston at UCF, 8 p.m. No. 7 UCLA vs. Stanford, 9:30 p.m. No. 9 Duke vs. Louisville, Noon No. 10 Michigan St. vs. Michigan, 12:30...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The federal government has shipped out millions of N95 masks to be distributed free to the public. Each adult is eligible for three N95 masks, which are considered the most protective type of face covering against COVID-19. The masks are being supplied by the nation’s strategic stockpile. READ MORE: 2 Arrested In Drive-By Shooting That Killed Damian Preciado As He Drove With A Baby In RiversideThe masks are being shipped to the community health centers and federal pharmacy partners to be distributed to the public. In Southern California, those retail partners include: Albertsons Costco CVS Good Neighbor Pharmacy Pavilions Ralphs Rite Aid Sam’s Club Vons Walgreens Walmart READ MORE: UCLA Student Punched, Robbed In De Neve Plaza For Property He Was SellingTo find a community health center distributing free N95 masks, visit the HRSA Data Warehouse. The masks are adult-sized and are not appropriate for use by children. Federal officials are urging people to avoid counterfeit N95 masks, and only use NIOSH-approved N95s that can be purchased from legitimate retailers like CVS and Home...
    Another round of Santa Ana winds is slated to arrive in the Southland on Tuesday, days after blustery gusts toppled trees and power lines and stoked brush fires in Sonoma County and Big Sur. The winds are expected to move into mountain and valley areas of Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange counties and the Inland Empire late Tuesday afternoon and dissipate around midmorning Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. In the Los Angeles area, the strongest winds of about 50 mph will blow through the mountains, with slightly weaker gusts expected across the coasts and valleys. The winds won’t be as powerful as those that blew in Friday but will still “bring the potential for hazardous driving conditions for high-profile vehicles and downed trees and power lines,” the weather service said. Roadways that could be affected include portions of state Highway 33, the 101, 23, 118 and 5 freeways and canyon roadways such as Kanan, Malibu Canyon and Decker roads and Topanga Canyon Boulevard, officials said. California High winds topple trees and power lines, stoking fires in...
    They really did holler, “Stick ‘em up!” They really did tie bandanas around their faces, and blow open railway car doors and safes with dynamite (although not always with the intended results). They really did derail trains to get at the loot. Train robbery lore has become so outsized in our mythic history — Jesse James and Butch Cassidy and the Dalton gang — that what’s happening now in Los Angeles, with Union Pacific being ransacked of consumer cargo, is startlingly low-tech, haphazard thievery in an age when you can steal millions with a mouse click. The mauled scatterings of boxes and packages along the train tracks look like the crime scene from a Christmas Eve Santa sleigh-jacking. New crimes usually ride hard on the heels of new technology. As miners began hauling gold and silver out of the hills and streams of California and Nevada, it was first the stagecoaches ferrying the goods to and fro that got held up and plundered for the loot. But trains, those huge cars carrying hundreds of times more weight than horseflesh can,...
    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- Clean-up continues and thousands of homes remain without power across Southern California after strong winds wreaked havoc over the weekend.Southern California Edison customers in Monrovia are still dealing with power outages. Other Edison areas, as well as more than 8,000 customers, remain without power Monday morning.The powerful winds took out trees, and took out the power as well. The Claremont Unified School District was forced to cancel all classes at all CUSD schools Monday after two of their schools, Mountain View and El Roble, were left without power."El Roble is the site of our Central Kitchen, which is responsible for meals at all school sites," said CUSD Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeff Wilson. "CUSD will be unable to serve breakfast or lunch."A statement from Claremont Unified School District reads in part:"It has been a difficult weekend for all Claremont residents. The windstorms created havoc, left many residents with no power for days, and in some cases, caused major damage to family's homes. We have had District staff and contractors at all sites over the weekend and...
    SANTA CRUZ — A 34-year-old commercial transport driver was arrested Thursday night after an alleged DUI hit-and-run and police pursuit. Shortly before 9 p.m., multiple citizens reported seeing a semi-truck swerving and traveling in the wrong direction on local roads. A traffic signal light also was reportedly struck and knocked over by a semitruck at the same time, according to emergency dispatch recordings. Related Articles Rare, ‘terrifying’ winter Big Sur fire burns down to iconic Highway 1 bridge Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘fine’ following four-car crash in LA Photos: Wildfire rages near California’s famed Bixby Bridge and Big Sur (Updated) Map: Colorado Fire evacuation zone in Big Sur Big Sur wildfire forces evacuations; Highway 1 closed in both directions Police soon spotted a white Freightliner truck, matching the same description and license plate, traveling southbound on Highway 1. The driver allegedly refused to pull to a stop for police and continued southbound on the highway. Santa Cruz officers ended their pursuit after the driver traveled past the Freedom Boulevard exit....
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Over 70,000 Southern California residents have been impacted by the high-powered winds moving through the region on Saturday, as a number of power outages have been reported in several counties. Aerial shot of a power outage affecting Claremont (Photo Credit: Sky9 Chopper, KCAL9 News) Service interruptions have affected Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties thus far as the Santa Ana winds continue to rip across the Southland. In Los Angeles County, 29,436 Southern California Edison customers have experienced service interruption, as well as 16,478 in San Bernardino County,  467 in Riverside County, 288 in Ventura County and 40 in Orange County as of 6:00 p.m. In the event of a power outage in your community, Southern California Edison offers Customer Resiliency Kits, which include: PSPS information, light snacks, water, small resiliency devices, and personal protective equipment. This is a developing story. Check back for details.   
    Here's a list of Lunar New Year events in Southern California. Share your Year of the Tiger celebrations with #abc7eyewitness!Events are subject to change based on public health restrictions and recommendations. Check event websites for details.Citadel Outlets will host a Lunar New Year CelebrationJanuary 29-30100 Citadel Drive, Los AngelesWatch exciting lion dances, traditionally used to bring good luck and fortune, taking place throughout the center and in Center Court hourly from noon to 2pm.citadeloutlets.comUSC PAM Lunar New Year Festival 2022February 5, 11amVirtually from USC Pacific Asia MuseumCelebrate the Year of the Tiger with USC PAM's virtual Lunar New Year festival, which will include streamed video performances and demonstrations.pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010, you were born during the Year of the Tiger. Do you know any Tigers? #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #yearofthetiger #chinesezodiac pic.twitter.com/noi1Nehmcm— USC PAM (@USCPAM) January 20, 2022If you know of a great Lunar New Year event, share it with us in a direct message at abc7community on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or post it in social with #abc7eyewitness!
    IRVINE, Calif. (KABC) -- If you think you've seen all the good car museums in Southern California, you're in for a pleasant surprise.The Segerstrom Shelby Event Center in Irvine just opened. The amazing collection isn't new, but the public display space is."We collected these, and we thought this was the best way of giving to the community and sharing our car collection," said Ted Segerstrom, co-founder of the museum along with his wife Rae.There are other Shelby-specific museums in places like Las Vegas and Colorado, but this one's closer to where the legacy of Shelby's cars began. And it's available to rent for events, hence the name. The Segerstroms send all proceeds to Shriners charities."Have that long overdue family reunion. Or your wedding, or reception. Whatever you want to do. Make your own memories, that's what the bottom line really is," said Segerstrom.While Carroll Shelby was building cars in Venice in the mid-1960s, other gearheads were racing them about 20 miles down the 405 Freeway at Lions Drag Strip near Wilmington. The facility closed in 1972, but it has been...
    Most fraternities at the University of Southern California will be allowed to start having parties again in March if security guards are posted at stairs or hallways in fraternity houses that lead to bedrooms, the Los Angeles Times reported.  Strict rules issued in advance of spring recruiting known as "rush" follow allegations of drugging and sexual abuse at several fraternities last year, the Times said Wednesday.  All fraternity social events at the college were halted in October after the allegations surfaced.  ELITE VIRGINIA PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST ASIANS TO INCREASE BLACK, HISPANIC ENROLLMENT: LAWSUIT  In this March 12, 2019, file photo people walk at the University Village area of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) The resumption of social activities will not apply to several suspended fraternities. An investigation of the sex abuse allegations continues under Title IX of federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in schools and educational programs.  Sexual violence prevention training will also be mandatory for all USC fraternity members under the rules drafted by representatives of a group...
    A Pakistan-born doctor jumped into a competitive House race in California Thursday, boasting endorsements from a slew of top-level Democrats. Asif Mahmood (D), who in 2018 ran to be California's insurance commissioner, launched his race to unseat Rep. Young KimYoung KimLouisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test Colorado Democrat latest House member to test positive for COVID-19 Maryland Democrat experiencing mild symptoms after positive COVID-19 test MORE, the South Korea-born Republican who in 2020 unseated former Rep. Gil CisnerosGilbert (Gil) Ray CisnerosMORE (D-Calif.). "Families in the new 40th district work hard. We put our heads together to solve problems. When our neighbors face hard times, we help each other," said Mahmood in a statement. "But politicians like Congresswoman Young Kim aren't lifting a finger to help families here at home. Our country has big problems, but Congresswoman Kim is fighting against common-sense solutions that have bipartisan support," he added. Kim, who in 2020 won California's 39th district, filed for reelection in the 40th, due to redistricting.  The new district, although competitive, will more heavily lean Republican.  According to an...
    The lab that tests mosquitoes, fleas and such countywide for West Nile virus and other transmissible diseases was recently able to add dog heartworm to its screenings and found mosquitoes carrying the potentially fatal parasite in at least three Orange County cities. Mosquitoes screened positive for dog heartworm in Fullerton, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach, though not at the levels yet that would prompt consideration of spraying or other measures to reduce the mosquito population, said Heather Hyland, spokeswoman for the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District. The department sent out an alert Wednesday, Jan. 19, about the positive sampling for dog heartworm; OC Animal Care is recommending pet owners consider monthly heartworm prevention medication, which is something that can be prescribed by their veterinarian. “The detection of positive dog heartworm mosquitoes indicates that heartworm disease is active in Orange County,” said said Amber Semrow, Vector Control’s director of scientific and technical services. “Residents need to be proactive in protecting their pets from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding sources.” Orange County has been seeing an increasing invasion of...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon says it plans to open a clothing store in a Southern California mall later this year, a first for the online behemoth and a fresh challenge for already struggling traditional retailers. Amazon said Thursday that the store, which will sell women’s and men’s clothing as well as shoes and other accessories, will open at the Americana at Brand mall in Glendale, California. Shoppers will get personalized recommendations pushed to their phones as they browse the new Amazon Style store stocked mostly non-Amazon fashion labels, the Seattle based company said. Amazon declined to offer any more details on the labels. The store will be about 30,000 square feet, similar in size to a Kohl’s but about one-third the size of other department stores, like Macy’s. But it will offer more than double the number of styles as traditional stores do because it will show one of each style on display while keeping the rest in the back room. The selection is chosen by Amazon curators who also use feedback provided by millions of customers shopping...
    Utilizing officer’s body-camera footage, in-car video footage and audio recordings, Pasadena Police Department officials have released a new overview of last November’s shootout with a man who killed a local senior, setting off a crime spree that ended in a fatal shootout with police. The recently released briefing provides a deeper look at the harrowing 15-minute incident that spanned a two-block area. The investigation of the deadly incident resulted in four different crime scenes and tied up a shocked neighborhood for hours. Police say the suspect, 24-year-old Devin Edward Hall, a military veteran and a resident of Inglewood, carjacked a driver and took a woman hostage on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The incident began after Pasadena Police Department received several calls to 9-1-1 regarding a shooting that had just occurred in the area of Sunnyslope Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard. PPD’s investigation into the incident is ongoing, and it is expected that additional details could be revealed as the investigation continues, department leaders said. California law, however, requires that law enforcement agencies make available, within 45 days, video and audio recordings of...
    Police were called to step in after a group of conservatives wearing orange shirts that said “RINO hunters,” with crosshairs making a target of the “O,” tried to storm a Republican Party of Orange County meeting in Costa Mesa on Monday night. The group was led by Nick Taurus, a self-proclaimed American Nationalist who last year spearheaded a protest during a town hall for Rep. Katie Porter, D-Irvine, that turned violent. After provocation from Taurus’ group, a Porter supporter threw a punch and was arrested. Taurus, R-Laguna Hills, is now challenging GOP Rep. Young Kim in the CA-40 House race. He’s labeled Kim, who’s been endorsed by the OCGOP as a RINO, a derogatory name used by the far-right for more moderate politicians who they deem “Republican in name only.” The clash reflects a growing schism in the Republican party, pitting those who strive to elect GOP candidates in purple areas like Orange County, and those on the far right, who remain fiercely loyal to former President Donald Trump. The party said on Jan. 12 that because of the coronavirus...
    Kathy and Ken Dunham, who lost their son Jake in the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill, show their tattoos from Jake’s last cards during a visit to the memorial at the closed Thousand Oaks club on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 as the one-year anniversary approaches. The couple comes weekly to the memorial to water plants and tidy up and are also part of a peer support group. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) People awaiting word of loved ones from the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks at the Alex Fiore Teen Center in Thousand Oaks, CA. 13 people including a sheriff deputy and the shooter were killed in a mass shooting at the bar overnight. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kelsey Escobar, 21, of San Diego, who was friend’s with victim Jake Dunham, visits the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting memorial in Thousand Oaks with Lynn Sanchez, of Thousand Oaks, earlier this month. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)...
    A man wanted in connection with the killing of a woman at a Florida motel earlier this month was captured last week in Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday.  U.S. Marshals and police from Hollywood, Florida, took Davis Zimmerman, 19, into custody in Orange County, California, on Friday, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles reported.  A warrant had been issued for Zimmerman’s arrest on first-degree murder charges, according to WTVJ-TV in Miami.  AMTRAK PASSENGER SHOT DEAD ABOARD TRAIN TO MISSOURI; SUSPECT FLEES, AUTHORITIES SAY  Davis Zimmerman, 19, was awaiting extradition to Florida on Tuesday on murder charges.  (Hollywood Police Department) A woman’s body was found in a motel room in Hollywood, Florida, on Jan. 6. She hasn’t been identified and no details have been released about her suspected murder, KCAL reported.  Davis Zimmerman's alleged victim was found dead at the New Kent Motel in Hollywood, Florida, on Jan. 6.  (Google Maps) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP He is being held at the Orange County’s Intake Release Center and will soon be extradited to Broward County, Florida, WTVJ...
    SAN RAMON — An Orange County man and woman were arrested this week as suspects in multiple recent jewel thefts in town and around the region, authorities said. In a statement Tuesday, police said an automated license plate reader hit around 3:15 p.m. Monday alerted officers of a vehicle tied to a weekend theft. In that incident, police said a female suspect called a 74-year-old woman over to her vehicle on Sunday before placing costume jewelry on her. When the woman refused the jewelry, the suspect removed a valuable jewelry item from the woman and left the costume jewelry behind. Officers found and stopped the vehicle Monday at Crow Canyon Road and Reedland Circle, and spoke with a 24-year-old man and 21-year-old woman from Fullerton who were inside with their two-year-old child. Soon after, officers arrested the man and woman on suspicion of multiple charges, including grand theft, conspiracy and theft from an elder or dependent adult. The child was released to a family member, police said. After at least one local victim identified the pair in a theft, investigators began working to find possible...
    Rain showers danced across Southern California on Monday morning, throwing a wet blanket on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “The totals are not that heavy, but you certainly want to be cautious if you’re driving,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The weather service said that a band of steady showers with moderate to briefly heavy rain was moving across the region. The storm was expected to continue throughout the day before dissipating Tuesday. Up to an inch was expected in parts of Ventura County on Monday morning, while scattered showers were likely elsewhere, meteorologists said. Highs dipped into the low to mid-60s. We are getting some rain today! Mainly VTA and LA Counties so far. Heres a look, with a Truecolor Sat image and the forecast precip, chances. See our prior tweet for totals so far! #SoCal #CAwx #LArain pic.twitter.com/4Dy99tNxQx— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 17, 2022 The region experienced very light showers over the weekend, Sweet said, although no rainfall accumulated. The brief rains follow record-breaking storms that drenched...
    The eruption of an underwater volcano Saturday in a remote corner of the South Pacific touched off a powerful tsunami that roared across a large swath of the globe, putting millions of people from New Zealand to Canada on alert and forcing the closure of beaches and harbors in California and along the rest of the West Coast. There were no immediate reports of deaths, serious injuries or widespread property damage. The hardest-hit area of California appeared to be Santa Cruz Harbor, where the tsunami waves rushed in at high tide, flooding a parking lot and streets. “The boats are still sitting pretty good,” said boat owner Scott Sommers, who watched from a railroad bridge over the harbor Saturday morning as the surge buffeted the vessels. Fears of a Pacific Rim disaster began Friday around 8 p.m., when the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in waters about 40 miles from Tonga’s capital. The plume of ash and smoke flared 12 miles in the air, bursting on satellite feeds like a mushroom cloud and gripping the attention of meteorologists...
    LOS ANGELES -- Country music superstar Garth Brooks is about to hit the road again. He's heading here to Southern California to re-start a tour that's been sidelined twice because of the pandemic."This is our first time back in probably five or six months so you're going to see the rust. But what's great is our people have always allowed us just to be us, flaws and all, and still make us feel like they love us," said Brooks.The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour is back in business. It was the best-selling country music tour of 2019...but then it got put on hold two times because of COVID-19. Garth will return to the stage March 5th at San Diego's Petco Park... the home of The Padres. This is Garth's only west coast stop on his Stadium Tour. Back in 1999, Garth did a little spring training with The Padres in Arizona. Now he'll be playing where The Padres play. He'll just be playing music instead."And I'm guaranteed, hopefully, if history repeats itself, I'm guaranteed some hits in that stadium. This is...
    New data from Southern California are providing further evidence that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is causing less severe illness than its Delta cousin, the culprit behind last summer’s wave. A preliminary study based on medical records from nearly 70,000 Kaiser Permanente Southern California patients “noted substantially reduced risk of severe clinical outcomes in patients who are infected with the Omicron variant compared with Delta,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study — which included more than 52,000 Omicron cases and nearly 17,000 Delta cases within the Kaiser system from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1 — found that, compared with patients infected with Delta, those who had Omicron were 53% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, 74% less likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, and 91% less likely to die of the disease. Among patients who were hospitalized, the median length of stay was 1.5 days for patients infected with Omicron and five days for those who had Delta. Another sign of Omicron’s lighter...
    Approximately 150 active and 725 closed cases involving two police officers, who recently were accused of falsifying a report, are being reviewed, Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert said this week. The officers, Dedier Reyes and David Salcedo, were accused of lying about the circumstances of the recovery of a firearm during an arrest in 2018; police said a surveillance video revealed discrepancies in their report. The two officers were on administrative leave as of Tuesday, Jan. 11, Long Beach police spokesman Brandon Fahey said. Reyes and Salcedo were charged with one count each of filing a false report and falsifying a public record on Dec. 6, a few days after they were arrested. Reyes was also facing one count of perjury. Due to the seriousness of the charges, Haubert’s office began creating an action plan to review any cases involving the two officers days after learning of the news. “This is the first time our office has had to create a case action plan,” Haubert said, “since there are actual criminal charges and those charges directly touch on falsification...
    How did Los Angeles get so rich and famous? There’s oil, of course; the plundered soil of L.A. once yielded up more than a third of the country’s oil. And aviation and aerospace; we dreamed up and crafted war planes, passenger jets and space capsules. And then the movies, late to the starting gate, in time overtook the others in renown. But L.A. made its first fortune by selling winter — badmouthing other places’ icy, grim months, and hyping our own bland, bright, balmy winter. And we didn’t even bother being nice about it. We straight-up mocked the dopes and losers who chose to stay in the frozen wastes of New England or the Midwest, making snowballs while we plucked oranges from our own backyard trees. As Bill Murray’s character rebuked the demon in “Ghostbusters II,” “If you had Brain One in that huuuge melon on top of your neck, you would be living the sweet life out in Southern California’s beautiful San Fernando Valley.” Our winter versus their winter is a fight L.A. has picked and won for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Scientists tracking two local mountain lion populations, one in the Santa Monica Mountains and another in the Santa Anas, have identified the first reproductive signs of inbreeding among these groups, which are cut off from breeding options by busy freeways. According to the UCLA-led study — which is available online and will be published in the January 2022 edition of the journal Theriogenology — the animals averaged a 93% abnormal sperm rate, while some also displayed physical signs of inbreeding, like deformed tails or testicular defects. READ MORE: Los Angeles County Reaches 3,200 COVID-Positive Patients The mother of a mountain lion that attacked a 5-year-old boy near Calabasas, is pictured. Researchers have long had genetic evidence of inbreeding, but the malformed sperm is the first evidence that inbreeding is manifesting in the reproductive system. “This is a serious problem for an animal that’s already endangered locally,” said the study’s lead author, Audra Huffmeyer, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher who studies fertility in large cat species and is a National Geographic Explorer. “It’s quite severe.” Researchers said...
    A 27-year-old Santa Ana man was arrested Friday, Jan. 7, on suspicion of stabbing two men at a Santa Ana skatepark this week, killing one of them, authorities said. Through surveillance video and several witnesses, Santa Ana police identified Nicholas Nunez as the suspect and took him into custody just past 7:10 p.m., police said. Nunez was involved in a fight with the two men at Centennial Skatepark, near Edinger Avenue and Fairview Street, and then is accused of stabbing them just after 8:20 p.m., Wednesday, police said. Both victims were dropped off at a hospital with stab wounds to the chest, but one of them died. He was identified by the coroner as Jose Merlan, 27, of Santa Ana. Information about the second victim was not immediately available. The Career Criminal Unit, Gang Unit, VICE Unit and Major Enforcement Team helped with Nunez’ arrest, police said. What led up to the fight was not immediately known. Nunez was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, police said. His bail amount was not immediately known. Related...
    Southern California theme parks are ready to roll out a lineup of new rides and returning entertainment in 2022 after a two-year pandemic hiatus put a damper on the pipeline of projects planned for the region’s playlands. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many Southern California theme parks to postpone rides and attractions until 2022 that had been planned for 2020 and 2021. Nevertheless, the delayed attractions will still be new to us by the time we get to ride them later this year. SEE ALSO: Top 22 for 2022: Best new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks Let’s take a closer look at the new thrill rides and roller coasters and returning shows, parades and festivals coming to Southern California theme parks in 2022. Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios Hollywood will get a more compact version of the new Super Nintendo World that opened at Universal Studios Japan in early 2021 — although an opening date has not been announced for the California Nintendo land. Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood will reportedly include versions of the Mario Kart:...
    WASHINGTON (KABC) -- More than 700 people from across the country have been arrested and charged one year after supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.Charges from the Jan. 6 riot ranged from curfew violations to serious federal felonies related to theft and weapons possession. Investigators continue to identify and prosecute those involved, including dozens from California."California was the fifth most common place that people came from of all these 700 defendants," said Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino.Who are they? Some are quite prominent.Alan Hostetter is a retired La Habra police chief who is charged with conspiracy.RELATED: Ex-police chief, 5 others SoCal men charged in Capitol riot conspiracyEMBED More News Videos Retired La Habra Police Chief Alan Hostetter was indicted along with five other Southern California men in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Klete Keller, a former Olympic gold medalist and USC swimmer, pleaded guilty and faces two years in prison.And there is Mark Ibrahim, a DEA agent from...
    It promises a special kind of hell — the misery of both flu and COVID-19 crashing down at exactly the same time. “Flurona,” as it has been dubbed, was detected in a teenage boy who tested positive for both flu and COVID-19 at a privately operated site near the Getty Center in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. The boy had recently returned from Cabo San Lucas, but had only mild symptoms. Steve Farzam, chief operating officer of 911 COVID Testing, talks about testing people for flu along with COVID-19 on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, if they show symptoms at the site near the Getty Center in Los Angeles where a teenage boy tested positive for “flurona. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)  “Testing volume is up over 600% in just the last four weeks,” said Steve Farzam, chief medical officer for 911CovidTesting.com, which has several testing sites in the area. “The positivity rate went from 1.9% to just over 30% as of last night, which is just alarming. This massive blizzard known as COVID has just swept...
    As Omicron spreads with unprecedented speed across California, a growing number of public and private institutions are moving to temporary remote work and closing some offices. In a sign of how widespread the coronavirus is, the share of tests coming back positive reached a seven-day rate of 20.4%, the highest during the pandemic, according to the California Department of Public Health. The state reported a massive backlog of 237,084 new cases Tuesday, a total that includes four days’ worth of data. This pushed the statewide seven-day average of newly announced infections to 50,267, easily eclipsing the high case counts seen during last winter’s deadly COVID-19 wave, according to data compiled by The Times. Officials have not imposed any lockdown rules. But they have urged people to avoid large indoor gatherings and wear masks in public settings. California L.A. healthcare system hit with widening staffing shortages as workers get coronavirus Hospital workers and other healthcare employees have been getting infected with the coronavirus in rising numbers as cases skyrocket in Los Angeles County, compounding staff shortages at medical...
    A testing company on Wednesday confirmed a case of 'flurona' in Southern California, referring to the condition of being infected with COVID-19 and the flu at the same time.The case was detected at a testing site at the Getty Center in Brentwood, according to 911 COVID Testing. The patient is a minor who just returned from vacation in Cabo San Lucas with family.Steve Farzam, the testing company's Chief Operating Officer, told Eyewitness News the patient was experiencing symptoms but was not hospitalized and went home with their parents after being tested.It's not clear how severe their symptoms are or if they are still positive for the illnesses.What is 'Flurona'? Developing 2 separate infections a new health risk, experts sayEMBED More News Videos Although rare, experts say it is possible to develop both COVID-19 and influenza at the same time, a condition known as "flurona." Both the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory diseases that can cause similar symptoms like a cough, runny nose and sore throat.Health experts say the biggest risk is to people with underlying conditions or those who have...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — What year is it again? Long queues of cars waiting hours for a COVID-19 test were seen all over Southern California Monday, a flashback to troubling images seen early in the pandemic. A holiday season of widespread travel and gatherings unfortunately coincided with the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, which health experts say is much more efficient at infecting even fully vaccinated and boosted people, leading to high demand for COVID-19 tests required to get back to work and school. In Boyle Heights, a white tent served as a staging area for testing, while cars lined up again at Dodger Stadium for a test – both ominous flashbacks to the pre-vaccine pandemic. In Baldwin Park, a long line of cars was seen queued up on the top of Kaiser Permanente’s Baldwin Park medical center. Further out in La Palma, there was nearly a mile-long line of cars waiting to get a COVID test. At-home COVID tests are hard to come by in stores, so schools and elected officials are scrambling to distribute tests. Los...
    Several Southern California beaches closed last week by a multimillion-gallon sewage spill in Carson were reopened as of Monday, although swimming waters in Long Beach remained closed due to testing availability. The closures began Friday after a sewer main failed the day before, sending between 6 million and 7 million gallons of waste into the Dominguez Channel, which flows to the Los Angeles Harbor. Earlier estimates had the spill amount at between 2 million and 4 million gallons. The 60-year-old line had deteriorated due to a buildup of sulfuric acid and might have been strained by the series of storms that hit the region last week. It was due to be replaced within the year. The spill closed outer and inner Cabrillo Beach, Wilder’s Addition Park at Point Fermin, Portuguese Bend at Rancho Palos Verdes and White Point-Royal Palms Beach in Los Angeles County, along with Seal and Sunset beaches in Orange County. All swimming areas in Long Beach were also closed. As of Monday, beaches at Point Fermin, Royal Palms, Rancho Palos Verdes and Cabrillo were open, according to...