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Battle against Thomas fire enters second week

The massive Thomas fire, which has burned through Ventura County for over a week and entered Santa Barbara County over the weekend, has now scorched 234,200 acres and is 20% contained, fire officials said Tuesday. The fire, which began Dec. 4, grew about 2,500 acres overnight as gusting winds pushed...

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  • Medical marijuana distribution facility gets permit in Costa Mesa

    Medical marijuana distribution facility gets permit in Costa Mesa

    A medical marijuana distribution facility proposed for Costa Mesa cleared a major hurdle Monday night as the city Planning Commission granted a necessary permit. Commissioners voted unanimously to award the conditional use permit to CMX Distribution, which plans to move into 4,722 square feet of...

  • Vicki Snell chosen as Newport-Mesa school board president

    Vicki Snell chosen as Newport-Mesa school board president

    The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board selected member Vicki Snell as its new president Monday night. The unanimous vote gives Snell her first term as board president. The seven-member group holds an organizational meeting each December to select a president and appoint members to other...

  • High School Roundup: Edison girls' soccer claims Aliso Cup

    Junior Chloe Helenihi’s goal lifted the Edison High girls’ soccer team to a 1-0 win against Orange Lutheran in the Aliso Cup President’s Cup final at Aliso Niguel High on Monday. The Chargers, who won four of their five matches in the tournament, play at Canyon on Dec. 21. * BOYS’ SOCCER Corona...

  • Flintridge Prep's Lytle, Davis bestowed with All-CIF football accolades

    Flintridge Prep's Lytle, Davis bestowed with All-CIF football accolades

    A season removed from reaching the semifinals in CIF Southern Section Division I eight-man football, Flintridge Prep returned a couple of key players in John Lytle and Nick Davis to provide leadership. Lytle and Davis provided that and more for the young Rebels, who lost many of their key starters...

  • Blue-haired bandit wanted for wallet thefts in Glendale and Pasadena

    Blue-haired bandit wanted for wallet thefts in Glendale and Pasadena

    Authorities hope the public will recognize a woman they suspect of stealing people’s wallets and using their identities to make fraudulent purchases. According to the Glendale Police Department, the woman is said to be responsible for a series of thefts from restaurants in Glendale and Pasadena....

  • Rescuers work to free whale tangled in net off the Wedge in Newport Beach

    Rescuers work to free whale tangled in net off the Wedge in Newport Beach

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center of Laguna Beach worked until sunset Monday near the Wedge in Newport Beach to try to free a 30-foot gray whale tangled in a net. After nearly three hours, crews suspended the effort Monday evening. Officials...

  • On the Town: Young trio twirls toward Land of the Sweets

    Three area residents are dancing in an all new production of “The Nutcracker” at the Alex Theatre as part of the L.A. Youth Ballet, which is the advanced youth ensemble of the Los Angeles Ballet Academy, based in Encino. This world-premiere production set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score has been...

  • Glendale Community College offers one-day trips

    Glendale Community College’s community services education program offers day trips to local attractions by way of deluxe, air-conditioned motor coaches with experienced tour directors. Enjoy some old west atmosphere with the “Covered Wagon Tour and Cookout” trip on Jan. 20. The $119-per-person...

Los Angeles News

  • Las Vegas man sentenced to 8 years in prison for pimping 16-year-old girl in Costa Mesa

    Las Vegas man sentenced to 8 years in prison for pimping 16-year-old girl in Costa Mesa

    A Las Vegas man was sentenced Monday to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to pimping a 16-year-old Utah girl in Costa Mesa. Brandon Antwan Hunter, 31, appeared in Orange County Superior Court on Monday for a scheduled preliminary hearing but instead pleaded guilty to charges of...

  • A red carpet sendoff for the ‘Lieutenant of the Luminaries’

    Former Burbank Police Lt. Rick Madrid was a big man with a big smile. He had a bigger-than-life personality and sense of humor, and an even bigger heart. When that big heart suddenly and unexpectedly stopped beating on Dec. 3, the news spread rapidly, hitting hundreds of people, from diverse walks...

  • Newport-Mesa committee to design new school calendar with earlier start date

    After reviewing public input, a committee of Newport-Mesa Unified School District staff members, administrators and parents determined that starting the school year up to three weeks before Labor Day is in the best interest of students, the district said. The earliest such a change would happen...

  • California's chief justice has had her own #MeToo moments

    California's chief justice has had her own #MeToo moments

    California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday that she has had her own #MeToo moments during her legal career, being addressed as “sugar and honey and dear” and one of the “girls.” During a meeting with reporters, the state’s top judge also confirmed that a state appellate justice who...

  • Providence volleyball's Patterson earns All-CIF honor

    Providence volleyball's Patterson earns All-CIF honor

    There were glimpses of what Talia Patterson was capable of during her junior campaign in the 2016-17 girls’ volleyball season for Providence High. “Talia had to sit out under CIF rules when she transferred in,” Providence coach James Jimenez said. “The way our schedule was set up, we just had so...

  • Thomas fire leaves behind barren 'moonscape' as it threatens Montecito, Carpinteria

    Thomas fire leaves behind barren 'moonscape' as it threatens Montecito, Carpinteria

    Wind gusts that helped push a massive wildfire into Santa Barbara County this weekend were growing weaker Monday, but authorities say the week-old Thomas fire still threatens the coastal enclaves of Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito. After watching the fire race west over the Ventura County...

  • 51st Snoopy House holiday display opens Thursday at Costa Mesa City Hall

    51st Snoopy House holiday display opens Thursday at Costa Mesa City Hall

    Snoopy House, a Costa Mesa holiday tradition stretching back five decades, returns Thursday, bringing 10 nights of entertainment and themed displays to the front lawn of City Hall. Patterned on “Peanuts,” Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip, Snoopy House features an array of decorations populated...

  • Weingart Center plans first high-rise homeless housing for L.A.'s skid row

    Weingart Center plans first high-rise homeless housing for L.A.'s skid row

    For decades, the Weingart Center has been a fixture on Los Angeles’ skid row, one among the many places of refuge where homeless men and women come for shelter, food and support. Now the social services agency is expanding its mission into permanent housing and plans to do it with a flourish by...

  • Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    Newport Beach must protect against tendency to over-develop

    On Dec. 7, the Newport Beach Planning Commission heard the community’s concerns about the height and bulk of a new home at 2607 Ocean Blvd. (“Blufftop Corona del Mar house gets go-ahead, with more changes”). The owner of the irregularly shaped property had asked to build a 5,200 square-foot house...

  • Komjathy, Artsvelian pick up All-CIF water polo recognition

    Komjathy, Artsvelian pick up All-CIF water polo recognition

    With David Komjathy and Hakop Artsvelian paving the way, the Crescenta Valley High boys’ water polo team was able to challenge for the Pacific League championship and qualify for the playoffs. Komjathy proved to be a bona fide scoring threat while Artsvelian served as a top-notch goalkeeper for...

  • Bethlehem tells the story of Christmas, but of us as well

    Bethlehem tells the story of Christmas, but of us as well

    Have you ever stopped to ponder the raison d’être for your life? Of course you have. Christmas affords us an excellent opportunity to reflect on seeming imponderables. Our culture may be preoccupied with malls, holiday parties, Christmas decorations and gifts, but it’s healthy for us to — in this...

  • Man arrested after 7-hour standoff with Costa Mesa police

    Man arrested after 7-hour standoff with Costa Mesa police

    A Costa Mesa man was arrested Saturday after a seven-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Costa Mesa police responded to an apartment in the 1800 block of Anaheim Avenue at about 1:40 p.m. after receiving a call about an altercation between a man and a female acquaintance, said police spokeswoman...

  • Man killed after he slashes L.A. County deputies with a knife

    A man who slashed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with a knife was shot and killed Sunday in Artesia, the department said. The shooting occurred at 9:26 p.m. in the 11900 block of Droxford Street in Artesia, according to a press statement. Deputies were responding to a report of a suspicious...

  • $375,000 in watches stolen in smash-and-grab burglary in Costa Mesa

    $375,000 in watches stolen in smash-and-grab burglary in Costa Mesa

    About 3,000 watches valued at $375,000 were stolen late Sunday from a watch warehouse in Costa Mesa, police said. Several people wearing masks used a white van to smash through the door of Vestal Watches at 730 W. 17th St. at about 11 p.m., said Costa Mesa Det. Jason Chamness. The burglars grabbed...

More L.A. News

  • Woman dies after being pulled from water following Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

    Woman dies after being pulled from water following Huntington Harbour Boat Parade

    The joyous spirit of the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade was darkened by tragedy when a 59-year-old woman fell into the water and died during an after-party late Saturday, police said. The woman’s family was on a boat near the docks in the 16400 block of Pacific Coast Highway at about 11:15 p.m....

  • Flintridge Sacred Heart soccer rallies to tie San Gabriel Mission

    LOS ANGELES — It promised to be a good early test for the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team, as it hosted San Gabriel Mission on Monday. Both squads had some things in common, including being undefeated to having yet yielded a goal on the season. In an exceptionally well-played game by...

  • Glendale Adventist volleyball's Singleton named CIF Player of the Year

    Glendale Adventist volleyball's Singleton named CIF Player of the Year

    Nearly a month after the Glendale Adventist Academy girls’ volleyball team won its first CIF championship, the Cougars continue to bask in their historic glory At the same time, the postseason honors continue to pour in for the squad. Paige Singleton, Elyse Knipschild and Camille Pizarro of Glendale...

  • U.N. monitor on extreme poverty tours skid row in L.A.

    U.N. monitor on extreme poverty tours skid row in L.A.

    A ghostly chant of “Bill of Rights, Bill of Rights” drifted out of a sidewalk tent as the United Nations monitor on extreme poverty walked the streets of skid row as part of a national tour investigating human rights conditions for the poorest U.S. citizens. Philip Alston, an Australian and a New...

  • Essential California: Thomas fire spreads into Santa Barbara County

    Essential California: Thomas fire spreads into Santa Barbara County

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Dec. 11, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES The fires continue to burn The Thomas fire raged with a new force through the weekend, expanding from Ventura County and crossing into Santa Barbara...

  • Essential California: Inside a secret 2014 list of problem sheriff’s deputies

    Essential California: Inside a secret 2014 list of problem sheriff’s deputies

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Dec. 9. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES A Times investigation Before we get to coverage of the fires sweeping Southern California, let’s go inside the secret 2014 list of hundreds of Los...

  • High School Roundup: Estancia ties Corona del Mar

    High School Roundup: Estancia ties Corona del Mar

    Senior Andy Martinez scored in the 64th minute, allowing the Estancia High boys’ soccer team to tie Corona del Mar 1-1 in a nonleague match at home on Friday night. Angel Ortiz assisted on the equalizer. Sophomore Aidan Holmes had the Sea Kings’ goal in the 37th minute, coming on an assist from...

  • Sports Roundup: Burroughs girls’ soccer doubles up on Pasadena in league opener

    GIRLS’ SOCCER Burroughs 4, Pasadena 2: The Indians began Pacific League play Friday afternoon with a victory on the road. Catrina Villapando and Abby Riggs had two goals each for Burroughs (3-0). BOYS’ BASKETBALL Providence 55, Pasadena Marshall 48 (overtime): The Pioneers earned a win Friday in...

  • Sports Roundup: Athj, Daniels lead Glendale college into tourney final

    MEN’S BASKETBALL Glendale Community College 91, Barstow College 86: The Vaqueros (4-4) picked up a semifinal victory in the Don Johnson Tournament on Friday. Glendale received 26 points apiece from Chris Daniels and Serigne Athj and 10 from Steven Hubbell. Athj added 14 rebounds and four assists....

  • Sports Briefs: Glendale Adventist Academy girls' volleyball duo merit accolades

    Sports Briefs: Glendale Adventist Academy girls' volleyball duo merit accolades

    Two Cougars net league honors A pair of Glendale Adventist Academy girls’ volleyball players were bestowed with All-Liberty League recognition. Glendale Adventist finished 24-6, 5-3 in league to tie for second with Providence behind Archer. The Cougars won the CIF Southern Section Division IX championship...

  • Developers of old IKEA site to hold community meeting

    Officials from Crown Realty and Development Inc. will host a community meeting outside the old IKEA store at the Burbank Town Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday to talk with residents about plans to build a development project on the site. Jim O’Neil, vice president of Crown Realty, said the company plans...

  • Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding is still in question

    Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding is still in question

    Burbank City Council members approved a three-year plan they hope begins to address the homelessness issue in the city. Council members voted unanimously during a meeting on Tuesday to have city staff implement a multipronged approach to the issue, which includes addressing mental-health awareness,...

  • Newport Harbor’s depth plays big role in win over Costa Mesa

    Newport Harbor’s depth plays big role in win over Costa Mesa

    The core of the Newport Harbor High girls’ basketball team last season was three-fold. Sisters Angelina and Lexi Alvarez teamed up with center Lisa Hamilton to form their own version of the triangle offense, but only one of those pieces remained for this season’s team. Lexi Alvarez was the only...

  • Huntington Beach man dies after being hit by car while unloading piano in Bay Area

    A 44-year-old Huntington Beach man was unloading a piano from a trailer Friday in the Bay Area city of Fremont when he was fatally struck by a vehicle driven by a man suspected of being on drugs, police said. Fremont police received a report of the crash at 9:58 a.m. Officers found a 2013 Nissan...

  • First fatality confirmed from Southern California wildfires

    First fatality confirmed from Southern California wildfires

    The first fire-related fatality from a series of wildfires that have covered Southern California in smoke and ash was confirmed Friday, authorities said. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, was found dead in a car that had been involved in a crash along an evacuation route in a burn area of the...

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