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State inadequately investigates nursing home complaints, audit finds

The California Department of Public Health has failed to effectively investigate nursing home complaints, a state audit released Thursday found, with a total of 11,000 unresolved complaints in its system.

The department, which is responsible for monitoring more than 2,500 nursing homes, classified more than 40% of these complaints and incidents as having caused or being likely to cause harm to a resident. Yet the state auditor’s office found that the average number of days these complaints were open ranged from 14 to 1,042 days.

The Santa Rosa-Redwood Coast district office had 102 open complaints and incidents that posed a threat to a resident’s health or life. On average those incidents remained open for almost a year, according to the audit.

Auditors said the California Department of Public Health oversight for processing complaints was inadequate, adding that until recently it had not established a system to track unresolved complaints. The agency had also failed to set time frames...

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Man fatally shot outside Altadena restaurant

A man was fatally shot late Thursday afternoon outside a restaurant in Altadena, deputies said.

The shooting occurred about 5:45 p.m. outside Fair Oaks Burgers, 2560 Fair Oaks Ave., said Lt. Robert Lewis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Altadena Station.

Witnesses told deputies that an argument occurred shortly before the shooting.

Sheriff's investigators are looking for a four-door gray sedan with at least two people inside who were seen fleeing the scene, Lewis said. 

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Police searching for parents of children found on Long Beach street

Police are searching for the parents or guardians of two children found Thursday on the streets of Long Beach.

The two boys, about 1 and 2 years old, were spotted about 8:45 a.m. on Atlantic Avenue and 60th Street after a passerby reported they were alone, the Long Beach Police Department said.

The children appear to be in good health. The older boy was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sandals, and the younger child was wearing a T-shirt and a diaper.

Witnesses told police that no one was seen with the children or dropping them off. Investigators canvassed a two-block area, but no one recognized the children.

The boys are in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. All law enforcement agencies in L.A. County, as well as the five surrounding counties, have been notified about the two children.

Anyone who recognizes the children or has any information regarding their identity or the identity of their parents is urged to call Long Beach Police Communications at (562)...

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All northbound lanes of 5 Freeway in San Clemente blocked by crane

An overturned crane is blocking all northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway in San Clemente.

Traffic is backed up for miles as cars move in single file on the shoulder of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crane overturned around 3 p.m., said Jon Latosquin, a spokesman for CHP.

It will take more than eight hours for the crane to be moved and for all lanes to reopen, Latosquin said.

Traffic is backed up as far as three miles to Basilone Road, Latosquin said.

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Vision for Marina del Rey approved by L.A. County Board of Supervisors

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a vision statement for Marina del Rey this week, with officials saying they hope to better guide the neighborhood’s development in coming years.

The approval Tuesday marks the end of a months-long process in which county regional planners created a blueprint that will divide the marina into distinct districts, and they say, make it easier to get around town.

Although sections of the marina have been booming, thanks to an influx of upscale residential and commercial projects, planners and county officials agreed that other sections have become worn down and dated. They hope the plan will help modernize the marina and make it the hot spot that it was decades ago.

“We’ve memorialized a vision for future development in Marina del Rey that reflects its boating history and recreational use,” said Gina Natoli, a Los Angeles County supervising regional planner. “We’re very happy with how it turned out.”

The approved version of...

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CHP: Biker arrested in videotaped taunting of pursuing officer

A motorcyclist may have turned out to be the best eyewitness in the case of a group of riders caught on videotape shooing and taunting a California Highway Patrol officer in the Bay Area.

Unfortunately for the camera-wielding motorcyclist, he was also one of the principal taunters, police said. 

CHP investigators on Thursday announced that they arrested Guruardas Singh Khalsa after receiving tips and tracking some of the videos he had posted online on his personal accounts, Officer Ross Lee told The Times.

Khalsa was taken into custody at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday on charges of delaying or obstructing an officer in their duties and being an accessory after the fact.

Officers say Khalsa filmed the riders' actions, and the video was picked up and later posted to

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