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Thousands expected to roll into Pasadena for CicLAvia

Thousands of cyclists were expected to descend on Pasadena on Sunday to walk and peddle down Colorado Boulevard for the first CicLAvia outside Los Angeles. 

The free, 3.5-mile event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The route also connects on Raymond Avenue to the Memorial and Del Mar Metro Gold Line stations, enabling participants to have a car-free or "car-lite" day, organizers said.

Activities along the route include an all-ages mixed-media art project at the Amory Center for the Arts and music in the bandshell at Levitt Pavilion. John Muir High School's Mighty Mustang Drum Corps is scheduled to perform along Raymond Avenue.

Ciclovias, as they are known in Spanish, started in Bogota, Colombia, more than 30 years ago as a response to increasing congestion and pollution. They have since spread through Latin America and the United States.

The tradition came to Los Angeles in 2010.

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Tenants decry eviction by landlord, the chair of state housing agency

Tenants facing eviction from Beverly Grove rent-controlled apartments took their complaints against their landlord, a developer who also serves as chairman of the California Housing Finance Agency, to his latest luxury residential project Saturday afternoon.

The group passed out fliers criticizing CHFA chairman Matthew Jacobs in front of an open house for Bento Box 5, a five-unit development on the corner of North Crescent Heights Boulevard and Romaine Street in West Hollywood, with homes listed north of $1.4 million.  

“We want people to know what he’s doing to the neighborhood,” said tenant Steven Luftman, who has been told to vacate his two-bedroom, less-than-$1,800-a-month apartment by Tuesday. “The fact is he’s making his fortune by hurting people.”

About 60 tenants protested Wednesday outside Jacob’s home, Luftman said.

Jacobs did not return messages seeking comment. He told KPCC last week that he plans to go ahead with his plans for the apartment buildings on North Flores Street...

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Santa Barbara County oil spill prompts Oxnard protest

Dozens of Ventura County residents were expected to gather Saturday for an interfaith blessing of the ocean and to protest against oil drilling and fracking. 

The gathering near Mandalay County Park in Oxnard was planned amid reports of tar balls appearing on the coast as far south as Manhattan Beach following the May 19 oil spill at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara.

Tomás Morales Rebecchi, one of the organizers for the event, said tar balls has also been found on Oxnard Beach but authorities have not directly traced them back to the spill. 

"It seems too coincidental for it not to be related," he said, noting that an oil-slicked dolphin also washed up dead on the beach. 

The gathering, sponsored by a coalition of environmental and religious groups, was planned for 5 p.m. and was expected to include blessings from the Catholic, Chumash and Baha'i religious traditions. 

"We need to come together as people of faith and call for protection," Morales Rebecchi said. 

A burst pipeline released...

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MS-13 gang members deported to El Salvador to face homicide charges

Two members of the violent street gang MS-13 have been deported from Los Angeles to their native El Salvador to face charges of aggravated homicide, according to U.S. immigration officials.

The fugitives, Gerson Segovia Alvarado and Nilson Lozano Hernandez, were flown to San Salvador and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers handed them over to authorities there Wednesday, officials said.

Alvardo is wanted in the 2013 murder of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat. Hernandez is accused in a separate homicide, the 2008 shooting of a rival gang member.

The deportations were part of an ICE program, the Security Alliance for Fugitive Enforcement, that has returned more than 550 fugitives to El Salvador in the last three years.

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South Bay beaches re-open after tar balls forced closure

Officials reopened South Bay beaches Friday evening after crews spent two days clearing the sand of tar balls that washed on shore, U.S. Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Department of Health officials said. 

The closure, which affected nearly all South Bay beaches, from El Segundo to the Torrance-Redondo Beach border, had forced officials to shut down the portion of sand from the lifeguard towers to the water.

County officials advised beachgoers to stay away from cleanup efforts and out of the water because contact with the tar balls could result in skin irritation.  

Most of the tar pieces were found in the Redondo Beach Jetty, King Harbor Jetty and Hermosa Beach, said Coast Guard Commander Charlene Downey.  Earlier Friday, crews have retrieved 40 cubic yards of tar balls, equal to three dump trucks.

The origin and chemical makeup of the tar balls still remain a mystery.

Officials gathered samples of the tar for testing. Test results could take a few days to several weeks.

The substance,...

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Earthquake: 3.8 quake strikes near Indio, Calif.

A shallow, magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Friday evening 11 miles from Indio, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:23 p.m. at a depth of 3.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 13 miles from Coachella, 17 miles from Palm Desert and 17 miles from La Quinta.

In the past 10 days, there have been three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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