CALIFORNIA & LOCAL

CALIFORNIA & LOCAL

  • A narcissist or an eccentric? Derick Almena, the man behind the Ghost Ship, left conflicting impressions

    A narcissist or an eccentric? Derick Almena, the man behind the Ghost Ship, left conflicting impressions

    From the moment tenants met Derick Ion Almena, they knew he wouldn’t be an ordinary landlord. The 10,000-square-foot warehouse he oversaw in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood was overflowing with elaborate decorations, broken musical instruments, beat-up furniture and woven rugs. It struck some...

  • No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude

    No evidence to verify bomb threat on L.A.'s subway system, investigators conclude

    Investigators have found no evidence to corroborate a warning of a terrorist plot to bomb the Universal City Metro station, defusing fears of an imminent attack in the heart of Los Angeles’ sprawling public transit system, authorities said late Tuesday. Federal investigators determined that the...

  • Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were

    Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were

    A fire ripped through a warehouse in Oakland on Friday night, killing more than 30 people who were there for an electronic music concert. Here are the names of people who have been confirmed dead by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau or immediate family members. Did you know one...

  • Santa Ana declares itself a sanctuary city in defiance of Trump

    Santa Ana declares itself a sanctuary city in defiance of Trump

    Santa Ana City Council members voted Tuesday to declare Orange County’s second-most populous city a sanctuary city — a largely symbolic gesture to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally. The move is in direct defiance of President-elect Donald Trump, who was critical of illegal immigration...

  • Emergency declaration sought in Oakland after deadly warehouse fire

    Emergency declaration sought in Oakland after deadly warehouse fire

    Officials in Oakland asked for a declaration of emergency Tuesday, clearing the way for the city to receive federal and state funding to cover the massive response to a warehouse fire that left 36 people dead. Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said the local state of emergency declaration,...

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