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Football: Arleta likes its underdog role

There's only one unbeaten team left in City Section Division I. It's 12-0 Arleta, but the Mustangs are hardly considered in the same class as Narbonne, Dorsey and Crenshaw, right? "There's Narbonne, Dorsey, Crenshaw and who?" Arleta Coach Bill Coan said. Arleta, the No. 7 seed, plays at No. 6 Crenshaw...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Man in critical condition after being shot, driving to McDonald's

    Man in critical condition after being shot, driving to McDonald's

    A man who drove to a McDonald's after being shot in Arleta was in critical condition Monday night, police said.The shooting, at Van Nuys Boulevard and Arleta Avenue, occurred about 3:50 p.m., said LAPD Officer Drake Madison.The man drove half a mile from where he was shot and stopped at a McDonald's...

  • Football: Arleta is about to get a lot better with the return of Isaiah Gable

    Arleta is 6-1 this season and running away in the East Valley League with a 3-0 record, and that acomplishment becomes even more impressive considering the Mustangs haven't had junior Isaiah Gable, last season's league MVP. Gable injured his wrist during the summer and hasn't played yet. But he...

  • Baseball: Marcus Alvarado is new coach at Arleta

    Marcus Alvarado, who has been an assistant coach at Simi Valley, El Camino Real and Kennedy, is the new baseball coach at Arleta. Alvarado is the son of former Granada Hills Kennedy Coach Manny Alvarado. He was an infielder during his playing days at Kennedy.   Twitter:@LATSondheimer  

  • Football: QB Jonathan Porter passes for 330 yards in Arleta victory

    It was a good season opener for senior quarterback Jonathan Porter of Arleta. He completed 20 of 38 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions in a 21-20 victory over Eagle Rock. It was the first game for new Coach Bill Coan. Porter fired a game-winning 66-yard TD pass in...

  • Mexico World Cup fans force ramp shutdowns on 5 Freeway in Pacoima

    Mexico World Cup fans force ramp shutdowns on 5 Freeway in Pacoima

    Crowds of soccer fans celebrating Mexico's World Cup win poured onto the streets in the Pacoima area, forcing authorities to shut down offramps and onramps on the 5 Freeway and declare a citywide police alert. The crowds were facing off with officers near Laurel Canyon and Van Nuys boulevards....

  • Pacoima Wash is getting a makeover

    Pacoima Wash is getting a makeover

    When Rosalinda Cardenas was a kid, her parents warned her often: Stay away from the Pacoima Wash. A few blocks from her home on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the concrete-encased flood control channel was barricaded by rusty chain-link fences, broken glass and garbage. Its steep, graffiti-marred banks...

  • Man's body found in trunk of burning Audi in Arleta alleyway
    Man's body found in trunk of burning Audi in Arleta alleyway

    A man's body was found in the trunk of a burning car Monday night in an alley in Arleta and detectives are asking for the public's help in finding out what happened. 

    The man, who was not immediately identified but is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old, was found in the truck of the burning...

  • At least 17 detained while LAPD executes search warrant in Arleta
    At least 17 detained while LAPD executes search warrant in Arleta

    At least 17 people were detained Thursday morning as Los Angeles police executed a search warrant in Arleta.

    The search began about 6:30 a.m. at Wentworth Street and Woodale Avenue and involved uniformed officers without a SWAT team, said Officer Brady Cuellar from the LAPD's Mission station.

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  • Polls open for Valley voters to pick lone woman for L.A. Council
    Polls open for Valley voters to pick lone woman for L.A. Council

    The only woman member of the Los Angeles City Council will be chosen starting at 7 a.m. when polls open for voters in the Eastern San Fernando Valley’s 6th District. Balloting continues until 8 p.m.The special election — to fill the seat of former Councilman Tony Cardenas, now in Congress — pits...

  • Council candidate Martinez reveals abuse as child to counter campaign ad

    Los Angeles City Council candidate and former school board member Nury Martinez on Monday said a man repeatedly sexually abused her as a child, a claim she's making public now to counter attack ads being circulated by her opponent in a July 23 special election to fill an open council seat.

    Martinez,...

  • Driver of gray Dodge Challenger sought in apparent road-rage killing
    Driver of gray Dodge Challenger sought in apparent road-rage killing

    Los Angeles police Sunday were looking for the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger who allegedly shot and killed a motorist in the northeast San Fernando Valley during a road-rage confrontation Saturday.

    The victim, who was driving a red Kia Rio, was wounded near the mouth and was taken to two hospitals...

  • City Section begins operations as independent section [Video]

    There were no fireworks launched last week to signify a new era in high school sports in Los Angeles.

    It was mostly quiet in Arleta, home of the new headquarters for the newly independent Los Angeles City Section, which on July 1 officially broke away from being under the control of the Los Angeles...

  • Coroner identifies man fatally shot outside his Arleta store

    A man fatally shot in front of his Arleta store was identified Tuesday as 34-year-old Nestor Hernandez, officials with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.

    Autopsy results are pending, said coroner's spokesman Ed Winter, but police say Hernandez was shot multiple times.

    Hernandez is believed...

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