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Baseball: Crespi alums return for over-the-line tourney to honor Coach Muckey

Green softballs were being hit all around the Crespi football field on the day after Thanksgiving. The annual over-the-line tournament was back. Suspended last year, the tournament was started by former baseball Coach Scott Muckey in the early 1990s. Muckey passed away last March at the age of...

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  • Game show host Wayne Brady makes a deal for Palisades condo

    Game show host Wayne Brady makes a deal for Palisades condo

    Brady, who hosts 'Let's Make a Deal,' has made one himself with the purchase of a Pacific Palisades condo for $1.75 million.

  • 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...

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  • Encino is about to get a new ramen restaurant from two big-name chefs

    Encino is about to get a new ramen restaurant from two big-name chefs

    One chef known for his meat-centric dishes and another chef known for his vegan food are joining forces to open a ramen restaurant in Encino.  Luke Reyes, who used to be the executive chef at the Hollywood restaurant Butchers & Barbers, and Phillip Frankland Lee, the chef and co-owner of Scratch...

  • NFL defensive back Joe Haden buys a $4.3-million home in the L.A. area

    NFL defensive back Joe Haden buys a $4.3-million home in the L.A. area

    Professional football player Joe Haden has found a tricked-out spot on the West Coast to spend his off-seasons. Haden, a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, has bought a custom home in Encino for $4.3 million. The newly built Traditional in the Amestoy Estates area contains a world of standout...

  • Hot Property | Joe Haden

    Hot Property | Joe Haden

    The newly built home in the Amestoy Estates area of Encino sits on more than half an acre with a saltwater swimming pool, a pool house and a basketball half-court.

  • Basketball: CIF state championship schedule

      2016 CIF Basketball State Championships Schedule – Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento Thursday 10:00 a.m.  Division V Girls – Village Christian vs. Eastside College Prep 12:00 p.m. Division V Boys – St. Bernard vs. St. Joseph Notre Dame 2:00 p.m.   Division III Girls – Lakeside vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral...

  • Football: Former Crespi running back Russell White is new head coach at Flintridge Prep

    Football: Former Crespi running back Russell White is new head coach at Flintridge Prep

    Russell White, considered one of the best running backs in Southern Section history during his days at Encino Crespi in the 1980s, is returning to Southern California to become football coach and assistant athletic director at Flintridge Prep. White, who went on to play for California and was drafted...

  • Actress Jeri Ryan lists Encino estate she created in classic French-country style

    Actress Jeri Ryan lists Encino estate she created in classic French-country style

    Vive la France! Jeri Ryan of “Star Trek: Voyager” fame has put her Encino house, which displays her love for the country, up for sale at $6.999 million. The ardent Francophile had materials, antiquities and architectural elements imported from France to create the classic French-country estate....

  • Scott Muckey, former longtime Crespi baseball coach, has died
    Scott Muckey, former longtime Crespi baseball coach, has died

    Scott Muckey, one of the most influential high school baseball coaches in the San Fernando Valley during a 28-year run at Encino Crespi, has died, the school announced on Saturday morning. He was 63.Muckey had his gallbladder removed several years ago because of cancer, his brother, Lee, said....

  • Crespi to host "Scott Muckey Day"
    Crespi to host "Scott Muckey Day"

    In honor of its former baseball coach, Scott Muckey, Crespi is holding a "Scott Muckey Day"  Friday at the Encino campus.

    Muckey, who was Crespi's baseball coach for 28 seasons until he stepped down last year, died on Saturday morning. He was 63. He had been dealing with cancer and the school wants...

  • Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson sells his home in Encino for $3.4 million
    Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson sells his home in Encino for $3.4 million

    Former UCLA and NBA guard Earl Watson, who in February was named head coach of the Phoenix Suns on an interim basis, has sold his home in Encino for $3.4 million.

    Built in 2008, the Mediterranean-style home sits on close to half an acre and has two gated entrances and a circular driveway.

    The 8,573...

  • Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million
    Homes of Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub are for sale at a combined $41 million

    Think of it as Jerry Weintraub's last big production and sequel. The Beverly Hills estate of the late mega-producer was listed for sale earlier this month for $25 million. Now his Palm Desert home is being offered at $16 million.

    The Beverly Hills residence, renovated a decade ago, includes a contemporary-style...

  • Sum 41's Deryck Whibley buys a gated villa in Encino for $2.8 million
    Sum 41's Deryck Whibley buys a gated villa in Encino for $2.8 million

    Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 fame has bought a house in Encino for $2.8 million.

    Set on a cul-de-sac, the Mediterranean villa-style house was built in 2005 and has a motor court with two gated entrances.

    The roughly 6,300 square feet of living space includes a two-story foyer and a step-down living...

  • Hot Property | Deryck Whibley
    Hot Property | Deryck Whibley

    The gated Mediterranean-style home in Encino has five bedrooms and six bathrooms in more than 6,300 square feet of space.

  • This L.A. chef wants to buy all back-of-house restaurant employees dinner
    This L.A. chef wants to buy all back-of-house restaurant employees dinner

    If you're a back-of-house (BOH) restaurant employee, meaning if you work in any back-of-the-house restaurant positions, from a dishwasher to a chef, Phillip Frankland Lee wants to buy you dinner. 

    Lee -- who is a contestant on the current season of "Top Chef" and chef-owner at Scratch Bar and Kitchen,...

  • Boys' basketball: Harvard-Westlake ends Crespi's 21-game winning streak

    It's the second half of league play, and there were signs last week that freshman Cassius Stanley of Harvard-Westlake had learned plenty of lessons from his first six games in the Mission League.

    Encino Crespi, holding a 21-game winning streak, found out Wednesday night just how much Stanley has...

  • St. Francis soccer takes down Crespi, 3-1
    St. Francis soccer takes down Crespi, 3-1

    Soccer: Golden Knights get two second-half goals to secure 3-1 Mission League home win.

  • John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area
    John Legend and Chrissy Teigen make splashy purchase in Beverly Hills area

    Singer-songwriter John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, have bought a familiar home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area for $14.1 million.

    The remodeled contemporary-style house on close to an acre was formerly owned by pop star Rihanna, who sold the property four years ago for $5.03...

  • Friday night showdowns: Westchester-Fairfax, Chino Hills-Damien, Alemany-Crespi

    If I could be at three different gyms on Friday night for three different games, I would. That's how good the matchups are in a battle for first place in league. Each one involves top 25 teams.

    There's No. 17 Westchester (15-5, 4-0) playing at No. 7 Fairfax (18-2, 4-0) at 6:30 p.m. in the Western...

  • Local pro pitchers are healthy and ready for spring training

    It's hard to say what was more impressive on Sunday afternoon viewing the scene at Harvard-Westlake's O'Malley Family Field.

    First there were three first-round draft picks from Harvard-Westlake hanging out together _ Max Fried, Lucas Giolito and Jack Flaherty.

    There also were three pitchers looking...

  • 'True Blood' showrunner Brian Buckner puts his Encino home up for sale
    'True Blood' showrunner Brian Buckner puts his Encino home up for sale

    Television writer and producer Brian Buckner has put his home with some celebrity history on the market in Encino for $3.2 million.

    Ownership records read like a who’s who of Hollywood types: Buckner bought the house two years ago from “Reign” executive producer Laurie McCarthy. McCarthy, in turn,...

  • Baseball: SoCal pros to have open workout on Sunday

    Former Harvard-Westlake pitcher Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves organization has put together another Baseball Fanfest in which former local high school baseball standouts now in professional baseball participate in a free open workout and autograph session giving back to local fans.

    The workout...

  • Boys' basketball: Chino Hills is 12-0 after exceeding 100 points for the sixth time this season

    Despite Lonzo Ball picking up four fouls in the first half, unbeaten Chino Hills (12-0) yawned and moved on en route to a 124-93 victory over Georgia Jonesboro to advance to the championship game of the MaxPreps Holiday Classic at Rancho Mirage.

    It was the sixth time this season the Huskies have...

  • True Religion co-founder Kym Gold moves her designer wares to Encino
    True Religion co-founder Kym Gold moves her designer wares to Encino

    True Religion jeans co-founder Kym Gold, who in November sold her home in Malibu for $18.45 million, has bought a newly built house in Encino for $6.3 million.

    Designed by Meyer Architecture, the Traditional-style home has an East Coast vibe with slatted wall siding, large picture windows, plantation...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi gives Coach Russell White a memorable victory

    Watching the many facial expressions of Crespi Coach Russell White can be entertaining and exhausting. Sometimes you don't know whether he's happy or disappointed. He's always thinking, teaching and plotting.

    His Crespi team had an up and down game on Wednesday night in the championship of the...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi routs St. John Bosco for eighth consecutive victory

    There are times when a loss turns out to be a victory. That's the case with Crespi, which learned from its season opening loss to Peninsula and has gone on to win eight consecutive games, including a 59-25 rout of previously unbeaten St. John Bosco on Monday night in a San Fernando Valley Invitational...

  • Estate of Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen brings a sum with significance: $3,778,888
    Estate of Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen brings a sum with significance: $3,778,888

    The longtime Encino home of the late entertainers Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen has sold for $3,778,888.

    The savvy buyer must have understood that the asking price of $4,488,888 was a nod to Meadows’ upbringing by her missionary parents in China, where eight is considered a lucky number, and continued...

  • Plan Check coming to Santa Monica, Scratch Bar opens in Encino, Charcoal now open in Venice
    Plan Check coming to Santa Monica, Scratch Bar opens in Encino, Charcoal now open in Venice

    The L.A. restaurant scene isn't slowing down. If you're trying to keep up, here are some new and notable happenings. 

    Plan Check, the burger-centric restaurant with locations on Sawtelle Boulevard, Fairfax Avenue and in downtown L.A., is opening a location in Santa Monica. Owner Terry Heller made...

  • Gilbert Arenas' Encino home hits the market for $3.495 million
    Gilbert Arenas' Encino home hits the market for $3.495 million

    Former NBA player Gilbert Arenas has put his gated Mediterranean-style house in Encino up for sale at $3.495 million.

  • Gilbert Arenas' Encino home hits the market for $3.495 million
    Gilbert Arenas' Encino home hits the market for $3.495 million

    Former professional basketball player Gilbert Arenas, who recently filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against an entertainment business management firm and his former business manager alleging mismanagement of his funds, has put his home in Encino on the market for $3.495 million.

    The gated Mediterranean-style...

  • Boys' basketball: Get ready for shoe fashion show
    Boys' basketball: Get ready for shoe fashion show

    It's almost time for the annual shoe fashion show with the start of basketball season.

    You get the opportunity to see the newest shoe fashions and the brighest colors.

    You get to see whether LeBron James or Kyrie Irving has the most popular shoes.

    I've already seen a surprise. Sophomore Brandon...

  • Boys' basketball: Season begins next week

    The countdown has begun for the beginning of the high school basketball season.

    The Redondo tournament is set to start next Monday. Teams are holding scrimmages and alumni games this coming week.

    On Saturday, Crespi and Cantwell-Sacred Heart got together for a scrimmage, and Crespi prevailed, 67-61....

  • Phillip Frankland Lee will open with no servers at his new Scratch Bar and Kitchen in Encino
    Phillip Frankland Lee will open with no servers at his new Scratch Bar and Kitchen in Encino

    Chef Phillip Frankland Lee has settled on Encino as the new location for Scratch Bar and Kitchen. The Ventura Boulevard restaurant will be the second iteration of Scratch Bar, the Beverly Hills restaurant Lee closed this summer after a two-year run. 

    Known for his whimsical small plates, Lee plans...

  • Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.
    Israel Film Festival brings award winners 'Baba Joon,' 'Censored Voices' to L.A.

    The 29th edition of the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles shines the spotlight on the country's new directorial voices, including Yuval Delshad, the writer-director of the opening night feature "Baba Joon," the winner of the 2015 Israeli Academy Ophir Award for best film — the top film prize...

  • Football: Former Crespi receiver Christian Pearson is Ivy League rookie of the week

    Former Crespi receiver Christian Pearson, a freshman at Pennsylvania, has been named the Ivy League rookie of the week for the second time this season.

    His first collegiate catch went for a 45-yard touchdown.

    Last week against Columbia, he caught 10 passes for 125 yards.

    "Christian's had a great...

  • Football: Running back Jalen Starks of Crespi is dismissed from team

    Crespi Coach Troy Thomas said Thursday he has dismissed standout running back Jalen Starks from the team.

    "He did not meet the expectations of the program," Thomas said of Starks, a senior who hasn't played in recent weeks because of a shoulder injury. He has committed to UCLA.

    "I believe Jalen...

  • New year, similar results for Flintridge Sacred Heart, St. Francis cross-country
    New year, similar results for Flintridge Sacred Heart, St. Francis cross-country

    Cross-country: Tologs take third in first Mission League meet, Golden Knights are sixth.

  • Singer Neil Young's Hawaiian retreat is an oldie but a goodie
    Singer Neil Young's Hawaiian retreat is an oldie but a goodie

    Singer-songwriter Neil Young has put his oceanfront estate on the Big Island of Hawaii on the market for $24.5 million.

    Set on a craggy peninsula between two bays, the three-acre spread features a Hawaiian-style beach house dating to the 1920s, two two-bedroom guest cottages, two greenhouses and...

  • Singers-actors Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr buy a house in Encino
    Singers-actors Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr buy a house in Encino

    Singers and actors Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr have bought an Encino house for $2.675 million, public records show.

    The Mediterranean-style home is set on more than three-quarters of an acre with cityscape and canyon views.

    Built in 1959 and since updated, the 4,708-square-foot house is entered...

  • TV writer Steven Bochco parts with his Richard Neutra-designed Modernist gem in Encino
    TV writer Steven Bochco parts with his Richard Neutra-designed Modernist gem in Encino

    Famed TV writer and producer Steven Bochco has sold his Richard Neutra-designed home in Encino for $4.725 million.

    Named the Milton Goldman Residence for its first owner, the Midcentury Modern-style house dates to 1951. Neutra used long walls of glass to bring in views of the home’s natural setting....

  • Home built for 'Wizard of Oz' dance director Bobby Connolly sells in Encino #TBT
    Home built for 'Wizard of Oz' dance director Bobby Connolly sells in Encino #TBT

    A house built for “The Wizard of Oz” dance director Willian Harold "Bobby" Connolly has sold in Encino for $3.4 million.

    The Mission-style main house, which dates to 1932, originally sat on 30 acres.

    A later owner, Alvino Rey, a big band and swing musician, sold off portions of the home site, which...

  • Longtime Encino home of entertainers Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen is for sale
    Longtime Encino home of entertainers Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen is for sale

    The longtime home of the late entertainer Jayne Meadows has come on the market in Encino at $4,488,888.

    The unusual asking price is a nod to Meadows’ upbringing by her missionary parents in China, where eight is considered a lucky number.

    Meadows -- along with her husband, Steve Allen, the early...

  • 'True Detective's' Vince Vaughn angles for a buyer
    'True Detective's' Vince Vaughn angles for a buyer

    Actor Vince Vaughn, who plays a career criminal in the second season of the HBO series "True Detective," has put his La Cañada Flintridge property on the market at $5.299 million — not exactly a steal even in the affluent community.

    The newer Colonial-style home, built in 2000, sits behind gates...

  • Interior designs for 'The Gift' furnish elements of tension
    Interior designs for 'The Gift' furnish elements of tension

    In the psychological thriller "The Gift," which opens nationwide Friday, writer-director and star Joel Edgerton taps into a specific strain of Southern California property lust: Midcentury Modern architecture. The story revolves around businessman Simon (Jason Bateman) and interior designer Robyn...

  • Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas of 'Once Upon a Time' buy a vintage home in Encino
    Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas of 'Once Upon a Time' buy a vintage home in Encino

    Actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, both on the television show “Once Upon a Time,” have bought a Traditional-style home in Encino for $3.45 million.

    The 5,758-square-foot home appears in the listing photos to have received a liberal slathering of white paint at some point, and seems ripe...

  • Home of the Day: An Encino home for entertaining world leaders
    Home of the Day: An Encino home for entertaining world leaders

    Set behind gates on about an acre, this 1930s Spanish-style estate has played host in past years to the families of such U.S. presidents as John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, as well as members of the John Wayne family. Two floors of living are distinguished by such classic details as bright Mexican...

  • Home of the Day: An Encino home for entertaining world leaders
    Home of the Day: An Encino home for entertaining world leaders

    Built in the 1930s, this Spanish-style estate in Encino has hosted U.S. presidents, local political leaders and film stars.

  • Crescenta Valley Junior All-Stars ride Schaffer to Section 2 title game

    Baseball: Pitcher strikes out eight in 5-1 victory for District 16 champs.

  • Crescenta Valley 9-10 All-Stars drop Section 2 baseball opener to Encino

    Baseball: Locals yield six runs in first, second innings en route to 17-7 defeat at Longden Field.

  • 'Apprentice' winner Leeza Gibbons sells estate once owned by early film star Al Jolson
    'Apprentice' winner Leeza Gibbons sells estate once owned by early film star Al Jolson

    Television talk-show host Leeza Gibbons, who won presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” earlier this year, has sold the Al Jolson estate in Encino for $5.77 million.

    She and the late singer-actor-songwriter Jolson are not the only former owners to come from the entertainment...

  • 'Gossip Girl' actress Leighton Meester finds a buyer in Encino
    'Gossip Girl' actress Leighton Meester finds a buyer in Encino

    Actress-singer Leighton Meester, known for her role as Blair Waldorf on the CW series “Gossip Girl,” has sold her home in Encino for $2.015 million.

    Hedged by tall trees and a gated entrance, the single-story Contemporary was built in 1948 and extensively renovated for indoor-outdoor living.

    Interiors...

  • 'Gossip Girl' actress Leighton Meester finds a buyer in Encino
    'Gossip Girl' actress Leighton Meester finds a buyer in Encino

    Actress-singer Leighton Meester has sold her renovated home in Encino for $2.015 million.

  • Lawyers apologize to Hollywood execs wrongly accused of sexual abuse
    Lawyers apologize to Hollywood execs wrongly accused of sexual abuse

    The allegations unsettled Hollywood: teenage boys invited to pool parties at an Encino mansion where they were offered drugs and drink, with the tacit understanding that they would be expected to have sex with older men in attendance, most working in the entertainment industry.

    The claims by former...

  • Fontana police shoot, wound man in Encino during drug investigation

    Fontana police shot a man Wednesday afternoon near a home in a quiet Encino cul de sac, authorities said.

    About 1:45 p.m., officers from the Fontana Police Department were serving a warrant in the 6300 block of Yarmouth Avenue in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation, according to...

  • Throwback Thursday: TV writer Steven Bochco lists nature-inspired home in Encino
    Throwback Thursday: TV writer Steven Bochco lists nature-inspired home in Encino

    A Richard Neutra-designed home owned by famed television writer and producer Steven Bochco is for sale in Encino at $4.995 million.

    The Milton Goldman Residence, named for the first owner, has changed hands multiple times since 1951 when the Modernist masterpiece was built. The property came into...

  • Price chops: TMZ's Harvey Levin reloads in Hollywood Hills
    Price chops: TMZ's Harvey Levin reloads in Hollywood Hills

    Harvey Levin may be hoping that his latest scoop involves a homebuyer.

    The TMZ founder has relisted his home in Hollywood Hills West for $3.995 million, down from his original 2013 asking price of $5.3 million.

    The Spanish-style estate, which had been offered for lease at $20,000 a month, has a...

  • NBA center JaVale McGee buys Marc Anthony's Encino home
    NBA center JaVale McGee buys Marc Anthony's Encino home

    NBA big man JaVale McGee has added another party-ready property to his real estate portfolio. He’s the buyer of Marc Anthony’s home in Encino that sold last month for $2.425 million.

    Designed for entertaining, the Mediterranean-style home is highlighted by indoor-outdoor bars, a billiard room,...

  • Sean Penn will be making a move in Malibu
    Sean Penn will be making a move in Malibu

    Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn has listed his retreat in Malibu for sale at $6.55 million.

    The gated single-story ranch-style home, built in 1960, is laid out in a U-shape with courtyard space suited to entertaining. A detached guesthouse shares the 1.4-acre site.

    Beyond the double doors...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi's De'Anthony Melton picks up USC offer

    The first basketball scholarship offer for Crespi junior De'Anthony Melton is from USC, he reported via a tweet.

    The 6-foot-4 Melton helped Crespi win the state Division IV championship.

    He averaged 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds.

     

    Twitter:@LATSondheimer

     

  • Jayne Meadows, actress and chatty wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95
    Jayne Meadows, actress and chatty wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95

    Jayne Meadows, an actress known for her repartee with husband Steve Allen as well as her television, film and stage roles, died Sunday night at her home in Encino. She was 95.

    Meadows died of natural causes, according to her son, Bill Allen.

    In 1952, Meadows was a broke, newly divorced film actress...

  • Samuel L. Jackson haunt for sale in Encino
    Samuel L. Jackson haunt for sale in Encino

    The onetime Encino home of actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, actress LaTanya Richardson, is listed for sale at $3.2 million.

    Found behind a gated drive in Amestoy Estates, the English Tudor-style home is on about an acre with a 4,491-square-foot main residence, a 2,863-square foot...

  • Samuel L. Jackson haunt for sale in Encino
    Samuel L. Jackson haunt for sale in Encino

    The onetime Encino home of Samuel L. Jackson is for sale at $3.2 million.

  • Ex-UCLA point guard Earl Watson puts Encino home on the market
    Ex-UCLA point guard Earl Watson puts Encino home on the market

    Former UCLA and NBA point guard Earl Watson has listed his home in Encino for sale at $3.899 million.

    The gated Mediterranean, built in 2008, has a domed foyer and gallery walls and fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom. There are six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms in 8,573 square feet of...

  • Hot Property | Earl Watson
    Hot Property | Earl Watson

    The Mediterranean-style home sits on close to half an acre in Encino with six bedrooms in 8,573 square feet of living space.

  • It's time for Crespi's Russell White to meet Crespi's Russell White
    It's time for Crespi's Russell White to meet Crespi's Russell White

    On Saturday in Berkeley, get the cameras out. Russell White is going to meet Russell White.

    For nine years, Russell White, the basketball coach at Encino Crespi, has been confused with Russell White, the former standout running back from Crespi who led the Celts to a 1986 Big Five Conference championship...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi goes from unranked to playing for state title

    How does a team go from being unranked to playing for a state championship without getting any transfers?

    Crespi High has done it the old fashion way _ developing unsung players over the course of the season in a terrific coaching job by Russell White.

    The Celts (28-7) will play Sacramento Capital...

  • Jeff Dunham lists Encino home for close to $5.2 million
    Jeff Dunham lists Encino home for close to $5.2 million

    Stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham has listed his Encino estate for $5.199 million.

    The custom-built Mediterranean, constructed in 2008, is a sprawling 6,522 square feet and sits on nearly a half-acre.

    The Tuscan-inspired main house features a rotunda entry with hickory floors, arched windows, high...

  • Sunset Strip aerie tops list of last week's pricey home sales
    Sunset Strip aerie tops list of last week's pricey home sales

    Homes in Encino, La Cañada Flintridge and Santa Monica were among the most expensive home sales to post last week in the Combined West L.A. Multiple Listing Service.

    Yes, yes, we know many sales are closing outside the MLS system and will make their way into public records weeks from now but, for...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi is a year ahead of schedule in reaching 4AA final

    There's little doubt that in a year's time, Encino Crespi will have its best basketball team in Russell White's 10 seasons as coach.

    But the Celts don't want to wait to win a second section title under White. They're set to play San Luis Obispo Mission Prep for the 4AA championship at 7 p.m. Friday...

  • Commuters compose songs, follow pretty routes to minimize stress
    Commuters compose songs, follow pretty routes to minimize stress

    Years of driving from Venice to Encino in stop-and-go traffic on the 405 Freeway took a toll on Ken Elkinson. But the Venice resident, who works in insurance, didn't realize how much his stress was affecting him until his 4-year-old twins began gleefully repeating his road rage phrases, such as...

  • Tips to keep commuting stress at bay
    Tips to keep commuting stress at bay

    If working from home is out of the question, here are a few ways to make the commute more enjoyable:

    •Check traffic before leaving (or download a navigation app): Just knowing how long it will take to get somewhere can help reduce the worry caused by traffic jams.

    • Avoid interchanges: Heavy traffic...

  • CHP officers rescue 86-year-old woman from burning Encino house
    CHP officers rescue 86-year-old woman from burning Encino house

    Los Angeles Fire Department officials continued Saturday to investigate the cause of a greater-alarm fire Friday evening that engulfed a heavily cluttered Encino house near the 101 Freeway.

    California Highway Patrol officers on a routine traffic stop nearby rescued a female occupant, who was taken...

  • Man pleads guilty, sentenced to prison in $12-million Encino art heist
    Man pleads guilty, sentenced to prison in $12-million Encino art heist

    A 45-year-old man who tried to sell $12 million worth of stolen paintings by Marc Chagall and other noted artists to undercover FBI agents was sentenced Friday to four years and four months in prison.

    The sentencing came immediately after Raul Espinoza pleaded no contest to one count of receiving...

  • Boys' basketball: A coach showing loyalty to his players

    Encino Crespi Coach Russell White, in his ninth year with the Celts, goes out of his way to stay in touch with his players.

    And if they make it through four years of playing college basketball, he makes sure no matter where they are playing, he shows up for the player's senior day.

    White will be...

  • Dr. Dre's tear-down with a view sells for $32 million
    Dr. Dre's tear-down with a view sells for $32 million

    Dr. Dre has given up what has been called the best view lot in Los Angeles to private equity firm founder Alex Soltani for $32 million.

    The Hollywood Hills West home sold in an off-market deal after a brief appearance on the Multiple Listing Service last year, when it was priced at $35 million.

    ...

  • Surgeon sentenced to prison for deadly liposuction procedure

    A former Encino cosmetic surgeon was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for administering a lethal cocktail of drugs to a 61-year-old woman during a 10-hour liposuction procedure.

    Ehab Aly Mohamed was convicted Jan. 21 of one count each of involuntary manslaughter and elder abuse for killing...

  • Ashlee Simpson's former Encino home sells for $5.45 million
    Ashlee Simpson's former Encino home sells for $5.45 million

    The skin care entrepreneurs paid $5.45 million for a two-story contemporary formerly owned by Ashlee Simpson.

  • Ashlee Simpson's onetime Encino home sells for $5.45 million
    Ashlee Simpson's onetime Encino home sells for $5.45 million

    Skin care entrepreneurs and GlamGlow founders Glenn and Shannon Dellimore have purchased an Encino home formerly owned by singer-songwriter Ashlee Simpson for $5.45 million.

    A fountain with a modern art sculpture marks the entrance of the gated home, set at the end of a cul-de-sac in the Royal...

  • Football: Crespi now has three 300-pound linemen

    If you thought Crespi ran the ball well this past season, wait until 2015.

    The Celts now have three 300-pound linemen to open holes for returning running back Jalen Starks thanks to the arrival of two transfer students at the spring semester.

    Checking in were junior-to-be Ben Holmes (6-foot-4,...

  • Leighton Meester of 'Gossip Girl' lists her Encino house
    Leighton Meester of 'Gossip Girl' lists her Encino house

    Actress Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl” fame has put her house in Encino on the market at $2.35 million.

    The gated contemporary was built in 1948 and has been extensively remodeled for indoor-outdoor living. The more than half-acre grounds feature a tiered backyard with a saltwater swimming pool.

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  • Crespi to hold its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday

    Encino Crespi will hold its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

    Among the inductees is the retiring school president, Thomas M. Batsis, who is finalizing its last stint with the Celts and has made a huge impact.

    Former basketball player Glen Magpiong and...

  • Boys' basketball: Time to appreciate contributions of Crespi's De'Anthony Melton

    The surprise co-league leader in the Mission League is Crespi (16-5), and the Celts' top player, 6-foot-3 junior De'Anthony Melton, doesn't need to score to find a way to contribute.

    He didn't score on Friday in a win over St. Francis, but his defense, rebounding and steals helped spark the Celts,...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi takes over first place in Mission League

    Crespi senior guard Mike Krkeyan looked like he had been a sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao. There was a bandage above his left cheek covering three stitches from a cut suffered in the Celts' overtime loss to Chaminade last week.

    It didn't bother him one bit on Monday night when he helped the...

  • Scene change complete for Paul Muni's onetime Encino home
    Scene change complete for Paul Muni's onetime Encino home

    An Encino residence once owned by Oscar-winning actor Paul Muni has sold for $2.7 million.

    Located in the Amestoy Estates area, the home came on the market for the first time in more than four decades in April with an asking price of $3.495 million. Before the recent sale, it last went for $100,000...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi will have its star violinist play for Notre Dame game

    If you're planning to attend Friday night's neighborhood rivalry basketball game between Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and host Crespi, make sure you get there prior to 7 p.m. to hear the national anthem played by junior Cameron Alan-Lee of Crespi using his violin.

    It's quite a memorable presentation.

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  • Major L.A. art heist: 3 paintings still missing, man in custody
    Major L.A. art heist: 3 paintings still missing, man in custody

    Nine paintings stolen in 2008 in one of the biggest art heists in Los Angeles history were displayed Friday as authorities solicited help in locating three more paintings that have yet to be recovered.

    A joint investigation by art crime units at the Los Angeles Police Department and FBI, spurred...

  • Paintings in $10-million Encino heist recovered
    Paintings in $10-million Encino heist recovered

    For six years, the mystery surrounding one of the largest art heists in Los Angeles history baffled police. Then, a shadowy figure by the name of "Darko" surfaced in Europe.

    Darko held himself out as a fixer for someone in California wanting to peddle the paintings. The items, police knew, had...

  • Detectives crack huge L.A. art heist; 9 paintings recovered
    Detectives crack huge L.A. art heist; 9 paintings recovered

    Nine works of art that were stolen six years ago in one of the largest art heists in L.A. history have been recovered by investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department and the FBI, according to court documents obtained by The Times.

    After an undercover operation at a West Los Angeles hotel...

  • Boys' basketball: The many faces of Crespi Coach Russell White

    To watch Russell White coach Encino Crespi during a basketball game offers great entertainment seeing the many changes in emotion.

    He's always teaching, preaching, cajoling, pleading. And that's just with the officials.

    Of course, his players get an earful. He's trying to influence them in a positive...

  • Boys' basketball: Crespi is 5-0 after holding off West Ranch, 74-71

    It was a game of twists and turns and players who had momentum, then did not.

    Crespi started poorly, falling behind, 17-6, while Alex Morales of West Ranch made four three-pointers and had 14 points in a nonleague game on Thursday night at Crespi. Then the Celts went on a 19-2 surge to take the...

  • Holocaust survivor's chilling tale prompts bond with young German mom
    Holocaust survivor's chilling tale prompts bond with young German mom

    Stories have power. They can bridge divides between strangers and make them feel as connected as kin.

    On the couch in her Encino living room on a rainy December afternoon, Paula Lebovics is holding hands with Olga Burkhardt.

    "She's my granddaughter," the 81-year-old says proudly, pulling Burkhardt,...

  • Crespi vs Long Beach Poly
    Crespi vs Long Beach Poly

    The Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits defeated the Crespi Celts, 44-27, on Friday night in Encino in a Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff game.

  • Football: Crespi is set to host Pac-5 quarterfinal playoff game

    Encino Crespi will host Long Beach Poly on Friday night in a Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff game. It will be one of the Celts' biggest home games in recent years. In addition, the game will be shown on the web by Fox Sports West's Prep Zone.

    It remains to be seen if Crespi will need to bring...

  • Football: Crespi's Troy Thomas turns to his wife for help this week
    Football: Crespi's Troy Thomas turns to his wife for help this week

    Football coaches who are married and have children are turning to the MVPs of their families this week -- their wives.

    It's Halloween on Friday, and the kids are scrambling for costumes and candy. Guess who's put in charge of that?

    "My wife took care of Halloween," Crespi Coach Troy Thomas said....

  • Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival
    Comedies, drama, even Mafia supplant conflict at Israel Film Festival

    It's a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema.

    "We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict," said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented about 900 movies in his festivals. "That is what...

  • Football: If it's Saturday morning, Crespi players are doing Countdowns

    At the conclusion of Friday night's 56-21 victory for Crespi over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, I asked defensive lineman Brandon Lawless of Crespi if he was tired. After all, the Celts have a roster of just 30 players, most of whom are playing both ways.

    "Do you know what we do on Saturdays?" was his...

  • Football: Get ready for more drama in Crespi-Notre Dame series

    In recent years, the Crespi-Sherman Oaks Notre Dame football game has had so much drama the coaching participants might have lost hair if they had any.

    In 2009, Notre Dame won, 23-21, on a game-winning 51-yard field goal by Eric Solis with one second left.

    In 2010, it was the Crespi miracle on...

  • Football: Crespi goes for two-point conversion and wins

    Every game in the Mission League this season needs to be played like it's a playoff game, because only three guaranteed spots are available for the Pac-5 Division playoffs from the seven-team league. Every win is precious.

    So it comes as no surprise that Crespi Coach Troy Thomas decided to go for...

  • Officials warn of West Nile virus threat in San Fernando Valley
    Officials warn of West Nile virus threat in San Fernando Valley

    San Fernando Valley residents are being urged to take extra precautions against mosquitoes as the threat of West Nile virus infections continues to grow.

    Three Valley neighborhoods -- Canoga Park, Sherman Oaks and Encino -- have had nine or more mosquito samples that tested positive for the virus...

  • Football: Crespi's DJ Beavers commits to Washington

    Linebacker DJ Beavers of Encino Crespi announced via Twitter that he has committed to Washington.

    He's a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior who has been a varsity starter since late in his freshman season.

    He has helped lead Crespi to a 3-0 start. He visited Washington this weekened.

     

    Twitter:@LATSondheimer

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  • Thousands without power as Southland breaks energy usage records
    Thousands without power as Southland breaks energy usage records

    As more than 10,000 customers dealt with power outages in the Southland, utility companies reported record-breaking electrical usage.

    The DWP said Monday's energy demand record was shattered Tuesday, with electrical usage peaking at nearly 6,400 megawatts. Monday’s peak was about 6,200 megawatts.

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  • Number of road-damaging DWP water main 'blowouts' up this summer
    Number of road-damaging DWP water main 'blowouts' up this summer

    This summer, Los Angeles has seen more high-energy water line ruptures that cause street damage, according to data from the Department of Water and Power.

    Though the total number of pipe leaks of all types are stable, "blowouts" -- a term used to describe a subset of pipe breaks that damage roads...

  • Another water main breaks in Encino; 100 customers affected
    Another water main breaks in Encino; 100 customers affected

    A water main ruptured in Encino early Friday, leaving 100 customers without service and closing part of Haskell Avenue, utility officials said.

    The 8-inch cast iron main broke at about 2:45 a.m. at the corner of Haskell and Ventura Boulevard, spewing gallons of water into the street, said Jane...

  • Onetime Encino home of actor Paul Muni retains star qualities
    Onetime Encino home of actor Paul Muni retains star qualities

    This home in the Amestoy Estates area of Encino was once owned by actor Paul Muni, who starred in such 1930s films as “Scarface,” “The Good Earth” and “The Story of Louis Pasteur,” for which he won an Oscar.

    Listed at $2.995 million, the Georgian-style house last sold in 1971 for $100,000.

    Expanded...

  • Smoke alarms not working in Encino fire that killed two, officials say
    Smoke alarms not working in Encino fire that killed two, officials say

    Investigators have determined that hard-wired smoke alarms were not functioning inside an Encino apartment that was overwhelmed with flames Thursday night, killing an elderly woman and her son and injuring six others.

    More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which started just before...

  • Two people killed, several injured in Encino apartment fire
    Two people killed, several injured in Encino apartment fire

    Two people have died and several others were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries after an apartment fire in Encino on Thursday night, authorities said.

    The blaze in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue broke out shortly before 9 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It took...

  • LADWP worker shocked with 4,800 volts of electricity
    LADWP worker shocked with 4,800 volts of electricity

    A Los Angeles Department of Water and Power worker was critically injured Thursday after he was shocked with 4,800 volts of electricity while working on an overhead power line at a home in Encino, officials said.

    Firefighters found the worker on the ground about 11:29 a.m. in the 17000 block of...

  • Home of the Day: a Donald Park time capsule in Encino
    Home of the Day: a Donald Park time capsule in Encino

    Double-high interiors framed in glass look over the park-like grounds and pool at this midcentury ranch home in Lake Encino. Offered for the first time in nearly half a century, the Donald Park-designed residence was previously owned by noted midcentury furniture salesman Mel Brown and looks the...

  • Home of the Day: a Donald Park time capsule in Encino
    Home of the Day: a Donald Park time capsule in Encino

    The midcentury home designed by Donald Park has come to market for the first time in nearly half a decade.

  • Football: Josh Greaves makes new start at Crespi

    Josh Greaves, who was the quarterback for Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita last season as a sophomore, is now a backup quarterback at Encino Crespi. It's a new beginning.

    Greaves' father, John, who founded the football program at Einstein, died in April of 2013 after a bout with leukemia.

    "He's...

  • Actor Chris Kattan sentenced to 3 years' probation for DUI, crash
    Actor Chris Kattan sentenced to 3 years' probation for DUI, crash

    Actor Chris Kattan was sentenced to three years' probation Thursday for driving under the influence and crashing into the back of a state Department of Transportation vehicle in Encino earlier this year.

    The “Saturday Night Live” alum was arrested in February on suspicion of driving under the influence...

  • Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie buys in Encino
    Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie buys in Encino

    Singer-songwriter Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco fame has purchased a home in Encino for $1.17 million.

    The Traditional-style home sits behind a tall gate on a corner lot with three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,935 square feet of living spaces. Open, light-filled interiors feature dark...

  • Football: Crespi opens camp with renewed vigor

    For the next three nights, Crespi football players are sleeping in the school gym and spending their time getting into shape and working on fundamentals.

    "This is fun," second-year Coach Troy Thomas said. "I feel like we're building something."

    A year ago, Thomas got the Celts into the Pac-5 Division...

  • Baseball: Scott Muckey ends his 27-season coaching career at Crespi
    Baseball: Scott Muckey ends his 27-season coaching career at Crespi

    Twenty-seven seasons is a long time to be the head baseball coach at a private school and survive the politics, the parental complaints, the player squabbles. 

    And yet, Scott Muckey pulled it off year after year at Encino Crespi, sending more than 20 players to professional baseball and dozens...

  • Boys' basketball: Max Heidegger is leaving Crespi for prep school

    Max Heidegger, a standout junior guard at Encino Crespi who was injured for much of last season, is leaving the school to enroll at Blair Academy in New Jersey, Coach Russell White confirmed.

    Heidegger was a terrific player as a freshman.

    He injured his back last season as a sophomore.

    Twitter:@LATSondheimer

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  • Football: Crespi's summer push is showing signs of progress

    Crespi football Coach Troy Thomas likes passing competitions in the summer about as much as fatty foods. So understand it's not a big priority for him, but the way his team was playing in Saturday's Huntington Beach passing tournament left little doubt the Celts are making great progress as competitors...

  • Crescenta Valley Junior All-Stars can't take out Encino
    Crescenta Valley Junior All-Stars can't take out Encino

    Baseball: CV stars go extras, but fall short against, Encino, 7-2, as Section 2 tourney stretches to Thursday.

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