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Football: San Fernando (2-0) is a team on the rise

It has taken three years for San Fernando to finally overcome the loss of quarterback Cris Solano, who last wore a San Fernando uniform in 2013. Solano helped lead the Tigers to City Section Division II championships in 2012 and 2013. After seasons of 6-6 and 4-6, the Tigers are back. They improved...

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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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  • Calif. dad leaves baby in car while getting strip club lap dance: officials

    Calif. dad leaves baby in car while getting strip club lap dance: officials

    A California father has been charged with leaving his 9-month-old girl in his car for an hour during a daytime visit to a strip club, prosecutors said. Auwin Dargin, 24, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. If convicted...

  • Officials: California dad leaves baby in car while getting strip club lap dance

    Officials: California dad leaves baby in car while getting strip club lap dance

    A California father has been charged with leaving his 9-month-old girl in his car for an hour during a daytime visit to a strip club, prosecutors said. Auwin Dargin, 24, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. If convicted...

  • Police kill two men in weekend shootings; first fatal LAPD shootings of 2016

    Police kill two men in weekend shootings; first fatal LAPD shootings of 2016

    Los Angeles police shot and killed two men in unrelated incidents over the weekend, the first fatal shootings by LAPD officers this year, according to officials. In one episode, officers shot and killed a man who was carrying a pellet gun in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood, authorities said. In...

  • Police shoot, kill man suspected of wielding knife; 2 other people found dead in Valley

    Police shoot, kill man suspected of wielding knife; 2 other people found dead in Valley

    A man allegedly wielding a knife was shot and killed by police in North Hills on Sunday. Los Angeles police officers responded to a call about 5:50 p.m. in the 8800 block of Norwich Avenue, said Sgt. Darren Holst of the West Valley Division. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was...

  • LAPD search yields cache of guns, ammo and arrest

    Los Angeles police seized nearly 40 stolen guns, methamphetamine, some 1,500 pounds of ammunition and cash this week when they arrested a suspected gang member who detectives believe was going to sell the weapons to other gang members, officials said Thursday. Michael Mendoza, 44, was arrested...

  • Football: Canoga Park-San Fernando to resume game tonight

    The Canoga Park-San Fernando football game that was suspended in the second quarter on Friday night because of a power failure with the lights is scheduled to resume on Monday at 7 p.m. at San Fernando. Canoga Park has a 7-6 lead with just over two minutes left in the second quarter. Canoga Park...

  • 405 Freeway reopened in both directions in North Hills after report of a bomb threat, police say

    The 405 Freeway in North Hills was reopened in both directions Sunday afternoon after police shut down a portion of the freeway for more than an hour to investigate a bomb threat.

    Just after 1 p.m., officers closed a section of the freeway just south of Roscoe Boulevard for “police activity,” said...

  • 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.

  • Man who had surgery to look like Justin Bieber reportedly found dead in San Fernando Valley motel
    Man who had surgery to look like Justin Bieber reportedly found dead in San Fernando Valley motel

    A man who said he spent $100,000 on plastic surgery in order to look like pop star Justin Bieber was found dead in a San Fernando Valley motel room, a law enforcement source said Wednesday.

    Tobias Strebel, 35, also went by the name Toby Sheldon and gained attention on reality TV for his efforts...

  • Jury rejects negligence lawsuit against LAPD in shooting

    A Los Angeles jury unanimously rejected a lawsuit by the family of a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed by an LAPD officer in 2010, dismissing claims that improper tactics used by officers led to the shooting.

    The lawsuit alleged that officers were negligent in their response to a 911 call...

  • Suspected drunk driver arrested in fatal crash in North Hills

    A suspected drunk driver was arrested after he crashed his vehicle into another car in North Hills early Sunday, killing three people and leaving a fourth critically injured, authorities said.

    Riley John Holman, 19, of Mission Hills was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while...

  • Motorcyclist flees LAPD at 130 mph, crashes and dies in San Fernando
    Motorcyclist flees LAPD at 130 mph, crashes and dies in San Fernando

    A motorcyclist died Wednesday morning when he slammed into a fire hydrant after shooting a gun into the air and fleeing police in the San Fernando Valley, authorities said.

    The incident lasted only minutes and started in Sun Valley, where LAPD officers on patrol responded to a 911 call about gunshots...

  • Naked man tries to take baby at San Fernando Valley park, police say
    Naked man tries to take baby at San Fernando Valley park, police say

    A naked man suffering from a drug overdose was taken into custody Friday morning after he tried to take a baby during an event at a San Fernando Valley park, police say.

    The man, whose identity wasn't immediately released, is receiving medical treatment, said Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles...

  • Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation
    Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation

    California is getting about $33 million in federal money for water recycling, irrigation improvements and other conservation projects in a new round of funding for water and energy efficiency projects in Western states.

    Few of the California projects, which are spread across the state, would provide...

  • Man killed, boy wounded in food truck shooting
    Man killed, boy wounded in food truck shooting

    A 24-year-old man was killed and a teenage boy was wounded Thursday night in what police say was a gang-on-gang shooting at a food truck in North Hills.

    The man and the 16-year-old were eating at the food truck near Rayen Street and Sepulveda Boulevard about 9:50 p.m. when they were approached...

  • Second pet alligator found in Los Angeles
    Second pet alligator found in Los Angeles

    Another pet alligator has been discovered in Los Angeles, authorities said Thursday. 

    It's the second time in less than a week that an alligator has been found by authorities in Los Angeles.

    Thursday's alligator was found in the 15300 Block of Lassen Street in the rear of a North Hills residence,...

  • Man suspected in Valley shooting rampage pleads not guilty
    Man suspected in Valley shooting rampage pleads not guilty

    A Sylmar man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing four people during a five-day shooting rampage in the San Fernando Valley.

    Alexander Hernandez, 34, has been charged with 22 counts in connection with the shooting spree last summer, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles district...

  • Football: San Fernando is still alive in City Section Division II playoffs

    It's been a struggle at times this season for two-time defending City Section Division II champion San Fernando, but the Tigers are still in the mix and scheduled to play Eagle Rock on Friday in a quarterfinal playoff game.

    Coach Robert Garcia has relied on his defense while waiting for the offense...

  • Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat
    Councilwoman faces familiar foe in race for San Fernando Valley seat

    Last year's race to fill the seat of departing Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas was a grab-the-popcorn kind of show: two established public officials — and onetime allies — dueling to represent some of the most impoverished parts of the San Fernando Valley.

    On one side was Nury Martinez,...

  • Santa Ana winds bring increased fire danger to Southern California
    Santa Ana winds bring increased fire danger to Southern California

    Strong Santa Ana winds are expected to bring heightened fire danger in the mountains around Los Angeles early next week.

    The National Weather Service issued a red flag fire warning for Sunday through Monday evening, noting that "strong north and northeast winds combined with warming temperatures...

  • Fiery pileup on 405 Freeway kills one; witness recalls barreling truck
    Fiery pileup on 405 Freeway kills one; witness recalls barreling truck

    A deadly pileup on the southbound 405 Freeway in North Hills erupted in flames Friday morning, engulfing three vehicles and closing multiple lanes for hours as crews worked to clear the charred wreckage.

    The crash, which occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m. near Nordhoff Street, sent flames shooting...

  • 1 dead in North Hills in crash between flatbed truck, sedan
    1 dead in North Hills in crash between flatbed truck, sedan

    One person was killed in a car crash Wednesday in North Hills after a flatbed truck hauling tractor equipment ran over a sedan, authorities said.

    Paramedics were called to the 15800 block of Plummer Street at 6:10 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire spokesman Shawn Lenske.  One person died at the scene,...

  • Pastor gets 10 years in prison for $7-million pyramid scheme

    The pastor of a San Fernando church has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for pursuading scores of mostly low-income families to invest in what turned out to be a $7-million Ponzi scheme.

    Pastor Luis Serna, 62, was sentenced Monday to 10 years and one month in prison and ordered...

  • Power outage momentarily dims voting at San Fernando polling places
    Power outage momentarily dims voting at San Fernando polling places

    At the polling place at San Fernando Elementary, the voting was lights out. Literally.

    The power inside the school’s George Lopez Auditorium went out momentarily on election day at about 10 a.m. Poll workers said they didn’t know what caused the outage, but it wasn’t the turnout — which Annette...

  • L.A. heat wave to hit triple digits over the weekend
    L.A. heat wave to hit triple digits over the weekend

    The heat wave hitting the Southland is expected to continue through Sunday, bringing with it a high fire danger.

    Temperatures were expected to reach into the mid-90s in some areas Thursday, the National Weather Service said, and will continue to rise to the low 100s in inland areas by Friday.

    The...

  • Woman dies in single-vehicle crash on 405 Freeway in North Hills

    One woman was killed Sunday in a single-car crash on the 405 Freeway in North Hills, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

    The department responded to calls at 6:19 p.m. reporting an overturned vehicle, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

    Four others, ranging in age from 9 to 44, were taken...

  • Football: Monroe turns to 5-foot-8 quarterback Luis Dorame

    Don't tell Monroe Coach Don Senegal that someone small can't play quarterback, because he played QB at 5-foot-8 during his days at Sun Valley Poly.

    Now 5-8 Luis Dorame is in his third season as a starter for the Vikings, and Dorame has Monroe at 2-0.

    He has passed for 432 yards and three touchdowns....

  • Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer
    Disturbing accounts of being stalked by alleged L.A. serial killer

    Witnesses have come forward to say they were stalked by a man who police say they believe is a serial killer.

    Alex Hernandez, 34, has so far been charged with fatally shooting one person and trying to kill two others. Detectives have identified him as the suspect in at least five other shootings,...

  • Football: San Fernando takes disciplinary action after taping allegation

    San Fernando has taken disciplinary action against an assistant coach after Granada Hills alleged the coach took out a cellphone and was shooting video at a Granada Hills practice session, according to City Section Commissioner John Aguirre.

    The incident took place a day before the schools were...

  • Earthquake: 2.6 quake strikes near San Fernando
    Earthquake: 2.6 quake strikes near San Fernando

    A shallow magnitude 2.6 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning two miles from San Fernando,  according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:57 a.m. PDT at a depth of 0.6 miles.

    According to the USGS, the epicenter was seven miles from Burbank and eight miles from Universal...

  • Football: San Fernando is ready to begin life after Cristian Solano

    It's tough replacing a quarterback who led the team to consecutive City Section Division II championships and passed for 4,102 yards his senior year.

    But San Fernando is moving forward without Cristian Solano, who has joined the team as an assistant coach while he awaits to enroll at Nevada.

    His...

  • Funeral service announced for former San Fernando Coach Sean Blunt

    A funeral service for former San Fernando Coach Sean Blunt will be held on Friday, Aug. 22, at noon at Calvary Baptist Church in Pacoima, 12928 Vaughn Street.

    Blunt died on Sunday after a bout with cancer. He was 48.

    He spent more than 20 years coaching at San Fernando.

     

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  • Former San Fernando football Coach Sean Blunt dies at 48

    Sean Blunt, an All-City defensive back at San Fernando in the 1980s who went on to play at Nevada-Las Vegas and came back to coach and teach at his alma mater, died on Sunday night at his home after a bout with cancer, according to family friend Tom Hernandez. He was 48.

    More than 600 people had...

  • Football: San Fernando begins post-Cristian Solano era

    After winning back-to-back City Section Division II championships behind quarterback Cristian Solano, San Fernando begins the post-Solano era hoping to rely on a new group of players to keep it competitive.

    Coach Robert Garcia will turn to last year's backup quarterback, Robert Gonzalez, while...

  • Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'
    Former state lawmaker Romero calls Alarcon verdicts 'heart-breaking'

    Former California legislator Gloria Romero called it “heartbreaking” when a Los Angeles jury delivered perjury and voter fraud verdicts Wednesday against former City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife.But the 12-year lawmaker from Los Angeles who served in both the state Assembly and Senate...

  • Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury
    Perjury, voter fraud case against Alarcon and wife goes to the jury

    After a trial spanning nearly a month, the perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife headed to the jury on Thursday.

    The panel of seven women and five men will now determine whether Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon, are...

  • Man killed, woman injured when car crashes into bus stop in North Hills
    Man killed, woman injured when car crashes into bus stop in North Hills

    A man was killed Tuesday morning when a car crashed into a bus stop in North Hills, officials said.

    The man and a woman were waiting at the bus stop about 10:42 a.m. in the 8700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, when they were struck by a car, said Det. Meghan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    ...

  • Man killed after car crashes into bus stop in North Hills
    Man killed after car crashes into bus stop in North Hills

    A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured Tuesday morning after a car crashed into a bus stop in North Hills, officials said.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 10:42 a.m. in the 8700 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, said Cody Weireter, a Los Angeles...

  • 'White Pages Bandit' gets 12 years for string of home burglaries

    A 30-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for burglarizing more than a dozen San Fernando Valley homes, which he targeted by using reverse phone directories, prosecutors said.

    Aramis Davae Williams pleaded guilty to seven counts of burglary and admitted to the allegation that...

  • Couple plead not guilty in Miley Cyrus home break-in, Maserati theft
    Couple plead not guilty in Miley Cyrus home break-in, Maserati theft

    An Arizona couple have pleaded not guilty to charges that they burglarized pop star Miley Cyrus' home and stole her Maserati, officials said.

    Naomi Charles, 21, and Tylor Scott, 19, face multiple theft-related charges, including burglary and stealing Cyrus' white, four-door Maserati, according...

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