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Strong odors spark new fears in Porter Ranch and prompt an investigation

An Aliso Canyon well that caused the largest methane leak in United States history was capped in February, but on Wednesday residents living near the natural gas storage field complained of a strong odor that led many to question whether another well had blown out. The South Coast Air Quality Management...

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    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. ...

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    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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    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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  • With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles

    With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles

    The L.A. County district attorney slapped it with criminal charges. Los Angeles city and county officials filed accusations of ill-prepared crews and public injury. The state attorney general added claims of irreparable environmental damage. And the local air pollution agency alleged negligence...

  • Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

    Senator wants independent testing of air in Porter Ranch area before residents move back

    The smell was gone. A video released by state officials Friday showed the moment when the massive gas leak at a Southern California Gas well was finally plugged Thursday morning. Plumes of methane are seen billowing from the well, then the plume falters for moment before simply vanishing — ending...

  • Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

    Dramatic video shows gas leak ending at Porter Ranch

    A dramatic time-lapse video shot by the California Air Resources Board shows the plume of gas from the damaged Aliso Canyon well disappear over seven minutes as crews gained control of the leak. The footage was taken shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The agency started shooting the video a few hours...

  • Aliso Canyon gas leak could be 'controlled' in several days

    Aliso Canyon gas leak could be 'controlled' in several days

    The leaking gas well in Aliso Canyon could be plugged in the next several days, the Southern California Gas Co. said Tuesday.  Residents in nearby Porter Ranch can expect to receive text messages and phone calls once a relief well intercepts the failed well and crews are able to pump in fluids...

  • Relief well is closing in on Porter Ranch gas leak

    Relief well is closing in on Porter Ranch gas leak

    A relief well is within 20 feet of reaching the leaking Southern California Gas Co. well in Aliso Canyon that released tons of methane into the air and led to the dislocation of thousands of residents, regulatory and company officials said Monday. Once they can access the leak — which is about...

  • 2 top prosecutors sue Southern California over Porter Ranch leak

    2 top prosecutors sue Southern California over Porter Ranch leak

    The Southern California Gas Co. was charged Tuesday with failing to immediately notify state authorities of a natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.  The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed four misdemeanors against the gas company for allegedly releasing air contaminants and neglecting...

  • California Senate moves to keep gas company from using wells near Porter Ranch
    California Senate moves to keep gas company from using wells near Porter Ranch

    The state Senate voted unanimously Thursday to order Southern California Gas Co. to stop using its wells at Aliso Canyon until they have been determined to be safe.

    The moratorium would prevent the gas company from injecting gas into the underground storage reservoir until all 115 wells have been...

  • Moratorium on Aliso Canyon natural gas operations gets Senate approval
    Moratorium on Aliso Canyon natural gas operations gets Senate approval

    Lawmakers moved Thursday to ban the injection of new gas into 1950s-era wells in Aliso Canyon until experts certify the operations are safe.

    In the wake of a leak at the site that has forced some 3,000 Porter Ranch families from their homes, state officials placed a moratorium on Southern California...

  • Negligence by Southern California Gas Co. led to massive Porter Ranch-area gas leak, AQMD says
    Negligence by Southern California Gas Co. led to massive Porter Ranch-area gas leak, AQMD says

    The government agency that regulates Southern California's air quality sued Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, accusing the company of negligence in a massive gas well leak that has forced thousands to leave their homes.The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the utility's negligence...

  • L.A.-area and state officials call for quicker cleanup of Exide plant contamination
    L.A.-area and state officials call for quicker cleanup of Exide plant contamination

    Frustrated with the pace of toxic cleanup efforts surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon, state and local politicians are pressing for swifter action from the Brown administration.

    "This has gone on too long," Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said Tuesday during a news...

  • Erin Brockovich appeals to Porter Ranch residents as law firms push gas leak suits
    Erin Brockovich appeals to Porter Ranch residents as law firms push gas leak suits

    Movie-famous activist Erin Brockovich stood in front of 400 Porter Ranch residents on a recent weeknight and told a disturbing personal story.

    "When I first came to Porter Ranch I couldn't believe it," she said of her visit to the community closest to Southern California Gas Co.'s leaking well....

  • SoCal Gas abandons plans to capture and burn gas at Porter Ranch leak, citing safety concerns
    SoCal Gas abandons plans to capture and burn gas at Porter Ranch leak, citing safety concerns

    Southern California Gas Co. said Monday that it has abandoned a plan to capture and burn the leaking natural gas that has forced thousands of Porter Ranch residents to relocate, citing safety concerns.The announcement came just two days after the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced...

  • Explosion risk stalls plan to capture and burn gas from Porter Ranch leak
    Explosion risk stalls plan to capture and burn gas from Porter Ranch leak

    The possibility of a catastrophic explosion prompted state regulators Saturday to delay plans to capture and burn leaking natural gas that has sickened and displaced thousands of residents of Porter Ranch

    Mohsen Nazemi, deputy executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District,...

  • Porter Ranch residents demand that Aliso Canyon gas facility be shut down
    Porter Ranch residents demand that Aliso Canyon gas facility be shut down

    Hundreds of San Fernando Valley residents crowded into a high school gymnasium Saturday to express outrage over a gas leak that has sickened and displaced thousands from the Porter Ranch area.

    “You need to shut it down. It’s killing us,” Maureen Capra told South Coast Air Quality Management District...

  • L.A. County supervisors want the state to oversee gas well inspections
    L.A. County supervisors want the state to oversee gas well inspections

    Los Angeles County supervisors called on the state Tuesday to set up a new regulatory structure to oversee natural gas storage facilities like the one in Aliso Canyon that has been leaking for the past two months.

    The panel voted unanimously to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative...

  • Leaking gas well in Porter Ranch area lacked a working safety valve
    Leaking gas well in Porter Ranch area lacked a working safety valve

    A leaking natural gas well that has displaced thousands of residents in Porter Ranch lacked a working safety valve, sparking new questions about how the facility was maintained.

    Attorneys for residents suing Southern California Gas Co. said the company failed to replace the safety valve when it...

  • Lawyers, medical experts weigh in at community meeting over Porter Ranch gas leak
    Lawyers, medical experts weigh in at community meeting over Porter Ranch gas leak

    More than 1,500 people gathered in a Porter Ranch church auditorium Thursday evening, where medical experts addressed the possible health effects of a leaking natural gas storage facility and lawyers handed out applications for representation.

    Speakers included environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy...

  • L.A. school district could close two schools because of Porter Ranch gas leak
    L.A. school district could close two schools because of Porter Ranch gas leak

    Los Angeles school district officials are developing a plan to relocate students at two elementary schools affected by a nearby natural gas leak, The Times has learned.

    Under plans that have been under discussion, students at Porter Ranch Community School and Castlebay Lane could be moved to a...

  • L.A. council urges Southern California Gas to boost aid to residents after gas leak
    L.A. council urges Southern California Gas to boost aid to residents after gas leak

    The Los Angeles City Council is urging Southern California Gas Co. to step up its assistance to Porter Ranch families displaced by the gas leak at its Aliso Canyon facility by paying for healthcare, added transportation costs and private security for their vacant homes, among other costs.

    The natural...

  • Class-action lawsuit filed over Porter Ranch gas leak
    Class-action lawsuit filed over Porter Ranch gas leak

    A group of Porter Ranch residents are suing Southern California Gas Co. and a state regulatory agency over a gas leak at a nearby storage facility that has gone on for more than a month.

    Residents have been complaining of health problems, including nausea, headaches and nosebleeds, since the leak...

  • Natural gas leak that's sickening Valley residents could take months to fix
    Natural gas leak that's sickening Valley residents could take months to fix

    Southern California Gas Co. is warning that it might need several months to plug a natural gas leak that has been sickening residents in the San Fernando Valley for weeks.

    A leaking well in the Santa Susana Mountains, more than a mile from the nearest homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter...

  • After 135 mph chase and standoff, pickup driver is in CHP custody
    After 135 mph chase and standoff, pickup driver is in CHP custody

    A driver who led the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department on a winding high-speed pursuit Monday through the San Fernando and Antelope valleys was taken into custody just before 7 p.m. after a lengthy standoff, authorities said. 

    The pursuit began about 5:05 p.m. at the intersection...

  • Ethics Commission hits former candidate, treasurer with $43,000 fine

    A longtime restaurateur who made an unsuccessful bid for a spot on the Los Angeles City Council and his campaign treasurer were dealt a nearly $43,000 fine by the Ethics Commission on Tuesday for failing to keep accurate records and faking documents that were supposed to back up their spending,...

  • Westbound 118 Freeway reopens in Granada Hills; 1 killed in crash
    Westbound 118 Freeway reopens in Granada Hills; 1 killed in crash

    A three-car crash in Granada Hills on Thursday night left one person dead, prompting all westbound lanes of the 118 Freeway to be closed for three hours, the California Highway Patrol said.

    All lanes were reopened at midnight, officials said.

    According to the CHP, a collision west of Balboa Boulevard...

  • Singer Chris Brown left his mark in home, moves on
    Singer Chris Brown left his mark in home, moves on

    Chris Brown, the singer whose Hollywood Hills house once drew the ire of neighbors for its graffiti-like artwork, has sold his hillside residence for $1.69 million.

    Although the exterior was repainted before the home went on the market, several interior walls in the four-story home still bore cartoon-esque...

  • Ash is the new 'May Gray' in Southern California
    Ash is the new 'May Gray' in Southern California

    "May Gray" and "June Gloom" usually offer a cool respite for firefighters as they prepare for the summer and fall's hot weather and heavy winds.

    But for much of this month, May Gray has failed to materialize. Instead of the low clouds and chill common to Southern California around this time, May...

  • Two fires at Porter Ranch home in as many days; arson investigated
    Two fires at Porter Ranch home in as many days; arson investigated

    Arson investigators were at a San Fernando Valley home Tuesday morning after firefighters responded to  blazes at the address two days in a row.

    The first fire was reported early Monday, when the Los Angeles Fire Department was called out to the two-story home at 19016 Muirkirk Drive in Porter...

  • Firefighters battle brush fire along 405 Freeway in Mission Hills

    Firefighters are responding to a 2-acre brush fire along the 405 Freeway in Mission Hills.

    The blaze was reported about 1:51 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said in a statement.

    The blaze was burning along the northbound 405 at Devonshire Street, not far from the...

  • LAX shooting: Wife of slain TSA employee 'truly devastated'
    LAX shooting: Wife of slain TSA employee 'truly devastated'

    The wife of the Transportation Security Administration screener who was fatally shot at Los Angeles International Airport during a shooting rampage said Saturday her husband was “always there to help anyone in need."

    Standing outside their home a day after the shooting claimed the life of  Gerardo...

  • Friends, neighbors of slain TSA agent remember him as 'a great guy'

    On Saturday morning, police stood by as news trucks clogged the Porter Ranch street in front of the home of Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Safety Administration agent killed in Friday's shooting at LAX.

    Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty since the agency...

  • Veteran Pasadena firefighter remembered at funeral

    A 23-year veteran of the Pasadena Fire Department was to be remembered Friday at a funeral in Porter Ranch.

    Firefighter Johnie Simpson died of cardiac arrest June 19 while off-duty. He is survived by his wife and a teenage son and daughter, said Lisa Derderian, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire...

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