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  • Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

    Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

    Lady Gaga has shelled out $23 million to bowl in Malibu. Set on an ocean-view six acres, the gated Mediterranean-style villa she hooked was built in 2005 and features open-concept living and dining rooms, high ceilings with exposed beams, numerous chandeliers and, yes, a two-lane Brunswick bowling...

  • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

    8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

    This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings: Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

  • Upscale open-air mall planned at Warner Center

    Upscale open-air mall planned at Warner Center

    Construction has begun on an upscale open-air mall at Warner Center, a key step in a roughly 50-year quest to build a downtown for the sprawling San Fernando Valley. Australian shopping giant Westfield Group unveiled design details for the 550,000-square-foot mall last week, and workers finished...

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  • Football: Sterling Salguero is West Valley League player of the year

    Standout running back Sterling Salguero of Birmingham has been selected the West Valley League player of the year. The co-offensive MVPs were quarterback Chris Duncan of Taft, quarterback Tyger Goslin of Chatsworth and running back Ladell Atkins of El Camino Real. Goslin and Atkins are juniors....

  • Boys' basketball: ECR, Taft advance to semifinals of Beverly Hills tournament

    Two rival teams from the West Valley League, El Camino Real and Taft, have advanced to the semifinals of the Beverly Hills tournament and will face off on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Brandon Russell scored 33 points on Wednesday night to lift El Camino Real (4-2) past Windward, 53-52. Jules Bernard scored...

  • Boys' basketball: Dorsey turns up the defensive pressure to defeat Taft, 49-44

    Boys' basketball: Dorsey turns up the defensive pressure to defeat Taft, 49-44

    After trailing by 10 points in the second quarter and nine points in the third quarter, Dorsey players decided to pick up their defensive intensity and rallied for a 49-44 victory over Taft in a quarterfinal game of the Westchester tournament on Wednesday. Lafayette Dorsey scored 18 points and...

  • Girls' volleyball: El Camino Real is the City Section Division I champion

    El Camino Real, the City Section school that wins championshps in seemingly every sport, added girls' volleyball to its list of accomplishments on Saturday night. Even though the Conquistadores lost to No. 1-seeded Carson in their first match of the season in five sets, they came out and dominated...

  • Saturday is championship day for cross country, girls' volleyball, water polo

    There's going to be lots of trophies, plaques and medals awarded on Saturday, when high school championships will be held in the sports of cross country, girls' volleyball and water polo. The Southern Section cross country finals are set for Saturday morning at Mount San Antonio College. The City...

  • Girls' volleyball: It's a Carson-ECR City Section Division I final

    Carson and El Camino Real, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the City Section Division I girls' volleyball playoffs, both won challenging semifinal matches on Tuesday night. Carson defeated Granada Hills in four sets, winning the final, 27-25. El Camino Real was pushed to five sets by Palisades before...

  • Windy day challenges runners at City Section cross country prelims

    On a windy Thursday afternoon at Pierce College for the City Section cross country prelims, the conditions didn't exactly make for fast times, but defending Division I champion Paul Luevano of Venice made it clear he's still the runner to beat.

    Luevano won his heat in 15:13.04, stamping himself...

  • Glendale girls' volleyball still proud after first-round defeat

    Volleyball: Nitros run into familiar road block in top-seeded Louisville, which rolls to 3-0 victory in Division II-A action.

  • Cross country: Southern Section, City Section prelims are this week

    All the months and weeks of hard work in cross country start to pay off this week when the City Section and Southern Section hold their prelims.

    The City Section prelims are set for Thursday at Pierce College. The Southern Section prelims are Saturday in Riverside at 1011 Orange Street.

    Here's ...

  • Football: El Camino Real is preparing to give Birmingham a battle

    Birmingham’s march to a West Valley League title and possible No. 2 seeding behind Narbonne for the City Section Division I playoffs faces a surprising obstacle on Friday night at El Camino Real (5-4, 3-1).

    El Camino Real is coming on strong under first-year Coach Jeff Falgien.“We might be rolling...

  • Where to find sangak, Persian flatbread, in L.A. How to stop eating it? No idea
    Where to find sangak, Persian flatbread, in L.A. How to stop eating it? No idea

    Even before you taste the tangy, leavened Persian flatbread known as sangak or nan-e sangak, there is so much to marvel over. Made of whole wheat flour, it’s sold in sheets so long they could be used as a sesame-seed encrusted table runner at your next biblically-themed dinner party.

    It can be...

  • Flintridge Prep boys boys' cross-country perfect in crowning achievement
    Flintridge Prep boys boys' cross-country perfect in crowning achievement

    Cross-country: Rebels win another league title, while girls fall against rival Mayfield.

  • How much house does $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What kind of house does about $750,000 buy in Los Angeles County? In East Hollywood, a Colonial Craftsman with period details. In Topanga, a tree-topped retreat. And, yes, a home in Malibu. Here’s a larger look of homes for sale at that price point.

    STUDIO CITY: A white picket fence and a blue...

  • Football: Former Taft coach Troy Starr to step down at Helix

    Troy Starr, a former Woodland Hills Taft coach, has announced he will step down at Helix High in San Diego at the end of this season.

    Starr said it was a "non-football related" decision.

    Helix is 5-1 this season.

    Starr is in his eighth season at Helix. His record is 77-17.

    He was the head coach...

  • Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser
    Kate Hudson to host Fabletics fundraiser

    Actress and Fabletics co-founder Kate Hudson is scheduled to host a shopping fundraiser to benefit Bright Pink on Thursday at the Fabletics boutique at The Village at Westfield Topanga.

    Guests can sip champagne and listen to music from DJ Alex Merrell while they shop. Merchandise will be 10% off,...

  • Ladell Atkins making impact at El Camino Real in two sports

    Ladell Atkins, a junior running back at El Camino Real who transferred from St. Bonaventure, is earning respect in two sports for the Conquistadores.

    Last week against Taft, he rushed for 395 yards and scored four touchdowns.

    In baseball, he's expected to be a contributor for the defending City...

  • Tom Cruise is seeking $50 million for his Beverly Hills mansion
    Tom Cruise is seeking $50 million for his Beverly Hills mansion

    Box-office star Tom Cruise just sold a Hollywood Hills West compound for $11.4 million — but that's not even the main attraction.

    He's asking $50 million for his mansion in Beverly Hills and is quietly allowing real estate agents to show the more than 10,000-square-foot residence to select clients....

  • Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick puts his Woodland Hills home up for sale
    Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick puts his Woodland Hills home up for sale

    Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick, out for the year as the result of a knee injury suffered during training camp, has put his home in Woodland Hills on the market for $2.149 million.

    He bought the house last summer for $1.755 million, property records show.

    The 1965 contemporary on...

  • Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick puts his Woodland Hills home up for sale
    Dallas Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick puts his Woodland Hills home up for sale

    Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick is asking $2.149 million for his renovated contemporary-style home with a swimming pool in Woodland Hills.

  • West Valley welcomes upscale shopping village, but don't call it a mall
    West Valley welcomes upscale shopping village, but don't call it a mall

    The Village at Westfield Topanga is being hailed as the new "downtown" of the San Fernando Valley.

    Geographically, that's off. The shopping plaza in Woodland Hills is closer to Kardashian-esque Calabasas than to the Valley's civic center in working-class Van Nuys.

    But culturally, it's on point....

  • Scorching hot days to begin with temperatures hitting 105 in valleys
    Scorching hot days to begin with temperatures hitting 105 in valleys

    A stretch of sweltering hot days in Southern California will begin with a bang Thursday as temperatures are expected to climb to 105 in Woodland Hills.

    In Los Angeles County, temperatures will increase 10 to 12 degrees over the next four days in the valleys due to building high pressure, according...

  • L.A. County supervisors compromise on Santa Monica Mountains vineyard ban
    L.A. County supervisors compromise on Santa Monica Mountains vineyard ban

    After hearing from grape growers upset by a drought-inspired ban against new or expanded vineyards in the north Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles County supervisors compromised Tuesday, voting to extend the ban four months instead of 10 and letting existing permit applications proceed.The proposed...

  • L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet
    L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet

    Although multimillion-dollar mansions and homes built on speculation fuel fantasies and headlines, there are plenty of people in the market for something with a lesser footprint. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County built on a smaller scale and priced under $500,000. The two-bedroom...

  • L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet
    L.A. homes under $500,000, under 750 square feet

    Although multimillion-dollar mansions and homes built on speculation fuel fantasies and headlines, there are plenty of people in the market for something with a lesser footprint. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County built on a smaller scale and priced under $500,000.

    MOUNT WASHINGTON:...

  • City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries
    City of L.A. slow to repair sidewalks despite complaints and injuries

    Los Angeles' crumbling sidewalks long have symbolized the challenges facing pedestrians in this car-dominated city.

    After years of hearing complaints about sidewalks made impassable by cracks, buckles and bulging tree roots, officials recently announced plans to spend nearly $1.4 billion on an...

  • Home of late 'Odd Couple' actor Jack Klugman sells in Woodland Hills
    Home of late 'Odd Couple' actor Jack Klugman sells in Woodland Hills

    The Woodland Hills home of late actor Jack Klugman and his second wife, actress-screenwriter Peggy Crosby, has sold for $1.12 million.

    Framed by tall palms, the single-story Spanish-style home was built in 1966.

    The 2,848 square feet of living space features beamed ceilings, tile and wood floors,...

  • Home of late 'Odd Couple' actor Jack Klugman sells in Woodland Hills
    Home of late 'Odd Couple' actor Jack Klugman sells in Woodland Hills

    The Woodland Hills home of late "Odd Couple" actor Jack Klugman and his second wife, Peggy Crosby, has sold for $1.12 million.

  • Supervisors approve temporary vineyard ban in Santa Monica Mountains
    Supervisors approve temporary vineyard ban in Santa Monica Mountains

    Citing the state's ongoing drought, Los Angeles County supervisors approved a temporary ban Tuesday on new vineyards or expansions of existing plots in the northern Santa Monica Mountains area.

    The supervisors last year -- over the objection of vineyard owners -- passed a development plan that...

  • Hundreds gather to mourn man killed in Long Beach police shooting
    Hundreds gather to mourn man killed in Long Beach police shooting

    Feras Morad’s little sister used to stumble in public speaking situations -- her face would redden and her speech would falter.

    Her brother, who qualified for the national speech and debate championships when he was a senior at El Camino Real Charter High School, used to urge his sister to take...

  • 'CSI: Miami's' Eva LaRue lists Woodland Hills Tudor with a knockout backyard
    'CSI: Miami's' Eva LaRue lists Woodland Hills Tudor with a knockout backyard

    Model and actress of Eve LaRue of “All My Children” and “CSI: Miami” fame has listed her home in Woodland Hills for $2.2 million.

    The Tudor-style house, built in 1986, sits on nearly a half-acre of grounds in a gated community with tree-lined streets. The open-plan two-story contains a step-down...

  • Vigil, rally scheduled for college student killed by Long Beach police
    Vigil, rally scheduled for college student killed by Long Beach police

    A week after Long Beach police fatally shot an unarmed, 20-year-old college student, his friends and family are gathering in Woodland Hills on Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil.

    The showing for Feras Morad will be followed with a march Thursday in Long Beach to police headquarters to protest...

  • Man shot by Long Beach police identified as Woodland Hills college student
    Man shot by Long Beach police identified as Woodland Hills college student

    Authorities have identified a man fatally shot by a Long Beach police officer this week as a college student and competitive debater from Woodland Hills.

    Ferad Morad, 20, was killed Wednesday night in what police say was a bizarre and possibly drug-fueled confrontation with an officer trying to...

  • Online marketer ReachLocal expects turnaround to take hold this year
    Online marketer ReachLocal expects turnaround to take hold this year

    ReachLocal Inc. sells online advertising, marketing and website services to small and medium-sized businesses looking for more local customers.

    Founded in 2003, the Woodland Hills company quickly faced competition in helping small firms negotiate the transition from print advertising and yellow...

  • Woman who shot at police robot in custody after 22-hour standoff
    Woman who shot at police robot in custody after 22-hour standoff

    Authorities engaged in an armed standoff with an elderly Woodland Hills woman tried tear gas, a flash grenade and a crisis negotiator. When they sent a robot to slowly approach her, she shot at it. 

    But finally, after 22 hours, the woman who had held a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT...

  • High school wrestler's film to be shown at Cannes
    High school wrestler's film to be shown at Cannes

    It took 11 takes for novice filmmaker Rory McClellan, a Woodland Hills El Camino Real senior, to get the opening scene right. That meant he had to scream 11 times and punch the gym locker with his fist 11 times.

    "My hand started to hurt," he said.

    Such are the ups and downs when you're the writer,...

  • Jesus Nunez goes from bench warmer to standout for ECR baseball team
    Jesus Nunez goes from bench warmer to standout for ECR baseball team

    The second-leading hitter for El Camino Real's baseball team is senior third baseman Jesus Nunez, who's batting .368 with one strikeout in 38 at-bats.

    Not bad for someone who was cut when he tried out for the freshman team, barely made the freshman-sophomore team, played junior varsity last season...

  • 'Intolerant Jackass Act' proposed as response to anti-gay initiative
    'Intolerant Jackass Act' proposed as response to anti-gay initiative

    A proposed state ballot measure that would authorize the killing of gays and lesbians infuriated one woman so much that she filed her own measure with the state attorney general’s office: the “Intolerant Jackass Act.”

    The proposed ballot measure — yes, that is its actual name — by Woodland Hills...

  • Uncharacteristic play hounds Crescenta Valley High baseball in Babe Herman loss

    Baseball: Errors, missed chances add up in Falcons' 4-1 loss to El Camino Real.

  • Boys' basketball: Former Taft Coach Derrick Taylor faces his alma mater in opener

    Derrick Taylor, a Taft grad who helped build the Toreadors into a City Section basketball power before leaving for St. John Bosco, gets to face his old school on Wednesday in a Division I playoff opener of the Southern California Regionals at St. John Bosco.

    Former Taft Coach Jim Woodard and Taft...

  • NBA veteran Kenyon Martin prices Woodland Hills home at $1.85 million
    NBA veteran Kenyon Martin prices Woodland Hills home at $1.85 million

    Former L.A. Clippers forward Kenyon Martin, currently of the Milwaukee Bucks, has put his home in Woodland Hills on the market at $1.85 million.

    The Mediterranean-style home, built in 2006, sits on more than half an acre in the Walnut Acres neighborhood and includes a 5,600-square-foot main residence,...

  • Kenyon Martin's home in Woodland Hills | Hot Property
    Kenyon Martin's home in Woodland Hills | Hot Property

    The half-acre estate in Woodland Hills freatures a swimming pool, a guest house and ample patio space.

  • Rick Orlov, longtime City Hall reporter for Daily News, dies at 66
    Rick Orlov, longtime City Hall reporter for Daily News, dies at 66

    Rick Orlov, a veteran political reporter who covered City Hall for the Los Angeles Daily News for nearly three decades, beginning in the Tom Bradley administration, died Monday. He was 66.

    Orlov died in Los Angeles of complications from diabetes, according to his sister, Joanne Levy. She said Orlov,...

  • Boys' soccer: In battle of unbeatens, El Camino Real defeats Canoga Park, 1-0

    It was the game of the year in City Section soccer and lived up to the hype.

    Back and forth El Camino Real and Canoga Park players went in a battle of unbeaten teams during a first-round game of the Crespi tournament on Friday.

    El Camino Real finally broke through on a goal by Mike Shver in the...

  • At least seven hospitalized after rollover crash on 101 Freeway
    At least seven hospitalized after rollover crash on 101 Freeway

    All lanes on the eastbound 101 Freeway have reopened after a rollover crash that sent at least seven people to the hospital, officials said.

    The three-car crash, near the Winnetka Avenue exit in Woodland Hills, was reported at 5:47 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said. 

    One of the cars overturned,...

  • Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction
    Down on the farm: Pierce College ag program slowly changes direction

    To Leland Shapiro, a tour of the Pierce College campus is heavy on memories.

    "This is where the 6,000 chickens used to be," he says, pointing at what is now a parking lot.

    "This is where the flowers were," he says as he passes an abandoned building.

    "We used to fatten the pigs here." He points...

  • Inside Chris Paul's new home in Woodland Hills
    Inside Chris Paul's new home in Woodland Hills

    The L.A. Clippers star paid $1.775 million for the Woodland Hills home with a north-south tennis court, an outdoor kitchen and a pool.

  • Clippers' Chris Paul drops $1.775 million on Woodland Hills home
    Clippers' Chris Paul drops $1.775 million on Woodland Hills home

    The Clippers' Chris Paul has a new home court for holidays.

    The star point guard recently paid $1.775 million for a home in Woodland Hills, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

    The newly-built Mediterranean, on more than half an acre in College Acres, is entered through a double-height foyer...

  • Boys' basketball: Like father, like son at El Camino Real

    It's never too early to prepare the next generation of basketball players, so El Camino Real Coach Joe Wyatt has been having his 8-year-old son, JD, hang out with the varsity players.

    JD was in the huddle during timeouts at the Beverly Hills tournament, listening to his father offer guidance.

    JD...

  • Boys' basketball: El Camino Real's headband twins
    Boys' basketball: El Camino Real's headband twins

    And then there were two.

    Brandon Russell and Chris Terry of El Camino Real are the headband twins. They were part of four players from last year's City Section Division I championship team that wore headbands during games.

    After the graduation of Evan Wardlow and Kelton Conway, Russell and Terry...

  • Boys' soccer: El Camino Real (7-0) wins Burroughs tournament on penalty kicks

    It took penalty kicks to determine the champion of the Burroughs soccer tournament on Monday, and it was unbeaten El Camino Real (7-0) emerging with the victory over Newhall Hart.

    Goalie Alex Ramon came up with the decisive save. Here's the link to video of the final play.

    There was no scoring...

  • Despite defensive effort, Hoover High girls' water polo loses close one to Louisville

    Water polo: Tornadoes allow three goals, but only score once in tournament defeat.

  • Football: Jeff Falgien is new head coach at El Camino Real

    Jeff Falgien, an assistant football coach at El Camino Real since 2004, has been promoted to head coach. He replaces Kevin Williams, who resigned.

    Falgien has been the offensive line coach for 10 years.

    El Camino Real finished 7-4.

    "This is an honor to continue the tradition Kevin placed them in,"...

  • Boys' soccer: El Camino Real wins in the rain over Bell, 3-0

    Who knows how many soccer games were played on Tuesday in a steady rain, but El Camino Real and Bell had spent too much time practicing and looking forward to their season opener to let a little rain cause any trouble. And El Camino Real had an all-weather turf field, so what the heck.

    The Conquistadores,...

  • Boys' basketball: Taft makes positive early impression

    Taft basketball appears to be back on its way up based on the Toreadors' play in the opening week of the season at the Redondo tournament.

    Taft won the consolation championship, and what was impressive was the play at guard.

    Darius Henderson and Damian Wilson looked comfortable and confident running...

  • Don Paul dies at 89; helped L.A. Rams to NFL championship
    Don Paul dies at 89; helped L.A. Rams to NFL championship

    Don Paul, a fierce football player for UCLA in the 1940s who went on to help the Los Angeles Rams win an NFL championship, has died. He was 89.

    Paul died of respiratory failure Nov. 8 in Woodland Hills after an extended illness, his family announced.

    The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Paul earned a UCLA football...

  • Scrappy newspaper rack
    Scrappy newspaper rack

    His eye caught by the doodles, Edward Conde photographed a newspaper rack on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills on Oct. 30. Drawing his inspiration from a couple of old-school photographers he's been reading about, Conde has been photographing the mundane.

    "I am currently in the mindframe of shooting...

  • Cross country: El Camino Real has young coach with bright future

    It's not easy getting a full-time teaching and coaching job after graduating from college.

    But 25-year-old Jun Reichl teaches a subject that everyone needs and wants _ science. And Woodland Hills El Camino Real was lucky enough to hire him as its cross country coach and a science teacher. He teaches...

  • Strong season for Glendale High girls' volleyball ends

    Volleyball: Nitros defeated, 3-0, in first round of CIF Southern Section Division II-A playoffs.

  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy tennis captures Sunshine League doubles crown

    Tennis: Duo of Holly MacVaugh, Margaux Blain go unbeaten in league en route to title.

  • Football: Kevin Williams to step down as El Camino Real coach

    Kevin Williams of Woodland Hills El Camino Real announced this week he will be stepping down as head coach at the end of this season.

    He has been head coach for eight years.

    He told the players and coaching staff on Monday. El Camino Real is 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the West Valley League.

    "I don't...

  • Flintridge Prep cross-country squads run to Prep League titles in record times
    Flintridge Prep cross-country squads run to Prep League titles in record times

    Cross-country: Led by individual champion Jack Van Scoter, Rebels' boys' team dominates field, while girls' squad outduels rival for championship.

  • Taft fans are facing choice between volleyball and football

    Thursday night at 7 o'clock is going to be quite a night for Taft sports fans.

    The girls' volleyball team is hosting Granada Hills in a match for the West Valley League championship.

    The football team is playing at Birmingham in a game for the West Valley League championship.

    At least Taft should...

  • Football: If only ECR had a red handkerchief to throw . . .

    The Taft-El Camino Real football game ended Friday night with the officials ruling that El Camino Real's Marquis Stepteau failed to get into the end zone on the game's final play, leaving Taft with a 28-21 victory.

    But a review of video indicates Stepteau did cross the plane before he went out...

  • Football: Birmingham is set to play Taft for West Valley League title

    Taft and Birmingham used to dominate in the West Valley League, with the likes of Steve Smith and Malcolm Smith and Dennis Keyes and Milton Knox. Their annual matchups produced some memorable games.

    Now the two schools are set to play on Thursday night at Birmingham to decide the league championship....

  • Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley
    Lady Gaga buys $23-million Malibu estate with stables, bowling alley

    Lady Gaga has shelled out $23 million to bowl in Malibu.

    Set on an ocean-view six acres, the gated Mediterranean-style villa she hooked was built in 2005 and features open-concept living and dining rooms, high ceilings with exposed beams, numerous chandeliers and, yes, a two-lane Brunswick bowling...

  • Football: Get ready for the battle of Woodland Hills

    Break out the surfboards.  It's the Red Zone vs. The M.E.S.S.

    It's the battle for supremacy in Woodland Hills on Friday, when Taft hosts El Camino Real in a West Valley League football game.

    Taft (4-3, 2-0) has won three consecutive games. Linebacker Damonn Wiggins came through with nearly 20 tackles...

  • Father defends son arrested in Facebook threat to Pierce College
    Father defends son arrested in Facebook threat to Pierce College

    The father of a Northridge man arrested Thursday on suspicion of threatening Pierce College on social media came to his defense, saying he meant no actual harm.

    Sergio Castanon Jr.'s father told KCAL that his son's alleged actions are regrettable but at the same time said "there is nothing to worry."

    ...

  • Pierce College campus evacuated after social media threat; arrest made
    Pierce College campus evacuated after social media threat; arrest made

    A 26-year-old man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of posting a social media threat against Pierce College, prompting officials to briefly evacuate the campus.

    Sergio Castanon Jr. of Northridge is a former student at Pierce, said Nicole Nishida, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

  • Football: It's test time for Taft in West Valley League showdown

    There are little signs that Taft might have turned the corner and could be a West Valley League title contender, but the Toreadors (3-3) should find out a certain answer on Friday night when they face Chatsworth (5-1).

    The big questions include can Taft avoid turnovers and can the Toreadors slow...

  • Shavo Odadjian puts home up for sale in Woodland Hills
    Shavo Odadjian puts home up for sale in Woodland Hills

    “Boom!” Shavo Odadjian of System of a Down, the Grammy-winning metal band with a penchant for one-word song titles, has listed his Woodland Hills home at $1.1 million.

    Designed for entertaining and family living, the Traditional-style house was built in 1964 and has hillside and mountain views....

  • Football: What a year and what a day for Taft alumnus

    People like to make fun of all the strange happenings in the City Section and Los Angeles Unified School District, but top athletes are still being produced and what a year it has been for alumni.

    It started with Malcolm Smith (Taft) being the Super Bowl MVP for the Seattle Seahawks.

    This week...

  • Football: It's Taft alum vs. Taft alum when Arizona State plays USC on Saturday

    It's going to be a Taft High reunion on Saturday at the Coliseum when Arizona State plays USC.

    Former Taft quarterback Michael Bercovici of ASU will be winking over at former Taft defensive lineman Antwaun Woods of USC. The two were teammates in 2009 and 2010 and remain friends.

    But once kickoff...

  • Masked gunman steals $10,000 from TGI Fridays, pistol-whips worker
    Masked gunman steals $10,000 from TGI Fridays, pistol-whips worker

    A gunman pistol-whipped a TGI Fridays worker and stole more than $10,000 from the restaurant chain's Woodland Hills eatery early Monday morning, police said.

    The masked thief also spirited away with some of the employees' cellphones.

    The restaurant, in the 5900 block of Canoga Avenue, was closed...

  • Football: 30 tackles for junior Darian Cohen in one game

    Thirty tackles is pretty good for three games. But junior linebacker Darian Cohen of El Camino Real was in on 30 tackes for one game _ Friday night's 28-27 victory over Banning.

    The Conquistadores got a blocked field goal by Kade Schmidtz on the game's final play to secure the victory.

    Quarterback...

  • Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick lands in Woodland Hills
    Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick lands in Woodland Hills

    Orlando Scandrick exited Hollywood Hills last month with the sale of his Modern home, but the Dallas Cowboys defensive back didn’t stray too far.

    Scandrick has purchased a home in Woodland Hills for $1.755 million.

    Built in 1965, the updated Contemporary sits beneath mature trees on nearly a half-acre...

  • Girls' volleyball: Taft defeats Palisades in five sets

    In only its second match of the girls' volleyball season, Taft left its fans with something to remember, coming through against Division I power Palisades to defeat the Dolphins, 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 15-25, 15-3 in a wild match at Palisades.

    Senior Andrea Bosnic led Taft with 22 kills. Lara Janjic...

  • L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center
    L.A. revives a denser vision for Woodland Hills' Warner Center

    When developers vowed in the early 1970s to create a "downtown" for the San Fernando Valley on movie mogul Harry Warner's sprawling Woodland Hills horse ranch, many locals scoffed.

    The Valley was, after all, where people had come for quiet suburban space, not major commerce.

    Planners envisioned...

  • A new basketball facility opens Saturday in Woodland Hills

    There's a new basketball facility opening on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m. in Woodland Hills.

    Called The Shot Zone, it's going to be a training facility. It's located at 21320 Oxnard Street.

    There will be food and prizes on opening day.

     

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  • Woodland Hills homeowner burned in fire started by barbecue grill
    Woodland Hills homeowner burned in fire started by barbecue grill

    A Woodland Hills home was seriously damaged Tuesday and the homeowner injured when a fire started by a barbecue grill spread through the house and into the attic, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

    The fire at 4615 Stark Ave. started on a deck about 6:50 p.m., when a homeowner lighted his barbecue...

  • Football: Chris Duncan is ready for two-year run as Taft QB

    Woodland Hills Taft is ready to turn loose junior quarterback Chris Duncan.

    The 6-foot-3 Duncan had great success at the junior varsity level. He was allowed to develop and now it's time to see what he can do moving up.

    The early signs are positive. He was performing well in summer passing competitions....

  • Football: Get ready for 'Air El Co' at El Camino Real

    There were times you could count on a single hand the number of times El Camino Real attempted a pass in a game during the days of their double-wing attack.

    In his eighth season, El Camino Real Coach Kevin Williams is ready to turn loose quarterback Adam Blythe. Call it "Air El Co."

    The Conquistadores...

  • Akon produces a dazzling flip in Woodland Hills
    Akon produces a dazzling flip in Woodland Hills

    Akon, the R&B and hip-hop singer and producer, has put his ultra-modern home in Woodland Hills up for sale at $3.5 million.

    With the services of designer Miguel Rueda, Akon renovated the house for indoor-outdoor living, creating a focal point swimming pool and spa surrounded by three fire pits...

  • Fallen Israeli soldier from L.A. was passionate, committed
    Fallen Israeli soldier from L.A. was passionate, committed

    An American-born Israeli soldier who was killed in Gaza over the weekend died for a cause he was passionate about and committed to after a birthright trip to Israel, a Jewish Federation official said Monday.

    Max Steinberg, who grew up in Woodland Hills and attended El Camino Real High School, went...

  • Israeli soldier from Los Angeles is killed in Gaza
    Israeli soldier from Los Angeles is killed in Gaza

    A Los Angeles man was one of the Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza this weekend as fighting intensified.

    Max Steinberg was a Woodland Hills native and voluntarily joined the Israel Defense Forces, according to the Jewish Journal. According to voter records, he was 24 years old.

    Steinberg graduated...

  • Crescenta Valley 9-10 baseball squad bounces back in Section 2 Tournament

    Baseball: District 16 champs recover from opening-round defeat to post 5-4 victory Saturday afternoon.

  • Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley
    Brown signs bill lifting ban against light-rail in San Fernando Valley

    For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles transportation officials can legally discuss building a light-rail line through a southern swath of the San Fernando Valley.

    Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday that will allow the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority...

  • Crescenta Valley 9-10 suffers tough setback versus Northridge City

    Baseball: District 16 squad drops 11-10 game in seven innings in opening round of Section 2 Tournament.

  • No electricity in new Woodland Hills home leaves him feeling powerless
    No electricity in new Woodland Hills home leaves him feeling powerless

    Kent Fuller's new house has three bedrooms, a loft and a drive-through basement garage that is roomy enough for four cars.

    What the recently completed Woodland Hills residence doesn't have is an electric line attached to it.

    His next-door neighbor has refused to grant an easement so the Los Angeles...

  • Football: Taft is on the comeback trail

    Woodland Hills Taft, once the top football team in the City Section from the San Fernando Valley, is trying to get its program back into contention.

    The Toreadors return 10 starters from a 4-6 team and have lots of promising juniors who could lead the program back if they stick around and continue...

  • 8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot
    8 steak spots for Father's Day and a free burger to boot

    This Sunday is Father’s Day. For a lot of dads, that might mean one thing -- meat. And when it comes to meat, what's more satisfying than a juicy steak? Take a stab at one of these eateries to satisfy your father’s beefy cravings:

    Oliver’s Prime is offering a “Steak and Scotch” special for dads...

  • Upscale open-air mall planned at Warner Center
    Upscale open-air mall planned at Warner Center

    Construction has begun on an upscale open-air mall at Warner Center, a key step in a roughly 50-year quest to build a downtown for the sprawling San Fernando Valley.

    Australian shopping giant Westfield Group unveiled design details for the 550,000-square-foot mall last week, and workers finished...

  • Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization
    Big plans, and concerns, surround L.A. River's revitalization

    City engineers, public works officials and developers stood on a hilltop just north of downtown on a recent weekday and gazed at a low-lying railroad yard dotted with weeds on the far side of the Los Angeles River channel.

    To the uninitiated, it was a mildly depressing vista of concrete, unwanted...

  • 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...

  • Baseball: ECR's Jeremy Polon masters Chatsworth and the heat

     If anyone wants to play a baseball game in the Mojave Desert, sophomore left-hander Jeremy Polon of El Camino Real would be the perfect choice to start on the mound. He loves to pitch with the temperature hitting triple digits.

    "I do like the hot weather," he said. "I tend to pitch better."

    Last...

  • Baseball: El Camino Real forfeits win over Birmingham

    El Camino Real has forfeited a victory over Birmingham on April 25 because a pitcher it used exceeded the 10-inning limit during the week.

    That means the Conquistadores (6-2) are one-game behind Chatsworth (7-1) going into this week's two-game West Valley League series.

    A win by Chatsworth on Wednesday...

  • Baseball: El Camino Real, Chatsworth set up league title showdown

     Next week is the final week of the regular season in prep baseball, so in the City Section, it should be no surprise that El Camino Real and Chatsworth are headed for a final two-game series to decide the West Valley League championshp. Both teams rallied on Friday.

    El Camino Real defeated Granada...

  • El Camino Real Charter High School wins national academic decathlon

    El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title on Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor.

    The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000 and beat out 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High...

  • Man barricaded in veterans hall threatening to kill himself, cops say
    Man barricaded in veterans hall threatening to kill himself, cops say

    A man believed to be armed with a shotgun barricaded himself inside of a disabled veterans facility in Woodland Hills on Friday and has threatened to kill himself, authorities said.

    Los Angeles police responded to reports of a barricaded gunman in the 6500 block of Corbin Avenue around 7:30 a.m.,...

  • Boys' basketball: Former Taft guard Spencer Dinwiddie is headed to NBA

    Former Woodland Hills Taft guard Spencer Dinwiddie announced on Thursday that he would make himself available for the NBA draft and leave Colorado.

     The 6-foot-6 Dinwiddie, a junior, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament to his left knee in January.

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • Baseball: Former ECR player Mitch Dergazarian is hitting .405 for Azusa Pacific

     Former El Camino Real outfielder Mitch Dergazarian, a sophomore at Azusa Pacifc, was named the PacWest player of the week after going seven for 14 during a 4-0 week for Azusa Pacific.

    He had three doubles and five RBIs.

     He's batting .405 on the season.

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

  • El Camino Real Charter High wins state's 2014 Academic Decathlon
    El Camino Real Charter High wins state's 2014 Academic Decathlon

    The Woodland Hills charter school defeats 64 other teams for the title. Granada Hills, the 2011-13 state and national champion, finishes second.

  • Man helping with car battery sexually assaults Pierce College student
    Man helping with car battery sexually assaults Pierce College student

    Authorities are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a Pierce College student in Woodland Hills while providing her with roadside assistance.

    The incident occurred between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the performing arts parking lot No. 6, near the Music Building, according to a statement from...

  • Northridge quake's cataclysmic effect
    Northridge quake's cataclysmic effect

    It began with a roar, then a shaking. The day would see neighborhoods and landscapes forever altered.

  • High-speed street racing, DUI may have led to Woodland Hills crash
    High-speed street racing, DUI may have led to Woodland Hills crash

    Street racing at speeds of more than 100 mph and alcohol may have led to a Woodland Hills accident that left at least four people hospitalized with injuries, authorities said.

    Five people were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Fire Department...

  • Five injured, three critically, in Woodland Hills car crash
    Five injured, three critically, in Woodland Hills car crash

    Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics responded to an intersection in Woodland Hills on Thursday night after a three-car crash left five people injured, three of them critically.

    Katherine Main of the Los Angeles City Fire Department said the crash was reported about 9:45 p.m. near the intersection...

  • Ivy Academia co-founder sentenced for misusing public funds
    Ivy Academia co-founder sentenced for misusing public funds

    The founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school were sentenced Friday for the misappropriation of more than $200,000 in public funds in a case that could affect charter schools statewide.

    Yevgeny "Eugene" Selivanov, the co-founder of Ivy Academia Charter School, faces 4 years and 8 months...

  • From the Taft High archives a photo to remember
    From the Taft High archives a photo to remember

     Back in 2002, there was a photo taken of the three basketball standouts at Woodland Hills Taft: Jordan Farmar, Steve Smith and Matt Cook (see above).

    They've done pretty good for themselves.

    Farmar went on to UCLA and the NBA.

    Smith was a standout receiver at USC and in the NFL.

    Cook is a big-time...

  • Man charged with attempted murder in Woodland Hills machete attack
    Man charged with attempted murder in Woodland Hills machete attack

    A Woodland Hills man was charged with attempted murder Tuesday after allegedly attacking his estranged wife and her boyfriend, music industry veteran Jerry Sharell, with a machete, officials said.

    Behnam Vasseghi, 57, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon on 14 felony counts -- including...

  • Machete attack suspect to be charged with attempted murder
    Machete attack suspect to be charged with attempted murder

    The suspect in a machete and scalpel attack in Woodland Hills that left a music industry veteran in the hospital with stab wounds will be arraigned Tuesday in Van Nuys, authorities said.

    Prosecutors plan to charge Benham Vasseghi, 57, with attempted murder, said Officer Sally Madera of the Los...

  • Machete attack on music industry veteran stuns neighborhood
    Machete attack on music industry veteran stuns neighborhood

    Residents of a Woodland Hills neighborhood where a music industry veteran was stabbed with a machete and scalpel Sunday expressed shock over the incident.

    Police said Jerry Sharell -- who hosts a show on KJAZZ-FM (88.1) -- was visiting his girlfriend about 8 a.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Nomad...

  • Man recovering from machete, scalpel attack in Woodland Hills
    Man recovering from machete, scalpel attack in Woodland Hills

    A music industry veteran remained hospitalized Monday, a day after his girlfriend’s former husband  allegedly attacked the two with a machete and a scalpel.

    Police said the incident began about 8 a.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Nomad Drive in Woodland Hills, where Jerry Sharell -- who is host...

  • Tennis umpire once accused of killing husband returns to U.S. Open
    Tennis umpire once accused of killing husband returns to U.S. Open

    Tennis umpire Lois Goodman, once accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband with a coffee cup, told the "Today" show Tuesday that while she is grateful to her attorneys, her life will never be the same.

    Goodman, who is working as a umpire at the U.S. Open in New York this week -- the...

  • Cal Lutheran bolsters security after alleged locker room peeping case
    Cal Lutheran bolsters security after alleged locker room peeping case

    A spokeswoman for California Lutheran University says the women’s locker room where a man was allegedly caught peeping and committing lewd acts was not used by students and enhanced security measures should prevent similar incidents in the future.

    The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department has filed...

  • Baseball: Ex-ECR outfielder Blake Gailen won't give up

     Former El Camino Real outfielder Blake Gailen is 28. He has played in independent baseball for seven years after playing for the Conquistadores and UNLV. He went undrafted out of high school and college. And he's still playing.

    He was signed by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this week to play for...

  • 101 Freeway reopened after bomb squad detonates suspicious package
    101 Freeway reopened after bomb squad detonates suspicious package

    All lanes of the 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills were reopened Thursday morning after a report of a suspicious package was cleared, the California Highway Patrol said.

    The freeway was closed for about three hours while authorities investigated a possible pipe bomb. Authorities detonated the package...

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