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Battery recycler Quemetco told to reduce cancer risk from arsenic emissions

Air quality officials have told a battery recycling plant in the City of Industry to cut its arsenic emissions after an assessment found they posed an increased cancer risk to 12,000 people.  The South Coast Air Quality Management District on Tuesday gave lead-acid battery smelter Quemetco Inc. 30...

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  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • Xi'an Kitchen: Shaanxi cuisine and handmade noodles in the city of Industry

    Xi'an Kitchen: Shaanxi cuisine and handmade noodles in the city of Industry

    Name of restaurant: Xi’an Kitchen. Xi’an refers to the capital of Shaanxi, a region in the northwestern tip of China known for handmade noodles and Terracotta warriors. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the country and has been a political and cultural force for 3,100 years. Who’s behind the...

  • Chinese star Newport Seafood opening in Beverly Hills

    Chinese star Newport Seafood opening in Beverly Hills

    San Gabriel’s popular Newport Seafood will be making the big leap to Beverly Hills. Ranked last year by Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as one of the 101 best restaurants in Southern California, Newport specializes in Southeast Asian-inflected Cantonese food. Gold wrote: “When...

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  • Industry sues former mayor, alleging 'extensive public corruption'

    Industry sues former mayor, alleging 'extensive public corruption'

    The City of Industry has filed suit against former Mayor David Perez, his companies and four members of his family, alleging the misappropriation of millions of dollars in public funds through false or inflated invoices and the performance of unauthorized work on city contracts. The suit echoes...

  • Two killed in one-car crash on 60 Freeway in City of Industry

    Two people were killed early Saturday morning when the car they were riding in veered off the 60 Freeway in the City of Industry and crashed into a tree, authorities said. The crash occurred about 2:40 a.m. Saturday on the eastbound 60, just west of the 605 Freeway, authorities said. Diego Martinez,...

  • Hundreds of marijuana plants seized from Industry warehouse

    Hundreds of marijuana plants seized from Industry warehouse

    Hundreds of marijuana plants valued at more than $1.2 million were seized after detectives discovered a growing operation inside a warehouse in Industry, authorities said Wednesday. A man, whose identity hasn't been released, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the growing operation in the...

  • State controller to investigate City of Industry's financial dealings

    State controller to investigate City of Industry's financial dealings

    California State Controller Betty T. Yee announced Thursday that her agency will formally investigate the financial dealings of the City of Industry, after an audit found that the city paid hundreds of millions of dollars to companies run by a former mayor and his relatives. Yee said in a statement...

  • State controller confirms review of City of Industry finances

    State controller confirms review of City of Industry finances

    California State Controller Betty T. Yee confirmed Tuesday that her agency has begun examining the finances of the City of Industry after news reports revealed that an audit had questioned dealings involving firms controlled by a former mayor and his relatives. Yee said her office is reviewing...

  • Land deal has been costly debacle for City of Industry

    Land deal has been costly debacle for City of Industry

    Four years ago, the City of Industry bought a collection of decrepit parcels along the San Gabriel River 20 miles away, with visions of transforming it into a recreational area for camping, hiking and picnics. Today, the site of Follows Camp is a costly debacle, amid allegations by city officials...

  • City of Industry aims to redo or end trash pact with ex-mayor's firm
    City of Industry aims to redo or end trash pact with ex-mayor's firm

    City of Industry officials are seeking to renegotiate or possibly cancel a lucrative trash contract with a company headed by former Mayor Dave Perez as they scrutinize years of business deals that benefited him and his relatives.

    The roughly $12-million-a-year trash pact with Valley Vista Services...

  • Times findings in 2009 foreshadowed City of Industry's audit
    Times findings in 2009 foreshadowed City of Industry's audit

    When the City of Industry released the findings of an audit into the small municipality's finances this month, they found that the town’s former mayor and family had enriched themselves on a host of city contracts to the tune of $326 million and counting.

    The review of the city's finances showed...

  • Companies tied to Industry ex-mayor racked up fortune
    Companies tied to Industry ex-mayor racked up fortune

    A 20-year jackpot of City of Industry contracts that included $4.9 million for lawn mower rentals and street cleaning fees billed at six times a competitor's rate has enriched a handful of companies owned by the tiny town's former mayor and his family by more than $326 million, an audit has found.

    ...

  • Jury awards $6.5 million to exotic dancers over tip dispute
    Jury awards $6.5 million to exotic dancers over tip dispute

    Nearly 250 exotic dancers were awarded $6.5 million after accusing a City of Industry strip club of taking their wages after they performed private dances for customers.

    On Wednesday, a Los Angeles County judge announced a jury's decision to side with the dancers and give them a significant payout.

    ...

  • Are team owners with NFL stadium plans just flirting with L.A.?
    Are team owners with NFL stadium plans just flirting with L.A.?

    So now the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders want to share a new 68,000-seat football stadium in Carson. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke already is moving on plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium and multi-use complex at the former Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. AEG's proposal for...

  • Driver, 18, killed in fiery crash on 60 Freeway
    Driver, 18, killed in fiery crash on 60 Freeway

    An 18-year-old driver was killed in a fiery crash on the 60 Freeway in Industry, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday. 

    The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was headed westbound on the 60 east of Fairway Drive about 10:30 p.m. when his Toyota Corolla stalled, according to the CHP.

    ...

  • Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate
    Porridge and its (dis)contents: Congee, jok, haleem and what Grandma ate

    Last week, we visited Porridge + Puffs, chef Minh Phan’s monument to the warm, oozy bowls of happiness that obsess so many of us this time of year, when temperatures plunge into the 50s at night, backyard trees groan with citrus and the waves are a bit too chilly to surf. Winter in Los Angeles...

  • Xi'an Kitchen: Shaanxi cuisine and handmade noodles in the city of Industry
    Xi'an Kitchen: Shaanxi cuisine and handmade noodles in the city of Industry

    Name of restaurant: Xi’an Kitchen. Xi’an refers to the capital of Shaanxi, a region in the northwestern tip of China known for handmade noodles and Terracotta warriors. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the country and has been a political and cultural force for 3,100 years.

    Who’s behind the...

  • Car veers off 60 Freeway, goes airborne, killing three people

    Three people were killed Sunday after their vehicle veered off the 60 Freeway and into a construction area in the San Gabriel Valley, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

    Two men and one woman, all in their mid 20s, died after their Kia Soul crossed all westbound lanes of the freeway,...

  • Federal sanctions threaten sustainability of Corinthian Colleges
    Federal sanctions threaten sustainability of Corinthian Colleges

    A besieged chain of for-profit colleges based in Orange County has signaled that it is in danger of shutting down after the U.S. Department of Education sharply cut back its access to federal money for student loans and grants.

    Plagued by complaints that it had falsified student job placement rates,...

  • It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice
    It's hot out: 6 top spots for Taiwanese shaved ice

    Some call it snow cream, fluff ice, milk fluff or milk snow. In Taiwanese, it's xue hua bing, which literally translates to "snow flower" (a.k.a. snowflake) ice. Whatever you call it, you will rejoice at the cool surprise of Taiwanese shaved ice, especially on a scorching Southern California day....

  • Kashkari does not rule out additional contributions to his campaign
    Kashkari does not rule out additional contributions to his campaign

    He’s already invested $2 million of his own cash in a bid for the governor’s office, and on Sunday, GOP candidate Neel Kashkari said he wouldn’t rule out future campaign infusions from his own bank account.

    “Nothing is determined yet,” he told The Los Angeles Times following an appearance at an...

  • Chinese star Newport Seafood opening in Beverly Hills
    Chinese star Newport Seafood opening in Beverly Hills

    San Gabriel’s popular Newport Seafood will be making the big leap to Beverly Hills.

    Ranked last year by Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold as one of the 101 best restaurants in Southern California, Newport specializes in Southeast Asian-inflected Cantonese food.

    Gold wrote: “When...

  • Man found naked, bound, severely burned on side of 605 Freeway
    Man found naked, bound, severely burned on side of 605 Freeway

    Authorities are investigating the case of a man who reportedly managed to crawl from a riverbed up to the 605 Freeway after he was left naked, bound and severely burned.

    Authorities said the man was found by a driver sometime before 2 p.m. Tuesday on the side of the northbound 605, north of the...

  • Air quality officials OK strict new rules for battery plant emissions
    Air quality officials OK strict new rules for battery plant emissions

    The rules for arsenic and other chemicals apply to two battery recyclers, Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco in the city of Industry.

  • Arsenic levels at second battery recycler draw concerns

    Quemetco, based in the City of Industry, has been ordered to perform a health risk study after tests showed elevated arsenic emissions.

  • School board member reelected despite issues with China program
    School board member reelected despite issues with China program

    Hacienda La Puente school board member Joseph Chang was reelected Tuesday despite allegations that he used his influence to benefit a private company that recruits students from China.

    In a field of six candidates competing for three seats, former school principal Penny Fraumeni was the top finisher...

  • Toilet bowls galore: Magic Restroom Cafe opens in city of Industry
    Toilet bowls galore: Magic Restroom Cafe opens in city of Industry

    Name of restaurant: Magic Restroom Café.

    Owner: YoYo Li is a first-time restaurateur from China who was debating between opening a boba shop and a toilet-centric restaurant. She settled on the restroom theme after witnessing its success in parts of China and Taiwan.

    Chefs: The chefs are Taiwanese...

  • Man killed crossing 60 Freeway from disabled car is identified
    Man killed crossing 60 Freeway from disabled car is identified

    Authorities have identified a 30-year-old Montebello man who was struck by vehicles twice as he attempted to cross the 60 Freeway to seek help after his car had broken down.

    Roger K. Reyna was a passenger in a car his mother was driving east on the 60 Freeway late Friday. The car became disabled...

  • Three firefighters injured in three-alarm blaze in City of Industry
    Three firefighters injured in three-alarm blaze in City of Industry

    Three firefighters were injured Tuesday as a massive blaze consumed an abandoned warehouse in City of Industry, officials said.

    The three-alarm fire started about 10:20 a.m. and was isolated to the commercial building on Clark Avenue, fire officials said.

    Two firefighters were hit by heat exhaustion,...

  • Three killed in Pico Rivera crash were heading home from a party

    A violent crash in Pico Rivera that killed three people Thursday night, including two children, appears to have been caused by a driver speeding and steering into oncoming traffic, authorities said.

    A preliminary investigation shows the northbound driver of a Honda Civic was “going too fast” around...

  • Joan Jett sues Hot Topic over Blackheart trademark
    Joan Jett sues Hot Topic over Blackheart trademark

    Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line.

    Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking...

  • Small brush fire prompts SigAlert on 60 Freeway in City of Industry
    Small brush fire prompts SigAlert on 60 Freeway in City of Industry

    The California Highway Patrol declared a Sigalert on Wednesday on the eastbound 60 Freeway during rush hour as firefighters battled a small brush fire near Crossroads Parkway South in the City of Industry.

    Two lanes were closed on the busy artery, and it was unclear when they would reopen, the...

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