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Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities' ballots

Voters in two Los Angeles County cities will step into the contentious debate over where and how the nation should drill for oil when they consider ballot measures on Tuesday that would alter local restrictions. In the coastal city of Hermosa Beach, voters will decide whether to loosen a ban on...

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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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  • South El Monte city manager resigns after bribery scandal involving mayor

    South El Monte’s city manager has abruptly quit just weeks after the mayor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery count and in the wake of an audit critical of how the city was run. Anthony Ybarra, who had been with the city for more than a decade, announced his resignation late Tuesday at the end...

  • Home of the Day: Divine dwelling in South Pasadena

    Home of the Day: Divine dwelling in South Pasadena

    Originally built as the caretaker’s cottage for a larger estate, this hillside home in South Pasadena was later remodeled to serve as a church. Divine details of note include rows of arching stained glass windows and cathedral-style ceilings. Character finishes, large formal rooms and sweeping...

  • Arson suspected after fire strikes three Rosemead carports

    Arson suspected after fire strikes three Rosemead carports

    Three residential fires that broke out in carports early Tuesday in Rosemead are being investigated as arson by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  As many as 15 vehicles and multiple structures were damaged in the fires, which caused an estimated $275,000 in damage, the Sheriff’s Department...

  • The Valley Line: Pasadena Pops pays tribute to Frank Sinatra

    The Valley Line: Pasadena Pops pays tribute to Frank Sinatra

    I think my eyes are about to fall out of my head from watching so many of the Olympic events on TV. I don't think I've missed even one butterfly stroke in the pool or a gymnastic uneven bar routine. Anyway, I was definitely ready to switch over to the track and field events – just show me some...

  • South El Monte mayor resigns after admitting he accepted bribes from a city contractor

    South El Monte mayor resigns after admitting he accepted bribes from a city contractor

    The mayor of South El Monte stepped down from his post Tuesday, an unceremonious end to more than a decade of public service following the revelation last month that he regularly accepted bribes from a city contractor. In a brief letter, Luis Aguinaga told administrators in the San Gabriel Valley...

  • Officials demand resignation of South El Monte mayor, citing corruption

    Officials demand resignation of South El Monte mayor, citing corruption

    Just days after the mayor of South El Monte agreed to plead guilty in a federal bribery case, civic leaders called for his resignation and vowed to clean up City Hall. "We would like to see him resign," said Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Olmos. "This will give our city a chance to rebuild." Councilman Joseph...

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