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L.A. developers accused of stealing millions in affordable-housing scheme

Two executives at a Los Angeles-based real estate development company and two of their employees have been indicted on charges they defrauded government agencies of millions of dollars in funds for housing low-income families. The 67-page federal grand jury indictment says Salim Karimi and three...

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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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  • Black Americans grapple with unease in wake of Charleston shooting

    Black Americans grapple with unease in wake of Charleston shooting

    As he tugged open the plywood door to his newsstand Saturday morning, Charles Tone turned to one of his customers with a question. "How can they forgive him?" said Tone, 66. "Man, I don't even know if it can be genuine." The newsstand at the corner of Manchester and Vermont — the heart of a historically...

  • Mother of Ezell Ford hopes for Justice Department inquiry of LAPD shooting

    Mother of Ezell Ford hopes for Justice Department inquiry of LAPD shooting

    Ezell Ford's mother told demonstrators Saturday that she hopes the U.S. Department of Justice will look into her son's fatal shooting because she had no confidence in the review led by Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and the department's independent watchdog. "This needs to go to a higher...

  • LAPD finds officers were justified in fatal shooting of mentally ill man, sources say

    LAPD finds officers were justified in fatal shooting of mentally ill man, sources say

    Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck and the Police Department's independent watchdog have determined that two officers were justified in fatally shooting Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man whose killing last year sparked protests and debate over the use of deadly force by police, according...

  • Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate

    Money for DWP trusts should go elsewhere -- like the ratepayer advocate

    "Please help me," said the letter from an 85-year-old reader in West Hills. "I am having trouble with my utility bill from the L.A.D.W.P." If only I had a dollar for every letter or email like that I've received. I'll fill you in on the West Hills case in a moment, but first I have to say it's...

  • Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture

    Videos of individual police encounters are part of a bigger picture

    A spate of videos has brought what looks like police brutality into our living rooms. Logic says these incidents are aberrations; that's what makes them news. But I'm having trouble clearing my mind of those ugly scenes — and I know I'm not alone. Are these just individual cops gone rogue? Or are...

  • Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    Female victims of homicide often know their killers

    The victims vary in age. They were killed in upscale Stevenson Ranch and on the most dangerous streets of South L.A. The specifics may differ, but the homicides of women in Los Angeles County this year take on a deadly rhythm. On Jan. 14, Mary Matsumoto, 72, was found shot to death in her San Pedro...

  • LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains
    LAPD is more diverse, but distrust in the community remains

    The sweeps came on Friday nights in South Los Angeles, often before big events like Raiders games. Police would round up young men they thought were gang members and hold them over the weekend to keep violence down, a campaign launched by then-Chief Daryl F. Gates to control "the rotten little...

  • For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain
    For families of hit-and-run victims, haunting questions remain

    Debra Holt is relieved that the driver who struck and killed a 4-year-old girl in Glendale turned himself in. Matt Panagiotis is glad that the woman who fatally injured a judge's son and kept driving was sentenced to prison.

    Holt and Panagiotis — who themselves grieve loved ones mowed down by hit-and-run...

  • LAPD uses its helicopters to stop crimes before they start
    LAPD uses its helicopters to stop crimes before they start

    They seem as common as squawking gulls, and true Angelenos may not even bother to look up when one of the LAPD's 17 helicopters rattles their windows, its spotlight searching for a car-jacked Camry or an assault suspect hiding under a jacaranda.

    In a city of 469 sprawling square miles, few doubt...

  • In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking
    In election with a bid to boost turnout, participation may be lacking

    In an election Tuesday where voters will weigh in on an idea to boost L.A.’s low voter turnout, it remains an open question how many people will go to the polls.

    With a late winter storm predicted for the weekend, candidates and their teams were scrambling to phone voters and knock on as many doors...

  • South L.A. is up for revival, but how depends on next Council member
    South L.A. is up for revival, but how depends on next Council member

    Sales clerk Nicole Daniels leans over the glass countertop at A-1 Wireless and ticks off what the four candidates competing to replace retiring City Councilman Bernard C. Parks should focus on.

    Children in her South Los Angeles neighborhood need more after-school activities to combat the allure...

  • Funeral held for Terry Carter, killed in incident involving Suge Knight
    Funeral held for Terry Carter, killed in incident involving Suge Knight

    As clouds formed over First AME Church in the West Adams neighborhood on Saturday, nearly 2,000 mourners gathered to remember Terry Carter, the man police say was killed when a pickup driven by rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight ran over him and another man on Jan. 29.

    Carter, 55, was a businessman...

  • Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government
    Angelenos say they generally feel detached from city government

    Against a chilly wind, April Galvan pulled her shawl tight as her 5-year-old daughter romped around a jungle gym in a newly renovated city park in Chatsworth.

    She's lived in the neighborhood eight years, and the Mason Recreation Center, which got a face-lift, is among the things she says have gotten...

  • L.A. police investigating possible ambush of 2 officers
    L.A. police investigating possible ambush of 2 officers

    Los Angeles police are investigating whether gunfire in South Los Angeles on Sunday night was aimed at two officers responding to a call, officials said Monday.

    The officers were in a black-and-white patrol car driving southbound on Hoover Street near 62nd Place on Sunday night when they said they...

  • Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes
    Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes

    The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that a tornado touched down in South Los Angeles during the heavy rain storm. The tornado hopscotched over a 10-block span, ripping off a roof and damaging at least five homes, officials said.

    “We’re going to call it a small tornado,” said National...

  • Two robbery suspects in custody after large manhunt in South L.A.

    Two men are in custody after a woman was robbed Friday night, setting off a large manhunt in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, police said.

    The robbery occured at 9:30 p.m. in the area of 70th and Figueroa streets, and was observed by officers, who chased the suspects, according to LAPD Sgt. Rudy...

  • Witnesses sought in South L.A. killings over Labor Day weekend
    Witnesses sought in South L.A. killings over Labor Day weekend

    Los Angeles police detectives are looking for witnesses in five killings after a spate of shootings over the weekend in South L.A.

    The LAPD has deployed extra resources in the impacted neighborhoods in an effort to prevent more shootings, said Deputy Chief Bob Green, who oversees the South Bureau.

    ...

  • Football: Mil'Von James is building program at Hawkins High

    Mil'Von James grew up less than block from Hawkins High at 60th street and Figueroa in South Los Angeles. He was a standout defensive back and running back at Fremont High on the same 2002 team coached by Pete Duffy that had All-City receiver Mark Bradford. James went to UCLA, Bradford to Stanford.

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  • Jury decides death for convicted serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner
    Jury decides death for convicted serial killer Chester Dewayne Turner

    Tears rolled down Dianna Bright's cheeks as she recalled the devastation caused by the murder of her younger sister at the hands of a serial killer more than two decades ago.

    Their mother, who died nine months after the killing, often complained that "the streets got my baby," she said. The victim's...

  • Football: Mil'Von James is new coach at Hawkins

     Los Angeles Hawkins has named Mil'Von James, a former Los Angeles Fremont defensive back, as its football coach.

    James played for UCLA and UNLV.

     

  • Shortage of low-income housing pushes tenants into dangerous situations
    Shortage of low-income housing pushes tenants into dangerous situations

    Affordable housing advocates say the improper conversion of a South L.A. building which tenants now must vacate is 'not an isolated case.'

  • Tenants' nightmare
    Tenants' nightmare

    Residents say the city ignored complaints about the poor condition of a South L.A. apartment complex on South Hoover Street that they are now being forced to leave.

  • South L.A. tenants forced to vacate building on short notice
    South L.A. tenants forced to vacate building on short notice

    Residents say the city ignored complaints about poor condition of the South L.A. apartment complex they are being forced to leave.

  • Man shot in South L.A. drives to USC gate; area shut down
    Man shot in South L.A. drives to USC gate; area shut down

    A man who was wounded in a car-to-car shooting in South Los Angeles on Wednesday morning drove to an entrance to USC. Campus access at the gate was shut as the investigation continued.

    Initial information indicated that the shooting occurred near 57th and Hoover streets, roughly three miles from...

  • Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in South L.A. home
    Firefighters quickly extinguish blaze in South L.A. home

    It took three dozen firefighters only about 12 minutes to knock down a blaze at a one-story home in South Los Angeles early Tuesday morning.

    One resident was treated for smoke inhalation, but did not require hospitalization, authorities said. The family dog died in the fire.

    The fire broke out...

  • Man barricaded in South L.A. police SWAT standoff is shot dead
    Man barricaded in South L.A. police SWAT standoff is shot dead

    A man wanted for a robbery at a nearby LA Fitness is dead after barricading himself in a home in South Los Angeles on Tuesday and being shot by police SWAT officers who went inside.

    The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m., when police went to the home to investigate a robbery at a gym hours earlier,...

  • Mother pleads no contest to attacking 2 teachers at school

    A mother who got into a fight with two special education teachers at a Los Angeles middle school was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail, authorities said.

    Kiki Lolita Fowler, 34, pleaded no contest to one count of battery on a school employee in the March incident at John Muir Middle School....

  • Pastor who is a top aide to Baca is under investigation
    Pastor who is a top aide to Baca is under investigation

    Bishop Edward Turner is put on paid leave after officials learned of a pot shop on his property and tax issues with his nonprofit.

  • Family, friends share grief at vigil for slain boy, 14
    Family, friends share grief at vigil for slain boy, 14

    A 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed Saturday night while walking home in Vermont Square was remembered Monday as a quiet child who liked video games and occasionally played basketball.Elawnza Peebles, dressed in a gray sweatshirt and jeans, was walking down Kansas Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when...

  • Nine-year-old girl and aunt injured in South L.A. shooting
    Nine-year-old girl and aunt injured in South L.A. shooting

    A girl and her aunt suffered wounds Sunday evening after their first-floor apartment in South Los Angeles was sprayed with gunfire.

    Twelve to 15 shots were fired from a 9mm semiautomatic handgun into the apartment on South Central Avenue, said Sgt. Scott Stevens of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    ...

  • Pet owners in need deserve compassion too
    Pet owners in need deserve compassion too

    People who feel compelled to surrender an animal to a shelter shouldn't be judged without a closer look at the circumstances. A South L.A. rescue group tries to foster understanding.

  • Foster mother convicted of 2nd-degree murder in girl's beating death
    Foster mother convicted of 2nd-degree murder in girl's beating death

    A foster mother was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl she had been trying to adopt.

    Kiana Barker, 33, faces 25 years to life in prison for the 2010 death of Viola Vanclief, a toddler in her care. A jury also convicted Barker of assault on a child...

  • South Los Angeles residents fuming over oil field
    South Los Angeles residents fuming over oil field

    They confront the South Coast Air Quality Management District at a town hall, criticizing inconclusive information on whether air levels are toxic.

  • Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout
    Four L.A. schools decline iPads in initial rollout

    Four Los Angeles schools, scheduled to receive iPads in this first rollout of the tablets, have pulled out of the initial phase, saying they want to wait at least until security and other issues are resolved.

    The rejection apparently is temporary — the schools still want the tablet computers —...

  • Fast-food workers protest for higher wages in Los Angeles
    Fast-food workers protest for higher wages in Los Angeles

    Fast-food protests that started in New York spread to Los Angeles and other cities across the nation Thursday as workers called for higher wages and the chance to unionize.

    Dozens of fast-food workers and supporters marched outside a South Los Angeles Burger King at 6 a.m., chanting their demand...

  • 'Bash mob' is a no-show in Long Beach, but police remain on alert
    'Bash mob' is a no-show in Long Beach, but police remain on alert

    Law enforcement officers across the Southland continued to be on alert Friday for signs of roving groups of vandals like the one that struck Hollywood on Tuesday night, even as one such “bash mob” failed to materialize in Long Beach. Police there had warned residents about a potential attack by...

  • Garcetti appoints three L.A. city representatives to Metro board
    Garcetti appoints three L.A. city representatives to Metro board

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday appointed three Los Angeles representatives to the board of the county’s transportation agency, one of the biggest decisions the new mayor has made so far that will influence his administration’s transportation projects.

    Garcetti’s appointees to the Los...

  • Eric Garcetti vows to reverse cuts in L.A. summer jobs for youths
    Eric Garcetti vows to reverse cuts in L.A. summer jobs for youths

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed Tuesday to rebuild a summer jobs program for young people that was scaled back as public funding dropped sharply over the last two years.Garcetti made his pledge to expand the “Hire LA’s Youth” program at a South Los Angeles event his office organized to showcase...

  • Jury convicts man in shooting deaths of his two stepdaughters

    A jury Monday convicted Robert Lee Phillips for the 2006 murders of his two stepdaughters.

    After more than two days of deliberations, jurors found Phillips, 66, guilty of first-degree murder for killing Sabrina Taylor, 30, and second-degree murder for fatally shooting her sister, Charlotte Johnson,...

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