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  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought

    08/24/2014 10:58:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 12:54 PM EDT | Amy Taxin
    Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. […] As California faces an historic drought, more residents are following in Blankenship’s footsteps and tearing out thirsty lawns to cut down on water use. Water agencies across the state have been encouraging the change by offering thousands of dollars in rebates to help homeowners make the switch to a drought-friendly landscape with better odds of surviving dry spells common to the local climate. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which covers 19 million...
  • Earthquake in California La Habra they say

    03/28/2014 9:15:40 PM PDT · by gunsequalfreedom · 118 replies
    USGS ^ | March 28, 2014 | USGS
    We felt that one. House moving side to side. I'm sure someone will have more detail. USGS reports 5.4 near La Habra (Los Angeles area).
  • Huge Quake, So Cal

    03/28/2014 9:13:36 PM PDT · by Yogafist · 110 replies
    None | Now | Self
    Just had a very large violent quake here in So Cal. Scary.
  • Quake s. CA

    03/28/2014 8:05:34 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 129 replies
    Felt big
  • 4.4 earthquake near L.A. could be 'foreshock' for bigger shake

    03/17/2014 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 105 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 17, 2014, 8:33 a.m. | By Ari Bloomekatz and Rong-Gong Lin II
    The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood is the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist told reporters at a news conference Monday morning. Robert Graves said there have been at least six aftershocks since the 6:25 a.m. earthquake. The largest so far has been a magnitude 2.7 earthquake that struck five miles northwest of Westwood.
  • earthquake Los Angeles

    03/17/2014 6:26:44 AM PDT · by edcoil · 76 replies
    3-16-2014 | edcoil
    Seems like a pretty good one felt here in South Bay
  • Wildfire near Los Angeles: Three people arrested, emergency declared

    01/16/2014 12:07:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 16, 2014, 10:53 a.m. | Ari Bloomekatz and Matt Stevens
    Arson investigators were at the scene of a wildfire near Los Angeles that exploded in size Thursday to more than 1,700 acres and destroyed at least two homes, authorities said. Three people had been arrested in connection with the fast-moving Colby fire, but Glendora police declined to provide further information. L.A. County fire Inspector Scott Miller said the cause of the fire, reported shortly before 6 a.m., was still under investigation, but said arson investigators were on hand and working with Glendora police. […] Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said at about 10 a.m. that more...
  • Wildfire burns out of control near Southern California homes

    01/16/2014 10:18:23 AM PST · by Deo volente · 83 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | January 16, 2014
    GLENDORA, Calif. -- Structures are burning in a wildfire threatening dozens of homes in dangerously dry foothills of Southern California's San Gabriel Mountains. Television images showed several structures engulfed in flames fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds that spit embers across neighborhoods Thursday morning. Evacuations are ordered for houses at the edge of the fire.
  • 80s band A Flock of Seagulls has van, musical equipment stolen in Downey (SoCal)

    07/22/2013 10:57:48 PM PDT · by Bullish · 64 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 7-22-2013 | Brenda Gazzar
    Hours before they were to perform at a free outdoor concert Sunday in Woodland Hills, the '80s band A Flock of Seagulls had up to $70,000 worth of equipment -- including the sound files for a pending solo album by their lead singer -- stolen at a Downey hotel. The band played a gig in Bellflower Saturday night and then parked their 15-passenger Ford E-350 van near the reception area of a Comfort Inn in Downey around 1:45 a.m., said frontman Mike Score. When they awoke, it was gone. Score said they noticed the van was missing at about 9...
  • David Allen: Man throws tantrum at wife's baby shower

    07/18/2013 8:57:48 PM PDT · by Bullish · 27 replies
    Inland Valley daily bulletin ^ | 7-18-2013 | David Allen
    In Upland, a baby daddy has been busy. At a baby shower recently in the City of Gracious Living (Upland, Ca.), the expectant mother's husband showed up to claim the presents himself. Why? According to the city's police blotter, he "took the gifts to give to his girlfriend who just gave birth to his child." Yes. He burst into his wife's baby shower and grabbed the gifts to give to his second family with his mistress. I'm no etiquette expert, but that seems wrong, doesn't it? Needless to say, "she became upset and they argued." He hit her and fled,...
  • Rainy weather hits Central, Southern California

    05/06/2013 9:01:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    sanluisobispo.com ^ | May 6, 2013 Updated 2 hours ago | The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — Rainy weather in Central and Southern California is making roads slick and proving a mixed blessing for crews fighting a huge wildfire.A storm dumped less than a tenth of an inch of rain to around a quarter-inch overnight in most areas.
  • Greg Laurie Fills In for Rick Warren at Saddleback Church; Says America Needs to Turn Back to God

    04/22/2013 11:17:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/22/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Evangelist Greg Laurie filled in for Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren during worship services over the weekend and is the first of a string of well-known Christian leaders scheduled to speak from the pulpit while Warren continues to grieve his son's passing. The list of pastors planned includes Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, Pete Wilson, David Platt, Craig Groeschel, Wilfredo De Jesús, and Doug Fields. During the sermon series featuring the pastors, they are scheduled to answer the question, "What Does it Mean to Follow Jesus?" Chan, an author and popular speaker at Christian conferences, is planned...
  • USGS To Get $5M For SoCal Early Quake Warning System

    04/19/2013 3:11:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | April 19, 2013 9:49 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An earthquake warning system aimed at protecting the Southland will get a much-needed financial boost Friday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was expected to be joined by Dr. Lucy Jones of the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Los Angeles/Long Beach Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Approval Authority members to announce $5 million in federal grants for the region’s Earthquake Early Warning System. The USGS, in partnership with CalTech and other institutions, has been developing an Earthquake Early Warning system for Southern California since 2006. Officials say the $5 million in grants to the Los Angeles/Long Beach region...
  • Gabby Giffords & Husband Mark Kelly's Daughter's Dog Kills Baby Seal (Killed More Than My AR-15)

    03/26/2013 7:18:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 25, 2013 | CBS Los Angeles
    Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband Pulls Daughter’s Dog Off Sea Lion In Laguna Beach LAGUNA BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Gabrielle Giffords’ husband pulled his daughter’s dog off of a sea lion in Laguna Beach over the weekend. The incident, which was captured on video, happened around 1:40 p.m. Saturday at Goff Cove Beach by the Montage Laguna Beach. Retired astronaut Mark Kelly’s 18-year-old daughter, who was on vacation with her father and Giffords, was walking the American bulldog on a leash when the 65-pound dog saw the sea lion, ran off and attacked. Nathan, who declined to give his last name, happened to...
  • 5.2 Quake in Southern California [4.7]

    03/11/2013 10:06:18 AM PDT · by tophat9000 · 85 replies
    Just felt it http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/ci15296281.html
  • ‘No Emergencies’ Reported After Bright Light Seen In SoCal Skies

    02/22/2013 11:47:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    cbsla.com ^ | February 22, 2013 10:25 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A streak of light that apparently sparked several reports across Southern California was not considered to be a public threat, according to fire officials. Over 40 reports from eyewitnesses around the Southland and statewide reported the sight to the American Meteor Society (AMS) around approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night. Residents from cities as far north as Sacramento, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara and as far south as Malibu and Costa Mesa reported a “brief tail of light” – described as everything from blue to white to bright green in color – traveling in a east-southeast...
  • LAPD Worried About Dorner on Grammy Weekend

    02/09/2013 10:06:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The San Marino Tribune ^ | February 9, 2013
    Los Angeles police are worried about being targeted at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, a former Los Angeles deputy police chief said today. John Miller, now a senior correspondent at CBS News, said today that former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner has a plan that could include targeting a police command post at a major incident, such as the nationally- telecast Grammy broadcast at the Nokia Theater Sunday. Speaking on the “CBS Morning News” today, Miller said he has talked with Los Angeles police and found them to “have an anxiety factor that is unbelievable.” Miller said Dorner probably did...
  • SoCalifornia: Search for fugitive intensifies (Ex LAPD Cop Killer)

    02/09/2013 9:17:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies
    OC Register ^ | Feb. 9, 2013 Updated: 7:48 p.m. | SALVADOR HERNANDEZ, BROOKE STAGGS and ALYSSA DURANTY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
    A new shift of officers has been called in tonight to continue the search for Christopher Dorner in Big Bear. The LAPD has announced it will reopen the investigation into Dorner’s termination.Bulletin: Sgt. R. Collins of the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department Big Bear station said at 6:15 p.m. that a new shift of officers had been called in to continue the search for Christopher Dorner. LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has announced the department will reopen the investigation into Dorner's employment termination. He plans to publicly address Dorner's allegations of wrongful termination and review the 2007 complaint against his supervisor....
  • Thousands attend Crossroads of the West Gun Show in Ontario

    01/05/2013 5:37:42 PM PST · by rottndog · 39 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/05/13 | Andrew Edwards
    The Crossroads of the West Gun Show attracted thousands of firearms enthusiasts to Ontario Convention Center today. The crowd was so large that officials slowed entry to the show to a virtual crawl during the show's early hours to avoid overcrowding the venue. Crossroads of the West typically attracts about 7,000 visitors during its Ontario appearances, show owner Bob Templeton said. He expects double that amount this weekend. The crowd, he said, is likely a reaction to expectations that Congress will at least give serious consideration to major gun control legislation this year. For example, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has...
  • Kaiser Permanente to layoff 530 employees in Southern California

    11/17/2012 1:37:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KFMB-TV ^ | November 17, 2012
    One of the nation's largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in San Diego County, a company official confirmed Saturday. Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of it employees -- would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border. Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. many may also be rehired next year, when Kaiser Permanente expects "significant membership growth" next year. "Health...
  • Chick Fil A video on Youtube(It's a redneck convention)

    08/10/2012 4:02:47 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 46 replies
    8/2/12 ^ | 8/2/12
    The video starts out with a lesbian like woman stating how angry she is at the turnout at a southern California Chick Fil A, and then comes the "it's a redneck convention", by whom I think is her daughter, and then it is selected interviews to put conservatives in a bad light. A new Brian Williams/Dan Rather in the making.
  • Update: SoCal Arco gas stations to close

    03/17/2012 9:00:01 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 3/17/2012 | MARY ANN MILBOURN
    BP today corrected a number of inaccurate reports that the ARCO brand would be withdrawn from Southern California. BP remains committed to the ARCO and ampm convenience store brands. BP announced plans to divest its Carson, California refinery and Southern California retail network in February 2011. The company intends to sell the refinery, associated businesses and the ARCO-branded retail network in 2012 as an on-going business. A number of prospective buyers have already expressed interest in the refinery and ARCO brand. There are about 920 ARCO-branded stations in Southern California operated by independent dealers and franchisees. Approximately 130 of these...
  • CA Lawmaker Sorry For Gun at Airport, Needs One Because of Illegal Immigration Death Threats

    01/05/2012 12:12:36 PM PST · by VU4G10 · 17 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | January 5 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A California assemblyman detained for trying to bring a loaded gun on an airplane said it was a mistake, but that he‘s usually armed because of the death threats he’s received for his anti-illegal immigration views. Tim Donnelly, a Tea Party-backed Republican from San Bernardino
  • SoCal Girl Talks About Economic Collapse & Relationships

    11/23/2011 5:25:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/23/11 | george4title
    I spoke with Stephanie about how the economy is affecting young women. Beside dealing with long term unemployment, the "jobless" economy is affecting how young men and women perceive each other. Many are putting off marriage and reassessing relationships. Many young women are investing free time with giving emotional support to their friends and seeking stronger ties with their existing families.
  • Crystal Cathedral Prays For Miracle to Stop Sale

    11/21/2011 6:27:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 11/20/11 | Scott Martindale
    The bankrupt megachurch is to be sold to the Diocese of Orange.GARDEN GROVE – Crystal Cathedral's head pastor spoke optimistically about the future of her iconic megachurch at Sunday morning services, telling a congregation of about 400 that it was not too late to ask God to intervene and stop the church's impending sale to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman, the daughter of the church's founder, offered a prayer thanking God for "intentionally delaying" a miracle, and indicated that the bankrupt church would continue to pray and wait for God to reveal His final...
  • Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California (Poll at link)

    07/01/2011 12:07:58 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 89 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 7/1/11 | CBS Los Angeles
    Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California Link to Article and Poll New state would have no term limits, part-time legislature July 1, 2011 10:24 AM RIVERSIDE (CBS) — Is the state of California about to go “South”? Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone apparently thinks so, after proposing that the county lead a campaign for as many as 13 Southern California counties to secede from the state. Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new...
  • Socal: FLASH FLOOD WATCH--- & High Wind

    02/25/2011 2:50:52 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 51 replies
    Accuweather ^ | Feb 25, 2011 | NWS
    In effect until Saturday, Feb 26, 12:00 PM..FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING...THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR* A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS AND SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE.* FROM 10 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING* A COLD PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL LATE TONIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST RAINFALL IS EXPECTED WITH THE COLD FRONT PASSAGE LATE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. WITH THE COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE...THREE HOURLY RAINFALL AMOUNTS COULD RANGE FROM ONE HALF TO ONE...
  • socal; FLASH FLOOD WATCH -- in effect until Saturday, Feb 19, 4:00 PM

    02/18/2011 1:53:04 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Accuweather ^ | FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2011 | NWS
    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON......FLASH FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR* A PORTION OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS...RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS...SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS...SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE...SAN DIEGO COUNTY COASTAL AREAS...SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS...SAN DIEGO COUNTY VALLEYS AND SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS.* FROM 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON.* WIDESPREAD MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL MOVE INTO THE AREA LATE TODAY AND CONTINUE INTO SATURDAY. VERY STRONG LOW LEVEL FLOW...
  • Fiercer storm set to hit Southern California

    12/21/2010 2:53:05 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 52 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Dec. 21, 2010 | Staff
    LOS ANGELES — Hillside residents fortified their defenses as fire and police crews staged dramatic water rescues ahead of an even worse storm system expected to hit Southern California on Tuesday evening with more rain, hail and gusts up to 65 mph. Virtually the entire state has been affected by the storms that began Friday, dumping moisture from far Northern California south to San Diego. The National Weather Service predicted an even fiercer storm would roll into Southern California beginning Tuesday night, bringing 2 to 8 inches of rain in most areas and up to 10 inches in some mountains....
  • Special Weather Statement for Orange County Coastal Areas, CA

    11/18/2010 10:59:09 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies
    Weather.com ^ | 12:53 pm PST, Wed., Nov. 17, 2010 | NWS
    ... STORM SYSTEM TO AFFECT SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA LATE FRIDAY INTO MONDAY... A LARGE UPPER LEVEL TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE APPROACHING FROM THE NORTHWEST WILL MOVE OVER SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA AND A COUPLE OF IMPULSES WILL MOVE THROUGH THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY NEXT WEEK. THE FIRST IMPULSE ROTATING AROUND THE MAIN TROUGH WILL MOVE THROUGH ON SATURDAY. THIS WILL LIKELY BRING RAIN... POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES. SHOWERS WILL TAPER OFF LATE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY. A SECOND UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE COULD ENHANCE PRECIPITATION AGAIN SUNDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY. THIS STORM SYSTEM WILL BRING MUCH COLDER WEATHER WITH LOCAL GUSTY WESTERLY WINDS. THE STRONGEST...
  • Crystal Cathedral had its day

    11/12/2010 10:13:27 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 82 replies · 1+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Harriet Baber
    On 18 October 2010, Southern California's landmark Crystal Cathedral, the prototype of all late 20th Century American Megachurches, filed for bankruptcy. I drove up the following Sunday to get a look at the place while it was still in operation. The Crystal Cathedral proper, a spectacular glass structure designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1980, dominates a landscaped campus that includes the congregation's original church building, designed by Richard Neutra, Richard Meier's "Welcoming Center", and a variety of other buildings, reflecting pools and religiously themed statuary. A German tourist prevailed on me to take a picture of him and...
  • Experts Say The ‘Big One’ Will Be Even Bigger

    10/10/2010 1:12:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CBS) ^ | October 10, 2010 9:35 AM
    The 340-mile, southern section of the San Andreas fault could slip at anytime, triggering a massive, magnitude 8.1 quake, researchers announced Sunday. A report in the August issue of Geology by researchers at UC Irvine and Arizona State University suggest the fault is long overdue for a major quake — running from Monterey County to the Salton Sea, the Los Angeles Times reported. The last major rupture on the San Andreas was in 1857. Until recently, experts believed that the section of the fault through the Carrizo Plain, located approximately 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, would remain dormant for...
  • Bell officials arrested, prosecutors set to file criminal charges (including Rizzo)

    09/21/2010 9:50:01 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 111 replies · 2+ views
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/ ^ | 9/21/2010 | /latimesblogs.latimes.com
    At least eight city of Bell officials were arrested this morning as L.A. County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley prepared to announce criminal charges in the municipal salary scandal.
  • (CA: LA County) District Attorney Calls Bell Scandal 'Corruption On Steroids'

    09/21/2010 12:34:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    TPMmuckraker ^ | September 21, 2010, 2:54PM | Jillian Rayfield
    Former Bell, CA City Manager Robert Rizzo, after a March DUI arrestIn a press conference moments ago, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley announced charges against the eight Bell, California city officials who were arrested today after they inflated their salaries, allegedly using around $5.5 million in public funds. Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo, who allegedly banked close to $800,000 a year, was charged with "53 counts of misappropriation of public funds and conflict of interest," according to the Los Angeles Times.According to the Times, "Angela Spaccia, former assistant city manager; Mayor Oscar Hernandez; councilmembers George Mirabal, Teresa...
  • CA: Supervisors want Bell to go into receivership ( That would be the City of Bell in LA County )

    09/21/2010 12:59:06 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    LA Now ^ | September 21, 2010 | 11:59 am
    California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown should quickly ask a judge to remove authority from the scandal-plagued Bell City Council and hand over management of day-to-day affairs to a court-appointed independent official, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday.Such an action against an elected city council may be unprecedented and would move the state into uncharted legal territory.The motion was approved 4-0, wth Supervisor Michael Antonovich absent.It was written before Tuesday morning's arrest of eight current and former Bell city officials, which raised serious questions of how to effectively run the tiny, working-class city of 40,000 people in southeast...
  • Endangered tadpoles released into SoCal stream

    08/24/2010 5:48:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    AP on SFGate.com ^ | 8/24/10 | AP
    Idyllwild, Calif. (AP) -- Researchers have released dozens of tadpoles into a Riverside County stream in hopes of reviving a frog species endangered in the region. San Diego Zoo officials say zoo researchers bred the 36 mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles that were released Tuesday into a stream near the town of Idyllwild. The mountain yellow-legged frog is on the federal Endangered Species List in Southern California and has recently been proposed for listing under the California Endangered Species Act.
  • Temperatures continue well below average in Southern California

    08/10/2010 7:19:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    whittierdailynews.com/ ^ | 08/09/2010 04:09:43 PM PDT | Hector Gonzalez
    The average temperature in July was 79 degrees, five degrees below normal, and the first eight days of this month also have been five to six degrees below normal, weather experts said That could put Southern California on track for a near-record-low summer, but it's still too early to say, according to weather experts. The Los Angeles area, in fact, has had below-normal temperatures every month since April. On Monday forecasters were monitoring a high-pressure system developing to the north that could swing over Southern California by Sunday and heat things into the mid-90s in some inland areas, she said....
  • Caltrans apologizes for removal of American flag mural

    07/06/2010 4:06:31 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 6, 2010 | Janis Mara
    Caltrans apologized Tuesday for covering a mural of an American flag on Interstate 680 last week, a move that triggered howls of indignation and inspired two men to repaint it, and the agency said it will meet with the original artists to create another mural. "Caltrans regrets the removal of the flag mural," Caltrans spokesman Matt Rocco said in a prepared statement. "The department will work with the artists and local community to discuss the department's current permitting process for transportation art with the goal of placing another mural at a suitable location." It cost $1,324.67 in labor, equipment and...
  • Cable Guy Arrested in Sniper Attacks

    06/25/2010 3:09:34 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 34 replies
    NBC4LA ^ | June 25, 2010 | Yvonne Beltzer and Mary Parks
    CHP investigators have arrested a 40-year-old cable TV installer in connection to the series of sniper attacks on Inland Empire Freeways. For weeks now, someone has been shooting out the rear windows of SUVs on the freeway. On Thursday, CHP investigators said they caught the suspect red-handed as he shot at an Escalade as he drove along Interstate 15 at the 38 in Wrightwood. The suspect has been identified as William Frye of Hesperia. His gray Toyota Tundra has been impounded along with several weapons. The seven-week shooting spree damaged more than 70 vehicles. Frye now faces up to 70...
  • Earthquake measured at 5.7 shakes Southern Calif.

    06/14/2010 9:55:09 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 97 replies · 3,949+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 6/15/10
    An earthquake has rocked Southern California, shaking the Los Angeles area and forcing a halt to the Toronto Blue Jays-San Diego Padres game in San Diego. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-5.7 quake was centered five miles southeast of Ocotillo near the U.S.-Mexico border. It struck Monday at about 9:30 PDT. The quake was initially reported as a magnitude-5.9 temblor.
  • EARTHQUAKE!!!

    06/14/2010 9:29:38 PM PDT · by TaraP · 125 replies · 3,879+ views
    Vanity | JUne 14th, 2010 | TaraP
    Did you feel it! San Diego
  • Voodoo Used to Influence Outcome of Mortgage Fraud Case

    06/09/2010 10:08:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies · 56+ views
    Mortgage Fraud Blog ^ | June 7, 2010 | Mortgage Fraud Blog
    Voodoo Used to Influence Outcome of Mortgage Fraud Case Ruben Hernandez, 34, California, owner of Downey Motorcars, and co-defendant Joel Rodriguez, 45, a California resident, owner of Coast to Coast Mortgage, were sentenced in a mortgage fraud case. Hernandez and Rodriguez were convicted by a jury on May 6, 2010. Hernandez was found guilty of four counts of filing a false application and three counts of grand theft. He received a 12 year sentence. Rodriguez was convicted of six counts of filing a false application and five counts of grand theft. He received a 12 year, 8 month sentence. Hernandez...
  • In-N-Out Burger heads to Dallas

    06/02/2010 9:36:45 AM PDT · by Ro_Thunder · 54 replies · 843+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 05-27-10 01:30 PM | Unknown
    Appropriately revered west coast burger chain In-N-Out Burger is making an unprecedented expansion into Dallas, Texas. The chain has infamously not expanded beyond the Western states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, as In-N-Out trucks in its meat from a central facility and has resisted reorganizing that structure in order to accomodate farther reaching locations (for a visual explanation of the process, see this graphic at the Orange County Register).
  • Hemet [SoCal] backs Arizona's immigrant crackdown

    05/26/2010 1:51:57 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies · 324+ views
    Press-Enterprise ^ | May 26, 2010 | Brian Rokos
    Hemet could become one of the first California cities to formally support Arizona's immigration law. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to direct city staff to craft a resolution backing the law. The Arizona law requires police officers during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest" to detain people they reasonably suspect are in the country without authorization and to verify their status with federal officials. It is scheduled to take effect in August. Federal efforts to reform immigration law have repeatedly collapsed, leading states to attempt their own legislation as they experience spikes in illegal immigrants and related costs....
  • SoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity

    04/13/2010 7:10:57 PM PDT · by bd476 · 87 replies · 2,009+ views
    KTLA News ^ | April 13, 2010 | KTLA News
    KTLA NewsSoCal Experiencing Surge in Earthquake Activity 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 have struck the region this year -- more than any year in the past decade. KTLA News 11:08 AM PDT, April 13, 2010 LOS ANGELES -- Southern California, along with Baja California, has seen a surge in moderate earthquake activity this year and scientists are trying to figure out what's causing the uptick. There have been 70 quakes greater than a magnitude 4.0 so far this year. That's the most of any year in the last decade -- and, it's only April. There were 30...
  • CA:LATE SEASON STORM SYSTEM TO IMPACT EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY...

    04/11/2010 2:37:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 87 replies · 1,460+ views
    Accuweather ^ | Sunday April 11, 2010 | NWS
    ...LATE SEASON STORM SYSTEM TO IMPACT EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY...A STORM SYSTEM WHICH ORIGINATED IN THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL MOVE THROUGH EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIA LATE TONIGHT AND MONDAY. THIS WILL BRING A PERIOD OF RAIN TO THE REGION AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS IN SOME AREAS. SNOW AND FOG WILL BE EXPECTED IN THE HIGHER MOUNTAINS. UNSEASONABLY COOL WEATHER WILL OCCUR IN ALL AREAS.RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL RANGE FROM ONE-HALF TO ONE INCH WEST OF THE MOUNTAINS WITH ONE TO TWO INCHES ON THE SOUTH AND WEST FACING MOUNTAIN SLOPES. LOCAL AMOUNTS COULD EXCEED TWO INCHES ON THE...
  • Large Earthquake, San Diego

    04/04/2010 3:43:44 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 100 replies · 8,378+ views
    04-04-2010
    Very large Earthquake in San Diego...lasted a long time.
  • 6.9 Earthquake in Baja . . . felt in S. California (Updated to 7.2)

    04/04/2010 3:46:26 PM PDT · by TankerKC · 801 replies · 35,429+ views
    USGS ^ | April 4, 2010 | USGS
    Wow...that was a good shake...it went on for quite a while. Everybody ok?
  • Mexico arrests 'King of Heroin,' with ties to US

    03/25/2010 4:44:57 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 3 replies · 255+ views
    AP ^ | March 25, 2010 | E. Eduardo Castillo
    MEXICO CITY — Federal police have arrested Mexico's so-called "King of Heroin," a powerful drug trafficker allegedly responsible for running hundreds of pounds of heroin into Southern California each year, authorities said Thursday. Jose Antonio Medina, nicknamed "Don Pepe," was arrested in the western state of Michoacan on Wednesday and is being held for prosecution, said Ramon Pequeno, head of the anti-narcotics division of Mexico's federal police. Medina, 36, ran a complex smuggling operation that hauled 440 pounds (200 kilograms) of heroin each month across the Mexican border in Tijuana for La Familia drug cartel, Pequeno said. The White House...
  • Rain Arrives in the West ( From the Olympics all the way down to Southern California )

    02/25/2010 4:40:21 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 483+ views
    Accuweather ^ | Feb 25, 2010; 4:58 PM ET | Kate Bilo and Ken Clark
    A strong storm slams into the West Coast tonight and tomorrow bringing heavy rain and mountain snow. Kate Bilo and Ken Clark discuss this powerful system.