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Tue Jul 22, 2014

Streets, buses affected by Obama visit Wednesday, Thursday

President Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday will mean some traffic changes for drivers and bus riders. Here are the affected areas: Wednesday Streets: The area around La Brea Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard from 2-4 p.m. The area around Beverly Boulevard and North

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Sangria finally gets some respect

For years in this country, sangria was the Ricardo Montalban of alcoholic beverages: an old-fashioned import from another culture, pleasant if a little cheesy, and not exactly au courant. (C’mon, you snickered a little at his inflatable pecs in “The Wrath of Khan,” didn’t you?) But something happened when we weren

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Migrant kids bill decried

A proposed law aimed at solving an illegal immigration crisis would deny a chance at asylum for thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing gang-ravaged Central American countries, immigrants-rights groups said Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles. Nearly 100,000 unaccompanied minors are expected to travel to the U.S. this year, a surge that pro

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Helicopters fight fires, but also save lives

The sun is so bright that the Van Nuys airport looks like a faded photograph, except for the presence of two gleaming, poppy-red AW 139 helicopters. Inside the Van Nuys hangar for Los Angeles Fire Department’s Air Operations, pilot Jorge Arevalo, 14 years in the LAFD, describes the tough and sometimes dangerous job of fighting fire

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Long Beach man dies, another injured in possible street race

LONG BEACH – One man was killed and another was in critical condition Tuesday after being involved in a possible street racing accident Monday night. Police say the crash occurred about 10:15 p.m. near Ocean Boulevard and Orizaba Avenue east of downtown. Authorities said they found the two men, both from Long Beach, unconscious at t

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Mexican nationals wanted for murder captured

Two Mexican nationals wanted on murder charges in their native country have been captured in Los Angeles. Luis Fernando Quintero-Heras, 44, and Jose Adrian Mendoza Del Muro, 33, were turned over Tuesday to Mexican law enforcement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced. “Violent criminals who believe th

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Torrance Unified school board votes to place two bond measures on ballot

TORRANCE – Torrance Unified School District school board members voted Monday to place two bond measures totaling about $194.3 million on the Nov. 4 ballot. Superintendent George Mannon said the bonds would allow the district to finish up a list of capital improvement projects it identified about eight years ago. Board members said

Tue Jul 22, 2014

West Hollywood may get a second dog park

WEST HOLLYWOOD – In a city where dogs seem to far outnumber children, residents have been hankering for a place to play with their canine kiddies at West Hollywood’s centrally located park. The city might just throw them a bone. City staff and landscape architects will study what it would take to build an off-leash dog

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Murder charge in botched robbery that left alleged accomplice dead

A would-be robber accused of killing his accomplice was charged Tuesday with murder. Authorities allege 22-year-old Jose Alfredo Favela, armed with an assault rifle, shot and killed his accomplice, Jose Espidon, amid a botched robbery July 18 at an El Sereno convenience store, Meadow Maid Market, in the 5300 block of Alhambra Avenue.

Tue Jul 22, 2014

New mayor takes stab at budget

LONG BEACH – As Bob Foster was concluding his second and final term as mayor of Long Beach two weeks ago, he said one of his last important tasks was to offer his recommendations on the 2015 city budget. As new mayor Robert Garcia comes into office, one of his first important decisions leading the second-largest city in Los Angeles

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Fire burns South Los Angeles school

Officials at a South Los Angeles charter school were racing to find classroom space Tuesday afternoon after a fire tore through the campus. At around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, firefighters responded to a call of a fire at Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School at 11100 S. Western Ave., authorities said. The school, which serves 600

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Man charged with grand theft, forgery in potential identity-theft operation

MONROVIA – A man found in possession of about 150 blank credit cards, stolen card numbers and a card-embossing machine has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts, including grand theft, forgery and receiving stolen property, Los Angeles District Attorney officials said Tuesday. Shane Andrew Corbid, 23, was arrested July 14 at the

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Long Beach captain sloshes through debris in ocean

It’s called trash island – a small coastline in the middle of the Pacific Ocean made from plastic buoys, tangled fishing nets and other debris that have formed into a floating mass with beaches, hills and underwater mountains. Discovered last week by Long Beach sea researcher Capt. Charles Moore, it’s the first plastic

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Paddle for Mason

Hundreds gathered on the Manhattan Beach shore on July 18 in memory of 16-year-old Mason Zisette, a Mira Costa sophomore who died July 12, two days after he struck an overpass on the 405 freeway in Inglewood while atop a double decker bus. He and some 40 friends were en route to celebrate a classmate’s birthday. Zisette, who grew up in Man

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Thousand Oaks banker sentenced for taking bribes

A former Bank of America employee was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for taking bribes in return for approving sales on properties for less than their actual values, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. Kevin Lauricella, 29, of Thousand Oaks had worked in the Short Sale Department of Bank of America&rsq

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Fundraiser to be held for shark bite victim

A fundraiser will be held for Steve Robles, who was bit by a shark while swimming to the Manhattan Beach Pier, at The Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Proceeds from the event will go toward Robles’ medical expenses. What: Benefit for Steve Robles When: Tuesday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show start

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Polliwog Park ruled out for proposed skatepark

Manhattan Beach resident Julie Profet knew something had to be done when she heard that a skatepark could be developed in what she considers her neighborhood’s most treasured open space. In the past few years, Polliwog Park, an 18-acre open space surrounding a large po

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Carico makes quick jump to big leagues

When the World Series of Beach Volleyball took place in Long Beach last summer, Lane Carico walked away with a championship. A second title will be much more difficult this year. Competing in the inaugural WSOBV in 2013, Carico was a member of Team America – a group of women led by beach volleyball legend and fellow Manhattan Beach

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Beach Cities Sports

Volleyball: Seven-time Daily Breeze Coach of the Year Tommy Chaffins will host volleyball clinics for girls in grades 6-8 on Monday and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Redondo Union High School starting July 21. Clinics will last for five weeks. Information: goscvc.com or contact Chaffins at tomchaff

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Lifeguard Matthies a prankster to the end

The paddle-out for Paul “Pablo” Matthies on Thursday at the Hermosa Beach pier was attended by more than 200 people from his personal and lifeguard families, as well as former swim school students, civic leaders and the South Bay Coastliners barbershop harmony group. He died June 14 at age 93. Retired lifeguard Dick Dou

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Hundreds protest animal cruelty outside Van Nuys courthouse

“There is no excuse for animal abuse!” demonstrators chanted outside the Van Nuys courthouse Friday morning. “Indy! Indy!” they yelled, calling the name of the pit bull who was found July 4, 2013, dehydrated and left for dead in a Van Nuys alley with burns and abrasions on his chest, rear legs and all four paws.

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Funeral for fallen Woodland Hills soldier set in Israel

Services will be held Wednesday in Israel for a 24-year-old Woodland Hills native who died while fighting with Israeli Defense Forces. Max Steinberg died Sunday while serving as a volunteer with the IDF's Golani Brigade. He was taking part in ground operations in Gaza. Steinberg, a graduate of El Camino Real High School and onetime studen

Tue Jul 22, 2014

Wheelchair-bound Pomona man struck by pickup that crashed into storefront

POMONA – An unlicensed driver crashed into the front of a liquor store Monday morning, striking a man in a wheelchair who was outside the store. The driver was trying to park a Toyota pickup shortly after 7:22 a.m. outside the La Siesta Market, 2290 S. Garey Ave., when he accelerated the truck instead of braking, officials said.

Tue Jul 22, 2014

5 things to do: Goo Goo Dolls perform; writers compete in Death Match

GET ‘MAGNETIC’ WITH THE GOO GOO DOLLS 1 Hear alt rock band the Goo Goo Dolls play new and old faves under the summer night sky. The band is supporting their latest album, “Magnetic,” released last year, on a tour with Daughtry. Details: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Ve

Tue Jul 22, 2014

One year in, L.A. County's chief coroner shares his experiences

Dr. Mark Fajardo can open up skulls with Stryker saws and cut through ribs with loppers – large shears meant for cutting branches. But he’s had more than death and autopsies facing him as the newest Los Angeles County chief medical examiner coroner. Coming up on one year in office next month, Fajardo, 50, said managing an ent

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