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Metro stays local in hiring

Fri Aug 22, 2014

Laborer boot camp was so tough on Ledaya Epps her daughter started asking who was beating her up. But the 37-year-old Compton resident wanted to turn her life around, so she pushed through the construction training course, even when lugging 2-by-4 planks rubbed her forearms “to the white meat” and hauling 96-pound sandbags re

Johnson: After Ezell Ford killing, South L.A. residents plead for peace

Thu Aug 21, 2014

The unease that coursed through Paradise Baptist Church on South Broadway Tuesday night was palpable. It was nasty. Speaker after speaker took to a microphone to blast Chief Charlie Beck for the Aug. 11 shooting death by a pair of Los Angeles Police Department gang officers of 25-year-old Ezell Ford, said by his family to be a depres

'No rate increases?' Not exactly

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Mayor Eric Garcetti promised water and power rates wouldn’t go up this year in Los Angeles. They’ve gone up anyway. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners recently approved a $2.95 raise in average customer power bills beginning in July. That followed a 33-cent average increase from the previous

Still on Target to open soon? Not so fast

Thu Aug 21, 2014

HOLLYWOOD – Will Hollywood get a Target or not? The answer seems to change every month for the controversial project at Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue, which some residents say is just way too big for the neighborhood. The latest twist in the Target saga: Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. ruled Aug. 12 that the Los Ang

Deputies find illegal pot farm near Gardena

Thu Aug 21, 2014

An illegal marijuana growing operation was uncovered Thursday in a warehouse in an unincorporated part of Gardena, Sheriff’s Department officials said. The sophisticated operation was discovered in a warehouse in the 19500 block of South Broadway by detectives serving a search warrant. Inside, they found about 600 mature marijuana

GQ names Manhattan Beach 'best beach for chowing down'

Thu Aug 21, 2014

If tummies are rumbling and you’re in the South Bay, Manhattan Beach is the place to get your grub on with an ocean view. GQ magazine named Manhattan Beach the “best beach for chowing down” in the country in its July issue. El Sombrero,

Unusual sea creatures invade local beaches

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Alyssa Jimenez didn’t panic when her 8-year-old daughter, Micaela, came to shore, nervous, after seeing strange blue jellyfish-like creatures dotting the water in Corona del Mar. The biology professor at Cal State Fullerton used the unusual occurrence of the creatures washing up on shore at Corona del Mar State Beach this week

Beachgoers, beware of big waves

Thu Aug 21, 2014

A tropical storm is sending pumping surf to the coastline, and beachgoers should beware of strong waves and dangerous conditions while trying to enjoy one of the last weekends of the summer season. Tropical Storm Lowell started sending 4-to-5 foot waves to south-facing beaches on Thursday, and the storm is expected to build Friday an

How much does $100 buy you? No big bang for your buck in California

Thu Aug 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – You can try to stretch a buck in California, but you can’t stretch it very far – at least not as far as in, say, Kansas, South Carolina or Nebraska. Studies released this week of federal data show for the first time the real value of $100 in each state based on purchasing similar goods and servic

Cracks in L.A. sidewalks await budget fixes

Thu Aug 21, 2014

City officials have long been claiming that roughly 40 percent of L.A.’s sidewalks need to be repaired, which will cost millions of dollars. A City Council committee meeting this week made it clear, however, that no one is quite sure where the percentage came from. “We, for years, have been throwing out this number that 40 pe

Downtown housing rises to the occasion

Thu Aug 21, 2014

If you’ve waited 30-plus minutes in traffic on a Friday night just to get on the on-ramps to the I-110 or I-10 from downtown Los Angeles to get home, the numerous “downtown living” billboards may have a growing appeal. As advertised, development is slowly coming back to the downtown core. But that’s only good

Poor? You're more likely to lose a limb to diabetes, study finds

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Patients with diabetes from lower-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles County are up to 10 times more likely to have a limb amputated than those in wealthier areas, according to a new UCLA study of amputations across the state. The study found that amputation rates in Compton and East Los Angeles were 10 times higher than those in Malibu

Ex-deputy sentenced for shooting gun in air to scare kids

Thu Aug 21, 2014

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accused of firing his gun into the air to scare a group of children who played a prank at his Stevenson Ranch home has been ordered to attend Alcoholic Anonymous classes and perform community service, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced. Sung Jin Pak, 48, pleaded

Police investigate shooting near Long Beach's MacArthur Park

Thu Aug 21, 2014

LONG BEACH – A 32-year-old man was shot Thursday afternoon across from MacArthur Park, according to Long Beach police. Officers responded at 3:21 p.m. to a shooting in the 1300 block of Warren Avenue, said Sgt. Megan Zabel, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. The victim was transported to a local hospital wi

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