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How LA County’s new mental health director plans to help heal troubled minds

By Susan Abram|

Carport fire at Van Nuys home leads to discovery of pot grow operation

VAN NUYS >> A fire Saturday at a Van Nuys home led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation and police issued a misdemeanor citation to the owner, authorities said. The fire was reported about 11:40 a.m. in the 6300 block of North...

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  • Allergies

    How to best survive your bad allergies and other weather-related ailments

    Jessica Trujillo takes over-the-counter medication pretty much all year to treat chronic allergy symptoms, such as dizziness and feverish feelings. The toughest times for the Temecula resident is when there is a lot of pollen in the air or during a change of seasons. Like now. “I’ve had blood work done by an allergist and I’m allergic to everything on the test for Southern California residents — especially dust and cats,” wrote the customer...

    Suzanne Hurt

  • Funerals and memorial services

    Chris Cornell’s Hollywood memorial draws Soundgarden bandmates, Brad Pitt and Pharrell

    As notes from his song “The Promise” filled the air, Chris Cornell’s memorial service began under a somber gray sky reminiscent of Seattle and the music scene he helped shape in the 1990s. Flanking a reflecting pool at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, family and friends including Brad Pitt, Pharrell and Christian Bale joined several of Cornell’s former bandmates for Friday’s private ceremony. The two-time Grammy winner and frontman of Soundgarden,...

    Denise Quan

  • Local governments

    LA Election Results: Monica Rodriguez certified as CD7 winner, Karo Torossian concedes

    Monica Rodriguez has been certified the winner of the City Council race in the northeast San Fernando council race. Rodriguez pulled in 53.63 percent, or 9,588 votes, coming out ahead of her opponent Karo Torossian’s 46.36 percent, which came out to 8,287 votes, according to the final results released by the City Clerk on Friday. The certified numbers still needs approval from the City Council. Torossian called Rodriguez to concede the race, after the City...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Holiday travel

    What to expect at LAX over the Memorial Day weekend

    With nearly 900,000 travelers expected to squeeze through the Los Angeles International Airport this Memorial Day weekend, officials are warning to be prepared for the hustle as the busy summer travel season kicks off. LAX is fourth busiest airport in the world. With it comes traffic, lines and waits. An estimated 25.6 million people will shuffle through the airport this summer, many of those scurrying to catch planes. “We are advising travelers to plan before leaving...

    Rachel Uranga

  • Higher education

    UCLA students say ‘free speech is under attack’ and a conservative professor is the target

    Students and supporters of a UCLA adjunct professor are protesting what they say is pressure the university is putting on him because of his outspoken conservative politics. Keith Fink, a lawyer, has taught classes on free speech, contemporary issues, entertainment law and other subjects at UCLA for 10 years. He and student supporters said he may be dismissed from the school because administrators disagree with his views and practices, such as holding seminars on students’...

  • Homelessness

    Sales tax bump to help LA County homeless delayed, which could cause funding shortfall

    Los Angeles County residents will begin paying a quarter-cent sales tax to help the homeless beginning on Oct. 1, three months later than county officials had hoped. The start time was set by the California Board of Equalization and means that instead of generating the projected $355 million in Measure H sales tax funds for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, about $266 million will be raised instead, according to a draft memo released Friday. But the shortfall won’t impact the...

    Susan Abram

  • Funerals and memorial services

    Fans mourn, pay tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    A cloudy sky that evoked the Seattle music scene Chris Cornell helped shape in the 1990s blanketed Hollywood Forever cemetery Friday for his memorial and funeral. Best known as lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell, 52, died last Wednesday in his hotel room after a concert in Detroit. Celebrities and fans alike mourned the singer - some with custom made T-shirts, others with flowers wrapped in flannel. If you are viewing this on a mobile device, click

    Denise Quan

  • Hate crimes

    As hate crimes rise in LA, new report says ‘hard left’ actions also pose threat

    Violent clashes and arrests as a result of political intolerance increased in 2016 on California college campuses and at pro-Trump rallies, as did far-left extremism that could lead to more civil conflicts, researchers concluded in a report presented this week to Los Angeles County officials. Frayed race relations, demographic changes and political divisions along with distrust in institutions and the democratic process all contributed to the rise of hate crimes and extremism, said...

    Susan Abram

  • Dogs

    Two tiny bull terrier mixes are ready to leave shelter life behind

    Gretchen and Gwen didn’t come to the West Valley Animal Shelter together, but in the two weeks they have been in the same kennel, the two bull terrier mixes have become fast friends. It’s more a testament to each dog’s overall friendliness that they get along so well. If you want to adopt two dogs, these two girls would make the perfect pair. But they’re so personable, either Gretchen (ID # A1702064) or Gwen (ID # A1701658) would make a great addition to any...

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  • Marijuana

    Two $100-million funds show big investors jumping into pot business

    A Beverly Hills-based firm says that over the next 12 months it will invest at least $100 million into legal cannabis ventures in California.StarGreen Capital plans to spread that $100 million between 15 to 25 startup or growing marijuana businesses, according to firm CEO Paul Daneshrad. The goal is to help those companies overcome persistent challenges the industry faces in accessing capital and real estate, and to help those businesses stay competitive as the Golden State’s...

    By Brooke Staggs bstagg|

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