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How California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill would further limit ICE’s ability to arrest immigrants

By Alejandra Molina and Brenda Gazzar|

LA County, Inland Empire lost jobs in June, according to new data

California shed 1,400 jobs in June, but the Golden State ranked second in the nation in year-over-year employment growth, according to figures released Friday. Big yearly job gain California added 261,400 jobs ove...

By Kevin Smith|


  • Residential fires

    Pacoima home catches fire in early morning

    PACOIMA — A fire damaged a one-story home in Pacoima today, but no one was injured. The flames were reported at 3:50 a.m. at 12655 Montford St., said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes by 35 firefighters, she said. There were no immediate reports of displacements. The cause of the fire and the loss it created were not immediately determined.

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  • Property taxes

    Get ready, LA County homeowners: Property taxes are going up again

    Property taxes will rise again in Los Angeles County, thanks to a brisk real estate market and construction boom. The assessed value of all taxable property in the county jumped by 6.03 percent in 2017, which was slightly higher than last year, figures released Thursday show. It was the seventh straight year that an increase was marked, and every city in the county saw property values rise this year, said Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang. The net value of the...

    Susan Abram

  • Court decisions

    Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca can’t avoid prison while awaiting appeal, judge rules

    Former Los Angeles County sheriff Lee Baca must start his prison sentence while he’s awaiting his appeal for a new trial, a federal court judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson issued the order to deny Baca’s motion for bond pending appeal, saying the former sheriff “has failed to raise a substantial question likely to result in reversal or new trial.” Baca, who once led the largest department of its kind in the nation,

    Susan Abram

  • Accidents

    Car crashes into Starbucks in Valley Glen, multiple injuries reported

    A car plowed into a Starbucks coffee shop in Valley Glen on Thursday afternoon, leaving three people hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries while five others were evaluated at the scene for minor injuries, authorities said. All of the injured appeared to be customers. Among them was a woman in her 80s, who was taken to the hospital as a precaution, said Capt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. The crash, said the owner of...

    Wes Woods

  • Education

    Holocaust survivor has her story preserved, thanks to LA students

    World War II. Eva Trenk was a young girl growing up in Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler already had invaded neighboring Poland and the situation in Trenk’s country was deteriorating when she and her family were forced from their home. “We had to pack some suitcases, and the buses took us to a different location, and from there we went to the camp,” Trenk, 79, recalled Thursday. “There was no food. There was nowhere to sleep. It was very...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Food safety

    Cockroaches, rodent droppings shut down 4 San Fernando Valley restaurants

    Four restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between July 9 and July 15, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach and rodent infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and...

    Stephanie K. Baer

  • Dining

    Knott’s Boardwalk Barbecue now open

    Fans of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park now have another spot to relax and eat, as the Boardwalk Barbecue is finally open. The name may sound familiar, as there was a walk-up eatery with the same moniker which closed and there has been a buzz about this new rendition since construction began in April. Located in the Boardwalk area of the park near Xcelerator, Boardwalk Barbecue is a fast-casual dining space offering smoked pork ribs,...

    Michelle Mills

  • Religion & Worship

    Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, July 21-28

    Shabbat at the Beach with Temple Kol Tikvah: Rabbi Jon Hanish and Cantor Noa Shaashua lead the service, 5:30 p.m. July 21. Call for details on location at Zuma Beach. 818-348-0670. Shabbat Outdoors with Adat Chaverim, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism: Cantor Jonathan Friedmann leads the service, 6 p.m. July 21. Bring a picnic dinner. Meeting at Encino Park, 16953 Ventura Blvd. 888-552-4552. Email:...

    Holly Andres

  • Municipal governments

    Pasadena leaders discuss long-term solutions to prevent suicide at the Colorado Street Bridge

    PASADENA >> Colorado Street Bridge’s iconic span is undergoing changes designed to prevent suicides, but weighing heavily on local officials’ minds is how to achieve safety while maintaining the bridge’s timeless aesthetic. The four members of the City Council’s public safety committee — Mayor Terry Tornek and Councilmen John Kennedy, Tyron Hampton and Steve Madison — met Wednesday night and examined suicide mitigation measures in use at...

    Christopher Yee

  • Homicide

    Burned body found in Granada Hills ID’d as wife of man accused of her murder

    A woman burned beyond recognition in a Granada Hills homeless encampment last month has been identified as the wife of a man accused of stabbing her to death. Sandra Velasco, 52, was pronounced dead in the 11400 block of Balboa Boulevard at 11:11 a.m. on June 20, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter. Her husband, Hector Veloz, 46, was charged with murdering her nine days later by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office after she...

    Wes Woods

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