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MS-13 gang members indicted for crimes in Northern California
08/16/2018 8:07pm

A federal grand jury indicted 12 alleged gang members in Northern California for a broad range of racketeering crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Colorado authorities: Bodies believed to be pregnant woman, 2 daughters found on oil property; husband arrested
08/16/2018 8:01pm

The bodies believed to be a pregnant woman and her two kids were found on a Colorado oil property where her husband used to work, authorities said.

Santa Clarita carjacking suspect caught after chase, crash
08/16/2018 7:54pm

Sheriff's deputies have arrested a carjacking suspect who crashed the stolen vehicle near a mobile home park in the Santa Clarita area and fled on foot.

Wildomar youth pastor pleads not guilty to child sexual assault charges
08/16/2018 7:20pm

A youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting children in Wildomar for nearly two decades pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday.

Rare summer rainfall, hail arrives in Inland Empire communities
08/16/2018 7:16pm

Several Inland Empire communities experienced rainfall on Thursday, offering some relief from the dry conditions that have led to recent wildfires in the area this summer.



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Carjacking Suspect Slams Into Cars, Flees Into Mobile Home Park Near Santa Clarita
08/16/2018 8:02pm

The suspect - who was not immediately identified - was taken into custody around 5:30 p.m., authorities said.

Pursuit Ends Near Restaurants In Santa Ana
08/16/2018 7:29pm

A man led officers on a wild pursuit in Orange County this afternoon. It all ended near some restaurants on Grand Avenue by the 22 Freeway in Santa Ana. Michele Gile reports.

Omarosa Has Trump Daughter-In-Law On Tape Offering Her Campaign Job After Firing
08/16/2018 7:15pm

Manigault Newman told MSNBC in an interview Thursday that she "absolutely" viewed the offer from Lara Trump as hush money and "an attempt to buy my silence."

Toy Car Catches Fire With Kids Strapped Inside
08/16/2018 6:48pm

Video footage shows fire consuming a child's electric toy vehicle as two kids were playing in it.

Yasiel Puig Suspended 2 Games For Role In Dodgers-Giants Brawl
08/16/2018 6:09pm

Los Angeles Dodgers star right fielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended two games for his role in a bench-clearing brawl with the San Francisco Giants.



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Pasta Straws? How Restaurants Get Around Growing Straw Ban
08/16/2018 7:59pm

Bob Morris received a call from the city stating he could no longer serve plastic straws at his restaurant, the Paradise Cove Beach Café in Malibu. The city was calling local businesses in anticipation of a plastic straw ban.It was suggested that Morris use paper straws, but he needed a thick and durable straw for the coconut and boba drinks offered at his restaurant. LA Councilman Moves to Limit Plastic Utensils at SoCal Restaurants For an efficient replacement, Morris looked across the globe for inspiration."At 3 o'clock in the morning, I stood up and said, 'I got it!'" Morris said. "Years ago in Italy I saw this straw, so I decided to bring them back and put it to the test." San Francisco Moves to Ban Plastic Straws, Containers Morris rolled out the pasta straws in May. The straws last in a cold drink for up to four hours and compost in a little more than a day, he said."The guests love being part of the solution," Morris said. "This is a very simple solution to an extremely difficult problem." Disney Plans to Nix Straws at Businesses Globally On June 1, the city of Malibu began prohibiting the "use, distribution, and sale of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery items in all retail stores and restaurants." This is as an effort to promote environmental conservation and reduce choked sea-life.Santa Monica also followed suit. This week, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance to ban a variety of single-use plastics, among them plastic straws.    The regulations may soon expand statewide. California Assembly Bill 1884 would prohibit full-service restaurants from providing "single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the costumer."The bill was introduced by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica)."We’re not even asking, at the state level, for people to stop using straws entirely," Bloom said. "We’re asking people to think about it."But local business owners are worried future plastic straw regulations may affect the way they conduct business.Boba Lab in Santa Monica depends on straws to sell its drinks with boba. The shop’s owner, Lyn Chen, said she uses nearly 2,000 straws a months."The boba straw is part of the experience," Chen said. "It's part of the culture. A lot of people get excited when they see the big, fat straw." Chen hopes to implement non-plastic straws, but the high cost of the eco-friendly options has made the switch difficult. "We've actually looked for other alternatives, like using compostable straws, but that will cost us 100 percent more than what we're paying," Chen said. "It's not very sustainable if we have to pay more for it." She is currently looking at implementing bamboo straws within the next four months. These straws could last up to one year or 736 uses, Chen said.Getting rid of straws altogether is not an option for shops like Boba Lab."It’s really important that we still use a straw for it, whether it be a bamboo straw or a paper straw that would actually work," Chen said.Assemblyman Bloom said legislation on plastic will make people more conscious when using the material. "This is also an opportunity to educate the public about being more responsible stewards of our environment," he said.Photo Credit: Mariela Patron

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76
08/16/2018 1:38pm

Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. Paying R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin The family added: "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."The statement continued: 'What a Legacy': Tributes Pour in For Aretha Franklin "We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. A Life Well Lived: Major Events in the Life of Aretha Among a legion of those expressing their grief were former President Barack Obama, who watched Franklin perform at his 2009 inauguration, said in a statement with wife Michelle Obama that the singer "helped define the American experience."The pair added: "America has no royalty. But we do have a chance to earn something more enduring. ... For more than six decades since, every time she sang, we were all graced with a glimpse of the divine. ... In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance."The former president and first lady said Franklin's music "remains to inspire us all."Franklin, who had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years, had in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time. Her gifts, natural and acquired, were a multi-octave mezzo-soprano, gospel passion and training worthy of a preacher's daughter, taste sophisticated and eccentric, and the courage to channel private pain into liberating song.She recorded hundreds of tracks and had dozens of hits over the span of a half century, including 20 that reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. But her reputation was defined by an extraordinary run of top 10 smashes in the late 1960s, from the morning-after bliss of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," to the wised-up "Chain of Fools" to her unstoppable call for "Respect."Her records sold millions of copies and the music industry couldn't honor her enough. Franklin won 18 Grammy awards. In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Clive Davis, the music mogul who brought her to Arista Records and helped revive her career in the 1980s, said he was "devastated" by her death."She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world," he said in a statement. "Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness."Fellow singers bowed to her eminence and political and civic leaders treated her as a peer. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a longtime friend, and she sang at the dedication of King's memorial, in 2011. She performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and at the funeral for civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Clinton gave Franklin the National Medal of Arts. President George W. Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 2005.Franklin's best-known appearance with a president was in January 2009, when she sang "My Country 'tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's inauguration. She wore a gray felt hat with a huge, Swarovski rhinestone-bordered bow that became an Internet sensation and even had its own website. In 2015, she brought Obama and others to tears with a triumphant performance of "Natural Woman" at a Kennedy Center tribute to the song's co-writer, Carole King.Franklin endured the exhausting grind of celebrity and personal troubles dating back to childhood. She was married from 1961 to 1969 to her manager, Ted White, and their battles are widely believed to have inspired her performances on several songs, including "(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone," ''Think" and her heartbreaking ballad of despair, "Ain't No Way." The mother of two sons by age 16 (she later had two more), she was often in turmoil as she struggled with her weight, family problems and financial predicaments. Her best known producer, Jerry Wexler, nicknamed her "Our Lady of Mysterious Sorrows."Franklin married actor Glynn Turman in 1978 in Los Angeles but returned to her hometown of Detroit the following year after her father was shot by burglars and left semi-comatose until his death in 1984. She and Turman divorced that year.Despite growing up in Detroit, and having Smokey Robinson as a childhood friend, Franklin never recorded for Motown Records; stints with Columbia and Arista were sandwiched around her prime years with Atlantic Records. But it was at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father was pastor, that Franklin learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution.Aretha Louise Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. The Rev. C.L. Franklin soon moved his family to Buffalo, New York, then to Detroit, where the Franklins settled after the marriage of Aretha's parents collapsed and her mother (and reputed sound-alike) Barbara returned to Buffalo.C.L. Franklin was among the most prominent Baptist ministers of his time. He recorded dozens of albums of sermons and music and knew such gospel stars as Marion Williams and Clara Ward, who mentored Aretha and her sisters Carolyn and Erma. (Both sisters sang on Aretha's records, and Carolyn also wrote "Ain't No Way" and other songs for Aretha). Music was the family business and performers from Sam Cooke to Lou Rawls were guests at the Franklin house. In the living room, the shy young Aretha awed friends with her playing on the grand piano.Franklin occasionally performed at New Bethel Baptist throughout her career; her 1987 gospel album "One Lord One Faith One Baptism" was recorded live at the church.Her most acclaimed gospel recording came in 1972 with the Grammy-winning album "Amazing Grace," which was recorded live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles and featured gospel legend James Cleveland, along with her own father (Mick Jagger was one of the celebrities in the audience). It became one of of the best-selling gospel albums ever.The piano she began learning at age 8 became a jazzy component of much of her work, including arranging as well as songwriting. "If I'm writing and I'm producing and singing, too, you get more of me that way, rather than having four or five different people working on one song," Franklin told The Detroit News in 2003.Franklin was in her early teens when she began touring with her father, and she released a gospel album in 1956 through J-V-B Records. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records producer John Hammond, who called Franklin the most exciting singer he had heard since a vocalist he promoted decades earlier, Billie Holiday. Franklin knew Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. and considered joining his label, but decided it was just a local company at the time.Franklin recorded several albums for Columbia Records over the next six years. She had a handful of minor hits, including "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" and "Runnin' Out of Fools," but never quite caught on as the label tried to fit into her a variety of styles, from jazz and show songs to such pop numbers as "Mockingbird." Franklin jumped to Atlantic Records when her contract ran out, in 1966."But the years at Columbia also taught her several important things," critic Russell Gersten later wrote. "She worked hard at controlling and modulating her phrasing, giving her a discipline that most other soul singers lacked. She also developed a versatility with mainstream music that gave her later albums a breadth that was lacking on Motown LPs from the same period."Most important, she learned what she didn't like: to do what she was told to do."At Atlantic, Wexler teamed her with veteran R&B musicians from Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the result was a tougher, soulful sound, with call-and-response vocals and Franklin's gospel-style piano, which anchored "I Say a Little Prayer," ''Natural Woman" and others.Of Franklin's dozens of hits, none was linked more firmly to her than the funky, horn-led march "Respect" and its spelled out demand for "R-E-S-P-E-C-T."Writing in Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, Wexler said: "It was an appeal for dignity combined with a blatant lubricity. There are songs that are a call to action. There are love songs. There are sex songs. But it's hard to think of another song where all those elements are combined."Franklin had decided she wanted to "embellish" the R&B song written by Otis Redding, whose version had been a modest hit in 1965, Wexler said."When she walked into the studio, it was already worked out in her head," the producer wrote. "Otis came up to my office right before 'Respect' was released, and I played him the tape. He said, 'She done took my song.' He said it benignly and ruefully. He knew the identity of the song was slipping away from him to her."In a 2004 interview with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times, Franklin was asked whether she sensed in the '60s that she was helping change popular music."Somewhat, certainly with 'Respect,' that was a battle cry for freedom and many people of many ethnicities took pride in that word," she answered. "It was meaningful to all of us."In 1968, Franklin was pictured on the cover of Time magazine and had more than 10 Top 20 hits in 1967 and 1968. At a time of rebellion and division, Franklin's records were a musical union of the church and the secular, man and woman, black and white, North and South, East and West. They were produced and engineered by New Yorkers Wexler and Tom Dowd, arranged by Turkish-born Arif Mardin and backed by an interracial assembly of top session musicians based mostly in Alabama.Her popularity faded during the 1970s despite such hits as the funky "Rock Steady" and such acclaimed albums as the intimate "Spirit in the Dark." But her career was revived in 1980 with a cameo appearance in the smash movie "The Blues Brothers" and her switch to Arista Records. Franklin collaborated with such pop and soul artists as Luther Vandross, Elton John, Whitney Houston and George Michael, with whom she recorded a No. 1 single, "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)." Her 1985 album "Who's Zoomin' Who" received some of her best reviews and included such hits as the title track and "Freeway of Love."Critics consistently praised Franklin's singing but sometimes questioned her material; she covered songs by Stephen Sondheim, Bread, the Doobie Brothers. For Aretha, anything she performed was "soul."From her earliest recording sessions at Columbia, when she asked to sing "Over the Rainbow," she defied category. The 1998 Grammys gave her a chance to demonstrate her range. Franklin performed "Respect," then, with only a few minutes' notice, filled in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti and drew rave reviews for her rendition of "Nessun Dorma," a stirring aria for tenors from Puccini's "Turandot.""I'm sure many people were surprised, but I'm not there to prove anything," Franklin told The Associated Press. "Not necessary."Fame never eclipsed Franklin's charitable works, or her loyalty to Detroit.Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl in her hometown in 2006, after grousing that Detroit's rich musical legacy was being snubbed when the Rolling Stones were chosen as halftime performers."I didn't think there was enough (Detroit representation) by any means," she said. "And it was my feeling, 'How dare you come to Detroit, a city of legends — musical legends, plural — and not ask one or two of them to participate?' That's not the way it should be."Franklin did most of her extensive touring by bus after Redding's death in a 1967 plane crash, and a rough flight to Detroit in 1982 left her with a fear of flying that anti-anxiety tapes and classes couldn't help. She told Time in 1998 that the custom bus was a comfortable alternative: "You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can't pull over at 35,000 feet."She only released a few albums over the past two decades, including "A Rose is Still a Rose," which featured songs by Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lauryn Hill and other contemporary artists, and "So Damn Happy," for which Franklin wrote the gratified title ballad. Franklin's autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots," came out in 1999, when she was in her 50s. But she always made it clear that her story would continue."Music is my thing, it's who I am. I'm in it for the long run," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I'll be around, singing, 'What you want, baby I got it.' Having fun all the way."Photo Credit: Redferns

'In-N-Stout Beer' Spurs Punny Cease and Desist Letter
08/15/2018 12:43pm

A San Francisco-based brewery and distillery had an ambitious plan to create a stout mirroring In-N-Out Burger's trademark look and logo.The popular burger chain fired back with legal action, but it had a bit of playful fun in doing so, issuing a pun-laden cease and desist letter to the brewery and distillery known as Seven Stills, as reported by SF Gate. Italian Bridge Collapse Sends Cars Tumbling, Killing 39 The back and forth banter all started on July 12 when Seven Stills took to Instagram and posted a photo of its soon-to-be-released "barrel aged neopolitan milkshake stout." The beverage's logo featured In-N-Out's famous red palm tree lining, arrow logo and the phrase "In-N-Stout Beer." White House Can't Guarantee Trump Hasn't Used N-Word After In-N-Out caught wind of the idea, its legal team crafted a cease and desist letter jam-packed with puns related to beer making."Based on your use of our marks, we felt obligated to hop to action in order to prevent further issues from brewing," part of the letter read. UK Police Treat Parliament Crash as Terrorism, Seek Motive Seven Stills — admittedly not surprised by the cease and desist — will respect In-N-Out's letter asking it to stop the illegal activity, according to SF Gate. The brewery and distillery will still dish out the beer on Thursday, but it will of course feature a different look.Photo Credit: AP This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Weekend: Mondo Eat Fests Heat Up
08/16/2018 8:02pm

Spicy Spectaculars: If you're a pepper person or you just like cuisine with kick, check it out: Several fests, and one eating competition, are bringing the toasty heat treats in the days ahead. Bristol Farms is hosting a Hatch green chile tasting at two stores on Aug. 18, Long Beach BBQ Festival'll be the home of Rib Village to Rainbow Lagoon from Aug. 17-19, LA Taco Festival arrives at Grand Park on Aug. 18 to raise money for homeless youth, a Sausage Fest sizzles in Cherry Valley on Aug. 18 and 19, the California Hot Sauce Expo pours it on in Anaheim on Aug. 18 and 19, and the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Competition returns to Nisei Week on Aug. 18 (look for the booth where you can buy your own gyoza). Oh goodness, it is hot and delicious and hot out. (Two "hots" required, yep.)Plum Festival: Need something juicy and sweet to cool all of that heat down for a bit? Old World in Huntington Beach is the place to go, Aug. 19 is the date to go there, and you best be ready to order a host of plum-oriented pastries. Plum cake and plum crepes are on the menu, as well as heartier fare, and to tug your heartstrings? Dachshunds shall race, which is plum adorable. The festival brings the fruit-tastic fun from 2 to 6 o'clock.Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival: It's a big happy 80th anniversary for this large-scale Lancaster lark, which sports a midway, all sorts of walk-around-n-snack goodies, cute animals, and a host of major acts on the concert stage. Chaka Khan, Styx, and several other great acts'll play, but if you like vroom-vroom, be sure to catch the Demolition Derby and other motor-stravaganzas during the Aug. 17-26 run.Happy 65th, Downey McDonald's: And speaking of great anniversaries to note, the World's Oldest Operating McDonald's restaurant is marking a major birthday with two hours of special speeches and old-school vibes. Can you stop by and buy a burger during the Aug. 18 fast-food-y festivity? Absolutely. Will you see a cool car or two from 1953, or thereabouts, the year this McDonald's began scooping fries into bags? It could definitely happen, so stay sunny and keep an eye out for vintage sights, outfits, and more.Festival Runway Fashion Show: California is known as a center for couture, but the clothes that will go on memorable display in Laguna Beach on Aug. 19 are some of the most magnificent and hard-to-replicate togs around. Why? Because these one-of-a-kind outfits are made from found objects and recycle-ready goods — think CDs, lotto tickets, coffee filters — and they're beautiful, colorful, and mind-opening. Have to see this eco-cool sashaying? Festival of Arts is the hip/happening place to be.Photo Credit: Bristol Farms/BBQ/tacos/Shutterstock

Southwest Limits Emotional Support Animals to Cats and Dogs
08/16/2018 4:23pm

Southwest Airlines is joining a growing number of U.S. carriers overhauling its pet policy, announcing this week that it will only accept cats and dogs on board as "emotional support animals."Under the new policy, which goes into effect Sept. 17, passengers will be limited to one emotional support animal that must remain in a carrier or be held on a leash at all times, according to the airline. Tips for Traveling Safe With Your Pet Passengers will also be required to present a "current" letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional on the day of departure.The Dallas-based company is also limiting the types of trained services animals permitted in the cabin to cats, dogs and miniature horses. Service animals are specially trained to help people with disabilities. 'Shame and Sorrow': Vatican Responds to Pa. Sex Abuse Scandal "The ultimate goal with these changes is to ensure Customers traveling with service animals know what to expect when choosing Southwest," said Steve Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality. "Southwest will continue working with advocacy groups, Employees, Customers, and the DOT to ensure we offer supportive service animal guidelines."Guide dogs have been occasional flyers for years, but recently there has been a surge of emotional-support animals on board. Federal law allows passengers to bring animals into the cabin that provide emotional support or assistance to fliers with disabilities free of charge, according to The Associated Press.  The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Dies at 76 Airlines are convinced that scofflaws abuse the rules to avoid paying fees — about $125 or more each way — to bring their small pet on board.The U.S. Department of Transportation announced in May it was considering rules to "address the appropriate definition of a service animal."But as airlines grapple with a surge of emotional support animals brought in the cabin and increased reports of animal-related incidents on board, many aren't waiting for federal regulations.Earlier this year, American, United, Delta and Jetblue issued tighter rules for pets in the cabin.American Airlines cited a 40 percent increase in passengers bringing animals in the cabin from 2016 to 2017, in issuing its updated emotional support pets policy.Delta's senior vice president for corporate safety, security and compliance, John Laughter, said in January that the rise in serious in-flight incidents involving animals in the cabin leads the industry to believe that "the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel.”Photo Credit: NBC 5 News



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Toyota Withdraws As Grand Prix Title Sponsor
08/16/2018 6:06pm

Toyota Motor North America has announced its decision not to renew its title sponsorship agreement for the annual Grand Prix of Long Beach. The following is a statement from Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach: “We have had a phenomenal relationship with Toyota for 44 years, a record in the racing world. In recent discussions, however, Toyota has elected not to renew as the title sponsor. This has now opened up an opportunity to identify a new title partner. Coming off a very successful 44th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, we’re excited about the future and are exploring all possible sponsorship opportunities that might exist in the market. “Toyota came aboard our fledgling event in 1975 as Official Pace Car provider and in 1980, Toyota stepped up to become our entitlement sponsor and remained in that position for 39 years. In 1976, Toyota created the charitable Toyota ‘Race for Youth’ Match Race which would become the world-famous Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race starting in 1977, continuing for the next 40 years. Among the many beneficiaries of this race were the Children’s Hospitals of Long Beach and Orange County. Together, over the years, we were able to build the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach into America’s No. 1 Street Race. “On behalf of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, I would like to thank Toyota for all that it did to help us grow our event and make it what it is today. We are proud to have had Toyota be the most prominent of our sponsor partners for so many years.” The 2019 Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 12-14. Category: News

DA Lacey Honors Three for Helping Stop Violent Crimes
08/16/2018 6:05pm

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey on August 8 recognized two brave individuals who intervened in violent attacks, one against a peace officer, and a third person whose quick thinking helped capture a serial home invasion robber. “I am encouraged by the actions of these selfless honorees who, in some instances, put themselves in harm’s way for strangers,” District Attorney Lacey said. “Any of these cases could have had deadly outcomes if not for the courageous actions of these local heroes.” The honorees were a Bellflower woman who saw a man getting attacked with a golf club and jumped in the middle; a Detroit retiree who stopped a criminal who was viciously beating a sheriff’s deputy outside a Lakewood mall; and a Redlands man who put his fear aside in the middle of a home invasion robbery and did not rest until the defendant was held to answer for all of his crimes. District Attorney Lacey recognized the honorees last week at a Courageous Citizen Awards ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Long Beach aboard the Queen Mary. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office presents these awards several times a year to people who have performed extraordinary acts of valor and selflessness in assisting in criminal prosecutions, aiding victims, preventing crimes or even capturing suspects. Awards were presented to: James Gutierrez, 34, of Redlands (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Grace Rai) During the 2013 holiday season, a man was responsible for a series of violent, deadly home invasion robberies in Long Beach, Torrance, Westchester, Covina, Los Angeles and Sylmar. His last home invasion robbery was in Riverside. In that robbery, the defendant rang the doorbell and when James Gutierrez answered, the man forced himself into the home at gunpoint. Mr. Gutierrez yelled to his wife who was in their bedroom to call police and lock herself inside. Mr. Gutierrez continued warning his wife while he was struck several times with the gun. As the wife was on the phone with police, the defendant kicked down the door and forced both victims to the ground. Mr. Gutierrez jumped on top of his wife to protect her and was pistol-whipped again. The defendant fled as police arrived and was quickly captured, ending his crime spree. On April 5, 2018, the defendant was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles, Long Beach, Covina, Torrance and Riverside Police Departments and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Richard Fredrick, 70, of Detroit (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Robert Serna) A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was escorting a man involved in a domestic dispute out of the Lakewood Mall on Aug. 15, 2014. The man, who was not under arrest, suddenly sucker-punched the deputy and knocked him unconscious. The defendant kicked and stomped the deputy on his head and neck. Richard Fredrick was sitting at a table when he saw the attack. He immediately got up, ran toward the defendant and tackled him. The deputy’s partner, who had been with the defendant’s girlfriend, responded and took the defendant into custody. On Aug. 3, 2017, the defendant pleaded no contest to assault on a peace officer, attempted murder and other charges. He was sentenced to 14 years and eight months in prison and waived credit for three years in custody. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case. Luz Arias, 65, of Bellflower (Presented by Deputy District Attorney Suzanna Friedman) On Oct. 16, 2016, a woman went to her ex-boyfriend’s house in Bellflower with a male friend to retrieve her property. The friend and the ex-boyfriend got into an argument that turned into a violent attack on the friend, who was struck in the head with a golf club. Luz Arias was driving through the area when she saw the attack. Even though both men were younger, Ms. Arias stopped her vehicle, yelled at them to stop fighting and physically intervened when the attack continued. Ms. Arias was pushed to the ground, but she once again got between the victim and assailant until the violence ended. The defendant pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon, a golf club. He was sentenced on May 17, 2017, to two years in state prison. The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood Station. Category: News

Norse Way's Ficus Removal Implemented
08/16/2018 6:01pm

By: Steve PropesHistorically striving to be Tree City U.S.A., Long Beach loves its trees. Except for two ficus varieties, that is. Since 2015, there has been a little-noticed municipal ficus removal program in Long Beach. Which pretty much describes what has been observed at several Norse Way locations. Though not officially noted, this removal program was implemented on 28 ficus trees through a grant from the city’s Economic Development Department. As of July 20, the last of the trees had been taken out, roots ground up, trucks gone, shade only a memory, just in time for a record-setting heat wave. Business owner Debbie Ziegler of the Picket Fence definitely missed the shade, but noted, “The trees had to come out. Berries would stain the sidewalk, people would track in leaf debris. We couldn’t keep up with it.” “We got a four-day notice.,” said Ziegler of the Norse Way ficus removal. “It’s completely different; its charm is gone.” According to Long Beach Economic Development Officer Seyed Jalali, the Norse Way project is one of three business corridor improvement programs for which $450,000 of one-time funds was voted by the City Council. The other two are on Anaheim Street and Pacific Avenue. Outreach for the program began in January 2018 and money was put aside in March 2018. City staff and Fifth District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo began attending business meetings of the newly formed, yet-to-be-chartered Norse Way Village Association (NWVA) where, according to Jalali, there was strong support for the improvement ideas. Real estate broker and past president of the NWVA, James McCormick, owner of Sunbelt Properties, said the ficus trees have been an issue for at least eight years, when then Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske met with business owners about problems with the trees with very intrusive root systems, impacting both foundations and plumbing, causing thousands of dollars of damage. At the time, the trees were trimmed and “the sidewalks were ground down to where they couldn’t be ground down anymore.” At the time, “walking down the sidewalk, could mean tripping on your face.” The idea of the improvement is to increase the customer base and property values and includes façade improvements and signage. In the case of Norse Way, apart from tree removal which is needed for sidewalk replacement, “public realm improvements” that include crosswalks, festoon lighting, trash can placement and tree replacement. Replacing curbs that don’t meet ADA requirements and upgrading sidewalks with damage caused by the ficus trees, might allow for sidewalk dining. Though there won’t be any sidewalk widening, tree removal will accommodate diners. The improvements are also a response to an ADA access lawsuit, which resulted in a very large settlement. Fifth District Field Deputy Kyle Henneberque said part of the settlement was that “over the next 20 years, the city is going to have to fix all those sidewalks.” As Norse Way is used as a shortcut between Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street., according to Project Manager Eric Romero, who said installation of bulb-out crosswalks, an extension of the curb to improve the pedestrian experience, as well as posted speed limit signs, might help calm traffic. Owner of Vintage & Such, Bill Booth recalled, “Mungo held a big meeting almost a year ago. She wanted us to form an association so we could get things done, Apart from “our street getting strangled by the trees, the big thing was beautification. The trees hadn’t been maintained, you couldn’t see the street lights. The idea from what I understand, trees go, the sidewalk gets fixed, then new trees go in. Stacy will meet to discuss what trees to put in. It was voted to put them in big boxes where people could sit and we could move them around.” Possible replacement trees include the crape myrtle tree, chaitalpa tree and another variety that drops berries, giving it an outside chance to be selected. With a 2,094 ficus trees in Long Beach, “the only species of concern are ficus benjamina and ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’” according to Romero. Of the ficus benjamina, The United States Forest Service states “Roots grow rapidly, invading gardens, growing under and lifting sidewalks, patios, and driveways.” The ficus microcarpa grows in walls of buildings, bridges, highways and concrete structures. Apart from Norse Way, there are clusters of ficus in various other residential neighborhoods and at Parkview Village. The fate of those trees is not known. Removal of ficus for residents from parkways depends upon an inspection, which determines size, structural health, stability and probability of failure. According to Romero, “The plan is to remove all or most of the ficus benjamina and ficus microcarpa ‘Nitida’ within a 10-year period, with a cap of 50 per year, no more than 50 percent of a block within a three-year period.” As far as Norse Way is concerned, according to Economic Development’s plan, the timing of the improvements is an attempt to pick up on the momentum of the success of nearby Douglas Park, making it attractive to new and existing businesses through improving aesthetics. To see how Norse Way looked in the pre-ficus removal days, go to and add a street address. Category: News

Farm Dinner at the Ranch
08/16/2018 5:47pm

Rancho Los Alamitos will present Farm Dinner at the Ranch on Saturday, August 25, on its beautiful and historic grounds near Cal State Long Beach. At $150 per person, the festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with guests entering the gardens past the living wall of giant bamboo and through the Music Patio to cross the threshold of the Ranch House for a glimpse into the home of one of Long Beach’s oldest families. Americana music by a local indie band will set the garden party mood on the Rancho’s sprawling front lawn under the 125-year-old Moreton Bay Fig trees. Party-goers will enjoy wine and craft beer tasting, sampling of tasty appetizers, exploration of the gardens, and a chance to peruse and bid at the silent auction. After dinner, a live auction will give diners a chance to bid on four unique experiences that can only happen at Rancho Los Alamitos. Check out the Rancho’s website,, for a listing of some of the items which will be up for auction. This year, the farm dinner committee is offering craft beer tasting, with the option to purchase, before dinner. The Long Beach breweries that will bring beers to pair with the farm fresh menu are Dutch’s Brew House, Liberation Brewing and Belmont Brewing Company. The Wine Country will be there with a carefully selected offering of wines that will compliment the menu as well. When the dinner bell rings near twilight, guests will find their seats at long tables draped in white linen under sparkling lights in the historic Barns Area of the ranch. Chef Paul Buchanan will prepare the farm-to-table feast. Funds from the event will support educational programs for youth and adults including school tours for children, Tongva Tovaave (Native American Cultural Workshop), and large public events. For additional information, please send an email to or call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541. This event sold out last year. Early reservations are strongly recommended. Submitted by Rancho Los Alamitos, Photo by Doug Cox Category: News

Community Hospital Plans Discussed on Straight Talk Show with Art Levine
08/16/2018 5:44pm

[Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of a Straight Talk Show that aired last month with Host Art Levine interviewing 4th District Councilman Daryl Supernaw, Mario Molina and John Molina.] Art: We are going to be focused tonight on saving Community Hospital. We’re very pleased to have as our first guest, Long Beach City Councilman from the 4th District Daryl Supernaw. Tell us why, in your view and in the city’s view, saving Community Hospital is such a priority? Daryl: Community Hospital is a critical asset to the city of Long Beach in general, and especially to the east side of the city. It’s the only acute care hospital with an emergency room, and it serves even a greater regional area if other hospitals go on what they call “divert,” if their emergency rooms are filled, then it’s the only game in town for the southeast corner of the city. Art: And in these emergency situations, time is critical. Minutes can make the difference between life and death. Daryl: That’s a huge part of this scenario. When we get into paramedics their wait times in the emergency room to drop off patients – All that is affected. Art: Who owns Community Hospital? Daryl: The property and the facility is all owned by the City of Long Beach. It was deeded to the city, I believe in 1911 by the water department. And Community Hospital was built in 1924, so it’s been there serving the citizens of Long Beach for 94 years. Art: Why did Memorial Care choose to close the hospital? Daryl: They felt that the buildings were untenable, that they couldn’t make it work. Art: Earthquake wise? Daryl: Yes. And so, they notified us on October 30, 2017 that they would be leaving the facility. There was a deadline, a state deadline of July 2019, but they left it open-ended. And then in March of 2018, they informed us that we’re going to be out by July 2018. Art: Memorial agreed recently to withdraw its request to close the hospital and rather put [the license] in suspense. Daryl: They could’ve surrendered the hospital license that was renewed on April 28th or place it in suspension. And that would allow someone else to take over a hospital that is licensed. To say it’s just the difference in night and day is an understatement. This makes it very doable where it would’ve been next to impossible otherwise. Art: So, what do you see happening in the future? Daryl: We’re working on multiple areas and there’s just an alphabet soup of acronyms for state agencies, county agencies and departments to deal with, so right now we’re working on a piece with a state agency, the acronym is OSHPD, and that is the seismic piece. And most folks know that our office put up the money to hire an architectural firm, Perkins and Will, to get that process started. So, that works concurrently or parallel to another process that is starting up with the California Department of Public Health, and the new operators will work with them on establishing the parameters to work on getting that license. Now, that’s a process between the Molina Wu Group [which will work] with the State of California. The city will do everything in it’s power to help that process. Art: And the Molina Wu Group is the group that the city chose of the half a dozen or so applicants to run with this project? Daryl: Absolutely, they came out on top. I personally as a born and raised Long Beach guy, really happy to see that the Molina’s involved. Art: Continuing our discussion about saving Community Hospital we are joined now by Doctor Mario Molina. Tell us about MWN, who are they? Mario: The M is for Molina, my brother John and I. W is for Wu, Doctor Wu, who runs AHMC Hospitals and N is for Network Medical Management, which is run by Doctor Sim, which manages doctor practices. Doctor Wu’s organization runs seven hospitals including one that they bought in Orange County from Memorial Care. Art: Why did you and your brother John decide to get involved in this effort to save Community Hospital? Mario: I got a call one morning from John and he said, “They’re closing Community Hospital, is there anything we can do?”. And so, I called Doctor Wu and I called Doctor Sim and I said, “Would you guys be willing to help us try to keep the hospital open?” Without knowing anything about it, Doctor Wu stepped up immediately. We wanted to do it because Community Hospital has been such an important part of the community for so long, Memorial didn’t want to do this anymore. And so, we wanted to bring in a really qualified hospital operator to keep the hospital open and make sure that the emergency room stayed open. Art: I’m sure almost all of our viewers know, Doctor Mario Molina and John Molina were principal officers of Molina Healthcare and New York Stock Exchange listed public company. Daryl, that must have made a big difference in your life and the feeling about the city of getting a group of this quality to be interested in participating in your program? Daryl: Absolutely, they had the best of the best. All the elements covered. It was great to have Long Beach people involved. I knew that we didn’t have to explain the history of the facility to them, and I didn’t think I had to explain how important that is to the city of Long Beach, as you just heard, they felt that right off the bat. Art: What are other obstacles that you see, Doctor Mario, in between now and the finish line? Mario: There are a number of things that we have to do. The license is going to go into suspense, which is really important because it means they’re not surrendering it, so we can come back later on and pick that up. We’re going to have to work with the city and their architects to come up with a plan. And it’s a little bit like a Rubik’s Cube, we’re going to have to move things around to fit everything we need into the footprint of the historic building. Art: Just for the record, the historic building, the Legacy Building that most people think of when you think of Community, is not where there’s an earthquake problem, the earthquake problem is in the surrounding areas, other parts of the hospital. Mario: That’s correct. So, the Legacy Building is probably the safest building, which is ironic because it is the oldest. So, once we get the configuration we’re going to have to then reactivate the license, hire the staff back, and then the third part is to figure out what to do with the rest of the property, because there are a lot of facilities there that can be used, they just can’t be used for an acute care hospital. That’s where John comes in. His job is to figure out what to do with the rest of the property. Art: It’s exciting to be working with partners of this quality. Daryl: Just to clarify, there’s an earthquake fault that runs diagonally across the property and so, it has two factors that is, the proximity to that fault line is key. The Legacy Building is the furthest distance away from that fault line. Art: There’s another component I know in the solution, and that is changing by legislation the time lines that certain things have to happen. Who’s going to help with all this? Daryl: Patrick O’Donnell brought forth an assembly bill and that went to committee, and they said, “Well if you come up with a plan, show us your plan you have in place, we’ll consider this [for an extension.” We were hoping for possibly five years from that July 2019 date. Mario: I think it’s important to note too, that Community Hospital is not the only facility that has this problem. There are many other facilities in the state that have this. And so, the legislation to give us a little bit more time is not unusual. In fact, I think there was a bill passed earlier this year for something like 25 facilities. Art: What is your vision of the future, if things work out the way you had hoped? Mario: Well, you know, I think medicine has changed a lot and hospitals need to keep up with the times. So, for us I think the next step is to build a hospital that will serve East Long Beach for the 21st Century, and as more things shift from inpatient hospital to outpatient services, figure out how we repurpose the buildings that are there to continue to serve the community and provide healthcare to East Long Beach. Art: We’re joined now by John Molina. Your kind of in charge of everything else that’s going to go on these 10 acres, what are some of your thoughts? John: As Mario said, we want to make the hospital a 21st Century hospital, which means less things occur in the hospital and more outpatients. So, we are looking at adding behavioral health services, both outpatient and inpatient, maybe some programs for the elderly, maybe assisted living, and we’re working with both Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach to provide some training ground, some experience for their students in nursing, speech pathology, physical therapy, etc. Art: What about non-medical uses of the property? Is there a possibility of just putting commercial enterprises on those 10 acres? John: I wouldn’t rule anything out right now. I think what we want to do is have it to be a health and well-being campus as opposed to a commercial enterprise. Mario: Things are changing and medicine is changing so fast it’s hard to predict what the future’s going to hold. I think the main thing we need to do is try to be flexible and adaptable. About 20% of all the paramedic runs in Long Beach, go to Community Hospital. So, it’s an important place to keep open. Especially if you live on the east side Art: Well, the polls of the community strongly indicate the desire to keep that hospital open and anything the community can do to help you guys complete this project, I think you just ask and you get that cooperation. John: That’s a great point Art. But really for this new iteration of a community asset to be successful, we have to listen to what the community wants, so we will be going out and having listening sessions, and talking to people in East Long Beach, talking to the paramedics, talking to the physicians. What is it that we can do there to make it better for everybody? Mario: And then we’re going to have to go back to the state with our plan, we’re going to have to go to the legislature and ask them for an extension on the seismic standards. There’s a lot of work to be done. Our chances for success are good. But there are no guarantees, I’ve been really pleased by the support we’ve gotten from the community, it’s been really impressive to see how everyone has been supportive and offered to help. John: I think Mario said it at the city council meeting, a tremendous amount of work went to get us to this point, city staff, John Keisler and his group, City Council, Suzie Price, and of course Councilman Supernaw, and the community itself. But, the hard work doesn’t end now, the hard work begins phase two, where we really want to put something in that’s special and that’s financially sustainable. Mario: I want to thank the city and the City Council for their faith in us, for the staff who have done such a good job pulling all of this together so quickly and negotiating with Memorial to put the license in suspense. Last but not least I want to thank John, because John was the architect of this whole thing and it’s been his plan that we’re going to implement. Art: Thank you. The Straight Talk show airs in Long Beach/Signal Hill on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on LBTV Channel 3 and Frontier FiOS 21. It also airs Saturday and Sunday in Long Beach and 70 surrounding cities at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Charter Channel 188. Straight Talk is viewable on demand at Category: News

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