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Glendale, CA 91201 Directions
Consumer Reports buys and tests about 50 new cars each year, evaluating everything from performance, to fuel economy, to child seat installation. Now CR is out with its annual auto issue that includes a list of its top car and SUV picks.
An organization is planning a full-scale neighborhood for homeless veterans on the 330-acre West Los Angeles VA campus, with 1,200 units made up of renovated buildings and new construction.
Black Panther is up for six Oscars. Three Bay Area sound editors who worked on the film could take home their first golden statuettes.
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Studio City, CA 91604 Directions
And then two guys appear and they have apparently seen a heist movie or two.
Board members like Carol Kwan get a per diem of around $250 a meeting. And while its a part-time job, it is big business.
I dont know anything more ferocious than a woman. And so you get a lot of them together and there is just no stopping it, said actress Kate Bosworth.
A group of adult dancers says they arent getting a fair shake at Los Angeles strip clubs, and its in part because of a California court ruling.
Its set to be a big weekend at resorts in Wrightwood after a storm dumped a massive amount of snow.
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Universal City, CA 91608 Directions
Walkin Pets may soon have to add waddlin to their name.The online retailer by HanicappedPets.comrecently gave a rescue duck its own custom wheelchair. 100 Chance of Hearts Being Tugged at RESCUECON Merlin was found by rescuers with a defect in his leg that left him immobile. Despite being given a prosthetic to help with stability, the mallard still had trouble reaching a full range of motion.With the chair, he is able to move around, exercise, and attend water therapy sessions for an hour a day to help him get back to strength and waddling once again. Rib-Sticking Santa Anita Chili Cook-off Heats Up Goats of Anarchy, a sanctuary for special needs goats, adopted Merlin in Nov. 2018 and currently cares for him in New Jersey. He is the first duck under their watch, but they also care for animals like pigs, horses and Merlins best friend, Opal the chicken.Merlins wheelchair is a conversion from a Mini Walkin Wheels Wheelchair. The customization was made to fit his longer and wider build. February Storms Wipe Out Drought for Most of California Without the help of rescuers, it is believed that he would have never survived on his own.The extra support from Walkin Pets will help Merlin get back to shakin his tail feathers like never before.Photo Credit: Walkin Pets by HandicappedPets.com
It was the Presidents Day Holiday, and the Estrada family was barbecuing in the backyard of their Canyon Country home when they noticed cracks in the patio concrete.That was their first inkling of a slow-moving landslide that in the days since has torn apart two yards, toppled fences, split the trunk of a palm tree in half, and threatened their home, their neighbors and homes below. Click Here or Email Your Photos to iseenbcla.com On Friday, building inspectors yellow tagged those four houses, warning the residents there is enough hazard no one should be on the property during the hours of darkness.Of added concern to the Estradas is discovering some cracks in drywall and ceilings inside their house.Everyone is just trying to figure out what the plan is to get it to slow down or stop, said Stephanie Estrada as she surveyed the damage wrought by the still creeping slide.She, her husband and three children stayed with friends Thursday night, and now are looking for extended arrangements.North of the cutline, her yard and that of her neighbors had dropped six to eight feet, and the mass of earth had moved into the back patios of two homes on Trestles Drive, knocking over fences and pushing up the concrete flooring in an area developed in recent years.Thursday was a sleepless night for the Guillen family, hearing a wall come down behind their home.Just kind of heard the crumble, a really loud rumble, said Daphne Guillen. It was a row of blocks, then another row of blocks, just progressive.When they came out in the morning they could see the landslide had pushed under the concrete and raised it almost perpendicular to the ground, just feet from their back wall. They began packing to relocate until the threat can be resolved, and did not plan to remain Friday night.Concerned that further earth movement could break a water main that passes by the slope, authorities throttled down the volume of water passing through the main.The cause of the slide remains to be determined. There was speculation the wet winter was a factor. Cisco Guillen, Daphnes husband, recalled there had been a smaller slide down the slope after an earlier rain event.The slope thats failing is on private property, crossing the boundary between two communities, each with their own homeowners association, and each has hired experts to assess the situation and recommend responses.Friday, a crew of laborers was placing sandbags in the patios between the slide and the homes on Trestles Drive, to divert any water that may drain down, but not with any expectation of stopping earth movement.Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Manny Machados first words at his San Diego Padres introductory news conference were succinct and fantastic:Its finally over. Im finally a Padre.The Friars officially introduced their $300 Million Man on Friday morning at the Peoria Sports Complex with many people still in disbelief that it was the Padres who pulled this deal off. Machado outlined how San Diego got in his radar.In the last couple of weeks San Diego came in. I liked what A.J. had to say. I liked the game plan, from the ownership to the coaches to the players. The whole thing was perfect. One of the best farm systems in the game THE best. It made the decision a little easier to come on board and help the younger guys and win a championship, Machado said.Padres General Manager A.J. Preller said the teams newly streamlined financial situation allowed them to go out and do something huge like this.From a financial standpoint weve gotten our house in order and that allowed us to do something historic, said Preller. This is obviously an entire organization decision. Over the last month, we really started getting serious.The Padres had just about every department in the organization analyze the impact Machado would have on the Padres, from a marketing, revenue, and image standpoint as well as the obvious addition on the baseball field. Their conclusion was the financial commitment was worth it.A historic day for the San Diego Padres, said Preller. A historic day for Major League Baseball.Machado talked multiple times about his willingness to help the young talent in the San Diego system develop in the way he has over the past few years.I was once there, says Machado. I was one of the top prospects in the game so I can help these young guys out.Preller says Machados addition is another piece to what they hope is a championship puzzle.Hes not going to be one of one. Hes not Manny Machado and the Padres, said Preller. Hes surrounded by some guys who are on his level the next few years.Machado is now the Padres lucky number 13.Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.
Californias natural wonder is covered in a fresh blanket of snow with more on the way this week. See the sights that are wowing winter visitors at Yosemite National Park.Photo Credit: AP
President Trumps former personal attorney Michael Cohen, facing jail in just over two months, has been speaking with and providing information to federal prosecutors in New York, three people familiar with the matter told NBC News.According to those sources and public statements, Cohen was questioned about a donor to the presidents inaugural committee, Imaad Zuberi, who is a political fundraiser with a history of donating to both Republican and Democratic candidates.In addition, the sources said Cohen has discussed matters relevant to the Southern District of New Yorks investigation into certain members of the Trump Organization and the Trump Inaugural Committee, investigations that have previously been reported publicly.Photo Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images File
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Long Beach, CA 90804 Directions
She loved too muchGwen Barfield Depaz Parker passed away recently, at the age of 66.Long Beach Police were summoned to her East Long Beach home on Monday, Feb. 18, at 3:10 p.m. by a neighbors request to check her well being. She was pronounced deceased by responding Long Beach Fire Department personnel at 3:42 p.m.Depaz had been in declining health over the past few months. The Los Angeles County Coroners Office performed an autopsy on Feb. 20 and the cause of death was listed as deferred.Former employer Jay Beeler at the Beachcomber newspaper last spoke with Parker on Friday morning, Feb. 15. She complained of medical issues and pain, unable to talk for more than a few minutes.She was born on Oct. 18, 1952 at St. Marys Hospital and attended Prisk Elementary, Stanford Junior High and Millikan High School. She attended a medical transcribing business college and could type 120 words per minute, intimidating those who worked next to her. She claimed to have taken an educational course entitled Hard Road of Knocks.Depaz worked in advertising sales for more than 48 years, often using the last name of Parker. She was with the Press-Telegram for 20 years, Sun Newspaper for 13 years, News-Enterprise for four years and retired from the Beachcomber newspaper in April 2016 after nine years at that Long Beach publication.Gwen bragged that she memorized thousands of clients names, phone numbers and ZIP codes because there was no delete button in her brain, said Beeler.In December Gwen regaled attendees at our holiday party, including reporter Sean Belk, who died last month in an automobile accident, Beeler lamented in the passing of both work associates in recent weeks.With no other known next of kin, Depaz was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister, leaving two dogs,Romeo and Juliet, that have been rescued by Animal Care Services. Anyone wishing to adopt the dogs should contact attorney Elizabeth Vozzella by email vozzella4lawgmail.com before Feb. 28.In life, Depaz liked to look at problems as challenges. Her parting obituary draft message written in October to friends, boyfriends and clients who made me feel like family thanks for being in my lifetime from a gal who loved too much. In lieu of flowers, send a small amount to your favorite charity.In anticipation of a celebration of life for Depaz, friends should send an email to publisherbeachcomber.newswith Gwen Parker in the subject line or call 562 597-8000 to be placed on an invitation list.Category: News
City Council SnubbedBy:Stephen DowningOn Oct. 8, 2017 and again on Jan. 17, 2018 the Beachcomber reported the story surrounding the jury verdict in the case of Thomas Gonzales, a former city employee assigned as a civilian investigator to the Citizen Police Complaint Commission CPCC in which the jury rejected what Gonzales attorney Kimberly Lind, described as the citys retaliatory actions against him for making allegations of police misconduct.The jury awarded Gonzales $436,000 in past economic damages and $300,000 in emotional distress damages.Gonzales believed that an end had finally arrived to the 12 years of litigation the city had put him through. But that wasnt to be the case.Beachcomber reporting revealed that on Oct. 9, 2018 City Attorney Charles Parkin requested the City Council to authorize the city manager to execute an amendment to agreement with the firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo for an additional $200,000 for a total not to exceed amount of $515,000.The request for authorization which did not limit the extent of legal work sought by Parkin attracted a large crowd from the Long Beach community to voice their support of the jury verdict and to protest extending Gonzales 12-year ordeal any further.When the Oct. 9 council meeting opened, Vice Mayor Dee Andrews announced that the controversial agenda item had been withdrawn. He did not tell the community that the matter would be re-scheduled for a council vote on Nov. 13 after the Nov. 6 election.When the Nov. 13 agenda was published, Parkins letter outlining the extent and nature of the additional legal work he asked to be authorized had undergone a re-write.The Beachcomber was unable to determine if council pressure forced the pull-back adjustments made in his second letter but the new draft excluded any reference to appellate work, in contrast to the open ended nature of the prior request, which could have been inclusive of permitting the pursuit and supporting funds of an appeal.In his second letter Parkin wrote: The amendment would authorize an additional $200,000 for litigation expenses incurred through trial and post-trial motions.The council approved the elements of the 2nd request for authorization, thus limiting Parkins future legal work to trial and post-trial motions.On Jan. 17 the Beachcomber reported that the law firm contracted by the city attorney to litigate the Gonzales case having the council-approved $200,000 to work with did in fact file a motion for a new trial.The judge subsequently ruled: Defendants motion for new trial is denied as the City of Long Beach did not meet its burden of persuasion.According to the council authorization, the legal work and related costs should have ended with the judges finding after dealing with plaintiffs motion for attorneys fees but it did not.On Feb. 4, 2019 the citys contracted law firm filed a Notice of Appeal for 1 Judgment after jury trial, 2 An order or judgment under Code of Civil Procedure, Section 904.1a 2 and 3 Judgment After Jury Trial entered 9/10/2018 CCP 904.1 a 1 and Order denying Motion for JNOV entered 1/3/2019 CCP 904.1 a 4.The City Charter states: The City Council shall have control of all litigation of the cityWhen contacted by the Beachcomber for comment, Kimberly Lind, Gonzales attorney, said, The citys relentless pursuit of this case, this man, without requisite authority, shows just how far it is willing to go to silence those who expose the misdeeds of its past and how unwilling it is to make necessary changes.The Beachcomber asked the city attorney via email for An explanation as to the source of authority from the city to appeal the case and expend additional taxpayer funds in pursuit of the appeal filed on Feb. 4, 2019.The city attorney did not respond.The Beachcomber filed a public records request to determine total taxpayer funds expended to date on the Gonzales case.UPDATEOn February 15 the City of Long Beach notified the Beachcomber that the City of Long Beach is withholding the records. The City Attorney asserted that invoices related to pending or ongoing litigation are privileged and are not subject to PRA disclosure . . . When a legal matter remains pending and active, the privilege encompasses everything in an invoice, including the amount of aggregate fees.The Beachcomber responded via email to the denial as follows:We are in receipt of your email notifying theBeachcomberthat our request for invoices related to the Gonzales V. City of Long Beach lawsuit are being withheld.The legal citations you provide to justify withholding invoices are incomplete and obviously designed to obfuscate the citys responsibility to comply with our request.Multiple legal experts inform us that the invoices requested are not privileged, but rather must be redacted to exclude attorney client communications which are privileged. The BeachcombersPRA must be construed in whichever way will further the peoples right of access.Please review the full case cited and reconsider your decision to withhold the documents:City. of Los Angeles Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 12 Cal. App. 5th 1264, 1272, 219 Cal. Rptr. 3d 674, 67879 Ct. App. 2017,review deniedOct. 11, 2017Consistent with its content-based test and conclusion that invoices are not categorically privileged,Los Angeles Countyrequires PRA disclosure of non-privileged content in an invoice regardless of whether the invoice contains other, privileged information. The court explained: As with any of the PRAs statutory exemptions, the fact that parts of a requested document fall within the terms of an exemption does not justify withholding the entire document. Citation. What the PRA appears to offer is a ready solution for records blending exempt and nonexempt information: Any reasonably segregable portion of a record shall be available for inspection by any person requesting the record after deletion of the portions that are exempted by law. 6253, subd. a. While this provision does not dictate which parts of a public record are privileged, it requires public agencies to use the equivalent of a surgical scalpel to separate those portions of a record subject to disclosure from privileged portions. At the same time, the statute places an express limit on this surgical approachpublic agencies are not required to attempt selective disclosure of records that are not reasonably segregable. 680 Citation. To the extent this standard is ambiguous, the PRA must be construed in whichever way will further the peoples right of access. Citations. Los Angeles County, supra,2 Cal.5th at p. 292, 212 Cal.Rptr.3d 107, 386 P.3d 773. Thus, the fact that parts of a requested document fall within the terms of an exemption does not justify withholding the entire document. Id.at p. 300, 212 Cal.Rptr.3d 107, 386 P.3d 773.We look forward to learning if the City changes its position or not.Stephen Downing is a resident of Long Beach and a retired LAPD deputy chief of police.stephenbeachcomber.newsRelated ArticlesCity Attorney Squanders Another $200,000:https://beachcomber.news/content/city-attorney-squanders-another-200000.Jury Decision Validates City Hall Corruption:https://beachcomber.news/content/jury-decision-validates-city-hall-corru....Category: News
According to a newly released report, Long Beach State University is an economic powerhouse that has an annual $1.53 billion impact on the economies in its home city and in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County communities.Among the other insights gained from the analysis are:CSULBs impact on Los Angeles County, alone, is approximately $1.14 billion. The campus impact on neighboring Orange County is $388.5 million.The campus supports a total of nearly 10,600 jobs throughout the two counties, including more than 3,700 jobs in Long Beach.More than $523 million in employee compensation earnings and benefits were generated for CSULBs workers throughout the two counties, including $192 million in Long Beach.CSULBs economic impacts help generate close to $42 million in tax revenues in Orange and Los Angeles counties, including $11.5 million in Long Beach.As of 2017, CSULB alumni owned 245 local businesses in Long Beach. In Orange County, 674 establishments were owned by Long Beach State University alumni.Students who graduate from Long Beach State, their median income a few years after graduation is nearly $100,000. So, think of that in terms of contributions to the economy, said President Jane Close Conoley. I am really proud to be at such an extraordinary university where we are among the top 10 in the nation in accelerating the social mobility of our graduates.Long Beach State University is ranked the ninth best public college in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, the fifth most applied to university in the nation and ranked high for matriculating students who graduate with the least amount of debt. Forbes ranks CSULB as one of Americas best-value colleges because of its great return on investment.Category: News
By:Steve Propes Since 2013, Larry Osterhoudt, a Downey engineer, described by respected Long Beach historian, the late Ken Larkey, as the primary authority on the Cyclone Racer, has been waging a battle to restore the famous roller coaster to a site near the original NuPike.In 2011, a hoped-for return of the Cyclone Race began. The City Council called for a feasibility study, which was voted on in October 2013, said Osterhoudt recently. Then youve got management behind their back, saying theyre going to kill it.In particular, Osterhoudt brought up the name of Assistant City Manager Tom Modica. Hes the one behind the fix, kind of like the secret FBI. Hes going to say we did the feasibility study on it, and it came out unfeasible. He sent a memo out, Ive got the memo myself. A city employee tipped me off he was going to sabotage it. Tom made me jump over hurdles so high, nobody could scale them.When we started this, me and my partner had blueprints drawn up of the pier, its 100 percent over the water, nothing encroaching on city land. Its in a four-and-a-half acre neutral zone, meaning it will not block the flow of the Catalina Cruiser or the L.A. River. It fits nicely between the Catalina Cruiser and the Shoreline Park, parallel to it, Osterhoudt said.The Cyclone Racer is the most impressive, period. Put it against anything, new or old, and itll come out number one. When they did that, they were at the pinnacle of what you can do with a Cyclone Racer. Fred Church, the designer created literally a lost technology. Other companies could not copy the technology he had in there to make it do what it is. They dont understand how everything works in harmony.The Cyclone Racer is a complete departure from the modern way theyre doing stuff. Its the whole experience. That its on a pier is a whole experience by itself. It also helps the longevity of the ride, said Osterhoudt.Weve got private investors. The citys not going to pay a dime. The citys the beneficiary of it. Theyre the ones who are going to make all the money off it, because its going to bring so much business into the town. You need customers to ride your tramway.People will pay money to go on a good ride. Ill put it against any Disney ride, its better than any ride. If youre over here, imagine it over the water, theres nothing like this thing. Tom Modicas not a creative person, he doesnt get it.About the alleged hurdles, Osterhoudt recalled, I had to quickly draw up some prints of the pier, I created the Cyclone Racer prints. I brought this to the meeting with Modica and Amy Bodek, Tom looked at the prints, he said we need Shoreline Park in the plans. It took four months for me to get a set of Shoreline Park blueprints. He thought I was going to give up. Took me almost a year to draw that up. I get it done, contact Modica, he said to me, We cant look at those things, we need the business proforma now.It was at that point that Modica referred the project to the outside consultancy firm, Keyser Marston Associates KMA for their opinion.Modica was brief in his timely response. In October 2013 the City Council requested the city conduct a feasibility study of the Cyclone Racer. Staff completed an initial study in January 2014 outlining the process any proposed development would need to undertake, the requirements the development would be responsible for and the various agencies responsible for the approval process. Staff had periodic contact with the proponent over the next several years on his concept, and answered questions he had about how to proceed and his proforma for the project. Finally, at his request, the city used an outside expert to review the proponents proforma in May 2018, who came to the conclusion that development opportunity was not feasible.Modica supplied a copy of the April 26, 2018 KMA report, which determined the developer has provided an insufficient level of information for the city to determine the project is feasible.KMA specified, all of these projections need to be substantiated through thorough research as part of the development teams submittal to the city. The research needs to be specific for this project at this location, particularly given its waterfront location. The expenses need to be expressed on a per unit basis so as to allow comparison of the project to industry norms. Without this information and the accompanying backup data, the project is not considered feasible.On May 4, 2018, Modica wrote to Osterhoudt about the KMA findings. While the city can no longer pursue this opportunity, we are impressed by your commitment and thank you for your creativity and passion.stevebeachcomber.newsCategory: News
By:Kirt RamirezThe Long Beach City Council voted unanimously during a special half-hour meeting Feb. 5 to increase the refuse rates in a two-step, city-wide adjustment.The council made its decision after hearing from Public Works Director Craig Beck and Environmental Services Bureau Manager Diko Melkonian, who gave a presentation with facts and figures. Several members of the public spoke at the podium opposing the increase.Beck said Long Beachs trash and recycling program provides service to more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers, including special scheduled pickups of bulky items and the abatement of illegally dumped items.He added in 2018, more than 185,000 tons of waste was collected and over 23,000 large bulky items were picked up.Melkonian said Long Beach pays less for refuse services than surrounding cities and that the city has operated at a deficit for nine of the last 10 years.He said the last consumer price index increase took place in 2015 and the last cost of service-related increase was in 2002.Long Beach hired HF&H Consultants to do a cost of service study, among other tasks. The company has expertise in conducting refuse studies for municipalities and has worked for the city before.The study found Long Beachs rates have not generated sufficient revenue to cover the cost of service, solid waste collection costs have increased and state mandated diversion programs require additional funding, Melkonian noted.He said Long Beachs refuse and recycling call center saw an increase of 60 percent in the number of calls for service since 2015.We went from a little over 63,000 calls per year in 2015 to over 100,000 calls last year, he told the council.And there was an increase in requests by rate payers for bulky item removals such as couches and mattresses, he added.The number of requests for rate payers has doubled since 2014 from 11,762 to over 23,000.As a result, the city increased special pickups from two to four times per year, he said.Step one of the trash bill increase will start March 1. A typical single-family home will go up $2.41 per month and a typical apartment unit rate will increase $1.98.Then the second step goes into effect Oct. 1, 2019, where a typical single-family home will pay another $2.47 per month and an average apartment unit, $2.02.This two-step proposal was created to help smooth over the increase rather than giving one huge increase at one time, Melkonian said.A single-family home with a 100-gallon barrel currently pays $24.11 a month. An apartment unit with a 65-gallon container pays $20.47 a month. But in March the home will pay $26.52 and the apartment, $22.45. Then in October the single-family home will pay $28.99 and the apartment, $24.47.He compared Long Beachs rates to other cities.Trash fees for a house in Torrance is currently $32.47 a month, Los Angeles $36.32 and Pasadena, $40.99, according to a rate comparison chart.Burbank for example, has the same state mandate of waste diversion target as Long Beach. Our diversion rate in Long Beach is slightly better than Burbank, yet our current rates are half of what they charge $51.88, he said.Santa Monica has a recently-implemented organics collection, he added. And their rates are now over $52 per month.Then he discussed Northern California.Oakland and San Jose, both of which have recently-implemented organics, have rates of over $100 per month, Oakland being over $125 per month now, Melkonian said.He added, Not trying to scare anybody or saying were going to $100, but I just wanted to put a comparison out there to show how regionally different issues and infrastructure issues affect cost of collection and service provisions.Second District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce asked if less trash goes out, could residents get a lower rate. Beck and Melkonian indicated yes.If residents ask for the smaller container, then the rate would drop. Theres the 100-gallon cost and the 65-gallon cost.I didnt know I could request a smaller container, Pearce said.She added, I just want to make sure that rate payers are aware of that option as we change the rate, that were also informing them, so its an incentive to waste less.kirtbeachcomber.newsCategory: News
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