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Nearly 220,000 gallons of sewage spills into ocean and triggers warnings along Ventura County coast

A 219,000-gallon sewage spill along a stretch of the Ventura County coastline triggered warnings to beachgoers due to possible health hazards. The spill occurred Sunday when a power outage affected a treatment plant in Oxnard, according to the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. The...

Memorial for skateboarder devolves into arrests, vandalism at Costa Mesa skate park

Volcom Skate Park in Costa Mesa is expected to be closed the next few days as city crews remove graffiti that officials say was spray-painted during a memorial service Sunday night that turned into a confrontation between park visitors and police. About 200 people gathered at the park to remember...

U.S.-Mexico border braces for its own Carmageddon with big shutdown

Crossing the U.S.-Mexico border at San Diego can often be a long process. But for 57 hours in September, all cars will be barred from entering Tijuana through San Ysidro. Lasting from 3 a.m. on Sept. 23 until noon on Sept. 25, the closure is part of a plan by the U.S. General Services Administration...

Investigation continues into deaths of police captain, city clerk in Seal Beach apartment

Authorities continue to investigate the deaths of a Los Alamitos police captain and the city clerk of Westminster, whose bodies were found early Monday inside a Seal Beach apartment after a call for help. Los Alamitos Police Capt. Rick Moore, 49, and Westminster City Clerk Amanda Jensen, 37, suffered...

'Everybody was running; girls were crying'; 1 killed, 2 injured as chaos erupts again at strip club

A man was killed and two women were injured early Tuesday after gunfire erupted at a Signal Hill strip club that has a history of shootings, authorities said. Shots rang out about 1:50 a.m. at the Fantasy Castle club in the 2800 block of Walnut Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

Essential California: Former USC dean no longer seeing patients

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, July 18, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Former USC dean no longer seeing patients The former dean of USC’s medical school is on leave and is no longer seeing patients after the Los Angeles...

Disabled woman stabbed to death by fellow resident of care facility, police say

Fifty years ago, Joseph Phelan let his younger sister tag along on his first date with the woman he eventually married. Dawn Marie Ritz sat in the back seat of the car at the Lancaster drive-in movie theater, while Phelan tried to woo his date. Now 67, Phelan laughed recently at that memory of...

'Why do you go after us like this?' Video shows Riverside sheriff's deputy arresting a woman selling flowers without a permit

Two weeks ago, Juanita Mendez-Medrano was selling flowers and Hawaiian leis to people attending a graduation ceremony at Perris High School when a Riverside sheriff’s deputy approached her. At least 15 other street vendors were cited by deputies for vending without a city permit. When it was Mendez-Medrano’s...

Cal State trustees expected to discuss budget priorities, student enrollment

California State University trustees on Tuesday will discuss how to spend $3.4 billion in taxpayer funds earmarked for the system — more than what Gov. Jerry Brown initially proposed but still not enough to reverse a controversial tuition increase and tackle certain priorities such as building...

A community in flux: Will Boyle Heights be ruined by one coffee shop?

As dusk settled over a mostly industrial landscape of warehouses covered with graffiti murals, Fernando Ramirez stood in front of the lone art gallery late Saturday afternoon and urged fashionably dressed visitors not to go inside. “Don’t contribute to the displacement of the people in the community...

From the Archives: Carthay Circle Theater

The Carthay Circle, built in 1926, was one of Hollywood's leading theaters in the 1930s and '40s with many red-carpet movie openings including "Romeo and Juliet" (1936), "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937) and "Gone with the Wind" (1939). The photo above, by Los Angeles Times staff photographer...

Need A Weekend Escape? Find Your Ohm In Rolling Lavender Fields And A Valley Of Paradise

Summer is here to stay, in case you haven’t noticed by the uptick in beach umbrellas and the shimmer of heat rising from the road—as you sit in traffic, begging your AC to work. If you live in Los Angeles, it goes without saying that you dig this warm weather, to a certain degree. Show More Summary

Teenager, man wounded in shooting near Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, police say

A 15-year-old boy and a man in his 20s were wounded Monday night in what police believe was a gang-related shooting near an entrance to Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. Shortly after 8 p.m. a suspect walked up to the victims at the corner of Lemon Grove and Van Ness avenues and opened fire, shooting...

Police Investigating Double Shooting Outside Of Paramount Studios

An LAPD spokesperson said that the incident was "possibly gang-related." [ more › ]

2 LAPD officers injured in car crash

Two Los Angeles police officers were injured in a car crash Monday afternoon in South Los Angeles, officials said. The collision occurred about 4:40 p.m. at Vermont Avenue and 43rd Place, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez. The officers’ injuries were not life-threatening, and both...

Former USC medical school dean no longer seeing patients, university says

The former dean of USC’s medical school is on leave and is no longer seeing patients after the Los Angeles Times reported that he associated with criminals and drug users who said he abused methamphetamine and other drugs, university officials said Monday. Carmen A. Puliafito led the Keck School...

ICYMI: Issa Rae Met Drake, And It Was The Best Day Of Her Life

Plus, a 221-year-old collection of wine, the glory of the Accidental Wes Anderson subreddit, and much more! [ more › ]

Drop algebra requirement for non-STEM majors, California community colleges chief says

The chancellor of the California Community Colleges system says intermediate algebra should no longer be required to earn an associate degree — unless students are in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who heads the nation’s largest community college...

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