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O.C.'s grand homeless plan collapsing as residents balk at having shelters in their neighborhoods


Just a few days ago, Orange County appeared to have a grand plan to deal with its swelling homeless population.

In the L.A. area, many options for joining the March for Our Lives on Saturday

Josie Hahn, who attends Polytechnic High in Long Beach, is not a survivor of a school shooting. Neither is Sofia Lizardi of Venice High or Edna Chavez of Manual Arts. But all three seniors are part of a movement that found full voice after…


How do coyotes thrive in urban Southern California? The answer is not for the weak-stomached

Danielle Martinez donned a lab coat, pulled on a pair of latex gloves and adjusted her safety goggles in preparation for one of biology’s little surprises.


Despite evacuation warnings, some Montecito residents have had enough

Weary of repeated orders in recent weeks telling them to pack their bags and flee, some Montecito residents ignored officials’ latest warnings of flooding and debris flows, choosing to wait out a powerful storm at home.


From the Archives: Jimmy Stewart's empty nest


Jimmy Stewart had just finished a revival of "Harvey" on Broadway and the movie “The Cheyenne Social Club" with Henry Fonda. His children were all grown and, as Times writer Wayne Warga explained: Jimmy Stewart is a very busy man. He doesn…


Protesters block freeway, Kings basketball game over police killing of unarmed black man

The shooting of an unarmed black man by Sacramento police sparked a day of protests Thursday in which hundreds blocked Interstate 5 and blocked access to a Sacramento Kings game.


Driver dies in fiery crash in possible terrorist act at Travis Air Force Base main gate


A motorist’s vehicle burst into flames after it “gained unauthorized access” to the main gate of Travis Air Force Base, authorities said Thursday.

More O.C. cities, supervisors may be leaning against state 'sanctuary' laws

Los Alamitos was the first government agency in Orange County to fire a salvo against California's so-called sanctuary laws, which aim to shield immigrants here illegally from deportation, but it might not be the last.


In wake of wine country disaster, PG&E will shut off power lines in times of extreme fire danger

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will start switching off power to minimize sparks in vulnerable areas during times of extreme fire danger, it said Thursday, as state investigators examine whether the utility’s equipment set off deadly Northern…

As they return to their homes, Montecito evacuees know they could be forced to leave again

Imagine being forced out of your home every time there’s a heavy rain.

Thursday, Mar 22


His 2nd birthday party was interrupted by a car bomb. Drug kingpin's son describes growing up

Los Angeles Times

The day Serafin Zambada Ortiz turned 2, a car bomb exploded outside his birthday party.

Bad smell leads San Diego County prison officials to inmate who'd been dead 2 or 3 days

An inmate at the state prison in Otay Mesa was dead for days last April before prison staffers realized it, according to a recently released autopsy report.


Storm brings record rainfall, little damage to Southern California. But the worst may be yet to come

Los Angeles Times

A powerful storm moved into Southern California on Wednesday, drenching fire-ravaged neighborhoods and setting several new rainfall records for the day but so far not causing the damage and destruction that some officials feared.


From the Archives: 1947 L.A. city marble tournament


With a trip to Boys Town, Neb., on the line, two dozen boys competed in a city marble tournament at the the Los Angeles Times’ Boys Club. An article in the April 19, 1947, edition of The Times reported: All knuckles were down at The Times'…


Tennis umpire seeks payback for arrest in husband's death

Six years ago, Lois Goodman stood in court accused of murder for allegedly bludgeoning her elderly husband with a coffee mug. On Wednesday, she was the accuser, blaming a medical examiner for what she says was a faulty autopsy report that…

Backlash kills planned homeless shelter in Huntington Beach — just two days after being proposed

Los Angeles Times

Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel on Wednesday withdrew her support for placing a homeless shelter on the site of an abandoned landfill in Huntington Beach — just two days after voting to direct county staff to develop a plan for…

Female presidents now in the majority at Cal State

When administrators invited Lynnette Zelezny, a budding psychology lecturer at Cal State Fresno, to apply for a tenure-track job, she was excited — but there was a catch.

Wednesday, Mar 21


L.A. to explore helping property owners pay for earthquake retrofitting repairs

A Los Angeles City Council committee agreed this week to explore ways of helping property owners finance costly seismic retrofits required by law in roughly 15,000 buildings.

Video shows gunman killing dog in fenced front yard; police seek clues


Police on Wednesday released security video in hopes of tracking down a gunman who shot and killed a dog in the fenced yard of a residence in South Los Angeles. The shooting occurred about 10:10 p.m. March 9 in the 900 block of East 91st…


Photo, public's help lead to arrest of woman accused of hitting bicyclist

A woman was arrested Tuesday after a hit-and-run crash earlier in the day left a bicyclist injured in Costa Mesa, authorities said.

Del Mar City Council wants gun shows barred at racetrack

The city of Del Mar is asking the directors of the state-owned fairgrounds to end the popular Crossroads of the West Gun Show that is held there five times a year.


Southern California storm: What you need to know

Southern California is being hit by a major storm over the next two days. Here’s what you need to know:; When will the storm arrive? The storm — a bloated atmospheric river of tropical moisture known as a "pineapple express" — began making…

Don't put homeless shelter in our city, Huntington Beach officials say

Huntington Beach officials are pushing back against an Orange County proposal to temporarily house up to 100 homeless people in an emergency shelter on county-owned land in the city.

Woman arrested by Border Patrol in front of her children released by judge

Los Angeles Times

A Mexican woman in the U.S. illegally who was dragged from her daughters by authorities in a widely viewed video was being released on her own recognizance Tuesday by an immigration judge in Southern California.

Can tiny Los Alamitos take on California's 'sanctuary state' movement?

Los Angeles Times

The small Orange County suburb of Los Alamitos has picked a big fight with California by passing a resolution saying it wants nothing to do with “sanctuary state” laws aimed at protecting people here illegally from President Trump’s…


Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start

Let’s say you have a favorite beach in California and you find out that someone has applied to build a restaurant nearby or add a wing onto the seaside house. Maybe the project will affect access or views, and you’re convinced there’s…


Battered by fires and floods, beleaguered Montecito braces for more potential destruction

Los Angeles Times

It started four months ago, when the largest fire on record in California history besieged this upscale coastal enclave.


From the Archives: Students practice ducking during A-bomb drill


In 1950, Los Angeles schools began classroom civil-defense training in the event of a nuclear war. A short story In the Dec. 2, 1950, Los Angeles Times explained:; What is the atom bomb? “It is a bomb that blows up houses and makes the…


Ex-NFL player and Harvard-Westlake alumnus pleads not guilty to charges of making criminal threats

Los Angeles Times

Former NFL lineman Jonathan Martin has long been candid about his unhappiness in life and work, detailing in social media his failure to fit in at an elite Los Angeles prep school, alleged bullying by former Miami Dolphins teammates and…


Proposals to boost Cal State enrollment pass key trustees committee

Los Angeles Times

A proposal to help find spots for Cal State applicants who are shut out of the most popular campuses passed a key committee Tuesday at the trustees meeting in Long Beach.