• Coronavirus: 628 new cases, two new deaths reported in Orange County on Nov. 18

    Coronavirus: 628 new cases, two new deaths reported in Orange County on Nov. 18
    The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 628 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, Nov. 18, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 66,585 cases since tracking began.
    An estimated 5,473 cases have been recorded in the last 14 days.
     
    Two new deaths were reported by the county on Wednesday, raising the total number of reported deaths to 1,528.
    Of the cumulative 1,528 deaths reported from the virus, 586 were skilled nursing facility residents, 121 were in assisted living fa
  • Park Life: First reopened California park closes again and Disneyland to remain closed until 2021

    Park Life: First reopened California park closes again and Disneyland to remain closed until 2021
    Could Disneyland stay closed for a year? Who could pass up a chance to drive a car through Six Flags Magic Mountain? Who would build Disneyland’s Matterhorn coaster in their backyard? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter.
    Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here.
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    The first California amusement park to reopen under the state’s guidelines
  • Former Orange County physician assistant admits to selling oxycodone prescriptions to drug dealers

    Former Orange County physician assistant admits to selling oxycodone prescriptions to drug dealers
    A former Fountain Valley physician assistant has pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions to drug dealers he knew were going to sell the drugs on the street.
    Raif Wadie Iskander, 54, accepted a plea deal via video-conference on Wednesday requiring him to admit to a federal count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
    Iskander was arrested in August 2019 at a Ladera Ranch home, but has since moved to Ennis, Montana. Among the “patients
  • Former Orange County physician assistant admits to selling oxycodone pescriptions to drug dealers

    Former Orange County physician assistant admits to selling oxycodone pescriptions to drug dealers
    A former Fountain Valley physician assistant has pleaded guilty to selling oxycodone prescriptions to drug dealers he knew were going to sell the drugs on the street.
    Raif Wadie Iskander, 54, accepted a plea deal via video-conference on Wednesday requiring him to admit to a federal count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
    Iskander was arrested in August 2019 at a Ladera Ranch home, but has since moved to Ennis, Montana. Among the “patients
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  • Pimco’s female employees allege bias, harassment in lawsuit

    Pimco’s female employees allege bias, harassment in lawsuit
    By Maeve Allsup | Bloomberg
    Female employees at Pacific Investment Management Co. face discrimination in pay and promotions, and suffer unequal treatment based on sex, race, and disability from the company’s predominantly white male leadership, a suit filed Wednesday in California state court says.
    Sue Collazo and Lisa Anthony, employees at the firm’s Newport Beach office allege a company culture that marginalizes, demeans, and undervalues women, and women of color, in which male lea
  • “Responder Wipes” distributed to local fire agencies to help with firefighter cancers

    “Responder Wipes” distributed to local fire agencies to help with firefighter cancers
    For more than a decade, Fire Capt. Scott Jennie has been trying to clean up the fire service’s dirty culture.
    Now, as state director of the Fire Cancer Support Network – a national nonprofit that helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer while providing information about cancer risks and prevention – Jennie is continuing his mission to help firefighters understand that a soot-covered helmet and dirty gear is not a badge of courage but instead a source of exposure t
  • “Responder Wipes” distributed to local fire agencies to guard against firefighter cancers

    “Responder Wipes” distributed to local fire agencies to guard against firefighter cancers
    For more than a decade, Fire Capt. Scott Jennie has been trying to clean up the fire service’s dirty culture.
    Now, as state director of the Fire Cancer Support Network – a national nonprofit that helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer while providing information about cancer risks and prevention – Jennie is continuing his mission to help firefighters understand that a soot-covered helmet and dirty gear is not a badge of courage but instead a source of exposure t
  • “Responder Wipes” distributed to help with firefighter cancers

    “Responder Wipes” distributed to help with firefighter cancers
    For more than a decade, Fire Capt. Scott Jennie has been trying to clean up the fire service’s dirty culture.
    Now, as state director of the Fire Cancer Support Network – a national nonprofit that helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer while providing information about cancer risks and prevention – Jennie is continuing his mission to help firefighters understand that a soot-covered helmet and dirty gear is not a badge of courage but instead a source of exposure t
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  • “Responder wipes” distributed so firefighters can clean off toxic residue

    “Responder wipes” distributed so firefighters can clean off toxic residue
    For more than a decade, Fire Capt. Scott Jennie has been trying to clean up the fire service’s dirty culture.
    Now, as state director of the Fire Cancer Support Network – a national nonprofit that helps firefighters and their families cope with cancer while providing information about cancer risks and prevention – Jennie is continuing his mission to help firefighters understand that a soot-covered helmet and dirty gear is not a badge of courage but instead a source of exposure t
  • New York City schools to close again as city fights coronavirus

    New York City schools to close again as city fights coronavirus
    By JENNIFER PELTZ | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — New York City is shuttering schools to try to stop the renewed spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday in a painful about-face for one of the first big U.S. school systems to bring students back to classrooms this fall.
    The nation’s largest public school system will halt in-person learning Thursday, the mayor said.
    At an afternoon news conference, the Democrat said plans were being made to bring in-person learning
  • Reps. Kim and Steel head to Washington

    Reps. Kim and Steel head to Washington
    The Orange County GOP appeared to be on the brink of extinction two years ago, after Democrats won every congressional seat representing the once solidly Republican county. But rumors of the party’s demise were premature. The local party suffered two disappointing state Senate losses on Nov. 3, but grabbed back two congressional seats – by close, but solid margins.
    That’s a noteworthy accomplishment, given that the national election was a referendum on Donald Trump. The preside
  • USC’s Drake Jackson feeling at ease in new hybrid role

    USC’s Drake Jackson feeling at ease in new hybrid role
    Drake Jackson has a new job title, but in his estimation, no new responsibilities.
    The USC sophomore broke onto the scene last season, earning Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors with 11.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and three pass breakups in 11 games at defensive end.
    But with the arrival of new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando, Jackson was asked to move into more of a hybrid role as an outside linebacker who frequently stays up on the line to pass rush.
    After two games, Jackson doe
  • How minor league contraction will (probably) affect the Dodgers

    How minor league contraction will (probably) affect the Dodgers
    Editor’s note: This is the Wednesday, Nov. 18 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter from reporter J.P. Hoornstra. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.There’s a debate to be had about whether or not the Dodgers’ eight-year run of National League West titles constituted a dynasty before they won a World Series, if it constitutes a dynasty now, or if another championship is required before anyone mentions the “D-word.” It’s a good debate
  • What’s next for the housing market? Outlook goes virtual Thursday, Nov. 19

    What’s next for the housing market? Outlook goes virtual Thursday, Nov. 19
    Southern California News Group business columnist Jonathan Lansner will moderate an online discussion Thursday featuring national and local experts on the housing market’s future.
    The third-annual Economic Throwdown starts at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 19 and will feature economists Leslie Appleton-Young, senior vice president of the California Association of Realtors; Jessica Lautz, vice president of the National Association of Realtors;; Chapman University professor Fadel Lawandy; and local ana
  • Disney California Adventure reopening for outdoor dining: These food options are available starting Nov. 19

    Disney California Adventure reopening for outdoor dining: These food options are available starting Nov. 19
    For foodies missing the park it’s a dream come true: part of Disney California Adventure will open Thursday, Nov. 19 without rides but plenty of shopping and dining.
    Billed as an extension of Downtown Disney, Buena Vista Street will be gussied up for the holidays, offering socially distanced outdoor dining at favorite restaurants including Carthay Circle where Chef Andrew Sutton,  culinary director of Signature Restaurants, says Carthay Circle Lounge — Al Fresco Dining is like s
  • California will cease to be the epicenter of the tech industry and innovation

    California will cease to be the epicenter of the tech industry and innovation
    In August, Uber and Lyft came close to shutting down their operations in California. Hours before the looming ride-sharing blackout, a state appeals court granted a last-minute reprieve, accommodating the two companies’ request not to reclassify their drivers—which they consider independent contractors and essential to their business models—as full-time employees as required by California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).
    In October, the appeals court reached a final decision and declared
  • Rams player’s COVID-19 forces team to take ‘caution,’ call off practice

    Rams player’s COVID-19 forces team to take ‘caution,’ call off practice
    For 10 weeks since the start of an NFL season conducted during a pandemic, the Rams were one of the teams that avoided having any players contract the coronavirus.
    That changed when the Rams reported Tuesday night that a player tested positive for coronavirus.
    The player’s identity wasn’t revealed, but his name presumably will be known once it appears on the league’s COVID-19 reserve list.
    That list has been growing in November amid a nationwide surge in the virus. The New York
  • Best thing I ate: Mesquite-grilled chicken dinner, family style

    Best thing I ate: Mesquite-grilled chicken dinner, family style
    While it’s not as atmospheric as being there in person and basking in that aroma of a wood-burning grill, you can now get El Pollo Norteño’s mesquite-grilled chicken delivered to the house.
    This place has been around forever, so you might already be familiar with one of their four locations (Anaheim, Garden Grove and two in Santa Ana).  
    Mesquite-grilled chicken from El Pollo Norteño (Photo by Brad A. Johnson, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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  • With split roll defeated, time for pension reform

    With split roll defeated, time for pension reform
    California voters delivered a victory for common sense this Nov. 3 in rejecting Proposition 15. The measure, which would have created a “split roll” property tax system by which certain commercial and industrial properties would be subject to significantly higher taxation, was the wrong idea at the wrong time.
    The measure, primarily pushed by government unions and left-wing advocacy groups, draped itself in the innocuous banner of “Schools and Communities First.”
    Supporte
  • A permanent fix for DACA recipients should be a top priority

    A permanent fix for DACA recipients should be a top priority
    A federal judge has invalidated the Trump administration’s most recent effort to scale back protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. With a new administration on the way, we are hopeful a permanent solution to the plight of Dreamers will be finally and swiftly found.
    In 2012, President Barack Obama used executive authority to establish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
    Known as DACA, the program has shielded from deportation a rela
  • Open economy or tamp down coronavirus infections? It’s not either-or, researchers say

    Open economy or tamp down coronavirus infections? It’s not either-or, researchers say
    It is, indeed, possible to reconcile two conflicting desires: curbing the spread of COVID-19 while still keeping the economy open, according to an international team of researchers led by UCLA’s Akihiro Nishi.
    Two strategies that haven’t received much attention in the U.S. — “dividing” and “balancing,” used together and followed closely — could reduce coronavirus transmission about as much as a strict lockdown while maintaining economic activity, s
  • FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again

    FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again
    By David Koenig and Tom Krisher |The Associated Press
    After nearly two years and a pair of deadly crashes, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has cleared Boeing’s 737 Max for flight.
    The nation’s air safety agency announced the move early Wednesday, saying it was done after a “comprehensive and methodical” 20-month review process.
    Regulators around the world grounded the Max in March 2019, after the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet. That happened less than five mo
  • The Beach Boys will headline afternoon concert at Drive-In OC in Anaheim

    The Beach Boys will headline afternoon concert at Drive-In OC in Anaheim
    City National Grove of Anaheim’s Drive-In OC socially distanced concert series announced that it will host an afternoon with The Beach Boys at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.
    The show will feature a mix of Beach Boys’ hits like “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Good Vibrations,” as well as songs from vocalist and band co-founder Mike Love’s holiday album, “Reason For the Season.”
    The band will also pe
  • TP runs short again as hoarding resumes amid coronavirus spike, holiday shopping

    TP runs short again as hoarding resumes amid coronavirus spike, holiday shopping
    Remember when shoppers depleted store shelves as they scrambled to buy toilet paper, hand sanitizer and other essentials during the early days of COVID-19?
    Well, hold onto your seats because it’s happening again, and one industry expert says it’s going to be worse this time around.
    “We’re headed for a product shortage and consumer panic of unprecedented proportions,” said Burt P. Flickinger III with the retail consulting firm Strategic Resource Group. “We&rsqu
  • UCLA grad transfer Brittain Brown made the most of his opportunity, and the Bruins hope there is more to come

    UCLA grad transfer Brittain Brown made the most of his opportunity, and the Bruins hope there is more to come
    Brittain Brown is proving to be one bad dude, and just what the doctor ordered for UCLA’s backfield.
    The Bruins were hoping the graduate transfer from Duke could be the versatile knockout punch the backfield needs to counter all their other weapons, and though it was just one game, so far, so good.
    During UCLA’s season-opening 48-42 loss at Colorado, the Bruins fell behind by 28 points in the first half, and that limited the chances for a north-south back like Brown, a 6-foot-1, 210-
  • The legend of D.B. Cooper, the mystery hijacker who got away, gets a fresh look

    The legend of D.B. Cooper, the mystery hijacker who got away, gets a fresh look
    On Thanksgiving eve in 1971, D.B. Cooper jumped out of an airplane and into history.Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 using a bomb as a threat. Once his demands were met for $200,000 and 4 parachutes, he released the passengers during a stopover and then jumped out of the plane later on somewhere over Washington state. Cooper, whose real name is not known, was never found, dead or alive, and only minimal evidence was ever recovered. Most notably, there were stacks of matching bills found in a river i
  • Trump pays $3 million for recount of 2 Wisconsin counties

    Trump pays $3 million for recount of 2 Wisconsin counties
    By SCOTT BAUER | Associated Press
    MADISON, Wis. — President Donald Trump’s campaign has paid $3 million for a recount of two heavily Democratic Wisconsin counties, saying Wednesday that they were the sight of the “worst irregularities” although no evidence of wrongdoing has been presented and state elections officials have said there was none.
    Trump paid for the recounts in Milwaukee and Dane counties overnight Tuesday and planned to submit the required paperwork to trigg
  • California coronavirus curfew? Gov. Newsom considering it

    California coronavirus curfew? Gov. Newsom considering it
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he is considering imposing a statewide curfew to try to keep the rising number of coronavirus cases from exploding out of control.
    But what exactly does that mean?
    We don’t know for certain, but other areas that have imposed or considered curfews offer clues.
    Officials in Los Angeles County have set a 10 p.m. curfew starting Friday for restaurants, breweries, wineries and non-essential retail.
    New York last week imposed such a curfew — mandati
  • Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: It’s almost Thanksgiving. But we’ll be in Baja

    Frumpy Middle-aged Mom: It’s almost Thanksgiving. But we’ll be in Baja
    By the time you read this, you’ve already made your plans for this coming Thursday, which — as you know — is all-day happy hour at the Blue Parrot.
    Just kidding, we all know that it’s Thanksgiving, the day designed to allow women to work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. cleaning, cooking, serving and then cleaning up again, while the men do the important tasks of watching football and drinking beer.
    I realize this is a gross, sexist mischaracterization of the day’s events, so
  • Southern California home sales jump 17% in October

    Southern California home sales jump 17% in October
    Southern California’s housing market continued to sizzle for a fourth straight month in a dramatic rebound from sharp sales drops during the pandemic’s first 90 days.
    With buyers clamoring to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates, the median price of a Southern California home jumped 14% in October to $605,000, the second-highest value on record, DQ News/CoreLogic reported Wednesday, Nov. 18. The median is the price at the midpoint of all transactions.
    Prices in four of six cou
  • 4 ways technology powers the Disneyland ‘metaverse’

    4 ways technology powers the Disneyland ‘metaverse’
    A day at Disneyland in the very near future will be filled with a slew of behind-the-scenes technology that will help place your lunch order, arrange a meeting with your favorite character and change your ride itinerary as part of the Disney theme park “metaverse.”
    What is the Disney theme park metaverse?
    “It all starts with having a connected park,” Disney chief technology officer Tilak Mandadi said. “A park where guests can truly interact with their physical surro
  • Costa Mesa driver gets 7 years in prison for fatal alcohol-related hit-and-run crash

    Costa Mesa driver gets 7 years in prison for fatal alcohol-related hit-and-run crash
    SANTA ANA — A 51-year-old Costa Mesa man pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to seven years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run collision in Costa Mesa nearly two years ago.
    Bernardo Alvarez Zalpa admitted felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence, hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than .08% or more causing injury.
    He also
  • Rams player tests positive for coronavirus, team enters intensive protocol

    Rams player tests positive for coronavirus, team enters intensive protocol
    The Rams will hold their team meetings from home Wednesday after an unidentified player tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday night.
    “This evening, we learned a Rams player tested positive for COVID-19,” the team said in a statement. “The player immediately entered self-quarantine and out of an abundance of caution, we are entering intensive protocol.”
    The Rams (6-3) were scheduled only for a light walk-through practice Wednesday with an extra-long week of prepar
  • Couple gets prison time for paying $250,000 to have daughter admitted to USC as a volleyball recruit

    Couple gets prison time for paying $250,000 to have daughter admitted to USC as a volleyball recruit
    BOSTON — A California couple got prison time Tuesday for paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruit — the latest sentencing in the college admissions bribery scheme that’s roiled the worlds of higher education, sports and entertainment..
    Diane Blake was sentenced to six weeks behind bars while Todd Blake was sentenced to four months, under plea deals made with prosecutors.
    Diane Blake had pleaded guilty to one count
  • ‘World’s largest helitanker’ demonstrates firefighting water drops in Topanga

    ‘World’s largest helitanker’ demonstrates firefighting water drops in Topanga
    A helitanker capable of dropping 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant atop flames in a single go demonstrated its firefighting abilities in Topanga on Tuesday.
    Firefighters look on as the A CH-47 Chinook helicopter passes by the 69 Bravo refilling base Tuesday, November 17, 2020.TheLos Angeles County Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority conducted a joint training exercise with the world’s largest firefighting helicopter, able to drop 3,000 gallons of water or retar
  • NBA announces 2-part schedule release, season structure, play-in tournament

    NBA announces 2-part schedule release, season structure, play-in tournament
    The NBA doesn’t plan to release the first half of the 2020-21 schedule until around the start of training camp on Dec. 1, but with each passing day, additional details emerge about how the fast-approaching season will work when the league returns to action outside of a bubble on Dec. 22.
    On Tuesday, the NBA announced information about the season’s structure and format, confirming that each team will play 72 regular-season games, with each team playing three games against each op
  • Telecom employees in Tustin required to return to office hit with COVID

    Telecom employees in Tustin required to return to office hit with COVID
    Last week, after a two-week coronavirus-related shutdown, employees once again filed into the Tustin AT&T call center.
    Much has changed. Now, the 150 men and women who provide customer service pause for temperature checks before entering – no more “honor system” of self-evaluations. And they must wear face masks, even while speaking with customers on the phone.
    But the biggest difference is a tragic one — a pair of empty desks; the work spaces where two popular collea
  • Alexander: Another fall, another Angels introductory press conference

    Alexander: Another fall, another Angels introductory press conference
    It has become an autumn ritual in Anaheim, the annual news conference to introduce the next guy who will set the Angels organization right.
    Two years ago it was a new manager, Brad Ausmus.
    Last year it was another new manager, Joe Maddon.
    Tuesday, via Zoom, it was a new general manager, 40-year-old Perry Minasian, a first-time GM charged with reversing a slide that includes five straight sub-.500 seasons and six seasons since the Angels won the AL West and Mike Trout, the best player of his era,
  • With management deal in place, county shelter set to open in Santa Ana in early 2021

    With management deal in place, county shelter set to open in Santa Ana in early 2021
    Orange County is on track to open its largest homeless shelter by early next year, the 425-bed Yale Navigation Center in Santa Ana, after supervisors approved a nearly $18 million, three-year contract with a Los Angeles-based agency that will manage the operation.
    The county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday, Nov. 17, to award the management job to People Assisting the Homeless, a non-profit also known as PATH. The group already oversees a 100-bed homeless shelter, or navigation center, that op
  • Lawyers demand CSULB student journalist’s equipment be returned and an apology issued for his arrest at protest

    Lawyers demand CSULB student journalist’s equipment be returned and an apology issued for his arrest at protest
    Lawyers representing a Cal State Long Beach student journalist whose equipment deputies reportedly took when he was arrested during a protest are demanding the Sheriff’s Department return the items.
    Pablo Unzueta, a freelance reporter who also works for the Daily 49er at the university, was covering a protest on Sept. 8 when he was arrested on suspicion of failing to disperse after the demonstration was declared an unlawful assembly, lawyers said in a Nov. 4 open letter to the Los Angeles
  • Gavin Newsom’s hypocritical dinner party

    Gavin Newsom’s hypocritical dinner party
    The French Laundry up in Yountville isn’t just another good California restaurant. It has the coveted three stars from the real French guys, the Michelin Guide. Chef Thomas Keller has surrounded the place with a three-acre biodynamic garden where he grows most of his vegetables, fruits and herbs. Tuesday night’s tasting menu began with oysters and caviar and built its way toward a “Dégustation of Broken Arrow Ranch Antelope with French green lentils, honey poached cranbe
  • Legal battle over impounded German shepherd in San Bernardino County ends in bittersweet victory for owner

    Legal battle over impounded German shepherd in San Bernardino County ends in bittersweet victory for owner
    A 14-month legal battle between San Bernardino County and an Arrowbear man over the life of his beloved German shepherd has ended with an agreement to send the dog to an animal sanctuary in Utah.
    Sheba, an 11-year-old, tan-and-black dog impounded in June 2019 for biting a neighbor dog, became the focus of a campaign on social media to save her as she was caged at the Devore animal shelter. More than 175,000 people signed two online petitions urging San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control t
  • The NBA Draft is fraught with more unknowns than usual

    The NBA Draft is fraught with more unknowns than usual
    There’s never been a class like the one up for grabs in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night: Teams have never had more time to prepare, but they’ve never had less to work with.
    Workouts and interviews have largely been conducted through Zoom instead of gyms. March Madness was canceled, denying scouts and executives one of the most critical evaluation periods for incoming talent. With conditions for next season in flux – most teams playing without fans and the likelihood of at
  • Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security

    Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security
    By Ben Fox
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.
    Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate.”
    While abrupt, the dismissal was hardly surprising. Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, had offered a stream of statements and tweets over the past week attes
  • Orange County health official expects new state guidelines for high school, youth sports to be issued this week

    Orange County health official expects new state guidelines for high school, youth sports to be issued this week
    Orange County’s top health official said Tuesday, Nov. 17, that the county expects California this week to release “modified guidance” for high school and youth sports competition.
    Speaking at a press conference about the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, shared a timeline for the guidelines in response to a question regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement Monday about high school an
  • Silent film star Harold Lloyd’s former Palm Springs home seeks $4.7 million

    Silent film star Harold Lloyd’s former Palm Springs home seeks $4.7 million
    A view of the and-painted ceiling beams and tiled floor in the entry hall. Behind the railing is the sunken living room. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    The sunken living room. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    The separate den. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    Formal dining room. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    A view of the kitchen. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    In the kitchen, there’s a breakfast area near the fireplace. (Photo by PreviewFirst)
    A spiral staircase leads down to the wine cellar and tasting room. (Photo by Previe
  • What will the Clippers do with the 57th pick in the NBA Draft?

    What will the Clippers do with the 57th pick in the NBA Draft?
    It’s not such a bad thing if you’re a fan of a team for whom Wednesday’s NBA Draft (probably) isn’t going to be compelling, must-see TV.
    It means that team likely was competent the previous season, or in the Clippers’ case, pretty good. Like, second-in-the-Western Conference standings good.
    Or perhaps that it traded away its picks, as the Clippers have been keen to do recently. That included last February, when they sent this draft’s first-round pick (No. 27,
  • Angels GM Perry Minasian ready to focus on upgrading pitching

    Angels GM Perry Minasian ready to focus on upgrading pitching
    As Perry Minasian is still getting comfortable in his new office and getting to know all his staff, he must soon address the elephant in the room.
    How can he improve the Angels’ pitching?
    Five days after he was hired as general manager, Minasian held his first press conference and faced several questions about how his Angels could succeed where other recent teams have failed.
    One of the steps, he said, is to look beyond the pitchers when it comes to improving the pitching.
    “With pitc
  • Freshman Jaylen Clark’s defense will help UCLA play faster

    Freshman Jaylen Clark’s defense will help UCLA play faster
    Support our UCLA athletics coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now.UCLA point guard Tyger Campbell was speaking with a matter-of-fact attitude during media availability via Zoom Tuesday afternoon when he emphasized the shape he needs to be in to play faster this season. What seemed to be no big deal to him, was certainly news to media members.
    “Coach (Mick Cronin) wants to run a lot more and get the ball up (the court faster),” Campbell said.
    Freshman Jaylen Clark&r
  • The good, the bad and the ugly of Proposition 22

    The good, the bad and the ugly of Proposition 22
    With the 2020 election now (mostly) in the rearview mirror, one outcome stands out as uniquely bittersweet. This cycle, California voters approved the much-discussed Proposition 22—which exempted some “gig economy” companies, such as Uber and Lyft, from being forced to classify their drivers as employees.
    Ultimately, Prop. 22 was a direct reaction to another California law, AB5, which passed earlier this year. Touted as a measure to “protect” wor

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