• New Angels GM Perry Minasian adds three executives to front office

    New Angels GM Perry Minasian adds three executives to front office
    Alex Tamin, who had been an assistant general manager along with Perry Minasian in Atlanta, has been hired to work under the Angels’ new general manager, a source confirmed Sunday, Nov. 22.
    Tamin will hold the assistant GM title with the Angels, although it’s possible the Angels will assign that title to additional staffers also. The Angels had two assistant GMs under Billy Eppler.
    The Angels also hired Dominic Chiti as a special assistant to the GM and Rick Williams, the son of Hall
  • Shooting suspect barricaded inside La Mirada home

    Shooting suspect barricaded inside La Mirada home
    LA MIRADA — A shooting suspect was barricaded inside a home in La Mirada Wednesday morning, and authorities were working to get the man to surrender.
    Deputies from the Norwalk station first responded to a shots-fired call on the 13900 block of Bora Drive at about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
    Special Enforcement Bureau deputies were headed to the scene to try to bring about a peaceful resolution, the department said.
    Further details were
  • Private property’s harvest

    Private property’s harvest
    I’m thankful.
    Yes, we’ve got the pandemic, lockdowns, a worsening deficit, etc.
    But we still live in a relatively free country at the most prosperous time in human history.
    The pandemic showed that when people are faced with crises, we adjust. Restaurants switched to takeout and outdoor dining. Grocery stores began curbside pickup. Companies mass-produced masks, hand sanitizer, ventilators and, now, vaccines. I hide from COVID-19 by staying home; yet, thanks to new services such as Z
  • Ex-Rosary basketball star Asia Avinger, now at San Diego State, suffers knee injury

    Ex-Rosary basketball star Asia Avinger, now at San Diego State, suffers knee injury
    The start to Asia Avinger’s promising collegiate basketball career will be delayed.
    The San Diego State freshman from Rosary High announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24 that she recently suffered a torn ACL that will require surgery.
    The Aztecs are scheduled to open their season Wednesday against Washington at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
    “A few days ago, I had a freak accident and ended up tearing my ACL completely,” Avinger wrote on her Instagram. “I know this is in God’s
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  • LAFC falls to Seattle in Western Conference playoff opener

    LAFC falls to Seattle in Western Conference playoff opener
    Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) watches as LAFC defender Eddie Segura, center, heads the ball during the first half of their Western Conference first-round playoff match on Tuesday night in Seattle. The Sounders won 3-1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    Los Angeles FC defender Jesus David Murillo, left, slides across on a tackle attempt on Seattle Sounders forward Jordan Morris during the first half of an MLS playoff soccer match Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Surprise! Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City opens before Thanksgiving holiday

    Surprise! Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City opens before Thanksgiving holiday
    Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City opened to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 24, according to the casino’s social media accounts.
    Just after 8 p.m. the casino’s Twitter account featured a message comprised of a string of emojis, including a champagne bottle, a slot machine and a smiley wearing a party hat and blowing out a noisemaker along with a photo of a popping bottle of bubbly with the text “Doors now open. Party on.”
    Previously, casino officials hadn’t announced
  • Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State lead first College Football Playoff rankings

    Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State lead first College Football Playoff rankings
    Alabama (7-0) was No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season on Tuesday night, followed by Notre Dame (8-0), Clemson (7-1) and Ohio State (4-0).
    Texas A&M (5-1) was fifth and Florida (6-1) was sixth, giving the Southeastern Conference three of the top six teams along with Alabama.
    Unbeaten Cincinnati (8-0) from the American Athletic Conference at seventh has the best ranking for a non-Power Five team in the seven-year history of the selection committee’s top 25.
  • Two arrested in string of 13 robberies in Southern California

    Two arrested in string of 13 robberies in Southern California
    Two men have been arrested in connection with a spree of 13 robberies in Southern California.
    Kigmani Nejema Burris, 45, of Corona, and William Warren, 36, of Los Angeles, were arrested Nov. 19 after they robbed a business in Laguna Hills, the Fontana Police Department said.
    Fontana police began investigating the pair on Nov. 18 when a business in that city was held up. The investigation led them to look for and then watch a white Dodge Challenger, a news release said. On Nov. 19, police followe
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  • A positive coronavirus test forces some John Wayne Airport air traffic controllers to quarantine

    A positive coronavirus test forces some John Wayne Airport air traffic controllers to quarantine
    Operations at John Wayne Airport’s control tower have been cut back after some air traffic controllers were possibly exposed to an employee who recently tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said.
    One person’s positive test on Nov. 22 forced many of the airport’s controllers to self-quarantine and has resulted the tower closing earlier than normal each day, said Ian Gregor, public affairs specialist with the FAA.
    Through Sunday, there
  • Second-generation Laker Wesley Matthews fueled by championship opportunity

    Second-generation Laker Wesley Matthews fueled by championship opportunity
    Wesley Matthews shared a name and with his father, but for a long time, there was little else.
    For many years, he was raised by his mother, Pam Moore, and he and his father were not terribly close. But one of the few through lines has been basketball: The day he was born – Oct. 18, 1986 – was the day that Wes Sr. signed with the Lakers, on his way to championships in 1987 and 1988. And the younger Matthews has a picture, “I’ve always had” of him as a toddler, dresse
  • The winter coronavirus surge is here; Orange County sinks deep into strictest purple tier

    The winter coronavirus surge is here; Orange County sinks deep into strictest purple tier
    Orange County has an unwelcome visitor for the holidays: another coronavirus wave that may soon match the summer’s.
    The county’s rate of new coronavirus cases has tripled over the past two weeks in a buildup that public health officials suspect is fueled by “COVID fatigue.” And it is happening at the confluence of flu season and end-of-year holidays.
    Gov. Gavin Newsom already pulled a public health “emergency brake” in the state last week, putting Orange
  • ‘The Polar Express’ set pulls in at MainPlace Mall for holidays

    ‘The Polar Express’ set pulls in at MainPlace Mall for holidays
    The MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana previewed on Tuesday, Nov. 24, its new holiday experience – the latest attraction to re-imagine the traditional visit with Santa Claus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
    The popular family film “The Polar Express” inspired the walk-through set on the mall’s lower level. A free digital app opens up augmented reality options for visitors and free selfie-stations are built into the display.
    Ella Butler, Mission Viejo, sits wearing her holiday atti
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans lists Tarzana home for $3.2 million

    Keenen Ivory Wayans lists Tarzana home for $3.2 million
    A Mediterranean-style estate owned by comic entertainer Keenen Ivory Wayans of “In Living Color” fame has listed in Tarzana.
    The asking price is just shy of $3.2 million.
    Located in the gated Monte Verde Estates neighborhood, this 6,300-square-foot house was completed in 2004. It features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms and sits on nearly a half-acre lot with a large swimming pool and a half-sports court with the fairway of El Caballero Country Club as a backdrop.
    Geoff Gil and Dan
  • Looming Santa Ana winds whip up fire weather concerns for Thanksgiving day

    Looming Santa Ana winds whip up fire weather concerns for Thanksgiving day
    Santa Ana winds are expected to blow into Southern California on Thanksgiving Day, prompting officials to warn residents of possible high fire danger conditions.
    The fire risk watch is a seemingly annual reminder of changing climate conditions, which bring dry weather at a time of year when historically, rain would give vegetation much needed moisture, weather officials said.
    Despite the continued relative cooling in the area of highs in the 70s, lows in the 50s, all other wildfire ingredients w
  • Disneyland cancels Grad Nite 2021 amid coronavirus concerns

    Disneyland cancels Grad Nite 2021 amid coronavirus concerns
    Coronavirus concerns have forced Disneyland to cancel back-to-back years of Grad Nite celebrations as the Anaheim theme park calls off the 2021 event six months before the annual high school senior tradition was scheduled to take place.
    Grad Nite 2021 has been canceled while Disneyland and Disney California Adventure remain unable to fully reopen under California’s COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, according to Disney Youth Programs.
    “The recently released state guidelines relat
  • Rams ‘set up’ for a playoff run after win at Tampa Bay

    Rams ‘set up’ for a playoff run after win at Tampa Bay
    The Rams’ victory at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football showed the nation how far they’ve come in what shaped up as a transitional season and now looks like a playoff season.
    The Rams’ home game against San Francisco at SoFi Stadium on Sunday will remind themselves how far they’ve come in just the past month.
    It’s a rematch of the game in October in which the beaten-down Niners caught the visiting Rams napping and won 24-16.
    That loss prompted “reflection&rdqu
  • Holiday lights to brighten Newport Dunes on Nov. 27, with new festive options added

    Holiday lights to brighten Newport Dunes on Nov. 27, with new festive options added
    The iconic boat parade in Newport Harbor might be canceled – but that doesn’t mean you can’t find holiday festivities in the nearby bay.
    The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is rolling out its version of holiday cheer, starting with its 30th annual Lighting of the Bay at dusk on Friday, Nov. 27.
    The Lighting of the Bay typically launches with school choirs singing, train rides through the grounds and Santa roaring in on a water craft. This year, however, there&rsquo
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain expands drive-thru holiday lights event

    Six Flags Magic Mountain expands drive-thru holiday lights event
    Six Flags Magic Mountain fans are already in the Christmas spirit after eight months of the coronavirus blues as the Valencia amusement park has added nights to a once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru holiday lights event after several dates on the calendar quickly sold out.
    Magic Mountain has added 12 nights to the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience which now runs nightly through Jan. 3.
    The new dates added to the calendar fall on Monday through Thursday on Nov. 30-Dec. 3, Dec. 7-10 and Dec. 14-
  • Coronavirus: Orange County reported 837 new cases and 2 new deaths as of Nov. 24

    Coronavirus: Orange County reported 837 new cases and 2 new deaths as of Nov. 24
    The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 837 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Nov. 24, bringing the cumulative total in the county to 71,953 cases since tracking began.
    There have been  9,123 new cases of coronavirus reported in the last 14 days.
    Two new deaths were reported by the county on Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported deaths to 1,556.
    Of the cumulative 1,556 deaths reported from the virus, 590 were skilled nursing facility residents, 126 were in assisted liv
  • San Clemente councilwoman censured by colleagues

    San Clemente councilwoman censured by colleagues
    Three San Clemente City Council members voted to censure their colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Ferguson, after a nearly six-hour meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.
    They accused her of disrupting city processes on the dais by disparaging city employees, violating the Brown Act and leaking confidential city business – such as a recently completed city survey – to the public via the press and social media platforms.
    The censure, described as a first-time event in the city, puts the City Council
  • San Clemente councilwoman censored by colleagues

    San Clemente councilwoman censored by colleagues
    Three San Clemente City Council members voted to censure their colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Ferguson, after a nearly six-hour meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.
    They accused her of disrupting city processes on the dais by disparaging city employees, violating the Brown Act and leaking confidential city business – such as a recently completed city survey – to the public via the press and social media platforms.
    The censure, described as a first-time event in the city, puts the City Council
  • Do the Clippers have another big move up their sleeve?

    Do the Clippers have another big move up their sleeve?
    What are the Clippers doing?
    It’s the question that’s keeping their fans up at night, or sleeping with one eye open, cell phones at the ready in case a late-night Woj bomb lights up their screens with news of a big deal.
    The Clippers’ recent history of bold, unexpected moves makes it easy to imagine that the team’s front office is cooking up another surprise.
    Think of the seismic trade that brought aboard Paul George from Oklahoma City and paired him with Kawhi Leonard, o
  • Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s condition improves

    Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda’s condition improves
    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda’s condition has improved while he remains hospitalized in Southern California.
    Los Angeles Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener said Tuesday that the team’s 93-year-old former manager has been taking online calls from former players and coaches at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton. The team first announced he was hospitalized on Nov. 15.
    Lasorda attended the team’s Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay
  • UCLA opens men’s basketball season at San Diego State in good litmus test

    UCLA opens men’s basketball season at San Diego State in good litmus test
    Support our UCLA athletics coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now.The COVID-19 pandemic halted the UCLA men’s basketball team’s late-season run that included 11 wins in its last 14 games last season. Unfortunately, the Pac-12 Conference tournament never got played, and March Madness had nothing to do with basketball.
    Roughly eight months later, the Bruins are asking themselves if they can pick up where they left off in Wednesday night’s season opener at San D
  • Coronavirus: Here’s what tier each county in California is on Nov. 24

    Coronavirus: Here’s what tier each county in California is on Nov. 24
    Officials moved three more of California’s 58 counties to the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
    There are now 45 counties in the purple tier after Tuesday changes.
    Two counties that were categorized in the least restrictive yellow tier last week, were moved to orange. There are now five counties in the orange tier and eight in the red tier.
    Counties are assigned to a tier based on metrics showing the speed and the s
  • Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, Biden transition

    Dow crests 30,000 points on vaccine hopes, Biden transition
    Wall Street busted through its latest milestone Tuesday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time.
    It’s an attention-grabbing psychological threshold, and it’s an encouraging signal that the market’s rally is broadening beyond the handful of stocks that carried Wall Street through the pandemic. But the Dow at 30,000 means less to most investors’ 401(k) accounts than the fact that broader market indexes are also at record highs.
  • Whicker: Angels’ pitching mess caused by many whiffs in the draft

    Whicker: Angels’ pitching mess caused by many whiffs in the draft
    The Dodgers weren’t the only history-makers this fall.
    The Angels wrapped up their fifth consecutive sub-.500 season. Regardless of how you view the 60-game hors d’oeuvre, they never had done that before.
    In related news, the Angels were 13th in the American League in run prevention. They have been 10th or worse four times in the past seven seasons. In WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), the Angels have been eighth or worse five times in the past eight seasons.
    In other relate
  • USC looks to freshman star Evan Mobley as uncertain season approaches

    USC looks to freshman star Evan Mobley as uncertain season approaches
    As USC senior Jonah Mathews backpedaled up the Galen Center floor following his step-back, last-second three against UCLA in the regular-season finale on March 7, the Trojans looked poised for their best postseason in more than a decade.
    Stocked with five seniors and a future NBA lottery pick, USC was the trendy dark horse pick for a deep NCAA Tournament run. Mathews’ game-winner, though, was the last of the season. Five days later the NCAA canceled March Madness as the coronavirus pandemi
  • California up, U.S. down: Split verdict on consumer confidence

    California up, U.S. down: Split verdict on consumer confidence
    The ongoing trend of a nation with very divided opinions shows up in a consumer confidence poll: Shoppers are upbeat in California but nervous nationwide.
    The Conference Board reports that its consumer confidence index for California was at 100 for November — up from a revised 93.7 a month earlier and down from 113.8 a year ago. In the month, the economy slowly improved but the pandemic that created a recession was regaining strength.
    Oh, and President Trump was defeated in his reelection
  • Unemployment scam using inmates’ names — including Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner — costs California hundreds of millions

    Unemployment scam using inmates’ names — including Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner — costs California hundreds of millions
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A rash of fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims filed under the names of jail and prison inmates, including more than 100 on death row, has bilked California out of hundreds of millions of dollars, a law enforcement task force said Tuesday.
    In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the task force, led by district attorneys from San Diego to Fresno County, asked for “significant resources” to combat “what appears to be the most significant fraud on taxpayer

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