• USC football still searching for its full potential

    USC football still searching for its full potential
    USC football is 3-0 halfway through the 2020 regular season. The Trojans just put together their most convincing win, beating Utah 33-17 on Saturday night, never trailing after an initial 3-0 deficit.
    But even with two steps forward, there was still a sense of another being taken back by a USC team that is still looking to put together a full, no-caveat performance that highlights this roster’s full promise.
    Even head coach Clay Helton, his team’s greatest cheerleader, seemed less en
  • Mortuary driver suspected of stealing ring from body of woman who died in Riverside

    Mortuary driver suspected of stealing ring from body of woman who died in Riverside
    Riverside Police Department detectives arrested a mortuary transport employee Tuesday, Dec. 1, on suspicion of stealing a ring regarded as a family treasure and worth several thousand dollars from a dead woman’s hand.
    Mark Anthony Zuniga, 27, of Downey, was booked on suspicion of one felony count of removing articles from a dead body, Riverside police said in a news release. Investigators believe he lifted the jewelry from the body of an elderly woman who died at a hospital in Riverside on
  • UCLA routs Seattle in delayed home opener

    UCLA routs Seattle in delayed home opener
    Jules Bernard #1 of the UCLA Bruins drives to the basket against the Seattle Redhawks in the first half of a NCAA basketball game at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood on Thursday, December 3, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)
    Show Caption of ExpandSupport our UCLA athletics coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now.LOS ANGELES — When the public address announcer was finished introducing the Seattle University starting lineup to a mostly empty Pauley Pavil
  • Mater Dei offensive lineman Ross Maseuli commits to San Diego State

    Mater Dei offensive lineman Ross Maseuli commits to San Diego State
    San Diego State’s recruiting class for 2021 has added another Trinity League football standout.
    Mater Dei High offensive lineman Ross Maseuli committed on Wednesday, Dec. 2 to the Aztecs, giving the Mountain West Conference program three recruits with Trinity League ties.
    Maseuli joins a recruiting class that includes Servite defensive back Noah Avinger and former JSerra safety New Zealand Williams, now at St. Bernard in Playa Del Rey.
    San Diego State has 20 commits from the class of 2021
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  • QB Jake Garcia decommits from USC, reopens recruitment

    QB Jake Garcia decommits from USC, reopens recruitment
    Former Narbonne and La Habra quarterback Jake Garcia has decommitted from USC, he announced on Twitter Thursday night.
    Garcia had been committed to the Trojans since the fall of 2019, being the first QB to join USC’s 2021 recruiting class. Bishop Alemany quarterback Miller Moss committed to USC this June.
    “After many discussions with my family and careful consideration, I am decommitting from USC,” Garcia wrote. “Doing so will allow me to honestly evaluate my options as t
  • QB Jack Garcia decommits from USC, reopens recruitment

    QB Jack Garcia decommits from USC, reopens recruitment
    Former Narbonne and La Habra quarterback Jake Garcia has decommitted from USC, he announced on Twitter Thursday night.
    Garcia had been committed to the Trojans since the fall of 2019, being the first QB to join USC’s 2021 recruiting class. Bishop Alemany quarterback Miller Moss committed to USC this June.
    “After many discussions with my family and careful consideration, I am decommitting from USC,” Garcia wrote. “Doing so will allow me to honestly evaluate my options as t
  • Lakers brace for challenges of COVID-19, short turnaround in repeat bid

    Lakers brace for challenges of COVID-19, short turnaround in repeat bid
    Less than two months removed from a title run that saw them conquer not only their NBA rivals but a host of challenging circumstances in the NBA bubble, the Lakers feel more prepared for the unknown now than before.
    But even the defending champions admit they’re not quite sure what they’re getting into next.
    As individual workouts have begun for training camp, the organization is both buzzing about the roster – which is the oddsmakers’ favorite to repeat as champions this
  • USC men’s basketball goes cold late in loss to UConn

    USC men’s basketball goes cold late in loss to UConn
    USC’s Evan Mobley shoots over Connecticut’s Tyrese Martin, front, and Adama Sanogo during the second half of Thursday’s game in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    Connecticut’s James Bouknight, right, is fouled by USC’s Drew Peterson, left, as he drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    USC’s Drew Peterson shoots over Connecticut’s Jalen Gaffn
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  • Vanessa Gonzalez back coaching after USA Gymnastics ruled she violated abuse rules

    Vanessa Gonzalez back coaching after USA Gymnastics ruled she violated abuse rules
    Azarian U.S. Gymnastics Training Center coach Vanessa Gonzalez returned to coaching at the Orange County gym Wednesday for the first time since USA Gymnastics found dozens of allegations of physical, verbal and emotional abuse against her and two other Azarian coaches “disturbing,” “credible” and “substantiated.”
    Gonzalez was cleared Tuesday by Kim Kranz, USA Gymnastics chief of athlete wellness, to coach minor-aged athletes with supervision after Kranz said s
  • Sentencing for mother of San Bernardino terrorist attack shooter is postponed

    Sentencing for mother of San Bernardino terrorist attack shooter is postponed
    The sentencing for Rafia Farook in her evidence-destruction case that was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, has been postponed to Dec. 14 because her attorney has symptoms of COVID-19.
    Farook, also known as Rafia Sultana Shareef, pleaded guilty on March 16 to shredding a map drawn by son Syed Rizwan Farook in advance of the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino terrorist attack.
    The siege on the San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health holiday party and training session at the Inland Regional C
  • Rams’ Troy Reeder makes the most of his chances to start

    Rams’ Troy Reeder makes the most of his chances to start
    New York Giants running back Devonta Freeman, left, is tackled by Rams linebacker Troy Reeder during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Rams linebacker Troy Reeder tackles San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel during Sunday’s game in Inglewood. Reeder had a game-high 15 tackles in the 23-20 loss. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
    Rams special teams coordinator John Bonamego gives instructions to linebacker Troy Reeder du
  • Tustin gets first female mayor in 18 years

    Tustin gets first female mayor in 18 years
    After an 18-year dry spell, Tustin again has a woman as mayor.
    Councilman Austin Lumbard’s nomination of Mayor Pro Tem Letiticia Clark was met with unanimous approval Tuesday, Dec. 1.
    In a somewhat unusual twist, three council seats came open this year but only one new face joined the dais. Planning Commissioner Ryan Gallagher, a civil engineer, edged out attorney Lee Fink for one spot, while the other two seats were filled by familiar names. Incumbent Clark, who drew the most votes, took
  • La Habra City School District returns to distance learning as COVID-19 cases rise

    La Habra City School District returns to distance learning as COVID-19 cases rise
    La Habra City School District on Thursday, Dec. 3, returned to distance learning in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
    The district of about 5,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade had been following a hybrid learning plan – some in-person instruction with some online – but will continue with distance learning only through at least Dec. 18, Superintendent Joanne Culverhouse announced this week.
    “Although our schools have safety protocols in place, th
  • Thoroughbreds return to Los Alamitos in full force

    Thoroughbreds return to Los Alamitos in full force
    Los Alamitos, which has been running two-week meets the past two Decembers, gets an added four days this year when it begins a three-week meet Friday with an eight-race program that attracted a staggering 85 horses.
    The 11-day season, dubbed the Los Angeles County Fair Winter thoroughbred meet, includes three graded-stakes races and concludes Dec. 20, offering racing Friday through Sunday the opening weekend and Thursday-Sunday action the final two weeks.
    First post will be 1 p.m. weekdays and 1
  • After recount, Brea Olinda school board contest ends in tie

    After recount, Brea Olinda school board contest ends in tie
    A recount in a close race for a Brea Olinda Unified school board seat has ended in a tie, which means it’s now up to the school district to settle who gets the post.
    The contest between longtime board member Gail Lyons and first-time candidate Lauren Barnes to represent Trustee Area 5 was tight, and which of them held the lead changed several times as final ballots were counted after the Nov. 3 election. They also spent several days tied.
    When the tally ended with Lyons down by one vote, s
  • New stay-at-home order imminent for Orange County and others

    New stay-at-home order imminent for Orange County and others
    Orange County could be under strict pandemic rules by the weekend if intensive care capacity among Southern California’s hospitals dips below 15%, triggering new, regionally targeted stay-at-home orders announced Thursday, Dec. 3, by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
    By Thursday, ICUs across Southern California had 20.6% of beds available, a supply that was shrinking fast.
    With the new mandate, Newsom seeks to stem mounting coronavirus cases that threaten to overwhelm hospitals across California. In hard
  • Former legislative aide accuses Assemblyman Bill Brough of raping her in 2015

    Former legislative aide accuses Assemblyman Bill Brough of raping her in 2015
    A former legislative aide has filed a criminal complaint against Orange County Assemblyman Bill Brough, accusing him of raping her following a 2015 dinner meeting in Sacramento.
    Patricia “Trish” Todd is at least the sixth woman to accuse Brough of sexual assault or harassment in the past 10 years. One civil investigation resulted in minor sanctions for Brough earlier this year.
    Todd is the first to publicly claim Brough raped her. And she’s the first alleged victim known t
  • Stay-at-home order raises many questions for Disneyland and other California theme parks

    Stay-at-home order raises many questions for Disneyland and other California theme parks
    California’s impending stay-at-home order raises as many questions as it answers for Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and other California theme parks that are already operating under state coronavirus restrictions that have kept the major tourist destinations closed for eight months.
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new stay-at-home order — which is expected to go into effect in the next few days throughout much of the state — limits restaurants to take-out or delivery
  • When Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard texted, Serge Ibaka answered

    When Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard texted, Serge Ibaka answered
    Kawhi Leonard is precisely the type of to-the-point recruiter you might imagine him to be.
    What did he say to help persuade veteran big man Serge Ibaka to take leave of Toronto and join him in L.A.?
    Just a few words, via text.
    “‘Hey, what’s up.’ That’s what Kawhi texted me,” Ibaka said via Zoom on Thursday, his first media availability since signing a two-year, $19 million deal with the Clippers last week. “On free agency day, he texted me, ‘Hey, w
  • O.C. restaurateurs brace for impending shutdown of on-site dining

    O.C. restaurateurs brace for impending shutdown of on-site dining
    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement today, Dec. 3 that Southern California restaurants will again have to shut down on-premises dining when the ICU capacity in the region falls below 15% — which could happen within a few days — felt like another gut punch to local owners who have been dealing with the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic since March.
    “I don’t think any restaurant was having a normal holiday season this year,” said Shachi Mehra, chef-owner of
  • Democrats might want to pump the brakes on progressive shift

    Democrats might want to pump the brakes on progressive shift
    The Republican Party’s election night gains in the House of Representatives alarmed moderate members of the Democratic caucus.
    “We need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Virginia, reportedly yelled at her colleagues during a post-election conference call.
    Even in California, where  Democrats are securely in charge of every branch of government, the Republican Party has now retaken four of the
  • CCAA cancels all sports for 2020-21 school year because of COVID-19 issues

    CCAA cancels all sports for 2020-21 school year because of COVID-19 issues
    Athletes at some of the local colleges who were holding out hope that sports would be allowed to return in the spring got news Thursday, Dec. 3 they were hoping to avoid.
    The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), an NCAA Division II conference made up of 12 colleges throughout the state, including Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State L.A., Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino, announced it had made “the tough decision” to cancel all sports for the 2020-21 academi
  • This is where power shutoffs due to wind, wildfires are impacting Southern California

    This is where power shutoffs due to wind, wildfires are impacting Southern California
    Several areas of Southern California either had their power shut off or were under consideration for a shutoff on Thursday, Dec. 3, due to high winds and wildfire danger.
    Around 53,000 customers had their power shut off by 3 p.m. Thursday in Southern California Edison’s coverage area, and approximately 189,000 more would potentially see shutoffs. They were happening as Santa Ana winds brought heavy gusts to the region, in addition to multiple wildfires growing in Orange and Riverside count
  • Homeowners targeted for blocking popular oceanview trail in Laguna Niguel

    Homeowners targeted for blocking popular oceanview trail in Laguna Niguel
    In a city renowned for its numerous off-road footpaths, Robert Winters is among those who call Laguna Niguel’s Long View Trail — with its stunning ocean views — the most beautiful.
    So it was a rude encounter when he was on his regular trail run in early November and found a chain link fence with a locked gate and “No Trespassing” sign blocking the trail at the north end of the Bear Brand Ranch neighborhood. That’s where you can turn off the Colinas Bluff and S
  • In this day and age, the only trips you can take are at the dentist’s office

    In this day and age, the only trips you can take are at the dentist’s office
    Well, I gotta tell you … My 70s are nothing like THE ’70s — one of the favorite times of my life — and of course the ‘80s.
    Having had a birthday last month, I’ve been reminiscing about some of the crazy fun times I had in the 1970s. And it’s making me realize that ways of having fun are rapidly dwindling for me as I age.
    I don’t drink anymore. I don’t believe in recreational weed now. (But I didn’t inhale back then, I promise!) And I d
  • Chris Harris Jr. returns to help Chargers finish strong

    Chris Harris Jr. returns to help Chargers finish strong
    COSTA MESA — Chargers cornerback Chris Harris Jr. predicted he’d return in a month from the foot injury he sustained in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.
    Harris might not have seen the replay of his injury when he made the prediction. Chargers nose tackle Linval Joseph and Panthers running back Mike Davis – a combined 539 pounds – landed on Harris’ right foot and ankle.
    “I think I was kinda downplaying what I had,” Harris said Monday. “It was d
  • Coronavirus: Orange County reported 1,102 new cases and 8 new deaths as of Dec. 3

    Coronavirus: Orange County reported 1,102 new cases and 8 new deaths as of Dec. 3
    The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 1,202 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, Dec. 3., increasing the cumulative total in the county to 80,653 cases.
    An estimated 13,685 cases have been recorded in the last 14 days.
    One new death was reported by the county on Thursday, bringing the total number of reported deaths to 1,586.
    Of the cumulative 1,586 deaths reported from the virus, 597 were skilled nursing facility residents, 133 were in assisted living facilities and four were liste
  • CSUF faculty innovations out of the lab could solve public challenges

    CSUF faculty innovations out of the lab could solve public challenges
    Colleges and universities are all about innovation and ideas. However, sometimes those great notions remain tucked away in laboratories and classrooms. Too often they are compartmentalized within a college or discipline rather than being aired out. And sometimes the ideas stay just that — potentially groundbreaking concepts, programs or inventions that go unrealized.
    The Cal State Fullerton College of Engineering and Computer Science is looking to change that.
    Ankita Mohapatra (Courtesy CS
  • Horse racing: Cedillo, Baltas take top honors at Del Mar

    Horse racing: Cedillo, Baltas take top honors at Del Mar
    DEL MAR LEADERS
    (Final standings)
    JOCKEYS / WINS
    Abel Cedillo / 19
    Flavien Prat / 14
    Umberto Rispoli / 11
    Tiago Pereira / 9
    Mike Smith / 9
    TRAINERS / WINS
    Richard Baltas / 11
    Philip D’Amato / 10
    Richard Mandella / 9
    Peter Miller / 9
    Bob Baffert / 7
    WEEKEND STAKES AT LOS ALAMITOS
    Saturday
    • $300,000 Grade I Starlet Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles
    Sunday
    • $100,000 Grade III Bayakoa Stakes, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles
    DOWN THE STRETCH
    • Nate Ne
  • Silverado residents say this fire is different: ‘This one is the real McCoy’

    Silverado residents say this fire is different: ‘This one is the real McCoy’
    Zachary Dupre, who has lived on Silverado Canyon Road for 45 years, was among the 20 or so evacuees waiting in a parking lot at Santiago Canyon College, just down Chapman Avenue from the canyon, Thursday morning, Dec. 3.
    They were awaiting any word on the Bond fire, powered by Santa Ana winds and affecting their futures.
    Dupre remembers the canyon fire of 2007 when he and others evacuated and spent two weeks living in something of an evacuees’ village in an Albertsons parking lot in Orange

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