• The Queen Mary Cancels ‘Dark Harbor’ Halloween Event

    The Queen Mary Cancels ‘Dark Harbor’ Halloween Event
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The Queen Mary in Long Beach announced Tuesday it has canceled the annual “Dark Harbor” Halloween event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    The iconic hotel and ocean liner confirmed the cancellation on Facebok saying, “It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the 2020 season of The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has officially been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in line with federal, state and local guidelines.”The Que
  • Report: LAPD Investigating Allegations of ‘Blue Flu’ Organized Sick Calls Over July 4th Weekend

    Report: LAPD Investigating Allegations of ‘Blue Flu’ Organized Sick Calls Over July 4th Weekend
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The LAPD is investigating whether a spike in officers calling in sick over the holiday weekend was part of an organized protest against the city slashing $150 million from the agency’s budget.
    The Los Angeles Times obtained an anonymous letter that reportedly circulated among officers last week, encouraging them to call in sick to make the statement that they are not “expendable.”
    “They succeeded in defunding the police; what do you think is ne
  • 14 LAFD Firefighters At LAX Station Test Positive For COVID-19

    14 LAFD Firefighters At LAX Station Test Positive For COVID-19
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Fourteen firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Station 80, near Los Angeles International Airport, have tested positive for COVID-19.
    According to LAFD, the firefighters were at home after testing positive either Monday or Tuesday.
    The station, part of the department’s West Bureau, has since been disinfected and there was “no disruption to service.”
    Those who tested positive were said to be either asymptomatic or showing mild sympto
  • Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Pico-Union Paint Store

    Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Pico-Union Paint Store
    PICO-UNION (CBSLA) — Fire crews were battling a fire at a paint store in Pico-Union Tuesday evening.
    The fire broke out shortly after 6 p.m. outside the structure in the 1600 block of Vermont Avenue.
    According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, paint cans and potentially other paint related canisters were exploding in the heat.
    Closures were expected on Vermont Avenue as fire crews battled the blaze.
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  • $10K Stolen From Young Ice Skaters’ Fireworks Fundraiser

    $10K Stolen From Young Ice Skaters’ Fireworks Fundraiser
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Around $10,000 was stolen from a fireworks sale in Anaheim on Saturday that would have benefitted the young ice skaters of Matrix Synchronized Skating.
    Around $10,000 was stolen from a fireworks sale in Anaheim on Saturday that would have benefitted the young ice skaters of Matrix Synchronized Skating.
    This year marked the first time the group had scored a coveted TNT Fireworks permit after trying for five years. Matrix earned more than $60,000, and half would be theirs.
  • ‘It’s Not Fair’: Local Charter Schools Receive Millions In PPP Loans As Area Districts Struggle To Find Money To Reopen Safely

    ‘It’s Not Fair’: Local Charter Schools Receive Millions In PPP Loans As Area Districts Struggle To Find Money To Reopen Safely
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Local charter schools have received millions in paycheck protection program loans — money traditional public schools were not able to apply for — leaving some parents crying foul.
    “Are they a public school or are they a business,” Tracy Cook, a Los Angeles Unified School District public school parent, said. “Are they a fish or are they a foul? Who can guess?
    Several local charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately owned, rec
  • SoCal Residents Support Black-Owned Businesses For Blackout Day 2020

    SoCal Residents Support Black-Owned Businesses For Blackout Day 2020
    CRENSHAW (CBSLA) — Black Americans are looking to showcase their economic power this Tuesday by refusing to spend money, except at Black-owned businesses.
    As #BlackoutDay2020 trended across social media, the day was aimed at highlighting how the Black dollar powers the larger U.S. economy and how the America would be a very different place if Black consumers didn’t participate.
    Roslynn Marzan decided to try Hotville Chicken in the Crenshaw District for the first time, in honor of the
  • Laugh Factory Unveils Massive 148-Foot Black Lives Matter Mural In Hollywood

    Laugh Factory Unveils Massive 148-Foot Black Lives Matter Mural In Hollywood
    HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The Laugh Factory in Hollywood unveiled a massive Black Lives Matter mural Tuesday afternoon honoring those who have lost their lives to police brutality.
    A new 148-foot mural honoring those who have lost their lives to police brutality was being unveiled outside the Laugh Factory in Hollywood on July 7, 2020. (CBSLA)
    The 148-foot mural, commissioned by Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, is purported to be the largest in the nation paying tribute to BLM.
    “This
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  • Dr. Michael Drake Named UC System’s First Black President

    Dr. Michael Drake Named UC System’s First Black President
    OAKLAND (CBSLA) — Dr. Michael Drake was named the first Black president of the University of California system Tuesday.This just in: The University of California Board of Regents have announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system. Learn more: https://t.co/nXBvubvmuD pic.twitter.com/kSitXXBrkF
    — UC Newsroom (@UC_Newsroom) July 8, 2020Drake previously served as chancellor at UC Irvine from 2005-2014 before taking on the r
  • Dr. Michael Drake Becomes UC System’s First Black President

    Dr. Michael Drake Becomes UC System’s First Black President
    OAKLAND (CBSLA) — Dr. Michael Drake was named the first Black president of the University of California system Tuesday.This just in: The University of California Board of Regents have announced the appointment of Michael V. Drake, M.D., as the 21st president of UC’s world-renowned system. Learn more: https://t.co/nXBvubvmuD pic.twitter.com/kSitXXBrkF
    — UC Newsroom (@UC_Newsroom) July 8, 2020Drake previously served as chancellor at UC Irvine from 2005-2014 before taking on the r
  • Experts Warn Masks Can Give Some False Sense Of Security, Encourage People To Socially Distance

    Experts Warn Masks Can Give Some False Sense Of Security, Encourage People To Socially Distance
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The debate about whether to enforce masks or not has been going on for months in some areas for but now research suggests a simple face covering may not be enough.
    “There’s nothing that’s perfect,” said Brad Spellberg, the Chief Medical Officer at USC Medical Center and an infectious disease specialist.
    He says the problem is that scientists know COVID-19 can be airborne and a mask can give some a false sense of security.
    “If people act a
  • LA County Supervisors Push Sheriff Villanueva For Transparency On Deputy Shootings

    LA County Supervisors Push Sheriff Villanueva For Transparency On Deputy Shootings
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a number of motions designed to push Sheriff Alex Villanueva to be more transparent and cooperative with the Office of the Inspector General’s investigations into fatal shootings by sheriff’s deputies.
    Supervisor Kathryn Barger voted in favor of motions aimed at making the sheriff’s department more transparent. (Credit: CBSLA)
    “L.A. County has been facing an epidemic for years: system
  • West Nile Virus Reemerges In Long Beach, Marking City’s First Human Case Of 2020

    West Nile Virus Reemerges In Long Beach, Marking City’s First Human Case Of 2020
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — The West Nile virus reemerged in the Southland on Tuesday, with the city of Long Beach reporting its first human case of the year.
    The patient is a person in their 60s and is currently in the hospital, according to the city’s health department.
    This is the second case of West Nile virus reported in California this year. The first occurred in Stanislaus County in the Central Valley.
    “While the world is focused on COVID-19 prevention and response, this is an
  • Orange County Reports Over 1,000 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 Additional Deaths

    Orange County Reports Over 1,000 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 1,010 new COVID-19 cases and three additional deaths Tuesday.
    The county’s total number of cases now stands at 18,892  cases while the total number of fatalities rose to 369.
    The caseload reported Tuesday reflects specimen collections dating back two weeks, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said.
    The number of hospitalized patients jumped from 634 on Monday to 659 on Tuesday, with the number of patients in intensive care incr
  • Southland Universities Weigh Impact Of ICE Directive On International Students

    Southland Universities Weigh Impact Of ICE Directive On International Students
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Universities across the Southland Tuesday said they were reviewing a directive from federal immigration authorities that could force thousands of international students out of the country if schools offer online-only courses due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
    On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students would not be allowed to remain in the country if the classes they were taking were solely online.
    “The U.S. De
  • LA County Reports Over 4,000 New Coronavirus Cases, 46 More Deaths

    LA County Reports Over 4,000 New Coronavirus Cases, 46 More Deaths
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County health officials reported 4,015 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, attributing about half of the cases to a backlog from a single lab from Thursday through Sunday.
    With another 218 cases reported in Long Beach, the county’s total number of cases sits at 120,757.
    The county also reported 49 more deaths, including three reported in Long Beach, bringing the county’s death toll to 3,582.
    The rate of people testing positive for coronavirus con
  • Brush Fire Breaks Out In Simi Valley

    Brush Fire Breaks Out In Simi Valley
    SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — A brush fire is burning off the 118 Freeway near Rocky Peak in Simi Valley.
    The California Highway Patrol has shut down at least two westbound lanes of the freeway at Kuehner Drive.#KuehnerIncident firefighters are responding to a brush fire on the side of 118 near rockey peak. Slow down in the area as FF will be working on and near the road way. @VCFD pic.twitter.com/GycL5IxQb1
    — VCFD PIO (@VCFD_PIO) July 7, 2020This is a breaking news story. More information w
  • Man Wanted For Exposing Himself, Sexually Assaulting Woman At Covina Laundromat

    Man Wanted For Exposing Himself, Sexually Assaulting Woman At Covina Laundromat
    COVINA (CBSLA) — Police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman at a Covina coin laundromat.
    A woman told police she had seen the man touching himself inside the laundromat, 314 N. Azusa Ave., at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. She said he came up behind her and surprised her, then ejaculated on her leg and clothes, according to Covina police.
    The man was described as a white man about 5-foot-5 with a thin build, between 25 and 30 years old, with a goatee and brown hair. He wor
  • Police: Man In Gas Mask Breaks Into Fumigated Ventura Home, Takes Off With Safe Containing $20K In Cash

    Police: Man In Gas Mask Breaks Into Fumigated Ventura Home, Takes Off With Safe Containing $20K In Cash
    VENTURA (CBSLA) — Police asked for the public’s help Tuesday to identify a man who broke into a house that was being fumigated and stole a safe containing thousands in cash and other valuables.
    (credit: Ventura Police Department)
    Police say the man broke into a home in the 9500 block of Las Cruces Street at about 1 a.m. on June 25.
    The home was being fumigated, so the man apparently took precautions by donning a gas mask before breaking in.
    Surveillance video captured the man carryin
  • California Sues Over Rule That Would Divert Millions From CARES Act Toward Private Schools

    California Sues Over Rule That Would Divert Millions From CARES Act Toward Private Schools
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The State of California is suing the Department of Education over a billion-and-a-half dollars from the CARES Act that Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos wants to go toward private schools.
    Xavier Becerra, along with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, announced the lawsuit Tuesday.
    DeVos issued a rule last month that critics say would divert hundreds of millions of aid from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, to
  • LA County Votes To Initiate Plan To Close Men’s Central Jail Within The Year

    LA County Votes To Initiate Plan To Close Men’s Central Jail Within The Year
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to initiate a plan to close Men’s Central Jail in within the year.
    “LA County is prioritizing our ‘care first, jails last’ approach to criminal justice to demonstrate our commitment to racial and economic justice,” said Supervisor Hilda Solis.
    “Closing Men’s Central Jail will restore dignity to our communities. People are not made whole
  • ‘There Are Always Two Sides To The Story And Then There’s The Truth’: Keith David On ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

    ‘There Are Always Two Sides To The Story And Then There’s The Truth’: Keith David On ‘NCIS: New Orleans’
    (CBS Local)– Keith David has been in a lot of great movies and TV shows during his storied Hollywood career, but few have been as important and timely as his appearance on CBS’s “NCIS: New Orleans.”
    The 3x Emmy Award winner appeared on episode 17 of the show’s sixth season called “Biased” in March. In the episode, a White New Orleans police officer shoots a Black Navy officer in the middle of a party. David’s character Gene Holloway is a Black New
  • Investigators Determine Target Shooting Ignited Mount R Brush Fire, Seek Person Of Interest

    Investigators Determine Target Shooting Ignited Mount R Brush Fire, Seek Person Of Interest
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — San Bernardino National Forest officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest seen leaving the Mount R Fire that erupted Friday afternoon.
    Investigators have determined the preliminary cause of the Mount R Fire was related to target shooting.
    According to officials, a person or persons were seen in a black sedan Audi with a broken left taillight leaving the fire’s point of origin along City Creek Road.
    The person or persons
  • Brush Fire Erupts In Mission Hills, Transformer Explosion May Be To Blame

    Brush Fire Erupts In Mission Hills, Transformer Explosion May Be To Blame
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Firefighters early Tuesday afternoon were battling a five-acre brush fire possibly linked to a transformer explosion in the Mission Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley.
    July 7, 2020. (CBSLA)
    The fire was reported at 11:40 a.m. in the 15000 block of West Mission Hills Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
    It was burning in the area of the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. One building was exposed, the fire department said. Its unclear if the
  • 5-Acre Brush Fire Erupts In Mission Hills

    5-Acre Brush Fire Erupts In Mission Hills
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Firefighters early Tuesday afternoon were battling a 5-acre brush fire possibly linked to a transformer explosion in the Mission Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley.
    The fire was reported at 11:40 a.m. in the 15000 block of West Mission Hills Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
    Firefighters discovered the blaze after initially being called to a report of an explosion, the fire department said.
    Officials are looking into whether a transformer
  • 2 Men Arrested In Looting Of REI, Vans Stores In Santa Monica

    2 Men Arrested In Looting Of REI, Vans Stores In Santa Monica
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — Two men have been arrested in connection with looting at REI and Vans stores in Santa Monica after protests turned violent.
    Sebastian Martinez, 24, of El Segundo, and 20-year-old Christopher Gutierrez, of Los Angeles, were arrested last Thursday after being stopped by Manhattan Beach police officers, Santa Monica police spokesman Lt. Joseph Cortez said.
    (credit: Santa Monica Police Department)
    The REI and Vans stores in Santa Monica were both ransacked on May 31 when
  • LA County Health Officials Create Text-Based Coronavirus Survey To Help Track Community Impact

    LA County Health Officials Create Text-Based Coronavirus Survey To Help Track Community Impact
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The county Department of Public Health announced Tuesday a voluntary text message-based survey that will send weekly health inquiries to participants in hopes of better tracking the impact of the coronavirus in specific communities.
    Residents are able to participate in the “Angelenos in Action” survey. The results will remain confidential.
    In a statement, public health director Barbara Ferrer called it “an easy way for people to get involved in helpi
  • LA Reopens Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Centers

    LA Reopens Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Centers
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – This weekend, the city of Los Angeles will reopen its household hazardous waste disposal centers after shuttering them more than three-and-a-half-months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    A SAFE disposal center. Undated photo. (LASAN)
    All seven Solvents Automotive Flammables and Electronic (SAFE) disposal centers will reopen this Saturday, the L.A. Sanitation & Environment department (LASAN) announced Tuesday.
    The centers have been closed since March 21.
    Cus
  • Caught On Video: Woman Wanted In South Gate Killing Of Kitten

    Caught On Video: Woman Wanted In South Gate Killing Of Kitten
    SOUTH GATE (CBSLA) — A woman is wanted Tuesday after being caught on surveillance video carrying off a kitten who was later found dead on a South Gate street.
    (credit: Candice Esquivel)
    In a Facebook post, Candice Esquivel posted images of the woman with orange hair walking onto a porch.
    One of the images she posted was of the kitten’s body lying on a street.
    Security video shows the woman walking up to the porch carrying a bag, a sweatshirt and a face mask under her chin unlatching
  • Disgraced Ex-LA City Councilman Mitch Englander Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges

    Disgraced Ex-LA City Councilman Mitch Englander Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Former Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander plead guilty Tuesday to federal charges for his role in an ongoing “pay-to-play” scheme in which major real estate developers bribed L.A. City Hall officials.
    FILE — Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander who also serves as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee speaks during a meeting on Jan. 25, 2013. (credit: CBS)
    The 49-year-old Englander — who represented L.A. Council District 12

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