In Other News

Woman robs bank at Manhattan Village in Manhattan Beach

By Larry Altman|

CicLAvia joins busy summer lineup along LA Waterfront

Feet, bikes and strollers — but no cars allowed. Car-free streets are coming to the Harbor Area this summer — for one day, anyway — when CicLAvia, a global movement dedicated to building community, steps and rolls into town....

By Donna Littlejohn|


  • Bomb threats

    Bomb threat at Wal-Mart in Torrance prompts evacuation

    Customers and employees at a Walmart store in Torrance were forced to evacuate Wednesday following a telephoned bomb threat that proved to be unfounded, police said. Officers responded to the store on Hawthorne Boulevard between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard shortly after noon, Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris said. Police...

    Larry Altman

  • Hacking

    Pro-ISIS message hacked onto LA County supervisors website

    LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors website was hacked Tuesday, with someone substituting a pro-Islamic State group message for links to county information. The site at was restored Tuesday night. “No breach of data occurred and no personal information was compromised,” a county spokesman said. Before county technicians took the site offline, a message was visible in the middle of an all-black screen. Headed by...

    City News Service|

  • Local governments

    Will outrageous DWP pay hikes ignite anti-union firestorm in California?: Susan Shelley

    One day, when California is a right-to-work state, and paying dues to a union is entirely optional, someone may ask you how the voters of a state with some of the most powerful labor unions on the planet ever adopted a right-to-work law. Save a copy of this week’s newspapers to show them how our freshly re-elected city officials rushed to approve a massively generous pay raise for the already overpaid employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Back in...

    Susan Shelley

  • Robbery

    Suspects in Pasadena armed robbery charged with string of other incidents

    Authorities have filed several counts of armed robbery against three suspects originally arrested for robbery in Pasadena of a doughnut shop in May. Malik Arthur was charged with 13 counts of armed robbery and Thomas Rollins was charged with seven counts of armed robbery this month by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The third suspect, a 16-year-old boy, is currently in custody on a detained petition as the DA’s office reviews the case.

    Sandra T. Molina

  • Minimum wage

    Study on effect of Seattle’s minimum wage could make Pasadena, Los Angeles nervous

    Ten California cities and localities will boost their minimum wage on Saturday, but a new study indicates those pay hikes could lead to layoffs, reduced hours and a decline in income for the workers it’s intended to help. Seattle study notes negative impacts of wage increases The study, conducted by a group of University of Washington economists and published as a working paper by the

    Kevin Smith

  • Oil and gas refining

    2 South Bay refineries report hazardous materials spills on same day

    Refineries in Wilmington and Torrance reported separate hazardous materials releases on the same day this week, with at least 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide released in the Harbor Area incident and a crude oil spill of about 30 gallons reported from a Van Ness Avenue pipeline. Both incidents occurred Monday against a backdrop of unplanned flaring events, including three in Torrance within about 24 hours that continued into Tuesday afternoon, according to the South Coast Air Quality...

    Nick Green

  • Deforestation

    South Bay ficus trees at risk of contracting fungal disease

    Tens of thousands of ficus trees throughout Southern California are susceptible to a new, deadly fungal strain that kills at alarming speed and threatens to destroy the urban forest in older cities known for their tree-lined streets, scientists say. Branch dieback disease caused by botryosphaeria fungus already has infected more than 25 percent of the region’s ficus trees, also know as Indian laurel-leaf fig, said Donald Hodel, researcher and horticultural adviser for the...

  • Crime News

    Man accused of making criminal threats against children in San Pedro released

    By Larry Altman @larryaltman on Twitter A man who allegedly told a passer-by “Do you want to blow up some children?” near a San Pedro preschool was released from jail Tuesday after the case against him apparently was dismissed, records show. Delbert Steele, 48, who spent 70 days in jail, was released from Sheriff’s...


  • Crime News

    Police log: Beach Cities crime reports

    EL SEGUNDO Attempted robbery: Reported June 24, 700 block of South Sepulveda Boulevard. Someone attempted to leave a store without paying for merchandise and, when confronted by security, lunged toward the employee. Identity theft: Reported June 21. Fraudulent charges were made on the victim’s credit card. Commercial burglary: Reported June 21, 1900 block of Hughes Way. Unknown means of entry into a storage unit. A dive tank and miscellaneous documents were...


  • Recreational swimming

    San Pedro’s Hey Rookie swimming pool at Angels Gate Park reopens with a splash

    For the first time in nearly two decades, youngsters and adults alike enjoyed a plunge Tuesday into San Pedro’s iconic blue-tiled Hey Rookie Pool. The pool, which originally opened in 1943 on what was then the Fort MacArthur Army base, was closed in the early 1990s due to safety concerns. Built on a hillside with a harbor view, the pool required $7.1 million in repairs...

    By staff reports|

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