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    LAGUNA NIGUEL, California -- Several homes were destroyed in Southern California Wednesday night as the Coastal Fire continued to spread.At least 20 homes were burned down in Laguna Niguel and the fire had reached approximately 200 acres, according to the Orange County Fire Authority, which said it had "60 different types of resources battling the flames."Evacuation orders have been issued for Coronado Pointe Drive, Vista Court and Via Las Rosa in the Pacific Island area, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. Voluntary evacuations are in place for Laguna Beach residents in the Balboa Nyes, or Portafina, neighborhood.OCFA Chief Brian Fennessy said late Wednesday there are no reports of civilian or firefighter casualties. The crews fighting the blaze are starting to get a better handle on the fire and "great progress" is expected into the night and coming days, Fennessy said.The cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway, according to the fire chief.Fennessy said the fire started quickly and moved upslope over steep terrain, proving a challenge for hand crews to access. With fuels beds throughout the...
    LOS ANGELES -- Rideshare and food-delivery gig drivers on Monday held a rally outside an Uber Greenlight Hub in Los Angeles, demanding higher pay as gas prices continue to increase throughout the region."The gas is very expensive and we cannot afford to continue like," said Francisco Magdaleno, an Uber Driver. "We need more than the 55 cents that Uber has given us."Magdaleno was referring to a 55-cent per-ride surcharge that Uber put in place in March to help offset rising gas prices.The company told ABC7 that drivers are earning an average of more than $34 an hour, adding that Uber has not seen a decrease in the number of drivers.Meanwhile. gas station signs all across Southern California have been sporting even higher prices.
    Black Lives Matter issued a thinly-veiled apology on Monday night over the left-wing groups purchase of a multi-million dollar mansion that was paid for with donations raised from loyal supporters.  The purchase was fully exposed last week in an article by New York Magazine.  The property was bought for almost $6million in cash in October 2020 with funds that had been donated to BLMGNF (Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation).    On Monday night, the organization finally responded to the reports in a lengthy Twitter feed with the group noting that more 'transparency' was required going forward. Black Lives Matter has apologized following an expose that detailed how the organization had used donations to purchase a $6 million home in Los Angeles. The luxurious 6,500 square foot mansion was bought for nearly double what it was worth In a lengthy Twitter thread on Monday morning, the group vowed to be more transparent in the future 'There have been a lot of questions surrounding recent reports about the purchase of Creator's House in California. Despite past efforts, BLMGNF recognizes...
    As temperatures begin to cool down after a blistering heat wave, gusty winds ranging from 20 mph to 50 mph are expected to whip across Southern California starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through Sunday, forecasters said. Mountain areas in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties are expected to see the strongest winds between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. “Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult,” the National Weather Service said in an alert. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.” Temperatures Saturday ranged from the high 70s in downtown Los Angeles and Los Angeles International Airport to the mid-80s in inland and valley areas. The cooling trend follows a sudden but brief heat wave that culminated Friday with record temperatures across the Los Angeles area, according to the weather services. Temperatures in Long Beach on Friday reached 101 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 2014, meteorologists said. Camarillo reached 99, breaking the record of 86 set...
    ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (CNS) -- After a week of generally above-average temperatures, rain fell on much of the Southland Monday, making for a wet morning drive and prompting concerns of possible flooding in Orange County hillsides.The flooding fears prompted Orange County to issue a mandatory evacuation order for the Silverado, Modjeska and Williams canyon areas.The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the Bond, Apple and El Dorado fire burn areas, which includes the Silverado, Modjeska and Williams canyons. Forecasters said heavy rain is possible in the mountain areas, and residents nearby "should prepare for potential flooding impacts.""Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding of low-lying areas, urbanized street flooding and debris flows in and near recent wildfire burn scars,'' according to the NWS.The flash flood watch is expected to remain in effect until late Monday night.Forecasters said the storm will linger over the region until early Tuesday morning, "bringing widespread rain, high elevation snow, and gusty winds. There will also be a chance of thunderstorms capable of producing heavy downpours and small hail later this morning through this...
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- The Russian attack on Ukraine is taking a psychological toll on some families in Southern California."We are asking them every day, texting: 'How are you guys?' Like, give me a few words. It's super hard," said Hanna Tverdokhlib.Tverdokhlib is a Ukrainian immigrant who lives in Long Beach with her son. She spends her days trying to stay in touch with family members and friends who are still in Ukraine.She says she tries to stay calm when her texts aren't immediately returned."What can we say? You know, we feel even some, you know, some I don't know how to explain it, some shame, like we are safe here. We are safe here in the U.S., but it's not easier. Your mind can just explode," said TverdokhlibTverdokhlib says some of her relatives are living underground in the subway stations, now turned into bomb shelters.For now, she and her son pray and do what they can to show their support from here in Southern California.
    A woman killed in a crash on Interstate 880 in Newark last week was a Southern California woman, authorities said Thursday. Sheryl Usher, 56, of Ojai, died Dec. 22, when the car she drove was one of four involved in a crash on southbound Interstate 880 in Newark, the California Highway Patrol said. The Alameda County Coroner’s Office released her identity publicly. The crash happened just north of the Stevenson Boulevard exit. According to the CHP, Usher was driving a Subaru Forrester when it was hit from behind by a Honda Civic. The crash caused the Subaru to swerve right where it hit a Lexus SUV. The Subaru then veered into the far left lane and was it by a van. Usher died at the scene. A passenger in the Subaru was hospitalized but is expected to survive, the CHP said. The agency has not determined why the Honda Civic hit the Subaru. Related Articles Judge to reconsider 110-year sentence for trucker who killed four in Colorado crash DA to ask judge to reduce trucker’s 110 year...
    Southern Californians may need plenty of hot cocoa, cider and cheer to keep warm this holiday weekend as a strong, cold storm is set to move into the region Thursday and likely will linger through Christmas Day. Evacuation warnings were announced for flood-prone locations in Orange and San Bernardino counties, where officials are concerned about fast-moving water and mudslides. A week of dry weather is expected to end as a stream of moisture in the sky known as an atmospheric river approaches from the north Thursday evening, National Weather Service Meteorologist Casey Oswant said. Rain will be light at first, but will steadily build in intensity overnight. Between Thursday and Friday, Southern Californians can expect up to 2 inches of rain to fall along the coast, between 2 and 2.5 inches in the valleys and as many as 4 inches in mountain areas. As heavy rain approaches our region, stay tuned in to local news & weather to stay safe. Learn more at https://t.co/oachfDQMEh or download the Red Cross Emergency App.????️???? https://t.co/sxD5dXwNTK — American Red Cross Southern California Region (@SoCal_RedCross)...
    COVID-19 hospitalizations have jumped across California as officials warn about the risks of a winter surge and the anticipated rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. California’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have hit their highest number in more than a month. Over the past three weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide have risen by 16%, from 3,109 patients in hospitals on Nov. 23 to 3,613 as of Tuesday. The increase has been dramatic across Southern California. Since Nov. 23, COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen by 49% in Ventura County, 47% in San Diego County, 39% in Los Angeles County, 36% in Riverside County, 26% in San Bernardino County and 15% in Orange County. On a per capita basis, the Inland Empire has been hit hardest by a jump in hospitalizations. For every 100,000 residents, 18 are hospitalized with COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, 14 per 100,000 in Riverside County, 11 in San Diego County, 8 in L.A. and Ventura counties, and 7 are in Orange County. Some experts say it’s a sign of concern when 5 or more people...
    The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has expanded its reach in California, with more cases reported in recent days in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Omicron’s spread is one of the factors that led California officials to order a statewide mandate for people to wear masks in indoor public settingsthat took effect Wednesday. Los Angeles County has confirmed 15 Omicron cases, including eight new cases on Tuesday. Of the new cases, officials said none of the patients required hospitalization, and seven showed symptoms; it was not known whether the eighth new patient had symptoms. Five of the eight were fully vaccinated, and none had received a booster shot. Two of the newest Omicron patients survived a previous coronavirus infection. Only one of them traveled internationally; two reported recent out-of-state travel. “Preliminary data indicates that the Omicron variant is highly infectious and that being fully vaccinated might not provide adequate protection against infection,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a statement. The department “encourages everyone who is eligible for a booster to get...
    (CNN)More than 70,000 homes and businesses in Southern California lost power on Thanksgiving as the region battles dangerously dry conditions and high winds, with gusts topping 70 mph in some areas.The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for parts of multiple counties, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura -- collectively affecting more than 17 million people through Friday afternoon.Winds as high as 74 mph swept through the Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacoima on Thursday, the agency said. Strong winds and low humidity increase threat of wildfires and power shutoffs in Southern California over Thanksgiving holiday"The critical fire weather area encompasses more than 3 million people from Thursday overnight into Friday morning, and this number drops to more than one million for mainly Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Friday," CNN meteorologist Rob Shackelford said. The elevated threat could remain in the region through Sunday, he said.Red flag warnings are issued when an area experiences conditions ideal for sparking and expanding fires, which may occur when winds are strong, humidity is low and temperatures are warm, the NWS explained....
    Thousands in Southern California are without power on Thanksgiving for the second year running as the region's largest utility cut off service amid risks of strong winds causing wildfires.  Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The shutoff began around 10:36 a.m. local time Thursday, Thanksgiving. Edison is shutting down power to avoid having live wires spark blazes and possible wildfires as a wind storm hit the area.  When all is said and done, more than 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.    Wildfires sparked by live power lines, like this one pictured from 2019, are the reasons for the shutdowns Edison crews (pictured in a stock image) will have to check the power lines after the winds before power can be restored Voluntarily switching off power lines ahead of strong winds has become somewhat of a new normal in the region after a series of deadly wildfires was sparked by their equipment. Last year on Thanksgiving, over...
    (CNN)A stretch of Southern California's coast has been transformed by a leak at an oil pipe that released more than 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.The normally bustling beaches of Huntington Beach, which welcome tourists with a sign reading "Surf City USA," sat empty on Monday.And a little further south, teams in white hazmat suits worked to protect the fragile wetland ecosystem near the mouth of the Santa Ana River -- a crucial habitat for migratory birds that is wrapped in shimmering oil ribbons.Dead birds and fish have already washed ashore, according to Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley who has been providing updates on Twitter. On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency due to the spill. "The state is moving to cut red tape and mobilize all available resources to protect public health and the environment," he said in a statement.Read MoreThe breach, widely reported Saturday, occurred about five miles off Huntington Beach in Orange County, spilling the equivalent of an estimated 3,000 barrels -- or 126,000 gallons -- of post-production crude, local officials said....
    In a final bid to turn out their supporters ahead of Tuesday’s recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom and his challengers on Monday kept up eye-popping campaign schedules as they zigzagged around California urging voters to fill out their ballots. After holding anti-recall rallies in Oakland and Los Angeles over the weekend, Newsom was back in Sacramento Monday in his role as governor to meet President Joe Biden as he surveys wildfire damage and discusses the federal response to the fires ravaging the West. On Monday evening, Newsom was set to shift back into campaign mode, joining Biden at rally in Long Beach. Biden is hitting the campaign trail for Newsom just days after Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned for Newsom in her native East Bay. Like Harris, Biden is expected to make the case that the recall effort is not isolated to California, but part of a broader attempt by Republicans to push back on the progressive agenda Democrats like Newsom have pushed in the Golden State and elsewhere. Whether Biden’s visit in the last hours of the race will...
    AUTHORITIES are responding to a huge fire currently blazing near the Marine Corps base in Camp Pendleton in Southern California as those nearby noticed huge plumes of smoke rising above the area. The North County Fire Protection District issued a smoke advisory via Twitter, identifying the blaze as a "vegetation fire." "Smoke may be visible, but there is no threat to our district at this time," reads the statement. "Camp Pendleton units arrived in the area and identified that this fire is not on their base." Those nearby also took to Twitter to post pictures of the alarming cloud of smoke that rose above the area near Cold Springs Road and Tenaja Road in the Cleveland National Forest. Camp Pendleton, located near Oceanside, houses the Marine Expeditionary Force and is the primary Marine amphibious training course on the West Coast. 1Pictures captured the plume of smoke Most read in NewsSAD GOODBYE Pen Farthing speaks of having to leave staff behind as he escapes with animalsSTORM FRONT Storm upgrades to category 2 as it plans to make landfall in the USPOTUS...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with attendees after his speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, John Heubusch, left, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute’s speaker series “A Time for Choosing.” (Photo by Michael Owen Baker, contributing photographer) Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledges applause at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Monday, July 26, 2021. This was part of the...
    An intense heat wave is already bringing dangerous conditions to inland and desert regions of Southern California. Officials believe records could fall in these areas Saturday after some desert communities saw low overnight temperatures that barely dropped below 90 degrees. “Borrego had a low of 88, breaking their old record of 87 from 1985. At 1 a.m. it is still in the mid-upper 90s in the deserts,” the National Weather Service said Friday. “Lows will only drop into the upper-80s to low-90s in the deserts, so the natural relief overnight will be minimal.” Temperatures along the coast will be mild, in the 70s and low 80s, getting progressively hotter farther inland. Much of Southern California will be blanketed until Monday morning by excessive heat that could send temperatures as high as 120 degrees. Among the areas likely to be hit hardest are the San Diego County deserts, the Coachella and Antelope valleys, interior San Luis Obispo County and the Cuyama Valley. Saturday will likely be the hottest day in this heat wave, forecasters said. The Apple and Lucerne valleys...
    (CNN)A statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Southern California was vandalized with a swastika and other "horrific" graffiti that police are investigating as a hate crime, officials said.Officers from the Long Beach Police Department were called to King Park on Friday around 3:20 p.m. following reports the statue was vandalized with "hate/bias-motivated graffiti," police said. Officers discovered the graffiti covering the front of the statue, Long Beach police spokesman Richard Mejia said in a statement. Police did not share a photo of the graffiti but an image posted on Twitter showed a black swastika spray-painted on the statue's chest and SS bolts on a leg. The SS bolts are "a common white supremacist/neo-Nazi symbol derived from Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany," according to the Anti-Defamation League. Swastikas are hate symbols associated with Nazis. Read MoreThe graffiti has since been removed and a hate crime investigation is underway, Mejia said. No information about a suspect was available."The Long Beach Police Department takes all reports of hate or bias-motivated incidents seriously. We value the diversity of our Long Beach community and...
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