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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons

    The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year. “We have the most people listening” on these holidays, explained Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson of Temple Judea in Tarzana, noting that high synagogue attendance accompanies these two very important observances.

    Brenda Gazzar
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  • Bills

    State bill would freeze rents for tenants in Caltrans-owned homes along former 710 Freeway path, but some left out

    A bill that would freeze the rents of some tenants living in state-owned homes along the route of the scrapped 710 Freeway extension in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena is headed to the governor’s desk. Senate Bill 400, sponsored by State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge, was adopted by both the state Senate and Assembly last week with huge majorities — only one “no” vote was counted in each house. Portantino’s bill...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Earthquakes

    Trying to contact family or friends affected by the Mexico earthquake? Here’s where to start

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. The violent temblor sent thousands of panicked people into the streets, many of whom then worked to help rescue those trapped in the rubble. As the dust settles, many in the United States will be trying to reach out to loved ones who live in or are visiting the country. Here are a few resources in place to find out if your friends and family are safe...

    Ryan Fonseca
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  • Legal proceedings

    Jury now deliberating fate of man suspected in Montebello fatal shooting

    LOS ANGELES >> The fate of a Montebello man — who allegedly shot into a crowd at a 2008 Montebello graduation party, killing a father and his 12-year-old son and injuring two others — is in the hands of a jury. Then-31-year-old Joe Dorantes, also known as Seeks, ended the lives of 44-year-old Juan Garcia of Perris and his

    Ruby Gonzales
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  • Police

    Fired Baldwin Park police Chief David Salcedo alleges discrimination, retaliation in lawsuit against city

    A former Baldwin Park police chief who was fired after less than two months on the job claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he was racially discriminated against and his termination was

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Hepatitis

    LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless

    Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally. The two newer cases can’t be traced to San Diego County, where the infectious disease has affected 421 people, mostly among those who are homeless, said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County Public Health Director during a report to the Board of Supervisors at its weekly...

    Susan Abram
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  • Rosh Hashanah

    Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah

    It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder. “What’s that sir?” “It’s a shofar, an animal’s horn — a ram’s horn,” Litvak said. “Well, we don’t allow musical instruments inside, sir.” Litvak paused for a couple of seconds and then...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Urban planning

    Santa Fe Springs changes the rules on this type of development

    SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Call it changing times: Get-tough rules designed to limit where self-storage businesses can locate are being eased in this industrial city. In 1974, the city banned self-storage units from all major highways, such as Imperial Highway, Rosecrans and Slauson avenues, and Washington Boulevard, and didn’t allow them within 1,000 feet of homes, commercial areas, schools and parks. But that won’t be true soon. The City Council last week agreed to...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Things to do

    Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 20, 2017

    WHITTIER General plan meetings set The city will hold four general plan update “launch workshops” as part of Envision Whittier the next two Saturdays. The workshops will include discussion of key issues, family-oriented activities, refreshments and giveaways. A city’s general plan is a long-range planning document that reflects the community’s vision and values for the future, while guiding growth and...

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  • Theft

    Police arrest driver of stolen vehicle at gunpoint in Norwalk

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who was driving a stolen vehicle in Norwalk at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. After the deputies ran the vehicle’s license plate number around 3:05 p.m. and found it had been reported stolen, they stopped the man, who parked the vehicle in the parking lot of the Denny’s Restaurant on Pioneer Boulevard near Imperial Highway, said Lt. Jeff Dusky of the sheriff’s Norwalk station. While the man...

    Christopher Yee
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