In Other News

Traffic signal unveiled at busy East Whittier intersection, site of injury accidents

By Sandra T. Molina|

Osama bin Laden's shooter gives talk at Richard Nixon Presidential Library

YORBA LINDA >> A thousand people at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum greeted Robert O’Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who says he shot Osama bin Laden, with thunderous applause as he took the stage to share his story.

By Jonathan Winslow|


  • Homicide

    Montebello man denies killing girlfriend in Baldwin Park motel

    BALDWIN PARK >> A Montebello man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing his girlfriend at a Baldwin Park motel, a court official said. Nicolas Manos was arraigned at Pomona Superior Court for the murder of 19-year-old Nancy...

    Ruby Gonzales

  • Urban planning

    Uptown Whittier property owners agree to tax themselves, find out to what end

    WHITTIER >> For the first time, Uptown property owners will form a district to collect taxes to pay for what local leaders say are necessary improvements to the area, which may include security guards and clean sidewalks. Property owners overwhelmingly voted, 80-27, for the so-called community benefit district expected to raise $500,000...

    Mike Sprague

  • Animal poaching and smuggling

    Monterey Park man accused of hiding three cobras in ... potato chips?

    A Monterey Park man was arrested Tuesday on federal smuggling charges stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three king cobras hidden in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was taken into custody without incident by special agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after he was named in a federal criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles last week, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Franco is charged with one felony count of illegally...

    By City News Service|

  • Real Estate

    $1,827 per month: Apartment rents continue 7-year climb

    New construction may be making a dent in rent hikes in the region, but not by much. Asking rent for apartments were up an average of $50 to $92 a month last spring throughout Southern California, continuing almost seven years of continuously rising rents amid job and population growth, data from apartment tracker Reis Inc. shows. Average asking rents hit record highs during the spring quarter, the data firm reported: $1,293 a month in the Inland Empire, $1,827 a month in Orange...

    By Jeff Collins @RegJeffCollins on Twitter|

  • Poverty

    Do you live in one of El Monte’s ‘food deserts? Here’s where they are, and what some residents are doing about them

    EL MONTE >> At the intersection of Lexington and Garvey avenues, One Stop Corner Market displays flashy signs over its doors. “Fresh Meat!” the signs say. “Jugos Naturales! Fresh Produce!” It’s an oasis in what some officials call a “food desert.” Across the intersection sits a liquor store named Star Liquor, selling alcohol, chips and soft drinks. One block east on Garvey Avenue is a convenience store selling beer and...

    By Titus Wu|

  • Homicide

    Downey woman finds boyfriend dead; police arrest man in Whittier

    A Downey woman returned home Monday afternoon to find her boyfriend had been killed and his body left in their backyard, according to police. Investigators believe a man who is dating the woman’s sister is responsible for the slaying, Downey police said in a statement, and he’s been arrested on suspicion of murder. Authorities have not identified the victim, but they said he and his girlfriend lived at a house in the 12200 block of Horley Avenue. The woman’s...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Things to do

    Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for July 26, 2017

    YORBA LINDA Nixon Library to host foreign policy discussion A panel discussion on the concept of triangulation between China, Russia and the United States and if it is still relevant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Richard M. Nixon Library and Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Karl Eikenberry, former ambassador to Afghanistan; Thomas Fingar, a former senior-level diplomat at the U.S. State Department; David Holloway, the...


  • Adult entertainment

    Porn producers want a seat at table on LA County health permit fees

    A public hearing to discuss health permit fees to be paid by porn film producers was postponed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, after members from the adult entertainment industry raised questions about the process and expressed concerns that they were inadequately notified about the changes. The Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade group that represents the adult entertainment industry, submitted a letter Monday asking the Board of Supervisors to postpone the hearing...

    Susan Abram

  • Poverty

    More than a third of California households have virtually no savings, are at risk of financial ruin, report says

    More than 37 percent of California households have so little cash saved that they couldn’t live at the poverty level for even three months if they lost a job or suffered another significant loss of income. That’s the grim assessment of the 2017 Prosperity Now Scorecard. The report was compiled by Prosperity Now, a Washington, D.C.-based organization seeking to help people — particularly people of color and those with limited...

    Kevin Smith

  • Musical theater

    How a gift store find led to the creation of ‘Shout Sister Shout!’ at Pasadena Playhouse

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe was fierce. A singer and guitarist, Tharpe blended her gospel roots with jazz, blues and R&B, creating her own style, and is credited with helping create rock ’n’ roll. Her hits include “Down by the Riverside,” “This Train” and “Strange Things Happen Every Day,” and she influenced many musicians, including Elvis Presley,

    Michelle Mills

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