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Doors to stay closed at ‘questionable’ Santa Fe Springs massage parlor |Sep 13, 2017

A Santa Fe Springs massage parlor shut down in February when city officials discovered its masseuses were not licensed massage therapists will not be allowed to reopen, city leaders decided Tuesday.

Trash wars over in Whittier, but city will lose out on $5 million signing fee |Sep 13, 2017

WHITTIER >> The two-year trash war ended Tuesday when haulers Athens Services and Republic Services both clinched long-term contracts, but they don’t include a $5 million signing fee previously promised the city.

This historic Whittier market could open soon and pave the way for more neighborhood businesses |Sep 13, 2017

The owner of a now-closed historic Whittier market prevented from reopening the location because of city rules could soon get some help from the city council.

Whittier man pleads not guilty to fatal shooting of girlfriend |Sep 14, 2017

A Whittier man on Thursday denied fatally shooting his girlfriend in the head. Los Angeles County District Attorney spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said Rafael Ayala Castillo, 56, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 54-year-old Sandra Polanco during his arraignment at Bellflower Superior Court.

5 Freeway closure announced for Monday and Tuesday |Sep 15, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> The 5 Freeway will be closed between Norwalk Boulevard and the 605 Freeway on Monday and Tuesday morning. The closures come as a result of plans to r

Man arrested in Whittier apartment killing |Sep 13, 2017

Detectives on Tuesday arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 54-year-old Whittier woman. Whittier police spokesman Officer John Scoggins said Los Angeles police pulled over 56-year-old

Porto’s Bakery in West Covina finally a go, here’s the schedule |Sep 13, 2017

Porto’s Bakery & Cafe could break ground on its fifth location in West Covina later this fall now that the city has given the family-owned business permission to demolish an existing vacant building and construct a new restaurant with outdoor patio.

Video: Couple sentenced for enlisting their children to steal Red Bull from La Mirada ampm |Sep 13, 2017

A couple caught on camera robbing a La Mirada convenience store of $700 worth of Red Bull energy drinks and recruiting their children in the crime admitted to robbery and child abuse charges Friday, authorities said.

Meet Whittier’s first female K-9 team, to begin patrols next week |Sep 15, 2017

The Whittier Police Department’s first female K-9 and handler team is due to hit the streets for patrol next week, officials said. K-9 Nala recently graduated training, along with handler Officer Angela Balzano, Whittier police Lt.

Detectives seek help finding suspect in slaying of Industry restaurant worker |Sep 15, 2017

Detectives on Friday identified the suspect in the fatal shooting of a La Puente woman as she left work at an Industry restaurant.

71 cited for bogus disabled parking placards at L.A. County Fair in Pomona |Sep 13, 2017

Investigators checking disabled placards on vehicles parked outside the L.A. County Fair last weekend issued 71 misdemeanor citations for fraudulently using the parking passes, authorities said. California Department of Motor Vehicle investigators conducted the enforcement crackdown Sunday outside Pomona Fairplex,

LA deputy arrested on suspicion of raping female jail inmates |Sep 14, 2017

A 10-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female inmates, officials announced Thursday. Giancarlo Scotti, 31, a San Pedro High School graduate and current resident of the community, was on duty when he was taken into custody Wednesday night, within hours of the allegation, including “rape under color of authority,”  Sheriff Jim McDonnell said during a news conference at downtown Los Angeles’ Hall of Justice.

Montebello considering putting up high-density housing instead of shops |Sep 16, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> Seeking to comply with state housing requirements, city officials are making plans to redesignate 41 acres of commercial property for high-density housing. The properties are mostly along Beverly and Whittier boulevards and could provide up to 430 high-density apartment and/or condominium units.

Few LA County communities count horses as major transportation modes, but Avocado Heights is one of them |Sep 13, 2017

The day Alejandra Sandoval’s uncle got married, he put on his charro outfit and traveled a few miles to St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Hacienda Heights — on his horse. “Yup, he rode right up to the church, got off the horse, and got married,” said Sandoval, 27, a resident of the Avocado Heights Equestrian District.

Man shot while doing yard work in Norwalk |Sep 17, 2017

An unidentified gunman shot and wounded another man as he performed yard work in a residential neighborhood in Norwalk on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The drive-by attack took place about 1:55 p.

They’re still fighting over marijuana legalization in Montebello |Sep 14, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> The city took a step this week to allowing some marijuana businesses — although the debate continues. The City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to

Chino man killed in 60 Freeway motorcycle crash on Hacienda Heights-Industry border |Sep 17, 2017

A Chino man died early Sunday morning in a chain-reaction motorcycle crash on the 60 Freeway on the border between Hacienda Heights and Industry, authorities said. The collision took place just before 4:30 a.

Delays ahead: Repaving planned for portions of Mar Vista Street in Whittier |Sep 15, 2017

Repaving of Mar Vista Street from Villaverde Drive to Cerquita Drive is expected to begin in October. The City Council Tuesday awarded a $673,448 contract to E.C. Construction Co. of South El Monte.

Get in free to more than 50 museums around Southern California to celebrate Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA on Sunday |Sep 13, 2017

Now here’s some good news: This weekend will provide an opportunity to see some of Southern California’s best museums – for free. On Sunday Sept. 17, more than 50 cultural centers are waiving entrance fees in celebration of

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 15, 2017 |Sep 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO Get-tough-on-crime bill goes to governor Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s bill — introduced in response to the death of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer — to reform state crime law by making it easier to send criminals back to jail is now on the governor’s desk awaiting signature.

Mi Poco LA adds hipper, Latino twist to LA County Fair |Sep 15, 2017

In the midst of the usual rides, food, farm animals and more that you expect from the LA County Fair, there’s something unexpected. A coffee vendor, a street food stand, working artists and live music are all on the enclosed patio of the Millard Sheets Art Center, with tables, chairs and benches plentiful.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 14, 2017 |Sep 13, 2017

WHITTIER Council eases rules for historic properties The owner of a now-closed historic market, who was caught in a Catch-22, is a little closer to being able to open it. The Whittier City Council Tuesday voted 4-0 for the first reading of an ordinance that allows owners of former commercial buildings within residential neighborhoods — which are deemed eligible or designated as a local, state or federal historic landmark — to be used in nonresidential ways.

Lakewood teacher, 52, accused of 3-year sexual relationship with student |Sep 14, 2017

A 52-year-old Lakewood woman has been charged with having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student over the span of three years, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced today. Mary Jahn has been charged with nine felony counts, including four counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, three counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, according to authorities.

The column where we blow up the myth that electric cars are too expensive |Sep 16, 2017

There’s this myth that grew up around electric cars that they are too expensive. It’s all Elon Musk’s fault for creating a sleek, lightning-fast and amazingly efficient electric vehicle recognized as the gold standard in the industry.

Family demands video of man killed by train on Long Beach Metro platform |Sep 14, 2017

Rosa Moreno cried and covered her face as she spoke in Spanish to a row of cameras outside the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters Thursday afternoon. Midway through a sentence, she collapsed, unable to continue talking about her son, 23-year-old César Rodriguez, who’d died two weeks earlier after being hit by a Blue Line train in Long Beach.

Man arrested after nearly 8-hour standoff in Bellflower home |Sep 13, 2017

BELLFLOWER >> A man suspected of brandishing a firearm barricaded himself in a Bellflower home for nearly eight hours today before a SWAT team went in and got him. The standoff began shortly after noon in the 9300 block of Ramona Street, according to Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The Hawk Pros bring in trained hawks, falcons to keep other pesky birds away |Sep 14, 2017

Think of them as bird bouncers of the sky. When Danny, Riley or Esperanza take to the air, pigeons that are apt to create a mess quickly scatter. And that’s exactly what

Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91 |Sep 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” ‘’Repo Man” and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.

A vision for the future LA County Fair includes food, family and more |Sep 13, 2017

POMONA >> The Clock Tower, animals and visits with family are among the memories of past LA County Fairs. Fast forward to the present. People attending a strategic planning session Wednesday at Fairplex said things such as massive turkey legs and other fair food are what people love about the fair.

‘A drowning machine’: Mother of man who drowned in San Gabriel River in Azusa files wrongful death claim |Sep 15, 2017

The mother of a 28-year-old Azusa man who drowned while swimming in the San Gabriel River in Azusa two months ago has filed a claim against the state, alleging the spillway where he died is effectively a “drowning machine.

Video: Man shoots deer with arrow in Monrovia neighborhood |Sep 16, 2017

Neighbors are outraged and authorities are investigating after a man was captured on video shooting a deer with a bow and arrow in a residential neighborhood in Monrovia earlier this week, but the archer says there’s more to the story that depicted in the video clip.

Whoa: City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generate more sales than entire countries |Sep 17, 2017

The City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generated roughly $31 billion in sales in 2016, a number that surpasses the gross domestic product of 100 countries, according to statistics released in a new economic report.

Rest in peace Cassini, 1997-2017, explorer of Saturn and its many moons |Sep 15, 2017

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, the robotic explorer of Saturn and its ocean moons, died shortly after 4:55 a.m. Friday after burning up in the ringed gas giant’s atmosphere.

How NASA’s $3.3 billion Cassini spacecraft will die on Friday |Sep 13, 2017

On Thursday afternoon, NASA’s $3.3 billion Cassini spacecraft will capture one final image: A close-up of its eventual killer, the gas giant Saturn. Roughly 14 hours later, the spacecraft will fly into the planet’s atmosphere at 76,000 mph, lighting up like a meteor.

Need a job? Target to hire 100,000 seasonal employees across 1,800 stores |Sep 13, 2017

If you’re looking for a job, Target’s got your number. The Minneapolis-based retailer announced Wednesday that it plans to hire an estimated 100,000 seasonal workers for the holidays.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 16, 2017 |Sep 15, 2017

WHITTIER Secrets of Hollywood to be revealed Rachel Shimko, a graduate of Biola University, will share some behind-the-scene stories and a few secrets of her life in Hollywood with members of the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at noon Wednesday at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S.

Long Beach lawmaker’s bill would require California pet stores to only sell rescue animals |Sep 15, 2017

California may soon become the first state to require all stores that sell dogs, cats and rabbits to offer adoptable pets from shelters and nonprofit rescue groups instead of through breeders or puppy mills, thanks to a landmark bill adopted by state lawmakers.

Stagecoach 2018: Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and more camping headed to country festival |Sep 13, 2017

The line-up for the 12th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival has finally been announced. Though word leaked out a bit early, it is confirmed that five-time CMA entertainer of the year and country music icon Garth Brooks will headline Stagecoach for the first time ever, closing out the festival on Sunday, April 29, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 17, 2017 |Sep 16, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS ’67 class to hold reunion Santa Fe High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50-year class reunion Oct. 12-14. A golf get-together will be held at noon Oct.

Bonsignore: Do half empty stadiums mean LA isn’t an NFL town? |Sep 16, 2017

When the Rams kick off against Washington at the Coliseum this afternoon, somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 fans will be there to watch in a stadium that seats more than 90,000. At some point, someone will innocently take a crowd shot picture, as is the norm across the sports world these days.

It’s official: LA awarded 2028 Olympic, Paralympic Games |Sep 13, 2017

The International Olympic Committee has once again turned to Los Angeles to rescue and transform an Olympic movement in crisis, formally awarding the 2028 Games to the city and embracing its vision to guide the IOC into the 21st century.

It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort – and Disney California Adventure will be ‘darker and edgier’ |Sep 16, 2017

Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.

California’s 100-percent clean energy bill is dead, protesters take to the streets |Sep 14, 2017

PASADENA >> In a last-ditch effort to revive landmark clean-energy legislation, environmental groups on Thursday rallied outside the offices of Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, who chairs a committee that is holding up the bill and preventing a floor vote in the final hours of the legislative session.

Rose Bowl offers naming rights, here’s what the field will be called |Sep 17, 2017

PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name.

A gas station that pumps your gas for you in San Marino celebrates 30th anniversary |Sep 15, 2017

Over the last three decades, gas station full service has been replaced by pay-at-the-pump machines or if paying with cash, by cashiers behind glass partitions who take payment in advance — which often requires returning for change.

L.A.’s pot market awaits green light |Sep 16, 2017

With the cannabis industry set to be legalized in California at the start of next year, the pressure is on for Los Angeles, as some anticipate that the city will be among the hottest marijuana markets in the country, if not the world.

Can you feel a change in Southern California’s weather? |Sep 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A cooling trend will get underway in the Southland today, sending temperatures between 5 and 10 degrees below normal, National Weather Service forecasters said. The cooling results from a deep marine layer and a trough over the region keeping cool air to the east and west, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno.

Photos, news and more from the 2017 Emmy Awards |Sep 17, 2017

Complete coverage from the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

Pasadena mayor walks, talks about possibly removing private equestrian clubs, camps from Arroyo Seco |Sep 16, 2017

PASADENA >> Mayor Terry Tornek spoke frankly on Saturday about the problems of making even the slightest changes involving entrenched uses in the Arroyo Seco. He singled out three tenants doing business within the city’s Hahamongna Watershed Park in the upper Arroyo as examples: MACH 1, a group using horseback riding as therapy; Tom Sawyer Summer Camp, a day camp; and the Rose Bowl Riders (RBR), a private equestrian club on 7 acres.

Celebrating the 2028 Olympic Games with a parade at the LA County Fair |Sep 16, 2017

POMONA >> The LA County Fair celebrated the return of the Olympic Games to Southern California with a parade Saturday afternoon that included the participation of Olympic and Paralympic Game athletes.