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Second flex alert issued for Friday as heat wave continues into weekend

The second flex alert of the week — this one for Friday evening — was issued Thursday by the California Independent System Operator in an ongoing effort to urge energy consumers to reduce stress on the state’s electrical grid and avoid power outages amid a heat wave that is expected to linger through the weekend. On Wednesday, state energy officials issued their first flex alert of the year, urging residents to cut back on their energy consumption on Thursday, June 17, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m....
Tags: Weather, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, ISO, Soccer, San Diego, Orange County, Nws, Hall, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Valley


Court access in Southern California remains limited to public despite re-openings elsewhere

As the masks come off and pandemic rules are relaxed across California after Tuesday’s re-opening, state courthouses in Southern California are keeping their COVID-19 restrictions in place. That means that for courts in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, masks are still required inside. Social distancing will be enforced, which limits capacity. Members of the public are only allowed inside the courts if they have a scheduled appointment or are summoned by officials for t...
Tags: News, California, Cdc, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Courts, Orange County, Lapd, Southern California, Robert Durst, San Bernardino, Riverside, Central District, LA City Council


Tuesday was the hottest day of 2021 — and Wednesday won’t be much different

It was the hottest day of the year in Southern California on Tuesday, June 15, and Wednesday could be about the same — not that your internal thermometer would likely recognize any small change. “If it’s 2 degrees warmer or 2 degrees cooler, it won’t make much of a difference to anyone but us, because we like numbers,” said Phil Gonsalves, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “The more extreme the temperature is, the more difficult it is for our sensory mechanism to te...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Song, Lucy Jones, Valencia, Jones, Palm Springs, Southern California, San Bernardino


Sparks are flying from all directions this Fourth of July fireworks season

America may be divided on politics, race, gender, immigration, the economy, gun control, climate change, vaccine passports and myriad other issues, but at least we can all agree on how to celebrate our own nation’s birthday, right? Nope. Those “bonfires and illuminations” that future President John Adams encouraged citizens to light every Fourth of July are breathtaking bones of contention. If it isn’t fears over fires caused by misuse, it’s the nuisance factor or even a matter of health for tho...
Tags: California, China, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, John Adams, TNT, Pasadena, Orange County, Riverside County, Phantom, Gavin Newsom, Rice Krispies, Sparks, Ontario


Heat wave to scorch Southern California, elevate wildfire threat

A heat wave building across Southern California will peak either Tuesday or Wednesday, and may persist with triple-digit temperatures through the week in the Inland Empire and parts of Los Angeles County. Temperatures rose to the upper 80s in the San Gabriel Valley Sunday, and into the 90s in the San Fernando Valley and portions of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, National Weather Service Meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie said.  A high-pressure system building from the south will continue to driv...
Tags: Weather, News, Southern California Edison, Sport, ISO, Soccer, Long Beach, Pacific, Southern California, San Bernardino, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley


Some Southern Californians are anxious — not excited — about June 15 reopening

Nazia Siddiquei is happy that California is reopening Tuesday, June 15, because she wants the economy to be strong again. At the same time, the Corona woman is anxious. “I’m a little bit nervous and concerned because we don’t really know what is going to happen,” Siddiquei, 39, said. “Even though we are vaccinated, the vaccine may not protect us against some of the variants out there.” So, for a while at least, she plans to continue wearing a mask in public places. “I just don’t feel safe,” she ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Wood, Usc, Southern California, San Bernardino, Corona, San Bernardino County, Hale, Ruiz


Heat wave, triple digits coming to Southern California next week

Southern Californians can expect a possibly record-breaking heat wave next week. Triple-digit temperatures are likely in the regions’s inland areas with potentially record-breaking high temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday, meteorologists said. Coastal areas also will warm up into the upper 80s to lower 90s, which also could break records. An excessive heat watch was issued for the Inland Empire from Monday morning to Friday night and inland Orange County from Tuesday through Friday. There was als...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Orange County, Ana, Southern California, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Inland Empire


Self-employed borrowers still struggle to qualify for government-backed loans

Last week, Fannie Mae started a new program named Refi Now to help low-income borrowers with high debt qualify for a mortgage. The standard for well-qualified borrowers is debt should amount to no more than 50% of their income. Under Refi Now, qualifying debt-to-income ratios rise to an astronomical 65%. Ok. Fair enough. But how about also cutting a break for self-employed borrowers with high debt? It looks like the answer for them is Refi Never. Draconian COVID-19 self-employment underwriting r...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Sport, Soccer, Mortgage, PPP, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Freddie Mac, Fred, FHA, Hollander, Freddie


Trailblazing female helicopter pilot fired by OCFA alleges sexual discrimination, sues to get her job back

The Orange County Fire Authority’s first female helicopter pilot has filed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the agency for firing her after a one-year probation period, essentially labeling her “untrainable.” Pilot Desiree Horton’s termination came despite nearly 30 years of experience flying helicopters, 16 of those with state and federal fire agencies. She also flew and reported for Los Angeles-area news stations, earning the nickname “Chopper Chick.” “I was set up to fail (by OCFA) and...
Tags: News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, CAL FIRE, Orange County, Public Safety, San Bernardino, Horton, U S Forest Service, Orange County Superior Court, Orange County Fire Authority, OCFA, Fire Authority


Map: 5.3 earthquake is largest of cluster in Imperial County

A magnitude 5.3 was the strongest of a cluster of earthquakes that struck near the Salton Sea on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. The series of almost 60 quakes of 2.5 and greater began around 5 a.m. at the southern tip of the Salton Sea; the activity intensified around 10:30. The 5.3 quake was at 10:55 a.m., and there were four other quakes of magnitude 4 or greater between 10:45 and 11:21. The epicenters were within a 3-m...
Tags: News, California, California News, Sport, Soccer, Earthquakes, Arizona, San Diego, Orange County, Usgs, San Bernardino, U S Geological Survey, Imperial County, Salton Sea, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Southern California’s influence on the 100 year old fast food restaurant business

Fast food has been a favorite as far back in time as we can go. Our ancestors might have invented it while Neanderthals were on prehistoric animals’ menu. A quick bite on the run comes to mind. Fast forward to ancient Italy In 2020, Italian historians at the Pompeii Archaeological Park said about 80 fast-food eateries have been found at Pompeii. Last year had the first time a hot and food drink eatery — known as a thermopolium — was completely uncovered. Pompeii was founded in the sixth century ...
Tags: Business, News, California, Restaurants, California News, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Fast Food, Italy, Local News, Dick, Henry Ford, Pompeii, Southern California


COVID vaccine lottery: 3 LA County residents, 2 from OC win $50,000

LOS ANGELES — Three Los Angeles County residents and one Orange County resident were among the first 15 winners chosen Friday to receive $50,000 each in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination incentive program. The winners were picked from among 21.5 million eligible California residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to Friday’s drawing. To actually receive the money, the winners will have to complete the vaccination protocol by receiving their second dose, unless t...
Tags: News, California, US, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Biden, Orange County, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, San Bernardino, Los Angeles County, Riverside, Johnson Johnson, Anheuser Busch


Festival Pass: The latest on Coachella, Stagecoach, BeachLife and Rolling Loud

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. I’ve got good news for those of you who long to wander around the lush green fields of the Empire Polo Club (at least for Coachella’s first weekend) or want to set up a folding chair next to the beer barn to watch a feed from the Mane stage at Stagecoach: Both fests are coming back in April 2022. If you’ve gone to either Coachella or Stagecoach in previous ...
Tags: California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Stagecoach, Adam Lambert, Southern California, Old Town, Luke Bryan, San Bernardino, Brian May, Perry


Irvine 3rd best US city for families; San Bernardino 8th worst, survey says

”Survey says” looks at various rankings and scorecards of geographic locations, noting that these grades are best seen as a mix of art and data. Buzz: Irvine was ranked as the nation’s third-best big city in which to raise a family while San Bernardino was ranked eighth-worst and the lowest-ranked of 29 California cities. Source: WalletHub analyzed 48 economic and demographic factors to create relative scores for 182 cities in five key criteria — family fun, health and safety, education and chil...
Tags: Business, News, California, Housing, Washington, US, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Glendale, Dallas, Demographics, Kansas City, Detroit, Baltimore, Bay Area


Route 66 may get a ‘kick’ from Congress as a ‘national trail’ designation

Before there were freeways or state highways, it was known appropriately as “The Road to the West,” then rebranded “The Mother Road” by the great Western novelist John Steinbeck, and often given the simple moniker “Main Street of America.” Route 66, a 2,400-mile-long roadway connecting the heartland of Illinois and Missouri to Western desert cities and Southern California is referred to in many ways, but two members of Congress want to add one more title: National Historic Trail. In this fil...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Hollywood, News, Congress, California, Bono, Senate, America, Los Angeles, Roads, Sport, Joe Biden, History, Soccer, United States


Bubble Watch: Southern California home prices jump $1 every 2 minutes

“Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or housing market troubles ahead. Buzz: Southern California pandemic-fueled home prices are soaring at a pace not seen since the early days of the real estate rebound from the Great Recession. Source: Trusty spreadsheet analysis of DQNews/CoreLogic homebuying data, April vs. history dating to 1988. The Trend The median sales price for the six-county Southern California region was a record $655,000 in April, up $60,000 in just three...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Gas Prices, Southern California, San Bernardino, Don, Housing Data, Southern California News Group, Top Stories LADN


Coronavirus: Here’s how much of California is fully vaccinated and the tier assignments as of June 1

As of Tuesday, June 1, the California Department of Public Health’s vaccine dashboard showed about 46.2 million doses have been shipped throughout the state (1 million more than a week ago) and of those, 37.5 million have been administered. Vaccinations in California According to Bloomberg’s dashboard tracking vaccine distribution, 57% of California’s population has received at least one shot and 44.3% of residents are fully vaccinated (up from 41.7% a week ago). California has the highest daily...
Tags: Texas, News, California, California News, Los Angeles, Infographic, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Local News, Orange, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Bernardino, California Department of Public Health


Chris Janson, The Band Perry and Tyler Farr to headline Old Town Music Festival in Temecula

The Temecula Stampede has announced its two-day Old Town Music Festival featuring performances by Chris Janson, and Tyler Farr. The all-ages event will take place June 26-27 in the parking lot of the venue, which will be transformed into an outdoor festival with a large stage, full bars, food vendors, line dancing and more. Guests can also duck into The Temecula Stampede to take a break from the sun, listen to additional bands and test out their skills on a mechanical bull. Sign up for our Fe...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Stagecoach, San Pedro, San Bernardino, Perry, Chris Janson, Temecula, Tyler Farr, Top Stories PE, Music + Concerts, Kanan Road


Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals announce 2022 dates

Months after Riverside County officials pulled the plug on the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival happening in April 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, festival organizers finally announced when the iconic events will return to the Empire Polo Club in Indio. After teasing fans with the first Coachella social media post in months — a 22-second video featuring the a desert landscape complete with windmills and rainbow tower art installation “Spectra” — ...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Stagecoach, Riverside County, Bay Area, Southern California, San Pedro, San Bernardino, Phoenix, Rage Against The Machine, Jane, Goldenvoice


Rise Against frontman talks Irvine tour stop, new album and supporting Anaheim’s Chain Reaction club

Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath said he’s is fully vaccinated and ready to get back out on the road, but he’s still cautious. “The finish line is the vaccine,” the 41-year-old Chicago native said during a recent phone interview. On Mother’s Day, McIlrath went out to enjoy his first Blackhawks hockey game with his family since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and admitted to getting teary-eyed as he experienced “some semblance of normalcy.” “I think we’re emotional about it because deep down...
Tags: Music, New York, Colorado, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Southern California, San Pedro, Metro, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Irvine, Mcilrath, Jason Siegel, Brandon Barnes


Filipino-inspired music and food festival coming to San Pedro in October

Filipino culture will be celebrated with music and a lot of  food when a new festival comes to San Pedro in October. Tickets are on sale for FAHMfest, (Filipino American Heritage Month) which is expected to attract up to 10,000 people per day to Berth 46 in San Pedro Oct. 16-17 for a weekend that so far includes nearly two dozen musical acts and more than 50 food vendors. More music and food is expected to be added before October, organizers say. “We want our community to have a platform to perf...
Tags: Microsoft, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Williams, Music Festivals, San Pedro, San Bernardino, Heritage Month, Santa Anita Park, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, St San Pedro, Restaurants Food and Drink, Lulu Williams, Spawnbreezie Bay Area


Homeownership out of reach for many Black Americans

The dream of homeownership still eludes many Black Americans. We’re reminded of the racial divide this weekend in particular. It’s the 100th anniversary of the massacre of Blacks Americans in Tulsa. The thriving neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street” was destroyed by a White mob. The murderous riot started on May 31, 1921, killing hundreds in crimes that were never prosecuted. The attacks also   devastated the economic momentum created by the city’s Black residents. Today, a half-century afte...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Minneapolis, California, Housing, Washington, La, Milwaukee, California News, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Portland


Festival Pass: It’s a festival bonanza with these in-person events

Festival Pass is a newsletter that lands in your inbox weekly. But during prime festival season you get bonus editions, too! Subscribe now. To quote one of my favorite movies, “It’s all happening.” Even though I’m a music journalist, my life is nothing like the film “Almost Famous” (where that line comes from). However, every time I look in my inbox these days I think of that line because EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING. I have a ton of festival news for you this week. Lil Wayne has a new fest coming t...
Tags: Microsoft, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Lil Wayne, Coachella, Pasadena, Southern California, San Bernardino, Los Lobos, Cam, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum


How the BeachLife Festival kept its groove alive during the pandemic

Allen Sanford remembers standing stage-side watching the closing set at the inaugural BeachLife Festival in May 2019, finally taking a moment to reflect on the weekend. Under clear blue skies, thousands of people had hung out on blankets on the sand, danced on artificial turf. The 40 acts on stage were chosen to celebrate Redondo Beach’s laid-back vibe — including headliners Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, Ziggy Marley and Willie Nelson. “At the end of the last festival I finally took a breath during Wi...
Tags: Microsoft, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Willie Nelson, Music Festivals, Rob, Bob, Bob Marley, Nelson, Jeff Williams, San Bernardino, Lindberg, Saint Rocke, Sanford


Southern California travelers warned not to transport backyard citrus fruit

The California citrus industry has a message for road trippers traveling this Memorial Day weekend: Don’t give grandma (or anyone else for that matter) your homegrown fruit. The transport of backyard oranges, lemons, grapefruits and kumquats is illegal in most of Southern California, which is under a citrus fruit and plant quarantine. That’s because movement of fruit, citrus trees and even seeds can unknowingly spread a pest that can infect healthy citrus trees with a deadly plant disease that h...
Tags: Florida, News, California, Environment, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Riverside County, Southern California, San Bernardino, Don, Border Protection, ACP, HLB, San Bernardino County


Rolling Loud festival coming to San Bernardino in December, expands to three days

Rap festival Rolling Loud will return to San Bernardino in December and will expand to three days for the first time. The event will happen Dec. 10-12 at the NOS Event Center and will feature headliners Kid Cudi, J. Cole and Future. The massively popular festival started in Miami in 2015 before expanding to the Bay Area, Southern California and touring overseas. Rolling Loud first came to San Bernardino for two days in December 2017, counting Future as one of its headliners. The event moved to B...
Tags: California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Chris Brown, Music Festivals, Miami, Coachella, Pasadena, San Pedro, San Bernardino, Bay Area Southern California, Rolling Loud, NOS Event Center, Top Stories LADN


California prosecutors sue over rules that could free thousands of inmates early

By DON THOMPSON SACRAMENTO — Three-quarters of California’s district attorneys sued the state Wednesday in an attempt to block emergency rules that expand good conduct credits and could eventually bring earlier releases for tens of thousands of inmates. The lawsuit objects on procedural grounds, arguing that Corrections Secretary Kathleen Allison used the emergency declaration to bypass the usual regulatory and public comment process. The rules affecting 76,000 inmates, most serving time for vio...
Tags: News, Prison, California, Government, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Sacramento County, Public Safety, San Bernardino, Pacific Crest Trail, Anne Marie Schubert, Office of Administrative Law, DON THOMPSON


Day Trip festival in San Pedro adds a second day, releases lineup

At long last, Insomniac has finally released the lineup for the inaugural Day Trip festival in San Pedro on July 3 and in a surprise move, the promoter announced the addition of a second date for the event on July 4. The original July 3 date, which was announced last August, has been sold out for months, but tickets for the second day of music at Pier 46 at the Los Angeles Waterfront will go on sale at noon Friday, May 28. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella li...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Chromeo, Music Festivals, Coachella, Bob Marley, Pasadena, San Pedro, San Bernardino, Jane, Clorox, Tchami, Insomniac, NOS Event Center


Bubble Watch: Inland Empire 4th riskiest US housing market

“Bubble Watch” digs into trends that may indicate economic and/or real estate market troubles ahead. Buzz: The Inland Empire is the nation’s fourth “frothiest” housing market while the rest of California looks far less bubble-ish. Source: The Bubble Watch Index is my trusty spreadsheet’s analysis of April homebuying data from Zillow and Realtor.com covering 47 big markets. This “bubble watch” scorecard is based on average rankings for overvaluation (listing prices vs. values); overheating (lis...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, Minneapolis, California, Housing, Washington, Sacramento, San Francisco, Atlanta, Sport, Soccer, San Jose, Seattle, Detroit, Zillow


Who’s looking for David O’Sullivan? At first, almost no one

When David O’Sullivan was reported missing in the San Jacinto Mountains in 2017, his mother in Ireland thought the whole of California would be out there searching for her son. In reality, hardly anyone was. O’Sullivan, 25, had come to the United States in March to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile route from the southern border with Mexico to the northern border with Canada. But he made it only about 180 miles, to the Riverside County town of Idyllwild, before disappearing in early Apr...
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