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Park Life: Disneyland draws huge crowds and fireworks return in time for Fourth of July

How busy is Disneyland now that out-of-state visitors have returned? What happens next at Disneyland? Will fans be thrilled with Disneyland’s fireworks show? Find all the latest theme park news in the Park Life newsletter. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. Big Return Disneyland draws huge crowds with no masks as pandemic rules come to an end and out-of-state visitors jam into the Anahe...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Lausd, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Lapd, Valencia, Southern California, Anaheim, Orange County Register, Mickey, LA County, Los Angeles Daily News, Disney California Adventure, Anaheim CA


Elton John will play final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in 2022

Elton John has announced new dates for his long-running Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Final Tour. The lengthy goodbye kicked off in September 2018 and John made sold-out stops at The Forum in Inglewood, Staples Center in Los Angeles, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego and Honda Center in Anaheim. Now that the jaunt has officially relaunched after dates were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, John will be playing his final shows in North America at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Friday,...
Tags: Music, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Elton John, San Diego, Music Festivals, John, North America, David Furnish, Concerts, Anaheim, Phil, Honda Center


Supreme Court: Agency over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac violates Constitution

By JESSICA GRESKO | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the structure of the agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac violates separation of powers principles in the Constitution. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the president would nominate a new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency after the Supreme Court decision, but she did not give a timeline. The justices sent the case involving FHFA, which oversees ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Sport, Soccer, Ncaa, Associated Press, Collins, US supreme court


House may curb power of Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple

By MARCY GORDON | Associated Press WASHINGTON — A House panel pushed ahead Wednesday with ambitious legislation that could curb the market power of tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and force them to sever their dominant platforms from their other lines of business. Conservative Republican lawmakers haggled over legislative language and pushed concerns of perceived anti-conservative bias in online platforms but couldn’t halt the bipartisan momentum behind the package. The drafting s...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Microsoft, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, House


Where did Sierra snow go this spring? Not into California rivers and water supplies

California’s severe drought was made worse this year by a shocking surprise. Every year, much of the drinking water that flows through the taps of millions of Californians begins in the Sierra Nevada. Snow and rain fall on the vast mountain range during the winter months, and the water moves downhill into streams, rivers and reservoirs in the spring and summer. But this year, in a trend that startled water managers, much of that runoff simply vanished. State water planners say that 685,000 acre-...
Tags: News, California, Environment, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Water, Drought, Sport, Soccer, Gm, Lake Tahoe, Pacific Ocean, Sierra, South Bay, California Department of Water Resources


Los Angeles County home sales drop 11% after $155,000 price jump

Los Angeles County’s skyrocketing home prices erased any savings low mortgage rates created, resulting in a rare, mid-spring sales drop. House hunters pulled back as affordability waned and homes that were on the market sold swiftly. Traditionally strong May saw transaction counts drop from April across Southern California. Here’s what my trusty spreadsheet found within DQNews/CoreLogic’s report on closed transactions in May from Los Angeles County … Sales: 7,800 existing and new residences s...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County, Zillow, Ventura County, Southern California


Britney speaks: Pop star Spears set to make rare remarks in court

By ANDREW DALTON | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to address a judge overseeing the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s money and affairs since 2008. If Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny does not make a last-minute decision Wednesday to seal the proceedings, Spears’ words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship. The hearing has been eagerly awaited by ...
Tags: Celebrities, News, Instagram, California, California News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Warren Buffett, Associated Press, Lausd, Britney Spears, Penny, Cincinnati, Andrew Dalton, Los Angeles Superior Court


LAUSD board approves $13.8 billion budget, but bid to further cut school police falls short

Flush with a record amount of state and federal funding to support COVID-19 relief efforts, the Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday, June 22, passed a $13.8 billion operating budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 — a 62% increase over the current year’s budget. Related links LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction Hollywood celebrities to advise LAUSD film and tel...
Tags: Hollywood, Budget, News, Education, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Biden, Local News, Lapd, Goldberg, LA County, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles


Rallying outside meeting, students, community members urge LAUSD board to defund school police

As budget talks were taking place inside, more than 100 people gathered outside the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 22, to urge the school board to defund the Los Angeles Schools Police Department and reallocate those funds to academic and social services for students. Students, parents, teachers and community members belonging to Reclaim Our Schools call on the school board to fully defund and abolish the LAUSD School Police during a...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, News, Education, Government, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Ucla, Garcia, Brown, Abdullah, Hollywood Bowl


Suns edge Clippers on Deandre Ayton’s last-second alley-oop for 2-0 series lead

PHOENIX — It’s not a playoff series, apparently, if the Clippers aren’t trailing 2-0. Coach Tyronn Lue’s team finds itself in an all-too-familiar hole after losing a thriller on Tuesday night in Phoenix, where they fell, 104-103, on a buzzer-beating alley-oop tip-in by Deandre Ayton with 0.7 of a second left in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Suns were down by one with 0.9 seconds left when Jae Crowder lofted a high pass over the 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins on an out-of-bounds play o...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jackson, Booker, Lakers, Ayton, Pat, Phoenix, Suns, Paul George, George, Devin Booker, Chris Paul


Judge poised to dismiss parts of lawsuit against Ex-LA DA Lacey, husband

LOS ANGELES — A judge indicated on Tuesday, June 22, she is poised to dismiss civil rights violation claims that are part of a lawsuit brought by several Black Lives Matter members against former Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and her husband. David Lacey pointed a gun out his front door when members of the group showed up at the couple’s Granada Hills home early on the morning of March, 2, 2020. Melina Abdullah, Dahlia Ferlito and Justin Marks brought the complaint against th...
Tags: News, Colorado, Los Angeles, Sport, Austin, Soccer, Courts, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Lee, Los Angeles County, Abdullah, Los Angeles Superior Court, Manson, Justin Marks, Lacey


Man claiming to be Manson grandson challenges pen pal’s will claim

By BILL HETHERMAN | City News Service LOS ANGELES — A man who says he’s the grandson of Charles Manson and wants to be the permanent administrator of the infamous cult leader’s estate has issued a formal legal challenge to a competitor who claims he deserves the job and has Manson’s will to prove it. Jason Freeman recently won a victory in the 2nd District Court of Appeal when a three-justice panel ruled he does not have to undergo DNA testing to prove his claimed kinship to Manson. The justices...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Davis, Courts, Ohio, Charles Manson, Kern County, Freeman, Los Angeles Superior Court, Alan Davis, Spokane Washington, Tate


LADWP unveils ‘Racial Equity Action Plan’ in response to Garcetti’s directive

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday, June 22, unveiled a plan to advance racial equity within its own ranks and programs in response to an executive directive issued by Mayor Eric Garcetti. LADWP’s “Racial Equity Action Plan,” which was partly unveiled at the LADWP Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, includes launching a workforce development initiative to create good paying jobs and career opportunities for communities that have been historically disadvantaged. “The dep...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Biden, Social Justice, Eric Garcetti, Tulsa, Bruce, state Senate, Garcetti


LAUSD board approves labor deal with teachers for Fall campus instruction

The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education approved a labor agreement on Tuesday, June 22, with its teachers union for a return to traditional in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, announced Thursday that after three days of voting, its membership overwhelming approved the proposed agreement, with 94% voting in favor. Without comment, the school board approved the pact unanimously on Tuesday. “With the approval of this agreemen...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Biden, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


LA County Supervisor Barger: Mammoth Antelope Valley pot operations steal water, spread pesticides

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger warned on Tuesday, June 22, that “massive” cannabis grow operations in the east Antelope Valley are using dangerous pesticides, stealing water from fire hydrants and frightening neighbors into silence, but agreed to postpone a vote on pushing for tougher criminal penalties. Barger introduced a motion seeking to crack down on illegal cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas and take a long list of steps ...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Cannabis, Soccer, Mitchell, San Bernardino, Northridge, Los Angeles County, Kern, Barger, LA County, Department of Public Works, Hahn, Antelope Valley, City News Service


Sushi and sports play well together at Agua Chiles Sushi Bar in Northridge

I counted 85 sushi rolls of various exoticness at Agua Chiles Sushi Bar, which is probably the busiest restaurant in the food-intensive Northridge University Center Shopping Mall (which sits across Reseda Boulevard from the Northridge University Plaza Shopping Mall) — a pair of centers which feed the young scholars from nearby Cal State just about every cuisine known. And those young scholars flock to the centers in droves — from those happy to slam down a Whopper and fries for dinner (ah! to be...
Tags: California, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dining, Lakers, Southern California, Northridge, Vons, Dodgers, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Bao, Cal State


Five young leaders appointed to LA County’s first-ever youth commission

Five young leaders have been appointed to join Los Angeles County’s first-ever Youth Commission, charged with transforming the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, it was announced on Tuesday, June 22. The commission is set to formally launch in July with a total of 15 commissioners. Its goal is to give youth with experience in the child welfare and juvenile systems a chance to lend their voice to reforms. “We are grateful to all the youth who inspired this commission and for those who ha...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Ucla, Mitchell, Southern California, Cooper, Los Angeles County, Amanda, Board of Supervisors, Hernandez, Barger


Kobe Bryant’s widow, relatives of other victims to settle lawsuit over deadly helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant’s widow has agreed to settle a lawsuit against the pilot and owners of the helicopter that crashed last year, killing the NBA star, his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. Vanessa Bryant, her children and relatives of other victims filed a settlement agreement notice Tuesday with a federal judge in Los Angeles but terms of the confidential deal weren’t disclosed. If approved by the court, the settlement — first reported by KABC-TV — would end a negligence and wrongful d...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Orange County, Ventura County, Federal Aviation Administration, Ntsb, National Transportation Safety Board, Bryant, KABC, Gianna, Orange Coast College, San Fernando Valley


LA County Supervisors vote 4-1 to close Men’s Central Jail

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday, June 22, to set up a team to implement the long-promised closure of Men’s Central Jail. Supervisor Hilda Solis said it was time to stop studying the issue and take action, co-authoring a motion finding that the decrepit downtown lockup must be demolished and that no replacement jail is needed. “We have long talked about why we need to close this jail. The jail has been tainted by mismana...
Tags: Health, News, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Venice, Department Of Justice, Los Angeles County, Lancaster, Barger, LA County, Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, City News Service


LAUSD board pays ‘ringing’ tribute to departing superintendent during Beutner’s final meeting

LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner addresses board members at his last LAUSD board meeting Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner rings the final bell at his last LAUSD board meeting Tuesday, June 22, 2021. LAUSD board member Monica Garcia is holding the bell. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner addresses board members at his last LAUSD board meeting Tuesday, J...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Unified School District, David Crane, Austin Beutner, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN, Los Angeles Daily News SCNG, Top Stories Breeze


Insomniac’s inaugural Day Trip festival relocates to The Lot at Hollywood Park

Insomniac has announced that its inaugural Day Trip Festival, which was originally scheduled to take place Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 at Pier 46 at the Los Angeles Waterfront in San Pedro, has moved to The Lot at Hollywood Park in Inglewood. After tickets sold out quickly for the second day, event producers decided to move the festival to a larger space at Hollywood Park in a lot adjacent to the all-new SoFi Stadium. Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Pasadena, San Pedro, Inglewood, Hollywood Park, Insomniac, Billy Ray Cyrus, Top Stories LADN, Music + Concerts, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


Stop running fireworks ads in LA, city attorney tells 4 online platforms

In an effort to reduce the use of illegal fireworks in Los Angeles during the Fourth of July, City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday, his office’s Consumer Protection Unit sent cease-and-desist letters to major online platforms that were hosting fireworks advertisements in the city. The online platforms — which included Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp and 5Miles — agreed to remove the advertisements targeting customers in Los Angeles, Feuer’s office said. The letters informed the corpor...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Lapd, Public Safety, Los Angeles City Council, Southern California, San Bernardino, Feuer, LA County, Brian Rokos, OCFA


Just 50% of LAPD employees are vaccinated. Do police need a vaccine mandate?

Only around half of Los Angeles Police Department employees have received at least one vaccine dose protecting them against COVID-19, the chief of police said Tuesday. That rate lags far behind the general public — as of last week, 67% of L.A. County residents have had at least one dose, according to the most recent numbers from the Department of Public Health. At least 58% were fully vaccinated. And LAPD fell behind despite employees having priority access to vaccine appointments for months — w...
Tags: News, Police, Sport, Soccer, Secret Service, The New York Times, Biden, Lapd, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Briggs, Moore, Department of Public Health, Los Angeles Police Department, LA County, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


LA County supervisors provide aid to small businesses, their landlords

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, June 22, in support of a motion that would establish some protections for small business owners and set a $10-million fund to compensate their landlords. The motion, brought forward by Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, directs several Los Angeles County officials, including the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Information Officer, the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the D...
Tags: Business, News, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Mitchell, Los Angeles County, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Raman, Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda L Solis, Small Business Majority


LA City Council supports state bill to legalize safe sites for drug users

The Los Angeles City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday, June 22, to support Senate Bill 57, which would legalize sites where people can use drugs in the presence of medical personnel in an effort to reduce overdoses, which are the leading cause of accidental death in California. So-called Overdose Prevention Program sites also aim to reduce communicable diseases by having staff monitor a drug user’s safety and provide sterile supplies, such as needles. The sites would not supply drugs to ...
Tags: Health, News, California, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, City Council, Oakland, Los Angeles City Council, Drug Policy Alliance, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles San Francisco, Raman


Snoop Dogg, Al Green and Ice Cube top Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival lineup

West Coast rappers and soul music icons will take the stage at Banc of California Stadium and Exposition Park on Saturday, Dec. 18 for the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival. The single-day, cross-generational fest will include performances by local rap legends like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube as well as soul legends Al Green and The Isley Brothers. Other performers include 50 Cent, YG, The Game, Warren G., George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, War, The Delfonics, Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs-N-Harmo...
Tags: Music, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Parliament, West Coast, Pasadena, Al Green, Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Concerts, Inglewood, Billy Ray Cyrus


LA County supervisors extend moratorium on evictions through Sept. 30

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO | City News Service The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday, June 22, to extend a local eviction moratorium through Sept. 30, while warning that such protections will begin to be phased out. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended the extension — which she said is protecting tens of thousands of residents from eviction — and also acknowledged that small landlords are struggling and need assistance. “No one should be made homeless by this crisis,”...
Tags: Health, News, Housing, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Mitchell, Los Angeles County, Barger, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Raman, Hahn, City News Service


Already had COVID-19? LA County health officials say you still need a vaccination

LOS ANGELES — Continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated, particularly as a highly infectious “Delta” variant of COVID-19 spreads, county officials stressed on Tuesday, June 22, that people who were previously infected with COVID still need to get the vaccine, because their natural immunity won’t last. County Supervisor Hilda Solis said during Tuesday’s board meeting that she asked a parent over the weekend if his children were vaccinated, and he said no because “they’ve already had COVID.” ...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, United Kingdom, Delta, Community, Secret Service


Live music returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall with new LA Phil season

After being silenced for more than a year by the pandemic, music is finally returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall this fall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2021-22 season, announced Tuesday, June 22. Season subscription tickets are on sale now while single tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for a season that will include a celebration of  Latin American music, artists who fight for civil rights and social justice and Gen X. “Over this past year, the pandemic has isolated us from one another, and so ...
Tags: Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Beethoven, Pasadena, Tony, LA Phil, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gustavo Dudamel, LA Philharmonic, Dudamel, Billy Ray Cyrus


The Go-Go’s will celebrate Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction with Microsoft Theater concert

Los Angeles rock band The Go-Go’s have announced it will be celebrating its forthcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with a handful of West Coast shows, including stops at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Civic Theatre in San Diego Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25. Tickets for the L.A. show will be available through AXS.com and the San Diego show will go on sale at Ticketmaster.com. The Go-Go’s are heralded as the first mul...
Tags: Music, Microsoft, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, San Diego, West Coast, Pasadena, Ticketmaster, Concerts, Roll Hall of Fame, CLEVELAND Ohio, Rock Roll Hall of Fame, Microsoft Theater, Randy Rhoads



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