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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...
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This bill was meant to protect California workers from COVID. Some counties use it to protect employers instead.

In the thick of the pandemic, California adopted a law to tell workers of dangers their employers often kept secret: Which workplaces had suffered outbreaks of COVID-19, and how severe they were. Yet six months after the law took effect, most employees know scarcely more than before, a Bay Area News Group investigation has found. Only about one-third of the state’s 58 counties released specific information on workplace outbreaks in response to recent public records requests, and those specifics ...
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Repeal the 2001, 2002 authorizations for use of military force

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 268 to 161 to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq. The AUMF, directed at the regime of Saddam Hussein, has long since lost its relevance. As with the 2001 AUMF passed after the attacks of Sept. 11, the 2002 AUMF wrongly cedes war-making powers to the executive branch while letting Congress shirk its constitutional authority. Both AUMFs should be repealed once and for all. The U.S. Constitution is clear. Article I, Sectio...
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What to do if you want to move a patio plant indoors

Q: I have a plant on my patio and I was hoping to be able to bring it in the house because it looks so pretty but I figure it would need to be climatized or it would die. I’ve had it on my patio for over 8 years. What do you think? A: Plants that have been outdoors may have some pest issues, so they should be inspected before bringing them inside (another lesson I learned the hard way). Plants that have been indoors need to be gradually acclimated before they can go outdoors, even on a covered p...
Tags: Gardening, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Orange County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, Dee, San Bernardino County, Inland Empire, San Fernando Valley, Home + Garden


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...
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Southern California communities to swelter on scorching hot Tuesday

Drink plenty of water and stay in a cool place, preferably with an air conditioner, on Tuesday, June 15, which weather experts predict will the hottest day this week in many Southern California communities. “This is not typical for this time of year,” said Philip Gonsalves, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said typical temperatures this time of year are much lower, depending on where you are. Weather experts believe records will be broken Tuesday. The record of 95 degrees s...
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Juneteenth a moment to celebrate history, commemorate challenges and victories of last year, and keep up the fight

Kavon Ward will step onto Bruce’s Beach Park later this week for a celebration. A celebration of Juneteenth, of Black history and Black culture. Of the gains, though incomplete, those fighting against systemic racism have made in the 365 days since Ward co-hosted the inaugural Juneteenth celebration at the Manhattan Beach park. And of the history that could soon be made. A year ago this Saturday, June 19, when Ward and about 50 others gathered at Bruce’s Beach Park to commemorate the day in 1865...
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2 Homes Destroyed in Southern California Brush Fire

Authorities say two homes have been destroyed in a brush fire that prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest.
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Southern California Brush Fire Prompts Evacuations

Authorities say a brush fire has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for residents of the eastern Riverside County community of Pinyon Crest.
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Ladera Ranch man charged with conspiracy in Capitol attack told OC supervisors revolution was coming

A month before the Jan. 6  U.S. Capitol insurrection, a 40-year-old Ladera Ranch entrepreneur who has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the violent attack issued a dire, prophetic warning to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “Week after week, I and others are with thousands in the street all up and down the state of California,” Russell Taylor said during a December 2020 board meeting. “You know what they are saying? Revolution. Storm the Capitol.” Here’s Taylor at last mont...
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Pediatric inflammatory cases dwindle along with coronavirus infections In LA County

As COVID-19 cases have dwindled in Los Angeles County, so have diagnoses of a virus-related pediatric inflammatory malady, with just eight new cases reported over the past two months, health officials said on Friday, June 11. Cases of Multi-symptom Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, spiked during the countywide winter COVID surge. There were 100 MIS-C cases reported in the county in January and February, representing half of the overall number from throughout the pandemic. The syndrome...
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Vax for the win: 5 LA, Orange and Riverside county residents are $50,000 richer

LOS ANGELES — Fifteen more vaccinated California residents — including three from Los Angeles County and one each from Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties — were chosen by the state today to receive $50,000 prizes in a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program. The new winners join 15 who were chosen last week as part of the state’s $116.5 million “Vax for the Win” incentive program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in hopes of luring people to get the COVID-19 shots. The winners chosen Friday were n...
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What to do if you find scale on a fruit tree

Q: I just bought a cherry tree and found it has red shiny spots on most of its leaf stems. I sprayed with a fungicide but see no result, those spots look permanent. Are they OK? Is there some treatment I should do? A: Scale insects are commonly found on stems and young branches of fruit trees. Mild infestations are usually not a problem. If the tree looks otherwise healthy, I would take a “wait and see” approach. Keep an eye out for the presence of honeydew (a sticky substance exuded by scales a...
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In combating anti-Asian hate incidents, a growing debate in Southern California over law enforcement’s role

A racist verbal attack she endured while jogging through her Los Angeles neighborhood last year, just as the pandemic was about to take hold, left Khinn Ung frightened and confused, and prompted her to make a simple vow: Don’t go out alone. “Are you from Wuhan? Are you from Wuhan, China? Why do you bring the virus to us?” Ung, who is Asian American, recalled a man chasing and yelling at her during the February 2020 incident in Chinatown. Luckily, a bystander intervened, scaring off the culprit. ...
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Hemet police arrest man suspected in North Hollywood killing and kidnapping

NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A 37-year-old man wanted on suspicion of fatally shooting a man who intervened in his dispute with his ex-girlfriend in North Hollywood, whom he allegedly kidnapped, was in custody Wednesday following his arrest in Riverside County, and the woman was found with him, authorities said. Shane Winfield Rayment was arrested about 5 p.m. Tuesday by Hemet police officers who conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman, 31-year-old J...
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Lee introduces motion to explore rewards to spur arrests for hate crimes

A motion to have Los Angeles explore using rewards to help obtain information leading to the arrest and conviction of people who commit hate crimes was introduced on Tuesday, June 8, by City Councilman John Lee. If approved by the City Council, the motion would instruct the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Attorney’s Office to report on the ability of the city to use its existing reward program or create a new reward program for information leading to the identification, arrest a...
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Boots in the Park headliner Chris Young talks country music festival’s return to Norco

Following a year and a half hiatus from the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, country star Chris Young is ready to get back to it by headlining a pair of Boots in the Park country music festivals in California this month. “I’m very, very excited,” he said during a recent phone interview as he was heading into show rehearsals in his hometown of Nashville. “Now I just have to not, like, totally wear myself out up there, because I’m so excited to be on stage again.” Though he’s done some virtual e...
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Gun, car used in shooting death of 6-year-old boy on 55 Freeway found, authorities say

The gun and car used in the road-rage death of a six-year-old last month on the 55 Freeway in Orange have been found, the California Highway Patrol said Monday, June 7, just hours after Aiden Leos was buried. District Attorney Todd Spitzer said the driver and passenger will make their first court appearances in the case on Tuesday to face yet-announced charges. An emotional Spitzer said this crime has gripped the community. “It could have happened to any one of us,” he said. “I’ve thrown gesture...
Tags: Crime, News, Sport, Aiden, Soccer, California Highway Patrol, CHP, Orange, Riverside County, Highland, Lee, Linda, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, Cloonan, San Bernardino County


Los Angeles County home prices jump $120,000 in year, or $14 every hour

    Los Angeles County housing’s feeding frenzy tied the record high price in the fastest-selling April in 15 years. Low mortgage rates fueled demand just as millennials enter their key homebuying years. Plus, vaccinations helped lower coronavirus risks and trimmed the pandemic’s broad economic challenges. As a result, price records tumbled in a buying pace last seen well before the Great Recession. DQNews/CoreLogic’s report on closed transactions in Los Angeles County from April shows … Pr...
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HUD issues mortgage underwriting rules favoring temporary foreign workers

At the quiet dawn ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told America’s FHA mortgage lenders to lower the underwriting bar for H-1B visa holders. To qualify for a Federal Housing Administration loan, these temporary foreign workers in specialized occupations need to show a minimum of just one year of U.S. employment history. But if you are a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident (green card holder), the two-year minimum still applies. I would ...
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What to know about pruning tomato plants and what mulch to use with them

Q: Do tomatoes need pruning? A: When we first plant our baby tomato plants outside, we will remove the bottom side shoots and dig a hole deep enough to cover several inches of the main stem. If you look closely, you will see little bumps along the stem. When these are buried, they will develop into roots, and more roots make for a healthier tomato plant. Once your baby plant gets to about 18 inches tall, it’s a good idea to remove some of the bottom side shoots so the lowest leaves are about 10 ...
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Parents demand social media giants boot online drug peddlers

The Instagram accounts belonged to “fentanyl_top” and “mass_chemical_drugs” — the 21st century cyber street corners teens visit when looking for an escape, a high, a party. Alexander Neville (Courtesy Neville family) Amy Neville found those via her smart, curious, 14-year-old son Alex’s account after his death. He bought what he thought was oxycontin from an online dealer and died in his Aliso Viejo bedroom after ingesting what turned out to be fentanyl — a cheap synthetic opioid up to 100 ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Florida, New York, News, Instagram, California, Oregon, Sport, Snapchat, Public Health, Soccer, Ohio, Riverside County, MMA, Alex


Suspect in Norco BB gun shootings pleads not guilty, bail now $1 million

The Orange County man suspected of shooting at a car with three occupants in Norco and who is under suspicion for several freeway BB gun shootings pleaded not guilty to six felony charges on Tuesday, June 1. Also Tuesday, bail was raised for Jesse Leal Rodriguez from $750,000 to $1 million Riverside County Superior Court records show. He remains jailed at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Rodriguez, 34, appeared in Banning Justice Center via video. He pleaded not guilty to three coun...
Tags: News, Shooting, California, Office, Sport, Soccer, Courts, California Highway Patrol, CHP, Orange County, Riverside County, Public Safety, Southern California, Anaheim, Rodriguez, Norco


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” — ...
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Jailed Southern California BB gun shootings suspect: ‘I didn’t do any of them’

Jesse Leal Rodriguez raised his right index finger and held it against the glass partition that separated him from a visitor at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. “Not one person has reported that they saw me shoot,” Rodriguez, 34, said as he leaned forward. He repeated that statement, rapping his fingers on the glass for emphasis. On Friday night, May 28, a day after Rodriguez was charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting out of a window of a moving Tesla in Norco...
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OC man charged with 3 counts of attempted murder in shooting at vehicle in Norco

An Orange County man was charged Friday, May 28, with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury after a window of a car with three occupants in it was shot out in Norco this week. Jesse Leal Rodriguez, 34, is due to be arraigned via video on Tuesday. He remains jailed at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside in lieu of $750,000 bail. Rodriguez lives in Orange County with a last-reported address near Anaheim. Rodri...
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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...
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Suspect in Riverside freeway shootings has firearms convictions in Orange County

The Anaheim-area man suspected of shooting out windows of several vehicles on the 91 Freeway in Riverside with a BB-type gun has a history of gun-related crimes in Orange County, court records show. Jesse Leal Rodriguez, 34, remained in custody in Riverside on Thursday afternoon, May 27, after being arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm. He is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail. Although the jail log lists a Friday arraignment for Rod...
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Got gophers in your yard? Here’s what you need to know

One of my first lessons in home gardening was learning how evil pocket gophers are. I vividly remember sitting at my kitchen table, seven months pregnant, looking at all our baby plants in our new vegetable garden. Suddenly, I saw one of my prized eggplants quiver and disappear into the ground. I grabbed a steak knife and ran to the scene of the crime and began stabbing furiously at the ground (I may have been a bit hormonal at the time). My big black cat came over and watched me with a puzzled ...
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Arrest made in connection with BB-gun shootings on 91 Freeway

Authorities arrested a suspect Wednesday, May 26, who might be tied to the scores of shattered windows on the 91 Freeway in Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles counties from a BB gun, the California Highway Patrol said. “An arrest was made this morning from an incident that occurred in Riverside County yesterday evening,” said Jake Sanchez, a CHP officer and spokesman. “Further investigation is actively being conducted to confirm if this individual is the suspect associated with the recent BB-gun ...
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