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Kaiser workers in Woodland Hills to protest outsourcing of call center jobs

Kaiser Permanente workers plan to gather Tuesday, Aug. 20 in Woodland Hills to protest the company’s practice of outsourcing of call center jobs to other states, a move they say has also resulted in longer wait times for patients seeking medical care. The employees, represented by SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, will stage the action at 11 a.m. at the Kaiser Woodland Hills Medical Center at 5601 De Soto Ave. Nearly 300 call center employees work at that facility and another 600 are employed...
Tags: Business, Protest, Workplace, California, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Georgia, Sport, Hospital, Soccer, San Diego, Kaiser, Southern California, Woodland Hills, Peach State, Baldwin Park


As elective surgeries return, Red Cross urges LA County to donate blood amid severe shortage

As hospitals return to elective surgeries, the American Red Cross experiences a severe blood shortage. The nonprofit’s Los Angeles chapter is rushing to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the demand as hospitals see an influx of patients with traumas, organ transplants while handling elective surgeries and emergency room visits. The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types, particularly type O and those giving platelets, to make an appointment as soon a...
Tags: Health, Amazon, News, Maryland, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Community, Red Cross, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Local News


The 25 best CEOs of large companies, ranked by female employees

Shantanu Narayen, chairman, president, and CEO of Adobe. Jeff Bottari/Invision for Adobe/AP Images Career site Comparably released its latest ranking of the best CEOs according to female employees. The list is based on female ratings over a 12-month period, starting on June 23, 2020. The following are the top 25 CEOs at companies with more than 500 employees. See more stories on Insider's business page. 25. Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe Anne Wojcicki. Courtesy of Comparably L...
Tags: New York, Satya Nadella, Women, Careers, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Features, Rob, San Jose, Ranking, Oakland, Santa Clara, Denver, Anne Wojcicki, Nextdoor


Gradual cooling expected in Southern California as heat wave subsides

A gradual cooldown is expected for many Southern California communities throughout the week as another record-breaking heat wave draws to a close, meteorologists at the National Weather Service said. On Sunday, July 11, Palmdale and Lancaster broke their daily record highs, according to the NWS. Lancaster’s heat peaked at 113 degrees — breaking its 2012 record by two degrees — while Palmdale topped out at 111 degrees, a one degree increase from its previous 1961 record. Sandberg tied its daily r...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, California, Oregon, Los Angeles, Sport, ISO, Soccer, Wildfires, San Diego, Riverside County, Nws, Pacific Northwest, Ucla, Thompson


Why this ‘Mystery’ gardenia is blooming despite the heat and drought conditions

Nearly two decades ago, I planted a ‘Mystery’ gardenia. Today it is over six feet tall and currently covered with fragrant white blooms that reach up to five inches across when fully open. I have been thinking about this gardenia — which needs no more water than my California lilac (ceanothus) — as the local drought conditions intensify. Also blooming now are my six-foot-tall chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) with magnificent purple, spire-shaped inflorescences. It’s on a similarly sparse water r...
Tags: Gardening, Australia, California, China, Africa, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, South Africa, North America, South Carolina, Joe, Oceania, Southern California, Charleston South Carolina, Alexander Garden


High pressure system ushers in sizzling weekend

A high-pressure system over Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado will bring hot weather this weekend and Monday to many Southern California communities, forecasters say. Much of California is blanketed in excessive heat warnings and heat advisories, according to Elizabeth Schenk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. She said Nevada, Utah, Idaho and even the inland areas of Washington and Oregon are also affected by the high-pressure system. Locally, Riverside and San Bernardino c...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange, Riverside County, Ucla, Southern California, Ontario


Modern Italian food is a joy Terra e Mare in Studio City

There’s a very lively and comfortable bar at Terra e Mare — a casually elegant Modern Italian restaurant at the western edge of Studio City, in the space that was formerly a forgettable restaurant called The Bellwether. You sit at the right side of the bar, and you can chat with the affable mixologist about the joys of the white called Lachryma Christi from Campania winemaker Mastroberardino, or why there’s a need for a Vegi Martini. (Do Martinis usually have meat in them?) But I was sitting on ...
Tags: New York, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Italy, Dining, Nus, Stanley Tucci, Southern California, Campania, Valley, Woodland Hills, Terra


Modern Italian food is a joy at Terra e Mare in Studio City

There’s a very lively and comfortable bar at Terra e Mare — a casually elegant Modern Italian restaurant at the western edge of Studio City, in the space that was formerly a forgettable restaurant called The Bellwether. You sit at the right side of the bar, and you can chat with the affable mixologist about the joys of the white called Lachryma Christi from Campania winemaker Mastroberardino, or why there’s a need for a Vegi Martini. (Do Martinis usually have meat in them?) But I was sitting on ...
Tags: New York, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Cnn, Things To Do, Soccer, Italy, Dining, Nus, Stanley Tucci, Southern California, Campania, Valley, Woodland Hills, Terra


At least 19 businesses damaged by BB gun shooter in Woodland Hills, Tarzana

Dozens of businesses on Ventura Boulevard in the west San Fernando Valley had windows  shot out or were peppered with apparent BB gun rounds early Wednesday, leaving their owners to clean up the damage as police tried to track down a culprit. The Los Angeles Police Department said at least 19 businesses were reported to have been damaged at around 4 a.m. By mid-morning, LAPD detectives were still investigating. Officer Jeff Lee, a department spokesman, said seven businesses were damaged in LAPD’...
Tags: News, Shooting, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lapd, Ventura, Lee, Tarzana, Los Angeles Police Department, Woodland Hills, Hollywood Hills, West Valley, Ventura Boulevard, Pacoima, Jeff Lee


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, July 5-12

  Wings Over Wendy’s veterans group meets every Monday at 7401 Shoup Avenue in West Hills. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and ages, and their supporters, meet from 8:30-11 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for meetings. Currently, the group is also offering the meetings on Zoo...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Gardening, New York, Charity, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Veterans, Community, Book Club, Local News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Voice, Agatha Christie, Kamala Harris


Old Glory waves anew as July 4 events bring folks together; officials still urge pandemic-era caution

Bill Aguayo and his Maltese friends, Buddy, Misty and Mindy, ride to promote pet safety during Justin Rudd’s annual Great American Bike Parade at Belmont Shore in Long Beach on Sunday, July 4, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform patriotic favorites during the Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Justin Rudd’s annua...
Tags: Health, Hollywood, News, Education, Holidays, Government, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Local News, Rudd, Beach, San Pedro, Peninsula, Los Angeles County


Hollywood Bowl’s July 4th celebration kicked off on July 3 with music and dazzling fireworks

Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform patriotic favorites during the Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra perform patriotic favorites during the Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood on Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchest...
Tags: Hollywood, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gang, Local News, Beach, Hollywood Bowl, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Fourth of July, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Walt Anderson, Thomas Wilkins, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB


Veterans, assemble! ‘Wings Over Wendy’ team signs off Zoom and meets in person

  Wings Over Wendy’s veterans group goodbye photo at the Wendy’s restaurant on Platt Avenue in West Hills. The group then met in a Wendy’s in Woodland Hills before they outgrew that location. They still meet on Mondays, on Zoom and in-person, at a location on Shoup Avenue in West Hills. (Courtesy)   You can’t replace a handshake and a hug. If we learned anything about independence this past year, we learned that. A little over a month ago, on Memorial Day, 60 older veterans who self quarant...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Poland, Community, Ed, Air Force, Local News, Bombardier, Tom, Wendy, Don, Valley, Woodland Hills, Art Sherman, San Fernando Valley, West Hills


Beach will have shrinking sand, big surf and higher parking prices on Fourth of July

So you showed up early, claim your spot on the sand and wait for the big fireworks show to start over the sea. But the ocean is creeping near, threatening to gobble up the area you’ve claimed. Or worse, a big wave slams and soaks all your stuff. If you’re headed to the beach for the Fourth of July, there’s a few things to be aware of for the holiday. First off, it’s going to be crowded. Parking will be scarce everywhere, with people showing up early in the morning to nab all-day spots. Speaking ...
Tags: National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Mother Nature, Beaches, Ventura, Huntington Beach, Weather Service, Woodland Hills, Newport Beach, State Parks, Fourth of July, Balboa Peninsula


92-year old Jim Mangiaracina of Woodland Hills shows off sailboat-inspired July 4th decorations

Red sails in the sunset…and white, and blue, too. Brightly colored sails spin in the breeze outside the home of 92-year old Jim Mangiaracina as Independence Day approached, last week in Woodland Hills. The twirling sails sit atop metal pipes on PVC masts attached to a rotating base made by the lifelong amateur sailor. He calls the yard decorations “Regatta” and started making them around 20-years ago. Mangiaracina has lived here for 60 years. He retired in 1992 from Litton Industries, where he w...
Tags: News, Mexico, Sport, Soccer, Korea, Santa Claus, Local News, US Army, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Dean Martin, Los Angeles Daily News, Martin He, Fourth of July


Salute the 4th of July with apple pie in the San Fernando Valley

After feasting on hot dogs and hamburgers, finish your Independence Day celebration with this star-spangled dessert. Growing up on the East Coast, the Fourth of July was all about beef hot dogs and hamburgers, apple pie and Budweiser — all of which was a prologue to a family walk to our traditional spot near the George Washington Bridge to watch fireworks launched from a barge floating in the Hudson River. It was a fine ritual. These days, beef hot dogs have been upgraded to sausages made of eve...
Tags: Apple, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Dining, Costco, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, Earl Grey, Jane, Johnny Appleseed, Woodland Hills


Valley Cultural Foundation’s ‘Concerts at Warner Park’ return on Sundays in Woodland Hills

  Singers backstage wait to sing at the Valley Cultural Foundation’s summertime concert at Warner Park in Woodland Hills, Calif. on June 27, 2021. (Photo by Shae Hammond, Contributing Photographer) Singers backstage wait to sing at the Valley Cultural Foundation’s summertime concert at Warner Park in Woodland Hills, Calif. on June 27, 2021. (Photo by Shae Hammond, Contributing Photographer) William Mathison and his son William Mathison play at the Valley Cultural Foundation’s summertime ...
Tags: Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Community, West Coast, Local News, Nile Rodgers, Ventura, Jane Goodall, Woodland Hills, Oxnard, San Fernando Valley, Woodland Hills Calif, Warner Park, Top Stories LADN, Topanga Canyon Blvd Woodland Hills


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, June 28-July 5

  A view from the San Fernando Valley: People cool off at the Northridge Park Aquatic Center, Monday, June 14, 2021. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings in the San Fernando Valley.     Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers & Native Plants online classes: “Edible Gardens and California Native Plants,” with Sophie Pennes, 5:30 p.m. June 29 ($...
Tags: Facebook, Gardening, Charity, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Community, Lulu, Book Club, Local News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Voice, Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway, Emily, Woodland Hills


Here’s where to find Fourth of July fireworks shows in Southern California

Independence Day is transitioning back to normal this year. We won’t all have to sit home and miss fireworks, because lots of venues are reopening and offering events. Note that some changes are afoot due to remaining COVID-19 safeguards. Events are July 4 unless otherwise noted. Los Angeles County Alhambra: The city will host a celebration at Almansor Park. Gates open at 5 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9. 800 S. Almansor St. Free. cityofalhambra.org Burbank: This year, a fireworks display will be ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Trinity, Bay, Sparks, Southern California, Ventura, 501st Legion, Moreno Valley, Santa Clarita, Catalina Island, Katy, Riverside


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


The fast food chicken sandwich wars will never end and here’s why

Nearly two years after it began, the battle over what fast food chain has the best chicken sandwich rages on. Carl’s Jr., Burger King and McDonald’s recently entered the fray in the so-called chicken sandwich wars, and they’re not alone. Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy’s have added new chicken sandwiches to their menu, and even Taco Bell has revived its Naked Chicken Chalupa, which has a shell made with chicken meat, as a contender in combat. “Now it’s just required that everyone have a chicken...
Tags: Texas, Restaurants, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New York Times, Fast Food, Long Beach, Ohio, Burger King, Nile Rodgers, Taco Bell, Travis Scott


Breakfast is best at Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop in Woodland Hills

For as long as I can remember, Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop on Burbank Boulevard in Sherman Oaks has been — like the nearby Art’s Deli — a weekend destination for old-school cooking, a great place to go for that morning cuppa joe, a classic omelette or scramble, maybe some hot cakes to celebrate losing a pound or two (and gaining it back in the process) — and this being Southern California, a down-home assortment of Mexican dishes. Nothing fancy. Nothing too modern. Just the sort of chow that sa...
Tags: New York, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brent, Dining, Southern California, Philly, Woodland Hills, Benedict, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Nat, Ventura Boulevard


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


Flag Day: It’s a grand old flag – fly it on June 14 (well, and those other days, too)

  Flags fly in the breeze on May 26, 2021 at Glendale Sunrise Rotary’s “Field of Honor” display for Memorial Day, May 31, at the entrance to Forest Lawn-Glendale. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles daily News/SCNG)   “You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high-flying flag…” — George M. Cohan Happy Birthday, sweetheart. You’re turning 244 on Monday — Flag Day — still as beautiful as ever. You haven’t aged a bit, and for all you’ve been through since 1777, that’s saying something. How you feeli...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Vietnam, Local News, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Independence Avenue, Sherman Oaks, Reseda, West Hills, George M Cohan, Canoga Park, Dennis McCarthy, Joe Aguilar


Hollywood reality TV executive admits to fraud after fabricating documents and misrepresenting firms’ finances

LOS ANGELES — The CEO of two Hollywood production companies that specialize in reality television programming has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud for obtaining a $2 million business loan using fabricated documents and by misrepresenting his companies’ financial circumstances, according to a plea agreement filed Tuesday. Jonathan Lee Smith, 40, of West Hollywood, faces a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Smith managed and owned two production co...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Theft, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Smith, West Hollywood, Pomona, Woodland Hills, Gardena, Top Stories LADN, Los Angeles National Cemetery, Crime and Public Safety, Jonathan Lee Smith, U S Attorney s Office Smith


Second fatal bear strike in two nights on Castaic highways

CASTAIC — For the second time in as many nights, a bear was struck and killed by a vehicle on a highway near Castaic. The latest crash occurred about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday on eastbound state Route 126 near Chiquito Canyon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Video from the scene showed the bear’s carcass on the right shoulder of the freeway. There was no report of the driver being injured. RELATED: Car kills bear on 5 Freeway in Castaic About 11:55 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a stret...
Tags: News, Sport, Crash, Soccer, Wildlife, CHP, Local News, Nissan, Northridge, Woodland Hills, West Covina, Reseda, GLENDORA, Castaic, Top Stories LADN, Cherry Canyon


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, June 7-14

  The future site of a Porter Ranch park near Mason Avenue on Monday, May 10, 2021. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)     Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of  meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council: A board meeting, 7 p.m. June 7. State Sen. Bob Hertzberg is the guest speaker. By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 81107452895 and press #. greatervalleyg...
Tags: Gardening, California, Charity, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Community, Book Club, Local News, Voice, Porter Ranch, Northridge, State, Will Rogers, Esther, Woodland Hills


When honeysuckle is too much of a good thing in your garden

Honeysuckle may be a blessing or a curse, depending on why and where you plant it and which type you plant. Hall’s honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) is the species most commonly seen. Hall’s honeysuckle famously produces white flowers that turn yellow, so two colors greet your eye when you gaze upon this strong vining plant, which flowers throughout spring and early summer, if not beyond. Hall’s honeysuckle exemplifies the adage that it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Imagi...
Tags: Gardening, Japan, California, China, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hall, Southern California, San Marcos, Ventura, Huntington Beach, Taft, Catalina, Jim, Carolina


As June 15 coronavirus reopening nears, shopping malls are bracing for waves of shoppers

For nearly a year, Los Angeles County’s shopping malls resembled ghost towns amid lockdowns, restrictions and widespread stay-at-home orders. But with improving vaccination rates, falling virus numbers and easing restrictions visitors have been flocking back to retail centers. As California is moving ahead to fully reopening its economy on June 15, malls are under pressure to adapt to high foot traffic and welcome more visitors. “I’m not sure if more people will start shopping simply because Jun...
Tags: Business, News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Indianapolis, Soccer, Glendale, Paris, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Southern California, Northridge, Simon


Amazon to let customers sue after thousands of Alexa complaints

By Matt Day | Bloomberg Amazon.com has stopped requiring customers to pursue claims in arbitration — rather than a court of law — after tens of thousands of people inundated the company with complaints that the Alexa digital assistant was improperly collecting voice recordings. Amazon’s terms of service, which govern everything from buying products on the company’s web store to using its consumer gadgets, now lets customers file class-action suits against the company in state or federal court. P...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Bloomberg, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, Lausd, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Alexa, Amazon Fresh, Bloomberg News, Bezos, Woodland Hills