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  • Traffic stop in Newport Beach leads to seizure of 7 assault rifles [Full Auto],

    11/20/2014 7:01:59 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 73 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/20/2014 | Scott Schwebke
    NEWPORT BEACH Two people were in the Orange County Jail this week, after police stopped them in a van with automatic rifles and ammunition. The van contained seven AK-47 assault rifles, six 30-round high-capacity 7.62 caliber magazines, two 10-round magazines and more than 350 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition inside, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the arrests are significant because of the weapons seized. All of the guns were modified to fire in fully automatic mode, and one had a barrel less than 16 inches in length in violation of California state law, she said....
  • O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

    11/18/2014 8:33:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 18, 2014 | Martin Wisckol and Keegan Kyle
    Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors with 53 percent of the vote. Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. The county GOP advantage over Democrats has steadily declined from 22 percentage points in 1990 to 9 points today, with little indication that the slides end is in sight....
  • On Death Row: 10 infamous cases from Orange County

    11/12/2014 3:04:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kelly Puente
    Californias death row houses 749 inmates, including 64 convicted in Orange County. From serial killers to child murderers, here is a closer look at 10 of the most notorious death row cases from O.C., as well as some facts about Death Row in California: ...
  • Time Warner Cable to televise final six Dodgers games on local TV

    09/15/2014 11:56:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 15, 2014 | Meg James
    Time Warner Cable has agreed to broadcast the final week of the Los Angeles Dodgers' regular season baseball on local broadcast station KDOC. The move -- in a show of goodwill to Los Angeles area baseball fans -- enables millions of viewers throughout the region to watch the final six games of the regular season. The Dodgers are locked in a tight race to clinch the National League West Division title.
  • Southern Californians, get ready to bake and broil in a heat wave

    09/12/2014 10:34:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 12, 2014 | Aaron Orlowski
    If you like records, don't sweat it. The next few days will see a triple-digit heat wave that likely will be, yes, a record-breaker. And depending on what happens with Tropical Storm Odile, that heat could turn muggy through late next week as hurricane-driven humidity hits land. Temperatures are predicted to soar close to 100 and above in most inland areas this weekend, the result of a weather pattern that has been building over the region. Those highs are 10-15 degrees above normal for this time of year, according to the National Weather Service.
  • Anaheim police officers to wear cameras

    09/10/2014 11:37:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Louis Casiano Jr.
    ANAHEIM The Anaheim Police Department could be the first agency in the county to require officers to wear video cameras while on patrol, after the City Council unanimously approved the the $1.15 million purchase of 250 of the devices Tuesday. The first officers are expected to be outfitted with the body-mounted cameras in November, with all of them wearing the devices by April. Its part of the departments effort to increase transparency and mend a fragile relationship with the public after several high-profile shootings.
  • Huntington Beach woman charged over tirade that went viral

    09/10/2014 9:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 10, 2014 | Daniel Langhorne
    HUNTINGTON BEACH A woman whose tirade against her roommate was videotaped and went viral was arraigned in Orange County Superior Court on Tuesday for a variety of charges. Laura Angela Cox, 47, of Huntington Beach was charged on suspicion of driving under the influence of methamphetamine, battery against a cohabitant and vandalism resulting in less than $400 in damages. Cox was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, but information on her bail amount was not immediately available.
  • Police charity raffling semiautomatic rifle, pistol

    08/20/2014 9:19:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 20, 2014 | Teri Sforza
    Perhaps the most important thing to know is this: Its perfectly legal for a police charity to raffle off a semiautomatic rifle and a semiautomatic pistol. Whether its entirely appropriate, however, may be another story. Several deputy sheriffs associations including those in Orange County and San Diego sold tickets for the rifle raffle on behalf of another organization (one ticket for $5, five tickets for $20). The grand prize: An AR-15 rifle which, in some incarnations in years past, fell under the federal assault weapons ban, and was on the failed 2013 Assault Weapons Bans no-no list.
  • San Marino Mayor Resigns After Video Captures Him Throwing Dog Waste In Neighbors Yard

    06/19/2014 12:18:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The mayor of San Marino has stepped down after he was captured on surveillance video tossing a bag of dog waste onto his neighbors walkway earlier this month. Dennis Kneier announced his immediate resignation Tuesday in a letter to the city and the City Council. As is well known, early in the evening of Saturday, June 7, I had a lapse of judgment and discarded dog waste on a neighbors walkway, Kneier wrote. It was insensitive, disrespectful and wrong. I have apologized to my neighbor for my action, and I will pay a fine for littering. I can understand why...
  • Live video: New fires burn in Carlsbad, Camp Pendleton, Long Beach, Anaheim (Breaking)

    05/14/2014 2:38:28 PM PDT · by blueplum · 90 replies
    89.3 KPCC Radio ^ | May 14, 2014 11:51am PDT | KPCC Staff
    A number of fires are burning throughout Southern California as the area faces high temperatures and winds. Here's a rundown: Fires: Carlsbad/Poinsettia Fire Camp Pendleton/Tomahawk Fire Anaheim fire Ventura/Briggs Fire Long Beach fire Bernardo Fire Miguelito Fire snip Camp Pendleton: A brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton has lead to an evacuation order for Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook and Camp Pendleton's De Luz housing, according to the Camp Pendleton Scout. It has been named the Tomahawk Fire. Officials say the fire has spread to more than 100 acres, the Associated Press reports. snip Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School on the...
  • Traffic chaos after bridge the size of a football field COLLAPSES onto the main freeway from Los..

    05/06/2014 10:51:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 106 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 6, 2014 | James Gordon
    For almost a year and a half workers had been constructing a bridge to cross the main Interstate that runs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but it took just minutes to bring the entire structure crashing to the ground. The blaze began after a construction workers' blowtorch was fanned by strong winds and ignited the wooden scaffolding that was being used to build the new flyover, across Interstate 15 in Herperia, California. Driven by high winds, the fire took hold extremely quickly and began burning the supports surrounding the bridge. Debris began to fell onto the I-15 minutes after...
  • LA Kings, Ducks To Meet In Playoffs For 1st Time

    05/02/2014 7:06:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    AP) ^ | May 1, 2014 8:52 PM
    People have been waiting a long time for this, said Ducks forward Emerson Etem, who grew up rooting for the Kings in his native Long Beach. Its huge for the game down here. And its huge for the Los Angeles sports scene, which has never experienced a matchup quite like the series that begins in Orange County on Saturday night. The Lakers and the Clippers have never met in the NBA postseason. The Dodgers and the Angels have never reached the World Series together. The Rams and the Raiders never reached the Super Bowl at the same time when they...
  • 12 Year Old California Girl Teaches Yoga

    05/02/2014 1:26:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Gulf News ^ | May 2, 2014 | Nathaniel Lacsina
    Jaysea DeVoe, 12, is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in the US and has joined the staff at Bergamot Spa in her hometown.
  • Ducks Triumph at Dodger Stadium as Volleyballs and Frisbees Fly

    01/26/2014 11:27:02 AM PST · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 26, 2014 | Karen Crouse
    ...The temperature at the start of the history-making game at Dodger Stadium between the Kings and the visiting Anaheim Ducks, rivals separated by 31 miles of interstate, was 61 degrees with a slight breeze. The balmy weather notwithstanding, it was easy to get the chills during the first regular-season outdoor hockey game in California, won by the Ducks in a 3-0 shutout. ... By the time the game started, the crowd of 54,099 was in full roar, with Go Kings Go cries followed by chants of Beat L.A. ...
  • Moustachioed Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as a personal trainer (at Gold's Gym)

    01/25/2014 9:46:47 AM PST · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 22, 2014 | Sarah Bull
    'Stop being a baby - this isn't a baby gym!' Moustachioed Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as a personal trainer... but his disguise doesn't soften his critiquesHe's one of the most famous bodybuilders in the world.But when Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped by a gym in Venice, California, this week, he went completely unrecognised - thanks to a nifty disguise.The 66-year-old muscle man-turned-actor-turned-politician sported a moustache and heavy dark hair in a ponytail under a baseball cap as he completed a day at Gold's Gym as Howard Kleiner - a fitness trainer and regional manager.
  • 25 Year old charged with murder allegedly over a photobomb.

    A 25-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with the murder of a California woman who was beaten by a group of people while waiting in line outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Vanesa Tapia Zavala was arrested on Monday and is accused of taking part in the Saturday morning beating that left 23-year-old Annie Hung 'Kim' Pham brain-dead. Zavala, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. She was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail and is due back in court January 30th for a pretrial hearing.
  • CBS2 Takes 20th Anniversary Look Back On The Devastating Northridge Quake

    01/12/2014 10:34:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies ^ | January 12, 2014 6:30 AM
    LOS ANGELES ( If you were living in Southern California 20 years ago this week, you probably dont need the reminder. You might not want the reminder either. It was, and remains, one of the worst days in Southern California history. Twenty years ago, specifically in the early morning hours of January 17, 1994, Southern California was rocked by the devastating and deadly Northridge quake. The quake lasted only about 20 seconds, but the 6.7 quake reverberated long after. The toll? Nearly 60 dead, more than 7,000 injured and an estimated damage total estimated at upwards of $20 billion....
  • A century later, Nixon legacy carries on: The president would have been 100 this week.

    01/06/2013 12:05:35 PM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 6, 2013 | Michael Mello
    For five years, he was known as the leader of the Free World. But for the first several years of his life, Richard Milhous Nixon had a more modest title: farm boy. Wednesday will mark the date, 100 years ago, of a winter day so cold that Hannah Nixon was advised it would be better to bear her fifth son at home than risk traveling in the chill to a hospital. That was the day a small, kit-constructed home surrounded by citrus trees saw the birth of the man who would become the 37th president of the United States.
  • Inland: 4 Accused of Plotting Attacks on U.S. Bases

    11/20/2012 1:05:26 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies - THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE ^ | November 19, 2012, 10:16 pm | by John Asbury
    SNIPPET: "They are: Soheil Omar Kabir, 34, a Pomona man who is an American citizen from Afghanistan; Ralph Deleon, 23, an Ontario man who was born in the Philippines; Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, an Upland man who was born in Mexico and whose was U.S. citizenship was pending; and Arifeen David Gojali, 21, of Riverside." SNIPPET: "The three men followed the essays of the now-deceased al-Qaida leader Anwar Al-Awlaqi, who led terrorist operations in the Arabian Peninsula." SNIPPET: "Santana and Deleon told the plot to a confidential informant working for the FBI, according to the complaint." SNIPPET: "In order...
  • CA: 3 O.C. companies make Fortune fast-growth list (CA more, fastest growing companies)

    09/20/2012 1:38:29 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 10 replies
    Fortune considers companies, domestic or foreign, that are traded on a U.S. stock exchange. California has more of the 2012 fastest growth companies than any other location: California: 24 International: 20 Texas: 11 New York: 8 Massachusetts: 4
  • Lifeguards fired over Gangnam parody video (VIDEO)

    09/10/2012 12:45:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 10, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Fourteen employees at an El Monte, Calif., aquatic park have been fired after filming a parody video they say was meant to highlight how much they loved working at their jobs. In the video, a group of lifeguards dances in humorous choreographed moves in an homage to the "Gangnam Style" video that has become a huge viral sensation online, with more than 130,000,000 views...
  • Brian Lauritzen is a laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world

    08/13/2012 2:33:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 12, 2012 | Scott Timberg
    The voice behind KUSC's 'Baroque and Beyond' and various Bowl and L.A. Phil shows gets the message out in his youthful and unorthodox style... Brian Lauritzen remembers the first night he visited the Hollywood Bowl as a green twentysomething who'd just moved out from Tennessee... Overall, he's a laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world: He produces a Saturday-morning culture show, "Arts Alive," that looks at such diverse subjects as filmmaker Jonathan Demme on Neil Young or the mess at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and he hosts "Baroque and Beyond" on Sunday mornings as well as numerous broadcasts for...
  • Songify This - CHUCK TESTA - a song about lifelike dead animals.

    12/11/2011 9:01:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 6, 2011 | schmoyoho
    Chuck Testa, a remarkable taxidermist and inspiring camouflageur, explains his age-old skinning secrets in song. He is aided by an astonished choir of children, who accidentally harmonize in wonder at his illusory powers.
  • Official Ojai Valley Taxidermy TV Commercial

    09/27/2011 8:45:46 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 14, 2011 | ojaivalleytaxidermy Commercial created by YouTube sensations Rhett and Link as part of "commercial kings"
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay reinvents Anaheim menu

    08/18/2011 4:09:02 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 3 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | August 18, 2011 | Lori Basheda
    Hot-head TV chef Gordon Ramsay swooped in on Luigi's D'Italia last month to do a makeover on the Anaheim restaurant for the Fox reality show "Kitchen Nightmares." The episode won't air until late September or early October, but Luigi's new Ramsay-tweaked menu was launched a few weeks ago at the end of four days of filming.
  • Sarah Palin film "The Undefeated" showing in Southern California

    07/12/2011 2:49:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    The Sarah Palin movie, The Undefeated will be showing at one theatre in Southern California. In fact it will be showing at one theatre in the entire state of California: AMC Theatres - The Block 30 20 City Blvd W Orange, CA 92868-3100 Heres the mapTicket information Here are the start times for Friday Sunday, July 15-17: 10:15am | 1:10pm | 4:05pm | 7:00pm | 9:55pm I went over to the mall where the AMC Theatres are. I hadnt been there in a while, so I wanted to scope it out. If you do decide to go, there are...
  • Official Calls For Riverside, 12 Other Counties To Secede From California

    07/02/2011 6:47:55 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 82 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | July 1, 2011 | Unknown
    RIVERSIDE (CBS) Is the state of California about to go South? Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone apparently thinks so, after proposing that the county lead a campaign for as many as 13 Southern California counties to secede from the state. Stone said in a statement late Thursday that Riverside, Imperial, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, Kings, Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa and Mono counties should form the new state of South California. The creation of the new state would allow officials to focus on securing borders, balancing budgets, improving schools and creating a vibrant economy, he said. Our...
  • Ever been to Palm Springs? (Shameless Vanity)

    04/01/2011 6:50:50 PM PDT · by knews_hound · 103 replies · 1+ views
    Self ^ | 04.01.2011 | knewshound
    The wife and I are heading to Palm Springs for a long delayed and overdue vacation in the morning. Fellow FReepers, if you have spent some time there, we would love to hear what you would suggest doing. So far, I am going to be playing golf a couple of days at least, we may be going to a concert Thursday night, wifey will be pampered at a spa for a day and we will of course, be eating out quite a bit. I was hoping someone could suggest; Restaurants Activities Good values for a Spa Good values for Golf...
  • San Jose-based SunPower signs contracts with Southern California Edison (3 solar plants)

    01/10/2011 6:21:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 1/10/11 | Dana Hull
    San Jose-based SunPower, Silicon Valley's dominant solar panel manufacturer, on Monday announced three power purchase agreements with Southern California Edison to deliver 711 megawatts of solar power. The deal, one of the largest for photovoltaic solar power in the United States, would produce enough power for about 460,000 California homes. "This is an unprecedented time for solar photovoltaic," Marc Ulrich, the utility's vice president of renewable and alternative power, said in a statement. "We're seeing growth in technological advances and manufacturing efficiencies that result in competitive prices for green, emission-free energy for our customers." ... California's three largest utilities have...
  • There's a hole in this possible earthquake pattern

    07/18/2010 2:46:56 PM PDT · by americanophile · 8 replies · 2+ views
    L.A.Times ^ | Jily 18, 2010 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
    As UC Davis physicist and geologist John Rundle ponders the map of recent California earthquakes, he sees visions of a doughnut even Homer J. Simpson wouldn't like. The doughnut is formed by pinpointing the recent quakes near Eureka, Mexicali and Palm Springs. Seismologists call the possible pattern a Mogi doughnut. It's the outgrowth of a concept, developed in Japan, which holds that earthquakes sometimes occur in a circular pattern over decades building up to one very large quake in the doughnut hole. Rundle and his colleagues believe that the recent quakes, combined with larger seismic events including the 1989 Loma...
  • Lancaster requires businesses to do immigration checks on new hires

    12/29/2009 2:01:27 PM PST · by thecodont · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | December 29, 2009 | 6:52 am | Ann M. Simmons
    Businesses operating in the city of Lancaster will be required to ensure that all their new hires are eligible to work in the United States by using an Internet-based federal program to check the immigration and employment eligibility of potential workers. The free online program, called E-Verify, allows participating employers to use federal databases to compare information provided by job seekers with millions of records kept by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. We are working to ensure that all available jobs in our city go to hard-working, law-abiding citizens, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said...
  • UPDATE: Woman killed by lightning in Fontana (Calif)

    06/03/2009 9:31:18 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies · 4,478+ views
    sb sun ^ | 6-3-09 | Consalvo
    UPDATE: Woman killed by lightning in Fontana Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer Posted: 06/03/2009 06:07:31 PM PDT A 41-year-old woman was struck and killed by lightening this afternoon in Fontana. The woman was standing under a tree about 4:45 p.m. and was struck by a flash of lightening in front of a house in the 8600 block of Bennett Avenue, Fontana Police Sgt. Jeff Decker said. Neighbors said the lightening hit the woman so hard it knocked all of her clothes off and left injuries and burns, Decker said. "She was pronounced dead at the scene," Decker said. Police officers have...
  • Strange Serial Murder Case - Suspect Was A State Worker

    04/30/2009 1:46:55 PM PDT · by OneVike · 13 replies · 1,429+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 4/30/09 | Jack Lee
    The State of California hired this guy despite his bad record. Get this... he had a dishonorable discharge (which right off should prevent government employment) and he had a felony record for burglary and sexual assault and not doing well on parole. Now what possible reason would the State have for hiring such a person, surely not affirmative action? Now it turns out he is LA worst serial killer....just unbelievable! At one point a hospital actually hired this thief and sexual predator to be a...patient counselor??? M'gawd...things like this make believe the inmates are surely running the asylum!
  • High speed rails in Southern California closer to reality with stimulus (Harry's hi-speed rail job)

    02/14/2009 9:54:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 898+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 2/14/09 | Dug Begley
    Speeding from Los Angeles to Las Vegas at more than 150 miles per hour by train has been talked about for more than 20 years, but it's a last-minute federal decision that might have kicked it into high gear earlier this week. The $789 billion all-but-approved federal stimulus plan in Washington includes a late change made, according to The Associated Press, at the behest of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Funding for high-speed rail programs, which the House capped at $2 billion, was increased in the final bill to $8 billion. Reid, the Senate majority leader, has long been a proponent...
  • Brentwood doctor pleads not guilty to injuring cyclists

    01/18/2009 9:43:26 AM PST · by EveningStar · 152 replies · 2,202+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 15, 2009 | Joanna Lin
    A Brentwood physician who allegedly injured two cyclists last summer by slamming on his car brakes in front of them on Mandeville Canyon Road pleaded not guilty today.
  • How Many Mexicans Can You Fit in a Bus?

    01/13/2009 8:13:27 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 29 replies · 3,133+ views ^ | 01 13 09 |
    I like most Mexican people, just as I like most Americans. I dont have prejudice against them, they are Gods children, just like me. So lets get that out of the way. What I do hate, is illegal activity. I dont like it when people ignore our laws, and sneak into our country. Yes, yes, we are a country of immigrants, I get that, I love that, I respect that, and encourage that. But, we are not a country of illegal immigrants. Law and order should be followed in all things. What I hate more than illegal immigration, is when...
  • Secure Borders, End Sanctuaries, Deport Illegals

    01/11/2009 5:33:52 AM PST · by real_patriotic_american · 27 replies · 2,404+ views
    Red Bluff Daily News ^ | January 11, 2009 | Pete Stiglich
    What part of illegal alien is so difficult to understand? Apparently, there are those who are either too confused, too unwilling or too incapable of understanding the meaning of those simple words. Instead, they'd rather emotionalize any debate on illegal immigration with cries of racism, discrimination and an alleged lack of compassion for our fellow human beings. They choose this course rather than honestly dealing with the established fact we are a nation of laws - laws intended and necessary to preserve civility and order for our common good. I, for one, refuse to be intimidated or influenced by such...
  • (Riverside, CA.) Inland Latino Population Growth Is 4th-Highest In The Nation

    01/09/2009 5:05:31 PM PST · by real_patriotic_american · 42 replies · 3,896+ views
    The Press Enterprise ^ | October 23, 2008 | David Olson
    Riverside and San Bernardino counties added more Latino residents between 2000 and 2007 than all but three other U.S. counties, a new analysis of U.S. Census data found. The report, by the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center, also found that most Latino population growth is now from new births. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was mostly from immigration. That means no matter what happens to the immigration rate, the Latino population of Riverside and San Bernardino counties will continue to grow steadily, reaching a majority within several years, experts say. Riverside County's Hispanic population surged 60 percent between...
  • Strong Santa Ana Winds are Becoming Likely by End Week into The Weekend.

    01/04/2009 1:59:33 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 22 replies · 682+ views
    Southern California Weather Authority ^ | January 4, 2009 | JTY - SoCalWeather.Org Staff Writer
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - January 4, 2009 (SocalWeather.Org) Strong Santa Ana Winds are Becoming Likely by End Week into The Weekend. ES1 released to the public on January 1, 2009. The outcome of the forecast was much different than December 2008. In fact the pattern indicated a Santa Ana Wind pattern. The Southern California Weather Authority has released a forecast for Santa Ana Winds to return to the Southern California area as early as Friday. These winds could last into the weekend with gusts over hurricane force in some spots. "We are starting to see the signs of the pattern coming...
  • Southern California union is probing top official's role in ex-boyfriend's deal

    12/05/2008 9:38:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 427+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/5/08 | Paul Pringle
    Early last year, Alejandro Stephens' long tenure as president of one of California's biggest union locals came to an end after the labor organization he headed merged into a larger local. The Service Employees International Union sweetened Stephens' exit with severance payments and other compensation that totaled nearly $180,000, said union spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette. A condition was that Stephens give up the salary he was receiving from Los Angeles County, Ringuette said. Under an agreement between the union and the county, taxpayers covered the salary of the head of the union local. The separation deal has since become the focus...
  • Early December dry, wet later?

    11/30/2008 10:04:11 PM PST · by JohnJeykis · 12 replies · 479+ views
    Inland News Today ^ | November 30, 2008 | Inland News Today
    INLAND EMPIRE – The pre-Thanksgiving storm may be only a forerunner of what’s to come. One forecaster says the next 4-months could put an end to four winters of sub-par rainfall. Kevin Martin at Corona-based OWS weather expects a variety of storm patterns including the ‘Pineapple Express’… “The Pineapple Express” is most often seen during El Nino. However, because odf the wintertime jet stream is farther south than usual will cause intense low pressure systems off the West Coast. That could usher in tropical moisture for days in the Southern California region.” Last week’s storm was the wettest in 12-months....
  • Attention SoCal FReepers! Michael Medved Book Signing Tour - Nixon Library - Dec 3

    11/26/2008 11:07:18 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 450+ views
    Join Michael Medved as he tours the country promoting his new book, "The 10 Big Lies About America." Michael will be making a rare Southern California appearance at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Wednesday December 3rd, at 12 Noon. ... Watch Michael broadcast his show LIVE across the country from 12noon - 3pm. ... Reserve your seat today by filling out the form at the link.
  • Rare Southern California Storm May Bring Midwest Style Thunderstorms.

    11/25/2008 6:14:48 AM PST · by JohnJeykis · 12 replies · 999+ views ^ | 11-25-08 | Joshua Young
    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - November 25, 2008 ( Severe thunderstorm threat possible. It's been months since Southern California has seen a good storm system move through. Lots have tried and many have failed. However one storm system managed to escape the grasp of the arctic jet stream and will make friends with the tropical moisture plume to the South to give us much needed rain. The rain will start this morning, increasing over the day and into the evening. The Ventura areas will likely see the rain overnight tonight into Wednesday morning as a plume of tropical moisture reaches the area....
  • Elmer Dills, 1926-2008 (Southern California restaurant critic)

    09/16/2008 9:19:15 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 245+ views KABC ^ | September 15, 2008
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For many years on ABC7, Elmer Dills told us about great places to eat, the road, travelling and reporting back on his finds. On Monday, Sept. 15, we are sad to report the death of our good friend.
  • Wintry storm continues to blast Southern California

    01/25/2008 9:32:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 75+ views
    A powerful winter storm that unleashed a thick blanket of mountain snow, heavy rain and at least one tornado pounded Southern California for a fifth straight day Friday. Some areas had received more rain in the storm than they did the entire year before, National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier said, though experts said the moisture would do little to improve local water supplies. By Friday morning, Long Beach Airport had received 2.76 inches of rain, compared to 2.1 inches over the previous 12 months, Meier said. Downtown Los Angeles had received 2.54 inches and Gibraltar Dam near Santa Barbara...
  • High winds whip Southern California

    01/17/2008 11:05:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 52+ views
    Gale-force winds downed power lines and toppled trees in Southern California, briefly trapping motorists and leaving thousands without power, officials said Thursday. Cold winds from the north prompted warnings about gusts through the afternoon. The winds could remain strong at times through Saturday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. An 83 mph gust - the equivalent of a Category One hurricane - was recorded in La Crescenta on the southern side of the San Gabriel Mountains in the San Fernando Valley. Similar wind speeds were recorded in Angeles National Forest, northeast of Los Angeles. Gusts of 74 mph...
  • The fiery truth about California blazes

    10/26/2007 12:10:40 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 37 replies · 61+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/26/2007 | Melanie Morgan
    The fiery truth about California blazes Liberal Democrats really are soulless creatures. This week, they tried to throw gasoline on a politically combustible catastrophe in Southern California. Fortunately, our country was rescued by cool clean facts. Why don't Democrat political leaders have even the slightest regard for the truth? Where is their compassion? While thousands of California families are combing through ashes where their homes once stood, my anger toward the Democrats grows, blowing as hot and hard as the Santa Ana winds that leveled 2,000 homes, stripping so many people of their lives, their possessions and their pets. First...
  • California Burning

    10/26/2007 10:07:10 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 154+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 27 Oct. 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Most of you may be surprised to hear that my columns are also published in the Canyon News, in Los Angeles. That fine paper circulates in Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills. This column is written for people returning to their homes there if their homes are still standing. Genius consists of not making the same mistake once. By that standard, yall are not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed concerning fires in Southern California. Such fires...
  • Earthquake So Cal

    09/02/2007 10:30:05 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 160 replies · 6,414+ views
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  • CA: More Than 200 Homes Evacuated Due to Orange County, California Brush Fires

    03/11/2007 3:18:28 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 193 replies · 2,572+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Sunday, March 11, 2007 | AP
    ANAHEIM HILLS, Calif. Authorities evacuated more than 200 homes as a fast-moving brush fire scorched more than 500 acres of parched hillside Sunday and crept into backyards, Orange County fire officials said. Click here for's Natural Disasters center. The fire, stoked by hot dry winds and fueled by dry chaparral, quickly doubled in size in an unincorporated part of Orange County and threatened homes here and in Anaheim Hills. Police were going door to door to warn residents to evacuate, said Anaheim city spokesman John J. Nicoletti. "There is a lot of fire personnel out there and they are...