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L.A. Now - Los Angeles Times

Breaking news blog covering Southern California. Keep up to date with information, photos and real-time reporting.


McDonald's workers allege culture of sexual harassment has gone unchecked for years

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 22:35

Mauricio Bautista was eating a McChicken sandwich to the sound of jazz music at McDonald’s when more than 100 women stormed in with banners, bullhorns and red and yellow fliers, shouting “Keep your burgers, keep your fries, we don’t need your sexist lies.”

It was a dose of harsh #MeToo reality...

L.A. activists and civil libertarians protest proposed crackdown on City Hall disruptions

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 21:05

Civil liberties attorneys and community activists are fighting a proposed crackdown on people who disrupt public meetings at Los Angeles City Hall, arguing that that the measure would violate their rights to free speech.

Under the proposed rules, shouting from the audience and other unruly behavior...

Death of UC Riverside student raises question of fraternity hazing

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 20:10

Detectives are investigating the death of a 20-year-old UC Riverside student who collapsed during a fraternity outing to Mount Rubidoux over the weekend and whether hazing was a factor.

Tyler Hilliard’s family said he had experienced hazing prior to his death as a pledge of Alpha Phi Alpha — a...

Business improvement districts are 'anti-homeless,' new UC Berkeley report says

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 18:40

In a scathing review of the state’s proliferating business improvement districts, a student project released Tuesday by the UC Berkeley law school accuses the nonprofit groups of systematically abusing homeless people.

The report by the Policy Advocacy Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law alleges...

Tujunga brush fire contained after threatening homes

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 15:55

A brush fire that sprang up in the Blanchard Canyon area of Tujunga on Tuesday morning quickly grew to four acres, threatening some homes, before firefighters brought it under control, authorities said.

Firefighters were called to the 10200 block of North Mahogany Trail about 7:40 a.m. to battle...

Christine Blasey Ford agonized about going public with Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 15:30

Christine Blasey Ford came forward Sunday as the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, an allegation that threatens to derail his confirmation.

The news, revealed in an interview with the Washington Post, came just four...

Firefighters extinguish massive blaze at auto parts yard in Sun Valley

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 12:55

More than 50 Los Angeles firefighters extinguished a massive blaze that scorched an auto parts yard in Sun Valley on Tuesday morning.

The blaze began shortly before 3:30 a.m. at the auto parts yard in the 8500 block of N. San Fernando Road. Firefighters cut through a fence surrounding the yard...

Essential California: Anger in the carpool lanes

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 12:30

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California:


For some California commuters, cutting down on carbon emissions isn’t a sexy enough reason to buy an electric car. But the ability to bypass freeway...

California's children fall behind before they start school, and some never catch up, study finds

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 12:00

When students enter school in California, they learn at a pace on par with — if not better than — those in other states.

The problem is that they arrive far behind their national peers, and they never catch up.

This conclusion, from a sweeping research project aimed at charting future education...

Three homeless men in critical condition after baseball bat attacks in downtown L.A.

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 03:05

Three homeless men were brutally beaten with a baseball bat while they slept on downtown Los Angeles streets early Sunday morning, and authorities were warning people in homeless encampments to be on alert for a possible predator.

The attacks left all three men in critical condition at a hospital....

Man dies after police stun him with Taser during struggle outside his Long Beach home

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 02:50

A man died early Monday after Long Beach police struck him with a Taser during a struggle outside his home, authorities said.

The incident began about 1:20 a.m., when officers responded to reports of a man yelling and acting violently inside a home in the 100 block of Santa Ana Avenue, according...

Deputy is killed after suspect opens fire during routine call at Rancho Cordova auto shop

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 01:30

One Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was killed and a second was wounded Monday when a gunman opened fire during a routine disturbance call at an auto shop in Rancho Cordova, authorities said.

The deputies responded to a Pep Boys store, where workers were having a conflict with a customer, Sheriff...

Anger in California's carpool lanes as more than 200,000 drivers are set to lose decals

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-18 00:50

For some California commuters, cutting down on carbon emissions isn’t a sexy enough reason to buy an electric car. But the ability to bypass freeway traffic without having to carpool — that’s another story.

So there is grumbling in high-occupancy-vehicle lanes across California these days. On Jan....

Marijuana industry fights 'stoner,' 'pot' and other words that stigmatizes people

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 22:15

There’s a badge on her uniform, possibly a gun on her hip, and her arms are spread a little, suggesting she’s ready for anything.

You might think that you’re looking at a police officer walking a beat.

But what you’ve seen on billboards and, more recently, the internet is an effort by MedMen Enterprises...

Firefighters tackle brush fire in Griffith Park

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 21:35

The Los Angeles Fire Department is tackling a brush fire in Griffith Park, officials reported Monday.

Air and ground resources were called iat 1:40 p.m. to battle what was called a medium to heavy, one-acre brush fire, the LAFD said. Firefighters were being directed to the northwest side of the...

Federal lawsuit claims young female employees were harassed at Del Taco restaurants

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 20:45

The Del Taco fast-food chain is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on allegations of allowing male supervisors to sexually harass young female employees since 2014, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday.

For years, the young women at a Del Taco in Rancho...

Gas leak triggers evacuation of 800 elementary and preschool students in Tulare County

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 20:25

About 800 young students were evacuated from a Tulare County elementary school on Monday after construction workers accidentally cut a natural gas line nearby.

The accident occurred about noon, while students at Cutler Elementary School were still in class, according to Liz Jones, a Tulare County...

Contra Costa County motorist caught using dummy to drive in carpool lane, CHP says

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 19:05

The California Highway Patrol said a driver in Contra Costa County tried to pull a fast one by using a dummy in order to drive in the carpool lane.

The CHP posted a tweet about the incident with a photo of a dummy sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle wearing a black sweater and a baseball...

Tom Arnold files battery police report against 'Apprentice' producer Mark Burnett after scuffle

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 19:00

Actor-comedian Tom Arnold filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department on Monday accusing “The Apprentice” TV executive producer Mark Burnett of battery at a pre-Emmy party when a verbal dispute over the comedian’s pursuit of information on President Trump for a TV show.

Arnold and Burnett...

Actress from 'The 100' faces domestic violence charge after allegedly hitting boyfriend while driving

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 18:05

Actress Marie Avgeropoulos, who stars in the post-apocalyptic television series “The 100,” is facing a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after she allegedly struck her boyfriend multiple times as they drove on a freeway in Glendale last month, prosecutors announced Monday.

Los Angeles County...

Flare-off at Chevron oil refinery sends massive plume of smoke rising above El Segundo

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 15:55

A flare-off at the Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo sent an enormous plume of black smoke billowing above the city Monday morning, fire officials said.

El Segundo fire officials responded to the refinery in the 300 block of El Segundo Boulevard about 7:30 a.m.

Initially, the department called...

Man arrested in South Los Angeles after five-hour standoff with sheriff's deputies

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 13:25

A 45-year-old man was arrested at an apartment complex in South Los Angeles early Monday following an hours-long standoff with police.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the 1300 block of West 97th Street in the Westmont neighborhood at 11:11 p.m. Sunday after they received...

Tenants got a rare chance to come back after being evicted — but most didn't

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 13:00

Two years ago, when she was booted from her airy apartment on Franklin Avenue, Sylvie Shain was packing up until nearly midnight.

Now she and her friends were lugging it all back up to her door at the Villa Carlotta: a vintage stove in a sherbet shade of mint, a velvety couch said to have once...

Essential California: A professor's allegations against a would-be Supreme Court justice

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 12:30

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Sept. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California:


Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court faces a potentially damaging delay after a California professor who has accused him of sexually...

13 students evaluated after boy brings cocaine-filled balloons to school in Tulare County, authorities say

Permalink - Posted on 2018-09-17 02:25

More than a dozen students were evaluated after a classmate brought two cocaine-filled balloons to his Tulare County middle school, authorities said.

Two students found the deflated balloons on the playground of Carl F. Smith Middle School in Terra Bella on Friday morning with a white powdery substance...