<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usWed, 28 Jun 2017 21:02:11 -0700Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:02:11 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Narcan Spray Offers Hope in Fight Against Opioids]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:51:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/opioids3.JPG

Opioid abuse has become an epidemic gripping the country, but officials in Santa Clarita are taking new steps to play their part in saving lives.

Deputies in the city, which was rocked by seven overdoses in just 72 hours and where a sheriff's commander lost her nephew to heroin, have begun learning how to administer Narcan nasal spray, an antidote for opioid overdose.

"Maxwell, we called him 'Mackie,' was just one of 50,000 people who lost their lives last year because of an opiate overdose," said Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station Commander Judy Gerhardt.

Station captain Robert Lewis said a narcotics strike team arrested 45 suspected dealers after seizing more than three pounds of opiates. "One bag was laced with fentanyl, a medication for sedation," he said.

Nick, a recovering addict, acknowledged the risks when taking opiates. "It's like playing Russian Roulette," he said. "You have no idea what's in it. You're playing with death every time you use it."

Nick is now in treatment, but he said too many others have not hit bottom, and he warned that opioids are spreading fast.

"I've seen more pill addicts who said they'd never use heroin running to the streets to get heroin because they can't get enough pills; the doctors are cutting them off," said Cary Quashen, CEO of Action Family Counseling.

As the epidemic continues and efforts to expand Narcan training to other sheriff's stations go on, Gearhardt noted that the spray is "not a solution, but a first step."

"I think everyone who uses (opioids) should have it," Nick said. "It's proven. You're dead or you're not."

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<![CDATA[Lakers Introduce Brook Lopez, Pick Up Option on Nwaba]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:59:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brook-Lopez-Lakers.jpg

Twenty-nine-year-old Brook Lopez was born in North Hollywood and spent his entire amateur life in the state of California, notably attending Stanford University.

On Wednesday, the California kid arrived in El Segundo for his introductory press conference.

Aquired via trade with the Brooklyn Nets, Lopez is the latest 7-footer to don the famous Los Angeles Lakers' purple and gold colors. Lopez will wear No. 11, which should be a hit with the Lakers' Latino fans for obvious reasons.

Though the trade with Brooklyn that sent Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell to Brooklyn in exchange for Lopez and the draft rights to Kyle Kuzma has been widely framed as a salary dump designed to open up salary cap space in the summer of 2018 — which it most certainly is and does — the fact remains that Lopez is not an aged veteran or a dinosaur the Lakers are humoring with a starting spot on a team that is obviously rebuilding.

In a year when Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the NBA, Lopez experimented and transformed his game. After averaging no more than 0.2 three-point attempts for the first eight years of his career, the 268-pound center attempted 5.2 three-pointers per game and made 34.6 percent of them.

To put Lopez's sharp shooting in perspective, the former Nets center would have been the fourth best percentage three-point shooter on the Lakers' roster at the end of the 2016-17 season — behind only Nick Young (40.4 percent), Tyler Ennis (38.9 percent) and Russell (35.2 percent). In terms of attempts, the only Lakers that attempted more three-pointers per game than Lopez were Russell and Young.

To put it bluntly, the Lakers gave up an old-world center in Mozgov, along with his bloated contract, and got back a legitimate three-point shooting 7-footer that fits the modern game. Considering Lopez's long range shooting percentage is only 0.6 percent below Russell's average, one could easily argue that the Lakers replaced Russell's long ball with Lopez's long ball. And yes, the center should conceivably improve on the shot that has only been a regular part of his arsenal for one season.

While the salary dump motivations of the trade are impossible to deny and even the Lakers' front office admitted as much in the wake of the trade, one should also acknowledge that Lopez is the best center the Lakers have had since Pau Gasol — no disrespect intended toward Carlos Boozer, Chris Kaman, Roy Hibbert and Mozgov.

Lopez's ability to stretch the floor may even lead to the Lakers playing with bigger lineups at the end of games, which would be a break from what Lakers coach Luke Walton opted for in his first season on the sidelines. Lopez could offer the team the opportunity to retain offensive spacing while still maintaining a 7-foot defensive anchor in the paint.

Frankly, as much as the Lopez trade could go down as a straight salary cap move, the offensively skilled big man with range could just as easily crash that narrative and find a long-term home in LA when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018.

Lakers Bringing Back David Nwaba

On Wednesday, the Lakers also announced that the team had decided to pick up a contract option on guard David Nwaba. Nwaba, who was born in LA and grew tall in the City of Angels, earned an unlikely call-up from the LA D-Fenders late in the 2016-17 season. Nwaba appeared in 20 games for the Lakers and particularly showcased athleticism, fitness and defensive focus.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Wildfire Forces People From Burbank Homes]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:37:35 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/burbank-fire-thumbnail.jpg Flames race uphill toward Burbank homes

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<![CDATA[Proud Bird Reopening: Early Look]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:19:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/proudbirdeatdrinkenjoytheride.JPG The LAX-close restaurant is set to re-debut as a food bazaar, and the famous building-close plane display intact.

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<![CDATA[Evacuations Lifted as Firefighters Battle Burbank Fire]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:44:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/ezgif.com-crop8.gif

A brush fire that broke out in a Burbank hillside forced dozens of evacuations Wednesday afternoon, according to the Burbank Police Department.

Sixty to 70 homes were under mandatory evacuation due to the quick-moving fire that lit up dry brush in the area, said Burbank Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Derek Green. The evacuations were lifted around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

Some streets were closed due to the fire, including Irving Drive east of Kenneth Road and Joaquin Drive at Haven Way, the department said. 

Earlier in the day, an evacuation center was set up at McCambridge Recreation Center as mandatory evacuations were issued for all homes in on Viewcrest Drive and Howard Court.

Some voluntary evacuations were advised as Burbank police and fire personnel were responding.

"The brush comes right down into people's backyards. Sometimes only a fence line separates the two," Green said.

Some people were seen dousing their yards with water as they tried to make sure the flames did not burn down their homes. "I can just see about 30-foot-high flames from my backyard. I have my sprinklers going, just in case," said resident Michael Wilson.

The fire burned 10 acres and was 80 percent contained as of 8:20 p.m., said Burbank Fire Department Chief Ron Barone. No structures were burned, he said.

One-hundred firefighters responded to the scene, according to the Burbank Fire Department.

By 8:20 p.m., there were still hard closures on Viewcrest Drive and Howard Court, but locals with identification were allowed access to Haven Way at Rolling Ridge Drive, Brace Canyon at Rolling Ridge Drive, Groton Drive at Kenneth Road and Stephen Road at Kenneth Road, said Burbank Police Department Watch Commander Adam Baumgarten.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Pasadena Fire Department were also assisting, Green said, adding that the fire could become a problem for surrounding cities like Pasadena and Glendale. 

A report released June 1 provided a wildfire outlook for the hot, dry summer months in California. The National Interagency Fire Center report said wildfire risk will be high in inland Southern California in July and in parts of Northern California during August and September. The report noted what could be a delayed start to the wildfire season in some locations.

California is coming off one of its wettest winters in years, which left hillsides covered in grass and other vegetation. That grass will dry out this summer and turn into tinder, providing fuel for rapidly spreading fires often pushed by strong winds.

An increase in the number of dead and dying trees also can exacerbate the wildfire threat, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) officials said. An estimated 102 million trees have died in California due to the state's five-year dry spell and bark beetle infestation.

Send your photos of the fire to isee@nbclosangeles.com.

This is a developing story. Please refresh this page for updates.

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<![CDATA[Man Killed Fox Executive Out of Revenge, Prosecutor Says]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:41:51 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/02-02-2015-john-creech-gavin-smith.JPG

A prosecutor urged jurors Wednesday to convict a San Fernando Valley man of first-degree murder for the beating death of a 20th Century Fox distribution executive, saying the defendant attacked his estranged wife's married lover out of revenge after sneaking up on the two in the midst of a romantic rendezvous in West Hills five years ago.

Deputy District Attorney Bobby Grace told the eight-woman, four-man panel that John Creech "surprised" his estranged wife, Chandrika Cade, as she sat on the lap of her off-and-on love interest, Gavin Smith, and that Creech immediately attacked the 57-year-old businessman inside Smith's Mercedes-Benz in May 2012.

"In this case, there is certainly motive," the prosecutor said, telling jurors that thr 44-year-old defendant attacked Smith "for revenge."

"He deliberately, viciously, intently delivered murderous blows to Gavin Smith repeatedly, which resulted in Gavin Smith's death," Grace said.

"This wasn't a kids' fight ... There's clearly an intent to kill here that's evidenced by the severity of the injuries to Gavin Smith."

The prosecutor said Creech "went to great lengths to hide all of the things that he did to Gavin Smith," whose remains were found about 2 1/2 years later in a shallow grave in the Angeles National Forest in the Antelope Valley.

Creech's attorney, Irene Nunez, maintains that her client killed Smith in self-defense and then made "errors in judgment" by trying to conceal the body of the former UCLA basketball player, who was on the 1975 NCAA-winning basketball team under Coach John Wooden and had worked for 20th Century Fox for 18 years.

Creech — who testified in his own defense — told the Los Angeles Superior Court jury that he took "full accountability" for failing to call 911 after what he described as mutual combat or to seek help for Smith.

Creech told jurors that Smith threw the first punch, choked him and tried to gouge out his eye as the two men struggled inside Smith's vehicle.

Under questioning by his own attorney, Creech said he was "extremely" panicked when he couldn't detect a pulse from Smith. He acknowledged that he was convicted in 2010 of possession for sale of cocaine and was "out on bail" at the time of his deadly encounter with Smith and said that the ``last thing I'm going to do is call the police."

The prosecutor countered that Creech's claim that he was acting in self-defense is "contrived," telling jurors that the evidence showed that "everything he said about what happened was a lie." Creech's claim that Smith came at him wielding a multi-purpose tool in the latter part of the struggle between the two men was "just completely made up by this defendant," Grace said.

The deputy district attorney told jurors that Creech "went and injected himself into the situation" by using a cell phone GPS app to track down his estranged wife, with whom he had an "unconventional marriage" in which the two "both cheated on each other."

"This is not your typical Brady Bunch marriage," Grace said, noting that Creech had long been aware of his wife's off-and-on "affair" with Smith. "The seeds of this murder go back as far as 2008."

In 2010, the defendant "first uttered the threat" that he would kill Smith if he continued to see Cade, the prosecutor said, saying it was "essentially a countdown to murder."

Everyone who knew that Creech had told two of Smith's three sons that they had saved their father's life by going to see him at his home in 2010 immediately mentioned that to authorities when Smith disappeared about 17 months later, Grace said.

Jurors are expected to be handed the case against Creech after hearing the defense's closing argument, along with the prosecution's rebuttal argument.

Creech could face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of first-degree murder and if jurors find true the special circumstance allegation of murder while lying in wait.

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<![CDATA[Why are the Clippers Trading Chris Paul?]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:35:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Chris-Paul-Lakers-Clippers-1-14-17.jpg

The LA Clippers acquired Chris Paul via a trade in December of 2011 and will now trade the four-time NBA assists leader to the Houston Rockets in June of 2017.

What was Paul's effect on the Clippers?

Adding an elite point guard may not have translated to a desired level of success in the playoffs, as the Clippers never got past the second round, but Paul led the Clippers to five straight seasons of 50-plus victories. Yes, on the court, Paul helped the Clippers accumulate better regular season records than the cross-town Los Angeles Lakers in each of his five full seasons in the City of Angels.

In addition, Paul's presence also helped the Clippers cement a sellout streak at Staples Center that started back in February of 2011. No player played a bigger role in bringing in new fans to watch the Clippers over the greatest half-decade in the franchise's history. As Paul heads to Houston, that streak is up to 278 straight sellouts.

In exchange for Paul, the Clippers received a small army of players with Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker highlighting the list, along with a first round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Without disrespecting any of the aforementioned pieces, one can safely state that Paul is a different class of player.

The 32-year-old ranks no. 10 on the all-time NBA assists lists with 8,251 career helpers and leads the category for all active player. Paul will likely reach the top three on the all-time assists list if he remains healthy.

So, why did this trade happen when it did?

Paul faced a deadline to either opt into the final year of his contract or become an unrestricted free agent. In conversations with the team, Paul reportedly revealed his desire to play with James Harden in Houston, and the team also reportedly shared that it would struggle to provide Paul with the maximum allowable in the final year of his contract, which would amount to nearly $50 million for a 37-year-old point guard. And so, the Clippers managed to work out a deal with Houston to trade the perennial all-star, rather than potentially lose their best player in free agency for nothing.

Ultimately, the Clippers received a package of assets to help with Paul's loss, but the future of the team relies heavily on the team's ability to re-sign free agent Blake Griffin. Without Griffin, the Clippers would likely be in danger of finishing below the Lakers in the standings for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Even with Griffin, the Clippers' streak of winning 50 games is in serious jeopardy, as Paul's exit marks the end of the "Lob City" era in Los Angeles.

However, it's not all doom and gloom for the Clippers. As Bobby Marks of the Vertical at Yahoo Sports points out, the Clippers could have $70 million in salary cap room in the summer of 2018, meaning the team could effectively start from scratch on a new plan for the future with Jerry West serving as a front office advisor and billionaire Steve Ballmer serving as a financier. Ideally, though, the team would like to retain Griffin as a center-piece of the new era, as the Oklahoma City native is entering the prime of his career at age 28.

Still, Wednesday's news of Paul's departure out of Los Angeles sent shockwaves throughtout the sports world and in Los Angeles, but the impact of the trade on the Clippers' future remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though, Paul's exit will have a notable impact.

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<![CDATA[Rumble Strips Installed in Effort to Prevent Street Racing]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:41:27 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rumble+Strips+LA.gif

Over two years after a car slammed into a crowd during a street race and killed two people, a Los Angeles city councilman had rumble strips installed on a busy Chatsworth street in an attempt to slow speeding drivers.

Councilman Mitch Englander had the rumble strips installed on Plummer Street between Canoga Avenue and Topanga Canyon Boulevard last week. The so-called "Canoga Speedway" was the site of the deadly crash in 2015, when a Ford Mustang, which was racing another car, hopped a curb and struck three people.

"This is one of the attractions in this area where they've been for decades," Englander said.

The rumble strips were installed as part of a test program, and will give racers a little less control when they are driving.

"When they start hitting certain speeds, they get a little louder and a little bumpier, causing the driver to want to slow down," Englander said.

Englander hopes that will make racers think twice about what they are doing.

"You are losing traction, temporarily, when you go over each of those bumps. So at a high rate of speed, it would be much more unsafe," said Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The Los Angeles Police Department said they have not received reports of street racing since the strips were installed last week.

"Anything that makes the streets a little bit safer, I'm for," driver Wendy Kadin said.

But another driver, Pertchui Gamalyan, was not convinced that they will be effective.

"I do think that something needs to be done because I think people speed down this too quickly, but I don't think those small strips are going to do the job," Gamalyan said.

Englander said other speed deterrents like speed humps are not allowed on busy streets.

"Speed humps impede first responders, these do not," he said.

The city is aware street racers may find other streets to race on, so they hope to install the strips in other spots down the road.

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<![CDATA[The Living Desert: Half-Priced Admission]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:43:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/family-feeding-giraffe_livingdesert.jpg

IF YOU SPEND FOURTH OF JULY in the desert, you can count on a couple of things. Plentiful sunshine, for one, and temperatures that push into the three digits, for sure. The cooling misters will be on at many restaurants that boast patio seating, and up at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway? Military Days will have opened for the month. The Living Desert, that critter-filled wonderland of desert-divine beasties, is also open for the holiday, though, you should note, it keeps different hours in the summertime, with an earlier start each day and an earlier closing time. But, if you happen to be in the arid-awesome area ahead of the Independence Day Weekend, on June 29 or 30, take glad-hearted note: The Living Desert is offering a half-priced admission deal to every visitor.

THAT'S NOTHING TO SNIFF NOR SNORT AT, unless you're the sort of furry critter that has a snout that sniffs and snorts regularly, then you should absolutely snort away. The reason behind this pre-holiday deal? The animal park wants to reach its milestone attendance goal of 420,000, and it is currently "only 600 guests away!" That's pretty darn close, so if you love The Living Desert, stop by on June 29 or 30, 2017, the half-priced admission days, and help them hit that goal, and save money while you're walking through the entrance, too. Remember, due to all of that toastiness, you're more likely to encounter lively animal moments earlier in the day, when the residents are up and at 'em. Things get a little snoozy as the afternoon wears on (kind of true for humans, too, with that famous post-lunch lull). For all the details, snort/sniff in this direction.

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<![CDATA[2 LAFD Firefighters Among 4 Injured in Ambulance Crash]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:02:34 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/170628-pacoima-crash.jpg

Two firefighters were among four people injured Wednesday when a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance crashed with a car in Pacoima, officials said.

The crash was reported just before 11 a.m. in the 12700 block of West Osborne Street, the LAFD said. The ambulance had its sirens on when it made a turn at an intersection and collided with a white Toyota Camry.

Two of the injured were firefightters and the third was a female patient riding in the back of the ambulance, the LAFD said. All three suffered minor injuries and were in fair condition.

The fourth person, whose condition was not immediately known, was freed from the mangled Camry. Officials said that person was expected to survive.

NBC4's Kim Baldonado contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[BrunchCon: Early Bird Tickets]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:53:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/brunchcontriple.jpg The pancake-iest, most-mimosa-ian shindig around returns to LA in August.

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<![CDATA[Free: Old Pasadena Summer Cinema Opens]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:41:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pasadenasummerseries17.jpg

Old Pasadena? It's not a backlot, but you might be forgiven for thinking that the area's character-packed structures and atmospheric alleyways were first constructed by a movie studio a hundred or so years ago.

Which makes the landmark-laden location an ideal spot for a movie series, one that is mostly outdoors, and one that is free, save one special ticketed happening.

And if you're pondering those aforementioned atmospheric alleyways, and its historic nature, you're probably pondering 1973's "The Sting," which filmed in and around the buildings and byways of Old Pas.

So, of course and no doubt, the Robert Redford- and Paul Newman-starring classic is on the 2017 schedule, as a matter of well-earned local pride. It will screen on Saturday, July 8 at Central Park, and there shall be live ragtime tunes, too, courtesy of the Holly Street Stompers, to put everyone in a Sting-y frame of mind.

One additional note: If you want to join a walking tour of locations from "The Sting," that'll cost ten bucks. And you should register in advance.

Several other films will roll out during the July 1 to 29 run of Old Pasadena Summer Cinema, including "Remember the Titans," "Jurassic Park," "Freedom Writers," and "Inside Out." The main settings are One Colorado Courtyard and Central Park, though a few special happenings are going on at Distant Lands, Flower Pepper Gallery, and Pasadena Senior Center.

Perhaps you're suddenly wondering, "hey, isn't this 'the largest free open-air film festival in California'?" Wonder no longer: That's an affirmative.

The outdoor films kick off at 8:30 p.m. — have to allow the sun room to make its final exit for the day — but the before-movie happenings rev up at 6:30, if you're into that, and want to find a primo spot for your blanket or low chair.

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<![CDATA[The Firefighting DC-10 Airtanker in Action Over California]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:48:08 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/06-25-2017-air-tanker.gif When firefighters need to deliver a powerful punch in one swoop, they turn to a former passenger jet modified to deliver a knockout from the sky. The DC-10 Airtanker looks and sounds like a commerical airliner, but it's been converted to hold 50 tons of water or fire retardant, which can be dropped in a long line to prevent a fire from spreading.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Air Tanker Swoops Into Action Over Wildfire]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:28:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Web_Mart_Fire_Air_Tanker_Drop_1200x675_977931843743.jpg

A resident near the San Bernardino County community of Highland captured this dramatic view of a fire retardant drop from a firefighting air tanker as it soared over the Mart fire. The tanker flies behind a spotter plane before dropping its payload of red Phos-Chek, a fire retardant, to slow the fire's spread. The Mart fire broke out Tuesday June 27, 2017.


<![CDATA[Tioga Pass to Open: Hello, Summer]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:53:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/monocountytioga12345.jpg

LOOK, honestly, we're going to eventually get to the whole rhapsodizing part of the Tioga Pass, because not absolutely going full gush over the marvelous meadows and sky-reaching peaks and vistas worthy of an Ansel Adams print isn't the way things are done, no sirree. We're all first-time visitors to the Tioga Pass, in terms of awe, wonder, and delight, even if we roll along its wending way each and every summer. But before the gushery, let's chew on some dates and numbers. The big, blinking sign of a date that everyone who digs spending time in the Sierra Nevada, the Eastern Sierra, and Yosemite National Park will be talking about as June wraps? Thursday, June 29, for that's the day that, after a major snow-removal effort, the Tioga Pass will fully open, promptly at 8 a.m., meaning you can admire Mono Lake in the morning and hike the Cook's Meadow Loop in Yosemite Valley in the afternoon, no sweat (well, maybe a little, but that's good). 

AS FOR THE NUMBERS PART? You can see all of the recent opening dates for the high-elevation Highway 120 pass here, and the percentage of snowpack, so, if you think June 29 is a pretty late opening, it is, but not as late as it was in 1995, when Tioga Pass opened on June 30. The snowpack as of April 1 for 2017 stood at 177% and the 1995 percentage just eeked that number out, coming in at 178%. And check it out: The pass even opened in late April, in 1988. All very cool stuff, if you like to pore over years and snowfall amounts and opening dates. Closing dates, too: The pass has been closed, this last go-around, since Nov. 16, 2016.

THREE THINGS: The June 29 opening is a "conditions permitting" deal, so checking one more time before you head out, that morning, just to be sure everything is copacetic, is wise. Also, Yosemite National Park shared some wisdom on what hikers and campers can expect regarding conditions upon opening. Two? Gratitude to all of the people who work so hard to clear the mountain passes, for, surely and factually, they faced some epic snow scenes after the winter of 2016-2017. And three? Here comes the gushing: Meadows and waterfalls and critters and trees and rocky granite outcroppings and the sun glinting on lakes and all sorts of creeks, oh my. The Tioga Pass takes nature lovers to all of that beauty, each summer, and that is something deserving of a classic, no-holds-barred, tumble-over-ourselves gush-a-thon. Few roads deliver people to such mythical, get-happy places, anywhere.

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<![CDATA[2017 California Wildfires in Photos]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:05:53 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/06-25-2017-wildfire-santa-clarita-lacfd.jpg The hot, dry and windy months of late spring and summer bring the threat of wildfires to California. Take a look at some of the fires this year.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Even Freeway Series With Angels]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:40:49 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/Joc+Pederson+homer+Halos.png

Time to start a new blue streak. 

Joc Pederson hit a three-run home run and Kenta Maeda threw seven shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the Freeway Series with their crosstown rivals the Angels, 4-0, on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers saw their 10-game winning-streak and streak of 17 consecutive games with a home run snapped by the Angels on Monday night, but started a new streak on both fronts thanks to the exploits of Pederson in the sixth inning.

Pederson hit his first long ball off a left-hander this season, as the Dodgers scored the only runs of the game in a four-run sixth against the Halos.

"Shawn Wooten [Dodgers Triple-A hitting coach] definitely found something in my swing that I was not doing," said Pederson of his first homer against a lefty. "That was my first hit. It's paying off. Things have been going well with it."

Chase Utley led off the inning with a double to left-center, the first legitimate hit of the game against former Dodger and Angels' starter, Jesse Chavez.

Logan Forsythe walked, and Chris Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to center before Chavez (5-8) left the game with one out.

Similar to Ricky Nolasco who defeated his former team the night prior, Chavez threw 6 and 1/3 scoreless innings before he was removed, and was responsible for two runners on base. 

"Same as Nolasco yesterday, he [Chavez] was mixing his stuff really well and keeping us off-balance," said Bellinger of Chavez. "He manipulated the plate and made us chase. Gotta tip your cap to him."

Unlike Monday night, the Halos' bullpen could not close the door as Jose Alvarez allowed an RBI single to Cody Bellinger that scored the first run of the game.

"It's more barrel control than anything," Bellinger said of his ability to hit the ball to opposite field off Alvarez. "I'm comfortable with where I attack from. Sometimes I can load early and be preset."

Bellinger is batting .297 with 20 runs, eight doubles, 13 home runs and 27 RBI in the month of June. 

Two batters later, Pederson crushed a curveball for his seventh home run of the season and fifth in his last 11 games since coming off the disabled list. Pederson suffered a concussion after running into Yasiel Puig in right field on May 25.

"Maybe it knocked some sense into me, I don't know," joked Pederson of his hot-hitting since he was concussed by Puig. "I was hitting a lot of balls on the ground, and now I'm getting under them."

Maeda (6-3) was masterful in his best start of the season for the boys in blue. The Japanese right-hander allowed just four hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven shutout innings.

"The last three or four outings he's been aggressive and attacking the strike zone," said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts of Maeda. "The slider and curveball were sharp. He was efficient and that's what we needed today to start a new winning streak."

The Dodgers finished their nine-game homestand with a record of 8-1, and currently have the best record in the National League at 52-27.

Trayce Thompson made his 2017 Dodger debut as he started for the first time since June 20, 2016. Thompson was hitless in the game, but made multiple defensive plays in right field in place of Yasiel Puig.

"It feels good to be back with all these guys," said Thompson of his first start in over a year. "It felt good to get out there and play the game I've wanted to play since I was five years old. I was just happy to be back."

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager was not in the lineup for the fourth game in a row and could be placed on the 10-day disabled list if his injured hamstring does not get better.

Up Next:

The Freeway Series continues as the Dodgers travel down the I-5 to Anaheim for the first of two games at the Big A on Wednesday. Hyun-Jin Ryu starts for the Boys in Blue opposite RHP Alex Meyer for the Halos. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07PM PST.

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<![CDATA[Urias in Good Spirits After Shoulder Surgery]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:16:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/Urias_Shoulder_Surgery2.png

He was living a teenage dream, until it became a nightmare.

Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitcher affectionately known as "the teenager," underwent season-ending surgery on Tuesday and will miss the next 12-14 months as he recovers.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal El Attrache in Los Angeles, to repair the anterior capsule in Urias' left shoulder that was injured on a pitch earlier in June with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

Dodgers' President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, met with reporters last week and said that Urias initially felt a "tugging" feeling in his shoulder on June 10 and after throwing two fastballs clocked at 96 and 97 mph, respectively.

Urias pitched two more innings after the injury, and woke up the next morning 'really stiff" in his shoulder.

The 20-year-old pitching phenom flew back to Los Angeles shortly thereafter and underwent tests before a diagnosis was made last week.

The injury is cause for concern as historically, shoulder surgeries for pitchers have less of a success rate than elbow operations like Tommy John.

The injury is expected to sideline Urias for the 2017 and 2018 season, with the Dodgers likely targeting a return for the Mexican left-hander in Spring of 2019.

Thankfully, Urias is still young and has plenty of time to return to an elite level.

"This is scary to think about," said MLB analyst Harold Reynolds. "He's still young, just 20 years old. To see him go down right now is scary."

Urias underwent the successful surgery on Tuesday morning, and posted a picture of himself before and after the operation on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

"The more difficult the road, God will multiply your strength and you'll know the better the victories. Never give up!" He wrote in Spanish on his post.

On Tuesday, before the team's game against the Angels, Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts gave an update on Urias.

"The surgery was a success," said Roberts. "I don't know in medical terms; all I know is seeing the [email[ thread from Dr. El Attrache, he's a lot more optimistic than he was when he was first going to do the surgery.

"It was very clean. There was some debridement he had to clean up. There was an attachment of some sort. All I know is that we as an organization, and Julio – it's a very positive outcome."

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<![CDATA[Boy Struck and Killed By Car During Skateboard Accident]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:46:40 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/nathansmiht.PNG

Family and friends gathered Tuesday to pay tribute to a 9-year-old boy who was killed in a skateboarding accident Sunday in Dana Point.

Nathan Smith was hit by a car on Dana Point Drive as he held onto a van driven by his 21-year-old sister. Orange County Sheriff's deputies said his sister's van ran him over, but the family insists other vehicles were involved. No one has been charged.

Family and friends brought flowers and candles to a memorial set up near Nathan Smith's favorite tree, which is only a block from the beach.

"I miss his smile waking up every day wanting to go surfing and go to the beach," said Malia Mae Smith, his middle sister. "I light a candle every single night for him."

She said the family is comforted knowing he died surrounded by things he loved. She said they want people to remember his love for skateboarding and surfing.

"We've got to remember him as good, and not for this tragedy ... we need to remember Nathan for who he was," Malia Mae Smith, said.

Family friend Vicki Patterson said the boy's smile lit up the room.

"His family called him their sun instead of son ... he was just their ray of sunshine," Patterson said.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help Nathan Smith's family, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.

Photo Credit: The Smith Family]]>
<![CDATA[World War II-Era Pool Reopens in San Pedro ]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:35:21 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/170627-pool.JPG

In the 1940s, World War II servicemen used to gather at Hey Rookie Pool in San Pedro to watch synchronized swimmers. On Tuesday, about two dozen kids jumped into the very same pool with their local councilman to celebrate its reopening after a closure of more than 20 years.

The historic pool was shut down in the 1990s after being deemed unsafe. It quickly fell into disrepair and became graffiti-ridden. But in 2009, taxpayers approved an $8 million project to restore the pool to its World War II-era glory.

The city held an official ceremony Tuesday for the reopening of the pool, which features redone ampitheatre seating and aqua tiles as well as an 180 degree view from the downtown Los Angeles skyline to Catalina Island. Many present at the event had deep ties to the site.

Gary Lee Moore, a city engineer in San Pedro, said his dad used to swim at the pool during World War II. For one local girl, Melodie Mathlin, the pool will be where she learns to swim.

"I think that (the pool) is beautiful because it's in San Pedro and San Pedro is a beautiful place," Mathlin said.

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<![CDATA[San Diego Restaurant Week: September Savings]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:47:54 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ShoresRestaurantLunch.jpg

JANUARY IS CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT MONTH, which means those dine-about-towners who like to try out new places, while saving some cash, can be forgiven for folding all Restaurant Weeks into the first month of the year, just to stay organized. And, it's true, hundreds of restaurants in a number of Golden State cities and neighborhoods do dovetail with California Restaurant Month, choosing to hold their own culinary week-long to-dos at around the same time. But there are some meal-marvelous mavericks out there, too, the towns and regions that host their own prix fixe festivals during a totally different time of the year. San Diego Restaurant Week is not a January staple, but rather throws the dining doors open on the autumn and all of its tummy-pleasing pursuits. This isn't to say that the dishes that the 180-plus participating restaurants will serve are autumnal in theme, though some could be. Rather, fall is often a time when richer dishes are added to menus, and special dining events made for longer nighttimes pop up, making the Restaurant Week well-timed. The 2017 dates are...

SEPT. 24 THROUGH OCT. 1, and a whole line-up of cities and areas will join in, from Fallbrook to Oceanside to East County. A three-course prix fixe dinner could be $20, $30, $40, or $50, while a two-courser at lunch will land somewhere in the $10, $15, or $20 bracket. No advance ticket is needed, but if you see an eatery on the list you've been meaning to try, booking a table during the Restaurant Week window is advised. As for what cafes and kitchens are on board for this bite-oriented bash? Cafe Gratitude San Diego, Lou & Mickey's, The Shores Restaurant in La Jolla, and Crazee Burger in Hillcrest are just a few of the many (many many). Consider late September, and the first day of October, to be your chance to add a few fresh go-tos to your spending-the-weekend-in-San-Diego eat-out list, should you discover a new favorite during Restaurant Week.

Photo Credit: Shores Restaurant]]>
<![CDATA[Security Guard Speaks Out After Instagram Model Berates Him]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:38:59 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Security_Guard_Speaks_Out_After__Model__Berates_Him.jpg

A security guard commented for the first time on a viral video of an Instagram model lashing out at him, calling him a "peasant" and telling him to kill himself. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Beating Man to Death With Canned Food Dies]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:53:13 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cannedfood3.jpg

Authorities said Wednesday that a Lake Los Angeles woman, who was accused of killing her boyfriend by beating him on the head with cans of food, died while in custody awaiting trial on a murder charge.

Linda Clarene Jackson, 61, died of natural causes June 8, two days after being transferred to a hospital, according to coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

Jackson had been behind bars since her June 2016 arrest by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in connection with the death of her 59-year-old boyfriend, David Ruiz.

Prosecutors alleged that Jackson bludgeoned Ruiz in the head with canned foods at her home on June 16, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Teen's Body Discovered After Hyde Park Fire]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:26:46 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hyde+park+fire1.JPG

The body of a 17-year-old boy was found Tuesday at the scene of a fire that damaged a detached converted garage in the Hyde Park area in which he and three other people were living, authorities said.

Firefighters sent to the 4800 block of Crenshaw Boulevard shortly before 9 a.m. extinguished the flames in about 15 minutes and discovered the teen dead, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives.

A 22-year-old man, believed to be the teen's brother, was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke exposure and was in good condition, Humphrey said.

Chuck Young, the victim's grandfather, said he had spoken to his grandson just a day earlier. 

"I told him I was going to teach him how to drive," he said through tears.

Devin Simmons, a resident of the house in front of the converted garage, which the LAPD described as a "sober living facility," said he awoke to the sound of a female tenant throwing things.

The LAPD confirmed that their initial call was for that incident. Other tenants referred to the woman as "unstable."

"I never thought she'd do something this evil," Simmons said. The woman was taken into custody, and police confirmed that the fire was the result of arson.

"Somebody's going to jail because the fire was set," Young said.

Photo Credit: Bobbie Eng]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Continue to Battle 900-Acre Fire in Highland]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:56:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/17-06-27-mart-fire-rsz.jpg

A 900-acre wildfire near Highland Avenue at Highway 330 prompted evacuations and a highway closure in San Bernardino County Tuesday afternoon. 

The fire broke out shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday amid hot and windy conditions and was at 0 percent containment as of 10 p.m. 

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department issued mandatory evacuations for about 200 residences east of Orchard Road, north of Highland Avenue and west of Church Street. All of those evacuations were lifted shortly before 9 p.m., but residents were advised to watch for fire traffic in the area. 

Highway 330 was closed from Highland Avenue to Live Oak near Running Springs as 560 firefighters battled the blaze.  The highway reopened around 9:30 p.m., according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. 

The Mojave Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory for the area and advised Mountain and High Desert residents to limit time outdoors.

Around 7 p.m., the temperature was 92 degrees and winds gusts were 7 mph. 

A red flag warning was in effect for the area for high winds and low relative humidity. 

CAL FIRE reported more than 2,135 fires in California from Jan. 1 through Sunday. Those fires scorched more than 20,200 acres – more than double last year’s acreage figure.

No homes or outbuildings were damaged, according to the U.S. Forest Service. 

The cause of the fire remains under investiagtion. 

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<![CDATA[Photos of the Mart Fire Near Highland]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:41:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/mart-fire.JPG A wildfire Tuesday near Highland Avenue in San Bernardino County charred hundreds of acres and forced mandatory evacuations of nearby homes and shut down Highway 330.

Photo Credit: NBC4 Viewer Anthony]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Driver Charged With Raping Unconscious Passenger]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:53:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/alaric-spence.JPG

An Uber driver was charged Tuesday with raping a female passenger at a North Hollywood motel while the 24-year-old woman was unconscious.

Alaric Spence, 46, faces up to 15 years to life in state prison if convicted of one felony count each of kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

Spence picked the woman up in downtown Los Angeles last Friday and drove her to the motel, where he allegedly raped her, according to Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller. The woman was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the alleged attack, the prosecutor said.

Los Angeles police said the woman passed out in the back of Spence's car while en route to Hollywood about 3 a.m. Spence is suspected of driving the woman to the motel, renting a room and then carrying her from his car into the room.

Surveillance video shows the suspect carry the passed out victim from his car to the motel room, said LAPD Robbery-Homicide Capt. William Hayes.

The woman woke up alone, not knowing where she was or how she got there, and called police, according to Hayes.

Spence, who was arrested late Friday, was ordered to be held in lieu of $1.1 million bail while awaiting arraignment July 24.

He has five previous felony convictions related to possession and sale of narcotics in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and as far north as Sacramento.

Spence's former roommate told NBC4 she was aware of his criminal past, but she didn't see him as a threat and described him as a "gentle soul."

"I was comfortable with him around my daughter," she said. "He was never disrespectful."

He has prior drug-related convictions and had been an Uber driver for the past six months, according to police.

The LAPD believes there may be other victims.

"It doesn't seem feasible that this would be the first time, when you take an individual like this," Hayes said.

A spokesman for Uber released the following statement to NBC4: "No person should ever have to experience the violent act that has been reported to police. We are working with the Los Angeles Police Department to fully support their investigation, and the driver has been banned from the Uber app."

NBC4's Adrian Arambulo contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: LAPD ]]>
<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Canine Pop Culture Fest]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:00:57 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpg Coo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Sexual Harassment, Favoritism at OC DA's Office: Report]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:50:14 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/OC+DA+Tony+Rackauckas.jpg

An Orange County grand jury report issued Tuesday concludes that there is a perception among many investigators in the Orange County District Attorney's Office that the unit is plagued with sexual harassment, favoritism and fear of retaliation for raising concerns.

The grand jurors said they could not delve into the truth of the claims because they lack the authority to do so, but added that just the perception of a hostile workplace is enough to spur the panel to make multiple recommendations on addressing the issues.

The grand jury report states that "whether or not the specific allegations presented to the grand jury are true, the sheer volume and pervasiveness of the perception of favoritism and retaliation based on sexual relationships is problematic as that perception alone can create a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can undermine morale, reduce productivity, negatively impact agency operations and can pose a financial liability for the county."

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas issued a statement thanking the members of the grand jury "for their service to our community, for their report that provides a great recitation on the laws and policies regarding sexual harassment, and for recognizing that even a perception is important to address."

"The OCDA takes this issue seriously and has been conducting its own internal personnel investigation for the last seven months, taking appropriate actions as necessary," he said. "I have requested that the OCGJ turn over any specific information on actionable items so we can bolster the current investigation; I eagerly await their response."

The grand jury, which interviewed about 100 employees in the District Attorney's Office, said some believe it would be pointless to raise concerns about a hostile workplace because their supervisors would not take it seriously. Some fear retaliation.

The grand jury also speculated that the bureau of investigators "has shifted away from its mission as a support unit for trial preparation and evolved into a separate law enforcement agency,'' which also explains the reluctance to speak up.

"The solidarity of law enforcement personnel has been well documented and it was apparent to the OCGJ that many of the individuals we interviewed believe any problems faced by bureau employees should be dealt with in-house and not discussed outside the bureau," the report says.

Some investigators have complained there is an "A" team of employees who socialize with management after hours and receive more favoritism, according to the grand jury, which also cited claims that "sexually suggestive pictures" are sent through emails and text messages among employees in the bureau. Some of the messages also include "inappropriate sexual and racial jokes and pictures."

There were also claims of "unwelcome sexual behavior between some members of management and subordinates, unwelcome touching, sexual encounters at training conferences and sexually explicit comments about co-workers' body parts," according to the grand jury.

The grand jury found sexual harassment training to be lacking in the office.

"Some employees could not remember or if they received harassment training; others had taken the training over a year ago," according to the report.

When management was asked about the complaints, those concerns were pooh-poohed, the grand jury said.

"In interviews with management in the OCDA office, there often did not seem to be recognition of the severity of the alleged behavior but rather a discounting and a dismissive 'boys will be boys' mentality," the report says.

The grand jury is recommending more management training and more coaching of employees on sexual harassment, along with reforming how investigators are given assignments.

The panel also recommends consideration of a policy that prohibits sexual relationships between managers and subordinates, and requested that the Board of Supervisors hire an outside, independent investigator to look into the hostile workplace claims.

The investigations unit has been roiled by whistleblower claims from three employees since April.

Rackauckas put his top investigator, Craig Hunter, on leave and said he was "not expected to return."

Assistant Chief Lou Gutierrez was also placed on a leave of absence in April.

Hunter filed a claim with the county in May, alleging Rackauckas has been selectively choosing public corruption cases, giving passes to friends while prosecuting others.

Last month, investigators Tom Conklin and Abraham Santos filed claims alleging they were "whistleblowers" who were being subjected to unfair discipline at work.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[More Cadets May Have Known of LAPD SUV Thefts, Chief Says]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:55:03 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/6-24-17-Chief-Beck.jpg

More juvenile cadets than the seven who have already been arrested for their alleged roles in stealing three police cars may have had knowledge or involvement in the scheme, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.

"We have found in our investigation a handful of cadets that may have had some knowledge or association with the group already arrested that could cause a reaction by our department — either a criminal investigation or removal from the program or a diversion," Beck told the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners.

The LAPD is reviewing its cadet program in the wake of the arrests of the seven cadets for their alleged involvement in the theft of three squad cars — which culminated in two high-speed chases and crashes on June 14. Last Thursday, Beck personally arrested an officer for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of the seven accused cadets, a 15-year-old girl.

Officer Robert Cain, 31, a 10-year LAPD veteran, was taken into custody at the 77th Street Division station, where he is assigned. More than 100 weapons were subsequently discovered at Cain's residence by the LAPD, and Beck told the commissioners that some of the guns are not legal to own in California.

"We're working with the ATF and charges relative to those issues will be filed with the district attorney as appropriate and when appropriate," Beck said.

Beck also told the commissioners that the investigation had not "so far" led to any other full-time employees with knowledge of — or involvement in — the car thefts.

Three cadets were arrested at the end of two vehicle pursuits the night of June 14. Police recovered the two cruisers involved in the chases, then found a third parked nearby. Four additional cadets were later arrested.

Six of the arrested cadets were assigned to the 77th Street Division program and one was assigned to the Pacific Division.

The cadets are believed to have pulled people over while impersonating officers and also are suspected of stealing LAPD equipment, including tasers, radios and a bulletproof vest.

Investigators believe the cadets used their knowledge of the LAPD's computer inventory system to check the vehicles out under the name of a sergeant who was on vacation.

Beck, while continuing to express support for the program, has instituted a "top-to-bottom" review.

LAPD Inspector General Alex Bustamante, at the request of the commission, will also be reviewing the program, while City Councilman Mitchell Englander has introduced a council motion calling for a full review of all LAPD youth programs and said an independent investigation may be needed.

Matt Johnson, president of the commission, expressed support for the cadet program.

"In the two years I've been on the commission, I've had the opportunity to interact with some of the cadets, and these are good kids who are in the program for the right reasons and who are getting a lot of great skills — leadership skills, character skills — out of the program," Johnson said.

Photo Credit: Azucena Varela]]>
<![CDATA[There's a Cannabis Farmers Market at This Event in Malibu]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:40:44 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Emerald+Exchange+11.jpg Emerald Exchange brings Northern California farmers and Southern California companies together for an event that features a cannabis farmers market, workshops, music, a speaker series and educational events.

Photo Credit: Evan Mann]]>
<![CDATA[Gamble House: Special Summer Tours]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:23:00 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/GambleHouse_AlexanderVertikoff.jpg

Summertime? It's a stretch when a number of pastimes and destinations shutter, or at least observe more relaxed hours, and a no-rush, no-fuss, let's-not-overdo-it schedule takes hold.

This is understandable, totally, what with the heat and the fluctuating schedules of families during the season. But there are a few places that add fresh happenings when the temperature heads upward, destinations that weave a special something into the schedule during a time period when activities are often stripped back.

The Gamble House in Pasadena greets the summer with some unique goings-on, including both Family Tours and Upstairs Downstairs walk-arounds, too.

The Family Tour has a fantastic twist: It's headed by a former junior docent, which means a high school student, trained in the facts, tales, and quirks of the Craftsman landmark, will be at the lead.

Created for guests ages 5 to 16, and their parents, the Family Tour includes a "find and seek" element as well as an approach that connects young fans of architecture with one of the great houses of Southern California.

The dates? "(S)elect Sundays in July," and, you bet, spots do fill up.

And starting on July 27, the Upstairs Downstairs Tour returns, giving Gamble House mavens a chance to view the servants' quarters. This tour has been on the home's schedule before, but note that "(n)ew information recently emerged about the Gamble family and their servants" which allows docents "to share more of the personal history of those who lived and worked at 4 Westmoreland Place."

Upstairs Downstairs runs through Sunday, Aug. 13.

As with all limited-time tours, tickets do often sell out, so look into either, or both, before the lingering days of summer meld into fall. 

Also? The Gamble House, as always, offers its slate of traditional, year-round tours, too.

Photo Credit: Alexander Vertikoff]]>
<![CDATA[Route 66: Remnants of the Mother Road in Photos]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:58:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/229*120/06-27-2017-route-66-3shot.jpg Known as the Main Street of America, Will Rogers Highway and the Mother Road, Route 66 was one of the original routes in the United States' highway system and one of the most famous roads in the country.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Ventura County Fair: Pre-Sale on Now]]> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:36:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/fairridenight2932.jpg

WHEN SUMMER KICKS IN, officially, on the clocks and on the calendars and on the weather reports and there's no disputing it, no way, no how, a person can be forgiven for dreaming cotton candy dreams. That same person may also ponder how much time has passed — far too much — since they last pet a goat. And have they admired a Bundt cake, or a quilt, or a rocking chair, all superbly baked, quilted, and crafted, in the last year? It's a sad state when one realizes how devoid their existence has been of anything resembling a county fair. But summer's arrival means that deep devoid-a-tude is done, thank goodness, and you only need look around to see the evidence: San Diego's county fair got its traditional June start, Orange County is up in July, and very soon after that? The closest-to-the-ocean fair around constructs the midway and sets up the fried treat stands and pig-admiring areas. It's the...

VENTURA COUNTY FAIR... we're speaking of so on-the-nose-ly here — that whole "ocean" bit was the tip-off, we know — and it is ready to bulb-blink, sheep-baa, concert-jam again from Wednesday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 13. But you don't have to wait for your chosen pig-communing, ice cream-devouring day to buy your ticket; the pre-sale is on now, meaning that you can "Save Money on Admission and Carnival Ride tickets!" Adult entry, during the pre-sale, is eleven bucks, and a senior admission is $8 (that's what a child's admission is, too). "Rooted in Tradition" is the theme for the 142nd Ventura County Fair, which will include rodeo, a plethora of classic eats (funnel cake, anyone? Everyone?), and the animal-sweet sights visitors love.

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<![CDATA[Obama Boulevard Gets Green Light]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:14:06 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Obama_Boulevard_Gets_Green_Light.jpg

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to rename a 4-mile stretch of road in the Crenshaw district after former President Barack Obama. Michelle Valles reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Among Injured in Ambulance Crash]]> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:01:24 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Among_Injured_in_Ambulance_Crash.jpg

Two LAFD firefighters were among four people injured when an ambulance crashed with a car in Pacoima. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.