<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:55:12 -0700Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:55:12 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mayors Gather in Texas to Address Border Crisis]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:52:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Mayors_Gather_in_Texas_to_Address_Border_Crisis.jpg From Los Angeles to New York, mayors from across the country gather in El Paso, Texas to address family separation at the border. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Child Torture Case: Parents Ordered to Stand Trial]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:47:07 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Child_Torture_Case__Parents_Ordered_to_Stand_Trial.jpg A judge orders David and Louise Turpin to face 49 out of 50 torture and child abuse charges against them. Tony Shin reports for NBC4 News on Thursday, June 21, 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Protesters Rally in Downtown Against Family Separation]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:29:42 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Protesters_Rally_in_Downtown_Against_Family_Separation.jpg

Join the conversation at https://www.facebook.com/JohnNBCLA/. John Cádiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Free, Summery, Beloved: DTLA Dance Begins]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:51:55 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/2017_9_1_17_DanceDTLASalsaNight_Javier_Guillen+%2854+of+102%29.jpg

Dancing at dance class? Fab. Swaying a hip in line at the grocery store? Often done.

Snapping along as you hear a swinging song from a passing car? Yep. It's hard not to do.

But the opportunity to break out into exuberant, raise your hands, raise your spirits, raise the vibe dance movies in a place where no dance typically takes place feels, if we might, rather magical, and pretty dang unusual, and as summery as a cold treat on a stick.

And, to do so for free? Without handing a ticket to someone, a ticket that cost $$$? As in, lots of dough?

Goodness but that is a good thing, a grand thing, even, and that such a real-world, this-actually-happens happening occurs in Grand Park each summer is as sweet as that aforementioned cold treat on a stick.

It's called Dance DTLA, it is limboing into its 14th season, and it all revs up on Friday, June 22. "Every Friday night" is the general rule with this event, except for Friday, July 27, when there is no Dance DTLA.

Mark it down now. Shake it at home that night. Promise you will? Aces. 

Some Dance DTLA evenings'll have a theme, like samba on June 22, and some will feature DJs and carefully crafted musical experiences.

Disco Night, always a huge hullabaloo, is on Aug. 10 in 2018.

Note that the DJ Nights during Dance DTLA get a later start, at 9 p.m., and have a later finish, at midnight. Dance Downtown, which includes the themed dance nights, gets moving at 7 and gets going at 11.

"Picnicking is encouraged" but if you don't have time to sandwich-up at home, there shall be eats for purchase.

Photo Credit: Javier Guillen]]>
<![CDATA[Close Encounters of the Big Cat Kind in Southern California]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:57:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mountain+lion+thumbnail.jpg Southern California is no stranger to mountain lions.

Photo Credit: National Parks Service]]>
<![CDATA[LAUSD Offers Free Swimming Lessons During Summer Break]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:29:04 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Water+Safety+Program+Pic3.jpg

The Los Angeles Unified School District if offering free swim lessons for elementary school kids this summer.

L.A. Unified brings back their Beyond the Bell Branch Portable Pool Water Safety Program for the summer. The program, which started in 1963, teaches children between the ages of 5-12 how to swim and water safety.

"We teach the kids level one and level two water skills," said Susana D. Castellanos, who taught more than 1,000 kids how to swim with the LAUSD program. "We teach the children how to swim but we also prepare them for life threatening water emergencies."

All of their swim instructors are American Red Cross certified in Water Safety. Castellanos said they use the Learn-to-Swim Levels 1 and 2 checklist from the American Red Cross as a guide.

During Level 1, children are taught the introduction to water skills including how to step in and out off a pool using a ladder and how to blow bubbles through nose and mouth.

During Level 2, they are taught fundamental aquatic skills including the elementary backstroke, breast stroke and resting strokes.

"We teach the kids skills in Level 2 that will help them prevent treading water quickly in situations where they may need to save their own lives by staying afloat," Castellanos said.

The program began June 11 and ends Aug. 8, 2018.

Aligned with California's water conservation and recycling initiative, pools will be open at 16 elementary schools with a 4-week rotation at each site. Lessons take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and run from 25-30 minutes long.

For more information about the program click here.

the Lear-to-Swim Levels 1 and 2checklist from the American Red Cross

Photo Credit: LAUSD]]>
<![CDATA[Asbestos Exposure Reported at West LA Apartment Building]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:38:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/westlahazemat.JPG

Residents of a West Hollywood apartment complex are not being allowed back into the complex after confirmed reports of an asbestos outbreak, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Los Angeles Fire Department hazmat and health officials cleared out the 12 unit apartment late Wednesday night after a "notice to comply" was not completed by building management. An AQMD inspector had originally inspected the complex on June 13 after an anonymous tip. 

More than 15 residents had to be formally decontaminated by firefighters. Residents had to leave everything behind -- even their cars.

The threatening asbestos debris was left in a common area hallway on the ground floor by a contracting crew that was renovating a recently vacated unit. Residents had to pass the pile of debris to go in and out of the complex's side door, residents said. 

"It was improper removal so basically the whole building was exposed to airborne dust from asbestos," one resident said. 

Residents also said that every time a unit was vacated, a contracting crew would come in to renovate the unit. 

One of the things done during the renovation was removal of the popcorn ceiling, which one witness believes is the potential source of the asbestos. 

Diane Baker, whose friend has lived in the apartment complex for years, says she has been having severe problems with her asthma.

"She's coughing uncontrollably. She can't get it under control," Baker said. "She's been to the ER several times in the last several months." 

"We live in an area that has a lot of buildings that were built before 1970, I think," said one woman who lives in the building. "A lot of them have also the popcorn ceilings."

Asbestos is a heat-resistant material that was widely used in building construction prior to the 1980s. 

The material is a known carcinogen and when people are exposed to asbestos for an extended period of time, it can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma.

It appears the exposure was contained to the building but that does not mean that other building owners and managers still aren't worried about asbestos. 

"Every six months we inspect," said Julie Brown, manager of a nearby apartment complex. "When we have vacancies we do periodic inspections. We do scrapings and testing. Nothing has shown up in either of these buildings." 

In the meantime, the American Red Cross has given displaced residents hotel vouchers. It is unclear when residents will be allowed to return home. 

Attempts to reach the owner of the apartment complex were unsuccessful.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

Photo Credit: Onscene.TV ]]>
<![CDATA[Weekend: Rock on, Arroyo Seco Weekend]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:16:01 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ArroyoSeco17-33605.jpg

Arroyo Seco Weekend: A weekend-long music festival absolutely festooned with fabulous headliners of the rockingest sort? California is known for more than a few, but this Junetime jamboree, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl, is one of the newest. It's heading into year two with Jack White, Neil Young, Kings of Leon, and Robert Plant, plus so many other name and notable acts, plus so many vibrant eats from local restaurants of the most obsessed-over sort. The dates? Best be in Pasadena on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

Pixar Pier Opens: The boardwalk area of Disney California Adventure in Anaheim has long been known for its colorful games, its swooshing coaster, and its water-close charms, but, starting on Saturday, June 23 something else is due to dazzle: The Pixar universe. This means a whole host of fresh experiences, from the Incredicoaster, an "adventure with baby Jack-Jack!" from "The Incredibles," to the Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris wheel. Jessie's Critter Carousel, Señor Buzz Churros, and other new additions and updates will also make their first splash. 

CicLAvia: Shine up your handlebars, stick some stickers all over your favorite striped bike helmet, decorate your spokes, and prepare to roll in grand style through Panorama City, Arleta, and Pacoima at "... the country's largest open streets event." As always, CicLAvia is free. And, speaking of free, the streets are free of all vehicular traffic, meaning you can skate, boogie, or unicycle to your heart's happy content. The route is four miles, there'll be plenty of community booths and food choices, and you'll want to cycle this way for more info.

OC PRIDE LGBT Festival: "Be You" is the call of the day at this spirited gathering, and that day is Saturday, June 23. The parade, which is also marching that day, has a "Blaze Forward" vibe, but that's not where the good vibes end at this joy-tastic to-do. Look for "4+ Unique Arenas of Music, Art, Comedy, and Discovery," as well as the promise of "Funky Dancing" and "Glitter, everywhere." Feeling the love? Ready to support, smile, spread the happiness, raise various roofs? Downtown Santa Ana is where you'll want to be.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle returns: Few things can instantly summon an aura of enchantment like seeing the grand structure inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter shimmer with glowing lights and hearing the sounds of the "Harry Potter" films. But here's something to up that enchantment, upon the eve of the lights' June 24 return: There's a "twist" with this latest incarnation, so even if you know this incandescent experience, prepare for a fresh element. The lights'll run nightly from June 24 through Aug. 19, and again over Labor Day Weekend.

Photo Credit: Julian Bajsel]]>
<![CDATA['Someone Has Taken My Oldest Brother']]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:05:48 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/wehoattackvictim.JPG

Nearly a month after a 65-year-old homeless man was killed in a brutal attack on West Hollywood street, his family implored the public to help find the killer.

George McKinney, 65, died after the May 23 attack after an argument with a man in West Hollywood, police said. McKinney was struck from behind and fell. He died the next day at a hospital.

"I'm just gonna miss that smile and that I can't talk to him," said Denise Key, McKinney's sister, during an interview with NBC4. "I have very little family and now someone has taken my oldest brother."

McKinney was staying in shelters at the time he was killed.

Video footage shows a man approaching McKinney as he walked to the intersection where he was attacked.

The man was described as black, around 5 foot 10, in his 20s to 30s, with dark hair and thin. The man was seen driving away in a dark 2009-2010 Mazda6 sedan.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

City News Services contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[Kobe Bryant Kept Out of Film Academy Despite Oscar Win]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:09:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_18064304006946-kobe.jpg

Kobe Bryant will not be asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences even though he won an Oscar earlier this year along with director Glen Keane for the animated short film "Dear Basketball", it was reported Thursday.

Under the academy's procedures, Oscar winners and nominees are automatically considered for, though not guaranteed, membership, with the ultimate decision of who gets admitted to the group residing with the 54-member board of governors.

While Bryant was recommended for membership by the short films and feature animation branch, he did not make the final cut owing to his lack of a larger body of work in the film industry, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The news that Bryant was denied academy membership was first reported by the website Cartoonbrew.com.

Had Bryant been granted membership, it may have stirred controversy, in part because of a sexual assault case brought against him in 2003, which was ultimately dropped and later the subject of a civil settlement.

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brisby]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:54:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/6-22-2018-pet-week-1.jpg

Brisby is the pet of the week for Thursday June 22, 2018.

He is a 4-year-old Dachshund-cocker spaniel mix who came in as a stray. He's a very sweet dog and gets along with his kennel mates. Brisby likes to go for walks and he's a pretty active guy, but also enjoys being held. He needs a family that is active, too. 

ID: A1786621

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Yoga + Brunch on a DTLA Rooftop]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:56:27 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/rooftopyogadtlanixo.jpg

SUN SALUTATIONS... are one of the most affirming and oft-practiced sequences in yoga, but we don't often get the chance to sweep through each meaningful move in, well, the sunshine. There's something rather delightful, and even a bit spirit-dazzling, to downward-dog-ing when the full beams of our planet's nearest star are washing over you. Also delightful? When a fortifying and potentially fizzy brunch follows all of that good and hard and healthful work. All of the happy things we just mentioned will find blissful expression on a DTLA rooftop on Saturday, June 23, when the Nixo Patio Lounge at the Luxe City Center Hotel welcomes yogis and brunchers for...

ROOFTOP YOGA AND BOOZY BRUNCH: The "brunch" part of the event easily relays the fact that this is all going to get going rather early, and so it shall: 8 a.m. is the start time for the yoga session. The instructor will hail from Chakra 5, and you should absolutely arrive in whatever comfortable tee or leotard or tights that helps you move into pigeon pose in a swift and comfortable way. Following the yoga is the eating, oh yeah, so settle in for "... a healthy spread of yogurt and granola parfaits, oatmeal with fresh berries, smoothies, Chef Ben Diaz's signature Eggs Benedict, and of course — mimosas!" 

THE COST? It's $40 for all, and "all" includes complimentary parking, always a nifty perk downtown. Follow a sunbeam to the page with all the pertinent information now.

Photo Credit: Nixo Patio Lounge]]>
<![CDATA[Fire Burns Warehouse in Compton]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:06:22 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Warehouse_Fire_in_Compton.jpg

A warehouse was engulfed in flames in Compton on Wednesday night. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 20, 2018.

<![CDATA[Tra La La, Make Music Day Is Here]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:26:12 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/mmd14077667666_d8b124abf3_b.jpg Join a jam session, for free, at several spots around Southern California.

Photo Credit: Make Music Day]]>
<![CDATA[Chubbs, the Wandering 29-Pound Viral Cat Sensation, Gets Adopted]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:49:14 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chubbs-phs-062018.jpg

A 29-pound cat who became an internet sensation after being rescued from the streets of Southern California has found a forever home.

The stray Himalayan mix was found last week wandering the streets of Altadena and taken to the Pasadena Humane Society by a good Samaritan. The shelter said the 10-year-old cat, which they named Chubbs, was extremely matted and took several hours to groom, "Today" reported.

After the shelter put out a "huge cat alert" on its social media pages announcing Chubbs was in need of a good home, the Pasadena Humane Society said it received several claims from different people alleging the now-social media star was their cat.

The organization had planned on holding an adoption event Sunday, but delayed it to vett the claims. After determining the ownership claims were false, Chubbs was put up for adoption on Wednesday. 

"He was adopted right away," said shelter spokeswoman Jaime Holeman. "Surprisingly, the family that adopted him were the only ones ready to adopt." 

Though the line to adopt the famous kitty wasn't long, Holeman said there were plenty of Chubbs fans gathered outside the shelter showing their support. 

"One person made a sign that said 'We Love Chubbs' and then gave it to the family who adopted him," said Holeman. 

Yvette Viola and her husband, Ruben Viola, was the lucky couple who adopted Chubbs. 

The Violas lost their cat, Mooshu, of 14 years earlier this year and were grief-stricken. Since Mooshu's death, Yvette never found a cat that made her want to adopt — until she laid eyes on Chubbs. 

"It was really hard for us. I didn't want to adopt a cat at all," Yvette said. "But then this guy came on TV and my girlfriend from high school sent me the link and said, 'I found your cat.'" 

Yvette was ready to adopt last week and filled out an application Thursday, but had to wait a few extra days until the adorable kitty could officially be put on the market. 

"I was so nervous someone was going to come by and claim him," Yvette said. "I thought I was going to adopt a kitten, but I saw this guy and immediately fell in love." 

Chubbs was placed on a weight loss program before being adopted and his new family plans to continue his diet. They also said Chubbs will be microchiped to ensure he does not become a stray again. 

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Plans for Clippers Arena Goes to Court]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:25:19 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Plans_for_Clippers_Arena_Goes_to_Court.jpg

Clippers arena or affordable housing? Plans for Inglewood land goes to court. Angie Crouch reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

<![CDATA[Kids Ride Free on the Big Bear Scenic Sky Chair]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:50:32 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bigbearskychair92923223.jpg

GAZING AT THE MOUNTAINS... when sweat-making days arrive is something many of us do, even if we're just gazing with our mind's eye (or, yes, browsing photos of snow online). We long to go up, up, and further up, all to find a lower temperature, some pretty sights, and, with happy luck, some memory-making moments. Such moments will be a part of the Big Bear Mountain Resort summer, where the Scenic Sky Chair will continue to run. No, it won't be carting goggle-rocking people in skis, but it will be on the move for those visitors who want to take in some sweeping vistas, some mountain-soft sunshine, and, quite possibly, save some bucks. The bucks-saving end of things comes from the fact that the Scenic Sky Chair will have a sweet deal on for the summer, and it is this:

KIDS RIDE FREE... on the above-it-all attraction, if they're between the ages of 5 and 12. Good to know? A paying adult must be present, too. How many kids are covered if there is a paying grown-up along? Two. Also good to know? Kids under 4 may ride the Scenic Sky Chair, gratis, and also enjoy the Mountain Bike Park for free. And if you're truly seeking to be above it all on the Fourth of July, and hoping to find a great spot for enjoying fireworks, consider riding the Scenic Sky Chair up "... through the San Bernardino National Forest to the top of the mountain (8,200 feet)." For everything happening at this cool-down, go-up destination, ride your own sky chair, now, to the Big Bear Mountain Resort site.

Photo Credit: Big Bear Mountain Resort]]>
<![CDATA[Anaheim to Vote on Minimum Wage Increase for Disneyland, Resorts]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:06:11 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Minimum_Wage_War_Brewing_in_Anaheim.jpg

Anaheim City Council debated and ultimately voted, 4-3, to let a measure aimed at increasing the minimum wages for Disneyland workers and workers at nearby hotels go to a city vote.

Due to the council's vote, Anaheim residents will now get to decide if workers in the resort district, which includes Disneyland, will get a raise for what they call a "living wage."

The measure targets Disneyland but also includes a handful of hotels under construction nearby. All businesses potentially affected by the measure receive subsidies from the city of Anaheim.

Opponents say that the minimum wage jump to $15 an hour, with a bump of $1 more per year until 2022 may actually lead to greater unemployment for the workers the measure aims to help.

"We estimate 3-4,000 jobs lost over next year or two by companies having to absorb this new increased cost," Todd Ament of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce told NBC4 News. "They're going to reduce hours and reduce jobs."

On the opposite side of the argument is Shannon Johnson.

Johnson drives from Riverside to work at the "Happiest Place on Earth" and makes $11 an hour at her room service job. She says there are days that she must choose between medicine and food because she cannot afford both.

"There are weeks where I work 70 hours a week," Johnson says. "You can only do that for so long, and it takes a toll on your body when you do it."

Disneyland has said its average worker makes $37,000 per year, but the unions backing the measure contend that nearly three out of four employees don't earn enough to pay for necessities like food, gas and rent.

In the background of the central arguements, construction workers at new hotels have gone on record saying their jobs could be in jeopardy if the measure passes and the hotels affected have delays or stop building.

Photo Credit: NBC4]]>
<![CDATA[Overwhelming Votes Against Splitting Koreatown]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:02:46 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Overwhelming_Votes_Against_Splitting_Koreatown.jpg

Thousands of people came out to vote on a measure to split Koreatown to include a Bangladesh neighborhood. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

<![CDATA[Spikeball Aims to Popularize Volleyball Alternative]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:56:53 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SpikeBallThumb.jpg

Spikeball, the company most associated with the growing volleyball-like sport round net, prepares to host a grand slam tournament in Santa Monica this weekend. Mario Solis reports for the NBC4 News at 6 on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Photo Credit: KNBC]]>
<![CDATA[LAFC Stadium Unveils Security Technology That Can Bypass Lines]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:01:13 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/LAFCCLEARThumb.jpg

Fans who have waited in long security lines at sports venues can get a break at LA's newest pro stadium--and it won't cost them anything. Banc of California Stadium announced a partnership Wednesday with CLEAR, a security company used primarily at airports including LAX.

CLEAR's biometric identity platform will get LAFC fans to the front of the line with "just the tap of a finger", according to a news release. All they need to do is bring a state-issued driver's license or passport and spend 3-5 minutes signing up at a kiosk by the stadium gate. They will scan their documentation, their fingerprints, answer a couple security questions, then be able to use your special pass immediately, said Ed O'Brien, CLEAR's head of sports.

Once they are registered, fans can bypass lines by just scanning their fingerprints in special CLEAR lanes. Those lanes will open at Banc of California Stadium Wednesday night for LAFC's match with Sacramento Republic FC.

"You will have to still go through the security screening process for the stadium, but that allows you to skip all those lines that back up behind the metal detectors or the ticket scan," O'Brien said.

And the best part? A subscription is free and can be used at any other sports venues that use CLEAR, such as AT&T Park in San Francisco.

"The sports level is free because... teams don't want to charge fans extra for coming in since they're already paying for tickets," O'Brien said.

Those who already use CLEAR's airport program, which costs $15 per month and is billed annually, can use it at those venues as well.

"What our members like...is that it's a very transferable, consistent experience from what we provide at our other sports partners but also at the airports," O'Brien said. "So if you're a CLEAR member, you can get a very consistent experience at LAX and at [Banc of California Stadium], which are obviously two very unrelated venues."

O'Brien also said there are special deals for those who like the CLEAR experience at stadiums and want to try it at the airport.

LAFC is the third MLS team to partner with CLEAR after the San Jose Earthquakes and NYCFC. CLEAR systems are also in place at nine MLB stadiums across the country and the NBA's American Airlines Arena in Miami.

CLEAR touts its security system as faster and more secure, boasting a SAFETY Act certification from the Department of Homeland Security. Sports might see even more of it in the future. The company says it is developing new "biometric-powered stadium experiences", including ticketing and concessions.

Photo Credit: CLEAR]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Chubbs Has Found His Purr-fect Home ]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:34:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/165*120/180620-chubbs-gallery-thumb.JPG Chubbs the cat was first found on the streets of Altadena, but now the chunky kitty that has taken the hearts of many, has found his purr-fect home.

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society ]]>
<![CDATA[Snap a Pic for Kimpton's Selfie Day Deal]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:53:28 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/phy_rt_015.jpg

NO NEED TO QUIBBLE, or doubt, or cock an eyebrow, or counter what we're about to say: A lot of selfies will be snapped on National Selfie Day, which is Thursday, June 21. For the reality is a lot of selfies are snapped each and every day, in all sorts of places, before heading to a social media feed with all of the attending tags. If you're planning on holding your phone out at arm's length, tilting your head, winking, pouting, or simply smiling, then capturing the whole pose, and you happen to be at one of four Kimpton Hotels, and you happen to be over 21, check it out: There's a complimentary grown-up beverage in it for you. But how to score such a beverage? 

YOU'LL NEED TO FIND... an "Insta-worthy" location, a location that has been chosen beforehand, at Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel (and Pacific Hideaway, the Shorebreak's restaurant), the Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego, the Kimpton Hotel Solamar (and JSix restaurant), and the Kimpton Canary in Santa Barbara. Where to find out what the locations are? The hotels will post, trust. Once you know, head to the location, take your picture, post it in the usual 'gram-y, Face-ian, SnapChat-esque spots, tag it with #SoCalKimptonSelfie, and be treated to a special adult beverage. Yep, you'll need to be over 21. Yep, for sure, you'll want to be at one of those four hotels to take your photo.

FEELING MORE RETRO? Each front desk will have a Polaroid on hand, should you want to go that vintage route at check-in. Details? Make your way to the social pages of the Shorebreak, Palomar, Solamar, and Canary.

Photo Credit: Kimpton Hotels]]>
<![CDATA[Free El Segundo Art Walk Kicks Off]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 17:39:47 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/1-esaw-july-h2-2.jpg An oversized wallet artwork, in tribute to the beloved tune, will be on display.

Photo Credit: El Segundo Art Walk]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Explore the Beauty of the Channel Islands]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:07:31 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Tyler+Bight+on+San+Miguel+Island+thumbnail.jpg The Channel Island National Park encompasses five islands and the surrounding mile of ocean. The five islands are Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Rosa Island, San Miguel Island and Santa Barbara Island.

Photo Credit: National Park Services ]]>
<![CDATA[Lyft Offers Free Rides to Cancer Patients in LA]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:53:39 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-909455660.jpg

Lyft partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide free rides to cancer patients in the Los Angeles area, the company said Wednesday.

The program, already in Las Vegas and Miami, will expand to Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, New Jersey, Philadelphia and St. Louis, the company said. 

Cancer patients who need a lift can call the phone number, and Lyft will coordinate a ride with an American Cancer Society volunteer driver or a local organization.

Lyft suggests that patients call to coordinate a ride a couple days in advance of their appointments as it can sometimes take a few days to work out. 

Rides also depend on eligibility -- basically you must be traveling to a cancer-related medical appointment. Minors also might need to be accompanied by an adult, and if the patient needs assistance walking, someone might need to ride with the patient. 

If you need a ride, call 1-800-227-2345, or if you would like to volunteer to give rides, visit this site.

For more information on the program, visit this site.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for Lyft]]>
<![CDATA[How You Can Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:33:09 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/GettyImages-978172374.jpg

More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in April that anyone caught crossing the border illegally would be criminally prosecuted and jailed, which would require children to be held separately at government-run facilities — many of which are in other states, hundreds of miles from where their families are detained.

The zero tolerance policy has overwhelmed the federal agency charged with caring for the new influx of children who tend to be much younger than teens who typically have traveled to the U.S. alone. The Associated Press reported some recent detainees are infants, forcibly taken from their mothers and placed in at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas.

The policy has drawn criticism from lawmakers, civil rights groups, religious groups, the American Medical Association and the United Nations, as well as business leaders and celebrities.

Caving in to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump Wednesday announced he would be signing an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together in detention after they are detained crossing the border illegally.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have proposed several bills to stop the child separation at the border. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging people to call their senator to advocate against the Trump administration directive and has set up a page on its website to help connect constituents with their senator's office.

Here are some other ways you can help migrants families separated at the border.

ACLU: The national nonprofit's Immigrants' Rights Project works to protect civil liberties of immigrants and combat public discrimination against them through litigation, advocacy and public outreach. The ACLU is currently raising money to help "defend asylum-seeking parents forcibly separated from their children."

You can donate to the ACLU, sign petitions, or become a member.

RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), based in San Antonio, Texas, provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant and refugee families.

The nonprofit is accepting donations for its Family Reunification and Bond Fund, which in part is used to bond migrants out of ICE custody to help reunite families, and volunteers. 

A viral Facebook fundraiser organized by a Silicon Valley couple has raised more that $10 million dollars — and counting — for RAICES. The "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child" fundraiser launched Saturday became the social networking site's largest crowdfunded campaign ever, a Facebook spokesperson said.  

Additionally, the #postcards4families campaign will donate $5 to RAICES for every postcard kids write to help the separated immigrant children.

CLINIC: The Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) helps secures free legal representation to migrant children released from detention, helps refugees gain asylum in the U.S., reunites families and provides legal services to immigrants.

Donate to CLINIC here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights: Based in Chicago, the nonprofit advocates for unaccompanied migrant children who cross the border. The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights recently launched a project geared toward helping children separated from their parents at the border. 

Learn more about how to donate here. To become a Young Center child advocate, you can volunteer here

Kids in Need of Defense: The national nonprofit works to ensure that kids appearing in immigration court have legal representation. Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) also lobbies for policies that protect immigrant childrens' legal interests.

To give KIND a monetary donation, click here. KIND has also partnered with Baby2Baby to set up a baby registry at Target to send bundles of basic essentials like diapers, wipes, shampoo and blankets to migrant children. 

Women's Refugee Commission: The Women's Refugee Commission advocates for the rights and protection of women, children, and young adults fleeing violence and persecution.

While the group is accepting monetary donations to assist separated families seeking asylum, it also suggests other ways people can take action to help the end the separation of families.

Urban Justice Center: The nonprofit launched the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) in 2015 to "prevent wrongful deportations by connecting refugee families to community support and emergency legal aid."

The organization is in need of donations to help support the legal services it provides asylum seekers and is also looking for volunteer attorneys and interpreters.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras

The binational nonprofit Pueblo Sin Fronteras provides humanitarian aid, caravans, shelter and aid to migrants and refugees in transit to the U.S. The organization's volunteers accompany migrants along their journey to protect them from danger, but also to move past law enforcement officials. It is currently assisting families awaiting hearings.

Here's how to donate.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association: The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides free lawyers for migrants in need of assistance with asylum screening, bond hearings and ongoing asylum representation. 

The national organization will soon post a volunteer list for immigrant lawyers who wish to represent families at the border.

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<![CDATA[Butterfly Social Media Takeover to Take Wing]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:13:22 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Marine+blue+Leptotes+Marina.jpg

Finding a fluttery butterfly, one that's moving from branch to branch?

There's only one place to see such sights, generally, and it involves you stepping outside, and heading for a lush yard, or flowery park, or the other sorts of spots where the colorful critters congregate.

But if you watch the social media pages of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy for 24 hours on Tuesday, June 26, you'll discover a whole lovely line-up of local butterflies and a very important purpose: The drive to "... help preserve the biodiversity that makes the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks so unique."

That biodiversity is supported when the butterflies that frequent the pretty areas have native plants to alight upon, and when invasive flora is removed, species such as Pampas Grass and Black Mustard.

The Butterfly Social Media Takeover on June 26 will bring so much of this important information to the public via the conservancy's social media pages, as well as introducing a host of wing-amazing residents who have long called the landmarks home.

You might see a marine blue leptotes marina or a checkered white or a monarch pop up on your feed.

But the fluttery feed isn't the only thing happening with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy in the days ahead.

Look also for seed harvesting events on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Native Seed Farm, a Waterworks Trail Restoration event on June 27, and the Irvine Park Trail Restoration Day on Sunday, July 8.

For more information on the wondrous habitats and nature-thriving lands aided by the conservancy, click.

Photo Credit: Ted Edgell]]>
<![CDATA[Instagram's Favorite Black Latte Comes to LA]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:56:29 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/roundkblacklatteblur.jpg

Sick of your regular coffee order? RoundK, a Mid-Wilshire coffee shop, offers a black matte latte sure to spice up your regular coffee order. 

The latte contains espresso, 98 percent Dutch processed cocoa and almond milk.

And unlike most of the black foods that have captured your Instagram feed's attention, the latter does not use activated charcoal to get its color, rather the baristas use organic coconut ash to give the drink that gothic look. 

"The drink itself is supposed to be a dairy-free product," said Robert Kwotkowski, manager of the Los Angeles RoundK location. "We decided to use coconut ash because it's healthier than activated charcoal and the fact that it looks pretty." 

Kwotkowski also said that the organic coconut ash is good for detox.

RoundK is inspired by traditional South Korean coffee shops otherwise known as Dah-Bahn. 

Other popular and quirky menu items include the egg cappuccino: an egg yolk with a double shot of espresso topped with hand whipped cream.

The cafe is located at 5616 San Vicente Blvd. in the Mid-Wilshire area. 

Photo Credit: RoundK LA ]]>
<![CDATA[Koreatown Waits on Vote Count for New Neighborhood Council]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:10:15 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Koreatown_Waits_on_Vote_Count_for_New_Neighborhood_Council.jpg

Early returns are expected Wednesday on a vote to form a separate neighborhood council in Koreatown. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Wednesday June 20, 2018.

<![CDATA[Death of 10-Year-Old Boy Considered 'Suspicious']]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:26:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Death_of_10-Year-Old_Boy_Considered__Suspicious_.jpg

The death of a Lancaster boy, who reportedly suffered injuries from a fall, has been labeled by investigators as suspicious. Ted Chen reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

<![CDATA[Stanford Hotel Pride Package: Costumes + Comfort]]> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:04:26 -0700 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/PrideFlag061517.jpg

SO YOU ARRIVE AT PRIDE, and you're seeing old friends, and you're enjoying the lively tunes, and you're soaking up the fantastic community spirit, but then... you realize... darn it. You just aren't quite ready for the parade. Maybe you forgot to pack a few amazing pieces you totally meant to include, or maybe you were just too busy with work, ahead of the celebratory weekend, to get it together on the awesome outfit front. Whatever the situation, it comes down to this: When a hotel can step in, and not only provide a comfortable stay, plus a host of amenities and delightful details, but an interesting costume piece, too, well, that hotel is well-deserving of a high five. And it turns out that...

STANFORD COURT HOTEL... in Nob Hill will be doing just that over the June 23-24 weekend via its Pride Package. For sure, some cool add-ons, like a "(f)estive tote bag" are part of the package, and a pair of drink vouchers for the hotel's swanky Seven Stills Nob Hill Bar & Lounge, and a bubble wand, which feels just right for the effervescent-of-spirit, buoyant-of-outlook event. But guests who book the Pride Package can also visit the hotel's pop-up "costume accessory closet" should they desire a fun or colorful wearable for the San Francisco Pride Parade, which raises the vibe and brings the joy on Sunday, June 24. Going to the parade? It's all dancing along Market Street from the Embarcadero to Civic Center.

NEED MORE INFO... on the Stanford Court's Pride Package, the prices, the costume closet, and more? Contact the destination soon, for pride is on its way.

Photo Credit: Pride]]>