<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California https://www.nbclosangeles.com en-usSun, 18 Nov 2018 06:52:50 -0800Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:52:50 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Inside the Fire Zone: Touring a Restricted Area]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:49:48 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/201*120/Inside+Woolsey+Thumb.png

Jeremy Wolf showed NBC4 the route taken by the Woolsey Fire when it burned through multiple communities.

"They need to get emergency supplies to horses that are up in the hills," Jeremy Wolf said as he got into a car and put on his seat belt. "I've become a resource for the community, and middle-man between the authorities manning the police roadblocks and residents out here trying to figure out whats going on past the barricades."

Wolf, who works in the office of State Senator Henry Stern, grew up in Agoura Hills and his family still lives there. He's a local, who knows all the locals.

Thursday he delivered emergency supplies and has allowed NBC4, and an iPhone, to accompany him for the ride, getting a first-hand look inside the restricted area through social media. 

"Everyone I know is communicating using Instagram," he said. "That's where locals are looking for answers." 

Wolf traveled along the route taken by the Woolsey Fire when it burned through multiple communities, including where it jumped the 101 Freeway, and the path it eventually took through Malibu right to the ocean.

Along the way is complete destruction. Power lines were down everywhere, hundreds of homes destroyed, and a gray and black landscape that looked more like the moon than Malibu.

Toward the end of the day, atop an Instagram-famous cliff known as "the snake Mulholland," is a vantage point of all the communities ravaged by the fire. A small charred squirrel killed by the fire is there. He is gray, and easily mistaken for a rock, frozen in time, still in the motion of running. 

One tiny animal made the enormity of the destruction all the more obvious in the ash left behind by the Woolsey Fire. So much land and homes were destroyed, not only for human residents, but for its wildlife too.

Watch the social media video above and scroll through the gallery below, for a look inside the burn zone. Follow @NBCLA for more social media content like this.

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<![CDATA[New Election Map: Ohio, Colorado No Longer Swing States]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:45:07 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/voting-midterms.jpg

The 2018 midterms remade Congress for the next two years, but they also hinted at a changing electoral map for the next presidential race. Broad gaps in exit poll numbers combined with the results for Nov. 6 suggest that the battleground states of 2020 may look a bit different than they did in the 2016 campaign, NBC News reported.

Three numbers jump out of the national House exit poll data: The Republican edge with white voters, the growing Democratic advantage with voters who hold a bachelor's degree and the consistent Democratic lean among Hispanics.

Ohio had two Republican-held competitive House seats in 2018 - one "tossup" and one "lean Republican" according to the Cook Political Report - and both wound up going for the Republican candidate fairly comfortably. And in the state's gubernatorial race, an open seat to replace Republican John Kasich, the GOP's Mike DeWine won in a race that, again, was forecasted as a tossup.

With a population that is 79 percent white, non-Hispanic, Ohio stands far above the national average of about 61 percent. The percentage of people with a bachelor's degree, about 27 percent, is three points below the national average. And the Hispanic population, about 4 percent, is 14 points below the national figure. In short, on the factors that mattered in the exit polls, Ohio looks Republican. So much so, that the perpetual battleground seems less and less likely to be in play in 2020.

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<![CDATA[The Final Countdown: Deadline Looms for Fla. Recount Results]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:35:20 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/110518+bill+nelson+rick+scott.jpg

The deadline is approaching for county election officials to submit official returns to the state of Florida to determine the results of two races.

The deadline for all 67 counties to submit their official results to the Secretary of State is noon on Sunday.

The remaining races that were being recounted manually are for the U.S. Senate seat between outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as well as the Florida commissioner of Agriculture race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell.

Scott is leading Nelson by about 12,600 votes. Fried is leading Caldwell by about 5,300 votes. 

Miami-Dade submitted their results on Friday, but Broward County faced more trouble once again.

On Saturday, the Broward elections office announced that they had misplaced 2,040 ballots, causing a discrepancy between the initial unofficial returns reported to the state and the subsequent machine recount.

The canvassing board reportedly decided to send the state the initial unofficial machine counted results for Sunday’s noon deadline.

Dr. Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections, made the announcement about the missing ballots on Saturday, and made it clear that they were in the building.

“When we assigned baskets of ballots to individuals who worked at the machines, they worked on the page ones, they scanned the page ones, and if there was an error message in the system, they may have taken those ballots and put them in the wrong tray,” said Snipes. “I really want to go on record that the votes are in the building.”

Snipes has been under heavy scrutiny over the way her office has handled the 2018 election and subsequent recount. Broward County’s machine recount results were not used in a final tally because they were turned in two minutes after the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.

The county attorney’s office says it is going to try to reach out to the state division of elections for guidance.

Florida’s gubernatorial race was not subject to the manual recount. But on Saturday, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded in the election to Republican Ron DeSantis.

Gillum, the Democratic candidate, made the statement in a post on Twitter that came two days after the machine recount results showed DeSantis maintained his lead and the margin between both candidates was not enough to trigger a manual recount.

Recount results will include overseas and military votes submitted since Election Day. Ballots for those votes had to be postmarked or signed and dated no later than the date of the election. Also included in the results of the manual recount, are ballots from anyone who fixed a signature mismatch by the Saturday deadline, and a base count of votes.

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<![CDATA[Descanso's 'Enchanted' Forest to Cast a Spell]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:13:42 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/starsintherosegarJakeFabricius1.jpg

When there's a big event, running over multiple nights, that we know will be popular, and potentially sell out, we generally make a move to purchase a ticket, and then, on the night in question, arrive at the location in a timely manner.

And yet? Those traditional preparations, while totally sensible and recommended, don't feel totally complete when it comes to Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.

Yes, a ticket is required, as is getting to the historic and nature-filled destination.

But Enchanted has proven over the last couple of years to be so, well, enchanting, that a fairy tale-loving person almost feels as though saying a sweet spell is required before entering, or the wearing of a magical amulet.

After all, you'll be entering a "forest" of sorts, and walking among the towering trees and beautiful shrubbery of the scenic spread.

But tulips will glow, and change colors, and "spinning polyhedral installations" from HYBYCOZO will play with shadow and light, and the Lightwave Lake show is indeed located at the property's pretty lake.

Look also for neon benches — they're new — and other cool displays that shimmer with all sorts of hues. That the displays fold neatly into their wilder surroundings is a further melding of art and nature and nighttime, a triumverate that feels both powerful and memorable.

And even rare.

For when did you last step into an "Enchanted" forest, after the sun set, for a walk full of wondrous sights and bright beauty? Don that amulet and speak the sweet spell, for the well-liked Descanso Gardens event will open on Sunday, Nov. 18.

But don't let the spell be broken: The experience will glimmer away after Jan. 6, 2019.

Photo Credit: Jake Fabricus]]>
<![CDATA[Andrew Gillum Concedes in Florida Gov. Race to Ron DeSantis]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:21:16 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gillumdesantisAP_18305722953873.jpg

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum on Saturday conceded in the Florida gubernatorial election to Ron DeSantis.

Gillum, the Democratic candidate, made the statement in a post on Twitter that comes two days after the machine recount results showed Republican DeSantis maintained his lead and the margin between both candidates was not enough to trigger a manual recount.

"I want to congratulate @RonDeSantisFL on becoming the next Governor of the great state of Florida. My wife R. Jai and I could not be prouder of the way we ran this race. We could not be more thankful to my running mate, @ChrisKingFL and his wife Kristen," Gillum wrote.

"Most importantly, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for being part of this campaign. I wouldn’t be here without the support that was shown by millions of Floridians. I encourage y’all to keep fighting for what we believe in," Gillum added.

During a Facebook live video, Gillum said that he will remain politically active and that his followers should "stay tuned."

DeSantis replied to Gillum's Twitter post: "This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together.

President Donald Trump earlier on Saturday congratulated Gillum on the hard-fought campaign in Florida.

"Congratulations to Andrew Gillum on having run a really tough and competitive race for Governor of the Great State of Florida. He will be a strong Democrat warrior long into the future - a force to reckon with!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

A manual recount was ordered in Florida's election for the U.S. Senate race between outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, as well as the Florida commissioner of agriculture race between Democrat Nikki Fried and Republican Matt Caldwell.

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<![CDATA[Girl Scout Launches Wildfire Donation Campaign]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:12:48 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Girl_Scout_Launches_Wildfire_Donation_Campaign.jpg

Inspired by the Girl Scout promise to help people at all times, 9-year-old Ella Herran launched a campaign to collect supplies for people affected by the deadly fires in California. Carolyn Johnson reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

<![CDATA[Over 2,000 Votes Misplaced in Fla., Says Broward County Elections Official]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:21:38 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1059925988.jpg

Amid the ongoing hand recount for Florida's U.S. Senate and commissioner of agriculture contests, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes said her office has misplaced more than 2,000 ballots.

Snipes said the 2,040 ballots "are in the building" – referring to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office in Lauderhill.

The ballots were discovered missing after there was a discrepancy between the recount returns and the original unofficial returns. Snipes said some members of her team did not have as much training as others and possibly misplaced the ballots in the wrong tray during the machine recount.

Snipes added that the vote totals and the number of people who participated in the election matched with the original unofficial returns.

Snipes has been under heavy scrutiny over the way her office has handled the 2018 election and subsequent recount. Broward County's machine recount results were not used in a final tally because they were turned in two minutes after the 3 p.m. Thursday deadline.

A hand recount is ongoing for the U.S. Senate and Florida commissioner of agriculture contests. More than eight million voters cast ballots in Florida.

Outgoing Florida Gov. Rick Scott is leading incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by about 12,600 votes.

Florida's 67 counties have until noon on Sunday to turn in the results for the hand recount to the Florida Department of State.

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<![CDATA[Borderline Boot Camp Raises Money for Victims' Families]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:54:50 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Bootcamp1.JPG

The people exercising at Hard Charger Training Center in Thousand Oaks are working for more than just their personal fitness goals. They're also working out for a cause.

The gym held a special Borderline Boot Camp on Saturday to raise money for the families of the 12 victims of the mass shooting that took place at the Borderline Bar and Grill on Nov. 7.

The bootcamp's organizer, Miguel Juarez, says fitness can provide a form of healing to the residents of a city still reeling from the shooting and the effects of the Woolsey Fire.

"You can push past the physical pain you feel in here, then mentally too you will get stronger," he said.

Juarez, a decorated Marine, says his brother-in-law and several of his colleagues survived the shooting.

Time inside the gym offers a respite from the emotional toll of the past week for people like Nadia Foster, a student at Cal Lutheran University.

"Trying to stay calm for them in the midst of the chaos between work and school and home, trying to keep it together has been hard," Foster said.

Chris Paul, Assistant Dean of Students Cal Lutheran, comes to Hard Chargers five days a week. She says the workouts help give her strength to carry on.

Attendees of the Borderline Boot Camp filled a glass jar with more than $1,000 in cash in just a few hours Saturday morning. Juarez is also accepting donations to his Venmo account: @TheMarineMiguel. He says 100 percent of donations will go to the victims' families.

"We will stand up to evil and come together - stronger than ever," he said.

<![CDATA[Sensitive Santa Welcomes Children With Special Needs]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:37:26 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Santa+Generic+Santa+Claus.jpg

Meeting Santa is a treasured experience for kids, but the things that accompany the visit – bright lights, loud noises, crowds – can make it hard for some children with special needs to join in.

Westminster Mall is offering a solution by hosting a Sensitive Santa event on Sunday. Children with all spectrums of special needs are invited to attend a sensory-friendly holiday experience from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event provides a calm, welcoming environment with less noise, muted lights and much smaller crowds.

Sensitive Santa, which is held in partnership with Autism Speaks, is free to attend. Photo packages will be available for purchase. Reservations are recommended.

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<![CDATA[Hill Fire was Caused by Human Activity]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 03:18:37 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hill-fire-LA.jpg

The Hill fire that began burning Nov. 8 in Ventura County was caused by human activity, investigators confirmed.

The Ventura County Fire Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and CAL Fire ruled out all other potential causes before reaching a conclusion on the incident.

The brush fire scorched thousands of acres in the Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley and forced mandatory evacuations and closure of the 101 Freeway. 

Fall is historically one of the most dangerous times of the year for wildfires in California. Seven of the state's 10-most destructive wildfires occurred in October -- many fueled by monster winds, including Santa Ana gusts. Through Nov. 4, Cal Fire has reported about 5,600 fires that burned more than 621,700 acres. During that same period last year, the agency reported 5,800 fire that burned 316,600 acres. Over the last five years, California has averaged 5,293 fires that burned 231,400 acres during that interval.

The investigative team is asking the public to call 1-800-468-4408 if they have any information regarding the fire or saw anything or anyone in the HIll Canyon Trail area on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A reward of $10,000 is available for information that leads to whomever began the fire.

The Hill fire is now 100 percent contained.

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<![CDATA[Doo Dah Parade Marches to a Different (Off)Beat]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:11:29 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/doodahguineapig.jpg

Halloween ends, in Pasadena, with the stroke of midnight on Oct. 31, much in the way that it concludes in other locations.

But is Halloween truly done in the Crown City at that moment? We'll pause, and tap a fingertip to our chin, and summon the best "hmmm" face we can, because of this, we're unsure.

After all, people will dress as outer space travelers, and zombies, and cowboys, and zombie cowboys, and a host of other wacky, outlandish, devil-may-care characters in the weeks after Halloween.

Why? Because they'll be a part of what might be the most devil-may-care-y event in all the land, the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, the started-long-ago answer to the Rose Parade.

Where the Rose Parade has tradition and pomp, the Doo Dah Parade has, yes, tradition, 41 outings, but a distinct lack of pomp or statliness or that rosy, regal air.

Instead, anyone can enter, for ten bucks, and dress however they like, and create dance routines that are both puzzling and charming, and while throwing food is now forbidden, doing pretty much anything else is high up on the "go for it" scale.

The only rule at the Doo Dah is, wait for it, "the Doo Dah rules."

We didn't make that up. That's a thing.

And has been the spirit of the spectacular since it came into weird being, in 1978.

By the by, this particularly sprightly spectacular always takes place on a Sunday, because the Rose Parade is never on a Sunday.

And that Sunday in 2018? Nov. 18, with a start time of 11 in the morning, but mentally picture a shrug emoji next to that hour, because sometimes the Doo Dah is prompt, while other years it has a bit of molasses in its get-go.

The place to be is on East Colorado, between Altadena Drive and San Gabriel Boulevard.

Arrive early, to be close to Colorado, if you like parade participants possibly/maybe coming up to you and chatting or giving out high fives.

We mean... it could happen, but, really, anything can.

It's one of the charms of the parade, which holds its over-the-top queen tryouts in October, and then selects its royal figurehead from the line-up of harmonica-playing, tap-dancing, you-name-a-talent aspirants.

It's all pretty amazing, and locally loved, and oh-so-itself. Is "deeply Doo Dah" descriptive enough? If so, there is no Doo Dah as Doo Dah as this Doo Dah, one of the Doo-Dah-iest daliances in Pasadena and anywhere that's not Pasadena, too.

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<![CDATA[Vigil Held for Chicago Bar Security Guard Shot by Cop]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 21:03:20 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lane+Tech+Vigil+Tse+-+00003105_34490470.jpg

Jemel Roberson graduated from Lane Tech High School on Chicago's North Side in 2010.

This evening hundreds gathered on campus to remember their classmate. Meanwhile, activists are calling for swift action against the officer who shot and killed him.

Community activist Jedidiah Brown says witnesses to the shooting and the moments leading up to it need to speak out.

“Today, I’m breaking the silence and I’m appealing to them to come on and come forward and the community will stand with them because we cannot let Jemel stand by himself," Brown said.

Brown says he’s received videos that clarify what happened but witnesses who shot them he says are fearful.

“Because those who have it are afraid of retaliation and the view that’s come forward is that they’ve been intimidated by law enforcement," he said.

Roberson, 26, was working as a security guard at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins early Sunday. While trying to subdue a suspect he was shot by a white Midlothian police officer responding to the scene.

“Jemel saved lives that night only to lose his life," Pastor Leaundre Hill said. "So, we want answers. We want results. And we want them now."

Illinois State Police say witnesses told them Roberson was ordered by the officer to put down his gun several times before he was shot. Midlothian’s police chief called it a “blue on blue shooting” and a tragic case of friendly fire.

Others have disputed that.

This morning dozens of clergy, community activists and family members gathered in Midlothian demanding the firing of the unnamed officer.

“And they need to charge him with murder," said Rev. Michael Pfleger. "That’s what it was. It was murder."

Again, this evening former classmates and supporters of Roberson held a vigil here at lane tech and released balloons. Meanwhile, the police officer, a 4-year-veteran, remains on administrative leave.

<![CDATA[Fire Leaves Behind Nothing but Ashes in Paradise]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:23:38 -0800 https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-11-16+at+12.29.21+PM.png

A mother searching for her son, a husband who lost his wife to a stroke two months ago, two roommates just trying to survive — all victims of California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, all living in their cars in the Chico Neighborhood Church parking lot because they want to be near the only thing they have left — their dogs.

None of them know what’s going to happen next.

Jean Eisenbarth escaped with Sweeney, her 8-year-old Great Pyrenees and her turtle, Kelly Winslow and Tim Joyner evacuated with their dogs Hazel, Moose, March, Delbert, and their two rats, Jay Raynor drove off with his yellow lab Gus, leaving behind homes in Paradise and the neighboring city of Magalia as a wildfire tore them apart, turning everything into ash within hours.

This is their story.


I Feel Like I’ve Been in a War

Jean Eisenbarth. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 12:55 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

How did you escape the night of the wildfires?

“My name is Jean Eisenbarth and this is my dog Sweeney — so if anybody sees us we’re okay. We’re from Shadowbrook Apartments in Paradise behind the DMV off of Clark. From what I hear, a lot of the apartments burned, some still are standing. There was a lot of explosions going on — it was like a battlefield, but we made it down here and there’s been a lot of donations and a lot of help. People are very kind but it was very scary. I didn’t think I was gonna make it out. I was one of the last ones in my family to make it out and I feel like I’ve been through a war. Everybody else here has gone through the same thing so I feel like I’m in the right place and hoping that we can go up and see our place sometime soon to see what we can salvage, and it’s just awful.”

Who helped you get out of Paradise?

"It was an old man and he was just walking in the neighborhood and I opened the door and I go, 'how do you get out of here,' and he goes, “It looks like everybody’s lost.” And I said, “We are,” and he didn’t even ask me to get in the car. He said, “Go to the stop sign, make a left and you’ll hit Skyway.” But he didn’t panic or nothing. I don’t know if I would have made it out if he wouldn’t have told me how to get out of there. I don’t know who he was and he didn’t seem scared, I think he was an angel, I honestly do."

Did you get any warning from anybody, or the city or anything like that?

"They were coming to warn us, but not beforehand. I didn’t get any warning through phone or anything."

"When I woke up in the morning the sky was orange and I told my friend that was staying with me, 'Pete, I think there’s a fire,' and he goes 'No, I think it was just a weird overcast.' And then we started hearing the explosions and then it got to midnight, totally dark. I had one candle and the reason I stayed so long was I was trying to catch my cats, they were scared. So I saw the police go into the other apartment complex so I ran out there and the cop car came up and I asked do we need to leave and he says, 'Oh my God yes.'"


We’ll starve, the Dogs Won’t

Kelly Winslow, Tim Joyner, Tuesday, Nov. 13. 1:30 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

Where are you guys from?

TJ: "We’re from Magalia, and upper Magalia — right now we’re kind of in a flux because the fires are getting to that point so we’re kind of waiting for news you know day by day."

Are you staying here are all night?

TJ: "Yeah we have been safe here. I’m finding that people are putting aside their differences and just coming together, I think that’s what is happening. It’s incredible. Everyone’s in the same boat."

But you don’t know if the fires reached your house or what’s going on?

TJ: "We’re getting the same information everyone is online. I just found out by accident on Google. But we don’t really know … We’re just two roommates trying to survive."

Who are your other roommates?

TJ: "This is Hazel, this is Moose, March is on the floor, and Delbert, and two rats. I got them covered very well so they’re warm."

What are they eating?

TJ: "We have dog food, the dogs are eating well. We’ll starve, the dogs won’t. We’re realizing that this is going to be a long ordeal."

So what’s next?

"If you don’t own your home and are renting like we are, you’ll really have no other recourse than to go after the company. That company no longer has a home itself. So now you have to go try to find them. Actually we got a letter from our realtor and she said that it’s gonna be a while so …"

It’s gonna be a while before the electricity goes back up there. So even when we do go up there we’re gonna have to have everything in place cause we’re gonna have to have food, gas, water. It’s like camping in your own home. We’re gonna get a little propane thing, we’re already thinking ahead."


Mother’s Intuition

We came across a Paradise evacuee in the parking lot of The Neighborhood Community Church who didn’t want to go on camera or be identified. She was emotional as she told us she was searching for her son. “Nobody’s seen him since two days before the fire, he was in a homeless camp in the woods. It’s devastating to see — If it hadn’t been for our neighbor who begged my husband and I to leave, we wouldn’t have left. So bless Virginia for saving us. We didn’t take anything — our computer or our meds. But it’s just things. At least we got out alive.”

Before we left she added:

“Just pray that they find my son, I'm hoping that he’s not dead, when you are a mother you have that mother’s intuition, and I can’t feel him,” she said. “The miracle out of this is that we have come together as one.”


Everything’s gone but I got my car ... and my dog

Jim Raynow, Tuesday, Nov. 13. 1:45 p.m., The Neighborhood Church parking lot

JR: "What do you wanna know?"

Just your story, how you got here, how things are going.

JR: "Long story."

Are you from Paradise?

JR: "No I’m from Magalia. I lost my wife two months ago to a stroke and two months later I lose my house so I’m here."

When did you get here?

JR: "Thursday."

And you know for sure that your house is gone?

JR: "Well yeah my neighbor, it was kind of weird, he found me here about an hour ago and how he found me was that he was watching the news and saw me behind a reporter. I haven’t seen him since last Thursday but he tracked me down. He had a friend of his take a picture of his house from the street and it’s burned to the ground. I’m right next to it and at the edge you can see that my house is gone. Everything’s gone but I got my car."

Is that your dog? What’s his name?

JR: "Gus! It’s our dog, my wife’s baby. He’s 14 years old and he lost his mommy so we’re living in our car — it sucks. He’s got the backseat and I got the front. It’s funny I know everybody says that, it is what it is."

Do they have shelters inside?

JR: "They’re full. I got here Thursday and they were full. But I can’t have a dog. They do a good job, I got brand new clothes from these people it was amazing. Showers."

How long have you lived in Magalia?

JR: "Twenty-five years, I like it. I’m like in limbo. It’s like gravity and space, I’m in between."


We Lost Everything

Gary Brand, Nov. 13, 3.32 p.m. The Neighborhood Church parking lot

Where did you live in Paradise?

"34 Wayland Road, Space #12. Lived there for 47 years."

Can you tell us how you escaped?

“We just got out of there the best way we could. We lost everything. I’m coping the best I can but my wife ain’t. She lost her Chihuahua. He got so scared he went under the couch and would not come out and the officers told us we had to leave, now, so we left.”


Burned out of Paradise

Chris Hughes, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 3:59 p.m., Burrito Bandito, Chico

What Happened?

"Burned out of Paradise, born and raised there — Feather River Hospital — went to high school there, and drove around those streets, and it’s all gone. I really don’t know what to think about it. Just taking it a day at a time. Three dogs crammed into a car, trying to make life work."

How are they doing?

"They’re coping, but they’re all a little stressed out. It’s a crazy situation right now. Everybody’s a little dazed. But yeah, trying to stay focused."


Waiting For FEMA

Terry Black, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Chico

How long have you been here?

“We’ve been here about four days, I can’t remember anymore. It was like a movie at first, like you see people panicking on TV all over town, that’s how it was. The sky was red, and then I heard a boom!"

How long do you think you’ll be here for?

"We don’t know yet, we are waiting for FEMA."


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