Archive for January 17th, 2018

The mudslide closure of the 101 is hurting Santa Barbara businesses

Business & Economy | | January 17 2018, 6:00 PM

A Santa Barbara County flower grower says a trucking route that usually takes three hours is now taking eight.

How home schooling works in California

Education | | January 17 2018, 5:41 PM

The two Riverside County parents accused of abusing their 13 children, ages 2 to 29, were also home schooling them. Here's how home schooling is — or isn't — regulated here.

LA officials approve pro-immigrant measures

Local | | January 17 2018, 5:37 PM

Los Angeles City Council members on Wednesday approved four new proposals supporting immigrants, aiming to counter Trump immigration policies.

Motels could shelter thousands of LA's homeless

Politics | | January 17 2018, 4:41 PM

Los Angeles may make it easier for motels to convert into housing for homeless under an ordinance discussed by a city council committee Wednesday.

Montecito prepares for next storm while cleaning up the last one | | January 17 2018, 4:41 PM

Clearing debris basins is a priority because, if there's another heavy winter storm, officials and experts think another mudslide could happen.

Oroville sues California over 2017 dam crisis

Local | | January 17 2018, 2:09 PM

The city argues the crisis, which forced authorities to order 188,000 people to flee last year, was caused by decades of mismanagement.

Did the Thomas fire contaminate the ocean? Ask the algae

Environment & Science | | January 17 2018, 9:55 AM

As communities continue to reel from the Thomas fire and devastating mudslides, scientists are trying to understand the impact that both are having on coastal ecosystems.

Murder charge filed in college student's killing

Crime & Justice | | January 17 2018, 9:50 AM

A complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday morning alleges 20-year-old Samuel Woodward used a knife to kill 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Hard-hit Montecito to get little rain from new system

Local | | January 17 2018, 8:53 AM

The National Weather Service says Montecito should see very little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, and overall the area from Santa Barbara County southward should expect a tenth of an inch or less.

Here's just how little confidence Americans have in political institutions

Politics | | January 17 2018, 7:09 AM

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that Congress, the political parties and the media rank among the least-trusted U.S. institutions in the age of President Trump.

Home care agencies often wrongly deny Medicare help to the chronically ill

Health | | January 17 2018, 7:04 AM

Home health firms sometimes turn away Medicare beneficiaries who have chronic health problems by incorrectly claiming Medicare won't pay their for their services, say advocates for patients.

Opioid crisis blamed for sharp increase in accidental deaths in US

Health | | January 17 2018, 6:55 AM

Accidental deaths, which include overdoses, have become the third-leading killer for Americans for the first time in more than a century, according to the National Safety Council.

How a Trump executive order will tackle veteran suicides

Health | | January 17 2018, 5:00 AM

VA Secretary David Shulkin has pledged to reduce veteran suicides. Critics say there are questions about how the troubled agency will expand services.

Montecito mudslides: A story of luck, loss and narrow escapes

Local | | January 17 2018, 12:00 AM

One couple in Montecito's mandatory evacuation zone ended up staying at a friend's guesthouse in the voluntary evacuation zone. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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'Corporate' creators mine workplace misery for laughs

Arts & Entertainment | | January 17 2018, 3:33 PM

The new Comedy Central show is a comedy by Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman that’s not afraid to explore some very bleak territory.


Air quality regulators considering proposal to ban or reduce risk of toxic chemical at Torrance, Wilmington oil refineries

| January 17 2018, 9:54 AM

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is expected to meet with representatives from the Torrance and Wilmington petroleum refineries on Saturday to discuss a proposal that could ban or change their use of modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) — a potentially lethal chemical if leaked.

How necessary are annual physical exams?

| January 17 2018, 9:52 AM

Doctors recommend coming into their offices for a check-up and blood work once a year… but is the cost to insurers and patients worth the benefits?

Another price hike for CA bullet train, plus potential downsizing of Delta tunnels

| January 17 2018, 9:41 AM

On Tuesday, it was announced that Gov. Jerry Brown’s bullet train project will cost $10.6 billion – that’s an increase of about $2.8 billion from what’s in the current budget.

North Korea’s ‘Army of Beauties’ and other things you might see at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

| January 17 2018, 9:35 AM

Tensions have been high between South and North Koreas, but the Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang are providing a slight opportunity for diplomacy between the two places.

US Supreme Court to examine constitutionality of attorney conceding client’s guilt despite the accused’s objections

| January 17 2018, 9:22 AM

In 2011, Robert McCoy was facing three counts of murder and, if convicted, a trip to Louisiana’s death row.

LAPD Chief Beck: Homicides and gun violence decline in 2017, but violent crime rises

| January 17 2018, 9:12 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in.

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Why LA is the early home of professional eSports

| January 17 2018, 11:05 AM

ESports are beginning to gain traction among gamers and sports fans. But why has Los Angeles embraced the concept so quickly?

Businesses take a hit after disasters close highway 101

Business & Economy | | January 17 2018, 10:57 AM

Stores and restaurants near the areas ravaged by fires and mudslides are struggling to stay open with traffic cut off.

California bullet train budget hits "worst case scenario"

| January 17 2018, 10:53 AM

The budget for California's high speed rail connecting LA and San Francisco has increased again. Is the project getting too costly for its own good?

Uber deactivates dozens of drivers for cheating on LAX rides

| January 17 2018, 10:44 AM

Some drivers have been using an app that allows them to jump to the front of the line for pickups at LAX. Uber claims the crackdown could lead to shorter wait times.

Save the presses! Southern California news is in danger

| January 17 2018, 10:23 AM

Upcoming layoffs at major newspapers, the end of LAist and the acquisition of LA weekly make for troubling times in SoCal news.

No Place Like LA: Brent, who hated LA since he's from SF

| January 17 2018, 10:17 AM

People from Northern California really like to look down on SoCal. Until they come to live here.

How flu season got so bad this year

| January 17 2018, 10:15 AM

To date, the epidemic has sent thousands of Californians to the hospital. According to officials, 42 people under the age of 65 have died.

Amtrak Surfliner to Santa Barbara is a hot ticket following 101 closure

| January 17 2018, 10:00 AM

Passengers traveling up the coast from LA are experiencing sold-out and standing-room only trains, but it's still the best alternative, many say.

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