Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yahoo! Alerts - Today's Local News for Beverly Hills CA

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 10:21 PM EST

Today's Local News for Beverly Hills CA :

As of 10:21 PM EST

Los Angeles Times

Compton plans ballot measure on switching to voting by district

Feb 29 9:53 PM EST

The agreement settles a suit that claimed current at-large elections for City Council seats diluted the voting power of Latinos, who make up a majority of residents but a minority of the electorate. Responding to long-standing complaints that Latinos are grossly underrepresented in local government, the city of Compton has agreed to settle a voting rights lawsuit with a plan that could change ...

Brown steps up efforts to squelch competing tax hike proposals

Feb 29 9:08 PM EST

Two measures in addition to the governor's would raise levies, but experts say too many tax hikes on the ballot could cause voters to reject all of them.

New twist in death of actor Mark Ruffalo's brother

Feb 29 6:32 PM EST

A key figure in the Beverly Hills police investigation into the 2008 shooting death of actor Mark Ruffalo's brother, Scott, has died, authorities said Wednesday.

Tsunami debris could reach U.S., experts say

Feb 29 8:01 AM EST

Flotsam from Japan's 2011 magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami is predicted to reach Hawaii this year and the West Coast in 2013 or 2014. But good luck telling it apart from the usual dreck. Thousands of tons of debris that have been drifting across the Pacific Ocean since last year's magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan could reach Hawaii and the West Coast, including California, experts ...

Teachers' contracts hinder misconduct investigation

Feb 29 7:59 AM EST

A 1990s agreement, in exchange for a pay cut, to place 'pre-disciplinary' documents in an 'expired file' after four years complicates L.A. Unified's attempts to review records. The Los Angeles school district's effort to identify teachers suspected of misconduct has been complicated by a little-known clause in the teachers' contracts that limits how long allegations can remain in a teacher's file.

Canyon News

Canyon News - Missing Young Woman Seen in Hollywood Area

Feb 29 2:26 AM EST

HOLLYWOOD—The Los Angeles Police Department, the Culver City Police Department and the Stratton family are looking for Satara Stratton. According to reports, Stratton is a 24 year-old Caucasian female with blond hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 3 inches and weighs approximately 90 pounds.

Canyon News - Drugs and Weapons Seized by L.A. Authorities

Feb 27 2:26 AM EST

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. IMPACT) seized over 150 gallons of Phencyclidine (PCP) along with gallons of precursor chemicals that can be used to compose an additional 500 gallons of PCP and two assault weapons on February 15. Authorities of L.A. IMPACT also found and recovered $389,000 of United States dollars.

Canyon News - Fatality In Freeway Crashes

Feb 25 11:41 AM EST

STUDIO CITY —On February 23, a morning crash involving multiple vehicles occurred on Studio City's westbound 101 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision occurred at Coldwater Canyon Ave., causing temporary lane blockages.

Canyon News - LAUSD Athletics Employee Arrested

Feb 25 11:41 AM EST

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Unified School District's woes continue to pile up. On February 23, a 27-year-old athletic assistant was arrested and accused of conducting an " inappropriate relationship with a student."

Canyon News - Fatal Crash Sets Malibu Canyon Ablaze

Feb 25 11:26 AM EST

MALIBU — A fatal car crash sparked a two-acre blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains on Wednesday, February 16. Shortly after, California firefighters and law enforcement managed to contain the fire.

Beverly Hills Courier

Abramoff, Convicted Lobbyist and Beverly High Alumn (1977), Talks To Beverly High Students

Feb 29 7:09 PM EST

Beverly High alum, former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff spoke to Beverly Hills High School students Tuesday about politics, his experiences and his novel, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist.

Whitney Houston's Death will be Ruled an Accident

Feb 29 2:58 PM EST

Singer Whitney Houston's Feb. 11 death will be ruled an accident, E! Entertainment is reporting today, citing a source close to the investigation which it did not identify.

David Dreier Announces Intention To Not Run For Reelection

Feb 29 2:57 PM EST

Congressman David Dreier (R-CA) announced his decision to leave Congress at the end of his term on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today. While not a traditional way to announce retirement from the Congress, Dreier said he chose that venue for the announcement because that is where his fellow Californians sent him to represent them and he is a proud institutionalist who believes ...

Israeli President Coming to Beverly Hills Next Week

Feb 29 2:42 PM EST

The president of Israel, Shimon Peres, will visit Los Angeles next week, the Israeli consulate announced tonight.

BHUSD AA1 Credit Rating Confirmed For Second Year

Feb 28 8:27 PM EST

The Beverly Hills Unified School Districts AA1 credit rating was affirmed by both Moodys and Standard and Poors, last week. The BHUSD received the highest rating possible for a second year in a row.

CBS 2 Los Angeles

Irvine Mom, 41, Formally Charged With Sexually Assaulting Son's 14-Year-Old Friend

Feb 29 9:54 PM EST

A 41-year-old Irvine woman was formally charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting her son's 14-year-old friend.

Former LA City Commissioner Arrested On Possession Of Child Porn

Feb 29 9:45 PM EST

A former L.A. City Commissioner has been arrested and charged with possessing and distributing child pornography. Last year Albert Abrams told us that a tumor on his spine compelled him to do it.

Pasadena Police On The Hunt For Missing, Depressed 20-Year-Old Man

Feb 29 9:39 PM EST

Pasadena police Wednesday were on the hunt for a missing 20-year-old man who suffers from depression and takes daily medication.

High School Dance Instructor Arrested For Allegedly Sending Girl, 15, Inappropriate Texts

Feb 29 7:35 PM EST

A former dance instructor for the Orange County High School of the Arts has been arrested for allegedly sending sexually suggestive text messages to a 15-year-old student.

2 Men Sought After Attempted Abduction In San Juan Capistrano

Feb 29 7:14 PM EST

Authorities say two men tried to abduct a 13-year-old boy Wednesday in San Juan Capistrano as he walked home from school.

Orange County Register

3 brothers arrested in thefts from South Coast Plaza

Feb 29 9:49 PM EST

COSTA MESA - Three men suspected of carrying out a series of organized thefts from South Coast Plaza retailers were arrested Wednesday after a search of their apartment turned up merchandise worth thousands of dollars, police said.A group of thieves carried out a series of "grab and...

Ramp changes lead to traffic headaches

Feb 29 9:48 PM EST

An effort by Caltrans to make accessing Orange County highways more efficient has had the opposite effect in South County, backing up traffic onto city streets and significantly increasing the time it takes motorists to get on the northbound I-5.About four years ago, the transportation agency...

Groom convicted of felony DUI for wedding day crash

Feb 29 7:22 PM EST

SANTA ANA - A Laguna Niguel man sat quietly in court Wednesday when an Orange County jury convicted him of felony drunken driving with injuries for causing a wedding day crash that caused serious cuts and bruising to his bride.But the jury of five women and seven men acquitted Christopher Paul...

Environmental review for Shea/Baker tract map goes public

Feb 29 6:01 PM EST

LAKE FOREST - Residents have 45 days to review an environmental report for the development planned on the Shea/Baker Ranch parcel - the city's last of five parcels which underwent a zoning change as part of the Opportunities Studies Area.A tentative tract map has been released and is...

Police seek three armed apartment robbers

Feb 29 5:48 PM EST

ORANGE - Police are looking for three armed men who claimed to be police officers and robbed four people inside their apartment on Wednesday.At 11:15 a.m., officers responded to a report of a home-invasion robbery at an apartment on the 4600 block of West Chapman Avenue near Haster Street, Orange...

The Press-Enterprise

HEMET: Burglar strikes while elderly couple sleeps

Feb 29 8:43 PM EST

A Murrieta man is found with stolen property fleeing a home early Wednesday, and is arrested

SAN BERNARDINO: Charges dismissed in boy's death

Feb 29 6:55 PM EST

Drive-by shooting suspect in killing of 6-year-old freed pending further investigation, says DA's office

TEMECULA: Worker critically injured in acid spill

Feb 29 5:50 PM EST

A worked fell while carrying glass jars of sulfuric acid and suffered serious chemical burns, fire officials say

CHINO: Officer hurt when bank robber fires at police

Feb 29 4:19 PM EST

One officer suffered a gunshot wound as the robber left carrying an assault rifle, according to officials

CHINO: Bank robber fires machine gun at police

Feb 29 3:22 PM EST

One officer may have suffered a minor wound, according to preliminary reports

Los Angeles Daily News

LAUSD students can apply to attend school in another district

Feb 29 8:06 PM EST

Applications can be submitted beginning Thursday, March 1 for students living within the boundaries of Los Angeles Unified who want to attend school in another district.

L.A. mayor's former chief of staff Jeff Carr to helm 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Feb 29 7:52 PM EST

Jeff Carr, former chief of staff to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, has been selected at chief executive officer of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games to be held in Los Angeles.

Helen Dennis: Job opportunities are available for older workers

Feb 29 7:36 PM EST

Q: I am 59 years old and being transferred to another division of my company. This involves a move for my wife and me. My wife is 57 and is very concerned about finding a job. What is the outlook for people in their late 50s and 60s in finding work and also staying employed? From what I read, it's not very good.

LeeAnn Weintraub: Eggs, coffee and other foods are healthier than you may think

Feb 29 7:21 PM EST

Some foods suffer from a bad reputation even though they are actually quite good for you.

Health & Wellness Calendar for the week begnning Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feb 29 7:21 PM EST

Click for health, fitness and wellness classes and events this week and beyond in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

NBC Los Angeles

"Whole Grain" Products Not Always As Advertised

Feb 29 9:52 PM EST

Many products from crackers to breads to waffles are labeled whole grain. Two weeks ago the Center for Science in the Public interest petitioned the FDA to require labels with whole grain claims to disclose...

Neighborhood Fights Back Against Crime

Feb 29 9:37 PM EST

Community leaders in the Wilmington area have formed a group to help restore faith in their community following a string of murders.

Disneyland Stays Open 24 Hours for Leap Day

Feb 29 9:37 PM EST

Disneyland visitors celebrated a rare opportunity to spend a full 24 hours in the Anaheim theme park, which extended its hours to celebrate Leap Day.

NBC LA Sports a New Look on Facebook

Feb 29 8:37 PM EST

NBC LA rolled out a fresh look on its Facebook page Wednesday, when it welcomed a new timeline profile.

Fifth-Grade Teacher in Chino Arrested, Released

Feb 29 8:07 PM EST

A Chino elementary school teacher was released from jail Tuesday after being arrested the day before on suspicion of lewd acts with a child, police said.

Daily Breeze

Lifeguards rescue kayakers near San Pedro breakwater

Feb 29 10:00 PM EST

Los Angeles County lifeguards pulled three young adults from an overturned kayak just inside Angels Gate in the breakwater off of San Pedro today.

Report: Community colleges should take over some adult ed programs

Feb 29 9:30 PM EST

Community colleges should take over some adult school programs from cash-strapped school districts like Los Angeles Unified as California's financial crisis lingers, a state watchdog agency has recommended.

Torrance Day scheduled at Los Angeles Galaxy game

Feb 29 9:30 PM EST

Torrance will mark its centennial with a Torrance Day at the Los Angeles Galaxy-FC Dallas game Aug. 26 at Carson's Home Depot Center.

MAX bus line wins one-year reprieve

Feb 29 9:16 PM EST

A rush-hour bus line from San Pedro and Torrance to El Segundo has won a yearlong reprieve as expected, with the commuter service now set to end in its current form on July 1, 2013.

American Airlines employees at LAX protest carrier's proposed cuts

Feb 29 9:15 PM EST

Dozens of American Airlines mechanics and ground workers demonstrated Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport to protest proposed job, health insurance and pension cuts as the carrier struggles to emerge from bankruptcy.

Ventura County Star

Crowded field lines up to fill a seat on Thousand Oaks City Council

Feb 29 9:29 PM EST

Applications from 17 people were filed by the 5 p.m. deadline today to fill the Thousand Oaks City Council seat being vacated in mid-term by Dennis Gillette.

Ojai residents speak out against water rate increases

Feb 29 9:02 PM EST

Ojai residents and public officials voiced opposition to a proposed water rate hike of more than 17 percent over the next three years by Golden State Water Co. during two public hearings Wednesday.

Santa Rosa Valley man drives on sunshine

Feb 29 8:59 PM EST

Mark Burley calls his commute from Santa Rosa Valley to Studio City "driving on sunshine."

Adventure Pass may not be required for most national forest areas

Feb 29 8:35 PM EST

If a U.S. Forest Service proposal is approved, the Adventure Pass will not vanish but won't be required in as many national forest areas.

Amgen counting on blockbuster drugs, expansion in 2012

Feb 29 8:01 PM EST

Amgen is looking at two of its potential blockbuster drugs, expansion into emerging markets like Japan , acquisitions and better spending habits as growth opportunities for 2012, according to its annual report.

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