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‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

By ANDREA CASTILLO, JOHN WILKENS and TERI FIGUEROA Firefighters on Saturday were battling a destructive fire that snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several blazes that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California. Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree […]

Costa Mesa becomes O.C.’s latest city to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” law

Costa Mesa becomes O.C.’s latest city to oppose California’s “sanctuary state” law

By LUKE MONEY  . In a contentious vote early Wednesday, the Costa Mesa City Council became Orange County’s latest governing body to declare official opposition to Senate Bill 54, a California “sanctuary state” law that provides expanded protection for undocumented immigrants. The 3-2 decision to adopt a resolution against SB 54 prompted cheers and chants of […]

Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion in fines over auto, mortgage lending abuses

Wells Fargo to pay $1 billion in fines over auto, mortgage lending abuses

Federal regulators slapped Wells Fargo & Co. with a fine of $1 billion on Friday, punishing the San Francisco bank for abuses that harmed mortgage and auto loan borrowers, and for what regulators said was a pervasive and “reckless” lack of risk management.

Netflix has considered buying theaters, including Mark Cuban’s Landmark, to gain an Oscar edge, sources say

Netflix has considered buying theaters, including Mark Cuban’s Landmark, to gain an Oscar edge, sources say

Netflix, the global streaming giant that has dramatically changed the TV industry and clashed with movie theater owners, may be ready to move onto the big screen in a new and surprising way — by owning cinemas.

Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that’s important for memory, study suggests

Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that’s important for memory, study suggests

If you want to take a good stroll down memory lane, new research suggests you’d better get out of that chair more often. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have found that in people middle-aged and older, a brain structure that is key to learning and memory is plumpest in those who spend the most time […]

Could granny flats help ease the state’s housing crisis? Some advocates think so

Could granny flats help ease the state’s housing crisis? Some advocates think so

By ANDREW KHOURI Several years ago, Patsy Spitta of Altadena wanted to help her daughter afford a home — something out of reach for many teachers like her daughter. She would build a backyard house and live there, allowing her daughter and grandson to leave their $2,500-a-month apartment and move into the two-bedroom house Spitta purchased […]

Facing complications, many Santa Rosa fire victims decide to move on

Facing complications, many Santa Rosa fire victims decide to move on

LOS ANGELES—Like so many fire victims who escaped with nothing but their lives, 68-year-old Dorothea Shipp had decided to leave California. She’d been traumatized by the catastrophic fire …

Southern California water agency votes to fund construction of two delta tunnels

Southern California water agency votes to fund construction of two delta tunnels

LOS ANGELES — Southern California’s biggest water agency voted Tuesday to shoulder most of the cost of replumbing the troubled center of the state’s vast waterworks, committing nearly $11 billion …

Body pulled from surf could be child from Mendocino crash, authorities say

Body pulled from surf could be child from Mendocino crash, authorities say

Authorities say they may have found one of the missing children who likely plunged off a Northern California cliff in a fatal car crash that officials suspect was intentional. A Washington state couple and three of their children were killed March 26 when their car fell 100 feet into a remote creek in Mendocino County.

George Skelton: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them

George Skelton: California passes a lot of dumb bills. Ending Columbus Day would be one of them

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature passed nearly 1,000 bills last year. A few were important. Most were not. Many were frivolous, some dumb — a waste of politicians’ time and public …

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