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Clouds, rain and colder weather move into L.A. County this week

After several days of sun, L.A. County is expected to see mostly cloudy skies and light rain this week, according to forecasters.There’s a chance of rain late Monday into early Tuesday, but the shower should only bring a quarter of an inch or less, said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “It should be quite a bit weaker than most of the storms we’ve had recently. No significant impacts are expected with it,” Wofford said.Temperatures are expected to range from the high 50s to the high 60s…

A new storm triggers flood watch, slide fears in L.A. County

With a storm lingering again over Los Angeles County, experts warn that even its modest rainfall could elevate the risk for mudslides, debris flows and flooding because the ground is already waterlogged from the monster storms earlier this month.“In normal winters where we haven’t had as much rain, this type of rainfall doesn’t cause that much issue because the ground can still absorb water,” said National Weather Service forecaster Ryan Kittell. But once the ground becomes completely saturated, he said, flooding can…

Bursts of rain expected to wash L.A. County

Rain rolled into Los Angeles County on Monday and was expected to continue through Wednesday, with the latest storm system bringing heavier precipitation and a more likely threat of flooding to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. A flash flood warning was in effect for swaths of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties Monday morning. By 8 a.m., there were reports of flash flooding and landslides in those areas, with between 3 to 7 inches of rain dropping. Santa Barbara Airport was closed Monday morning due to flooding. There…

Four killed in night of shootings in southeast L.A. County

A 14-year-old boy and a man were shot and killed outside elementary schools in Cudahy and Bell during a violent night that claimed a total of four lives in four separate shootings, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Javier Pedraza Jr., 14, was killed Monday outside Ellen Ochoa Learning Center in the 5000 block of Live Oak Street in Cudahy, the Sheriff’s Department said. He and another boy were shot and found by deputies, who responded after receiving reports of gunfire in the area. Paramedics were called…

L.A. County paid out nearly $1 billion last year in claims

The costs to defend Los Angeles County — and its army of sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, social workers and doctors — against lawsuits skyrocketed in the last fiscal year, according to twin reports released this week.The annual tally of the county’s legal tab, which tracks payouts made between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, found the county spent $257 million on settlements and judgments — triple what it spent the year before.The cost to defend the Sheriff’s Department, which settled a slew of big-dollar cases,…

Storm to hit L.A. County; people urged to avoid driving

With this week’s monster storm now expected to make a direct hit on Los Angeles County on Sunday and Monday, officials are urging people to stay off roads amid concerns about flooding and mudslides.The intense, sustained rains are going to make for an ugly and potentially dangerous Monday commute, and officials said people should avoid being on the roads if possible.“If anyone has an opportunity to work remotely on Monday, that’s definitely the day to do it,” said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather…

Riot in Riverside County prison sparks statewide warning

A statewide warning was issued to every California prison after roughly 200 prisoners were involved in an attack on officers at Ironwood State Prison in Blythe on Wednesday, officials said. Eight staff members and one prisoner were briefly hospitalized and treated for undisclosed injuries in the incident, prompting the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to conduct a threat assessment at all its prisons.The incident occurred Wednesday morning while members of CDCR’s Investigative Services Unit were…

Fallout from the Fulton County cyberattack continues, key systems still down

Key systems in Fulton County, Georgia have been offline since last week when a 'cyber incident' hit government systems. While the county has tried its best to continue operations as normal, phone lines, court systems, property records and more all went down. The county has not yet confirmed details of the cyber incident, such as what group could be behind it or motivations for the attack. As of Tuesday, there did not appear to be a data breach, according to Fulton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robb Pitts.Fulton…

Here are the ‘most Asian’ Costco stores in Los Angeles and Orange County

Lunar New Year is coming, and at our local Costco stores here in Southern California that means pineapple cakes, mochi, glutinous rice cakes, red and gold willow arrangements and a New Year collection of frozen dim sum. There are also products specific to the zodiac calendar, like the Lego Auspicious Dragon set, Year of the Dragon gold and a Napoleon XO bottle of brandy shaped like a dragon.Surprised you can find baijiu (Chinese sorghum liquor) at Costco? Frankly, we are constantly surprised by the Costco offerings that…

How much rain is coming to L.A. County over the next week? A lot

If your rain gutters are overflowing now, just wait.Forecasters say a second storm fueled by an atmospheric river will hit California next week, roughly doubling the amount of rain falling Thursday on Los Angeles and surrounding areas. All told, the city of L.A. is expected to receive almost 5.9 inches from the storm that started Wednesday and the more enduring one that’s expected to peak on Sunday and Monday, the National Weather Service said this week. The totals within L.A. County range from 2.7 inches in Lancaster to…