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Wind-driven wildfire forces people to flee homes in rural central California

BISHOP — A wind-driven wildfire in rural central California forced mandatory evacuations and threatened hundreds of buildings Monday, including a historic railroad station, after it tripled in size overnight, officials said.

The blaze scorched 3½ square miles of chaparral bush and shrub oak in the small town of Bishop on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada that is popular for hiking, fishing, climbing and hunting. Firefighters made some gains against the flames, which they found had burned a slightly smaller area after doing more accurate mapping.

It comes as California has seen some record-high temperatures and little rain after emerging

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/the-latest-gains-made-against-rural-california-wildfire/
Date: 1519080750

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Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia asked staff to play ‘spin the bottle,’ new complaint says

The Cristina Garcia sexual-harassment scandal expanded when a former aide said the California assemblywoman suggested staffers join her in a game of “spin the bottle” and fired him after he complained.

First reported by Politico, the complaint filed Saturday with the state Department of Fair Employment & Housing by a former Garcia staffer identified as J. David Kernick follows allegations reported Feb. 8 that the Bell Gardens Democrat tried to grope a male legislative aide and a male lobbyist.

Garcia denied those accusations but volunteered to take unpaid leave while the Assembly Rules Committee investigates.

The charges have received particular attention

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/19/assemblywoman-cristina-garcia-asked-staff-to-play-spin-the-bottle-new-complaint-says/
Date: 1519080692

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Motorcyclist killed in Newport Beach crash

A motorcyclist was killed in a traffic crash in Newport Beach on Saturday morning, Feb. 17, near John Wayne Airport, police said.

Newport Beach Police Lt. Rachel Johnson said the crash between a motorcycle and another vehicle occurred at 10:12 a.m.

All southbound and northbound lanes of Irvine Avenue, between Bristol Street and Mesa Drive, were closed due to the traffic crash. They remained closed as of 12:45 p.m.

Police did not have further details on the victim or cause of the crash.

 

Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/motorcyclist-killed-in-newport-beach-crash-2/
Date: 1518906787

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Fountain Valley homebuying drops 23%: 13 facts to know

Fountain Valley’s housing market looked mixed in the fourth quarter with prices warming but sales fell.

CoreLogic statistics for the October-to-December period compared with the same period a year earlier, show these five trends for Fountain Valley’s homebuying …

1. 94 homes sold this year vs. 122 a year ago.

2. That’s a one-year sales decline of 23 percent vs. a countywide homebuying loss of 1.3 percent.

3. Median selling price this year of $738,500 vs. $707,375 12 months earlier.

4. That’s a price gain of 4.4 percent. The countywide median was $698,000, up 5.7 percent vs. the year-ago period.

5. The Fountain Valley 92708

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/17/fountain-valley-homebuying-drops-23-13-facts-to-know/
Date: 1518906761

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Arrests made after lengthy investigation into brawl at popular downtown Laguna Beach bar

LAGUNA BEACH —  An Ontario man and two brothers from Arizona were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following a months-long investigation by Laguna Beach police detectives into a fight that occurred at a popular downtown bar last summer, police said Friday, Feb. 16.

The fight that began in the Saloon, at 446 South Coast Highway, at 1:30 a.m. Aug. 11, left two male bar patrons with multiple fractures and cuts, said Sgt. Jim Cota.

“It started in the Saloon and then went outside on the sidewalk,” he said. “That’s where it got ugly.”

A woman who had been a

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/16/arrests-made-after-lengthy-investigation-into-brawl-at-popular-downtown-laguna-beach-bar/
Date: 1518819900

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Obituary: Barbara Lawrence Hill, Orange County’s first black teacher, was an educator on campus and off

Barbara Lawrence Hill’s epitaph will always highlight her pioneering role as Orange County’s first black teacher, hired by Santa Ana Unified in 1962 as a substitute grade school instructor in the midst of the civil rights movement and then full time the following year.

She got past the racial slights, threats and violence that came with breaking the color line to continue teaching for more than 30 years in Santa Ana and kept her focus on education for another decade in semi-retirement — substitute teaching, tutoring and volunteering.

Hill, who died Jan. 26 at the age of 82 from pneumonia, leaves behind

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Date: 1518819673

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Senate rejects bipartisan immigration plan and Trump’s, too

By ALAN FRAM and KEVIN FREKING

WASHINGTON — The Senate rejected both a bipartisan immigration plan and a more restrictive proposal by President Donald Trump on Thursday, suggesting the latest election-year debate on an issue that fires up both parties’ voters will produce a familiar outcome: stalemate.

Facing a White House veto threat and opposition from the Senate’s GOP leaders, the chamber derailed a plan by bipartisan senators that would have helped 1.8 million young immigrant “Dreamers” achieve citizenship. It also would have doled out $25 billion for Trump’s coveted wall with Mexico and for other border security measures, but it

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/15/bipartisan-immigration-pact-among-several-senate-proposals/
Date: 1518733063

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Orange City Council puts down roots on protection of Old Towne trees

The City Council wants to keep the lush look of Old Towne Orange and limit how many of its older trees are taken down.

Council members denied on Tuesday, Feb. 12, another request to remove a 60-year-old Canary Island Pine and stressed they feel Old Towne’s trees contribute to the historic character of the city and should be protected.

California rents have risen to some of the nation’s highest. Here’s how that impacts residents

California’s population is growing faster than builders can add housing, driving up rents. Incomes, meanwhile, aren’t keeping up. As a result, it takes three full-time minimum-wage incomes to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Here’s how rising rents are affecting the state and, in particular, Southern California.

Related: Southern Californians scrimp to get by as average rents hit $1,900

Rising rent

Los Angeles County apartment rents increased almost $500 a month, or 34 percent, in the last seven years, Reis Inc. figures show. In Orange County, rents increased $355 a month, while in the Inland Empire they’re up $266 a month. More than

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Date: 1518732831

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Southern Californians scrimp to get by as average rents hit $1,900

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