CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2012 |
A 17-year-old El Camino Real High School soccer goalie was targeted for personal reasons by a man and woman who lured him out of his Winnetka home last week, then fatally shot him, authorities said. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, police announced the arrests of Elizabeth Ibarra, 19, of the San Fernando Valley and Jason Shumann, 24, of Calabasas. Both suspects are on probation and have extensive criminal records, police said. Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jr. had just gotten home from a soccer game Jan. 11 when a mysterious redhead knocked on his front door and persuaded him to come outside.
January 11, 2012 |
Kris Yanku, a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Woodland Hills Taft, is known as a defensive whiz. He wants to be the player assigned to come up with the big stop with the game on the line. And he delivered on Wednesday in a tension-filled West Valley League basketball opener against neighborhood rival El Camino Real. Taft hadn't lost a league game on the court since 2005, but El Camino Real had the Toreadors right where it wanted them. The Conquistadores had possession of the ball with 10.9 seconds left, down by a point.
December 19, 2011 |
Los Angeles developer and landlord CIM Group spent $47.8 million for two Beverly Hills office buildings that were once part of the former William Morris Agency headquarters. CIM Group, which is the largest commercial property owner in Hollywood, bought 150 and 151 S. El Camino Drive. The three-story buildings with a combined total of more than 116,000 square feet of office space occupy two blocks just south of Wilshire Boulevard and the so-called Golden Triangle heart of downtown Beverly Hills, said broker Bob Safai of Madison Partners.
October 12, 2011 |
At a time of teacher layoffs, budget cuts and constant uncertainty in the Los Angeles Unified School District, four members of the National League Central Division champion Milwaukee Brewers are creating excitement and pride at their old City Section high schools. And maybe providing something resembling a local rooting interest in the Major League Baseball playoffs. Outfielder Ryan Braun and pitcher Kameron Loe played for Granada Hills High. Pitchers Randy Wolf and Marco Estrada played for Woodland Hills El Camino Real and Sylmar.
October 7, 2011 |
Borrowing from "The Wizard of Oz," Emilio Estevez sets a ragtag quartet of seekers on a long trek in his new film, "The Way. " Their Yellow Brick Road is the Way of St. James, or El Camino de Santiago, one of Western Europe's most famous Christian pilgrimage routes. The gentle drama offers an intriguing look at the contemporary version of an ancient ritual, and is anchored by the on-screen work of the writer-director's father, Martin Sheen. But Estevez doesn't push far enough, opting to focus on generic lessons in camaraderie and the primacy of the moment.
June 12, 2011
Breaking up the Chatsworth-El Camino Real-Kennedy domination in City Section baseball championship history hasn't been easy. Those three schools have combined to win 22 City titles. So understand the accomplishment of San Fernando and its coach, Armando Gomez, this season. In the City Division I playoffs, the Tigers knocked off No. 4-seeded Kennedy, No. 2-seeded El Camino Real and No. 1-seeded Chatsworth to win their first City title since 1991. "It was unbelievable," said Gomez, who has been named coach of the year by The Times.
June 1, 2011 |
With a trip to Dodger Stadium at stake, Woodland Hills El Camino Real and San Fernando sent out their All-City pitchers, Jose Cardona and David Lira, and the game went on and on Wednesday night at USC. Cardona lasted through eight innings and 119 pitches. Lira stayed all the way through the 10th inning, and after his 141st pitch, a curveball that struck out Oscar Tinjaca, San Fernando had beaten El Camino Real, 2-1, in an exhausting City Section Division I semifinal game. Jose Reyes' RBI double in the top of the 10th inning scored William Vazquez with the go-ahead run. Lira allowed only three hits while striking out 11. Lira had a no-hitter through five innings and led, 1-0, on an RBI single by James An in the fourth off Cardona.
May 27, 2011 |
Trailing by three runs with three innings left in the City Section softball final, all Carson High needed was a break. It got plenty of them, capitalizing on six errors to upset Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 6-3, and win its first City title in seven tries Friday afternoon at Cal State Northridge. Carson first baseman Viridiana Ramos led off the top of the fifth with a double to the wall in center field, then El Camino Real third baseman Cassandra Perez's low throw to first skipped under the glove of Alex Conway to give the Colts runners at second and third.
May 4, 2011 |
Pitcher Jose Cardona, the reigning City Section player of the year from Woodland Hills El Camino Real, doesn't lose very often, and that made what senior Angel Rodriguez of Chatsworth pulled off on Wednesday a breakthrough performance. Rodriguez threw a three-hitter and struck out nine to outduel Cardona and lead host Chatsworth to a 4-0 victory over El Camino Real that gave the Chancellors a one-game lead in the West Valley League race. "He's our No. 1 guy," Chatsworth Coach Tom Meusborn said.
March 8, 2011 |
Despite giving up eight walks and hitting two batters in six innings, All-City pitcher Ryan Cruz of Granada Hills Kennedy took a shutout into the bottom of the seventh Monday against defending City Section Division I champion Woodland Hills El Camino Real. "I was throwing on guts today," he said. He had a 1-0 lead until the Conquistadores broke through with one out. Chris Whitmer walked. Then Javier Rodriguez, on a 3-and-2 count after fouling off three consecutive pitches, drilled a triple off the wall in center to tie the score.