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December 31, 2013 | Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Los Angeles recorded another large drop in homicides in 2013, and nowhere has the trend been more pronounced than in the San Fernando Valley. The Valley had 40 homicides this year, dropping 35% from 2012 -- the biggest decline of any region in the city. As recently as 2006, the region recorded 87 homicides. When it comes to falling crime, much of the focus has been on traditionally high-crime areas like South L.A. and the Eastside. But police officials and community leaders say the decline in violence in tough parts of the Valley, notably Pacoima, Lakeview Terrace, Sun Valley and Sylmar, has also been striking.
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April 3, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday morning eight miles from Malibu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:08 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.0 miles. [Updated at 10:33 a.m. PDT April 3: There were no immediate reports of damage from the small quake. According to the USGS, the motion from the quake moved north into the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. The USGS said it was felt across Malibu, Ventura County, the Santa Monica Mountains and west Valley.]
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March 12, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Federal biologists clad in waders and armed with long-handled nets this week moved hundreds of red-legged frog eggs from a San Fernando Valley stream to carefully selected wetlands 10 miles away in the first attempt to expand the threatened species' range in Southern California. Five hundred eggs transported from the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve to the Santa Monica Mountains are expected to hatch any day. When they do, they will reintroduce red-legged frog tadpoles to historic haunts that are free of predatory fish, snails and crayfish that could tear them apart.
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September 30, 1990
Those bottles, old oil cans, magazines and newspapers that have been building up in your garage are recyclable; maybe even valuable. This is the second part of a list provided by the state Integrated Waste Management Board of San Fernando Valley recycling centers that accept an array of disposable products. Some centers pay for the materials. The board has a toll-free hotline for recycling information: (800) 553-2962.
TRAVEL
April 24, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995
When it comes to issuing parking tickets, efficiency matters. With that in mind, four San Fernando Valley cities are joining forces to smooth the way for more effective ticket writing. The Las Virgenes Parking Administration will oversee distribution of revenues from parking tickets issued in Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills and Westlake Village, Calabasas City Clerk Robin Parker said.
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December 11, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY and DAVID COLKER, Times Staff Writers
A wind-whipped fire that blackened 3,200 acres of brush and charged through a northern San Fernando Valley neighborhood came to a smoldering end Saturday while many of the residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged returned to pick through the rubble. The scenes that often accompany a fire disaster of this magnitude--public displays of grief, the mobilizing of social services--were mostly absent.
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November 10, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Teacher Luis Lopez was reading "Charlotte's Web" to his students Tuesday when the emergency bell sounded. "Drop!" Lopez ordered the fifth-graders, who immediately crouched under their desks, holding the backs of their necks with one hand and clutching the desk legs with the other. A routine day at Victory Boulevard Elementary School in North Hollywood was interrupted by a scenario involving the aftermath of a 7.8 earthquake.
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January 2, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, Times Staff Writer
Last year is dwindling in the rear-view mirror, tumbling down the memory hole, shuffling off to the Valhalla of Used Eras to await the whimsical verdict of the nostalgia gods. A serious year in many respects, a time when San Fernando Valley residents were left dazed by streaks of crime, felt the heat of a catastrophic fire, and elected their guy mayor of Los Angeles.
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March 8, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Kim Gutierrez needs help keeping a growing population of homeless men from chasing down customers at her Studio City doughnut shop. A few miles north, Alma Dellafuente is frustrated having to wait weeks - sometimes months - for specialized care at the county-run San Fernando Health Center. And in Sherman Oaks, retiree Hal Schneider and his wife, Rose, worry about taxes going up to pay for mass transit that may never reach their part of the San Fernando Valley. In years past, all could take their concerns to longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
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March 4, 2014 | By Lauren Beale, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running series “Supernatural,” has recorded a very down-to-earth home sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. The 3,818 square feet of space includes a formal entry hall, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The more than one-third acre of grounds has patios, lawn and mature trees.
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February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in two parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people who commit and arrange the crimes, and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
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February 24, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez and City Atty. Mike Feuer called Monday for a crackdown on prostitution in parts of the San Fernando Valley. Under a plan Martinez will submit to her council colleagues Friday, the city would add two police patrols, step up enforcement of the people behind the crimes and set up a program to divert prostitutes as young as 12 from a life on the streets. The added patrols, at a cost of up to $300,000, will target portions of Lankershim and Sepulveda boulevards, Martinez said.
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February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Gusty winds that caused minor damage across the Southland overnight are expected to continue Thursday with the potential to hit 50 mph in some areas. Strong winds felled trees and downed power lines overnight Wednesday, leaving some 2,000 people in the San Fernando Valley without electricity, KTLA reported . In Reseda, strong gusts uprooted a large pine tree, which partially crushed a parked car when it fell. No injuries were reported. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for mountain areas extending from Santa Barbara to the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys, and over to the Hollywood Hills and on to Malibu.
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February 3, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A San Fernando Valley homeless man was on life support Monday after he was shot in the head at point-blank range during what police say was a fight with two gang members over $50. The fight occurred about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on a sidewalk in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The 31-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was arguing with a 21-year-old man over a $50 debt or theft when they started to struggle, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.
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December 20, 2013 | By Ashley Powers
One person was killed and two others were injured Friday evening in a shooting in the San Fernando Valley, police said. Police were called to the 7600 block of Canby Avenue in Reseda about 6:45 p.m., said LAPD Sgt. Steve Embrich. A male gunman wielding an AK-47 rifle had reportedly opened fire at an apartment building, he said. Police took the suspected gunman into custody, Embrich said. The names and ages of the victims and the suspected shooter were not yet available, nor was the condition of the wounded.
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December 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Even though temperatures throughout most of the Southland on Thursday were warmer than earlier in the week, Los Angeles County's top health officer extended a cold weather alert for the San Fernando and Antelope valleys. The alert comes as forecasts for those areas show wind chill temperatures could be below freezing. The alert for the Antelope Valley lasts from Thursday through Sunday. In the San Fernando Valley, the alert covers Thursday through Saturday. "We also want to remind people not to use stoves, barbecues or ovens to heat their homes due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning," Jonathan E. Fielding, the county's director of public health, said in a statement.
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January 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Federal and local authorities are seeking information about two bank robbers suspected in a combined 19 cases dating to 2012. The first suspect, nicknamed the "Valley Bandit," has been linked to 11 bank robberies across the San Fernando Valley, the FBI said. The first occurred at a Northridge Bank of America in December 2012, officials said, the most recent at a Canoga Park Wells Fargo on Thursday. Officials said the baseball hat-wearing suspect typically uses a revolver to threaten bank employees and customers.
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January 12, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown finally is showing us the money he hopes to parlay into paying for his bullet train. Basically, it's the cash from selling licenses to pollute. It's not called pollution licensing, of course. Officially, it's a cap-and-trade program, a polite government name for allowing industries to pollute for a fee. It's extremely complicated and somewhat controversial. More on that later. First, let's back up. Brown has been under pressure to specify how he's going to finance the $68-billion, 500-mile high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
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