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July 24, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Former Los Angeles school board member Nury Martinez pulled off a come-from-behind victory Tuesday in her race against rival Cindy Montañez for an open City Council seat in the east San Fernando Valley to become City Hall's only elected female officeholder. Just two months ago Montañez, a former state senator, led Martinez by 19 percentage points in the primary election. She had been far ahead in fundraising during the runoff. But Martinez overcame her disadvantages to pull ahead Tuesday night by 10 points, taking 55% of the vote to Montañez's 45%. Turnout was a low 10.2% of the more than 89,000 registered voters.
July 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl
It's been more than three decades since Sen. John V. Tunney (D-California) left Washington. After his narrow 1976 defeat by Republican S.I. Hayakawa, the then-42-year-old former senator joined one of Los Angeles' most politically connected law firms before gradually slipping from the public eye. But that's not to say Tunney has retired from causes he has long celebrated. In a recent telephone interview with The Times from his home in Sun Valley, Idaho, Tunney talked about his long, vigorous life after leaving office, lived mainly (and apparently quite happily)
July 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 100 Los Angeles firefighters were battling a huge blaze raging out of control Monday evening in a commercial building in Sun Valley. Flames and thick clouds of smoke were billowing from the one-story structure in the 9400 block of Telfair Avenue, according to television news footage.  The Los Angeles Fire Department said the building may be vacant and declared the blaze a "major emergency. " The fire was reported shortly before 5:30 p.m. No other details were immediately available.
June 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going back to my salad diet. The Skinny: Had dinner at the iconic diner Pann's on Wednesday night and now I can't move. But it was worth it. Thursday's headlines include a potential scandal involving a top Miramax executive, CNN bringing back "Crossfire" and moguls getting ready for Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference. Daily Dose: While Food Network personality Paula Deen continues to get beaten up by the media and business partners (see below)
June 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The man who was killed in a crash on Clybourn Avenue was identified Wednesday as Walter Santos, 36, of  North Hills. Santos was standing behind his van and putting on a pair of shoes Tuesday when he was hit and killed by 22-year-old Patrick Sage , who was driving a 2003 Ford Focus, according to authorities. Sage tried to leave but was detained by witnesses, authorities said. Originally, the crash was said to have occurred in North Hollywood, but on Wednesday, authorities said  it occurred in Sun Valley.
June 11, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The driver taken into custody Tuesday after allegedly striking and killing a man in North Hollywood has been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said. He has been identified as Patrick Sage, 22, of Sun Valley. The unidentified male victim, who was in his 30s, was crushed between the driver's moving vehicle and a parked van, said Sgt. David Delgado of the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division. The accident occurred about 6 a.m. Tuesday in the 7300 block of Clybourn Avenue.
May 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The dispatcher didn't even get a chance to finish her first sentence. “9-1-1, what is your emer…” “Oh my God! A bear is in my house!” the woman on the other end of the line yells in a panic. “Inside the house?” “INSIDE the house!” “Is everybody out of the house?” “No! Just me, I'm in the house!” For about eight minutes Wednesday, a Duarte woman hid in fear, locked in her bathroom, while a 1-year-old bear scrounged through her kitchen.
May 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather
One suspect was taken to a hospital after a deputy-involved shooting Wednesday in Van Nuys, authorities said. Few details were immediately available about the incident, which occurred about 11:55 a.m. in the 5800 of Allott Avenue, said Deputy Aura Sierra of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. Detectives from the department's Major Crimes Bureau were conducting surveillance, she said, but it was not clear what prompted the shooting. One suspect was shot and another taken into custody, Sierra said.
May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Rosanna Xia
The aroma of trash and leftover people food proved too alluring Wednesday for a bear in Sun Valley, where police and wildlife officials tracked the animal through a residential neighborhood. “The smells are what bring them there,” Andrew Hughan, spokesman for the California Department Fish and Wildlife told KTLA-TV during an interview. “It's all about the food.” The bear appeared to be about 15 months old and had a tag on its ear, meaning it has been trapped before, Hughan said.
May 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Neighborhood fences and police cars proved no match for a bear in Sun Valley, where it hopped into backyards and roamed into horse corrals Wednesday morning. “We still don't have eyes on it,” said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch of the Foothill station. “Officers are going to hopefully tranquilize it.” Police started getting calls from residents about 6:10 a.m. about the bear, which TV news showed having free rein through the Sun Valley community. It didn't appear to be fully grown and was seen climbing over fences into backyards, spooking horses in residents' corrals and avoiding police cars searching for it on the street.
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