UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion is mostly dry today after being flooded with water as deep as 8 inches yesterday because of a water main break on Sunset Boulevard. The break sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset and the campus with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water. Workers used brooms, squeegees, vacuums and floor cleaners to remove the water from the Pavilion, which underwent a $136-million renovation that was completed in 2012.
Photos: Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times
Summer in San Diego can’t really start without the Del Mar opener, which took place this week.
Photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times
A federal judge ruled today that California’s death penalty violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
People getting gas in Berkeley might soon be seeing these warning labels as they fill up at the pump, informing them that California has concluded that CO2 emissions contribute to global warming. The idea was modeled on warnings on cigarette packaging.
Photo courtesy of 350 Bay Area.
The California Fish and Game Commission has voted to extend endangered species protections in the state to gray wolves.
No wolves are currently known to be in the state — the wolf in the photo above, called OR7, was the most recent wolf documented here, and he was the first one since the 1920s — but biologists say their return is inevitable.
Speaking of OR7, who has returned to his home state of Oregon: Wildlife officials there have spotted two pups they believe to be his offspring.
Photo: OR7 in Oregon. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Fueled by unusually hot May weather and strong winds, wildfires have broken out in more than half a dozen spots in northern San Diego County and spread at a dangerous pace. As of Wednesday night, the fires had burned about 10,000 acres in San Diego County.
Photos, from top: The moon rises in a smoky sky as seen from Carlsbad (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times); the fire in San Marcos (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times); an airplane drops fire retardant on a hilltop home that had caught fire near Cal State San Marcos (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times); people stranded by the Fallbrook fire wait outside their cars on the closed southbound I-15 (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times); Robert Payne hugs his dog Rocky after he was found hiding in the back of his burned home after it was destroyed in the Pointsettia wildfire (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times).
In December, eighth-grade students in the Southern California city of Rialto were asked to research and write an argumentative essay about whether the Holocaust actually occurred.
The assignment prompted widespread outcry and criticism from such groups as the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it “grotesque.”
At a packed emergency school board meeting Wednesday, officials again apologized. “From the bottom of my heart, I feel sorry for this whole thing happening,” the school district’s interim superintendent said. A district spokesperson declined to comment on whether the teachers involved faced any disciplinary action.
Photo: Attendees of Wednesday’s school board meeting, at which every seat was taken. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
March 31 is Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and three states, including California, officially recognize Cesar Chavez Day as a holiday. Here’s a photographic look at the life and work of the late activist, whose campaign to organize farm workers still inspires.Top photo: Chavez speaks to members of the United Farm Workers during a rally in the Imperial Valley on Feb. 2, 1979. Credit: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times. Bottom photo: Chavez speaks at the United Farm Workers political endorsement conference in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, 1980. The conference endorsed Jimmy Carter. Credit: Los Angeles Times.
Since 1973, more than 100 earthquakes with a magnitude of 4 or higher have struck in the greater Los Angeles area. Our interactive map allows you to see the location, magnitude and date of each quake.
Friday’s 5.1 earthquake was a potent reminder of a fault that is less known to most Californians than the San Andreas, but that seismologists believe can produce a catastrophic disaster. That fault, the Puente Hills fault, is so dangerous because of its location, reporter Rong-Gong Lin II explains. Here’s our full coverage of Southern California’s recent earthquakes and an earthquake preparedness guide.
Map data: Southern California Earthquake Center