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Justice officials fear nation’s biggest wiretap operation may not be legal

Brad Heath and Brett Kelman 

Miniature DEA badges are displayed for sale in the gift shop at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum in Arlington, Virginia.

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Federal drug agents have built a massive wiretapping operation in the Los Angeles suburbs, secretly intercepting tens of thousands of Americans’ phone calls and text messages to monitor drug traffickers across the United States despite objections from Justice Department lawyers who fear the practice may not be legal.

 

Nearly all of that surveillance was authorized by a single state court judge in Riverside County, who last year signed off on almost five times as many wiretaps as any other judge in the United States. The judge’s orders allowed investigators — usually from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — to intercept more than 2 million conversations involving 44,000 people, federal court records show.

 

The eavesdropping is aimed at dismantling the drug rings that have turned Los Angeles’ eastern suburbs into what the DEA says is the nation’s busiest shipping corridor for heroin and methamphetamine. Riverside wiretaps are supposed to be tied to crime within the county, but investigators have relied on them to make arrests and seize shipments of cash and drugs as far away as New York and Virginia, sometimes concealing the surveillance in the process.

 

The surveillance has raised concerns among Justice Department lawyers in Los Angeles, who have mostly refused to use the results in federal court because they have concluded the state court’s eavesdropping orders are unlikely to withstand a legal challenge, current and former Justice officials said .

 

“It was made very clear to the agents that if you’re going to go the state route, then best wishes, good luck and all that, but that case isn’t coming to federal court,” a former Justice Department lawyer said. The lawyer and other officials described the situation on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the department’s internal deliberations.

 

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Cars Trapped In Mud After Rain Brings Flash Flooding To Los Angeles

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

<span class='image-component__caption' itemprop="caption">This still frame from video provided by KABC-TV shows vehicles stuck in a muddy road in the mountainous community of Lake Hughes, Calif., about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.</span> ASSOCIATED PRESS This still frame from video provided by KABC-TV shows vehicles stuck in a muddy road in the mountainous community of Lake Hughes, Calif., about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flash flooding north of Los Angeles sent water and mud flowing into canyons and across roadways Thursday, trapping drivers and closing a stretch of one of the state’s main north-south freeways.

The California Highway Patrol reported a 30-mile section of Interstate 5 was blocked by flooding near Fort Tejon, about 75 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

Drivers stuck in the mud waited for roads to be cleared while thousands more were diverted to alternate routes expected to take four or more hours to traverse through the mountain region in Southern California.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

“Due to the drought and fires, all the rain coming down heavily is causing floods,” CHP Officer Andrew Mack said. “We have a lot of people up there trapped on the roadway.”

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Flooding, mudslides strand Southern California drivers following storm

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Heavy rains touched off flooding and mudslides in foothill communities north of Los Angeles on Thursday, swamping cars, stranding drivers and prompting authorities to close several major roads.

 

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The Latest: All Interstate 5 lanes reopened after mudslide

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This image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, shows a vehicle stuck along a muddy road in the mountainous community of Green Valley, Calif., about 65 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Flash flooding in northern Los Angeles County has filled several roads with mud, stranding vehicles and blocking traffic on one of the state’s main highways. (KABC-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest on mudslides that closed a California interstate (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

All lanes of Interstate 5 have been reopened, about 24 hours after the major north-south artery linking Los Angeles and Central California was blocked by a mudslide.

A spokeswoman with the California Highway Patrol says all lanes were cleared shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. Two southbound lanes and the northbound ones were reopened earlier in the day.

A storm system that drenched northern Los Angeles County Thursday sent mud and debris onto the roadway, trapping hundreds of drivers. Highway crews worked overnight and throughout Friday to free vehicles and clear the roadway.

To the west, State Road 58 is expected to remain closed for days.

5:55 p.m.

A fresh round of flash flooding stranded dozens of vehicles on a highway in Central California, but the troubles appear to be only temporary.

Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Dave Zaniboni said the Friday afternoon flooding affected Highway 166 west of Cuyama. That’s a remote, sparsely populated community about 50 miles north of Santa Barbara.

Zaniboni says about 100 vehicles, including a school bus, were stuck on the roadway at one time but that traffic began moving by Friday evening.

 

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Nuclear Event USA State of California, [San Onofre nuclear power plant] Damage level Details

 

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Nuclear Event in USA on Thursday, 15 May, 2014 at 17:56 (05:56 PM) UTC.

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An out-of-control brush fire at Camp Pendleton was creeping closer to the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting evacuations. Southern California Edison said in a tweet that “about a dozen non-essential employees evacuated” from the plant because of the fire. The plant is located off Interstate 5 at the Orange-San Diego county line north of Camp Pendleton. Edison announced last year it was closing the plant due to structural problems with facility. The Camp Pendleton fire was spotted shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday and forced evacuations of the De Luz housing area, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School and the Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, which is on the northeast edge of the sprawling base. A second school and housing area have been evacuated as the brush fire at Camp Pendleton continues to spread. The fire, dubbed the Tomahawk fire, on the northeast section of the base, had burned more than 150 acres as of 1 p.m., according to Cal Fire. An evacuation center was established at the Paige Fieldhouse on the base. The Pendleton fire was one of several blazes burning in San Diego County. One in Carlsbad has burned homes. More than 11,500 evacuation notices have been issued for the fire as it moves through neighborhoods amid steep brushy canyons.

 

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Fire forces evacuation of San Onofre nuclear plant

An out-of-control brush fire at Camp Pendleton was creeping closer to the San Onofre nuclear power plant, prompting evacuations.

Southern California Edison said in a tweet that “about a dozen non-essential employees evacuated” from the plant because of the fire.

The plant is located off Interstate 5 at the Orange-San Diego county line north of Camp Pendleton. Edison announced last year it was closing the plant due to structural problems with facility.

The Camp Pendleton fire was spotted shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday and forced evacuations of the De Luz housing area, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School and the Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook, which is on the northeast edge of the sprawling base.

 

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Huge Pendleton fires nearly contained

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Firefighters continued making progress Sunday containing three fires that have blackened 21,900 acres on Camp Pendleton and Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook.

The largest of the fires, the fast-moving Las Pulgas Fire, had burned about 15,000 acres since it erupted for unknown reasons at about 3:15 p.m. on Thursday near a sewage plant in Camp Las Pulgas. The blaze was 75 percent contained Sunday afternoon, according to officials.

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The first fire reported, the so-called Tomahawk Fire, broke out at Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook at the eastern outskirts of Camp Pendleton at about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday and later spread to the Marine base. It was 100 percent contained Sunday and had blackened about 5,400 acres.

The most recent blaze to break out at Camp Pendleton, dubbed the San Mateo Fire, began spreading just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday near Basilone Road. It had grown to about 1,500 acres today and was 97 percent contained, according to base officials.

Gen. James F. Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, the Marine Corps Installations West commanding general, were briefed today on the three fires — known collectively as the Basilone Complex – – at Camp Pendleton. Amos and Sgt. Maj. Michael P. Barrett, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, also spoke with firefighters working to extinguish the blazes.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Environmental Pollution  –  Oil Spill

 

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Environment Pollution USA State of California, Atwater Village Damage level Details

 

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Environment Pollution in USA on Thursday, 15 May, 2014 at 12:53 (12:53 PM) UTC.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department says a ruptured oil pipe near the suburb of Glendale has spilled about 50,000 gallons of crude oil onto streets. According to the Fire Department, the leak from a 20-inch pipe was reported at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday in Atwater Village and the oil line was remotely shut off. No injuries were reported. Oil spilled over approximately half a mile and is knee-high in some areas. Firefighters and hazardous materials crews are on the scene. A handful of commercial businesses are affected, including a strip club that was evacuated. Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says there’s no “visible evidence” that the oil has entered storm drains, which empty into the Los Angeles River. But he says it’s possible that oil has seeped under manhole covers.

 

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TEN THOUSAND gallons of crude oil covers half a mile of Los Angeles after pipe bursts amid fears of environmental disaster

  • Oil covers a huge area near the Atwater Village suburb and is said to be knee-high in many places
  • Leak occurred after a 20-inch above-ground pipe burst outside The Gentleman’s Club strip bar
  • Flow to pipe was shut off remotely just after midnight local time – but leak continued for 45 minutes
  • Two workers at nearby industrial plant were taken to hospital to be treated for ‘respiratory concerns’

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The Los Angeles Fire Department says a ruptured oil pipe has caused about 10,000 gallons of crude oil to spill on to the city’s streets.

The oil – which covers a half-mile area and is knee-high in some places – escaped after a break in an above-ground pipeline outside 5175 West San Fernando Road in the Atwater Village suburb.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department, oil was spurting 15 to 20 feet into the air from a burst 20-inch pipe, with the leak reported shortly after midnight local time.

 

Clean up: Hazardous material specialists are also working at the scene amid concern that the massive spill could cause an environmental disaster. Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says there is currently no 'visible evidence' that the oil has entered storm drains

Clean up: Hazardous material specialists are also working at the scene amid concern that the massive spill could cause an environmental disaster. Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says there is currently no ‘visible evidence’ that the oil has entered storm drains

Sweep: Workers try to prevent the vast quantities of crude oil flowing into storm drains. The drains empty into the Los Angeles River and there is concern the spill could cause serious harm to wildlife if the oil gets into the water supply

Washed away: The clean up operation is focusing on storm drains and manhole covers amid concern that the crude oil could seep into the water supply and cause public health problems and damage to wildlife

Washed away: The clean up operation is focusing on storm drains and manhole covers amid concern that the crude oil could seep into the water supply and cause public health problems and damage to wildlife

 

Spill: The oil - which covers a half-mile area and is knee-high in some places - escaped after a break in an above-ground pipeline outside 5175 West San Fernando Road in Atwater Village

Spill: The oil – which covers a half-mile area and is knee-high in some places – escaped after a break in an above-ground pipeline outside 5175 West San Fernando Road in Atwater Village

Evacuated: Five commercial businesses - including The Gentlemen's Club strip bar - were affected after LAPD completely shut down the Atwater Village area

Evacuated: Five commercial businesses – including The Gentlemen’s Club strip bar – were affected after LAPD completely shut down the Atwater Village area

The flow of oil to the pipe was remotely shut down shortly within 10 minutes of the burst being detected, but the leak continued for another 45 minutes.

A 20-inch oil pipeline is medium-sized by industry standards and would generally transport about 200,000 barrels per day based on average rates. There was no immediate information about the specific capacity or throughput of the line.

‘This oil comes from the Bakersfield area, this is a pumping transfer station and pumping transfer station then transfers the oil to a storage facility in Long Beach,’ Batallion Chief David Spence said.

Four workers at the nearby Baxter industrial plant were reportedly evaluated for general illness and respiratory concerns, with two of them taken to hospital, according to NBC Los Angeles,

Oil was seen shooting towards the sky and on to a nearby strip bar, The Gentlemen’s Club at around 1am local time. The Gentlemen’s Club was subsequently evacuated, Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Four other commercial businesses are known to have been affected after LAPD completely shut down the Atwater Village area.

 

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Meningitis Outbreak in Los Angeles: Three People Have Died Since February; Gay Men At Greater Risk, Experts Say

First Posted: Apr 05, 2014 04:49 PM EDT

 

AIDS Healthcare Foundation Offers Free Meningitis Vaccinations

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 15: Kevin Daniels (R) receives a free meningitis vaccine from Dr. Wayne Chen at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy on April 15, 2013 in Hollywood, California. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation started free meningitis vaccines after a West Hollywood man died from the disease. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) (Photo : Getty Images)

After a year since the last death due to this disease, more gay men have died from the disease in Los Angeles. Though anyone can be susceptible to the disease, the Californian city’s gay community appears to have been particularly affected by it and has prompted health officials and community leaders to act.

Since February, three men have died of bacterial meningitis or invasive meningococcal disease, according to Reuters. They were part of a group of eight men who were infected with the disease. One man died in February while the other two in late March. All were either 27 or 28 years of age.

Los Angeles’ gay community, which covers the neighborhoods of West and North Hollywood, is at greater threat for infection, according to one medical experts who says men who have sex with men have a higher chance of infection. According to the Los Angeles Times, the medical director of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Robert Bolan, said there is cause for concern since the chance of infection is particularly higher among those who are HIV positive.

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Three Die of Meningitis Outbreak in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Three men in their 20s have died from a meningitis outbreak in the gay community in the Los Angeles area this year, a public health spokesman said on Thursday, a day after officials called on HIV-positive gay men in the region to be vaccinated against the disease.

One man died in February and the other two died in late March, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The men were all either 27 or 28 years old.

They were among eight people who have contracted invasive meningococcal disease in 2014, the Public Health Department said in a statement. That is seen as a high rate of infection for the Los Angeles area, which in recent years has seen the number of annual cases range between 12 and 37.

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5.1 quake rattles L.A., Orange County

Overturned vehicle

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / March 29, 2014 )
Caltrans workers and Brea police officers inspect a BMW that was overturned in a rock slide in Carbon Canyon after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.

 

Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.

( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014 )

Cesar Zamora, night manager at the 99 Cent Only store on Imperial Highway, looks over aisles of fallen goods.

 

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5.1 earthquake: Significant damage reported in some areas

A series of temblors, punctuated by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake Friday night near La Habra, did more than just rattle nerves a few miles away in Fullerton, where residents had to deal with no water service, property damage and, in some cases, finding other accommodations.

Throughout the city, crews were working to repair broken water mains, leaking gas lines and other damage.

At least seven 8-inch water mains were broken, leaving an estimated 100 homes and businesses without water Saturday morning, officials said.

PHOTOS: 5.1 earthquake rattles L.A., Orange County

In the middle of the intersection of Gilbert Street and Rosecrans, a crew armed with shovels, earth movers and massive stainless water main clamps labored in a 12-by-20-foot hole eight feet under the pavement.

“We have five leaks as big as this one in this area alone,” worker Ed McClain said. “None of us slept a wink last night. We’ll keep going until these problems are fixed.”

Swaths of Gilbert Street had also been undermined by gushing water, leaving bowl-shaped depressions in the roadway.

Among those left high and dry was Sarah Lee, director of a nearby college preparatory business.

“Let me show you what we’re dealing with,” she said, turning the handle of the bathroom sink faucet. “Nothing.”

Lee then tapped the toilet handle and frowned: “Nothing.”

In the nearby community of Brea, which is served by the Fullerton Fire Department, a broken water main caused “moderate to heavy damage” at City Hall, said Fullerton fire Battalion Chief John Stokes.

In all, more than 70 people remained displaced at midday Saturday — 54 of them from an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Associated Road where 20 units were red-tagged after the building suffered a cracked foundation, Stokes said.

 

 

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Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

Quake swarm

Map shows a swarm of earthquakes that hit the La Habra area on Friday. (Len De Groot/Los Angeles Times / March 28, 2014)

By Rong-Gong Lin II

March 28, 2014, 9:48 p.m.

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday night raises the possibility that a larger quake is on the way, seismologists said.

The swarm of earthquakes began at 8:03 p.m., when a 3.6 earthquake hit. That ended up being a foreshock of the largest earthquake to hit, a magnitude 5.1 at 9:09 p.m. At least two more aftershocks hit, a 3.4 at 9:11 p.m. and a 3.6 at 9:30 p.m.

U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones said the 5.1 quake has a 5% chance of being a foreshock of an even larger quake.

 

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5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

5.1 earthquake causes damage; some flee from homes

Authorities were tallying damage from a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck Southern California on Friday night.

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

Quake swarm topped by magnitude 5.1 temblor rattles L.A. region

A series of earthquakes peaking with a magnitude 5.1 shaker struck the Southland on Friday evening, causing a rock slide, water main…

5.1 earthquake rattles Southern California; homes damaged

5.1 earthquake rattles Southern California; homes damaged

A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered in northern Orange County rippled across the Los Angeles Basin, and preliminary indications suggest…

5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game

5.1 earthquake: Vin Scully calls it during Dodgers game

Vin Scully was calling the Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium when the 5.1 earthquake Friday night made some news.

5.1 earthquake hit on fault that caused deadly 1987 Whittier quake

5.1 earthquake hit on fault that caused deadly 1987 Whittier quake

Preliminary data suggest Friday night’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake near La Habra occurred on the Puente Hills thrust fault, which…

Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

Larger L.A. earthquake possible after 5.1 temblor, USGS says

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California on Friday night raises the possibility that a larger quake is on the way,…

California maps will identify tsunami danger zones

California maps will identify tsunami danger zones

California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other…

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

California maps will point to tsunami danger zones

California officials on Friday announced that they were beginning to draw tsunami flood maps in Huntington Beach, Crescent City and other…

Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Coalinga, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 20 miles from Coalinga, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey….

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

Scientists, private firms wrangle over statewide quake alert system

Tom Heaton was sitting in his kitchen in Pasadena on Monday morning when an alert went off on his laptop warning him that an earthquake…

L.A. earthquake spawns more late-night mocking from Kimmel, Fallon

L.A. earthquake spawns more late-night mocking from Kimmel, Fallon

Mockery of Los Angeles’ response to the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck earlier this week continued on the late-night talk show circuit…

Oil industry group: 'Irresponsible' to link L.A. quake, fracking

Oil industry group: ‘Irresponsible’ to link L.A. quake, fracking

An oil and gas industry association blasted a push by several members of the Los Angeles City Council to investigate…

Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage

Officials probe whether L.A. earthquake caused oil leakage

Work crews continued to scramble Tuesday to clean up crude oil that seeped from the ground and forced the closure of a Wilmington…

Did 'fracking' play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know

Did ‘fracking’ play role in L.A. earthquake? Councilmen want to know

Three Los Angeles City Council members want city, state and federal groups to look into whether hydraulic fracturing and other forms of…

11 aftershocks hit Westside after Monday's 4.4 earthquake

11 aftershocks hit Westside after Monday’s 4.4 earthquake

A magnitude 2.6 earthquake that hit Brentwood at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday was 11th aftershock since a magnitude 4.4 temblor struck in nearby Encino…

Jimmy Kimmel mocks L.A. news anchors' on-air earthquake reactions

Jimmy Kimmel mocks L.A. news anchors’ on-air earthquake reactions

To be a TV news anchor in L.A. is to be under constant threat of being mocked on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” — most famously for how the anchors…

L.A. earthquake: Odds of a stronger follow-up temblor diminish

L.A. earthquake: Odds of a stronger follow-up temblor diminish

Any chance that Monday’s magnitude 4.4 temblor was a prelude to a larger, more powerful earthquake was reduced to 1% Tuesday morning.

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.'s unknown faults

4.4 quake a wake-up call on L.A.’s unknown faults

They are not as familiar as the freeways, but Southern California’s major faults — such as the San Andrea

 

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Shelter Me
February 28, 2014

Cindy, a four-year-old pit bull, was taken in at the East Valley Animal Care and Control facility in Van Nuys, Calif., on Jan. 2.

Cindy’s intake photo reveals her fear and uncertainty…finding one’s self at an animal control facility is good cause for anxiety.

Nobody ever came to the facility to free Cindy – if she had an owner, that person failed to show.

In the time that Cindy has been at the facility, she has shown herself to be outgoing, playful and friendly.

According to Cindy’s profile on Shelter Me:

 

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Published time: February 28, 2014 16:49

Azusa, California (Reuters/David McNew)

Azusa, California (Reuters/David McNew)

Police in two California cities have ordered mandatory evacuations for 1,000 homes due to the threat of mudslides, as a powerful rainstorm prepares to drench the drought-stricken state.

Homeowners in Azusa and Glendora, California – about 25 miles northeast of Los Angeles – were made aware of the orders on Thursday, after one rainstorm had already passed over the cities. No significant damage was done, but with 2,000 acres of mountain slopes near the suburbs denuded by a January wildfire, officials fear a stronger storm could trigger a series of devastating mudslides.

“You’ve got a recently burned hillside here with limited vegetation and a very steep slope. It’s a recipe for what the experts say is potential for a great deal of damage,” Sgt. John Madaloni said to local news outlet KCAL 9.

Prior to the first storm, local communities began preparing for possible damage by lining the streets with wooden barriers and sandbags, hoping to keep any traveling debris on the roads and away from homes. With the National Weather Service warning of a storm powerful enough to drop 1 to 2 inches of rain an hour into Saturday, however, allowing everyone to stay in their homes posed too great a risk for city officials.

 

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Storm lashes California, but not a drought buster

 

Clouds are shown over the iconic Hollywood sign Thursday Feb. 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. Southern California got an overnight soaking Thursday as residents prepared for a second, more powerful storm that could bring heavier rain and prompted fears of mudslides in communities along fire-scarred foothills. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) – California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides.

Even with rainfall totals exceeding 8 inches in some Southern California mountains by afternoon, the powerful Pacific storm did not put a major dent in a drought that is among the worst in recent California history.

The first waves of the storm drenched foothill communities east of Los Angeles that just weeks ago were menaced by a wildfire – and now faced potential mudslides. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for about 1,200 homes in the area. Small debris flows covered one street in Glendora, but no property damage occurred, police said.

Forecasters expected the storm to last through Saturday in California before trundling east into similarly rain-starved neighboring states. Phoenix was expecting its first noticeable precipitation in two months. The storm was projected to head east across the Rockies before petering out in the Northeast in several days.

The threat of mudslides will last at least through Saturday night. Tornadoes and water spouts were possible.

Rainfall totals in parts of California were impressive, especially in areas that typically don’t receive much, but not nearly enough to offer long-term relief from a long-running drought.

Downtown Los Angeles received about 2 inches – doubling its total for the rainy season that began in July, the National Weather Service said. The city remained 7 inches below the normal 11 inches. The last time a storm dumped 2 inches of rain in Los Angeles was March 2011.

 

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Fracking for oil and gas will not be happening in Los Angeles any time soon after City Council members unanimously voted to ban the practice within city limits today. The vote passes the motion to the City Attorney’s office where it will be rewritten as a zoning ordinance before returning to City Council for a final vote.

L.A. is now the largest city in the U.S. to refuse the dangerous extraction process. Local bans have become an effective protective measure against fracking, and are in place in numerous jurisdictions worldwide including Vermont, Hawaii, areas of New York State, Quebec, and France among many others.

The Los Angeles ordinance prevents the use of fracking until effective governmental oversight and regulation is in place at the local, state and federal levels.

“I think we can all agree unregulated fracking is crazy,” said Councilman Paul Koretz, co-author of the motion.

California is in the midst of a devastating drought, raising concerns over access to fresh water supplies. Fracking uses approximately 5 million gallons of water per frack job.

Image from Gizmodo shows Folsom lake near Sacramento in July 2011 and again in January 2014.

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, there are still 9 Californian counties where fracking is in use, including Colusa, Glenn, Kern, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Sutter, Kings and Ventura.

The Center also notes

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A1381239 Sasha Breed:	Vizsla	 Color:	Brown/Chocolate	 Age:	Adult Size:	Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)	 Sex:	Female	  I am already spayed and purebred.  East Valley Animal Care and Control Center www.laanimalservices.com   14409 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 9140

Sasha

Animal Rescue Dumps Dog Back At A los Angeles Kill Shelter.

Recently there was a dog ‘rescued’ from the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys California. The Rescue who pulled the dog was Muttshack Animal Rescue.

Muttshack is run by Amanda St. John. They have a permanent adoption event location at Pet Co a store in Burbank, California. Puppy adoption in a store environment may cause people to consider taking home a puppy with the same mindset of bringing home the cat litter. Extra vigilance should be given to what the possible adopters idea is of a “life long commitment”. .

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MuttShack

This is what happened, this is what they did …

Mid-january 2014

Muttshack pulled Sasha, who was listed as a pure breed Visla dog. They pulled Sasha from the East Valley Animal Shelter, A high kill facility under Los Angeles city’s jurisdiction.

Muttshack then adopted out Sasha to a family, that to my knowledge had at least one known child. (Nothing wrong there, I believe children should grow up around dogs)

At some point Sasha nipped the child. ( the child could have provoked or it could have been a unprovoked incident, either situation should not have affected the rescues response.)

The adopters contacted Muttshack to return Sasha and asked if they could be refunded the adoption fee. Muttshack refused to refund the fee ( that isn’t the issue)

The following are accounts from the Adopter , shelter staff , and a rescuer who happened to be at the shelter when Sasha was returned..

Muttshack told the adopter that they do not take back in troubled dogs and that if they didn’t want Sasha, that they would have to bring her back it to the shelter.

East valley shelter contacted Muttshack to redeem Sasha . Muttshack refused.

The rescuer/trainer who witnessed Sasha being brought back to the shelter told the adopter to ask for any pledge money donated to go towards training, and offered to help for less then half a normal training rate. muttshack either refused or the didn’t contact back.

Either way .. Sasha was dumped by the rescue.

They not only couldn’t have cared less that the animal they “rescued” only days before and then placed into a home that turned into a bad situation. Knowing that this could lead to her being isolated, kept out side, or even treated wrongly meant nothing to Muttshack.. They even encouraged the decision to put the animal’s life in urgent danger by making the adopter bring Sasha to the same shelter Muttshack pulled her from.

To quote the high school me , “dude, that’s cold and scandalous”

Now to quote the animal rescuer and advocate in me, “muttshack’s actions should not go ignored. They should be held accountable. ”

If you ask me , and you should… independent , group, non profit or not for profit rescuers or rescues should consider the act of rescuing an animal to be equal to that of making a promise. A promise that you will find them a loving home no matter how long it takes. If that loving home ever lets them down, it is also the promise that you , the rescuer. .. never will. Your job as a rescue is to care not be careless.

And last but most importantly …

Sasha now sits waiting for a real rescue or adopter to save her.

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Sasha

Breed: Vizsla

Color: Brown/Chocolate

Age: Adult

Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)

Sex: Female

I am already spayed and purebred.

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