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Fire burning in Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Sylmar blackens 7,552 acres


PORTER RANCH (CNS) – A brush fire that has burned 7,552 acres, damaged or destroyed 31 structures and forced about 100,000 people from their homes in parts of the San Fernando Valley was 19 % contained this morning.

The Saddleridge Fire burned in the areas of Sylmar, Granada Hills and Porter Ranch since it was first reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday off the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road in Sylmar. It quickly spread due to wind-blown embers that jumped the Golden State (5) Freeway about 11:20 p.m., spreading the flames into Granada Hills and Porter Ranch, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire exploded in size from about 60 acres Thursday night to 4,600 acres early Friday morning. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the fire had scorched 7,542 acres, the department said.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said 13 structures were destroyed, while the rest suffered varying degrees of damage.

By Friday afternoon, fire officials said the flames were primarily advancing on the fire’s northern flank.

National Weather Service forecasters noted that humidity levels in the area were expected to remain in the single digits — meaning critically dry conditions that prompted an extension of a red flag warning until 6 p.m. today.

One person, described only as a man in his 50s, died of a heart attack Friday morning in the Porter Ranch area, according to the LAFD. Terrazas said the man was actually speaking to firefighters when he went into cardiac arrest, and he died at a hospital. According to reports from the scene, the man had been working to protect his home from the blaze.

One firefighter suffered a minor eye injury, according to the LAFD.

The massive fire prompted a mandatory evacuation order for all residents of Porter Ranch north of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway from Reseda Boulevard to DeSoto Avenue. Residents of Granada Hills from Balboa Boulevard and north of Sesnon Boulevard to the Ventura County border were under a mandatory evacuation order. Mandatory evacuations were also issued for the Oakridge Estates community north of the Foothill Freeway in Sylmar.

The evacuation orders affected roughly 23,000 homes — equating to about 100,000 people, authorities said.

At 5 p.m., the evacuation order was lifted for all homes south of the 118 Freeway, and Los Angeles police were arranging escorts for people in other areas to briefly return to their homes to collect important documents, medications or other needed items.

And according to Caltrans, the following freeways are now open in the Saddleridge Fire area:

  • the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway;
  • the eastbound Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway;
  • the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway;
  • the northbound and southbound Golden State (5) Freeway;
  • the northbound Golden State Freeway connector to the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway;
  • the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway at the Golden State Freeway;
  • the westbound Foothill Freeway at the Ronald Reagan Freeway
  • the northbound Golden State Freeway truck route.

The southbound Golden State Freeway truck route, the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway to the southbound Golden State Freeway truck route and the northbound Golden State Freeway to the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway truck route all remain closed this morning.

Eight evacuation centers were established, but many of them quickly reached capacity, although space appeared to be opening up sporadically as the day wore on. The evacuation centers were opened at:

  • Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.;
  • Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave. in Chatsworth;
  • Granada Hills Recreation Center, 16730 Chatsworth St.;
  • Northridge Recreation Center, 18300 Lemarsh St.,
  • Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark St. in Canoga Park;
  • Balboa Sports Complex, 17015 Burbank Blvd., Encino;
  • Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St.; and
  • Branford Recreation Center, 13306 Branford St., Arleta.

Large animals can be taken to the Hansen Dam Recreation Area at 11770 Foothill Blvd. in Lake View Terrace or Pierce College at 6201 Winnetka Ave. in Woodland Hills.

Los Angeles police officers escorted evacuees back into their homes for five minutes Friday night to retrieve pets, medication or necessary paperwork. Any resident who chose to stay in the evacuation zone would be warned against doing so, according to LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

“If individuals refuse to leave, they’ll be admonished, we’ll body-worn camera record them, we will get their next of kin and their information, and they’ll be left there over our objections,” Moore told reporters Friday evening.

About 330 juveniles and staff from the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall at 16350 Filbert St. in Sylmar were evacuated Friday morning. The Sylmar Juvenile Courthouse at the same location was also closed. Court officials said all cases on calendar Friday were postponed, except those with “statutory deadlines,” which were being heard at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, 1601 Eastlake Ave., Los Angeles.

The juveniles were evacuated to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, located at 7285 Quill Drive in Downey.

“Visiting of youth who are assigned to Barry J Nidorf Juvenile Hall and currently being housed at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall due to the (Saddleridge Fire) will resume on Sunday, October 13,” the department tweeted late Friday night.

Roughly 1,000 firefighters from LAFD, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest were on the ground battling the flames, aided by water-dropping helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft dropping fire retardant.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who cut short a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, due to the fire, and county Board of Supervisors chair Janice Hahn both signed local emergency declarations, and by late afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom had declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles and Riverside counties. The declarations free up local and state resources to aid in the firefighting effort.

There was no immediate word on what sparked the blaze. Terrazas noted that city officials had been working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to clear homeless people out of fire-prone areas during the red-flag conditions that began Thursday, but he said he did not know whether there were any encampments near the flashpoint of the blaze.

Various media reports cited a witness claiming the first flames erupted at the base of a Southern California Edison transmission tower along Saddle Ridge Road. Terrazas said he was aware of the reports “of a witness seeing fire fall from a transmission tower,” but there still had not been any determination of what caused the fire.

Coroner releases name of man killed while riding bicycle on freeway


COMPTON (CNS) – The Coroner’s Office today released the name of a 43-year-old man riding a bicycle, who was killed in a traffic crash on the eastbound Gardena (91) Freeway in the Compton area.

The bicyclist was identified as Nelson Mariano Velez-Segovia, of Compton, according to the coroner’s office.

The crash occurred at 6:40 a.m. Thursday near Wilmington Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Velez-Segovia was in the No. 4 lane of the eastbound freeway when he was rear ended by a 51-year-old motorist driving a 2018 Toyota going roughly 55 miles per hour, according to a CHP news statement.

“(The motorist) was unable to avoid a collision and struck the bicyclist from behind,” according to the news statement.

Velez-Segovia was pronounced dead at the scene.  The motorist was not injured and not arrested.

Democratic presidential hopefuls discuss LGBTQ issues at L.A. town hall


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Nine candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination took the stage tonight in downtown Los Angeles to field questions that addressed their policies that support the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people.

Major issues discussed at the “Power of Our Pride” forum included the U.S. Supreme Court case that will decide whether employers can fire employees based on their sexual orientation, which is expected to be heard in mid-November, as well as violence against LGBTQ members and the ban on transgender people on serving in the military.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, said his views on the LGBTQ community evolved after he said he had negative views of gay people until he was a teenager and came to understand their struggles. He said as president he would command a Department of Education that creates inclusive environments for students.

“We must use our Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division to go after schools that are denying people equal rights and equal protections,” Booker said. “I will actively, as much as people who were activists who fought for that equality for black Americans … I will fight with the same ferocity for LGBTQ Americans.”

When asked if religious schools should be stricken of their tax-exempt status if they oppose LGBTQ rights, Booker skirted the question by saying there should be “consequences,” but wouldn’t give a yes-or-no answer.

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke about how some people in the U.S. are ignorant of the country’s civil rights laws.

“This is a civil rights issue, protected by … the Civil Rights Act,” Biden said. “The American people are better than what we give them credit for, but we allow the homophobes to be able to control the agenda.”

Biden also said as president he would work to allow transgender people serve in the military and work to make them eligible for veterans’ benefits.

Biden said that if the Supreme Court rules that sexual orientation can be evidence to fire someone, he said he would advocate for passing a sweeping Equal Rights Act.

The only openly gay candidate in the race is South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who said he is mindful of the broad spectrum of LGBTQ people.

The forum was temporarily interrupted by a protest that at least two people staged before Buttigieg spoke, as they blocked the view of the stage with a flag, and some people in the audience chanted what sounded like “trans lives matter.”

Buttigieg said they were protesting violence against black transgender women, as Anderson Cooper, who moderated Buttigieg’s segment of the forum, called for calm.

“I’m very mindful of the fact that my experience as a gay man, but as a white, cis-gender gay man, means that there are dimensions, for example, what it’s like to be a trans-woman that I do not personally understand,” Buttigieg said.

“I hope that our own community, even as we struggle to define what our identify means, defines it in a way that lets everybody know that they belong among us.”

Buttigieg’s campaign announced Thursday it would seek to create a program to support individuals and communities  in “every aspect of their daily lives,” including equitable health care, workplace protections and a national mentorship program for LGBTQ youth.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, outlined her strategy to pass the Equality Act, which was introduced this summer and would provide  “non-discrimination” protections for LGBTQ people in many ways.

“What it’s going to take in the Senate is, I’m just going to be blunt, we’ve got to have more Democrats in the Senate,” Warren said. “I want our Republican friends to hear that in the United States Senate. I want them to know people vote based on LGBTQ issues.”

Warren said she would support funding for global expansion of HIV- preventative drugs.

“I want to see us bring down the cost of drugs that are generic,” Warren said. “This drug will be off-patent by then (Inauguration Day), and I commit that in my administration, we will let out a government contract to produce that drug and make that drug available at-cost both here in the United States and all around the world.”

Warren was likely referencing the drug PrEP, which is listed as an HIV- preventative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

She also suggested for people, she assumed who are mostly men, who believe marriage should be defined to be between one man and one woman, that they just marry one woman.

“If you can find one,” Warren quipped.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, said she had filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court as California’s attorney general in support of LGBTQ access to various rights and that she had concerns about the current configuration of the court.

“We are still at a point in this country where people are treated differently — treated differently — under the law, based on sexual orientation,” Harris said.

Harris also said that housing, education and other necessities are being restricted from LGBTQ people, and that she worked with many transgender teenagers in her role as San Francisco district attorney.

“I have a longstanding — decades long — connection to this issue, and as president of the United States, I promise you that I will put all resources and priority into ensuring that all people are safe … we know, certain populations are subject to hate,” Harris said.

A protester said from the audience that transgender people are being targeted and demanded Harris answer what she will do about it.

“There has to be serious consequence and accountability when it happens, which means there needs to be a safe place for the members of our transgender community to go when they’ve been exposed to that harm,” Harris said, adding those places are most important when transgender people run away from home.

Harris introduced herself as identifying with the pronouns she, her and hers, to which moderator Chris Cuomo replied, “Mine too.”

“Alright,” Harris responded.

Cuomo later tweeted: “PLEASE READ: When Sen. Harris said her pronouns were she her and her’s, I said mine too. I should not have. I apologize. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community, and I am sorry because I am committed to helping us achieve equality.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, was questioned on how he would change the mindset of Texans to be more accepting of different sexual orientation, and he said Texas leads the nation in violence against transgender women of color.

“It is still legal, although it is not OK, to be fired in Texas for your sexual orientation,” O’Rourke said, mentioning that some children in the state’s child foster system sleep on desks and other unsuitable conditions rather than let LGBTQ families adopt them.

“You can still be, by law, too gay to adopt one of those children into your loving home,” he said.

O’Rourke said in his LGBTQ plan that religious educational institutions that oppose LGBTQ rights should lose their tax-exempt status, saying it would be a priority of his to enforce that.

His portion of the forum was also interrupted by a woman who took the microphone from the scheduled speaker. She also wanted attention to the abuses of black transgender women.

Seth Owen, a representative of the Foundation to Help LGBTQ Youth, asked Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, about her policies to the laws that govern conversion therapy, the practice of trying to persuade people that they can choose to be a certain sexual orientation.

“We’ve all seen some of the things that are going on … bad practices, bad policies,” Klobuchar said, adding that she would support not prosecuting sex workers and instead focus prosecution on the managers of human trafficking.

Klobuchar said she would appoint Supreme Court justices that would understand the difference between discrimination and unalienable rights.

“I think that you have got to have agencies that follow the law,” she said regarding the question of tax-exempted nonprofit organizations that don’t support LGBTQ people. “I also think you’ve got to recognize (support) adoption for gay families.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said when he was mayor of San Antonio, his administration oversaw the passage of a “non-discrimination ordinance” and that speaks to his support for LGBTQ people. He focused on the transgender community after the protests from earlier in the evening.

“One of the things I did (as Housing and Urban Development secretary) is I expanded the equal-access rule to the transgender community so that transgender individuals (are) accommodated.”

Castro said the way to helping transgender people is to listen to them and heed their concerns.

“As president, I would make sure … we appoint people, including members of the LGBTQ community, to the cabinet,” Castro said.

Castro said part of his plan is to end homelessness by 2028.

Former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer said term limits on Congress would help move forward the LGBTQ rights issues by bringing in new representatives. He said he had worked to support making drugs that would help stem the AIDS epidemic.

Taking a question from a transgender black man, Steyer said he would seek punitive measures that would protect LGBTQ minorities.

“There is nothing that I can think of that would be more painful as an American … that there are citizens in our society who are being targeted for who they are,” Steyer said.

“To kill somebody for who they are, that has got to be the definition of a hate crime. We have got to prosecute those as severely as possible as a symbol of who we are … and every prosecutor has got to know that.”

The forum was organized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and broadcast on CNN. The Human Rights Campaign bills itself as the world’s largest LGBTQ-rights organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

Each candidate appeared for 30 minutes. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was originally set to appear at the event, but had to cancel his appearance after suffering a heart attack. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang both declined invitations to participate, citing scheduling conflicts, according to organizers.

Conservative talk show host Ben Shapiro tweeted, “The statements these Democrats are making on the CNN LGBT townhall are designed to tear America apart on a cultural level.

“Beto suggesting the revocation of ALL traditional church tax-exempt status, Booker blaming the Pulse shooting on `white supremacy,’ Klobuchar committing to a third gender option on federal ID — this is all extreme, insane stuff.

“The Trump campaign now has a near endless-supply of commercials.”

Pit bull attacks other dogs, charges deputy, shot and killed


PALMDALE (CNS) – A pit bull that attacked at least two other dogs and threatened to charge a sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Palmdale, authorities said this morning.

Deputies responded about 3:15 p.m. Thursday to the 9400 block of East Avenue Q-4 and located a boy with blood on the front of his shirt, according to Lt. Derrick Ballentine of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station.

An investigation determined the boy’s pit bull had gotten loose and attacked at least one other dog in the neighborhood, Ballentine said.

A deputy was informed the pit bull was last seen running eastbound on East Avenue Q-4. The deputy located the pit bull a short time later attacking another dog, Ballentine said.

As the deputy exited his vehicle, the owners of the dog being attacked arrived at the scene and one of the owners threw a rock that struck the pit bull and ended the attack on the other dog, Ballentine said.

The pit bull then charged the deputy and was shot and killed, he said.

The blood on the boy’s shirt was later determined to have been from another dog that had been attacked, Ballentine said.

A news photographer at the scene said two dogs that were attacked and badly injured by the pit bull were taken by animal control officers to be euthanized.

Fire burning in Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Sylmar blackens 4,600 acres


PORTER RANCH (CNS) – A wind-driven brush fire that exploded across more than 4,700 acres overnight continued to rage in the northern San Fernando Valley today, forcing the evacuation of roughly 100,000 people and closure of multiple freeways and schools, while causing at least one death.

The blaze was reported just after 9 p.m. Thursday off the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway near Yarnell Street and Saddle Ridge Road in Sylmar and quickly spread due to wind-blown embers that jumped the Golden State (5) Freeway about 11:20 p.m., spreading the flames into Granada Hills and Porter Ranch, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

As of 7:30 a.m., the fire had burned more than 4,700 acres with no containment, Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said. Authorities said the blaze was moving at a pace of about 800 acres an hour, meaning the inferno was likely to explode in size amid red flag fire conditions that included gusting Santa Ana winds and single-digit humidity.

Terrazas said at least 25 homes had been damaged, if not destroyed. One person, described only as a man in his 50s, died of a heart attack Friday morning. Terrazas said the man was talking to firefighters when he went into cardiac arrest. Media reports indicated the man was trying to protect his home in Porter Ranch from the flames. Fire officials said the man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The massive fire prompted a mandatory evacuation order for all residents of Porter Ranch north of the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway from Reseda Boulevard to DeSoto Avenue, Stewart said. Residents of Granada Hills from Balboa Boulevard and north of Sesnon Boulevard to the Ventura County border were under a mandatory evacuation order. An evacuation warning was issued for all areas south of Sesnon Boulevard to the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway, Stewart said.

An evacuation warning is issued when a mandatory evacuation is anticipated. Residents in this area should be prepared to evacuate immediately, Stewart said.

Mandatory evacuations were also issued for the Oakridge Estates community north of the Foothill Freeway in Sylmar.

The evacuation orders affected roughly 23,000 homes — equating to about 100,000 people, authorities said.

Evacuation centers were established at the Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave.; the Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave. in Chatsworth; and the Granada Hills Recreation Center, 16730 Chatsworth St. As of Friday morning, the Mason and Granada Hills shelters had already reached capacity, and the Sylmar center was nearing capacity.

That prompted authorities to open a fourth evacuation center at Northridge Recreation Center, 18300 Lemarsh St.

Large animals can be taken to the Hansen Dam Recreation Area at 11770 Foothill Blvd. in Lake View Terrace or the West Valley Animal Shelter at 20655 Plummer St. in Chatsworth, Stewart said.

The Granada Hills Recreation Center at 16730 Chatsworth St. was full as of about 4:20 a.m. and no longer able to accept evacuees, Stewart said.

About 330 juveniles and staff from the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall at 16350 Filbert St. were evacuated this morning, ABC7 reported.

Authorities urged residents to heed evacuation warnings for their own safety.

“When you’re told to leave, we mean for you to leave,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Friday morning. “It’s for your safety, it will save your life. If you stay in those areas we cannot guarantee you that we’ll be able to find you if you’re overcome by flames.”

Roughly 1,000 firefighters from LAFD, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest were on the ground battling the flames and eight water-dropping helicopters were deployed. Fixed-wing air tankers were also being sent to the fire.

The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power reported overnight that about 2,500 customers had lost power in the Granada Hills and Sylmar areas. The utility noted that much of the power to Porter Ranch is provided through underground lines, but there had been damage to two overhead circuits and 16 power poles. As of about 8 a.m., DWP reported that 870 customers were without power.

The utility had cut power to some overhead power lines Thursday night to assist with the firefighting efforts. The placement of the power lines in the area added to the hazards facing helicopter pilots trying to drop water on the flames.

The LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert Thursday night in response to the fire. It allows the department to keep officers beyond the end of their shifts.

“(We) are working with LAFD to carry out any necessary evacuations,” the LAPD tweeted. “If you live in the area of the 210 freeway and Yarnell (Street) in Sylmar, we urge you to be prepared & follow all public safety instructions.”

Moore said that because of the tactical alert “we’re stretched thin.”

LAPD Mission Division officers were clearing traffic in Sylmar due to the fire.

“Please steer clear away from the area of westbound Foothill (Boulevard) to Roxford (Street),” the Mission Division tweeted. “Avoid the 210 freeway as well. Thank you.”

The flames also created a traffic nightmare, with all freeways from the north into the Porter Ranch area blocked. According to the California Highway Patrol, closures were implemented on:

  • the Golden State (5) Freeway southbound from Calgrove Boulevard and northbound from Roxford Street;
  • southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway at Newhall Avenue;
  • Sierra Highway at Newhall Avenue;
  • The Old Road at Calgrove Boulevard;
  • the Foothill (210) Freeway from the 5 Freeway to the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway;
  • westbound 118 Freeway at Balboa Boulevard;
  • eastbound 118 Freeway from the Ventura County line to Tampa Avenue; and
  • the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at the 118 Freeway.

The Los Angeles Unified School District canceled classes at virtually all campuses in the area, and all schools in the Castaic Unified and Newhall school districts were shuttered. Cal State Northridge was closed, along with Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Mission College and Los Angeles Valley College.

There was no immediate word on what sparked the blaze. Terrazas noted that city officials had been working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to clear homeless people out of fire-prone areas during the red-flag conditions that began Thursday, but he said he did not know if there were any encampments near the flashpoint of the blaze.

Methane capture grants boost to California natural gas


The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced last month it would be tackling one of the biggest the state’s biggest greenhouse gas headaches. California has awarded more than $67 million to 43 dairy digester projects across the state, mostly within the impoverished Central Valley, to fund methane-capture technologies.

In California, livestock and dairies alone represent 55 percent of the state’s methane emissions. Producing 25 times the impact of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period, methane is one of the most critical contributors to climate change in California. The $65 billion and 180,000 in-state jobs generated annually by the industry further complicates matters.

“Every dairy farmer cares about the environment, but these improvements can be very expensive,” dairy farmer Richard Wagner said. Wagner is a grant recipient from San Joaquin County. “We are contributing a significant portion of the total project costs, but without funding from the state, we wouldn’t be able to move forward.”

That’s why Sacramento’s latest scheme will see methane waste produced from decomposing manure collected and converted into pipeline quality natural gas. The produced gas will then be injected directly into California’s existing natural gas pipelines and used as an ultra-clean, low cost fuel for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as energy for homes and businesses.

“Dairy cows are incredibly prolific energy resources,” California Natural Gas Partnership’s Todd Campbell said “One cow can produce enough transportation fuel to drive a car across the country and five cows can produce enough methane to power one home for an entire year.​”

This project will enable SoCalGas to add up to 2.26 billion cubic feet of RNG each year to its pipeline system, enough to fuel more than 1,200 Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Replacing just 16-20% of traditional natural gas with RNG would reduce emissions the equivalent amount as electrifying all buildings in California.

Dodgers season ends with Game 5 loss


LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The winningest regular season in Los Angeles
Dodgers history was followed by a loss in a National League Division Series, as
former Dodger Howie Kendrick hit a 10th-inning grand slam to give the
Washington Nationals a 7-3 victory tonight at Dodger Stadium.
“Obviously very, very, disappointing is probably an understatement,”
said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, whose team won a franchise-record 106
games in the regular season. “But I think it’s just one of those things that
we got beat and just disappointed for everyone.”
Roberts said he would have “no problem” if the blame for the loss
falls on him.
“I feel that my job is to put guys in the best position to have
success and if it doesn’t work out, there’s always going to be second-guessing
and I got no problem wearing the brunt of that,” Roberts said.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run homer by
their second batter, Max Muncy, and increased their lead to 3-0 on Kike
Hernandez’s second-inning homer in the decisive game of the best-of-five
However, the Dodgers were held to three hits over the final 10 innings
as they lost the series, three games to two.
The Nationals tied the score on home runs on consecutive pitches by
Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto on consecutive pitches off Clayton Kershaw in the
eighth inning.
Roberts took out starter Walker Buehler after he walked Trea Turner on
his 117th pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs in the
seventh and replaced him with Kershaw.
“Once he walked Turner … I thought Walker had had enough,” Roberts
said. “I thought he emptied the tank. So to get Clayton to get us out of
that spot, I felt good about it.”
Kershaw struck out Adam Eaton to end the inning, but allowed home runs
to the first two batters he faced in the eighth.
Kenta Maeda relieved Kershaw, striking out the next three batters
before a sellout crowd announced at 54,159.
Roberts pinch-hit for Maeda in the bottom of the eighth. Joe Kelly
took the mound for the Dodgers in the ninth and retired the side in order.
Kelly walked Eaton, the leadoff hitter in the 10th, then allowed a
ground-rule double to the next batter, Rendon. Soto was walked intentionally to
load the bases.
Roberts said he kept Kelly in the game because “I just felt that Joe
had a good chance to” get Kendrick to hit a ground ball and then potentially
have Kenley Jansen face Ryan Zimmerman.
The 36-year-old Kendrick who was hitless in his four at-bats Wednesday
before hitting an 0-1 fastball for the third postseason home run of his
career. The others came with the Los Angeles Angels in Game 3 of the 2009
American League Championship Series and with the Dodgers in Game 3 of a
National League Division Series.
Daniel Hudson, the fourth of five Washington pitchers, pitched a
shutout ninth for the victory. Sean Dolittle retired the side in order in the
10th to end the game and give the Nationals their first victory in a postseason
series. They had lost four division series, three in Game 5, including in 2016
to the Dodgers.
Kelly, the fourth of five Dodger pitchers, was charged with the loss.
Washington will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League
Championship Series, which will begin Friday in St. Louis. The Cardinals
defeated the Atlanta Braves, 13-1, Wednesday in Atlanta to win their division
series, three games to two.
Buehler allowed one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, struck out
seven, walked three and hit a batter. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg
allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked
Joc Pederson led off the first for the Dodgers with what was initially
ruled a home run, but the call was overturned following an umpire review
and it was determined to be a ground-rule double. Muncy followed by hitting a 3-
1 fastball for his third homer of the series.
Soto singled in Rendon, who doubled, in the sixth for Washington’s
first run.
The Dodgers have won seven consecutive National League West titles but
have not won the World Series since 1988. They lost the World Series in
each of the past two seasons. The Dodgers have never reached the World Series
in three consecutive seasons.

Gang member to be arraigned for rapper’s 2017 shooting death


INGLEWOOD (CNS) – A 24-year-old man police say is a gang member
already in custody on robbery charges is scheduled to be arraigned today in an
Inglewood courtroom for allegedly killing a young rapper in 2017.
Andre Jeremy Garcia-Brown, a member of the Bloods criminal street
gang, is charged with murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a
firearm, according to the Inglewood Police Department.
Garcia-Brown is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Shawn Ivy,
police said.
Ivy performed under the name Sean Mack, police said.
Officers responded at 2:20 a.m. on July 6, 2017, to the 600 block of
Hardin Drive in Inglewood to investigate a shots-fired call and found the
rapper dead at the scene, police said.
About 200 people attended a vigil for Ivy later that evening.
Inglewood police arrested Garcia-Brown about 5:30 p.m. Friday. He was
booked into the Men’s Central Jail about four hours later, according to Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s Department jail records.

Bones found during 405 Freeway work


ORANGE (CNS) – The San Diego (405) Freeway widening project hit a snag
recently when human remains believed to be of Native American descent were
found during excavations, a spokesman for the Orange County Transportation
Authority said today.
Construction workers found the bones on Sept. 25, said Eric Carpenter
of the OCTA.
OCTA officials are prohibited by law from providing a location or
description of a grave or sacred places, Carpenter said. Agency officials are
also concerned that revealing where the remains were found might encourage some
to go exploring.
After the bones were found construction was halted immediately and
officials consulted with an archeologist and the county coroner, Carpenter
said. Officials suspect the bones are human and of Native American descent, he
OCTA is consulting with the California Native American Heritage
Commission on how to proceed, Carpenter said.
“The commission determines a most likely descendant from a local
Native American tribe,” Carpenter said. “OCTA and its partners recognize the
cultural sensitivity of the issue and will work with all the parties involved
to ensure appropriate and respectful procedures are followed.”
It is not clear if the discovery will affect when construction is

What’s got housing so expensive? Red tape and construction costs, alleges L.A. Controller


Funds from Los Angeles’ much-vaunted Proposition HHH bond program have been poorly used, officials alleged Wednesday, after L.A. Controller Ron Galperin released a report claiming bureaucratic red tape has prevented construction of desperately-needed housing for Angelenos.

“Providing housing and shelter is a proven way to solve homelessness, but three years after voters approved a $1.2 billion bond for that very purpose, not even a fraction of the housing required exists,” Galperin said.

Homelessness in Los Angeles has ballooned to 36,000 people, but only 5,873 supportive units and 1,767 low-income units have been funded through HHH, according to Galperin. Many of those projects cost more than $600,000 per unit, and as of October 2019, no HHH-funded units are open, despite voters approving the measure nearly three years ago.

The Controller’s office has created a resource map showing the cost and status of each of the City’s 114 HHH projects. The resource map has identified 19 housing developments under construction, 60 in pre-development and 35 more under review and pending approval.

Lengthy approvals aren’t the only issue, though. Building cost estimates have skyrocketed, from $350,000 for a small studio or one-bedroom unit in 2019 to a median cost of $531,000 per unit today. More than 1,000 HHH units are projected to exceed $600,000, with one project topping $700,000 per unit.

“Tens of thousands of people are sleeping on our streets, in our parks and on our sidewalks each night,” Galperin said. “A course correction is needed so that the City can maximize HHH dollars and create more units quickly and cost-effectively.”