The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Santa Monica Joins Other Cities in Taking Legal Action Against President Trump’s Travel Ban http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-joins-other-cities-in-taking-legal-action-against-president-trumps-travel-ban http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-joins-other-cities-in-taking-legal-action-against-president-trumps-travel-ban#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:59:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156055 On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in the federal district court in Seattle, where six States have challenged President Donald Trump’s second attempt at restricting travel into the United States from six majority-Muslim nations is being heard. The City of Santa Monica joined the filing and Mayor Ted Winterer joins mayors from across the nation in sharing the announcement.

“The revised travel ban continues this administration’s unconstitutional actions that do not align with Santa Monica values or the values of our great country,” said Mayor Ted Winterer. “Santa Monica is proud to stand with other cities, including our neighbors in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, in saying no to hate and reaffirming our ideals.”

Santa Monica, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Central Falls (RI), Gary, Ithaca, Jersey City, Madison, Minneapolis, Montgomery County (MD), Oakland, Portland, Philadelphia, Saint Paul, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Seattle, Skokie, South Bend, and West Hollywood, presented the local government position to the district court, which is considering the States’ emergency motion to apply its existing injunction to the new executive order. The brief explains the vital contribution that immigrants make to our cities and country, points out that classifications based on religion and natural origin are presumptively invalid, and argues that the travel ban is misguided and unconstitutional.

The executive order restricting immigration prohibits people from six countries—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—from entering the U.S. for 90 days and halts the admission into the U.S. of people granted refugee status for 120 days while the Trump administration revises immigration screening procedures.

The  brief was prepared with the pro bono assistance of several attorneys of the law firm Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP, which has offices in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

The City has an online hub of information and resources on immigration, including the City’s resolution embracing diversity. Visit http://ift.tt/2nInTQO. Santa Monica will participate in the U.S. Conference of Mayors National Immigration Day on Tuesday, March 21. Follow along using #MayorsStand4All.

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Pedestrian killed in Santa Monica parking lot; driver arrested http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pedestrian-killed-in-santa-monica-parking-lot-driver-arrested http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pedestrian-killed-in-santa-monica-parking-lot-driver-arrested#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:48:07 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156033

A 21-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence struck a pedestrian in a Santa Monica parking lot Tuesday, killing him, before fleeing the scene and smashing into a parked vehicle, authorities said.

After the crash, the driver, identified as Absadi Kidane, got out of the vehicle and led officers on a brief foot pursuit that ended when he was arrested after a struggle, according to Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

Authorities were first notified about 3:30 p.m. when witnesses reported a driver who sped into the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot at 1821 Main St., Rodriguez said.

The driver entered from 4th Street, headed west and plowed into the pedestrian, who was standing at a pay parking booth.

He continued driving, police said, and hit the parked car along Main Street.

Kidane was taken into custody in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard.

Officers found the pedestrian unresponsive, and he died at a hospital. His name was not released, but Rodriguez said he was about 40 years old.

Kidane was booked into Santa Monica jail on suspicion of homicide, vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run, and resisting arrest. He was being held in lieu of $2-million bond.

Anyone who saw the crash or has additional information is asked to contact Santa Monica police at (310) 458-8491.

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Big SoCal Earthquake Could Cause Beach Areas to Sink Up to 3 Feet in Seconds, New Study Finds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-socal-earthquake-could-cause-beach-areas-to-sink-up-to-3-feet-in-seconds-new-study-finds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-socal-earthquake-could-cause-beach-areas-to-sink-up-to-3-feet-in-seconds-new-study-finds#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:18:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156019 One of Southern California’s most dangerous faults caused land on the Orange County coast to sink between 1½ feet to 3 feet in a matter of seconds during prehistoric earthquakes, according to a new study that suggests the seismic risk is greater than previously believed.

“It’s not just a gradual sinking. This is boom — it would drop. It’s very rapid sinking,” said the lead author of the report, Robert Leeper, a geology graduate student at UC Riverside who worked on the study as a Cal State Fullerton student and geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study of the Newport-Inglewood fault focused on the wetlands of Seal Beach. But the area of sudden dropping could extend to other regions in the same geologic area of the Seal Beach wetlands, which includes the U.S. Naval Weapons Station and the Huntington Harbour neighborhood of Huntington Beach.

Leeper and a team of scientists at Cal State Fullerton had been searching the Seal Beach wetlands for evidence of ancient tsunami. Instead, they found buried organic deposits that they determined to be the prehistoric remains of marsh surfaces, which were they say were abruptly dropped by large earthquakes that occurred on the Newport-Inglewood fault.

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Santa Monica Police Look for Man With Autism Who Went Missing After Running L.A. Marathon http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-police-look-for-man-with-autism-who-went-missing-after-running-l-a-marathon-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-police-look-for-man-with-autism-who-went-missing-after-running-l-a-marathon-2#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:54:33 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155995 Police in Santa Monica are asking the public to help find a man with autism who went missing after running in the L.A. Marathon.

Romario Snow, 21, was last seen just before 2 p.m. Sunday near Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, near the marathon finish line, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

Snow was photographed at the start of the marathon and was wearing a navy blue shirt and black shorts. Police said he may be wearing a light brown sweater.

Authorities said Snow has brown eyes, brown hair and weighs 158 pounds. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

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Santa Monica Police Look for Man With Autism Who Went Missing After Running L.A. Marathon http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-police-look-for-man-with-autism-who-went-missing-after-running-l-a-marathon http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-police-look-for-man-with-autism-who-went-missing-after-running-l-a-marathon#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:43:19 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155985 Police in Santa Monica are asking the public to help find a man with autism who went missing after running in the L.A. Marathon.

Romario Snow, 21, was last seen just before 2 p.m. Sunday near Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, near the marathon finish line, according to the Santa Monica Police Department.

Snow was photographed at the start of the marathon and was wearing a navy blue shirt and black shorts. Police said he may be wearing a light brown sweater.

Authorities said Snow has brown eyes, brown hair and weighs 158 pounds. He is 5 feet, 8 inches tall.

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Santa Monica High School freshman dies after falling from apartment building while on LSD http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-high-school-freshman-dies-after-falling-from-apartment-building-while-on-lsd http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-high-school-freshman-dies-after-falling-from-apartment-building-while-on-lsd#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:52:14 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155973

A 15-year-old Santa Monica High student died over the weekend after trying the drug LSD and falling from an apartment building, school officials said Monday.

In a letter addressed to parents and family members, Principal Antonio Shelton said that Andre Zuczek died after suffering major brain trauma.

The letter said Zuczek’s family wanted to share the full circumstances of his death “so that other parents may be spared from losing a child to drug use.”

A statement from Zuczek’s family said he and some friends tried LSD, commonly referred to as acid, on Saturday.

“Things went badly very quickly as Andre had what is though to be a ‘bad trip,’ and fell from a third-floor apartment,” the statement said. “He was rushed to the hospital where doctors tried very hard to save him.”

The statement called on community members to talk about Zuczek and his death with their children and families.

“In sharing, please be aware that hearsay and gossip can be very hurtful and can add more sorrow to the grief we are all feeling at this time,” the statement said.

Shelton said counselors were available to students needing support as they grieve.

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Norovirus outbreak continues at Santa Monica schools http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/norovirus-outbreak-continues-at-santa-monica-schools http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/norovirus-outbreak-continues-at-santa-monica-schools#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:18:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155935 Nearly two months after a norovirus outbreak began during a class trip to Yosemite, students in Santa Monica are still falling sick with the stomach bug, according to school and public health officials.

Cases appear to be falling, but 100 students still contracted norovirus last week in the Santa…

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Expo-Adjacent Courtyard by Marriott Debuts in Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/expo-adjacent-courtyard-by-marriott-debuts-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/expo-adjacent-courtyard-by-marriott-debuts-in-santa-monica#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:45:05 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155796

Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio (GP-US) has announced the grand opening of a new Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Santa Monica.

Located at the corner of 5th Street and Colorado Avenue, the six-story building features 136 guest rooms above approximately 3,500 square feet of ground-floor restaurant space and an underground parking garage.  Guests also benefit from a slew of amenity spaces, including a cantilevered pool deck.

Situated directly across the street from Metro’s Downtown Santa Monica Station, the hotel features a large cut out above its second floor, providing views of the busy Expo Line terminus below.

The project comes from OTO Developmenta, a South Carolina-based real estate firm that specializes in hotels.

OTO and GP-US are collaborating on a similar Hampton Inn & Suites across the intersection.

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Woman acquitted in slaying of Santa Monica model may sue police, court says http://www.theopendaily.com/community/woman-acquitted-in-slaying-of-santa-monica-model-may-sue-police-court-says http://www.theopendaily.com/community/woman-acquitted-in-slaying-of-santa-monica-model-may-sue-police-court-says#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:51:58 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155699

A federal appeals court decided Tuesday that a woman acquitted of killing a model and aspiring actress in 2008 may sue a Santa Monica police detective for allegedly dissuading a defense witness from testifying during the murder trial.

A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 to reinstate the lawsuit by Kelly Soo Park, who was acquitted of the strangling murder of model Juliana Redding in her Santa Monica residence.

Park, who now faces fraud charges in a separate case, contended in her suit that Santa Monica police Det. Karen Thompson intimidated a witness who would have implicated someone else in Redding’s killing.

The suit, which U.S. District Judge S. James Otero had dismissed, dealt with Park’s attempt during the 2013 murder trial to implicate John Gilmore, the victim’s boyfriend, as the actual killer.

The court alleged Gilmore had a history of domestic violence and had previously assaulted Redding.

Park’s suit said that Melissa Ayala, Gilmore’s former girlfriend, planned to testify that Gilmore had choked her three times and had mentioned Redding’s killing during one of the incidents.

Ayala eventually decided to invoke her 5th Amendment right not to testify only because Thompson had intimidated her, the suit said.

“Park was deprived of her principal and apparently sole defense — that a third party was guilty of the murder — due to Thompson’s alleged interference with Ayala’s testimony,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter appointee, wrote for the majority.

Prosecutors argued that Gilmore had been ruled out as a suspect. They based their case against Park on DNA found throughout the victim’s home, including on Redding’s neck.

They argued that Park attacked Redding at the behest of a doctor who had previously dated the victim and who was upset that the victim’s father had pulled out of a business deal.

Defense lawyers countered that Park’s DNA could have been transferred from somewhere else to the murder scene.

Although Park and Redding did not know each other, both had been in the home of the doctor who allegedly arranged the attack.

In a partial dissent, Judge Ferdinand F. Fernandez said Thompson never threatened Ayala or tried to prevent her from testifying.

“I recognize that Thompson entered dangerous territory when she decided to talk to Ayala and tell her that she was not required to speak further to Park’s investigators,” wrote Fernandez, who was appointed by President George H. W. Bush.

That decision “may not have been wise,” Fernandez said, “but it was not disastrous.”

He said that Ayala refused to testify because she was facing criminal charges in another case.

“The district court was not required to accept the fantasy … that Ayala would have blithely incriminated herself were it not for the conversation she had with Thompson,” Fernandez wrote.

The court did not decide whether the detective had immunity from such suits, leaving that call to the district judge.

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Santa Monica’s massively popular Twilight Concert Series will return with fewer shows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-massively-popular-twilight-concert-series-will-return-with-fewer-shows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-massively-popular-twilight-concert-series-will-return-with-fewer-shows#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:51:27 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155366

The party will start in June

Santa Monica’s ultra-popular Twilight Concert Series will return this year with a new, shorter schedule “to cut back on the exponential costs” of producing the popular summer event, says the Santa Monica Daily Press.

The usual 10-concert lineup will be cut to eight shows, and the performances will take place in June—not July—so as not to add onto the city’s high tourist season.

Part of what’s made the concert series so costly is the security. To deal with bigger crowds, concert organizers have hired more Santa Monica Police Department officers to provide security.

According to the Daily Press, in 2007, just 16 officers were needed. But with crowds swelling to an estimated 40,000 attendees at some of last year’s shows, 150 officers were booked, and many of them clocked overtime hours.

As part of a plan to reduce costs for the event, concert organizers are looking to “increase the ratio of private security to sworn officers,” because the former is less expensive.

Even with all these changes, concert organizers say the series will still be the same exciting experience it has always been. The executive director of the concert series, Jay Farrand, told the Daily Press, “From the standpoint of the crowd, we are still committed to amazing talent, fun activities, and the same iconic summer tradition we’ve always had.”

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Man Who Allegedly Tried to Roofie Woman in Santa Monica Bar Will Stand Trial for Poisoning http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-who-allegedly-tried-to-roofie-woman-in-bar-will-stand-trial-for-poisoning http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-who-allegedly-tried-to-roofie-woman-in-bar-will-stand-trial-for-poisoning#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:51:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155185 Michael Hsu was cleared of all counts except for one: felony poisoning. Authorities say he attempted to slip MDMA into his coworker’s drink without her consent.

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Man charged with slipping suspicious drug into woman’s drink at Santa Monica bar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-charged-with-slipping-suspicious-drug-into-womans-drink-at-santa-monica-bar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-charged-with-slipping-suspicious-drug-into-womans-drink-at-santa-monica-bar#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 15:16:34 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155073 Photo via Pixabay
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A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a man to stand trial on a felony poisoning charge after allegedly trying to slip a drug into a woman’s drink at a Santa Monica hotel bar.

Judge Upinder S. Kalra dismissed other charges against Michael Roe Chien Hsu, having granted a defense motion to quash a warrant and suppress evidence stemming from that warrant in December.

Following a preliminary hearing Monday, Kalra ordered Hsu to stand trial on the remaining count. Arraignment was set for March 13.

Defense attorney Joshua Ritter said the alleged victim did not testify at the preliminary hearing, calling her absence “unusual.” Instead a detective testified on her behalf.

Three women saw Hsu allegedly trying to spike the drink of his female companion while she was in a rest room at the Fig restaurant inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, one of the three wrote in a Facebook posting.

“He pulled her glass toward him, kind of awkwardly, then he took out a little black vial,” according to her account on Facebook.

“He opened it up and dropped something in. Then he tried to play it cool, like checking his phone and hiding the vial in his hand and then trying to bring it back down slyly.”

The suspect’s companion was told about the alleged spiking, as was restaurant staff, who called police. The would-be victim allegedly told one of the witnesses that the suspect was one of her closest friends.

Surveillance footage captured Hsu pouring an unknown substance into the woman’s wine glass, according to a statement of probable cause filed by a Santa Monica police officer. Ritter said law enforcement officers overreached in seizing other evidence, a claim supported by the judge’s ruling.

Hsu was arrested by Santa Monica police May 26 and posted bond six days later, after his bail was cut from $1 million to $350,000.

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Father of Young Man Killed In Santa Monica Says ‘He Was My Life’ http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/father-of-young-man-killed-in-santa-monica-says-he-was-my-life http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/father-of-young-man-killed-in-santa-monica-says-he-was-my-life#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:44:18 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155061 SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — The grieving father of a young man, whose body was found in Santa Monica, said Monday that his son was his life.

The body of Juan Castillo was discovered around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 1300 block of 16th Street during the pouring rain, according to police.

They said the 18-year-old was shot in the head, and someone dumped his body about a half block from the UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica at 1250 16th Street.

“I want some answers. But I haven’t heard anything. He was my life,” the victim’s father, Jorge Castillo, said as he tried to hold back tears.

Castillo was a popular All-Star football player at Santa Monica High School, where he graduated last June.

The victim’s older brother, Jorge Jr., rushed home from San Francisco State University to grieve with his family. “He was a popular kid. He knew kids from all groups,” he said. “It’s like a part of me is gone, and I am not getting it back.”

Other relatives and friends crammed into the family’s small apartment, where a shrine was set up to remember Castillo, to offer their condolences.

They reiterated that the victim was not a gang member. Police told CBS2’s Dave Lopez that they agreed.

After midnight Saturday, a shooting happened near a liquor store at 21st Street and Pico Boulevard.

Five hours later, Castillo’s body was found on 16th Street.

Investigators were trying to determine if Castillo was the one who was shot near that liquor store.

His family said he wanted to join the marines to make his family proud.

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Foodie Festivities at SMO-Santa Monica Attracts Region’s Best to Barker Hangar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/foodie-festivities-at-smo-santa-monica-attracts-regions-best-to-barker-hangar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/foodie-festivities-at-smo-santa-monica-attracts-regions-best-to-barker-hangar#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:40:18 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155055 One of SoCal’s most coveted food events, Food Fare, is set to descend on Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger next week with a vast array of local and state-wide chefs, sommeliers and foodies all currently preparing for the occasion.

Part of fundraising efforts for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA), Food Fare includes more than 100 local businesses set to impress foodie and critic attendees alike.

This year Chef of the Year will be presented to Clementine’s Annie Miler. Miler owns and operates Clementine, an esteemed bakery-café in Century City and Beverly Hills with a locally-sourced, seasonally rotating menu born from a marriage of Miler’s culinary family background and her travels as a chef, organizers said.

“PPLA Food Fare is pleased to recognize Annie for her outstanding contributions to Los Angeles’ culinary culture as well as her dedication to PPLA’s mission to support community health, education and wellness,” they stated.

In previous years, Food Fare has recognized Santa Monica’s Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill.)

Food Fare began in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child and has grown over the last 38 years to become one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most celebrated food events. An annual event, Food Fare is highly anticipated by food lovers, PPLA supporters and the general public as an opportunity to sample the best food and drinks LA has to offer.

Food Fare is hosted by the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Guild, a group of over 170 members dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support for PPLA.

Pplafoodfare.com has more information with the evening event sold out, and day tickets available.

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4 Dead, More Injured After Small Plane Departing Riverside Airport Crashes Into 2 Homes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/4-dead-more-injured-after-small-plane-departing-riverside-airport-crashes-into-2-homes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/4-dead-more-injured-after-small-plane-departing-riverside-airport-crashes-into-2-homes#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:17:49 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155039
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A small plane carrying five people in the area for a cheerleading conference crashed into two homes, leaving one a gutted shell, shortly after departing the Riverside airport late Monday afternoon in an incident a witness a mile away said felt like an earthquake.

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Police began receiving phone calls about 4:41 p.m. regarding a plane crashing near a residential area at Central and Streeter avenues, Riverside Police Department Lt. Charles Payne said.

At least four victims have died, including one resident, and two people were transported to nearby hospitals with serious injuries, according to Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore. There another three to five residents unaccounted for for whom rescue crews were still searching, he added.

Two homes were completely destroyed with adjacent residences suffering moderate damage, Moore said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said a Cessna 310 — a six-seat, twin-engine plane — had departed from Riverside en route to San Jose when it crashed under unknown circumstances about a half-mile northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport.

One of the plane’s passengers, a teenager from the San Jose area, was ejected and has been transported to Riverside Community Hospital with minor injuries, according to Moore.

"Upon impact, the plane pretty much split apart and luckily she was ejected [with] very minor injuries even though we’re treating her as a critical patient," he said.

The passenger told firefighters there were five people on board and they were in the area for a cheerleading conference taking place at Disneyland this week. The other four passengers’ fates were still unclear, Moore said.

A Riverside home remained a smoking shell after a plane crashed into it on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A Riverside home remained a smoking shell after a plane crashed into it on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

"The other victims are scattered throughout the wreckage and we’re unable to determine if they were victims from the residences or from the aircraft itself."

Firefighters believe the plane’s occupants were two adults — a husband and wife — and three teenagers, at least one of whom was related to the adults.

Responding fire crews also found one victim in a home and extricated the patient, who was transported to Arrowhead Memorial Hospital in San Bernardino in critical condition, according to Moore.

Flames and smoke were pouring from one home, which looked completely destroyed as firefighters continued to work after sunset. Debris was strewn across the home’s front yard.

A neighboring home had damage as well, with its chimney apparently destroyed.

Firefighters were working throughout the evening to continue locating and extricating residents and assessing the neighborhood to clear it of remaining debris.

"The building I was in shook like a very short, small earthquake," H.L Reyes said on Twitter shortly after the plane struck the home.

Flames continue to rise from a Riverside home after a plane crashed into it Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Flames continue to rise from a Riverside home after a plane crashed into it Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Witness Brian Marsh told KTLA said he saw the plane go down as he and his wife were driving with their children west on Central toward Streeter Avenue.

The plane made a northbound turn before the crash, Marsh said.

“As soon as it turned, it almost stalled,” Marsh said. “It just turned and went straight toward the ground. It looked like they tried to pull out of it, but it was too late.”

He said he saw no smoke or flames coming from the plane before the impact, which occurred when it was drizzling outside.

"It’s horrible," Marsh said. "My kids, the first thing they said to me was, ‘Did everyone make it? And I told them, I said, ‘Honey, there’s no way that everyone survived that crash.’"

Marsh’s wife called 911 and police arrived in less than two minutes, he said.

The crash location is in a residential area of Riverside, a little under 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Evacuees were being directed to nearby Nichols Park, Payne said.

A witness captured the aftermath of a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: @rebel_time_dork/Instagram via CNN)

A witness captured the aftermath of a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: @rebel_time_dork/Instagram via CNN)

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Police Investigating Death of Santa Monica 19-Year-Old Found in Street With Head Injury http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/police-investigating-death-of-santa-monica-19-year-old-found-in-street-with-head-injury http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/police-investigating-death-of-santa-monica-19-year-old-found-in-street-with-head-injury#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:28:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155009
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Authorities were investigating the death of a Santa Monica 19-year-old found lying unconscious in the 1300 block of 16th Street on Sunday. John Fenoglio reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Feb. 26, 2017.

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Juan Castillo, 19, SamoHi Grad, found dead at 16th Near Colorado Blvd http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/juan-castillo-19-samohi-grad-found-dead-at-16th-near-colorado-blvd http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/juan-castillo-19-samohi-grad-found-dead-at-16th-near-colorado-blvd#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:34:32 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154968 His body was found on a dark and rainy night on 16th Street in Santa Monica, his hometown, where he had gone to high school. He had been a member of the Santa Monica High School football team and graduated in June, 2016. He had a job working at Burger King and his family was from the Coyotera, a local apartment complex on Cloverfield and Delaware Avenue. If Santa Monica has a hood, that…

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Man found dead on Santa Monica street, possible link to nearby shooting http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-found-dead-on-santa-monica-street-possible-link-to-nearby-shooting http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-found-dead-on-santa-monica-street-possible-link-to-nearby-shooting#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:15:29 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154958 Photo credit: Wiki Commons
Photo credit: Wiki Commons

Photo credit: Wiki Commons

A man was found dead on a Santa Monica street Sunday, and police were investigating any possible link to a shooting several blocks away.

The man was found laying on the ground shortly after 5 a.m. in the 1300 block of 16th Street, and police were summoned, according to SMPD Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

That location is near the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, near 16th and Arizona streets.

Paramedics treated the man for a head injury, but he died, Rodriguez said. His name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Detectives were pursuing a possible link to a 12:45 a.m. report of gunfire 1.4 miles away, in the 2100 block of Pico Boulevard, Rodriguez continued. Police discovered evidence of a shooting there but could not locate any victims or suspects.

Police asked anyone with information to call SMPD detectives D. Larios at (310) 458-8937 or B. Cooper at (310) 458-8478. SMPD can also be reached at (310) 458-8478.

–City News Service

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Accepting All Athletes on Venice Beach http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/accepting-all-athletes-on-venice-beach-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/accepting-all-athletes-on-venice-beach-2#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:19:29 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154826
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This Saturday morning, February 25th, turn your morning run into a money maker for Got Your 6, a non-profit supporting US Veterans.
Head to Venice Beach at the end of Windward Ave., and join disabled US Veteran, champion athlete, and motivational speaker Redmond Ramos in a race on the beach. You don’t have to spend a cent, or run very fast, all you need to do is cross the finish line and Macy’s will make a donation to Got Your 6. The more who run, the more money raised.
Join the cause from 8:00-11:00 am on Saturday morning. There’ll be music and snacks, and some great give-aways including Macy’s gift cards.

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This Saturday morning, February 25th, turn your morning run into a money maker for Got Your 6, a non-profit supporting US Veterans.
Head to Venice Beach at the end of Windward Ave., and join disabled US Veteran, champion athlete, and motivational speaker Redmond Ramos in a race on the beach. You don’t have to spend a cent, or run very fast, all you need to do is cross the finish line and Macy’s will make a donation to Got Your 6. The more who run, the more money raised.
Join the cause from 8:00-11:00 am on Saturday morning. There’ll be music and snacks, and some great give-aways including Macy’s gift cards.

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Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/qualcomm-microsoft-and-airbus-invest-in-santa-monica-drone-software-start-up-airmap http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/qualcomm-microsoft-and-airbus-invest-in-santa-monica-drone-software-start-up-airmap#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:33:55 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154804 The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday.

The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,…

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In LA’s Tough Restaurant Market, Catering to Kids Certainly Makes Sense http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/in-las-tough-restaurant-market-catering-to-kids-certainly-makes-sense http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/in-las-tough-restaurant-market-catering-to-kids-certainly-makes-sense#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:39:17 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154800

Plus a new Valley brunch, and lots of wine talk

Kids meals come to the Albright

There’s a growing trend (or rather, the return of a trend) in the restaurant scene these days: catering to kids. With more and more spots to dine on the greater Los Angeles scene, some restaurants have once again begun offering reduced-price meals or specific menus to little ones (or just catering to the whole family with early dinner times and the like) as a way to stand out.

Case in point: The Albright in Santa Monica. Running through March, the restaurant will be doing free kids meals for anyone who orders an adult entree, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Other places like Salazar and North Hollywood’s El Tejano use their open space to allow for maximum stroller and early dinner seating, while Au Fudge continues to be a full-on playpen for tykes. That’s all good news for families, from parents to kids alike.

Super Amazing Restaurant Show talks wine

It’s wine time for the Super Amazing Restaurant Show, as Alvin Cailan, and Nakul and Arjun Mahendro chat up a pair of sommeliers (Anthony Cailan and Young Gun Maxfield Schnee) about all things wine, hospitality, and restaurants. It’s an engaging look at a sometimes mystifying part of the business, and offers some pretty keen insights on how to order and what to expect from your next somm. Plus, the podcast is now on iTunes, which is nice.

Tons of ramen

Want some free ramen? Get to DTLA Ramen and show off the below image for a free bowl. The promotion runs Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., so you’ve got lots of opportunities.

Baran’s 2239 gets brunchy

One of the South Bay’s better new restaurants, Baran’s 2239 in Hermosa Beach, is jumping into the brunch game. Chef Tyler Gugliotta is rocking a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekend menu filled with Japanese omelettes with yuzu, biscuits and gravy, and more.

Blu Jam grows and grows

There’s yet another Blu Jam Cafe for brunch lovers to enjoy, this time out in Tarzana. The company has made a feast of feeding the Valley eggs, and now Ventura Blvd. Magazine reports on a new 121-seater at Tarzana’s Village Walk, which opened in January.

Biryani moves

Spice Affair in Beverly Hills launches a new weekly move called Biryani Thursdays. The restaurant kicks it off tonight with eight different versions of the rice dish, varying in their heat level, to serve up to customers.

Paley’s Oscars plans

Hollywood’s glamorous Paley is working up a cocktail menu specifically for the Oscars, doing throwback items meant to inspire from award shows of the past. You can also watch the Oscars from a projector at the restaurant, and they’ll be handing off a $100 gift card to the diner with the best voting ballot.

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This Weekend: Bus shuttles replace Expo Line between Expo/Sepulveda and Downtown Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/this-weekend-bus-shuttles-replace-expo-line-between-exposepulveda-and-downtown-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/this-weekend-bus-shuttles-replace-expo-line-between-exposepulveda-and-downtown-santa-monica#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:25:37 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154792

Starting this Friday evening through close of service on Sunday, there will be no train service to four Metro Expo Line stations — Expo/Bundy, 26th Street/Bergamot, 17th Street/Santa Monica College and Downtown Santa Monica — in order for crews to complete the one-year warranty repairs and upgrades. This will be the last weekend in February that work will be conducted on stretches of the Expo Line.

While this weekend’s work is in effect, local and express bus shuttles will replace trains between Expo/Sepulveda and Downtown Santa Monica. This means all westbound trains stop at Expo/Sepulveda and turn back towards downtown Los Angeles. Metro shuttles will be available at Downtown Santa Monica for eastbound service. Eastbound train service will begin at Expo/Sepulveda.

Expo Line trains are slated to arrive every 12 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night throughout the weekend. Bus shuttles will match Expo Line service levels as best as possible. However, trips are expected to take about 20 minutes longer than usual, so please allow extra time and plan accordingly.

On Friday, Feb. 24, the last complete eastbound trips depart Santa Monica at approximately: 7:50 p.m., 7:04, 8:17, 8:30 and 8:43. The last complete westbound trips depart 7th/Metro at approximately: 7:37 p.m., 7:43, 7:49, 7:55 and 8:01. All times are subject to work related delays.

Finally, thank you to our customers for their patience and understanding as we complete this weekend’s work. These repairs and upgrades will result in safer and more reliable Expo Line service.

For more transit news and real-time service updates, follow us on Twitter at @metrolosangeles or @metrolaalerts.

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Smorgasburg Goes Westward to Santa Monica for One Day Pop-Up http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/smorgasburg-goes-westward-to-santa-monica-for-one-day-pop-up http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/smorgasburg-goes-westward-to-santa-monica-for-one-day-pop-up#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:55:11 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154758

The weekly food fest lands right on the Santa Monica Pier

Smorgasburg, the Sunday food bonanza with some of the best fare available in town on a single day of the week, is heading west to Santa Monica Pier for a one day pop-up on Saturday, March 11. With the usual lineup of heavy-hitting favorites like Shrimp Daddy, Amazebowls, Cheezus, and Goa Taco, the seaside version adds a few new vendors, like a Japanese dessert shop and a chai brewer.

In addition to the slate of food offerings, there will be a significant shopping component, for those looking to grab some mementos and crafted goods. If you’ve been hesitant to venture to Downtown on a Sunday and see what the hubbub’s been all about, this is a great chance to try some of the exact same Instagram-worthy food on the Westside.

The one day event commences at 11 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. with free admission and plenty of parking available nearby in lots or at the beach. Smorgasburg’s normal Sunday schedule will resume on March 12 at ROW DTLA.

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Stephen Miller was no hero fighting left-wing oppression at Santa Monica High School http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/stephen-miller-was-no-hero-fighting-left-wing-oppression-at-santa-monica-high-school http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/stephen-miller-was-no-hero-fighting-left-wing-oppression-at-santa-monica-high-school#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:08:51 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154674 Stephen Miller would eagerly tell you he’s from a liberal paradise, and I’d have to agree with him. Growing up in Los Angeles, I have always noticed my views on gun control and women’s rights rarely provoked a challenge. Locally, I have been represented by women and minorities in Congress and on…

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