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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department.,The Irvine-based gaming company Blizzard will cut 209 jobs in a retrenching by its parent company Activision Blizzard.The layoffs, effective in mid-April, were posted to the state’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications.,(Kevin Sullivan, The Orange County Register)

Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, a primary care sports medicine specialist, has joined Hoag Orthopedic Institute.,The nonprofit in a statement said Desmond has more than 20 years of experience working with area nonprofits, including 13 years at Goodwill of Orange County in a variety of roles within the development department. read more

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be shuttering its three gas-fired coastal power plants over the next decade, a key step in the city’s aspiration to become the nation’s first metropolis to run entirely on renewable energy.,Its plants in Long Beach, Wilmington and Playa del Rey had been slated for new, more efficient units run on natural gas.,But Mayor Eric Garcetti made a formal announcement Tuesday that $5 billion in costs associated with new gas-fired units would be used instead to accelerate the transition to renewable energy, part of a three-pronged plan that also calls for emission-free vehicles and buildings in the city.,The DWP plants in Long Beach, Wilmington and Playa del Rey had also been scheduled for replacement units, but that plan was put on hold in 2017 so the department could study clean-energy alternatives and assess how quickly the city could reduce natural-gas use.,In 2017, DWP was getting 31 percent of its energy from natural gas — and 18 percent from a coal-burning plant in Utah.

Now, DFM has its eye on a potential takeover of the newspapers owned by Gannett, which would be tragic for cities and communities served by a Gannett-owned newspaper.,And, in 2016, DFM purchased the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise and formed the Southern California News Group.,Today, the 11 SCNG papers, including the L.A. Daily News, the Orange County Register and the San Bernardino Sun, share content in order to save a lot of money and significantly boost DFM’s profits, little if any of which was reinvested in its news properties.,The purchase of your home town’s (or home state’s, for that matter) newspaper by DFM does real damage to residents’ awareness of what is actually going on in the community and it renders once-robust newspapers into little more than newsletters reposting press releases.,Besides crippling Southern California news coverage by ravaging the staffs of nearly a dozen newspapers, DFM has similarly decimated news staffs in Northern California, where the once-booming San Jose Mercury News and a number of community papers have been savaged by cuts and layoffs.

When: Jan. 26-27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach read more

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Local transit agencies are offering free bus and train rides this New Year’s Eve so revelers can avoid driving drunk or paying “surge” pricing for ride-share services.,All Metro bus and rail lines will be free beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 2 a.m. Tuesday.,The fare gates at Metro rail stations will all be unlocked, including ones leading to festivities at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.,Metro rail lines will operate every 10-12 minutes from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tuesday.,Long Beach Transit also plans to offer free bus rides, beginning at 5 p.m. Its service will also be extended, with routes leaving the Transit Gallery on First Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Pine Avenue as late as 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman Michael Gold.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) today announced the release of its Dodgers RBI Impact Report titled “5 Years Strong.”,The report aggregates data illustrating the impact of LADF’s Dodgers RBI youth baseball and softball program since its inception in 2014.,“LADF is proud to release the results and outcomes generated by our Dodgers RBI program,” said Nichol Whiteman, Executive Director, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.,In the true spirit of sports based youth development, Dodgers RBI participants have made significant developmental gains each year in the areas of teamwork, building social support systems, sportsmanship, self-confidence, and feelings of safety.,LADF commissioned a study on youth baseball access and participation in Los Angeles in 2013, which cited significant barriers to youth baseball and softball participation in South Los Angeles including poor quality fields, a lack of quality coaching, high enrollment fees, high costs for appropriate equipment, and limited resources for agencies facilitating recreational programs.

(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily Ryan Neapole, is the SCNG SoCal Varsity boys water polo player of the year.,(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Sound The gallery will resume Ryan Neapole, is the SCNG SoCal Varsity boys water polo player of the year.,(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily Ryan Neapole, is the SCNG SoCal Varsity boys water polo player of the year.,(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily Ryan Neapole, is the SCNG SoCal Varsity boys water polo player of the year.,(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily Ryan Neapole, is the SCNG SoCal Varsity boys water polo player of the year. read more

Bill Spiller, a short, slight and stylish African American golfer, came to the Bay Area in 1948 to compete in the Richmond Open, a PGA tournament.,Spiller faded, but still finished 34th, which automatically qualified him for the following week’s Richmond Open, a PGA event.,On behalf of Spiller, Rhodes and a local black golfer named Madison Gunther, attorney John Rowell sued the PGA for $315,000 for denying the men the opportunity to obtain employment in their chosen profession.,At a tournament in San Diego in 1953, yanked from the field, Spiller challenged a high-ranking PGA official to a fistfight, then held up the tourney by blocking the first tee, either by lying down or standing in front of it.,Spiller told author Al Barkow, who wrote “Gettin’ To The Dance Floor,” an oral history of golf’s integration, that one year at the L.A. Open, he asked the starter on the first tee why all three black players in the field were in the same group.