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By Jason Pohl,


The red dots represent heat detected on the Canyon 2 Fire by a satellite at 2:54 a.m. October 10. The yellow dots were detected at 12:54 p.m. October 9. The Canyon Fire started September 25, and the spread was stopped a few days later. 


With attention — and resources — focused on the explosive growth and sheer scale of wildfires burning through Northern California’s wine country this week, crews to the south on Monday were busy battling an erratic, destructive and wind-whipped fire of their own.


The Canyon 2 Fire started Monday morning in the Anaheim Hills area.


By Tuesday morning, Anaheim Fire & Rescue reported the blaze to be at 7,500 acres. About 1,100 firefighters were assigned to the incident, with 14 helicopters and six planes assisting from the air.


It was just 5 percent contained.


The evacuation zone was primarily for residences in the wildland-urban interface south of the 91 Freeway and east of the 241.


Mandatory evacuations remained in place Tuesday. Some 24 structures are believed to have been destroyed, but exact details remain somewhat unclear.


Shifting winds were top of mind for crews on Tuesday.


Of note, the coastal marine layer that typically brings with it low-lying clouds and higher humidities was apparent Tuesday morning. However, the boundary line was pronounced,


and the area of the Canyon 2 Fire was still experiencing single-digit relative humidity levels, courtesy of the Santa Ana Winds.


The Canyon 2 Fire was among several wildfires that blew up Monday in California, fed by high winds, low humidity and an abundance of fuels. Resources across the state were taxed as some fires went from ignition to tens of thousands of acres in just a few hours.


By Tuesday, “we’re gonna be as stretched as we can be,” said Steven Beech, an incident commander with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, according to the LA Times. 


The area is only a few miles from Disneyland. Suffice to say photos from the so-called “Happiest Place on Earth” were a little more striking on Monday.


Where Was You At?

Thursday, October 05, 2017

By Veronica Mackey


Opposition over having an NBA basketball arena built in Inglewood again dominated the discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting during open remarks. 


A man from Uplift Inglewood—the coalition against the arena—said he was speaking “in support of homes before arenas.”  He said Uplift has proposed that the land (at the south side of Century Blvd. and Prairie Avenue) be used for “true community investments.” 


A woman said she was told that the land was not suitable for housing because it is located directly within a flight path, but the City “has not produced any evidence” to support the claim.


Another woman pointed out that Hollywood Park, across the street from the site, had its zoning ordinance changed to allow developers to build residential units.  “If the City can do that for a site across the street, it can do it again,” she said.


Long term resident Ray Davis said, “I want us to get the most for whatever we possess.  Uplift Inglewood probably has multi-millionaires supporting it.  Have them buy the land and they can build whatever.   What was that song by War?  ‘Where was you at?’  Where was you at 5 years ago?  8 years ago?”


Community activist Stuart Bailey said, “We are not going to build houses on a place that is underneath a flight path.  You can sue, but it’s not going to happen.  The Clippers are coming.  Deal with it.”


A woman argued that a bakery, a theatre development group and a YMCA wanted the city-owned land, but were denied.


Councilman Ralph Franklin called that comment “misinformation.”  He said the proposed developers wanted public funds to build on the land. 


“A lot of people wanted something for nothing,” Mayor James Butts said.  “But the city is not in the business of giving away public funds.  To say (you want housing) on parcels, that no one cared about until we got into this agreement, is disingenuous… For years, this land has generated no property taxes  or revenue.  Our schools are funded by the property taxes through the state.”


“The land was not making the City a dime.  So where was this Uplift Inglewood then?   The council is not going to put anything on that land that’s not going to bring any benefit to the City of  Inglewood,” Franklin said..


“We have interests working against the best interest of this city.  They would have you think affordable housing is free,” Butts added.  “But someone has to put up the money for the developer [to build] at a lower rate.  The city put $13 million in redevelopment bond money for the Regent project. That’s the way the city can make it affordable.  We just broke ground on PATH Villas.  The City put money up for it.” 


On another note, Councilman George Dotson thanked Chris Jackson for attending the 6th Ave. Block Club meeting with him.   Councilman Alex Padilla also went to a block club meeting in his second district, and thanked the Inglewood police department. 


The council approved: 


•Participation in the Medicare health program for retired City employees, hired prior to March 1986


•City sponsorship of the 11th Annual Open Studios Tour (shuttle service, purchasing and hanging of promotional signage)  


•An agreement with Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, West Los Angeles to receive grant funds in the amount of $5,000 for the BE WELL Exercise and Weight Management Program


•A Quitclaim Deed for the City of Inglewood’s water easements for the property located at 600 South Prairie Avenue


•A three-year agreement for ongoing monitoring, analyses, and comprehensive performance compliance standards related to Inglewood’s agreement with Consolidated Disposal Service, and compliance with the State of California mandates


•Agreements for the City’s Residential Sound Program to receive architectural and engineering design, and acoustic testing services


A salary ordinance for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 was introduced.


Councilman George Dotson was granted City sponsorship of his annual District 1 Annual Christmas Toy Drive Celebration on Dec. 7 from 6-8pm at St. Mary’s Academy.


A claim by the Forum (MSG Forum LLC), filed July 18, 2017, was denied.  The Forum alleges that the City of Inglewood breached a contract over its use of city-owned property.


The meeting was closed in memory of the 59 people who died and 500-plus others injured in the tragic Las Vegas mass shooting.



On Tuesday night, the girlfriend of the crazed gunman who killed 59 people and injured 0ver 500 0thers was met by FBI agents at LAX.  Marilou Danley was being questioned at the FBI's Los Angeles field office on Wednesday after returning from a trip to Manila in the Philippines.


Danley lived with the shooter, Stephen Paddock, and had been away visiting family at the time of the shooting.  Authorities had been trying to track her down since the attack. She is considered a person of interest.


On Wednesday, she was reportedly speaking to FBI agents along with her attorney. One of the questions authorities want answered is, why Paddock wired $100,000 to an account under Danley's name in the Philippines.  Her identification was found inside Paddock’s hotel suite, where he took his own life.


She’ll also be asked about his proliferation of assault weapons—he is estimated to have owned at least 40—and whether she was aware of any plans Paddock had regarding their use.


Danley's brother told the family that his sister has a "clean conscience" and her sisters in Australia have said they believed Paddock "sent her away" to the Philippines when he planned the shooting.


The Route 91 Harvest Music Festival was attended by approximately 22,000 during the three day weekend, Friday through Sunday. As a magnet for entertainment, Las Vegas is a popular playground for folks in nearby Southern California.


Here’s a partial list of California residents who’ll be remembered:


Carrie Barnette was a member of Disney’s California Adventure culinary team in Anaheim.  


Jack Beaton, 54, lost his life shielding his wife from bullets. The couple travelled from Bakersfield to Las Vegas, where they celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.   


Sandy Casey was a special education teacher at Manhattan Beach Middle School, who had worked there for almost a decade.


Denise Cohen, 58, was supposed to return to California High School in Ramon, Calif., where she graduated in 1977.  She died with her boyfriend, 56-year-old Derrick “Bo” Taylor.  


Austin Davis, 29, from Riverside went missing after the shooting.  He never made it out alive.  


The scene of the shootings in Las Vegas is still being considered an “active” investigation site. As the nearly 600 people either killed or injured and families begin to rebuild their lives, let’s remember them in our thoughts, prayers and our wallets.  A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the victims.  It has raised $8.5 million within 4 days. 


Inglewood Welcomes New State Trustee

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Inglewood educators, elected officials and other stakeholders turned out on Wednesday to officially welcome the new state trustee.  


Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D. joined the Inglewood Unified School District about 6 weeks ago.  She was joined by 100 or more well wishers during breakfast at the Hollywood Park Casino.  Guests included IUSD Board President Carliss McGhee, Mayor James Butts, IUSD Board Members, Inglewood City Councilmembers, City of Inglewood and IUSD employees, community college partners and organizations such as the Deltas and the Links.


The new state trustee is charged with achieving the district’s number one goal: returning Inglewood schools to local control.  The State took over the district in 2012 amidst bad management and financial problems.  The district drew down a loan of $58 million, which must be repaid before Inglewood schools will be out of receivership.. 


Stable leadership has been another challenge. Melendez De Santa Ana is the fifth person to lead the district in as many years. 


“The theme of the reception is ‘we’re stronger together,” McGhee said.  “As the city grows, we want to see our schools grow.  This is the first time the City and schools did something together.  There are a lot or resources on both sides and when they come together, everybody benefits.” 


To reach the goal of local control, McGhee said board members, educators, and others community members are “aggressively raising money through the Inglewood Foundation.  We are going to look at what we have in terms of properties—not to sell, but we’re going to lease.”  


She also dispelled the rumor that school property was going to be taken for the Rams.  “The city doesn’t own that property, so the Rams could not take it from the school district.” A new sports center or STEM education center top the list of possible occupants.


For now, the district is focused on helping the new trustee get off to a good start.  McGhee is confident that Meléndez de Santa Ana is the best woman for the job.


“She served on the Obama Administration, she was the Superintendent of Schools in Pomona and Santa Ana, and she served with (L.A. Mayor) Eric Garcetti” McGhee said.


Dr. Meléndez de Santa Ana was responsible for the administrative oversight of multiple educational and business services for over 1,000 schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She earned a BA cum laude from UCLA, a PhD from USC’s Rossier School of Education, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University.


By Mike Adams


(Natural News) According to numerous media reports stemming from the Las Vegas mass shooting, concert-goers were blocked from fleeing and had little or no cover to protect them from the full-auto machine gun fire raining down on them.


In desperation, some sought cover in porta-potties, according to media reports. Yet porta-potties are thin fiberglass structures that don’t stop bullets at all.


Given that ISIS has now claimed responsibility for this mass shooting, according to Reuters, it’s apparent that America has been turned into a war zone by radical Islamic terrorists. Every American, no matter how innocent, might find themselves the target of a relentless massacre. Because of that sobering reality, everyone needs to understand the true definition of “cover” from full-auto machine gun fire.


To help share this information, I’ve put together a quick guide here that can help you seek cover if you happen to find yourself in a mass shooting event. This information can help save lives, so share it widely. I’m dividing the list into three types of cover: Excellent, Medium and Poor. This list applies to rifle rounds, not pistol rounds. Rifle rounds have significantly more energy and penetration, as explained below.


If you hear automatic gunfire, immediately seek cover, RUN for it, then duck and cover your head once you’re situated behind effective cover.


Excellent Cover  


Concrete pillars


Concrete road dividers


Stone walls


Large tree trunks


Dirt or sand embankments (sand stops bullets very efficiency)


Craters in the ground (lay low in the crater, out of the view of the gunfire)


Heavy duty commercial trucks, tractors, dump trucks or construction equipment (get behind engine blocks or wheel hubs)


Medium Cover


Vehicle engine blocks or wheel assemblies


Bleachers (get underneath them)


Stage flooring (get underneath it)


Other dead bodies (get underneath them)


Solid wood doors (but only if they are solid, not hollow)


Thick metal such as structural steel beams (but they can still be penetrated with many rifle rounds)


Bulletproof glass (usually won’t stop high-powered rifle rounds, but will stop pistol rounds)


Solid wood utility poles (they are only wide enough to protect vitals)


Poor Cover


Vehicle roofs (they are very thin metal)


Vehicle doors










Residential or office doors


Residential or office walls




Concert speakers


Concealment and lighting


Also keep in mind that if you can get out of the light and hide in a dark area, you are less likely to be targeted by a crazed shooter. This is especially true in nighttime shootings (like the Las Vegas mass shooting), where you might be able to find dark areas in which you can be concealed.


While darkness doesn’t stop bullets, it can at least make you difficult to see and less likely to be targeted. If you have good cover nearby, choose good cover over concealment, as the cover can block bullets. Also remember that tents, tables and signs can provide concealment but not cover. 


You can hide behind them, in other words, but they don’t stop bullets.


Beware of “richochet” rounds on concrete or pavement


In the Las Vegas massacre, full-auto machine gun rounds were coming from an elevated position. If you are standing on pavement or concrete, realize that many rounds can “bounce” off the pavement and fatally strike you after the ricochet. For this reason, if you are on pavement or concrete, see if you can make it to dirt or sand, where the rifle rounds won’t ricochet. Dirt and sand immediately absorb rifle rounds fired from above.


It’s physics: Rifle rounds lose kinetic energy the farther they fly.  It’s also important to understand the rifle rounds leave gun barrels with their maximum kinetic energy, but they lose energy the moment they fly, and they’re bleeding off kinetic energy as they travel through the air (due to friction with the air).  A rifle round that leaves the barrel of a gun at, let’s say, 2900 feet per second, may slow to under 1,000 feet per second before reaching a distant target. Because force equals 1/2 mass times velocity squared, as the velocity slows, the kinetic energy drops dramatically. What this means is that once a rifle round loses half its velocity, its kinetic energy is actually reduced to one-fourth of its original energy.


In practical terms, this means the more distance you can put between yourself and the shooter, the less kinetic energy they can hit you with. However, if you have access to “excellent” cover (such as a large concrete pillar), you would be wise to seek cover behind the pillar rather than running in the open to create distance. A concrete pillar will provide outstanding cover, and you can duck behind it in relative safety (vs. running around in the open).


If you hear rifle fire, RUN for cover!


Stay safe, everyone. If you hear shooting, run for cover. One of the more astonishing realities of the Vegas shooting is that almost nobody realized they were under full-auto rifle fire for the first 60 seconds or so. Those are precious seconds you should be using to run for cover.


People frequently confuse full-auto rifle fire with firecrackers. Firecrackers go off at random bursts, with no cadence. Full-auto rifle fire has a sustained cadence. It does not resemble fireworks at all. Watch online videos of this shooting and make sure you get familiar with the sound and cadence of full-auto machine gun fire. If you ever hear that going off nearby, immediately seek the best cover you can find.


Stay low. Move quickly. Duck and cover. Also be aware that if rounds are going off near you, fragments of concrete, wood, glass and pavement can seriously harm your face and eyes. Cover your eyes and head with your arms and hands. You can survive losing an arm, but you can’t survive losing your head.


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