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Stories by Carla Javier
Clearing debris basins is a priority because, if there's another heavy winter storm, officials and experts think another mudslide could happen.
Seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal town of Montecito, killing 20.
Susan Berger spent a year taking photos of 33 streets named after the civil rights icon in 17 states and the District of Columbia, There are an estimated 900 such streets in the U.S.
The recent mudslides in Santa Barbara County are the latest in a long history of damaging Southern California mudslides.
There were also at least 25 injured, with thousands still under evacuation orders. In Burbank, the storm overflowed a storm basin Tuesday afternoon, sending mud flowing through.
While more arts ed is being offered to more students than many assumed, there's still work to be done to make sure access to that instruction is equitable.
Santiago Sharks band members surprised the foster kids at Five Acres by performing for them then showering them with presents.
The lessons learned in interactive sound design can be applied to augmented reality, theater, and even movie viewing on personal devices.
"Music programs in schools and choir programs have always been considered safe spaces for anyone who is different, especially for LGBTQ students."
The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.
The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area held at 475 acres burned in a late Friday update, but jumped from 30 to 50 percent containment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Even after evacuation orders are lifted, there are still precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.
The fire, which started Thursday afternoon, is holding at 300 acres, and is now 60 percent contained. Murietta Fire & Rescue is currently creating a repopulation plan.
Officials said Thursday morning that cooperative wind conditions have helped keep the fire from growing. Winds ranging from 20 to 25 miles per hour are expected in the area.
At least 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed since the fire began early Wednesday morning. LAFD estimates that 46,000 people are being affected.