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Congressman Lieu defends Syrian refugees, mocks climate change deniers

Last month, South Bay Congressional Representative Ted Lieu (D-33rd District) voted against a bill that would have banned Syrian refugees from entering the United States. “As a former military man, I know that to defeat the enemy, we need to know the enemy. And they are not Syrian refugees fleeing from the real enemy,” Lieu said Monday during his talk at the 14th Annual Torrance Chamber of Commerce State of the Region lunch at the Doubletree Hotel in Torrance.

DRONE ON

No signage offers any clues about the nature of the business that takes place inside the beige-bricked building tucked across the street from Lawndale High School. For the Herbrandsons, who have occupied the space since 1974, discretion is key. Understandably, there comes a concerned deputy sheriff who knocks on the door seeking answers every now and then.

‘My kids are everything’: Fearful parents keep kids home from South Bay schools, too

Priscilla Serrano’s three children don’t attend Los Angeles Unified schools, but she kept them home anyway Tuesday. And she wasn’t alone, as fear spread among parents throughout South Bay school districts in response to the threat that prompted closure of every campus in the nation’s second largest school district. “My 8-year-old started crying, saying, ‘What if they bomb tomorrow instead?’ ” said Serrano, whose three children attend Fern Elementary School in the Torrance Unified School District.

Biggest ship ever to cruise into Port of Los Angeles

The biggest ship to ever call at a North American port is scheduled to arrive later this month at the Port of Los Angeles, harbor officials said Monday. The CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, which is expected to call at the Port of Los Angeles on Dec. 26, is one-third bigger than the largest ships now operating at the San Pedro Bay’s twin ports complex. Ships of that size and bigger — known as “ultra large container vessels” — have begun operating at Asian and European ports in recent years.

‘Business as usual’ at RUHS following ‘non-specific’ graffiti threat

Threatening graffiti at Redondo Union High School caused a minor scare on Friday, thanks in part to a cancellation-causing threat at Manhattan Beach’s Mira Costa High School. A photo began making social media rounds around 8 a.m. on Friday, featuring three lines of red spray paint, on the sidewalk near the school’s student union: “YOU ARE ALL [expletive] ANIMALS BEING LED TO THE SLAUGHTER AS YOU DESERVE.”

‘Specific threat’ forces second closure of Mira Costa High School this week, police monitor Redondo Union High

FBI agents were working with Manhattan Beach police Friday to find the person responsible for making an emailed “specific threat” that forced school district officials to shut down Mira Costa High School as a precaution for the second time in a week.

Dangerous high surf to return Thursday

Los Angeles County lifeguards warned swimmers to be especially careful in the ocean because of western swells and high tides that delivered waves from 6 to 12 feet high Tuesday. Towering waves are expected to return Thursday, again creating strong rip currents and dangerous ocean patterns that could continue through next week, according to the National Weather Service.

El Niño brings venomous snake to Southern California

HUNTINGTON BEACH >> The dead yellow-bellied sea snake that was discovered on Bolsa Chica on Dec. 12 was likely brought so far north of its typical range because of warmer waters associated with El Nino, according to Greg Pauly, herpetology curator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

‘King tides,’ when sun, moon align, could flood California coast

LOS ANGELES — Exceptionally high tides along the California coast could bring flooding to low-lying areas like marinas and beach parking lots. The National Weather Service says so-called “king tides,” starting Tuesday could affect areas from San Francisco Bay down to Southern California. The highest level of the week will be Wednesday.

Big Wave Challenge kicks-off at Dive N’ Surf featuring Greg Noll

The waiting period for the South Bay Big Wave Challenge starts this Saturday with a kick off at the Dive N’ Surf shop in Redondo Beach. Legendary big wave rider Greg Noll will be the guest of honor. The Big Wave Challenge is in its fifth year and is organized by the South Bay Boardriders Club. The concept is simple. Whoever catches the biggest wave and has it photographed between November 7, 2015 and April 1, 2016 wins an as yet unspecified cash prize. The wave must be caught between the borderlines of “Indicators” in Palos Verdes to the south and El Segundo’s “Hammerland” to the north.

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