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Ashley Soley-Cerro is a digital news producer for KTLA.com in Los Angeles.

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  • L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2014. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

    Mayor Eric Garcetti Announces Plan for $13.25 Minimum Wage

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans on Labor Day to increase the minimum wage from $9 to $13.25 an hour by 2017. Garcetti had met with business, labor, community and faith leaders in recent weeks “to discuss ways to help L.A. families and our economy thrive,” the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. City officials said the current hourly wage would rise to $10.25 immediately, then increase by $1.50 in each of the two succeeding years. Beginning in 2017, the new minimum […]

  • Runners were expected to take over the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, closing it to traffic on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin/ Los Angeles Times)

    Over 3,000 People Expected to Participate in Annual Conquer the Bridge Race in San Pedro

    A record-breaking 3,000 people were expected to participate in the sixth annual Conquer the Bridge event in San Pedro Monday, event officials said. The Vincent Thomas Bridge (map) was scheduled to be closed until noon for the 5.3-mile race that began around 8 a.m. Multiple organizations, including youth groups Los Angeles Police Department Harbor Booster Club and San Pedro and Peninsula YMCA Youth and Government, were expected to participate in the race, event producer Michael Hogue said. The highest number of participants in […]

  • A photo illustration of a light bulb was made in London on Oct. 17, 2013. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Thousands Without Power in Thousand Oaks, Camarillo

    Thousands of Southern California Edison customers were without power in Ventura County  on Labor Day. Unknown issues caused 1,042 customers near South Westlake Boulevard and Triunfo Canyon Road in Thousand Oaks (map) to lose power around 4 a.m., the company reported Monday. SoCal Edison originally stated power was was excepted to be fully restored by 11 a.m., but later said it would be around 6 p.m. About 71 customers were still without power as of 6:30 a.m. Nearly 1,000 additional customers […]

  • The Budweiser Made in America music festival was scheduled to start on Aug. 30. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Made in America’ Music Festival Prompts Street Closures in Downtown L.A.

    Street closures and alternative Metro rail lines and bus routes were in effect in downtown Los Angeles Labor Day weekend in anticipation of up to 50,000 festivalgoers navigating to and from the Budweiser Made in America music festival. Headliners Kanye West, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons and Afrojack were some of the acts scheduled to perform at Grand Park between 1:30 and and 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Multiple streets were expected to be closed to make room for festival activities, and […]

  • Irvin Ynfante, who was in a coma after being punched outside a club in Fullerton, is seen in a photo provided by a family member.

    Man in Coma Following Fullerton Assault ID’d by Family; Attackers Sought

    Family members gathered Friday in support of a man who was left in a coma after being punched outside a club in Fullerton last weekend. The incident took place on Saturday at about 2 a.m. in front of the Tuscany Club in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard (map). Surveillance video showed a man, who was identified by family members as Irvin Ynfante, falling to the ground after being punched in the face. Ynfante was taken to a local […]

  • The Torrance Police Department provided this photo of 43-year-old Guy Dietz who allegedly pretended to be an undercover officer then forcibly raped a woman on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

    Man Arrested After Allegedly Impersonating Undercover Police Officer, Raping Torrance Woman

    A man was in custody Friday after allegedly claiming to be an undercover police officer and forcibly raping a Torrance woman before leading authorities on a pursuit, according to the Torrance Police Department. A rape was reported to Torrance police around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, a department press release stated. Authorities began searching for 43-year-old Guy Dietz, a convicted sex offender, but were not immediately able to locate him. California Highway Patrol officials located Dietz’s vehicle in King City about eight hours after officers […]

  • Alex Donald Jackson

    Man Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Brutal Pit Bull Attack That Killed Woman

    A 31-year-old Littlerock man was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday in connection to the 2013 mauling death of a Palmdale woman who was attacked by a pack of pit bulls, according to authorities. Pamela Devitt, 63, was out for a walk in the small Antelope Valley community of Littlerock on May 9, 2013, when she was brutally attacked and killed by four pit bulls owned by Alex Donald Jackson, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated Friday. Devitt […]

  • Fullerton police provided this still image of surveillance footage that captured an assault in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard on Aug. 23, 2014. Police asked for the public's help in identifying two men who injured three others.

    Fullerton Police Searching for 2 Men After Attack Leaves Man in a Coma

    Fullerton police released surveillance footage Thursday and asked for the public’s help in identifying two men who can be seen assaulting three others, leaving one man in a coma. A fight broke out in front of the Tuscany Club in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard (map) on Saturday around 2 a.m., according to a Fullerton Police Department press release.    “It’s believed that the altercation occurred as a result of the group of three males looking at the […]

  • Two people died after fire ripped through an Encino apartment complex on Aug. 28, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Elderly Woman, Son Killed in Encino Apartment Fire; Firefighter, 5 Others Hospitalized

    An investigation was underway Friday into a fire that ripped through an apartment unit in Encino, killing an elderly woman and her son, and leaving six others–including a firefighter–hospitalized, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which broke out on a third-floor unit located in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue (map) shortly before 9 p.m. on Thursday, according to an LAFD incident report. The unit was part of a three-story complex and was “well […]