Lifestyle

Rent headaches: 8 reasons why Southern California feels the financial pinch |Aug 20, 2017

The rent check can sting in Southern California. The regional cost of renting has surged at double the pace of overall inflation so far this century. Renters in Los Angeles and Orange counties give more of their paychecks to the landlord than any other metro in the nation.

Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water |Aug 20, 2017

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time.

Often missing in the repeal-and-replace health care debate: The voices of women |Aug 20, 2017

Women, in particular, have a lot at stake in the fight over the future of health care. Not only do many depend on insurance coverage for maternity care and contraception, they are struck more often by such diseases as autoimmune conditions, osteoporosis, breast cancer and depression.

How to get reduced pet adoption fees during ‘Clear the Shelters’ animal-adoption events |Aug 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The annual “Clear the Shelters” animal-adoption event will be held Saturday, with fees reduced in hopes of finding homes for hundreds of Southern California dogs and cats.

Number of dialysis patients in California surges |Aug 19, 2017

The number of Californians who are getting care at dialysis centers has jumped in recent years — but not because kidney disease is more prevalent. The reason is that people are living longer with end-stage renal disease, said Anjay Rastogi, a professor of nephrology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.

Kicking heroin in California’s opioid ‘treatment desert’ |Aug 19, 2017

Heather Menzel squirmed in her seat, unable to sleep on the Greyhound bus as it rolled through the early morning darkness toward Bakersfield, in California’s Central Valley. She’d been trapped in transit for three miserable days, stewing in a horrific sickness only a heroin addict can understand.

Parents of Inland Empire autistic kids aim to remove the stress from eating out |Aug 19, 2017

The stares. The dirty looks. The criticism of their parenting. It was all too much for Mike and Cassidi Rand. Every time the Victorville couple dined out with their autistic son, they felt like other patrons were judging them, whether they said anything to them or not.

How much bonding time you get with your baby is determined by how many co-workers you have. Is that fair? |Aug 19, 2017

When Cat Crist gave birth, she got 14 weeks off to recover from a caesarian delivery and nurse her new son. Her job was held for her return, and, if she chooses, she is entitled to another six weeks of unpaid leave during his first year.

How do I get parental leave in California? It changes based on whether SB 63 becomes law |Aug 19, 2017

Rules governing who is eligible for parental leave and pay are complex, depending on such factors as how many hours you work, whether you pay into the state disability fund, how long you have worked for your current employer, as well as how many workers your employer has and where they are located.

Dine 909: Local breweries joining Inland Empire Restaurant Week |Aug 18, 2017

It’s back ...Inland Empire Restaurant Week has returned! The event gives participants a chance to discover new restaurants or revisit old favorites at a special price.

Trevor’s Travels: With trips on the horizon, it’s time to get a new ride |Aug 18, 2017

I had to buy a new motorcycle, something that I thought long and hard about. I have been riding the same one for the last 13 years, and sadly some problems were developing. It’s been a marvelous machine, and I felt a little disloyal about it all.

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest expands for 2017 |Aug 18, 2017

Like a bat out of hell, Fright Fest comes screaming back to Six Flags Magic Mountain with a 21 days of sensory overload in September.

Exclusive look: Here’s what curators hope to find out about ‘Blue Boy’ |Aug 18, 2017

SAN MARINO >> At first glance, there still is much vibrancy to “Blue Boy.” But take a closer look and one can see he’s starting to show his age. After all, he’s 247 years old.

Devore, Big Bear City shelters to offer discounted dog, cat adoptions for Clear the Shelters event |Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a new friend that barks or purrs? On Saturday, San Bernardino County animal shelters in Devore, at 19777 Shelter Way, and Big Bear City, at 42080 North Shore Drive, will be offering low cost adoptions during the

Pomona Valley Hospital personnel get training on new helipad |Aug 18, 2017

POMONA >> Periodically, the sound of a helicopter fills the air around Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Helicopters from various fire, air ambulance and law enforcement agencies have been landing on the helipad on top of the hospital’s five-story parking structure.

Meet 3 daredevils racing in the Red Bull Soapbox Race |Aug 17, 2017

More than 100 gutsy racers will fly down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road in Elysian Park in hopes of winning, or surviving, the Red Bull Soapbox Race.

Berlin Wall pieces stand as warning against division |Aug 17, 2017

In November the Berlin Wall will have been down for 28 years. This is as long as the period, 1961 to 1989, that it was up. Ponder that. Something that once seemed permanent was instead a blip — a very long blip, granted, and a deadly one — in the course of history.

Lunch with Lainey: Grill 8 has lots of tasty choices |Aug 16, 2017

Grill 8 opened July 1 in Rancho Cucamonga, and I stopped in this week for lunch. Located in a busy shopping center north of Foothill Boulevard, Grill 8 has modern, casual decor with tables and booths for seating and multiple flat screens for guests to enjoy while dining or enjoying an adult beverage.

How to determine which fruit trees will grow best in your yard |Aug 16, 2017

If you have a fruit tree or two, there’s one branch of science, despite its unfamiliar name, which you probably know something about. The science to which I refer is phenology. Phenology is the study of recurring biological phenomena, such as bird migrations and blossoming of plants and how these phenomena are affected by climate and seasonal weather.

Vandalism, complaints prompted removal of Confederate monument from Hollywood Forever |Aug 16, 2017

A memorial honoring Confederate veterans has been removed from the Hollywood Forever cemetery days after deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted over the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen.

Rent burden in Los Angeles, Orange County ranked nation’s worst; Inland Empire 17th highest |Aug 16, 2017

The rent check hurts in Southern California. The typical renter in Los Angeles and Orange counties started 2017 paying the nation’s biggest slice of their household income to the landlord, while Inland Empire tenants had the 17th highest rent burden.

La Verne mock wedding planned to celebrate 100th anniversary of name change |Aug 16, 2017

LA VERNE >> La Verne residents and history devotees who attend a wedding Saturday morning at Third and D streets will be transported in time for a brief moment. The mock wedding involves the nuptials of Miss Lordsburg and Mr.

Sand to Snow National Monument escapes Trump ‘review’ threat |Aug 16, 2017

An easy-to-access wilderness getaway for 24 million Southern Californians people has escaped a Trump Administration review that threatened to unravel its protections. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Wednesday announced that the Sand to Snow National Monument is no longer under review and that he will recommend no changes be made to the existing monument boundaries.

5 garden tips for this week, Aug. 19-25 |Aug 16, 2017

Morning watering is best Hopefully we all know that judicious watering is absolutely essential this time of year. Keep in mind that container plants dry out quickly, and citrus and avocado trees need regular soil moisture for fruit to develop properly.

Knott’s Berry Farm announces new roller coaster, Hangtime, where riders will reach 57 mph |Aug 16, 2017

BUENA PARK >> Sixteen riders will ascend 150 feet at a 90-degree angle. At the roller coaster’s apex, they will pause to catch their breath. Then the track will seem to vanish — sending thrill-seekers plunging down what is billed as California’s steepest roller coaster drop.

Taco Bell’s Naked Egg Taco has unusual ‘shell’ |Aug 15, 2017

Taco Bell should have named its latest taco invention the Unicorn Taco because a fried egg shaped like a taco shell looks like a mythical fast food creature. You have to see it to believe it. Irvine-based Taco Bell, which knows no boundaries when it comes to creating bizarre food mashups, is adding the Naked Egg Taco to its morning breakfast lineup Aug.

Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night wine tasting among LA area food events this week |Aug 15, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area Events Farmers Market at Northridge Fashion Center: Seasonal blood oranges for sale, 5-9 p.m. Aug.

Rotisserie chicken is a royal treat at Mr. King Pollo in Yucaipa |Aug 15, 2017

When Albert Okura opened his first Juan Pollo in San Bernardino, I’m sure he had no idea that the concept of rotisserie chicken would explode into the consciousness of the dining public so dramatically.

Upland night market to continue in downtown |Aug 15, 2017

UPLAND >> Upland Family Night Out, the weekly night market in Historic Downtown Upland, is still going on as planned until the end of October.

Former Pomona Valley YMCA building’s new owner has big plans for historic structure |Aug 15, 2017

POMONA >> During the last five years, the old Pomona Valley YMCA property has sat lifeless. Ray Adamyk, the new property owner, is about to change that. Workers have begun tasks around the large red brick YMCA building constructed in the early 1920s at 350 N.

Love the Hangar 24 AirFest in Redlands? Check out the new show in Lake Havasu City |Aug 15, 2017

REDLANDS >> Hangar 24 Craft Brewery is preparing to share a hometown tradition with residents of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The craft brewery plans to replicate its popular

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening |Aug 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile. So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California Los Angeles.

Franchisee finds a way get Rally’s fast food to San Bernardino even faster |Aug 14, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Malik Hashim has a new San Bernardino restaurant under construction. When he wants to visit it, he goes to Los Angeles. Hashim is a franchisee of Checkers & Rally’s, a quick service chain with more than 800 restaurants serving burgers, chicken wings and seasoned fries.

Hangar 24 becomes official beer of Citizens arena in Ontario |Aug 14, 2017

Hangar 24 is now the “official craft beer” of Citizens Business Bank Arena, the Redlands brewery announced Monday. Hangar 24 will be a visible presence in the arena and support it at community events, according to a news release.

Beer and wine tastings in the Los Angeles area for the week of Aug. 13 |Aug 14, 2017

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica BevMo: Beer and wine tasting, 4-7 p.m. Friday. 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-882-6971; 3212 Wilshire Blvd.

Growing young gardeners |Aug 14, 2017

Gardening can prove fruitful for all ages, especially inquisitive youngsters, who routinely are told not to touch or get their hands dirty. It can be enlightening, too. “Kids need to see where our food actually comes from,” said Don Delano, longtime horticulturist at the Fairplex in Pomona.

Trevor’s Travels: Laws Railroad Museum is on the right track to the past |Aug 14, 2017

At one time, US Route 6 was the longest road in America until a renumbering system lopped most of the California bit off what is known as the Grand Army of the Republic Highway. That name is in honor of the veterans of the Civil War.

What if LA County paid residents to house the homeless? Leaders are exploring the idea |Aug 14, 2017

Some Los Angeles County homeowners may qualify for up to a $75,000 subsidy to build a second dwelling on their property to house homeless people, if a pilot program is approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

Here’s what CatCon 2017 looked like in Pasadena |Aug 13, 2017

PASADENA >> Talk about a purrfect weekend for cat lovers! Kittens and cat fanatics took over the Pasadena Convention Center for the third annual CatCon Saturday and Sunday.

Are you ready for the O.J. Simpson memorabilia museum? |Aug 13, 2017

The kid peeked out from the window of his mother’s car and saw a white sheet with a body beneath it.It was Monday, June 13, 1994. The kid was 6, and his mother had picked him up early (he had a stomach ache) from the YMCA on Bundy Drive in Brentwood.

Lack of brain donations is hampering understanding of dementia in blacks |Aug 13, 2017

The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research? She knew dementia would steadily take Levi Reeves’ memories of their 57-year marriage, his remaining lucidity and, eventually, his life.

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days |Aug 12, 2017

LUCKNOW, India >> Parents of at least 35 children who have died in a state-run hospital in northern India over the past three days have alleged that the fatalities were due to the lack of a sufficient oxygen supply in the children’s ward.

Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults — and falling among blacks |Aug 12, 2017

When Crawford Clay discovered blood on his shorts at the end a routine run in the spring of 2014, he did not know the stains were a symptom of a condition that also afflicted his family. His doctor said it was likely hemorrhoids, but as a precaution, the physician scheduled a colonoscopy.

Bending the trend, more employers are offering job-based health insurance |Aug 12, 2017

The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn for people with job-based benefits. Eager to attract help in a tight labor market and unsure of Obamacare’s future, large employers are newly committed to maintaining coverage for workers and often their families, according to new research and interviews with analysts.

Could the future of Pomona’s Fairplex involve horses, cars and job opportunities? |Aug 12, 2017

POMONA >> Horses and fast cars have long been part of the history of Fairplex. Automotive “trials of speed” were on the mind of the founders of the L.A. County Fair and were written into the Los Angeles County Fair Association’s articles of incorporation, said Dale Coleman, vice president of sales and creative programing at Fairplex.

Phillips Ranch residents continue working to raise funds for dog’s rehab |Aug 12, 2017

POMONA >> Residents of the Phillips Ranch neighborhood were able to raise $745 last week to help offset the rehabilitation costs of Ghost, a stray dog that has worked his way into the hearts of area neighbors.

High gas prices and auto repair are part of the Southern California culture |Aug 12, 2017

When you’re living in Southern California, cars are a necessary evil. We live in a region that is both sprawling and heavily congested, and getting from Point A to Point B isn’t always easy.

We made a map of all the breweries in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties |Aug 11, 2017

Here’s a guide to more than 150 places to go tasting in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties with our writers’ picks leading you to some of the best brews. While San Diego may have started it all, you might be surprised at how many craft breweries have bubbled up near you.

The 10 best breweries for craft beer in the Inland Empire |Aug 11, 2017

So. Many. Breweries. The Inland Empire has blossomed with breweries in the last 10 years or so, but which ones are the best? Really, that’s up to you to discover. However, we, your resident beer lovers, put our heads together and came up with our favorites, based on several factors, including the quality and taste of the beers, the friendliness of the staff and whether the taprooms were fun places to hang out and share beers and perhaps even food.

The craft brewery is quickly becoming a community staple like your library, grocery store and coffee shop |Aug 11, 2017

Admit it, pessimists: the craft beer movement has defied your gloomy predictions. A year or two ago, even supporters of the dozens of neighborhood breweries that have popped up all over Southern California were predicting the movement had reached its apex.