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City urges local shopping

“Shop More in Lancaster” may do more than ease your gasoline bill. Merchants throughout the city attest that the yearly campaign has supported job creation, buffeted city coffers and has assisted in keeping money in the community.

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Hahn, Barger take new seats in county’s fourth, fifth districts

Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger were each sworn in this week as the new members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Their elections give the five-member panel a female majority and a decidedly progressive bent. Hahn and Barger replace Supervisors Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich in representing the county’s Fourth and Fifth Districts, respectively. Knabe and Antonovich termed out after a combined 56 years in office.

Probe into infant death

Kern County Sheriff’s detectives launched an investigation this week into the circumstances surrounding the death of an infant girl in Rosamond.

Libraries host holiday fun

Public libraries in Santa Clarita this month have scheduled an assortment of holiday activities. Today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. visitors to the Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main St., can decorate cookies, while tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. you can stop by the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, and design holiday greeting cards to keep or give to relatives and friends.

Jury seated in corruption trial of former Sheriff Lee Baca

A jury of six men and six women was seated this week in the federal corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. The selection of a dozen jurors, plus alternates, took two full days, with many of the 150 potential panelists pleading hardship to escape what is expected to be a two- or three-week trial. Opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys were scheduled for Wednesday morning at the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

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Arraignment delayed for couple accused in stepsister killing

Arraignment was postponed this week for a couple charged with killing the woman’s stepsister—whose body was found in northern Los Angeles County this summer—and kidnapping her three children.

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Holiday concerts in Palmdale

The Palmdale Playhouse is offering an assortment of holiday-themed concerts, continuing tomorrow evening with The Tony Capko Rockin’ Holiday Big Band. “Horns up” at 7 p.m. The band is comprised of some of the southlands finest musicians and offers spirited arrangements from jump blues to big band favorites.

Snow drift on Central Avenue

If you visit Central Avenue near 43rd Street on Dec. 20, be sure to wear your top coat, boots, mittens—and even long underwear—as the first-ever “South LA Winter Wonderland” takes over a portion of the famous thoroughfare from 4 to 7 p.m. Sponsored by the office of Councilman Curren D. Price, the afternoon will feature family-friendly activities, live music, and tons and tons of snow complete with a slide.

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Mayor’s ‘Fair Chance Hiring Fair’ provides uplift for job seekers

A job fair hosted recently by Mayor Eric Garcetti gave formerly incarcerated Angelenos the second chances they need to find good-paying jobs and provide for themselves and their families. The first-ever Fair Chance Hiring Fair—a partnership between Mayor Garcetti’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity, Councilmember Curren Price, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, and Uber—brought employers from across the city together with Angelenos looking to re-enter the job market after incarceration.

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Lacey begins new term

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey was sworn in this week for her second term and pledged to focus more attention on protecting children from neglect and abuse and addressing a growing epidemic of opioid abuse.

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