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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTests that were expected to definitively identify the “petroleum-type” source of the odor did not come back Thursday afternoon as anticipated, said Torrance Fire Department spokesman Steve Deuel. A spokeswoman for the massive ExxonMobil refinery, which sits immediately adjacent the uninhabitable home, has said a county hazardous materials team identified the substance as methane, but Deuel could not confirm that Thursday. Deuel also said more tests are planned as soon as the predicted rain passes. PORT OF LOS ANGELES 1 out of 8 jobs in region are at port About 918,800 jobs in a five-county region of Southern California are related to operations at the Port of Los Angeles, according to a study released Thursday. That amounts to one out of every eight jobs in the region, according to the findings by Martin Associates, an economic consulting firm based in Lancaster, Pa. The figure is more than triple the number of the estimated 259,100 port-related jobs that were counted during a similar study in 1996. Based on 2006 figures, the study calculated 130,860 port-related industry jobs, such as marine cargo activity, cruise operations, fishing and other port tenant jobs. The port also generated an estimated 787,979 “port user” jobs regionally, which involve employment related to trade and cargo activity, according to the report. WESTCHESTER Library at Loyola Village now open Loyola Village Elementary School at 8821 Villanova Ave. in Westchester will open the doors of its new Wonder of Reading library today. Principal Melinda Goodall, teachers and parents at Loyola Village agreed to renovate and expand the library with the help of Wonder of Reading, a nonprofit group that helps build libraries at urban schools. The group usually splits the cost of the work with school fundraising. At Loyola Village, the school raised $50,000, which included a $30,000 gift from Playa Vista Capital and Playa Vista Educational Trust. EL SEGUNDO Water recycling plant is renamed The West Basin Municipal Water District has named its water recycling plant off Hughes Way in El Segundo after longtime director Ed Little. Little is serving his 18th year and fifth term on the West Basin board. He represents Culver City, El Segundo and the unincorporated areas of Lennox, North Ladera Heights and Del Aire. District officials planned a celebration Thursday night to mark the plant’s name change from the nondescript West Basin Water Recycling Facility as well as salute the agency’s 60-year anniversary. EL SEGUNDO Candy Cane Lane lights up El Segundo’s Candy Cane Lane lights up for the first time this season at 7 p.m. Saturday. Stop by the 1200 block of East Acacia Avenue to see about 25 houses lit and decorated to the nines through Dec. 23. The 58-year tradition features moving trains and a large screen showing classic holiday movies. Santa will stop by most nights to hand out candy canes and hear Christmas wishes. AREAWIDE LAUSD extends paymentdeadline The Los Angeles Unified School District has given employees who were overpaid because of payroll glitches an additional week to pay the money back. More than $53 million was overpaid to 32,000 teachers, counselors and other certified employees this year during a payroll fiasco that will cost the district more than $130 million to fix. Employees must notify the district by today about how they want to proceed. Instead of needing to pay the money back by Monday, they have until Dec. 17. To lower the number of contested payments, the district agreed to forgive errors of $250 or less. Employees who pay by the deadline receive a $250 credit. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SCANNING THE AREA TORRANCE More tests set for red-tagged home A Torrance home in the 2100 block of Del Amo Boulevard remained red-tagged Thursday after preliminary readings showed the presence of a potentially explosive hydrocarbon-based gas, authorities said. last_img

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