Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Joseph:

Former LAPD officer pleads not guilty in connection with DUI crash that killed 3

Edgar Verduzco, 28, was arrested and charged with murder and related offenses in connection with a suspected DUI crash on the 605 Freeway that killed a family of three in 2017. → Read More

Trump and California Firefighter Agencies’ Feud Cools

At stake was more than $9 million of a total $72 million reimbursement request that California made of the U.S. Forest Service after helping to battle wildfires on federal lands in 2018. Those fires included the Camp fire that killed 85 people in November 2018 and the Carr fire. → Read More

‘It was the scare of my life’ — when the ground began shaking in Ridgecrest

Officials with the Kern County Fire Department said there were no major injuries reported as of Thursday afternoon, just cuts and bruises. → Read More

‘Where is she? Where is she?’ Frantic moments at Dollar Tree when earthquake hits

Shoppers at a Dollar Tree in Ridgecrest, Calif., were rattled when a 6.4 earthquake sent shelves crashing down. → Read More

‘It was the scare of my life’: Residents near Ridgecrest feel intense shaking and fear

The 6.4 earthquake in Ridgecrest caused some fires and threw merchandise off shelves at stores. → Read More

One in 4 Californians live in a ‘high risk’ wildfire area. Is the state ready for another fire season?

After two of the most devastating wildfire seasons in California history, Gov. Gavin Newsom declares, "We can't take it anymore." → Read More

He feared being stung by wasps and accidentally started California’s biggest fire

The bizarre story of what caused California's largest fire offers a lesson about the state's combustibility and how one wrong move can bring disaster. → Read More

Late-season rains mask looming fire danger as lush plants turn dry and explosive

California's wet winter has extended into May, with new storms hitting next week. But despite all the moisture, experts worry about a bad fire season. → Read More

Trump wants to slash payments to California for fighting wildfires on federal land

The federal government is balking on reimbursing California for the expense of firefighting last year, saying local officials have failed to itemize costs. → Read More

F-16 military fighter jet crashes in Riverside County

A military jet crashed Wednesday in Riverside County, near the 215 Freeway. → Read More

PG&E power lines caused California's deadliest fire, investigators conclude

Investigators with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have concluded that Pacific Gas & Electric equipment sparked the devastating Camp fire that destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and killed 85 people, most of them elderly, last year. → Read More

Pot smuggling arrests at LAX have surged 166% since marijuana legalization

Since California legalized marijuana, more smugglers are trying to fly it out. The number of checked bags stuffed entirely full of pot has soared. → Read More

In an era of extreme wildfires, some say firefighting aircraft are ‘increasingly ineffective’

The state is poised to spend $273 million on new firefighting aircraft, but the tools won't help fight the most devastating kinds of blazes California has seen of late. → Read More

California’s emergency alert system has been a disaster. A statewide fix is planned

A series of recent fatal disasters involving wildfires and mudslides have "highlighted troubling shortfalls" in local warning systems, officials say. → Read More

‘Virtual kidnapping’ scammers seek ransom from affluent Southern California families

The scam relies on speed and fear to siphon thousands of dollars away from parents scared their child is in imminent danger. → Read More

Multiple injuries in gas leak explosion in South L.A.

Firefighters encounter intense flames in the explosion, which caused injuries, displaced manhole covers and created a huge plume of smoke. → Read More

Southern California Edison power lines sparked deadly Thomas fire, investigators find

Investigators have determined that Southern California Edison power lines ignited the 2017 Thomas fire, a massive blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that killed two people and later gave rise to a massive mudflow that resulted in at least 20 deaths. → Read More

PG&E admits its equipment likely caused California’s worst fire

Pacific Gas and Electric said it’s “probable” that its equipment caused the Camp fire, which destroyed thousands of homes in Paradise and killed 86 people. → Read More

San Francisco will remove more than 9,300 marijuana-related crimes from people’s records

A yearlong effort to expunge marijuana-related convictions in San Francisco has been completed, with more than 9,300 crimes slated to be removed from people’s records, prosecutors announced Monday. → Read More

Bitter cold blankets Southern California, with a new storm just around the corner

A freeze warning was issued for parts of the Southland. Santa Ana, Los Alamitos, Chino, Oceanside and other areas recorded low temperatures in the 30s. → Read More