Auburn HS tight end Brandon Crum commits to South Alabama

South Alabama coach Steve Campbell speaks with the media on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (South Alabama athletics)

South Alabama on Tuesday landed a 2019 verbal commitment from Auburn High School tight end Brandon Crum.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Crum, who could also play offensive tackle in college, also had offers from Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee and Jacksonville State, among other schools. He is expected to visit USA this weekend, but announced his commitment via Twitter on Tuesday:

Crum is the second player to commit to South Alabama since this weekend, joining Mississippi linebacker Brentt Cunningham. The Jaguars also lost a commitment from Dothan Northview kicker Jack Martin, who flipped to Troy on Monday.

The late signing period for football begins on Feb. 6.

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UCLA football signs 27 players for 2018 recruiting class

Chip Kelly addressed the media Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about the new Bruin football coach’s first UCLA recruiting class.(Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Be quick but don’t hurry.

The John Wooden quip that UCLA football coach Chip Kelly dropped during his introductory press conference also fittingly applied to his first recruiting class.

The Bruins started quietly by only signing eight players during the inaugural early signing period, which spanned from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22. But Kelly’s staff finished in a flurry by signing 19 players on the traditional National Signing Day on Wednesday.

“We were balanced across the board at everything. We needed depth and help at every position,” Kelly said. “(We’ve) got quality players at all positions. We wanted to get bigger. We feel like we did that.”

Five four-star recruits, including longtime quarterback commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson, outside linebacker Elijah Wade, defensive lineman Tyler Manoa and wide receiver Michael Ezeike, were the highlights of Wednesday’s signees.

But the status of that final four-star recruit was in doubt for much of Wednesday. Mater Dei High School offensive lineman Chris Murray announced his commitment to UCLA during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month, but held off signing his National Letter of Intent during his school’s ceremony.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound recruit reaffirmed his commitment on Twitter several times in the past week, but Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson told the Orange County Register that Murray’s family was still deciding on his next step.

Murray eventually sent in his signed NLI on Wednesday evening, and was listed among UCLA’s 2017-2018 football signees in an email from UCLA Athletics.

One major focus with regards to recruitment, Kelly said, was targeting taller players. Of the 27-player class, 15 are listed at 6-foot-4 or taller, compared to 29 players who were at least that tall out of 119 players listed on the Bruins’ 2017 roster.

“Big people beat up little people so we’re looking for big people,” Kelly said. “I think it’s a taller, longer game and if you’re taller and longer at every position it’s gonna be a benefit.”

The Bruins also managed to flip commits to several other Pac-12 schools and an Southeastern Conference school. Junior college inside linebacker Tyree Thompson and Memphis, Tennessee, native cornerback Rayshad Williams were both committed to Vanderbilt before signing with UCLA.

Kelly’s staff flipped running back Martell Irby, a San Diego native who originally committed to Arizona, and wide receiver Delon Hurt, an Anaheim, California, native who had originally committed to Utah.

“(Irby’s a) very tough, hard-nosed, physical guy,” Kelly said. “He can make cuts at full speed, he catches the ball really well. He played some quarterback, and he’s got some versatility.”

Other junior college transfers include 6-foot-7 defensive end Steven Mason and 5-foot-11 inside linebacker Je’Vari Anderson.

“We’re hoping that the (junior college) kids and one more high school kid will be here for the April quarter,” Kelly said. “I hope everybody we signed is ready to play the day they get here because that’s what we want them to do.”

Earlier in the morning, the Bruins gained a commitment from an undecided defensive lineman, but also lost one from a hotly contested offensive lineman.

Katy, Texas, native Otito Ogbonnia signed with UCLA over Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Ole Miss and Notre Dame, but the Bruins missed out on Mission Viejo, California, native offensive tackle Jarrett Patterson, who signed with Notre Dame.

One of the more interesting recruitments took place in Milwaukee, where UCLA snapped up offensive lineman Jon Gaines. Gaines did not have a star rating or a recruit page on the 247Sports network, yet still garnered scholarship offers from Iowa, Purdue and California.

“He was a very good student and … he was the president of his class – everything off the charts from a character standpoint,” Kelly said. “Then you put the tape on, he is a really good football player, so he checked all the boxes for us.”

Out of UCLA’s current 27-player incoming class, there are five wide receivers, five defensive backs, four linebackers, four defensive linemen, four offensive linemen, two running backs, two tight ends and one quarterback.

247Sports ranks the Bruins’ incoming class as No. 18 in the nation and fourth in the Pac-12, behind USC, Washington and Oregon.

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Northern Iowa hangs around, but Drake puts things away with emphatic fourth quarter

CEDAR FALLS, Ia. — Drake hasn’t faced much Valley resistance during this run of two-plus years without a conference loss. But Northern Iowa has consistently been the program that can hang with the Bulldogs the longest.

Friday was no different.

Down by as much as 16 in the opening half, the Panthers came storming back with a strong third quarter to make it a game. Drake, though, clamped down the way veteran squads do, emerging with an 88-64 win at the McLeod Center.

Drake’s Nicole Miller looks to pass against Northern Iowa Friday at the McLeod Center

(Photo: Courtesy of UNI Athletics)

Sara Rhine led the Bulldogs (13-4, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) with 26 points and got double-digit help from Becca Hittner (19) and Maddy Dean (13). Mikaela Morgan (13 points), Ellie Howell (15), Karli Rucker (10) and Abby Gerrits (10) all reached double figures for UNI (10-7, 3-2) as well.

Drake hit the gas with a 17-5 run to start the fourth, using its vintage high-flying offense to regain momentum after the Panthers punched back. UNI had the home crowd juiced following a strong third, but the experienced Bulldogs didn’t panic as things tightened up.

Six different Drake players scored during its game-sealing surge, and UNI couldn’t keep up. The Panthers missed eight of their first 10 fourth-quarter shots. The team still figuring out how to thrive without Megan Maahs faded down the stretch.

The Panthers, though, could’ve been buried much earlier. UNI trailed by 16 in the first half and was in danger of getting ran out of its own gym early. The Panthers climbed within nine at the break, spilling that over into the third with a swift start.

A Gerrits trey knotted things, 49-49, with 4:18 to play in the third. That’s longer than most MVC teams can hang with Drake.

The Drake bench celebrates against Northern Iowa Friday at the McLeod Center.

(Photo: Courtesy of UNI Athletics)

But the Bulldogs did their thing in winning time. The unblemished conference streak marches on.

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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5 Open Houses In The Mission Viejo Area

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Sometimes shopping for a house online doesn’t quite do the trick. To get a real feel for a house, you really have to see it in person. That’s the beauty of the IRL open house: No more guessing!

Ready to start hunting? To jump-start your search, we’ve put together a list of the five most recent open houses scheduled in the Mission Viejo area. That way, you can get a feel for the current offerings without committing to a house blindly.

Below is an address, photo, price, home size and open-house time for each property on our list — such as one with 4 beds and 3 baths for $849,990, and another in the Rancho Mission Viejo area with 2 beds and 3 baths for $524,888.

Like what you see? Just click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Happy house hunting!

1. 9 Stone Turret Ct, Ladera Ranch, California 92694

Price: $759,900
Size: 2,003 sq. ft., 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

2. 22202 Montellano, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Price: $849,990
Size: 2,175 sq. ft, 4 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $524,888
Size: 1,318 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 3 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $849,000
Size: 1,857 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Price: $645,000
Size: 1,472 sq. ft., 2 beds, and 2 baths
Open house: Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm

Itching for more? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out Patch’s Mission Viejo area real-estate section for a full list of nearby open houses.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Mission Viejo couple sues State Farm over damaged home, breach of contract

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (KABC) —

A Mission Viejo couple say their nightmare began when they returned to find their home flooded March 7, 2013.

Gregg and Cindy Comey say water rained down from an upstairs bathroom, saturating the ground floor of the $700,000 house they had just moved into months before.

They called State Farm, the insurance company they’ve paid premiums to for 20 years.

"We trusted them," Cindy said. "It was a nightmare."

What the Comeys say happened next led them to file a lawsuit against State Farm and two other companies, Servpro and ServiceMaster. The couple alleges those two companies were recommended by the insurance company as part of their premier service program for water loss.

The Comeys say State Farm told them Servpro and ServiceMaster are independent of State Farm, screened and qualified, and would not be paid unless the work was performed to the Comey’s satisfaction.

"If any work they do is substandard, you have a five-year warranty on that," Gregg said.

Servpro came in to dry out the home.

"When they left, they told the Comeys the house is dry," said Evangeline Grossman, the Comeys attorney.

But the Comeys say two weeks later, they started smelling what they thought was mold.

The couple says State Farm initially told them mold tests were not covered, so they paid for it themselves.

"When we found out the results, it was shock. The house was contaminated with mold," Cindy said.

The couple, along with their daughter April, 17, and their son Aidan, 7, moved into a hotel.

The Comeys say State Farm paid Servpro, despite the Comey’s dissatisfaction.

Two months after the flood, they say State Farm recommended the other company, ServiceMaster, to clean up what Servpro allegedly left behind.

"Upstairs, where the loss occurred, in the bathroom, they didn’t take out the bathtub. The water was trapped under the bathtub," Grossman said. "That’s how they save money – is by cutting corners."

Instead of removing mold damage, the Comeys say ServiceMaster sprayed a white-colored paint called Kilz to cover it up, in order to pass a mold test, which it initially failed. The remediation charge: just under $5,000.

"The bottom line between State Farm, Servpro and ServiceMaster is they’re in cahoots," Grossman said.

She filed the lawsuit for her clients, alleging breach of contract, breach of the duty of good faith, fraud, false promise, intentional misrepresentation and negligence.

In an internal email uncovered by Grossman during the course of litigation – after the Comeys questioned the relationship between State Farm and Servpro – a veteran State Farm claims team manager wrote to his adjuster: "We can say all we want that they are independent contractors, but I think we would lose in court."

The Comeys attorney alleges Servpro and ServiceMaster get repeat business, and in turn, "State Farm has a pattern and practice of using its premium service program vendors to minimize the scope of loss and to pay less money on claims" by trying to avoid removing mold damage and rebuilding.

"It’s more expensive to do that than for the house to develop mold and pay the mold limit," Grossman said. "State Farm has a cap on mold of $5,000."

According to State Farm’s website, in 2013, there were 17,900 residential water related claims in California.

Grossman alleges at least 75 percent of all residential losses involving State Farm end up with either Servpro or ServiceMaster.

In the Comeys case, Grossman estimates it will cost about $50,000 to repair the mold damage.

She says they’re looking at $150,000 to $200,000 in damages. Grossman says the Comeys had to pay out-of-pocket for things such as accommodations after they say State Farm forced them to move out of the hotel and into an apartment.

Cindy, 49, says she suffers from severe spinal problems and was unable to continue living in the apartment because she couldn’t get around. She uses a wheelchair or a cane. The Comeys allege State Farm refused to pay for them to return to the hotel, so they eventually had to move in with family.

The Comeys have returned to their house – after two years away – although they say they’ll have to move out again, once they can afford to have the mold properly removed.

"A 20-year policy holder. I feel very betrayed," Cindy said.

ServiceMaster and Servpro said they’re "unable to comment on pending litigation."

In a statement, State Farm said, "We deny these allegations and are eager to present our case in the appropriate place, and that is in a court of law. "

The premier service program is "optional," according to State Farm.
"Our policyholders always have the right to select their own service company to do their repair work," the insurance company said in a statement.

The case is expected to go to trial next April.

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Mission Viejo: 5 Latest Homes To Hit The Market

MISSION VIEJO, CA — Looking for a new home, and want to get a better feel for what’s available near you? Need some assistance in your search? You’ve come to the right place! To keep you in the game, we’ve got a fresh batch of new listings nearby.

Here are the five most recent properties to hit the housing market in the Mission Viejo area — including one with 3 beds and 3 baths for $635,000, and another with 5 beds and 5 baths for $3.3 million.

Click on any address for more pics and details. Enjoy!

Price: $714,999
Size: 1,546 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $3,275,000
Size: 4,780 sq. ft, 5 beds, and 5 baths

Price: $639,900
Size: 1,503 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 2 baths

Price: $635,000
Size: 1,943 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Price: $709,900
Size: 1,936 sq. ft., 3 beds, and 3 baths

Still want to see more options? Keep scrolling for more listings. Or check out Patch’s Mission Viejo area real-estate section for a complete list of local homes.

Photos courtesy of Realtor.com

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Kilburg: Understand the market fear, but this isn’t 2008

Watch CNBC’s full interview with GSK CEO Emma Walmsley about the Pfizer merger Starbucks CEO on the company’s future outlook, China expansion and Howard Schultz Restaurateur Danny Meyer and his CIO talk investing in online gourmet food platform Goldbelly with founder Joe Ariel Domo CEO on how his data analytics platform differentiates itself from competitors CEO of world’s largest restaurant company talks chasing growth with e-commerce technology CEO of discounter Ollie’s says business has ‘never been better’ as major retailers go bankrupt Anaplan CEO on using a custom ‘calculation engine’ for enterprise planning efficiency Coupa Software CEO touts margin expansion, subscription growth in Q3 US is well on its way to Trump’s goal of ‘energy dominance,’ says Marathon Petroleum CEO Tariff issues won’t come up in commodities like steel, says Huntington Ingalls CEO Apple is a US treasure and stands to be hurt dramatically by tariffs, says Breyer Capital CEO

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Richard Sherman goes down swinging for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman talks with head coach Kyle Shanahan after Sherman was ejected in 4th quarter of Chicago Bears’ 14-9 win in NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman talks with head coach Kyle Shanahan after Sherman was ejected in 4th quarter of Chicago Bears’ 14-9 win in NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday,

… more Photo: Scott Strazzante / The Chronicle

Richard Sherman went down fighting.

No, really.

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The 49ers cornerback was ejected for his role in a fourth-quarter melee that began Sunday when safety Marcell Harris hit Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as he was sliding at the end of a 7-yard scramble.

The collision occurred at Chicago’s sideline and Harris was surrounded by Bears who, according to Sherman, were “pushing and shoving and grabbing and punching on him.” Sherman, 30, one of five team captains, went into the scrum and threw punches.

He made it clear they were “open-hand” shots, so he didn’t hurt his hands by slamming them against helmets.

“As a leader you can’t let them do your teammate like that,” Sherman said. “I felt like they went over the top … It took too long for them to let him go so I went in there to grab him. And they continued to pull and jerk and grab (him).

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“I’m a grown man with kids. I don’t care about any of that. At the end of the day, they’re going to be punished for it. … You put your hands on me, you’re going to feel me.”

Bears wide receivers Joshua Bellamy and Anthony Miller were also ejected for their role in the fight.

“Sherm was very clear to me he was trying to get his brother’s back and I love for guys to do that as much as they can,” head coach Kyle Shanaahn said. “It’s definitely better when they do as much as they can and they don’t get ejected. But they had two get ejected and we had one. So that was better.”

Said tight end George Kittle: “Richard’s a baller and I love what he did. I’m not paying his fine, though.”

Finally, a takeaway: The first half didn’t feature much action — the 49ers led 9-7 at halftime on three field goals by Robbie Gould — but it did have a monumental moment: The 49ers had their first takeaway since Oct. 28.

In the second quarter, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky lateraled to running back Tarik Cohen behind the line of scrimmage. Cohen couldn’t handle the toss, and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner recovered the football.

The takeaway was the 49ers’ sixth of the season and ended a drought in which they didn’t force a turnover in six games and 392 minutes and 49 seconds of game action.

The 49ers, who finished with two takeaways, will still set an NFL record for fewest takeaways in a season if they don’t have at least four in the season finale against the Rams. They have two interceptions and will set a league record for the fewest in a season if they don’t have at least two next weekend.

Injury report: Wide receiver Dante Pettis sustained what is believed to be a sprained medial collateral knee ligament that will end his rookie season.

He finished with 27 catches for 467 yards with five scores.

In other injury news, running back Matt Breida exited in the second quarter after aggravating an ankle injury he’s had for most of the season. Tight end Garrett Celek exited with a concussion and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin sustained an Achilles injury on the 49ers’ final offensive play.

Shanahan said Goodwin’s injury likely wasn’t serious.

Record watch: Kittle (seven catches, 74 yards) moved up nine spots and now has the seventh-most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. Kittle is tied with Jimmy Graham, who had 1,215 yards in 2013.

Kittle needs 113 yards against the Rams to break Rob Gronkowski’s record for the most receiving yards by a tight end. However, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce now has 1,274 yards after getting 54 in a loss to Seattle.

Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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‘This is nothing but happiness’: Maricopa County celebrates National Adoption Day

Leauna Jones and Tanasha Robertson adopted 8-month-old Jeremiah at Adoption Day at the Maricopa County Juvenile Court on Nov. 17, 2018. Carly Henry, The Republic | azcentral.com

Eight-month-old Jeremiah Jones-Robertson was getting antsy.

The smiling, wide-eyed toddler kicked off his rainbow-checkered slip-on Vans shoes and tugged at his mom’s hair as the minutes ticked by ahead of their final hearing Saturday in the Durango Juvenile Court building in Phoenix.

Leauna Jonesand her wife, Tanasha Robertson, were also eager to get into the courtroom with their foster child, lovingly called Bucky. He would leave as an official member of their family — just one of the families finalizing the adoption of 180 children during 128 ceremonies at the Maricopa County Juvenile Court as part of National Adoption Day.

But it was a monumental event for Jones, Robertson and their family. They filled the small hallway outside of the courtroom, practically impossible to miss in their white T-shirts printed with a colorful message, "Move out of the way, we have papers to sign. It’s adoption day!"

‘We prayed we would get him’

Bucky was barely 3 weeks old when the Arizona Department of Child Safety called asking whether Leauna and Tanasha had a bed open for another foster child. The call came only a few weeks before they were scheduled to get married.

The couple already had four other foster and biological kids in the home, but they were eager to welcome another. Immediately, they knew the nameless infant boy was to become their own baby.

Leauna Jones and Tanasha Robertson adopted their son Jeremiah on Nov.17, 2018. After the adoption hearing, they stood with their family and Judge Maria del Mar Verdin.

(Photo: Carly Henry/The Republic)

"As soon as he walked through that door, we knew we were adopting him," Tanasha said. "We prayed we would get him before he even came into our home."

A family — officially

The large family filled the small courtroom while the mothers and all of the children crammed around the table before Superior Court Judge Maria del Mar Verdin.

Bucky giddily bounced on the table, unaware of the monumental legal event unfolding around him. Leauna pulled him into her lap while he cooed and chattered.

"It’s obvious to me that this is a family filled with love," del Mar Verdin said. "It’s obvious to me this is the happiest boy I’ve seen all day."

Her observation was met with chuckles and a knowing "amen" from grandma seated in the back of the courtroom.

Leauna let out a great, joyful sob and another nana wiped tears away from her eyes as del Mar Verdin finalized the adoption.

"This forevermore will be your son, and you forevermore will be his parents," she said to the parents.

The family — now one child larger — then flooded forward for photos. The judge handed Bucky a gold medal to mark the occasion, which he immediately placed in his mouth. But his mothers didn’t notice as they carried him out of the courtroom to celebrate the fact that they were officially a family.

‘This is nothing but happiness’

Outside, hundreds of children played on inflatable bounce castles and took pictures with Santa. New families huddled with volunteers, caseworkers and other parents to giddily recount their own hearings and parenting tales.

Juvenile Court Judge Lisa Flores prepared to hear her own set of hearings later that afternoon. It was a day she looked forward to every year.

"This is nothing but happiness," she said. "It’s days like this that re-energize a judge and make us happy we get to do this job."

Assistant Sam Kaufman plops a stuffed frog on top of photographer Patty Kaufman’s head to make the kids laugh while she took family portraits for Maricopa County’s National Adoption Day on Nov. 17, 2018.

Flores estimated about 85 percent of the cases scheduled to be finalized Saturday involved kids in the child-welfare system. The others were private adoptions.

Some of the courtrooms are overflowing with families before the hearing, while Flores said others are just the parents themselves and the child. Regardless, the joy is still the same. The judges also get to share that joy.

"You really feel like you are a part of the family," she said.

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Smoky Skies, Air Quality Report For Mission Viejo

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — The smell of smoke and a brown sky spread across many areas of Orange County and lingered over the ocean again Sunday as the fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties grew to more than 85,500 acres with 15 percent containment.

On Monday, sustained winds have blown much of the smoke out to sea, however swirling winds may bring it back, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management district.

Air quality for Orange County was considered moderate for Inland and coastal areas, with pollutants ranging from 59 to 61. San Gabriel Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains saw air pollutants in the 54 to 57 range. "The air quality is acceptable, however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution," they said.

A smoke advisory remained in effect for residents at least through Monday, Nov. 12. Unhealthy air quality is affecting some residents of Orange County, as well as of the San Gabriel Valley, the Pomona-Walnut Valley and San Fernando Valley, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

The western winds continued to bring unhealthful levels of smoke and ash particulate into most of the South Coast Air Basin, however, Santa Ana winds from the northeast pushed smoke away from southern Orange and Riverside counties by Sunday evening, and were expected to continue to alleviate conditions in the northern San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles metro area Monday.

"It is difficult to tell where ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of dust particles in the air, so we ask everyone to be aware of their immediate environment and to take actions to safeguard their health," said Dr. Muntu Davis, health officer for Los Angeles County, in an earlier statement.

"Smoke and ash can be harmful to health, even people who are healthy," Davis said. "People at higher risk include those with heart or lung diseases, children and older adults."

Davis urged everyone in areas where there is visible smoke or the smell of smoke to avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and to limit physical exertion, whether indoor or outdoor, such as exercise.
Children and people who have air quality-sensitive conditions, such as heart disease, asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases, should follow the recommendations and stay indoors as much as possible, even in areas where smoke, soot or ash cannot be seen or there is no smell of smoke, according to DPH officials.

The SCAQMD said disposable respirators labeled as N-95 or P-100 can offer some protection if worn properly and tightly fit, but officials cautioned that even residents with respirators should limit their exposure to smoke as much as possible.

Residents should not rely on paper "dust masks" for protection from smoke, as they do little but block large particles, such as sawdust.

The health department is "also advising schools and recreational programs that are in session in smoke-impacted areas to suspend outside physical activities in these areas, including physical education and after- school sports, until conditions improve," Davis said. "Non-school-related sports organizations for children and adults are advised to cancel outdoor practices and competitions in areas where there is visible smoke, soot or ash, or where there is an smell of smoke. This also applies to other recreational outdoor activity, such as hikes or picnics, in these areas."

According to DPH, people can participate in indoor sports or other strenuous activity in areas with visible smoke, soot or ash, provided the indoor location has air conditioning that does not draw air from the outside and all windows and doors are closed.

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor, and the primary health concern is the small particles, which can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches and bronchitis, health officials said. In people with sensitive conditions, the particles can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and/or chest pain.

DPH offered the following recommendations:

If you see or smell smoke, or see a lot of particles and ash in the air, avoid unnecessary outdoor activity to limit your exposure to harmful air. This is especially important for those with heart or lung disease (including asthma), the elderly and children.If outdoor air is bad, try to keep indoor air as clean as possible by keeping windows and doors closed. Air conditioners that re-circulate air within the home can help filter out harmful particles.Avoid using air conditioning units that only draw in air from the outside or that do not have a re-circulating option. Residents should check the filters on their air conditioners and replace them regularly. Indoor air filtration devices with HEPA filters can further reduce the level of particles that circulate indoors.If it is too hot during the day to keep the doors or windows closed and you do not have an air conditioning unit that re-circulates indoor air, consider going to an air conditioned public place, such as a library or shopping center, to stay cool and to protect yourself from harmful air. Do not use fireplaces (either wood burning or gas), candles, and vacuums. Use damp cloths to clean dusty indoor surfaces. Do not smoke. If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your doctor immediately or go to an urgent care center. If life-threatening, contact 911. When smoke is heavy for a prolonged period of time, fine particles can build up indoors even though you may not be able to see them. Wearing a mask may prevent exposures to large particles. However, most masks do not prevent exposure to fine particles and toxic gases, which may be more dangerous to your health. Practice safe clean-up following a fire. Follow the ash clean-up and food safety instructions at bit.ly/SafeFireCleanup .The following is recommended for pets:Avoid leaving your pets outdoors, particularly at night. Pets should be brought into an indoor location, such as an enclosed garage or a house.If dogs or cats appear to be in respiratory distress, they should be taken to an animal hospital immediately. Symptoms of respiratory distress for dogs include panting and/or an inability to catch their breath. Symptoms for cats are less noticeable, but may include panting and/or an inability to catch their breath.

No precipitation throughout the week, with high temperatures rising to 80°F on Sunday.

Tuesday November 13

Partly cloudy throughout the day. High 77, low 49.
Chance of precipitation: 0%. Wind 10 mph from the NE

Wednesday November 14

Mostly cloudy until afternoon. High 79, low 50.
Chance of precipitation: 1%. Wind 8 mph from the NE

Thursday November 15

Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 78, low 52.
Chance of precipitation: 0%. Wind 3 mph from the NE

Friday November 16

Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 80, low 53.
Chance of precipitation: 0%. Wind 1 mph from the S

Saturday November 17

Mostly cloudy starting in the evening. High 78, low 50.
Chance of precipitation: 2%. Wind 1 mph from the SSW

Sunday November 18

Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 80, low 52.
Chance of precipitation: 1%. Wind 1 mph from the NNW

Monday November 19

Mostly cloudy throughout the day. High 79, low 53.
Chance of precipitation: 0%. Wind 1 mph from the NNE
Data provided by darksky.net

Photo, courtesy David Okun, Dana Point

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