Even if you’re a dedicated gym rat, having a few trusty go-to workout devices at home comes in handy.

“Whether it’s an entire home gym set-up or a few body-weight exercise routines, a go-to home workout is the most important thing for maintaining a fitness regimen — so you don’t have an excuse when you’re out of time,” says Andy Petranek, cofounder of Santa Monica-based WholeLifeChallege.com and CrossFitLA. From a Pilates trampoline to a machine that allows you to row uphill, here’s a sampling of some of the most innovative new home fitness gear we saw at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Assn. fitness expo held in Los Angeles earlier this year:

1. Full-tilt rowing

Total Gym’s unique Elevate rower is the first to use a slanted slide board and your own body weight as resistance instead of a fan-flywheel or magnetic friction. The steeper you set the tilt, the harder the effort. Unlike traditional row machines, this rower loads up the “eccentric” phase of the movement — the return — adding a strength element to the workout. $1,495. TotalGym.com

2. Bouncing Pilates

Take a Pilates reformer, add a mini-trampoline and you get an intense jumping workout that is still gentle on your joints. (DVDs walk you through it.) Adding cardio to Pilates’ traditional posture and strength benefits, Merrithew’s SPX reformer lets you do non-impact, non-gravity explosive jumping movements that are quite challenging in 30-second and one-minute bursts, and are a boon for older, heavier people with hip and knee limitations. The combo starts around $3,089. Merrithew.com

3. Aquapunch

North Shore Fight’s new torso-shaped Aqua Bruiser Bag fills with tap water, making this punching bag more forgiving on hands, wrists and elbows. $200. AquaTrainingBag.com

4. On a roll

Low-tech and highly effective, these hand-size plastic pads embedded with three roller balls provide challenging omni-directional dynamic stability. Translation: CoreFlyte Sliders let you move every which way across a flat surface while doing plank rollouts, in-motion push-ups and a variety of core-blasting exercises, intensifying the workout. And in a pinch, they’ll help you move heavy boxes. $99.95 for a pair, carry bag, exercise sheet and on-line videos. FlyteFitness.com

5. All-body bike

The classic all-body Schwinn Airdyne, a stationary bike with push-pull arm action and fan-blade air-resistance that gets harder as you go faster, gets even better this year with two new models. The Airdyne Pro has 9 workout and HIIT programs and large LCH screen, vertical and horizontal grips, a quiet belt drive and the ability to use your own bike seat. The Airdyne AD6 lacks the programs but displays watts, time, calories burned, distance and more. AD6 starts at $539 and the Pro starts at $1,299. OctaneFitness.com

6. Good vibrations

Vibration machines are the red-hot workout devices of the moment but have been too large and expensive for the home — until now. The new Personal PowerPlate provides the same enhanced effort and recovery benefits in a compact platform that can be slipped under a bed. A 30/60-second timer and remote control are included. $1,499. PowerPlate.com

7. Swiss Army Knife of ab rollers

Combining an ab-rollout device with stretch bands and snap-on 10- and 5-pound weight-rings, the ingenious Spyder 360 adds resistance for upper and lower body workouts and core work. Rings additionally morph into two 17.5-pound hand weights. (Go to the website and watch the variety of exercises you can do. They actually look kind of fun.) $99. TheSpyder360.com

8. Smart ball

There’s no simpler fitness product than the inflatable exercise ball, but it’s worthless if you don’t know how to use it. That’s not a problem with the 18-inch Smart Ball, which is imprinted with renderings of 13 exercises. Its cousin, the adjustable-height Smart Cube, used for step-ups and box jumps, displays nine exercises. Ball, $29.25; cube $498.95. Enasco.com

9. TRX Duo Trainer

If one strap was good, two is better, says TRX. Its new Duo Trainer lets you do hanging exercises like pull-ups, dips, and muscle-ups in addition to the many others you can do with its standard one-strap/double-handled models. $199.95. TRXTraining.com

10. Two-way rowing

This rower rows back. The harder you pull the VersaRower, designed with a unique inertial-weight flywheel, the more it pulls back on the return portion of the stroke, which means you struggle to stay in control. This “eccentric loading” dramatically increases your effort, so you get a harder workout in less time. $3,800. VersaClimber.com

11. Pool gym

The Boga Fitmat is an 8-by-3-foot floating workout mat with built-in stretch cord handles. Used in your backyard pool (or even in your den), it provides a stable-but-unstable base from which to do yoga and a variety of strengthening exercises, intensifying the workout. $795. BogaBoards.com

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Monique Lhuillier dresses all sorts of brides and now she will help decorate their homes too through a deal with Pottery Barn. Through a multiseason collaboration, the designer will be serving up bedding, bath, tabletop, entertaining and decor products starting for the holidays and carrying through to next spring and beyond. It will debut in the chain’s stores and its site in October. The partnership builds on her Pottery Barn Kids collaboration. Both brands are part of the Williams-Sonoma portfolio. Pottery Barn currently has stores in the U.S., Canada and Australia and unaffiliated franchisees with outposts in Mexico, the Middle East and the Philippines.

Originally a bridal designer, Lhuillier has branched out into all sorts of categories and licenses during her more than 21 years in the fashion industry. The Pottery Barn items will include feminine references like rose gold accents, romantic prints and traditional embroidery. The Los Angeles resident has said on more than one occasion how much she enjoys spending time at home with her family. Lhuillier’s husband, Tom Bugbee, is also her business partner.

Lhuillier said, “Partnering with Pottery Barn to create a lifestyle collection couldn’t have been more natural or rewarding. They are experts in creating relaxed environments that lend themselves to celebrating life’s everyday moments.”

Monica Bhargava, executive vice president of product development and design at Pottery Barn, said the design process involved drawing inspiration from the designer’s gowns and translating her use of color, prints and texture for the home.

Lhuillier recently revealed plans for a second home of sorts. The designer will soon be trooping off to Paris to show her ready-to-wear collection there for the first time. Following in the footsteps of Proenza Schouler and Rodarte, who are Paris-bound next month, she will be showing her spring collection on July 3 at Hôtel d’Évreux with an 11:30 a.m. start time. There will be 275 guests, a more intimate group than the crowds of 750 that are invited to her New York Fashion Week shows. “It will be like sharing the magic in a different platform,” she said. “It will be my ready-to-wear but slightly elevated and more intricate.”

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The San Diego County median home price hit $530,000 in May, breaking the nominal record set last month and increasing 8.2 percent in a year, real estate tracker CoreLogic reported Wednesday.

Lack of homes for sale and slowed home construction appear to be major forces in new peaks set over the past few months leading into the traditional busy summer buying season.

In real terms, May’s numbers still are far off the peaks of the housing boom. When adjusted for inflation, the county nominal November 2005 peak of $517,500 equates to roughly $644,500 in 2016 dollars.

Alan Gin, economist at University of San Diego, said it is likely that nominal records will continue to be broken as the summer continues, especially with a strong economy and low unemployment rate.

“Construction is still lagging badly. There’s just not enough housing,” Gin said. “High demand and low supply mean higher prices.”

In May, there were 5,060 homes listed for sale in San Diego County, up by 279 from April but substantially below historic levels for the month, said the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors. There were 5,913 listings in May last year, 6,658 in 2015 and 7,029 in 2014.

As for overall unit sales, this year’s number appears comparable to the levels reached during the last housing boom, at least at first glance: There were 4,138 home sales in May and 4,232 in November 2005.

The difference, Gin said, is that there were far more new homes being built in 2005. In May, 232 newly-built homes sold. In November 2005, 1,251 new homes sold.

There are plenty examples of buyers pushing prices up amid intense competition. A $329,000 condo with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the Nestor neighborhood about 1 mile from the Mexican border had a sale pending in two days, said listing agent Jean Paul Schwarz.

The 1,224-square-foot unit in the Evergreen Condominiums drew 10 offers, with four higher than the asking price, in the two days it was on the market. The winning offer agreed to a 21-day escrow period for the nearly 40-year-old condo.

Schwarz said he’s seeing buyers being more aggressive to get away from rising rents, and some want to take advantage of low mortgage interest rates, which averaged 3.9 percent Wednesday morning for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, said Mortgage News Daily. Rent had increased 8 percent in a year as of March, said MarketPointe Realty Advisors.

“People are desperate to get into a house,” Schwarz said.

While industry experts are optimistic home construction will pick up later in the year, San Diego County had the biggest drop in residential building in Southern California over the first three months of 2017. Residential building permits were down by 37 percent in the first quarter compared to the same time last year.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer unveiled a plan Wednesday to spur home construction. It would streamline project approvals, reduce some regulations, and start calculating developer fees not on the total number of units but on either square footage or the number of bedroom and other measures. The plan must be approved by the City Council and could take years to significantly add to housing supply.

The region’s median resale house price in May set a record of $590,000 with 2,636 single-family houses sales. The previous peak of $575,000 was set last month. The resale condo price was $390,000 with 1,270 sales, $10,000 short of the nominal peak set in April 2005.

Resale homes had the largest year-over-year price increase with a 8.7 percent appreciation. Resale condos were up 4 percent and newly built homes down by 2.2 percent.

The newly built home median price in May was $571,000 with 232 sales.

The number of absentee buyers, usually investors who don’t intend to live in the homes they purchase, made up 19.2 percent of sales in April, down from 19.7 percent at the same time last year. In early 2013, more than 30 percent of sales went to absentee buyers.

For all of Southern California, the median home price was up 7.1 percent year-over-year, bringing the median to $492,000. The largest increase was in San Bernardino County, at 8.8 percent, to a median price of $310,000.

It was followed by San Diego County with the 8.2 percent increase; Riverside County with a 7.9 percent increase for a median of $356,000; Ventura County with a 7.1 percent increase for a median of $553,750; Los Angeles County with a 6.8 percent increase for a median of $560,500; and Orange County with a 6.7 percent increase for a median of $695,000.

The inventory of homes for sale is low nationwide because, in part, construction slowed during the housing market crash. San Diego County had the 13th-lowest inventory of any region in the second quarter of 2017, said Nationwide Economics, with enough listings available to support the present rate of sales for 1.64 months. Economists typically say five to six months supply makes for a healthy market for both buyers and sellers.

Nationwide said the Seattle region had the least homes for sale, 0.98 months of available inventory.

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Regions with the lowest housing inventory

1. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett — 0.98 months

2. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood — 0.98 months

3.Tacoma-Lakewood — 1.22 months

4. Boulder — 1.24 months

5. Fort Collins — 1.24 months

6. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro — 1.28 months

7. Mankato-North Mankato — 1.36 months

8. Olympia-Tumwater — 1.40 months

9. San Francisco-Redwood City — 1.40 months

10. Sacramento-Roseville — 1.42 months

11. Fort Worth-Arlington — 1.61 months

12. Dallas-Plano-Irving — 1.63 months

13. San Diego-Carlsbad — 1.64 months

14. Columbus — 1.68 months

15. Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley — 1.71 months

Source: Nationwide Economics

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Authorities are investigating a robbery in Hesperia during which as many as four men broke into a house, tied up the occupants and stole a car and other property.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies from the Hesperia station responded to a call at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 15300 block of Sycamore Street, according to a news release from the department.

California Highway Patrol officers found the stolen car in front of a house in the West Covina area just after 5 a.m., and detained one man. Several men near the car ran away when they saw the officers, according to the news release.

Anyone with information should call the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500.

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In summer 2007, the Los Angeles County median home price hit an all-time high of $550,000. It soon plunged as the housing bubble burst and the national economy crashed.

Now the median, the point where half the homes sold for more and half for less, has finally passed the heights of 10 years ago — the result of an improving economy, historically low mortgage rates and a shortage of listings.

According to a report released Wednesday from real estate firm CoreLogic, the county’s median price in May rose 6.8% from a year earlier to reach $560,500 as sales jumped 4.8%.

The milestone comes fives years after prices bottomed out and amid fresh concerns over the high cost of housing in California and urban centers across the nation.

Real estate agents said many buyers are convinced values will only continue to climb for the foreseeable future — a dynamic causing them to be more aggressive.

“They want to get in now before they lose out,” said Hooman Zahedi, a real estate agent with Redfin, who specializes in the San Fernando Valley.

In recent months, Zahedi said he started penning cover letters on behalf of clients and attaching their family pictures, hoping to pull at the heartstrings of sellers who are weighing multiple offers.

High rents and a fear of rising mortgage rates are other factors leading to packed open houses, said South Bay real estate agent Barry Sulpor.

His $975,000 listing for a three-bedroom in north Redondo Beach was “standing room only” last weekend, he said.

“I am finding no letup.”

Still, many experts say today’s price increases appear more sustainable than those a decade ago.

A steadily improving economy — not risky loans — is driving demand now, they say. And with few homes on the market, especially in California with its persistent housing shortage, prices are rising as expected.

“We just don’t build enough housing,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, chief economist with the California Assn. of Realtors.

Even so, for potential buyers who can scrap together a down payment and get a loan, rock-bottom interest rates mean monthly payments are actually cheaper than during the height of the bubble, according to the Realtors group.

And adjusted for inflation, May’s median remains 11% below the 2007 high, CoreLogic said.

That of course is little comfort to many families wanting to purchase a home.

Only 29% of L.A. County households could reasonably afford the median-priced house in the first quarter, up from 28% in the fourth quarter, though down from 31% a year earlier, a report from the Realtors group shows.

That forces many Southern California buyers to stretch their budgets.

A report released last week from Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found nearly 36% of Los Angeles and Orange county homeowners in 2015 spent more than 30% of their income on housing, the threshold at which costs are usually deemed to become a burden.

Nearly 17% spent more than half their income. Nationwide, only 10.2% of owners spent that.

Zahedi, the San Fernando Valley agent, said some of his clients are spending more than what they initially felt comfortable with, while others are purchasing homes in cheaper neighborhoods they initially looked over.

Either way, he estimates around three-quarters of his buyers spend 40% of their income on housing costs.

Other people are likely just giving up, Zahedi said, noting he’s seeing homes typically get three to five offers, rather than five to 15 a few months ago.

Marc Tahler, another agent in the San Fernando Valley, said demand is white-hot in the middle of the market, but once you get above $1.3 million, some buyers are “pushing back.”

“On certain properties, they can’t believe it’s back up to where you were,” he said. “It’s like ‘I am not spending $1.3 million on this.’”

In the wealthy beach cities of Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo, buyers are forging ahead, convinced if they back out now, “it will only be tougher,” according to Sulpor, the South Bay agent.

“They can just look at the numbers, and lo and behold, home values just keep appreciating.”

Even if the economy keep’s chugging along as it is, something will eventually give, economist Appleton-Young said.

“The share of income people can spend on mortgage payments is not indefinite,” she said. “This can’t last forever.”

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Corey Seager turned 23 in April, which makes him, in this year of Cody Bellinger, a sage veteran. Bellinger will not turn 22 until July 13. By then, his home run total should well exceed his age. Bellinger blasted his 22nd homer of the season in the Dodgers’ 12-0 drubbing of the New York Mets on Tuesday night, and appeared set to stand beneath the spotlight yet again.

Except that Seager, the reigning National League rookie of the year and a veritable MVP candidate in 2016, offered a reminder of his own gifts. Steady but unspectacular in 2017, Seager staged a remarkable display of power, delivering a trio of home runs for the second time in his career. The exhibition at Dodger Stadium pushed Bellinger, ever so briefly, to the side of the stage — a difficult feat so far in June, as the Dodgers (46-26) have won for the fifth time in a row and the 11th time in 12 games, and Bellinger has been blasting baseballs out of sight seemingly on a daily basis.

“Whatever Bellinger’s doing, I don’t understand,” starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy said. “I think Seager got mad, and decided to give some balls away. It’s really fun to watch those guys hit right now.”

The rest of the Dodgers have begun to join in. A night after hanging 10 runs on their guests, the Dodgers pummeled Mets starter Robert Gsellman and bounced him from the game in the fifth inning. The lineup mashed four homers and scored eight runs against Gsellman. Seager extended the misery to reliever Josh Edgin by taking him deep in the fifth.

The offense created a sizable cushion for McCarthy (6-3, 2.87 earned-run average). McCarthy permitted four singles during six scoreless innings. He did not allow a Met to stand on third base. And the offense insured he would never have to worry about run support.

“It’s fun to watch, it’s fun to be around,” Bellinger said. “We’re just clicking on all cylinders.”

The Dodgers did not wait long to start the barrage. Logan Forsythe led off the first with a single. Four pitches later, Seager blasted a flat changeup from Gsellman beyond the fence in center field. Even so, Seager looked merely like a prelude to Bellinger.

From here, the Mets committed two sins. They made an error to allow Justin Turner to reach base. Then Gsellman hung a curveball to Bellinger, a young man who crushes mistakes. The curve hung at Bellinger’s belt. The ball landed just beyond the right-field fence.

Inside the Dodgers’ dugout, looks of astonishment extended across the railing as the homer took flight. Clayton Kershaw and Chase Utley locked eyes and broke up with laughter. Austin Barnes raised his arms skyward. Enrique Hernandez bugged his eyes and spun his cap around his head.

“What he’s doing is special,” Seager said. “Setting records. There’s no denying what he’s doing right now.”

Each homer creates a new milestone. No rookie has hit this many homers in this short a span of games to start his career. Bellinger became the first rookie to hit 10 homers in 10 games ever, and the first Dodger to do it since Shawn Green in 2002. The clamor for Bellinger to appear in next month’s Home Run Derby will only increase.

An inning later, the Mets devised a handy system for facing Bellinger: They walked him intentionally. The Dodgers could not capitalize, as Yasmani Grandal grounded out with the bases loaded, but the decision offered a hint of what may await Bellinger. Seager needed to adjust to varying strategies from opposing pitchers after he proved his worth at the big league level.

In the fourth inning, Seager fouled off a series of fastballs, curveballs and sliders. On the eighth pitch of the at-bat, Gsellman fed Seager a fastball on the inner half. Seager redirected the pitch toward the opposite field, racing on a line out to left. The solo shot gave him five multi-homer games in his career.

Seager credited a recent improvement in his timing for his performance. “Stuff’s starting to come together,” he said.

Gsellman would not last much longer. Grandal added an opposite-field solo homer. Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson supplied doubles to produce a run. With Pederson at second, Mets manager Terry Collins showed mercy on Gsellman. Collins assigned Edgin to complete the inning.

The Dodgers did not oblige. Forsythe took a walk to bring up Seager. Edgin spotted a curveball for a strike. The pitch was admirable, but it did not dissuade Seager from hunting a fastball. One arrived on the next pitch, a 92-mph four-seamer that drifted over the middle. Seager smashed another opposite-field drive to complete the trifecta.

Seager came close to a fourth homer, unleashing a long drive with the bases loaded in the sixth. He ended the eighth inning in the on-deck circle, happy to settle with a career-best evening.

“With Corey, we’ve grown to expect greatness every single night,” manager Dave Roberts said. “When he’s throwing out hits and not slugging, we want more. It was a matter of time. It was a special night.”

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Explosions were heard as flames overcame a Woodland Hills home Tuesday evening, forcing residents to evacuate as an “uncontrolled gas line” fueled the blaze, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 7:40 p.m. in the 4900 block of Marmol Drive, according to Amy Bastman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Crews from the gas company and a construction company were on the scene and assisting fire officials.

Images from KTLA-TV Channel 5 showed the two-story home with windows and doors blown out and smoke coming from the roof.

The home’s foundation also appeared cracked, and Bastman said the home was “structurally compromised.”

Because of the home’s instability, firefighters were battling the blaze from outside the structure.

The fire was among several that broke out Tuesday evening across Los Angeles, which has seen sweltering temperatures amid a regional heat wave.

In Montecito Heights, a fire erupted in one room of a two-story home, drawing more than 40 firefighters to control the blaze. Firefighters doused the flames in 38 minutes. A 21-year-old man was suspected of igniting the fire, Bastman said.

In North Hollywood, a one-story home caught fire in the 11000 block of West Emelita Street. Dozens of firefighters controlled the fire in about 20 minutes, Bastman said. No injuries were reported.

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As the Dodgers have crossed these United States this month, from Missouri to Wisconsin, to California and then through Ohio, Cody Bellinger hears the same question.

Home run derby, yay or nay?

There is a third option, one so audacious that few would dare attempt it. See, Bellinger doesn’t need a batting-practice pitcher to go deep just about every night. He is turning the Dodgers schedule into his own home run derby.

He does not need to go to the actual derby to make people take notice of his slugging prowess. He makes folks go back, back, back into the record books every time he circles the bases.

Bellinger hit two more home runs Monday at Dodger Stadium, driving in four runs and powering the Dodgers to a 10-6 victory over the New York Mets. Justin Turner had four hits, including a home run, drove in four runs and lifted his batting average to .399.

For the second straight day — this one in a game started by Clayton Kershaw, no less — the Dodgers opened up a seven-run lead but could not complete the game without closer Kenley Jansen getting loose.

Chris Hatcher walked the bases loaded in the eighth inning, bringing Jose Reyes to the plate, representing the tying run. Reyes had homered twice against Kershaw; Hatcher struck him out.

Bellinger said he would love to participate in the home run derby if asked. He would get his father to pitch to him.

“It’d be cool,” he said. “I think it would be pretty special.”

He spotted the rest of the National League three weeks and leads the league in home runs.

“That’s a pretty good indicator they should invite him,” Kershaw said.

Bellinger has 21 home runs, the first major league player to hit so many in the first 51 games of his career. If he keeps his current pace, he would finish with 58, but manager Dave Roberts said it would be “absurd” for Bellinger to keep up that pace.

The franchise record is 49, by Shawn Green in 2001.

The franchise player on display Monday was Kershaw, the three-time Cy Young Award winner. For the first time in his career, Kershaw gave up four home runs. He has given up 17 home runs, a career high in a season not quite to the halfway point.

He started the seventh inning at 100 pitches. He did not finish the inning, yanked after Reyes took him deep for the second time in the game.

Kershaw walked off the field, stomped around the dugout, then kicked the bench with his right foot. He gave up six earned runs, the first time he had done so in more than three years. He said he had two options to rebound, the first of which involved extensive analysis to replay and rethink every pitch.

“Or you can say screw it and come back tomorrow,” he said. “I’m going to go with the latter.”

He also walked one batter and struck out 10, meaning the stuff was fine but the location was not. Besides the home runs, the Mets went two for 20 against Kershaw, with no extra-base hits.

Bellinger brought a buzz to the evening. He homered in his first two at-bats and, if Scooter Gennett could hit four in a game, why not Bellinger?

In the third at-bat, Bellinger struck out, twice swinging from his heels.

“I don’t blame him,” Roberts said. “I told him anybody can hit two home runs. I wanted to see him hit three myself.”

Before Bellinger’s fourth at-bat, Dodgers co-owner and Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson tweeted his congratulations to the rookie.

Two home runs, the major league record for fastest to 21, and the NL lead in home runs? As Johnson is well aware, the two words that might best describe Bellinger at this point are these:

Big baller.

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A Highland Park man is facing charges of not only trafficking drugs out of his home, but doing so while running an unlicensed day care center, federal and civil documents show.

In a federal complaint, Felipe Talamante, 48, is accused of trying to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine “direct from Mexico” to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent on May 25, court records show.

Talamante boasted to a confidential informant that he had 20 kilograms of cocaine worth about $430,000 ready to sell, the criminal complaint shows. The informant then allegedly connected Talamante with the undercover agent.

When the men met to make the sale on May 25, authorities noticed that several children were playing in the front yard, documents show. One 2-year-old child was picked up from the home while the drug order was being placed, and officers conducting surveillance “observed children of all ages being picked up and dropped off at Felipe’s residence,” the criminal complaint said.

A child’s mattress was found in the same room as the cocaine, and children were seen playing on the patio during drug deals, authorities said.

Federal agents arrested Talamante on suspicion of being in possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He’s scheduled to be arraigned July 16, his attorney said. He’s being held in federal custody.

Talamante’s home, meanwhile, is subject to civil action.

On Monday, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office announced it had filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against Talamante’s property. The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the property a public nuisance and to take it away from Talamante, who could then be banned from the property for a year.

The lawsuit also seeks to keep Talamante from operating any day care center in the city and force him to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and penalties. The property would then be sold at auction with the proceeds going toward rehabilitating the location.

Police had previously arrested Talamante at the same home in 2015 — also for possessing 20 kilograms of cocaine, according to the city attorney’s office.

“The rampant drug activity we allege at this home is a dangerous blight on the community — and especially alarming because little kids are caught up in the middle of it. Imagine if your children were being cared for in the same house where cocaine was being sold,” City Atty. Mike Feuer said in a statement. “My office will do everything in our power to shut down what we allege is an incredibly toxic combination of illegal drugs and day care.”

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North Carolina was still celebrating its NCAA basketball title and Clayton Kershaw had pitched a season total of seven innings the last time the Galaxy won a game at home.

Easter was still nine days away.

The Houston Dynamo are in an even deeper slump. The last time they won on the road, presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton was still preparing for her first debate with Donald Trump.

One of those streaks figures to end Saturday when the Galaxy host the Dynamo (8 p.m., UniMas) in their first game at the StubHub Center since May 6.

“It’s going to be great being home and playing in front of our home crowd,” forward Gyasi Zardes said. “But we’ve definitely changed as a team since we’ve been on the road.”

During their six-week absence, the Galaxy (5-5-3) reeled off three consecutive road wins, part of a six-game MLS unbeaten streak. But to continue that momentum at home, where the Galaxy is a league-worst 1-3-2, the team will likely need a big game from Zardes, who is in a long slump of his own.

Zardes last scored in August, three days before a broken bone in his foot ended his season prematurely. His start this season was delayed a month by arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, leaving him sidelined a total of seven months, the longest break of his professional career.

That coincides with a 10-game scoreless streak, also the longest of his MLS career. And Galaxy coach Curt Onalfo says the two are related.

“For someone like him who’s basically coming back from injury, trying to find his form, didn’t have preseason, it makes it more difficult,” Onalfo said. “For me it’s just timing.”

The absence of Robbie Keane and the chemistry he had with Zardes could be another factor. When Zardes scored a career-high 16 goals in 2014, 13 of them came in games in which Keane played. Keane also played in two of the five games in which Zardes scored last summer.

Since Keane left, however, Zardes has made nine appearances and played 731 minutes, yet he’s only had nine shots — just four of them on goal. That works out to a shot on goal every 183 minutes, also a career worst.

Compare that with Romain Alessandrini and Gio dos Santos, the team’s leading scorers, who between them are averaging a shot on goal every 73 minutes.

“You’ve got to factor in how many touches I’m getting per game, how many shots I’m getting per game,” Zardes said. “If I get more shots, there’s more opportunities to score goals.”

He could get his wish Saturday. With Dos Santos gone on international duty with Mexico and team captain Jelle Van Damme suspended for yellow card accumulation, the Galaxy will need Zardes to shed his cloak of invisibility and become more active in the attack against Houston, which entered the weekend third in the Western Conference despite going 0-6-1 on the road.

“Anytime you lose a quality player, for whatever reason, other guys have to step up. Whether it’s him or another person,” Onalfo said. “Certainly we want him to get on the scoresheet and help us produce goals.”

The Dynamo lineup will include a pair of familiar faces, with former Galaxy defenders A.J. DeLaGarza and Leonardo returning to Carson for the first time since the team let them go last winter.

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