This Week In The News: 01/21/2019-01/25/2019
It has been an active week in local news. Here is the latest roundup of accident and safety-related incidents in and around Los Angeles:
1. Teachers Union: Los Angeles Strike to Go into 6th School Day
Monday, January 21 – According to ABC 5, teachers remained on strike for a sixth school day, protesting issues such as salary, support staff, and class size. In addition, over 1,000 firefighters from the U.S. and Canada were expected to take part in a march of support for local educators. Overcrowded classrooms have been a major issue for teachers in the L.A. Unified School District, which serves 600,000 students.
2. Placentia Man, 23, Dies in Possible Gang-Related Anaheim Shooting
Wednesday, January 23 – The Orange County Register reported 23-year-old Jose Allan Martinez, of Placentia, was killed in an alleged gang-related shooting Tuesday night. Police responded to shots fired near East Park Lane and North Lawrence Avenue at around 9 p.m. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene; no arrests have been made at the time of the report.
3. Man Climbs on Los Angeles Freeway Sign
Thursday, January 24 – A man climbed a sign on the 101 Freeway near the Mission Road overpass at around 2:15 p.m., according to Fox 40. The incident backed up traffic for miles as all lanes were closed for three hours. The northbound lanes of the freeway were reopened to traffic at about 6 p.m.
4. Report: Asylum Seekers in San Diego will be Forced to Wait in Mexico
Thursday, January 24 – ABC 10 San Diego announced reports that asylum seekers would have to wait in Mexico starting as early as Friday, per a decision by the Trump administration. It also cited a Reuters report that a first migrant group would be returned to Tijuana. More than 800,000 asylum cases are currently pending in immigration courts.
5. Massive Sinkhole Opens at Apartment Complex in Orange County, California
Friday, January 25 – A sinkhole 50 feet long by 20 feet wide opened up at an apartment complex in La Habra, according to KABC. The sinkhole crumbled sidewalks and toppled several trees into apartments. Cadaver dogs were searching for potential victims as of the report. The collapse was believed to have been caused by a concrete flood control channel.
6. Gas Prices Rise Across Orange County
Tuesday, January 22 – Patch.com published a report by the Automobile Club of Southern California that average gas prices rose one-tenth of a cent on Tuesday. Orange County gas prices rose to $3.274 per gallon, up 1.3 cents from a week earlier, 1.7 cents higher than this time last year, and 12 cents less than a month ago. In Los Angeles County, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline rose two-tenths of a cent (to $3.606).
7. California Sues Huntington Beach to Force It to Plan Low-Income Housing
Friday, January 25 – The San Francisco Chronicle reported the state of California sued Huntington Beach, a city in Orange County, to force it to plan more affordable housing. It is the first lawsuit to be filed under AB72, a law passed in 2017 that authorizes state housing officials to report cities and counties without a proper housing construction plan to the attorney general. A state quota would require the city to build 533 low-income housing units by the end of 2021.
8. Man Killed In Crash On I-580 Thursday: CHP
Thursday, January 24 – A man, whose name was not released, was killed after his truck rear-ended a big rig, as reported by Patch.com. The crash occurred on the eastbound lanes of I-205, east of I-580, before 5:30 a.m.; all lanes were reopened by 8:20 a.m. Officials pronounced the man dead at the scene. The cause of the collision was still being investigated at the time of the report.
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