This Week In The News (07/22-07/26)

Pac-12 Announces Addition of Los Angeles Bowl in new LA Stadium to Lineup for 2020-25

Wednesday, July 24 (Pac-12) – On Wednesday, the Pac-12 Conference announced that, beginning in 2020, the Los Angeles Bowl will be added to its postseason lineup. The deal lasts through 2025. Following the 2020 regular season, the Los Angeles Bowl will be matched up with a Mountain West Conference opponent at the L.A. Stadium and Entertainment District. L.A. Stadium, scheduled to host Super Bowl LVI in February 2022, is a 3.1-million-square-foot facility just three miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

Palmdale Crash: 3 Killed in Violent Wreck Involving Big Rig

Tuesday, July 23 (ABC 7) – A big rig and Nissan truck crashed on Pearblossom Highway and 55th street on Tuesday, killing three people. The fiery crash in Palmdale occured just after 7:00 a.m., causing the rig’s cabin to catch fire. The Nissan was traveling southbound and the rig was going northbound, according to officials, when the Nissan veered into oncoming traffic. The driver of the big rig was hospitalized with minor injuries.

18-Year-Old Killed, 2 Others in Critical Condition After Car Crashes Into Light Pole Near Highland Park

Thursday, July 25 (KTLA) – A car crash near Highland Park killed an 18-year-old man Thursday morning and left two others in critical condition. The crash occurred shortly after 1:00 a.m. on North Figueroa Street when the car struck a concrete light pole. Transported to a nearby hospital, one male and one female were injured, according to an LAPD detective. The teens had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters. Detectives were investigating the cause of the collision at the time of the report.

Motorcyclist Killed in Onramp Crash with Truck

Wednesday, July 24 (Fox 5 San Diego) – A motorcyclist, between 40 and 50 years old according to police, was killed in a collision with a truck at the entrance to I-8 at Greenfield Drive in El Cajon. The accident occurred shortly before noon, per reports by the El Cajon Police. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck cooperated with investigators. Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol led to the accident.

Four Automakers, California Strike Compromise on Vehicle Emissions

Thursday, July 25 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co., BMW AG, Volkswagen AG, and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. reached a fuel efficiency agreement with the state of California on Thursday. The agreement bypasses a Trump administration move to prevent the state from setting its own standards. The automakers cited expenses, distractions, and bad publicity as reasons to reject a rollback on clean cars. The compromise supports fuel efficiency increases of 3.7% annually starting with the 2022 model year, followed by 1% improvements per year after 2026. So far, 12 U.S. states have adopted California’s vehicle emissions rules.

Following Berkeley’s Natural Gas Ban, More California Cities Look to All-Electric Future

Tuesday, July 23 (Inside Climate News) –Berkeley became the first U.S. city to ban natural gas in new low-rise buildings. Other California cities and towns across California are considering similar measures to help cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions, including San Jose. Berkeley, which passed the ordinance on July 16, may expand its plan to additional building types following an analysis by the California Energy Commission.

Why Are So Many People Getting Shot on California Highways?

Tuesday, July 23 (The Guardian) – Gun violence has increased on freeways across California, including in the San Francisco Bay Area. Between November 2015 and April 2019, 189 freeway shootings occurred in the region. Gang conflicts and displacement of residence from area cities, where rents have increased, are thought to be factors. Law enforcement agencies have set up a surveillance system known as the “Freeway Security Network” to handle the threat in high-growth areas such as Contra Costa County, but critics say it doesn’t do enough to prevent violence.

Pedestrian in Grave Condition After Being Struck by Vehicle in Riverside

Tuesday, July 23 (24/7 Headline News) – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at Van Buren Boulevard and Indiana Avenue in Riverside Monday night. The accident occurred at around 10:10 p.m., according to Riverside Police, when a Ford Focus with a 20-year-old driver hit the pedestrian at a crosswalk, who was crossing against a red light. The pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.