Diesel fuel spill at the Port of Long Beach
Clean up efforts underway
LONG BEACH, Calif.—About 700 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into Long Beach harbor at the Tesoro Terminal, and efforts were under way to clean it up.
The spill at Berth 84A occurred during an internal transfer from the tanker Aljalaa about 7:30 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
The spill was surrounded by about 5,000 feet of floating booms to contain it, while crews figured out how to suck or sop it up.
The Coast Guard, the California Department of Fish and Game, and the vessel's emergency response management company—O'Brien's Response Management—established a unified command, and cleanup efforts began.
No wildlife problems were reported. Anyone seeing wildlife covered in oil was urged to call (877) 823-6926.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Contract negotiations were set to resume late this morning as a crippling strike by longshore clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its fourth day.
The two sides were scheduled to meet at Banning’s Landing in Wilmington.
LOS ANGLES, Calif.—Residents can safely dispose of unused and expired medications at participating police and sheriff’s stations on Saturday, authorities said today.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Police Department will hold disposal stations as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Day.
Today marks the birthday of writer Alex Haley. Although he is overwhelmingly known for his 1976 Pulitzer Prize winning family saga, “Roots,” Haley completed a 20-year career in the Coast Guard before embarking on a career as a journalist, and achieved such milestones as becoming a senior editor with Readers Digest, launched the Playboy Interviews, and wrote the “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” before publishing the tome with which he will forever be associated.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles is looking for a few good beaver trappers.
The cash-strapped city has eliminated thousands of workers through early retirement and layoffs, but there's still a need for beaver trappers to work for the nation's second largest municipality.
Officials will open bids Tuesday for a new one-year contract for beaver trappers. But the beaver-trapping contractor who is chosen for a one-year assignment that has been for a bit more than $1,000 a month won't be working near City Hall or around a Hollywood movie premiere.
TORRANCE, Calif.—The U.S. Coast Guard will begin a series of standardized training sessions tomorrow for its flight crews, meaning an increased number of helicopter flights at Torrance Airport.
The training will continue through Feb. 11, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said. Training will be conducted on weekdays primarily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eggers said.
"Residents living near the Torrance Airport can expect to see and hear the air station's MH-65 Dolphin helicopters more frequently during that time period,'' Eggers said.