As of January 16, 2020, it was announced that a Northgate Market would replace the Albertsons in Costa Mesa. Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for Albertsons grocery chain, stated that Albertsons did not renew their lease, therefore they will close their store on February 22.
The Northgate Gonzáles Market is a latin-themed grocery store that has been in business for over 40 years, with 41 locations, all within Southern California. With their new location, it is expected to open in late 2020, or early 2021. This is due to the fact that Northgate has to renovate the entire building. They are expected to hire around 150 new employees.
With the closing of Albertsons, people would lose a grocery chain that has been in the community since 2000, and the workers would not have a job anymore. Melissa Hill did also state that all of Albertsons employees would continue to have a job, but at different locations. Another probable issue that could occur with Northgate opening, is that other local Latin businesses could be in jeopardy.
Local businesses, such as El Metate and El Toro Bravo Market, have been with Costa Mesa for well over 30 years. These have been some of the main destinations for people who want to buy Latin products.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
On January 8, 2020, a new strain of the coronavirus was discovered by Chinese scientists. This new virus strain is part of the SARS family, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, that infected more than 8,000 people, killing 774 in 2002 and 2003 in Asia and Canada. The virus has now returned, and has already had an effect on part of the world population.
As of January 21, there have been 440 cases of people being infected with the virus all over the continent of Asia, with the majority being from China. So far, there have been 6 casualties that have been a result from the outbreak. The Chinese have been trying to contain the outbreak, but there has been little success. There is already one confirmed case of the coronavirus within the United States. A man in his 30s from Washington is being quarantined at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. The man contracted the disease after he traveled to Wuhan, China, which is considered to be the epicenter of where the virus originated from.
The Washington case, is the only one reported outside of Asia, which is one of the farthest locations that the coronavirus has ever reached. Both the CDC and WHO are set to meet on January 22 to discuss the disease, containment and the plan moving forward to help those with the virus. While the medical world is meeting, the rest of the world is very concerned. The only question that people are asking now is how far will the disease will spread.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
Around 4:15 A.M. on Friday, January 24, 2020, Houston Police Department began receiving calls about a massive explosion in Northwest Houston. The explosion occurred in a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries. The effects of the blast could be felt as far as half a mile away and many buildings were damaged. Reports came in that over 200 homes were damaged in the blast, and many more felt it. At one man's home about 1/4 mile away, glass doors were shattered, ceilings were cracked, and the lid of his toilet was even torn off.
A fire burned at the site for hours, and there was a potential for toxic fumes to build up in the air. First responders of the explosion have been instructed to get checked out to ensure that they are fully healthy and did not inhale any toxic fumes. Currently, one factory worker is missing, two workers died en route to the hospital and many more have suffered injuries. The search team cannot begin looking for the missing person, because the plant is currently releasing polypropylene, a type of polymer that is used on most plastics. The chemical, however, is not toxic.
Southeast Texas has seen numerous explosions in recent years all occurring along the Texas Coast, which is home to the highest concentration of oil refineries in the United States. In July 2019, an explosion at an ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown, Texas left more than a dozen people with minor injuries. In December, two blasts in the coastal city of Port Neches shattered windows and ripped the doors from nearby homes. As the investigation continues, more facts will be brought to light.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On Monday, January 10, 2020, a Ukranian airliner crashed down in the capital of Iran, Tehran in the early morning hours. The crash resulted in the loss of all 176 people that were on board the airplane. The 176 people on board consisted of 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukranians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans, and 3 British nationals. Although the plane crashed, many had speculated Iran had shot down the airliner. After the British and Canadian governments all came out with statements on the event, Iran had publicly announced they did in fact shoot the plane.
Iran has been on high alert since the previous week, when the U.S. killed Iran’s top military leader, Qasem Soleimani. Iran responded to this attack by retaliating on two Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops. Iran made claims that they would not attack, as long as they would not face any more threats or attacks themselves.
There is much uncertainty with where all this tension will lead to. Iran can either go to war with the U.S. and their allies, or they somehow find a way to reduce their conflict to where it doesn’t lead to a full scale war. On the Iranian homefront, the Iranian people have protested their own government for not revealing the true nature of how all 176 people on-board the Ukranian plane were killed. As a result of the protest, at least 1,500 citizens have been killed during the protests.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
August 2019 is when the devastating Australia Bush Fire began, and has been on a path of destruction ever since. On November 12, 2019, the Greater Sydney region declared the fire a “catastrophic fire danger” for the first time since the introduction of this level in 2009 and a total fire ban was in place for seven regions, including Greater Sydney. The Bush Fires has destroyed an estimated 21 million acres or 32,000 square miles, destroyed over 2,500 buildings (including over 1,900 houses) and killed 25 people as of January 5, 2020. It was estimated that close to half a billion animals in New South Wales were affected by the ongoing fires, with an estimated over one billion animals having lost their lives so far. The bushfires are regarded by the New South Wales (NSW) Rural Fire Service as the worst bushfire season in memory. In December 2019, the New South Wales Government declared a state of emergency after record-breaking temperatures and prolonged drought exacerbated the bushfires.
The main causes of the fires have been linked to record-breaking heat, record-breaking drought, lightning strike, and alleged arson. Over 180 suspects have been arrested in connection with the deadly bushfires in Australia, but no one has been charged. Thousands of people have been left homeless, with many in rural areas going days without electricity and drinking water. Record high temperatures and severe drought are making it difficult to battle the devastating fires. Firefighters from New Zealand, the United States and Canada have offered their help to fight the fires, especially in New South Wales.
In mid December 2019, a NASA analysis revealed that since August 2019, bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland had emitted 250 million tons of carbon dioxide. As of January 2, 2020, NASA estimated that 306 million tons of carbon dioxide had been emitted by the fires. In comparison, Australia's total carbon emissions were equivalent to 535 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2018. The prolonged drought has damaged the forests’ ability to regrow, and the excess carbon dioxide gas will cause even more issues.
On New Year's Day 2020 in New Zealand, a blanket of smoke from the Australian fires covered the whole South Island and gave the sky an orange-yellow haze. MetService, the head meteorology company of New Zealand, stated that the smoke would not have any adverse effects on the weather or temperature in the country. The smoke moved over the North Island the following day, but began breaking up and was not as intense as it was over the South Island the previous day. Wind from the Pacific Ocean has slowly helped to dissipate the smoke over the South Island.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On Tuesday December the 3rd, Costa Mesa's Estancia High School student attendance plummeted with many students missing school due to the potential threat of a school shooting during the days of the 3rd, 4th, or 5th of December posted to a social media account.
This occurred due to an instagram post made by a minor from Estancia who uploaded two disturbing pictures Monday night, of a male holding a gun with text saying "sometimes you just gotta say **** it and cause a mass shooting at Estancia High School on December 5th, 2019 at 11:35 AM." Many students after viewing the photos decided to warn other students, and stayed away from school while other students chose to attend school with students like Senior, Diego Almanza saying, "I was still going to have school no matter what” and Senior, Makai Walker who also said, “I went because I feel like a real threat would not publicly announce their intentions".
The threat was automatically taken to the local authorities and was quickly investigated by the Costa Mesa Police Department and Estancia High School working together to ensure the safety of the students. More information was brought up Tuesday morning that the CMPD arrested two individuals and it was determined the gun seen in the picture was a BB gun. Although there was no credible threat the school community will remain vigilant for any future threats.
Reporter: Lorenzo Sevilla
On September 24, 2019, a formal impeachment process began for current President Donald Trump after Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced that six committees would undertake formal impeachment inquiries after reports about controversial interactions between Trump and the country of Ukraine. Today, November 13, 2019, the impeachment hearings began in Capitol Hill.
The Republican Party has controlled the majority of both the House and the Senate in Trump’s previous years of presidency. Currently, the Democratic Party has control of the House, and has launched numerous investigations into Trump’s actions and finances in the past.
In 2016, after President Trump was elected to office, the Democrats passed a bill that would require all presidents to divest any assets that could be a potential conflict of interest, and failure to do so would be considered a high crime, which could lead to possible impeachment. In fact, when Trump was elected into office, many different interests groups began efforts to impeach Trump.
The impeachment process began in September of 2019, when an unknown whistleblower submitted a complaint to U.S. Inspector General Michael Atkinson that President Trump was attempting to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching an investigation into former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter during a phone call on July 25, 2019. Joe Biden is well known for being the Vice President of the United States under the Obama administration and is also a member of the Democratic Party. It has been reported that the purpose of the phone call was to have the Ukranian government prevent corruption in their politics and how they should begin that process now.
On November 13, 2019, the Impeachment hearing began. George P. Kent, a senior State Department official, and William B. Taylor Jr., the top diplomat in Ukraine, were the first two witnesses to be questioned in the Impeachment hearing. Democrats and Republicans will be taking turns throughout the hearing asking questions of the witnesses.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Estancia Link Crew showed Halloween Town. TK burger truck hold dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m followed by the movie.
People brought their own snacks during the movie and came with PJs, blankets, and pillows. Ms. Moore who is a Link Crew coordinator said, “The idea behind Unity Night is to bring everyone together as equal and to stand against bullying.” Joselin Rivadeneira Estancia senior and second year of Link Crew stated, “the movie wasn’t really good, I fell asleep during the movie that’s how boring it was but from there I really enjoyed the food and I enjoy going with my friends.” More than 100 tickets were sold for this annual event to behold again next year
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
Showing school spirit was not a popular thing at Estancia High School. Of course there were always a handful of people, but it wasn’t too popular to participate. Most of the time, students didn’t even know about most events. However, this year has changed. Estancia students have been showing more school spirit and participate more than the previous few years. As there has now been more people showing up for events and dressing up than the previous 2 years.
It seems that most school spirit, such as going to sporting events, dressing up for spirit week, and participating in general, has gone up especially in the upperclassmen. When one goes to a sporting event, such as football, the stands are filled with juniors and especially seniors. “There’s been a lot more people at the footballs than ever before like last year it was just band and some parents,” said Daisy Salinas, an Estancia senior. They’re usually dressed in whatever color the spirit day is or are wearing school colors. During the homecoming assembly, on October 11th, there was lots of cheering and lots of people dressed in their blue and white.
School spirit has become much more popular at Estancia because students are more involved. Many people in ASB, clubs, and sports are always posting online about, not only their events, but other events happening related to the school. The club instagram accounts post a wide variety of events such as sports, spirit day themes, and events related to the arts department. Since more people are joining clubs because their friends are in it or started it, those accounts have a pretty good following. This trend seems to make many people aware of things, which causes them to participate more.
Social media and communication between the students sparked the beginning of high school spirit at Estancia, and it will hopefully stay throughout the school year.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo
Everyone tends to hate or at least strongly dislike school food so people complaining about the food is not new, but people not liking the drinks is becoming a regular complaint. People tend to be okay with the juices Estancia gives because it usually tastes like the juice they’re supposed to be but recently, the juice has been tasting weird.
People say the juice tastes gross and weird, almost like it’s expired. Some say the apple juice tastes too sweet, or watered down. “Sometimes the apple juice is too sweet and other times it taste like nasty water,” said Kenia Rocha, an Estancia senior. The orange juice usually tastes sour and sometimes expired, same with the berry juice. “The juice always tastes bad like it tastes bitter and spoiled even if it isn’t expired,” said Athena Nova. So when students get a juice, it’s usually a shot in the dark. One never really knows if one will get a normal juice or a box filled with gross liquid.
There are a few theories on why the juice tastes the way it is. Maybe they are just using expired juice without them knowing. Maybe they just left them in the fridge and containers for too long until they started absorbing the boxy tastes of its container.
Whatever it is, it will hopefully stop soon because students are tired of not knowing if their juice will taste sour or normal. “It happens all the time. It has come to the point where every time I get juice I have to throw it away,” said Athena Nova. School food disappoint people and now, even the juices are disappointing.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo