On Monday, February 24, 2020, the city of Costa Mesa was pleading that a judge block the State of California from moving people infected with the new coronavirus into a state-owned facility in the city, where they would remain in isolation while recovering. The proposed site for the infected is located at the Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa, California. The Fairview Development Center serves people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, with the coronavirus being one of them. It was uncertain exactly how many people California intended to move into the facility in Costa Mesa, but they are among the 53 people in the United States who have tested positive for the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly all of those people had traveled to Asia, and many of them have been staying on American military bases since returning to the United States on government-arranged flights. Those infected under consideration to be transferred to the Fairview Development Center are located at Travis Air Force Base in Bakersfield, California.
Many people located all over the city are furious at the fact of having infected people transferred near their home. It is one thing to have people get sick in Costa Mesa, but it is another thing to transfer the infected into Costa Mesa. Jennifer L. Keller, a lawyer hired by Costa Mesa to try to block the transfer, said “you almost couldn’t pick a better disease vector,” given the Costa Mesa area’s popularity with tourists. Mary Ann Ngo, a local resident who stood outside the courthouse with a sign that read “Yes to compassion, no to mass infection,” she said. She prayed every day for the infected, and hoped that they would recover. “Still”, she said, “the Costa Mesa site is not an appropriate location.”
The standoff over where to send the patients underscored the unwieldy, decentralized nature of the U.S. health system, even as federal authorities were warning of serious risks from the coronavirus outbreak. Cities cannot generally refuse a state’s order to assist, but Costa Mesa intends to fight the proposal, no matter the cost.
Reporter: Myles Witte
Five months is all that's left. Growing up with the people you spent your whole life with has some terrible memories but some great memories. People have grown into the best possible version of themselves in the past few years. It’s scary to think, you’re now entering adulthood by yourself. Others haven’t planned out their future and some have gone beyond the lines to plan it out since they were kids. The anxiety and fear of leaving behind a whole different world, just to explore a new one. Hearing people who have graduated has said it gets easier or it gets harder. You just need to know your own future and what you see is what you might like unless you try hard to make it happen. Brandon Pearson, a senior at Estancia High School has said, “I’m excited to leave. I enjoyed the memories I’ve made with my basketball team and my best friends. But I think it’s time for me to leave and see how my future goes.” The pure happiness people have felt seeing their friends in the hallways, the loudness and crowds that form when you’re trying to get to your class, will be going by faster and you won’t be able to experience that. Freshman year was the easiest, sophomore year was the easiest yet hardest year, junior year is the hardest because you’re going into your final year. Senior year will go by the quickest and easiest. The past 4 years of your life vanishes in a matter of seconds and now you’re becoming an adult. It’s crazy and exciting. It’ll be great.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
Coronavirus is a large group of viruses common among animals. Scientists call the viruses “zoonotic” rarely but they can be transmitted from animals to humans. People can get sick, usually with mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illness, similar to a common cold (runny nose, headache, cough, feeling unwell, fever, and sore throat). Elderly and the young with weak immune systems have a chance the virus could cause a lower yet very serious, respiratory tract illness like pneumonia and bronchitis. By spreading the virus, people can be affected with it and can spread it by the air by coughing and sneezing, touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands, and in rare cases, fecal contamination. Recently, China had an outbreak of the Coronavirus this past month. It has killed at least 106 people and infected more than 4,500. It recently hit Orange County, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France. People have avoided going to Asian markets due to the recent outbreak. Louie Boucher, a student at Los Amigos High School has said, “People need to wash their hands every time and get checked up just in case because you never know if you’ve been infected or not.” NO vaccines are available against this infection. Wash your hands often with soap and water, Avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Reporter: Leslie Ventura
It’s college application season and the class of 2020 are stressing out. Many seniors are facing similar experiences with their applications despite differences of income and ethicity.
Students are overwhelmed with making decisions which will impact their entire life. “I wanna die and I'm procrastinating on hitting submit because I’m scared that I’m choosing the wrong colleges. I’m scared that I won't get into any and that I'm choosing the wrong major. It’s just a mess,” said Estancia senior, Nancy Diaz, an Estancia student. Even though most students have finished their application, the pressure is stopping them from moving on.
Most applications are easy but the expectations and pressure they deal with is stressful. Kristine Lu, a student at Los Amigos High School, said, “It’s a lot less work than it’s made out to be but it still doesn't stop it from being extremely stressful.” For some students, the cost of college is very intimidating. Leah Thunstrom, a senior at Estancia said, “I've had no motivation for college applications. I want to go but the cost is scary and the stress is too much.” Other students struggle with paying for the applications. “The application fees have really been hard, it made me feel more limited on where I could apply to,” said Sarah Reich, an Estancia senior hoping to major in musical theater. Other students ,on the other hand, are having trouble completing the application being the first child in their family to do so. Athena Nova, an Estancia student, said, “I realized that I was doing the application wrong and i got off my chair and sat down on the floor and cried.”
Overall, most of the senior experienced something different but the end result was them being stressed over something whether it be the cost, the application itself, or just the overall pressure that comes with making such a decision.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo
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