It’s the bear’s world, and we’re just living in it, right? Also this morning: Another year of drought conditions in California, a tragic car crash near the border, and a petition to reopen museums in Los Angeles. Finally, today is the 30th anniversary of one of L.A.’s most shameful moments. It’s Wednesday. It’s your news brief. Take it.
Morning News Rundown
Early yesterday evening, Eagle Rock residents reported a bear wandering on the sidewalk along Hill Dr. just south of the 134 freeway. News footage later confirmed the sighting. Animal Control deployed officers to locate the bear, but as of 6 a.m. this morning, authorities had been unable to capture it. [The Eastsider]
California is facing another year of severe drought, according to an official with the state’s Department of Water Resources. Recent measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack show levels only slightly above half its historic averages for March and April, which is traditionally when the snowpack level peaks. The Sierra Nevada snowpack supplies about 30% of California’s water supply. [L.A. Times]
Early Tuesday morning, a semi-truck collided with an SUV packed with 25 people on State Highway 115 in Imperial County near the U.S.-Mexico border. Thirteen people were killed in the crash. Authorities are still trying to determine why the SUV was so overcrowded and where it was going. [L.A. Times]
A petition is circulating online to reopen museums in the Los Angeles area. The organizer argues that if shopping malls and commercial art galleries are open for indoor patrons, then museums should be too. [LA Mag]
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day plumber George Holliday used a handheld camera to record LAPD officers viciously beating Rodney King. The subsequent acquittal of four officers involved in the incident sparked a five-day uprising starting on April 29, 1992. [NBC Los Angeles]