• SCHOOL FIGHTS END WITH 6 IN CUSTODY: SANTA MARIA (AP) — Lunchtime fights at a Central California high school on Wednesday ended with police swarming onto campus, school closed and six people in custody, authorities said.
No major injuries were reported, however.
The trouble began when two girls began fighting at Righetti High School and two boys got into a second fight, said Kenny Klein, spokesman for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.
During the fight, food was thrown.
Police, Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies, county firefighters and California Highway Patrol officers were called about 12:30 p.m. after a deputy who was serving as campus security called for backup after having food thrown at him while trying to stop a fight, authorities said.
A helicopter also was called to the scene.
“As you were walking to class, you saw cops in bulletproof vests. So that was kind of shocking,” said student Zach Burg, 17.
A video on the website of the Santa Maria Times appeared to show a deputy striking a girl during a struggle with a group of girls. A photo showed a deputy, his back smeared with cheese sauce, kneeling over a boy on the ground.
• BERKELEY OKS PLAN FOR GAS-PUMP CLIMATE CHANGE LABELS: BERKELEY (AP) — Some of the country’s first gas-pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies.
The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.
San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city’s Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the liberal Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the U.S.
Supporters of Berkeley’s measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less. One environmental group compares the labels to health warnings on cigarette packages.
But the Western States Petroleum Association, an oil-industry lobbying group, said the plan imposes “onerous restrictions” on businesses and “compels speech in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
Implementing the labeling program could cost up to $20,000 the first year, and the head of the city’s chamber of commerce said that money could be better spent.
• EX-BUENA PARK MAYOR SENTENCED FOR LYING TO DMV: WESTMINSTER (AP) — A former Buena Park mayor who lied on DMV documents to avoid paying child support has been sentenced to six months in jail.
City News Service says Sangjin Miller Oh also was told Wednesday to perform 200 hours of community service.
Prosecutors say the real estate developer, who has two daughters, got a driver’s license under a fake name to register cars and hide assets in order to avoid paying child support to his ex-wife.
His lawyer says Oh eventually paid the child support, bought a house for his family, and gave his ex-wife $40,000 to open a beauty salon.