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Sewage spill closes OC beaches

SEAL BEACH PIER (Wikipedia).

A sewage spill from Los Angeles County has resulted in the closure of the shorelines of Seal Beach and Surfside and Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach.

The overflow from a damaged pipeline into the Dominguez Channel in Carson – which drains to the Pacific Ocean near Warner Avenue – has been estimated at between 6 and 7 million gallons of wastewater.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the Orange County Health Care Agency issued an ocean water closure for those OC beaches; Los Angeles County public health officials have issued similar orders for the Long Beach area.

According to the OCHCA, Seal Beach’s main beach will be closed to swimming, surfing and other water activities until water quality testing shows “acceptable standards.”

More guidance for the Huntington Beach area is expected.

Mater Dei president leaving his post

Just six months after taking the job of president of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Father Walter E. Jenkins has resigned.

According to published reports, Jenkins will leave to take a new assignment in South Bend, Indiana.

Jenkins’ resignation came after a scandal erupted at the perennial football powerhouse when newspapers reported a lawsuit alleging hazing by members of the team in which one student suffered injuries including brain damage.

The Diocese of Orange issued a statement that said, “There is no connection between the litigation and departure from the school and to make such a suggestion is deeply unfair.”

An independent investigation into the allegations has been commissioned by the school and diocese.



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