Coast Guard Increases Security Around Oil Tankers Off LA Coastline

27 tanker vessels are currently docked off the Southern California coastline as oil companies scramble to find places to store their excess supply.

Coast Guard Increases Security Around Oil Tankers Off LA Coastline

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With the price of oil plummeting because of coronavirus lockdown measures, and oil companies scrambling to find places to store their excess supply, the U.S. Coast Guard announced late Thursday night it will be increasing its presence around oil tankers off the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

A crew aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts an overflight near an oil tanker off the coast of Los Angeles, Calif., on April 23, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Coast Guard announced that it will be upping its security for the 27 tanker vessels that are currently docked off the Southern California coastline.

“Due to the unique nature of this situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting our procedures to ensure the safety of the vessels at anchor and the protection of the surrounding environment,” said Cmdr. Marshall Newberry, from Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, in a statement. “Coast Guard watchstanders, in partnership with the Marine Exchange of Southern California, are closely monitoring each anchorage to manage the increased number of tank vessels we’re seeing off the California coast.”

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The Coast Guard is the primary federal agency responsible for security in U.S. ports and waterways.

On Monday, worldwide oil prices plunged below zero.

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Coronavirus Patient At Sherman Oaks Hotel Breaks Quarantine

The homeless woman left the hotel and refused to return when found by police.

Coronavirus Patient At Sherman Oaks Hotel Breaks Quarantine

SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) – A homeless woman diagnosed with coronavirus who was staying at a hotel in Sherman Oaks broke her quarantine Thursday afternoon and refused to return.

The Sherman Hotel in Sherman Oaks which is being used to house coronavirus patients. April 24, 2020. (CBS2)

The woman was staying at the Sherman Hotel in the 15000 block of Ventura Boulevard, paid for through California’s Project Roomkey initiative.

Just before 2 p.m., Los Angeles police were notified by hotel staff that the woman had gone missing from the hotel.

Police put out a missing person alert and officers were finally able to locate the woman. However, she refused to return to the hotel and police eventually let her go free.

An LAPD official told CBS2 they cannot force COVID-19 patients to stay at these hotels. They are free to come and go as they please.

At a news conference Thursday night, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti addressed the incident.

“I think people out there understand that there are some people experiencing homelessness that can be very challenging in terms of mental health issues they have, and/or addiction problems that they have, we knew that long before COVID-19,” Garcetti said. “So you can never bat a thousand, but I’m really proud of how successful that it has been to keep most people there. It’s much safer than everyone being out there on the streets.”

Garcetti added that some coronavirus patients who are not homeless may have also ignored the stay at home orders.

Project Roomkey is a statewide California initiative in partnership with FEMA which launched earlier this month to temporarily house homeless people in available hotel and motel rooms in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. State and local governments are then reimbursed by FEMA for up to 75 percent for the cost of those rooms.

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L.A. County has contracts for a combined 2,500 hotel room beds in cities in the Antelope Valley, the South Bay, the San Gabriel Valley, the San Fernando Valley and metropolitan Los Angeles, according to City News Service.

As of Thursday, there were 17,508 coronavirus cases and 797 deaths from the disease in L.A. County.

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