San Fernando Valley

Chatsworth

Fifty-eight employees of Amcor Rigid Packaging USA will lose their jobs starting in December as the company closes its Chatsworth plant. An additional 10 temporary employees will also be let go. Kristin Kelley, a spokesperson for Amcor Rigid Packaging, in Ann Arbor, Mich., said the division has two plants in the Los Angeles area, in Chatsworth and Chino, and that both were not needed to meet demand. The Chatsworth plant at 9541 Mason Ave. produces home and personal care items such as containers for shampoo, conditioner and hand soap. The layoffs will begin on Dec. 20 and last until March 27. Among the employees being eliminated are 28 packers, seven blenders and eight in quality control. Several have already accepted roles at the Chino plant.

North Hollywood

An industrial fire destroyed three businesses in North Hollywood Nov. 1 before being extinguished by firefighters. The blaze started at Auto Giant Supplies at 6836 Lankershim Blvd., near Vanowen Street. It quickly grew to engulf the whole 10,000-plus-square-foot facility, then spread to neighboring businesses, including a film set design studio and an art supply warehouse, both of which contained highly flammable materials. Flames leapt above the roofs for more than three hours before a team of more than 120 firefighters drowned the fire the following morning. After reviewing security camera footage, the Los Angeles Fire Department arson unit determined the fire was caused accidentally when a pile of oily rags spontaneously combusted due to a chemical reaction. No injuries were reported.

Porter Ranch

About 100 people turned out Oct. 24 at a protest to demand closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch. The protesters want Gov. Gavin Newsom to close the facility because it still poses a threat to the health of nearby residents. About 40 of the protesters were right on the front line of the facility’s gate with about half of those tied together and to cement-filled barrels. Video posted by Save Porter Ranch at its Facebook page showed the protesters in front of the gate to the natural gas facility chanting and holding up signs, including a large one with Newsom’s face on it reading “Governor Newsom Shut Down Aliso.” The protest came a day after the fourth anniversary of the start of the nation’s largest natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon, which is owned by Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. The leak was plugged in February 2016.

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