News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. PST
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of teachers working for the nation's second-largest school system are marching in downtown Los Angeles to demand a new contract. The teacher's union is locked in a contract dispute with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the teachers are threatening to strike for the first time in nearly 30 years next month.
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - All evacuation orders have been lifted in Paradise more than a month after a devastating wildfire that wiped out the Northern California town. The fire that broke out Nov. 8 killed at least 86 people and destroyed 14,000 homes in Paradise and nearby communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. This will be the first time many residents get to see their property since fleeing the firestorm.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history. The report by a firefighting group that gets funding from environmental organizations says the U.S. Forest Service spent millions of dollars to fight a fire long after it burned into wilderness and posed little threat. The Soberanes Fire killed a bulldozer operator fighting the fire and destroyed 57 homes. It cost $262 million to fight.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who illegally demolished a San Francisco house designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra has been ordered to build an exact replica. The city Planning Commission also ordered Ross Johnston to add a sidewalk plaque telling the entire saga of the house's origins in the 1930s, its demolition and replication.
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