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Truckers blocking I-5 and other freeways in LA area to protest high gas prices
KTTV-TV/DT Los Angeles - Fox 11 - "Good Day LA" | 4.30.04

Posted on 04/30/2004 7:51:51 AM PDT by mhking

I-5 NB in Commerce (north of Los Angeles) is completely stopped right now with multiple trucks (at least seven) which are stopped on the highway. The truckers then got out of their trucks and left.

There are reports of similar blockages on I-10, CA 60 and other highways across the Southland.

It is unknown whether there are other protests of this sort across the nation.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: blackshirts; blackshirtsq; gasprices; highgasprices; trucking
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1 posted on 04/30/2004 7:51:51 AM PDT by mhking
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CHP has to get multiple wreckers to get the trucks off of the road. The protest is tied to high gas prices, which are continuing to escalate nationally.
2 posted on 04/30/2004 7:52:42 AM PDT by mhking (A velvet glove works better than an iron fist every day...)
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To: mhking
Democrat union bosses strike again.
3 posted on 04/30/2004 7:53:11 AM PDT by inkling
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To: mhking
Well, this is one way to get attention.
4 posted on 04/30/2004 7:53:25 AM PDT by OXENinFLA (To me, it is a never ending marvel what our soldiers can do. ----------- PATTON)
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To: mhking
This is nuts.
5 posted on 04/30/2004 7:54:01 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: mhking
If they want the price of gas to go down they should be protesting the TAXES that have been bestowed upon them.


6 posted on 04/30/2004 7:54:16 AM PDT by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
Where do they think they are? France?
7 posted on 04/30/2004 7:54:40 AM PDT by ChuckShick (He's clerking for me...)
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To: mhking
Probably happening mostly in Cali where the state screws truckers with ungodly taxes on Diesel Fuel. Here in Alabama Diesel is 1.54, no protests here.
8 posted on 04/30/2004 7:54:46 AM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: mhking
IMHO, when a truck is stopped with the intention of blocking traffic, then abandoned; the vehicle is no longer a truck, but rather a road obstruction.

Remove it, and destroy it.

Then hit the owner with fines including 'littering'. There are legal means to protest, without obstructing everyone else's rights.
9 posted on 04/30/2004 7:55:22 AM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, comes Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: mhking
Daily Fule Gauge report


10 posted on 04/30/2004 7:55:59 AM PDT by OXENinFLA (To me, it is a never ending marvel what our soldiers can do. ----------- PATTON)
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To: mhking
Call the Rubber Duck! This hear's a convoy
11 posted on 04/30/2004 7:56:05 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: inkling
Exactly my thoughts...union thugs out to hurt Bush in an election year. This is so transparent....
12 posted on 04/30/2004 7:56:15 AM PDT by Victor
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To: mhking
Tow their trucks, impound their cargoes and designate them aboandoned freight. Let them pay for the cost to reimberse their clients for the products they carry.

Mabye then they'll think twice about being a**holes?
13 posted on 04/30/2004 7:57:01 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: mhking
Senseless - this will not solve the problem of higher gas prices. What idiots!!
14 posted on 04/30/2004 7:57:12 AM PDT by familyofman
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To: Hodar
They would get more attention if they would just refuse to load.A trucker shutdown would generate higher trucking rates in a matter of days.
15 posted on 04/30/2004 7:57:41 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: OXENinFLA
Yes, abandoning their vehicles creates alot of attention, but they are being stupid and selfish. Striking would be better and it would not so immediately inconvenience both the law enforcement and traveling communities. This is a bad time to pull this incident, especially with the threat of terrorism.
16 posted on 04/30/2004 7:58:00 AM PDT by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: mhking
CHP has to get multiple wreckers to get the trucks off of the road. The protest is tied to high gas prices, which are continuing to escalate nationally.

Seize the trucks, and sell them to Californians at 10 dollars a pop.

17 posted on 04/30/2004 7:59:05 AM PDT by Hacksaw (Torquemeda.)
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To: mhking; All
Are you sure it's a protest? It could just be that all those trucks ran out of fuel, simultaneously, because they couldn't afford to purchase any more...

::innocently grinning::

As a former truck driver, I can tell you a MAJOR gripe, other than draconian law enforcement, was the price and availability of fuel. When you're buying fuel at 100-gallon shots, even a few pennies added up over time.

18 posted on 04/30/2004 7:59:08 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: mhking
Of course the "right" to protest supersedes the real rights of others trying to get to work, school, the hospital, etc. Jerks.
19 posted on 04/30/2004 7:59:34 AM PDT by zlala
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To: mhking
Maybe Mike Tyson was protesting high gas prices a few years ago when he abandoned his Bentley in the Lincoln Tunnel in New York and gave the keys to a Port Authority police officer.
20 posted on 04/30/2004 8:00:02 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: mhking
Gee, I guess the people don't like paying more for that "environmentally safer, specially formulated gasoline" they have to buy and sell in California. Too bad.

Made bed...sleep in it.

21 posted on 04/30/2004 8:00:06 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Space for rent)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
but they are being stupid and selfish.

No argument on that.

22 posted on 04/30/2004 8:00:18 AM PDT by OXENinFLA (To me, it is a never ending marvel what our soldiers can do. ----------- PATTON)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
This is terrorism. I wonder how many people out there are now needlessly stuck in traffic who need to get to a hospital.
23 posted on 04/30/2004 8:02:26 AM PDT by TBall
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To: Donna Lee Nardo; eastforker
There were truck strikes tried, and failed. You can't get three drivers to agree on three different things, let alone a strike.

You could get the Teamsters to stop, but there's always the independents out there who will just shout, "Great, more freight for ME!" and charge what they like to haul your food and high-tech toys. At best, you'd get 15% of he industry to strike. Not effective on a national scale.
24 posted on 04/30/2004 8:02:55 AM PDT by Old Sarge
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To: mhking
I agree these guys are acting like French jerks, but let's get real. This has nothing to do with unions, but independent truckers who are expected to honor commitments while the price of fuel skyrockets.
Maybe their contracts should be modified.
25 posted on 04/30/2004 8:03:07 AM PDT by Publius6961 (.)
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
These jerks are 'stupid and selfish' BUMP!
26 posted on 04/30/2004 8:03:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (LESS government please, NOT more.)
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To: mhking
I-5 NB in Commerce (north of Los Angeles) is completely stopped right now with multiple trucks

They're in the wrong part of the country. If they were to do this on the Beltway, locking those commuting congressmen up in a huge traffic jam, maybe there would be an incentive to lower the federal tax on gas and diesel.

27 posted on 04/30/2004 8:03:26 AM PDT by Snardius
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To: mhking
The best way to lower the gas prices is to vote out of office those Democrat impediments to exploration and nuclear power plants and new refineries.

Gee ...the Saudis are willing to foot the bill for two new refineries.

What is the matter with our government?

It should jump at that opportunity.

28 posted on 04/30/2004 8:03:46 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: mhking
I-5 NB in Commerce (north of Los Angeles) is completely stopped right now with multiple trucks (at least seven) which are stopped on the highway. The truckers then got out of their trucks and left.

Gee, we should all anticipate a drastic decrease in fuel prices by morning now!

29 posted on 04/30/2004 8:04:01 AM PDT by EGPWS
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To: Alberta's Child
Sounds like Mikey's way of saying FU to the car dealer that was about to repo the Bentley. Tyson has blown just about all of his money. If he doesn't box again, he is not only dead broke, but he'll spend the rest of his life paying back creditors.
30 posted on 04/30/2004 8:04:04 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Visualize whirled peas!!)
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To: Frank_Discussion
Well it works in France!
31 posted on 04/30/2004 8:04:49 AM PDT by Baseballguy
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To: familyofman
Yea...what if a ambulance is blocked and prevents saving a life?

HMMM might be a good time to commit petty crimes near the freeway too...police probably can't get around very well either...

CRIME SPREE and CHAOS for ALL!!!!!!!

32 posted on 04/30/2004 8:05:29 AM PDT by antivenom ("Never argue with an idiot, he'll bring you down to his level - then beat you with experience.")
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To: Old Sarge
As a former driver I agree, I don't understand the mentality of anyone working themselves broke.A former boss of mine once said there is nothing wrong with going broke but it's damn stupid to be wore out and broke.
33 posted on 04/30/2004 8:05:43 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: mhking
Per KTTV, a couple of trucks have been moved on I-5, however, there are no keys in any of these trucks, and quite possibly no distributor wires. At least one trucker was seen reaching under the hood of his truck after stopping it.

KTTV has video of the truckers hopping into an SUV with a banner protesting gas prices on the back, then taking off.

34 posted on 04/30/2004 8:06:38 AM PDT by mhking (A velvet glove works better than an iron fist every day...)
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To: mhking
Sounds like the DemonRats called in some favors from union bosses to protest Bush's "awful" economy. I say seize the trucks and their cargo, put them in the "Dear John" bay for abandoned cargo, and sell it at auction.
35 posted on 04/30/2004 8:07:50 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Visualize whirled peas!!)
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To: Victor
Exactly my thoughts...union thugs out to hurt Bush in an election year.

Not likely, most all union drivers are paid be the companies they work for and gas prices are not directly an issue for them. My guess is these guys are independent owner-operators who pay the high fuel prices directly out of their revenue generated.

36 posted on 04/30/2004 8:08:09 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: mhking
"quite possibly no distributor wires."

Unlikely, since diesel trucks have no distributors.
37 posted on 04/30/2004 8:09:22 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: mhking
Truckers in the Midwest staged a similar protest a few years ago when one of the states (Ohio, I think) engaged on some kind of ticket-writing campaign to raise revenues. Their major gripe was that truckers were being targeted because so many of them were from out of state.

They didn't abandon their trucks on the sides of highways, though -- they simply spent several days driving all over the state's highways at about 35 mph with their hazard lights on.

38 posted on 04/30/2004 8:09:52 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: TheRightGuy
New info per KTTV: I-5 being reopened by CHP tow trucks; new truck blockages on I-10 and I-110 just south of Downtown Los Angeles.
39 posted on 04/30/2004 8:10:13 AM PDT by mhking (A velvet glove works better than an iron fist every day...)
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To: TheRightGuy
"My guess is these guys are independent owner-operators who pay the high fuel prices directly out of their revenue generated."

You're almost certainly right. And guess what: Most of these owner-operators vote Republican every time.

I don't like what they're doing, because it affects everyone except the people who need to get rid of the gas taxes. The poor commuter on the freeway has nothing to do with gas prices or taxes.

This is a bad protest.
40 posted on 04/30/2004 8:11:21 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: MineralMan
Unlikely, since diesel trucks have no distributors.

just retyping what the commentators are saying on the air.

41 posted on 04/30/2004 8:11:43 AM PDT by mhking (A velvet glove works better than an iron fist every day...)
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To: TheRightGuy
My guess is these guys are independent owner-operators who pay the high fuel prices directly out of their revenue generated.

Which would mean that this is essentially a case of "Atlas shrugging," since these drivers are basically leaving the industry in droves.

I give it a week before 95% of the truck drivers in California are Mexican immigrants who live in their trailers and charge a nickel a mile to haul a load anywhere in the state.

42 posted on 04/30/2004 8:12:17 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: mhking
"just retyping what the commentators are saying on the air.
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I know. It's just that news readers on local TV stations wouldn't know a diesel from a frog. I wasn't belittling your contribution...just setting the record straight.

They could have been pulling other stuff that made the truck inoperable, though.
43 posted on 04/30/2004 8:13:09 AM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: TheRightGuy
My guess is these guys are independent owner-operators who pay the high fuel prices directly out of their revenue generated.

I understand that they are taking a hit on gas prices. There is a risk to working for one's self. They decided to take on this risk knowing that the price of gas is volatile. I would guess the point is to have enough in savings to offset the times gas prices are high.

It's a shame that they are hurting, but this situation was hardly unforseeable.

44 posted on 04/30/2004 8:13:54 AM PDT by Dianna
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To: Publius6961
Share the freeway with some of these clowns and your opinion might change.

A whole bunch are our hard working migrants from south, they also manage to leave the most scrap on the roadway (IMHO).

I have reason to travel those freeways this noon, on medical and family issues; will NOT be pleased to see some smokey and the bandit wannabe parked in my lane.
45 posted on 04/30/2004 8:14:07 AM PDT by norton
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
No it was Mikey's way of losing his marbles when the car broke down for the umpteenth time and he had reached the end of his rope.

The story made the news because the cops had the car towed to one of their homes and tried to sell it themselves. LOL.

46 posted on 04/30/2004 8:14:57 AM PDT by Alberta's Child
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Fox 11 chopper has arrived at 10/110 interchange; no protest there at present. They are saying that their assignment desk has received word that other protests are planned on southern California freeways.
47 posted on 04/30/2004 8:15:03 AM PDT by mhking (A velvet glove works better than an iron fist every day...)
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To: MineralMan
Yea, like cutting an airline so the brakes won't release.
48 posted on 04/30/2004 8:15:04 AM PDT by eastforker (The color of justice is green,just ask Johny Cochran!)
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To: mhking
I-4 Northbound in Commerce All Lanes Open at 0811
50 posted on 04/30/2004 8:15:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (LESS government please, NOT more.)
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