Truck driver killed in 5 Freeway crash; interim president takes charge at LA City College; former Playboy studios in Atwater Village sold

Crash: A truck driver was killed after his big-rig crashed early this morning on the northbound 5 Freeway in Atwater Village. All northbound lanes were closed, causing a major traffic back up in the area. KABC

Encampment: The L.A. Fire Department will spend several weeks identifying encampments in high-risk hillside and canyon areas in Los Feliz, Mt. Washington and other neighborhoods in the wake of last month’s Bel-Air fire that began at a homeless camp near the 405 Freeway. “We want those people in these [fire] zones to voluntarily move,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told the L.A. Times.  “It’s as clear cut as that. This is a public safety issue; this is a trespassing issue.”

LACC:  Mary Gallagher, who served as the Vice President of Administrative Services at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, has been appointed the interim president for Los Angeles City College in East Hollywood. A search is underway to find a permanent president for the 18,000-student college following the retirement of Reneé D. Martinez  last month.

Museums: The Autry Museum in Griffith Park and the L.A. County Museum of Art have announced a partnership to share their art collections, collaborate on exhibitions and possibly pool money to buy new artwork. L.A. Times

Studio: A four-acre Atwater Village studio production and broadcast facility once leased to Playboy has been purchased by Gaw Capital Partners, reports Commercial Property Executive. Playboy had a masterlease for the facilities at 3030 Studios near Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road but the company frequently subleased stages to other productions, including the TV soap opera All My Children and Netflix productions, according to the Real Deal. The purchase price was not revealed.

Development: A public hearing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10 to review a developer’s request to carve up a property at 1132-1134 Hyperion Avenue in Silver Lake in order to build four small-lot homes. Planning Department

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