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Suspicious Package Triggers Emergency Response
A suspicious package spotted in front of the Music Recital Hall promoted a response by local law enforcement on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. The suspicious package -- a ceramic container wrapped in tape -- was found shortly before 7 a.m. Public Safety officers called in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Other responding agencies included the Los Angeles County Fire Department, a bomb squad and hazmat unit. In an abundance of caution, the college evacuated the Theater, Music, 1A, 1B, 1C, 6 and Campus Cafe and canceled classes that started before 9 a.m. in those buildings. The campus was notified through Emergency Alerts, which sends text, email and phone messages to people who opt-in to receive the messages. To sign up for Emergency Alerts, log into the Portal and look for the Campus Emergency Notification System box to sign up. By 8:45 a.m., the bomb squad determined the package was not a threat. Classes resumed in the affected areas shortly afterward. While the suspicious package turned out to be harmless, the college encourages its community to continue to report any suspicious activity by calling Public Safety at (909) 274-4555.