City of Vernon California


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Building inspections may be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for next day inspections; excluding weekends. If the inspection is requested after 5:00 p.m., the inspection will be scheduled on the next available business day. Tuesday is the earliest inspection day available for inspection requests submitted after 5:00pm on Thursdays. There are a limited number of inspections that can be performed on any given day. When that number is exceeded, your inspection will be scheduled for the following working day. Due to recent high construction volume, please plan inspection scheduling in advance.

The inspection timeframe availability is as follows:

Building, Fire, Electrical, Plumbing and Mechanical Inspections: AM inspection 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or PM inspection 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To request an inspection, fill out all required fields and submit a separate request per permit. Please provide a name and a direct phone number for the on-site contact.



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Kombucha Pioneer, Millennium Products, Tees Up Second Site in Vernon

This article appeared in the June 12, 2017 Issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.

The nation's largest kombucha supplier is picking up more space in Vernon to double up production of the fermented tea drink.

Millennium Products Inc., maker of GT's Kombucha, has leased an additional 260,000-square-foot facility two miles from its Hampton Street headquarters. The expansion will house additional brewing operations and will allow the company to double output production, owner George Thomas Dave said.

To read the entire article, click here.

Vernon Business CR Laurence

Vernon Business CR Laurence was featured in the Sunday edition of the LA Times on June 4, 2017.

Donald Friese is chief executive of C.R. Laurence, a Vernon company that manufacturers and distributes tools and parts used by glazing companies — think window frames and hinges for glass shower doors. It's not a sexy business, but it's one that, over the course of five decades, turned Friese, 76, into one of the world's most unlikely billionaires.

Friese's story is about as rags-to-riches as it gets.

To read the entire article, click here.

E-Waste Event 2017

The City of Vernon Health Department, in partnership with Arion Global, Inc., has scheduled a business electronics waste (e-waste) recycling event in Vernon! For one day only, Vernon businesses, employees and residents will be able to drop off most e-waste and the City will provide for the removal and disposal for free.

 When:    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 From 10am – 2pm
 Where:    Vernon Fire Station #76 3375 Fruitland Avenue
 (Enter on driveway next to 3345 Fruitland Ave. and follow the arrows)

Items Allowed:

Personal Computers  Laptops  CRT Monitors  TVs  Plasma TVs 
LCD Screens  Keyboards  Mouse/Trackballs  Typewriters  Copiers 
Fax Machines  Telephones  Cell Phones  VCRs  Pagers 
Radios  Stereos  Speakers  Hard Drives  DVDs 
Remote Controls  Modems/Servers  Circuit Boards  Answering Machines 

**Only items listed can be accepted; no household hazardous wastes such as paint, solvents, pesticides, oils, etc. are permitted.

Cost:  e-waste will be collected for FREE while Universal wastes require additional fees:
• Loose batteries will be accepted at $1.50/lb
• Straight fluorescent tubes will be accepted at $0.25/foot
• Mixed fluorescent bulbs will be accepted at $3.50/lb
• No computer cartridges will be accepted at this time
**Arion Global will bill companies directly 

For questions or for businesses requiring special handling or large loads, please contact us at (323) 583-8811 at extension 233.

Archived Documents

City of Vernon
South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Exide Technologies





DTSC Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How does DTSC determine which yards to clean up first?

A: Two categories will receive priority: Properties with lead levels over 1,000 parts per million, or those properties with bare soil where young children or pregnant women are present and lead levels are above 400 parts per million in the upper 3 inches of soil at two sample locations.

Q: What can residents do to protect themselves from lead until their property is cleaned up?

A:  Families can take steps to reduce exposure, including, but not limited to the following:

• Avoid areas of bare soil or cover the areas of bare soil

• Remove shoes before going into the home

• Wash hands after coming in from outside

• Wash fruits and vegetables from the yard before eating them

Q: How long does it take to clean up a property?

A: Each property has averaged up to five days to clean up; depending on the size of the yard at each property.

Q: Why is DTSC encouraging residents living close to the Exide facility to have their blood tested for lead?

A: Blood testing is a good indicator of recent exposure to lead. It also enables experts to identify potential "hot spots" and expedite cleanup efforts to stop any further exposure. Blood testing is currently offered free of charge to residents in a select area surrounding the Exide facility. Contact the Los Angeles County Public Health Department for more information: 844-888-2290.

Q: When did DTSC shut the plant down?

A: Exide stopped operations in March 2014 and in March 2015 DTSC required the facility to permanently close.

What You Can Do

Follow the Latest DTSC Developments on Social Media


What You Need to Know

Exide Preliminary Investigation Area


Department of Toxic Substances Control - Public Hearing



Residential Cleanup


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Exide Plant Closure


In April 2015, Exide withdrew its application for a Hazardous Waste Facility Permit after DTSC informed Exide of its plans to deny the permit application. DTSC terminated the facility's interim status authorization to manage hazardous waste in May 2015. As a result, DTSC's regulations required Exide to submit a Closure Plan to describe how the facility will be closed in a manner that is protective of public health and the environment.

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Sabor De Mexico Lindo Downtown Festival

WELCOME! To "Sabor De Mexico Lindo Downtown Festival" - the major Hispanic Downtown festival annually presented on the internationally recognized PACIFIC BLVD. of Huntington Park, California. Since is first presentation back in 1992, the event has welcomed hundreds of thousands of attendees throughout the Los Angeles area and other cities from the various counties of Southern California. The event every year incorporates the attractions of a main stage with live performers, Special Guests - Celebrities, a Plaza De Mariachi with various performers, a free community Health Fair, Corporate Exhibits, Free Samplings, Arts & Crafts, Foods from around the world, along with a children petting zoo, horse rides, plus two areas of amusement rides for all ages and a lot more!

"Sabor De Mexico Lindo Downtown Festival" offers the great opportunity for many businesses and families to come together for a great event that Salutes National Hispanic Heritage Month and the culture of Mexico. This year's event will be presented on the weekend of October 1 and 2, 2016 in the City of Vernon.

For your corporation's consideration, the Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer the following proposals for the 24th Annual "Sabor De Mexico Lindo Downtown Festival.



Arlington, VA., April 4, 2016—Vernon Gas & Electric has been awarded the prestigious Diamond Level designation of Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service. The designees were honored at APPA's annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held April 4 in Minneapolis, MN by Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo. and chair of APPA's RP3 Review Panel.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation was awarded to 29 utilities this year, and Vernon Gas & Electric was among 8 utilities in the entire U.S. achieving Diamond level recognition. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years, and in total, 219 of the 2,000 plus public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation.

"RP3 utilities stand out as industry leaders, who dedicate themselves to providing safe and reliable electricity to their customers," said McKinney. "These designees demonstrate public power's commitment to constantly improving best practices and raising the bar for other service providers."

"We are both honored and thrilled to receive the RP3 Diamond designation," stated Carlos Fandino, City Administrator for the City of Vernon. "Our dedicated staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community and we strive to be exceptional. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of our diligent efforts to stand out amongst other service providers."

This is the eleventh year that RP3 recognition has been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities located in Arlington, VA.


California ISO Declares Flex Alert for Southern California for Monday, June 20, 2016

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 20, due to high temperatures in the region.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances after 9 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases.

In addition, natural gas supplied used as fuel for many power generators in the Los Angeles area may be tight during this heat event because of limited operations at Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility. The ISO has activated its summer preparedness plan for natural gas constraint concerns. Clickhere to view the plan.

For more information on Flex Alerts, go to  

24-Hour Ahead Outlook

Temperatures are forecast to be a high of 109 in some of Southern California.

Forecast peak demand forecast is 45,316 megawatts.

When a Flex Alert is called take three simple actions:

• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away

• Cool with fans and draw drapes

• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

Flex Alerts

The California ISO issues a Flex Alert when the grid is under stress to meet demand from generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Flex Alerts call for voluntary conservation before the ISO needs to start using energy reserves to maintain reliability. Conservation helps ease demand to avoid taking further steps to balance supply and demand, such as, in the extreme, local power interruptions.

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Learn about Stage Electrical Emergencies: 

Parks Needs Assessment Meeting

Community Meeting
February 16, 2016 - 6:30PM 
City Hall, Council Chamber
4305 S Santa Fe Ave
Vernon CA, 93065


The county of Los Angeles is conducting a countywide assessment of the need for parks and recreation in both cities and unincorporated areas.  The goal of the Park Needs Assessment is to engage all communities within the county in a collaborative process to gather data and input for future decision making on parks and recreation.

In addition, the city would like to gather your thoughts regarding potential park sites.  Come see what staff has come up with and share your own ideas.

Click here for more information.

Click here to rank the potential park locations. 

Potential Park Locations

Location A:
LA River Pocket Park - Atlantic Blvd & District Blvd
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Location B:
LADWP Transmission Lines - Fruitland & 50th Street
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Location C:
West End Park - Vernon Ave & Hawthorne Ave
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