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City Council Honors Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team

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VERNON, Calif. (June 7, 2018) – With the school year coming to an end this week, the Vernon City Council acknowledged students from the Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team for their success in various robotics competitions during the teams inaugural season, the 2017-2018 academic year.

In January, the Vernon City Eagles as the team is known in competition, placed first out of 37 schools at the final 2018 VEX IQ Robotics Competition, presented by LAUSD Local District East.  Their feat earned the group a Teamwork Champion Award and qualified the Eagles to compete in the 2018 California VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship in February.  Following the state competition, the team placed first and second in the elementary division of the Annual USC Viterbi STEM Educational Outreach Programs Robotics Invitational held in April.

At the City's Council Meeting on June 5, the Vernon City Council honored each student member of the Vernon City Eagles with a Certificate of Achievement.  "We are thrilled to celebrate the successes of the Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team" said Mayor Yvette Woodruff-Perez.  "Their achievements make our entire community proud" proclaimed Mayor Woodruff-Perez.

Following the certificate presentations, the team conducted a live demonstration of one of their robots.  "It is very encouraging for the team to be recognized by the City Council, the students are excited to showcase their creation" said Coach Pedro Rodriguez.

"The robotics program at Vernon City Elementary School provides students an opportunity to acquire hands on experience in robotics and engineering with the goal of inspiring students to pursue future careers in the STEM [Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics] fields" shared School Principal Diane Espino.  The school established the program for the 2017-2018 school year for all third through sixth grade students at the school.

The current team was comprised of fourth and fifth grade students that met for an average of eight hours each week to plan, design and build robots based on the specific guidelines provided for each of the tournaments they competed in.  Having reached the state competition in their inaugural season, the Vernon City Eagles have set the bar high.  The team will break for the summer and resume activities once the new school year begins in the fall.

Vernon Fire Hosts Regional Training Center Open House

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VERNON FIRE HOSTS REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER OPEN HOUSE

Vernon, CA (April 26, 2018) – On April 17, 2018, Vernon city officials, civic leaders, local area fire personnel, and community members celebrated the opening of the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center. The multi-use training facility was constructed with collective funds from the City of Vernon and grants received through the Urban Area Security Initiative and the State Homeland Security Program.

In partnership with the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs' Association, the four-story facility was designed to provide comprehensive training in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Built with 14 re-purposed cargo containers, the center is equipped with specialized areas to accommodate live fire training, urban search and rescue exercises, hazardous materials training, high rise firefighting and vertical roof ventilation. Environmentally safe live fire props are fueled with propane gas, a clean burning fuel that reduces smoke and particulates that are known carcinogens. All water runoff resulting from training is collected for recycling. The regionally focused center facilitates standardized training for firefighters, providing an opportunity to encounter conditions that better prepare firefighters for real world incidents.

Vernon Council Member Melissa Ybarra addressed visitors and acknowledged the importance of the facility to the region. Attendees included Antonio Chapa, District Director for Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who presented Vernon Fire with a proclamation to celebrate the opening of the regional training center and Lizeth Zardeneta from the office of Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. Guests were treated to live drills executed by Vernon Fire personnel including demonstrations in active fire suppression, rappelling, and roof ventilation tactics.

Fire Chief English proudly spoke of the opportunities that the center will provide for the southeast area and region, saying "The firefighting skills that are employed while training will help to keep our local cities safe and provide for a more efficient and effective emergency response."

The establishment of the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center is an example of the city's ongoing efforts to support its neighboring communities. Vernon is committed to the overall protection, well-being, and public safety needs of residents and businesses in communities throughout the southeast region.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez Elected Mayor of Vernon

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Vernon, CA (April 18, 2018) –  At the council meeting of Tuesday, April 17, members of the Vernon City Council certified the City's 2018 General Municipal Election results and selected a new mayor and mayor pro-tempore.

Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez was unanimously selected as mayor by the five-member Vernon City Council while Honorable William J. Davis was elected as mayor pro tempore.

Woodruff-Perez was elected to the Vernon City Council in April of 2015, and is serving a five year term.  As a member of the city council, Mayor Woodruff-Perez has represented Vernon on the board of several area organizations including the Southern California Association of Governments and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.  Her election to the city's five-member council established the first-ever female council majority as well as the first-ever Latina majority in the city of Vernon's history.  As a registered nurse, Mayor Woodruff-Perez holds certifications in Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. For over a decade, she has worked in public safety communications as an emergency medical dispatcher and 911 operator.  Mayor Woodruff-Perez is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Advanced Nursing Practice.

Through the City's 2018 General Municipal Election held on April 10, Davis was re-elected to serve another five year term on the Vernon City Council.   Having served as mayor and mayor pro-tempore in recent years, Davis was unanimously elected by the city council to succeed Mayor Woodruff-Perez as mayor pro-tempore.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California.  Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary.  The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.  Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County.  For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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Vernon Voters Re-Elect William J. Davis to Vernon City Council and Approve Measure R

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Vernon, CA (April 18, 2018) – At the council meeting held on Tuesday, April 17, William J. Davis took his oath of office as an elected member of the Vernon City Council following the certification of the April 10 General Municipal Election results confirming his victory over candidate Marlene Elsa Ybarra.

Based on the final official vote count, Davis received 30 votes, while Ybarra received 23 votes.  A total of 53 ballots were received from the City's 87 registered voters indicating a voter turnout of 60.91%.  All 53 ballots were publicly canvassed by the canvass board to finalize the tally.

Following his oath of office, Council Member Davis briefly addressed members of the public attending the council meeting, saying, "I have been honored by the residents of the city that elected me to serve on the council.  I am happy to have their support and the support of the industry that we have here in the city."

As a member of the Vernon City Council since 1981, Council Member Davis has represented Vernon on the board of several area organizations including the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Central Basin Water Association, Independent Cities Association, Eco-Rapid Transit and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.  Davis' re-election to serve on the city council for a full five-year term marks his final term in office.

Vernon voters of the April 10 election also approved the only measure on the ballot, Measure R.  Measure R was passed by a vote of Yes: 31 votes, No: 16 votes.  Measure R is a commercial utility user tax that will generate approximately $9 million in general fund revenues.  Implementation of the tax will enable city officials to discontinue the practice of transferring moneys from the Vernon public utility enterprise fund to support essential city services.

For more City of Vernon election information, go to: cityofvernon.org/elections

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California.  Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary.  The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.  Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County.  For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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The City of Vernon Hosts Spooktacular Halloween Festivities

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Vernon, Calif. (October 31, 2017) – The city of Vernon held its first annual "Spooktacular Halloween" event for the local community on Monday, October 30, 2017 in the City Hall courtyard.  This event continues the city's outreach efforts to engage Vernon's residents and provided an additional opportunity for residents and local community members to become familiar with services the City offers.

Over 70 families, including residents from Vernon's new Village Park Apartments attended Vernon's Spooktacular Halloween event. Attendees enjoyed food and refreshments, arts and crafts, trick-or-treating and other fun outdoor activities. All the children also enjoyed a candyland themed Halloween maze through the police department's facilities.

Vernon's City Council welcomed attendees to partake in the festivities while city staff provided information about various city services. Vernon was honored to welcome representatives from the Offices of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Vernon's Mayor Melissa Ybarra conveyed her enthusiasm. "It was thrilling to see over one hundred community members come together in Vernon to have fun and enjoy Halloween! The first Spooktacular Halloween was a great success and we're looking forward to next year!"

As part of the week's Halloween festivities, the city also hosted visits from Vernon City Elementary School, allowing students to walk through a variety of different Halloween mazes organized by different departments at City Hall.

Both events organized by the city are demonstrative of the city's unwaivering desire to connect with its residents and local community members in a meaningful way. "We will continue to host events such as these and seek opportunities to give back to our community," said City Administrator Carlos Fandino.

Photos of the events will be shared on Vernon's social media platforms which are additional channels the city has leveraged to ensure city related information is accessible to the community.

Vernon Police Department Applauded for #HumanizingTheBadge

This article appeared in the September 12, 2017 edition of the Whitter Daily News.

What's wrong with a little dance-off? It's a fun way to show off some dope moves while having a friendly competition.

In this case, Vernon Police Department started what they hope will become a chain reaction of officers in different cities duking it out on the dance floor - or in this case the police department floor.

The department sent out a tweet last month with a video of Vernon Police Officer Hernandez dancing to Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

The tweet also challenged agencies to join in the battle.

It included the hashtag #HumanizingTheBadge , which is a movement to form stronger relationships between cops and citizens by making officers more relatable and having residents see past the uniform.

To read the entire article, click here.

Vernon PD's dance challenge was also featured on-air with KTLA in the morning and afternoon on September 13, 2017; and in the September 12, 2017 edition of the Daily Breeze.

Join us for Vernon Workshop #4 - Hazmat 101

October 4, 2017

The complex world of hazardous materials management - What are your hazmat responsibilities?

Four HazMat experts representing industry and regulators will cover:
• Hazardous Waste Management
• Hazardous Materials Business Plans
• SPCC Plans
• Common violations and how to prevent them
• Compliance tips and more...

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Flex Alert August 29th for California

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Persistent hot temperatures and tight supply can strain the power grid, as air conditioner use increases. The forecast peak use today, August 29, is expected to exceed 48,000 megawatts, which if met will be the highest demand on the grid seen so far this year.  The ISO's service territory serves about 80 percent of California's electricity consumers.

For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO's Flex Alert website at http://www.flexalert.org/save-energy

Conservation Tips
• 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
Learn more: http://www.flexalert.org   (Available in Spanish and Vietnamese)

 

City of Vernon joins F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. at their 50th Anniversary Open House

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The City of Vernon joined F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. as they kicked off their Open House event in celebration of the company's 50th Anniversary. The event took place on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the company's headquarters in Vernon, Ca.

Mayor Melissa Ybarra joined other elected officials in congratulating and recognizing Gaviña on its 50th anniversary, including Senator Ricardo Lara and representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Supervisor Hilda Solis, as well as Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Marissa Olguin.

"The City is thrilled to be a part of this momentous occasion.  After all, Gaviña is a member of the Vernon family" proclaimed Mayor Ybarra.  "Vernon Means Business. Our goal is to ensure that businesses can thrive in our City and Gaviña's great success here exemplifies this and our commitment to the success of the companies we serve on a daily basis."

City staff from various departments attended the event in honor of this longtime Vernon company.  The Open House included a plant tour, coffee sensory workshop, coffee tasting, and information on Gaviña's sustainability program.

Founded in 1967, F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc. is one of the leading minority-owned and family-run coffee roasters in the country.   Having started with a 1,100 square foot facility, the company has expanded to their current 250,000 square foot facility and continues to grow.

For additional photos of the event please follow @City_of_Vernon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Vernon Business F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.

This article appeared in the August 9, 2017 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

This year marks their 50th year of roasting coffee in the Los Angeles area, not an insignificant milestone in a town that sees trends come and go faster than you can Instagram a charcoal latte. From their earliest days, the Gaviñas have served all of L.A.; indeed, their story is as L.A. as they come.

To read the entire article, click here.

The City of Vernon hires new Director of Public Works Daniel Wall

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Vernon, Calif. (August 16, 2017) - On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the city's new Director of Public Works Daniel Wall was administered his oath of office by City Clerk Maria E. Ayala at Vernon's City Council meeting at City Hall. At their August 1, 2017, meeting, Vernon City Council members unanimously approved the city administrator's recommendation to hire Daniel Wall as a permanent replacement for the Interim Public Works Director Kevin Wilson.

Mr. Wall officially began his assignment at Vernon on Monday and public works staff members were introduced to the new executive at a special departmental lunch. "Daniel has already hit the ground running," said City Administrator Carlos Fandino. "We're excited to have him on board. He'll be working closely with the current interim director to allow for a seamless transition into his role." He will oversee a diverse workforce responsible for community development and maintenance of public infrastructure.

Daniel Wall most recently served as the director of parks and public works for the city of San Marino. Prior to his executive positions, Mr. Wall served as an assistant director of public works for Whittier and a city engineer for San Fernando. His breadth of knowledge is derived from a background that includes over 10 years of public sector management experience.

Mr. Wall, a registered civil engineer and a licensed real estate broker, earned a bachelor's of science degree in civil engineering from California State University, Northridge and a master's of business administration from the University of Southern California.

Community Welcomes First Days of Summer 2017

First Day of Summer 2017

The City of Vernon helped the residents at Vernon Village Park Apartments kick off the first days of summer with a special 'Chat with the City Administrator' event. The event, which took place on Tuesday, June 20, gave residents a chance to voice their concerns with top City staff, including City Administrator Carlos Fandino, and get connected to resources such as jobs information and voter registration.


"This is a great opportunity to get to know our residents," explained Fandino. "Vernon Village is our newest community and we want to make sure they feel connected with the City as a whole."


The event was designed after the successful nationwide 'Coffee with a Cop' campaign and gave residents an opportunity to gather informally with City staff to raise concerns, ask for help or just get to know the City's employees. Staff from all City departments and members of the City Council turned out to flip burgers, paint faces, play catch as well as provide valuable sidewalk CPR demonstrations to adults and children.


Before the event concluded, Vernon Police K9, Doby, greeted children and Vernon firefighters gave them a tour of the fire truck – allowing them to try on the uniform. The 'Chat with the City Administrator' event was the first of what the City hopes will be a series of community events this summer.

West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project Meeting

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JOIN TOMORROW'S MEETING VIA LIVE WEBCAST: You can view the presentation via a live stream starting at 6:30pm at www.tinyurl.com/MetroWSAB 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is formally initiating environmental studies for the West Santa Ana Branch (WSAB) Transit Corridor, a new 20-mile light rail transit line that would connect downtown Los Angeles to southeast LA County, serving the cities and communities of Arts District, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, unincorporated Florence-Graham community of LA County, Vernon, Huntington Park, Bell, Cudahy, South Gate, Downey, Paramount, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.

Public scoping meetings are an important step in the preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) in accordance with federal/state requirements. Join us to learn more about this project and provide your input on the proposed alternatives. Please plan on attending the scoping meeting that is most convenient for you. Content provided at these meetings will be identical. Presentations start 30 minutes after the indicated start time, followed by public comments. Those unable to attend the meetings can view the presentation via a live stream starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at www.tinyurl.com/MetroWSAB

Meeting Details

BELLFLOWER

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 - 8pm

T. Mayne Thompson Park

14001 S Bellflower Bl, Bellflower, CA 90706

 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

3 - 5pm (businesses) & 6 - 8pm (general public)

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

815 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

SOUTH GATE*

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6 - 8pm

South Gate Girls Club House

4940 Southern Av, South Gate, CA 90280

> Live Webcast at 6:30pm

www.tinyurl.com/MetroWSAB 

 

HUNTINGTON PARK

Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am - 12pm

Huntington Park Community Center

6925 Salt Lake Av, Huntington Park, CA 90255

 

*Those unable to attend the meetings can view the presentation via a live stream starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at www.tinyurl.com/MetroWSAB

Flex Alert June 21 2017

California ISO Issues Statewide Flex Alert Due to Heat Wave

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21.

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 before 2 p.m. and 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. The forecast peak usage for Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to exceed 47,000 megawatts each day in California ISO's service territory, which serves roughly 80 percent of electricity customers.
For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO's Flex Alert website at http://www.flexalert.org/save-energy.

Conservation Tips
• 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
Learn more: http://www.flexalert.org (Available in Spanish and Vietnamese)

Flex Alerts
A Flex Alert is issued by the ISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.
Consumers are urged to voluntarily conserve electricity to help avoid more serious steps to protect the power grid, including local rotating outages.
Click here to learn more about Flex Alerts and Stage Electrical Emergencies.
Flex Alerts are part of an educational alert program that informs consumers about how and when to conserve electricity. Media funding by Southern California Gas Company and authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Air Compliance Workshop

IEA's Vernon Workshop Series Continues:

South Coast AQMD Air Quality Regs – What You Need to Know About Compliance and Enforcement

Overview Understanding AQMD rules and your permit is essential to compliance. Good compliance practices go a long way during an inspection and when faced with potential enforcement actions. Topics for this meeting include:

• AQMD Updates (Exide and Farmer John)

• Recent Rule Development

• Permit Monitoring and Recordkeeping

• Compliance Tips

• AQMD Inspections and Enforcement

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The City of Vernon hires new Chief of Police Anthony Miranda

New Chief of Police will replace retiring Chief Daniel Calleros

Vernon, Calif. (June 12, 2017) - On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the Vernon City Council unanimously approved the City Administrator's recommendation to hire Irwindale Chief of Police Anthony Miranda to replace retiring Vernon Chief of Police Daniel Calleros.

"As a City, we have made impressive strides in recent years with more than 170 reforms. Retiring Chief Calleros has been a major contributor to our success and has set the bar high," explained City Administrator Carlos Fandino. "With a successful track history of accountability and reform, we are confident that Chief Miranda is the right person to build upon the Vernon Police Department's record of success."

"It's an honor to become a part of the exceptional public safety tradition at the Vernon Police Department. I spent 22 years in the Southeast Los Angeles area and I am excited to return," said Chief Miranda.

He continued, "My philosophy is 'the best way to predict the future is to create the future' and I look forward to the challenge of upholding the Vernon Police Department and the City of Vernon as a leader in the Southeast Los Angeles area."

With more than 25 years of public law enforcement experience, Chief Miranda currently serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Irwindale; a position he has held for three and a half years.

Chief Miranda's career includes an impressive record of achieving successful results in law enforcement management.  Under his leadership as the Chief of Police in the City of Irwindale and Acting Chief of Police for the City of Bell, Chief Miranda set a new standard for professional community-based law enforcement services and has led changes that have resulted in both Departments elevating their status as well-respected, professional law enforcement organizations.

Chief Miranda has been successful in building community relationships through his outreach efforts with residents and businesses within the neighborhoods he has served, as well as on a regional basis through charitable fundraising efforts involving law enforcement agencies throughout the County of Los Angeles.  In 2015, he founded the Pink Patch Project, a grassroots awareness project that blossomed into a national charitable organization which raises awareness for breast cancer. Last month, Miranda became the newest Board Member for Pacific Clinics, the largest behavioral and healthcare agency in Southern California. He is highly regarded by his peers in the law enforcement community and a recognized leader in the regional Police Chiefs Association.

Chief Miranda holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services, is nearing completion of his Master's degree in Public Administration, and holds both Management and Executive certifications from the California Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training.

We invite the community to join us as Chief Miranda is sworn-in as the City's next Chief of Police at the City Council Meeting of June 20, 2017.

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About Vernon

The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the city's 5.2-mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion is salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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Fill the Boot 2017

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Vernon Fire Department Raises $25,000 in Spirited Three-Day

'Fill the Boot' Campaign

Vernon, Calif. (June 5, 2017) – The City of Vernon's Fire Department joined thousands of firefighters across the nation in the time-honored tradition of the 'Fill the Boot' campaign - a fundraising initiative to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  In the spirit of the fundraiser, Vernon firefighters hit the streets asking pedestrians, motorists and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.

"The 'Fill the Boot' campaign has been an honored tradition for over sixty years where firefighters come together as a community to raise money to find a cure for muscular dystrophy," said Vernon Fire Chief Bruce English.

More than 40 Vernon firefighters volunteered for fundraising shifts on their free time raising more than $25,000 in just three days at fundraising stations on Soto and Bandini Blvd., Downey and Bandini Blvd. and Vernon and Santa Fe Avenues.

"As firefighters we feel it is very important to give back to the community so every year we donate our own time to "Fill the Boot" to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association," explained Vernon Firefighter Jason Rosa.

He continued, "In addition to this, several of our members also attend the annual MDA Summer Camp as counselors for the day just to help ensure the kids have a memorable experience. We are honored and humbled to continue this long-standing IAFF tradition as a way to help fund research and send these children to a camp where they can forget their worries for a while and just be kids."

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About Vernon

Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the city's 5.2-mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion is salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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A Message from the City Administrator

This editorial originally appeared in the Vernon Sun published on May 25, 2017.

Vernon: A Changed City

By: Carlos Fandino, Jr., Vernon City Administrator

Listening to and responding to residents is one of the hallmarks of good government and creating connections that make that happen has the been the focus for the City of Vernon over the past five years. That's why we wanted to follow-up to last week's article, "Vernon Outreach: Work In Progress," and provide a more complete picture of how the City of Vernon touches the lives of its residents every day.

First, ensuring that Vernon residents are heard at the ballot box is one of the City Council's top priorities. Over the last two years, the City has held voter registration events at Vernon Village Apartments and the Sabor de Lindo Mexico celebration. The City has gone door-to-door to drop off mailers, speak with residents and has added new ballot drop-off locations to make voting more convenient. We've held community meetings and public meetings in the evening to ensure the public has a chance to be heard. It's notable that the City of Vernon voter participation is nearing 50% in each of the last three elections.

Second, the City has answered a regional need and made affordable housing more accessible. From Vernon Village Apartments to the City-owned single family residences sprinkled throughout the City, nearly all of Vernon's housing is subsidized - giving residents the opportunity to rent high-quality homes in communities that boast one of the lowest crime rates in Southeast Los Angeles. Our housing lottery system ensures that everyone has equal opportunity and since the City is built out, we invest a million dollars a year in building libraries, parks and community centers in neighboring communities to serve our residents as well as our neighbors.

Third, the City of Vernon is also reaching out to our residents on a personal level. City staff volunteer at Vernon City Elementary School providing presentations on everything from engineering to groundwater supplies to Earth Day. Police officers walk through the school and communities multiple times a day to connect with residents and business owners. They deliver turkey dinners to nearly a quarter of the residents who have been identified as low income while firefighters hold fundraisers and blood drives.  It's our hope that through these everyday, casual encounters we can connect with the community, proactively address concerns as well as encourage the City's people to get involved.

Finally, we continue to impact our residents and the region through jobs. The City has a growing economy with nationally and internationally recognized brands including Amazon, Whole Foods, Seven-Up/RC Bottling Company as well as up-and-coming green companies like Romeo Power. Thanks to Vernon's business friendly atmosphere, these companies contribute more than 50,000 jobs and $4.4 Billion in wages annually to Los Angeles County.

Our goal is to grow jobs and grow our community.

The City of Vernon is changing and we invite our businesses and residents to get involved. We've expanded our communication efforts and invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 20th at the first of three community events planned at Vernon Village. The event will include presentations on City services and, more importantly, provide an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other. Join us at Vernon Village or follow us on social media. Give us your feedback, ideas and, along with your elected representatives, help guide the change.

And don't worry, we won't forget the food and coffee!

 

Residents and Businesses Partner to Divert 5 Tons of Electronic Waste From Landfills In a Single Day

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Vernon, Calif. (May 24, 2017) - The City of Vernon Health Department and Arion Global, Inc. partnered with area residents and businesses for the 10th Annual e-Waste Recycling Event yesterday. The one-day event drew truckloads of old, broken or unused electronic waste. In just four hours, the one-day event diverted more than five tons of electronic waste from landfills.

"It's really important to recycle electronic waste because electronics have chemicals that can leach into the soil and pollute groundwater and the environment," explained the City's Health Director, Keith Allen.

He continued, "Events like these allow us to partner with our businesses and residents to preserve our precious natural resources. We are very fortunate to be a part of a great community that understands the importance of recycling"

In total, more than 15 pallets of electronic waste including: 14 televisions, 22 fax machines, four full-sized copy machines, 50 printers, 57 computers, 43 monitors, over 400 fluorescent light bulbs and much more. The free event was part of the City's ongoing 'Green Vernon' initiative. Under the 'Green Vernon' initiative, the City has committed to stimulating green development within the City and establishing a series of programs to enhance environmental sustainability and support economic vitality, while protecting the health of its residents and workers and the residents in surrounding communities. To learn more about 'Green Vernon,' visit www.cityofvernon.org 



Californians Urged to Remove Standing Water to Reduce Mosquitoes

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to eliminate standing water around their homes and businesses to help reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent Zika and West Nile virus infections.

"As the rainy season comes to an end and temperatures rise, we will see increased mosquito activity," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "Residents should dump out containers that hold standing water in and around their homes and businesses. Removing water will help reduce overall mosquito numbers and protect family members and neighbors from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases."

Mosquitoes breed in very small amounts of water. To help keep their numbers down, Californians should frequently check for, and eliminate, water-filled containers, clean and scrub bird baths and pet watering dishes, and dump water from dishes under potted plants. Residents are also urged to report unusual numbers of mosquitoes or day-biting mosquitoes to the local vector control agency.

With mosquito activity increasing, Californians should also protect themselves from mosquito bites at home and while traveling to areas where the Zika virus is present. To prevent bites, consistently use mosquito repellent when outside, wear long sleeves and pants, use air conditioning, and make sure window screens will keep mosquitoes out of the home.

"It is particularly important for pregnant women and couples planning to become pregnant to prevent mosquito bites because Zika virus can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, and severe birth defects if a pregnant woman becomes infected," said Dr. Smith.

Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted by both men and women during sex. Most people who are infected with Zika virus do not experience any symptoms but should take precautions to avoid sexual transmission, even if they never had symptoms. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

All individuals, particularly women of childbearing age, should take steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites while traveling and when they return home. Sexually active people who travel to areas with Zika virus transmission should use condoms or other barriers to avoid getting or passing Zika virus during sex. There has been no local transmission of Zika in California to date, but the mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus live in many areas of California.

West Nile virus (WNV) is also transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. WNV can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible. WNV symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. More severe symptoms, and even death, can occur. The state's first human infection of WNV this year was reported last month.

Visit the CDPH website for more information about mosquitoes, Zika and West Nile. Additional mosquito prevention information is available at www.cdc.gov