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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
New construction projects will begin under Proposition 84 Grant
Vernon, Calif. (May 4, 2017) - The City of Vernon will participate in a regional effort to reduce stormwater pollution in Los Angeles County waterways. Under Proposition 84, forty-three (43) Low Impact Development (LID) treatment systems will be installed throughout eleven (11) cities in the Los Angeles River, San Gabriel River, and Los Cerritos Channel watersheds.
The City will install two (2) tree box filter systems along Vernon Avenue near Soto Street and Seville Avenue. These transportation corridors are known to have high concentrations of metals. The tree box filters are mini bio-retention areas that capture and treat pollutants through plant and soil media, and then discharge clean water to the storm drain. The tree box filters aim to improve the quality and health of street trees by providing larger areas for roots to stabilize the tree and more availability of water and nutrients. Additionally, the filters can delay the peak flow and improve the overall quality of water entering the Los Angeles River.
Construction of these systems is scheduled to be complete in June 2017.
Vernon, CA (April 19, 2017) – Members of the Vernon City Council certified the City's 2017 Municipal Election results and selected a new mayor on Tuesday.
Honorable Melissa A. Ybarra was selected as Mayor by a 3-to-2 vote of the five-member Vernon City Council while Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez was re-elected as Mayor Pro Tempore. Ybarra was re-elected to the City Council after running unopposed in the City's 2017 Municipal Election on April 11th. Ybarra is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City Councilmember who died in office in September 2014. Since 2014, Mayor Ybarra served the remainder of her late father's unexpired term. This marks her first official five-year term in office and the City of Vernon's first female mayor.
Mayor Ybarra is the granddaughter of Vernon Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas A. Ybarra who served on the city council for 43-years and great niece of former Vernon Councilmember Esteban Peralta who served on the council for 15-years in the 1930s. Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Vernon city councilmember, was re-elected by a unanimous vote of the five-member city council to continue her role as mayor pro tempore. Elected to the Vernon City Council in April of 2015, Mayor Pro Tempore Woodruff –Perez is serving a five-year term. 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 109-year history.
Mayor Pro Tempore Woodruff-Perez is an ICU Nurse and Public Health Nurse, with 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.
For more City of Vernon election information, go to: www.cityofvernon.org/elections
Vernon, CA (April 17, 2017) – Election Officials from the City of Vernon revealed final results for the City's 2017 Municipal Election on Monday afternoon in a public canvass. After tallying the final votes, Vernon's registered voters re-elected Councilmember Melissa Ybarra and rejected ballot Measure Q.
In her first bid for re-election to the Vernon City Council, Councilmember Ybarra earned 39 'yes' votes of 41 canvassed. Ybarra, who ran unopposed for the second time, is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City Councilmember who died in office in September 2014. Since 2014, Councilmember Ybarra served the remainder of her late father's unexpired term. This will mark her first official five-year term in office.
Councilmember Ybarra is the granddaughter of Vernon Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas A. Ybarra who served on the city council for 43-years and great niece of former Vernon Councilmember Esteban Peralta who served on the council for 15-years in the 1930s.
Meanwhile, ballot Measure Q was rejected with a final vote of 23 votes in opposition to the ballot measure compared to 14 votes for it. Measure Q is a utility user tax measure that would have raised an estimated $11 million in general fund revenues to enable city officials to halt the practice of transferring millions of dollars annually from the Vernon Gas & Electric utility enterprise fund to support the city's budgeted costs for public safety and other essential services.
The final election results for the April 11 Municipal Election are expected to be certified by a vote of city council members at their regularly scheduled meeting in City Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 18.
For more City of Vernon election information, go to: www.cityofvernon.org/elections
Councilmember Ybarra maintains commanding lead in unofficial election results; Measure Q results remain tight
Vernon, CA (April 12, 2017) – Elections officials for the City of Vernon have unveiled
preliminary results for the City's 2017 Municipal Election with Vernon's registered voters
deciding in favor of Councilmember Melissa Ybarra and narrowly rejecting ballot Measure
In her first bid for re-election to the Vernon City Council, Councilmember Ybarra earned
24 'yes' votes of 26 canvassed on Tuesday night. Ybarra, who ran unopposed for the
second time, is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City
Councilmember who died in office in September 2014. Since 2014, Councilmember
Ybarra served the remainder of her late father's unexpired term. This will mark her first
official five-year term in office.
Councilmember Ybarra is the granddaughter of Vernon Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas A.
Ybarra who served on the city council for 43-years and great niece of former Vernon
Councilmember Esteban Peralta who served on the council for 15-years in the 1930s.
Meanwhile, ballot Measure Q was narrowly rejected with an unofficial final vote count of
12 votes in opposition to the ballot measure compared to 10 votes in favor of it. Measure
Q is a utility user tax measure that, if approved by voters, would raise an estimated $11
million in general fund revenues to enable city officials to halt the practice of transferring
millions of dollars annually from the Vernon Gas & Electric utility enterprise fund to support
the city's budgeted costs for public safety and other essential services.
Vernon City Clerk Maria E. Ayala said 26 ballots were canvassed and counted out of a
total of 43 ballots submitted by voters in the mail-in ballot election. Vernon has 86
As of 8:00 pm when the polls in Vernon closed, 15 ballots submitted at Vernon's two
polling locations remain to be canvassed pending voter signature verification by the Los
Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
A final canvass of the 15 remaining ballots and any additional ballots postmarked by
Election Day is scheduled for Monday, April 17. The final election results for the April 11
Vernon Municipal Election are expected to be certified by a vote of city council members
at their regularly scheduled meeting in City Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 18.
For more City of Vernon election information, go to: cityofvernon.org/elections
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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.
Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis and members of the Vernon City Council
today expressed their profound sadness and deepest condolences to the family of John
Van de Kamp upon learning of his passing yesterday.
John Van de Kamp most recently served as Vernon's Independent Special Counsel. He
issued his 12th twice-yearly assessment of the city's good governance policies and
practices on January 31.
Mayor Davis said, "It is with our deepest regard and respect that we mourn the passing
of John Van de Kamp, a man who began as our trusted good governance advisor and,
over time, became a dear friend to the people of Vernon and its vibrant business
community. We send our condolences to Mr. Van de Kamp's family and friends in their
moment of sorrow. We join them in saluting Mr. Van de Kamp's memory and legacy of
good works in Vernon, Los Angeles County and the State of California."
Mayor Pro Tem Yvette Woodruff-Perez said, "I am saddened by the news of John Van
de Kamp's passing. He came to Vernon at a time of great challenge for our city. He
advised our Council with great respect for the changes we would undertake and stood by
us as we fulfilled our pledges to implement good governance reform measures. John Van
de Kamp will be missed here in Vernon. The work he performed as our advisor will never
Council Member Luz Martinez said, "I celebrate John Van de Kamp's life and work. He
came to Vernon to provide advice and counsel at a most difficult time in our city's history.
His work, recommendations and encouragement enabled Vernon to travel on a path to
reform and to never stray from that path of good governance. We owe Mr. Van de Kamp
a debt of gratitude for his commitment to our city and its leadership. We send our prayers
to his family and friends in this time of mourning."
Council Member Melissa Ybarra said, "We honor John Van de Kamp memory on this day
and express or deepest sadness to his family and friends. Mr. Van de Kamp advised my
late father Council Member Michael A. Ybarra during the height of Vernon's reform
process, and he advised me in the same fashion as my father's successor on the Vernon
City Council. He was always resolute in his advice: Do what is right. Do your work in an
open and transparent manner. Stay on the path of good governance and ethics. We have
done that thanks, in large part, to John Van de Kamp's work with our city. I will continue
to honor Mr. Van de Kamp's advice to me."
Council Member Leticia Lopez said, "The City of Vernon that exists today is grounded on
a framework of ethics and good governance because John Van de Kamp agreed to come
to our city to serve as our independent advisor, reform monitor and special counsel. The
people of our city and business community should be forever grateful to Mr. Van de
Kamp's for his special contribution to the City of Vernon. He was, in no small measure, a
major contributor to our city's survival. We are saddened by his passing. We honor his
work and memory. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends. We have all
lost a very good man who personified the term: public servant."
Vernon City Administrator Carlos Fandino said, "This is a very sad day in the City of
Vernon. John Van de Kamp was a close and trusted advisor to me when I became our
city's administrator in March 2016. The recommendations Mr. Van de Kamp provided to
our city helped make Vernon stronger. We are a model city in Southeast L.A. County
because Mr. Van de Kamp cared enough to help guide us through one of the toughest
times in our city's history."
Former California Attorney General and L.A. County District Attorney John Van de
Kamp was retained to serve as Vernon's Independent Ethics Advisor in February 2011
at the height of the city's battle to defeat a state legislative measure to disincorporate
The good governance reform process that city leaders pledged to implement as a result
of AB 46, led city leaders to expand Mr. Van de Kamp's role to that of Independent
Reform Monitor. A further evolution of Mr. Van de Kamp's role led him to named
Vernon's Independent Special Counsel in 2015. During his tenure advising Vernon City
officials, Mr. Van de Kamp saw more than 150 good governance reform measures
approved by the city.
Join your Vernon neighbors for a casual meet and
greet about neighborhood services and
public safety, plus an educational presentation on
Measure Q, the good governance reform measure
on the city's ballot in the upcoming Tuesday,
April 11 Municipal Election.....
When: Wednesday. March 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Vernon Fire Station #76
3375 Fruitland Avenue, Vernon, California 90058
John Van de Kamp issues January 2017 Independent Special Counsel Report, concludes ‘Vernon is no longer an outlier city.’
February 13, 2017
Vernon, CA – John Van de Kamp, Vernon's Independent Special Counsel, has issued his 12th biannual assessment of the city's good governance policies and practices.
Mr. Van de Kamp, in his 32-page January 2017 Independent Special Counsel Report, concluded, "Vernon is no longer an outlier City. It is helping other Cities through its CommUNITY grant program. It came to Huntington Park's aid [last year] by hosting [the] Sabor de Mexico Lindo Downtown Festival."
Mr. Van de Kamp's report highlighted the city's positive economic progress, citing Vernon's recent year-over-year surge in private sector building activity – noted by an estimated $122 million in building construction value in 2016 compared to $76 million in 2015.
"Vernon is free of scandals," Mr. Van de Kamp wrote in summation. "Boring, yes – perhaps. But not so boring as it addresses the issues that confront it as an industrial city, and the issues that most public entities are also facing. The good news is that Vernon has identified them and is attempting to deal with them without losing its special nature," he wrote.
To read Mr. Van de Kamp's January 31, 2017 Independent Special Counsel Report, click here.
1/26/2017 Update: The Gas Advisory has been lifted. Thank you for your cooperation.
January 10, 2017
Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council today appointed Bruce English to serve as chief of the city's Fire Department. Mr. English is a 26-year veteran of the Downey Fire Department. He was administered his oath of office by Vernon City Clerk Maria E. Ayala at today's city council meeting at Vernon City Hall.
Chief English most recently served as Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal for the Downey Fire Department. He had served as a Battalion Chief since 2008. Chief English was born and raised in Downey and graduated from Warren High School in 1986.
Prior to his executive positions, Chief English rose through the ranks of Downey's fire department, serving as a fire dispatcher, firefighter-paramedic, fire inspector, engineer, captain, paramedic coordinator, and training officer during his more than two-and-a-half decades of public service.
Chief English earned his Associate of Arts degree from Cerritos College and an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology from Rio Hondo College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Chief English is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management. He graduated from the Rio Hondo Fire Academy and Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute. Chief English has earned certifications from the California State Fire Marshal for Company Officer, Chief Officer, Wildland Strike Team Leader, Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force Leader, Safety Officer (Type III), and Fire Prevention Officer II.
SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned holiday travelers to protect themselves from mosquito bites when traveling to areas with known transmission of Zika virus, including Latin America.
Many areas of Mexico are now experiencing transmission of the Zika virus, particularly popular tourist destinations, including Cancun, Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, and Mazatlan. The states of Baja California Sur, where Cabo San Lucas is located, and Sonora, which borders Arizona, have recently reported local Zika virus transmission. While the state of Baja California bordering California has not reported local Zika virus transmission, the mosquitoes that transmit the virus are present along the border. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers any travel to Mexico to be a potential risk for Zika virus infection.
"Pregnant women and couples contemplating pregnancy need to be particularly cautious because of the severe defects that can be caused to a fetus by the Zika virus," said Dr. Smith. "Both state and federal public health officials urge pregnant women not to travel to areas with known Zika transmission."
Zika virus can be spread through mosquito bites and can also be transmitted by both men and women during sex. 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 adults who travel to areas with Zika transmission should use condoms or other barriers to avoid getting or passing Zika during sex. Couples planning pregnancy when either partner has been exposed to Zika virus should speak with a health care provider about a safe time to try to get pregnant. Men should wait six months to conceive after Zika exposure. Women who have been exposed should wait a minimum of eight weeks before becoming pregnant.
"The mosquitoes that can carry and infect people with Zika live in many areas of California," said Dr. Smith. "If one of these mosquitoes bites an infected person, it can spread the virus by biting another person. That is why we ask people traveling to Mexico, or any other place where Zika exists, to take steps to prevent mosquito bites for three weeks after a trip, even if you don't feel sick."
While there has been no local transmission of Zika virus in California to date, CDPH has confirmed 362 cases of travel-associated infections in the state.
To prevent mosquito bites, apply repellents containing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Individuals should wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors. Be sure window and door screens are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
Most people who are infected with Zika do not experience any symptoms. However, symptoms of infection can include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for Zika other than rest, fluids and fever relief.
More information about Zika can be found in the November 2016 CDPH Health and Travel Advisory, and on the CDPH and CDC websites. In addition, the Mexico Ministry of Health website contains more Zika-related information.
8 PM on Friday, November 4, 2016 through
11 PM on Sunday, November 6, 2016
Railroad Track Project
The Los Angeles Junction Railroad will be rehabilitating a set of railroad tracks that cross on Leonis Boulevard at Seville Avenue. The street closure will begin Friday, November 4th (8pm) until Sunday, November 6, (11pm). Vehicular traffic on Leonis from Soto to Pacific will be detoured to 46th Street and Fruitland Avenue. Local access will be maintained for businesses along Leonis. Message boards have been placed to provide public notice.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the on-duty Patrol Watch Commander at 323-
Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Michael A. Earl to serve as director of the city's Human Resources Department. Mr. Earl has 28-years of public sector human resources management experience. He will assume his new position in Vernon on Monday, October 24.
Mr. Earl currently serves as a human resources manager for the City of Santa Monica's department of Human Resources; a position he has held since February 2009. Mr. Earl is responsible for that city's Employee Relations and Benefits Division.
Mr. Earl has been a human resources management professional for the cities of Hermosa Beach, South Gate and El Cajon over the course of his professional career. He has served for two terms as treasurer of the Southern California Personnel Management Association. Additionally, he was a governing board alternate to the Independent Cities Management Authority for more than a decade and is a member of the California Public Employees Labor Relations Association.
Mr. Earl earned his master's and bachelor's degrees in Public Administration from San Diego State University.
SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is urging Californians to get vaccinated against influenza (the flu) as soon as possible. Localized flu activity has already been reported in San Diego County, where an elderly person has died due to flu-related complications.
In California, flu usually begins to increase in late November or December. It takes a couple of weeks after vaccination for the body to respond fully, so now is the time to get vaccinated to have the best protection as the flu season begins.
"Deaths related to flu are tragic reminders that the flu virus needs to be taken very seriously," said Dr. Smith. "A yearly flu shot is the best way to protect against infection and prevent others from coming down with the flu."
A person with flu may be contagious and infect others before they even feel sick.
This season your health care provider may be offering only injectable flu vaccines. This is due to concerns about the effectiveness of this year's nasal spray vaccine. CDPH expects there to be enough injectable vaccine to meet the expected demand.
Each year, flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and, sometimes, tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.
To reduce this threat CDPH recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women. Flu shots are needed every year to maintain the greatest protection, because the vaccine changes each season to match the viruses that are circulating.
Common symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, a cough and/or sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Children may also have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, you should also:
- Stay home when you are sick and limit your contact with others
- Cover your coughs or sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
CDPH encourages Californians to contact their health care provider, physician's office, clinic or pharmacy about obtaining the flu vaccine. Some local health departments may also offer low- or no-cost flu immunizations. More information about the flu is available on the CDPH website. You can find the nearest flu vaccine locations by visitingwww.flu.gov.
Friday, October 7, 2016
All community and business members are invited to attend. The event is scheduled from 7-10AM at
McDonald's, 3737 S. Soto St., Vernon, CA.
National Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department's work in the unique City of Vernon community. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.
Please contact Det. Alexy Escobedo (email:
) or Sgt. Nick Perez (email:
Vernon city council members agree to play host to 24th Annual 'Sabor de Mexico Lindo' street festival
Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis, and Council Members Melissa Ybarra and Leticia Lopez voted yesterday (Tuesday, September 20) to approve an agreement with the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce to allow Vernon to serve as host city for Los Angeles' largest street festival on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.
Mayor Davis said, "Vernon is pleased to welcome residents from our surrounding communities and greater L.A. County to the street festival that has entertained adults and delighted children in our neighboring community for the past 23-years."
"From arts and crafts to cultural exhibits and live performances on two stages to authentic food from around the world and theme park rides, 'Sabor de Mexico Lindo' is a major attraction in Southeast L.A. County. The event is attended by as many as 200,000 patrons over two-days. We are proud to play the host city for the 24th annual presentation of 'Sabor de Mexico' in partnership with the Greater Huntington Park Area Chamber of Commerce," Mayor Davis said.
The 24th Annual "Sabor de Mexico Lindo," presented each year by the Huntington Park Chamber of Commerce, is traditionally held along a stretch of Pacific Boulevard in downtown Huntington Park. But road and sidewalk improvements in progress on Pacific Boulevard, Huntington Park's main downtown thoroughfare, made holding that city's annual street festival impossible this year. Huntington Park Chamber officials approached Vernon city officials to determine their interest in serving as host city in 2016 as a one-year-only event.
The festival's media sponsors include KTLA5, Telemundo52, La Opinion, Radio Jose 97.5, and Radio Super Estrella 107.1. In addition, national corporate sponsors will be supporting the 24th Annual Sabor de Mexico Lindo on Pacific Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue near Vernon's Civic Center on the first weekend of October.
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Vernon City Council members appoint Keith Allen to serve as city’s director of Health and Environmental Control
September 7, 2016
Vernon City Council members appoint Keith Allen to serve as city's director of Health and Environmental Control
Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Keith Allen to serve as director of the city's Department of Health and Environmental Control. Vernon is one of only four cities in California with its own health department.
Mr. Allen will assume his new duties and responsibilities as head of the city's health department on September 19. He presently serves as environmental health operations officer for the City of Long Beach.
Mr. Allen brings more than 16-years of environmental health experience to his new job in Vernon. Prior to working for the Long Beach health department, he worked as an environmental health specialist for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
Mr. Allen earned his Master's degree in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach. He serves as vice president of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) for Region 2. He was previously president of the Southern Chapter of the California Environmental Health Association (CEHA). Mr. Allen is the 2005 recipient of the Charles Senn Award bestowed annually by the CEHA.
City of Vernon Gas & Electric Department is advising customers to be aware of a recent telephone scam that demands immediate payment for allegedly past due utility bills. Impostors have been calling City of Vernon customers telling them they must make immediate payment on past due bills or have their utility service disconnected. The callers are also demanding that payments be made through a prepaid cash card. Other forms of fraud involve customers being asked to purchase prepaid debit cards or execute a wire payment. Scammers may ask for the debit card number and collect the value deposited in the card.
Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller's name, department and business phone number. If the caller refuses to provide this information, customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to the City of Vernon Police Department or City of Vernon Gas & Electric
Department at 323-583-8811 Ext.202.
The City of Vernon also reminds customers to ask for identification when a stranger comes to....