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Vernon Community Get-Together - March 15, 2017

 

Vernon Community Get-Together

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 

Press Release

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. 

Vernon Gas & Electric Gas Advisory

1/26/2017 Update:  The Gas Advisory has been lifted.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Vernon City Council members appoint Bruce English to serve as city’s fire chief

January 10, 2017

Press Release

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.

Travelers to Latin America Urged to Take Precautions to Prevent Zika

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.

www.cdph.ca.gov 

Scheduled Street Closure - Loenis Blvd at Seville Ave

Press Release 

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-
587-5171.

Vernon City Council members appoint Michael A. Earl to serve as City’s Human Resources Director

Press Release

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.

Prevent Flu this Season by Getting a Flu Shot

 

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.

www.cdph.ca.gov 

National Coffee with a Cop Day Oct 7, 2016

Press Release

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Sgt. Nick Perez (email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for further details: (323) 587-5171.

24th Annual Sabor de Mexico Lindo street festival

Press Release

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

Press Release

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.

Debit Card Scam Alert

Press Realease

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....

Vernon City Council members appoint Kelly Nguyen to serve as city’s director of Vernon Gas & Electric

Press Release

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Kelly Nguyen to serve as director of the city's Vernon Gas & Electric Department. Ms. Nguyen was administered her oath of office by Vernon City Clerk Maria Ayala during yesterday's (August 2) City Council meeting at Vernon City Hall.

Ms. Nguyen will assume her new duties and responsibilities as head of the city's municipal-owned utility on August 15. Ms. Nguyen presently serves as director of Energy Systems at the Glendora, CA-based Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). She brings 17-years of industry executive experience to her job in Vernon.

Ms. Nguyen formerly worked for the City of Anaheim Public Utilities (APU) agency as a senior integrated resource planner and power resource scheduler. She previously held positions as an energy scheduler for California Energy Resource Scheduling (CERS) and senior supervisor and market specialist for the California Power Exchange (CalPX).

Ms. Nguyen earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at California State University Los Angeles. She received specialized training in energy system procedures, protocols and utility compliance policies through the Western Electric Coordinating Council (WECC), North American Energy Reliability Corporation (NERC), and training in market operations and Cap & Trade through the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

Flex Alert July 28th for California

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 2:00 p.m to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 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 www.flexalert.org

24-Hour Ahead Outlook

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

Forecast peak demand forecast is 46,888 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.

Learn more: www.flexalert.org

Learn about Stage Electrical Emergencies: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/EmergencyFactSheet.pdf

Flex Alert July 27th for California

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert for Southern California, from 2:00 p.m to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 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 www.flexalert.org  

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.

Learn more: www.flexalert.org 

Learn about Stage Electrical Emergencies: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/EmergencyFactSheet.pdf 

Vernon mayor, council members break ground for new Vernon Fire Regional Training Center

Press Release

Vernon, CA – Vernon Mayor William "Bill" Davis, members of the Vernon City Council and Vernon Fire Department officials held groundbreaking ceremonies today marking the start of full construction for the new Vernon Fire Regional Training Center, a specialized fire services training facility – built in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs' Association – that will offer training opportunities to fire service professionals serving with 31 fire agencies in the Los Angeles area.

Joining Vernon city officials at the groundbreaking ceremony at Vernon Fire Station No. 1 were U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, California State Senator Ricardo Lara, Huntington Park Mayor Graciela Ortiz, L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby, L.A. Area Fire Chiefs' Association President Bill Walker, Regional Training Group Director Jim Birrell, Montebello Fire Chief Dan Amador, Torrance Fire Chief Martin Serna, Sierra Madre Fire Chief Stephen Heydorff, Alhambra Fire Battalion Chief Edward Guerrero, and David Juarez, district director for 53rd District Assembly Member Miguel Santiago.

Mayor Davis said, "The City of Vernon is proud to be building the Vernon Fire Training Center in support our city's fire department and fire departments in our region. All of the cities and communities in Southeast L.A. County will benefit by having the best-trained firefighters our cities can provide."

"The recent Maywood Incident showed very clearly how difficult some fires are to combat. Our city knows better than many cities why it is so important to have firefighters with special training in hazardous materials on duty when a fire emergency hits in an industrial area," he said.

"Without a skilled team of trained HazMat firefighters, the Maywood Incident might have gotten out of control, caused greater damage, and put nearby residents at greater risk. By supporting the Vernon Fire Regional Training Center, Vernon is doing its part as a 'Good Neighbor'," Mayor Davis said.

Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson said, "The Los Angeles Area Fire Chief's Association (LAAFCA), an organization representing 31 Los Angeles area fire departments, formulated a strategic vision for meeting the fire safety needs of communities throughout our region. LAAFCA's plan included the establishment of a series of fire training facilities within our region to provide firefighters from participating agencies the opportunity to access specialized training sessions at any of the training sites in our region."

"The City of Vernon supports LAAFCA's vision. Members of the Vernon City Council voted to approve the construction of a Regional Fire Training Center adjacent to Vernon Fire Station No. 1 – to be managed by the Vernon Fire Department. LAAFCA facilities in various cities are scheduled include specific training in Hazardous Materials (HazMat) and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Though each of the facilities may offer similar training disciplines, each site will provide unique fire service training opportunities," Chief Wilson said.

"In partnership with LAAFCA, the City of Vernon provided funds to build and equip a training center that, once constructed and outfitted, will offer specialized training for fire service professionals. By building this much-needed fire training facility, the City of Vernon is doing its part to contribute to the overall fire protection and public safety needs of residents and businesses in communities throughout our region," Chief Wilson said.

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident - Business Community Site Update

Press Release

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident                                                           June 28, 2016

Business Community Site Update

In response to the Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident in Maywood on June 14, 2016 the Unified

Command (UC) has been conducting air and soil sampling throughout the vicinity.

For businesses in the area, unless your building has been red tagged, it is safe to operate your business in a normal manner. To date, only one evacuated business adjacent to the site has been red tagged.

Electricity has been restored to the area; however, communication utilities (phone, internet & cable) may not be working for some neighboring businesses. The fire damaged utility lines and infrastructure, and the UC is coordinating to provide communication utility technician's safe access to evaluate and repair damaged utility poles.

Fruitland Ave. between Everett Ave. and Maywood Ave. remains closed to traffic. Response support, and initial evaluation and subsequent removal actions at the burned facility require the street to be closed. The UC will provide additional information on street reopening when it is available.

Unified Command appreciates the patience and cooperation of area business during cleanup operations. For additional information, please visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/fire or contact 211.

Real-time particulate monitors were placed upwind and downwind of the burned facility during the

fire. During the fire, downwind particulate monitors exceeded safe levels. However, after extinguishing the fire, particulate levels were below federal occupational health (OSHA and NIOSH) guidance levels.

Debris evaluation and removal continues. There are also two daily air monitoring locations upwind and downwind of the burned facility to protect residents and businesses.

 

Site History

On June 14, 2016, a fire started in Maywood, CA. The fire burned Panda International Trading located at 3570 Fruitland Avenue. Fruitland Avenue is a commercial/light manufacturing district and directly bordering the south of the site is a residential neighborhood. The facility holds businesses, Panda International Trading (PIT) and Sokor Metals. PIT is a scrap metal yard that send scrap metal out in bulk for recovery and Sokor Metals is a precious metals recovery operation that recovers precious metals from electronic circuit boards and other electronics. The Unified Command is the US Environmental Protection Agency, the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.