Hermon Community Sets Stage for Shakeout Earthquake Drill

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Read this story IN SPANISH: Comunidad de Hermon Prepara Escenarios para Simulacro de Terremoto 

A small community in Northeastern Los Angeles is preparing for a massive quake and you are invited to participate.

Since September, volunteers in Hermon have been training to learn what to do to help their families and others during a major catastrophe.

On Oct. 22, the group will up the ante as they put their knowledge to the test as part of the annual Great ShakeOut drill—taking place today in many areas of the state—aimed at reminding Californians to get prepared for an earthquake by making sure they have an emergency plan and supplies in place, to help them survive “the big one.”

While they have titled their earthquake drill “Hermon SkakeOut: The Play,” organizers and participants hope their acting roles during the simulation will translate to real-life readiness during an earthquake or other disaster.

The “ShakeOut” will take place from 8am to Noon at strategically selected locations. Participants and the general public are being asked to “Drop, Cover, and Hold” at 9:20 a.m., wherever they happen to be.

Residents with an FRS radio can listen to channel 7 for important messages; Hermon residents should use channel 2 which will be monitored by Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) personnel. Updates can also be read at www.LAsurvival.org

One minute after the “drop” drill, an incident command post will be set up at Fresco Community Market located at 5914 Monterey Rd, LA (Hermon) 90042. Volunteers will search locations and look for “injured” vulnerable residents and practice their triage and medical assessment skills.
Simulated incidents will also occur at other designated areas—a school, business, faith-based organization, and animal welfare organization—including:

—Bushnell Way Elementary School, where a volunteer student will simulate a serious injury from falling debris.
—Fresco Community Market, where workers will be asked to yell “Duck, Cover and Hold,” and a shopper will fake a medical emergency.
—Hermon Community Church, where churchgoers will pretend to be trapped inside the damaged building.
—Friends of Hermon Dog Park, where a dog will be trapped and injured by a large tree branch.

At 10am, participating residents will be asked to evacuate the area because a fire (simulated) will be approaching the area, they will be asked to go to their nearest designated Neighborhood Survival Area (NSA).

For more information, go to www.LAsurvival.org or call Mark at (323) 895-6275.

The Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas)
The utility company reminded residents to strap down water heaters; know where the natural gas meter is; install a shut off valve at every gas appliance; have a 12-inch or larger adjustable wrench handy to manually turn off the gas meter if a gas leak is suspected after an emergency.
After an earthquake, do not turn off the gas meter unless you smell gas, hear the sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a gas leak — and only if it is safe to do so; do not attempt to turn the gas back on yourself. If there is a gas leak, do not light a match, candle or cigarette, and do not turn electrical devices — not even a light switch — on or off, or use any other device or equipment that may cause a spark and ignite the gas. From a safe location, call SoCalGas 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 427-2200. For Spanish speakers, call (800) 342-4545. And people can also call 911.
For more natural gas safety information, visit SoCalGas’ website at www.socalgas.com/safety .

California Emergency Management Agency

The California Emergency Management Agency, Cal-E.M.A offers comprehensive emergency preparedness tips and plans on its website for residents, schools, businesses and emergency managers. For more information, go to http://www.calema.ca.gov

Group Formally Challenges Accuracy of East LA Fiscal Study

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Proponents of an effort to make unincorporated East Los Angeles a city, on Monday filed a request for a State Controller review of a study conducted to determine the area’s financial capacity to sustain itself as an independent city.

ELARA, the East Los Angeles Residents Association, hopes Controller John Chiang’s office will perform a “forensic audit” of the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA), the group’s president, Benjamin Cardenas told EGP on Tuesday. ELARA feels the study is based on countywide formulas and estimates that do not reflect the area’s true feasibility.

View of Downtown LA from City Terrace in Unincorporated East Los Angeles. Photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou

“This has been a fact finding mission for four years, we are trying to honor signatures of people who signed petition authorizing the CFA,” Cardenas told EGP.

“The county doesn’t want to honor any of our requests … they’ve ignored every request we submitted,” Cardenas said. “The county is not interested in finding a long-term economic recovery plan for East LA…”

ELARA wants Los Angeles County to continue to finance the area’s libraries and Belvedere Park as a regional park, two of their suggestions aimed at reducing the large deficit calculated in the CFA. They also asked that additional monies not previously reflected in the CFA, including what they believe is an overstated cost for Sheriffs Department services, be accounted for in the study. But, according to Cardenas, the county has said they are in no position to honor those requests.

“The CFA took at face-value the data that was presented… Our options and solutions were not only ignored by the consultant, but are now also being ignored by county,” he said.

Read this story in SPANISH: Grupo Reta la Exactitud del Estudio Fiscal del Este de LA 

Cardenas told EGP that ELARA hopes East Los Angeles residents will get the opportunity to vote on incorporation since it appears the county is not willing to put together an economic recovery plan for unincorporated East LA—the 10th largest population in the county.

ELARA’s request for the review will delay the Los Angeles Local Agency Formation Commission’s (LA LAFCO) public hearing on East Los Angeles’ incorporation, to January 11, 2012, according to LAFCO Executive Officer Paul Novak. The review is anticipated to take 45-days, however, the date could be moved again if the review takes longer, he said.

The State Controller’s office has received the request for the review, confirmed Chiang’s spokesperson, Jacob Roper. Controller Chiang supported the initial signature drive to require the CFA, but there will be no bias in the review, said Roper.

“Any review by this office would only look at the merits of the financial audit,” he said.
ELARA has paid the $25,000 deposit required to start the review.

Alhambra, Schurr Travel Different Paths into League

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Alhambra and Schurr high schools have arrived on different paths as they prepare to meet tonight in a key Almont League football game at Schurr.

After rolling to a 4-1 nonleague record, Alhambra continued its successful run with a 32-7 victory over Keppel last Friday to start league. The Moors were led by quarterback Joshua Mendoza, who was 16 of 24 for 238 yards and three touchdowns.

Schurr High School defenders Daniel Moriel, left, and Ivan Lezama wrap up Bell Gardens running back Alex Orozco in last Friday’s Almont League opener. The Spartans won, 7-0.

The Moors, however, haven’t had any success against Schurr recently, having lost the last four meetings.

Schurr, on the other hand, barely got into the win column for the first time this season by defeating Bell Gardens, 7-0, in its league opener. The Spartans (1-5) were 0-5 in nonleague play after scoring only 20 points and getting shut out three times.

They got off to a fast start last Friday, with Bradley Powell scoring on a 47-yard touchdown on their third play from scrimmage.

The Spartans’ defense made it stand up. They stopped the Lancers (2-4) on a drive to start the second half with a fumble recovery on a fourth-down play. An interception by Schurr’s Daniel Moriel stopped another threat late in the game.

Powell finished the game with 114 yards on 21 carries and quarterback Rudy Madrid completed six of 13 passes for 75 yards. Strong safety Eric Magos and linebacker Willie Torres led Schurr’s defense.

Ally Robles was named Schurr High School Homecoming Queen.

City Section
Garfield 35, Jordan 21: Lance Fernandez rushed for 142 yards and three TDs on 24 carries to lead the Bulldogs to the Eastern League win at Jordan. Jonathan Valles added 77 yards on nine carries and quarterback Nicky Peralta threw a 10–yard touchdown pass to Darrell Cloy.

Garfield (2-5, 2-1) plays Bell (2-4, 1-1) at home Friday night.

Roosevelt 27, Huntington Park 21: The Rough Riders (4-3) won in overtime to improve to 2-1 in league. Quarterback Andony Flores rushed for 121 yards on 15 carries and was 10 of 16 for 80 yards passing.

Gilbert Herrera had 74 yards on seven carries and Jesus Gomez caught five passes for 52 yards.
Roosevelt plays Jordan (2-5, 2-1) at home Friday night.

El Sereno Residents Hear From Cedillo at Town Hall

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Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) held his fourth “End of Session Tour” town hall-style meeting in El Sereno on Tuesday night. During the last few weeks, he has held similar meetings in Echo Park, Highland Park and Lincoln Heights.

Dozens of El Sereno residents and Dream Act eligible students attended Tuesday’s meeting. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Cedillo recapped recent legislation authored by him and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown —including the two part California Dream Act that will allow undocumented students who meet certain criteria to receive private scholarships as well as some state funded grants and financial aid at California public state, university and community colleges, and AB 353 that prohibits police from impounding the cars of sober undocumented drivers caught up in DUI check points.

“They weren’t setting up check points to look for drunken motorists, they were setting up check points to look for sober immigrants and in doing so they were taking money out of the community, out of the households, out of people’s pockets, and making rich tow truck drivers and paying for local government,” Cedillo said.

Following his recap, Cedillo took questions from the audience.

One resident asked the assemblyman what could be done to create more jobs in El Sereno. Cedillo said he wants to tap into unused bond money to create projects such as a “tunnel under South Pasadena” that would create thousands of jobs. His reference to the long-stalled and controversial plan to connect the I-710 Freeway to the I-210 Freeway, did not draw a response from the audience, despite the fact that a group of El Sereno residents has for decades opposed the expansion through their neighborhood.

Cedillo, who is running for termed-out City Councilman Ed Reyes’ District 1 council seat, said other jobs could be created if the proposed construction at the Convention Center is approved. He said there is a lot of bond money that is not being used, and said using it on projects such as rehabilitating apartment buildings would also create jobs.

Social Security Benefits to Increase

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For the first time since 2009, recipients of monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will see an increase in their payment, the Social Security Administration announced Wednesday.

More than 60 million Americans will receive a 3.6 percent cost-of-living (COLA) increase in 2012, according to the announcement.

Eight million SSI beneficiaries will be the first to receive the new higher payment beginning Dec. 30 of this year, followed in by an increase to 55 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2012.

Also in January 2012, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $110,100 from $106,800. The Social Security Administration expects about 10 million wage earners will pay higher taxes as a result of the change. For some beneficiaries, their Social Security increase may be partially or completely offset by increases in Medicare premiums. For more information, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Looking to Fill Vacancies

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Read this story IN SPANISH: Concejo Vecinal de Boyle Heights Busca Llenar Vacantes 

The Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council has begun accepting applications to fill vacancies on their board for At Large Representatives and a Land Use Officer.

For the last six months, the Neighborhood Council has been undergoing trainings, reorganization and other efforts to avoid decertification. Several members have resigned since the efforts began.

Interested persons can apply for the vacancies by downloading a membership candidate form from the website www.boyleheightsnc.com. The form includes instructions to submit the application and eligibility requirements.

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on Monday, October 24, 2011.

Teen Arrested in Downtown Shooting

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A 16-year-old boy was arrested Monday after he allegedly shot and critically wounded another 16-year-old in downtown Los Angeles, at about 3 p.m. on Third Street, just west of Hill Street, police said.

A police officer who was nearby witnessed what happened and took the alleged shooter into custody without incident, said Los Angeles police detective Gus Villanueva.

A motive for the shooting was unclear, he said.

Because the suspect is a juvenile, his name will not be released. Police also withheld the victim’s name.

Deadline to Register to Vote for Upcoming Election: Monday, Oct. 24th

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Eligible Los Angeles County residents who want to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 Local & Municipal Elections, must register to vote by Monday, Oct. 24, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean Logan said this week.

Individuals who wish to register must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day, a U.S. citizen and resident of Los Angeles County and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony.

Visit www.lavote.net to access an online voter registration form. Voter registration forms are also available by calling the Voter Registration Request Line – (800) 481-VOTE (8683) or at over 1,240 locations across the County – including Department of Motor Vehicles offices, libraries, fire stations, post offices, public assistance offices (DPSS, WIC), and City Clerks offices.

Contest Launched For Monterey Park Homes With The Most ‘Spirit’

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It’s time to keep an eye out for the spookiest haunts in Monterey Park. The city’s Historical Heritage Commission announced it will be taking nominations for their fifth annual Halloween Home Decorating Contest on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 5 p.m. Categories include “most effective use of lights,” “most scary animated display” and “most original display”. A $50.00 gift certificate will be awarded to the winner in each category. Judging will take place on Thursday, October 27th between the hours of 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. To nominate a home or for additional information, please contact the Recreation and Parks Department at (626) 307-1388.

Plan Proposes to Convert Industrial Land into ‘Green’ Community

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Los Angeles Councilmember Ed Reyes (CD-1) held a public meeting Saturday to discuss the Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) project, which aims to transform 650-acres of industrial land into an environmentally-friendly residential and business community.

Read this story IN SPANISH: Plan Propone Convertir Terreno Industrial a una Comunidad ‘Verde’ 

The land stretches from the Chinatown Gold Line Station to past the Lincoln Heights Gold Line Station, and is bisected by the Los Angeles River and Interstate 5.

It includes portions of the Lincoln Heights, Chinatown and Cypress Park neighborhoods, according to Reyes’ office. The project boundary map shows it includes the Los Angeles State Historic Park, Farmlab, the Downey Recreation Center, Smart & Final, Goodwill Industries, Lacy St. Animal Shelter, William Mead Homes public housing complex and the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

The final Specific Plan will be a planning and zoning document that encourages environmentally responsible and sustainable development, including housing, job creation, bicycle use and pedestrian access.

The Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan was released on Sept. 22 and is a project of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) for Neighborhood Development.

Copies of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) are available at the Central Library (630 W. 5th St.), the Chinatown Library (639 N. Hill St.) and the Lincoln Heights Library (5230 Workman St.). It is also posted on the City’s Planning Department website at the following link http://cityplanning.lacity.org/EIR/CornfieldArroyo/DEIR/CASP_DEIR_Index-file.html

Comments can be submitted on the Draft EIR until Nov. 21; written comments are encouraged. Comments can be emailed to City Planner Claire Bowin at claire.bowin@lacity.org. For more information, call (213) 978-1477.

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