Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

 

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Media Contact: media@ph.lacounty.gov – (213) 240-8144

For Immediate Release:
September 7, 2021

Ocean Water Use Warning for Los Angeles County Beaches

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) continues cautioning residents who are planning to visit the below Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters:

  • Malibu Lagoon at Surfrider Beach
  • Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro
  • Ballona Creek at Dockweiler State Beach (near Dockweiler Tower 40)
  • Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey
  • Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica

The warning has been issued due to bacterial levels exceeding health standards when last tested.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24- hours a day on the County’s beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available online at our website: PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.

Wiseburn Schools back in session this week

Schools are back in session starting this week in the Wiseburn community 🙌.
Community reminder ➡️

Please give yourself extra travel time in the morning, follow all the rules of the road and remember the safety tips below 🚘⬇️
✔️ Be extra vigilant and slow down in school zones and residential areas
✔️ Be in on the lookout for school zone signals and always obey speed limits
✔️ Always stop for school busses/vans/cars that are loading or unloading children
✔️ Watch watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals

Notice of Water Shortage Contingency and Staged Mandatory Water Conservation

NOTICE OF WATER SHORTAGE CONTINGENCY AND STAGED MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION AND RATIONING AND PUBLIC MEETING

CENTRAL BASIN EAST, CENTRAL BASIN WEST, CLAREMONT, CULVER CITY, LOS ALAMITOS, PLACENTIA, SAN DIMAS, SAN GABRIEL, SIMI VALLEY & SOUTHWEST SERVICE AREAS

Due to the drought conditions throughout California, the Governor declared a drought emergency and requested for water users to voluntarily reduce usage by 15%, compared to 2020 water consumption. In response, Golden State Water Company (GSWC) filed an Advice Letter (1862-W) with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) seeking approval to add a Water Shortage Contingency and Staged Mandatory Water Conservation and Rationing (Schedule 14.1) plan to its tariffs for all GSWC customer service areas.

The Schedule 14.1 filing outlines detailed information on restrictions, water allocations, enforcement measures and surcharges that may be activated to achieve water-use reductions needed to address water supply shortages and/or identified water-use reduction goals established by an authorized government agency or official.

These restrictions are designed to encourage water users to reduce their usage, as compared to the amount they used in 2020, with a strong focus on encouraging those customers with high per capita usage to achieve proportionally greater reduction than those with low usage.

The Stage of Schedule 14.1 implemented for each GSWC customer service area will be determined based on local drought and water supply conditions and/or direction from an authorized government agency or official. GSWC may implement any stage to meet the necessary water usage reduction and the associated Drought Emergency Surcharge without first implementing an initial/preceding stage, if warranted.

GSWC is implementing Stage 1 for the Central Basin East, Central Basin West, Claremont, Culver City, Los Alamitos, Placentia, San Dimas, San Gabriel, Simi Valley and Southwest service areas.

GSWC recognizes the conservation efforts customers have made since California’s last drought and the continued commitment to making conservation a way of life.

PUBLIC MEETING

GSWC will host an online public meeting to help customers understand this filing and associated enforcement mechanisms and provide information on conservation rebates, programs, and other tools GSWC offers to help customers reduce their water use.

The meeting date, time, and information follow:

DATE September 7, 2021

TIME 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VIRTUAL MEETING LINK https://www.gswater.com/public-meetings

MANDATORY WATER USE REDUCTION AND DROUGHT EMERGENCY SURCHARGES

Stage 1

Stage 1 is a “Water Alert” where voluntary conservation is encouraged.

Outdoor irrigation is restricted to three days per week:

Addresses Ending In: Watering Days:

Even Numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Sunday, Wednesday, Friday

Odd Numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

All outdoor irrigation must occur between the hours of 7 pm – 8 am.

Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in the installation of a flow restrictor device along with associated fees for installation and removal.

If conditions warrant, GSWC will change the number of watering days and the specific day of watering after first notifying its customers in accordance with Rule 14.1.

Each subsequent Stage will be implemented if the preceding Stage allocations and drought emergency surcharges are deemed insufficient to achieve reductions due to water supply shortages or to achieve identified water usage goals established by an authorized government agency or official.

In addition to the restrictions identified in Stage 1, the following allocations and drought emergency surcharges are in effect for Stages 2-6:

1. Outdoor irrigation is restricted to two days per week:

Addresses Ending In: Watering Days:

Even Numbers (0, 2, 4, 6, 8): Sunday, Wednesday

Odd Numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9): Tuesday, Saturday

2. All customers will have their baseline established using the 2020 usage data for their premise or an area wide average baseline for similar usage if 2020 data does not exist (e.g. new customer accounts).

3. The customer’s allocation will be based on the 2020 baseline less the mandatory reduction % per stage.

Stage 2 – 20% mandatory reduction (Moderate Shortage)

Stage 3 – 30% mandatory reduction (Severe Shortage)

Stage 4 – 40% mandatory reduction (Critical Shortage)

Stage 5 – 50% mandatory reduction (Shortage Crisis)

Stage 6 – 55% mandatory reduction (Emergency Shortage)

4. No allocation will be set at less than eight (8) Ccf per monthly billing period or sixteen (16) Ccf per bi-monthly billing period.

5. All usage in excess of the customer’s allocation will be charged at the regular rate plus a drought emergency surcharge as follows:

  • Stage 2 – $2.50 per ccf
  • Stage 3 – $5.00 per ccf
  • Stage 4 – $7.50 per ccf
  • Stage 5 – $10.00 per ccf
  • Stage 6 – $15.00 per ccf

FLOW RESTRICTOR CHARGES

The charge for the installation and removal of a flow-restricting device shall be:

  •             5/8” to 1”: $150
  •             1 1/2” to 2”: $200
  •             3” and larger: $300

The flow restrictor will remain installed for a minimum of 7 days.

EXEMPTION AND APPEALS PROCESS

Any customer who seeks a variance from any of the provisions of this voluntary water conservation and mandatory rationing plan shall notify the GSWC in writing using the Appeals Form, explaining in detail the reason for such a variance. GSWC will evaluate each request based on the standard for efficient water usage, considering similar customers and meter size, and respond in writing.

The Appeals Form is available online at GSWC website: https://www.gswater.com/appeal or by calling 1-800-999-4033.

Any customer not satisfied with GSWC’s response may file an appeal with the Director of the CPUC’s Water Division.

If the customer disagrees with such disposition, the customer shall have the right to file a complaint with the CPUC. Except as set forth in this Section, no person shall have any right or claim in law or in equity, against GSWC because of, or as a result of, any matter or thing done or threatened to be done pursuant to the provisions of the voluntary water conservation and mandatory rationing plan.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

A Tier 2 advice letter will have to be filed with the CPUC to activate any of the Stages of Mandatory Water Use Reduction and Drought Emergency Surcharges listed in this Schedule.

The active Stage of Mandatory Water Use Reduction and Drought Emergency Surcharges is to remain in effect until a Tier 2 advice letter is filed with the CPUC to activate a different Stage or when Schedule 14.1 is deactivated.

Water-use violation fines and/or Drought Emergency Surcharges must be separately identified on each bill.

All bills are subject to reimbursement fee set forth on Schedule No. UF.

All revenues collected by GSWC through water use violation fines and/or Drought Emergency Surcharges shall not be accounted for as income but shall be accumulated in the WRAM and lost revenue portion tracked in the 2021 Water Conservation Memorandum Account (2021WCMA) for non-WRAM tariffs.

No Customer shall use GSWC’s water for non-essential or unauthorized uses as defined below:

The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures.

The use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use.

The use of potable water for washing buildings, structures, sidewalks, walkways, patios, tennis courts, or other hard-surfaced, non-porous areas.

The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

The use of potable water for watering outside plants, lawn, landscape, and turf area during certain hours prohibited by applicable laws or rules, during and up to 48 hours after measurable rainfall (0.1” or more).

GSWC will promptly notify customers when aware of leaks within the customer’s control; the failure to repair any leaks, breaks, or other malfunction resulting in water waste in a customer’s domestic or outdoor water system within forty-eight (48) hours of notification by GSWC, unless other, specific arrangements are made with and agreed to by GSWC.

The serving of water, other than upon request, in eating and drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased.

Hotels/motels must provide guests with the option of choosing not to have towels and linens laundered daily and prominently display notice of this option.

The use of potable water for irrigation of ornamental turf on public street medians.

The use of potable water for irrigation outside of newly constructed homes and buildings that is not delivered by drip or micro spray systems.

Commercial, industrial, and institutional properties, such as campuses, golf courses, and cemeteries, immediately implement water efficiency measures to reduce potable water use in an amount consistent with the mandated reduction.

Further Reduction in or the complete prohibition of any other use of water declared non-essential, unauthorized, prohibited, or unlawful by an authorized government or regulatory agency or official.

Use of potable water for watering streets with trucks, or other vehicles, except for initial wash-down for construction purposes (if street sweeping is not feasible), or to protect the health and safety of the public.

The outdoor irrigation restriction does not apply to trees or edible vegetation watered solely by drip or microspray systems.

If you need additional information, or a copy of the Advice Letter you may visit GSWC’s website at www.gswater.com or call the GSWC’s 24-hour Customer Service Center, toll free, at 1-800-999-4033, TTY 1-877-933-9533.

Save the date: Let’s Taco bout a Wiseburn Meet ‘N Greet- Aug 28 from 5 PM – 7 PM

Our community clean up was put on hold until the Fall whe can get some help from WM for extra trash pickup, we also don’t yet have a school facility for a regular in-person meeting.

So let’s Taco bout a Wiseburn community Summer Meet ‘N Greet tonget together and mark the end of Summer.

  • Event: Wiseburn Meet’N Greet
  • Date: Saturday August 28th
  • Time: 5 PM – 7 PM
  • Location:

Ocean Gate Church,

13443 Ocean Gate Ave,

Hawthorne, CA 90250

  • Food: Tacos and Quesadillas + non-alcoholic drinks

Special thanks to Pastor David Manila for graciously hosting the event.

More details to follow, please save the date.

 

Wiseburn Crime Statistics July 2021

Here are the July crime statistics* for the Wiseburn area, remember that these are year-on-year comparisons between Jul 2020 and Jul 2021:

Auto Theft is the most preoccupying statistic that is up 55% from the same period last year.

If you see something, say something! Call LA Sheriff South LA Station at (323) 820-6700 to report a crime in the Wiseburn community.

*Special thanks to Harley Hoff and Bill Magoon for representing us on the Community Advisory Council and providing the crime information.

Beach Water Use Warning for Several Los Angeles County Beaches

For Immediate Release:

July 28, 2021

Beach Water Use Warning for Several Los Angeles County Beaches

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is cautioning residents who are planning to visit several Los Angeles County beaches near Dockweiler and El Segundo to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.

Recent special ocean water sampling conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Tuesday July 27th determined that several beach areas near the Hyperion plant exceeded state standards for bacteria in water.

Note that no sewage is currently being discharged from the Hyperion plant into the ocean and ocean waters. Bacterial levels often fluctuate from day to day and can be impacted by recent rain events.

Lifeguards have posted yellow advisory signs and the Public Health Beach Water Quality webpage has been updated.

Affected beach areas include:

El Segundo Beach

  • Grand Avenue storm drain (Near Dockweiler Tower 60)Dockweiler State Beach
  • Ballona Creek (Near Dockweiler Tower 40)
  • Culver Blvd storm drain
  • Hyperion Plant outfall
  • Imperial Highway storm drain (Dockweiler Tower 56)
  • Westchester storm drain
  • World Way extensionAdditionally, Public Health team members have initiated door-to-door outreach to the community impacted by the plant’s odors and will continue this activity through Friday.Other beaches also under advisory include the below beach areas. These advisories are very likely due to day-to-day fluctuations in ocean water bacteria levels. At this time, there is no reason to suspect these increases in beach water bacteria are due to the recent sewage discharge at Hyperion.

     

  • Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica
  • Montana Ave. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 8)
  • Wilshire Bl. storm drain at Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica North Tower 12)
  • Temescal Canyon storm drain at Will Rogers State Beach
  • Avalon Beach at Catalina Island (50 feet east of the pier) 

    Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24- hours a day on the County’s beach closure hotline: 1-800- 525-5662. Information is also available online at our website: Beach Water Quality website or contact the County’s beach advisory hotline: 1-800-525-5662 where recorded information on beach conditions is available 24-hours a day.

    The Department of Public Health is committed to promoting health equity and ensuring optimal health and well-being for all 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health comprises nearly 4,500 employees and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. To learn more about Los Angeles County Public Health, please visit www.publichea lth.lacounty.gov 

Call for Wiseburn Watch Board members

Wiseburn Watch is an organization run entirely by volunteers and a 501c(3) nonprofit under IRS guidelines.

Our purpose:

  • The goal of Wiseburn Watch is to maintain, protect and enhance the value of the community.
  • To create and maintain productive relationships with law enforcement, county officials, and other groups with common interests in order to reduce crime, provide for the needs of the community, and increase disaster preparedness.
  • To promote community improvement and beautification projects, as well as encourage “good neighbor” habits within the community.
  • Assist in the training, equipping, and maintaining a community (CERT ) Community Emergency Response Team.

Every two years we hold a board election, we hope that some additional community members will be inspired to join the Board of Directors, and make the next two years even better than the last. The time has come to call for all those interested in becoming candidates for the Wiseburn Watch Board of Directors.

The deadline for submitting your name or nominating someone for the Board is Sunday, July 25th at 5 PM. If interested, please email watch@wiseburnwatch.club

How the voting process works:

  • There will be a 1-week email voting period (between July 19th and July 26th). Candidate info & voter link will be sent out to all current watch members.
  • Each member will get one vote. Voting is done through the email addresses used for the watch list.

How the new Board comes in:

  • Mid-August – Joint meeting with both current and new board members.
  • August – Transition period, information transfer from old to the new board. Members stay on in different roles, so this can be easy.
  • September – New Board takes over operations. The new board elects a president from the group. The President will then assign different positions on the Board to the other members. You will get a chance to submit 3 choices for the job you wish to do.

We hope that you’ll consider joining the Board of Directors. It really is a great organization with hard-working neighbors, all getting stuff done for the good of the Wiseburn community.

WE ASK PLEASE ONLY CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE BOARD IF YOU HAVE THE TIME AND ENERGY TO COMMIT TO DOING THE WORK – We need your help! 😁

LA County Public Health – Masks required indoors starting 11:59 PM July 17th

Masks will be required indoors starting this Saturday July 17th at 11:59 p.m. regardless of vaccination status, please see announcement:

LA Public Health (@lapublichealth) tweeted at 3:31 PM on Thu, Jul 15, 2021:
Wearing a mask indoors with others reduces the risk of both getting & transmitting the virus. We’re requiring masking for everyone while indoors at public settings & businesses, regardless of vaccination status so that we can stop the increased level of transmission we’re seeing. https://t.co/xmr77qsmBv
(https://twitter.com/lapublichealth/status/1415801207151493123?s=03)