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2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular!

The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at its 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular!  This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Tuesday, October 30, 2018, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

  • Burgers and fries, drinks, and dessert provided by the Habit!
  • Pumpkin giveaways!
  • Raffle prizes!
  • Fun family activities that include a bounce house, Halloween maze, trick-or-treating, and crafts!

Transportation is available.  Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

Vernon Appoints New Director of Health & Environment Control

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VERNON APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

VERNON, Calif. (October 4, 2018) –The Vernon City Council  has appointed Fredrick "Freddie" Agyin as Director of Health and Environmental Control for the City of Vernon, effective October 15, 2018. His appointment was unanimously approved by the Vernon City Council at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. Mr. Agyin will replace Interim Director Vivian Nelson.

"I'm pleased that Mr. Agyin is joining the Vernon team, and I am confident that he is the right person to keep the momentum of our Health & Environmental Control Department moving in the right direction," said City Administrator Carlos Fandino. "Freddie will be able to leverage his extensive experience in public health and management to work closely with Vernon's business community to continue improving the quality of services we provide."

Continued Fandino, "I would also like to thank outgoing Interim Director Nelson for her work on behalf of the City over the last six months."

Mr. Agyin is currently the Director of the District Surveillance & Enforcement Branch of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees planning, directing, coordinating and managing administrative and operational activities, amongst other responsibilities. Mr. Agyin has worked for the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health since 2012 in multiple roles. Prior to that, Mr. Agyin worked for San Bernardino County for five years, as an Environmental Health Specialist and then a Supervisor.

"I am excited to be joining the City of Vernon," said Mr. Agyin. "Vernon is a unique and vital economic engine in the region and has made great strides towards enhancing public health for the benefit of the community. I believe in the importance of Vernon and its vision for businesses, and I look forward to identifying opportunities to drive efficiency and productivity in the Health & Environmental Control Department. In the coming months, I plan to meet with the business community to learn more about its needs and concerns, and to better understand how the Department can serve as a collaborative partner in ensuring the health and safety of our city."

Freddie Agyin Biography

Freddie Agyin is currently a Branch Director of the District Surveillance and Enforcement (DSE) Branch at Environmental Health Division for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health. The DSE branch comprises of twenty-nine District Offices and three Complaint Investigation Units.

The DSE branch is responsible for inspection and enforcement of public health laws at restaurants and markets, licensed housing and associated swimming pools at apartments and condominiums, temporary food facilities at community events such as fairs or carnivals, pet food stores, food warehouses, theaters, and self-service laundries. The DSE branch also addresses any general sanitation complaints such as refuse, sewage, and green pools, at private or commercial properties.

Mr. Agyin received a Master in Management from University of Redlands and Bachelor of Science from Cal State, Fullerton. He's a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and active member of National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and an associate member of California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH). Mr. Agyin also participates in several food safety policy committees.

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

Vernon - Huntington Park Open Streets

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The cities of Vernon and Huntington Park are proud to announce the Vernon-Huntington Park Open Streets Event.  Open Streets are events that temporarily close streets to automobile traffic and open them to cyclists, pedestrians, and other forms of non-motorized transportation.

The City believes hosting this event will provide the opportunity to highlight its businesses, bring positive awareness to its industrial nature, and create a unique space for Vernon residents and the nearby communities to participate in enjoyable activities.  A map depicting the location of the event is attached.

The Open Streets event will be held on Sunday, August 19th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

We encourage all businesses to come out the day of the event and promote their business.

If you are interested in coming out for the event, please register by contacting Cathleen Calderon at (818) 617-2788.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the event, please contact Sara Pedroza for more information.  Sara can be reached at (626) 799-8011.

Lastly, if you have any other questions regarding the event, please contact Brandon Araujo at (323) 583-8811, Ext. 237.

Historical Landmark Monument In City Of Vernon Now Open To The Public

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VERNON, Calif. (August 8, 2018) – On August 7, 2018, at approximately 11 a.m., a literal blast from the past shook the area around Vernon City Hall.  The thunderous cannon blast was part of a planned artillery demonstration marking the start of a program to commemorate the unveiling and dedication of a replacement plaque for California Historical Landmark Number 167, the La Mesa Battlefield, also known as the Battle of Los Angeles.

The Battle of La Mesa was fought a short two miles east from the current location of Vernon City Hall on January 9, 1847.   Over 1,000 men exchanged fire from rifles, cannons and lancer attacks while battling each other across the plains of La Mesa during the Mexican-American War. The battle marked the final California conflict in the war as the Treaty of Cahuenga was signed three days later. In March of 1935, the State of California installed California Historical Landmark Plaque No. 167 to memorialize the site as one of California's most significant historical landmarks.  The original plaque remained at the location of the battle until it was identified as missing in 2012.

On Tuesday, Vernon City Officials, the Native Sons of the Golden West, civic leaders, members of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Company, and members of the local community gathered at Vernon City Hall to witness the dedication of the replacement plaque and to celebrate the unveiling of this historical monument.  "We are honored to provide a site for the public to visit, enjoy and learn about the Battle of La Mesa," declared Vernon City Mayor Yvette Woodruff-Perez as she addressed those in attendance. "We hope that you leave here with a better understanding of our history."

The Native Sons of the Golden West performed the official dedication and unveiling of the plaque. Set against the backdrop of the American flag, the U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors.  The program included a narrative of the Battle of La Mesa by historian Steve Clugston dressed in full regalia from the time period, followed by performances from the Vernon City Elementary School Dance Team and the Middleton Elementary School Folklorico group.  The event also featured several pieces by Mariachi Alegria de la Vida, a band comprised of local youth ranging in ages from 8 to 15 years, and closed with a special performance that included the City's Chief of Police on guitarron and Mayor Woodruff-Perez on violin.

The event was attended by elected officials from the neighboring cities of Huntington Park, Maywood, and Bell as well as well representatives from the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille-Roybal Allard, and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago.  Representatives from the Office of Senator Ricardo Lara and the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis were also present and delivered formal commendations acknowledging the City's efforts to replace the plaque.

The historic La Mesa Battlefield site was initially marked on September 9, 1926, by four large granite boulders weighing between 6 ½ and 9 tons each. Upon three of the granite boulders were placed bronze plaques engraved with the battle logistics and commemorating the military commanders of the American forces. The original monument was placed in front of the Administration Building of the Union Pacific Los Angeles Stockyard in Vernon, and was later moved to its current location at Vernon City Hall.  The original Historical Landmark plaque remained at the location that marked the exact site of the battlefield until it was identified as missing in 2012.  Tuesday's ceremony marked the culmination of a lengthy undertaking by the California Office of Historical Preservation, the Native Sons of the Golden West and the City of Vernon to replace the original plaque and reunite it with the four large granite boulders from 1926.  Together, the boulders and plaque form a historical monument that honors the history and the brave participants of the Battle of La Mesa. Located outside of Vernon City Hall, the monument is accessible to the public at all times.

City of Vernon Family Game Night

The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at Family Game Night!  This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

  • Large lawn sized games – many family favorites like Twister, Jenga, and Connect Four!
  • Bicycle safety and repair tips provided by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!
  • Food, drinks, and dessert provided by the Habit!
  • Backpack giveaways with school supplies for each student attendee!
  • Bicycle raffles for a lucky boy and girl!

Transportation is available.  Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

Flex Alert issued for Tuesday and Wednesday, July 24 & 25

Due to high temperatures in California and most of the western U.S., the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert that calls for voluntary electricity conservation from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, and Wednesday, July 25.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon and evening when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 5 p.m. and after 9 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

The ISO has issued the Flex Alerts due to high temperatures across the western U.S., reduced electricity imports, tight natural gas supplies in the Southern California area, and high wildfire risk.

The ISO has called on all available resources to be available to serve demand, however, conservation is needed to reduce the risk of further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.

The ISO's service territory serves about 80 percent of California's electricity consumers.

Conservation Tips
• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away
• Cool with fans and draw drapes
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

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

AB 617 Community Air Protection Program June 26, 2018

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CARB has recently released the Draft Community Air Protection Blueprint and Resource
Center for public comment.

The Draft Blueprint includes: processes and criteria for identifying and selecting impacted
communities; statewide strategies to reduce emissions of criteria air pollutants and toxic
air contaminants; and requirements for the development of community air monitoring
plans and community emissions reduction programs.

Please join us for a discussion with CARB staff as they provide a brief overview of the Draft
Blueprint and Resource Center.


San Diego, CA
Monday, June 25 | 1:15pm - 3:00pm
San Diego County Operations Center | 5560 Overland Ave.
Room 171 | San Diego, CA 92123

Vernon, CA
Tuesday, June 26 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
City Hall Council Chambers | 4305 Santa Fe Ave.
Vernon, CA 90058

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Phone: (619) 522-9000

City Council Honors Vernon City Elementary School Robotics Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon Fire Hosts Regional Training Center Open House

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VERNON FIRE HOSTS REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER OPEN HOUSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez Elected Mayor of Vernon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The City of Vernon Hosts Spooktacular Halloween Festivities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon Police Department Applauded for #HumanizingTheBadge

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

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

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

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

The tweet also challenged agencies to join in the battle.

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

To read the entire article, click here.

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

Join us for Vernon Workshop #4 - Hazmat 101

October 4, 2017

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

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

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Flex Alert August 29th for California

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

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

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

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

Conservation Tips
• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away
• Cool with fans and draw drapes
• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances
• Use major appliances in morning or late evening
Learn more: http://www.flexalert.org   (Available in Spanish and Vietnamese)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vernon Business F. Gaviña & Sons, Inc.

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

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

To read the entire article, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

Community Welcomes First Days of Summer 2017

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


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


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


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

West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor Project Meeting

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

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

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

Meeting Details

BELLFLOWER

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 - 8pm

T. Mayne Thompson Park

14001 S Bellflower Bl, Bellflower, CA 90706

 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

815 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

SOUTH GATE*

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6 - 8pm

South Gate Girls Club House

4940 Southern Av, South Gate, CA 90280

> Live Webcast at 6:30pm

www.tinyurl.com/MetroWSAB 

 

HUNTINGTON PARK

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

Huntington Park Community Center

6925 Salt Lake Av, Huntington Park, CA 90255

 

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