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Debit Card Scam Alert

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Letter from VG&E Director Regarding Aliso Canyon Power Outages

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June 20, 2016

Dear City of Vernon Gas & Electric Customer:


As you are likely aware, in October 2015, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)
employees discovered a massive natural gas leak at the Aliso Canyon storage field in the Santa
Susana Mountains near Porter Ranch. At this time, the entire storage facility (reservoir) that has
a capacity of approximately 86 billion standard cubic feet of gas is unavailable for use. SoCalGas
permanently sealed the leak on February 8, 2016.

Well testing is ongoing; however, the gas storage facility is not back in service. SoCalGas' June
2016 bi-weekly Community Awareness "Well Inspection Fact Sheet" states in part: "In
compliance with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) Order 1109 there
are 114 wells which must undergo diagnostic testing, and this is currently underway. Only wells
which pass the full battery of six DOGGR -required tests will be considered for storage operations."

The report indicates that 107 initial tests have been completed and 72 of those are DOGGRapproved.

At this time, SoCalGas is unable to provide either a diagnostic test completion date or
a date when the storage facility will be back in full service.

Due to the limited availability of natural gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility, there will be
less natural gas locally to produce electricity and to supply customers with natural gas, particularly
during high-use periods (e.g., on very hot days). This could possibly lead to power outages and
gas flow delivery curtailments to those industries which use natural gas as a fuel in their plants.

The City of Vernon was and continues to be very proactive in working with SoCalGas and other
participating agencies to achieve the best solution to the problem of limited availability of natural
gas from the Aliso Canyon storage facility. On May 17, 2016, the City Council passed a resolution
authorizing the City Administrator to sign a "Natural Gas Settlement Agreement for Enhanced
SoCalGas Balancing Rules during the Outage of Aliso Canyon Storage Facility." This agreement
provides for the most favorable balancing rules during the time that the Aliso Canyon storage
facility is not fully available. The Resolution and attachments are available on the City Website
(www.cityofvemon.org) under "Quick Links" I "City Council Agendas & Minutes" /"2016-05-17
City Council Agenda Packet" and "2016-05-17 City Council (Attachments to the Settlement Item
No. 18)."

Unfortunately, even with this agreement in place, a gas curtailment notice from SoCalGas remains
possible for noncore customers transporting their own gas. Please consult the City's website at
www.cityofvernon.org for periodic updates.

Please contact the City of Vernon Gas & Electric Department with any questions related to this
matter.

Best Regards,

Peter Hervish
Interim Director of Vernon Gas & Electric

Maywood Fire Update: June 17, 2016

Fruitland Magnesium Fire Incident: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (PDF: 344K)
Press Release (PDF: 309K)

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Fruitland Incident. A transfer of operations has taken place. The fire component is no longer an issue. U.S. EPA is in charge of the incident. Fruitland Avenue will remain closed from Maywood Avenue to Everett Court until further notice.

There are no further restrictions are placed on Vernon residents and businesses.

Maywood Fire/Fruitland Incident Advisory Update

Advisory Update Letter (PDF: 308K)

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Contact: On Duty Battalion Chief, (323) 583-8811, ext. 511

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Maywood Fire/Fruitland Incident. The fire has been extinguished and overhaul operations are commencing.

The mandatory evacuations for the 6 companies will remain until all areas have been decontaminated and determined safe to return.

The Shelter-in-Place order for remaining businesses and residents has been lifted at this time. Power has been restored to all City of Vernon businesses.

For updates, go to cityofvernon.org

Maywood Fire - Fruitland Incident Advisory

Fire Chief Letter (Pdf:321K)

Vernon, CA – Vernon Fire Chief Michael Wilson has issued the following advisory to Vernon businesses and residents in proximity to the Fruitland Incident due to the wind-blown exposure to potentially harmful magnesium ash particulates as a result of yesterday's industrial structure fire in the City of Maywood.

Mandatory Evacuation

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the following four Vernon-based businesses:

General Mills
Southland Box Corporation
UniCold Corporation
Torgom Vintage Trading Co.

Shelter-in-Place

All Vernon-based businesses and any residents in the vicinity north of 49th Street between DowneyBoulevard and Everett Court are advised to Shelter-in-Place.


Shelter-in-Place safety procedures are defined as:

Stay indoors
Turn off air conditioning systems
Close windows and doors

In the event any person within the affected area experiences nausea, eye or lung irritation, please leave the area or help an affected person evacuate the area.

Vernon Fire Department to Host Free Hands-Only CPR Training During ‘Sidewalk CPR Day’ on Thursday, June 2

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Training to be held at Vernon Fire Station #1 at Fruitland and Downey, Fire Station # 2 at Santa Fe and Vernon, and Fire Station # 4 at Bandini and the 710 Freeway. Community residents and workers at Vernon's 1,800 businesses are urged to take five-minute training to learn how to save a life.

Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon Fire Department will provide free hands-only CPR training for "Sidewalk CPR Day" on Thursday, June 2, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm to increase the number of people trained to perform a tested life-saving procedure. Sidewalk CPR training will be available at three locations: Vernon Fire Station # 1 (3375 Fruitland Ave., Vernon 90058), Vernon Fire Station # 2 (4301 Santa Fe Ave., Vernon 90058), and Vernon Fire Station # 4, (4530 Bandini Blvd., Vernon 90058)

Over 70-sites across Los Angeles County will participate in this year's Sidewalk CPR Day. Last year, more than 10,000 people throughout Southern California learned how to save a person's life in just five minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals.

Vernon Fire Department Captain Michael Busch said, "Sidewalk CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to step in to save someone's life when a person nearby suffers sudden cardiac arrest." "Only 32-percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. Don't be a bystander in a cardiac emergency, be a lifesaver!" Captain Busch said.

"We are glad to team up with the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency and American Heart Association to bring Sidewalk CPR to the Vernon community. 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occur at home. We need to help family members and friends learn how to double or triple a loved one's chance of survival by confidently using CPR techniques," Captain Busch said.

Learning hands-only CPR helps local emergency responders by focusing on the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest. Since a person's lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep their vital organs healthy for a short amount of time, bystanders can become heroes by administering CPR until emergency responders arrive on scene.

Using hands-only CPR, ordinary residents – with each chest compression – can easily provide the ongoing blood flow a heart attack victim needs to help a patient gain a much better chance of survival once paramedic responders arrive.

Once trained in Sidewalk CPR, residents are encouraged to download the "Pulse Point App" for iOS and Android phones to receive notifications that someone nearby is in need of CPR. To learn more, visit Pulse Point Foundation at www.pulsepoint.org.

For more information about this upcoming training, contact Captain Michael Busch at (323) 583-8811, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . On Twitter, go to #sidewalkcprLA.

Vernon City Council members appoint Isaac Garibay to serve as city’s human resources director

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Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council have appointed Isaac Garibay to serve as director the city's Human Resources department. Mr. Garibay assumed his new position today. He previously served for nearly four-years as head of the City of Temecula's Department of Human Resources.

Mr. Garibay has 16-years of private and public sector experience in human resources management, labor relations, employee benefits, employee recruitment, risk management, employee classification and compensation, and personnel policies.

Before serving as Temecula's human resources director, Mr. Garibay worked for nearly a decade with the City of Chino where he rose to the position of human resources analyst. He began his professional career in human resources at the Montgomery Wards Distribution Center in June 2000. He accepted the position of human resources associate with West Covina-based East Valley Community Health Center in 2001.

Mr. Garibay earned his master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mr. Garibay is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He succeeds Teresa McAllister, who retired as Vernon's human resources director in October 2015.

Honorable William ‘Bill’ Davis elected Mayor of Vernon

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Vernon, CA – Honorable William "Bill" Davis, Vernon mayor pro tem for the past three years, was elected mayor of the City of Vernon today by a 4-to-1 vote of the five-member Vernon City Council. He previously served as mayor from October 2012 to April 2013.

Mayor Davis said, "I am honored my fellow council members have, once again, placed their faith in me to serve as our city's mayor. I was very proud to serve our city as mayor pro tem. I continue to greatly appreciate the role and responsibility of leadership on behalf of Vernon's residents and business community."

Honorable Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Vernon city council member, was elected by a unanimous vote of the five-member city council to succeed Mayor Davis as mayor pro tempore.

Leticia Lopez sworn in as Vernon City Council Member

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Vernon, CA – Leticia Lopez took her oath of office today to become an elected member of the Vernon City Council following the city council's certification of April 12 municipal election results of her write-in campaign election victory over incumbent Councilmember W. Michael McCormick, who served as Vernon's mayor for the past three-years.

Following her oath of office, Councilmember Lopez briefly addressed members of the public attending today's city council meeting, saying, "I am privileged to be standing here before you as the newest City of Vernon council member. I look forward to serving the City of Vernon with integrity by being proactive and thinking critically in order to make decisions for the city."

"My vision is to create community between businesses and residents to keep Vernon moving forward and continue to prosper. My work as a family advocate has provided me with knowledge and experience in working within my community, which will assist me greatly in my newly elected position. I greatly look forward to working with each and every one of my fellow council members in order to keep the City of Vernon on its path to continued success," Councilmember Lopez added.

Councilmember Lopez is the fourth Latina to win election to the Vernon city council since June 2012. She serves a five-year term in office.

Leticia Lopez elected to Vernon City Council in final unofficial April 12 election vote count

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Vernon, CA – Leticia Lopez has been elected to a five-year term on the Vernon City Council in the final unofficial vote count in the city's April 12 election.

Councilmember-elect Lopez, a write-in-candidate, won over incumbent Councilmember W. Michael McCormick, who won election to the five-member city council 42-years ago and served as Vernon's mayor since April 2013.

The final unofficial municipal election results showed Councilmember-elect Lopez winning with 21-votes to Mayor McCormick's 14-votes. David J. Ybarra, a second write-in candidate, received one vote.

Vernon City Clerk Maria Ayala and her four-member election canvassing board tallied vote-by-mail results from 36-ballots. The clerk's office received 37 vote-by-mail ballots from Vernon's 72 registered voters, representing a voter turnout greater than 50%. One registered voter's ballot was disallowed for lack of a voter signature.

The final election results of the April 12 Vernon Municipal Election will be certified by a vote of city council members attending tomorrow's (Tuesday, April 19) regularly scheduled session in City Council Chambers.

Councilmember-elect Lopez is scheduled to be administered her oath of office and to assume her seat on the city council following the April 12 election results certification.

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

Write-in candidate Leticia Lopez leads incumbent Council Member W. Michael McCormick for seat on Vernon City Council after preliminary unofficial vote count of mail-in ballots

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Vernon, CA – Vernon voters yesterday gave Leticia Lopez, a write-in candidate, a slim two-vote lead over incumbent Councilmember W. Michael McCormick for a five-year term on the Vernon City Council based on the preliminary unofficial vote count in the city's vote-by-mail contested election. Councilmember McCormick has served as Vernon's mayor since an April 2013 vote by the five-member city council.

The preliminary unofficial municipal election vote count has Ms. Lopez leading 15-votes to Mayor McCormick's 13-votes. David J. Ybarra, a second write-in candidate, received one vote.

Vernon City Clerk Maria Ayala and her four-member election canvassing board tallied vote results from 29-ballots. The clerk's office received 33 vote-by-mail ballots from Vernon's 72 registered voters. One voter's ballot was disallowed for lack of a voter signature. Three vote-by-mail ballots remain to be canvassed based on the clerk's need to verify voter signatures on those ballots.

The clerk's office will conduct a final unofficial ballot canvass on Monday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. The final canvass will determine the final unofficial vote count from the three uncanvassed ballots that were received, but not counted plus any remaining ballots that are received no later than Friday, April 15 that were postmarked on or before April 12.

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

Carlos R. Fandino appointed Vernon City Administrator

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Vernon, CA – Members of the Vernon City Council today appointed Carlos R. Fandino to serve as Vernon city administrator. Since September 2010, Mr. Fandino had served as director of Vernon Gas & Electric, a municipal-owned utility serving the city's nearly 2,000 industrial business and residential customers.

On his appointment, Mr. Fandino said, "I'm honored and gratified to have been chosen by members of the Vernon City Council to lead our city through its next exciting phase: a period of sustained business growth strengthened by our city's good governance practices and improved relations with its surrounding communities."

"Vernon is one of the most important industrial engines in L.A. County for business, economic and job development. We intend to build on more than a century of municipal success. My experience in managing complex financial transactions, bond financing, department budgets, and understanding Vernon's infrastructure needs has prepared me to hit the ground running as Vernon city administrator," Mr. Fandino said.

During his tenure as director of Vernon Gas & Electric (formerly known as Vernon Light & Power), Mr. Fandino has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) and an executive committee member of the Western Systems Power Pool (WSPP). Prior to his appointment as director of Gas & Electric, Mr. Fandino served as systems operator for the city's utility department.

During his 27-year career with Vernon Gas & Electric, Mr. Fandino held senior management positions in the utility department, serving as transmission and distribution manager, electric dispatcher, resource scheduler, and engineering and operations project manager.

Mr. Fandino was part of the original team that reestablished Vernon's municipal-owned electrical system after city leaders successfully negotiated a settlement with Southern California Edison (SCE) to reinstate its power system operating rights.  In 2001, he was a member of the team charged with constructing Malburg Generation Station (MGS), the city's 134-megawatt natural gas power plant that was later sold to a private entity.

Mr. Fandino is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and decorated reservist. He served with the 2nd Marine Division Light Armored Vehicle Battalion in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War in 1990.

Mr. Fandino graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Business & Management from Woodbury University. He is married and the father to three college-age young adults.