Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment

Volume 13, Number 2

 February 2017 

Calling Volunteers!
Travel Pal
Sanitation Districts
West Basin
City of Torrance
L.A. Metro
South Bay in the News
February 2017 Events & Workshops
A Worthy Read
Interesting Domestic and International Articles Discussing the Environment, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Upcoming HHW/E-Waste Collection Events

City of Gardena - 2/18/17

City of Rancho Palos Verdes - 4/8/17

City of Hawthorne - 4/29/17


There has never been a better time to help out and be recognized.

Check out our volunteer program and learn how to get involved.   
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Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Redondo Beach
Rolling Hills
Rolling Hills Estates

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County Unincorporated Areas in South Bay
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Did You Know?

In 2016, natural gas was the #1 source of electricity, 34% of overall US power mix. 

Message From the Executive Director of SBCCOG

February is a very busy month at the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) preparing for our 18th Annual General Assembly, Friday, February 24, at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Carson Community Center. Exhibits open at 8:30 am and you won't want to miss them. The Program starts at 9:45 am. We end the day at 3 pm with a raffle for those that are present with some great prizes.
The event will feature expert speakers and fun exhibits on a topic of great importance to the South Bay region -  "Driving The South Bay's Digital Future." As more and more technology becomes a part of our daily life, our program will explore how cities can not only take advantage of it but also to make sure our businesses and ultimately our residents have the high speed access that they will require. This will also keep our businesses competitive and our economy thriving.
The General Assembly is free thanks to our many sponsors .  Here is a link to the flyer with more details about the day. Registration is required so we know how many people to plan for. You can register for the event at  
Please plan to attend and bring a friend! I hope to see you there.

Jacki Bacharach
Near-Zero Heavy-Duty Truck Emissions
As a transportation professional in California, you keep on top of technology developments that affect your business. You have probably also noticed the adoption of natural gas in other heavy-duty segments such as transit buses and refuse trucks. The latest compressed natural gas (CNG) technology has arrived for the goods movement sector as well. CNG tank packages now allow for a range of 600 miles or more. The current 11.9 liter natural gas engine is rated up to 400 horsepower and is suited for a broad range of trucking applications. Natural gas is ready for prime time in the trucking industry. And the news is about to get even better.

Southern California EdisonSCE (SCE)  
SCE Files Plan for Expanding Electric Transportation
Southern California Edison, a leader in the transformation of the energy sector, has filed with the California Public Utilities Commission  a wide-ranging plan for expanding electric transportation in its service area.
Consistent with  SCE's longstanding role in supporting electric transportation, the plan aims to increase electrification of cars, buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and industrial vehicles and equipment.
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LADWP Steps Up Utility-Scale Battery Storage to Ensure A More Reliable Power Grid

As LADWP and other utilities continue efforts to ensure electric reliability for customers following the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility leak in 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is ramping up its utility-scale energy storage development to help integrate more renewables like solar energy into the grid.  During the VerdExchange 2017 Conference, LADWP General Manager David Wright outlined steps the nation's largest municipally-owned water and power utility is taking to achieve its goal of reaching 178 megawatts (MW) of energy storage by 2021.
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Travel Pal
What is a Multi-Modal Trip?

Multi-modal refers to a trip where you, the commuter, use more than one type of transportation. An example of this would be a journey to work where you first bicycled to a transit station, loaded your bike on the train, got off the train at the closest station to work, and then continued your journey on to the office.
More FAQs Here

Sanitation Districts of LA County
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Bixby Marshland Open for Tours on First Saturday of Every Month
The 17-acre Bixby Marshland, located near the intersection of Figueroa and Sepulveda in the City of Carson, was restored by the Sanitation Districts in 2009. This marshland is a unique habitat located in an urban setting. Sanitation Districts is open for free tours on the first Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. They also schedule tours for groups by appointment. For more information, or to set up a tour, contact them at (562) 908-4288, ext. 2301.

West Basin Municipal Water DWest Basinistrict 
Thank You for Continuing to Conserve!

On behalf of West Basin's Board of Directors, West Basin would like to thank their community leaders, residents and partners for participating in their 2016 Conservation Program events. They look forward to another year of continued conservation! For more information on how to conserve water, visit their new microsite for tips:
City of Torrance 
City of Torrance
South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing on Petition for Abatement Regarding Torrance Refining Company: Wednesday, February 15 - 9:00 A.M. SCAQMD Hearing Room - 21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar

The Hearing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has scheduled a hearing on the Order for Abatement regarding the Torrance Refining Company at its location in Diamond Bar. The hearing is open to the public. Signs are not allowed, but oral or written testimony is permitted. If written material is to be presented to the Hearing Board, eight copies must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board. 

L.A. Metro
Are Autonomous Vehicles the First/Last Mile Solution We're Heading Toward?
Anna Chen had the opportunity to test ride a Transdev self-driving electric bus on February 6th. She was really excited about it because she has never ridden in an autonomous vehicle (AV) before, and also the bus is super cute. While she tends not to think much of self-driving cars - the concept is nice, but it wouldn't do much in terms of reducing congestion - she might be able to get behind self-driving buses.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.

South Bay in the News
Call for Nominations for Metro South Bay Service Council 

The South Bay Service Council has been in existence since 2003 and has been extremely successful. The dedicated people on our council have worked with Metro staff to make changes in service to improve efficiency and coordination of transit services provided by the Metro. 

S ervice Council terms are staggered with 3 of the 9 positions expiring June 30 every year.    The 3 members whose terms are expiring this June are:  Ralph Franklin, Inglewood Councilmember; Angie English, Hawthorne Councilmember; and Robert Burlingham, LAWA Transportation Planner (Rideshare).   With this memo, the SBCCOG is opening nominations to fill the 3 expiring seats.  A term on the Council is for 3 years.  Those members whose terms are expiring can be nominated again.  There are no term limits.  The boundaries of the South Bay region include the SBCCOG cities with the addition of the Watts/Willowbrook and LAX areas of L.A. City. The nominees must either live or work within the South Bay region boundaries.

February 2017 Events & Workshops 
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