April 2020
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
West Basin Drinking Water is Safe & Reliable

West Basin Municipal Water District ( West Basin ) is assuring the communities in its service area that COVID-19 has no impact on the quality or supply of the District’s drinking water supplies. On March 16, West Basin Board President Gloria D. Gray issued the following statement: “We understand and share your concerns regarding the health impacts of COVID-19, but we want to assure our communities that the drinking water delivered by West Basin is safe and reliable.”
Click on the graphic below to learn about West Basin's "Change & Save" program!
COVID-19 Readiness: SoCalGas Shares Ways to Stay Safe and Save Money on Energy Bills While Spending More Time at Home
With thousands of its customers working or doing schoolwork from home due to Coronavirus precautions, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) offers tips for staying safe and keeping utility bills low while still keeping comfortably warm during this late-winter cold snap. SoCalGas offers customers the following tips to regulate their natural gas usage and keep energy costs low during this time...
Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) & Your Water Supply
Click the "Read More" link below for an important video message from WRD's President.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person contact and not through water. The CDC has also stated that the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water. The Water Replenishment District has taken several measures to ensure your tap water is safe and reliable, even in times of crisis.
Torrance Cares 2-Go

This program is intended to support Torrance residents including: seniors (60 years of age and older), those with disabilities, and with underlying health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; so they can be successful in their “Safer at Home" efforts. The Torrance Cares 2-Go Care Package provides pre-selected essential grocery and sanitary items that are sourced from an area grocer.
Port of Los Angeles Will Award Up to $1 Million Toward Community Grants
(Applications due May 11)
The Port of Los Angeles will award up to $1 million in non-taxpayer-funded community grants to support nonprofit organizations that benefit the Los Angeles Harbor community through its annual Community Investment Grant Program. Since 2013, the Port has invested more than $1 million each year in more 60 local organizations that support community projects, programs and events, as part of the Community Investment Grant Program. Grant funding comes from Port-generated revenues and is available in three categories: small (less than $5,000), medium ($5,001-$99,999) and large (more than $100,000). To be considered, an applicant must be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, with an initiative that promotes local workforce development, education, the environment, or LA Waterfront.
Follow Up to CWEA's COVID-19 Webinar on April 1st

Sanitation Districts recently collaborated with California Water Environment Association (CWEA) to provide a webinar: "Overview of the Coronavirus, Transmission, and Operations Planning". Over 300 questions were received before and during the webinar. To capture all of the action, click the "Read More" link below for access to the recorded webinar and accompanying content.
LADWP Will Not Disconnect Water and Power Service During COVID-19 Emergency Response
As Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced, to help our customers get through any financial hardships that may occur as a result of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, LADWP has deferred disconnections for non-payment during this crisis. Customers who receive a disconnect notice should disregard the letter and not panic. While letters may still be sent out as our systems catch up with this emergency, the City will not shut off water or power to residents of Los Angeles during the local emergency.
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events Canceled Until Further Notice - COVID-19 Update

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, all HHW events have been canceled indefinitely. In addition, their EDCO and Antelope Valley centers are also closed. City of Los Angeles S.A.F.E centers are also closed. Protecting public health and the environment remains Sanitation Districts' highest priority and they look forward to resuming this beneficial program.
Metro Adjusting Bus and Rail Schedules Beginning April 19th; Plan Will Keep Metro's Entire Workforce On the Job
On Sunday, April 19, Metro will begin running a Modified Sunday service schedule every day of the week. This schedule will provide an efficient and predictable level of service for those making essential trips. This service plan will keep Metro’s entire workforce productively employed. On weekdays, Metro will run its usual Sunday bus service plus some Rapid, Express and Local bus lines that normally do not run on Sundays.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: March/April 2020
Learn about opportunities for ridesharing, public transportation, and the benefits that an Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) can offer your workplace. This monthly newsletter addresses the broad audience of commuters that rely on transportation agencies from Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside & San Bernardino Counties, and Ventura County.
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
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