February 2020
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
Help Conserve Water with a FREE Rain Barrel

Register today for a FREE eco-friendly recycled rain barrel from West Basin at one of the upcoming distribution events for District residents.

Must be a resident in West Basin's service area to participate.

Register for any of the upcoming Saturday events scheduled below:

Events to be scheduled in Inglewood and Gardena in 2020 as well.
Click on graphic below to learn about how you can get compensated for removing grass on your property.
Learn About the Factors that May Lead to Higher Natural Gas Bills
Have you seen an increase in your natural gas bill? You may expect higher bills during colder months, but there are several reasons your bill could be higher than expected. If you have an Advanced Meter installed, you are also eligible to sign up for Bill Tracker Alerts, which help you monitor your gas costs throughout the billing period, take steps to lower usage, and avoid surprises in your monthly bill. Here are some of the most common reasons and tips on how you can manage your bill.
Teacher Lounge
The WRD Education Program features interactive lessons that demonstrate the importance of groundwater, the basics of water sources and treatment, and the need for conservation. WRD Education staff are available for in-classroom demonstrations, exhibiting at environmental/education fairs, and as a resource for any water science related questions. If you would like any information regarding WRD's Education Program please contact Monica Sijder at msijder@wrd.org .
FREE Turf Removal & California Friendly Landscape Classes in Torrance

Remove your turf and successfully convert your landscape into a sustainable drought-tolerant garden. City of Torrance is offering these classes to help you understand and meet rebate program requirements. Register for the class(es) most convenient for you below:

Click flyer below for more info on Torrance's commercial "Cash for Kitchens" program
SAVE THE DATE: April 18th Sanitation Districts is Celebrating Earth Day

Join the Sanitation Districts for their annual Earth Day event, which features fun and educational activities for all ages. Tour a water reclamation plant and/or a materials recovery facility, enjoy music and dance performances, create eco-friendly arts and crafts, and participate in many other activities while learning about environmental issues. The event is free and is attended by over 2,000 people.
Statement Regarding Controller's Audit of Utility Discount Programs
LADWP is proud to partner with the City’s Office of Finance and LA Sanitation (LASAN) to offer low-income assistance to customers in need. Low-income utility customers living in the City of Los Angeles benefit from LADWP’s low water and electric rates and can also participate in the City’s Lifeline rate discount program as well as LADWP’s Low Income Discount Program, which provides a discount for power, water, sewer, and bulky item pickup. Together, these programs provide over $70 million in rate assistance to qualified customers each year.
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. Any electronic waste collected at these events is sent to a facility within the State of California that certifies that it is 100% demanufactured and recycled to the commodity level in the United States. No electronic waste collected at the event is sent overseas. Click on date(s) below for more information about the next event taking place in the South Bay:

Learn More About the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project
The Metro Crenshaw/LAX Line will extend from the existing Metro Exposition Line at Crenshaw and Exposition Boulevards. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood, and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The new Metro Rail extension will offer an alternative transportation option to congested roadways and provide significant environmental benefits, economic development and employment opportunities throughout Los Angeles County. Riders will be able to make easy connections within the entire Metro Rail system, municipal bus lines, and other regional transportation services.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
SBCCOG's General Assembly
RSVP for Our Upcoming General Assembly: Thursday, March 19, 2020
The theme for our 2020 General Assembly will be "Intersections: Finding Tomorrow's Solutions for Today's Issues", which will be hosted at the Juanita Millender-McDonald Community Center in Carson. The program’s focus is on how to eliminate silos and address issues holistically. Our speakers will have a broad range of expertise on the intersection of topics such as transportation, public safety, housing, economic development, and climate change. Besides individual speakers, there will be three panels exploring the following intersections:

  • between morning presentations
  • between state & local government
  • between private & public sectors

On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: February 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
Interested in becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
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