November 2020
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
LADWP Offers $500 to Eligible Customers Through CARES Program

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact daily lives, LADWP's top concern remains making sure you have the essential services you need to get through this crisis. If you’re facing a financial hardship and need help paying your bill, LADWP can help. LADWP offers extended payment plans and discount programs. 

In addition, under the recently introduced LADWP CARES Utility Grant Program, low-income customers experiencing income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic may qualify for a one-time $500 grant to help pay their utility bills. Applications are being accepted through November 15, 2020. Funding is limited so hurry to ladwp.com/UtilityCARES to find out if you or a loved one qualify! 
Click the graphic above to discover Metropolitan Water District’s portal for water-saving rebates and grants, landscape classes, water-wise garden inspiration, and tons of helpful tips.
Sanitation District Tours Go Virtual
The Sanitation Districts is offering virtual tours open to the public on the dates listed below. These tours are also available for groups by appointment only. Please contact Michelle Vieville at (562) 908-4288, extension 2300, or at michellevieville@lacsd.org, for more information on virtual tours. They will post to their website when the in-person school tour program reopens to the public.

Metro Conversations: Metro Engages Unhoused Riders
Metro Conversations is a new series of virtual gatherings designed to bring you stories about Metro that you might not have heard before. Join Metro on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. for a conversation on how Metro engages unhoused riders. Since April 2020, Metro and its partners have helped more than 700 people who were sleeping on the Metro system find housing.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
SoCalGas Dispenses Renewable Natural Gas at Fueling Stations

SoCalGas recently announced it is for the first time dispensing California-produced renewable natural gas (RNG) at many of the natural gas fueling stations it operates across the state. The utility recently began purchasing RNG from Pixley-based Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren), which captures the greenhouse gas-producing manure from dairy farms and turns it into RNG, a renewable fuel. SoCalGas has dispensed 100% RNG from out-of-state sources at its fueling stations for a year. Calgren's facility is part of a rapidly growing biomethane industry in California and is currently the largest dairy biogas operation in the U.S.
Get Financing for Your Agency's Energy Efficiency Upgrade

SoCalREN’s Revolving Savings Fund (RSF) supports energy efficiency upgrades of public agency facilities by providing the financing your agency needs to make your project a reality. Loans can provide upfront construction financing to enable your project to move forward today, unlocking energy cost savings now. It can also serve to bridge the delay between construction and On-Bill Financing (OBF) from the utility after project completion or during agency budget allocation.
Imagine a Day Without Water 2020
On October 21, West Basin partnered with hundreds of water agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other leaders from across the country to recognize the sixth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a national day of education and advocacy about the importance of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, participating agencies work together to raised awareness and educated Americans about the value of water.

Register for a Water Recycling Facility Virtual Tour (November 14th) here
Schedule a Virtual Field Trip of WRD's Albert Robles Center (ARC)
Students can take a live-hosted virtual field trip of ARC and experience a unique state-of-the-art water education center. Field trips are available to schools and youth organizations.
Sanitation Districts and LA County Offer Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Help

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.

Upcoming events in the South Bay:
S.A.F.E. (Solvents / Automotive / Flammables / Electronics) Center locations and days/hours of operation in Los Angeles can be found here
Coronavirus Resources from the City of Torrance

Get up-to-date information for status of business activities, housing, tax relief, public service announcements, bus schedules, and more via the City's COVID-19 Dashboard. Additionally, learn more about outdoor dining, takeout options, and local grocers that accommodate vulnerable groups.
On the Go
News for Southern California Commuters: September / October 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.
California Green Business Network (CAGBN)
Small Business Resiliency: Helping Small Businesses Adapt to Uncertainty
The California Green Business
Network quickly switched to virtual
assistance for small businesses and
is helping them adapt during this
challenging economic time. We will
be critical in helping SMBs increase
efficiency, bring in customers, and
cut costs so they can bounce back.
Businesses in Torrance & Hawthorne can join the CAGBN by contacting Martha Segovia: (310) 371-7222 martha@southbaycities.org
SBCCOG General Assembly Sponsors
SBCCOG’s General Assembly is an annual public forum that engages elected officials, private and public organizations, general public, and other South Bay stakeholders during a program composed of exhibitors and guest speakers, speaking individually and in panels, presenting content unified under a central theme. 
SAVE THE DATE:
Wednesday, March 18, 2021
for our upcoming virtual
General Assembly!
We want to thank the following organizations for their sponsorship:

Sponsors
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
Interested in becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
 Links to Partner Resources En Español: