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Safety around electricity

Safety around electricity is important. Electricity can be dangerous. Coming into contact with electrical wires can cause serious injury or even death.

Remember to look up and look out for power lines when outdoors.  It is not un-common for trees to fall during high winds, rain, and other stormy conditions; these can damage power lines.  Objects such as metalic balloons and kites can also cause power outages if not handled properly.

Reviewing safety tips with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues can help them stay safe as well. To learn more about safety around electricity, visit sce.com/safety.

Click here to download the safety flyer.

Celebrating hope in the second supervisorial district

More than 150 children and adults celebrated the holiday season with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and participated in the countdown to the lighting of the “Tree of Hope” Christmas tree at the Second District’s third annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Ceremony took place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center in Willowbrook, and children of all ages listened to members of the King Drew Medical Magnet High School Alumni Choir and the Emanuel Turner AME Church Praise Team Choir; they kept warm with hot chocolate and apple cider and munched on cookies and cupcakes before choosing which toy to take home.

“Tonight we are here to celebrate hope, peace, and joy in the Second Supervisorial District,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “This tree is a symbol of a renewed commitment to providing optimal medical care this year and every holiday season hereafter.”

Notice of $10,000 reward offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

It is always a tragedy when someone in our community is killed. It is even more tragic when the victim is a young person of only 16 years of age and the victim of a senseless shooting.

Earlier this year, on February 27, 2011, Thomas Riley, age 16, was such a victim. Thomas was shot and killed in front of an apartment complex in the 1700 block of West 105th Street, in Los Angeles, near the intersection of 105th and Western Ave.

Thomas Riley was hanging out in front of the apartment complex with friends when they were approached by two male blacks who asked “Where you from?” Such a question should not be a death sentence. Before anyone from the group could answer that they were not affiliated with a gang, one of the males pulled a handgun from his waistband and began firing at them. Thomas Riley was shot five times. Thomas was transported to Harbor – UCLA Medical Center. Thomas died as a result of his gunshot wounds.

Thomas Riley was an upstanding young man of good moral character. Riley was not affiliated with gang members, nor had he ever been in any legal trouble. At the time of his untimely death, he was doing one of his favorite things — working with his friends on his mini-bike. The shock and senseless murder of Riley has left his family devastated.

On August 16, 2011, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, at my request, approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Thomas’ murder.

CBS Outdoor Systems at the urging of Thomas’ father Mr. Anthony Riley, has graciously made available and assisted in printing four billboards requesting the public’s assistance in obtaining any information that may assist with the investigation.

To this date, the billboards have been placed throughout the community near the murder scene. The locations of the billboards are:

  • Western Ave and 98th street, Los Angeles
  • Western Ave and Century Bl, Los Angeles
  • Market Street and Hillcrest Bl, Inglewood
  • Manchester Ave and Denker Ave, Los Angeles

With your help, our community will remain safe and justice will be served.

(Sheriff’s Press Release is available by clicking here.)

Murder of Thomas Riley
Description and Date of Crime: Fatal Shooting of Thomas Riley – 02/27/2011
Location: 1700 block of West 105th St, Los Angeles
Reward Amount: $10,000
Deadline to Submit Claim to Executive Office: 01/13/2012

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles has established a reward in the amount of $10,000 in exchange for information leading to the apprehension and/or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of 16-year-old Thomas Riley, who was shot and killed on February 27, 2011, in front of a residence located on the 1700 block of West 105th Street in unincorporated Los Angeles. Any person having any information related to this crime is requested to call Detectives McElderry or Acebedo at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500 and refer to Report No. 011-81937-0372-011.

The terms of the reward provide that:

  • The information given that leads to the determination of the identity, the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons must be given no later than November 14, 2011. All reward claims must be in writing and shall be received no later than January 13, 2012.
  • The total County payment of any and all rewards shall in no event exceed $10,000 and no claim shall be paid prior to conviction unless the Board of Supervisors makes a finding of impossibility of conviction due to the death or incapacity of the person or persons responsible for the crime or crimes.
  • The County reward may be apportioned between various persons and/or paid for the conviction of various persons as the circumstances fairly dictate.

Any claims for the reward funds should be filed no later than January 13, 2012, with the Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors, 500 West Temple Street, Room 383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Los Angeles, California 90012, Attention: Thomas Riley Reward Fund. For further information, please call (213) 974-1579.

Si no entiende esta noticia o si necesita más informacion, favor de llamar a este numero (213) 974-1579.

Information Courtesy of http://www.laco-rewards.org/thomasriley.htm.  Please check this site for updates.


Disaster assistance for those affected by the Los Angeles winds

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California residents and business owners affected by the Los Angeles County High Winds from November 30 through December 4, 2011, announced U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a December 13 request from Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.’s designated representative, Mike Dayton, Acting Secretary of California Emergency Management Agency.  The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Los Angeles County and the neighboring counties of Kern, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura.  “The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing Californians with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for residents and businesses affected by the disaster,” said Mills. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by the disaster,” said SBA’s Los Angeles District Director Victor Parker. “Beginning Monday, December 19, SBA customer service representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Center to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application,” Parker continued.

The center will be open on the days and times indicated. No appointment is necessary.

Los Angeles County
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Pasadena Fire Headquarters
(Across from the Hilton Hotel)
199 South Los Robles Avenue, Suite 550 (5th floor)
(Validated underground parking is available)
Pasadena, CA 91101

Opens Monday, December 19 at 1 pm
Open Tuesday, December 20 through Friday, December 23
9 am to 5:30 pm
Re-opens Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9 am
Open Monday, January 9 through Friday, January 20
9 am to 5:30 pm, Mondays through Fridays

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Businesses of any size and private, nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to homeowners and businesses to help with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses and most private, nonprofit organizations of any size and aquaculture businesses, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.

Interest rates can be as low as 2.063 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for private, nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses, with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based upon each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling SBA at (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.

The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is February 17, 2012. The deadline to return economic injury applications is September 19, 2012.

For more information, visit SBA’s Web site at www.sba.gov.
Courtesy of SBA Field Operations Center – West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841

County of Los Angeles celebrates a bag free New Year

Los Angeles County Public Works’ Eco-Elf Patrol will visit local stores and libraries between December 15 and December 22 to hand out free reusable shopping bags to customers.  Shoppers spotted using reusable bags will also have an opportunity to enter a sweepstake to win prizes.  The bag giveaway events are part of an extensive outreach campaign in advance of a January 1, 2012, ban on single-use plastic bags in about 700 small “convenience” stores and pharmacies in unincorporated areas.

To help raise awareness about the ban, Public Works environmental affairs staff in holiday elf costumes will be distributing free reusable bags in many of the affected stores, and also visiting libraries.

In July, 2011, a similar ban went into effect at larger supermarkets and pharmacies in County unincoporated areas.

Shoppers, please remember to bring your reusable bags when you shop to avoid paying 10 cents for a paper bag!

To learn more about the single-use plastic bag ban, find the Eco-Elf Patrol or join the sweepstakes visit www.aboutthebag.com and follow us on twitter@CleanLA.

The free giveaway events continue through December 22, and residents can still enter to win prizes until December 30 at noon.

CLICK HERE to read Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ Motion to proclaim December, 15 2011 as “A Day without a Bag” throughout the County of Los Angeles.