City of La Verne - Bulletins Tue, 23 Oct 2018 02:07:35 -0700 en-gb (City of La Verne) Renewable Natural Gas Produced in California by CR&R Flows into SoCalGas Pipelines for First Time Locally-produced carbon-neutral renewable fuel harnesses wasted energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves landfill space.

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and waste management company CR&R Environmental (CR&R) today announced they are now injecting renewable natural gas produced at CR&R’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, Calif., into SoCalGas pipelines. This is the first renewable natural gas produced within California to be introduced into SoCalGas’ pipeline system. Renewable natural gas is a carbon-negative fuel produced from waste that can be used in trucks and buses, to generate electricity, fuel heating systems in home and businesses, and for cooking. The renewable natural gas from CR&R’s digestion facility is used to fuel about 400 of CR&R’s waste hauling trucks.

"SoCalGas is committed to delivering cost effective solutions to our customers that both reduce emissions linked to climate change and keep energy bills affordable," said Sharon Tomkins, SoCalGas vice president of customer solutions and strategy. "The relationship with CR&R is a great example of a smart investment by CR&R that delivers immediate and meaningful air quality improvements to communities and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.”

“California is transitioning to low-carbon transportation fuels and zero emission vehicles in order to meet our climate change goals, clean air standards, and petroleum reduction goals,” said California Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. “There are multiple pathways to reduce and eliminate pollution from our transportation sector. The Energy Commission is pleased to invest in projects like CR&R’s anaerobic digestion facility to help demonstrate one of these pathways and to grow in-state production of low-carbon transportation fuels.”
"We need clean fuels to achieve clean air,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. “This local production and distribution of renewable natural gas will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and enhance our ability to reduce emissions from the region’s heavy-duty vehicles.”
CR&R is producing renewable natural gas using organic waste collected in Southern California cities’ green waste bins and processed in an anaerobic digester believed to be the largest and most automated in the world. This biogas is upgraded to the same standards and specifications of traditionally-sourced natural gas and then put into a new 1.4-mile section of SoCalGas pipeline.

Another source of renewable energy for California
As California policymakers have sought to expand the production and use of renewable energy, SoCalGas has been working to increase the amount of renewable natural gas produced in California and
delivered to its customers. Renewable natural gas can be produced from waste at landfills, wastewater treatment plants, food processing and dairies.

The collection of methane from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, agriculture and dairies is essential for California to meet the climate change and air quality goals outlined in existing law. That methane can then be used as renewable natural gas for transportation, home heating, hot water, cooking, industrial uses, and to generate electricity.

Consumer preference polls support the increased production and use of renewable natural gas. Research shows nine out of 10 California families use natural gas in their homes and prefer it by a margin of 4 to 1 over electricity. In addition, strong majorities of consumers—nearly 80 percent—prefer to use natural gas for cooking in their homes, and nearly two-thirds of consumers believe gas is their most affordable energy choice. According to the American Gas Association (AGA), households that use natural gas for water and space heating, cooking and clothes drying save an average of $874 per year compared to homes using electricity for those applications.
In addition, unlike solar and wind energy, renewable natural gas is available when needed—day or night—for use in homes or electric generation.

Renewable natural gas from other states has already begun to clean the air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California’s transportation sector, which accounts for more than 80 percent of smog forming emissions and about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The latest generation of natural gas engines for heavy duty vehicles can reduce smog-forming emissions by more than 90 percent. When fueled with renewable natural gas, they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent or more. Already, more than 60 percent of natural gas trucks in California are fueled by renewable gas delivered by SoCalGas pipelines.

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Mosquito-Borne Diseases Education Campaign Summer and fall not only bring hot weather to Los Angeles but also mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not just annoying, they can spread dangerous and sometimes deadly infections like West Nile and Zika virus. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is launching a campaign to educate people about mosquito-borne diseases and how they can protect themselves and their communities from these threats.

West Nile virus can cause  severe diseases like meningitis (brain infection), encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and limb paralysis. Each year, between 150 and 300 people in LA County have developed these diseases and some have died from their infection. The most severe illness occurs in persons over 50 years of age or those who have other health problems. While not all mosquitoes carry this virus, the type of mosquito that spreads this virus is found throughout LA County.

Zika virus is also a threat to LA County residents. Since Zika began spreading throughout Latin America, over 100 LA County residents became infected during travel to an area with a Zika outbreak - primarily Mexico and Central and South America. When a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, serious birth defects can occur, including the baby being born with a small head due to abnormal brain development. The mosquitoes that are able to transmit Zika have been found in many areas of LA County even though Zika is not currently being spread here.

People are urged to:

  • Tip and toss containers that hold water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
  • Keep pools and fountains clean.
  • Use mosquito repellent while outdoors (spray, wipes, or lotion) especially at dawn and dusk.
  • For pregnant women or women who may become pregnant: avoid travel to Mexico, Central America, or other countries with Zika until after your healthy baby is born.

View the flyer from the County of Los Angeles Public Health:  Flyer: I'ts Not Just A Bite

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San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership’s Home Energy Assessments The Energy Assessment Screening for Your Home (EASY) program provides a free home assessment that will help you identify opportunities to reduce your energy and water usage and costs. With the home assessment, you’ll receive customized solutions and project recommendations, as well as information on rebate and financing programs through local utility companies like Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG). 

Participation in the EASY home assessment is voluntary. EASY is a program of the San Gabriel Valley Energy Wise Partnership (SGVEWP), and home assessments will be conducted by SGVEWP program assessors.  

To schedule your free EASY home assessment, visit

and for more information visit 


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Fact Sheet: Concealed Carry Weapon License 1. What is required to obtain a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) License in California?

To carry a concealed weapon, a standard application from the California Department of Justice must be submitted to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction where you reside or work. California law allows Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs to issue a license to carry a concealed firearm if the following four requirements are met:

  • Proof that the person applying is of good moral character
  • That good cause exists for the issuance
  • Proof of residency/place of employment
  • The applicant has completed a course of training (16-24 hours)

If one or more of the requirements listed above has not been satisfied, the application would be denied.

2. What is “Good Cause”?

“Good Cause” exists if there is convincing evidence of a clear and present danger to life, or of great bodily harm to the applicant, spouse, or dependent child. Each application is evaluated on its individual merits.

3. Has the City of La Verne processed any CCW applications?

Since January 2014, fourteen CCW applications have been processed and 5 more are currently being evaluated. Of the 14 applications, 3 were renewals and 11 were first time licenses. Of those, 7 were approved.

4. Why has the City of La Verne transferred the CCW license process to the LA County Sheriff?

As permitted under California Penal Code Section 26155(c), the Chief of Police has entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff to process all applications for the La Verne Police Department. This agreement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff was done to primarily provide La Verne CCW applicants with the same criteria for approval as other county residents. The transfer of this responsibility is effective April 1, 2016.

5. What is the process to obtain a CCW license?

Any Los Angeles County resident may obtain a standard California Department of Justice CCW application for authorization to carry a concealed weapon. Applications may be obtained from any sheriff’s patrol station, website, or the Hall of Justice 2nd Floor Security Desk. Send the completed application to Sheriff’s Headquarters, 211 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90012, Attention: CCW Coordinator. A non-refundable fee of $10.00 (Check or Money Order payable to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) must accompany your application. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Those who successfully pass the initial screening will be charged a required follow-up processing fee.

6. What are other local agencies doing?

As of April 2016, 12 cities in the San Gabriel Valley have or will be transferring this process to the County. Of those retaining the process internally, they follow similar protocols as La Verne and are selective about what warrants issuance.

7. Gun Ownership

With some exceptions, a CCW permit is not required to own a firearm. Unless otherwise unlawful, any person over the age of 18 who is not prohibited from possessing firearms may have a loaded or unloaded firearm at his or her place of residence, temporary residence, campsite or on private property owned or lawfully possessed by the person. Any person engaged in lawful business (including nonprofit organizations) or any officer, employee or agent authorized for lawful purposes connected with the business may have a loaded firearm within the place of business if that person is over 18 years of age and not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. (Penal Code Section 25605, 26035)

Transportation of Firearms


California Penal Code Section 25400 does not prohibit a citizen of the United States over 18 years of age who is in lawful possession of a handgun, and who resides or is temporarily in California, from transporting the handgun by motor vehicle provided it is unloaded and stored in a locked container (Penal Code Section 25610).

The term "locked container" means a secure container which is fully enclosed and locked by a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or similar locking device. This includes the trunk of a motor vehicle, but does not include the utility or glove compartment. (Penal Code Section 16850)

Rifles and Shotguns

Non-concealable firearms (rifles and shotguns) are not generally covered within the provisions of California Penal Code Section 25400 and therefore are not required to be transported in a locked container. However, as with any firearm, non-concealable firearms must be unloaded while they are being transported. A rifle or shotgun that is defined as an assault weapon pursuant to Penal Code Section 30510 or 30515 must be transported in accordance with Penal Code Section 25610.

Download this PDF: Fact Sheet: Concealed Carry Weapon License

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Coyotes and Wildlife Safety Precautions In California, people have become accustomed to drought conditions and water restrictions, but how does the wildlife survive in drought conditions? Wildlife depends on water just as citizens do.  The unusually dry weather in the region, along with construction activities in town, is causing wildlife to leave their typical habitats and go in search of food and water in the more populated areas. This should be expected and prepared for with open wilderness areas bordering the community.

The first precaution to take around your home is to clear the brush and dense weeds from around your property.  This will reduce the likelihood of rodent or snake invasions. Tightly screen all access holes into your home from ground to bar roof to bar rats, squirrels, and birds. 

Be sure not to allow pets to roam from your home and bring in cats and dogs at night whenever possible.  Pet food left outside is like a buffet for wildlife. Once animals become accustomed to your pet’s feeding routine, they will begin to depend on it. Animals will be attracted by the smell of food in your garbage too.  Keep garbage containers tightly lidded and secure against tipping by large animals.  Drain any outdoor sources of water each night including bird baths or pet water bowls. 

Carry a whistle with you when you take your pets out for a walk.  If you see a coyote, blow the whistle.  The noise will scare them and push them back into wildlife areas.

If you encounter an animal that is posing a threat to people or pets, please report the incident immediately to the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA at 909-623-9777 (8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) or 909-594-9858 (after hours). If you are reporting an encounter and the situation requires emergency medical attention, dial 911. If you have seen any wildlife, especially in groups or in families, and want it documented, please call the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA during regular business hours.

The California Department of Fish and Game offer the following information regarding Coyotes.  More information can be found at 

Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature fearful of humans.  If coyotes are given access to human food and garbage, their behavior changes. They lose  caution and fear. They may cause property damage. They might threaten human safety. Relocating a problem coyote is not an option because it only moves the problem to someone else’s neighborhood.  Help prevent deadly conflicts for these beautiful wild animals.

"Coyote country" precautions

  • Never feed or attempt to tame coyotes. The result may be deadly conflicts with pets or livestock, or serious injuries to small children.
  • Do not leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
  • Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
  • Be aware that coyotes are more active in the spring, when feeding and protecting their young.
  • If followed by a coyote, make loud noises. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal’s direction.
  • If a coyote attacks a person, immediately contact the nearest Department of Fish and Game or law enforcement office.

Stash Your Food and Trash

Allowing coyotes access to human food and garbage is reckless and deadly.

Coyotes primarily hunt rodents and rabbits for food, but will take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food, and domestic animals.

  • Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
  • Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
  • Bring pets in at night, and do not leave pet food outside.
  • Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Ask your neighbors to follow these tips.


News Release Provided By: Jeannette Vagnozzi, City of La Verne

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