We are a committed group of neighbors and community participants seeking to make the place in which we live and work a friendlier, more pleasant, and more attractive place.
DRRA wishes to thank all who attended our Spring General Meeting, the topic of which was Water and Power in Del Rey. That includes the DWP panelists — Brad Bassett, Randy Bowen, Steven Bullum (representing the Power portion of DWP) and Jesus Gonzalez (representing the Water portion of DWP).
We also extend thanks to the residents who attended and asked pertinent questions of the DWP representatives. As always, member participation is critical to the success of these general meetings.
DEL REY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
SPRING GENERAL MEETING
March 24, 2016
Westside Neighborhood School
5400 Beethoven Street (off Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90066
7 PM — 9PM
You’re Invited to Attend Our Spring General Meeting Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
The topic is WATER and POWER in DEL REY
Our guests are:
Speaker Jesus Gonzalez who handles our water system.
Speaker Steve Bullum who handles power engineering.
Both work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and will discuss:
- What is the condition of our pipes and power lines?
- What is being done to meet new demand created by increased development?
- What is the plan if our supplies are disrupted?
Water and power are items we take for granted UNTIL there is a disruption.
Please come with your concerns and questions.
California desperately needs the El Niño rains, but no one needs a flooded home. In an effort to mitigate damage from this winter’s storms, the Los Angeles Fire Department has 200,000 sandbags for distribution. The list of stations with bags is available at http://www.lafd.org/news/lafd-provides-sandbags-homeowners-1
The following link provides tips for the proper filling and placement of sandbags. https://dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/homeowners/sandbags.cfm
Please note that supplies are limited, so consider calling ahead to make sure that your preferred station still has sandbags at hand.
A standing-room-only crowd of over 120 concerned citizens attended DRRA’s Fall General Meeting on the evening of November 5th to ask (and hopefully answer) the question, “El Niño – Are You Ready?”
DRRA extends a special thank you to the panel of flood control experts who informed attendees on how various agencies are preparing for the predicted storms. The panelists were: Joseph Goldstein with the Army Corps of Engineers; Chris Mann, the CalTrans Maintenance Supervisor for Del Rey; Terri Grant with the Los Angeles County Watershed Management Division; Chi Ming Gong, City of Los Angeles Street Maintenance Division; and Chuck Turhollow, City of Los Angeles Department of Sanitation, Storm Manager for Del Rey. In addition to prepared remarks, they answered questions from the audience.
The combined efforts of these federal, state, county and city agencies are working to ensure that Ballona Creek, Centinela Creek and the Sepulveda Channel are operating at peak efficiency, but it isn’t just the flood control channels that are being readied for the expected storms. Storm drains and spill ways are also being cleared in anticipation of our first wet winter in years.
In addition to the panelists, DRRA also thanks the following for their contributions to this well-attended event: the Westside Neighborhood School for once again serving as our hosts; the LAPD Cadet Color Guard, Officer Javier Ramirez presiding; Chuy Orozco, Councilmember Mike Bonin’s Senior Field Deputy; and LAPD Senior Lead Officer Hector Aceves.
Finally, thanks to all who attended and brought their questions and concerns.
In the event of a truly disruptive emergency that requires you to evacuate, you’ll need documents — copies of your identification (e.g. drivers license, passports), your banking information, your prescriptions, etc. to help facilitate your relocation.
You should have hard copies of vital documents placed in waterproof bags and readily at hand. (A fireproof safe under the bed is a good place to store these papers.) Digital copies stored on a thumb drive is also recommended.
The precise documents needed will vary per your individual situation, but here is basic list for a well equipped go bag:
Contact List (family, friends, doctors, banks, employers, insurance companies)
Social Security Card
Health Insurance Cards and/or Medicare, Medicaid
Recent Bank Statement for each account (Checking, Savings, Stocks and Bonds, etc.)
List of Credit Card Accounts (card numbers, expiration, and 3-digit code)
Prescriptions for Medications, Eyeglasses
Record of Insurance Policies
Property, Real Estate Deeds
Proof of Employment (paystub)
Marriage License or Divorce Papers
Local and State Maps
Finally, your go bag is a good place to store your cache of small bills. Your money right there if you have to evacuate on short notice, and can always be accessed if you’re able stay in your home for the duration of the emergency.