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West Coast human interest news
« on: July 14, 2011, 08:07:45 AM »
Today is "carmageddon" in L.A.
Partial closure of the 405 Fwy. Officials were warning people about it way in advance.
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http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-los-angeles-airport-405-shutdown-20110623,0,229860.story 

LAX advice for 405 Freeway shutdown: Avoid driving to or from the airport

LAX warns fliers to take public transit instead of driving to the airport during the 405 Freeway shutdown in July. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

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Re: West Coast human interest news
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 10:39:30 AM »
Oh man, thats bad! :o Im sorry to anyone who lives out that way  :'(
Not sure if any of you are familiar with driving on the 405 but its gotta be one of the most traffic packed freeways in  the world. so glad i moved away from that.

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Re: West Coast human interest news
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2011, 11:33:32 AM »
Oh man, thats bad! :o Im sorry to anyone who lives out that way  :'(
Not sure if any of you are familiar with driving on the 405 but its gotta be one of the most traffic packed freeways in  the world. so glad i moved away from that.

Yeah, I know what you mean. Luckily I never had to go that route, very often.

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Re: West Coast human interest news
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 12:32:40 PM »
TRAVIS Air Force Base and southern CA power companies help out big time in NJ and NY afater Superstorm Sandy. - Yowbarb

http://www.travis.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123325966

Travis support to East Coast

 Posted 11/9/2012   Updated 11/9/2012 Email story   Print story

by Captain Melissa Milner
 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
 
11/9/2012 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- Throughout the course of the last week, Travis Airmen worked 24-hours a day to launch aircraft, deploy Airmen and load equipment and supplies to assist relief efforts along the eastern seaboard following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
 
"This was a tremendous effort that Travis Airmen were proud to support," said Col. Dwight Sones, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander. "Our Airmen are used to supporting contingencies around the world, but it means even more to be able to help Americans in need."
 
Beginning in the late hours of Oct. 31, 30 Airmen from the 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and aerial porters from the 570th Global Mobility Squadron transitioned to March Air Reserve Base in southern California to set up a hub that would airlift nearly 70 Southern California Edison Utility Company power utility vehicles to aid in the restoration of electricity near Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York. Another 10 Airmen from the 60th AMXS would head out the morning of Nov. 1 on a C-17 headed to March.
 
Nov. 2 at 5 a.m. saw the launch of a 47 Airmen that included a Contingency Response Element from the 621st Contingency Response Wing, as well as seven maintenance Airmen from the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Airmen from the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron. This group was routed to Phoenix to assist the Arizona National Guard in setting up a second hub that would move more than 40 additional power utility trucks provided by Arizona's Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service.
 
Then the utility trucks started pouring into Travis for assistance in airlift to the New York and New Jersey areas most damaged by the storm. The 60th Aerial Port Squadron worked around the clock to inspect, clean and load utility trucks from Northern California and Nevada.

John Buchanan, 60th APS loadmaster extraordinaire, said his crew was more than ready to work the long and late hours needed to get the cargo moving. However, he said they couldn't do it alone.
 
"This has been a team effort from the start with our Reserve folks helping as well as the outside support from the Coast Guard, the Department of Energy, PG&E, FEMA, and Nevada Energy," he said. "It has been tremendous working with so many people who are motivated to help."
 
From coordinating with Air Mobility Command, the 618th Air and Space Operations Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as U.S. Northern Command and representatives from commercial power companies, Buchanan's team pulled together what was needed to get the power trucks loaded and on their way.

Working with the Department of Energy, a C-5 Galaxy and a C-17 Globemaster III were launched Nov. 3 from Travis carrying six Western Area Power Administration utility trucks and seven power maintenance personnel from the Sacramento area en route to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The next day saw the loading and movement of five power utility trucks from Pacific Gas & Electric Company and five large water pumps from the United States Coast Guard, all bound for John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Later in the weekend on Nov. 4, five utility trucks and eight personnel from Nevada Energy near Reno, Nev., were airlifted to New York as well. Those aircraft were quickly followed by one more loaded with another PG&E utility truck bound for JFK and with a follow-on mission that had more than 22,000 blankets from FEMA headed to JB MDL.
 
Also bound for JB MDL on Nov. 7 was one more C-17 loaded with two 4,000 KW and one 5,000 KW generators supplied by FEMA, as well as three fuel tanks.

Senior Airman Randall Ard, a C-5 crew chief with the 60th AMXS was one of the Airmen who were part of the second push of maintainers to March ARB. His group supported efforts to move aircraft through the southern California hub. He said he was very excited to be a part of an effort that would help people along the East Coast, and was ready to get to March and start moving aircraft through the hub.

"Who wouldn't want to help people in need," he said. "That's why I joined the Air Force -- to help people out."
 
Overall from Travis, 5 C-17s and 4 C-5s from Air Mobility Command bases were launched with cargo weighing in at more than 72,000 short tons.
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Found a Nov 01 article about so Ca power trucks and people transported in via C17s...
Video on page:
Inland Empire News
70 SoCal Edison trucks head east via C-17s

Thursday, November 01, 2012
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- Disaster relief is heading to the East Coast with support from the U.S. Air Force. Early Thursday morning under a thick layer of fog, airmen and women at March Air Reserve Base began loading the first of 14 military transport planes with Southern California Edison trucks.


Lt. Col. John Jost will pilot the C-17 dubbed the "Spirit of Ronald Reagan." He and his crew loaded the transport, which can carry four to five Edison trucks at a time.

Southern California Edison is sending 70 utility vehicles to the region in an effort to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Originally, Edison had planned to send its trucks via a ground convoy.

"The change was made because of the efficiency, as well as the ability, to get there quicker," said Raymond Hicks of Southern California Edison.

Under a mutual aid agreement with New York-based Consolidated Edison, or Con Ed, SoCal Edison will also send 207 employees and contractors. But first, they must get their equipment in place.

Once the C-17 takes off, it will take them roughly five hours to reach the East Coast. Once there, they'll unload the trucks and begin the task of helping to get the East Coast back up and running.

"They'll be assigned in several different states and areas," Hicks said.
By Friday morning, Edison crews can begin fanning out and help bring hope to the millions left in the dark by a monstrous storm.

 (Copyright ©2012 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)
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Re: West Coast human interest news
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2012, 12:40:24 PM »
Big Air Force transports been flying in a lot of utility trucks into NY and NJ beginning about Nov 01.
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http://scvnews.com/2012/11/08/locals-from-edison-helping-with-superstorm-sandy-recovery-effort/
Locals from Edison Helping with Superstorm Sandy Recovery Effort
Press Release | Thursday, Nov 8, 2012

[SCE] – Southern California Edison, its customers and SCE’s parent company, Edison International, are helping Superstorm Sandy victims with three powerful philanthropy initiatives with funds from shareholders, not SCE customers:
 
* Customers can help raise money without spending a dime. Through SCE’s “Every Click Counts” campaign, the company will donate $1 for every new “like” on SCE’s Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/SCE ) and for each new follower on SCE’s main Twitter feed ( www.twitter.com/SCE ). The goal is to donate up to $20,000 to American Red Cross relief efforts.
 
* Edison International has set up a special program that will match donations from employees to the American Red Cross up to $25,000. This is a way to enhance the $1.5 million commitment that Edison International made to the Red Cross in 2012.
 
* Five SCE employees trained by the Red Cross flew to New York on Friday. For the next week, they will help to provide temporary shelter and meals to displaced families. Members of the team range in age from 35 to 55 and come from the communities of Cerritos, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Rosemead and Santa Clarita. Their professional backgrounds include information technology, environmental safety and communications.
 
Last week, SCE sent 126 line workers and support crews to New York and New Jersey to help repair Sandy’s devastation that left millions of Consolidated Edison customers without power.
 
“We are proud of our employees’ and customers’ eagerness to help,” said Janet Clayton, Edison International senior vice president, Corporate Communications, and chair of Edison International’s Corporate Philanthropy Committee. “We can’t all do the hard work of climbing poles and stringing wires, but everyone can take a few moments to let the people on the East Coast know that we’re thinking of them, and to help in a meaningful way.”
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About Edison International
 
Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and Edison Mission Group, a competitive power generation business.


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Re: West Coast human interest news
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 08:04:38 AM »
http://news.yahoo.com/arrowheads-permit-pump-california-spring-water-expired-decades-201003194.html


Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop

By Willy Blackmore | Takepart.com 17 hours ago Takepart.com

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Nestlé Has Illegally Pumped Calif. Water Since the Last Major Drought—and Doesn't Want to Stop

In the late 1800s, a couple of enterprising businessmen decided to make a lake in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. The forest was cleared, dams were built, and the creeks, streams, rainfall, and snowmelt from the surrounding mountains began to fill up Little Bear Valley, creating Lake Arrowhead.

Best known today as a vacation destination, the water in the lake remains privately owned, a legacy of the Arrowhead Reservoir Company’s original plan for the 48,000 acre-feet of water: to sell it to towns in the arid valleys below.
Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water officially takes its name from a rock formation in the San Bernardino Mountains. But news that the company, which is owned by the food giant Nestlé, has been pumping springwater out of the San Bernardino National Forest under a permit that expired in 1988 puts the brand more in line with the historic water grab of Lake Arrowhead than with any geological feature.
The Palm Springs, California–based Desert Sun reported last Wednesday that Nestlé has been pumping water out of the underground spring that feeds Strawberry Creek and transferring it by pipeline out of the national forest on an expired permit for nearly 30 years. H2O from another spring-fed source that is bottled and sold with an Arrowhead label on it has been transported across the national forest under yet another expired permit since 1994. Conservationists say the reduced water flow in the creeks, especially after a dry winter, threatens the riparian habitats and the wildlife they support.
More than 135,000 people have signed a petition calling on Nestlé to stop bottling and selling California’s increasingly scarce water. Arrowhead is not the only company tapping California’s springs—Mother Jones reports that many of the country’s bottled-water companies get their product from the drought-plagued Golden State.
The Strawberry Creek permit expired in the midst of a drought that ran from 1987 to 1992, and the state was excessively dry again in the early aughts. California’s current drought—by some measures the worst in 1,200 years—is entering its fourth year. The severity of this dry spell led Gov. Jerry Brown to call for 25 percent reductions in urban water use.
“Now that it has been brought to my attention that the Nestle permit has been expired for so long, on top of the drought...it has gone to the top of the pile in terms of a program of work for our folks to work on,” Jody Noiron, the San Bernardino National Forest supervisor, told the Sun.
Nestlé says it draws a negligible amount of water from the spring—705 million gallons annually, or enough to water two golf courses for a year, as the company said in a statement. To put that in context, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory estimate that California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end the drought.
No, Arrowhead is not the new almond—some water-sucking scapegoat or bogeyman on which to lay blame instead of grappling with the complexities of climate change, water use and management, and conservation efforts. Nestlé CEO Peter Brabeck may have a penchant for privatizing water resources, but the pipelines running from Strawberry Creek didn’t cause the drought.
But consider that, as the Sun investigation found, no state agency has an accurate grasp on how much water California’s 108 bottling plants use. Bottling companies are required to test water but not to report how much water is being bottled. Like Little Bear Valley slowly filling up with water, a natural resource trickling into a commodity—or the Owens Valley being drained dry to keep Los Angeles showers and sprinklers running—the expired Arrowhead permit is a symptom of a relationship with the climate that expects it to give well past its ability to do so.
California can’t afford to sell its water to consumers in wetter states—just as it can’t afford to keep watering its expansive lawns or farm in ways that the market demands instead of what the rainfall dictates.


 

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