One Year Anniversary Of Aliso Canyon Disaster
The federal Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety, led by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), released its findings on the causes and effects of the Aliso Canyon gas leak and the measures needed to prevent another disaster. Mayor Garcetti released the following statement in response to the findings and to mark the coming one-year anniversary of the discovery of the massive leak on Oct. 23, 2015:
“Protecting the health of our communities, reducing dependence on fossil fuels, and moving toward a clean energy future — these goals are central to the vision of a 21st century city. The Aliso Canyon disaster displaced a community and caused health impacts for many residents, and woke the nation to the danger and environmental harm of natural gas leaks. We can’t let it happen again. I am grateful to the Obama Administration’s Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety for recommendations that will help protect public health and the environment. Read more (Photo: Food & Water Watch)
2016 Great California Shakeout Drill
On the 2016 Great California Shakeout Drill (10/20/16) Mayor Garcetti said:
“People around the world are participating in the Great ShakeOut drill today, as we remind ourselves to be ready in the event of a major earthquake. I am glad that so many Angelenos are participating, because in Los Angeles we know that a big quake is a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ We just have to be prepared, and our city is taking proactive steps to save lives and property. Last year I signed into law the strongest earthquake safety measures in America. We’re making buildings and infrastructure more secure, fortifying our water system, and creating new partnerships in telecom, transportation, and disaster response to make all of our communities more resilient.”
Millions participated in the earthquake preparedness drill, for the rest of us here are some GREAT resources. We all know that the Big One is coming. Earthquake preparedness is THE best defense when the Big One hits. Read more
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Anything L.A. Magazine Donor Drive 10/29/16
Back when I was a little kid, I had no appetite and was a picky eater. Likely because of my disdain for food, I heard about kids starving in Africa many times. As a child I didn’t understand the parallel. As an adult, I do. It’s a shame that some have too much and some have to die because they don’t have enough. Managed wisely, there is enough food to go around for all the world’s children. This wisdom applies not only to sharing food....
Few months ago Anything L.A. Magazine promoted the cause of Adam Krief, young Los Angeles father of three in dire need of bone marrow transplant. Adam has a blood cancer and finding a matching donor on time is his only hope. Adam’s plight received a lot of attention and support of many caring and generous people. Still, a matching donor wasn’t found and Adam Krief is running out of time.
The test for becoming a donor requires a bit of saliva. The life-saving donation is a little more than a blood donation. Anything L.A. Magazine has many thousands of readers. Each of us has enough saliva and blood to share. (Both are constantly replenished by our bodies.) Why not share? Just think what a low price for being a HERO! Can’t we TOGETHER save Adam Krief’s life? Read about Anything L.A. Magazine Donor Drive For Adam Krief. We can save a life: BE THERE!
Warm Blanket Drive For The Homeless
Love is a Warm Blanket (LIAWB) is kicking off its fifth year of collecting and distributing donations of blankets to the homeless in our communities. “Though the street is not a home, we aim to provide warmth, love and attention where it is needed most,” said Angela Amirkhanian, founder of LIAWB, an annual blanket drive during winter months whose mission is to warm the hearts of the homeless and spread love with donations of blankets. Join the love! LIAWB is now accepting donations of new and gently used (washed) blankets of all sizes.
Blanket donation drop off boxes are available at The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission (Northridge) The Valley Economic Alliance (Sherman Oaks) and All State Insurance (Glendale).
The drive also has an Amazon WishList, where you can simply select and checkout blankets on the list, and send directly to the drive. The list can be viewed at tinyurl.com/LIAWBAmazon. LIAWB personally handed out near 400 blankets to the general homeless population living on the streets and through distribution events with homeless shelters last year. Read more