August 7, 2012 - LOS ANGELES, CA. With high temperatures in the forecast for the next several days in Los Angeles, LADWP offers these tips to help customers stay cool and conserve energy. Energy conservation during high temperature summer days helps prevent strain on power system infrastructure while also helping our customers save money on their power bills.
Tips for the Home
- Adjust thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning systems have to work hardest to cool.
- Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day- use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other heavy appliances during evening hours.
- Try to avoid using your stove or oven during peak hours of the day since it will add to the heat inside the home.
- Ventilate your home at night and early morning by opening windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air to circulate.
- Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) wherever appropriate.
- Close draperies, shades or blinds during the heat of the day to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight.
- Check your home for adequate insulation and for proper sealing of windows and exterior doors.
- Plant shade trees to reduce heat gain inside the house.
- Install / use ceiling fans or “whole house” fans for comfort cooling. A whole house fan will cool down your house early evenings and early mornings for a fraction of the energy cost of operating an A/C unit.
- Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature automatically and maximize your energy savings.
- Clean or replace air-conditioner filter(s) every month to maintain efficiency and air flow.
- Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom or rear of your refrigerator and check door gasket for tight fit and adjust if necessary.
- When buying appliances, choose energy-saving EnergyStar-rated models.
- Limit the time you run your pool pump during summer to six hours a day, and schedule the run time to avoid operation between 1 pm and 5 pm.
- Unplug “energy vampires” like cell phone chargers, DVD players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.
Tips for the Workplace
- Turn off your desk and overhead lights, and meeting room lights, if they are not needed, or install motion detector switches in each room.
- Keep personal appliance use to a minimum.
- Turn off all computer equipment when you leave the office or when they are not in use for long periods of time.
- Be sure your computer equipment goes into sleep mode when temporarily not in use.
- Go paperless when possible. Reduced printing and copying translates into reduced energy use.
LADWP Energy Conservation Rebate Programs
- Energy Star-Rated Room Air Conditioners. $50 rebate on qualifying models.
- Central Air Conditioners. $100-$120 rebate on an energy efficient model.
- Refrigerator Exchange for Low Income Customers. Qualifying low-income or Lifeline customers can receive a free energy efficient refrigerator in exchange for an old inefficient model.
- Refrigerator Turn-In and Recycle. LADWP customers who buy new Energy Star-rated refrigerators and turn in their old model for recycling can receive up to $115 in rebates.
- Whole House Fans. $200 rebate per unit.
- Energy Star-Rated Residential Window Products. Rebate of $2.00 per square foot of glass for qualifying models.
- Cool Roofs. Rebate of $0.30 per square foot.
- Pool Pump and Motor Replacements. $500 rebate on variable speed models.
For More Information
- How to apply for the above rebates, please click here.
- For energy-saving tips and programs, click here.
- The City of Los Angeles “Ready L.A.” for information on how to prepare for a heat wave.
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Welcome to the Golden State. As you may be aware each year the State of California makes new laws effective the 1st of the year.
State of CA List of New California Laws 2012:
Employment Credit Check Law
Employers can no longer request credit reports for Californians unless they are working or seeking work in a financial institution, law enforcement or the state Justice Department.
The law also exempts anyone who
(1) has access to people’s bank or credit card account information, SSN number and date of birth,
(2) has access to an employer’s proprietary information or trade secrets, (3) signs a check, credit card, financial contract, or transfers money for an employer,
(4) has access to more than $10,000 cash, or (5) is a manager in ‘certain industries’.
Law effective January 1, 2012.
California Handgun Open Carry Law
Open-carry citizen handgun ban. Supported by cops who cannot tell whether openly carried weapons are loaded or not. Violators pay $1,000 plus 6 months in jail (misdemeanor). Gun rights advocates vow to carry rifles and shotguns instead. Californians can still get permits forconcealed weapons. Law effective January 1, 2012.
California Human Trafficking Law
Enforces mandatory disclosure of efforts that companies take to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their entire supply chains. Being watched as a prototype of future legislation in other states and nations. Law effective January 1, 2012.
California Gay Bullying Law (Seth’s Law)
Combats bullying of gay and lesbian students in public schools by requiring school districts to have a uniform process for dealing with gay bullying complaints. Mandates that school personnel intervene if they witness gay bullying. Law effective July 1, 2012.
LGBT Equality and Equal Access in Higher Education Law
State universities and colleges must create and enforce campus policies protecting LGBTs from harassment and appoint employee contact persons to address on-campus LGBT matters. The law includes community colleges statewide. Law effective 2012.
Domestic Partnership Equality Law
Corrects inequalities between domestic partnerships and heterosexual marriages, including domestic partner health benefits sharing. Law effective 2012.
Protection of Parent-Child Relationships Law
Allows courts to consider the relationship between a child and a non-biological parent when considering child rights cases involving birth parents, adoptive parents, and gay or lesbian guardians. Law effective 2012.
Transgender Non-Discrimination Law
Provides public accommodation and protection in education, housing and employment for gender identity and expression. Law effective 2012.
Transgender Vital Statistics Law
Makes it easier for transgender Californians to get a court petition to change their gender on official documents. Law effective 2012.
LGBT Equal Benefits Law
Requires an employer with a state contract worth more than $100,000 to have non-discrimination policies in place for LGBT workers and their partners. Law effective 2012.
Judicial Applicant and Appointment Demographics Inclusion Law
Includes gender identity and sexual orientation of potential judges into the state’s Judicial Applicant Data Report to ensure that state courts are diverse. Law effective 2012.
Gay Divorce Law
Provides that if a gay couple got married in California but lives in a state that won’t grant them a divorce, the California court will have jurisdiction to grant them a legal divorce. The case will be filed in the county where the gay couple got married. Law effective January 1, 2012.
California Gay History Law
Governor Jerry Brown signed the Gay History Law, which mandates that school textbooks and social studies include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender accomplishments. Law effective January 1, 2012.
Internet Sales Tax
Governor Brown signed into law that out-of-state Internet retailers must collect California sales tax on transactions if the retailer has a presence in the state. Law effective Summer 2012.
California Renters Right to Recycling Law
Apartment building landlords will have to start providing recycling services for 7 million California tenants. Law effective 2012. Read “California Renters Recycling Law”.
California Reader Privacy Law
Government and third-party snoops can no longer gather information on Internet users’ reading, book shopping or ebook using habits without a legal court order. Read “California Reader Privacy Law”.
On Monday, June 13, 2011 announced that The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) sent letters to 12,000 retail businesses in 16 different zip codes statewide notifying them of upcoming visits by BOE specialists. Businesses receiving letters this month are located in: Canoga Park (91303); Tarzana (91356); Hacienda Heights (91745); Solana Beach (92075); Anaheim (92804, 92805); San Luis Obispo (93401, 93405); Vallejo (94589); Campbell (95008, 95009, 95011); and South Lake Tahoe (96150, 96151, 96155, 96158).
These visits are part of the Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) that was launched in September 2008. The BOE Specialists have visited more than 226,000 businesses statewide, with 313 zip codes receiving notifications.The goal of the SCOP program is to verify that all businesses are properly registered, so there is no unfair business advantage over those businesses that are properly registered and reporting their taxes and/or fees. The SCOP program has found that more than 3.5 percent of businesses operating in California do so without the appropriate permits or licenses that allow for collection of sales and use tax, as well as other taxes and fees. Non-compliance is a part of the more than $2 billion sales and use tax gap — the difference between the amount of taxes owed and the amount of taxes paid.The BOE specialists conduct checks for seller’s permits of all storefronts and other known business locations. When the specialists visit, business owners are asked business-related questions and are not asked for personal financial information.
If an owner has specific questions about the inquiries from the BOE specialists, they should call their local SCOP Team (contact information). For general information, contact the Taxpayer Information Call Center at 800-400-7115. There are seven teams of approximately eight people each located throughout the state that conduct door-to-door visits based on zip code.
Registered retailers, as well as service industry businesses, will be checked for appropriate permits and licenses. Those businesses found to be out of compliance will be given instructions on how to register with the BOE and given information about other necessary licenses.The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board.
The BOE collects more than $48 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes. For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.
For more information on the Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP), visit www.boe.ca.gov/sutax/SCOP_Overview.htm.
Editor’s Note: The Golden State officials are desperate for money, but this only apply to businesses who have register for a permit from the Board of Equalization in CA. With a permit from the Board of Equalization business owners do not pay taxes when they buy in wholesale at the point of purchase, they pay use of taxes at the end of the year. Check with your accountant for more current information.
After a powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake the hit Japan on Thursday, March 10, 2011 also a Tsumani hits the coastal areas.
The US Dept of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service have issue a Tsunami Warning Alert for North and Southern CA. The Tsunami Advisory is for LA County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles.
The Tsunami Alert was issue on March 11 at 1:18 am Please read the affected areas:
THIS MESSAGE KEEPS THE ADVISORY AND WARNING AREAS THE SAME AND ADDS MORE TSUNAMI OBSERVATIONS. ...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA AND OREGON FROM POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA TO THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER... ...THE TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES W OF ADAK/ TO ATTU ALASKA... ...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA... ...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE OREGON-WASHINGTON BORDER TO AMCHITKA PASS ALASKA/125 MILES W OF ADAK/... RECOMMENDED ACTIONS A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE WARNING AND/OR ADVISORY REGIONS LISTED IN THE HEADLINE. PERSONS IN LOW-LYING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD BE ALERT TO INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR LOCAL EMERGENCY OFFICIALS. EVACUATIONS ARE ONLY ORDERED BY EMERGENCY RESPONSE AGENCIES. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI WARNING COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE INLAND TO HIGHER GROUND. - PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS. MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL ------------------------ ----- ------ ------- ----------- TOSASHIMIZU JAPAN 32.8N 132.9E 0747UTC 00.9FT/00.27M TOKAI JAPAN 33.8N 137.6E 0645UTC 00.8FT/00.25M OFUNATO JAPAN 39.0N 141.8E 0605UTC 10.8FT/03.29M HANASAKI JAPAN 43.3N 145.6E 0643UTC 09.3FT/02.82M BOSO JAPAN 34.8N 140.8E 0609UTC 02.6FT/00.78M MINAMITORISHIMA JAPAN 24.3N 154.0E 0747UTC 01.5FT/00.45M NAHA JAPAN 26.2N 127.7E 0902UTC 00.7FT/00.20M TIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENT AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE EXPECTED TO PEAK TWO TO THREE HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL ALONG THE NORTH AMERICAN COAST. PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS MAGNITUDE - 8.9 TIME - 2046 AKST MAR 10 2011 2146 PST MAR 10 2011 0546 UTC MAR 11 2011 LOCATION - 38.3 NORTH 142.4 EAST - NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN DEPTH - 12 MILES/20 KM TSUNAMI WARNINGS MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI WITH SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. WARNINGS INDICATE THAT WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING ACCOMPANIED BY POWERFUL CURRENTS IS POSSIBLE AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL. TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR THE WATER IS EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY. CURRENTS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS... BOATS... AND COASTAL STRUCTURES AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL. PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/ BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES FOR INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PTWC. THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 30 MINUTES OR SOONER IF THE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR MORE INFORMATION. ...THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO BORDER TO POINT CONCEPCION CALIFORNIA... PERSONS IN TSUNAMI ADVISORY COASTAL AREAS SHOULD MOVE OUT OF THE WATER... OFF THE BEACH AND OUT OF HARBORS AND MARINAS. TSUNAMI ADVISORIES MEAN THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR WATER IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD INUNDATION IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS IN AN ADVISORY. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF WAVES POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SEVERAL HOURS AFTER INITIAL ARRIVAL TIME. ESTIMATED TIMES OF INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL FOR SELECTED SITES IN THE ADVISORY ARE PROVIDED BELOW. SANTA BARBARA-CA 0817 PST MAR 11 LA JOLLA-CA 0841 PST MAR 11 SAN PEDRO-CA 0832 PST MAR 11 FOR ARRIVAL TIMES AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS SEE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV
The Target Areas: Catalina Island Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles Orange County Coastal Areas San Diego County Coastal Areas Santa Barbara County South Coast Ventura County Coast
Updated March 11, 2011 @ 2:32 Am
|Special Weather Statement Issued: March 11 at 2:21AM PST Expiring: March 11 at 5:07AM PST Issued by NWS Oxnard||Urgency: Expected Status: Actual|
|Areas affected:Catalina Island; Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles; San Luis Obispo County Central Coast; Santa Barbara County Central Coast; Santa Barbara County South Coast; Ventura County Coast|
Editor's Note: It's very sad to see what happen to the victims of Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Now is time to help them to rebuild their life. It's hard to start all over, but we can not give up and please feel free to make donations to reputable and legit organizations the will use the donation of goods, money, food or supplies the will be deliver to the victims. Please check with your local state: Secretary of State or Attorney General. Please keep in mind the disasters can happen any where and we must help, our prayers and condolence to the victims and their family.
- AB 119 – prevents insurance companies from charging different rates for men and women for identical coverage.
- SB 782 – prevents landlords from evicting tenants who are victims of domestic or sexual abuse or stalking.
- AB 1844— informally known as Chelsea’s Law and authored by local Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher—will increase penalties, parole provisions and oversight of sex offenders, including a “one-strike, life-without-parole penalty” for some.
- AB 1871 – allows people to lease out their cars when they are not being used—alleviating the need to purchase additional insurance.
- AB 537 – will make food stamps an acceptable form of payment at farmers markets through an EBT process.
- SB 1411 makes it a misdemeanor to maliciously impersonate someone via a social media outlet or through e-mails.
- SB 1317 – allows the state to slap parents with a $2,000 fine if their K-8 child misses more than 10 percent of the school year without a valid excuse. It also allows the state to punish parents with up to a year in prison for the misdemeanor.
- AB 715 – makes a change to the California Green Building Standards code. The change will require new California buildings to be energy efficient.
- SB 1449 – makes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana an infraction with a penalty of a $100 fine.
- AB 12 – allows foster youth to acquire state services until the age of 21.
- SB 1399 – allows California to medically parole state prison inmates with physical incapacitating conditions and ultimately shifts some of the cost of care to the federal government.
- AB 97 – bans the use of trans-fats in food facilities.
Note: AB = Assembly Bill SB = Senate Bill