New Water Conservation Measures
Due to extreme drought conditions, the State of California is requiring that local water suppliers implement water conservation measures.
These measures are directed at outdoor water use. Measures do not apply to "reclaimed" water, which is used at City parks and landscaped medians.
Here are the details. Violations can result in fines.
Nuevas Medidas de Conservación de Agua
Debido a las condiciones extremas de sequía, el Estado de California está exigiendo que los suministradores locales implementen medidas de conservación de agua.
Estas medidas están dirigidas al uso de agua para regar o limpiar afuera. Estas medidas no aplican al agua "reciclada" que usa la ciudad para los parques y áreas verdes.
Aquí están los detalles. Las infracciones pueden resultar en multas.
Shuttles To Cerritos College and LBCC Resuming for Fall Semester
In the spirit of offering Paramount residents help in attaining their educational goals through the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP), the City offers transportation to local community colleges.
The two "College-Bound" buses are continuing their rounds as the new semester begins later this month. One line goes to Cerritos College (starting on August 18) and another to Long Beach City College's Liberal Arts Campus (beginning on August 25). The shuttles are available to students or anybody else who wants the ride
Beware of IRS Phone Scam
Numerous people in the area have reported receiving calls recently from individuals claiming to be IRS employees. The callers warn of overdue IRS fees and threaten jail-time if payment is not received. They then ask for confidential information, like Social Security and bank account numbers.
Please be aware that these phone calls are scams. The IRS never asks for confidential information over the phone or via email.
These calls are used to trick you into sharing personal and financial information. Perpetrators then use this information to commit identity theft or steal your money.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, do not provide any personal information.
To determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you, please contact them by calling 1-800-829-1040 or by visiting their website at http://www.irs.gov.
To learn more about this scam and how you can protect yourself, visit the IRS' website.
Check Out the Recreation Newsletter
The City's Recreation Department newsletter for the fall is now available. The newsletter provides information about upcoming special events in town, youth and adult instructional classes, fall and winter sports leagues, offerings for seniors, and more. Click here to take a look.
You can also find a hard copy in the August issue of the Pulse Beat newspaper, at City Hall, and at the City Yard.
Did you know you can sign up for the City's Recreational activities online? Click on the Recreation Classes button in the upper right corner of this page to find out how.
Paramount Students Awarded Annual Scholarships
Congratulations are due to the newest group of Paramount Education Partnership scholarship winners. More than $70,000 was awarded to 24 Paramount students to help with their college costs this year. Over the past 11 years, nearly $600,000 has been distributed through the PEP scholarships.
The 2014 winners were recognized at the June 3rd Paramount City Council meeting by the Council, Paramount Unified Board of Education members and District officials, and the PEP Board of Directors. Below is the list of this year's PEP Scholars, along with their schools and majors.
PEP Fundraiser Brings in Over 100k For College Scholarships!
The Paramount Education Partnership's 11th Annual Fundraiser, held on Friday, April 25, was a roaring success, with donors offering up an astounding $101,425 that will fund college scholarships for local students next year.
When combined with the contributions from Pennies for PEP that took place in March in the Paramount Unified School District, that figure jumps to $109,544.
In addition, raffle prizes worth thousands of dollars were contributed to the fundraising event.
Ways to Save Water in State's Drought
Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed that California is officially in a drought. In fact, the state is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century.
The Paramount Water Department suggests the following ideas to save water:
* When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
* Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
* Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.
Talking or Texting on Cell Phones While Driving - Not Worth It
There are plenty of facts, figures, and details about distracted driving, but the California Office of Traffic Safety wants you to know the plain and simple ones:
- 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
- Up to 6,000 people nationwide are killed in crashes where driver distractions are involved.
- Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distractions.
Paramount on YouTube
A line up of Paramount productions - from the city, not the movie studio - is now on the video-streaming website YouTube. Shows highlight such things as public presentations at City Council meetings, special community events, an oral history of the our town, and other Paramount profiles. Click this link to visit www.youtube.com/cityofparamount.
Paramount's Salud Park Hailed as "Success" by Urban Planners
The City of Paramount's "To Your Health!" Salud Park, newly opened and located at the corner of Texaco St. and Somerset Blvd., features exercise stations, walking/running paths and tracks, and a plaza for yoga, pilates and zumba classes.
It provides the residents of Paramount with a "free outdoor gym," available for use seven days a week.
Salud Park was built on ten acres of Southern California Edison right-of-way property. Working closely with SCE, the City was able to produce a first-class facility of attractive open space in an urban area with little available land for new parks.
City Fabrick is a nonprofit urban design studio in Long Beach with a special focus on creative approaches to expanding open space. According to City Fabrick Executive Director Brian Ulaszewski, Salud Park is a great example of the kinds of projects the firm has been promoting, and "incredibly relevant to our work." Ulaszewski has written a blog posting about the park on the company's website. The article can be found at www.cityfabrick.org/lines-above-and-parks-below-paramounts-success/.
Public Comment Period for Proposed Materials Recovery Facility
The City of Paramount Community Development Department is reviewing a conditional use permit that would allow the operation of a materials recovery facility in town. Part of that process includes a 45-day public comment period which begins on October 2, 2014.
The project site consists of 7.32 acres and is located along the north side of Petterson Lane, west of Garfield Ave. The site's legal address is 14001 Garfield Ave. The proposed use will occupy a number of existing buildings that have a total floor area of 146,600 square feet. In addition, a new "receiving building" consisting of 39,500 square feet will be constructed. The total floor area of the existing and new buildings will be 186,000 square feet. The proposed project will receive, process, and transfer source separated recyclables, residential curbside recycling materials, and municipal solid waste. The proposed facility will consist of a recyclable material recovery facility (MRF), a sorting area where recyclables will be removed, a transfer station with a residual waste load-out area, balers, a bale storage area, and offices. All material receiving and processing activities will occur within the buildings. The maximum permitted processing capacity will be 2,450 tons per day.
To view a copy of the draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.
To view a copy of the Traffic Impact Analysis, please click here.
For more information, please call John Carver at (562) 220-2036.
Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule
On September 25, the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency for the Paramount Redevelopment Agency approved the Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule (ROPS) for the period January 2015 through June 2015. The ROPS has been submitted to the California Department of Finance for review and is posted below.
Additional information about the elimination of redevelopment agencies can be found on the California Department of Finance's website.
The City of Paramount is a participant in the Los Angeles Gateway Authority Catch Basin Insert project for the Los Angeles River Watershed. Funding has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Clean Water Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.
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