Vector Control finds West Nile virus in Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights

As summer heats up, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District  advises residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile virus. It has confirmed additional West Nile virus positive activity in the communities of Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights (zip codes 91789 and 91745, respectively).

Vector control confirmed a WNV positive mosquito sample in Diamond Bar and a WNV positive dead bird in Hacienda Heights. This is the first sign of virus activity this year in both communities. View District statistics here. Statewide this year, there have been more than 100 positive mosquito samples and more than 250 positive dead birds. View more at westnile.ca.gov.

“This is a reminder that West Nile virus continues to be a problem here in Los Angeles County,” says Levy Sun, the public information officer. “We can anticipate more activity as the season progresses.”

West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.  There is no cure for West Nile virus.  One in five persons infected with West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms.  Symptoms usually occur between 5 and 15 days and can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash.  These symptoms can last for several days to months.  One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization.  Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

Any water left standing for more than one week in containers such as flower pots, fountains and pet dishes provides the perfect breeding habitat for mosquitoes.  GLACVCD would like to remind residents that even the smallest of breeding sources can contribute to a large public health problem within the Greater Los Angeles County area.

Residents can take an active role in reducing the threat of WNV in their neighborhoods by taking the following steps:

  1. Eliminate stagnant, dirty water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, pet dishes, discarded tires, or anything that holds water for more than a week
  2. Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained
  3. Request FREE mosquitofish from your local vector control district for placement in ornamental ponds
  4. Go online to ReportMosquitoes.org or call 562-944-9656 to report the following:
    • Mosquito problems near your home or neighborhood
    • Neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood (including vacant homes)

For more information, residents can contact Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at562-944-9656 or online at www.glacvcd.org.

Fire officials warn of an intense fire season at Diamond Bar Center

The Los Angeles County Fire Department met with other local and federal agencies in Diamond Bar to discuss and warn the public that the upcoming fire season will be “intense,” due to ongoing drought conditions in the state.

“The last fire season never really ended,” said Shawna Legarza, director of Fire and Aviation Management for the U.S. Forest Service. “We fought fires in mid-December and the middle of January. We’ve never had that before.”

The Forest Service director noted that California hasn’t had significant rainfall since 2010. Legarza said the ongoing drought means fire conditions are running two months ahead of what you would normally find.

Which means Southern California is dry as you would expect to find it in September. To cope, fire officials are preparing for wild fires much earlier than usual.

“We could have fires start all over the state in these conditions. So we started adding staff in January, that’s unprecedented,” explained Ken Pimlott, Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Cal Fire has spent $242 million in the fiscal year ending last night on wildland fires.

The conference was held one year to the day from when 19 firefighters were killed in the Yarnell Hills fire in Arizona. The firemen were remembered in several ceremonies Monday as well as by fire officials in Diamond Bar.

“I was a hotshot for 20 years and many of Granite Mountain Hotshots were my friends,” Legarza said. “I think about these people, as well as another 14 firefighters who died almost 20 years.”

That group of firefighters died July 6, 1994, on Storm King Mountain in Colorado’s South Canyon Fire. Though the investigations continue, shifting winds, steep canyons and a lack of situational awareness were all factors in the deaths.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story WILDFIRE.

Young man wounded in car-to-car shooting in Hacienda Heights

By Brian Day, Staff Writer

A man was wounded but expected to survive following a car-to-car shooting in Hacienda Heights Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was stopped at a red light on Lujon Street at Hacienda Boulevard in a 2004 Audi when the attacker pulled up in an older-model, white pickup truck, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Thurlo said.

“(The shooter) pulled up next to him on the right side and fired into the victim’s vehicle, striking him once in the upper right shoulder,” Thurlo said. A rifle was believed to have been used in the shooting.

Thurlo said the wounded man drove north a short distance to Hacienda Boulevard and Gale Avenue, where deputies encountered him.

Officials initially described the shooter only as male. He was last seen driving south on Hacienda Boulevard from the shooting scene. The motive in the shooting was not clear.

Puente Hills Concerts in the Park begin on July 1 in Hacienda Heights

Puente Hills Concerts in the Park will celebrate its 20th anniversary beginning July 1 with the big band sound of Manny Glass Band.
The orchestra will kick-off the concert in the park series by playing patriotic music to celebrate the Fourth of July. They are known for playing popular tunes from the 40s big band era.
Summer concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. Tuesday nights until Aug. 12 at Peter F. Schabarum Regional Park, 17250 E. Colima Road, Rowland Heights. Admission and parking are free. Food, beverages and desserts are available.
This summer will showcase an extraordinary talent of musicians, bands and entertainers.
Supported by Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department and Supervisor Don Knabe, Concerts in the Park is a great way to spend your Tuesday evenings with family, friends and community.
Upcoming concerts will feature:
July 8: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, America’s first all-female mariachi ensemble, which brings sensitivity, beauty, warmth and an attractive perspective to the realm of Mexico’s musical heritage.
July 15: Hot August Night with Dean Colley, a Neil Diamond tribute band.
July 22: Vaud and the Villains, a 19-piece 1930s New Orleans orchestra and cabaret, at once seedy and inspiring, gritty and sublime.
July 29: Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Shootout. The British Invasion brought us the two most popular rock groups of all time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history — which band is the greatest? These two legendary bands will engage in a musical “shoot out of the hits” featuring internationally renowned tribute bands, Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. Six alternating power sets with the two bands coming together on stage for an amazing encore makes this show a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Aug. 5: Cold Duck. In 1969, trumpet player/vocalist Jose Cuadra assembled a group of musicians to form an eight-piece band known today as Cold Duck, considered Southern California’s premier dance band.
Aug. 12: Three Mo’ Tenors is an extraordinary musical event, featuring 10 styles of music from opera, to jazz, to Broadway and more.
For more information on concert dates, times and park hours, visit www.concertsinthepark.com or call the Schabarum park office at 626-854-5560.

Puente Hills Habitat Authority looking for volunteers

 
The Habitat Authority is dedicated to the acquisition, restoration, and management of open space in the Puente Hills for preservation of the land in perpetuity, with the primary purpose to protect the biological diversity. Additionally, the agency will endeavor to provide opportunities for outdoor education and low-impact recreation.
 
-Volunteer Docent Naturalist are needed to lead and assist with hikes given to the public and school groups. We are looking for people who have a passion for nature and enjoy working both with children and adults.
 
-Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Trained trail guides will assist with leading group of families or school kids and answer any questions along the way.
 
-Time Commitment: 4 hours a month
 
-Requirements: Training/orientation as well as a background check are required.
-Requirements Age Minimum (with Adult) – 18, Minimum Age – 18+, Background Check, Orientation Required, Skill Category – N/A
 
-Benefits: Volunteers will be able to educate the public on environmental preservation, have fun in the outdoors and get some exercise too!
 
-Call to action: Visit Habitat Authority http://www.habitatauthority.org/waystohelp to complete a volunteer application.

Ramadan a time for So Cal Muslims to remember the needy

After days of uncertainty, Haitham A. of Granada Hills was overwhelmed with relief and joy after his sister contacted him on Skype Thursday to tell him she made it out of their native Iraq to escape the bloodshed.

In recent years, Haitham’s relatives in the war-torn Arab country have endured the constant threat of bombings and kidnappings as well as wearisome security checkpoints. A fresh round of sectarian violence prompted his sister’s family to flee Baghdad for Jordan while his brother’s family has fled to Iraq’s calmer northern region of Kurdistan until escalating tensions subside.

With the Islamic holy month of Ramadan starting Saturday night, Haitham and other Southern California Muslims with ties to countries engulfed in turmoil say they will keep their endangered relatives in their thoughts, prayers and actions. During Ramadan, observant Muslims around the globe abstain from food, drink and sexual relations during daytime hours to commemorate the month in which the Quran was said to be revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

“We appeal to God Almighty to make it easier for them because many of them are also fasting in Iraq, but fasting knowing they are unsafe,” said Haitham, who came to the United States in 1982 and has a civil engineering degree from Cal State Long Beach.

Read more in Brenda Gazzar’s story RAMADAN. 

Fire officials will discuss the 2014 fire season in Diamond Bar Center on Monday

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby will join Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and other agencies to discuss the upcoming fire season on Monday at the Diamond Bar Center.

Fire officials will discuss the outlook for the 2014 season, as well as the impact the drought is having on firefighting. A display of regional firefighting resources will be on hand, including specialty wildland equipment.

We’ll share what we learn online Monday and in Tuesday’s San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Caltrans announces closures on Route 60 next week

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close portions of SR-60 from the San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to the Orange Freeway (SR-57) separation, as part of a pavement rehabilitation project.  Closures are as follows and subject to change.

 Monday, June 30, through Thursday, July 3

Eastbound SR-60

  • ·         10 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to three lanes between I-605 & Azusa Avenue
  • ·         11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane CLOSED between I-605 & Azusa Avenue

Westbound SR-60

  • ·         11 p.m. to 5 a.m. – Up to three lanes between southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue
  • ·         10 p.m. to 4 a.m. – HOV lane CLOSED between southbound SR-57 & Azusa Avenue

Detours will be posted. New pavement will improve mobility and enhance safety for motorists.  Flatiron West Inc. is the contractor on this $121.5 million project which is expected to complete fall 2014.

 

Diamond Bar teens enjoy Teen Night Out on July 18

Diamond Bar teens are invited to the city’s annual Teen Night Out event from 7 to 10 p.m. July 18.

Planned by the teen group “DB4Youth In Action,” the event will be held in Sycamore Canyon Park at 22930 Golden Springs Drive.

Teens can dance to Top 40 dance and pop hits. A variety of activities will include air tag, a human sphere ball and other inflatable games.

Admission is free for youth ages 13 to 19. Snacks, beverages, keepsake photographs and glow-in-the-dark items may be bought, with proceeds benefiting future activities by DB4Youth In Action.

For more information, call Alison Meyers at 909-839-7062.

Photos from arts festival at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights

The Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Hacienda Heights.  One of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the Western hemisphere, the local temple is holding a yearlong celebration with special events and activities.

Over the weekend, the Hsi Lai Temple held its first music and art festival. Organizers lined up more than a dozen bands and artists for the family event.

The event was held in the temple courtyard at 3456 Glenmark Drive. The traditional Chinese mountain monastery is built adjacents to Hacienda Boulevard in the Puente Hills.

It is the American headquarters for one of Taiwan’s largest Buddhist organizations, Fo Guang Shan.

Check out the photos from the fun event.