LA County Supervisor Don Knabe asks residents to plan emergency needs

A message from Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe

This past weekend, we had yet another reminder of the need to have a plan and be prepared in the event of an emergency.  The 5.1 earthquake near La Habra fortunately did not result in major damages.  Like many of you, we had items fall from shelves at my house, but luckily no one was hurt.

The County has a detailed plan in place and our emergency responders train frequently.  But the reality is that if something major happened, they could not be everywhere.  That is why it is so important that families are prepared and neighbors look after each other.

Of course we all KNOW we should be prepared and we talk about having a plan and emergency needs set up, but too often busy lives get in the way and it just doesn’t happen.

I encourage you to set aside some time to prepare.  The County has tons of resources to help you, from signing up for notifications, to brief checklists or what to do if you have special needs.  Please take the time to learn more here:

Have a great week.

 Supervisor Don Knabe


Rowland Heights Community Center breaks ground

Architect’s rendering of the new Rowland Heights Community Center

Los Angeles County officials will gather today at 4 p.m. to break ground for the $18 million Rowland Heights Community Center at Pathfinder Park.

“It’s been a long time coming and a lot of hard work by the entire community and the county,” said Beth Hojnacke, president of Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council.

The project will finally give Rowland Heights the civic center that it has been lacking all these years. And what a center it will be, as designed by Gonzalez Goodale Architects in Pasadena.

The 19,500-square-foot one-story buildings will sit on the lower section of popular Pathfinder Park.

For more, se Rich Irwin’s story CENTER.

Hacienda Heights residents protest stormwater cleanup fee

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday postponed action on a stormwater- cleanup fee after an overwhelming majority of speakers representing cities, school districts, businesses and property owners expressed opposition to the measure and the way it was presented.

The supervisors voted 3-2 to redraft the measure to include a sunset clause, a list of projects and the possibility of placing it on a general ballot before the entire electorate, instead of only sending property owners a mail-in ballot.

Taxpayers can continue commenting on the proposed measure for another 60 days. The next hearing before the supervisors is tentatively slated for March 12. So far, the county has received 96,349 written protests, about 4.3 percent. It needed 50 percent or more to stop the process.

Several Rowland and Hacienda Heights residents attended the meeting. Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story RUNOFF.