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September 23rd, 2014

A fire has been burning since 6:40 PM last night at a wharf in the Port of Los Angeles in Wilmington. The fire is contained in a 50 foot by 800 foot area, according to reports, but is expected to take several hours to completely control. With the sea breeze this morning, more downwind areas may experience smoke. SCAQMD advises that in areas impacted by the fire, where residents can see or smell smoke, that individuals avoid outdoor exposure and avoid activities, if possible.

Areas of direct smoke impacts and poor air quality may include:
• the South Los Angeles County Coastal Area (Forecast Area 4);
• portions of the Southwest Los Angeles County Coastal Area (Forecast Area 3);
• portions of the North Coastal Orange County Area (Forecast Area 18).

In any area impacted by smoke: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

August 26, 2014

The slideshow below was provided by the City of Seal Beach regarding the adoption of emergency water conservation measures. 

August 26, 2014

The Great ShakeOut website is a valuable resource for learning to prepare and protect yourself in the event of an earthquake.  Visit the ShakeOut website by clicking here.

July 10, 2014

Good Afternoon,

Safety is a top priority for AES Alamitos. We have safety teams to manage programs and assure the safety of our people, contractors, and most importantly, our neighbors - all while ensuring compliance with all local and corporate standards and driving continuous improvements in overall safety performance. As part of best business practices, AES Alamitos will be testing its Emergency Siren on Friday, July 11th at noon. The siren will go off for approximately 45 seconds. We may try it twice within the first 5 minutes, but no more than 90 seconds total. We wanted to provide this courtesy notification to you, so you may notify the appropriate persons. Again, this will only be a test. If you should have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you,
Clarissa Cordova


June 05, 2014

07/03  All American Boys Chorus & Rob Watkins (comedy host) 
07/10 Count Basie Orchestra & Robert Lee (comedy host)
Sponsored by CalMet Services, Inc.
07/17 ABBA Tribute & Steve Bruner (comedy host)
Sponsored by Los Alamitos Medical Center & Health Care Center on Golden Rain Road
07/24 Kingston Trio
Sponsored by John's Landscaping
07/31 Music in the Miller Mood (Glenn Miller Tribute), Tex Beneke Orchestra, & Modernaries 
08/07 Debbie Reynolds
Sponsored by Superwire
08/14 A Patriotic Tribute to the Veterans
Sponsored by Y's Service Club
08/21 Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show
08/28 Frankie Avalon
09/04 Roy Orbison Tribute, Patsy Cline Tribute, Kelly McDonald (comedy host)
Sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation 
09/11 Terry Otte and Abilene

* Shows start at 8pm (7:30pm in September). The audience is not permitted to enter the Amphitheater prior to one hour before show time.

Residents must have their GRF photo I.D. card in their possession when attending Amphitheater shows. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident stockholder. Anticipated popularity of some shows may limit the number of guests a resident may bring.

Smoking is not permitted in the Amphitheater.

May 16, 2014

Ongoing brush fires in San Diego County and flows from the south have caused smoke to move into the South Coast Air Basin this morning, especially in Orange County and into Los Angeles County. Some elevated particulate concentrations are occurring as well as smoke odors. Smoke dispersion is expected to improve as the onshore breezes return and vertical mixing increases by early afternoon. However, smoke that has accumulated offshore may also move inland with the sea breeze today.

Areas directly impacted by smoke and ash may experience air quality in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, or higher. Depending on fire and weather conditions, the portions of the South Coast Air Basin where smoke impacts and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups air quality are most likely to occur include:
  • Orange County (Forecast Areas 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21); 
  • the Lake Elsinore Area (Forecast Area 25); 
  • the Temecula Valley (Forecast Area 26) 
  • Portions of Los Angeles County (especially Areas 1, 2, 3 4, 5,11, 12, & 16); 
Other areas of the South Coast Air Basin may experience smoke and smoke odors at times.

In any area directly impacted by smoke: Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion; people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.
- South Coast Air Quality Management District, Source

May 14, 2014

Long Beach and Orange County firefighters converged on the Los Cerritos Wetlands at about 10:30 a.m., today, May 14, to battle a wildfire threatening nearby businesses at the Long Beach Marketplace and the Seaport Marina near Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway, according to initial fire reports.

Water-dropping helicopters were called in due to high winds and sweltering temperatures. Oil fields in the vicinity were of concern, but the fire did not involve nearby Haynes and AES power plants as of presstime. A plume of dark smoke could be seen from Leisure World at about 10:30 a.m., prompting some residents to call Security expressing concern about a fire at the power plants.

There is heavy traffic in the vicinity of the fire. Drivers are asked to use alternate routes. Street closures at the intersections of 2nd Street and Pacific Coast Highway, and Westminster and Studebaker were in effect as of mid-morning.

Fire units from Long Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles County and Area E are working the fire. Due to high winds and high temperatures, multiple resources are being assigned to this incident to minimize spot fires and assist in suppression efforts.

In an unrelated development, Gumgrove Park is closed until further notice due to high winds and heat, according to Seal Beach police.
- Ruth Osborn, GR News

Update @ 12:30pm
Long Beach Fire Department is working a brush fire in the area of Westminster Avenue and Studebaker Road. As of 12:30 p.m., Pacific Coast Highway is open in all directions; however, Westminster Avenue is closed at Studebaker until further notice.

Update @ 1:30pm
The Los Cerritos Wetlands fire was 80 percent contained as of 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, according to Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Will Nash. Firefighters will monitor the area throughout the afternoon to make sure all embers and hot spots are doused, he said.

Second Street from Pacific Coast Highway to Studebaker Road, and Marina Drive from Second Street to Seaport Drive will be closed for the next eight hours as firefighters mop up. Avoid the area because traffic is snarled.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters got the first call at about 9:25 a.m. for a fire at Shopkeeper Road and Second Street near the Marketplace shopping center.

The fire spread to about 50 acres of the 500-acre wetlands before it was contained.

High winds blew embers into palm trees around the intersection of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway and ignited a balcony at the Seaport Marina Hotel across the street, said Mr. Nash.

Oil pumps in the fire area were turned off.  The fire spread to inaccessible parts of the wetlands, making it difficult for firefighters to reach, Mr. Nash said. There was dry grass, marsh and mud to contend with. Long Beach Fire coordinated with the Orange County Fire Authority for a water-dropping helicopter to aid the effort.

Update @ 3:30pm

Second Street, eastbound and westbound, is now open for traffic at Pacific Coast Highway, according to Long Beach Fire.

The only street closure, due to fire clean-up, is Marina Drive from Second Street to Seaport Drive and all of Shopkeeper Drive. The closure will last about eight hours.

May 05, 2014

At about 11:30am today (Monday, May 5th), black smoke was spotted coming from one of the Haynes smoke stacks.  Contact has been made to Haynes and the only word that they provided was that there was a “malfunction” and are currently working on it.  We have confirmed reports from Shareholders that they heard sirens from the plant.  We are working to secure additional information.

April 3, 2014

There are over 30 Leisure World shareholders who are over 100 years old.  It is phenomenal for Leisure World to have such a concentration of centenarians.

As a tribute to them, the Centenarian Project will hold a luncheon on April 10 - the 100th day of the year - in Clubhouse 4 at 11am.  The Centenarian Project was started by GRF representative Betty Coven when she learned about the impressive number of 100-year-olds living here and realized that this is something huge to celebrate.

Tickets, $20, will be sold weekdays in the Hospitality Room in Clubhouse 6 from 10-11a.m., through April 10.  You may also call Anna Derby, (562) 598-6796; Janice Laine, (562) 296-8647; or Bonnie Z. Cooper, (562) 822-6358.
- Golden Rain News


March 13, 2014

All shareholders are welcome to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony when the doors officially open for the new Downtown Cafe in Clubhouse 5.  There will be free cookies and coffee.  Also, hear Irish songs and ballads sung by Galit Levy-Slater as she strums her guitar.  Tour the Cafe and see first-hand how the modern vending machines work.

The machines will offer a variety of coffees - French vanilla, mocha, and hazelnut.  Burritos, pizza, sandwiches, and salads will also be available.

Candy, soda, and other snacks will also be available from the five machines inside and one on the patio.  The cafe is small and cozy; in good weather, the adjacent patio area will provide more seating.  It will be open every day from 7am to 9pm.
- Golden Rain News



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