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On Saturday night, our show choirs, SoundTRAX and Sound FX, placed first in their respective divisions, earning them the title of National Grand Champions at the FAME Show Choir National Finals at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago for the fourth year in a row. The grand champion choirs each won awards for best show design, best choreography and best vocals with SoundTRAX also garnering the best costume award. Sophia Wackerman and Malia Rivers were named the best female soloists of the evening, and Justin Min captured the award for best male stage presence. ABC and CBS greeted them at the airport to help capture this special moment for our Griffins. 



Director David Moellenkamp also received the Aspire Vocal Vanguard Award for excellence and innovation in directing. David's dedication to our students to provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities inspires all of us to Ignite Unlimited Possibilities!



Please join me in congratulating our choir students, Director David Moellenkamp, Assistant Director Moana Dherlin, accompanist, Eddy Clement, our booster parents, and our community supporters! 


The students are already hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming, one night only performance of the musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" which features many of the students who performed in Chicago. Tickets are available now at www.seatyourself.biz/losalchoir for the May 12th performance at Cottonwood Auditorium.

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Step 2 Make your reservation. Pick one of the suggested seatings from the seat chart or select a different quantity of seats below.

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SoCalGas Power-to-Gas Project Selected by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Receive Funding

Utility to Receive $175,000 Cost Share to Advance Renewable Energy Storage Technology

LOS ANGELES, Apr. 24, 2017 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that its power-to-gas project has been selected by the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to receive up to $175,000 in cost share support for a new technology research and demonstration project at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). SoCalGas and NREL researchers will partner to conduct research to advance the development of power-to-gas technology, a cutting-edge method of storing excess renewable energy.

"Power-to-gas technology has the potential to bridge the renewable energy supply-demand gap that has become more and more challenging," said Jeff Reed, director of business strategy and advanced technology at SoCalGas. "This technology can significantly increase the amount of renewable energy integrated into the electrical supply and improve grid reliability. By using our existing gas pipeline infrastructure to store large amounts of carbon-free power, we could really make a difference in California’s clean-energy future."

"NREL and SoCal Gas will be leveraging the large-scale hydrogen system capabilities at the ESIF to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of a power-to-renewable-hydrogen-to- -natural-gas," said Kevin Harrison, Senior Engineer at NREL. "Once the renewable hydrogen and/or methane is produced, the gases can be stored indefinitely and utilized in a number of energy sectors including electricity generation, transportation, fertilizer (ammonia) production, and oil and gas. The system can also be operated in a highly dynamic mode to help stabilize the electrical grid to enable higher penetrations of renewable sources of electricity."

Power-to-gas technology takes excess renewable electricity that would otherwise go to waste and converts it to hydrogen. The hydrogen is then combined with carbon dioxide and fed to a bioreactor where organisms produce renewable natural gas, or RNG. RNG can be used in everything from home appliances to industrial processes, engines and power plants.

The conversion of renewable electricity to RNG enables long-term, monthly, or seasonal storage of large amounts of carbon-free power. Researchers note that this long-duration storage is difficult to achieve with traditional storage technology such as lithium ion batteries, which are typically designed store energy for shorter time periods SoCalGas Power-to-Gas Project Selected by U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Receive Funding

SoCalGas’ research with NREL, located in Golden, Colorado, will seek to answer questions like whether the bioreactor can be operated efficiently and economically to follow solar- and wind-generated electricity profiles. The team will also examine the potential of power-to-gas technology to store large quantities of renewable energy for an entire year, and how it compares in performance and cost to battery storage.

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About Southern California Gas Co. Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe, and reliable natural gas to its customers for 150 years. It is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 21.6 million consumers connected through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. The company's service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.


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Los Al Mayor Hasselbrink invites community

to Neighborhood Open House

The City of Los Alamitos would like to welcome everyone to attend our

Neighborhood Open House on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

in the Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak Street, Los Alamitos.

We encourage everyone to come and learn about projects, events, and
resources that the City has to offer. We will have department
representatives available with material to explain and answer questions:
Police Department, Area Command, City Projects, Events, Classes, and all
City Services.

On behalf of the City of Los Alamitos, I am pleased to invite you and your
family to participate in this community event. I hope to see you there!



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Disaster News

Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners and Renters

Disaster Field Operations Center–West, P.O. Box 419004, Sacramento, CA 95841



Release Date:  March 1, 2017

Media Contact:  Richard Jenkins

Release Number:  CA 15061-01

Phone:  (916) 735-1500


SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses


SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in 32 California counties and neighboring Arizona and Nevada counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties beginning Jan. 1, 2017, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center - West.




Primary California counties: Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne and Ventura;


Neighboring California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Contra Costa, Imperial, Sacramento, San Mateo and Santa Cruz;


Neighboring Arizona counties: La Paz and Mohave;


Neighboring Nevada counties: Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral and Nye.




“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disaster and businesses directly impacted by the disaster,” Garfield said.




Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.




“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.125 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.




By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster.




Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.




Applicants may apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.




Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more disaster assistance information or to download applications, visit https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.




The deadline to apply for these loans is Oct. 23, 2017.


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Golden State Water partners with the

Environmental Protection Agency for the

ninth annual National Fix a Leak Week,

March 20-26, 2017

Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) is partnering with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to raise awareness and help customers
improve their water-use efficiency during the ninth annual National Fix a
Leak Week, March 20-26, 2017.

Fix a Leak Week, part of EPA's WaterSense program, provides customers with
easy steps they can take to identify and fix hidden leaks at their homes.
According to the EPA, water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons
of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, and the average household loses
approximately 10,000 gallons of water annually due to leaks.

Golden State Water's local offices are offering free leak-detecting dye
tablets to customers during Fix a Leak Week, while supplies last.
Additionally, a limited quantity of high-efficiency WaterSense labeled
showerheads and aerators are also available for pickup, or they can be
ordered online at gswatersavers.com [1] and delivered directly to homes.

"Golden State Water encourages customers to use water wisely. It's important
we maximize our water-use efficiency, focusing on daily habits to make
conservation a way of life, and not just a short-term fix," said Edwin
DeLeon, Water-Use Efficiency Manager for Golden State Water.

Golden State Water offers online resources, including several tutorials to
educate customers about fixing leaks and using water responsibly at their
properties. To learn more about water-use efficiency resources, programs and
rebates available in a specific service area, customers are encouraged to
visit gswater.com/conservation [2] or call 1.800.999.4033.

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  New emergency preparedness

  training class set for April at

  Joint Forces Training Base

Northwest Orange County residents have an opportunity to register for a new emergency preparedness training class hosted by West Orange County CERT.

According to the Los Alamitos Police Department, a new training class
 for emergency preparedness has been scheduled for April at
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base.

Are you prepared for an earthquake or other natural disaster? Can you be a
resource to your family and neighborhood when first responders are up to 5 to 7 days from responding?

West County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) host its next class  
April 7, 8 and 14, 15 at the Joint Forces Training Base.

For further
details, call Corporal Stacy Smith at 562-431-2255 ext 445 or email the
corporal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To register, visit the West County CERT page at Samariteam or email
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Keynote Speaker 


General Manager and Chief Executive Officer 




California's historic drought forced residents, businesses and organizations to do things differently, to look at things differently. Going forward, how will we adapt to 'the new normal'?


Join us on Thursday, March 30 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove for a discussion with Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Kightlinger, who leads the largest water provider in the nation. Mr. Kightlinger will discuss the drought, pending state regulations and what must be done for California to achieve a sustainable water supply into the future.


The location for our dinner is also part of the lesson: The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor water park, hotel and collection of restaurants that opened during the height of the drought. Great Wolf, however, sets the industry standard for green initiatives and conservation. Great Wolf Lodge recirculates most of the water in the entire resort, beginning with guest linen recycling, low-flow showers, toilets and faucets, waterless urinals and the best pool filtration systems in the world. In the water park, the Great Wolf Lodge filtration systems use 80 to 90 percent less water than traditional filters. The system is one of the worlds most advanced and effective, allowing recovery and recirculation of most of the water used in the water park. Even the humidity and temperature in the park is controlled to help prevent water loss through evaporation.


I hope you can join us March 30 for an engaging discussion with a leader in the water industry, at a new venue that has proven to be a leader in the hospitality and water park industry as well.




Wayne S. Osborne
Board President
Municipal Water District of Orange County
(714) 963-3058







March 30, 2017

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Register today! ~


Great Wolf Lodge

12681 Harbor Blvd.

Garden Grove, CA







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Municipal Water District of Orange County | http://www.mwdoc.com
18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


*Please note that the registration fee will increase to $90 per person after March 25, 2017. Cancellations made after this date (and event no-shows) will be fully charged.



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SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy Utility


Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

An Odorless, But Potentially Deadly, Gas

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. Breathing in carbon monoxide can displace the oxygen in your blood, causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly.

The stages of carbon monoxide poisoning produce unexplained symptoms, such as:

  • Sudden flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, mental confusion, drowsiness
  • Rapid or fluttering heartbeat
  • Unconsciousness 

Read more about carbon monoxide and how to keep your family safe and informed. 

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Did you Know?

The risk of carbon monoxide exposure occurs more frequently in winter months when people use furnaces, fireplaces and portable generators to stay warm.

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Carbon monoxide can be caused by improper installation, poor maintenance, appliance misuse or failure.

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April 19-21,2017 - Ontario Convention Center


Dear invitee,

On April 19-21, more than 500 influential stakeholders in energy efficiency and demand response emerging technologies will gather in Ontario, California for the 2017 Emerging Technologies Summit. Here’s our top 5 reasons why you should attend!

Register now




#1 Hear from America’s Leaders in Our Field




You won’t want to miss our all-star plenary and keynote lineup.

Thursday morning’s “Fireside Chat” will feature Commissioner Carla Peterman, California Public Utilities Commission, Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director for Research & Development, California Energy Commission and Moderated by Ralph Cavanagh, Co-Director, Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council. The panelists will discuss how emerging technologies and emerging technology programs lead the way in addressing energy efficiency, demand response and related initiatives in California and other trail-blazing states and cities.

Thursday’s keynote speaker Rory McDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School will highlight his latest insights on Disruptive Innovation and how innovation works from the customer perspective.

Friday’s plenary speaker Ellen D. Williams, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and IPST, University of Maryland, will share her successes and lessons learned in driving the business of innovation from a government prospective.

Carla Peterman

Ralph Cavanagh

Laurie ten Hope

Carla Peterman
Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Ralph Cavanagh
Co-Director, Energy Program, National Resource Defense Council

Laurie ten Hope
Deputy Director for Research & Development, California Energy Commission


Carla Peterman

Ralph Cavanagh

Rory McDonald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Business Schooln

Ellen D. Williams
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Physics and IPST, University of Maryland

Visit the ET Summit website to see the full list of speakers.




#2 Attend Sessions That Cater to Your Interests




You’ll choose among 29 breakout sessions where more than 100 preeminent technology, market and policy thought leaders will speak, interact and respond to your questions. The Summit program is organized into five tracks, which include:





Achieving Deeper Energy Savings Through Integrated Solutions


Enabling Smarter Energy Management


Innovative Customer Engagement Strategies


Overcoming Market and Technology Barriers


The Changing Energy Landscape





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#3 See What’s New




Between sessions and during evening receptions, you’ll visit the centrally-located innovation showcase, where high-profile companies will display cutting-edge energy efficiency and demand response technologies and products. You’ll have ample opportunities to engage with industry authorities and sample what’s next during dedicated exhibit hours and social events.




#4 Meet Up with Your Peers




Throughout the three days of the Summit, you’ll connect, catch up and collaborate with your fellow emerging technology professionals. With interactive sessions, evening receptions, and exclusive Southern California area ET Tours, the Summit offers lots of time and space to grow your network and learn what others are doing.




#5 Catch Some Awesome Elevator Pitches




Plenty of networking happens beyond the conference walls, and we encourage you to stay at the conference hotel to make the most of your time at the Summit. Ride the elevators, hit the fitness center or share a coffee or a drink with colleagues. Reserve your room at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport at the special group rate of $139 plus tax per night. Reservations can be made before March 27 online or by calling 1-800-222-8733 and mention the code GAS when making your reservations.


Register now




Sponsors and Exhibitors




EPRI - Electric Power Research Institute

National Renewable Energy Laboratory




Gas Technology Institute


Whisker Labs

Energy Orbit




Energy Savvy


Evolve Technologies