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whose lives are in turmoil can more easily cope.
Helping veterans who have sacrificed so
much for our country and its people is very
close to Taya’s heart. She shines a light on
Operation Safe Haven, a tiny house community
for homeless veterans in New Jersey.
Donnie Davis served in the Air Force and as
a police officer before becoming a pastor for
the Amazing Grace Community Church. He
led an initiative for the church to purchase an
abandoned 277-acre campground with a 65-
acre lake. Tiny houses are built by volunteers
in order to give shelter to veterans who are
battling mental trauma and homelessness.
There are other feel-good stories such as
the couple who started a program that helps
kids who are aging out (at the age of 18) of
the foster care system. When she was just four
years old, Alex Scott held her first childhood
cancer fundraiser in her front yard and raised
over $2,000. By the time of her death in 2004,
Alex raised $1 million and inspired a legacy of
hope and cures for childhood cancer – Alex’s
Lemonade Stand. And there’s the blind veteran
whose work with disabled bike riders inspired
a volunteer organization that takes blind bikers
on rides through New York City. These and
other accounts will make you smile through
your tears while you reach for your wallet and
start to pull up your sleeves yourself. We can
all make a difference in someone else’s life.
This book is available as a book on CD and
is read by the author. There are many other
books in the library on the topic of helping
those less fortunate: ask our library staff for help
in locating these items and do a good deed! •
“the face of state government” to most people
who live and work in the state. Waits of
two hours or more for walk-in customers
to reach the counter have become commonplace
since the DMV began issuing
REAL IDs. The deadline for having one of
the federally compliant driver’s licenses and
identification cards is 16 months from now
in the fall of 2020.
Frequent fliers and federal contractors will
want to carry the REAL ID. However, people
who don’t fly or do business involving federal
buildings or military bases don’t need one.
Having a REAL ID makes it easier to board
a flight, but even passengers with a standard
California ID can fly as long as they show a
birth certificate or U.S. visa. Beginning Oct.
1, 2020, the federal government will require
passengers flying within the United States to
present a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license
or identification card – passport, passport
card, or other federally approved document
– before boarding a plane or entering secure
federal facilities and military bases.
REAL ID applications are complex and
must be done in person at a field office, the
DMV explains. An application with an appointment
can be completed in 40 minutes
or less. “To many Californians, DMV is the
face of state government, and we owe those
who work on the frontlines the resources
and support they need to do their jobs well,”
said Marybel Batjer, who leads the DMV
The average wait times for customers without
appointments in May improved by 12 minutes
and averaged 49 minutes, the DMV says. The
department pointed to changes made for the
improvement. Fourteen of its field offices
are offering mobile Start Here stations, and
more front-counter employees and support
staff were hired with the boosted funding.
The strike team issued its recommendations
to the governor on July 23. The report, along
with regular updates about average wait times,
can be viewed at the DMV website at www.
dmv.ca.gov by clicking on the news tab at
the bottom of the home page. •
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of 1.13. Of the total, 240,000 square feet is
for creative office uses with the option to
include a roof deck, 66,000 square feet of
studio and production facilities, and 7,000
square feet of retail.
The Council approval allowed the land
use designation for the project to change
from Commercial Center (C-4) to Urban
Mixed Use South (MU-S). The agreement
also prohibits certain uses at the site: drivethrough
restaurants, adult businesses, catering
services/flight kitchens, freight forwarding,
and service stations.
CDC Vice President-Development Alex
Rose provided a brief history of the site area
and its evolution from industrial to mixed use.
He described the new project as the “final
piece of Rosecrans Corridor frontage” and
an extension of Continental Park” that will
continue west from the latter location until it
touches The Point shopping center. He noted
that the applicant undertook extensive traffic
studies and voluntarily downsized the project
below the allowable thresholds.
During the public hearing portion of the
discussion, Rebecca Davis representing
Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility
(SAFER) urged the Council not
to certify the EIR until there is a satisfactory
revision and further public review. She contended
that the project does not comply with
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
guidelines and poses significant unmitigated
impacts from toxic soil contamination that
could especially put construction workers as
well as nearby residents at risk. Among other
concerns, she asserted that the draft and final
EIR do not contain health risk assessments
(HRA) for cancer risk and that indoor air
quality is not addressed.
Davis provided a series of numbers from
her group’s analysis of the project indicating
cancer risks exceed CEQA thresholds.
However, the City of El Segundo’s CEQA
consultant (from Eco-Tierra Consulting)
maintained that Davis and company “highly
overestimated” those risks with incorrect
assumptions and faulty methodology – as
examples: that all particles will be diesel when
in fact they will be natural gas vehicles, and
that the wind will only blow in one direction.
The City consultant explained that the
project does not actually require an HRA, but
that Eco-Tierra conducted a “more detailed
analysis” that found risks to be below than
the South Coast Air Quality Management
District (SCAQMD) threshold. The firm responded
to each of SAFER’s comments (as
well as those from other entities) in detail
last month in an errata to the final EIR. Prior
to the Council approvals on Tuesday, the El
Segundo Planning Commission in May concluded
that SAFER’s comment letter had no
evidence requiring recirculation of the EIR
nor further environmental review.
Also on Tuesday, El Segundo Police Department
Lieutenant Dan Kim presented an
update on local homelessness activities. The
Council approved a homelessness plan last
year after the City received a $30,000 grant
from the City of Los Angeles. Kim went over
the plan’s primary goals and reported that
the community’s 2019 homeless count was
19 individuals but that his department did an
independent count that showed the total of 15.
John McCullough gave the Council a quick
update on the El Segundo Art Walk and said
that the most recent two June and July events
were “exceedingly great.” He reported that
last month was the “largest event ever” with
45 businesses and 55 artists participating
along with an estimated attendance of 4,400
and notably increased social media activity.
During presentations, Police Chief Bill
Whalen introduced two new officers, Lucas
Montero and David Deady (the second
lateral officer to join the department). And
the Council also enjoyed a sneak peak of El
Segundo Youth Drama’s upcoming production
of The Addams Family. •
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