Page 2 October 7, 2021 EL SEGUNDO HERALD
FELINES AND DANDY DOGS
Dear Community Members,
Halloween is just around the corner,
and we know you are dressing your
four-legged family members up too.
Send us some photos – cats,
dogs, hamsters, birds, whatever
you’ve got, and we will publish
them in our Halloween issue.
Send your photos to: email@example.com
by Monday, October 18, 2021. Please, include
your fur or non-fur baby’s name(s) with the photo(s).
William Joseph Booterbaugh
1927 - 2021
Bill was born in Lily, PA on June 19,
1927 and passed away in Torrance, CA on
October 2, 2021.
Bill was a veteran having served in the
United States Army. He moved to California
in 1953 and settled in El Segundo. He lived
in El Segundo for 58 years, from 1953 to
2011. In 2011, he and his wife moved to an
independent living facility in Torrance. He
retired from Chevron after a long career there.
Bill is survived by one brother, Harold
(Hank) Booterbaugh of El Segundo, his stepdaughter,
Lorna Ennis of El Segundo, and his
many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. •
Monday, Sept 27th
A petty theft report was taken at 0935
hours from the 500 block of North Pacific
Coast Highway. The suspect stole the victim’s
An identity theft report was taken at 1100
hours from the 400 block of Standard Street.
Unknown suspect(s) stole property from
the victim’s unlocked vehicle and cashed a
fraudulent check that belong to the victim.
A male adult was arrested at 1157 hours
from the 700 block of South Pacific Coast
Highway for shoplifting.
A burglary (auto) report was taken at
1306 hours from the 100 block of West
Grand Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) broke
into the victim’s vehicle and stole his laptop
An attempt burglary report was taken
at 1450 hours from the 300 block of East
Grand Avenue. Unknown suspect(s) entered
an attached garage and attempted to break
into the mailboxes.
A petty theft report was taken at 1517
hours from the 500 block of North Pacific
Coast Highway. The suspect stole alcohol
from the store.
A grand theft report was taken at 1638
hours from the 400 block of Eucalyptus
Drive. Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s
tailgate from his vehicle.
Tuesday, Sept 28th
An attempt burglary (vehicle) report was
taken at 0651 hours from the 800 block of
Douglas Street. Unknown suspect(s) attempted
to break into the victim’s vehicle.
A stolen vehicle report was taken at 0834
See Police Report, page 11
City Council Presses On For
Ongoing Hyperion Odor Issues
By Liz Spear
Ongoing odors from the Hyperion Water
Reclamation Plant and a “drastic revenue loss”
to city coffers due to COVID-19 were two of
the subjects the El Segundo City Council heard
about at its regularly scheduled meeting last
Tuesday night. Other topics for the evening
included the city entering into a contract for
free affordable housing services, an update
on transportation services like Dial-A-Ride,
Lyft, the new Metro Micro, and the latest
on COVID-19 in Los Angeles County and
its accompanying mandates.
The latest foul odor occurred on Saturday,
October 2, in the morning. It was later
deemed to be due to one of the Hyperion
Plant’s new “scrubbers,” installed recently as
an upgrade to the facility to diminish odor
issues experienced by the community near
Hyperion. That day, the South Coast Air Quality
District received 38 phone calls reporting
the foul odor due to hydrogen sulfide, also
known as sh2, which produces a smell like
that of rotten eggs. El Segundo Development
Services Director Elias Sassoon said the hydrogen
sulfide levels were recorded that day
at 16.3 and 10.2, both “relatively high” readings.
He said a low-level is a 2 or 3 reading.
According to the United States Department
of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health
Administration website, “Hydrogen sulfide
gas causes a wide range of health effects.
Workers are primarily exposed to hydrogen
sulfide by breathing it. The effects depend
on how much hydrogen sulfide you breathe
and for how long….”
El Segundo residents, particularly those
located on the west side of the city near
Hyperion, have taken the brunt of ongoing
issues stemming from Hyperion’s sewage
spill and plant flooding emergency on July
11 and 12. At least one Hyperion official has
been present at every City Council meeting
since the emergency at Hyperion. However,
on Tuesday night, there wasn’t one. Instead,
the city’s Development Services Director
Sassoon, who has been in contact with plant
management and AQMD, addressed the
council’s concerns. Sassoon also sits on a
board convened by Greg Good, a Commissioner
on the City of Los Angeles Board of
Public Works, who was elected its President
in July 2020. The board consists of UCLA
professors who design sewage treatment
plants like Hyperion, general managers who
run similar plants, and independent thirdparty
consultants and assembled to conduct
a study into the debacle once remedial work
and plant upgrades have been completed.
See City Council, page 15