PAGE ONE JAN 20 2014

 

PARTYLINE

AA INVITE: AA Friends has a new closed meeting in Leisure World on Wednesday afternoons. Call 430-6343 or 594-8212 for time and location.

 

SB CRIME DOWN: Crime decreased 17 percent last year in Seal Beach, according to a newsletter sent out by Councilwoman Ellery Deaton. Police Chief Joe Stilinovich attributes the decline to an increased focus on crime trends and partnerships within the community. The majority of crime in Seal Beach is theft, most commonly involving valuables left in cars. “This crime is easily prevented by removing our valuables when we leave our vehicles,” wrote Mrs. Deaton. “Please be sure your vehicles and homes are locked and there are no valuables left in plain sight.”

 

EARLY BIRD AT DMV: Milly Linn of Mutual 12 writes: I went down to take the DMV test and while I was in line, a man came up to me and asked, “aren’t you a little bit early?” I said I thought three weeks prior was perfect timing. He said, “It is perfect timing, except you’re not due until 2015. Enjoy your 90th birthday.”

 

NY CLUB FLEA MARKET: The New York Club is sponsoring a flea market Saturday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Over 60 tables of antiques, baked goods, clothing, collectibles, crafts, fruit preserves, furniture, home supplies, jewelry, pictures, toiletries, etc., will be sold by LW residents. Refreshments and lunch will be available.

 

HB MARATHON: Huntington Beach Surf City Marathon Feb. 2 is expected to draw over 20,000 spectators. The course parallels the Huntington Beach coastline with a short loop inland. The race is capped at 2,000 runners and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

 

WATER CONSERVATION

Water conservation is an important issue for the community —and not just to be environmentally responsible. An equally important reason is to keep assessments as low as possible. Leisure World residents can reduce water consumption by 20-40 percent without purchasing expensive equipment. Reducing water use can mean substantial savings on water, sewage and energy bills. The following suggestions can help people get in the habit of saving water:

Kitchen/Laundry Aid

Large appliances—washing machines and dishwashers—consume the most water, so they are important places to start any water-conservation efforts.

•Set the water level on washing machines to match the size of the load. Try to avoid doing frequent small loads; whenever possible, run the machine only for full loads.

•People don’t need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Hand rinsing dishes under the faucet uses 15-18 gallons of water per load. Dishwashers with pre-rinse cycles make hand rinsing unnecessary. If a dish or two isn’t completely clean after the dishwasher cycle, finish the job by hand.

•Like the washing machine, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you have only a few dishes, wash them by hand in a sink or basin—not under a running faucet. Use a second basin or dishpan for rinsing, or spray rinse all the soapy dishes at once.

Conserving in the Bath

After these major appliances, the bathroom offers the next biggest opportunity to save water.

•Make sure toilets are all working efficiently. According to the American Water Works Association, the average American home loses 14 percent of all water used to leaks. (And, remember, the toilet is not a waste basket.) If you think you have a problem call you director.

•Keep showers as brief as possible or turn the water off while shaving or scrubbing in the stall.

•When taking a bath, close the drain while the water warms up then adjust the temperature. Monitor the tub as it fills, and turn the water off at the half-way mark.

•Turn off tap water while brushing your teeth.

Running Hot and Cold

•There’s nothing as refreshing as a cold drink of water, but don’t let the faucet run to get it. Chill a container of water in the refrigerator instead.

•Avoid running hot tap water over frozen food to defrost it; put it in the refrigerator the night before.

•Rethink any tasks involving running water—like washing vegetables or brushing teeth. (A gallon of water a minute flows through a tap that’s only half open). Use a dishpan or bowl of water instead of letting the tap run. Then pour the water from the bowl house plants.

Outdoors

•Use a broom instead of the garden hose to wash off the patio or sidewalk. Report sprinker problems to mutual directors. Use the carwash located at Clubhouse 2 instead of the hose to wash cars; the water there is recycled.

“Used” Water

•Before pouring that half-filled glass of water down the sink, use it in the dog’s bowl or on a plant. Other sources of “used” water are suitable for reuse—it just takes a little imagination and a change in routine.

Water conservation begins with individuals.

If each member makes a few simple adjustments in household routine, the community can conserve thousands of gallons of water and save thousands of dollars each year.

So remember: Use water wisely; save water because every drop counts; and none should be wasted.

—Mark Weaver,

Community Facilities Manager

 

CITY VOTES ON E-CIGARETTES

The Seal Beach City Council unanimously voted to introduce an ordinance Monday to regulate using, buying and selling electronic cigarettes in the city. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking via a heating element that vaporizes liquid solutions. The e-cigs use flavored nicotine products that have addictive properties and could appeal to children.

The city wants to regulate e-cigarettes like other tobacco products, which Los Angeles and other area cities are now doing, according to a city staff report.

Last summer, the city declared a moratorium on issuing business licenses to e-cigarette businesses and smoke shops. Last month, the council directed staff to prepare an ordinance that treats e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products. A conditional use permit (CUP) would be required to operate a smoke shop, and the business would have to be located at least 1,000 feet from other smoke shops, public parks, schools, churches and certain city zones.

The Seal Beach Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m., Feb. 5 at City Hall to consider a related amendment to the zoning code. The e-cig ordinance’s CUP provision requires an amendment to the city zoning code.

 

REBUILDING THE WALL—Section R of the perimeter wall on Seal Beach Boulevard is now under construction. The project is in full swing, and work is progressing as planned. Construction of the wall will continue north to the Main Gate exit with a proposed completion date of June 6.