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OLLI ART SHOW: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Annual Art Show will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 17-21. A reception with special programs presented by OLLI students is 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Design Building Gallery at California State University, Long Beach, at Palo Verde and State University Drive. Parking is by permit daily. Sunday parking is free in Lot 9 with a pass, which can be obtained in the Gallery, or use the OLLI pass for Lot 11.
ENGLISH SPEECH CLASS: An English Speech and Language Acquisition class is held from 10-11 a.m., Tuesdays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Kuniko Okamoto, Mutual 2, started the class a month ago for foreign language speakers and stoke recovery patients. The class is designed to improve grammar and clarity of speech, including accent reduction. Kuniko is a speech pathologist who understands the problems of foreign language speakers and the frustration of not being understood. Seats are limited. The Sunshine Club sponsors the class. For more information, call Anna Derby at 598-6796.
HCC OFFERS NEW PLANS: The Health Care Center on Golden Rain Road now accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield Covered California insurance health plans—part of the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace opened Oct. 1. The ACA health insurance exchanges are online marketplaces for health insurance. Americans can use their state’s “Affordable” Insurance Exchange” (also known as a marketplace) to obtain coverage from competing private health care providers. Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace closes March 31.
AES ALAMITOS PRESENTATION
AES Alamitos, a six-unit, 2,000 mega-watt, natural gas-fueled power plant that can provide enough electricity to power about two million homes, is seeking to modernize its plant near Leisure World.
AES representatives will hold a meeting to explain the project at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Since the late 1950s, the power plant has operated in Long Beach, providing a reliable source of electricity to local residents and the region. The facility was owned and operated by Southern California Edison. During the late 1990s, the electric industry was restructured, and Southern California Edison sold most of its generating facilities. In 1998, AES Southland purchased the Alamitos, Huntington Beach and Redondo Beach generating facilities from Southern California Edison, according to the company website.
Recent changes to California environmental law require power plants to significantly reduce the use of ocean water for cooling. AES wants to take the “opportunity to ensure a cleaner, more reliable energy future by replacing our existing plant with a modern natural gas power plant that is more efficient and responsive to California’s electricity needs,” according to the website.
On Dec. 27, AES filed an Application for Certification from the California Energy Commission, which will require an environmental report on the project, including an analysis of alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize any significant adverse effect the project may have on the environment.
The proposed Alamitos Energy Center (AEC) would be located on approximately 63 acres of privately owned land. The proposed project site is bounded to the north by State Route 22; to the east by the San Gabriel River; to the south by 2nd Street; and to the west by Studebaker Road in Long Beach.
The AEC is a proposed natural-gas fired, fast-starting, combined-cycle gas turbines, air-cooled electrical generating facility with a net generating capacity of 1,936 megawatt. It will replace—and be constructed on the site of—the AES Alamitos Generating Station.
The California Energy Commission is the lead agency (for licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts and larger) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
“...It’s important to wake all Californians to the serious matter of the drought and lack of rain.... We are in an unprecedented, very serious situation that people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, nature and one another...”
—Gov. Jerry Brown
WATER CONSERVATION LOGO CONTEST
by Randy Ankeny
GRF executive director
The water crisis and water conservation are everyone’s responsibility. In declaring a drought emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown has requested that each of us reduce water consumption by 20 percent.
In a show of community unity, let’s all work together and do our individual parts to conserve water. We will be starting a “Water Wise” campaign and are looking for a logo for this important water conservation effort.
I invite you to drop off your design to the receptionist at the Administration Building or email a submission to me at randya@ lwsb.com (PDF files are recommended) by March 7. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Golden Rain Foundation Board. The final selection will be made on March 10 and featured in the March 13 edition of Golden Rain News.
Through community unity, we can conquer common enemies—the water hog and the dreaded drip. We look forward to a flood of submissions (pun intended) to promote that we care about water conservation and a “Water Wise” future.
In observance of Presidents’ Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Gates and Patrol will be closed Monday, Feb. 17.
The Minibus will operate on the holiday D schedule.
The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.
The Leisure World Health Care Center will be closed both days. The pharmacy and physical therapy department will be open.
The 24-hour nurse will be available for telephone advice or home visits for a charge by calling 795-6216.
The Centenarian Project is sponsoring its first workshop, “How to Live the Longest Life Possible,” led by Carl Bourhenne, former Golden Rain Foundation director.
The workshop will start at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Mr. Bourhenne holds a master’s degree in gerontology from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
During the 26 years since he received his degree, he has continued searching scientific literature, identifying 17 factors that affect how long people live, how each factor affects their health and youthfulness, and what people can do to extend their lives.
“Although your genes play a big role in longevity,” he said, “there are many parts of your lifestyle that are under your own control and can add or subtract years to your life.”
Mr. Bourhenne will focus on several of the 17 factors that are under people’s control, particularly the consequences of stress.
More information on Mr. Bourhenne’s research can be found at www.longestlife.com.
The Centenarian Project has compiled a list of 30-40 Leisure World centenarians and discovered there are another 20 residents who will turn 100 in 2014, so there must be something about the lifestyle in LWSB that contributes to longevity.
•On Jan. 3, California’s Department of Water Resources released its first snow survey of the season, showing that snowpack has decreased considerably. The water content of the snowpack statewide was just 20 percent of average for early January. This ties January 2012 as the driest in historical records for this time of year.
The state’s mountain snowfall plays a big role in the water supply for California, particularly in the Sierra Nevada. California’s Sierra Nevada Conservancy says that 60 percent of the state’s developed water supply originates from this high mountain range that runs north to south near the Nevada border.
•According to the U.S. Drought Monitor Jan. 7, 28 percent of the state was in extreme drought. The agriculture-rich Central Valley is the epicenter. This is the highest percentage of extreme drought in California during the winter months dating back to 2000. In addition, only one other time since 2000 has extreme drought covered a higher percentage of the state. In late summer 2007, this figure reached as high as 35 percent.
•Because of dry weather, firefighters responded to over 400 fires this January, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Only 69 fires were reported in the last five Januaries combined, and there were no fires in January 2013. Last week, CAL FIRE announced it hired 125 additional firefighters to help address the increased fire threat due to drought conditions.
•Moderate to severe drought covers 88 percent of the state as of Jan. 7. Although this is a bit lower than the 94 percent reported during summer 2013, the current percentage remains higher than any other time in the last 12 years.
• The California Department of Water Resources reports that several reservoirs are less than 40 percent of capacity. This includes California’s two largest reservoirs, Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville. The others are Folsom Lake, which is at 18 percent of its 977,000 acre-foot capacity (36 percent of historical average for this date). The lake is so low that the remains of a former Gold Rush-era mining town have been exposed. Lake Oroville is at 36 percent of its 3.5 million acre-foot capacity (57 percent of historical average for this date); Shasta Lake: 36 percent of its 4.5 million acre-foot capacity (56 percent of historical average for this date); and San Luis Reservoir: 30 percent of its 2 million acre-foot capacity.
•Each year, the state consumes 2 million more acre-feet of ground water than it recharges naturally, according to the EPA.
WHERE WE LIVE CLUB—Come learn about the new cafe being built in Clubhouse 5 and adjacent patio that will be open for LWers to use. The Where We Live Club will host a presentation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. All are welcome to attend. See page 5 for the complete story.