FLEA MARKET: Marge McDonald of Mutual 15 writes: The Social Club will hold a flea market Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. There will be 60 tables of antiques, collectibles and other merchandise sold by individual LW resident owners. All are welcome to browse, buy, eat lunch or enjoy refreshments.
AARP SMART DRIVER: A volunteer is needed to keep AARP Smart Driver Program in Leisure World. The volunteer is responsible for writing articles for the GR News and other tasks. Training is provided. For more information, call Betty Adams, Mutual 15, 936-1333.
BREAST CANCER SUPPORT: Sharon Kohn of Mutual 9, is spearheading the formation of a group to support those who have, or have had, breast cancer. For more information, call Sharon at 596-1969.
LOS AL MUSEUM DOCENTS: The Los Alamitos Museum was dedicated on Oct. 25, 1975, and opened its doors with exhibits April 26, 1976. It has been an integral part of the community and is run by volunteers, which are in short supply. The museum hosts special events, including teas, Docent Appreciation Night, Honored Citizen Day, a quilt show and more. The museum is open to the public Sunday and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. Volunteer docents must learn historical facts and give two hours of their time each month. The museum is located at 11061 Los Alamitos Blvd. in Los Alamitos. For more information, call the museum at 431-8836 or 493-3101.
LANDSCAPE WORK: The City of Seal Beach has begun a landscape maintenance project on Seal Beach Boulevard (between Lampson Avenue and Rossmoor Center Way) and Lampson Avenue (between Seal Beach Boulevard and Tulip Street). Lanes will be closed weekdays between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Aug. 25.
3-WAY STOP INSTALLED
A NEW THREE-WAY STOP was installed yesterday at St. Andrews Drive and Interlachen Road. Jeff Jacobsen (kneeling) and Martin Prete of Alliance Paving, Inc., spent about four hours striping the intersection and installing stop signs for enhanced safety. In April, a car hit a pedestrian near this intersection, seriously injuring the the woman, who later died. Pedestrians, cyclists and scooter operators should use caution at the stop until everyone adapts to the new traffic pattern.
MUTUAL 6 GOES SOLAR
Mutual 6, bordered by Oakmont, St. Andrews and Pelham streets, is the first mutual to have solar panels placed on carport roofs to heat water in the Bldg. 130 laundry room, power 18 exterior pole lights and illuminate Carport 73. The project also has the flexibility to charge hybrid and electric cars in the carport, according to Mutual 6 President John Garrett.
“We are hoping to net out our utility bill for this laundry room,” said Mr. Garrett.
Since 2005, Mutual 8 has used solar panels on residential units to generate 80 percent of the electricity used in its eight laundry rooms and all walkway and carport lights, according to Mutual 8 President Clarence Fuqua.
In Mutual 6, David Saltzman of Ameco Solar, Paramount, did the engineering and installation, and worked with the GRF Service Maintenance Department and Hadi Gagow of Hadi Construction to complete the project.
“We were motivated by a marginal rate of return on our investments (about 1 percent) and need to have flexibility to deal with rate hikes from SCE, plus the ability to charge electric and hybrid cars in the carports,” said Mr. Garrett.
“Rate increases are pending before the PUC for 10 percent this year, and, according to some news reports, there may be a 45-percent increase in rates over the next 10 years.
“Our goal is to net out our electric bill for this laundry room and provide the flexibility needed no matter what SCE and the PUC does,” Mr. Garrett said.
The state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) recently approved a rate increase that averages out to an 8 percent hike for all customers. The increase was triggered in part by a policy change on rate structuring from regulators and the electric utilities.
Electricity rates will increase again if regulators approve a proposal from Southern California Edison (SCE) to change the five-tier rate structure that’s been in place since 2001. SCE wants a simpler two-tier system, according to its website. Regulators will consider the issue in the spring.
SCE says it was motivated to pursue the restructuring because:
•The cost to generate or buy power is increasing: The cost hike is passed directly to customers, and SCE doesn’t make a profit on this.
•Infrastructure investments: SCE is updating the grid to deliver safer and more dependable electricity.
•Rate design changes: Currently high-usage customers subsidize low-usage customers. With this change, costs will be evenly spread among all customers.
WCC CONTRUCTION UPDATES
This weekend, traffic on the southbound I-405 freeway at Seal Beach Boulevard will be shifted. Tomorrow, June 27, the contractor will restripe the southbound lanes I-405 and divert traffic to the inside of the freeway near the newly constructed center median.
This will allow crews to pave and restripe the outside shoulder of the freeway. Motorists will notice the new traffic pattern Saturday morning, June 28.
The work is part of the West County Connectors (WCC) project to link carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605).
In other news:
•Crews have removed K-rail barricades from sections of the new portion of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. Over the last few weeks, the contractor installed new curbs and gutters, and fencing on the east half of the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge. Paving on portions of the new half is under way.
In mid-July, crews will perform a “closure pour” to connect the new east half of the bridge with the west half of the bridge.
•Paving is ongoing for retaining walls for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector, along the eastbound SR-22 freeway near Valley View Street. The work will continue for the next few weeks. Paving is also under way in the center median of the I-405 near the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector.
• Falsework construction on the SR-22 / I-405 carpool connector is ongoing as crews construct the bridge support structure from both sides of the I-405 freeway. The contractor recently completed a deck pour on the new connector. Another stem and soffit pour is scheduled to take place Friday, June 27, followed by another pour tentatively scheduled for next week.
Portions of the westbound SR-22, southbound I-605, northbound I-405 and southbound I-405 freeways, Seal Beach Boulevard and Old Ranch Parkway are scheduled to be closed at night through Saturday.
For a complete closure list, including recommended detour routes, visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap.
Mary Jane Langston, 85, Golden Rain Director of Mutual 5, passed away May 17, 2014.
Mary Jane served on the GRF Board from 1995-1999. She served as chair of the Recreation and Publications committees; vice chair of the Library Committee; and was a member of the Executive, Medical, Physical Property and Resales committees.
In addition to the GRF Board, Mary Jane served on the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce-Ambassador Committee from 1994-1995.
She was the daughter of Homer and Frances Adams of West Plains, Mo.
Mary Jane dedicated her adult life in service to others through professional social work and volunteerism.
She graduated from the University of Houston in 1956 with a bachelor’s of science degree in economics and secondary education, with minor studies in psychology and history.
She immediately set out to save the world one family at a time.
In the early 1960s she hired on with the American Red Cross as an on-call Emergency Relief Council, helping military families find emergency resources in a crisis. From there she joined the YWCA as the youth service program director.
In the 1970s she served the Los Angeles Camp Fire Girls Association as the executive director and coordinated the Welfare Planning Council for the Neighborhood Youth Corps in Long Beach, Calif.In the early 1980s Mary Jane acted as the interim executive director for the Big Sisters of Orange County. She joined California Pediatrics and Family Services teaching parental skills to at-risk and mentally disabled parents in the 1990s. This position turned out to be her passion and she served some of her clients for almost two decades.
She marched for Civil Rights in the South during the 1950s, petitioned for women’s rights in the 60s and worked to ensure the rights of veterans in the 1970s during the return of our Vietnam soldiers. In the 1980s, the disabled gained her attention with the kidney failure of first daughter, and finally she turned her attention to the elderly in the 1990s and beyond.
She had numerous teaching credentials and received countless awards and accolades for her life’s work.
The Langstons, Mary Jane and Art, moved to Leisure World in 1990. They were active directors in the Leisure World Trailer Club as president and vice president, respectively, and often traveled the Pacific Coast in their RV from the Arctic Circle of Alaska to the interior of Mexico.
She lived her life exactly as she directed it, filled with love, compassion, kindness, generosity and spunk.
Mary Jane is survived by the love of her life Arthur Lee Langston, of 55 years, their two daughters, Kama Lee and Frances Jane; her brother Homer; her sister Wilma, and all of their children and grandchildren.
“Mom always tried to mix fun kid stuff in with whatever cause she was working on at the moment. I remember several years, in the 70s, when we packed trailers with donations, candy, and movies. Mom would round up a bunch of Papa’s friends, men with tools, and we would head down to Colonia Guerrero, Mexico, where we would spend half of our summer vacation helping to build housing for the children’s orphanage. The other half would be spent at play on the beach—good stuff.”
“She will be dearly missed by all of us who had the pleasure of her touch,” says Fran.