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Gas Co. seeks enrollees for discount rates

The Southern California Gas Co. is reminding customers that households whose income is low enough to qualify can receive a monthly 20 percent discount on natural gas bills. The program is called the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE). Last year such customers saved an average of $66.50 annually with the discount, according to Michelle Mueller, Gas Company vice president, customer services. New enrollment guidelines for participating in the program went into effect Tuesday, June 1st, expanding the benefits provided under the program, Mueller said. Mueller said The Gas Company has “an ongoing commitment” to make sure that eligible customers know about and take advantage of the discount program. Every year, the California Public Utilities Commission adjusts the maximum qualifying income levels to reflect changes in the federal poverty guidelines, Mueller said. The new guidelines are higher than previous guidelines set in June 2003. “The new income guidelines mean that more customers can now qualify for the CARE program,” she said. The million Gas Company customers who are enrolled in the CARE program represent 74 percent of those who are eligible to participate, she said, adding that 350,000 customers are eligible but have not enrolled. For information: in English, (800) 427-2200; in Spanish, (800) 342-4545; in Mandarin Chinese (800) 427-1429; in Korean, (800) 427-0471; and in Vietnamese, (800) 427-0478. Or

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LAX: Jerome Copelan new business development deputy for LA airports

Jerome A. Copelan has been appointed deputy executive director of business development by Los Angeles World Airports, the City of Los Angeles agency that operates city airports. Copelan will oversee all leasing and concession activities for the four airports owned and operated by the city — Los Angeles International (LAX), Ontario International, Van Nuys and Palmdale Regional. Prior to joining the airport department, Copelan worked for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, Hertz Corporation, Qantas Airways and San Francisco International Airport. Copelan has a law degree from Armstrong School of Law and a real estate broker...

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Airport expects 800,000 passengers over July 4th holiday weekend

Officials at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are expecting more than 800,000 travelers over the Fourth of July holiday weekend beginning Friday, July 2nd, and extending through Monday, July 5th. The passenger figure would be an increase of approximately 12 percent over the comparable July 4th holiday weekend last year. “Passengers will experience congested roadways, crowded terminals and virtually full flights,” LAX officials warned. Travelers also should expect to see beefed-up security during the July 4th weekend and are urged to allow additional time for passenger and baggage screening. In some cases, vehicle screening may be required. The national color-coded terror alert warning system is expected to remain at yellow, which designates an “elevated” risk of attacks. Information,...

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Oceana opens new office in Santa Monica

Oceana, an international ocean advocacy group, has opened a new regional office in Santa Monica. The organization came into being after a merger between American Oceans Campaign, founded by actor Ted Danson, and the Ocean Law Project. The Oceana office at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 312 will be headed by Dana DuBose, who led the organization’s Stop Cruise Pollution Campaign. DuBose has ten years of experience in the environmental and public policy area and has been in the Oceana office in Washington, D.C. since 2001. Earlier, she was legislative director for California Congressman George Brown and deputy director of the Heritage Forests Campaign. DuBose said the Santa Monica office will focus on marine and coastal issues important to California as part of the organization’s overall domestic and international agenda. Oceana is currently advocating for three bills in the State Legislature. One bill that would restrict bottom trawling and the others would limit the amount of sewage and wastewater that could legally be dumped by cruise ships off the California coast. Information, (310)...

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Westchester Sun., July 4th, parade will be full of local kids, dogs and cars and even Uncle Sam

What started a few years ago as a culmination of the West- chester/Playa del Rey Historical Society’s “Gatherings” event to celebrate the new millennium has blossomed into an annual event. The Westchester Fourth of July Parade drew thousands of people last year and is expected to be even bigger this Sunday. The parade — sponsored by the Westchester/LAXnMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and corporate sponsors Decron Properties, Playa Vista and Cripps/ Crockett Connection — will begin at noon Sunday, July 4th, at Manchester Avenue and Loyola Boulevard and proceed north on Loyola Boulevard to Loyola Marymount University (LMU). This will be a true community Fourth of July parade and entries will range from the local PT Cruiser Club to Great Pyrenees dogs and even an elephant. There will also be entries from numerous local organizations, including the Rotary Club of Westchester and the Kentwood Players. Of course, no community parade would be complete without children, and this year’s parade will feature children dancing, singing, cheering and playing music. Uncle Sam will be certain to make an appearance. This year’s parade will also feature a very special tribute to “American Heroes.” There will be pre-parade activities along the parade route, so make sure to come early. Parade entries will be available for review after the parade in the LMU parking lot. The parade will be filled with plenty of...

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