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  1. Central Basin approves rate increase but how much will it cost you?Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 22 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – For the first time in five years, Central Basin Municipal Water District rates will go up, costing homeowners an average of $1.55 annually. The Board Monday voted 3-2 to approve a 16.5 percent rate increase to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, and an 8 percent raise for July 1, 2017.


  2. This 30-year-old South El Monte restaurant is a mariachi meccaRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 18 | Whittier Daily News

    SOUTH EL MONTE>> Three decades ago, Jose Hernandez was a young mariachi maestro looking for a way to provide a platform for his band, Mariachi Sol de Mexico. He figured a restaurant would allow the band to perform most nights every week, and he found the perfect location in South El Monte.


  3. How Gov. Jerry Browna s green vision for moving freight could spark a zero-emissions futureRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 29 | Whittier Daily News

    Continuing to cement his environmental legacy, Gov. Jerry Brown released sweeping blue-sky plans to propel the state's commercial trucks, ships and trains toward a zero-emissions future. The unprecedented effort aims to reshape how cargo is moved around the state -from produce on supermarket shelves to massive ship-bourne containers unloading at Southern California ports to Amazon boxes that arrive at your doorstep.


  4. Carole White Breithaupt, first Miss Long Beach and mother of BMX racing legend, dies at 86Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 25, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    She played Chopin's “Minute Waltz” before a capacity audience at the former Municipal Auditorium. The performance earned Carole Faye White, then a 20-year-old recent graduate of Wilson High School, the first-ever title of Miss Long Beach in a competition hosted by the Junior Chamber of Commerce.


  5. Victim identified in fatal 5 Freeway crash in CommerceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 6, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    Authorities today identified a man who was killed in a traffic crash on the northbound Santa Ana Freeway in Commerce. Ricardo Martinez-Reymundo, 62, was identified as the man who died at the scene of the crash early Wednesday, said acting Lt.


  6. Central Basin delays approval of Montebello recycled water lineRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 27, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – A plan to bring recycled waste water to a 1,200-unit housing development in the Montebello hills has been delayed until Central Basin Municipal Water District officials determine if an environmental impact report is needed or has been done. After several Montebello environmental activists raised questions, Central Basin General Manager Kevin Hunt Monday asked the board to take off the agenda an agreement between his agency and the developer, Newport Beach-based Cook Hill Properties , to split the cost of a $1 million 16-inch water line on Montebello Boulevard from Lincoln Avenue about a mile north.


  7. This is what evacuated Duarte, Azusa residents are thinking about right nowRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    Hundreds have been evacuated from their homes in Duarte and Azusa as twin fires raged in the foothills and mountains north of the San Gabriel Valley on Monday and into Tuesday, burning an estimated 5,400 acres in 24 hours. Many evacuees found shelter with friends or family members, while some booked hotels and others wound up at an American Red Cross shelter in Duarte.


  8. Directors of troubled water district say they dona t need reform billsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 1, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE –- The directors of the Central Basin Municipal Water District, who in a scathing state audit in December were blasted for mismanagement and violating state law, are criticizing two bills in the Legislature that would bring additional reforms to the district. Both bills - one authored by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, and another by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Downey - would add non-elected officials to increase the size of the five-member board, handing over responsibility for picking those seats to either Los Angeles County or other water utilities.


  9. A pair of bills targeting reforms for the Central Basin Municipal Water District are moving forwardRead the original story w/Photo

    May 27, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – Two bills that would reform the Central Basin Municipal Water District by adding non-elected members to its board Friday advanced to the state Assembly and Senate floors. Both bills were drafted after a state audit chastised the district, saying it displayed “poor leadership,” violated state law and hired unqualified staff.


  10. Major Los Angeles County water district holds off on rate increase a " for nowRead the original story w/Photo

    May 23, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – Central Basin Municipal Water District will keep its rates the same for the fifth straight year but in seven months rates might increase by as much as 20 percent. The Board of Directors Monday voted 3-1 to maintain its rates – a surcharge of $90 per acre foot on the overall Metropolitan Water District charge – but also voted to hire a consultant to prepare a rate study that could lead to an increase, effective Jan. 1, 2017.


  11. Candle manufacturing company moving to WhittierRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    WHITTIER – A candle manufacturing company could move from Commerce to Whittier into an industrial building just next to York Field after a unanimous Planning Commission vote on Tuesday. The Whittier Planning Commission voted 4-0 to approve a permit allowing Indio Products to operate on a 24-hour, seven-day basis at 12910 Mulberry Drive.


  12. 8 LA County supervisor hopefuls for Antonovicha s seat to square off in PasadenaRead the original story w/Photo

    May 11, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    Among the eight LA County Board of Supervisors set to participate in a Fifth District candidates debate Thursday, May 12, 2016, in Pasadena are Kathryn Barger, left, Elan Carr and Mitchell Englander. They are seen here April 27 during a televised debate at Pasadena Neighborhood Church.


  13. Central Basin must wait to get its insurance back after JPIA puts off decisionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – Central Basin Municipal Water District will have to wait until at least December before it can get insurance from a regional joint powers authority that had cancelled the district's policy two years ago . A slim majority of board of directors of the Association of California Water Agencies' Joint Powers Insurance Authority voted Monday to table Central Basin's request to reinstate its insurance.


  14. Central Basin to bring recycled waste water to La Mirada parks, schoolsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – Central Basin Municipal Water District officials plan to bring recycled waste water to La Mirada to replace the potable water now used by a La Mirada golf course, as well as some of the city's parks and schools. The Board of Directors took the first step Monday after voting 4-0 to approve two contracts that provide for an environmental review and engineering for the plan.


  15. Fire outside Commerce home leads to marijuana grow bustRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 12, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    Los Angeles County firefighters discovered a marijuana grow operation at a residence in Commerce today after they responded to reports of a fire outside the home, authorities said. The fire outside a residence in the 5700 block of Jillson Street was reported at 2:40 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Kyle Sanford.


  16. California remains nationa s capital of frivolous lawsuits: Guest commentaryRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 9, 2016 | Whittier Daily News

    A recent report issued by the American Tort Reform Foundation named California as the nation's No. 1 “judicial hellhole” when it comes to endless and frivolous lawsuits.


  17. LA County Supervisors agree spend up to $100M for affordable housingRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 27, 2015 | Whittier Daily News

    Acknowledging that rents have become unaffordable for many and that more people are living on the streets , the Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday created a new fund to spend up to $100 million annually on affordable housing. The action was one of several anti-poverty measures taken by the board in recent weeks, such as the board's commitment to fund an additional $51 million to address homelessness this year .


  18. Vehicle plows into City of Commerce yogurt shopRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 20, 2015 | Whittier Daily News

    A vehicle crashed into the front of a commercial building in Commerce and sparked a fire early today, but no one was injured, authorities said.


  19. How the drought lowered Central Basin Municipal Water Districta s bond ratingRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 19, 2015 | Whittier Daily News

    COMMERCE – Citing concerns the drought might reduce revenue for Central Basin Municipal Water District, Moody's Investor Service has downgraded by one notch its rating for the district from Aa3 to A1. “We believe revenue will be lower than anticipated because of conservation efforts,” said David Jacobson, spokesman for Moody's.


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