Downey Library celebrates Halloween

DOWNEY – The Downey City Library will celebrate Halloween with a series of free, family-friendly events. This Saturday at 1 p.m., the library will screen “The Addams Family.” Based on the popular television series, the film is about a group of con artists who try to steal the Addams’ vast fortune with the help of someone who is a dead ringer for long lost Uncle Fester.

On Tuesday and Wednesday between 10:30-11 a.m., children ages 3-5 are invited to trick-or-treat while dressed as their favorite character from a book or movie.

Kids can also make a craft, listen to spooky stories and enjoy refreshments.

Trick-or-treating is for individual children only and their caregivers; no groups allowed. Children should arrive early as doors will close at 10:30.

Next Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6:30-7 p.m. is a Halloween-themed Family Story Night.

The program is free and intended for families with children ages 3-7. Pre-registration is not required.

For questions on any of the programs, call the library at (562) 904-7360, ext. 127.

 

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Flu clinic Nov. 8

DOWNEY – Free flu shots will be offered Saturday, Nov. 8, between 9 a.m. and noon at the Downey Civic Theatre. The flu vaccinations will be administered by the L.A. County Department of Public Health and are available for anyone without health insurance or whose healthcare provider does not offer flu vaccines.

The date and time of the flu clinic is subject to chance. To confirm the date and time, call (562) 464-5350.

 

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Hunger Walk raises $11K

DOWNEY – The third annual Downey CROP Hunger Walk two weekends ago helped raise more than $11,000 to fight local and global hunger eradication efforts. Several schools, businesses and organizations participated in the walk, resulting in 350 total walkers.

Downey Police Explorers, under the supervision of Detective Paul Edwards, served as crossing guards as walkers trekked several miles around Downey. Students at OLPH School collected hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items to fill the empty shelves at PTA HELPS.

The pre- and post-walk ceremonies were DJ’ed by OLPH School eighth graders Ryan and Robert, and Mayor Fernando Vasquez shared encouraging words, noting “how wonderful it is to see our city coming together to fight hunger.”

“While we didn’t quite reach our intended goal of $20,000, we are entirely grateful for every penny that came in,” organizers said. “12.5 percent of this year’s funds will go to PTA HELPS and 12.5 percent will go to FoodHelp. The other 75 percent of this year’s funds will be used by Church World Service where needed most in the world.”

To make a contribution online, go to crophungerwalk.org/downeyca and click the “donate” tab.

 

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Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Tickets are on sale to see Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The production, about the scheming Grinch whose heart is “two sizes too small,” will play Dec. 10-14.

Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased by calling (714) 556-2787.

 

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Asssistance League Christmas brunch returns to Downey Nov. 23

DOWNEY – The Assistance League of Downey will host its annual Christmas Tree Brunch at the Rio Hondo Event Center on Sunday, Nov. 23. “Members have been busy trimming Christmas trees, making hand-crafted items, filling baskets and collecting treasures for sale,” members of the Assistance League said. Profits from the brunch will be used to fund the many philanthropic projects of the League, including Operation School Bell, Kids on the Block, its dental program, Christmas distribution, scholarships, and H.O.M.E.

Tickets are $50 and include lunch, entertainment, a silent auction, vendors, and opportunities to win decorated trees and gifts.

Reservations are available by calling the Second Tyme Around Shop at (562) 869-0232.

 

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Cal State Long Beach awarded $22.7M grant

LONG BEACH – California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has received its largest award ever -- $22.7 million over five years -- from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish an innovative research program that prepares underrepresented students for doctoral programs.  This initiative, Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), will allow CSULB to establish the most comprehensive and transformative research training program in its history. “This award has the potential to become a national model and secure Cal State Long Beach’s place as a biomedical and behavioral research training ground,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “We are very excited and proud to have been chosen for this potentially transformative award. The opportunities it will bring about for our faculty and students are truly unprecedented for this university.”

Through the BUILD program, underrepresented undergraduate students will receive mentoring and research training at CSULB and two research partner institutions -- University of California, Irvine (UCI) and University of Southern California (USC) -- to help them succeed in doctoral programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. When the program is at capacity in year five it will be able to support more than 200 students each year. The university also will establish a research curriculum that increases the number and the diversity of undergraduates going on to doctoral programs.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for our students and our faculty. As the largest award in the university’s history, it provides funding for stipends or hourly pay for students engaged in the training programs and research and allows us to renovate shared research spaces on campus and buy research instruments.  In addition, our faculty will be able to create new partnerships at Research I Universities, enhancing their research competitiveness,” said Laura Kingsford, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at CSULB.

There will be 10 BUILD awardees selected nationally. The idea is that underrepresented minorities will likely be more interested in studying the critical issues that affect them, such as health disparities and different health problems.

In an effort to help students to think about this early, CSULB is partnering with Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach City College as well as with Cerritos College and Golden West College.

USC’s role will focus on public health, and UCI will focus on science, behavioral sciences and engineering. In addition, CSULB has a research partner at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach where there are staff with joint faculty appointments with UCI.  Students in their junior or senior year will be required to do summer research at a Research I Universities as defined by the Carnegie Foundation, but it doesn’t have to be at UCI or USC. There will be two student tracks -- one for students who are likely to graduate in four years and one for students who may need more support or for transfers.  Finally, if students aren’t accepted in a doctoral program right away, CSULB can continue to enroll them for 10 months as a post-baccalaureate student.

The first year of this grant is a ramp-up year where CSULB will be hiring staff, establishing the training programs and curriculum and developing partnerships. The goal is that by summer 2015, CSULB will be ready to start student training. This will include working with students’ families to help them understand more about the career options. The students selected for the program will get paid and, as a result, faculty will benefit from having students who have time to work in their labs. CSULB faculty will help these students get into research doctoral programs.

NIH has defined a real need to get more underrepresented individuals into research careers in biomedical sciences – anticipating that they will be very interested in doing research in areas that address health disparities and are funded by the NIH.  BUILD also provides many resources for faculty development to enhance research competitiveness and success in getting major funding in the biomedical sciences.

 

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Judy Pratt

Judy’s obituary – long overdue. Judy Pratt, longtime Downey resident, passed away in her home on October 28, 2012 at the age of 69 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Judy was born on July 5, 1943 in Whittier, CA. to Alvin and Dorothy Pratt. She graduated from South Gate High in 1961 and Long Beach State College in 1965 with a BA in Education and earned an Elementary Teaching Credential.

Judy had a gift of love for children and teaching. She taught at State Street Elementary School in South Gate for 37 years. She loved teaching all 1st through 6th grade classes and especially enjoyed teaching the gifted.

Judy was a leader and a community volunteer throughout her life holding many positions of leadership in her home church Downey Memorial Christian, AAUW, JR Women’s Club, Fail-Safe 4 Felines, SGHS ’61 Reunion Committee and a AARP Income Tax Preparer and Area Coordinator.

Judy had a very special place in her heart for cats. Her closet was full of cat shirts many she made herself. Her home was full of cat trinkets but her biggest love was for her own beloved cats.

Judy’s struggle with Parkinson’s was an inspiration to those around her. It gives her family peace knowing she is now pain free and at rest but she is deeply missed so very much.

A celebration of Judy’s life was held on Nov 17, 2012 at Downey Memorial Christian Church. She is survived by brothers Bob Pratt (Lynell) and Larry Pratt (Judy), sister Twyla Contreras (Ray) and all her beloved nieces and nephews. Her parents, brother Craig Pratt, his wife Mary Lou, their son Chris and nephew Michael Duarte preceded her in death.

Judy’s love for adventure seemed to even come true the day we scattered her ashes at sea. As we circled the flowers we placed with her ashes two dolphins appeared and swam among them. As her niece said – “Aunt Judy’s last adventure was to swim with the dolphins!”

 

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Downey’s destiny is density

Dear Editor: I heard there is a townhouse development planned on Paramount Boulevard between 5th and 7th streets. Housing in Downtown Downey is cool, but trying to pack in people without concern for space density and parking impact on the neighborhood is a problem.

Do our city leaders really have to wait until there is a problem before they react? Isn’t that the point of leadership? They only fixed the “mini-mansionization” debacle after it became an overwhelming citywide problem.

How many more “packed and stacked” townhouse developments have to be built before we notice what’s happening?

Of course they will have closed garages and no driveways, just like the townhomes on Gallatin and Lakewood. Which, of course, means the garages will be full of storage. Since there is no interior street parking, and no driveways, where do you think all of those cars are going to be parked? Sorry neighborhood, there goes any street parking you thought you had.

There should be plenty of high-income wage earners walking around Downtown Downey after The View (100 percent affordable housing for “very low income residents”) fills up with those folks paying $500 a month for three-bedroom apartments.

Robert Hernandez

Downey

 

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Chorus group has room for experienced singers

DOWNEY – Rehearsals are in full swing for the Downey Master Chorale’s Christmas concert. Among other famous seasonal masterworks, the repertoire features the “Gloria” of John Rutter, and the “Christmas Cantata” of Daniel Pinkham.

“There are still openings in all voice parts, especially first soprano, first tenor and bass,” the chorale group said. “In this connection, the chorale is inviting singers with choral experience to audition for scholarships, these to attain positions as soloists and section leaders. Professional training, coaching and concert preparation are included in this opportunity to advance to a possible paid position.”

Deadline to audition is Oct. 28.

For details, email info@downeymasterhcorale.org or call (310) 941-3042.

 

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Exchange plans are failing America’s most vulnerable

The Affordable Care has helped millions of Americans access health insurance. But the quality of coverage insurers are currently offering is worrisome. Even with federal subsidies, many available plans make paying for medications to treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, autoimmune diseases, and other serious conditions totally unaffordable. If the Affordable Care Act doesn’t help the most vulnerable pay for treatment, who is it helping?

A report by the research group Milliman found that 46 percent of all enrollees with a Silver plan -- the most popular level of coverage -- have a single, combined deductible for medical and pharmacy benefits. As a result, it’s not uncommon for patients to pay more than $2,000 out of pocket before they get any drug coverage.

Compounding this problem is the high cost-sharing in most plans. Typically, insurance plans have four or five cost-sharing tiers. The lowest tier might have a co-pay of $15 for prescription drugs, while the highest tier might require patients to pay 40 percent or more of the actual cost of the medication. Such cost-sharing can run patients hundreds of dollars per month or more.

A new report by Avalere health analyzed cost-sharing in Affordable Care Act plans for 19 classes of prescription drugs used to treat specific illnesses. The results are troubling.

A shocking number of treatments are in the top cost-sharing tier. In seven of the classes, one in five Silver plans require coinsurance of 40 percent for all covered medications.

Additionally, more than 60 percent of Silver plans put all medicines for treating autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis and Crohn’s disease in the top tier.

Adding to this difficulty, many patients have reported that when signing up for insurance, they can’t determine what their co-pays will be. Few insurers are offering to help patients determine which level of coverage is best for their individual therapies.

The bottom line is that many Americans with serious health problems who signed up under the Affordable Care Act are finding that they have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket just to get treatment.

Patients with these conditions have to make a decision about what they can afford. And that decision is often to save money by skipping medications.

The cost associated with non-adherence to prescription drug regimens is particularly problematic with autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are responsible for $100 billion in medical costs annually, and much of that is because patients have trouble staying on top of their treatments and end up in hospitals. By making autoimmune drugs unaffordable, these plans could make other health care costs explode. What’s more, 75 percent of those suffering from autoimmune diseases are women. Aside from harming those with chronic health problems, the formularies these plans offer are discriminatory.

Making sure patients have access to drugs saves money. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the expansion of drug access through Medicare Part D saves $12 billion annually. That’s because medications enable patients to manage chronic conditions and avoid expensive trips to hospitals.

The lack of transparency in the marketplaces has also proven to be a problem. Many patients with chronic conditions might have been better-off selecting a Gold plan instead of a Silver or Bronze plan. It’s difficult to compare the bottom-line costs of plans offering higher monthly premiums but better drug coverage and plans with lower premiums but higher deductibles and co-pays.

The top priority of the Affordable Care Act is in its name: affordability. Instead, it’s putting basic health care out of reach for many of the sickest Americans. Insurance under the president’s health care law must pay for essential prescription drug treatments.

Virginia Ladd is the president and executive director of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.

 

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Debate blackout

Dear Editor: The Downey Patriot and the Whittier Daily News have reported on the first and only public debate state Senate candidates Tony Mendoza and Mario Guerra recently had before the upcoming run-off election on Nov. 4. Neither of these media outlets nor any other outlet was able to post a video of this debate.

The technology of the 1960s was enough to provide video evidence of political debates but with a camera on just about every smartphone in 2014, the public is still left to gauge the authenticity of these candidates’ statements by printed quotes reminiscent of the way voters had to do in 1787.

To add to the mystery and to highlight the evasiveness of both of these candidates, neither of their websites provides a full printed transcript of the debate, let alone a video.

Mendoza and Guerra are lucky the ballot on Nov. 4 will not have a checkbox indicating “NEITHER” but if it did, “NEITHER” should win.

Dan Chantre

Downey

 

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Paging Dr. Frischer - Amnesia

Amnesia. It’s a popular theme in books and movies, but it’s actually extremely rare! Here is one example of this highly unusual condition: In 1985, 26-year-old Jody Roberts lived in Tacoma, Washington, and worked as a reporter. Roberts’ friends and family started to notice behavioral changes; she stopped taking care of herself and began to drink significantly. Just a few weeks later, she vanished. Five days later, Roberts was found wandering over 1,000 miles away, in Aurora, Colorado. She was admitted to a Denver hospital, where she was diagnosed with amnesia. Roberts took a new name and started a new life, working at a fast food restaurant, and enrolling at the University of Denver. She moved to Alaska and married, had two sets of twins, and worked as a web designer. Twelve years later, in 1997, one of her Alaskan co-workers saw her photo on a Seattle newscast and recognized her. She eventually reunited with her friends and family in Tacoma, but never recovered her memory.

Amnesia is a loss of memory, usually caused by head trauma, traumatic psychological events, or disease (including dietary and vitamin deficiencies, and alcohol, drugs, and certain medications). Some of these causes, including the use of sedatives and hypnotic drugs, can result in temporary amnesia, and the amount of the memory loss may vary.

It is important to note that amnesia is not the same as dementia. Dementia often includes memory loss, but it is seen primarily in the elderly, and also involves other significant cognitive issues.

Amnesia can be divided into two main types:

•Retrograde amnesia is the inability to recall memories before the beginning of the amnesia. The memory loss may go back decades or only weeks or months. It is usually caused by head trauma or brain damage, but other causes include stroke, tumor, hypoxia, encephalitis, and chronic alcoholism. People suffering from retrograde amnesia are more likely to remember general knowledge, rather than specifics. Older memories tend to be easier to recall, probably because they have been strengthened over time. The good news is that, unlike the story of Jody Roberts, retrograde amnesia is usually temporary and often can be helped by exposure to the lost memories.

•Anterograde amnesia refers to the inability to create new memories. Long-term memories created before the amnesia remain intact. This type of brain damage can be caused by severe malnutrition, head trauma, surgery, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (most typically from alcoholism), cerebrovascular events and strokes, anoxia, or other trauma. Treatment involves the use of behavioral therapy, focused on helping patients manage daily routines.

Many forms of amnesia tend to improve over time. Cognitive or occupational therapy can help to develop new memory skills to cope with the loss. Technological aids can help, by tracking everyday tasks.

No specific medication is available to treat amnesia, but if there is an underlying medical condition, that may be treatable. This might be the case for amnesia related to thyroid disease, liver or kidney disease, stroke, depression, bipolar disorder and blood clots in the brain. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, often associated with alcohol abuse, responds to thiamin replacement.

Clearly, anyone with unexplained memory loss, head injury, confusion or disorientation needs immediate medical attention.

Dr. Alan Frischer is former chief of staff and former chief of medicine at Downey Regional Medical Center. Write to him in care of this newspaper at 8301 E. Florence Ave., Suite 100, Downey, CA 90240.

 

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Tickets on sale for ‘Parade of Winners’

DOWNEY – The Downey Rose Float Association will host its 37th annual “Parade of Winners” fundraiser this Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Rio Hondo Event Center. Tickets are $125 and include lunch for two.

Ticket-holders have a chance to win one of 50 prizes, including the top prize of $10,000 cash. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

Proceeds will benefit the Rose Float’s 2015 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, “Home for the Holidays.”

For tickets, call Jennifer DeKay at (562) 714-5658.

 

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Band, color guard earn first place

DOWNEY – Warren High School’s band and color guard started their 2014 competitive season on the right note, winning first place honors at the 29th annual South Bay Invitational Field Tournament held in Torrance on Sept. 27. Warren High’s band and percussion groups earned first place in division 4A, and the color guard received the highest sweepstakes score in the entire tournament.

The band and color guard groups are part of the visual and performing arts department, and are in season from June to January. In the summer, the marching band rehearses long hours in preparation for the fall field show competitive season.

Part of the instrumental music department, the marching band performs at all home football games and provides spirit to Warren High and the community.

Both departments are supported by the Stauffer and Griffiths Middle School music programs. These two middle schools are “feeder” schools; “without the articulation created between the three schools, the Warren High band would have as successful a program,” DUSD officials said.

“A strong relationship between the middle schools and the high school creates a culture where students want to be involved in band while striving to achieve excellence,” officials said.

Also competing in the South Bay Invitational Field Tournament were Palo Verde High School, Chino High School, Mora Costa High School and Glendora High School.

Out of the 16 high school groups that competed, the Warren High band and color guard had the second highest combined score of the tournament.

 

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Endorsement for A-Malek

Dear Editor: I wholeheartedly endorse Dr. Shahira A-Malek for Downey City Council, district 2.

As a Christian doctor, Dr. Shahira embodies the Biblical values of charity and love. In addition to providing free medical care and medicine to the less fortunate in our community, she also helps struggling local families with finding jobs and provides guidance on government programs intended to provide food to the truly needy.

Dr. Shahira A-Malek is a woman of character and I believe she would be a valuable and effective member of the Downey City Council.

Lou Hanna

Downey

 

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PIH named one of nation’s best hospitals for cardiac surgery

DOWNEY – PIH Health announced Tuesday that it has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. PIH Health has also been recognized as an Excellence Award recipient for Stroke Care, Critical Care, Pulmonary Care and General Surgery for 2015, placing the hospital among the top 10 percent of all hospitals in those specialties. Additionally, PIH Health achieved 5-Star designations in key services including: treatment of heart attacks, bypass and valve surgery and treatment of pneumonia.

Healthgrades evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 33 of the most common procedures and conditions and identified the top performing hospitals within each procedure. PIH Health was recognized by Healthgrades in February 2014 as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Overall Clinical Excellence and these accolades continue to solidify PIH Health as a national leader in patient care.

These achievements are part of findings released today online and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs.

“We are pleased to be among a select group of healthcare innovators leading the way to providing high-quality, high-value care,” said PIH Health Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Rosalio Lopez MD MBA.  “At PIH Health, we are focused on providing a superior healthcare experience for our patients.”

Detailed performance information as well as additional information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

 

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Century 21 tops in customer satisfaction

DOWNEY – Century 21 Real Estate has been ranked highest in customer satisfaction by the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study, it was announced last week. Century 21 ranked highest among real estate brokerages across all four homebuyer/seller segments including first-time buyers, repeat buyers, firs-time sellers, and repeat sellers.

“As a company, we are embracing change, evolving with the digital consumer, and delivering on the various needs of today’s dynamic homebuyer and seller,” said Steve Roberson, broker and owner of Century 21 My Real Estate in Downey. “The commitment to enhancing the home buying and selling experience of real estate consumers...is our primary goal.”

The J.D. Power study includes 5,810 evaluations from 4,868 customers who bought and/or sold a home between March 2013 and April 2014.

 

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Deer hunting in closed areas

Q: My son and I have drawn G37 tags. We have been trying for 15 years to draw this once-in-a-lifetime hunt. My concern is that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has closed a big portion of this area because of the Rim Fire and the El Portal Fire. Is there anything that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) can do to get these closed areas open? We don’t want to exchange our tags for the G37 hunt, we would like the USFS to open the closed areas that are in the G37 zone that burned. A: Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do to require them to reopen the burned area. The fire closures are implemented whenever the USFS decides they are warranted. The best we can do is to refer you to the USFS district office so you can talk directly to those making the decisions. That might be your best hope.

And regarding your tags, even if you did want to exchange your tags, there are no refunds for deer tags. There are no exchanges for premium tags either. We can exchange restricted and unrestricted deer tags provided the following: 1) the earliest season for their zone has not already started, 2) tag quota for the tag they want to exchange is not yet filled, 3) tags remain in the zone they want to exchange for, and 4) you pay the current exchange fee.

Q: While fishing off of Shelter Cove for salmon a while back, a large shark latched onto a salmon hooked on the line. After a few minutes of fight, the shark raised its head out of the water and bit through the salmon it had in its jaws, leaving the salmon head and 6 to 8 inches of flesh. My question is, by regulation, do we have to count the head as one of our take? We kept the head in the fish box and salvaged as much of the flesh as we could so as not to waste resources.

A: Since you landed the remainder of the salmon, you must count the fish toward your bag limit. However, since the fish was not retained in a whole condition, it would have been illegal to possess since it could not be measured to determine if it met the legal length requirement. So, while salvaging as much of the flesh as you could so as not to waste resources may have been the “right” thing to do, legally, you should have sent the head and remaining carcass back to the ocean to let other marine organisms utilize it. And if you had sent the carcass back down without salvaging the remainder of the fish, it would not count toward your daily bag limit.

Q: I won a G12 deer tag this year (either sex shotgun only, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area). Because this is a popular waterfowl hunting area, am I legally allowed to use lead slugs or do I need to use nonlead slugs?

A: Yes, you may use lead slugs. In 2014, the use of lead slugs to hunt on state wildlife areas is not prohibited.  However, this may be the last year that you can use lead ammunition for big game at the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. In 2013, Assembly Bill 711was approved by the Governor and chaptered into law by the Secretary of State. AB 711 added several sections to the Fish and Game Code, one of which (3005.5(b)) requires a complete ban on the use of lead ammunition when taking wildlife for any purposes anywhere in the state by July 1, 2019. This section also requires the Fish and Game Commission to develop a phase-in regulation by July 1, 2015, designed to impose the least burden on California’s hunters while still implementing the intent of the law.

Carrie Wilson is a marine environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. While she cannot personally answer everyone’s questions, she will select a few to answer each week in this column. Please contact her at CalOutdoors@wildlife.ca.gov.

 

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DHS class of ‘94 reunion

DOWNEY – Downey High School’s class of 1994 will host its 20th reunion this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Equator Cafe in Pasadena. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by contacting Dipak Brahmbhatt at dipak143@yahoo.com or via Facebook.

 

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DUSD offers free tutoring

DOWNEY – Parents of DUSD students interested in after-school tutoring for their children are invited to a “provider fair” Saturday, Nov. 1, where they can learn about free tutoring services available. To qualify, students must receive free or reduced-price meals at school and attend one of the following campuses: Alameda, Carpenter, Imperial, Lewis, Old River, Rio Hondo, or Williams elementary, or Doty, Griffiths, Stauffer or Sussman middle school.

The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon in the Pace Elementary School cafeteria, 9625 Van Ruiten St., in Bellflower.

 

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