INSIDE Bristow Park Employees posing in front of the mural on the side of the Tony Huante Memorial Handball Courts.
Page 2 Parks and Recreation Month: Everyone Loves our Parks
Growing up in the City of Commerce, some of you have probably had Griego-Talley thinks that the best part of Veterans is the staff, who continue
•Veterans Park Update passionate discussions with your friends as to which of the City’s four to provide top notch service to the community despite working out of tem-
beautiful parks was the best. Each park has its own history, person- porary bungalows while the park facility is temporarily unavailable (For
Page 3 ality and character. They all hold a special place in the hearts of every resi- more info, read the Veterans Park Update on page 2.)
dent, employee and visitor in the Model City.
•Utility Box Artists “You can close the building but the staff remains strong and are ready
•Park Maintenance Bandini Park is one of Commerce’s oldest parks, around since before the for the next chapter of Veterans Park,” said Griego-Talley. “Our staff is the
City’s founding. The park facility used to be a mobile trailer, providing activi- best because they come from this community; they once received the serv-
Page 4 ties and programs to its residents. It was 40 years ago that the community ices they are now giving and now they will give so much more because this
center was built, and the mobile trailer was taken away. The community cen- community is so close to their hearts.”
•Library News ter was later renamed the Ruben C. Batres Community Center, after the for- “They’re the only park staff that organizes various other events at other
•Miss Fourth of July mer mayor. parks, such as the Mother Son and Father Daughter dances,” she added.
“Our staff are the real jewel of the city.”
Page 5 “We may be a small neighborhood park, but we are very important to the
residents,” said Bandini Park supervisor Ernie Cadenas. “You will definitely On most days, Rosewood Park is bustling with activity which is no sur-
•Mosquito Season find synergy at Bandini Park! Governor Jerry Brown and Assemblymember prise given that there is so much to do there. The park is expansive and
•Resident Spotlight Cristina Garcia recently visited us and I thought ‘WOW’ these political rock features picnic shelters, two separate playgrounds for toddlers and older
stars took the time to see what concerns our community faces.” children, a baseball/softball diamond, two basketball courts, and the
Page 6 Brenda Villa Aquatics Center. The park also has several classes such as
When driving from downtown Los Angeles and you see Bristow Park – for- aerobics and kids-ercise.
•Cinco de Mayo mally known as Northwest Park – off the 5 freeway, you instantly notice the
•Preschool Graduation green grass and most of the 191 trees that make the park look pleasant and “Each park has something special to offer, but the best thing about being
attractive. Bristow Park offers a diverse range of recreational opportunities - Supervisor at Rosewood Park is hosting the Cities largest event, 4th of
Page 8 youth boxing gym, ballet folklorico dance, and a travel soccer team. July!” said Rosewood Park Center Supervisor Terry Ann-Westmore.
“Thousands of people attend for a full day of fun, starting with the 5K run
•National Night Out “I have worked for all four parks and by far this is the best park!” said Laura and ends with fabulous fireworks. I enjoy walking around the park to see
Logan, Bristow Park Supervisor. “The community here is unique because it is families with their barbeques cooking, children playing and the clubs sell-
Si le interesa recibir un artículo mixed with Commerce residents and non-residents from East LA. Bristow ing great food. Hope to see everyone here on July 4th!”
en español, por favor llame a Park gives everyone a place to relax, a place to relieve stress and, at the
la Oficina de Información same time, a place to appreciate what recreation is.” The City of Commerce is celebrating National Parks and Recreation
Pública al (323) 722-4805 ext Month in July to highlight the importance parks and recreation programs
4453. Indique el título del Veterans Memorial Park is the jewel of the City, according to Veterans Park play in developing strong, healthy, and happy residents. For more infor-
artículo, la fecha y su domicillio supervisor Maryanne Griego-Talley. The park has the stadium, gymnasium, mation on the many Parks and Rec programs, events and services, con-
o correo electrónico. and High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) Center and also hosts a variety tact the Department at (323) 887-4434.
of events, such as the Commerce Boxing and Karate Tournaments, Preschool
Graduation, the College Fair, Veterans Day, and so much more. However,
From The Desk of Matthew Rodriguez City of Commerce Council Actions
Interim City Administrator Regular Meeting of June 5 ing Crime Statistics, the Sheriff’s Department Responsibili-
ties and Performance, and the Proposed Commerce Sher-
As of the printing of this issue of the Report to the Received the Tree City U.S.A. 2016 Award and recognized iff’s Station.
People, a number of Capital Improvement Plan the Arbor Day 2017 Poster Contest Winners Received and filed an update on Veteran’s Park and a New
(CIP) projects have been completed. The Wash- Parks and Recreation Facility.
ington Boulevard Widening Improvement Project, which is
one of the largest infrastructure projects Commerce has Proclaimed June 2017 as Immigrant Heritage Month in the Regular Meeting of May 16
undertaken in recent history, has been officially completed. City of Commerce.
Approved an agreement to Stantec Consulting Services, Observed Armed Forces/Memorial Day with a special candle
The Utility Box Art Program is a very popular streetscape Inc. for preparation of preliminary and final engineering de- lighting ceremony honoring the five branches of the military
and public art project on City owned/maintained traffic sig- sign for the Rosewood Neighborhood Connectivity project. service and honoring those killed or missing in action.
nal boxes. You can learn more about the program on page Accepted the work performed by Polychrome Construction, Proclaimed the month of May 2017 as Mental Health Aware-
3 of this month’s Report. Inc. for the Citywide Bus Shelter Beautification Project. ness Month and Commendation Recognizing Enki Mental
Approved an agreement with UTC Fire and Security In- Health Services for their Valuable Services to the Commu-
In the spirit of welcoming visitors to our Model City, the corporated for the Purchase of High Definition Security nity.
City has also painted the I-5 bridge on Washington Boule- Cameras to be installed in City Transit Buses. Proclaimed the week of May 14-20, 2017, as National Trans-
vard in order to bring a new look to this gateway into the Approved an agreement with Everbridge, Inc. - Nixle So- portation Week.
Commerce community. The bridge looks incredible and is lutions Core Platform, to provide the City's emergency mass Proclaimed the month of May 2017 as CalFresh Awareness
resistant to graffiti and other forms of vandalism. communications system. Month.
Discussed the implementation of a speed hump policy Approved Water Rights Lease License and Agreement with
The City has also undertaken a branding and wayfinding Liberty Utilities for water years 2017/18 - 2019/20.
program, which includes the Neighborhood Banner Pro- Special Meeting of June 1 Approved the change in funding source for the purchase of
gram. This project will provide a sense of pride in our a portable heavy duty hydraulic bus lift for the City's trans-
unique neighborhoods, from Ferguson Drive to Veterans Approved the resurfacing of basketball courts at Veteran's portation maintenance facility.
Park. Park to allow for use for volleyball. Approved an on-call professional service agreement for Civil
Approved the retention of soils engineer to assist in deter- Plan Check.
These are just a few of the dozens of beautification and mining whether the Veteran's Park facility can be rehabili- Authorized Environmental Science Associates to conduct
infrastructure projects that are planned or completed. tated the appropriate environmental analysis for a proposed proj-
Read about other Commerce CIP projects, by picking up ect at 7316 Gage Avenue.
a copy of the Special CIP issue of the Report to the Peo- Special Meeting of May 30 Approved the Contingent Agreement to purchase and sell
ple available at City Hall. land to Wash-Tel Commerce, LLC and Craig Realty Group
Approved a traffic signal on Washington Boulevard for ac- Citadel, LLC.
Congratulations to the preschool program’s graduating cess at the ARCO Gas Station and the Commerce Square Approved an agreement with Animal Pest Management
class of 2017 which received their diplomas at the Com- area, east of Fidelia Avenue. Services, Inc. to perform coyote abatement services.
merce Preschool graduation in May. The teachers and Approved an amendment to the Successor Agency's Long Received and filed a report on the assessment of the Vet-
staff have done an amazing job in making this school year Range Property Management Plan ("LRPMP"). erans Park Community Center and alternatives for the Civic
a success. Presented a State of the City Address. Center Indoor Sports Facility.
Received and filed a Public Safety Presentation Regard- Received and filed a report on the Railroad Sound Wall Fea-
I’d also like to congratulate Commerce residents and for- sibility Study along Ferguson Drive.
mer preschool teachers Connie Ochoa and Alice Sterling. Received and filed a report on the comprehensive assess-
These two amazing women were honored at the ceremony ment of city-wide facilities.
with the dedications of the Connie Ochoa Preschool Class- Approved the right-of-way CEQA exemption and environ-
room at Rosewood Park and the Alice Sterling Preschool mental assessment for the Washington Boulevard and
Room at Bandini Park. These Commerce pioneers’ legacy Garfield Avenue Multi-Modal Project.
will live on and will continue to inspire future generations of Approved Landscaping Improvements near the I-5 Freeway
Commerce educators and students. Ramps along Washington Boulevard.
Authorized the Cultural Excursion Program for Commerce
Finally, I want to invite you to join us for the Annual In- High School Class of 2017.
dependence Day Celebration at Rosewood Park on Tues- Approved televising a candidate's forum relating to the June
day, July 4. 6, 2017, General Municipal Election.
Approved an Ordinance adopting the Consolidated Fire Pro-
Remember that City Hall and Commerce libraries are tection District of Los Angeles County Fire Code.
closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day.
Please have a safe and happy Independence Day.
Published Monthly and Mailed to Commerce Residents Veterans Park Update current recreation building and construct a new permanent
In 1961, the City of Commerce acquired 4.7 acres (later ex- building on the site.
panded to 11 acres) at the south end of Zindell Avenue,
behind the Langendorf Bakery, for $130,000 to develop The third option is to demolish the building and construct
“Southeast Park,” which be-
Director of Administrative Graphics Design came “Quigley Park” and now what is known as a “Sprung”
Services and City Clerk Anthony Aguilar “Veterans Park.” Almost 40
years later, Veterans Park will building, which are tensioned
Lena Shumway PIO Staff: be receiving a major revital-
Edward Torres ization . membrane structures. With
Editing/Writing: Adriana Torres
Daniel Larios Darryl Leyden Due to landfill, soil and envi- rapid build times, extremely ver-
Marie Hovik Joe Sandoval ronmental issues, the park’s
Community Center was closed satile interior spaces and en-
and operations were trans-
ferred to nearby temporary ergy-efficient structures,
bungalows. In May, the City
held a meeting at the park to Sprung buildings have been
discuss the facility and to get
input from residents. The mat- used as fitness center buildings
ter was also included on the
May 30 City Council agenda. Options for the facility include around the country and can be
upgrading and retrofitting the existing structure in a way that
Please call (323) 887-4453 will meet building and other regulations while also preventing constructed in a fraction of the
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. or the building from sinking. Another option is to demolish the
time compared to conventional
visit us online at ci.commerce.ca.us.
construction. Sprung buildings
are cost effective, can be con-
structed in an estimated 4-6
months and can last anywhere
between 20-40 years.
In addition, the Veterans Park outdoor basketball courts
will be resurfaced to allow the Commerce volleyball program
2 • July 2017 • Report to the People
Keeps Commerce Beautiful
Thanks to the City’s dedicated Park Maintenance staff, Commerce’s four parks are kept beautiful year-round. Artis Paul Juno painting a masterpiece on a Commerce utility box.
Summertime means beautiful sunny days and more Special events are the lifeblood of Commerce and keep Park Thinking Outside the Box
visits to your local park for sports, picnics, barbeques, Maintenance staff busy, especially if they must renovate a
playing, exercising, socializing and relaxing. Keeping field or prepare an area in a short amount of time. Prepara- The City has recently unveiled the first phase of the Util-
the City’s four parks beautiful and functional is largely the tion for an event could have staff helping with props, stages ity Box Art Program, which commissioned the painting
responsibility of 20 hard-working Park Maintenance staff and sinks. After an event, staff works hard to ensure that of seven utility boxes throughout the City. In addition to
who begin work at 5 a.m. and perform tasks that residents parks are returned to their pre-event condition. aesthetics, painted utility boxes tend to deter graffiti, add
sometimes take for granted. character to the area and serve as a way to showcase the
Despite the amount of work required to maintain the City’s talents of local artists.
Park Maintenance staff not only keeps the lawns mowed parks and other outdoor areas, Senior Lead Nick Padilla
and flowers blooming, they also clean up debris, groom thinks the benefits of working in the Park Maintenance Divi- The program called for creative and innovative design and
baseball diamonds, water foliage, and plant the landscape. sion is enormous. encouraged artwork that represents the City’s history, her-
In addition, they install and repair irrigation systems; aerate, “The work we do is good exercise which keeps us nice and itage and culture or geography.
seed and fertilize lawns; run pressure washers; operate the fit,” Padilla said.
street vac; repairing swings and barbeque grills; and secure The artists who participated in this program are as follows:
picnic tables. As pleasant as the weather usually is, the job is not all sun- Paul Juno holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.
shine and ease. Staff must operate heavy equipment such His design reflects his proclivity for daydreams, adaptation
Park Maintenance Worker Mario Moran, who has worked as tractors, aerators, sand pros and pressure washers. To and evolution. When it came time to paint the utility box he
for the division for 13 years and also resides in Commerce, prevent injuries, staff wears personal protective equipment, was assigned to, Juno was experiencing car trouble so he
genuinely likes his job and even good-naturedly recalls his such as gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs and reflective rode to Commerce from West Hollywood via bicycle. See
assignment working at the Rabies Clinic as the designated safety vests. They also attend monthly safety meetings to Juno’s colorful work, which is reminiscent of the 70s, on
pooper scooper. Clearly, he is proud to do whatever is asked ensure that all work is done in a safe but efficient way. Washington Boulevard at Fidelia Avenue.
The safety of patrons is also a priority, but with the aid of When Stacey Alexander, who is currently working on her
“My work is very rewarding,” Moran said. “I always look cones, barricades and caution tape, everyone is kept safe. Masters of Fine Arts degree, learned about Commerce’s na-
forward to the next project and a new challenge.” tionally-recognized water polo program, she was compelled
However, for the Park Maintenance staff, nothing beats the to feature water polo balls in her design. The result is a play-
In addition to the City’s four parks, staff maintains the compliments from residents who appreciate the hard work ful, bright display located on Commerce Way near Washing-
greenspace at City Hall, the Senior Center, the Transporta- that goes into each and every one of their beautiful parks. ton Boulevard.
tion Center, libraries, several city-owned facility, Heritage
park, Pacific mini park, Fire Station #27 and the many me- Tokyo native Sei Shimura is an accomplished artist who
dians and parkways throughout the City. earned his art degree at Pratt Institute in New York. Shimura’s
fondness for culture is evident in his design, which pays trib-
Don’t Lose Your Pets to Coyotes ute to Los Angeles’ custom car culture. Shimura’s art is at At-
They named the cute poodle mix “Spyro” and he proved ily scale most walls and fences. She can’t help remembering lantic Boulevard and Harbor Street.
to be everything lifelong Commerce resident Myrna that her daughter loved to play with Spyro outdoors. Now,
Garcia-Escobar had hoped for. Spyro was good with Garcia-Escobar no longer allows her daughter to play in the Ricardo Cerezo, originally from Panama, is a computer sci-
the kids, playful, very obedient and the kids adored him. yard by herself. ence engineer who devotes much time to the research and
design phases of the art process. For the utility box on At-
They kept Spyro outside in their enclosed yard, thinking “What if she got attacked,” the concerned mother wonders. lantic Boulevard and Telegraph Road, Cerezo captured the
he’d be safe surrounded by seven foot tall brick walls. In fact, So far this year, coyotes have attacked 20 dogs in the com- essence of Southern California by incorporating palm trees
Spyro was safe for 12 ½ years. munity; only three survived. Many feral cats have also been into his design. Cerezo also painted the utility box located at
killed. Most of these incidents have occurred in the Rose- Atlantic Boulevard and Washington Boulevard evoking the
That all changed in March when Spyro began barking and wood or Veterans areas of the City. Earlier this year, the City City’s industrial past with machine gears, old Sampson Tire
growling at those brick walls. When she went out to see what contracted the services of a capture specialist. and Rubber Company, manual laborers and the Santa Fe
was causing Spyro such agitation, Garcia-Escobar found her If a Coyote approaches you: do not run or turn your back train.
beloved dog of more than twelve years dead in the back- on it; fight back if attacked; be as big and loud as possible;
yard. The family learned from the City’s Animal Control Offi- wave your arms and throw objects; and face the coyote, Josh Blue Eagle Cardinali is a multi-instrumentalist, pro-
cers that Spyro was killed by a coyote. stare directly into its eyes and back away slowly. ducer and stencil/graphic artist whose stencil work adorns a
For more information about protecting your pets, please series of custom GJ2 guitars made in the USA by Grover
Garcia-Escobar’s children were devastated by the pass- call the Animal Control Division at 323-887-4460, ext. 2236. Jackson. Cardinali’s ocean design depicts seaweed and fish
ing of Spyro and decided not to get another dog. Garcia-Es- in the majestic blue sea. Enjoy Cardinali’s oceanic art in Com-
cobar says if they do decide to get one, “It will be an inside merce’s business district at the intersection of Eastern Av-
dog for sure.” enue and Slauson Avenue.
That’s because Garcia-Escobar has learned that the City Local artist and former Commerce resident Erick Yanez has
has recently had a coyotes problem and that they can eas- painted utility boxes in Glassell Park and Eagle Rock. His de-
sign features four individual concepts that were inspired by
his passion for music, love, playfulness and his early memo-
ries of growing up in Boyle Heights and seeing murals in East
Los Angeles. Behold Yanez’s flair at Washington Boulevard
and Eastern Avenue.
The City of Commerce is grateful to the six artists who par-
ticipated in this beautification project and hopes you enjoy
Report to the People • July 2017 • 3
Library News PRINCESS PROFILE: Natalie Magallon
SummerReading Program Miss Fourth of July
Dino Encounters brings life sized dinosaur puppets to teach chil- How has your experience been on the
dren about these ancient extinct creatures. court so far?
The Commerce Library’s Summer Reading Program 1) So far, my experience on the court has been great. Being
(SRP) is a fun way to help children retain or improve able to meet new people, communicate with them while rep-
their reading skills over the summer break – and it is resenting the city is such an awesome experience. I'm def-
completely free! Children can earn prizes for reading and initely glad I decided to run for the pageant this year.
everyone is invited to attend fun family shows and pro-
grams available at all of the Commerce Libraries. The Chil- What do you hope to get out of
dren’s Summer Reading Program is open to children from your time serving on the court?
the age of four through fifth grade and the Tiny Tots Sum-
mer Reading program for kids up to 3 years old. July Pro- 2) During my time in the court, I hope to get alot of com-
grams include: munity service, gain confidence, build new relationships,
and overall make a difference in our community.
Building the Greatest Magic Show Ever
with David Skale What is the best thing about living
July 3 Rosewood Library @ 6 pm
July 5 Veterans Library @ 6 pm 3) The best thing about living in Commerce is that it is a small, uni-
July 6 Bristow Library @ 6 pm fied city. There are a variety of programs offered to all ages. Lastly,
the whole community is very supportive of everyone no matter what
Jurassic Experience w/Dino Encounters you do.
July 17 Rosewood Library @ 6 pm Are you furthering your
July 18 Bandini Library @ 6 pm education/working?
July 19 Veterans Library @ 6 pm
July 20 Bristow Library @ 6 pm 4) I am furthering my education at Rio Hondo College. I recently just
SRP reporting ends on July 29 and the Ending Party fea- finished my first year and will be returning in the fall to continue my
turing Anthony the Magician will be on August 3 at the Sen- education. In addition, I just got hired to work as a Recreation Aide for
ior Center at 6 pm. the City of Commerce throughout the summer.
Teen Summer Reading Program What are your hobbies, extracurricular
Join us for a summer of reading, crafts, movies, and other
activities. For more information on Teen SRP activities, 5) My favorite hobby is playing sports, more specifically playing volleyball. Aside
please refer to the Calendar section or call the Commerce from that, I love volunteering to help assist the Commerce Crush volleyball teams
Public Library at (323) 722-6660. during practices and tournaments. I also enjoy spending time with my friends
July 10-13: Teen Computer Building Workshop, 4 pm. and family. Something that very few know about me is that I love music, singing
July 24 - Last day to register for the Summer Reading Pro- and dancing. But most of all, I just love being active and always moving.
July 24-27- Teens Go Green, 4 pm. What are your plans for the future?
*See the Library Website for locations
My plans for the future are to transfer out of Rio Hondo College in two years on
Adult Summer Reading Program a scholarship to either a Cal State or private university to play volleyball. Once I
transfer, I will receive a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology to become an athletic
The Summer Reading Program isn’t just for kids any- trainer and also have a minor in coaching so that in the future I can come back and
more. Parents and other adults can join us for a summer of coach in the Commerce Crush Volleyball program.
reading, movies, and other activities. For more information
on Adult SRP activities, please refer to the Calendar or call Get it Together: Items to Include in your Family’s Emergency Preparedness Kit
the Commerce Public Library at (323) 722-6660. This is the last installment of the American Red Cross •garbage bags & ties •weather radio $1 .75*
“21 Weeks to Prepare” series. The entire list is avail-
Free Summer Lunch for able on the City’s Emergency Preparedness Office Week 19 •plastic sheeting
Children and Teens webpage at www.ci.commerce.ca.us •disinfectant
•1 gallon water •weather radio $1 .75*
The City of Commerce is partnering with the Los Ange- Week 16 •plastic bucket & lid
les Food Bank to provide free, nutritious lunches for chil- •notepad & pen •box graham crackers
dren and teens ages 5 to 18 years old until August 11. •1 gallon water •2 cans meat/fish •duct tape
Lunch will be provided Monday through Friday at Bristow Week 20
Park from 11 a.m. to noon, and at Veterans Park from 11:30 •cell phone & charger •dried fruits and nuts •weather radio $1 .75*
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunches are served on a first-come, •2 boxes dry cereal
first-served basis and registration is not necessary. For •weather radio $1 .75* •whistle •scissors
more information, please call the Public Safety and Com- •1 pkg energy snacks •small pillows
munity Services Department at (323) 887-4460. Week 17 •weather radio $1 .75*
4 • July 2017 • Report to the People •1 gallon water •1 bottle juice
•weather radio $1 .75* •extra flashlight •extra blankets
•extra batteries for radio & flashlight
Week 18 •work gloves
•1 gallon water
Purchase your weather radio at the end of 21 weeks.
Here’s What You Can Do about It Commerce Teen
It’s common to hear people complain about mosquito home that can potentially hold water after a rain. Any con-
bites, regardless of season. And, to many Commerce tainer that can hold water can be a threat to you and your Makes the Cut
residents, the mosquito problem seems to be worse this family since mosquitoes lay their eggs in containers on or
Commerce Resident Tony Trandafir made his theatrical debut
year. This is because an invasive mosquito called Aedes ae- near the edge of stagnant water. Having a clean yard also with a La Mirada Theatre Group.
gypti, also known as yel- means making sure your Tony Trandafir, a Teen Center regular and Unplugged
Performing Arts member, has just added another
low fever mosquito, is in swimming pool is well- production to his list of performances. Trandafir was
one of the 15 youths cast to perform as part of the Phan-
the city of Commerce. maintained and its clean- tom Projects Theatre Group world premiere of #TheWall
in La Mirada. There were 100 teens auditioning for parts in
You have probably ing system is functioning. the May 18 shows.
seen the yellow fever Remember, it takes Trandafir, who plans to pursue performing arts as a ca-
reer, learned about the casting call thanks to a Teen Cen-
mosquito. It’s black with mosquitoes five to seven ter excursion to the theatre. Despite the commute to La
Mirada and a grueling two months of rehearsals – some-
white stripes and is days to complete their life times without a competed script–Trandafir remained un-
about the size of a pencil cycle. By removing
“We rehearsed so many times,” he told himself on the
eraser. This mosquito is standing water sources day of the performance. “It won’t go wrong.” He was right
and he never felt stressed.
very different from our at least once a week,
The subject matter of the play, however, was a stressful
common Culex mosqui- you’ll do your part to one. The script was based on actual, hurtful Facebook
posts. Through multiple stories, the play showed the po-
toes (southern house keep mosquitoes out of tential dangers of social media and the unfortunate reper-
cussions of cyberbullying.
mosquito) well known for your yard and home.
Trandafir portrayed different characters throughout the
their ability to transmit If you or your loved stories. He said one of the stories, which told of a charac-
ter named Sally who had her explicit photos leaked on so-
West Nile virus. ones are still getting cial media, was profoundly moving and powerful. The act
ended with the actress crying and pleading for help.
According to the Greater mosquito bites even after
If the actors were drained from the demands of their per-
Los Angeles County eliminating all standing formance, they had no time to dwell on it as they had to
perform the show twice on the same day. The second
Vector Control District, water around your home, show was performed for an audience of 450.
which provides mosquito control services to Commerce res- talk to your neighbors and teach them what you know! These The large number of attendees did not stop the cast from
establishing a connection with them, which was accom-
idents, these mosquitoes are changing the way we live…and mosquitoes don’t fly far from the water they came from. Help plished by holding discussions, answering questions and
signing autographs before or after each show.
it’s not for the better. each other out and everyone will benefit. Get the kids to-
Trandafir believes performing for a large audience helped
Yellow fever mosquitoes thrive in urban areas and quickly gether and go on a Mosquito Hunt around your neighbor- the cast better gauge their performance.
build up large populations – especially in yards with a lot of hood. Look for small worm-like larvae in water and dump it “When you have more people, the reaction is more; you
feel it more,” he explained.
clutter, plant pots and saucers, or dense vegetation. The all out. Throw away any containers that have water in them,
Not surprisingly, being a performer in #TheWall changed
mosquitoes bite aggressively during the daytime. In addition, or clean them and store them indoors. Tradafir’s view of social media.
they are responsible for transmitting debilitating viruses such Still need help? There are resources available at no extra “You have the real world. It’s such a small part of our
lives. Since we did grow up with it, it feels like it’s every-
as dengue and chikungunya in many countries increasing charge. All Commerce residents can contact the Greater Los thing, but it isn’t,” he said.
the risk that these viruses could become established here Angeles County Vector Control District to request an in- Report to the People • July 2017 • 5
as well. spection and, if necessary, a treatment of their property for
Spending time outdoors could become a miserable experi- mosquitoes. Contact Vector Control at 562-944-9656 or
ence unless residents know how to fight against these mos- www.ReportMosquitoes.org.
quitoes. It is important for all residents to do their part since Vector
So what can you do? Control cannot be in everyone’s yards all the time. Mosquito
The solution is very simple: Take care of your property and control is a shared responsibility. Just like we take pride in
make sure to have a clean yard with no standing water. our homes, we should take pride in a healthy community in
A clean yard means that there are no uncovered recy- Commerce.
clables, buckets, old tires or toys lying around outside the
TIPS TO HELP WITH THE
Summer has arrived, which means longer and warmer Tips to help with the summertime heat:
days. Summer’s high temperatures can pose health
risks, especially to individuals who do not have ac- •Pay attention to your hydration status and be sure to
cess to air conditioning or other cooling resources. The City drink plenty of fluids.
of Commerce reminds residents that air-conditioned City fa- •Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave
cilities can provide much needed relief from the scorching children or pets unattended in a car parked in the sun.
days of summer. •Use a fan, if available.
•Stay on the lowest floor of your building.
City facilities are available for the public to cool off during •Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals
regular business hours, which includes the park and library •Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
buildings at Bandini, Bristow, Rosewood and Veterans •Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun
Parks; the Senior Center; the Teen Center and the Brenda with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.
Villa Aquatic Center. Spray pools will be open for children to •Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool
cool off. air inside your home.
On days when the temperature exceeds 95 degrees, all For the hours of operation for Commerce facilities, visit the
four City Parks will play family movies during operational City’s website at www.ci.commerce.ca.us or call (323) 887-
hours and provide chilled water. 4404.
Sports practices and outdoor activities will be held in the
morning or early evening times when the weather forecast
predicts temperatures of 95 degrees or higher. Sports and
outdoor activities will be suspended when the air quality ex-
ceeds the moderate level.
BABY SHOW DODGERS COMMUNITY NIGHT
A young Commerce resident showing off her Trolls-themed wheels during the wagons category Miss Dodgers Mayra Silva enjoyed watching the Boys in Blue beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 at this year’s Dodger
of the Kids are Cute Baby Show held at the Rosewood Park Community Center. Community Night.
GARDEN CLUB BOXING TEAM
The City’s facilities maitnenance staff worked in the
early hours of the morning to give the Bristow Park
Boxing Gym some much needed TLC.
The Montebello Unified School District received the prestigious Golden Bell Award for the district- The City of Commerce Boxing Team served as positive role models by giving back to the community at
wide Garden Program. Bandini Elementary Garden Club, participants of the Garden program. the Midnight Mission in the City of Los Angeles.
PRESCHOOL GRADUATION CINCO DE MAYO
The City’s facilities maitnenance staff worked in the Miss Cinco de Mayo Rosa Moreno hosted this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities at Bristow Park, enjoying
early hours of the morning to give the Bristow Park Mexican cuisine, the Tee Ball Season Opener and live mariachi music with the community.
Boxing Gym some much needed TLC.
Members of the Preschool class of 2017 were excited to get their diplomas during the annual Pre-
school Graduation ceremony in May.
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SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
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Independence Day Carni- Independence Day Carni- Independence Day Senior Citizens Commission Video Games "I am a great Wonder Woman Day
val val City Hall & Libraries 12:30 p.m. Veterans Library believer in luck, Bandini Library
and I find the harder 11 a.m.
Rosewood Park 5 p.m-11 p.m. Closed City Council/Successor 4 p.m. I work, the more I
5 p.m-11 p.m. Agency 15
Independence Day Carni- 6:30 p.m. Magic Show have of it."
val Bristow Library - Thomas Jefferson “The first duty of a
man is to think for
12 p.m-11 p.m. 6 p.m.
Independence Day Cele- Parks and Recreation Com- - Jose Marti
2 p.m-10:30 p.m.
9 10 11 12 13 14
“In the truest sense, Teen Computer Workshop Teen Computer Workshop Task Force Loteria Night Dinner and a Movie
freedom cannot be Rosewood Library Bristow Library 3 p.m. Bristow Library
bestowed; it must 4 p.m. 4 p.m. Bandini Library
Loteria Night 6:30 p.m.
be achieved.” Education Commission Coffee with Veterans Veterans Library 5 p.m.
– Franklin D. Roo- 6 p.m. Rosewood Library Community Services Com-
5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. mission
sevelt English Book Club 6:30 p.m.
Bandini Library Measure AA Meeting Traffic Commission
6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
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“To make peace, one Jurassic Experience Exide Q & A City Hall Video Games Jurassic Experience Paint Night
must be an uncom- Rosewood Library 6 p.m. Bandini Library Bristow Library Rosewood Library
promising leader. To 6 p.m.
6 p.m. City Council/Successor 3 p.m. 6 p.m.
make peace, one Agency
must also embody Financial Literacy Workshop 6:30 p.m. Jurassic Experience
Rosewood Library Veterans Library
compromise.” 6 p.m. 6 p.m.
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Library Commission Exide Q & A City Hall Teens Go Green Teen Go Green Dinner and a Movie Summer Reading Program
6 p.m. 3 p.m. Bandini Library Veterans Library Veterans Library Reporting ends
31 Teens Go Green 4 p.m. 4 p.m.
AuCtihtyoHr Valils&it Planning Commission Meet- Spanish Reading Club
LMiborallryieSscChlioosted 4 p.m. ing Rosewood Library
Rosewood Library 5:30 p.m.
I-710 Advisory Committee 6:30 p.m.
6 p.m. 6 p.m. Dinner and a Movie
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Aquatic Center 323-887-4404
Code Enforcement 323-887-4460
Animal Control 323-887-4460
SCE St. Lights Out* 800-611-1911
Mayor Oralia Y. Rebollo *Provide Light Pole # for Report
Mayor Pro Tem Ivan Altamirano
Councilmember Hugo A. Argumedo E.L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. 323-264-4151
Councilmember Leonard Mendoza
Graffiti Hotline 323-887-4444
Councilmember John Soria
Vector Control 562-944-9656
Union Pacific 888-877-7267
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Award winning cablecasts of the Commerce City Council Meeting
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. (Live every 1st and 3rd Tues.) Mondays 8 a.m.
Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m.
“In A Council Minute”
Mondays at 4 p.m., Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 1 p.m., Thursdays at
4 p.m., Fridays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
“Community Safety Officers & Adopt a Pet”
Mondays at 12 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 4 p.m., Thursdays
at 3 p.m. Fridays at 9 a.m., Saturdays at 6 p.m., Sundays at 8 p.m.
4th of July Community Celebration: Live from Rosewood Park
Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 12 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Thursdays at
6 p.m. or after City Council Meeting, Fridays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m., Sun-
days at 5:30 p.m.
Annual Twilight Dance Concert
Mondays at 5 p.m., Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m.,
Thursdays at 3 p.m., Fridays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Commerce July 5K Run Highlights
Mondays at 8 a.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30
p.m., Fridays at 8 a.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., Sundays at 12 p.m.
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