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Jerry Jambazian

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Have you had enough of this oppressive heat? The temperatures have been hovering at 100 degrees for two weeks in the San Gabriel Valley. Temple City did the right thing when they opened their first cooling center last week. We have a vulnerable segment of our population, mostly seniors and infants who do not do well in the heat. These folks either do not have air conditioning or they cannot afford the Edison bill to be comfortable.
We live in a desert environment where we can expects a number of days with high temperatures, but when you couple that with high humidity you have problems. The City’s cooling center in the Council Chambers is a lot better than mine with 105 pounds of live steam pressure and 105 degrees inside temperature. You cannot use refrigeration cooling inside a dry cleaners with steam, only the old swamp coolers. It is not an easy thing to say we are establishing a cooling center. This is a public place where you are inviting residents to come. Insurance needs are a concern, having emergency medical help is a must. Fortunately, Fire Station 47 is immediately next to the cooling center. The city must also provide staffing for the Council Chambers, AKA Cooling Center.
Temple City is also encouraging residents to check on neighbors and family members who may be especially sensitive to extreme heat. You are encouraged to drink plenty of water, limiting strenuous activities to cooler times of the day, wearing lightweight and comfortable clothing, and avoid prolonged time in the sun. Jerry says “remember, you can’t drink to much water because guess what is going to happen with what you don’t need?”
A Neighborhood Watch meeting was just held at St Luke’s Catholic Church for Area 5. Kudos to Temple City and the Sheriff’s Department for re-inventing this important program. In the past it was hit and miss if a certain block wanted a watch meeting. There would maybe be 4-5 people in attendance. A new approach was to break up the city into 12 geographical areas and have an area watch meeting once a month at a location within that area. Our local schools, churches, parishes, and synagogues have been very receptive to hosting these meetings. Chinese and Spanish translation is always available.
The 75+ attendees were treated to a free taco bar dinner and childcare was provided with family friendly movies under watchful supervision. The two-hour session was led by Deputy Rick Adams, Motor deputy Mike Baker, Sergeant Ron Miranda, Public Safety officer Bryan Ariizumi, Community Preservation officer Jonathan Aceves and Viet Tran. Many times Temple Station Captain Christopher Nee attends and gives a personal word of greeting.
The session included neighborhood crime trends, crime prevention, neighborhood improvements and emergency preparedness including an invitation to become a part of the next training session for CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). Deputy Adams is a veteran Sheriff and a product of Temple City with family still living here. He led the discussion encouraging interaction and questions from the interested audience. One of the humorous events of the meeting was when a resident asked of motor officer Mike Baker, “why don’t people pull over when they see and hear lights and sirens?”. Mike’s response was “I have my lights and sirens going and the people are passing me on the street as I am going to the emergency”.
Temple City is at the end of two summer programs. The Citizen’s Academy was designed to help Temple City residents and business owners become better acquainted with the nuts and bolts of City Hall. The 24 participants began their two-hour sessions on May 24 with knowledgeable staff facilitating the meetings with PowerPoint presentations and field trips throughout the city. Some of the topics were the roles of city leaders, where the money comes from and where it goes, community preservation, planning a city, public safety, parks and recreation.
Parks and Recreation, better known as the fun department or as our City Manager Jose Pulido calls it “Making Memories” will be concluding ten concerts in the park. Enthusiastic audiences began setting out their chairs and blankets 12 hours before the concerts. Each Wednesday evening over 1,500 were treated to great music, dancing, food, and friends in the cool of the evening.
I am planning to once again to attend the El Monte City Council meeting in September to see what they are going to do with the complete ban of all fireworks. El Monte has a new interim City Manager. Note to El Monte Council members: in interviewing for the new permanent City Manager and the candidate says he wants to retire in El Monte, I’m warning you don’t do it, that is a big red flag.
It has been a great summer despite the heat. Photos and video of various events can be found at the Chamber of Commerce website. The address is
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See you soon…

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Jerry’s Journeys