San Onofre 20 year Nuclear Decommissioning Plans Today in San Clemente at 4:30pm

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Nuclear Storage is a important safety issue for our high population density community.
It is illogical and unsafe to store nuclear waste on the beaches south of San Clemente.
It is important to participate in our community so you can ask questions and become informed.

A local group San Onofre Safety is working hard to inform the public of science based facts of the Decommissioning Process.
Their website states that they are a “public resource for factual information about the serious safety issues with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the tons of nuclear waste stored just a few miles south of San Clemente, California.

Most of the information is from official government and scientific documents.”

Today you can meet with officials from Southern California Edison and engage them with your concerns about long term nuclear storage.

Southern California Edison (SCE) invites the public to attend a San Onofre decommissioning education fair today, Thursday February 5 2015 in San Clemente.
The fair will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida De La Estrella.
San Onofre nuclear plant staff will be on hand to answer questions about SCE’s plan to decommission the nuclear plant within 20 years and safely manage its used nuclear fuel. Continue reading “San Onofre 20 year Nuclear Decommissioning Plans Today in San Clemente at 4:30pm”

Laguna Canyon Road Task Force Updates the Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee Tonight

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The Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee meets tonight, Thursday December 4 2014 at 6:00pm.
The Committee is meeting at the Community Room at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center.
The Center is located at 380 Third Street.

Continue reading “Laguna Canyon Road Task Force Updates the Laguna Beach Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee Tonight”

Laguna Beach Fire and Police will be Educating Students Today During The Great California Shakeout

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Members of the Fire and Police Departments will be visiting all private and public schools in the City on Thursday, October 16, 2014, to participate in California’s “Great ShakeOut!” The purpose of the visit is to educate all students on what to do if and when and earthquake occurs. Students will be taught to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during the actual shaking and then they will evacuate the building to a safe location on school property. In addition City personnel will work with the individual schools and go over disaster plans and supplies to ensure that they are all appropriate and current. While the statewide event is scheduled for 10:16 a.m., City staff will be working with each school to determine the best time.

For more information please link to Laguna Beach City News

For more information on The Great California Shakeout please link to California Shakeout

Laguna Beach Fire Department Hosts Open House Today at 11:00am to 2:00pm

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The Laguna Beach Fire Department hosts its annual open house today, Saturday October 11 2014 at 11:00am.
You can meet the Firemen and learn about Fire Safety.
They also will be conducting tours of the Firehouse.
You have four locations to choose from!

501 Forest Avenue

285 Agate Street

2900 Alta Laguna

31646 2nd Avenue

For more information please link to Laguna Beach Fire Department Open House

Laguna Beach Fire Prevention Week October 5 thru October 11: Free Help with Smoke Alarms

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Fire Prevention Week: October 5 – 11, 2014
In partnership with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Laguna Beach Fire Department will be taking part in National Fire Prevention Week, which is being held October 5 – 11. This year’s theme is “working smoke alarms save lives.” The Laguna Beach Fire Department is using the month of October to ensure that all residents in Laguna Beach have smoke alarms that not only function properly but are installed in correct locations. On average, about 60% of fire related deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that were not working properly. The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers the following tips to make sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly.

1) Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and making sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
2) If a smoke alarm “chirps”, indicating a low battery, replace the battery immediately.
3) Replace smoke alarms if they do not respond properly when tested.
4) Never remove or disable a working smoke alarm.

The Laguna Beach Fire Department offers free batteries, installation and smoke alarms for residents of Laguna Beach. These items are intended for property owners of residential properties; not apartment and/or income properties. To participate in the Fire Department program please visit their website at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/smoke_alarms.asp and complete the “Free Smoke Alarm” sign up form. A representative from the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment to determine how many detectors are needed and install them for you. Please remember, this program is not intended to install detectors in each room, only to provide one on each floor.

Additionally, the Laguna Beach Fire Department will be hosting its annual Open House on Saturday, October 11. The four city fire stations will be open during the day from 11AM to 2PM. Come meet your local firefighters, tour the fire engines and stations, and ask questions on what you can do to keep yourself and your family fire safe this year.

Fire Station One: 501 Forest Avenue
Fire Station Two (Midtown): 285 Agate Street
Fire Station Three (TOW): 2900 Alta Laguna
Fire Station Four (South Laguna): 31646 2nd Ave

For more information please link to Laguna Beach Fire Department

BikeWays Roundtable at San Juan Capistrano Community Center Tonight at 5:30pm

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OCTA Bikeways Collaborative
Date: 9/17/2014 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Cost: Free
Location: San Juan Capistrano Community Center
25925 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano
Please join the Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Council of Governments, Caltrans, County of Orange, and participating agencies for a follow up roundtable discussion about ongoing efforts to improve regional connectivity for bicycling in southern Orange County. Participants are invited to provide feedback on the proposed regional bikeways network and recommendations for subsequent Bikeways Studies.

For more information, please link to Bikeways

Coastal Hazard Warning Today South OC Beaches Surf 4 to 6 Feet

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COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
642 AM PDT TUE SEP 16 2014

…STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF THROUGH THURSDAY…

.A LONG-PERIOD SOUTH-SOUTHWEST SWELL PRODUCED BY A SOUTHERN
HEMISPHERE STORM WILL PRODUCE ELEVATED SURF…AND STRONG RIP AND
LONGSHORE CURRENTS AT THE ORANGE AND SAN DIEGO COUNTY BEACHES
THROUGH THURSDAY. HIGHEST SURF WILL BE ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING
BEACHES. THE SWELL WILL GRADUALLY LOWER FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND.

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN DIEGO HAS ISSUED A BEACH
HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ELEVATED SURF…WHICH
IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

* WAVES AND SURF…4 TO 6 FEET ALONG SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES. 2
TO 4 FEET ELSEWHERE.

* RIP CURRENTS…WIDESPREAD DANGEROUS RIP AND LONGSHORE CURRENTS.

* TIMING…THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…THE ELEVATED SURF…STRONG RIP CURRENTS…AND
LONGSHORE CURRENTS WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS SWIMMING
CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT FOR RIP CURRENTS MEANS THAT CONDITIONS
ARE PRESENT TO SUPPORT A HEIGHTENED RISK OF STRONG RIP CURRENTS.
RIP CURRENTS ARE TYPICALLY MORE FREQUENT AND STRONGER IN THE
VICINITY OF JETTIES…INLETS…AND PIERS. SWIMMERS CAUGHT IN A RIP
CURRENT SHOULD SWIM PARALLEL TO THE COAST TO ESCAPE THE RIP
CURRENT BEFORE TRYING TO SWIM FOR SHORE. SWIMMERS SHOULD ALWAYS
SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.

Silverado Canyon Fire 1600 Acres Burned and 10% Containment

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The Silverado Canyon Fire has burned over 1600 acres and has displaced area residents. Currently there is a estimated 10% containment. Officials are reassessing evacuations. Yesterday three Firefighters required hospitalization due to heat related injuries. 280 Fire Personnel were on the scene yesterday. More personnel will be added today as they intend to hit it hard today. With the temperatures likely to be in the triple digits and possible lack of wind, firefighters started early today to combat the fire.

Corona Fire Department is stating that “reports say that there was no fire growth overnight and firefighters are making great progress. The US Forest Service, CalFire and other agencies have been working very hard to contain this wildfire.”
Yesterday at approximately 10:30 am The United States Forest Service (USFS) reported that a brush and grass fire began due to unknown origin. The fire began near the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road in the Cleveland National Forest. The fire area is in steep mountain slopes with dry vegetation.
The USFS reported that the wildfire was off of Silverado Canyon Road south of Corona. The Road closures are North Main, Indian Truck, Bedford, Maples Springs Road and Santiago Canyon Road between Hwy 241 and Live Oak Canyon Road.
30 homes in the uppermost section of the canyon are under mandatory evacuation. The Orange County Red Cross is reporting the Evacuation Center is located at 3920 E Spring Street in Orange. Pets are not allowed at the Red Cross Shelter. Small animals are to be brought to the OC Animal Shelter at 561 The City Drive in Orange. Large Animal evacuations are available at the OC Fairgrounds. Residents must call (714) 708-1588 before bring a animal.
Last night Orange County Sheriff Department (OCSD) reported that parts of Silverado Canyon had lost power as a result of the fire. Cal Fire is reporting that 130 homes are without power. The Orange County EOC provided safety tips for power outages: Use only battery operated flashlights, unplug computers and TVs, keep fridge doors closed as much as possible, if power is out more than 2 hours, throw away any food with a temperature of more than 40 degrees Farenheit.
OC Parks is reporting that Irvine Regional Park & OC Zoo are closed Sat & Sun. The park is hosting 500-1,000 firefighters & resources fighting the fire.
Yesterday the South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory. Unhealthy air quality was likely in the Capistrano Valley Area. People with health related issues should avoid any vigorous exertion and remain indoors.
Residents seeking information regarding the Silverado Fire should call the Emergency Operation Center Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085.
For up to the minute information on the fire conditions you can access :
Twitter.com/#silveradofire
Twitter.com/ocgovca
Twitter.com/orangecountyEOC
The Orange County Fire Authority Station #15 located at 27172 Silverado Canyon Road is the official Media Staging Area.
South OC Beaches will try to bring you updates as they become available.
Please follow us on twitter at http://www.twitter.com/southocbeaches

Fire at Silverado Canyon Right Now

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The United States Forest Service (USFS) is reporting that at 10:30 am a brush and grass fire began due to unknown origin in Silverado Canyon. The USFS is the incident commander. Over 350 acres are burning and there is zero containment.
The Orange County Fire Authority is stating that The United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA)are working together in a unified command.nFire agencies are initiating an aggressive initial attack.
The Orange County Sherriff Department (OCSD) is reporting that Santiago Canyon Road is closed between Hwy 241 and Live Oak Canyon Road.
The USFS is reporting that the Wildfire is off of Silverado Canyon Road south of Corona. Road closures include: North Main, Indian Truck, Bedford, and Maple Springs Rd.
There are no evacuations at this time.
Orange County Emergency Operations Center (OCEOC)
has established a hotline at (714) 628-7085.
Wildfires can be harmful with at risk individuals. If you have breathing issues, please take necessary precautions.
For more information from the EPA, please link to EPA
This is a ongoing event, we will update you as soon as we are able to.
Update at 12:55pm: The United States Forest Service is reporting that the fire has zero percent containment. The fire area is in steep mountain slopes with dry vegetation in the Cleveland National Forest.
Update at 1:10pm OCSD and OCEOC are reporting that the only road closure is at Silverado Canyon Road and that Santiago Canyon Road remains open.

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Coastal Hazard Alert for South OC Beaches Today

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The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Coastal Hazard Alert for South Facing Beaches in Orange County this morning. Elevated Surf and Strong Rip Currents are possible. Minor Tidal Flooding is possible during High Tide.
A 4 TO 6 FOOT SOUTHERLY SWELL WITH 10-12 SECOND PERIOD WILL
ARRIVE ALONG SOUTH FACING BEACHES FROM TROPICAL CYCLONE NORBERT.
THIS SWELL WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCAL MINOR TIDAL
FLOODING AT TIMES OF HIGH TIDE. THE ELEVATED SURF AND LARGE TIDAL
SWINGS WILL MEAN STRONG RIP AND LONG SHORE CURRENTS AT AREA
BEACHES. SWELL AND SURF WILL DECREASE AFTER LATE MONDAY NIGHT.
WAVES AND SURF…4 TO 6 FEET WITH LOCAL SETS OF 7 TO 8 FEET ON
FAVORED SOUTH FACING BEACHES OF ORANGE COUNTY
DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS. LOCAL MINOR FLOODING OF LOW-LYING BEACH AREAS POSSIBLE DURING TIMES OF HIGH TIDE TODAY.
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS STRONG RIP CURRENTS…ELEVATED SURF HEIGHTS…MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW…OR LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE AT LOCAL BEACHES. OBEY POSTED WARNING SIGNS AND FLAGS AND TALK TO A LIFEGUARD BEFORE SWIMMING. USE CAUTION WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER AND ALWAYS SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.
For more information please link to NWS

Dana Point Tall Ship Sunset Parade Cancelled due to Hurricane Norbert

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The Dana Point Tall Ships Sunset Parade was cancelled today due to high surf from Hurricane Norbert. The Orange County Register Newspaper is reporting that the Festival Director Tracy Kirby stated that “With the huge surge and high tide, it would be unsafe for people to board the historic ships.”
The Tall Ship Festival is still scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. There may be changes to the festival due to Hurricane Norbert. We will keep you posted of any changes as we become of aware of them.
There is a beach advisory statement from The Weather Service.
“WAVES AND SURF…BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FEET WITH LOCAL SETS OF 7 TO
8 FEET ON FAVORED SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST FACING BEACHES OF ORANGE COUNTY.
SURF BUILDING LATE THIS AFTERNOON WITH PERIODS OF
ELEVATED SURF CONTINUING INTO MONDAY. A LARGER AND SHORTER PERIOD
SWELL WILL REINFORCE THE ELEVATED SURF FOR SUNDAY INTO MONDAY.
EVENING HIGH TIDES NEAR 6.8 FEET SATURDAY THROUGH
MONDAY.
DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS…ESPECIALLY FOR
INEXPERIENCED SWIMMERS. LOCAL MINOR FLOODING OF LOW-LYING
BEACH AREAS POSSIBLE DURING TIMES OF HIGH TIDE SATURDAY…
SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE SWELL GENERATED BY
TROPICAL CYCLONE NORBERT…A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED
FOR PORTIONS OF THE COAST SUNDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.
A BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IS ISSUED WHEN THREATS SUCH AS STRONG RIP CURRENTS…ELEVATED SURF HEIGHTS…MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW…OR LIGHTENING ARE POSSIBLE AT LOCAL BEACHES.
OBEY POSTED WARNING SIGNS AND FLAGS AND TALK TO A LIFEGUARD BEFORE SWIMMING. USE CAUTION WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER AND ALWAYS SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD.”

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Cadaver Dog found a Hot Spot a 1/4 Mile North of Tower 2 at Salt Creek Beach

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The Orange County Sheriff Department is reporting via Twitter that their cadaver dog indicates a “hot spot” a 1/4 mile north of LifeGuard Tower 2 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. The area has a depth of 15.5 feet of water where they are searching for the swimmer missing since August 24 2014. We will be brining you more updates as they become available.

OCSD and OCLG are searching Salt Creek Beach this morning for the Missing Swimmer

Orange County Sheriff’s Department and Orange County LifeGuards join together in a recovery mission this morning, Wednesday September 3 2014 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. On August 24 2014 a 60 year old man visiting from out of state went missing in the ocean off Salt Creek Beach. A massive multi agency effort was immediately undertaken to rescue him. Shortly thereafter the same efforts went into a recovery effort. This morning The Orange County Sheriff Department and the Orange County LifeGuards are working together in their recovery efforts. Pictures are courtesy of OCSD on twitter.

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