The holidays are upon us, which means getting together with friends and family over special meals, at festive parties, and during the gift exchanges that go along with this time of year.
Keep in mind that your every need during this season can be conveniently met by the 900 businesses located in Paramount.
And when you shop locally, part of your sales tax stays in town to help pay for vital services like law enforcement, parks, street maintenance, and more.
When you purchase it in Paramount …
Christmas and New Year's Day will slightly alter garbage collection schedules this season. CalMet Services will have no trash pickup on those holidays.
Now you can use your smart phone to help keep Paramount clean and tidy.
Paramount Works is an app available for free downloading from iTunes or Android. It's an easy way to report maintenance issues you may encounter around town so City staff can attend to them ASAP.
Let's say you come upon a lift in the sidewalk or a pothole in the street. Simply open Paramount Works on your phone and hit the "Report New Issue" button. This will take you to the "New Issue" page where you will select from a list that includes such things as furniture/debris in a street or alley, graffiti, shopping cart, street light out, or the aforementioned items.
To make sure everything is completely clear, you can add an explanation in the "Comments" section and/or attach a photo. (The app will automatically detect the location via GPS, or you can manually enter an address, or point it out on the map. Identifying yourself is optional.)
Due to extreme drought conditions, the State of California is requiring that local water suppliers implement water conservation measures.
These measures are directed at outdoor water use. Measures do not apply to "reclaimed" water, which is used at City parks and landscaped medians.
Here are the details. Violations can result in fines.
Debido a las condiciones extremas de sequía, el Estado de California está exigiendo que los suministradores locales implementen medidas de conservación de agua.
Estas medidas están dirigidas al uso de agua para regar o limpiar afuera. Estas medidas no aplican al agua "reciclada" que usa la ciudad para los parques y áreas verdes.
Aquí están los detalles. Las infracciones pueden resultar en multas.
The City's Community Services and Recreation Department newsletter for winter is now available. It includes information about the upcoming holiday events in town, activities for seniors, sports, classes, and more. Click here to take a look.
Hard copies of the newsletter are available in the November issue of the Pulse Beat newspaper, at City Hall, and at the City Yard.
You can sign up for the City's recreational activities online by clicking on the Recreation Classes button in the upper right corner of this page.
Congratulations are due to the newest group of Paramount Education Partnership scholarship winners. More than $70,000 was awarded to 24 Paramount students to help with their college costs this year. Over the past 11 years, nearly $600,000 has been distributed through the PEP scholarships.
The 2014 winners were recognized at the June 3rd Paramount City Council meeting by the Council, Paramount Unified Board of Education members and District officials, and the PEP Board of Directors. Below is the list of this year's PEP Scholars, along with their schools and majors.
The Paramount Education Partnership's 11th Annual Fundraiser, held on Friday, April 25, was a roaring success, with donors offering up an astounding $101,425 that will fund college scholarships for local students next year.
When combined with the contributions from Pennies for PEP that took place in March in the Paramount Unified School District, that figure jumps to $109,544.
In addition, raffle prizes worth thousands of dollars were contributed to the fundraising event.
The City of Paramount has long been proud of providing high-quality services for residents and businesses. But the Great Recession and the loss of Redevelopment have created a $6 million hole in the City's annual budget. To maintain important programs and services into the future, Paramount needs a reliable source of local funding that Sacramento cannot take away. Local control is vital so that taxpayer dollars can be used effectively.
Measure P, an Essential City Services and Public Safety Protection Measure, will be on the ballot for the March, 2015 election to address this issue. This will give Paramount voters the opportunity to decide if a new revenue stream is needed to keep the City strong and thriving.
For further information about Measure P, please click here.
There are plenty of facts, figures, and details about distracted driving, but the California Office of Traffic Safety wants you to know the plain and simple ones:
A line up of Paramount productions - from the city, not the movie studio - is now on the video-streaming website YouTube. Shows highlight such things as public presentations at City Council meetings, special community events, an oral history of the our town, and other Paramount profiles. Click this link to visit www.youtube.com/cityofparamount.
The City of Paramount's "To Your Health!" Salud Park, newly opened and located at the corner of Texaco St. and Somerset Blvd., features exercise stations, walking/running paths and tracks, and a plaza for yoga, pilates and zumba classes.
It provides the residents of Paramount with a "free outdoor gym," available for use seven days a week.
Salud Park was built on ten acres of Southern California Edison right-of-way property. Working closely with SCE, the City was able to produce a first-class facility of attractive open space in an urban area with little available land for new parks.
City Fabrick is a nonprofit urban design studio in Long Beach with a special focus on creative approaches to expanding open space. According to City Fabrick Executive Director Brian Ulaszewski, Salud Park is a great example of the kinds of projects the firm has been promoting, and "incredibly relevant to our work." Ulaszewski has written a blog posting about the park on the company's website. The article can be found at www.cityfabrick.org/lines-above-and-parks-below-paramounts-success/.
The City of Paramount Community Development Department is reviewing a conditional use permit that would allow the operation of a materials recovery facility in town. Part of that process includes a 45-day public comment period which begins on October 2, 2014.
The project site consists of 7.32 acres and is located along the north side of Petterson Lane, west of Garfield Ave. The site's legal address is 14001 Garfield Ave. The proposed use will occupy a number of existing buildings that have a total floor area of 146,600 square feet. In addition, a new "receiving building" consisting of 39,500 square feet will be constructed. The total floor area of the existing and new buildings will be 186,000 square feet. The proposed project will receive, process, and transfer source separated recyclables, residential curbside recycling materials, and municipal solid waste. The proposed facility will consist of a recyclable material recovery facility (MRF), a sorting area where recyclables will be removed, a transfer station with a residual waste load-out area, balers, a bale storage area, and offices. All material receiving and processing activities will occur within the buildings. The maximum permitted processing capacity will be 2,450 tons per day.
To view a copy of the draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.
To view a copy of the Traffic Impact Analysis, please click here.
For more information, please call John Carver at (562) 220-2036.
On September 25, the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency for the Paramount Redevelopment Agency approved the Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule (ROPS) for the period January 2015 through June 2015. The ROPS was approved by the California Department of Finance on November 5, 2014.
Additional information about the elimination of redevelopment agencies can be found on the California Department of Finance's website.
The City of Paramount is a participant in the Los Angeles Gateway Authority Catch Basin Insert project for the Los Angeles River Watershed. Funding has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Clean Water Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.
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