On January 7, the City's Air Quality Sub Committee invited residents of Paramount to take part in the Committee's meetings and provide their input on the current hexavalent chromium issue in town. The role of the Sub Committee is to gather and study information relevant to the environmental issues at hand and offer recommendations to the full City Council for their consideration and action. Applications to join the team were available to all Paramount residents until Friday, January 13, when the completed forms needed to be delivered to City Hall.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Paramount becoming an incorporated city. On Jan. 30, 1957, it became official after a vote of 1,963 in favor and 1,766 opposed.
There will be a number of events this year celebrating the birthday, and the kick-off, open to everyone, will be next Tues., January 24 at the City Council meeting held at Progress Park Plaza. Starting at 4:00 p.m. there will be a historical display. Then at 5:00 p.m. a cake-cutting ceremony before the meeting begins.
The City will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the rededication of the new downtown on Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. It will take place in the parking lot of the Clearwater Building in the Civic Center.
This will be a recognition of the redesign of Paramount Blvd. from Jackson St. to Alondra Blvd. The project involved new landscaping, signage, decorative touches, and more.
The City of Paramount's General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 for two members on the City Council. For the first time, the City will be consolidating its municipal election with the Los Angeles County. This means the County will be running the election. Additionally, there will be a County homelessness measure on the ballot.
Las Elecciones Municipales Generales de la Ciudad de Paramount serán el martes, 7 de marzo del 2017 para dos miembros del Consejo Municipal. Por primera vez, la Ciudad estará consolidando sus elecciones municipales con el Condado de Los Angeles. Esto quiere decir que el Condado estará llevando a cabo las elecciones. Adicionalmente, en la bolete electoral habrá una medida del Condado sobre las personas sin hogar.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following persons have been nominated for the offices designated to be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held in the City of Paramount on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
FOR MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL
(VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TWO)
JOSE DE LEON
POR LA PRESENTE SE DA AVISO de que se han nominado las siguientes personas para los cargos que han de ser cubiertos en la Elección Municipal General que se llevará a cabo en la Ciudad de Paramount el martes, 7 de marzo de 2017.
PARA MIEMBRO DEL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL
(VOTE POR NO MÀS DE DOS)
JOSE DE LEON
The City of Paramount and the State Water Resources Control Board's Division of Drinking Water have completed a special round of testing to validate that hexavalent chromium is undetected in the City's water supply. The State of California standard for hexavalent chromium is 10 parts per billion. The findings from the special round of testing show hexavalent chromium to be less than 1 part per billion (ppb) in Paramount, the detection limit for drinking water.
The City of Paramount has created an Environmental Portal on the internet, a website providing facts and information to residents and businesses about our City's environment.
The site, which will be evolving as far as presentation and data, focuses on the areas of air and water. The City seeks a balance of residential, commercial, and industrial opportunities; however, in all cases, a clean and safe environment must come first. Please visit at paramountenvironment.org.
By Mayor Daryl Hofmeyer
This is an opinion piece that recently ran in the Press-Telegram.
Holly, Jenilee, Jace, Jake, Janelle, Evan, Joey. These are the names of my daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren that live in Paramount. They were the first people I thought of when I learned of the dramatic spike in hexavalent chromium levels detected within an industrial neighborhood in the City. Since the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) informed the community about these emissions, our City Council and City staff have urgently been doing everything within our power to end these violations and keep them from happening elsewhere in Paramount.
The City of Paramount has a long record of providing high-quality services and programs to its residents, as well as a solid reputation of being business-friendly in an effort to provide a vibrant local employment market.
A segment of the business community in an industrial area has recently been the focus of air-quality monitoring by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Two of those monitors detected exceedingly high levels of hexavalent chromium on three days late last year. Since then, the levels have fallen well below those highs but have still been above common levels for the area.
SCAQMD was established in 1975 by State law to regulate local air quality related to air emissions from businesses. According to that same State law, a City cannot create and enforce air quality laws - only SCAQMD can.
After the holidays, residents of Paramount who have Christmas trees can place them out at curbside for pickup. The trees will then be recycled into mulch.
CalMet, the City's refuse hauler, will pick up trees at no charge after Christmas through January 13 for single-family residential accounts. Be sure to remove the stand and all the decorations, lights and tinsel, and do not wrap the tree or enclose it in a plastic bag. If the tree is four-feet-tall or less, you can put it in your green waste recycling barrel. For anything larger, set it curbside on your normal garbage collection day by 6:00 a.m. (Flocked trees will also be picked up.)
After January 13, your tree can still be taken away by scheduling a bulky item pickup.
Anyone wanting to report a complaint about air quality - whether it be odors, smoke, dust, or other contaminants - needs to call the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at 1-800-CUT SMOG (288-7664). SCAQMD is the agency that regulates all air quality issues in Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
For information about the SCAQMD's reports and findings regarding air monitoring activities in the City of Paramount, please visit their website at
The Paramount Farmers Market is open every Friday at Progress Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 15500 Downey Ave.
It features fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of other food items. Vendors also accept EBT.
There is plenty of parking and Progress Park is a stop for the Easy Rider shuttle. For more information, please call (562) 220-2121.
The City has finalized its 2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing report that looks at Paramount's housing and community development needs, including ways to further fair housing choices in the community.
The report - required by the federal government for cities that are eligible to receive grant funds related to housing - has been submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its review.
The City created the document after gaining public input and comments during a 30-day period of review and through questionnaires provided to residents at a variety of venues. We would like to thank the 264 individuals who completed the survey for giving valuable information and opinions on housing issues in Paramount.
To see a copy of the report, please click here.
Photographs taken at City events and gatherings are now available for viewing on the website SmugMug. You can find the Paramount "gallery" at www.cityofparamount.smugmug.com.
We have hundreds of photos from the most recent Halloween Carnival and all of the City's holiday events. And they can be downloaded for free. Click on the photo, then hit the download icon at the bottom right part of the screen. Enjoy!
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 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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