Robyn Rhodes

December 8, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Red Flag Warning

The Red Flag Warning has been extended through Sunday evening.
The strongest winds were expected today and winds will decrease
through Friday and Saturday, but it will remain very dry (low humidity) and
offshore Santa Ana winds of 30-50 mph in the mountains and 10-25 mph
in the lower elevations. Please note that a reversal of winds to onshore (west wind)
should occur for immediate coastal areas Friday afternoon.

Another surge of Santa Ana winds are expected Saturday night and Sunday
and this will be stronger offshore winds.

use this website: http://www.weather.gov/spot/ for specific forecast requests

To monitor current weather
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?obs=true&wfo=sgx

December 7, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Important SCE Update – Pending Wind Storm

As you know, Southern California is experiencing extremely dangerous high winds, fire activity and Red Flag conditions and residents may lose power.

Due to public safety concerns, SCE may also turn off power to specific circuits in areas where there is a high risk of predicted extreme winds. Your city/county area has one/several of these impacted circuits.

When SCE turns off power to a circuit it takes into account wind speeds higher than historical averages, humidity levels and other conditions.  The circuit will be reenergized when wind speeds are reduced and the circuit is assessed which may include a physical inspection.  If a circuit is turned off at night, it will not be reenergized until daylight hours.

Forecasts indicate continued and worsening weather conditions in Southern California for the remainder of the week. If outages do occur, the power will stay off until SCE personnel can patrol and inspect lines before returning them to service so power can be restored safely.

We share your priority to protect public safety and we understand the inconvenience of turning off electric service. We are making every effort to reach out to customers in affected areas to make them aware in advance of shutting off power. 

Estimated power restoration information related to these specific areas will be updated as it becomes available.   If you have additional questions you can reach out to me or our outage center at 855-683-9067. Please note that this phone number is for city/county officials only – you can direct residential and business customers to SCE.com/outages for additional customer information.

December 6, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Strong and Prolonged Santa Ana Winds to Blow Through SoCal

SCE has additional crews on standby, reminds customers to never approach or touch downed power lines and call 911.

Strong Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 70 mph will blow through Southern California starting today and are expected to last several days before subsiding later this week.
The National Weather Service is calling this the “strongest and longest duration Santa Ana wind event we have seen so far this season” and has also issued Red Flag warnings for most counties in Southern California.
Customers may report or inquire about outages at 800-611-1911 and get the latest information using the SCE outages app at sce.com/outages. Customers can also get the latest information by visiting www.sce.com/staysafe or at twitter.com/sce and facebook.com/sce.

SCE Safety Tips in High-Wind Conditions:

  • Remember to check emergency supplies to be sure you have a battery-operated radio, a flashlight and fresh batteries. Do not use candles for lighting as they pose a fire hazard.
  • If you’re in a vehicle with a fallen power line on it, stay in the vehicle and remain calm until help arrives. It is OK to use your cellphone to call 911. If you must leave the vehicle, remember to exit away from downed power lines and exit by jumping from the vehicle and landing with both feet together. You must not touch the vehicle and the ground at the same time. Then proceed away from the vehicle by shuffling and not picking up your feet until you are several yards away.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Do not step in or enter any water that a downed power line may be touching.
  • If you use a generator, place it outdoors and plug individual appliances directly into it, using a heavy-duty extension cord. Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “backfeed,” which is dangerous to repair crews. Please consult the manufacturer’s manual for operating the generator.
  • Do not use any equipment inside that is designed for outdoor heating or cooking. Such equipment can emit carbon monoxide and other toxic gases.
  • https://www.insideedison.com/stories/strong-and-prolonged-santa-ana-winds-to-blow-through-socal
September 18, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Valle Vista Community Cleanup

This Saturday, September 16, I, my staff, The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources, Code Enforcement and the Sheriff’s Department, with community volunteers will conduct a Community Cleanup in Valle Vista/East Hemet.
We have conducted several of these initiatives to spruce up neighborhoods and bring pride back to the members of the neighborhood. Clean neighborhoods set a standard for the community that emenates a sense of well-being, and commitment to maintain a level of quality lifestyle in the community. While a clean up team can give the facelift, maintaining that standard is up to the individual residents and landowners.
Recently County of Riverside Code Enforcemente abated a mobile home in the community of Green Acres. The parcel was in total disarray without hope of the responsible party bringing the property into compliance.Neighbors had reported transient and drug activity at the site. After a 90-day order to abate had expired the parcel abatement was awarded through a competitive bid process and 6.64 tons of rubbish and materials were removed from the property.
By taking initiative, neighbors improved their surroundings, and quality of living. Did you know that bulky items, like old chairs, can be picked up by your waste management company with just a phone call? You can contact Waste Management call 800-423-9986 or signup online at BULKYWM. For CR&R call (951) 943-1991.

 

August 25, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Understanding Cancer Treatments in the Region

Temecula, CA (August 21, 2017) — Cancer services, treatment options and related resources are being assessed in Southwest Riverside County in relationship to demand. Excellent cancer care in Southwest Riverside County is readily available; however, sometimes patients travel outside the region seeking specialized care or treatment options, such as certain clinical studies, that may not be offered locally. The effort spent coordinating and traveling to cancer care facilities in San Diego, Orange County, or Los Angeles places a significant amount of stress on cancer patients and their families, who are already burdened with the challenges of battling a major illness. A Regional Cancer Services Task Force has been formed to better understand this issue, and is currently undertaking a survey to assess community needs.
Initiated by the City of Temecula, the Southwest Riverside County Regional Cancer Services Task Force is comprised of elected officials and representatives from the County of Riverside (Third District), City of Murrieta, City of Lake Elsinore, City of Menifee, City of Temecula, City of Wildomar, and City of Canyon Lake, as well as Riverside County Public Health (Riverside University Health System), Temecula Valley Hospital, Loma Linda Medical Center, Menifee Valley Medical Center, IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan), UC Riverside School of Medicine, Scripps Health, Michelle’s Place, American Cancer Society, and local oncologists. Stakeholders and other participants include interested health care professionals, cancer patients/survivors and caregivers, and the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Riverside County. The Task Force strives to understand what gaps exist in local cancer care, and what can be done to ease the burden of suffering on cancer patients and their loved ones. The Task Force aims to ensure that obstacles to obtaining excellent cancer care for patients be minimized as much as possible.
Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards stated, “Our Valley has grown tremendously along with the availability of quality healthcare and cancer treatment options. But many residents faced with a cancer diagnosis still drive several hours for specialized treatment.” Mayor Edwards added, “The Task Force was formed in partnership with six cities, the County, IEHP, nonprofit organizations and healthcare leaders throughout Southwest Riverside County to gather information on the availability of local specialized cancer treatment and resources. This was done in an effort to ease the burden on local cancer patients and their caregivers.”
To better understand the state of cancer care in the region, the Task Force is conducting two surveys:
A survey designed for cancer patients, survivors, and/or their caregivers:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SW-Riv-Cancer-Community
A survey designed for healthcare professionals such as physicians, nurses, lab techs, etc.:
“These surveys will gather valuable information that will help us to better understand how cancer treatment can be improved in our region,” says Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely, the Task Force facilitator. Results will be used to document and prioritize needs, and to lay the groundwork for efforts to address these issues.
Anyone living in Southwest Riverside County (Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, and the surrounding unincorporated County areas) who has had cancer, been a caregiver for someone with cancer, or who works in the health profession in this region is encouraged to take the survey. Any person who wishes to contribute to improving the accessibility of cancer care to cancer patients in the area is encouraged to share these surveys with applicable individuals. Surveys are available online and in paper format at various locations. Data collection will wrap up at the end of September, so time is of the essence. Anyone with questions or concerns about the survey should contact HARC, the nonprofit research organization that’s been retained to conduct the study at staff@HARCdata.org.
The surveys are completely confidential.
June 20, 2017 Comments are off Robyn Rhodes
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Cooling Centers – Keep Cool! Protect Your Health When It’s Hot!

Community Action Partnership of Riverside County is coordinating Cool Centers to provide drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled, and others in need of temporary relief from the heat. Cool Centers will open to the public, in affected areas, when a “Heat Warning” is issued. Watch or listen for the “Heat Warning” on your television, radio, and local newspaper.
Hot Weather Tips:
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Slow down—rest in the shade or a cool place when possible.
  • Never leave a child, elderly, disabled person, or animal alone in a vehicle.
  • Keep shaded areas with fresh water for outdoor animals.
  • Turn on your air conditioner.
  • Check on friends and neighbors who are elderly, have medical conditions, or are at higher risk for problems when it is very hot.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan, make sure your windows are open, and visit a cool center.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • When it is hotter than 90˚, visit a friend that has air conditioning in their home or a cool place like a mall, a library or a senior center.
  • You are also at risk if you have certain medical conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, have been using drugs or alcohol, or have had a previous heat-related illness.
For Cool Center locations, hours and tips on how to protect yourself from heat related illnesses, please call:
Summer Energy Crisis Hotlines
(888) 636-8676 / TTY or (951) 955-9389 or 2-1-1
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
EMERGENCIES CALL 911
  1. Anza Community Hall , 56630 Hwy. 371 Anza 92536, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 951-428-0901.
  2. Hemet Simpson Center Valley-Wide Rec & Parks, 305 E. Devonshire Ave. Hemet 92543, Hours: Mon-Thu 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Fri 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 951-929-5607
  3. Murrieta Senior Center *Seniors only*, 5 Town Square, Murrieta 92562, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 951-304-7275
  4. Mary Phillips Senior Center, 41845 6th St. Temecula 92590, Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sat 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 951-694-6464