SH hears suggestions for improving air quality

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By Joseph Serna, Staff Writer

As the nation’s attention to global warming grows, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is making its case to Southern California cities to contribute to the solution-Signal Hill is no exception.
Their air quality management district, which represents Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and parts of Riverside counties, told the Signal Hill Council Tuesday that by 2021 the district would have to meet state and federal air quality standards. No easy task.
Though the air quality management has no enforcement, “It’s like being a police officer with no gun,” as David Madsen of the South Coast Air Quality Management put it, they can suggest benchmarks for Signal Hill and other cities to meet to improve air quality.
Converting fleets of city vehicles to alternative fuels and utilizing alternative energy are among the district’s suggestions, Madsen said. The Council is expected to introduce a resolution regarding the district’s plan at the next Council meeting.
Also preparing for the future, yet in a very different way, the Council also approved the $56,561 purchase of a mobile restroom trailer from Comforts of Home Services Inc.
The trailer, which features men’s, women’s, and handicapped accessible restrooms, is meant to supplement the city’s emergency preparedness program.
“It will handle about 1,000 flushes before it needs emptying,” said Public Works Director Charlie Honeycutt. He said the trailer can also be utilized for public events like Concerts in the Park during the summer months.
The Council also approved a Preferential Parking Zone on the south side of Panorama Drive between Molino Avenue and the alley east of Molino Avenue from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for residents or visitors with a permit.
The next City Council meeting with be at City Hall on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.