Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Today, vector control districts, the Los Angeles 
County Department of Public Health and Tzu Chi, an 
international humanitarian organization, announced a 
community workshop to “Keep Zika Out.”The free event 
will be held on September 24, 2016 from 8 a.m. to noon, at 
B.O.C.A. (Dharma Seal Temple) at 3027 Del Mar Avenue, 
Rosemead, CA 91770.

 “Keep Zika Out” will train residents and interfaith 
volunteers to prevent invasive Aedes mosquitoes from 
breeding in their homes and communities. After the 
morning workshop, volunteers will hit the streets and 
educate neighbors in the surrounding area.

 To date, no local transmission of Zika virus has been 
reported in L.A. County. However, the Aedes mosquitoes 
that have the potential to transmit the virus is present in 
Los Angeles County.

 “Everyone in L.A. County can help reduce the risk that 
Zika could spread here by ensuring mosquitoes don’t 
breed around their residences. We encourage residents to 
drain standing water and toss unused containers in the 
trash so they don’t become places where mosquitoes can 
breed,” said Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, Acting Director for 
the Acute Communicable Disease Control program of 
LA County Department of Public Health. “Additionally, 
during travel to Zika-affected areas, people should avoid 
mosquito bites by using insect repellent that contains 
an effective ingredient like DEET, wearing long-sleeved 
shirts and long pants, and staying in places with screens or 
air conditioning to keep mosquitos out.”

 Year-to-date, there has been more than 60 travel-related 
cases of Zika in L.A. County. In addition, there are more 
than 50 L.A. County cities and communities with invasive 
Aedes mosquitoes.

 “Vector control agencies in LA County cannot do it 
alone,” said Truc Dever, General Manager for the Greater 
Los Angeles County Vector Control District. “One of the 
most important and effective ways residents can help us 
prevent Zika virus from spreading in L.A. is to tip and toss 
anything that can hold water.”

 Preventative community outreach about the threat is 
an important part of the Health Department and vector 
control district’s Zika preparedness plan. The public 
health agencies’ partnership with Tzu Chi strengthens 
the commitment to prepare Los Angeles County for a 
potential outbreak.

 “Emergency preparedness is one of many ways Tzu Chi 
is helping residents,” said Executive Vice President of Tzu 
Chi, Debra Boudreaux. “Together, as a community, we can 
stand together to keep Zika out of our neighborhoods.”

About Tzu Chi:

 Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, whose name means 
“compassion and relief,” is an international humanitarian 
organization with special consultative status at the 
United Nations Economic and Social Council. Founded 
by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966, the non-profit 
organization has four major missions: charity, medicine, 
education, and humanistic culture. Tzu Chi also engages 
in international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, 
community volunteerism, and environmental protection. 
Tzu Chi has offices and chapters on five major continents 
and provides aid to more than 90 countries. To learn more 
about Tzu Chi and our disaster relief work in the USA and 
internationally, please visit:

About Los Angeles County Department of Public 

 The Department of Public Health is committed to 
protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 
million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a 
variety of programs, community partnerships and 
services, Public Health oversees environmental health, 
disease control, and community and family health. Public 
Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an 
annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more 
about Public Health and the work we do please visit www., visit our YouTube channel at, find us on Facebook, or follow us on 
Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.

About Vector Control:

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District 
(SGVMVCD) and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector 
Control District (GLACVCD) are two of five vector 
control agencies that provide services and programs in 
Los Angeles County. Since 2011, vector control districts 
have been consistently working together to fight the 
invasive Aedes mosquitoes that have the potential to 
transmit Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow 
fever to people. For more information about SGVMVCD, For more information about 
GLACVCD, visit

About San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control 

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control 
District is a public health agency formed in 1989 to protect 
residents against vector-borne diseases. The District 
provides enhanced mosquito and vector control services 
to 23 cities and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles 
County within the San Gabriel Valley.

By Joan Schmidt

 This past Friday I attended the Kick-off Press 
Conference for the 13th Annual Domestic Violence 
Collection Drive. Thirteen years ago, Congresswoman 
Judy Chu (CA-27) saw firsthand domestic violence, her 
friend, an educator with an abusive husband. During 
the divorce, the abuser was going to get HALF of the 
victim’s retirement pay. Chu couldn’t believe this; 
hence her Assembly Bill 2018, protecting victims from 
being forced to share financial assets with abusive 
spouses. Also Chu penned AB 1288-This prevents 
perpetrators of abuse to purchase firearms. If they do 
so, victims are alerted.

 Within the last three years, Congresswoman 
Grace Napolitano (CA-32) has joined with Chu. Rep. 
Napolitano said, “It is a privilege to continue working 
with Congresswoman Chu, Kaiser Permanente 
and so many other local heroes in our fight to end 
domestic violence. The emotional wounds inflicted 
by domestic violence are often invisible, so increased 
mental health awareness is critical to ensure those in 
need seek health.” (All in the 32nd District applaud 
Napolitano’s focus on Veterans and Mental Health 
issues-especially in our schools.)

 Dr. Victor Cheng, Physician In-Charge, Kaiser 
Permanente, and on-board these twelve years spoke 
of victims of ALL ages, socio-economic/ ethnic 
groups. Also attending was Rena Del Haro, Director 
of Public Affairs, Baldwin Park Kaiser Permanente.

 Other speakers included Mavis Hansen, Domestic 
Violence Awareness And Prevention Chair, and 
President of the General Federation of Women’s 
Clubs, and Personal Testimony from “Paulette”.

 The Campaign lasts from October 1-November 
1.It will support Domestic Violence Victims from
Elizabeth House, Pacific Lifeline, Grace Services, 
Project Sister family Services and Shepherd’s Door.

The Collection Locations are:

Congresswoman Chu’s Pasadena Office 

527 South Lake Ave. Suite 106, Pasadena

Congresswoman Chu’s Claremont Office 

415 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite 122, Claremont

Alexander Hughes Community Center 

1700 Danbury Road, Claremont

Alhambra City Hall 

111 S. First St. Alhambra

Altadena Community Center 

730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena

Altadena Senior Center 

560 E, Mariposa St. Altadena

Arcadia Community Center 

375 Campus Dr., Arcadia

Arcadia Woman’s Club (Wed./Thur. only) 

324 S. 1st Ave., Arcadia 

Bradbury City Hall 

600 Winston Ave., Bradbury

Joslyn Adult Recreation Center 

210 North Campus Dr. Alhambra

Garvey Community Center 

9108 Garvey Avenue, Rosemead

Fiorina Clothing Store 

124 N.Glendora Ave., Glendora

Monrovia Community Center 

119W. Palm Ave. Monrovia 

Monterey Park City Hall 

320 W. Newmark Ave., Monterey Park Rosemead 
Community Recreation Center 

3936 N. Muscatel Ave., Rosemead

San Gabriel City Hall 

425 S. Mission Drive San Gabriel 

San Marino City Hall 

2200 Huntington Dr., SanMarino

Sierra Madre’s Women’s Club 

550W.Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre South 
Pasadena City Hall 

1414 Mission Street, South Pasadena

South Pasadena Woman’s Club 

1424 Freemont Ave., South Pasadena

 The month-long drive, part of the Domestic 
Violence Awareness Month in October, will collect 
gently used women’s and children’s clothing/school 
supplies, household cleaning products, toiletry items- 
NO BREAKABLE items, please- and other donations 
that will be distributed to victims at shelters 
throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Donations can 
also be dropped off at Kaiser Permanente Facilities in 
Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas 
and West Covina. Thank you!


This past week, the City was provided with a 
draft map of the San Gabriel Mountains National 
Monument (National Monument) area. The map 
was developed by the group Amigos de los Rios in 
concert with the US Forest Service as the federal 
government works to create handouts for visitors 
to the National Monument. Interested parties have 
been asked to provide input regarding the features 
on the map. At first glance, it does appear that some 
features across the San Gabriel Mountains are 
misplaced, and staff will be providing comments 
to the group. However, if you have any feedback 
or comments you would like for us to take into 
consideration, please feel free to let me know and 
we’ll get the message passed along to the US Forest 
Service group that is coordinating this effort.

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