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With the city gripped by a dangerous heat wave, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday ordered that the San Fernando Valley’s seven cooling centers extend their hours over the weekend.

The National Weather Service and the Los Angeles County Department of Public health issued heat warnings on Friday. The weather service said temperatures may hit 110 degrees during the weekend and its heat warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday.

The centers will be open until 9 p.m. today and from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

“L.A.’s libraries, recreation centers, and senior centers are all part of our network of cooling centers, and they are always available to you during regular business hours,” said Garcetti in a statement. “We’re adding hours at several centers on days when the temperatures will be highest, so that anyone who needs help — especially our most vulnerable residents — can stay cool, healthy, and safe.”

The Valley centers are:

•Canoga Senior Citizen Center, 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park, (818) 340-2633.

•Lanark Recreation Center, 21816 Lanark St., Canoga Park, (818) 883-1503.

•Lakeview Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace, (818) 899-8087.

•North Hollywood Recreation Center, 11430 Chandler Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 763-7651.

•Mid Valley Senior Center at Sepulveda Recreation Center, 8801 Kester Ave., Panorama City, (818) 893-3700.

•Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center, 5060 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 386-9674.

•Sunland Park Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick St., Sunland, (818) 353-9571.

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With temperatures expected to increase to triple digits in Los Angeles beginning Thursday, July 21 through the weekend, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) urges customers to reduce their energy use where possible while not putting their health or the health of their pets at risk.

High heat can also impact power reliability as more residents and businesses use their air conditioners all at once, increasing the strain on neighborhood power distribution equipment. The most effective time to save energy is from Noon until 6:00 p.m. when energy use is typically the highest.

To help reduce energy use, LADWP recommends the following as highly effective conservation measures:

  • Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Be smart about lighting. Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Adjust your water heater down to 120 degrees.
  • Use your major appliances late in the evening or early in the morning. 
  • Turn off your pool pumps.

How to Prepare for a Power Outage
Following are ways that customers can be prepared for possible power outages:

  • Store flashlights and batteries in easy-to-reach places around the home. Make a mental note to know where they all are.
  • Keep a battery-operated radio nearby for updates on power outages.
  • Ventilate your home in the evening by opening doors and windows to clear out heat and circulate air.
  • Always have a phone charger in the car. Having a fully charged phone to speak with friends and family during an outage can be both comforting and informative.
  • Keep non-perishable food handy. If food in the refrigerator does spoil, you want to be sure and have plenty of alternatives nearby.
  • Keep a cooler nearby to transfer food, using whatever ice you have before the outage.
  • If you are medically dependent on critical equipment, consider purchasing a gasoline-powered backup generator.

LADWP urges customers to be alert and follow instructions when Flex Alerts are issued, signaling an urgent call for conservation during peak energy use periods.

For the latest information regarding power outages in Los Angeles, follow LADWP on Twitter @LADWP. Customers may also sign up for LADWP email notifications on www.ladwp.com and www.ladwpnews.com.

-Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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You’re invited to join the Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance (NCSA) on Saturday, July 9, for an Open Space circle (aka an “unconference”) where YOU propose topics for discussion, and then convene or join topic sessions you care most about.

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Anyone with the desire to contribute, learn, or network is welcome to participate!

Please RSVP here: http://ncsa.nationbuilder.com/ncsa_open_space

P.S. Come early (10:00 to Noon) to participate in PlanCheckNC‘s monthly meeting, which will be held at the same venue.

WHEN
July 09, 2016 at 1pm – 4pm

WHERE
Reseda Neighborhood Council Community Space
18118 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335

CONTACT
NCSA · [email protected]

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The results are in for the 2016 Neighborhood Council Elections! 25,571 voters voted for 1,839 candidates in 82 elections and 8 selections this year. The oldest candidate was 93 years old; the youngest just 14.

34 Neighborhood Councils helped pioneer online voting this year – a first for any election in the City of Los Angeles. 34% of those who voted in this year’s Neighborhood Council Elections cast their ballots online, and half of those voters took advantage of the flexibility online voting offers, casting ballots either from their personal devices (34%) or at one of our 72 Pop-Up Polls (16%). The agility of online voting may be one reason why location and accessibility was one of the highest-rated aspects of the 2016 Elections, according to the 2,065 people who took our post-election survey.

The voting models this Election season were as varied as the 96 Neighborhood Councils themselves. There were 327 unique ballot types, and while many Councils used a single ballot, others used as many as 21 different ballots.

A BIG thank you to the Neighborhood Council leaders who worked with Independent Election Administrators, Election Managers, Election Assistants, Poll Managers, and Poll Workers to empower great candidates, engage passionate voters, and enlist enthusiastic volunteers. The Elections were successful because of the many people who pulled together to make the 2016 elections journey the best ever!

As your new Boards are convened and your Neighborhood Councils determine their vision for the coming years, please keep in mind the three key issues that surveyed voters felt affected their neighborhoods the most: Public Safety (16%); Planning and Development (15%) and Zoning and Land Use (12%). How can your Board best address the way these three issues impact your communities?

Finally, we hope you’ll attend one of the town halls being held over the summer at locations throughout the City. Your feedback on the 2016 Elections is welcomed as well as any other comments you’d like to share that would help EmpowerLA better support our Board Members. Click here to see the full list of town hall meeting dates; times; and locations. Hope to see you there!

Want to see all the numbers from the 2016 Elections? Check out the Election Report page.

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Going to a professional fireworks show is truly the safest way to celebrate the 4th of July.

Below is a listing of fireworks shows in the Los Angeles area for 2016. This list is provided by the the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the Children’s Burn Foundation, and they will continue to add shows over the next several days, so please visit http://www.safejuly4th.org/fwshows.htm, for any possible updates.

Saturday, July 2
Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.

Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/group-tickets

Irwindale
Irwindale Speedway
Night of Destruction presented by Pick Your Part & Seidner’s Collision Centers featuring Independence Day fireworks
13300 Live Oak Ave.
For more information, visit: http://www.irwindalespeedway.com

Hawaiian Gardens
Pharis Fedde Middle School
21409 Elaine Ave. (Pioneer & 215th St.)
Hawaiian Gardens
9:00 p.m.

Malibu (Private)
Barge off the Coast
21622 Pacific Coast Highway
9:00 p.m.

Pico Rivera
El Rancho High School
6501 S. Passons
Pico Rivera
9:00 p.m.Valencia
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 3

Cudahy
Cudahy Park
5220 Santa Ana St. (Field that backs up to the Riverbed)
Cudahy
9:00 p.m.

Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturday in the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.

Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/group-tickets

La Mirada
La Mirada High School (Soccer Field)
13520 Adelfa Ave.
La Mirada
9:00 p.m.

La Puente
La Puente Park
501 N. Glendora Ave.
La Puente
9:00 p.m.

Norwalk
North City Library – Parking Lot
12350 Imperial Highway
Norwalk
9:00 p.m.

Santa Fe Springs
Los Nietos Park
11143 Charlesworth Road
They City’s Independence Day Celebration will be held onSunday, July 3.

This year’s event promises to be a fun-filled extravaganza. Festivities are from 3 – 9 p.m. and include Lulu’s Tacos, California’s Best kettle Corn, Pinewood Derby races, family games, wading pool, dunk tank, and a cool zone. The Community Horse Shoe Tournament registration begins at 8 a.m. Bring your blankets, chairs and enjoy and enjoy the smooth sounds of Soto from 7 – 9 p.m. followed by the fireworks show. the grand finale will be a spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza at 9 p.m. sharp! For more information on this family event, please call the Parks and Recreation Services Division at 562-863-4896.

Valencia
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.


Monday, July 4

Artesia
Artesia Community Park
12000 block of South Street / Elaine
Artesia
9:00 p.m.

Baldwin Park
Sierra Vista High School
3600 Frazier Ave.
Baldwin Park
9:00 p.m.

Calabasas
Calabasas High School
22855 W. Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas
9:00 p.m.Cerritos
Cerritos High School
12500 E. 183rd Street
Cerritos
9:00 p.m.

Claremont
Pomona College (Hammer Throw Field)
6th Street / N. Mills
Claremont
9:00 p.m.

Commerce
Rosewood Park (Parking lot of Youth Center)
2535 Commerce Way
9:00 p.m.

Culver City
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Avenue (near Jefferson)
Gates open at4:00 PM
Suggested onation to enter…..$5.00/person | Kids under age 5 – $0.00
PARKING…$10.00

The suggested donation for a carload of 4 or more guests is $30.00. That covers parking and entrance. If you can squeeze 6 in your car, you SAVE $10.00 on entrance!!

There is a second entrance at 10100 Jefferson.

In addition to fireworks:
• Carnival Games
• Great Live Music by “Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps”
• Raffle (prizes include a big screen TV, luxury condo stay in Las Vegas, and aerial tour of Los Angeles)
• Lots of Food Trucks
http://culvercityfireworksshow.com/

Diamond Bar
Diamond Bar High School – Baseball Field
21400 E. Pathfinder Rd. (Pathfinder & Brea Canyon)
Diamond Bar
9:00 p.m.

Downey
Downey High School Stadium
11040 Brookshire Ave.
Freedom Fireworks Festival l6 PM to 9 PM
http://www.downeyca.org/
Gardena

Rowley Park (Baseball Field)
13220 S. Van Ness Ave.
Gardena
9:00 p.m.

Hansen Dam
11770 Foothill Blvd.
Lake View Terrace
A holiday celebration in the San Fernando Valley featuring music and other live entertainment, food, and fireworks. Take a swim in the 1.5-acre swim lake available for use during the day.
July 4, 10 am – 10:00 pm
Fireworks around 8:30 p.m.

Hollywood
Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Ave.
Celebrate Independence Day with the legendary rock ’n’ roll band with horns: Chicago! One of America’s most popular rock bands, the Grammy®-winning hit-makers (“Saturdayin the Park,” “You’re the Inspiration” and many more) appear on three spectacular evenings featuring patriotic music, thrilling fireworks and more fun.

Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/group-tickets


Huntington Park

Salt Lake Park (Northwest Soccer Field)
3401 E. Florence Blvd.
9:00 p.m.La Crescenta
Crescenta Valley High School
2900 Community Ave.
The event will be held at the Crescenta Valley High School field Please enter this year’s event off of Ramsdell Ave.

The gates will open at 4 p.m., the music starts, the kids are running (yes, we will be having a few bouncies in 2016), the food trucks are cooking and everyone will come in to watch fireworks. The gates will close at8:30 p.m., so be sure to arrive with plenty of time and then shortly after9 p.m.the fireworks begin right on cue with the rockets red glare and a fifteen plus minute show lights up the sky.
http://www.cvfireworks.com

La Habra
La Habra High School (Baseball Field)
801 Highlander
La Habra
9:00 p.m.
Lancaster
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds
2551 West Ave H
4th of JulyCelebration!
A show in the sky will celebrate our nations birth. FREE Fireworks Extravaganza* courtesy of Lancaster Auto Mall in conjunction with the City of Lancaster, Showdown Rodeo, Inc. and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Immediately following fireworks go to the “after” party and dance to the music.
9:30 p.m.

Lancaster
Lancaster Municipal Stadium
2400 West Ave I
Lancaster
9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles
9:00 p.m.

Los Angeles
Exposition Park
3980 Menlo Ave.
Los Angeles
Fireworks will begin at9 p.m.and can be viewed from the South Lawn, in front of the Natural History Museum.

Long Beach
The Queen Mary
1126 Queen’s Highway
Long Beach
4th of July aboard the Queen Mary is the ultimate Southern California tradition – a day of entertainment for the whole family ending with a giant fireworks extravaganza. Entertainment begins at2 p.m.- see you aboard!
Please note: You MUST have an All-American4th of Julyticket to board the ship onJuly 4th.
For more information or for tickets, visit:
http://www.queenmary.com/events/july-fourth/

Long Beach
Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium
5000 E Lew Davis St.
Long Beach
Veterans Stadium gates will open at4:30 p.m.Friday, July 4, located at 4901 E. Conant on the Long Beach City College campus. The event is free, but parking near the stadium will be $10 per vehicle.
9:00 p.m.

Lynwood
Lynwood City Park
3700 Beechwood Ave.
Lynwood
9:00 p.m.

Malibu (Private)
Barge off the Coast
23180 Pacific Coast Highway
9:00 p.m.

Marina Del Rey
Barge off Ballona Creek
Barges off Beaches and Harbor
near Admiralty and Fiji Way
Marina Del Rey
9:00 p.m.

Pacific Palisades
Palisades Charter High School
15777 Bowdoin Street
A concert and fireworks show follows the annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade. The parade is free; tickets to see the music and fireworks are $10.
Entertainment6:30 p.m.
Fireworks9:00 p.m.

Pasadena
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr.
Pasadena
2016 marks the 90th year of the Rose Bowl’s annual AmericaFest event—a three hour show that culminates in one of the biggest fireworks shows around. This year, the event will include a Beatles tribute, motocross, and a live broadcast from NASA Mission Control as the space shuttle Juno arrives at Jupiter. Tickets start at $13.
Pomona

Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley
It’s the 30th annual fireworks spectacular at Fairplex. Monster trucks and Moto X extreme get the crowd cheering and the stupendous fireworks are the grand finale. The nighttime programming has been a crowd pleaser since its inception in 2002. It puts the boom in KABOOM! Monster Truck and Big Air Freestyle Motocross 8 p.m.

The Human Cannonball will soar 150 feet through the air to keep the crowd on its feet! Parking is $10 at Gate 17 on Fairplex Dr. (gates open at5 p.m.)

Combine your fireworks with a buffet – priced $28 to $58

For ticket information, visit: http://www.fairplex.com/events/kaboom

Box office hours:
Friday, July 1, noon – 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, noon – 4 p.m.
Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.until tickets are sold out

Porter Ranch
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi Street
Porter Ranch
The Free festival and fireworks show at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch includes moon bounces and face painting for the children, an outdoor stage show as well as optional food purchases from over a dozen local food vendors; all capped off with a twenty-one-minute aerial fireworks display.
July 4, 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gates open at4:00
http://www.theshepherd.org

Redondo Beach
Seaside Lagoon
200 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach
For 2016, this family and kid friendly special event will feature first come, first serve seating throughout the Seaside Lagoon. Bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas (tents are not permitted). All day fun for the kids includes swimming with family in the warm water Lagoon, inflatable slides, arts & crafts, party music from the Live DJ, and a special menu of food and beverages from Ruby’s. You are also welcome to bring your own prepared foods and drinks.

The event will be alcohol free; no alcohol sales inside the Lagoon and no outside alcohol will be permitted.

We hope you enjoy this safe, family-friendly atmosphere to enjoy the Redondo Beach Independence Day Celebration!

• Gates open at2:00 p.m.; Fireworks begin at9:00 p.m.
• Lifeguards on duty
• Bring your own food and beverages
• Alcohol free event
• Bring your beach chairs, blankets and umbrellas. No tents please.
http://redondofireworks.com

Rosemead
Rosemead Park (Football Field)
9200 Mission Ave. (at Encinitas)
Rosemead
9:00 p.m.

San Pedro – Cabrillo Beach
3800 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro
For the 66th Annual4th of JulySpectacular
Cabrillo Beach will host a free4th of JulyCelebration and Fireworks show.

Noon-10 p.m.Spend the 4th of July with your family and friends and enjoy music, family activities, and of course, fireworks! This free event will take place at Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, and will include a food truck festival at 2 p.m., along with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.to end the night.

Santa Clarita
Valencia Town Center
Off top of parking structure
26735 Circle Dr.
Santa Clarita
9:15 p.m.

South El Monte
South El Monte High School
1001 N. Durfee Ave.
South El Monte
9:00 p.m.

South Gate
South Gate Park
9615 Pinehurst (Corner of Pinehurst and Tweedy)
South Gate
9:00 p.m.

Stevenson Ranch
Dr. Richard Rioux Memorial Park
26233 Faulkner Dr.
Stevenson Ranch
9:00 p.m.

Studio City
CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, CA 91604
This is a fun-filled family festival featuring exhibits, music, food, fireworks, a children’s fun zone, and a business exposition in a back lot at CBS Studios.
July 4, 5:00 – 9:30 p.m., gates open at4:30 p.m.(2016 details to be confirmed)
Adults $20, Children 6-12 $10, add $20 for rooftop viewing access or pay $100 for VIP tickets.
Free parking
www.studiocitychamber.com

Valencia
Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
9:00 p.m.

Walnut
Walnut High School
South end of Baseball Field
21201 La Puente Road
9:00 p.m.

What can go wrong

According to the “Safe July 4th” organization, there is every reason to be concerned about illegal fireworks and a person’s safety. Here’s what they report:

Fireworks Injuries

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 2014, about 10,500 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with fireworks. Sixty-seven percent of these estimated injuries occurred in a one-month special study period (June 20, 2014 – July 20, 2014) around July 4. During the 2014 special study, more than half of the fireworks related injuries were burns. Most of the injuries involved hands and fingers, the head (including face, eyes, and ears), legs and arms. Children under the age of 15 years old accounted for 35 percent of the estimated injuries.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires every year.

During 2007-2011, 91% of the average of 19,700 fires associated with fireworks per year occurred outside any structure or vehicle. The largest numbers of these outdoor fires associated with fireworks involved grass fires (6,800 per year), brush fires (4,500), dumpster fires (1,700), unclassified or unknown-type natural or vegetation fires (1,300) and other outside trash, rubbish, or waste fires (1,200).

In 2007-2011, four people per year were killed in fires started by fireworks, while data from death certificates show that five people per year were killed directly by fireworks. These estimates may overlap, because fireworks can directly kill someone while also starting a fatal fire.

On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.

Clearly, the hazards associated with the use of fireworks by other than professionals are many and should cause responsible parents to seek safer ways to celebrate the4th of July..

References

  1. Hall, J. R. 2013 NFPA’s “Fireworks”. National Fire Protection Association
    Available at URL:
    http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/fireworks
  2. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Available at URL:
    http://www.cpsc.gov/en/safety-education/safety-education-centers/fireworks/
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July 4th Fireworks Expected to Fill Shelters with Scared/Lost Pets

LA Animal Services is gearing up for our busiest time of the year and we need YOUR help to create life-saving space in our City shelters.
We know that the July 4th Holiday and FIREWORKS will cause an influx of lost and frightened dogs and cats. You can foster a shelter animal for just four days (or more) and create life-saving space for orphan and abandoned shelter pets.

Last year, the East Valley Animal Shelter, placed 64 dogs out of the shelter, through fosters, adoptions or rescues before the holiday rush. Over the 4th of July weekend, 264 animals came into the shelter and no dogs were euthanized because of the extra space that was made from the generosity of the last minute foster volunteers. LA Animal Services goal is to repeat this again and help even more pets this year at all six of our City animal shelters.

By Monday, July 4th, LA City Animal Shelters will be filled to the brim with scared pets who couldn’t find their way home. They will be depending on us to help reunite them with their families.

logo (3)Meanwhile, other great dogs and cats who have been with us for a while could be at risk if we run out of kennel space and all of our shelters are filled to capacity. We have dogs and cats of all ages and sizes just waiting for an opportunity to crash at your place for a few days to a week around the July 4th holiday weekend. You will be a life-saver!

Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager said, “The July 4th holiday is one of the busiest intake periods for municipal shelters. While many people are out celebrating, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many will never find their way home. Our hope is that animal lovers in Los Angeles will come together to help pets in their community by fostering for a few days.”

It’s easy to become a Foster Volunteer! Just go online to download your application at LAAnimalServices.com/volunteer/foster-program or go to the City animal shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster Volunteer application. Take your completed form to the shelter and we’ll get you fostering a pet right away.

By temporarily opening your home to an animal in need, you are preparing an animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as DIRECTLY SAVING LIVES by fostering animals from our overcrowded shelters.

Or, have you been thinking about adopting but aren’t sure…fostering is a great test drive to see what it is like to have a four-legged addition to your home.

The shelters are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. We will be closed on the Fourth of July.  To find the shelter closest to you, visit:LAAnimalServices.com/shelters or call (888) 452-7381. Our heartfelt thanks will be nothing compared to the purrs and kisses you will get from your foster pet.

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Over the last 25 years, Metro’s growth in LA County has transformed mobility and connectivity across the region. As the nation’s third largest transit agency, the organization is governed by a 14-member Board of Directors and led by Metro CEO Phil Washington, who oversees 9,892 full-time employees.

When the Blue Line opened in 1990, Metro Rail’s system consisted of one line, spanning 22 miles and 22 stations. Now, 25 years later, Metro’s six different rail lines with 86 stations, 100 miles of rail and 169 bus routes accommodate 1.3 million people every day, moves 450 million riders per year and supports 88 unique local communities.

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Southern California is in for a heat wave this weekend, as temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or more over the next few days.

When it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your pet. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for them. If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and bulldogs, he is more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.

If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, she could be having a heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your furry friend and then take her to the vet immediately.

The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the hot weather.

  • Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.
  • Dogs and cats do sweat a little through the pads of their feet. Most cats do not appreciate water added to any part of their body, but dogs often enjoy having cool water on their feet. Some dogs enjoy walking through or even lying in a child’s wading pool.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. If he cannot go inside at every stop with you, he is safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly in the hot sun, even with the windows open. If it is 85 degrees outside, it will climb to 102 degrees inside your car within ten minutes. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law (California Penal Code Section 597.7 PC) to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.
  • While walking your dog outdoors, pay particular attention to the hot pavement or sidewalks that make your dogs walking area hotter and can even burn their feet. Early morning and later evening walks will be more comfortable for you both.
  • Animals who go outside need access to shade. Dark coats absorb heat. Lighter coated animals, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer from exposure to the sun and they are more susceptible to sunburn. If your dog spends time in the yard, make sure she has access to shade trees, a covered patio, or a cool spot under the porch.
  • Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable and allow you a new start at keeping him brushed. Remember, newly clipped animals can be sunburned.

Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.