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Parents Arrested on Suspicion of Infant Murder
LONG BEACH — On March 31, Long Beach Homicide Detectives, with the assistance of the Fresno Police Department, arrested 32 year-old Nereyda Licon and 28 year-old Joshua Licon, both residents of Fresno.
The couple was arrested on suspected of murdering 1-month-old infant May 30, 2013.
Back then, the Long Beach Police Department responded to the 200 block of Pine Avenue because the baby was not breathing.
The infant was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office investigated the case as a suspicious death.
The results of the coroner’s investigation revealed the parents were responsible for the death of the infant. On March 27, 2014, The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued arrest warrants for both parents, who were at an apartment in Fresno.
Long Beach detectives transported the Licons to the Long Beach Jail, April 1. They are both being held on $1 million bail.
 
New Power Rates Will Save Terminals Millions
LONG BEACH — A new long-term agreement between the Port of Long Beach and Southern California Edison is expected to save maritime electricity users within the port’s jurisdiction more than $350 million with the 24 years that follow.

The California Public Utilities Commission approved the agreement March 13. It offers relief of an estimated 15 percent on electricity bills for container, stevedoring and shipping entities within Long Beach’s 3,200-acre Harbor district. The commission approval paves the way for SCE to publish its new tariff – the new rate structure that will provide the savings. The new rates are expected to take effect in April.
Under the same agreement, SCE will install millions of dollars of new electrical lines with voltage increased to 66 kilovolts and new substations as needed to serve the growing load at no cost to the port and its tenants.
Dramatic clean air gains – propelled by lease requirements, voluntary initiatives and regulation – rely heavily on electricity now powering much of the heavy-duty terminal equipment, such as ship-to-shore cranes. Effective Jan. 1, California shore power requirements added to that demand, which will continue to grow as the percentage of container, refrigerated and cruise ships that must plug into electricity at berth increases between now and 2020.
Electricity consumption within the port district is expected to skyrocket 500 percent from 50 megawatts in 2010 to 250 megawatts in 2030, according to technical analyses done for the Port.
The commission approval of the rate reduction took about 18 months. It came on the heels of previous successes by the Harbor Department and the City Attorney’s Office that eliminated per vessel call charges, saving the industry $85 million per year, and had port operations legally classified as essential facilities exempt from SCE power interruptions.

Port Funds Shine on Rescue Mission
LONG BEACH — On March 31, the Port of Long Beach announced that it has awarded the Long Beach Rescue Mission a $176,045 grant to install solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation at their 1335 Pacific Avenue facility, as part of a community mitigation grants program.
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the grant at its March 31 regular meeting.
The Long Beach Rescue Mission’s programs, providing food, shelter and services to the homeless, will directly benefit from the electricity savings derived from the solar generation.
The system is predicted by the California Energy Commission to generate 55,715 kWh a year with an average daily of 153 kWh; at 25 cents per kWh this system has a potential value of $38.25 per day.
The Harbor Commission also awarded a $500,000 grant to St. Mary Medical Center Foundation to retrofit its two boilers, which is expected to increase boiler efficiency by 7 percent, lower power use by about 35 percent and natural gas usage by 3.5 percent. In addition, it awarded a $300,000 grant to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for St. Anthony High School for a solar power generation system on three roofs of the campus buildings.

LA City Council Overhauls Trash
LOS ANGELES — On April 1, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1, Councilman Bernard Parks opposed, to overhaul garbage collection methods for businesses and apartment complexes.
The new garbage collection method will not affect single-family homes or apartment buildings with four or fewer units, for whom city works pick up its thrash. The new method is planned to go in effect in early 2017.
Because the vote was not unanimous, the proposal must have a second procedural vote, which is scheduled for the following week.
Landlords for businesses and apartments now choose between competing businesses to pick up their trash. Under the new method, the city will be divided into 11 zones.  Haulers will bid for contracts with the city to get the right to pick up garbage in each zone.
Environmental standards are a main caveat of the new method. Trash haulers must provide recycling bins and use cleaner fuel vehicles to be part of each zone. Haulers also must agree with workers to not picket or cause other work stoppages, under the ordinance.
 
Supreme Court Strikes Down Contribution Limits
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 40-year-old ban on aggregate contributions, on April 1, in its McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission ruling.
The contributions relate to what single donors can give candidates and party committees, meaning that a single contributor is no longer capped on how many candidates and party committees he/she can give to in a given election cycle. Federal campaign limits restriction on how much a donor can give to any one candidate or to any one party committee were kept in place.
As a result joint fundraising committees allow a donor to write a single check that is then split up between a handful of candidates or committees; instead of competing to be the recipient of the $32,400 an individual donor could contribute to a national party committee each year, now the committees are each free to collect $32,400 each from a major giver willing to write that check; wealthy people are now able to spend more of their own money on more candidates and more campaign committees; a state donor could, theoretically, give the federal limit of $10,000 to every single one of the 50 state parties.

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