Aliso Canyon Leak Discussed At DB Council Meeting

By Natalie Kim

Diamond Bar – The August 2 Diamond Bar Council meeting began with a presentation by Bob Cruz with Southern California Gas Company. Cruz discussed the Aliso Canyon leak, and the subsequent plugging. Unfortunately, in order to stop the leak, the gas reservoir in Aliso Canyon is currently offline, and Southern California Gas Company is unable to store gas in their largest natural gas reservoir. Cruz called for awareness in the community and asked, while the reservoir is offline, for residents to conserve energy by lowering use of not only electricity but also appliances that use natural gas, such as central heating and gas stoves.

Following the public comments, the Council read the schedule of future events, which included the final Concerts in the Park and Movies Under the Stars, featuring Cold Duck and The Good Dinosaur respectively; the next Planning Commission meeting on Aug 9; the next Traffic and Transportation meeting on Aug 11; and the next City Council meeting on Aug 16.

The Council then approved all items on the consent calendar, including the City Council minutes of the July 19 study session and regular meeting; the Traffic and Transportation Commission meeting of June 9; ratification of a check register totaling $1,497,926.11; a contract with the Regional Chamber of Commerce of San Gabriel Valley for fiscal year 2016-17 in an amount not to exceed $12,000; and lastly an amendment to the contract with BrightView Landscape Services, Inc. to extend the term of the contract through June 30, 2017 to provide landscape maintenance services at nine City parks, the grounds of the Diamond Bar Center, the football field/slope at Lorbeer Middle School, and the Mesa Trail/Trail Head at Sycamore Canyon Park.  The total contract amount is $408,116 including $25,000 for as needed work in fiscal year 2016-17.

The Council concluded with individual reports and comments and adjourned to Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at 21865 Copley Dr.