Wings Wheels and Rotors Expo October 26

Wings Wheels and Rotors

From LAPD Air Support

Come visit us next Sunday Oct. 26th at this great event.
Rain or shine 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free family event.

WWRE is an annual open house, exhibition and family event hosted by the California National Guard, Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) and the Los Alamitos Area Chamber of Commerce. All the activities will take place on the flightline on Los Alamitos Army Airfield (KSLI).Los Alamitos Army Airfield is the last remaining military airfield in the greater LA/Orange County areas with the longest runways in the OC. The JFTB is also the disaster support area for Southern California.

On display will be military aircraft, helicopters, many cars, and warbirds along with public safety, first responder and military equipment. Aircraft flyovers are planned including aircraft static displays.

Wings Wheels Rotors and Expo will have various civilian and public safety helicopters with fire, police and military rotorcraft including some of the media aircraft seen daily in the air around SoCal.

Helicopter awareness will be supported by the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA).

Along with the airplanes and warbirds are helicopter flights in civilian “choppers” for hire with helicopters provided by Star Helicopters. Also, free flights in general aviation aircraft by the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles for youth between the ages of 8 and 17 who are interested in flying and aviation. Also, schedule a flight on D-Doll, a WW2 military transport…….

WWRE will include a large car show including custom cars, new autos, motorcycles, roadsters, antique vehicles, trucks and hot rods. Awards to be presented for best cars. There will be many activities for families at Wings Wheels & Rotors along with Kids Korner. Additionally, there will be food, including breakfast. Enjoy music, vendors, displays, demonstrations, flybys and other events on 26 October 2014.

A portion of the proceeds will go to support the armed forces personnel and veterans on the Joint Forces Training Base. Sponsor and Exhibitor openings and vendor space available.

Check with the Los Al Chamber of Commerce at 562-598-6659 about these opportunities.

Free admission, free parking. Donations accepted. No Smoking on the flightline. Dogs, bikes, skateboards or alcohol not permitted. Open to the public. Photo I.D. required to enter the base.

Check WWRE Facebook, “Wings Wheels Rotors and Expo” Media invited.

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Culver City Police Department Open House

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The Culver City Police Department will be holding their open house on October 18th from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The public will be able to tour the police station and jail, explore police vehicles and equipment, visit with officers and CSI forensic specialists, watch K-9 demonstrations, view police weapons and even get a picture sitting on a CCPD motorcycle unit!

The event will be held at the Culver City Police Station located at 4040 Duquesne Ave. in Culver City.


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Obama and Biden to Both Visit LA This Week

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Heads up to everyone who likes to monitor special events. This week we’ll see separate visits from both the President and Vice President giving us opportunities to monitor some tactical frequencies and messing up traffic for those on the West Side.

Vice President Joe Biden will speak at a fundraiser and also take part in a minimum-wage roundtable discussion with Mayor Eric Garcetti during a two-day visit to the Southland that starts Monday afternoon. The $2,500 per person fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which will be held at the home of Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos, will also feature a performance by Carole King. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is also expected to attend.

Beverly Hills police announced Sunday afternoon that portions of Santa Monica Boulevard east of the 405 Freeway would be subject to rolling traffic closures between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday as part of a “dignitary motorcade.”

In addition to Los Angeles, Biden will be in Bakersfield later Tuesday for an event with Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla, who is running for California secretary of state, and congressional candidate Amanda Renteria.

Biden’s visit to the Southland comes three days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Los Angeles for a fundraiser at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow on Mandeville Canyon Road in Brentwood. Tickets for the Oct. 9 event will cost up to $32,400, and the evening will include an intimate dinner with Obama fielding questions from supporters, according to an invitation sent by the Democratic National Committee.

The trip will be Obama’s 20th to Los Angeles or Orange counties since taking office in 2009. All but three of his trips have included political fundraisers.

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR’s) have been posted on the FAA’s web site for the VP visit Monday October 6 beginning at 3:45 PM and going until Tuesday October 7 at 2:30 PM.

Scanner listeners can catch Biden’s Air Force 2 and Obama’s Air Force 1 on standard LA area aircraft frequencies including LAX North Tower frequency 133.90 MHz (typically they use the 24 runways). Another good place to listen is on the LAX Police TRS and LAFD tactical channels.

The motorcades can typically be monitored on CHP Blue-2 45.4200 MHz (listen for “Guardian” units) and LAPD Bureau Tac and Citywide Tac channels and LASD A-Tac and C-Tac frequencies.

Beverly Hills PD and Fire will also be active as the VP and Pres typically spend the night in a hotel there.

If you come up with any interesting frequencies, pass them along either by leaving a comment to this article or via the club’s email list.

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LAFD Battles Wharf Fire at the Port of L.A.

From Katherine Main, Spokesperson for LAFD

A stubborn wharf fire causes evacuation of Los Angeles Port employees and closure of several shipping terminals.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called at 6:41 PM on September 22, 2014, to 802 S Fries Ave in Wilmington. Firefighters arrived quickly by air, land, and sea to find fire billowing from under a 150 foot wharf. An aggressive fire attack was mounted by LAFD’s Fire Boats as highly trained divers entered the dangerous and dark waters to assault the blaze from below the pier. Firefighters were met with many challenges including the highly flammable creosote soaked timbers supporting the concrete wharf which were inaccessible from land.

Due to the scope of the incident the Los Angeles Fire Department established a unified command with Los Angeles Port Police, United Stated Coast Guard, and the Long Beach Fire Department. During the firefight two large cargo ships were moved to a safe location as a precaution. Over 170 Firefighters all under the command of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda contained the bulk of the fire in just under two hours. The stubborn hard to reach fire smoldered for hours and firefighters continue to work through the night.

The fire burned under POSHA’s steel warehouse causing collapse of areas of the flooring and large coils of steel to fall to the water below. Strategic use of a backhoe to create a large trench in the wharf halted the fires progress, which was confined to the wharf and under the warehouse.

The smoke caused the overnight closure of several shipping terminals, leading to the evacuation of over 850 dock workers as a precaution. Harbor area residents were advised to avoid the smoke, close windows, and stay inside. It is anticipated the Los Angeles Port will return to normal operations tomorrow.

No injuries were reported.

Dollar loss of the heavily damages wharf and warehouse is being calculated. The cause of this fire remains under active investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Section.

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China’s Pirate Radio Stations Threaten Passenger Jet Safety

okairwaysThe United States is not the only place where pirate broadcasters appear to be thriving.

Law enforcement agencies in China have uncovered pirate radio stations operating in big cities and provinces using equipment that could disrupt communications between pilots and air traffic controllers, according to a state media report.

A lack of regulations controlling the sale and use of radio transmitters meant the devices were easily available on the market, unnamed legal experts said.

The authorities said they had found high-powered radio transmitters in private hands in Beijing and Tianjin and in Hainan , Yunnan and Guangdong provinces.

Okay Airways, based in Beijing, complained to radio administration officials in Tianjin in March that its radio frequency was severely disrupted by a pirate radio station.

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Is a California Community the Most Prepared in the U.S.?

BEL AIR, CA-AUGUST 8, 2014:  Rick Cole, Operations Manager for Bel Air Crest, a neighborhood in Bel Air, who is also an Incident Commander for their Emergency Preparedness Committee, is photographed inside a storage shed filled with supplies and necessities that would be needed in case of a catastrophic earthquake.  (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

BEL AIR, CA-AUGUST 8, 2014: Rick Cole, Operations Manager for Bel Air Crest, a neighborhood in Bel Air, who is also an Incident Commander for their Emergency Preparedness Committee, is photographed inside a storage shed filled with supplies and necessities that would be needed in case of a catastrophic earthquake. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times)

Tucked beneath green tennis courts in a hidden corner of Bel Air Crest, a 10-by-20-foot shed holds enough emergency equipment to stock a small hardware store — a 13,000-watt tri-fuel generator, a satellite phone and neatly organized boxes of medical supplies.

And then there’s the eight portable toilets with pop-up privacy tents. “You can’t have 1,500 people not able to go to the bathroom,” said Marsha Hierbaum, president of the Bel Air Crest Homeowners Association.

The shed is one piece of a years-long effort to ensure that all residents of the gated community are ready when the “Big One” hits. In a city populated by people expecting — but many ill-prepared to handle — a major earthquake, it is the affluent and organized hillside neighborhoods that have taken emergency preparedness to the extreme. A 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rumbled through Napa last month underscored for some how important their effort is.

Local residents have long understood that living on winding, narrow roads means they could be on their own when disaster strikes. So they have taken safety into their own hands.

Although Bel Air Crest has fewer than 300 homes, the homeowners association has spent about $50,000 on emergency supplies and equipment over the past three years, including the purchase of a 2,000-gallon water truck. A core group of about a dozen nearby Bel Air Ridge residents has met monthly for more than 20 years to discuss emergency response. And leaders in Beverly Glen recently installed a repeater in a resident’s backyard to help ensure that their hand-held radio system will work up and down the neighborhood’s canyons. Continue reading

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AOR to Release Multi-Mode Digital Scanner

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On September 8th AOR released details regarding a new multi-mode digital communications receiver. The AR-DV1 is described as a standalone SDR reciever, which does not need to be hooked up to a computer to operate.

This radio will decode the following digital emission modes:

DMR (MotoTrbo), dPMR (European version of FRS/GMRS), D-Star (Icom’s Amateur Radio Digital Mode), APCO P25, NXDN (NextEdge), Yeasu Digital, Alinco Digital and AOR G4GUO (which is used in the ARD-9000/9800)

A prototype of the AR-DV1 has been presented for the first time at the HAMFAIR in Tokyo on Aug. 23rd and 24th, which attracted a lot of attention from the visitors.

This is BIG news for the scanner enthusiast! What do you think? Will you buy one? Share your thoughts in the comment section.



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First Responders Night at the Irwindale Speedway

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The Irwindale Speedway is honoring all first responders on Saturday September 13, 2014.  All Police, Fire and EMS workers with proper ID will be admitted free. There will be a staging area for fire apparatus during the on-track autograph session and a parade lap just before the racing begins.

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UCLA Water Main Break

A 93 year old water main broke near the campus of UCLA sending a torrent of raging water through parking structures and athletic facilities.

The 30-inch pipe’s rupture shot water 30-feet into the air sending an estimated 20 million gallons roaring onto roads and the campus.

Urban search and rescue crews from the LAFD searched the flooded parking garages for any possible victims. No injuries were reported from the flooding.

From the website of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power:

LADWP crews have completed shutting off water to the 30-inch trunkline that ruptured earlier this afternoon on Sunset Boulevard, near UCLA.

LADWP deployed their new incident command vehicle. This is the first time it has been used.

LADWP deployed their new incident command vehicle. This is the first time it has been used.

Preliminary information indicates that no customers are without water and water quality was not adversely impacted. Crews will begin work immediately to repair the 30-inch ruptured steel-riveted pipe that delivers water to the area at a high velocity from Upper Stone Canyon Reservoir.

Crews shut off three large diameter valves as quickly and safely as they could, taking care to avoid further damage due to pressure in adjacent pipes that could have lead to further ruptures if care was not taken.

Water flow through the pipe was estimated at 75,000 gallons per minute at the peak. LADWP serves approximately 500 million gallons of water to customers each day.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

Recommended traffic detours are as follows: Westbound on Sunset should go south on Beverly Glen then west on Wilshire Boulevard then back north on Veteran/Sepulveda to get around the closure. Eastbound traffic should head south on Veteran/Sepulveda then east on Wilshire Boulevard, then head north on Beverly Glen. For access into UCLA Campus please use Westwood Boulevard.

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Audit Criticizes Sheriff’s Policing of the LA Metro Transit System

Editorial Note: The following article is from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member Zev Yaroslavsky’s newsletter.

LASO AuditA hard-hitting new audit says the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has failed to live up to its multimillion dollar contract to police the Metro system, while the transit agency itself has done a poor job of monitoring the sheriff’s performance.

The audit was commissioned by Metro’s Board of Directors last year and performed by the firm Bazilio Cobb Associates, with a team including members of the Bratton Group, LLC. The May 27 report faulted the sheriff on a number of fronts, including lack of a community-policing plan for the nation’s third-largest bus and rail system, perennial staff vacancies, tardy responses to citizen complaints and inadequate records to support its billings.

Overall, the audit determined that both the Sheriff’s Department and Metro had significant improvements to make.

“We found that Metro needs to substantially strengthen and enhance its oversight of LASD contract performance,” it said. “We found LASD has not met many of the targets for performance metrics, including crime reduction, continuity of staff, and fare enforcement saturation and activity rates.”

The audit was presented to Metro’s System Safety and Operations Committee on Thursday. CEO Art Leahy told the panel that new management at the sheriff’s department now has “an intense focus on delivering the goods here. There’s no finger-pointing, there’s no excuses. They can do better and Metro can do better.”

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