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Board Approves Supervisor Barger's Motion to Expand Mental Health Services in Schools
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – In an effort to expand mental health and wellbeing services in local schools, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, coauthored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to explore expanding the Community School Initiative.

“As students return to school full time, the weight of the last year and a half still weighs on them mentally and emotionally,” Supervisor Barger said. “This is a critical time to expand onsite mental health services to ensure youth can thrive both in the classroom and in daily life.”

Currently, the program is implemented at 15 school sites, plus an additional 10 regional teams comprised of 45 total members who are deployed countywide. Wednesday’s motion seeks to sustain the initiative and identify communities and school districts with a high need for mental health services where the county can expand the program.

“The Community Schools Initiative (CSI) has proven effective and, with the detrimental impacts on student mental health brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to continue and expand it to school campuses across Los Angeles County,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District. “This initiative brings a range of County resources, including mental health and social services, directly into our schools – providing a hub to address the many inequities our youth should not have to face. It’s due time to commit to and expand the CSI model further and this motion does just that.”

Spots Open for Palmdale Lifeguard Academy
PALMDALE - The City of Palmdale’s Parks and Recreation department is offering a Lifeguard Academy that will begin Friday, Sept. 24 at Courson Park pool, 38226 10th St. E.

The Lifeguard Academy is designed to train individuals with emergency and lifesaving skills. Seasonal lifeguard applicants must be at least 17 years old by July 1, 2022, and be able to swim at least 300 yards continuously. Participants unable to pass the swim test will be withdrawn and the class fee will be fully refunded.

Lifeguard Academy will begin on Friday, Sept. 24 and run until Tuesday, Oct. 5. Sessions will be held on Friday evenings 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The cost is $140 for residents and $175 for non-residents.

Fee includes textbook, supplies, facial covering, pocket mask, hip pack, and Red Cross certification fee. Participants may register online at www.playpalmdale.com and type “Lifeguard Academy” in the search bar, or in person at the Parks and Recreation office located at 827 East Avenue Q-9.

Grow Your Business with the City of Palmdale; Become a Registered Vendor on PlanetBids
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale is inviting local companies looking to grow their business to become preferred vendors with the City by registering through PlanetBids System™ (PB), a fully automated web-based bid management system designed to make doing business with the City easier than ever before.

“PlanetBids makes doing business with the City easy and accessible because everything is online and vendors will receive up-to-date information regarding bid requests,” said Senior Buyer Sharon Williams.

Each year, the City of Palmdale does purchase agreements for products and services worth millions of dollars.

Interested vendors that would like to do business with the City of Palmdale are encouraged to visit www.cityofpalmdale.org/purchasing, click on the “PlanetBids” tab, and complete the online form.

City of Palmdale to Host Mental Health Awareness Virtual Town Hall
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, in collaboration with Pueblo Y Salud and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, will host two Mental Health Virtual Town Halls in English and Spanish via Zoom in September to offer valuable tools to residents for coping with mental health concerns.

The English session will take place on Monday, Sept, 20, while the Spanish language version will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22. Both sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clinical staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health will offer Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) training. Individuals trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

City to Host Innovative Free Paint Recycling, Paint Reuse Art Event
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, in partnership with PaintCare.org, will host a free paint recycling/paint reuse art event for California residents and businesses on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palmdale Transportation Center (PTC) at 39000 Clock Tower Plaza Dr.

Registration is required for this event as space is limited. To register, visit url=https://paint-palmdale.eventbrite.com and indicate your expected time of arrival. Households may bring any amount of paint, stain, and varnish. Paint must be in sealed container with original manufacturer label. Aerosols, solvents, and other hazardous waste are not accepted. Paint in good condition will be made available to the public for free.

Businesses must qualify as an exempt generator under federal and any analogous state hazardous waste generator rules to use the PaintCare program for oil-based and latex paint. If a business is not exempt, they may only bring latex paint. For a complete list of accepted products and business limits, visit https://paint-palmdale.eventbrite.com.

“Now’s your chance to recycle your paint for free and get to see the latest piece of public art being created from recycled materials,” said Palmdale Management Analyst Stephanie Mejia. “Register today as space is limited.”


5th Street West and Auto Center Drive

New Traffic Pattern. The traffic signal at the intersection has been turned on as of 08-25-2021 and is no longer a 4-way stop. Please drive carefully.

Avenue S from 45th Street East to 50th Street East

Intermittent lane closures on Avenue S for resurfacing work and median improvements, including intermittent closures of left turn lanes on 47th Street East / SR-138. Traffic control may be left in place overnight. Please slow down for the construction zone and expect delays. Please consider an alternate east/west route such as Avenue R, Palmdale Blvd, or Pearblossom Hwy.

Avenue S Park and Ride

Intermittent parking space closures on the south and east side of the parking lot on the south side of Avenue S for tree trimming.

Sierra Highway at Barrel Springs Road

Flagged single lane closure on Sierra Highway for 1000’ north and south of Barrel Springs Road for Palmdale Water District mainline improvements. Please slow down for the construction zone and expect delays.

Rancho Vista Boulevard at Town Center Drive

Intermittent lane and street closures for street improvement construction. Please slow down for the construction zone and expect delays.

Free Paper Shredding, Hazardous/E-waste Events Coming Up
PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale, in partnership with Waste Management of Antelope Valley, will host a free document destruction/shredding service this Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m.to 12 p.m. at the Palmdale Landfill, located at 1200 W. City Ranch Road.

Palmdale residents may bring up to five standard size boxes of documents for Proof of residency and account in good standing is required. Dates are subject to change.

Metal clips, binders and plastic sheet covers must be removed from documents prior to shredding. Staples, file folders and envelopes are OK. No commercial waste will be accepted.

This free event is scheduled to be held each second Saturday of every odd numbered month. It is subject to change. For more information, please call 661/947-7197 or visit home.wm.com/palmdale.

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