Watt's World: Let the Journey Begin

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Let the Journey Begin

Growing up my disabilities never defined or stopped me, my family and friends wouldn’t let it slow me down. We simply figured out different ways to do basic things. Even when I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder epilepsy, it was just something new to figure out. I’ll never forget sitting at lunch, talking to my friends about how I was going to make it out of the classroom before the girl I liked saw me have a seizure. From that first seizure in 7th grade to my last day of high school, nothing was going to hold me back. I can say that if it were not for the people around me, I would not be where I am today writing this blog and enjoying my independence.

Recently things have begun to change and not letting these challenges define me has become much more of a struggle. From not having my driver’s license to having a hard time getting a job, there are certain things that even the most positive of attitudes can’t shake. I have recently decided to have an operation that will hopefully limit my seizures drastically. I have decided to use this blog to chronicle my journey to get the surgery, and the people I meet along the way. I hope to give people a look into my world, and hopefully inspire a few people  as well.

LADWP: Statement

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LADWP Begins Environmental Review Process for New Ranch Leases in Mono County

Releases Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 16, 2018)– The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today released a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) — marking the beginning of the environmental review process for the proposed Mono County Ranch Lease Renewal Project (Project). The study will assess the environmental impacts of a proposal to enter into new, 20-year leases, with 10 current lessees of approximately 28,000 acres of City of Los Angeles-owned lands in the Long Valley area of Mono County.  Past leases of these lands to the same operators have expired, and they are currently operating on holdover status.

Historically, 6,100 acres of these lands were flood irrigated on an ad hoc basis to answer an LADWP operational need to manage surplus water flowing to the Los Angeles Aqueduct. However, in the period that would be covered by the new leases, LADWP anticipates that little to no surplus water will be available, due to circumstances including reduced annual rainfall due to climate change and LADWP’s environmental enhancement/mitigation obligations unrelated to the leases.  Therefore, LADWP is proposing to issue new leases with the provision that water may only be diverted to the leased lands to address LADWP’s operational and environmental-protection purposes. The proposed new leases would not affect LADWP’s long-term commitment to the natural environment in Long Valley – including the creeks, streams, fisheries, and Sage Grouse and riparian habitats.

“We look forward to the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report and encourage all interested stakeholders to participate in this public and transparent process,” said Richard Harasick, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System.

LADWP continues to work closely with and implement recommendations from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Mono County, local Audubon representatives, and U.S. Geological Survey to ensure the health of the Sage Grouse habitat.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend a public scoping meeting that will be held to solicit input from interested parties on the scope and content of the EIR – meeting details will be provided to the public as soon as the date and location are determined. LADWP will keep stakeholders and community members informed throughout this environmental review process.

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City of Bishop: Vacant Building Workshops Results

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Vacant Building Workshop Results
On July 11, 2018 the City Council hosted a town hall style workshop to discuss the number of vacant buildings in the commercial core of Bishop.  The workshop was intended to provide the community with information, better understand underlying causes of commercial vacancies, identify the community's concerns related to vacancies, identifying strategies and solutions to address the community's concern facilitate dialog between the community, the Council, and property owners and receive feedback on initiatives City Staff has identified from other communities. The goal of the workshop was to allow the community to provide the City Council and staff with direction as whether or not the City should have a role in addressing vacant commercial spaces, and if so, what strategies the City should employ.

Click here for the Workshop Results on the City of Bishop website

County of Inyo: Environmental Filings

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The following documents filed and/or posted on August 14, 2018 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type:  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: BISHOP AIRPORT TAXIWAY RAHABILITATION DESIGN PROJECT
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

 The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-039.pdf

The following documents filed and/or posted on August 9, 2018 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type:  NOTICE OF INTENT TO RELY UPON AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Project Title: BONNIE CLARE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT
Lead Agency: LAHONTAN REGIONAL WATER QUALITY CONTROL BOARD  

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-038.pdf

The following documents filed and/or posted on August 7, 2018 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type:  NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: ELM AND CENTRAL WATER LINE REPLACEMENT
Lead Agency: CITY OF BISHOP  

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-037.pdf

The following documents filed and/or posted on August 7, 2018 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type:  NOTICE OF DETERMINATION/ NEGATIVE DECLARATION
Project Title: PONDS 5 AND 6 IMPROVEMENTS
Lead Agency: CITY OF BISHOP  

 The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/18-036.pdf


A complete list of documents filed/posted in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to CEQA since January 1, 2010 can be viewed on the following website:

http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/EnvDocs.php