City Recognizes Air Quality Sub Committee Participants

The Paramount City Council Air Quality Sub Committee

From left: Mauricio Hernandez, Councilmember Laurie Guillen, Councilmember Tom Hansen, Jacklyn Avila, PUSD Assistant Superintendent Ruben Frutos, Mayor Peggy Lemons, Alex Garcia, Councilmember Daryl Hofmeyer, Public Works Commissioner Rosemary Vasquez, Vice Mayor Diane J. Martinez, and Guillermo Parga

During its March 6, 2018 meeting, the Paramount City Council recognized the participants of the Air Quality Sub Committee for their hard work and dedication to addressing air quality concerns over the past year. The Sub Committee was formed in response to the elevated levels of hexavalent chromium found in Paramount by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Over the course of ten monthly meetings, the Sub Committee studied information and heard from experts about environmental quality concerns in the community. The major end-result was a set of comprehensive changes proposed for the City’s zoning code that could affect all existing and future metal-related businesses in Paramount.

Vice Mayor Diane Martinez and Council Member Daryl Hofmeyer led the Sub Committee. They were supported by Paramount residents Guillermo Parga and Mauricio Hernandez, former resident Jacklyn Avila, Public Works Commissioner Rosemary Vasquez, former Public Works Commissioner Alex Garcia, Emmanuel Reformed Church Pastor Rudy Rubio, and Paramount Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Ruben Frutos.

“The Sub Committee’s work was very productive and a number of measures were developed,” said Paramount Mayor Peggy Lemons. “There is still work to be done, but the actions of these folks helped produce significant improvements in Paramount’s air quality. We appreciate their dedication to our community.”

The group’s policy suggestions were finalized in October 2017 and introduced to the City Council in December 2017. The draft changes are currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission and will be voted upon by the Commission in the coming months.

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