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West Hills Fire Hydrant Incident – 9 September 2020 . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed and published on 9 September 2020

Dear Ones,

On Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 11 am and 10 am, at the intersection of Rutherford Hill Dr. and Hillhurst Dr. in West Hills, California, a fire hydrant was lying on its side on the pavement and a geyser of water was coming up out of the water main.

The LAFD arrived and did the impossible in short order. Thanks to the LAFD for a fine job!

Video: “West Hills Fire Hydrant Incident – 9 September 2020,” by Alice B. Clagett … https://youtu.be/tqjttyoBpC4  … CC BY-SA 3.0

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

The above images were extracted from: Link: “Solar Devi,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 2 March 2015; revised on 9 September 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-7eV ..

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On Meeting Living Expenses in the San Fernando Valley . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 12 January 2019

Dear Ones,

It seems to me … it could be … that the economy is slowing down … don’t you feel that? I feel the crux of the issue is, people in the San Fernando Valley cannot afford to live here because of the cost of water.

And that people are looking around for a ‘second income stream’ with which to pay the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s extortionate ‘water rent’ … the cost of which has tripled in the last 10 years. Heaven knows, no one wants to be homeless. Clearly this fate has befallen many, here in the Valley.

The presence of homeless people on our streets, in food stores, and in restaurants is a cogent warning: It puts residents under greater pressure to get together enough cash for living expenses.

A person who offers home repair might be also looking for houses to burglarize on the side now, to help keep their families afloat during these hard times … whereas, in the past, they might never have considered this. In the same way, local businesses that provide ‘drive home’ services for their customers might have drivers who tip their extended circle of friends or family off about possible places to burglarize.

People who own a business in the Valley might consider offering their customers’ credit card information to their extended families to use for personal purchases, whereas before they might never have done so.

On the positive side, last year it seemed family groups were shoplifting and purse snatching at the local stores; fortunately it looks like law enforcement has put an end to this, and that is a good start.

A lasting solution to these unlawful ‘second income stream’ activities, I feel, will only come about by providing affordable housing, and affordable water and other utilities, here in the Valley. Everyone has their own ideas about how to do this.

My thought is, to allow greater Los Angeles communities the choice to lift housing code restrictions for a 10-year interval, so that during that time family, friends, or even homeless could be affordably housed in tiny houses or spare rooms in people’s houses.

Then they can get work locally, even at minimum wage, and still get by. It may help homeowners in communities so choosing, as their new tenants would be helping to pay living expenses.

A further help would be to petition that the Department of Water and Power (DWP) peg the cost of water to the availability of water locally.

I notice that this winter we have plenty of rainfall; what, then, prevents the price of water from being lowered back down to a reasonable rate? Then in future years, if water is scarce, we might consider upping the price of water once more.

Well, those are my ideas. No doubt you will have your own solutions to offer, as well.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Santa Susana Field Laboratory and Chatsworth Nature Preserve . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 24 March 2018 

  • IMAGE OF SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY
  • SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY: BACKGROUND INFORMATION
  • WHICH WAY WAS THE CONTAMINATED WIND BLOWING DURING THE JULY 1959 SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY MELTDOWN?
  • METAL BOX IN CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE: FOR MEASURING RAIN WATER?
  • RUMORS ABOUT LA DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER PLANNING TO SELL THE CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE, EAST OF THE MELTDOWN SITE
  • NEWS REPORTS 
  • BACK ROAD TO SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY
  • DEFINITION: MYSTERY RIFFS

Dear Ones,

Here is some information on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) in the Los Angeles area. This laboratory was the site of a number of nuclear contamination accidents … to do with contamination of the air, the Earth, and ground water at the western edge of Los Angeles County, bordering the eastern edge of Ventura County. It has been spoken of as America’s worst nuclear meltdown.

The meltdown occurred in 1959, and was covered up. It looks like the nuclear disaster may have come to light in 1979, 20 years later, and that community involvement has been spurring environmental cleanup since then.

IMAGE OF SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY

This image is a view of Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve … trail access is from El Escorpion Park entrance on Vanowen St just west of Valley Circle Blvd in West Hills, in Los Angeles …

Image: “Santa Susana Field Lab viewed from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Santa Susana Field Lab viewed from Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve,” by Alice B. Clagett, 15 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY: BACKGROUND INFORMATION

“Throughout the years, approximately ten low-power nuclear reactors operated at SSFL, in addition to several ‘critical facilities’: a sodium burn pit in which sodium-coated objects were burned in an open pit; a plutonium fuel fabrication facility; a uranium carbide fuel fabrication facility; and the purportedly largest “Hot Lab” facility in the United States at the time … (A Hot Lab is a facility used for remotely cutting up irradiated nuclear fuel.) Irradiated nuclear fuel from other Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Department of Energy (DOE) facilities from around the country were shipped to SSFL to be decladded and examined.

“The Hot Lab suffered a number of fires involving radioactive materials. For example, in 1957, a fire in the Hot Cell “got out of control and … massive contamination” resulted. (see: NAA-SR-1941, Sodium Graphite Reactor, Quarterly Progress Report, January–March 1957).

“At least four of the ten nuclear reactors suffered accidents: 1) The AE6 reactor experienced a release of fission gases in March 1959 … 2) In July 1959, the site suffered a partial nuclear meltdown that released 28 Curies of radio active Nobel gasses. The release resulted on the maximum off site exposure of 0.099 millirem and an exposure of 0.018 millirem for the nearest residential building which is well within current limits today … Another radioactive fire occurred in 1971, involving combustible primary reactor coolant (NaK) contaminated with mixed fission products … The SRE experienced a power excursion and partial meltdown in July 1959; the SNAP8ER in 1964 experienced damage to 80% of its fuel; and the SNAP8DR in 1969 experienced similar damage to one-third of its fuel … 

“The reactors located on the grounds of SSFL were considered experimental, and therefore had no containment structures. Reactors and highly radioactive components were housed without the large concrete domes that surround modern power reactors.” –from Link: “Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Susana_Field_Laboratory … CC BY-SA 3.0 unported

WHICH WAY WAS THE CONTAMINATED WIND BLOWING DURING THE JULY 1959 SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY MELTDOWN?

Apparently, from what I have read, one of the owners of the property on which the laboratory is located has been unable to, or else unwilling to, release data on prevailing winds during the July 1959 meltdown. (See “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon” article below). This would be important information, as the direction of the winds would give a clue to possible contamination of land and water and people in neighboring communities.

I have read here, that the prevailing winds tend to blow over the Simi Hills (where the Santa Susana Field Laboratory is located) from NW to SE, into the western part of the San Fernando Valley. The wind speed is about 8 mph. Then under special Santa Ana conditions, because the wind blows the other way, possibly into the well populated Simi Valley …

Link: “Which Way the Wind Blows,” by Michael Collins, Ventura County Reporter, 17 March 2005 … https://www.enviroreporter.com/whichwaythewindblows ..

And I have read here, that John Pace, the last surviving worker who was on site during the meltdown, remembers the wind was blowing toward the very populous San Fernando Valley during that time …

Link: “Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon: 50 Years After a Santa Susana Nuclear Acdident Holds Up Land Development,” by Michael Collins … https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/rocketdyne/wrinkles-in-runkle-canyon/ ..

METAL BOX IN CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE: FOR MEASURING RAIN WATER?

I have questions about this metal box located at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, on the Chatsworth Nature Preserve grounds. In years past, Hazmat suited people have visited this box. When asked, one of these men told me they were measuring rainwater. If so, I wonder, why the Hazmat suits? I cannot figure it out.

Image: “Metal Box at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, Chatsworth Nature Preserve owned by LA Department of Water and Power,” by Alice B. Clagett, 24 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Metal Box at 8565 Capistrano Avenue, Chatsworth Nature Preserve owned by LA Department of Water and Power,” by Alice B. Clagett, 24 March 2018, CC BY-SA 4.0

RUMORS ABOUT LA DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER PLANNING TO SELL THE CHATSWORTH NATURE PRESERVE, EAST OF THE MELTDOWN SITE

There are rumors about plans for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to sell the Chatsworth Nature Preserve, which, according to the recollection of John Pace, might have been directly in the path of the 1959 Santa Susana Field Laboratory meltdown wind contamination. I have not seen any substantiation of this online.

NEWS REPORTS 

Link: “Nuclear Free by 2045?: TED’s Pro-Nuclear Bias,” 24 March 2014 … https://nf2045.blogspot.com/2014/03/teds-pro-nuclear-bias.html ..

Link: “LA’s Nuclear Secret: Years of mishandling dangerous radioactive materials and chemicals has also left a toxic legacy for generations of people living near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory,” by Joel Grover and Matthew Glasser … https://data.nbcstations.com/national/KNBC/la-nuclear-secret/ ..

Link: “Boeing Proposes Less Stringent Cleanup of Santa Susana Field Lab, Outraging Activists,” by Mike Harris, Published 23 August 2017; updatedhttps://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/08/24/boeing-proposes-less-stringent-cleanup-santa-susana-field-lab-outraging-activists/594360001/ ..

Link: “Remembering Rocketdyne – Discussing America’s Worst Nuclear Meltdown (Not Three Mile Island) With Erin Brockovich,” in Enviro News California … https://www.environews.tv/122713-remembering-rocketdyne-discussing-americas-worst-nuclear-meltdown-not-three-mile-island-with-erin-brockovich/ ..

BACK ROAD TO SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY

For hikers: Here is a back road from the Bell Canyon subdivision in West Hills, Los Angeles, to the Santa Susana Field Lab, The Google Maps search parameters are: 158 Bell Canyon Rd, Bell Canyon, CA 91307 … to 152 Ctl II Rd, Brandeis, CA 93064 … via Area 1 Rd …

Link: Bell Canyon Subdivision to Santa Susana Field Lab …  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/158+Bell+Canyon+Rd,+Bell+Canyon,+CA/152+Ctl+II+Rd,+Brandeis,+CA+93064/@34.2220091,-118.6973612,6792m/am=t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x80e8279d7dfd3f83:0x6964a075d483cd52!2m2!1d-118.687357!2d34.20163!3m4!1m2!1d-118.6912303!2d34.2215645!3s0x80e8279361f29997:0x76d7793130101b75!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e827dedffa7fb3:0xadeab2018424cfdb!2m2!1d-118.7007632!2d34.2363838!3e0  ..

My feeling is, this route is most likely blocked off at the large turnaround at J & A International, as the Boeing property (priorly owned by Rocketdyne) on which the laboratory is located, is off limits to the public …

Link: Turnaround at J & A International, in Google Maps … https://www.google.com/maps/dir/158+Bell+Canyon+Rd,+Bell+Canyon,+CA/152+Ctl+II+Rd,+Brandeis,+CA+93064/@34.2141654,-118.6898359,243m/am=t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x80e8279d7dfd3f83:0x6964a075d483cd52!2m2!1d-118.687357!2d34.20163!3m4!1m2!1d-118.6912303!2d34.2215645!3s0x80e8279361f29997:0x76d7793130101b75!1m5!1m1!1s0x80e827dedffa7fb3:0xadeab2018424cfdb!2m2!1d-118.7007632!2d34.2363838!3e0 ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

DEFINITION: MYSTERY RIFFS

What is a ‘Mystery Riff’? A Mystery Riff is a stream-of-consciousness series of photos, words, links, and/or visual experiences. Sometimes a Riff throws light on a course of energy present in the unconscious thought cloud of the world, or the underpinnings of an astral story floating round in the ethers.

I have noticed that today’s movies and television shows do that as well … only with strong subconscious umph … because the subconscious mind operates through pictorial images, rather than through abstract thought. For more on this, search ‘metaphor’ at my website.

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