Jul 8 2020
Use your Dish or DirecTV Roof Satellite Dish for Digital OTA HD Over The Air #dish @directv @att #atsc30

Do you have a dish form DirecTV or Dish on your roof?  Want to take it down?  Well, maybe you should leave it installed and install an Over The Air Antenna.  OTA, HD OTA. Digital

There are lots of videos on YouTube that talk about the mounting of OTA antennas on your dish.

ATSC  3.0 Next Gen TV.

A first step is to figure out where the towers are and the direction to point the antenna.






Jul 7 2020
Scam Alert–Please Share This Information
Don’t Fall For the Scam!
Pasadena Water & Power Is Not Calling Demanding Payment
Scammers are working in full force trying to trick people into sending them money. The calls look like they are coming from the City with a (626) 744-XXXX number but will then ask for a return call to a 1-800 number.  PWP never calls customers to make payment over the phone. Scammers will ask you to go to a local grocery store or nearby pharmacy to make payment using a gift card.  This is definitely a red flag. Please check out this helpful video:
If you or somebody you know was a victim of a fraud attempt and made payment to a scammer, please call and report the incident to the non-emergency police line, 626.744.4241.
Jul 6 2020
El Monte Farmers’ Market Thursdays Starting July 9, 2020 5-9pm @626food

El Monte Farmers’ Market Thursdays Starting July 9, 2020 5-9pm

Certified Producers Accepting CalFresh/EBT

Located on Main Street between Santa Anita and Tyler, formerly the Valley Mall.

Sponsors include Longo Lexus, San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance and Goodman

For info call (626) 580-2001

or email farmersmarket@elmonteca.gov

Farmers Market El Monte ascac

Jul 1 2020
Beware of Mortgage Companies & Insurance Policies

Have you been side blinded by your mortgage company trying to up sell you insurance, or worse, trying adding it to your mortgage and collecting monthly basically adding a premium to your mortgage. And people wonder how mortgage companies make money…… this sort of practice is sickening.  And needs to be stopped, I smell a class-action lawsuit for deceptive practices.

Jun 30 2020
New York Issues COVID -19 Travel Advisory Includes California Texas Florida and @HealthNYGov

Restricted States

Based upon Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 205, issued June 25, 2020, the following states meet the criteria for required quarantine:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

This is based upon a seven day rolling average, of positive tests in excess of 10%, or number of positive cases exceeding 10 per 100,000 residents.

Guidance for Travel

The travel advisory is effective at 12:01 am on Thursday, June 25, 2020. If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days from the last travel within such designated state, provided on the date you enter into New York State that such state met the criteria for requiring such quarantine.

The requirements of the travel advisory do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration (i.e., less than 24 hours) through the course of travel.

Examples of such brief passage include but are not limited to: stopping at rest stops for vehicles, buses, and/or trains; or lay-overs for air travel, bus travel, or train travel.

The travel advisory requires all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for complying with the advisory in the best interest of public health and safety.

To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel advisory, please call 1-833-789-0470 or visit this website. Individuals may also contact their local department of health

Jun 29 2020
Food Delivery Services Eating Info Restaurant Margins – Many on the brink of closing

As the pandemic continues to cause decline in business and disruptions in the economy, restaurants are faced with another challenge on top of everything else.

With their increase overhead and decreasing margins services like Grubhub, Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash and others take a percentage of potential profits from restaurant owners.  So with the increase in these services the cost of meals are increasing.

Some services have cut fees during the pandemic, but the fees are still high.  Fees range from 13.5 to 40% of the order. Assuming the claim is that restaurant would not have received the order had it not been for the service.  Some cities have imposed a fee cap on these services/

I encourage friends and others to pickup direct from the restaurant when possible.



Jun 29 2020
Bars, Breweries, and Wine Tasting Rooms are Required to Close in L.A. County

Bars, Breweries, and Wine Tasting Rooms are Required to Close in L.A. County


Effective June 28, 2020, the County of Los Angeles Public Health Order was amended to require that all bars, breweries, brewpubs, wineries and tasting rooms in Los Angeles County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants. There has been a sharp increase in new cases and hospitalizations. The timing of these increases is in line with the reopening of key sectors, including bars, which are places where people remove their face covering to drink while they may be socializing with people not in their household. To review the amended Order, please click here.

Please note that specific higher-risk businesses and locations remain closed. Public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit must also remain prohibited. Higher-risk businesses and locations include:

  • Lounges and nightclubs;
  • Bars, breweries, tasting rooms, craft distilleries, and wineries that possess a valid low risk restaurant permit issued by the County of Los Angeles;
  • Brewpubs, craft distilleries and wineries, with premises set aside for beer and/or wine tasting, that are exempt from the definition of a food facility by California Health and Safety Code Section 113789(c)(5), and do not hold a health permit for preparing and serving on site;
  • Public entertainment venues such as theaters, concert venues theme parks, and festivals;
  • Family entertainment centers such as bowling alleys, arcades and miniature golf courses, and batting cages;
  • Hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas not located on residential property; and
  • All events and gatherings unless allowed by the health Order.

While we are making good progress, it’s important to remember that the COVID-19 pandemic is still active. Residents, business owners and employees must observe physical distancing requirements and prevention techniques outlined above under the Safer at Home order. To learn more about the County of Los Angeles’ Roadmap to Recovery, please click here. Please remember that violation of or failure to comply with the County’s Order is a crime and punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

Jun 23 2020
Charter Spectrum To Set Data Caps and Charge Streaming Services? @fcc @Ask_Spectrum #charter

Charter parent of Spectrum is requesting of the FCC that it be allowed to set data caps and to be able to charge streaming companies fees.

Through the merger with Time Warner Charter agreed to not set data caps until May 2020.

Now Charter is asking for that to be terminated early and allow it to basically do whatever it wants, charge for data and charge streaming companies, so much for net neutrality.  Charter has to be one of the most profit centered, with executives being paid millions and millions in bonuses.  The customer is second to profit.

Spectrum internet is by far one of the most complained about, with reliability issues constantly plaguing the company.  Customer service experiences are horrible to say the least.  And the bait and switch tactics are dishonest and take advantage of customers new and old.


You can search some of the public comments already appear on the FCC site as of today when the pettion was filed.

You can see the filing here



WC 16-197

Stewart Smith




Jun 23, 2020

Jun 23, 2020

7965 MLK Jr. Blvd




Charter is only asking for this NOW (and not before) because the COVID-19 crisis is affecting their bottom line, threatening corporate officer bonuses. I would of course assume they have framed it differently, but that is their prerogative. Please, at a minimum, DO NOT grant their petition for “early release.” Additionally, please inform them of the following: “Comply or die!” If you also feel the need to inform Charter (and/or its corporate officers) to eat a big bowl of shit, that is fine.


Jun 22 2020
Watch the WWDC 2020 Keynote #wwdc #apple #iphone12

How to watch the WWDC keynote on iPhone, iPad, Mac, the web

WWDC20 keynote starts at 10 a.m. PT/ 1 p.m PT ET on June 22

Watch from here:


Jun 20 2020
Notice of Public Forums for Southern California Edison Company’s 2021 General Rate Case A.19-08-013 @californiapuc @SCE



2021 GENERAL RATE CASE A.19-08-013

Why am I receiving this notice?  Southern California Edison (SCE) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) would like to hear from you. You are invited to participate in a public forum regarding SCE’s application to raise electricity rates. At the public forum, you can make comments and raise concerns with the CPUC’s Administrative Law Judge(s) (Judge) who are overseeing this rate increase request.

How will the public forums be held?  Due to the Governor’s directive and the CPUC’s ongoing efforts to protect customers and community members during COVID-19, there will be no in-person physical location for these public forums.

The public forums can be viewed via internet, or listened to via phone, with the information below. If you wish to make a public comment, please participate by phone using the phone number and passcode below.

Date Time Details
Tuesday, June 30 2 p.m. Phone number:  1-800-857-1917

Passcode:          1673482

Webcast:            www.adminmonitor.com/ca/cpuc/

6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1 2 p.m.
6 p.m.

Written public comments may also be provided at any time during the proceeding using the “Add Public Comment” button on the “Public Comment” tab of the Docket Card for A.19-08-013, available at cpuc.ca.gov/SCE2021GRCPublicComments.

Bundled service customers’ average rate impacts:

Customer Group Current Average Rates
as of July 2019 (cents/kWh)
Proposed Average Rates
as of January 2021 (cents/kWh)
Total Change
Percentage Change
(% Increase)
Residential 18.1 cents/kWh 20.7 cents/kWh 2.6 cents/kWh 14.4%
Lighting — Small and Medium Power  

17.3 cents/kWh


19.2 cents/kWh


1.9 cents/kWh



Large Power 12.4 cents/kWh 13.5 cents/kWh 1.1 cents/kWh 8.9%
Agricultural 13.7 cents/kWh 15.1 cents/kWh 1.4 cents/kWh 10.2%
Street Lighting 25.5 cents/kWh 26.2 cents/kWh 0.7 cents/kWh 2.7%
Standby 10.2 cents/kWh 10.8 cents/kWh 0.6 cents/kWh 5.9%
Total 16.3 cents/kWh 18.2 cents/kWh 1.9 cents/kWh 11.7%

Note: Total percentage system revenue increase including bundled and non-bundled service customers is 12.9%

The rates and percentages shown above are averages and are not the exact changes you may see in your bill.  Changes in individual bills depend on how much energy each customer uses.

Why is SCE requesting this rate increase?  SCE delivers your electricity. Every four years, SCE must file what is known as a General Rate Case (GRC) application with the CPUC. GRCs set rates that customers pay to fund SCE’s day-to-day operations, including maintenance for its equipment and electricity grid upgrades.

How could this affect my monthly bill?  If SCE’s rate request is approved by the CPUC, the average residential monthly bill would increase by approximately $14 in 2021, $4 in 2022, and $6 in 2023.

How does the rest of the process work?  This application has been assigned to a Judge, who will consider all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process. The Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt SCE’s application, modify it or deny it. Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon by the CPUC Commissioners.

The Public Advocates Office (Cal Advocates) is currently reviewing this application. Cal Advocates is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a statutory mandate to represent customers of investor-owned utilities to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with safe and reliable service and the state’s environmental policy goals. Cal Advocates has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering.  For more information about Cal Advocates, please call 1-415-703-1584, e-mail PublicAdvocatesOffice@cpuc.ca.gov, or visit Cal Advocates’ website at publicadvocates.cpuc.ca.gov.

Where can I get more information?

Contact SCE:

Contact the CPUC:

You may also get information about this proceeding by contacting the CPUC:       

Visit cpuc.ca.gov/SCE2021GRCPublicComments to submit a public comment.
Contact the CPUC’s Public Advisor’s Office if you have questions about CPUC processes:
Phone:  1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074
Mail:    CPUC Public Advisor’s Office

505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Email:   Public.Advisor@cpuc.ca.gov

Sus tarifas pueden aumentar. Para obtener más información por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Los usuarios con acceso al Internet podrán leer y descargar esta notificación en español en el sitio Web de SCE www.sce.com/avisos o escriba a: Southern California Edison Company, P.O. Box 800, 2244 Walnut Grove Avenue, Rosemead, CA 91770. Atención: Comunicaciones Corporativas. Para más detalles en español, llame al 1-800-441-2233 todos los días 8:00-20:00.

Please reference SCE A.19-08-013 in any communications you have with the CPUC regarding this matter.


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