The Gas Company


The Gas Company

This gas company’s roots trace back to the 1800s when new settlers arrived in Los Angeles in search of a new frontier. In 1867, Los Angeles Gas Company, the forerunner of today’s Southern California Gas Company, installed 43 new gas lamps along Main Street, making the city safer at night. The gas lighting business was run by five entrepreneurs who manufactured the gas from asphalt, a tar-like substance, and later from oil.

The company was enjoying modest success until Thomas Edison introduced his electric light in 1879. With the future of the gas lamp business uncertain, the company began looking for other uses for gas, and Los Angeles soon had its first gas stove and heater. Meanwhile, Pacific Enterprises was looking to expand its gas business. Founded in San Francisco in 1886 as Pacific Lighting, the company bought several small gas manufacturing and distribution companies in the area, including the Los Angeles Gas Company in 1890. These companies ultimately became Southern California Gas Company.

By the early 20th century, natural gas—a colorless, odorless gas found in association with oil underground—was starting to gain attention. The breakthrough came with the discovery of the Buena Vista Oil Field near Taft, California in 1909, which included a huge reservoir of natural gas. Since natural gas had twice the heating value of manufactured gas, the company took the bold step to convert its system to natural gas and build pipelines throughout the state. Natural gas was soon found throughout the country, and demand for the fuel was rapidly growing. To meet customer demand, the company began storing gas in large holding tanks. In 1941, the company introduced a new system to the Southwest United States: underground storage of natural gas. By 2016, the company had four separate underground storage facilities, all of them depleted oil and gas fields repurposed as gas storage. The four are, in order from largest to smallest, the Aliso Canyon field, north of Porter Ranch; Honor Rancho, near Newhall; the La Goleta Gas Field adjacent to Goleta; and the Playa del Rey storage facility, north of Playa del Rey, near the Los Angeles International Airport.[3]

As Southern California’s population grew, so too, did the company, eventually becoming the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, serving 19.5 million people through 5.5 million gas meters in more than 530 communities. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Southern California Gas Company is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, a Fortune 500 company based in San Diego. Its service area encompasses 23,000 sq mi (60,000 km²) of diverse terrain throughout most of Central and Southern California, from just south of Sanger to the Mexican border.

In late 2012, the company began the Advanced Meter Installation Project that consists of upgrading over 6 million gas meters with the new Advanced Meter communication device. This device is attached to an analog gas meter that automatically and securely transfers gas usage information to the company’s customer service and billing centers. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved a budget of $1.05 billion for this project, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

Los Angeles Escorts

Los Angeles is known for it’s glittery sparkle and powerful pinache, but did you know that it also has a thriving escort industry?  You may have or not have guessed that though the point of this note is to call attention to it so that you are educated on the space and understand what Los Angeles escorts go through in a day of their life.

It has been considered one of the oldest professions on earth, escorting. Though it is a highly controversial activity, there are pluses and minuses for it.  For some, they claim they enjoy it and that it allows them to connect with people in a meaninful way while being able to support themselves financially.  On the other side, the much darker side, it is filled with violence, psychological and emotional abuse

The Big Deal Behind the Los Angeles County Assessor

Los Angeles County Assessor

Make no mistake about it, when it comes to making this beautiful city tick-tock few have as much junk in their trunk as the LA county Assessor. She/He is responsible for making every building that can be taxed, is taxed.   Of course, in an ideal world these taxes go back to the city to be righteously delegated to their proper people’s coffer aka funding streets, schools, food programs, police, fire, ambulance costs etc.  That said, as we know all too well, it is hard fought to see what lies beneath the hardened, cold peak of our larger political bodies, and so must make a conscious effort to ensure all funds go where they should.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say on the topic:

The Los Angeles County Assessor is the assessor and officer of the government of Los Angeles County responsible for discovering all taxable property in Los Angeles County, except for state-assessed property, to inventory and list all the taxable property, to value the property, and to enroll the property on the local assessment roll.[2] In 2012 there were 2.36 million assessed properties (plus an additional 282 thousand personal property and fixture assessments) for a total Los Angeles County property assessment value of US$1.08 trillion.[3]

The current assessor is Jeffrey Prang.[4] The most recent assessors have been John Noguez, Robert Quon, who served for the last year of Rick Auerbach‘s term, and Kenneth Hahn.

In mid-2012, Noguez took a leave of absence because of an investigation concerning influence peddling at his office,[6] and on October 17, 2012, he was arrested and charged with 24 felonies relating to corruption.[7]

Name Term
Antonio F. Coronel 1850–1856
Juan Maria Sepulveda 1857-1858
W. W. Maxy 1859-1861
James McManus 1862
G. L. Mix 1863-1865
J. Q. A. Stanley 1866-1867
M. F. Coronel 1868-1869
D. Botiller 1870-1875
A. W. Ryan 1876-1879
J. W. Venable 1880-1882
R. Bilderrain 1883-1886
C. C. Mason 1887-1891
F. Edward Gray 1891-1893
Theodore Summerland 1894-1898
Alexander Goldwell 1898-1901
Benjamin E. Ward 1902-1906
Calvin Hartwell 1906-1910
E. W. Hopkins 1910-1938
John R. Quinn 1938-1962
Phillip E. Watson 1963-1977
Alexander Pope 1978-1986
John J. Lynch 1986-1990
Kenneth Hahn 1990-2000
Rick Auerbach 2000-2010
Robert Quon 2010
John Noguez 2010-2014
Jeffrey Prang 2014-