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Special Council Meeting Recap: Oct 11, 2021

All council members were present for the Monday, Oct. 11 City Council meeting. Open session started at 4:31 p.m. and ended at 8:14 p.m. Here's what you missed:


City declares horrendous odors arising from Dominguez Channel a Public Nuisance. The City Council held a special meting to pass a resolution declaring the foul stench arising from the Dominguez channel a public nuisance for the past week. According to LA County Public Health department, 0.4 - 0.9 ppm of Hydrogen Sulfide has been detected in the air east of the Dominguez Channel. When the public comment portion began, Chief Deputy City Clerk Mike Carroll mentioned that over 100 Carson residents were waiting in line to express their frustrations with the toxic smell. LA County Director of Public Works Mark Pestrella and LA County Department of Public Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis advised Carson residents affected by the smell to take measure to protect their health by either purchasing a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) certified air-conditioning filter with activated charcoal or, if filtration is not possible, relocating temporarily out of the area. Any Carson resident experiencing persistent or worsening symptoms should contact their health care providers especially if they have any chronic health conditions. Pestrella noted that residents needing to relocate can be reimbursed upon assessment by a hotline set up by LA County Public Works. The hotline for anyone seeking help or reimbursement has been set up as of Tuesday, Oct. 12: (626) 300-2644.


Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released a press release Tuesday morning, Oct. 12 with recommendations on how to minimize exposure and protect your health.


Complaints can also be filed with South Coast Air Quality Management District at http://www.aqmd.gov/home/air-quality/complaints, or by telephone at 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664).


*Note: the meeting was adjourned to Thursday Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.


**Note: Chief Deputy City Clerk Mike Carroll advised Carson residents wishing to leave a public comment on items listed on a council meeting's agenda may do so by calling 1-669-900-6833 at the beginning of the meeting. Any comments not related to agenda items will be taken after memorial adjournments at the end of the meeting. Emailed/written comments will documented as part of the record but not read out loud.