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THE GAS COMPANY KICKS OFF $40 MILLION PROGRAM WITH BLITZ IN SOUTH-CENTRAL LOS ANGELES TO HELP REBUILD L.A.

 LOS ANGELES, March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its efforts to help Rebuild L.A., Southern California Gas Co. today kicked off a four-year, $40 million program to provide no-cost home insulation and repairs for some 80,000 low-income customers at a "weatherization blitz" in South-Central Los Angeles.
 To launch the program, local non-profit community-based organizations (CBO) workers trained by The Gas Co. made five homes on the 3700 block of Dalton Avenue more energy efficient by insulating attics and installing weather stripping, caulking and low-flow shower heads and water heater blankets and repairing cracked windows and doors.
 "Our investment in this program will have a ripple effect throughout the South-Central L.A. area," said Warren Mitchell, president of The Gas Co. "The measures performed on these homes today and others in the future will help residents save money by lowering their energy bills. This, in turn, can create additional disposable income that can be spent by residents in their community.
 "In addition, the CBOs that install these weatherization measures hire local residents who are trained by The Gas Co.," Mitchell explained. "We teach them marketable skills that can be used in weatherization and construction trades, so this program will also continue to provide needed jobs to people in the community."
 "This program is one more example of The Gas Co.'s strong commitment to the inner city," said Rebuild L.A. Co-Chairman Tony Salazar. "This effort has precisely those ingredients that are helping to bring back hope and dignity to residents of neglected areas in Los Angeles."
 Also participating in the weatherization blitz were 48th District Assemblywoman Marguerite Archie-Hudson, D-South Central Los Angeles, and the CBOs installing the weatherization measures: Avalon-Carver Community Center Inc., Maravilla Foundation Inc., The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU), Watts Labor Community Action Committee and Community Construction Training Center.
 As part of the utility's investment plan to support Rebuild L.A. efforts, The Gas Co. has committed itself to spend $10 million in 1993 to weatherize some 20,000 homes throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The rest of the four-year program will proceed upon final approval from the California Public Utilities Commission.
 "This $40 million program is part of the company's overall effort to help revitalize the city and those people most affected by last Spring's riots," Mitchell said, adding that the company also is involved in job training programs with the Housing Authority of Los Angeles, providing financial assistance to businesses rebuilding in riot-torn areas and numerous employee volunteer activities.
 "Rebuilding the city won't be easy, but by combining energies and resources -- folks in the community, business, elected officials and others dedicated to the same cause -- we can move forward to get the job done."
 Since the weatherization program began in 1983, SoCalGas has trained more than 5,000 people to repair and insulate homes for more than 312,000 low-income families.
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 /CONTACT: Vicki Cho Estrada of The Gas Co., 213-244-3030; or Mabel Solares of Rebuild L.A., 213-312-1902/


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