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April 02, 2014
THE CCC FIGHTS THE MEDFLY

Los Angeles members of the California Conservation Corps assisted the California Department of Food and Agriculture last Friday in Medfly eradication efforts near the L.A. Coliseum.
The area was part of an 88-square-mile quarantine area established after six Mediterranean fruit flies were found in local traps and larvae found in backyard fruit. CDFA began releasing a larger number of sterile fruit flies and coordinating the fruit removal effort, in order to get rid of any fruit that might be infested with eggs and larvae.
Corpsmembers went door to door to pick and remove fruit from about 100 backyards.
The CCC has assisted with similar Medfly eradication efforts in San Diego County in 2009, and more recently fought the Oriental fruit fly in Los Angeles County. 
 



March 13, 2014
CCC MEMBERS NORTH AND SOUTH MEET INTERIOR SECRETARY

CCC corpsmembers from Los Angeles were on hand Monday as Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a partnership to help link urban youth to the outdoors.
Secretary Jewell visited Los Angeles State Historic Park for a walking tour with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and announced the partnership afterward. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partnering with local organizations to help urban students and families make connections on public lands.
Secretary Jewell's youth initiative encourages youth to play, learn, serve and work. Through programs such as the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, of which the CCC is an accredited program, there will be 100,000 work and training opportunities for young people.
And on Wednesday, Ukiah corpsmembers met Secretary Jewell as she visited the newly expanded California Coastal National Monument near Point Arena in Mendocino County.  Six miles of coastline were added to the National Monument by President Obama on Tuesday.

 

 



March 13, 2014
CORPSMEMBERS MEET L.A. MAYOR, INTERIOR SECRETARY

CCC corpsmembers from Los Angeles were on hand Monday as Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a partnership to help link urban youth to the outdoors.
Secretary Jewell visited Los Angeles State Historic Park for a walking tour with Mayor Eric Garcetti, and announced the partnership afterward. The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partnering with local organizations to help urban students and families make connections on public lands.
Secretary Jewell's youth initiative encourages youth to play, learn, serve and work. Through programs such as the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, of which the CCC is an accredited program, there will be 100,000 work and training opportunities for young people.
While in California, Secretary Jewell visited the Point Arena area in Mendocino County, where more than 1200 acres have been proposed as an addition to the California Coastal National Monument. CCC Director David Muraki was among those in attendance at this visit.



March 04, 2014
THE CCC TO HELP REDUCE DROUGHT IMPACT

The California Conservation Corps will play a part in efforts to reduce the impact of the state's drought. 

Legislation signed by Governor Brown provides $13 million to the CCC to assist with water conservation measures and fire hazard reduction. Three million dollars of that amount would be designated for California's local conservation corps programs.
 
In total, the legislation allocates $687.4 million for drought relief.


January 14, 2014
20 YEARS AGO -- THE NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE

On January 17, 1994, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Northridge, shook Southern California.  Within hours, the California Conservation Corps began to mobilize, and had its first crews helping with cleanup work the very next day.

 

During the peak of the CCC's efforts, more than 500 corpsmembers were dispatched.  They assisted with water distribution, tent cities, Disaster Application Centers, and general debris cleanup, including the dismantling of 315 damaged chimneys.  Oil-spill trained corpsmembers were also needed as the earthquake caused an oil pipeline to rupture.

Several months later, after 170,000 hours of work, the CCC set up its Northridge Earthquake Recovery Corps, funded through the Job Training Partnership Act.  Two hundred local young people were hired from the areas impacted by the quake.



December 26, 2013
CAMARILLO CREWS DISPATCHED TO CHRISTMAS FIRE

Three Camarillo fire crews under the direction of Cal Fire were dispatched Christmas evening to the Lilac Fire in Ventura County.

The fire, spread by Santa Ana winds in Simi Valley, was battled by more than 300 firefighters, including 51 from the CCC.  Along with the winds, temperatures were running some 15 degrees warmer than normal.
Even though it's December, the CCC had already sent crews out earlier in the month to a fire in the Big Sur area. That fire, in the Los Padres National Forest, claimed at least a dozen homes.



December 17, 2013
CORPSMEMBERS SENT TO BIG SUR FIRE

Thirty corpsmembers from the CCC's Monterey Bay Center were dispatched Monday to the Pfeiffer Fire in the Big Sur area. 
The corpsmembers are assisting the U.S. Forest Service with logistical support at the fire camp.
The fire, located in the Los Padres National Forest, has already destroyed at least a dozen homes, including one belonging to the local fire chief.



November 13, 2013
CCC CREWS SHARPEN FLOODFIGHTING SKILLS

After a busy fire season, corpsmembers are now sharpening their floodfighting skills.  In Northern California, trained crews from Auburn, Fresno, Napa, Stockton and Watsonville took part in an exercise at Twitchell Island in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta. 
The 75 corpsmembers filled sandbags, built sandbag walls, and constructed sandbag rings around a boil -- water bubbling up on the inside of a levee. While the exercise was good practice, the CCC has been dispatched to Twitchell Island and other nearby Delta islands many times over the years, to protect against rising waters.
In addition to the Twitchell Island exercise, CCC crews in other parts of the state are also honing their skills, ready to be called out if needed during winter storms and flooding.
The CCC has provided assistance in nearly every major flood or storm since the program was established in 1976.



October 01, 2013
NAVAL DESTROYER NAMED AFTER CORPSMEMBER

 

A naming ceremony was held September 20 at the naval base in San Diego for three new guided-missiles destroyers, including the USS Rafael Peralta, named after a member of the California Conservation Corps.

Rafael was a San Diego corpsmember and crewleader from 1998-99.  All of his CCC supervisors were impressed by his hard work and dedication.

Rafael later joined the Marines. He was killed in Iraq in 2004 while covering his body with a live hand grenade, saving the lives of several of his fellow Marines.  Rafael posthumously received the Navy Cross and efforts continue to have him awarded the Medal of Honor as well.



September 26, 2013
GOVERNOR BROWN VISITS CCC HEADQUARTERS

 

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., who created the CCC during his first term in 1976, stopped by the Corps' Sacramento headquarters September 25 to talk with Backcountry Trails supervisors.  The Backcountry staff had just completed their 2013 season, overseeing six crews working on trails from wilderness camps.
The Backcountry staff shared reflections and a few photos from this year's five-month season.  Headquarters staff also had a chance to meet the Governor, who had signed a bill increasing the minimum wage earlier in the day.
Since the Governor established the CCC, more than 115,000 young men and women have been a part of the program, now the oldest and largest conservation corps in the country.