Quality of Life

Answers to questions about living and working in the Antelope Valley

Assuring a safe and reliable water supply to the residents of the greater Antelope Valley has been the mission of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency for over 50 years. AVEK Water Agency is the states third largest water wholesaler, covering a land area of nearly 2,400 square miles, with an allocation from the California Aqueduct of 141,400 acre-feet (over 46 billion gallons).

With every expectation that our Valley will continue to grow, water providers are seeking to confront tomorrows water supply challenges, today. Sustaining a stable deliver of water into the High Desert is challenged by an ever-increasing limitation in the water available from the State Water Project California Aqueduct running along the southern hills of the Valley.

In recent years, AVEK Water Agency has partnered with our customers and other local water providers in developing our own water banking program, using it as a tool for increased water delivery, storage, and reliability. AVEKs project redirects surplus water from the Aqueduct into an optimal site for groundwater recharge. This water is stored and then recovered during future dry seasons or drought years.

Banking water in this way allows AVEK to better reach its goal of zero-loss of water into the Antelope Valley. Dan Flory, AVEK General Manager said, Were going to keep recharging groundwater as it becomes available. Our challenge is to continually evaluate the water supply conditions, working toward cost-effectiveness and future availability.

Water Providers
Antelope Valley East Kern Water Agency
Amount produced in 2012

  • 79,000 acre feet (43,200 m&i; 5,300 ag; 31,400 Banking) Amount produced in 2011
  • 93,000 acre feet (50,000 m&i; 43,000 ag) State Water Project entitlement
  • 141,400 acre feet Treatment Plant Capacity
  • 118 million gallons per day (capable of serving nearly 500,000 people)

Water Quality Report
www.avek.org


Palmdale Water District
Amount produced in 2012

  • 19,257 acre feet billed
  • 21,459 acre feet produced State Water Project Delivered: 16,450 acre feet Customers Served in 2012
  • 26,352 connections serving approximately 104,617 people State Water Project Table A Amount
  • 21,300 acre feet

Water Sources
65% State water project
35% Groundwater Wells

Water Quality Report
www.palmdalewater.org


Indian Wells Valley Water District
Amount produced in 2012

  • 7,633 acre feet Amount produced in 2011
  • 7,364 acre feet Amount produced in 2010
  • 7,670 acre feet Amount produced in 2009
  • 8,084 acre feet Amount produced in 2008
  • 8,409 acre feet Water Sources
  • 10 ground water pumps Customers Served in 2012
  • 11,897 connections serving approximately 30,000 people

The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) motto, “It’s a breath of fresh air”, continues to be the operative statement regarding the air quality in the Antelope Valley.

Most of the Antelope Valley’s air pollution is not locally generated. It is wind-blown in from the Los Angeles and San Joaquin Valley areas. The AV is most likely to experience elevated levels of ozone on days when an inversion layer settles over the Los Angeles Basin or San Joaquin Valley and the wind then blows pollutants into the desert. “We all do everything we can to reduce air pollution; drive cleaner cars, take the bus, but ultimately a lot of it has to do with which way the wind blows”, stated Eldon Heaston.

At least three eSolar plants are planned for the Greater Antelope Valley, and Southern California Edison has announced plans to purchase power from those plants. Also in 2008, California power companies signed deals that will, according to USA Today, “nearly double USA’s solar power”. Nearby Los Angeles is undertaking the largest city solar project with its plan to install 1.3 gigawatts of solar power by 2020.

As a state, California has demonstrated the ability to achieve sustainable economic growth while protecting the environment. California has one of the lowest per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and highest GDPs in the nation. California has set a goal of increasing renewable energy sources to 20% by 2010, with an additional goal of 33% by 2020. The University of California at Berkeley and Next 10 study that the “green industry” will create as many as 403,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

The Antelope Valley is the perfect location for a renewable energy business, and industry leaders are taking notice. The region’s prime location, excellent workforce, and low business costs make it ideal for incoming renewable energy businesses.

LIBRARIES
12 Public Libraries

Book Mobile
www.colapublib.org/libs/antelopevalley/

Kern County Libraries
www.KernCountyLibrary.org

Los Angeles County Libraries
www.CoLAPubLib.org

Quartz Hill Library
http://colapublib.org/libs/quartzhill/

Palmdale City Library
www.CityofPalmdale.org/library/

Museums
20 Mule Team Museum
Boron, CA 93516 Phone: (760) 762-5810

Antelope Valley Indian Museum @ Lancaster
www.avim.parks.ca.gov

Black Bird Air Park @ Edwards Air Force Base http://afftcmuseum.org/visit/blackbird-airpark/

Colonel Vernon P. Saxon, Jr. Aerospace Museum
www.saxonaerospacemuseum.org

East Kern Historical Museum Society
http://ekhms.weebly.com

Edwards Air Force Flight Test Museum
http://afftcmuseum.org/visit/edwards-museum/

Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert
www.hsumd.org

Joe Davies Heritage Airpark@ Palmdale
www.cityofpalmdale.org/Airpark/

Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery MOAH
www.lancastermoah.org

Maturango Museum @ Ridgecrest
http://maturango.org

Mojave Transportation Museum
www.mojavemuseum.org

Tehachapi Railroad Museum
www.tehachapidepot.com

US Naval Museum of Armament & Technology
www.chinalakemuseum.org

Western Hotel Museum
www.destinationlancasterca.org/things-to-do/culture-history/western-hotel- museum/

Major Recreational Facilities
Six Golf courses
Best of the West Softball Complex
Big Eight Softball Complex, Lancaster
DryTown Water Park, Palmdale
Exotic Feline Conservation Center
Lancaster Soccer Center
Mulligans Sports Center, Palmdale
Palmdale Amphitheater
Pelona Vista Park, Palmdale
Willow Spring Race Track

Professional Sports
Lancaster JetHawks
(Houston Astros affiliate)

MotoCross – At the AV Fairgrounds

Shopping/Dining
Antelope Valley Mall

THE BLVD
Destination Lancaster
Main Street Tehachapi
Palmdale Restaurants & Shopping

Unique Breweries & Wineries: The Region has a growing reputation for great wine & craft beer. From Agua Dulce to Tehachapi, some 35 vineyards 5 craft breweries make the most of the area’s warm days & cool nights to produce award-winning beverages for responsible adults. Stopping at any one of these locations will certainly introduce you to their special blend of atmosphere and libations.

The Antelope Valley Union High School District (AVUHSD) is proud to see continued growth in its STEM-focused Career Technical Education (CTE) programs across all high schools in the district. These programs provide students skills that can be transferred across any industry sector.

Among several new programs begun in the AVUHSD this year, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has chartered “SWENext” clubs at Antelope Valley and Highland High Schools, which involve young women in STEM workshops with female engineer mentors. Many students within the district and region overall were also able to attend the SWE Convention in Anaheim in early November to gain further college and career direction.

Additionally, Chapter 661 of the Medical Explorers, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, continues to thrive, with numerous students at Eastside High and other sites. Exploring is a career education program for students between 14 and 20-years-old. Kaiser’s Antelope Valley physicians and employees volunteer their time to provide real-world career experiences for the explorers and help them gain practical knowledge in the medical field through a variety of activities. As a youth-led program, students organize monthly meetings including hands-on learning presentations, a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Offices and Kaiser Permanente Regional Lab, community service projects, CPR training, and a final educational field trip.

Ten student teams from Antelope Valley, Eastside, Lancaster, Palmdale, Quartz Hill and Knight High Schools, plus Eagle Robotics Team 399, are slated to compete in the Aerospace Robotics Competition in the spring of 2020, hosted by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale. The goal of this year-long, mentored design-build activity is to “create a relevant, challenging, and exciting high school competition . . . involving autonomous and semi-autonomous drones (quadcopters), . . . utilizing basic aerospace principles in a hands-on flight environment.” (Lockheed Martin ARC Briefing) Drone and robotics courses offered at school sites across the AVUHSD will support this effort.

Academies of the Antelope Valley’s online high school component, the Virtual Academy, in its Information Technology pathway, has embarked upon efforts to support the national initiative for a secure nation by increasing awareness and opportunities in cybersecurity. New courses leading to industry certifications in the CompTIA A+ (computer repair) and CompTIA Network+ (network administrator) are offered to students with the potential for hire into IT careers out of high school, as well as more advanced training in the field (Security+ will be offered in 2020-2021 school year). In addition, working as a partnership with Antelope Valley College and the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards Air Force Base, the AV CyberHub was created as a centralized location for the greater Antelope Valley where students will be exposed monthly to all things cybersecurity from training, courses, competitions, professional mentors, and field trips. These efforts have resulted in an increased Antelope Valley presence in CyberPatriot competitions.

The Academies of the Antelope Valley has also been selected as one of only 25 schools nationally as a Fellow for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) to develop and implement competitive video games as the next tool for academic and STEM learning. The pilot will be implemented within the Academy Prep Junior High Schools at SOAR Prep and Palmdale Prep through a grant from the Air Force Research Lab’s ENSIPRE program. NASEF partners with UC Irvine; there are over 20 colleges nationally with eSports scholarship programs, and eSports has a global audience estimated to be larger than that of the Super Bowl.

Ninth grade future engineers at Antelope Valley High School’s Engineering Academy built scale models of collapsible green houses to be sent to Mars. The premise is that, in order to inhabit the Red Planet sometime in the future, there needs to be a food source to feed the inhabitants. This project required to students to ”think outside the box” and innovate ideas for food sources from another planet.

The Eastside High School Biomedical Science Academy was only one of 12 schools in the nation to achieve Gold Certification status from the Linked Learning Alliance. Linked Learning is an approach to educational reform that combines rigorous academics, demanding career and technical education, realworld experience, and integrated student supports. Currently, there are more than 600 registered Linked Learning pathways nationwide, that serve over 250, 000, and Eastside is proud to be Gold Certified. The Biomedical Science Academy students are able to take certification exams in various areas of the health field while in high school. Many of the students become CPR certified and get to work on the field during sports games as part of the Sports Medicine program. The Academy’s short-term goal for the near future is to continue to grow the Sports Medicine program, and maintain the premier goal of preparing students for success in both college and career.

Similarly, Lancaster High School’s Multimedia and Engineering Academy is the other Antelope Valley school, again of only 12 schools in the nation, to receive Linked Learning Gold Certification. This is the highest level of certification available to Linked Learning programs. The outstanding accomplishment of these two AVUHSD academies was celebrated at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in October, attended by numerous civic and community leaders.

Likewise, at the Multimedia and Engineering Academy, students are working collaboratively with others for realworld solutions to real-world problems. These collaborative efforts are not only of students within a single classroom, but also of students from other classrooms working with teachers across the campus. This experience echoes current workforce situations where teams work together to achieve common goals, and reinforces the AVUHSD’s district-wide focus of preparing students for college, career and life. For the second year, 12th grade students provided evidence of their learning through Senior Defense presentations, with panels of teachers and community members presiding and providing feedback.

In October, teams from Knight High School traveled to Queensland, Australia for their sixth visit to the UAV Challenge. Teams use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to deliver an Epipen with a monitor to measure impact pressure as close as possible to “Outback Joe” (a simulated lost hiker, suffering a medical emergency) to treat his anaphylaxis immediately while medical aid travels to reach him. The competition also includes a technical report and an oral presentation, followed by questioning from industry judges. Once again, students from Knight High School took first place in this competition, making them the top team in three of the last four years. This year’s winning team, The Mojave Hawks, piloted and engineered by Oscar Orellano and Matt Soto, both KHS seniors, earned the exciting victory by a margin of only half a point. Students from Palmdale High School, SOAR High School, Littlerock High School, and Lancaster High School also competed in this year’s Challenge.

Knight High is also home to the first-ever high school composites lab, which had a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening in August. Courses offered in this facility continue to supply students with foundational skills feeding into local postsecondary training and industry jobs.

Over the last year there have been several changes and positive growth within the Sustainable Agriculture Academy at Littlerock High School. Celebrating 30 years of service to agriculture students and the community last spring, students travelled to competitions and FFA events from Anaheim to Half Moon Bay, including competing in Forestry, Public Speaking, Creed, Job Interview and Leadership Development. The Littlerock Chapter of FFA was again recognized as a 2-Star National FFA chapter by the National Organization, a recognition that goes to less than 5% of chapters nationally. Junior Maria Corona was elected to serve on the High Desert Section FFA officer team.

Finally, Quartz Hill, along with Eastside High School, have added new Linked Learning academies on their campuses. In the QHTV Academy at Quartz Hill High School, students learn to utilize a myriad of technologies and numerous industrial disciplines, working together to achieve a greater goal of full, professional quality productions, along with their core education. Following the Linked Learning approach, the academy emphasizes leadership and teamwork in a multicultural, multi-disciplinary atmosphere.

The Antelope Valley Union High School District’s vision is that every student who graduates will be prepared to pursue college and any career to which he or she aspires. For more information on our programs and activities, visit AVDistrict.org

The Region continues to offer residents some of the most affordable housing in the state of California. Far from the typical perception of affordable housing, the region offers as large variety of spacious homes in an assortment of settings including gated communities and country club sites as wells as equestrian estates and low density developments with lot sizes ranging from 1/2 to 2 1/2 acres. All this at some of the most affordable prices in Southern California!

The number of homes sold in 2015 was up 729 units, an 11% year over year increase!
The average selling price in each of our submarkets showed year over year increases resulting in an average, region wide increase of 11%! This year’s increase marks the third consecutive year of double digit, region wide increases since 2007! New home construction is taking off again in the Rosamond and Tehachapi submarkets with 38 new home sales in Rosamond at an average price of $256,882 and 17 new home sales in Tehachapi at an average price of $259,265 are included in the results above!

Our Region’s housing market isn’t just about price, it’s about value.

Electric Bus Program Charging Ahead

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s (AVTA) goal of a full conversion to an all-electric bus fleet, with the plan to be “100% Green in 2018” is closer than ever. The first two of a potential 13 state-of-the-art wireless inductive charging stations are operational at Deputy Steve Owen Memorial Park (OMP) and Palmdale Transportation Center, the two major transfer centers in the AVTA service area. The en-route chargers allow AVTA’s electric buses to charge during layovers as passenger’s board and disembark. This “top-off” charge capability significantly extends the range of AVTA’s electric bus fleet, completely eliminating any range anxiety associated with electric buses.

“The wireless charging stations give us the range needed to service even our longest rural routes, which require about 350 miles each day,” said AVTA Board Chair Marvin Crist. “This innovative technology is the wave of the future for public transit as it embraces electric buses, and we are proud to be moving it forward.”

As Southern California’s premier regional rail system, we do everything in our power to provide high-quality, dependable, on-time service. This commitment to excellence is a promise our riders have the right to expect. Routes from the antelope Valley are available 7-days a week. Check the schedule for details.

METROLINK: Number of Trains / Avg Daily Ridership (A.V. Line only)

Number of Trains Average Daily Ridership
A.V. Line Weekday Weekend Weekday Weekend
’15-’16 30 12 (Sat) 12 (Sun) 5,764 2,708 (Sat) 2,296 (Sun)
’14-’15 30 12 (Sat) 12 (Sun) 5,789 2,956 (Sat) 2,429 (Sun)
’13-’14 30 12 (Sat) 12 (Sun) 5,854 3,499  (Sat) 2,451 (Sun)
’12-’13
’11-’12 30 12 (Sat) 6 (Sun) 6,139 2,972 (Sat) 1,775 (Sun)
’10-’11 30 12 (Sat) 6 (Sun) 5,540 2,485 (Sat) 1,338 (Sun)

Connects the Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley in order to bring high-speed rail service to the urban Los Angeles area.
Route Details: 40-mile route (approximately) from Palmdale to Burbank.

The Board of Directors acts as the governing body of the East Kern Air Pollution Control District, a special district on east Kern County. The board consists of five members; three city council members and two county supervisors. Board meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors are:

Ed Grimes, Mayor of Tehachapi
Don Parris, Councilman of California City
Eddie Thomas, Vice-Mayor of Ridgecrest
Mick Gleason, Kern Co. Supervisor 1st District
Zack Scrivner, Kern Co. Supervisor 2nd District
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Leading the Deployment of Battery Storage

Batteries allow us to capture and store energy during times of low demand, when it is plentiful and inexpensive, and use it during times of high demand, when energy is in short supply and more expensive.

As more and more renewable resources such as solar and wind come online, batteries can help smooth out the fluctuations in these resources by storing the energy they generate and supplying it to the grid later when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Energy storage can also support local distribution circuits impacted by the high penetration of renewable resources and improve power quality.

Tehachapi  Energy  Storage  Project 

SCE experiments with new uses of battery technology to evaluate how the technology might best serve its customers. The recently concluded Tehachapi Energy Storage Project demonstration was the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage demonstration project in North America at commissioning. The facility is located near one of the largest wind generation hubs in the U.S. — the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area. It is capable of supplying 32 megawatt-hours of electricity — eight megawatts of power for four continuous hours, which is enough to power 6,000 homes. With the demonstration concluded, plans are underway to use the facility as a distribution-level resource supporting SCE’s Monolith substation near Tehachapi, CA.

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NUMBER OF DAYS
OVER STATE STANDARD
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Antelope Valley 37 42 22 16 18
Los Angeles Basin 110 97 62 51 54
San Joaquin Valley 105 83 66 51 44
Sacramento 35 43 26 12 7

NUMBER OF DAYS
OVER 8-HOUR STANDARD
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Antelope Valley 24 31 16 14 39
Los Angeles Basin 88 84 60 44 119
San Joaquin Valley 104 72 99 89 127
Sacramento 26 35 16 12 56

Average Temperatures: Comparison with Southwestern Communities

JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER
HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH LOW HIGH LOW
Bakersfield 92 64 98 69 96 68 91 63
California City 91 62 97 67 96 66 90 59
Fresno 91 60 98 65 96 63 90 59
Henderson 91 63 97 70 95 69 87 59
Lancaster 89 60 95 66 95 64 89 58
Las Vegas 99 69 104 76 102 74 94 66
Palmdale 90 57 98 65 97 64 91 57
Palm Springs 102 64 108 73 106 71 102 66
Phoenix 103 72 105 80 106 71 102 66
Ridgecrest 96 64 103 70 101 68 95 61
San Bernardino 84 53 93 60 93 60 89 57
Santa Clarita 86 50 94 56 94 56 90 52
Tehachapi 80 50 89 56 87 53 82 47
Tucson 100 68 99 74 97 72 94 67

The Region has a growing reputation for great wine & craft beer. From Agua Dulce to Tehachapi, some 35 vineyards 5 craft breweries make the most of the area’s warm days & cool nights to produce award-winning beverages for responsible adults. Stopping at any one of these locations will certainly introduce you to their special blend of atmosphere and libations.

Six Golf courses
Best of the West Softball Complex
Big Eight Softball Complex, Lancaster
DryTown Water Park, Palmdale
Exotic Feline Conservation Center
Lancaster Soccer Center
Mulligans Sports Center, Palmdale
Palmdale Amphitheater
Pelona Vista Park, Palmdale
Willow Spring Race Track

Professional Sports
Lancaster JetHawks
(Houston Astros affiliate)

MotoCross – At the AV Fairgrounds

Shopping/Dining
Antelope Valley Mall
THE BLVD
Destination Lancaster
Main Street Tehachapi
Palmdale Restaurants & Shopping

Housing, Our region’s housing market isn’t just just about price, it’s about value. The Antelope Valley offers a large assortment of spacious homes in a variety of settings including gated and golf course communities, equestrian estates as well as various low density custom home developments.

Performing Arts
AV Symphony Orchestra & Master Chorale
Community Light Opera & Theater
Lancaster Performing Arts
Palmdale Amphitheater
Palmdale Playhouse

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want. ”

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

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