Free Bus Tour of Chevron Refinery

About Town: El Segundo

Free Bus Tour of Chevron Refinery

The Chevron El Segundo Refinery invites the community to take a free, 45-minute bus tour of its facility on Saturday, October 13. The tour route will provide a first-hand look at the refinery’s operating units, including its waste water treatment plant and marine terminal. Visitors will learn how Chevron offloads crude oil from tankers. With an average of 230,000 barrels of crude processed daily, the refinery is the largest of its kind in Southern California.

Tour reservations are required. All participants must bring a photo I.D. and will be subject to bag and backpack searches. No still or video photography is allowed. The tours will begin at Chevron’s administration building at 324 W. El Segundo Blvd and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, call 615-3747.

Richmond Fair Sees Record Turnout

Record throngs poured into El Segundo last Saturday during the day-long Richmond Street Fair. Over 10,000 people -- many of whom were not from El Segundo --enjoyed food, music, crafts, antique car displays and entertainment. The children’s stages and rock climbing wall were packed throughout the day and several food booths sold out early. Many of the craft vendors said they were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and strong sales. Kathy Ajack, who runs a floral design booth, indicated that her proceeds helped make up most of a loss she had suffered up to that point for the year. Restaurants along the 200 and 300 blocks of Richmond also benefited.

"We were wall-to-wall people during lunch," said a bartender at the Richmond Bar and Grill. The El Segundo Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event, attributes the high turnout to a publicity blitz that included newspaper advertising throughout the South Bay cities, signage, and television coverage on KCAL (Channel 9). This year also marked the fair’s 25th anniversary. ER

Police Beat

Faux terrorist threatens police station

A man speaking in what was police believe was a fake Middle Eastern accent phoned the El Segundo Police Department over the weekend and threatened to crash a plane into the building. Police officials think the call was a prank and have identified a suspect. Two additional threats were reported last week involving disgruntled business employees.

A whole lotto trouble

A man stole $2,400 in lottery tickets from Chevron station at 45th and Vista del Mar last weekend. At about 4 a.m., he rammed his vehicle into the double glass doors, shattered the glass and waltzed into the convenience mart. Similar crimes have been reported in the last couple of weeks in Redondo Beach and Lomita. Police have pulled fingerprints and are studying security camera photos in hopes of identifying the perpetrator.

Not a banner decision

Police officials report a recent rash nighttime flag thefts from residents' front porches. Six such reports have been filed in the last two weeks alone. "This is very un-American in this time of tragedy," commented Lt. Al Graham. ER