La Habra Express bus route to be eliminated – Orange County Register

The La Habra Express, the local bus route operated by the Orange County Transportation Authority, will end service this fall.

Launched in 2014, the service has fallen below minimum ridership levels, and despite efforts by both OCTA and the city to increase its use, OCTA made the difficult decision to terminate the service.  Declining ridership is not unique to the La Habra Express; ridership on OCTA’s other bus routes throughout the county have also experienced a decline over the past several years.

Though the end of the La Habra Express will have no effect on other bus routes OCTA operates in La Habra, public transit riders are encouraged to contact OCTA for more information at or 714-564-OCTA (6282).

Tennis Center is open

On July 15, about 250 people attended the grand re-opening of the La Habra Tennis Center at 351 S. Euclid St., now operated by iTennis.

The event featured a ribbon cutting, live music, free tennis lessons, equipment demonstrations and much more.  iTennis operates several training facilities around Southern California, helping both young and adult players improve their game.  We are happy to welcome iTennis to La Habra and encourage you to pick up a racket and master your “serve and volley.”

To learn more about iTennis, visit its website at or call 562-690-5040.

Water Guardians inspire new state law

Readers may remember the water conservation work done here in La Habra by the Water Guardians, a group of hard-working students at Washington Middle School.  Winners of the Lexus Eco Challenge, the Water Guardians crafted a Water Conservation Master Plan that helped to cut water usage on campus by 30 percent by replacing old water fixtures with newer, low flow-models, and planting drought tolerant landscaping around campus.

Finding inspiration in the Water Guardians’ work, Assemblyman Phillip Chen introduced a bill in the California Legislature to foster partnerships between school districts and water suppliers, further reducing water usage, not only in La Habra and Orange County, but throughout California.  I’m pleased to announce Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last month.

This means school districts can now enter the “Go Low Flow Water Conservation Partnership” with public water systems, thereby reducing water consumption, but also reducing storm water runoff at schools and establishing educational opportunities about water conservation. Furthermore, water suppliers that offer…

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