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GARAGE SALE POLICY

A permit is NOT required to hold a garage sale, but only TWO garage sales, not to exceed two consecutive days, may be conducted in a calendar year by anyone individual, household group, family, or multi-unit property.

GENERAL GARAGE SALE POLICY:

  • Garage sale hours are limited to 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • One single-face sign, not larger than 2-feet by 3-feet, may be posted on the premises where a sale is being held for the duration of the sale, and must be removed immediately thereafter.
  • No merchandise may be displayed in the public-right-of-way, on front porches, or within the front yard of interior lots, or the front yard and/or side yard of corner lots.  
  • Never post nails or place signs on trees, utility poles, sign posts, parkway or other city property, or other off-site premises (with the exception of your own vehicle which must be properly parked on the street to advertise your sale). Advertising in a newspaper is a good alternative.
  • Violations of garage sale regulations are subject to immediate closure of the sale and a possible misdemeanor criminal complaint filed with the city attorney's office.
  • Although no permit is required to hold a garage sale, temporary use permits may be required for other types of sales (such as holding a boutique sale). 

GARAGE SALE TIPS:

  • Never operate a garage sale by yourself. At least two persons should always be available to watch persons coming onto the premises to browse the items being sold.
  • There should only be one designated cashier so buyers can’t claim they paid someone else.
  • All transactions should be cash only; never accept personal checks, business checks or payroll checks. Use a locked cash box or a fanny pack and keep only a very limited amount of money on you at any time. If someone wants to break a large bill, such as $100 for a small item, tell them you will be happy to hold the item if they want to go get change.
  • Cut down on possible theft by having a 12 to 15-foot buffer zone between the road and your items.
  • All entrances into the residence should be securely locked, including backyard gates.
  • Never allow anyone to go inside your residence for any reason, including using the bathroom.
  • Call the Code Enforcement Division at 626-570-3230, if you have concerns about garage sale regulations.

CHANGES IN VOTING IN 2020

New Ballot Format

MeasureAL is the only local item on your ballot. Please make sure to find the local section of your ballot and participate.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY'S NEW VOTING EXPERIENCE

An innovative voter-centered approach to voting for Los Angeles County begins in 2020. In March 2020, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters will be experimenting with a new ballot format and voting system – Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) where new voting technology will be implemented and City-related elections and ballot measures appear in a different place on your ballot.  

Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) was developed by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) in 2009 to address an aging voting system and an increasingly large and complex electorate. The project seeks a collaborative approach to voting system design that will put voters at the center and maximize stakeholder participation. Through field research and coalition building, the RR/CC has pioneered a voter-centered approach to voting system design and development.

The entire ballot format and voting system will look different, and the City of Alhambra wants to make sure our voters understand these changes and can fully participate in the election. To get more information or to experience the new format, visit: the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at www.lavote.net .

Changes in State Voter Registration Laws

Exciting news! Due to recent changes in California voter registration laws, eligible Alhambra residents now have more time to register to vote and participate in the upcoming March 3 Municipal Election!  

If you’ve recently moved and need to re-register, or are registering to vote for the first time, you can register to vote on the same day of the election by visiting any voting center in Los Angeles County.  For more information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters: www.lavote.net.

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