LA County has officially met the threshold for the least restrictive Yellow Tier in the State's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. A revised Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will go into effect on Thursday, May 6, to reflect newly permitted activities. Revised Health Officer Order May 5, 2021.
The City Council passed the Hero Pay Ordinance on April 12,2021. It will go into effect May 22, 2021 to September 19, 2021. The City Council finds that frontline grocery retail and drug retail workers are essential workers who face potential exposure to COVID-19 through interactions with customers and co-workers. Because of their work on the frontlines, grocery retail and drug retail workers have been met with COVID-19 exposures and outbreaks in their workplaces. For each hour of work performed by an Employee at a Store operated by an Employer, the Employer shall pay the Employee no less than five dollars ($5) per hour, in addition to the Employee's Base Wage. Such Hero Pay is intended to compensate an Employee for time spent physically present performing work at a Store where there is a heightened potential for exposure to COVID-19. Learn more about the Hero Pay Ordinance here, and view the Hero Pay Workplace Posting here.
The Alhambra City Council is considering possible ordinances to further restrict smoking in the City; and prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products under a Tobbaco Licensing Program. The Council will discuss these ordinances at the April 26 City Council Meeting. To learn more visit: http://bit.ly/AlhambraTRL. April 28, 2021 Update: Both the smoking restriction and the tobacco retail license passed during the the First Reading of the Ordinances during the April 26, 2021 City Council Meeting. Both items will be back on the agenda for a second reading and possible adoption at the next City Council meeting on Monday, May 10, 2021.
California would start vaccinating anyone 50 and over beginning on April 1, 2021 and anyone 16 and above on April 15, 2021. Sign up for appointments at https://myturn.ca.gov/ or vaccinatelacounty.com.
The State has announced the launch of a CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, intended to help income-eligible households pay rent and utilities, both for past and future payment. The decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to Opt-In to the statewide program will offer a singular, uniform framework to be deployed throughout California and avoid unnecessary confusion about competing programs among residents. California's COVID-19 Rent Relief can help with past due rent and utilities. To see if you qualify, visit HousingIsKey.com now or call 833‐430‐2122. If you need help filling out the application, visit this website to search for community-based partners to help with the application process.
Join the Alhambra City Council members in separate Town Halls to discuss the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which is required by State Housing Law as part of the process of updating local housing elements of the General Plan. Communities use RHNA in land use planning, prioritizing local resource allocation, and in deciding how to address existing and future housing needs. Please participate and provide your input on the process.
Councilmember Andrade-Stadler's Town Hall was held on April 6. Click here to watch the recording.
Councilmember Maza's Town Hall was held on April 8. Click here to watch the recording.
Vice Mayor Lee's Town Hall was held on April 10. Click here to watch the recording.
Mayor Perez's Town Hall was held on April 14. Click here to watch the recording.
Councilmember Maloney's Town Hall was held on April 15. Click here to watch the recording.
Please visit the Community Development's website for information on the proposals received for this housing development project.
In LA County, the following groups are currently eligible for the vaccine:
On March 1, three additional sectors became eligible to receive vaccinations; education and childcare, food and agriculture, and emergency services and first responders. More information here.
On March 15, vaccination will be made available to people 16-64 years old who have certain health conditions and disabilities that put them at higher risk for serious COVID-19 illness. To find out more information on this group, visit the County's website here.
For a list of locations to get vaccinated in the County and to make an appointment, visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/vaccine/hcwsignup/pods/.
If you are not in the groups above, please visit the County's website for information on when you are eligible to receive the vaccine. Find out about the different phases in the vaccination distribution phases. Sign up for the Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Email Newsletter and/or get more information by visiting VaccinateLACounty.gov.
To schedule an appointment at Cal State LA or other state-run vaccination sites, visit: https://myturn.ca.gov/.
Access Riders can make appointments for transportation via Access Services. Once you have scheduled an appointment for the COVID-19 Vaccine, riders can book a reservation for an Access trip to a drive-thru vaccination site. The City of Alhambra's Case Management Office can help seniors make an appointment with Access. Please see flyer for details.
Please visit the County's website for a list of locations where you can get tested for COVID-19.
02/18/2021 Health Officer Order (Revised Feb. 18, 2021)
02/10/2021 Health Officer Order (Revised Feb. 10, 2021)
Officials with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week ICU capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order.
This action allows all counties statewide to return to the rules and framework of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and color-coded tiers that indicate which activities and businesses are open based on local case rates and test positivity. The majority of the counties are in the strictest, or purple tier. Tier updates are provided weekly on Tuesdays. Individual counties could choose to impose stricter rules. Read the full press release here.
In response to the community’s increased interest in the future of the East Main Street Corridor as it relates to community character and greater economic activity east of Downtown, the City held a virtual workshop in January to gather input. If you missed the workshop, you can watch the video on the project website at: www.alhambracodeupdate.com/participate.
In addition, the City is launching a survey to get feedback on the future of East Main Street Corridor. Take the survey here http://bit.ly/EMSCEnglish! The survey will be available until February 28, 2021.
¡Responda la encuesta aquí http://bit.ly/EMSCSpanish! La encuesta estará disponible hasta el 28 de febrero de 2021.
The City held a separate public virtual workshop on the Zoning Code in January as well. You can watch the video on the project website at: www.alhambracodeupdate.com/participate.
In addition, the City is launching a survey to get feedback on the Zoning Code. The survey is on the website at www.alhambracodeupdate.com/participate and will be available until February 28, 2021.
The City of Alhambra's moratorium expired on May 31, 2020 and was not extended or replaced. Residents of Alhambra fall under the County’s eviction moratorium. The County's moratorium was extended until June 30, 2021 and may be extended by the Board on a month to month basis. Click here for information on the County's moratorium. However Gov. Newsom has signed California Senate Bill 91 to extend California’s Eviction Moratorium and its protections through June 30, 2021. Please visit the Housing Rights Center for assistance with housing-related issues.
LA County launched Stay Housed L.A. County, a countywide initiative to provide legal assistance and support for tenants facing eviction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The launch included the release of Stay Housed LA.org,a website connecting tenants with useful information about their rights,workshops for residents who need legal assistance, and other support. Stay Housed L.A. County is a partnership between the County of Los Angeles, legal aid groups and community-based organizations to provide emergency support to tenants in need. Visit their website for more information: https://www.stayhousedla.org/.
The City is holding a virtual Housing Element Community Forum on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Join this virtual community forum to learn more about this project and find out ways to get involved. Forum topics will include:
•The Housing Element Update Project including the process, key dates, and important state requirements.
•Alhambra’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) number.
•How the RHNA affects housing in an around the city.
•Alhambra’s current housing stock and housing market trends.
•Ways to get involved and provide input.
Translation services available:
Requests for translation services can be made when registering for the event or by email at HousingElement@CityofAlhambra.org. Requests must be made no later than 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Translated survey materials will also be made available on the project website following the meeting at www.alhambrahousingelement.com.
Registration is required to attend this event. To register, visit:
2020 was a challenging year shaped by major public health and economic emergencies. Learn how the City of Alhambra adapted and leveraged resources to meet the needs of our community in the 2020 Accomplishments Report:
Become familiar with the Area Commander assigned to your neighborhood. Anytime you have questions, concerns, or would like to speak with your Area Commander, please feel free to contact them directly. Visit the Area Command website here.
The L.A. County Financial Navigators program is designed to help L.A. County residents deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing remote assistance in navigating critical financial issues and making referrals to other social services and resources. Financial Navigators from LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs can help you manage financial issues, identify immediate action steps and access resources for free. Call 800-593-8222 or visit https://dcba.lacounty.gov/financial-navigators/ to learn more. Click here to see English flyer for more info and Spanish flyer.
On July 8, 2019, an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) between American Family Housing and the City was approved for a proposed affordable housing project in Downtown Alhambra. The project will include replacement parking for downtown businesses and 50 affordable units to very low-and low-income residents. A Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) is being drafted and will be presented with a report to the City Council in October.
In February 2020, prior to the COVID-19 closure, the City Council provided direction to develop an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. The Ordinance, which would require a percentage of all new residential units built to be reserved for eligible income residents, is currently being reviewed by the Planning Commission. After the review, staff will present a report and ordinance to the City Council, and recommend adoption of the ordinance.
Per the direction of the City Council, staff issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant to prepare a Historic Context Assessment, the first step in establishing a local regulatory framework for the designation and protection of significant historic and cultural resources. Following completion, a comprehensive city wide survey will be conducted, and then a Historic preservation Ordinance will be drafted. City staff is currently reviewing 8 RFPs that were received on August 17th. A contract will be awarded at the City Council meeting on September 14th.
The City Council awarded a contract to Aecom on October 28, 2019 to study the rehabilitation of the Shorb Clinic property into a Community Center. Aecom has completed their public outreach and is in the process of finalizing the Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study, which will identify the types and levels of demand for services that are currently lacking or underrepresented in the City, and determine the feasibility of implementing the recommended Needs Assessment on the site.
On December 9, 2019 the City Council authorized the RFP distribution for a consultant to assist in the preparation of a Bicycle Pedestrian and Transportation Plan. The proposal deadline was on January 23, 2020, staff received four proposals in total. The plan is meant to provide and develop active transportation corridors, facilities and lanes throughout the City. The plan will aim to connect major pedestrian attractions while attempting to minimize traffic and improve walkability.
On February 20, 2020 the proposing firms were interviewed. Staff was prepared to recommend a firm at the March 23, 2020, City Council meeting.
On March 19, 2020 in response to growing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order and Public Health Order for Californians to stay at home. As a result of the Stay at Home Order, the award of contract for the development of the plan was delayed.
On July 13, 2020 staff brought the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan back to the City Council for consideration. Given the intensive public input and contact that is required, Staff was seeking direction on how to proceed with the development of the plan amid the Covid-19 pandemic response and restrictions. Also for consideration at the July meeting was the plan’s funding source (local funds v potential grant funds) as Statewide closures and delays allowed the City the opportunity to apply for the newly postponed Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 (ATP).
City Council directed staff to further delay the initiation of the planning process to coincide with the application and funding cycle for the Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 Grant and to ensure that public engagement can occur without restrictions on public gatherings.
Currently staff is working to develop a cohesive and regionally relevant ATP Cycle 5 grant application.
The coronavirus has presented many challenges to the food service industry. To help restaurants stay afloat, the City of Alhambra is temporarily allowing outdoor dining on public right-of-way if it doesn't impeded access, as well as on private property. There is no cost to applying for these permits.
Temporary Outdoor Dining on Public Right-of-Way Permit
· The temporary outdoor dining area may be located on the front, side or rear sidewalk or alleyway as feasible.
Temporary Outdoor Dining on Private Property Permit
· The temporary outdoor dining area may be located in a private parking lot as feasible.
The temporary outdoor dining capacity is intended to offset the loss of indoor dining and shall not cause to increase the total maximum capacity permitted for the establishment.
These temporary permits are valid for 90 days and can be renewed for additional periods with revised conditions as updated by state or County Health Department.
For more information, as well as to download the permit applications, visit:
The City of Alhambra is working to develop and evaluate various alternatives for possible modifications to the current SR-710 stub, North of the I-10 to Valley Boulevard. In 2017, the Metro Board voted to eliminate the SR-710 North extension between Alhambra and Pasadena. The Metro Board also redirected $708 million in Measure R funds to local road improvements to provide traffic congestion relief for the region.
A City transportation consultant has narrowed the preliminary options to some suggested alternatives that initially appear to reduce congestion and improve traffic locally without negatively impacting the region.
You can read more about those options and view the consultant's presentation to the City Council meeting at: