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Welcome to the City of Alhambra's Public Outreach page. Scroll down below for the latest topics and information that residents, businesses, and visitors want to know about.

11/28/2020 Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order for Control of COVID-19

11/27/2020 LA County Public Health to Add Additional Safety Modifications to Health Officer Order

As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, a temporary Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be issued to require additional safety measures across sectors. The temporary order will take effect Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain in effect through December 20, 2020.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. Currently, the five-day average of new cases is 4,751.

On November 17, Los Angeles County established thresholds for additional actions if the five-day average of cases is 4,500 or more or hospitalizations are more than 2,000 per day. A new Health Officer Order would be issued for three weeks that offered additional safety modifications while allowing essential and emergency workers and those securing or providing essential and permitted services to leave their homes.

In the new Order that goes into effect on Monday, residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others.

The additional safety modifications in the order include the following changes to the existing Health Officer Order:

  • Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.
  • Occupancy limits at various businesses; all individuals at these sites are required to wear face coverings and keep at least 6 feet of distance:
  • Essential retail – 35% maximum occupancy
  • Non-essential retail (includes indoor malls) – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Personal care services – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Libraries – 20% maximum occupancy
  • Fitness centers operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
  • Museums galleries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
  • Mini-golf, batting cages, go-kart racing operating outdoors – 50% maximum occupancy
  • Outdoor recreation activities all which require face coverings (except for swimming) and distancing:
  • Beaches, trails, and parks remain open; gatherings at these sites with members outside your household are prohibited.
  • Golf courses, tennis courts, pickleball, archery ranges, skate parks, bike parks, and community gardens remain open for individuals or members of a single household. Pools that serve more than one household may open only for regulated lap swimming with one person per lane.
  • Drive-in movies/events/car parades are permitted provided occupants in each car are members of one household.
  • Schools:
  • All schools and day camps remain open adhering to re-opening protocols. K-12 Schools and Day Camps with an outbreak (3 cases or more over 14 days) should close for 14 days.
  • Closed non-essential businesses/activities:
  • Playgrounds (with the exception of playgrounds at childcare and schools)
  • Cardrooms

Read more from the press release.

Gas Main Damage

11/26/2020

The gas leak was repaired last night and the roads were reopened last night.

11/25/2020

On Wednesday, November 25th, SoCalGas crews responded to reports of a damaged natural gas line near the intersection of N. Marengo Ave. and Larch St. in Alhambra. According to SoCalGas, a break in a nearby water pipe caused water intrusion into the damaged gas line. SoCalGas crews stopped the flow of gas and are in the process of making permanent repairs to the gas line.

North Marengo Ave. was closed from Cedar Ave. to Grand Ave. for several hours but was reopened Wednesday night.

The water intrusion caused temporary interruption to natural gas service to approximately 138 homes and businesses in the area. Once repair work is completed, SoCalGas will begin restoring service to its customers.

SoCalGas cannot currently estimate when gas service will be restored; however, SoCalGas crews will continue working late into the evening to safely repair the damage and replace individual gas meters so customers’ gas service can be restored as quickly as possible.

SoCalGas technicians will require access to customers’ natural gas meters and will need to enter customers’ homes to check natural gas appliances and restore gas service. All SoCalGas employees will be in uniform and have SoCalGas badges. In support of state public health guidelines, SoCalGas requires all employees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing while in public and in customers’ homes and businesses.

If a customer is not at home when SoCalGas arrives to check and re-light gas appliances, crews will leave a door hanger behind that asks the customer to call SoCalGas at 1-877-238-0092 to schedule their service restoration. For safety reasons, customers should not try to restore natural gas service themselves. The safety of SoCalGas’ customers, employees, and the communities they serve is their top priority.

Public Health to Modify Health Officer Order to Restrict Dining at Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Bars Amid Surge in Cases

As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00 p.m. Read the press release here.

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10pm and 5am in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10pm Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5am December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations. Please click on press release for more information.

Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions Go into Effect Friday, Nov. 20th

Effective Friday, November 20, Los Angeles County will tighten pandemic safeguards and restrictions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase significantly. These safeguards and restrictions protect the public health and safety of our residents, and their ability to be served in our hospitals. COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of November and hospitalizations have increased from an average of about 900 a day to well over1,000 a day in same time period.

The first measures, effective this Friday, are:

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors—including retail stores, offices, personal care services—occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
  • The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% max outdoor capacity.
  • The number customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers wearing face coverings by staff wearing face coverings.
     
  • Services that require either the customer or the staff to remove their face covering, such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
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  • Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
  • Restaurants, breweries,     wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Outdoor gatherings remain the only gatherings permitted, and they must only include 15 people maximum who are members of no more than 3 households.

The Health Officer Order will be amended to reflect the above restrictions. Read more: Los Angeles County to Implement Tighter Safeguards and Restrictions to Curb COVID-19 Spread

Leisure Guide

Find information on activities, excursions, leisure classes and more.

Vacation House Check

One of many services offered for Alhambra residents, by our Alhambra Police Volunteers, is a Vacation House Check. In offering this service we hope to provide our residents with a little extra peace of mind in leaving their homes unoccupied over an extended period of time. During a vacation security check of the residence, the COP volunteer conducts a foot patrol on the property to ensure the home is secured and that windows and doors are locked and undamaged. To take advantage of this free service you may contact our Crime Prevention Office at 626-570-5177/crimeprevention@alhambrapd.org for more information, walk in to the Police Department and obtain a pamphlet with the registration form.

November 3rd General Election Results

For the results of the election, visit the County's websites:

Landing Page – https://www.lavote.net/home/voting-elections/current-elections/election-results/live-results

Direct Graphical Display – https://results.lavote.net/#year=2020&election=4193

Direct Text Display – https://results.lavote.net/text-results/4193

Park Improvements Survey

The City of Alhambra is seeking grants under the Statewide Park Program to make possible improvements to the Shorb Community Center and several parks. Please take the survey and give us your feedback. 您也可以在线完成调查:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksChinese.

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Please participate in the meetings to learn more about the improvements. For more info, visit: https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/park-grant.

Financial Navigators

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.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

  • Thanksgiving Fire Safety - Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home.

Eviction Moratorium

The City of Alhambra's moratorium expired on May 31, 2020 and was not extended or replaced. Residents of Alhambra now fall under the County’s eviction moratorium. The County's moratorium was extended until January 31, 2021 and may be extended by the Board on a month to month basis. Click here for information on the County's moratorium. Please visit the Housing Rights Center for assistance with housing-related issues.

Area Command

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.

Wildfire Emergency Plan

Visit the Alhambra Fire Department's website to learn how to create a Wildfire Action Plan.

Housing Element Update

The City of Alhambra has just begun a year-long process of updating the Housing Element of its General Plan. The Housing Element discusses numerous factors relating to housing, such as current housing types, future housing need, zoning, and programs and policies governing housing development. This Housing Element will cover the planning period from October 2021 through October 2029. Alhambra received a draft allocation of 6,808 units that it must plan and zone capacity for over these eight years. Residents, landlords, employees, and businesses are encouraged to share their input as the City plans for a range of housing types suitable for many segments of the population. Visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved.https://www.alhambrahousingelement.com/

Affordable Housing Ordinance

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.

Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

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.

Historical Preservation 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.

Shorb Clinic Plan

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.

Comprehensive Bike Plan with Active Transportation

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.

Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits

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:

https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/planning-zoning-permits.

Zoning Code Update

The City of Alhambra is embarking on a comprehensive update of our Zoning Code! We're encouraging all residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within Alhambra to take part in the project. Your input will be used to help shape Alhambra’s future. By participating, you can make an impact on the community’s vision for Alhambra as a safe, healthy, socially and economically viable and sustainable community. A community workshop will be held on January 21, 2021 to gather input for the East MainStreet design guidelines. Please visit the project website for more information. https://www.alhambracodeupdate.com/

SR-710 North Study Update

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:
https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/710-north-study-update.

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