AUGUST 2015

ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT 


Recruitment:     
  • Associate Planner - Recruitment for full-time Associate Planner position in the Community Development Department is progressing well. Filing of application and resumes closed on July 17, 2015.  Out of 13 applications that were received, four were selected for interview with an oral board panel.  Interviews, as well as a written exercise, have been scheduled for August 6, 2015 at City Hall.
  • Applications - Currently, applications are being accepted for Police Officer, After School Program Counselor, Recreation Leader I, Recreation Leader II, and Recreation Leader III positions. Filing for these positions are open until filled.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT


Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone Project and Corridors Specific Plan Update:  On July 22, 2015, City planning staff and City consultants from Sargent Town Planning held various meetings with community stakeholders and individually with Planning and Preservation Commissioners. The purpose of the meetings was to update the individual Commissioners on work undertaken to date on the TOD Overlay Zone Project (the "Project") and a walkthrough of the PowerPoint presentation on the Project made to the Development Advisory Committee group at the public meeting held on June 17, 2015 at the San Fernando Regional Pool Facility. 


The presentation was intended to bring all Commissioners up to speed on the Project prior to a follow-up presentation that was made to the entire Commission at their regularly meeting held on August 4, 2015. Furthermore, it allowed the Commissioners to provide additional input regarding the proposed development standards and land uses being considered by the City as part of the update of the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan (the "Specific Plan").
 

At the August 4, 2015 Planning and Preservation Commission meeting, City staff and consultant team gave an updated PowerPoint presentation to the Commission noting any proposed changes to land uses and development standards for the updated Specific Plan. The Planning and Preservation Commission did not make any decision at the meeting beyond providing City staff and the consultant with feedback on the proposed land uses and development standards noted in the PowerPoint presentation. Subsequent to this meeting, City planning staff will prepare a recommendation for Commission consideration at their regular meeting on September 1, 2015 regarding the proposed language changes to the Specific Plan document that will be evaluated as part of the environmental impact report for the Project. The August 4, 2015, Commission meeting was videotaped (click here to view) and recorded and Spanish translators were also available at the meeting. 
 

In lead up to the meeting, the Notice of a Planning and Preservation Commission meeting was posted in the San Fernando Sun Newspaper on July 23, 2015 and flyers of the meeting in English and Spanish (click here to view) were also recently distributed city-wide.

PUBLIC MEETINGS & CITY HALL HOURS

AUGUST 3
Successor Agency 
& City Council 
Regular Meeting
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm
(818) 898-1204

AUGUST 4
Planning & Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm
(818) 898-1227
  Agenda

AUGUST 7
City Hall Closed

AUGUST 13
Oversight Board
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
CANCELLED
(818) 898-1204
  Agenda

AUGUST 17
Successor Agency 
& City Council 
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street 
San Fernando
6 pm
(818) 898-1204

AUGUST 19
Transportation & 
Safety Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
7 pm
(818) 898-1222

AUGUST 21
City Hall Closed

AUGUST 27
Disaster Council
Regular Meeting
Community Meeting Room
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
9 am
(818) 898-1222
 
AUGUST 27
Senior Citizen  
Advisory Board
Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park
505 S. Huntington Street
San Fernando
1 pm
(818) 898-7340
East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project Update:  City staff continues working with City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Metropolitan Authority (Metro) staff in reviewing and providing feedback on Metro's draft technical reports that will be incorporated into the future Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project (the "Project"). Work is currently underway to complete these technical reports in order to move forward into the next steps of the EIR/EIS report preparation process before the document is made available for public review and comment.   The alternatives being studied in-depth in the Draft EIR/EIS include the following:
  1. No Build:  No new projects beyond what has already been funded through 2040;
  2. Transportation Systems Management (TSM):  Lower cost street improvements including bus operation and supporting infrastructure enhancements;
  3. Curb:  Running, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT);
  4. Median:  Running, BRT;
  5. Median:  Running Tram or Street Car-similar to surface running systems in San Diego, San Francisco, and Portland; and
  6. Median:  Running Light Rail Transit. (Source: http://www.metro.net/projects/east-sfv/

It is anticipated that a draft EIR/EIS document for the Project will be completed in late 2015 and made available for public review soon thereafter and completion of the Final EIR/EIS a year later in 2016.

 

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

 

Citizen Transparency:  The City has partnered with a leading citizen transparency software firm, Socrata, to deploy an easy-to-use suite of financial transparency applications to drive greater government accountability and transparency. With Socrata's suite of financial transparency applications, the City of San Fernando is able to publish budget and expenditure data quickly, economically, and in a user-friendly way.

Staff will present a demonstration of the new online applications at a City Council meeting in August 2015.
  

Avoid Late Fees on Your Water Bill:  Have you ever received late fees because you forgot to pay your Water Bill? Avoid lat fees by signing up for AutoPay and have your Water Bill debited from your account automatically. For more details, contact the Finance Department at (818) 898-1211.


Financial Reports:  As a reminder, all of the City's financial reports, including annual budgets, audited financial statements, and the Measure A Annual Report can be found under the Finance Department page on the City's website (www.sfcity.org). 


 

POLICE DEPARTMENT


Go Country Radio Station Live Broadcast from the San Fernando Police Department (SFPD):
  On July 2, 2015, Go Country Radio Station broadcasted live from the SFPD.  This public relations event was to promote Law Enforcement in general and the SFPD.  The SFPD was the first police agency in Los Angeles County that was offered and accepted this great opportunity.  During this live broadcast, Mayor Joel Fajardo, City Manager Brian Saeki and Chief Anthony Vairo spoke about fireworks safety and related issues.   The Go Country General Manager loved our warm welcome to the SFPD and the City of San Fernando and they will also attend National Night Out on August 4, 2015.


F
atal Traffic Accident:  On July 7, 2015, at approximately 9:15 pm, a fatal traffic accident (vehicle vs. pedestrian) occurred in the area of Glenoaks Boulevard and Harps Street. The driver of the vehicle immediately stopped and called 911 to report the incident and requested paramedics for the pedestrian. SFPD Officers and Los Angeles Fire (LAFD) paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and administered medical assistance to the pedestrian; unfortunately, the 47-year old pedestrian succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, a 44-year old male , was detained pending further investigation. He was later released and cited for being an unlicensed driver. This investigation was presented to the District Attorney's Office for review and the only charge that was filed was for being an unlicensed driver. Neither the driver nor the pedestrian were residents of the City of San Fernando.
 

Injury Felony Hit and Run Traffic Accident:  On  July 20, 2015, at approximately 4:45 pm, SFPD Officers responded to the 1200 block of Glenoaks Boulevard regarding an injury felony hit and run traffic accident (vehicle vs. pedestrian).  Upon their arrival, SFPD Officers and LAFD paramedics administered first aid to the victim and she was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.  A witness followed the suspect vehicle and with his cellular phone, recorded the suspect vehicle license plate.  San Fernando Police Officers responded to the suspect vehicle registered owners address and attempt to locate the suspect vehicle, however, the vehicle was not located.  The victim adult sustained a fractured arm and contusions about her upper and lower body (non-life threatening).  The investigation continues and detectives are actively attempting to locate the suspect vehicle and driver of that vehicle.

 

Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the Special Olympics:  On July 22, 2015, the Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the Special Olympics came to the City of San Fernando, which was an historical day for our city.  The Torch Run traveled through the San Fernando Mall and ended at the San Fernando Recreational Park.  During the course of its travel through the City of San Fernando, several hundred people from our community and beyond, lined up on both sides of the street and cheered the runners that represented Law Enforcement Officer's through our nation and around the world, including SFPD Sworn Officers, Civilians, Cadets and Explorers.  This was truly a great event honoring the Special Olympics and the men and women of law enforcement that raise funds for this great event.  A special thank you to Sergeant Irwin Rosenberg (who facilitated this event in our City), Mayor Joel Fajardo and City Council, City Manager Brian Saeki, the San Fernando Police Officers' Association, the Recreation and Community Services Department and Director Ismael Aguila, Cultural Arts Supervisor Virginia Diediker, and the Public Works  Department.  

 

       

 

   

32nd Annual National Night Out:  The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is sponsoring a unique nationwide crime, drug and violence prevention program entitled "National Night Out" and on August 4, 2015, the SFPD hosted a National Night Out in the City of San Fernando. This free nationwide event was held at Parking Lot 6N (located at the corner of First Street and Maclay Avenue), from 6 pm to 9 pm, and included live broadcast from Go Country Radio Station, children fingerprinting, face painting, free food and beverages, give-aways, informational booths, and SFPD Canine Alex's Trading Cards. 

 

The 32nd Annual National Night Out provided a unique opportunity for the City to join forces with thousands of other communities across the country in promoting cooperative, police-community crime prevention efforts.  

 

The nationwide event was featured in the Los Angeles Daily News (click here to view).


PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT


Sewer Closed Captioned Television Inspections:
  As part of the City's Capital Improvement Program, the City Council included funding for the inspection and repair of sewer infrastructure in the City.  This work got underway in July 2015, with televised inspections and root clearing of approximately 10 streets scheduled for resurfacing this year.  Once these inspections are reviewed, information is used to determine if sewers need minor repairs like sewer lining, "point repairs" or small sections of repair, or replacement of entire sections of pipe.  To date, approximately 25% of the City's sewer lines have been televised.  In August 2015, the City Council will consider a contract to consider televising/inspecting the rest of the City's sewer pipelines.

  

Update on Design Plans for Parking Lot 5 Improvement Project:  As you'll recall, the City Council approved a contract to initiate surveying and design plans for the repair of City Parking Lot 5 on Truman Street/San Fernando Mission Boulevard.  This design work is expected to be completed in August 2015.  The improvements would help to repair damaged  sidewalks, improve traffic circulation into the parking lot, improve parking lot paving, add covered trash enclosures to help curb illegal dumping and address storm water run-off, and add drought tolerant landscaping.  It is expected that the City Council will consider an award of contract for construction of these improvements in September 2015.


Water Conservation Update:  Great news on our local water conservation!  The LA Times recently issued a water report card for statewide water agencies, including the City of San Fernando.  This tracking mechanism was developed to track progress relative to statewide water reduction targets.  During May 2015, our community responded very well to the call to reduce water usage.  We reduced usage by 25% - exceeding our target of 24%.  We are hopeful that this will continue as we promote conservation measures/tips to our community.  We'll be sure to keep you informed as we move forward with this effort.  Also, these efforts wouldn't be possible without the hard work of the Public Works Water Division to help promote water conservation.

 

RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT


Fitness Classes:
 Spring into a new you! Join one of the many fitness classes available now at Recreation Park. Call (818) 898-1290 for additional details.

 


CLASS

DAY

TIME

Body Sculpt

Monday

6:30 pm

Cycling

Saturday

9:30 am

Yoga

Tuesday / Thursday

8:15 am

Core Strength

Wednesday

6:30 pm

Latin Jam Workout

Monday

5:20 pm

Core strength

Wednesday

6:30 pm

Outdoor Fitness

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

8:15 am

Walking Club

Tuesday

8:15 am

Senior Fitness

Monday / Wednesday / Friday

8:15 am


Sports Programs:

  • Summer Youth Basketball League - Currently, the League is in its second week and there are approximately 150 participants ages 5 to 17. 
  • Adult Co-Ed Volleyball - The Tuesday Night League is full and a waiting list is available for next season.  Registration for the Fall Season is now open and runs through September 4, 2015. Cost is $260 per team  with game nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at Recreation Park. 
  • Adult Co-Ed Softball - The Fall Season begins August 25, 2015. Registration for the Fall Season is now open and runs through August 14, 2015. Cost is $$350 per team with game nights on Tuesdays, from 6 pm to 9 pm, at Recreation Park. 
  • Youth Futsal (indoor soccer) - The Fall Season begins September 28, 2015. Registration for the Fall Season is now open and runs through September 11, 2015. The league is open to children ages 5 to 14, cost is $80 for residents and $85 for non-residents.
  • Special Olympics - Youth and Adult Tennis and Basketball programming will begin in August 2015 at Pioneer Park and Recreation Park.

For more information on all sports programs, please contact Recreation Park at (818) 898-1290. 


Special Event Applications:
 

  • Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - On August 12, 2015, the Northeast Valley Health Corporation is planning to conduct a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Adult Wellness Center and Women's Health Suite located at 1600 San Fernando Road.  The event begins at 9 am.
  • Helping Kids One Backpack at a Time - The San Fernando Valley LGBT Community Center will host the Helping Kids One Backpack at a Time event in the parking lot of 311 North Maclay Avenue; the event is scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm.

Summer Day Camp:  The Recreation and Community Services (RCS) Department will begin to wind down the Summer Day Camp Program.  The last day of Summer Camp is August 7, 2015, and the last field trip is scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2015 to the California Science Center.

 

Afterschool Community Enrichment Program (ASCEP):  The ASCEP will begin at both Gridley Street and Morningside elementary schools on August 18, 2015. It is anticipated that approximately 250 children will be enrolled into the program. All children currently enrolled at Gridley and Morningside elementary schools, from kindergarten through 5th grade, are eligible to participate in the program. The ASCEP is partially funded through Proposition 49 and is intended to help working families by providing a safe environment between school dismissal and 6 pm. Program personnel collaborate with the school to create a safe and effective program that reflects the needs of the schools and students.

The ASCEP is free with enrollment limited to the available spaces at each site and is restricted to regular users. The program is not designed to accommodate children on a "drop-in" or occasional basis. Children must enroll on a full-time basis, Monday through Friday, from the close of school until 6 pm, as required by the State of California. For more information, call (818) 898-7362.

 

Risk Management Training:  On August 8, 2015, RCS staff will attend a Risk Management Training sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch receives grant funding for community-based organizations to operate after school programs on LAUSD school campuses. In order for City staff to work on LAUSD campuses, staff must receive training in LAUSD policies and emergency procedures. Items to be discussed during the training include Grant Requirements, Site Management, Child Abuse, Employee Conduct, Emergency Response, and Student Safety Procedures.


Supper Program Training: As part of the Beyond the Bell Consortium, the ASCEP is participating in the LAUSD Supper Program. The program is available to all school age children under the age of 18 (or individuals of any age if disabled) and is a mandate for all eligible Beyond the Bell program sites. Our goal is to provide the meal immediately after school to ensure the maximum number of children will have access. The program is designed to fill the nutritional gap and ensure children receive the meals they need. By the time children arrive at the ASCEP, lunch is a distant memory. Children require more than a snack to sustain them throughout the afternoon and early evening. Providing healthy food after school allows children to be fully engaged in activities. Food children receive in the ASCEP may be the only meal until the next day. Many families are struggling financially and programs that provide a nutritious meal after school make it easier to make ends meet and keep children from going hungry. 


Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) Registrations and Assessments: The Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging requires that program participants be registered and assessed on a yearly basis. During the month of August 2015, staff and volunteers will assist participants with the registration process and will conduct a nutritional risk assessment. Information is reported to the agency through the GetCare System. For more information on the Elderly Nutrition Program call Las Palmas Park (818) 898-7340.
 

Elderly Nutrition Program Quality Assurance Meeting: On August 17, 2015, RCS staff will meet with the Los Angeles County Dietitian regarding quality assurance for the Elderly Nutrition Program. The purpose of the meeting is to monitor caterer and program compliance for quality services to all clients served through the program. Menu preparation, food production, safety and sanitation issues are discussed and must be in compliance with the standards required and guidelines established by the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services and the State of California.

 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP):  Las Palmas Park is hosting the CSFP on the first Monday of each month.  This program is conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and serves low income senior citizens over the age of 60 who are in need of food assistance.  In order to qualify for the program, interested participants will need to bring proof of income and proof of age (identification). CSFP intake workers and agency volunteers will register participants and the truck driver will conduct the physical distribution.  Clients will receive one free food kit that contains: meats, canned fruit, vegetables, dry milk and related products, cereals and other grain products. 

 

Medicare Information Dates:  Representatives from various Medicare programs are routinely available to answer questions and provide information regarding healthcare plans. This month, the following agencies will be a Las Palmas Park to answer questions and provide information regarding healthcare programs:

  • August 3, 2015, 9 am to 11 am - Health Net
  • August 5, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - AGA
  • August 6, 2015, 9 am to 11 am - Kaiser
  • August 10, 2015, 9 am to 12 pm - Humana
  • August 11, 2015, 9:30 am am to 10:30 am - Care First
  • August 20, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - AGA
Senior Fitness:   There are two Senior Aerobics classes available during the summer at Las Palmas Park. The instructors for the class are both LAUSD Adult School educators with years of experience teaching older adults. Classes run for either a 6 week or 7 week session, depending on which class is selected.


Class:
Early Bird Session (Instructor - Steve Zwicker)

Where:
Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Days: Monday and Wednesday

Time: 8:30 am to 10 am

Cost: $40 for the 6-week session

Info: (818) 898-7340


Class:
Mid-Morning Session (Instructor - Steve Steinberg)

Where:
Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Days:
Monday through Thursday

Time:
11 am to 12:30 pm

Cost:
$80 for the 7-week session

Info:
(818) 898-7340

AARP Driver Safety Program:  The RCS Department, in collaboration with AARP, will offer a driver safety course at Las Palmas Park. The AARP Driver Safety Program covers defensive driving techniques and the normal changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time associated with aging. The course also provides practical techniques for adjusting to these changes to ensure the driver's own safety and that of others on the road. During the course, participants learn about current rules of the road and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today's increasingly challenging driving environment. Course participants may be eligible to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums, contact your insurance company for more details.

You may register at Las Palmas Park, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, or online at www.aarp.org/drive . Cost is $15 for AARP members (card number is required) and $20 for non-members.

For more information, please call (818) 898-7340 or contact AARP at (888) 687-2277.  

INITIAL COURSE

First time students must complete the 

Initial 8-hour Course

DATES

TIME

August 13, 2015

and

August 20, 2015

12 pm - 4 pm


 



SIZZLIN' SUMMER NIGHTS

Grab a blanket or your favorite lawn chair and join us for summer events during the month of August.  Every event will start off with a  JAM Session , followed by our featured movie or Concert.  JAM Sessions invite you to  dance to the beat,
play a new instrument and  experience something unexpected! All   ages and skill levels are welcome at this FREE interactive event.

Where:
Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando
Time:
Varies Per Date (see below)
Cost:
Free
Info:
(818) 898-1290

AUGUST 16

5:00 PM - ACCORDION JAM SESSION:
 Long live the squeezeboxes! Get your fingers moving with accordion superstars Otoño Luján (Conjunto Los Pochos) and Gee Rabe who will lead newbies and aficionados alike in one giant accordion   symphony! Bring your own or wrap your mitts around one provided courtesy of Hohner, Inc.

6:30 PM - MARIACHI MASTER APPRENTICE PROGRAM CONCERT FEATURING MARIACHI TESORO AND MARIACHI TESORITOS

AUGUST 21

6:30 PM - HIP-HOP JAM SESSION:  Pick up some moves with San Fernando's The GR818ERS! This popular hip-hop dance crew will help you earn some street cred by showing you how to pop and lock with the best of them. Once you get the hang of it, be ready to "freestyle in the cypher," in the true hip-hop nature of community and improvisation. 

8:30 PM - THE SANDLOT MOVIE VIEWING

AUGUST 30

5:00 PM - BALLET FOLKLORICO JAM SESSION:  Celebrate the City of San Fernando'S 104th Birthday with the vibrant music and dance of Veracruz! Ollin will walk you through the steps of this rhythmic dance style using tarimas (wooden dance platforms). The evening ends with a fandango celebrating the entire community.

6:30 PM - ECHO PARK PROJECT CONCERT: This performance is supported in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Art Commission



CITY CALENDAR
Through August 31

AUGUST 8

Las Palmas Senior Club Excursion:  San Diego Sea Port Village Guided Bay Tour


Depart: Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Time: 7 am - 7 pm

Cost: $79 Per Person (includes tour and lunch)

Info: Maribel Perez @ (818) 898-7341

AUGUST 15

Las Palmas Senior Club Summer Dance:  Join the Las Palmas Senior Club and celebrate summer with friends and live music.  Drawings for a chance to win door prizes will be held throughout the evening.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance through one of the Club's Board Members at Las Palmas Park. 


Where: Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Time: 7 am - 12 midnight

Cost: $10 for Club Members / $15 for Non-Members

Info:

Marco Tulio Escobar, Senior Club Treasurer
(818) 898-7340 (Monday - Friday; 9 am - 11 am)

AUGUST 20

Las Palmas Senior Club Excursion:
Viejas Casino
 

Depart: Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Time: 7 am - 6 pm

Cost: $10 

Info:
Maribel Perez @ (818) 898-7341

AUGUST 23

Casa Lopez Adobe:  The Casa Lopez Adobe will be open for free guided tours.
 

Where: Casa Lopez Adobe, 1100 Pico Street, San Fernando

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

Cost: Free

Info:
(818) 898-1290