DECEMBER 2015
ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

DECEMBER HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of the Holiday Season, City Hall will be closed beginning December 25, 2015 and will reopen on January 4, 2015. Please click on the Holiday Hours link (above) for other City facility closures. 
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING 
On December 8, 2015, the Planning and Preservation Commission (the Commission) will conduct a Study Session regarding possible revisions to the City's Zoning Ordinance in order to establish specific requirements for the regulation of unattended collection boxes. The proposed regulations will be presented by City planning staff to the Commission in order to solicit Commission input and obtain direction so City Planning staff may develop a final set of regulations. A zone text amendment will be brought back to the Commission at a later date for recommendation to the City Council for consideration. The meeting is also intended to solicit community input from interested members of the public so as to better inform the City's zoning amendment efforts. Public notices of the Study Session have been posted at City Hall and in the Los Angeles Daily News on November 25, 2015.

KEY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY UPDATES
The following section identifies key construction activity occurring in the City's Commercial Corridors:
  • 134 North Maclay Avenue: Construction work continues to progress on the rehabilitation of an existing 3,510 square foot commercial building to facilitate a new restaurant. The construction will include an approximate 250 square foot second floor dining area, and addition to the front of the building along North Maclay Avenue.
The concrete slab was completed and the contractor started the installation of the structural interior framing of the walls and ceiling.  The concrete block walls for the trash enclosure are partially installed and awaiting the installation of main water service and back-flow device.  The contractor installed a new sewer lateral connection to the City sewer line within the alley. 
  • 500 San Fernando Mission Boulevard:  Construction work continues to progress on the new two-story 5,971 square foot commercial building. The contractor will be completing the exterior finish work on the building before installing perimeter landscaping. Work continues on the interior building improvements and finish work that will facilitate new ground-floor commercial tenant spaces and a second floor dentist office. 
The contractor completed the installation of the interior air conditioning and heating system.  Also, the contractor has partially installed the exterior landscape planters and walkways. 

The project includes on-site parking for the proposed commercial uses at the subject site. It is anticipated that the new commercial building will be completed by the end of 2015. 

PUBLIC MEETINGS 

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CITY HALL HOURS
DECEMBER 1
Planning & Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.1227
DECEMBER 7
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1204
DECEMBER 8
Planning & Preservation Commission
Special Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm | 818.898.1227
DECEMBER 10
Oversight Board 
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.7307
DECEMBER 11
CITY HALL CLOSED
DECEMBER 16
Transportation & Safety Commission
Special Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.1222
DECEMBER 21
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
DARK (No Meeting) | 818.898.1204
DECEMBER 25 THRU
JANUARY 3
CITY HALL CLOSED
(Holiday Schedule)
  • 1661 San Fernando Road:  The pre-manufactured roof framing system (trusses) for one of the new proposed buildings is complete.  The contractor installed the roof framing, parapet wall, and interior structural framing for the one building.  The second building is awaiting clearance from the structural engineer of record regarding the roof trusses system and bearing walls.  In addition, the contractor will maintain the subject site in accordance with approved storm water requirements during construction.
NORTH VALLEY SERVICE AREA COMMUNITY ADVISORY MEETING
On November 18, 2015, Community Development Director Fred Ramirez attended a Community Advisory Meeting regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District's North Valley Service Area Schools. These schools, which include the North Valley Occupational Center (located at 11450 Sharp Avenue in Mission Hills) are currently going through the process of renewing their accreditation with the Wester Association of Schools and Colleges. There are five school sites within the San Fernando Valley that provide students with access to 162 courses including language and literacy skills, basic education and high school equivalency, business education, and trades/vocational training.

The Community Advisory Meeting was hosted by North Valley Occupational Center's Principal Rosario Galvan and Assistant Principal Elizabeth Peñuela and their staff. The meeting was intended to establish a community partners group that could advise the school(s) on ongoing adult education and career programs and identify possible areas of common interest to support the education of the more than 7,500 students seeking education/career skills that will help them obtain long-term employment.  The community group included elected officials from the city, county, and state legislature, high school and community college representatives, non-profit groups and other agencies that provide support services to existing and prospective students. In addition, the community group is also a requirement for the schools accreditation review process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 

More information on the North Valley Service Area and the various centers can be found online at: www.nvoc.org.
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

SAN FERNANDO RECEIVES NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BUDGET AWARD
A panel of independent reviewers evaluated the City's budget document and voted to award the Government Finance Officers Association's (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget.  This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

The GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award represents a significant achievement by the City as it reflects the commitment of the City Council and City management to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  These guidelines are designed to assess how well the City's budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.  The Budget document must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.  This is the second year the City has received the award.

DECEMBER WATER BILLS
City Hall will be closed for the holidays beginning Friday, December 25, 2015 and will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2015. Please be sure that water payments are received by the Finance Department prior to the holiday closure.

BUSINESS LICENSE
The City has awarded a contract to HdL to assume management of the Business License program.  Business License renewals for Tax Year 2016, which will be sent in late December 2015, will be processed by HdL and there will be added functionality for businesses, including completing the application online and paying taxes and fees online with a credit card.

AVOID LATE FEES ON YOUR WATER BILL
Have you ever received late fees because you forgot to pay your Water Bill? Avoid late 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

28th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BASKETS PROGRAM
The San Fernando Police Department, along with the San Fernando Police Advisory Council has begun the 28th annual Christmas Basket Program.  Since its inception, over 33,000 toys and 154,300 lbs. of food have been distributed by police officers and City personnel to families in need within the City of San Fernando.  The Department is currently accepting donations. For more information, please call (818) 898-1250. 

VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
On November 11, 2015, members of the San Fernando Police Department participated in the annual San Fernando Valley Veteran's Day Parade that took place on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, between Rinaldi and Paxton streets.  Officer Joel Vasquez drove the 1956 Chevy Police vehicle, with passengers Sergeant Al Martinez (USMC), Detective Pete Aguirre (US Army), and Community Service Officer Kathy Cabrera (US Air Force).  It was a great day honoring our veteran's.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS!
It is with great excitement that we share an update regarding three recent successful grant applications!  The City was recently notified that approximately $1.85 Million has been awarded to our community under the following programs:
  • Air Quality Management District/Mobile Source Reduction Committee:  The City will receive approximately $350,000 towards the Pacoima Wash Bikeway Project.  These funds will help to serve as matching funds towards an upcoming spring grant application under the State's Active Transportation Program to construct a Class 1 protected bicycle lane adjacent to the Pacoima Wash.  As you'll recall, this project will involve numerous funding sources and include partnerships with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles.
  • Air Quality Management District/Mobile Source Reduction Committee:  The City will receive approximately $100,000 to install electric vehicle charging stations at local public parking facilities, including mall area parking lots and in the Civic Center/ Courthouse area.  This project will help to expand upon transportation options in the community and encourage the use of low emission vehicles.
  • Highway Safety Improvement Program:  The City will receive approximately $1.4 Million to install safety elements along Glenoaks Boulevard, including traffic signal improvements and raised medians at busy intersections.  This work will coincide with planned resurfacing improvements along Glenoaks scheduled for late spring/early summer next year.
BRAND BOULEVARD WATERWISE MEDIAN PROJECT UPDATE
Work continues to progress along Brand Boulevard.  Irrigation components are being installed and it is expected that the installation of synthetic turf, decomposed granite, native plants/ mulch, and trees will get underway in early December 2015.  Once completed, these improvements will serve as a welcoming entry to the City and also demonstrate our commitment to water conservation.

STREET RESURFACING PROJECT UPDATE
As you'll recall, the City Council has identified 12 streets as priority street resurfacing locations (listed below).  Work is progressing as follows:
  • Design work on the first six streets will be completed in early December 2015 and be ready for construction bids in early spring 2016.  Due to the expected El Niño conditions, it is expected that street rehabilitation work will start in late-March 2016/early-April 2016.
  • Bids will be received for the design of the remaining six streets and should be completed during winter 2016.  It is expected that construction will get underway in mid to late spring 2016.

Street Name Limits

Phillippi Street Harding Avenue to Cul-de-sac

Warren Street Harding Avenue to Maclay Avenue

Eighth Street Hubbard Avenue to Maclay Avenue

Brand Boulevard Glenoaks Boulevard to Eighth Street

Lucas Street Brand Boulevard to Maclay Avenue

Macneil Street Lucas Street to End

Phillippi Street Orange Grove Avenue to Hubbard Street

Arroyo Avenue Fifth Street to Glenoaks Boulevard

Lazard Street Fourth Street to Glenoaks Boulevard

Glenoaks Boulevard West City Limit to East City Limit

Harding Avenue Glenoaks Boulevard to North City Limit

Alexander Street Third Street to Fifth Street
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
The Holiday Tree Lighting is scheduled for December 3, 2015. This will be the second year in a row that the Holiday tradition will be held in downtown San Fernando. The evening will feature entertainment, face painting, and of course, you'll have an opportunity to have a photo with our special invited guest, Santa!


WHERE: Brand Boulevard @ Celis Street

TIME: 6 pm to 9 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.1290

PIONEER PARK TENNIS COURTS
Working with the Southern California Tennis Association, the Recreation and Community Services Department was able to have the Pioneer Park Tennis Courts completely redone at no cost to the City.  The Courts were stripped of paint and bad concrete was removed, resurfaced, and repainted. Additionally, blended lines for youth were added and the colors were changed to colors to match new standards. These new courts will be put to good use with the new Tennis Programming!

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MUSIC INSTRUCTION
A new music class for adults and senior is now being offered and will focus on guitar and mandolin instruction in a student music group setting known as an "estidiantina."


WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

WHEN: Tuesdays

TIME: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

COST: $20 per Month

AGE: 18 and Older

INFO: 818.898.1290

ALL ABILITIES ART CLASSES
A fun shapes approach class that is highly successful with individual learning styles! Differently abled children are welcome together with children with no special needs. Classes are taught by Art Coach Diane Bernstein.


WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

WHEN: Thursdays 

TIME: 3 pm to 4 pm

COST: $35 for Residents / $40 for Non-Residents

DURATION:
4-Week Session

AGE: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

INFO: 818.898.1290

BALLET FOLKLORICO
Based in the classical style of Mexican Culture, experience the regional dances of Mexico through movement and music. Class meets ONCE a week. 


WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

WHEN: Wednesday (Intermediate/Advanced)
Friday (Beginner/Intermediate)

TIME: 7 to 8 pm

COST: $45 per Session

DURATION: 12-Week Session (Session 1: January 2016 through March 2016)

AGE: 5 and older

INFO: 818.898.1290

AZTEC DANCE
Explore the music, choreography and poetry of this ancient dance tradition while understanding the history behind Danza. Class meets ONCE a week. Registration is on-going. Sessions are eight weeks long..


WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

WHEN: Thursdays 

TIME: 7 pm to 9 pm

COST: $10 Per Session

DURATION:
8-Week Session (Session 1: January 2016 through February 2016)

AGE: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

INFO: 818.898.1290

CASA LOPEZ ADOBE
Visit the Casa Lopez Adobe historical landmark. Free guided tours from 1 pm to 4 pm, on the fourth Sunday of each month are now available! Contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for more information.

SPORTS PROGRAMS
Please contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for further details on all sports programs.
  • Adult Co-Ed Volleyball:  Register now! New season begins January 19, 2016; Tuesday Night Advanced League; Thursday Night Amateur League. Cost is $30 per person or $25 per person BEFORE December 24, 2015.
  • Winter Youth Basketball:  Register now! New season begins in January 2016. Cost for ages 5 - 8 is $80 for residents and $90 for non-residents; and for ages 9 - 17, cost is $85 for residents and $95 for non-residents. Cost includes practice, games, jersey, and trophy. Coaches are needed! if interested in coaching, contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290. 
  • NEW! Youth Cheerleading:  Register now!. New season begins in January 2016. Cost for ages 5 - 17 is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Cost includes practice, uniform, games, and trophy.
  • Special Olympics:  Register now! The Winter/Spring schedule will begin in January 2016, and will run through June 2016. Currently, the City is scheduled to host Basketball, Bocce Ball, and the Young Athlete Program. All three programs will be conducted Saturday mornings, from 8 am to 10 am, at Las Palmas Park.
  • After School Tennis Program:  Register now! Cost is $10 for ages 8 to 18. Six-week sessions are held at Pioneer Park.
  • Teens:  Youth Speak! is conducting Afterschool programming at both Las Palmas Park and Recreation Park. Enroll now for the Soccer Program, "Club Futbolito." Cost is $25 per person for ages 11 to 15. Cost includes uniform. Limited scholarships are available.
FITNESS CLASSES
Come and participate in a FREE Fitness Class Demonstration!


CLASS DATE TIME

Latin Jam Workout Demo December 7, 2015 5:20 pm

Total Body Conditioning Demo December 7, 2015 6:30 pm

Zumba Demo December 9, 2015 5:20 pm
 
Join one of the many fitness classes now in session! This session ends December 11, 2015 for all fitness classes, except the Outdoor Fitness and Senior Fitness classes, these end on December 16, 2015. The new session will begin on January 11, 2016. Contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for further details on classes and workshops.


CLASS DAY TIME

Total Body Conditioning Monday 6:30 pm

Cycling Wednesday 6:30 am

Yoga Thursday 8:15 am

Pilates Tuesday 8:15 pm

Zumba Wednesday
Tuesday/Thursday
5:20 pm
6:30 pm

Latin Jam Workout Monday 5:20 pm

Outdoor Fitness Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15 am

Senior Fitness Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:15 am

AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (ASCEP)
  • The ASCEP will present the Annual Winter Holiday Showcase. Morningside Elementary will conduct their presentation on December 16, 2015 and Gridley Street Elementary will conduct theirs on December 17, 2015. For more information on these presentations please contact the ASCEP Office at (818) 898-7362. 
  • The ASCEP and school campuses will be closed for winter break from December 21, 2015 through January 8, 2016.  The new semester for both the ASCEP and the schools will begin on January 11, 2016. 
COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
The next Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distribution date is scheduled for December 7, 2015. The program serves low income senior citizens over the age of 60 that 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 registered participants and the truck driver will conduct the physical distribution.  Clients will receive one free food kit that contained meats, canned fruit, vegetables, dry milk and related products, cereals and other grain products. Usually, the CSFP distributions are conducted once a month on the first Monday of the month.

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 have been scheduled at Las Palmas Park:


12/1/15 9 am to 10 am AGA (Medicare 101 Presentation)

12/7/15 9 am to 11 am
Health Net

12/15/15 9 am to 11 am Lincoln Heritage (Life Insurance/Funeral Planning)

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
The Recreation and Community Services 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 Thursday, 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 participants must begin with the 8-hour course which is divided inot two four-hour sessions.

DATES: December 10, 2015 and December 17, 2015

TIME: 9 am to 1 pm

SENIOR FITNESS
There are several Senior classes available now. The instructors for the classes are Los Angeles Unified School District Adult School Educators with years of experience teaching older adults. Classes run for six-week sessions.

EARLY BIRD SESSION

CLASS: Aerobics (Stretch and Dance)

WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

DAYS: Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 9 am to 10 am

COST: $30 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

EARLY SESSION

CLASS: Aerobics 

WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

DAYS: Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 10:45 am to 12 pm

COST: $50 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

AFTERNOON SESSION

CLASS: Weight Training and Tai Chi

WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

DAYS: Monday (Weight Training) and Wednesday (Tai Chi)

TIME: 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

COST: $50 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340
DECEMBER 3 

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
This will be the second year in a row that the Holiday tradition will be held in downtown San Fernando. The evening will feature entertainment, face painting, and of course, you'll have an opportunity to have a photo with our special invited guest, Santa!


WHERE: Brand Boulevard @ Celis Street

TIME: 6 pm to 9 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.1290


DECEMBER 3

VIEJAS CASINO & OUTLETS EXCURSION
Join us for a day of gaming and shopping at one of San Diego's hottest casinos. 


DEPARTURE:
Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

TIME: 7 am

RETURN TIME: 6 pm

COST: $10 Per Person

INFO: Maribel Perez @ 818.898.7341


DECEMBER 12

STAPLES CENTER: DISNEY ON ICE "FROZEN"
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club on an excursion to the Staples Center wehre they will enjoy a presentation of Disney's "Frozen." Transportation and admission is included. 


DEPARTURE:
Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington Street, San Fernando

TIME: 5 pm

RETURN TIME: 10 pm

COST: $55 Per Person

INFO: Maribel Perez @ 818.898.7341


DECEMBER 16

"TARDE DE CINE"
Las Palmas Senior Club will host a monthly "Tarde de Cine" (movie afternoon). The Club provides the movie, popcorn and refreshments to those in attendance. 


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

TIME: 1 pm to 3 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.7340


DECEMBER 17

ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM HOLIDAY PARTY
Join the Elderly Nutrition Program for their annual Holiday Party. There will be goodies, music and raffles. Senior meals are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for adults ages 60 and over. If you do not wish to receive a meal you may still participate in the festivities and socialize with others.


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

TIME: 9 am to 1 pm

COST: $2 suggested donation
Pre-registration is required to receive a meal;
Ticket distribution begins at 8 am

INFO: 818.898.7340


DECEMBER 17

LAS PALMAS SENIOR CLUB HOLIDAY DANCE
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club annual Holiday Dance for an evening of music, good food, and raffles. 


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

TIME: 5 pm to 12 Midnight

COST: $40 for Club Members/ $45 for Non-Members

INFO: 818.898.7340 (Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 9 am to 11 am)