SEPTEMBER 2015
ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT  

Recruitment:     
  • Associate Planner - Interview of the top candidates for full-time Associate Planner position in the Community Development Department has been concluded, and a selection has been made.  The selected candidate is currently undergoing the post-offer employment physicals, and is tentatively scheduled to start work on September 14, 2015.
  • Recreation Supervisor - Recruitment for full-time Recreation Supervisor began on August 28, 2015, and filing of applications and resumes will be open through September 25, 2015. 
  • 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.
Classification and Compensation Study:  A notice inviting proposals from interested firms for a City-wide Classification and Compensation Study has been published in the San Fernando Sun on August 6, 2015.  The deadline for submittal of proposals is  August 27, 2015.  All proposals will be reviewed, and a final recommendation will be presented for Council consideration on September 21, 2015.

Employment Relations Consortium (ERC) Workshops: Approximately 70 City employees have signed-up for the 2015-2016 ERC workshops.  A total of nine relevant workshop topics will be presented by experienced employment/labor law attorneys from the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore on different dates from September 10, 2015 through May 11, 2016. Such topics include: "Public Service: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of Public Employees," "Embracing Diversity," "Family and Medical Care Leave Acts," "Supervisory Skills for the First Line Supervisor/ Manager," and "The Art of Writing the Performance Evaluation." 
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

Expedited Residential Rooftop Solar System Ordinance:     In September 2015, the City Council will consider adoption of an ordinance establishing expedited permitting procedures for residential rooftop solar system applications consistent with State Assembly Bill (AB) 2188. As amended by AB 2188, Section 65850.5 of the California Government Code requires that, on or before September 30, 2015, every city must adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. In addition, California Government Code Section 65850.5(g)(2) states that the expedited permitting process must substantially conform to the recommendations, including the checklist and standard plan, contained in the current version of the California Solar Permitting Guidebook adopted by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. The City's cost of issuance of residential rooftop solar systems in an expedited manner as required under AB 2188 will be recovered through existing building permit fees. The City has offered low-cost, expedited solar photovoltaic (PV) permits for residential rooftop systems since 2011. City Council adoption of the ordinance will ensure the City's ongoing compliance with State mandates regarding the streamlined and expedited permitting of residential rooftop solar systems.

Key Construction Activity:  The following section identifies key construction activity occurring in the City's Commercial Corridors:
PUBLIC MEETINGS & CITY HALL HOURS

SEPTEMBER 1
Planning & Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
Cancelled
(818) 898-1227
  Agenda

SEPTEMBER 4
City Hall Closed

SEPTEMBER 7
City Hall Closed
(Labor Day)

SEPTEMBER 8
(TUESDAY)
Successor Agency 
& City Council 
Regular Meeting
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm
(818) 898-1204

SEPTEMBER 10
Oversight Board
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
10 am
(818) 898-1204
  Agenda

SEPTEMBER 15
Parks, Wellness, and Recreation Commission
Special Meeting
Rudy Ortega Sr. Park
2024 Fourth Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm
(818) 898-1222

SEPTEMBER 16
Transportation & 
Safety Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
7 pm
(818) 898-1222

SEPTEMBER 18
City Hall Closed

SEPTEMBER 21
Successor Agency 
& City Council 
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street 
San Fernando
6 pm
(818) 898-1204

SEPTEMBER 24
Senior Citizen  
Advisory Board
Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park
505 S. Huntington Street
San Fernando
1 pm
(818) 898-7340
  • 127 North Maclay Avenue - The City has finalized review of a proposed façade renovation of the multi-tenant buildings at 127 North Maclay Avenue. The façade renovation would introduce Spanish eclectic design features that enhanced the architectural detailing and overall design of the existing commercial buildings located on the subject site. The project would also include rehabilitation of the existing on-site parking facilities. The project will soon be entering the plan check review process with tenant improvement work beginning in September 2015.
  • 134 North Maclay Avenue - The City is currently finalizing its review of a proposal to rehabilitate an existing 3,510 square foot commercial building to facilitate a new privately owned restaurant and construct an approximate 250 square foot second floor dining area addition to the front of the building along North Maclay Avenue. The subject is located at 134 North Maclay Avenue, at the southeast corner of North Maclay Avenue and Second Street. The subject site is located within the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan Downtown District's City Center Sub-District. The project has been given approval to proceed to the City's structural plan check review process with construction work envisioned for late 2015. The proposed new sit-down restaurant is family-owned and operated.
  • 460 San Fernando Mission Boulevard - WSS or "Warehouse Shoe Sales" Store is now complete!  Over the past year and half the City has worked with the business owner to rehabilitate the old commercial building into a modern building that exemplifies the corporate branding of the company while also resulting in a multi-million dollar renovation and investment along San Fernando Mission Boulevard.  It is anticipated that the WSS Store will re-open for business the first week of September 2015. A formal "Grand Reopening" event is being planned in the near future.
  • 500 San Fernando Mission Boulevard - Construction work continues to progress on the new two-story 5,971 square foot commercial building at 500 San Fernando Mission Boulevard. The contractor for the new two-story commercial building has completed the installation of the structure frame and steel supports.  The engineer of record has issued the approval as per the approved plans.  The contractor will start the install of the exterior structure plywood sheathing and exterior lath. The new building includes multiple ground floor commercial tenant spaces and a second floor with elevator and staircase access for new dental office. 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. 
  • 913 San Fernando Road - The City has completed its construction plan check review for a new sit-down restaurant at a formerly vacant, 2,040 square feet commercial building space at 913 San Fernando Road. The proposed new sit-down restaurant within the San Fernando mall will be a family-owned and operated business.  The plans for the new pizza restaurant were recently approved by Los Angeles County and Industrial Waste.
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Overlay Zone Project Update:  Work continues on the TOD Overlay Zone Project. Through the Metro funded grant, the TOD Project will facilitate a comprehensive plan for the downtown commercial corridors and the industrial properties along First Street via an amendment to the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan...the first comprehensive planning effort of its kind in the last 30 years! Planning now under the TOD project will ensure that we have a collective vision for the next 20 years which provides for:
  • Tree-lined streets;
  • Broad sidewalks with outdoor dining;
  • New storefronts; and
  • Decorative lighting and urban furniture.
Collectively, these physical improvements envisioned as part of the TOD Project are intended to encourage pedestrians to walk throughout the downtown and the surrounding areas visiting new retail, residential and entertainment uses while still providing opportunities for new parking facilities and streets with sufficient space for the safe travel of vehicles and bicycles.

This City planning effort is consistent with regional efforts by Metro and Metrolink to improve regional connectivity and expand public transportation opportunities to the City and the greater Northeast San Fernando Valley in the form of bus, light rail, and/or tram.

Over the past year, the City has held multiple meetings and community workshops to get public input from community members including residents, businesses owners, and property owners on the proposed TOD Project in order to determine the right mix of residence, businesses, shops, and entertainment uses that should be allowed within the downtown and surrounding planning area. Public input will also help shape regulations that will govern the overall design of future development projects within the downtown and surrounding planning area in order to balance new demands for public transit, locally serving housing, retail and entertainment uses while also preserving the historic character of the community. The draft amended Specific Plan document is expected to be ready for the Planning and Preservation Commissions review in late September early October of 2015. The Commission's review of the draft document would occur at a duly noticed public hearing.

FINANCE DEPARTMENT

 

Measure A Annual Report:  At the September 21, 2015 City Council meeting, staff will present the required annual report on the collection and use of Measure A funds.


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.  Links to the applications will be available on the City's website when it is re-launched in the upcoming months.


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

National Night Out Event:
  On August 4, 2015, the Police Department held the first National Night Out event in four years. The event was a tremendous success thanks to the teamwork of many individuals, not only in the Police Department, but throughout the City family.  Even though it was a very hot evening, over 500 community members attended this event, along with Congressman Tony Cárdenas, Senator Robert Hertzberg, Mayor Joel Fajardo, Vice Mayor Sylvia Ballin, and Councilmember Antonio Lopez.  Overall, it was a great event!









Asset Seizure:  In early August 2015, San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) Detectives, the SFPD K9 unit, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), served a narcotics search warrant.  SFPD K9 "Alex" conducted a narco/currency search of the location and located a little over $200,000.  This investigation involved an out-of-state police agency, where they located and seized a large amount of narcotics and money.  The SFPD is in the process, with the DEA, to seize the currency under Federal Asset Forfeiture Laws.  SFPD will receive up to 60-70% of the total seizure.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

Brand Boulevard Median Project:  In late 2014, the City Council approved the completion of design plans for Brand Boulevard in order to improve water conservation and help beautify a major entry point into the community.  Design drawings were recently completed and the City will now initiate the public bidding process for this project.  It is anticipated that following bidding, a recommendation for a construction contract will be reviewed by the City Council in late September 2015 and work will begin in mid-October 2015.  As you'll recall, the project includes the following improvements:
  • Remove existing turf, shrubs, and antiquated irrigation systems.
  • Install new irrigation systems with weather-based irrigation controllers and drip Irrigation components.
  • Install a mix of decomposed granite, synthetic turf, and native plant materials.
  • Install new trees including olive and oak trees. The existing crape myrtle trees will remain in the new design.
It is estimated that these improvements will save over 1 million gallons of water annually and help reduce maintenance frequencies by approximately one-third.  The project will be funded by a variety of sources, including transportation funds, water rebates, and grant funds, among others.  

Sewer Closed Captioned Television Inspections/Cleaning:  In early August 2015, the City Council approved funding for the inspection and repair of sewer infrastructure in the City.  This work got underway in mid-August 2015 and continues with televised inspections and root clearing of approximately 75% of the City's sewer system.  Once these inspections are reviewed, information will be 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.  

Metro Rapid Bus Shelter Installation:  As you'll recall, last summer the City Council approved Metro's proposal to install new "Rapid" bus enclosures at key locations in the City.  This work is expected to be completed in September 2015 at four locations along Truman Street.  As a reminder, this project is funded entirely through Metro and will not require any City funding contributions.  





Transportation and Safety (T & S) Commission Meeting:  The T & S Commission convened its regular meeting and discussed the following issues:
  • Consideration of Changing T & S Commission Regular Meeting Day/Time - The T & S Commission voted to change its regular meeting day and time to the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm.  As proposed, this become effective in September 2015.
  • Request from Mutual Faith Ministries for Temporary Alley Closure at Maclay/Glenoaks During School Start/Ending Times - The T & S Commission approved the request to allow for temporary closures during school starting and ending times. This action was done in accordance with a City Council approved resolution previously authorizing the alley closure.
  • Review of Traffic Conditions on Fourth Street and Fermoore Street - The T & S Commission approved the request to install approximately 15 feet of red curbing at each intersection corner in order to improve site visibility.
  • Overview of Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Planning Program - The T & S Commission received a presentation regarding a recently received competitive grant to help improve school safety in town and encourage use of alternative modes of transportation.
  • Discussion Regarding Neighborhood Permit Parking Programs - The T & S Commission discussed the possibility of expanding neighborhood permit parking programs and studying this issue over the next several months.
Tree Trimming Status Update:  Tree Trimming work is continuing throughout the City.  Recently, crews initiated trimming work at our parks, including Las Palmas and Recreation Parks.  Following the completion of this work they will move to Pioneer Park and then to our regular grid trimming schedule.  This work helps to ensure community safety by removing potentially dangerous tree limbs/branches that could be susceptible to wind damage.

Street and Parking Lot Striping Maintenance:  In late September, work is expected to get underway on striping maintenance at various locations in the community.  To start, striping will focus on restriping speed bumps, crosswalks, and several City facility parking lots including Las Palmas Park and the Police Department.  Work will also take place along several street segments that have faded striping.
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

PROVIDENCE HOLY CROSS HEALTHY SAN FERNANDO 5K RELAY WALK OR RUN:
 Register now for this fun 5K (3.1 miles) consisting of three loops of approximately 1.6K (1.3 miles) each. All runners will receive a surprise at the end of the race.
 

When: September 26, 2015

Where: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue San Fernando

Info: (818) 898-1290 or www.sfrcs.com

Categories: 5K Relay: Open (team may consist of individuals of all ages/levels)
$30 per team 


5K Relay: Family (team may consist of minimum one child and one adult)
$30 per team


5K Relay: School/Youth Non Profits (team may consist of individuals representing a school/non-profit)
$30 per team


5K Individual (team may consist of individuals representing a corporation)
$20 per team


Tot Run (ages 3 to 6)
$10 per child

NEW! All Abilities Art Classes:  A fun shapes approach class that is highly successful with individual learning styles. Clases are taught by Art Coach Diane Bernstein.


When: Session 1 - September 17, 2015 to October 8, 2015

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

Ages: Kindergarten to Fifth Grade

Cost: Session 1 is FREE!

Info: (818) 898-1290

Casa Lopez Adobe:  Free guided tours are now available from 1 pm to 4 pm. Call (818) 898-1290 for more information.

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 - The League is in full swing with approximately 150 participants ages 5 to 17. Practices are held at Recreation Park and Las Palmas Park. 
  • Adult Co-Ed Volleyball - 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 began August 25, 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 are now available at Pioneer Park and Recreation Park.
For more information on all sports programs, please contact Recreation Park at (818) 898-1290. 
Afterschool Community Enrichment Program (ASCEP):   The ASCEP is conducted at both Gridley Street and Morningside elementary schools. Approximately 250 children are enrolled into the program. All children currently enrolled at Gridley and Morningside elementary schools, from kindergarten through fifth grade, are eligible to participate in the ASCEP. 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. ASCEP 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.

School will not be in session on September 4, 7, 14 and 23.
Risk Management Training:  In order for City staff to work on LAUSD campuses, staff must receive training in LAUSD policies and emergency procedures.  All staff working in the ASCEP are required to complete this requirement once each school year. The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide the next training on September 16, 2015, at Hughes Middles School in Woodland Hills.  Items to be discussed during the training include Grant Requirements, Site Management, Child Abuse, Employee Conduct, Emergency Response, and Student Safety Procedures.
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. 
 
ENP Quality Assurance Meeting: The next ENP Quality Assurance meeting is scheduled for September 23, 2015.  Staff meets monthly with the Los Angeles County Dietitian to discuss issues pertaining to quality assurance for the Elderly Nutrition Program.  Meetings are conducted 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.  In addition, this month will include an In-Service Training on Pest Control.  
 
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): Due to the Labor Day Holiday, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distribution date for CSFP was changed from September 7, 2015 to September 21, 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 will set up a table to 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. Usually, the CSFP distributions will be 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 will be a Las Palmas Park to answer questions and provide information regarding healthcare programs:
  • September 8, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - AGA (Presentation: Medicare 101)
  • September 10, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - AGA
  • September 14, 2015, 9:30 am to 11:30 am - Humana
  • September 17, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - Kaiser
  • September 21, 2015, 9 am am to 10 am - AGA
  • September 29, 2015, 9 am to 10 am - AGA (Presentation: Medicare 101)
Senior Fitness:  There are two Senior Aerobics classes available during the falll season 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 a six week session.
  • Early Session

Class: Aerobics

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

Days: Monday and Wednesday

Time: 10:45 am to 12 pm

Cost: $60 for the 6-week session

Info:
(818) 898-7340
  • Afternoon Session

Class: Weight Training and Tai Chi

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

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

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Cost: $60 for the 6-week session

Info: (818) 898-7340
  • Coming Soon! Early-Bird Aerobics and Yoga. More information to follow.
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. 

REFRESHER COURSE
For students who have previously
completed the Initial 8-hour Course
DATE
TIME
September 17, 2015
12 pm - 4 pm
 


CITY CALENDAR
Through September 30

SEPTEMBER 7 - 11

Las Palmas Senior Club Excursion:  New Orleans - Big Fun in the Big Easy!


Depart:

Parking Lot 6N 
(corner of First Street and Maclay Avenue)

Time: 7 am

Return:
8 pm (on September 11, 2015)

Info: Maribel Perez @ (818) 898-7341

SEPTEMBER 16

Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP) Independence Celebration:  Join the ENP for their Independence Day Celebration. It will be a fun-filled morning of treats, music, dancing, 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 recive 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 - 11 am

Cost:

$2 Suggested Donation; Pre-registration is required to receive a meal; ticket distribution begins at 8 am.

Info:
(818) 898-7340 

SEPTEMBER 19

Las Palmas Senior Club Dance:   The club will host their monthly dance in honor of "Las Fiestas Patrias". Participants will enjoy live music, dancing, raffles, and refreshments.


Where:

Las Palmas Park 
505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando

Time: 7 pm to 12 Midnight

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

Info:
(818) 898-7341
(Monday/Wednesday/Friday; 9 am - 11 am)

SEPTEMBER 26

Providence Holy Cross Healthy San Fernando 5K Relay Walk or Run:
A 5K (3.1 miles) relay consisting of three loops of approximately 1.6K 
(1.03 miles) each. 
 

Where: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

Time: 8 am - 1 pm

Register:

Info:
(818) 898-1290