APRIL 2017
ADMINISTRATION
MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
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RECRUITMENT

City Maintenance Helper (Part-time)
Oral board interviews for the City Maintenance Helper Part-time position in the Community Development Department concluded on Thursday, March 23, 2017, and a selection has been made.  The selected candidate is currently undergoing the background and fingerprint process, as well as physical.  This position is primarily responsible for day-to-day graffiti abatement in the City, and reports to the Interim Community Preservation Supervisor.  A total of 30 applications were received for this job.

Hiring Now
Applications are currently being accepted for Police Officer,  Recreation Leader I and II (part-time), Criminology Intern, and Finance Intern.  Filing for all the positions are open until filled.

Visit the City website ( WWW.SFCITY.ORG) to view the job bulletins and download a City Employment Application.

WORKSHOP

Employment Relations Consortium (ERC) Training
A total of 15 employees participated in two workshops on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Almansor Court, in Alhambra.  The workshops, which were conducted by attorneys from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, covered the following topics: "Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation," and "Public Service: Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities of Public Employees."

Presentation on the Retiree Health Savings (RHS) Plan
A total of 10 employees participated in a presentation on the new RHS plan, as well as one-on-one meetings with Penny Abbott, our ICMA-RC Retirement Plan Specialist.  The presentation and meetings took place at City Hall on Monday, March 20, 2017, and clarified how the Retiree Health Savings Plan works, and addressed employees' various investment choices not just for the RHS plan, but also for the 457 deferred compensation plan, and the Roth IRA plan.
CITY CLERK
DECLARATION OF ELECTION RESULTS AND CITY COUNCIL
REORGANIZATION
At their meeting on April 3, 2017, the City Council is scheduled to adopt a resolution declaring the results of the March 7, 2017 General Municipal Election .

Both City Council incumbents were re-elected:


Joel Fajardo 965 votes (34.6%)

Robert C. Gonzales 848 (30.41%)

David E. Govea 325 (11.65%)

Jason Hayes 268 (9.61%)

Marvin R. Perez 196 (7.03%)

Gilbert Berriozabal 187 (6.70%)

Also re-elected was City Treasurer Margarita Solis with 1,130 votes (100%).

Measure SF, Conversion of the Elective Office of City Treasurer to an Appointive Office, was passed and approved by a majority of the ballots cast; 953 voted in favor and 643 in opposition.

Adoption of election results will be followed by the City Clerk administering the oath of office to the newly elected officials and the City Council's annual reorganization to select a Mayor and Vice Mayor for 2017-2018.
ELIAS RODRIGUEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
At their last meeting, the San Fernando Education Commission announced an additional scholarship opportunity for 2017.  All current Academy of Scientific Exploration (ASE) students, grades 9-12, are invited to apply for the inaugural Elias Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship, generously funded by Councilmember Sylvia Ballin, the Rickey Gelb Scholarship Fund, and the Elias Rodriguez family.  At least four scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded.  The deadline to apply is April 21, 2017.  For additional information or questions, please call 818.898.1204 or email sfeducom@sfcity.org.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION 
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Planning and Preservation Commission will consider a request from Mariscos El Culichi to allow for a full service sit-down restaurant and for the sale and on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages (type 41; on-sale beer & wine - eating place), with a live entertainment component in conjunction with the continued operation of a bona fide public eating place located at 1419 San Fernando Road, Unit A, in the City's San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan Truman/San Fernando District - Mixed Use Transition Sub-District (SP-4) Zone. 
LOPEZ VILLEGAS HOUSE UPDATE
A Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Lopez Villegas House has been executed. Measures are currently in place to facilitate the relocation and rehabilitation from its current site at 1320 San Fernando to its future permanent home on O'Melveny Street
FINANCE
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018 BUDGET PROCESS
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 Budget process officially kicked-off in February 2017. Below are key dates for those community members interested in providing input to the City's Budget process:
  • April 17, 2017 - City Council Meeting; Agenda Item to Discuss City Council Priorities for FY 2017-2018
  • May 11, 2017 - FY 2017-2018 Proposed Budget Book to be Distributed to City Council
  • May 15, 2017 - City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session
  • May 22, 2017 - City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session (if necessary)
  • June 19, 2017 - City Council Meeting; Budget Adoption
BUSINESS LICENSE AMNESTY PROGRAM
The City Council has approved a Business License Amnesty Program to waive all penalties for businesses that are currently operating without a license, or with an expired license, if they self-report by June 30, 2017.  After June 30, 2017, the City will conduct a discovery and verification audit of businesses operating in the City.  Any businesses or individuals found to be operating without a license at that time will be subject to back fees and penalties.  If interested in participating in the Business License Amnesty Program, please contact Sandra Soto at 818.898.1245 or ssoto@sfcity.org, or download an application from the City's website (WWW.SFCITY.ORG).
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 818.898.1245. 
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
SHOOTING INCIDENTS
  • On Saturday, March 4, 2017, between midnight and 2:00 am, San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of the apartment complex located in the 600 block of Pico Street.  Upon their arrival, Officers located evidence of a shooting and a few witnesses that heard the gun shots, but no reported injuries to anybody in the area.  No suspect information was available at the time of the report.
  • On Sunday, March 5, 2017, at about 5:30 am, SFPD Officers responded to another report of a shooting in the area of the apartment complex located in the 600 block of Pico Street.  Upon their arrival, Officers located evidence of a shooting and detained several people from one of the apartments who are known gang members.  Once again no injuries were reported.  On Monday, March 6, 2017, SFPD Detectives received this case and immediately contacted Code Enforcement and the property owner of the apartment complex.  Detectives, Code Enforcement and the property owner met and discussed the issues related to the shootings and the gang members that were living in one of the apartments that are part of the problem.  The property owner agreed to take care of the issue and as of Tuesday, March 28, 2017, those renters (gang members living in one of the apartments) were served with eviction notice and have since left the property. This issue was immediately identified and with the help of Code Enforcement, the SFPD was able to eradicate the gang members from the apartment before injury or death occur from another shooting.
BAKER TO VEGAS RUN EVENT
On Saturday March 25, 2017, members of the SFPD partnered with members from the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety (USC PD) and participated in the 32nd annual Baker To Vegas Challenge Cup Relay race.  The race consists of 20 relay legs that vary in terrain and elevation and range from four miles  to 10.7 miles long!  The team with the best time for their category wins the coveted Baker To Vegas Mug. 

The SFPD team was led by Team Captain Walter Dominguez who also serves as the Department's K-9 Officer.  Sergeants Paul Ventimiglia and  Brian Woodward, Officers Saul Garibay, Brittany Najera and J. Robles, and Desk Officer Jimmy Vanicek  participated as runners.  Chief Anthony Vairo, Sergeant Irwin Rosenberg, Desk Officers Jessica Ramirez and Genesis Rueda, along with Reserve Officer Art Lesmez and our civilian radio communication personnel, participated as the integral support staff.  Although our SFPD runners all came in under their prospective times, the team as a whole unfortunately missed the cutoff time by 50 minutes and did not receive a mug.  The SFPD runners are to be commended for their dedicated preparation efforts that, for many, started a year prior.  

The race would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the support staff who transported runners, maintained equipment, ran the command post and ensured the safety of each runner on the track.  The SFPD was additionally supported by the generous donations from our San Fernando Police Advisory Council, San Fernando Police Officers Association, and the community.  All of our team members are already gearing up for the 2018 race and we sincerely hope that we can bring home a mug!
HOME INVASION ROBBERY
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at about 7:45 am, the SFPD received a 9-1-1 call from a resident in the 1000 block of Hollister Street.  The resident, who identified herself as a victim of a home invasion robbery, reported two males armed with a gun, entered her residence and attempted to robbed her and her son.  The suspects failed to obtain any type of property from the victims and fled the area on foot.  Our Officers immediately responded to the general area, while the primary Officers contacted the victims for their statements.  Based on the statements from the victims, the Officers located the suspects at a residence located in the 700 block of Mott Street. A perimeter was immediately set up with our Patrol Officers, Detectives, Lieutenants, the Chief of Police, and LA School Police.  LAPD Airship responded and made a verbal announcement for the suspects to exit the residence, which initially failed.  SFPD Officers then made a verbal announcement from one of the patrol vehicle PA system. After a few minutes, both suspects exited from the residence and side yard of that house.  Once the residence was secured for further investigation by Detectives, Officers conducted an in field line up and the victims positively identified both detained suspects as the suspects in this home invasion robbery.  During the search of the suspects house, Detectives found one loaded handgun, which matched the description of the weapon used by the suspects.

The two suspects were arrested, transported to the police station and booked for home invasion robbery.
PUBLIC WORKS
ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) CHARGING STATION PROJECT
The City Council accepted funds and executed  agreement  for the $100,000 grant awarded by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Review Committee (MSRC) to install electric vehicle charging stations at locations in the Downtown Mall area and adjacent to City Hall.  Staff is now in the process of soliciting firms for the design, construction, and installation of charging stations. As planned, all capital costs will be funded through the grant and ongoing electricity costs will funded through user charging fees.
STREET RESURFACING PROGRAM UPDATE
As you'll recall, the City has three street improvement projects included in this year's Capital Improvement Program budget.  Work continues to move forward on these projects as follows:
  • Annual Street Resurfacing Project (Street/utility repairs to seven residential streets): Staff is currently reviewing the 30% submittals from the design engineer, CEJ Engineers.
  • Glenoaks Improvement Project (Street/utility repairs on Glenoaks Blvd): The City Council approved grant funding for improvements on February 21, 2017. RFP for engineering/design services has been finalized and will be sent to on-call engineering firms for proposal submissions.
  • CDBG Improvement Project (Street repairs on one residential street): Bids will be opened on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. It is expected that the Award of Contract be presented to council at the April 17,  2017 meeting with construction beginning in May 2017.
CNG STATION PROJECT UPDATE
Work is continuing to move forward on the City's CNG Design/Build Improvement Project.  Staff has approved the project conceptual plan and now Clean Energy is the process of developing full construction designs. The Gas Company has completed work on First Street and Macneil Street which consisted of installing a new gas main for the CNG facility.  Staff will be sure to keep you informed as this project moves forward and will also be sure to provide adequate notice to the public prior to starting construction.
TRUMAN STREET IMPROVEMENTS
As part of the City's capital improvement budget, a grant-funded project was included to complete sidewalk and landscaping improvements on Truman Street, from Brand Blvd. to San Fernando Mission Blvd.  These improvements will be focused on the south side of Truman and include the repair of damaged sidewalk/driveways, curb ramps, the installation of a landscaped parkway (deciduous trees with drought tolerant plants), pedestrian lighting, and bus shelters. Plans are being finalized and the project will be advertised in April 2017.  Once bids are received, it is expected that the City Council will consider an award of contract in late May 2017.  Staff will be sure to keep you informed as this project progresses.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT
On February 6, 2017, the City Council accepted the completion of the Cycle 7: Safe Routes to School State Project.  The main purpose of the project was to promote safety for children around the vicinities of several schools by calming down the traffic through means of new safety devices and signage.  The project entailed sidewalk and curb ramp repairs, installation of pedestrian countdown signals at several crosswalks along Glenoaks Boulevard, installation of street signage equipped with solar-powered flashing lights, upgrade of street signage to a high visibility fluorescent yellow-green color, and upgrade of street striping to highly visible thermoplastic paint.  All work has been completed to staff satisfaction and is  in conformance with the approved plans and specifications
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES
ACTIVE AND HEALTHY GRANDCHILDREN
FREE classes for Latino grandparents. Researchers at California State University Northridge are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study. The study will offer free classes to educate Latino grandparents on how to help grandchildren be more physically active and grow healthier. Food/Lunch will be provided!

Participants must meet the following criteria:
  • Live in Los Angeles County;
  • Younger than 70 years old;
  • Currently providing full-time or part-time care for at least one grandchild aged 2 to 12 years old; and
  • The grandchild being cared for is living with at least one parent.
WHEN: CLASS # 1: April 21, 2017
CLASS # 2: April 28, 2017
CLASS # 3: May 5, 2017
CLASS # 4: May 12, 2017
TIME: 9:30 am to 11 am
COST: Free
REGISTER:
818.898.7340
INFO: Susan Alvarado @ 626.434.6747 
susan.alvarado.903@my.csun.edu

SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATIONS

DATE & TIME GROUP LOCATION
5/7/17 @ 11 am

Valley Family Center
Children's Health Fair
302 S. Brand Blvd.
6/9/17: 6 pm - 12 am
6/10/17: 2 pm - 12 am
6/11/17: 10 am - 10 pm
Saint Ferdinand
Annual Fiesta
1109 Coronel St.
LOPEZ ADOBE
Visit this historic San Fernando jewel! The Lopez Adobe historical landmark offers free guided tours from 1 pm to 4 pm on the fourth Sunday of each month. Contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for more information.


WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL AND CHEER
The Youth Basketball Winter League came to an end on March 18, 2017. Congratulations to our championships!


Division 9-10 Lakers Coach Julio Avila

Division 11-13 Cougars Coach David Vargas

Division 14-17 Bulls Coach Jimmy Hernandez




SUMMER LEAGUE PROGRAMS

Tiny Tykes Basketball Clinic
This six-week clinic is designed to prepare your child to participate in our Youth Basketball League. Participants will learn the basic skills of basketball including dribbling, passing, shooting and defense.
WHEN: July 11, 2017 - August 17, 2017
AGES: 4 to 6
COST: $70 for Residents | $80 for Non-Residents
INFO: 818.898.1290

Youth Basketball League
Register now for the summer league! Participants must attend player assessments in May 2017.
WHEN: Begins June 12, 2017
AGES: 7 to 17
COST: $85 for Residents | $95 for Non-Residents
INFO: 818.898.1290

Youth Cheer Program
Register now for the summer program! 
WHEN: Begins June 12, 2017
AGES: 5 to 12
COST: $80 for Residents | $90 for Non-Residents
Returning Cheerleaders*:
$60 for Residents | $70 for Non-Residents
(does not include uniform)
INFO: 818.898.1290

Youth Coed Volleyball
Are you interested in playing coed volleyball? Contact the main office at Recreation Park (818.898.1202) to have your information placed  on the league interest list. The season would run in the fall at Recreation Park in between basketball seasons.
ADULT SPORTS

Adult Volleyball
Registration begins March 20, 2017. 11 players maximum per team. Games are played at Recreation Park, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7 pm to 10 pm.
WHEN: Advanced League (Tuesdays) Begins April 11, 2017
Beginner/Intermediate League (Thursdays) Begins April 13, 2017
COST: $25 Per Person (before April 7, 2017)
$30 Per Person (after April 7, 2017)
INFO: 818.898.1290
SENIOR FITNESS CLASSES AT LAS PALMAS PARK
Improve confidence, flexibility and strength. Six-week session begin April 17, 2017 through May 24, 2017. Call 818.898.1290 for more information.

Stretch to the Music
WHEN: Monday and Wednesday
TIME: 9:30 am 
COST: $30 for Six-week Session

Yoga for Seniors
WHEN: Tuesday
TIME: 9:30 am
COST: $20 for Six-week Session

Lifting and Energy
WHEN: Tuesday
TIME: 8 am
COST: $15 for Six-week Session

Zumba for Seniors
WHEN: Thursday Starting April 6, 2017
TIME: 10 am
COST: Free

Public Meetings | City Hall Hours | Events
APRIL 3
CITY COUNCIL & SUCCESSOR AGENCY Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
APRIL 4
PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1227
6:30 pm | Cancellation Notice
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP: PARK & FACILITIES ASSESSMENT
Help make a difference in our community!  Be sure to attend the Community Workshop designed to assess the condition and utilization of our City's parks and facilities. 
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1290
APRIL 5
TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1222
6 pm | Agenda
APRIL 13 
OVERSIGHT BOARD Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.7307
10 am | Agenda
APRIL 14
CITY HALL CLOSED
APRIL 15 
SPRING JAMBOREE
Join us for a day of fun for the entire family at our annual Spring Jamboree! Free activities include arts and crafts, face painting, games, and JAM Session featuring a Freedom Drum Circle with Christopher Ramirez! JAM Session provided by the Ford Theatre Foundation.
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando
11 am to 2 pm | Free
LAS PALMAS SENIOR CLUB SPRING DANCE
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club as they dance the night away at their monthly dance. Enjoy live music, door prizes, raffles, and much more.
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando | 818.898.7340
7 pm to 12 Midnight | $15 for Club Members | $20 for Non-Members
APRIL 17
CITY COUNCIL & SUCCESSOR AGENCY Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
APRIL 25
EDUCATION COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
APRIL 27
SENIOR CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando | 818.898.1290
1 pm | Agenda
APRIL 28
CITY HALL CLOSED
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY
Join us for Free Movie Friday and free popcorn too! Generally scheduled on the last Friday of the month.
Los Tres Huastecos
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando
1 pm | Free


CITY MANAGER'S MONTHLY REPORT
City of San Fernando  | 818.898.1202  |   www.sfcity.org