MAY 2017
ADMINISTRATION
MAY 2017 HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of Memorial Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017.
2017 CAPIO EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS
AWARD OF DISTINCTION
In April 2017, the City of San Fernando was awarded with the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) 2017 Excellence in Communications Award of Distinction for Website Redesign. 

In June 2016, after more than six-months of development, the City launched a redesigned website. The website domain remained the same (WWW.SFCITY.ORG) which enables residents, business owners, and the community at-large to experience this dynamic new website while also having access to a wealth of new information immediately. 

Some of the website's active new features include fillable Public Records Requests, Public Works Service Requests, Contact Us Requests, and an E-notification (subscription) service, as well as, a variety of City forms available for download in a fillable PDF format. 

Be sure to visit the City's website for updated information: WWW.SFCITY.ORG.
MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
Want to know what's happening in town? Visit the Major Projects and Programs ( CLICK HERE) page to get the most up-to-date information on all of the City's major projects and policy initiatives.
RECRUITMENT

City Maintenance Helper (Part-time)
The candidate selected to fill the part-time City Maintenance Helper position in the Community Development Department has successfully completed the background/fingerprint/physical process, and started work on Monday, April 24, 2017.  This position is primarily responsible for day-to-day graffiti abatement in the City, and reports to the Interim Community Preservation Supervisor.

Another candidate has also been selected from the eligibility list to fill the vacant part-time Public Works Maintenance Helper position in the Public Works Department. The selected candidate is currently undergoing the background/fingerprint/physical process.

Hiring Now
Applications are currently being accepted for Police Officer, Day Camp Counselor,  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.

EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS CONSORTIUM (ERC) TRAINING WORKSHOP
A total of nine employees have been scheduled to participate in two all-day workshops on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Almansor Court in Alhambra.  The workshops, which will be conducted by attorneys from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, will cover the following topics: "Performance Management: Evaluation, Documentation, and Discipline," and "Leaves, Leaves and More Leaves."
CITY CLERK
"BITE OF REALITY" EVENT HOSTED BY THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION AND THE SAN FERNANDO EDUCATION COMMISSION
On April 18, , 2017, the U.S. Postal Service Federal Credit Union, the Education Commission, Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, and numerous volunteers presented the Bite of Reality program to approximately 70 students at the Teacher Prep Academy at the Cesar E. Chávez Learning Academies.  The interactive activity provided teens with opportunities to make financial decisions and hopefully, after completing the course, the students gained a greater understanding of the importance of saving money, developing wise spending habits, living within their means, and planning for the future.  Staff hopes to provide this experience to more schools and students in the near future. For more information on Bite of Reality, visit their website ( http://www.rmjfoundation.org/index.php/bite-or-reality). 
SAN FERNANDO EDUCATION COMMISSION SECOND ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
On May 23, 2017, the San Fernando Education Commission will hold its Second Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony, at Las Palmas Park.  More than $9,000 in scholarships (ranging from $500 to $1,000 each) will be presented to middle school students, college-bound high school seniors, and full-time students currently enrolled in a community college or four-year university. Special thanks to Mayor Sylvia Ballin (who raised and/or donated funds via the California Latino Water Coalition Foundation, the Independent Cities Finance Authority, and her Community Investment Fund), Republic Services Inc., and private donors.  In addition to the Gabriel Fernandez Memorial Scholarship, this year, scholarships will be given to honor the memory of Elias Rodriguez.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
LOW COST VACCINATION/MICROCHIP  AND 
LICENSING CLINIC FOR DOGS AND CATS
O n Saturday, May 20, 2017, the City will host the annual Low Cost Vaccination/ Microchip and Licensing Clinic for dogs and cats. The event will take place  from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, in the City Hall parking lot located at the corner of Macneil Street and First Street. Healthcare and Emergency Animal rescue Team (HEART) staff will provide the following vaccinations at a low cost:  Rabies ($7), DHPP ($20), Bordetella ($15), Lyme ($22), FELV ($22), FVRCP ($20) and Purevax ($20). Additionally, San Fernando residents may take advantage of the low cost microchip services ($30) that will be offered for both dogs and cats. 
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:
  • May 15, 2017 - City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session No. 1
  • May 22, 2017 - Special City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session No. 2 (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
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING/ LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT (LAFD) FLOOD CONTROL SAFETY
On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the Police Department, along with LAFD Swift Water Rescue Team, hosted a Neighborhood Watch meeting in the Council Chambers.  The topic and training for our community was Flood Control Safety within San Fernando City limits and throughout Los Angeles County.  LAFD Swift Water Rescue Team members provided an excellent presentation on the history of their unit, rescue operations, and safety tips for in and around the flood control system.  Also present during this meeting was Pahola Mascorro (Elias Rodriguez' mother), Mayor Sylvia Ballin, and Councilmember Joel Fajardo.  The meeting and presentation were well-received by community members.  Also, this meeting was streamed via Facebook Live and received over 1,400 viewers.
PUBLIC WORKS
TREE CITY USA DESIGNATION AND TREE MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES
In late March 2017, the City received notification that it has received designation as a Tree City USA! This award demonstrates the City's continued commitment to maintaining its urban forest and keeping local trees healthy. The Tree City USA program is administered by the Arbor Day Foundation and uses several criteria to determine eligibility, including maintaining a per capita budget of at least $2 for tree maintenance activities, coordinating a community tree planting event, maintaining a tree management ordinance and issuing a proclamation recognizing Arbor Day and the Tree City USA program.

Additionally, in April 2017, tree maintenance and planting work is scheduled to resume in the community. These activities consist of planting, grid trimming/pruning, the removal of dead/diseased trees and tree stump removal.  Prior to work starting, locations will be posted for temporary parking restrictions and residents will be notified of maintenance activities.  This maintenance work continues the City's proactive efforts over the last several years to keep up with regular tree maintenance activities.  This work is cost-effective and helps to alleviate potential hazardous conditions related to overgrown trees.
CDBG RESURFACING PROJECT
The City has three street improvement projects included in this year's capital improvement program budget and on March 29, 2017, bids were received for the CDBG Improvement Project, which is focused on street and concrete repairs along Alexander Street, from First Street to Fourth Street.  The lowest responsive bid was received from All American Asphalt in the amount of $143,979, which is well within the Engineer's cost estimate. The City Council awarded the contract on April 17, 2017, and work will get underway in mid-May 2017.

In addition, work continues to move forward on the City's two other resurfacing projects, including the Annual Street Resurfacing Project (street/utility) and the Glenoaks Improvement Project (street/traffic safety improvements on Glenoaks Blvd.). Design work on the Annual Resurfacing Project is approximately 70% complete while the Glenoaks Project began in late April 2017.
PHILLIPPI STREET TREE REPLANTING
West Coast Arborist will be planting 27 Raywood Ash trees along Phillippi Street between Harding Avenue and the cul-de-sac West of N. Maclay Ave. As you may recall, before last year's Annual Street Resurfacing Project several trees (Liquidambars) along the street were removed as they were no longer viable. The tree planting will be completed in May 2017.
HVAC REPAIRS AT CITY HALL
In late March 2017, Public Works staff completed repairs to the HVAC units at City Hall that heat/cool the Council Chambers and adjacent conference rooms. Staff quickly diagnosed power issues and made repairs to the system. Public Works' in-house expertise is a great asset to the City, helping to reduce facilities maintenance expenses and reduce repair times.
SAFE AND ACTIVE STREETS MASTER PLAN UPDATE
Over the past year, the City and community stakeholders have made remarkable progress in the development of a Safe and Active Streets Master Plan for the community. This effort will help to identify opportunities to improve transportation and pedestrian safety, including both programming and infrastructure improvements. Work on this grant-funded master plan is nearing completion and will be considered by the Transportation and Safety Commission and the City Council in May 2017.  As you'll recall, the master plan process has involved extensive community engagement with local schools and community members, including interactive charrettes and the coordination of a local Walk to School Day.  Once complete, the master plan will serve as a guide for local transportation safety improvements and position the City for future grant opportunities.
TRUMAN/SAN FERNANDO ROAD GATEWAY MONUMENT
As a result of recent vandalism and tagging at the Gateway Monument, it was determined that the painted stucco entry sign was in need of repainting. Public Works staff initiated work to repaint the entry monument sign to be consistent with other entry monuments in the community. Great job by Public Works staff!

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BIKEWAY LIGHTING MAINTENANCE
In early April 2017, Public Works staff will initiate maintenance and repair activities on the solar light fixtures that line the bikeway.  This work includes cleaning of solar panels and replacement of fixtures, if necessary.



LAS PALMAS PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Public Works staff members are busy with several improvements at Las Palmas Park, including: repairs to the playground areas, and the instillation of perimeter fencing for baseball fields, new basketball nets, new partitions/toiletry dispensers in the Women's outdoor restroom and barricades along the rear parking lot area.  These improvements help to keep the park in good condition during the busy spring season.
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES
SPRING PROGRAMS BROCHURE
Quarterly, the Recreation and Community Services Department distributes a brochure that lists all of their exciting new activities and programs, including:
  • Fitness & Wellness Programs
  • Arts Classes
  • Sports Programs & Activities
  • Senior Programs & Activities
  • Health Classes
  • Transit Services
  • Upcoming Events
CLICK HERE to view the Spring Programs Brochure for April 2017 through June 2017.
SPRING JAMBOREE

On April 15, 2017, the Recreation and Community Services Department hosted the annual Spring Jamboree at Las Palmas Park. All activities were free of charge and every young person left with a special gift bag.

 

Fun Exercise with 3 Wins Volunteers

JAM Session Drum Circle

Face Painting
SENIOR EXPO 2017: "AGE OUT LOUD"
In honor of Older American's Month 2017, the Recreation and Community Services Department will host the Annual Senior Expo on May 19, 2017. The event will take place at Las Palmas Park, from 9 am to 1 pm, and it is estimated that over 300 seniors will attend this free event.  Various agencies such as the Alzheimer's Association, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Center for Health Care Rights, and the National Organization for Renal Disease plan on participating and will be on site to offer valuable information and free health screenings to the seniors. Participants will also enjoy live entertainment, lunch, a dance and raffles. 
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 # 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
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:

DATE TIME AGENCY
5/1/17 9 am to 12 pm Humana
5/2/17 10 am to 11 am AGA (Presentation: Talking to your Doctor)
5/10/17 10 am to 12 pm Care 1st
5/17/17 10 am to 1 pm Care 1st
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY

Stop by Las Palmas Park for a free movie and popcorn. Generally scheduled on the last Friday of the month. This month's movie will be a showing of Viridiana, directed by Luis Bañuel.

 

WHEN: May 26, 2017
TIME: 1 pm
COST: Free
INFO: 818.898.7340
SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATIONS

DATE & TIME GROUP LOCATION
5/20/17: 3 pm - 9 pm Fresh Kutz Barbershop
Grand Opening
233 N. Maclay Ave.
5/27/17: 11 am Esteban & Daisy's
Wedding
Horse Drawn Carriage
1109 Coronel St.
6/9/17: 6 pm - 12 am
6/10/17: 2 pm - 12 am
6/11/17: 10 am - 10 pm
Saint Ferdinand Church
Annual Fiesta
1109 Coronel St.
9/17/17*: 11 am
*Date Change from 5/7/17
Valley Family Center
Children's Health Fair
302 S. Brand Blvd.
TBD: 9 am - 9 pm WSS Store
Two-Day Tent Sale
460 Mission Blvd.
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.


Public Meetings | City Hall Hours | Events
MAY 1
CITY COUNCIL & SUCCESSOR AGENCY Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
MAY 2
PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1227
6:30 pm | Cancellation Notice
MAY 3
TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1222
6 pm | Agenda
MAY 5
ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM (ENP) CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION
Join the ENP for a morning of treats, music, dancing, and raffles as they celebrate this festive holiday.
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando | 818.898.7340
9 am to 1 pm | $2 Suggested Donation for Lunch (Registration is Required)
If you do not wish to receive a meal, you may still participate in the festivities and socialize with others.
MAY 9
PARKS, WELLNESS AND RECREATION COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1290
6 pm | Agenda
MAY 11
OVERSIGHT BOARD Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.7307
10 am | Agenda
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
MAY 12
CITY HALL CLOSED
MAY 15
CITY COUNCIL & SUCCESSOR AGENCY Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
MAY 19
SENIOR EXPO: AGE OUT LOUD
Don't miss out on this free event includes health screenings, fitness demos, treats, music, dancing, raffles, and lunch!
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando
9 am to 1 pm | 818.898.7340
MAY 20
BULKY ITEM DROP-OFF
Republic Services will host its quarterly bulky item drop-off and semi-annual Shred Day for City of San Fernando residents.  Whether living in multi-family complexes or single-family homes, residents will be able to drop-off bulky items such as furniture, appliances, electronics, and mattresses for proper disposal. Used books will also be accepted and donated to local libraries.
Items such as concrete, asphalt, dirt, construction and demolition material, and hazardous waste will not be accepted. Proof of residency will be required.
Parking Lot 6N | Corner of First Street and Maclay Avenue
8 am to 1 pm | 800.299.4898
LAS PALMAS SENIOR CLUB MOTHER'S DAY DANCE
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club as they dance the night away at their Mother's Day 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 | $25 for Club Members | $35 for Non-Members
MAY 25
SENIOR CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando | 818.898.1290
1 pm | Agenda
MAY 26
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.
This month's movie is a viewing of Viridiana, directed by Luis Bañuel.
Las Palmas Park | 505 S. Huntington St., San Fernando
1 pm | Free
MAY 29
HOLIDAY - CITY HALL CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY
MAY 30
EDUCATION COMMISSION Regular Meeting
Council Chambers | 117 Macneil St, San Fernando | 818.898.1204
6 pm | Agenda
CITY MANAGER'S MONTHLY REPORT
City of San Fernando  | 818.898.1202  |   www.sfcity.org