FEBRUARY 2016
ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

FEBRUARY HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of Presidents' Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016.
CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT

2016 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The City of San Fernando and the San Fernando Education Commission, in partnership with the California Latino Water Coalition Foundation and Republic Services. Inc., are honored to announce the following scholarship opportunities:
  • Latino Water Coalition Foundation Scholarship - Four $500 scholarships open to students in grades six through eight with at least one parent/guardian that resides in the City of San Fernando, or students in grades six through eight attending a school in the City of San Fernando. Deadline: February 12, 2016.
  • Gabriel Fernandez Scholarship - Two $1,000 scholarships open to graduating college-bound high school senior or a current full-time student in a community college or four-year university. Applicants need not attend a school in the City of San Fernando. Deadline: February 12, 2016.
  • Republic Services Annual Cesar Ch├ívez Scholarship - Two $1,000 scholarships open to graduating college-bound high school seniors. Applicants must be permanent residents of the City of San Fernando. Deadline: February 26, 2016.
Interested individuals may CLICK HERE to view the application information. Questions may be directed to 818.898.1204 or sfeducom@sfcity.org
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

CITY COUNCIL ITEMS (FEBRUARY 1, 2016)
  • The City Council conducted a public hearing to consider the first reading of an ordinance regulating unattended collection boxes. The proposed ordinance would establish regulations within the zoning code. The new regulations will identify the required permits, limit the number of collection boxes to one per property and identify where on the property they can be located. Currently, these boxes have an adverse impact on the character of the commercial corridors and become a public nuisance as unattended boxes have been found in required setbacks, adjacent to the public right-of-way, and/or overflowing with "donations" that in some instances spillover into sidewalks and result in visual impact on the commercial corridors.
  • The City Council conducted a public hearing to consider and approval of $233,641 worth of funding for City street, curb/curb ramp, gutter work and tree planting projects for 42nd Program Year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding as part of the CDBG Consolidated Plan (Action Plan). Subsequent to City Council approval, the City will submit the request to use the City-allocated CDBG funds to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development via the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.
UPDATE ON PENDING STATE LEGISLATION ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA CULTIVATION
City staff and the City Attorney are currently working on an ordinance addressing medical marijuana uses including medical marijuana cultivation within the City of San Fernando. The proposed ordinance is in direct response to State Assembly Bill 243 (Wood) that preempted local regulatory authority in the regulation of medical marijuana cultivation.  The previously enacted legislation under AB 243 would have harmed local governments by pre-empting them from enacting cultivation regulations if they had not had a local regulation in effect as of March 1, 2016.  The provision, Section 11362.777(c)(4) stated:

PUBLIC MEETINGS 

AND

CITY HALL HOURS
FEBRUARY 1
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1204
FEBRUARY 2
Planning & Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm | 818.898.1227
FEBRUARY 3
Transportation & Safety Commission
Special Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1222
FEBRUARY 5
CITY HALL CLOSED
FEBRUARY 9
Parks, Wellness and Recreation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm | 818.898.1290
FEBRUARY 11
Oversight Board 
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.7307
FEBRUARY 15
CITY HALL CLOSED
(Holiday - In Observance of Presidents' Day)
FEBRUARY 16 
(Tues)
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1204
FEBRUARY 19
CITY HALL CLOSED
FEBRUARY 25
Senior Citizens Advisory Board
Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park
505 S. Huntington Street
San Fernando
1 pm | 818.898.7340
FEBRUARY 25
(tentative)
Disaster Council
Special Meeting
Community Room
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1222
If a city, county, or city and county does not have land use regulations or ordinances regulating or prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana, either expressly or otherwise under principles of permissive zoning, or chooses not to administer a conditional permit program pursuant to this section, then commencing March 1, 2016, the division shall be the sole licensing authority for medical marijuana cultivation applicants in that city, county, or city and county.

The League of California Cities, the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers, and the Association of College and University Police Chiefs successfully supported recently approved legislation under AB 21 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, and Wood) that amended the previously adopted AB 243 (Wood) by removing the aforementioned provision noted above that pre-empts local authority to enact cultivation regulations if they do not have them in effect by March 1, 2016. Due to the ongoing legislative changes at the state level, the City's preparation of a draft ordinance will continue in order to preserve local control over medical marijuana uses in general as well as control over medical marijuana cultivation uses.

PLANNING AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING (FEBRUARY 2, 2016)
The Planning and Preservation Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider a request for the approval of a conditional use permit to allow for the on-site consumption of beer, wine and distilled spirits (On-Sale General for Bona Fide Public Eating Place license) in conjunction with the operation of Magaly's Tamales Restaurant at the property located at 134 N. Maclay Avenue. The location is currently being redeveloped and will be the future home of the new restaurant; construction work on the new restaurant is scheduled to be completed in March 2016.

2016 GREATER LOS ANGELES HOMELESS COUNT (JANUARY 27, 2016)
On January 27, 2016, the City of San Fernando as a participating agency took part in a one-day, citywide homeless count as part of the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The Community Development Department personnel in combination with city volunteers helped with the actual canvassing of the City to identify homeless individuals.  Last year, the City participated in the bi-annual count, which was the largest homeless census in the nation and this year count organizers anticipate an even bigger showing of community engagement. Because of count volunteers and community partners, the City's participation with other agencies throughout Los Angeles County all help to continue to shine a light on the critical issue of homelessness in our region. The homeless count is considered valuable data to support programs and funding and created new pathways for collaboration and involvement in ongoing efforts to address homelessness.  Thank you to all the City staff, residents, elected officials, and commissioners that participated in the count.   It is anticipated that homeless count numbers will be available from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) in the coming months.

For more information regarding the count results, visit LAHSA's website: 

2016-2020 LOS ANGELES COUNTY STRATEGIC PLAN FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) has released the 2016-2020 Los Angeles County Strategic Plan for Economic Development (the Strategic Plan). The Strategic Plan is the result of a yearlong effort by LAEDC to engage and solicit input from more than 500 stakeholders in 26 public input sessions that brought together leaders from the public, private, business, government, labor, education, environmental, and community-based organizations to build consensus around shared goals and effective strategies. The Strategic Plan as noted by the LAEDC is "a consensus 'blueprint' for a strong economy, that defines priorities and actionable strategies to foster creation of well-paying jobs, help our key industries and workforce succeed in these times of change, and increase shared prosperity and standards of living for our diverse residents throughout L.A. County". Special thanks to City residents and officials that participated in the stakeholder meetings. The Strategic Plan identified the following 7 goals:
  1. Invest in our people to provide greater opportunity;
  2. Strengthen our leading export-oriented industry clusters;
  3. Accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship;
  4. Be more business-friendly;
  5. Remove barriers to critical infrastructure development, financing and delivery;
  6. Increase global connectedness; and
  7. Build more livable communities.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the full document.

CORRIDORS SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR) UPDATE
On January 7, 2016, the City of San Fernando held a Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Corridors Specific Plan Amendment. The Scoping Meeting was held at 6 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting provided the public with an opportunity to help identify potential environmental impacts that should be evaluated as part of the EIR process. If you recall from the Technical Advisory Group Meetings and the Community Workshops, the number of potential development has been reduced from a potential over 1,000 units to the 759 units now being evaluated.  In addition to the Scoping Meeting, the public was encouraged to submit additional comments regarding potential environmental impacts (infrastructure, traffic, emergency service impacts, etc.) to be assessed until January 21, 2016. Furthermore, the one EIR being prepared will include assessment of a Project Alternative that removes all housing from the City's downtown area consistent with public comments at the Planning and Preservation Commission meetings held on the project. Based on public input, the Planning and Preservation Commission requested inclusion of a no housing in the downtown area project alternative be added to the upcoming EIR analysis.

Once completed, the EIR will be made available for public review and comments before the item is considered by the Planning and Preservation Commission and subsequently the City Council in the summer of 2016...so no final decision on project approval has been made by any of the decision makers with review and approval authority over the project.

CORRIDORS SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT UPDATE
Looking forward on the Corridors Specific Plan Amendment, on January 20, 2016, the Santa Clarita Business Journal published an article (CLICK HERE to view article)  that discussed the efforts of cities like Claremont, Glendale and Santa Clarita to use theater projects as catalyst projects that resulted in transformational investment within their downtown areas. The article noted that the theater projects were part of mixed-use developments within the downtown areas that included a mix of commercial, residential, and/or the development of public parking facilities as a major project component to make the respective projects "pencil out" financially. In the three examples noted, building downtown parking infrastructure and expanding parking infrastructure capacity with new facilities can be considered as a key economic development strategy that: 
  1. Can stimulate investment in the form of one or more catalyst projects; and
  2. Encourage ongoing community investment that expands the city's sales and property tax base, which results from new commercial uses that have the ability to grow into the increased available parking.
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

BUSINESS LICENSE FEES DUE FEBRUARY 29, 2016
This is a reminder that Business License fees for 2016 are due by close of business on February 29, 2016.  Failure to renew by that time will result in a 10 percent penalty.  Avoid penalties and long lines by renewing online ( http://SanFernando.hdlgov.com/) or by telephone (818.898.1211).  We now accept payments by credit card online or by telephone only.

SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION - ANNUAL FISCAL REVIEW
On February 16, 2016, at 4:30 pm, in the City Hall Community Room, staff will provide the City Council and the public with a review of the City's finances, including final financials for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, an update to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget, and a preliminary outlook for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget.  Please attend this critical and informative special City Council Study Session.
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 DEPARTMENT

SHOOTING INCIDENT
On January 11, 2016, at approximately 11:55 am, San Fernando Police Department (SFPD) Officers were following a vehicle for a traffic violation, eastbound on Truman Street approaching the intersection of Hubbard Avenue, when the violator suddenly stopped his vehicle, proceeded in reverse and rammed the Officers vehicle, causing damage to the police vehicle.  The suspect vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, southbound Hubbard Avenue, as the Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit and broadcasted that they were rammed by the suspect vehicle.  The suspect vehicle then ran the red traffic signal at the intersection of Hubbard Avenue and San Fernando Road and collided into an unrelated vehicle.  The pursuit terminated at that location and shortly thereafter, an Officer involved shooting occurred.  The suspect, who was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, died at the scene.  The occupants of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and vehicle occupant was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

The scene was immediately secured by SFPD Officers and Detectives, with the assistance of Los Angeles Police Department Mission Division and Los Angeles Unified School District Police.  Burbank and Glendale Police Departments' personnel also responded to assist with the large perimeter, as the SFPD's  resources were being exhausted.  Los Angeles Sheriff Department (LASD) Homicide Division, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office responded to the incident and handled the investigation.  This is standard practice for all officer involved shootings so there is an independent investigative body to conduct the investigation.

SFPD and LASD Detectives located numerous witnesses who were all cooperative in giving the investigators a true picture of what occurred.  The Officers involved in the shooting were on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice after a death occurs.  Those Officers have since returned to full duty.

SAN FERNANDO POLICE EXPLORERS ATTEND TACTICAL COMPETITION IN CHANDLER, ARIZONA
The San Fernando Police Explorers participated in the 18th Annual Chandler Police Explorer Tactical Competition in Chandler, Arizona.  The competition took place from January 15, 2016 through January 17, 2016.  The competition consisted of 55 police agencies from five states, and over 850 Police Explorers competing.  The San Fernando Police Department is pleased to announce that the San Fernando Police Explorers placed in four events:
  • 2nd Place - Waterborne Operations event;
  • 3rd Place - Hogan's Alley;
  • 4th Place - Tactical Relay; and 
  • 4th Place - Bungee Challenge.

San Fernando Police Explorers did an outstanding job in this great event and represented the San Fernando Police Department with honor.  A special thank you to the Explorer Advisors; Detective Jorge Cervantes, Officer Evelyn Diaz, Officer Fernando Miranda, and Police Records Specialist Connie Negrete for their outstanding dedication to this program.  Explorer Advisor Negrete also returned with a trophy by placing 4th in the female Advisor pistol shoot.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

GRANT-FUNDED IMPROVEMENTS AT RECREATION PARK
As you're aware, the City was awarded roughly $200,000 to complete improvements at Recreation Park, including HVAC system upgrades, door/window improvements, gymnasium floor refinishing, and tot lot/play equipment improvements.  Work is underway on HVAC improvements and floor refinishing.  As planned, other improvements will continue during February 2016 and March 2016.  These improvements will help to bring a new look to Recreation Park!

Gymnasium Floor Improvements




New Air Conditioning Units




NEW TRASH RECEPTACLES INSTALLED ALONG DOWNTOWN MALL AREA
In January 2016, new decorative trash receptacles were installed in the downtown mall area. The new receptacles will provide a nice new amenity for this area and feature the City's logo.

NEW SERVICE VEHICLE FOR PUBLIC WORKS WATER DIVISION
In January 2016, the City took delivery of a new Ford F650 truck that will be used by the Public Works Water team.  The truck will be used in day-to-day operational activities, including service installation and repairs, among other related construction activities.  This truck was authorized for purchase by the City Council in November 2014 to replace the existing 1991 GMC truck used for water operations.  Also, the Public Works Department is awaiting delivery of a new sewer jetter truck for sewer operations. Staff hopes to have this truck delivered in early February 2016.

Existing Truck
New Truck



PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING FOR CITY COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS FUELING STATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
A mandatory pre-proposal meeting was held regarding the City's CNG Fueling Station Improvement Project.  As you'll recall, the project is entirely funded by grant monies and will help to improve storage and improve fuel dispensing times.  Currently, it takes an extended time to refuel large vehicles - this new equipment will greatly improve this process.  Altogether, 20 firms were in attendance for the pre-proposal meeting.  Proposals are due at the end of February 2016 and it is expected that this item will be presented to the City Council for their consideration in March 2016. Staff will keep you informed as this process moves forward.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFPs)
  • Transportation Services - Work is underway on developing a request for proposal document to provide transportation services in the community, including dial-a-ride and trolley/fixed route services.  As you'll recall, the current agreement for these services expires in June 2016 and the City Council provided input into the preparation of a new RFP/agreement.  As part of the RFP, staff will look at existing schedules to determine if modifications can be made to improve on-time system performance, possible partnerships with other transit providers (City of Los Angeles, Access Services, County of Los Angeles) to help enhance local services, and the future use of 18-passenger buses that are "wrapped" to look like trolleys when the existing trolleys exceed their useful life. It is expected that the RFP will be released to the public in February 2016.
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements - Over the last several months, work has progressed on a request for proposal document for energy efficiency improvements to San Fernando's local infrastructure, including facilities, lights, and monitoring systems (meters, thermostats, etc.).  As you're aware, this topic was identified as a City Council priority that will help to improve infrastructure and reduce ongoing expenditures.  As part of the RFP, staff hopes to implement a performance-based energy conservation effort that includes energy audits, the design/installation of new systems, ongoing maintenance, project financing, and grant funding opportunities.  It is hoped that this RFP will be ready for distribution next month.
BRAND BOULEVARD WATERWISE MEDIAN PROJECT UPDATE
Work continues to progress along Brand Boulevard.  Plants and irrigation components are being installed in planter areas and synthetic turf is ready for installation.  It is expected that these items should be finished in February 2016.  Once completed, these improvements will serve as a welcoming entry to the City and also demonstrate our commitment to water conservation.
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

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 2: February 2016 through March 2016)

AGE: Kindergarten through 5th Grade

INFO: 818.898.1290

LINE DANCE
For the last 20 years, a group of fun-loving dancers have been found warming up, learning, and practicing a different series of line dances at Recreation Park in the City of San Fernando. All ages are welcome and no partner is required. Each dance is broken down step-by-step, whereby participants increase their balance, coordination, and endurance. These Western American Line dancers also perform at least twice a year in the community and keep American traditions alive.

WHERE: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

WHEN: Friday

TIME: 10:30 am to 11:30 am

COST: $10 Per Session

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

AGE: All Ages

INFO: 818.898.1290

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 are now available! Contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for more information.

ADULT CO-ED VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
Register now! The new season begins January 19, 2016.

WHERE: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

WHEN: Tuesday Night (Advanced League)
Thursday Night (Amateur League)

TIME: 7 pm

COST: $30 Participation Fee

REGISTER: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando
WWW.SFRCS.COM

AGE: 18 and Older

INFO: 818.898.1290

YOUTH BASKETBALL
Now accepting registration! The new season begins January 2016. Fee includes practice, games, jersey, and trophy. Coaches needed; if interested, please contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290. 

WHERE: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

COST: Ages 5 - 8: $80 for Residents / $90 for Non-Residents
Ages 9 - 17: $85 for Residents / $95 for Non-Residents

INFO: 818.898.1290

NEW! YOUTH CHEERLEADING
Register now! The season begins January 2016. Fee includes  uniform, practice, games, and trophy.

WHERE: Recreation Park, 208 Park Ave, San Fernando

COST: $75 for Residents / $85 for Non-Residents

AGE: 5 to 17

INFO: 818.898.1290




SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Register now! The Spring/Summer Season for Special Olympics Tri-Valley begins in February 2016. Special Olympics is a sports training and competition program for individuals with intellectual disabilities ranging in ages from 8 to 80. All sports programs are free to athletes.  

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

WHEN: Saturdays

TIME: 8:15 am to 9:45 am (Basketball)
9 am to 9:45 am (Young Athletes - ages 2 to 7)
10 am to 11:30 am (Bocce)

INFO: 661.253.2121 /scv.tv@sosc.org / www.sosc.org/scvtv

Track and Field is also offered at Crescenta Valley High School and Los Angeles Valley College.

Interested in Volunteering? Volunteers (ages 14 and up) are being recruited as coaches, event volunteers, and sports officials. Officials must be at least 16 years of age and complete a certification course. Please contact Kim Villa via email at KVilla@sosc.org for more information. 

AFTERSCHOOL TENNIS PROGRAM
Register Now! 

WHERE: Pioneer Park, 828 Harding Street, San Fernando

COST: $10 Per Session

DURATION:
6-Week Session

INFO: 818.898.1290

TEEN PROGRAM
Youth Speak! Collective continues with their afterschool programming at both Las Palmas Park and Recreation park. Now enrolling co-ed youth for the soccer program "Club Futbolito". Fee includes uniform. Limited scholarships are available; contact Recreation Park for more information.

WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 South Huntington Street, San Fernando
Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

COST: $25 Per Person

INFO: 818.898.1290

FITNESS CLASSES
Join one of the many on-going fitness classes! 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

COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
The last Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distribution date was February 1, 2016. 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 brought 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 received 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.

HOME DELIVERED MEAL PROGRAM MEAL EVALUATION
Staff will conclude a six-week meal evaluation on the Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP)- Home Delivered Meal Program. The program menu is based on a six-week cycle and is developed by Los Angeles County dieticians. Every meal must include a meat item, starch or bread, vegetable and fruit that provides an adequate amount of vitamin C and A, dessert and milk. A picture is taken of the meal and then it is evaluated using the Meal Evaluation Form provided in the Standard Operations Procedure handbook. Meals are rated on a scale of 1-5 based on appearance, taste, texture and aroma. Conducting these evaluations will help staff give a more thorough report during the monthly Quality Assurance meetings. Images: Baked Fish with Herbs, Chicken Burrito, Stuffed Bell Pepper.





SENIOR WELLNESS WORKSHOP
CSUN Kinesiology students will provide a workshop for seniors with the purpose of providing information on how improve mental and physical health. Professionals in the field will present topics on Depression, Dementia Care, Physical Activity, and Dietary Guidelines. 

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

WHEN: Thursdays (February 4, 2016 through March 3, 2016)

TIME: 9 am to 10:30 am

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.7340

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:


2/1/16 9 am to 11 am Humana

2/3/16 10 am to 1 pm Citizen Care

2/8/16 9:30 am to 11 am Care 1st

2/10/16 10 am to 1 pm Citizen Care

2/17/16 10 am to 1 pm Citizen Care

2/18/16 9 am to 11 am Lincoln Heritage

2/22/16 9:30 am to 11 am Care 1st

2/24/16 10 am to 1 pm Citizen Care

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.

REFRESHER COURSE  - Once you have completed the Initial 8-hour Course, you may take the 4-hour Refresher Course

DATES: February 4, 2016

TIME: 12 pm to 4 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. New class sessions begin January 11, 2016. Registration is per session; no pro-rating for late sign-ups and refunds may be provided at the City's discretion. No class on January 18, 2016 and February 15, 2016; Instructors will announce make up classes.

*Registration Promotion -  Register and pay by January 8, 2016 and receive $5 off; Sign up for two classes in the same session and receive $10 off. Only one promotional rate may be redeemed per session. 

STRETCH TO THE MUSIC - Move to the beat of the music. Low impact class with emphasis on strength training, flexibility, balance and endurance. 

INSTRUCTOR:
Deborah Rothschild

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

CARDIO & STRENGTH (AEROBICS) - Looking for a cardio workout? This class will focus on cardio-vascular exercise followed by alternating strength building with hand weights and Tai-Chi.

INSTRUCTOR:
Steve Steinberg

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

DAYS: Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 10:30 am to 11:45 am

COST: $30 for the 6-week Session*

INFO: 818.898.7340

MOVIN' & GROOVIN' TO ZEN - Groove to a healthier you - mind, body, and soul! Help manage arthritis pains, improve flexibility, and strengthen the heart. This class will combine standing yoga positions with Tai-Chi movements that will focus on balance, stretching and meditation with a cardio twist.

INSTRUCTOR:
Steve Zwicker

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

DAYS: Tuesday and Thursday

TIME: 8:30 am to 9:30 am

COST: $30 for the 6-week Session*

INFO: 818.898.7340
FEBRUARY 3

COMMUNITY MEETING
Attend this Community Meeting and help decide the future of our parks!


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

TIME: 6 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.1290

FEBRUARY 12

ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM (ENP) VALENTINE'S CELEBRATION
Love is in the air! The Elderly Nutrition Program will celebrate friendship and love. Join us for a morning of dancing, raffles and treats. 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 S. 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: 818.898.7341

FEBRUARY 14 - 16

LAUGHLIN-RIVERSIDE HOTEL EXCURSION
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club for a fun-filled day weekend in Laughlin, Nevada.


DEPARTURE:
Parking Lot 6N (corner of First St and Maclay), San Fernando

TIME: 8 am

COST: $90 for Club Members / $100 for Non-Members

INFO: Maribel Perez @ 818.898.7341

FEBRUARY 20

VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE
The Las Palmas Senior Club will host thier annual Valentine's Day dance with live music, door prizes, and raffles. 


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

TIME: 5 pm to 12 midnight

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

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

FEBRUARY 28

PALA CASINO
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club for a fun-filled day at the Pala Casino.


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

TIME: 8 am

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

INFO: Maribel Perez @ 818.898.7341

MARCH 26 

EGG-STRAVAGANZA
Join us for a fun-filled day with arts and crafts, face painting, games, and prizes!


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

TIME: 11 am to 2 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.7341

MARCH 26 

JAM SESSION
Experience a rhythmic and interactive journey. JAM Sessions are participatory and centered around movement and music.


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

TIME: 11 am

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.7341