NOVEMBER 2015
ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT

NOVEMBER HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of the below holidays, City Hall will be closed on the following days:


HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Veterans Day November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2015
November 27, 2015
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

JOINT CODE ENFORCEMENT AND SAN FERNANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT EFFORT 
Community Preservation staff, received a call from a concerned family member of a 74-year old and lifelong resident on Hollister Street. The caller was reaching out to the City for assistance regarding his elderly sister's home. The property tenant, had in recent days become ill and was ready to return home, however Social Services had deemed the property unsafe for her return. The home was in need of extensive cleaning and decluttering.

On October 17, 2015, a coordinated clean-up effort between Community Preservation staff, San Fernando Police Explorer Advisors, San Fernando Police Explorers, and other volunteers of the subject property took place. With a month long donation of a roll off bin by Republic Services and the trash disposal fees paid by the San Fernando Explorers via fundraising efforts at the Chile Festival, the cleanup of the property made a substantial impact , and subsequent cleanup work was left in the hands of the family who are well on their way of preparing the home to welcome its resident.  



PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION MEETING 
On November 3, 2015, at 6:30 pm, the Planning and Preservation Commission conducted a Study Session in light of the adoption of the Urgency Ordinance placing a moratorium on new Medical and Dental clinics. The purpose of the study session was to analyze city-wide off-street parking rates applicable to Medical and Dental clinics. The proposed parking rates were presented by City Planning staff to the Commission in order to solicit Commission input and obtain direction so City Planning staff can develop a new off-street parking rate. A zone text amendment will be brought back to the  Commission at a later date for recommendation to the City Council for consideration. The meeting was also intended to solicit community input from interested members of the public so as to better inform the City's zoning amendment efforts. Public notices were posted at City Hall and in the Los Angeles Daily News on October 23, 2015

KEY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY UPDATES
The following section identifies key construction activity occurring in the City's Commercial Corridors:
  • 134 North Maclay Avenue:  Construction work continues to progress on the rehabilitation of an existing 3,510 square foot commercial building to facilitate a new 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 contractor has completed the installation of the underground plumbing for each fixture and the below ground grease interceptor within the commercial building. The proposed new sit-down restaurant is family-owned and operated.
  • 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 is completing the exterior finish work on the building before installing perimeter landscape work. Work continues on the interior building improvements (i.e., installation of the interior insulation, drywall, and stairway framing) that will facilitate new ground-floor commercial tenant spaces and a second floor dentist 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.

PUBLIC MEETINGS 

AND

CITY HALL HOURS
NOVEMBER 2
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.1204
NOVEMBER 3
Planning & Preservation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm | 818.898.1227
NOVEMBER 4
Transportation & Safety Commission
Special Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6 pm | 818.898.1222
NOVEMBER 10
Disaster Council
Special Meeting
City Hall Community Room
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
3:00 pm | 818.898.1222
NOVEMBER 10
Parks, Wellness & Recreation Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:30 pm | 818.898.7340
NOVEMBER 11
CITY HALL CLOSED
(Veterans Day)
NOVEMBER 12
Oversight Board 
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.7307
NOVEMBER 13
CITY HALL CLOSED
NOVEMBER 16
City Council & 
Successor Agency
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
6:00 pm | 818.898.1204
NOVEMBER 18
Transportation & Safety Commission
Regular Meeting
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.1222
NOVEMBER 26
Senior Citizens Advisory Board
Regular Meeting
Las Palmas Park 
Community Center
505 S. Huntington
San Fernando
CANCELLED | 818.898.7340
NOVEMBER 26 - 27
CITY HALL CLOSED
(Thanksgiving Day and Day After)
  • 1661 San Fernando Road:  The pre-manufactured roof framing system (trusses) for the two new commercial buildings were delivered to the site.  The contractor will start the installation of the truss system once approval from the engineer of record is given.  The contractor has installed the approved bracing of the exterior structural walls and will maintain the framing sub-contractor on-site on a daily basis.  In addition, the contractor will maintain the subject site in accordance with approved storm water requirements during construction.
NORTHEAST STRATEGY "SAN FERNANDO VALLEY SUSTAINABILITY AND PROSPERITY"
The Mulholland Institute, a public think tank, has been funded through a grant from the Southern California Association of Governments ("SCAG") to develop a regional strategy for the long-term improvement of the San Fernando Valley.  As part of these efforts, the Mulholland Institute held a community workshop on November 4, 2015, at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center.

The general public was asked to participate in the workshop as part of community planning groups, looking to the future of the San Fernando Valley as it relates to: 
  • Traffic, Highways and Public Transportation; 
  • Housing, Zoning and Town Centers; 
  • Restaurants, Shopping and Walkable Streets;
  • Bikeways, Parks and Public Spaces; 
  • Education, Jobs and Careers; and
  • Economic Development, Livable Communities and Environmental Sustainability.
CLICK HERE for the Workshop Flyer or CLICK HERE to view the San Fernando Valley Business Journal excerpt on the proposed regional effort.
FINANCE DEPARTMENT

NOVEMBER WATER BILLS
City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Friday, November 27, 2015, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Please be sure that water payments are received by the Finance Department prior to the holiday closure.

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

AVOID LATE FEES ON YOUR WATER BILL
Have you ever received late fees because you forgot to pay your Water Bill? Avoid late fees by signing up for AutoPay and have your Water Bill debited from your account automatically. For more details, contact the Finance Department at (818) 898-1211.

FINANCIAL REPORTS
As a reminder, all of the City's financial reports, including annual budgets, audited financial statements, and the Measure A Annual Report can be found under the Finance Department page on the City's website (WWW.SFCITY.ORG).
POLICE DEPARTMENT

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) DEPLOYMENT
On October 17, 2015, at approximately 3:30 am, Officers responded to 508 Harps Street regarding a medical emergency.  Upon their arrival, Officers located a male not breathing and immediately started CPR.  The Officers also deployed the AED and continued CPR while awaiting Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Paramedics to arrive.  LAFD arrived shortly thereafter, took over CPR and transported the victim to a local hospital for further medical treatment.  Due to our Officers quick response (within two minutes) and having the proper tools to administer lifesaving initial medical treatment, the victim received quick medical attention, while awaiting LAFD's arrival.

ROBBERY INCIDENT
On October 21, 2015, at approximately 1:45 pm, the Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from two victims that indicated they were robbed in the area of Harding Avenue and Eighth Street.  Three male suspects were armed with a gun and a baseball bat, were last seen in the area in a white Honda with a black hood.  Patrol Officers, along with Detectives responded to the area and located the suspect vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Phillippi Street, which is where the suspect vehicle is registered.  The officers immediately set up a perimeter and surveillance on the suspect vehicle.

Area "C" mutual aid assistance was requested and Officers from Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles Unified School police departments responded, as well as, the Burbank Police Department Airship. Additionally, during the course of this investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's SWAT team responded with two Deputies to monitor the situation, in case it became a barricaded suspect situation. During the course of the surveillance, two other vehicles containing possible suspects left the area of the suspect vehicle and were followed and stopped in the area.  The three male suspects were detained and positively identified by the victims as the suspects who committed the robbery.  Three other males were also arrested for warrants and narcotic violations.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT

BRAND BOULEVARD MEDIAN - DROUGHT TOLERANT LANDSCAPING IMPROVEMENTS
Work continues to progress along Brand Boulevard.  Through the end of October 2015, work continued with clearing/grubbing of old turf and weeds and the installation of irrigation piping.  As expected, work will continue in early November 2015 with the installation of irrigation sleeves in between landscaped medians using directional boring machines.  Boring machines are used on these types of projects to preserve the condition of existing pavement surface on streets.  Following the irrigation installation, work will continue with the installation of synthetic turf, decomposed granite, native plants/mulch, and trees.  Once completed, these improvements will serve as a welcoming entry to the City and also demonstrate the City's commitment to water conservation.

MEASURE R PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE RESURFACING LOCAL STREETS
Following the City Council's approval in October 2015, of the Measure R Total Road Improvement Program to accelerate local street resurfacing, staff has begun to work with the City of Azusa and financing staff from the California Statewide Development Authority on this program.  Over the next few weeks, financing documents will be prepared and the City Council will conduct a Public Hearing at its November 16, 2015 meeting to consider the issuance of certificates of participation through this program.  As a reminder, if approved, the program will provide approximately $2.4 Million, beginning Spring 2016, for local street resurfacing projects.  The program will be financed entirely through the use of Measure R monies and not require any General Fund monies.  In addition, by partnering with the City of Azusa, financing costs will be shared helping to reduce the City of San Fernando's costs.  As you'll recall, the City Council has identified 12 streets as priority resurfacing street resurfacing locations:


STREET NAME LIMITS

Phillippi Street Harding Avenue to Cul-de-sac

Warren Street Harding Avenue to Maclay Avenue

Eighth Street Hubbard Street to Maclay Avenue

Brand Boulevard Glenoaks Boulevard to Eighth Street

Lucas Street Brand Boulevard to Maclay Avenue

Macneil Street Lucas Street to End

Phillippi Street Orange Grove Avenue to Hubbard Street

Arroyo Avenue Fifth Street to Glenoaks Boulevard

Lazard Street Fourth Street to Glenoaks Boulevard

Glenoaks Boulevard West Limit to East Limit

Harding Avenue Glenoaks Boulevard to North City Limit

Alexander Street Third Street to Fifth Street

With this additional funding, it is expected that other streets will be able to be added to the priority resurfacing list.  Updates will be provided on this program as work moves forward.


SEWER CLOSED CAPTIONED TELEVISION INSPECTIONS/CLEANING
In early August 2015, the City Council included funding for the inspection and repair of sewer infrastructure in the City.  Work is nearing completion on the televised inspections and root clearing of approximately 75% of the City's sewer system.  Staff will be meeting with sewer inspection crews and contract engineering staff in early November 2015 to determine any repairs that are needed including sewer lining, "point repairs" or small sections of repair, or replacement of entire sections of pipe.  Updates will be provided to keep you informed as this program progresses.

TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY COMMISSION UPDATE
The Transportation and Safety Commission held its regular meeting on October 7, 2015, and discussed the following items:
  • Traffic Conditions Adjacent to Cesar Chavez Learning Academies:  The Commission reviewed existing traffic conditions and discussed concerns with the School's Facility Site Manager.  Following the discussion, it was determined that the City will develop a striping plan to consider altering some traffic lanes, adding parking north of the school, and updating existing striping/signage.
  • Truck Routes Along Maclay Avenue:  The City's existing code was reviewed regarding Truck Routes and the Commission discussed outreach methods to remind businesses about designated truck routes.
  • Neighborhood Permit Parking and Existing Parking Enforcement Routes:  The Commission received an update from the Police Chief regarding parking enforcement in the City.  This information will be integrated into a possible pilot program for Neighborhood Parking Permits.  As proposed, the parking permits could be issued based on resident interest and would help to limit non-resident parking in local neighborhoods.  This information will be compiled and reviewed with the Commission and the City Council in the coming months
TREE TRIMMING STATUS UPDATE
Tree Trimming work is continuing throughout the City.  Recently, crews completed trimming work at the Cesar Chavez Memorial and Gateway entry point along San Fernando Road. Work will be moving forward in the next month to address potential hazardous trees in the community.  This work helps to ensure community safety by removing potentially dangerous tree limbs/branches that could be susceptible to wind damage.
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT

GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT
On October 15, 2015, at 10:15 am, the City along with other agencies across California participated in the "Great California ShakeOut".  All City employees participated in a practical drill and all departments activated a full scale scenario.  Las Palmas Park was designated as an emergency shelter for this earthquake simulation.  This drill allowed for an understanding of disaster preparedness.  City staff took this opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.






NEW! 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

NEW! ALL ABILITIES ART CLASSES
A fun shapes approach class that is highly successful with individual learning styles! 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

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

SPORTS PROGRAMS
Please contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for further details on all sports programs.
  • Adult Co-Ed Volleyball:  The current season is mid-way with the six-team Advanced league playing on Tuesday nights and the four-team Novice league playing on Thursday nights.
  • Adult Co-Ed Softball:  The current season is mid-way with six teams and over 100 players.
  • Men's Wooden Bat Softball:  This season is underway with seven teams and over 100 players. 
  • Winter Youth Basketball:  Registration is being accepted now. Cost for ages 5 - 8 is $80 for residents and $90 for non-residents; and for ages 9 - 17, cost is $85 for residents and $95 for non-residents. Cost includes practice, games, jersey, and trophy. Coaches are needed! if interested in coaching, contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290. 
  • NEW! Youth Cheerleading:  Registration is being accepted now. Cost for ages 5 - 17 is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Cost includes practice, uniform, games, and trophy.
  • Special Olympics:  The summer session of Special Olympics is coming to an end. The Winter/Spring schedule will begin in January 2016, and will run through June 2016. Currently, the City is scheduled to host Basketball, Bocce Ball, and the Young Athlete Program. All three programs will be conducted Saturday mornings, from 8 am to 10 am, at Las Palmas Park.
  • Teens:  Youth Speak! is conducting Afterschool programming at both Las Palmas Park and Recreation Park; they have five small-sided teams in place for their soccer program.
FITNESS CLASSES
Join one of the many fitness classes now in session! Contact Recreation Park at 818.898.1290 for further details on classes and workshops.


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

AFTER SCHOOL COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (ASCEP)
The ASCEP will be closed on November 11, 2015, in observance of Veteran's Day. Additionally, the ASCEP will be closed during the week of November 23, 2015 through November 27, 2015 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The program will resume on November 30, 2015. The program will continue to be in operation from the close of every school day until 6 pm.

COMMODITY SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD PROGRAM (CSFP)
The last Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distribution date occurred on November 2, 2015. The program serves low income senior citizens over the age of 60 that are in need of food assistance.  In order to qualify for the program, interested participants will need to bring proof of income and proof of age (identification). CSFP intake workers and agency volunteers registered participants and the truck driver conducted 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.

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:


11/2/15
10 am to 12 pm Humana (Open Enrollment)

11/4/15 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Citizen Care

11/9/15 9 am to 10 am Health Net

11/11/15 9:30 am to 11:30 am Citizen Care

11/17/15 9 am to 10 am AGA (Medicare 101 Presentation)

11/18/15 9:30 am to 11:30 am Citizen Care

11/25/15 9:30 am to 11:30 am 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  - For students who have previously completed the Initial 8-hour Course.

DATES: November 19, 2015

TIME: 9 am to 1 pm

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

EARLY BIRD SESSION

CLASS: Aerobics (Stretch and Dance)

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

DAYS: Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 9 am to 10 am

COST: $30 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

EARLY SESSION

CLASS: Aerobics 

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

DAYS: Monday and Wednesday

TIME: 10:45 am to 12 pm

COST: $60 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

AFTERNOON SESSION

CLASS: Weight Training and Tai Chi

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

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

TIME: 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

COST: $60 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

SENIOR YOGA

CLASS: Yoga

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

DAYS: Tuesday and Thursay

TIME: 9 am to 11 am

COST: $40 for the 6-week Session

INFO: 818.898.7340

NOVEMBER 7

DIABETES EXPO
Be sure to mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Northeast San Fernando Valley Diabetes Expo.  Take advantage of free flu vaccines, free health screenings and an opportunity to learn about managing diabetes, nutrition and cooking classes. Be sure to get active and take part in the exercise demo and Zumba class!


WHERE: Recreation Park, 208 Park Avenue, San Fernando

TIME: 10 am to 2 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.1290


NOVEMBER 9 - 11

LAS VEGAS EXCURSION
Join us for a trip to Las Vegas. Cost includes light refreshments, transportation, two nights accommodations (Four Queens Hotel), and luggage service (1 per person). 


DEPARTURE:
Parking Lot 6N (corner of First Street & Maclay Avenue)

TIME: 8 am

RETURN TIME:
5 pm

COST: $115 Per Person

INFO: Maribel Perez @ 818.898.7341


NOVEMBER 18

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


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

TIME: 1 pm to 3 pm

COST: Free

INFO: 818.898.7340


NOVEMBER 21

SENIOR CLUB THANKSGIVING DANCE
Join the Las Palmas Senior Club at their Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings! The annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance will include an evening of music, treats and raffles. A delicious dinner will be provided by A&M Catering, get your tickets before they sell out! 


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

TIME: 5 pm to 12 Midnight

COST: $20 for Club Members/ $30 for Non-Members

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


NOVEMBER 25

ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
Join us for a morning of music, treats and prizes as we celebrate everything we are thankful for throughout the year.  Senior meals are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for adults ages 60 and over. If you do not wish to receive a meal you may still participate in the festivities and socialize with others.


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

TIME: 9 am to 1 pm

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

INFO: 818.898.7340