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After five years of construction, the San Gabriel trench welcomed its inaugural train service earlier this week. Once complete, the trench will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and cut pollution caused by idling vehicles. Full train service in the trench is expected soon.

In other news, the city will be hosting two events this Thursday - a concert at Vincent Lugo Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. featuring The L.A. Misfits, and a community meeting that will deal with the issue of mansionization within the community beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Grapevine Room.

As always, please share this issue with your friends and family, and be sure to follow the city's social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WeChat and Weibo to keep up-to-date on community news and events!
San Gabriel trench welcomes inaugural train service in media ceremony
Full train service from Union Pacific and Amtrak expected soon
Earlier this week, the San Gabriel trench welcomed its inaugural train service at a media ceremony held on the Mission Road bridge. While full train service has yet to begin, the trench's inaugural train signals the nearing completion of a five-year project that sought to mitigate the impact of rail line traffic on the community.

Click here to learn more about the current status of the trench, and be sure to watch a video of the inaugural train on our YouTube channel!
L.A. Misfits to play at Vincent Lugo Park
Summer Nights continues with a free concert this Thursday
Break out the lawn chairs and enjoy live music with us this Thursday, July 27 with The L.A. Misfits at 6:30 p.m. at Vincent Lugo Park! A high energy dance band, The L.A. Misfits quickly rose to the top of the Southern California music scene with its punchy dance grooves, crisp Latin flavor and versatile arrangement and repertoire. We hope to see you there!

Click here to RSVP.
  News from City Hall
National Night Out to be held in the Mission District on August 1
Join the SGPD for an evening of food, music and fun
National Night Out is almost here, so be sure to join the city and the San Gabriel Police Department on Tuesday, August 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the historic Mission District located at 320 South Mission Drive between Broadway and Santa Anita Street.

Police, fire and military vehicles and equipment will be on display, and there will be food and games for the whole family to enjoy. 

For more information about National Night Out, please view this poster or contact Crime Prevention Officer Stacy Gutierrez at 626.308.2846 or at You may also RSVP here.
City to host meeting on the development standards for single-family homes
Meeting will be held on July 27 in the Grapevine Room
The city will be holding a community meeting in the Grapevine Room at 324 South Mission Drive on July 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to address concerns surrounding the "mansionization" and the development standards for single-family homes. The city is currently working on an amendment to the zoning code and would like input from residents on what they would like to see.

Learn more about the meeting here. Facebook users may also RSVP at this link.
City Council holds first reading of historic preservation ordinance
A second reading will be held at the next council meeting
Chapman's Mill, which was relocated and preserved
during construction for the San Gabriel trench
With a new historic ordinance now headed for a second reading at the next City Council meeting on August 15, San Gabriel will soon feature one of the most comprehensive historical ordinances in the region. Read how the city's new ordinance aims to preserve and protect San Gabriel's unique history by clicking here.

Editor's note: last week's issue of City Beat incorrectly noted that the City Council approved the second reading of the historic preservation and cultural resource ordinance. The City Council actually held the first reading of the ordinance during July 18's session. The second reading is scheduled for August 15. We apologize for the error.
411 with the Chief to be held August 2
Talk to Chief Harris, and ask questions or voice concerns
Police Chief Eugene Harris will be holding his monthly "411 with the Chief" series next Wednesday, August 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers. This is your opportunity to talk directly to the chief of the San Gabriel Police Department in an open setting.

For more information, please call 626.308.2834 or email You may also RSVP on Facebook here.
Purchase a SGPD pink patch to support breast cancer research
Proceeds from the patch will be donated to City of Hope
Support the fight against breast cancer by purchasing a pink patch from the San Gabriel Police Department for only $10. All proceeds from the sale of the patch will go to the City of Hope, and participating San Gabriel Police Department officers will wear these pink patches throughout the month of October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

You may purchase a pink patch from the San Gabriel Police Department from Sgt. Christine Nolasco by contacting her at 626.308.2843 or at
  Mission Playhouse
Playhouse welcomes new intern
Laila Jaffer will focus on preserving historical costumes
The Mission Playhouse is excited to welcome Laila Jaffer as its new historical costume intern! A rising sophomore at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Jaffer has had a passion for costuming since high school. In her new role, Jaffer will focus on the conservation of costumes dating back to the 1920s that were used in productions of "The Mission Play."

Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, this paid position will take place over the course of ten weeks during the summer. Be sure to follow Jaffer's work on the Mission Playhouse blog!

  Community headlines
Chang'an Restaurant featured in dineL.A.
San Gabriel restaurant will feature special menu until July 28
A look at some tenderloin cubes - a specialty at Chang'an Restaurant
San Gabriel's very own Chang'an Restaurant is featured in this year's dineL.A. roadtrip. dineL.A. is a two-week dining adventure that takes place twice a year and showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences the area has to offer. From now until July 28, restaurants like Chang'an will be offering pre-fix lunch and dinner menus.

Be sure to learn more about Chang'an Restaurant in this video
  ACE construction updates
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
ACE photo of the week
Here's another look at the San Gabriel trench's inaugural train service that was held earlier this week.   


Be advised that a contractor for ACE will remove and replace the pavement along San Gabriel Boulevard from Valley Boulevard to Interstate 10 from July 10 to August 25. During this period, northbound and southbound traffic lanes on San Gabriel Boulevard will be intermittently closed for construction. The street will remain open, and at least one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained. More information about this project can be found here.

In addition, construction is also occurring on Del Mar Avenue from Norwood Place to the I-10 until August 10 while construction crews rehabilitate the pavement. The street will remain open, and at least one lane of traffic in either direction will be maintained. Please be sure to follow the city's Twitter account for the latest updates on these projects.
  On the agenda
Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • CANCELED DUE TO NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - Tues., August 1 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., August 15 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
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Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Mon., July 31 - 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Adjourned Planning Commission Meeting
  • Mon., August 14 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission Meeting
  • Mon., August 28- 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission Meeting
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
Click on the links in each event for more information, or  click here for more events.
  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Senior Civil Engineer - Open until filled
  • Plan Check Engineer - Open until filled
  • Fire Engineer - Until August 11 (open to current city employees only)
  • Administrative Assistant I - Continuous
  • Auto Mechanic Intern - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic (Lateral) - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Multiple positions available!
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - Continuous
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Continuous
  • Police Assistant - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk (Part-Time) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
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