Good Afternoon,
The final results are in!  See who your newly elected officials are for City Council, City Clerk and City Treasurer. 

Here's what else is going on this week in San Gabriel.
2017 Municipal Election
Pu, Liao, Menchaca elected to Council;
Nguyen elected City Clerk, Sawkins becomes Treasurer
With the County having completed its count of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots early Monday afternoon, final results have been announced in the San Gabriel Municipal Election. 

Congratulations to the following reappointed and newly elected city officials:


        City Council                                City Treasurer                           City Clerk
        Jason Pu                                       Kevin Sawkins                            Thu "Julie" Nguyen
        Chin Ho Liao
        Denise Menchaca

Following an extensive get-out-the-vote effort under the direction of Chief City Clerk Gloria Molleda, voter turnout nearly doubled, from 13% two years ago to 24.9% this cycle.  

The canvas that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. was cancelled. Final election results can be found by clicking here and scrolling down to San Gabriel.

The County will certify the March 7, 2017 General Consolidated Municipal Election on Tuesday, March 21. San Gabriel City Council will certify the results on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 425 S. Mission Drive.

  News from City Hall
Youth fun: Visit Knott's for spring break
Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break? Take a trip to "America's #1 theme park" with the San Gabriel Community Services Department on Thursday, Apr. 6. The bus will depart from the Mission Playhouse parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and return by 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices for Knott's are $31 and all ages are welcome! 

For more information contact Recreation Supervisor, James Lara at 626.308.2875 or by email to

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Planning Commission denies 3 conditional use permits, postpones preservation item
Monday night the Planning Commission:
  • Denied a Conditional Use Permit to allow an existing massage establishment at 301 W Valley Blvd., Unit 106.
  • Denied a Conditional Use Permit to allow an existing massage establishment at 1045 E Valley Blvd., Unit A108.
  • Denied a Conditional Use Permit to allow an existing massage establishment at 314 S San Gabriel Blvd., Unit B.
Planning Commission action is final unless appealed to the City Council within 10 business days. A previously scheduled preview of the draft Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Ordinance was continued to an adjourned/special meeting on April 17, 2017.
San Gabriel named finalist in 2017 CAPIO 'Excellence in Communications' awards
San Gabriel learned this week that the city is a finalist in the 2017 California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) Excellence in Communications Awards. 

Former Public Information Officer Lauren Gold submitted entries in three categories: 
  • External/Special Purpose Publication for City Beat; 
  • Special Events: Recurring for San Gabriel Dumpling & Beer Fest;
  • Most Innovative Communications for WeChat, in which San Gabriel was the first city in the United States to establish a presence on the Chinese-language social media platform.
The results will be announced and awards presented at an Awards Gala being held on Wednesday, Apr. 5, at the Prado in San Diego's Balboa Park.   
Learn your rights under fair housing laws
The Housing Rights Center informs residents about the Fair Housing Laws, and why it is important to report housing discrimination. 

If you or someone you know has been a victim of housing discrimination, contact the Housing Rights Center at 800.477.5999 of visit their website at

Monthly financial report available online
The City's monthly financial report, which includes a revenue and expenditure summary as well as a trial balance for the month ending February 28, 2017, is now available online.

Capital and Special Projects: All one time and multi-year expenditures are budgeted in the Capital and Special Projects Fund (Fund #122). The February Expenditure Summary includes items approved with the 2016-17 Annual Budget and also includes budget adjustments that result due to prior fiscal year unexpended Capital and Special Project budgets.

Budgeted transfers for Retirement Fund, State Gas Tax Fund, and Mission Playhouse Facility Fund: An annual transfer is made at the end of each fiscal year from the Retirement Fund to both the General Fund and the Mission Playhouse Fund to reimburse these funds for active employee costs and to the Self-Insurance Fund to reimburse that fund to cover retired employee costs. As a result, there are no actual expenditures in the Retirement Fund. In addition to these transfers, there is also a transfer from the General Fund to the Mission Playhouse Facility Fund to provide for an anticipated operating subsidy of $599,584. Historically, there has also been an annual transfer made at the end of the fiscal year totaling $600,000 from the State Gas Tax Fund to the General Fund to support street maintenance related expenditures, however this year that will not be the case as the $600,000 will be spent on the Great Streets program.

For more information, contact Finance Director Tom Marston at 626.308.2812, ext. 4610 or

View the Report

  New at the Mission Playhouse
Two festivals this weekend
On Saturday, Mar. 25, the Mission Playhouse and Mariachi Women's Foundation present the 4th Annual Mariachi Women's Festival:  ¡Viva Veracruz! Take a musical journey from jarocho fandango to mariachi fiesta with Mexico's female Jarocho ensemble, Caña Dulce y Caña Brava, Las Alteñas, San Antonio's finest female mariachi, and Los Angeles' two time Grammy winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. Click here to learn more.

On Sunday, Mar. 26, come to the Playhouse for free informal music performances between 12:00-6:00 p.m. in our lobby as part of the San Gabriel Festival, done in partnership with The Da Camera Society. The Society presents a chamber music concert, Cathedrals, Missions, and Monasteries with El Mundo at the San Gabriel Mission at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. Click here for more details.
The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is owned and operated by the City of San Gabriel. Unless otherwise stated, all events are presented by independent producers and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Mission Playhouse is not responsible for the content of such events, artistic or otherwise. The views expressed by these independent producers do not necessarily reflect those of the Mission Playhouse or the City of San Gabriel. 
  ACE construction updates
Photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
Crews installing the new crossing and reconstructing the street about two feet lower than the old grade crossing elevation. This change is needed to accommodate trains as they come out of the San Gabriel Trench and will provide a smoother crossing for vehicles over the tracks. Walnut Grove is scheduled to re-open on Friday, Mar. 31.     
                                                                                                City Beat Photo by Daren Grilley
  On the agenda
Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Apr. 4 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Apr. 18 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., May 2 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
Learn More
Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Mon., Mar. 27 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission
  • Mon., Apr. 3 - 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission
  • Mon. Apr. 10 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
Learn More

  Upcoming community events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
More Events
  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Associate Planner - Closes on Fri., Apr. 7
  • Building Inspector - Closes on Fri., Apr. 7
  • Production Supervisor - Closes on Fri., Apr. 7
  • Auto Mechanic Intern - First application review will be on Fri., Mar. 31
  • Assistant Pool Manager - Closes on Fri., Apr. 7
  • Administrative Assistant I - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Continuous
  • Police Assistant - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
Apply Now
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