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Here's what else is going on in San Gabriel this week.
Clara C to headline Lunar New Year Fest
Popular indie pop singer is one of many great acts on Jan. 28
Indie pop artist Clara C will headline the 3rd Annual San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, Jan. 28 in the historic Mission District.

Clara C is among many exciting acts, both traditional and modern, that will perform on the outdoor festival stage and inside the beautiful Mission Playhouse all day long. There will be everything from the traditional Lion and Dragon Dances to Taiko drums to storytelling and more!

The San Gabriel Lunar New Year Festival will go from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mission District (Mission Drive between Mission Road and Broadway).

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  News from City Hall
Who is 2017 Outstanding Older American?
The city is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Outstanding Older American.

The annual honor, part of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor's Older American Recognition Day celebration, is given to an older adult who is actively involved in serving others in the community and exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism.

Nomination forms are due by Feb. 16 to the Community Services Department.

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Volunteers needed for Homeless Count
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the city will participate in the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

The city will provide resources for the count, which is led by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), but is asking for volunteers to help make the event a success. Interested volunteers can apply online.

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Planning Commission denies massage CUP
Approves mixed use development and commercial project
Proposed mixed use development at 860 E Valley Blvd.
At its regular meeting on Jan. 9, the Planning Commission took action on three items related to the future development and business in the city.

First, the Commission denied a request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for an existing massage establishment that had requested to continue its operation, under new ownership, at 250 W Valley Blvd., Suite E and F.

In April 2015, the City Council adopted an ordinance that requires existing massage businesses to apply for a CUP prior to Jan. 20, 2018, or before then if the business changes ownership.

All CUP applications are considered before the Planning Commission at a noticed public hearing. The ordinance allows the Commission to consider several factors when reviewing an application, including the concentration of other massage businesses in the vicinity. 

City staff recommended that the Commission deny the CUP due to the number of other massage businesses - nine - within 500 feet of the business. Two of those other businesses were previously granted CUPs. The Planning Commission approved staff's recommendation. 

Next, the Commission approved a CUP for a 5,400 square foot commercial development with reduced parking at 807-811 E Wells Ave. Staff recommended that the request for reduced parking be approved due to the proximity of the proposed project to a transit stop with regular, scheduled service, in accordance with the city's municipal code. The applicant had also previously reduced the size of the development from its original proposal in response to neighbor concerns about parking and traffic impacts. 

Finally, the Commission approved a Tentative Tract Map for a mixed use development at 860 E Valley Blvd. The project will have 49 residential units and 9,370 square feet of commercial space. The development will ultimately generate  $460,000 in impact fees that will go toward financing city infrastructure needs. 

The next Planning Commission meeting will be a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. For questions, contact Planning Manager Tracy Steinkruger at 626.308.2800, ext. 4623 or 

  Mission Playhouse
Weekend full of events at the Playhouse
Enjoy dance, music, tour of the theater, spring festival and more
This weekend is full of fun events at the Mission Playhouse.

On Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., Temple City Performing Arts will present its annual dance concert, "The Story Within." The show will feature award-winning Choreo, TCHS Auxiliaries and other dance groups.

Then on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., the Mission Playhouse and the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation will present "All About the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse," a behind-the-scenes tour that will allow guests to discover the wonders of the city's historic theater.

Later that evening, at 7 p.m., Hollywood Culture Media Group will present the "2017 World Chinese Spring Festival," an entertaining variety show with music and dance.

Finally, on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m., the Olympia Philharmonic Society/Cal State Los Angeles will host a free community concert, "Totentanz," featuring works from Beethoven, Lalo, Liszt and Dvorak.

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Playhouse costume sales help charities
Last year, Mission Playhouse staff members and volunteers sorted through a large inventory of old costumes, hats, jewelry and fabrics that had accumulated in the backstage wardrobe rooms and offered them for sale to the public.

The two highly successful "Treasures from the Attic" events raised more than $3,000. Last month, Playhouse staff donated several of the remaining items to nonprofits, including 326 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls, an organization that provides shows for the homeless. 

Fabric and jewelry were also donated to La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center, and several outfits were sent to Temple City High School. Other donations included clothes and blankets for the homeless at the Downtown Women's Center, NELA's Recycled Resources for the Homeless shelter in Highland Park and Spread the Aloha to Kids in Alhambra.

Those who are interested in volunteering at the Playhouse can contact Development/Special Projects Coordinator Kelly Salloum at
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
Sidewalk ramp work through Jan. 23
Crews this week began replacement of the curb ramps along portions of Main Street, Del Mar Avenue, Angeleno Avenue and Grand Avenue, with work lasting through Jan. 23. Portions of the sidewalk will be closed intermittently. There will be no road closures. Work will occur weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
ACE photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
Crews have begun laying railroad tracks in the trench. Photo: ACE/Jacobs
  On the agenda
City Council meeting Jan. 17 agenda items of note
At its regular meeting on Jan.17, the City Council will discuss the following item:
  • 2017-2018 proposed CDBG budget plan
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Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Jan. 17 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Feb. 7 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Feb. 21 -  7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
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Upcoming commission meetings
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 6:00 p.m., Design Review Commission, Conference Room A
  • Mon., Jan. 23 - 7:00 p.m., Planning Commission, Council Chambers
  • Mon., Feb. 6 - 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission, Council Chambers
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
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  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Information Systems Specialist - Closes Jan. 13
  • Financial Services Manager - Closes Jan. 20
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Continuous
  • Usher - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Police Assistant - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
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