Good Afternoon,
Have you RSVP'd for the State of the City? The deadline is this Friday, Oct. 28.  And don't miss Fall Fun Festival this Friday for a spooky good time!

Here's what else is going on this week in the City of San Gabriel...
Have a haunting good time this Friday 
Games, food, trunk-or-treating & more at FREE Fall Fun Festival 
Snap a family photo in the pumpkin patch, grab some candy at trunk-or-treating, enter your little one in the costume contest - these are just some of the fun, free activities offered this Friday at Fall Fun Festival from 5-9 p.m. in the Mission District.

There will be no shortage of family activities and Halloween fun, and for the older ones there will even be a Haunted Zone to test their courage. The event is completely free. 

In the event of heavy rain, the festival may be canceled. Please check the Facebook event page for the most up-to-date information. We will post by noon on Friday if the event is canceled due to weather.

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  News from City Hall
Deadline to RSVP for the State of the City
This Friday is the final day to RSVP for the State of the City Address, which will be presented by Mayor Chin Ho Liao on Nov. 3.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Mission Playhouse, 320 S Mi ssion Drive. Admission is $15 and includes lunch (those who choose to forgo lunch can attend for free). 

RSVP by Oct. 28 to Executive Assistant to the City Manager Melanie Benson at or 626.308.2805.

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'411 With The Chief' next Wednesday 
Join the city's new Police Chief Eugene Harris on Nov. 2 for a unique meet and greet session.

Harris, who took over as chief on Oct. 1, will meet with residents and business owners to introduce himself, answer questions and hear concerns and suggestions.

"411 With The Chief" will go from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 425 S Mission Drive.

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Registration now open for 41st Turkey Trot
Registration is now available for the 41st Annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Vincent Lugo Park. 

Community members can participate in a 5K or a 10K run, a youth 1K run or a 5K walk. Register by Monday Oct. 31 for early bird pricing: $30 for 5K or 10K run and $15 for the 1K run or 5K walk. Prices will increase by $5 after Oct. 31. 

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City to study parks and open space
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the City Council approved a Professional Services Agreement with firm GreenPlay LLC, launching a major first step in the creation of the city's Parks and Open Space Master Plan.

Once completed, the plan will recommend future parks, facilities and open space that will best cater to the needs of the San Gabriel community. It will be a guiding document for the City Council, Community Services Department, city staff and the general public for future decisions.

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City to consolidate March 7, 2017 election
The Nov. 8 presidential election is fast approaching, but last week the San Gabriel City Council made an important decision about the city's local election on March 7, 2017.

The Council voted to consolidate the General Municipal election with Los Angeles County, which will potentially hold a special election in March. This means the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will run the city's election rather than the San Gabriel City Clerk's Department. 

Find out more about the upcoming election at

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Firefighters hold earthquake safety drill
Emergency responders remind everyone to be prepared 
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the San Gabriel Fire Department participated in the Great ShakeOut by conducting a rescue drill at an abandoned structure in the city.

For residents, the drill is an important reminder to ensure that they are prepared for when the "big one" hits. One important way to do that is to sign up for SG Alert to receive emergency alerts from the city. The SG Alert page also has resources on earthquake preparedness.

For earthquake safety tips and to sign up for the city's emergency notification system, SG Alert, visit

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Volunteers distribute smoke detectors
Last Saturday, the Fire Department partnered with the Red Cross and La Casa de San Gabriel Community Center to help local residents install smoke detectors in their homes.

Volunteers installed nearly 90 smoke detectors in 29 homes and reached 122 people with life-saving fire prevention and disaster education. In addition, they distributed 65 emergency supply buckets that were donated by the San Gabriel Unified School District.

The event was part of a national initiative by the Red Cross to give smoke detectors to the people who need them most to prevent fatal home fires.

For more information on home fire safety, call 626.308.2880.
DRC previews proposed mixed-use project
At its regular meeting on Oct. 24, the Design Review Commission heard a presentation previewing a proposed mixed-use project at 220 S San Gabriel Blvd.

The project, which is still in the very initial planning stages, proposes 34,840 square feet of commercial space, 164 residential units, as well as a 3,500 community center, a public sculpture garden and a playground.

The project is scheduled to go before the Planning Commission for a preview presentation on Nov. 14. 

For more information about this project, call Senior Planner Larissa De La Cruz at 626.308.2800, ext. 4625 or email  
SG Library discusses future of libraries
At a Rotary Club meeting earlier this month, representatives from the San Gabriel Library gave a presentation on the "future of libraries," including its own future plans.

Overall, the presentation explained that libraries are becoming more than just a place to borrow books, but more like centers for learning and community engagement.
Council hears presentation on Measure M
On Tuesday night, the City Council heard a presentation from Metro explaining ballot Measure M, which locals will vote on this November.

Metro estimates that the City of San Gabriel will receive at least $575,600 a year to use for street improvements, pothole repairs, signal work and more.

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  Mission Playhouse
Chinese dance festival next weekend
Next weekend, Chinese American Dancing Group will present the 30th Annual Dance Festival celebrating three decades of presenting the beauty of Chinese culture.

Founded by Dr. Jaw John Chang, CADG promotes Chinese culture, raises multicultural awareness and provides a training center for children, teen and adult classes. 

Shows will be Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. Ticket are $15,$25, and $50. To purchase tickets, contact Chinese American Dancing Group at 626.823.3323.

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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
ACE photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
The bridge over Del Mar Avenue has some decorative features installed. Photo: ACE/Jacobs
  On the agenda
Nov. 1 City Council meeting agenda items of note
At its regular meeting on Nov. 1, the City Council will consider the following items:
  • Agreement for Sewer Line Chemical Root Control Services.
  • Award of contract for Marshall Park construction.
  • Award of contract for catch basin screen project.
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Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Nov. 1 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Nov. 157:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Dec. 6 - 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., Nov. 7 - 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission
  • Mon., Nov. 14 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
  • Mon., Nov. 21 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: San Gabriel Library "Aquarium on Wheels," 500 S Del Mar Ave.
  • Tues.-Fri., Nov. 1-4: San Gabriel Library "Veterans Honor Wall Display," 500 S Del Mar Ave.
  • Wed., Nov. 9, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: San Gabriel Rotary "Trees of Giving," Mission Playhouse Courtyard Patio, 320 S Mission Drive.

  • Thurs., Nov. 10, 12 - 2 p.m.: Kiwanis Club of San Gabriel "Police and Firefighter Lunch," San Gabriel Hilton, 225 W Valley Blvd. 
  • Sun., Nov. 12, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: San Gabriel Valley Music Theatre "Rock Operas and Blockbusters," Cleaver Hall, 535 W Roses Road. 
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  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • *New* Principal Civil Engineer - Closes Nov. 18
  • Human Resources Intern - Closes Oct. 28
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - 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
Apply Now
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