Good Afternoon,
Congratulations to newly elected Mayor Juli Costanzo and Vice Mayor John Harrington, who were elected to lead the City Council at last night's annual reorganization meeting.  And welcome to newly elected City Council Member Denise Menchaca; City Clerk Julie Nguyen; and City Treasurer Kevin Sawkins as they begin their terms.

In today's issue of City Beat, you can read about the status of construction projects currently underway and coming soon.  Watch this space for the latest news and developments concerning San Gabriel.   Here's what else is going on in San Gabriel this week:
Infrastructure rehab, reinvestment take center stage with new projects
Major street, sewer, and beautification initiatives underway
New Street Trees: Fairview Avenue & Mission Road 

Public Works Park Maintenance crews completed tree planting and drought-tolerant landscape beautification along Fairview Avenue (above) in the San Gabriel Village business district surrounded by Circle Drive. Mission Road tree planting is being planned for installation in the fall, following the paving projects and after summer temperatures have cooled.

Marshall Community Park

Construction was delayed by about one month due to the heavy rains this winter, but the soils have dried and work is now progressing normally. Utility lines are being installed, including the underground storm drainage infiltration system. 

More than Ever, San Gabriel is Paving the Way to Great Streets

More miles of streets will be repaved in the coming year than have every been paved at one time in recent history-and possibly in the City's history. We will use communication tools and best construction practices to minimize inconvenience, but there will certainly be some impacts while these streets are rebuilt.  Thank you for your patience!

The 2016 Great Streets Pavement Project consisted of reconstructing pavement on Bradbury north of Las Tunas, Charlotte south of Grand Avenue, as well as preventive maintenance (slurry sealing) of Del Mar Avenue north of Las Tunas and the City Hall and Community Services parking lots. Work began in January, and the project will be completed soon.

Del Mar Avenue Phase 2 (Bencamp Street to Chestnut Avenue)

Designs are underway for this project which involves the repaving of this segment of Del Mar Avenue and replacement/upgrade of the sanitary sewers in Del Mar Avenue. The design will be complete by the end of the year and construction will start in early 2018.

Del Mar Avenue Rehabilitation Project Phase 3 (Saxon Avenue to Norwood Place)

Construction is scheduled for May/June 2017. The project involves reconstructing the existing pavement, installing new curb ramps, and restriping of the roadway to include bike lanes.

Broadway/Walnut Grove Intersection Improvements

Design of this federally-funded project is complete. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018 and will be coordinated with the school calendar to minimize impacts.

ACE Update: Haul Route Restoration

The restoration of pavement and associated work on more than 3.5 miles of City streets, including Mission Road and San Gabriel Blvd, is underway. Replacement of curb ramps along all of these streets is nearly complete. Pavement repairs will begin on Agostino in early April.

  News from City Hall
'Egg'straordinary spring celebration
The City of San Gabriel Community Services Department and the San Gabriel Kiwanis Club invite you to the 73rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at Smith Park, 232 W Broadway on Saturday, Apr. 15.

Come early and bring the whole family to celebrate spring together. The day starts at 7:00 a.m. with a tasty pancake breakfast and continues at 9:00 a.m. with Pancake races, where contestants balance a pancake on their spatula while running 100 yeards. At 10:00 a.m. the Egg Hunt will welcome children ages 9 and under. There will be an Egg Hunt for children who may need their parent's assistance too!

For more information, click on the link below or contact the Community Services Department at 626.308.2875.
8th annual health & wellness fair for older adults coming soon
May is "Older Americans Month" and, to celebrate, the Community Services Department will host the 8th Annual Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 11 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The fair will take place in the Padillo Room of the Adult Recreation Center, 324 S. Mission Drive.

Participants can gather free information on health and wellness services available throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Services available on the day of the event include blood pressure checks, glucose testing and hearing screenings. 

There is also the opportunity to have lunch at San Gabriel's older adult lunch program. The suggested donation for lunch is $3 and participants will need to RSVP no later than May 4. Must be 60 years and older to receive a lunch.

To RSVP and to reserve a lunch, contact Recreation Supervisor James Lara at 626.308.2875 or

Citizen academy class to begin in June
The San Gabriel Police Department will be hosting its inaugural Citizen Academy class beginning on Wednesday, Jun. 14. The Police Department plans to host at least two 11-week Citizen Academy sessions every year. Chinese and Spanish language Citizen Academies are also being developed.

Informational brochures and applications are now available at the San Gabriel Police Department and applications must be submitted on or before April 24. Apply early, as space is limited.

For more information, click here to view the official press release or contact Sergeant Rebecca Gomez at or by calling 626.308.2841 or Sergeant Jeff Whitney at or by calling 626.308.2845.

  Mission Playhouse
Playhouse receives grant for historical costume intern
'Mission Play' research for future exhibit
For the second year in a row, the L.A. County Arts Commission has awarded the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse a grant to fund a 10 week Historical Costume Internship this summer. The L.A. County Arts Internship Program provides undergraduates with meaningful work experience in non-profit  arts organizations to help develop future arts leaders. In addition to working at their host organizations, students participate in education events and Peer Group activities coordinated by the Arts Commission. 

The Historical Costume Intern will research early Mission Play programs, photographs, and other ephem era, to draw correlations between the costumes and the documentation available, implement conservation of the garments, as welss as curate a selection of costumes for a future exhibit. Last year over 3,000 students applied for the 132 positions available in this program, so needless to say, these internships are highly sought after!

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. 
  On the agenda
Upcoming City Council meetings
  • Tues., Apr. 18 - 5:30-7:15 p.m., Draft Budget & Revenue Enhancement Overview, City Hall, 2nd Floor, Conference Room A.

  • 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
Learn More
Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Mon., Apr. 10, 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
  • Thurs., Apr. 20, 6:30 p.m., Design Review Commission - Special Meeting
  • Mon., May 1, 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission
Learn More

  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Thursday, Apr. 6, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Computer Basics," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, Apr. 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Get Safe Bullying Prevention," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Monday, Apr. 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "ESL Class," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, Apr. 15, 7:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Kiwanis Club and the City of San Gabriel Community Services Department, "73rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt," Smith Park, 232 W Broadway.  
  • Saturday, April 29, 6:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Education Foundation, "Sefapalooza!," San Gabriel Hilton, 225 W Valley Blvd.
More Events
  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Associate Planner - Closes on Friday, Apr. 7
  • Building Inspector - Closes on Friday, Apr. 7
  • Production Supervisory - Closes on Friday, Apr. 7
  • Auto Mechanic Intern - Open until filled
  • Assistant Pool Manager - Closes Friday, Apr. 14
  • Planning Intern - Closes Friday, Apr. 14
  • Administrative Assistant I - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - 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
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