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Thank you for reading City Beat, the weekly newsletter from the City of San Gabriel. In this week's issue, you'll find all the latest news and information from the city, community events and more.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Public Information Officer Lauren Gold at 626.308.2800, ext. 4624 or 

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Hotel projects moving along on Valley 
New Sheraton and Hyatt Place set to open next year
Developers for two new hotels rising on Valley Boulevard continue to make progress on construction.  Both projects, a Sheraton and a Hyatt Place, are slated to open by the end of next year. 

The Sheraton at 303 E Valley Blvd. (pictured), which broke ground last September, already has a completed basement and underground parking. The Hyatt Place Hotel broke ground last November at the corner of Valley Boulevard and Del Mar Avenue. Developer Landwin Corp. has completed site preparation work including shoring and excavation.

During the construction phase so far, both hotels have already brought in a combined $4 million in city impact fees, that will go to fund important city programs. In addition, once the hotels open they will bring in an estimated $3 million in Transient Occupancy Tax, which will help fund projects such as street improvements and the new Police Department facility.
  News from City Hall
Final Summer Nights event this Thursday
Free community jazz concert and movie at Mission Playhouse

This Thursday the Mission Playhouse will host the final Summer Nights event of the season, featuring jazz band Ray Fuller and Friends and a showing of "St. Louis Blues," starring Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:30 p.m., all under the stars in the beautiful Mission Playhouse Plaza. The event is completely free! Plus, there will be two food trucks for attendees to enjoy.

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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found
Officials urge residents to take precautions to avoid bites
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) have been found in the San Gabriel Valley, and officials are urging residents to take precautions to avoid bites.

According to the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, to prevent mosquito bites and avoid the risk of WNV, locals should wear repellent, long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors between dusk and dawn, as well as ensure that windows are secured at night to keep mosquitoes out of their home. In addition, residents should remove standing water from their property to prevent mosquito reproduction.

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Last week for open swim at Smith Park 
Smith Park Pool will close for the summer season this Saturday, Aug. 13., meaning this is the last week to enjoy open swim hours.

Open swim is available on Tuesday 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 1:00-3:30 p.m. Cost is just $1.50 for children 17 years and younger and $2 for adults. Water aerobics class at noon on weekdays will continue through the first week of September due to popular demand.

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City works to improve risk management
This year, San Gabriel city officials are making a concerted effort to implement programs and strategies to ensure the safety and comfort of residents and visitors. 

These programs fall under the umbrella of "risk management," a field that has become increasingly important to the city staff and City Council.

Ultimately, these programs not only create a safer city, but also save taxpayer dollars by reducing the city's financial risk. Programs include sidewalk maintenance and repair, improvements at the Mission Playhouse and employee training. The programs are under the leadership of newly promoted Risk Manager Rayna Ospina (pictured).

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Summary of Aug. 8 Planning Commission
At its regular meeting on Aug. 8, the Planning Commission completed the following actions: 
  • Approved an amendment to a Conditional Use Permit to serve liquor within an existing restaurant at 518 W Las Tunas Drive.
  • Approved an amendment to a Conditional Use Permit to allow for an after school tutoring center to expand into an existing adjacent commercial building, located at 251 S San Gabriel Blvd.  
  • Continued a Tentative Tract Map application for a proposed eight-unit multifamily development at 306 San Marcos St. The Commission had concerns with the overall height of the development and asked that the applicant work with staff to reduce the scale of the front-facing unit. 
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View the June monthly investment report
The city's monthly investment report, which includes an individual listing of all city investments and deposits, as well as a summary of the portfolio's composition and investment compliance certification for the month ending June 30, 2016, is now available on the city website.

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

View the report
  Mission Playhouse
Why do the arts matter? Arts generate revenue for the local economy
Each month in the new "Arts Corner" of the Mission Playhouse website, the Playhouse will highlight important ways that the arts benefit the community.

This week's topic is revenue. The arts at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse are an economic engine for the city. After all, dinner and a show go hand-in-hand.

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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
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
All four bridges at Del  Mar Avenue, Ramona Street, Mission Road and San Gabriel Boulevard have been completed over the trench, and are now open to traffic following staggered closures. Work will continue through next year on the aesthetic features on the bridges, including sidewalks, pedestrian barriers and lighting, but will not significantly impact traffic. Businesses along the ACE route are open and ready for customers, with no delays or detours.

Trench Construction - Ramona to Mission: 
From now until Sept. 1, 2016, construction in the trench from Mission Road to Ramona will begin an hour earlier at 6 a.m. Construction noise may disrupt surrounding neighborhoods. There will be no traffic impacts. Work is not planned for the weekends.

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ACE photo of the week
Crews pour concrete in trench walls near Ramona Street. Photo by ACE/Jacobs.
  On the agenda
Aug. 16 City Council meeting agenda items of note
At its regular meeting on Aug. 16, the San Gabriel City Council will conduct the following actions:
  • Consider an MOU with the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority for ADA self-evaluation and transition plan.
  • Vote on an agreement with LA-18 KSCI for the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival.
  • Hear the introduction of an ordinance to amend the municipal code section regarding food establishments.
  • Vote to approve an ordinance amending the municipal code by adding chapters related to the Human Resources Department, Mission Playhouse Department, and other amendments.
  • Hear the introduction of ordinance amending the municipal code chapters related to City Clerk Department and general provisions.
  • Discuss 710 Freeway Coalition consulting and advocacy services.
  • Vote to establish the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year retirement tax rate.
  • Consider approval of Request for Qualifications for consultant to study Fire Department facilities and equipment.
Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Aug. 16 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Sept. 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., Aug. 22 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission
  • *Special Meeting* Mon., Sept. 13 - 4:00 p.m., Planning Commission
  • No upcoming meetings for the Community Services Commission in July, August or September
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Friday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.: San Gabriel Historical Association's "Make the Magic Happen" fundraising dinner to paint the Hayes House and Museum, Grapevine Room, 324 S Mission Drive.
  • Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Free used motor oil and oil filter recycling event, AutoZone, 1100 W Commonwealth Ave., Alhambra.
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 6-11 p.m.: Alhambra-San Gabriel Elks Lodge Dictionary Fundraiser, 1373 E Las Tunas Drive.
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:
  • *New* Human Resources Analyst - Closes Sept. 2 
  • *New* Management Assistant (Part-time) - Closes Sept. 2
  • *New* Planning Manager - Closes Sept. 16
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
  • Usher - 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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