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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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City launches Financial Transparency Portal
New tool helps residents access and understand city budget
Last week the Finance Department launched the brand new Financial Transparency Portal on the city's website to help taxpayers better understand the city budget.

The tool allows community members to easily see how money is collected and spent each fiscal year in a great amount of detail. The city launched the portal in an effort to increase transparency about city finances. Find the portal at

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  News from City Hall
Enjoy free mariachi concert this Thursday
Only two events left in the Summer Nights series
The air at Vincent Lugo Park will be filled with the melodies of mariachi this Thursday, Aug. 4, in the second-to-last Summer Nights event of the season.

The free concert will feature all-female mariachi group Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Vincent Lugo Park, corner of Wells and Ramona Street. 

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SCE asks customers to conserve electricity
Southern California Edison informed residents of two Flex Alerts last week, and the agency is stressing the importance of energy conservation as we continue in the hot summer months.

SCE warns that if customers do not conserve, there could be a need for rotating outages because the demand on the system is too high. On days when the electricity grid is under stress, there could be a Flex Alert, which asks for voluntary conservation during peak hours.

The agency offers tips and incentives for conserving energy on its website.
Free Aquatics Safety Fair on Monday
All swim lesson students invited to enjoy fun evening 
Summer swim lesson participants are invited to attend the Community Services Department's annual Aquatics Safety Fair on Monday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Park Pool. 

The free event is a chance for parents and children to learn water safety skills and also enjoy fun activities including a "dive-in" movie.

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SGFD to offer free CERT training in Sept.
Community members can learn how to help save lives and property during an emergency by taking the Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class in September.

The class is free and open to the public. It will take place Sept. 12, 14, 19, 21 and 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Fire Station 51, 1303 S Del Mar Ave. To register, contact Chris Fetner at 626.308.2880 or 

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  Mission Playhouse
Enjoy jazz concert and movie on Aug. 11
The final event in the city's free Summer Nights series
Enjoy jazz tunes from Ray Fuller and Friends on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Mission Playhouse, the final event in the city's Summer Nights series of free outdoor music and movies. 

At sunset, attendees can enjoy a screening of the 1958 classic jazz movie "St. Louis Blues," starring Nat King Cole. There will also be food trucks serving dinner and dessert at the event.  The movie and concert are free to attend.
See 'Mission Play' history at L.A. exhibit
This month, see an original program from the second season of the historic "Mission Play" at a free exhibit at the El Tranquilo Gallery on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles.

The exhibit, entitled "History Keepers: Traversing Los Angeles," opens on Aug. 5. The Playhouse is one of 30 institutions and private collectors who are part of the exhibition, which celebrates Los Angeles' history.

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.
ACE photo of the week
Crews install a steel girder over the Alhambra Wash. Photo by ACE/Jacobs.
  On the agenda
Planning Commission meeting Aug. 8 agenda items of note
At its regular meeting on Aug. 8, the Planning Commission will consider the following items:
  • An amended Conditional Use Permit to serve liquor at an existing restaurant at 518 W Las Tunas Drive (Newport Seafood). The business currently serves beer and wine.
  • An amended Conditional Use Permit to allow for an after-school tutoring center to expand t oadjacent commercial building.
  • A Tentative Tract Map to allow construction of an eight-unit residential condominium project at 306 San Marcos. 
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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. 8 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
  • Mon., Aug. 22 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review 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.
  • Friday, Aug. 26, 6-11 p.m.: Alhambra-San Gabriel Elks Lodge Dictionary Fundraiser, 1373 E Las Tunas Drive.
Click on the highlighted links for each event's information, or  click here for more events.
  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • 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
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