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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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Old Playhouse marquee demolished
New and improved marquee to be installed in coming months
Photo courtesy of Walt Mancini.
Demolition work began Tuesday on the old Mission Playhouse marquee, making way for a brand new sign, a long-awaited project for city staff and the community.

The old sign was not original to the iconic and historic Playhouse, but was built in the mid-1950s. For the city and theater staff, it never quite fit with the gem that is the Playhouse, and the brick columns were somewhat jarring against the historic architecture of the theater building.

The new marquee will have both modern technology and a historical feel, blending the two for the most aesthetically pleasing and useful end product. The sign will be an energy-efficient LED message board, with the ability to post new city and theater information, including emergency notifications, quickly and easily. The design will be historically representative of the architecture of the Mission Playhouse building, and also will blend with the historic fabric of the Mission District.

Demolition is expected to be completed this week, after which the new sign will be installed. That process will take about two months. 

Check out a video of the demolition in action on the city's Facebook

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  News from City Hall
Residents warned of increase in coyotes
In recent months, officials have seen an increase in coyotes roaming San Gabriel neighborhoods. It is important for residents to take precautions of their own, as there is little the city can do to control these wild animals.

Unless there is an immediate threat to human life, the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society and the City of San Gabriel will not trap, relocate or kill coyotes.

Read tips on coyote safety
City after school program begins this week
The city-sponsored after school program began this week at San Gabriel elementary schools.

The program, sponsored by the Community Services Department, offers children grades 2 through 5 a chance to participate in traditional fall sports, homework assistance, arts and crafts and other fun activities. The sports program is only available for grades 3 through 5.

The after-school programs are held at Coolidge, McKinley, Roosevelt, Washington and Wilson Elementary schools five days a week from 2:15 to 5:00 p.m., with an earlier 1:30 p.m. start time on Wednesdays.  

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End of Summer Luau for older adults 
Join us as we say "aloha" to summer at the annual End of Summer Luau for older adults, hosted by the Community Services Department. 

The Luau will begin at 11a.m. with refreshing fruit mocktails and island-themed music. Guarantee your spot for this event by making your lunch reservation no later than Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Mark your calendar for the new Public Works Facility open house Aug. 31
The Public Works Department will host an open house and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 3-5 p.m. to commemorate the completion of the brand new Public Works Facility at 917 E Grand Ave.

The event is free and open to the public. Visit the  Facebook event page to learn more.

Summary of Aug. 16 City Council meeting
At its regular meeting on Aug. 16, the City Council completed the following actions:
  • Approved an MOU with the CJPIA for ADA self-evaluation and transition plan.
  • Approved an agreement with LA-18 KSCI for sponsorship/promotion of the 2017 Lunar New Year Festival.
  • Approved introduction of San Gabriel Ordinance No. 626 C.C. to amend the San Gabriel municipal code related to "food establishments."
  • Approved introduction of San Gabriel Ordinance No. 627 C.S. to amend the municipal code related to Human Resources Department, Mission Playhouse Department and other general amendments.
  • Approved introduction for first reading of Ordinance No. 628 amending the municipal code related to the City Clerk Department and general provisions.
  • Approved the 2016-2017 Retirement Rate to stay the same as last fiscal year.
  • Approved the Fire Department to pursue a Request for Qualifications to assess fire department deployment and facilities.
  • Agreed to come back to review an agreement for participation in the 710 Coalition.

  Mission Playhouse
Playhouse launches costume history blog
Alexis M. Hill has been working at the Mission Playhouse for several weeks as the historical costumes intern.

As part of her internship, she has launched a blog about her work examining, cleaning and archiving the Playhouse's costume collection. 

Read her first post here.

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.

*NEW*San Gabriel Boulevard lane closures:
Starting on Friday, Aug. 12, San Gabriel Boulevard will have intermittent lane closures due to construction on the ACE San Gabriel Trench Project. The work will continue through Aug. 24 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and may cause traffic delays.  One northbound lane will be closed to traffic intermittently below the railroad tracks between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The street will remain open and one northbound lane for traffic will be maintained open and all times. Parking will be prohibited.

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ACE photo of the week
A look at the trench progress between Ramona and Mission. (Photo: Jacobs/ACE)
  On the agenda
Design Review Commission agenda items of note for Aug. 22
At it's regular meeting on Aug. 22, the Design Review Commission will consider the following actions:
  • Review an updated proposal for a commercial building at 506 W Las Tunas Drive.
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Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Sept. 6 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Sept. 13 - 5:30 p.m., City Council joint meeting with Design Review and Planning Commissions, Padillo Room (324 S Mission Drive)
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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* Tues., Sept. 13 - 4:00 p.m., Planning Commission
  • *Special Meeting* Tues., Sept. 13 - 5:30 p.m., Design Review Commission, Planning Commission and City Council joint meeting
  • 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. 26, 6-11 p.m.: Alhambra-San Gabriel Elks Lodge Dictionary Fundraiser, 1373 E Las Tunas Drive.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m.: San Gabriel Library will host free class "Family Caregiving 101," 500 S Del Mar Ave.
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:
  • Human Resources Analyst - Closes Sept. 2
  • Management Assistant (Part-time) - Closes Sept. 2
  • 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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