City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | December 2020
Greetings! welcome to the final City E-Newsletter of 2020. Despite the challenges we've all faced this year, our community continues to show its heart and resilience. Thank you for continuing to make Signal Hill a great place to live and work. We are proud to serve you, and we look forward to brighter and better days ahead!
Upcoming Dates, Meetings and Events

Thursday, December 17: Virtual Lighting of the Menorah, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, December 22: City Council Meeting CANCELED
Friday, December 25 - Friday, January 1, 2021: City Hall Closed
Monday, December 28 - Wednesday, December 30: Virtual Lighting of the Kinara, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Holiday Closures
In observance of the winter holiday season, City Hall, the Community Services Department, and all non-essential City departments will be closed from Friday, December 25, 2020 – Friday, January 1, 2021. 

Water bill payments can be made online and at the dropbox at City Hall (no cash, please). There will be no street sweeping on Friday, December 25, 2020, or Friday, January 1, 2021. EDCO will not be collecting residential trash on either day -- Friday customers will be serviced on Saturday. To report emergency infrastructure/Public Works issues during these closures, please call 562-477-5258. The Police Department will remain open to serve you, please call Dispatch at 562-989-7200 for non-emergency assistance. Please always dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. 

For more information, visit the City's website at
Virtual Holiday Events
Virtual Lighting of the Menorah: December 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Join us on Facebook Live for a virtual lighting of the Menorah which represents the Jewish Festival of Chanukah, lasting eight days. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight lights. We are lighting the Menorah live on December 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 at 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Lighting of the Kinara: December 28, 29, 30 at 5:00 p.m.
Join us on Facebook Live for a virtual lighting of the Kinara which represents Kwanzaa, an annual celebration of African-American culture held from December 26 - January 1. We are lighting the Kinara live on December 28, 29 and 30 at 5:00 p.m.
EDCO to Collect Live Christmas Trees December 31 and January 7
EDCO Disposal will collect live Christmas trees and wreaths for disposal on the first and second Thursdays after Christmas day. This is Thursday, December 31, 2020, and Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Flocked trees are OK, but ornaments, tinsel, and metal or plastic stands must be removed. Wooden tree stands can be left on the tree. The tree must not be in a bag. Trees over six feet tall must be cut in half. 

  • Single-family residents: Please place your tree near your carts on your parkway or next to the curb on one of the designated pickup days.
  • Multi-family residents: EDCO can pick up your tree on a separate date, you must call EDCO in advance to schedule a special pickup. Please call 562-597-0608.
View Official Election Results from the November 3 General Election
You can view the official results of the L.A. County election on the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's website. You can also view the official results of the Signal Hill General Municipal Election here.
COVID-19: Latest News and Information
The number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to COVID-19 is now at a dangerously high point in our region. With much higher rates of virus transmission, it is critically important to stay at home as much as possible. If you are away from home, please always keep a distance of at least 6 feet and wear a face covering whenever you are around people not from your household. Please do not gather with people you don't live with for non-essential reasons.

  • City of Signal Hill Case Count to-date: 538 (+23% since Dec. 3)
  • L.A. County Case Count To-Date: 566,005 (+25% since Dec. 3)

For the latest local information as it relates to the pandemic, visit please visit our official COVID-19 web page at You can also visit us on Facebook.
Earlier this month, the State Regional Stay at Home Order (PDF) took effect in Southern California through at least December 28. This State order is implemented when ICU capacity in a region becomes 85% full. These measures are intended to relieve overwhelmed hospitals and health care workers, and to reduce the high COVID-19 case count in our region. We can slow the spread of COVID-19 by minimizing mixing of people who live in different households. Here are the basics of the order:

  • All gatherings with members of other households are prohibited, whether indoor or outdoor.
  • Please stay home as much as possible, except to conduct approved essential and/or permitted activities. These activities must be done only with those who live with you.
  • Most non-essential businesses must close, including personal care services, hair/nail salons, bars and nightclubs, family entertainment centers, and on-site dining at restaurants.
  • Non-essential retail may remain open but must limit capacity to 20%.
  • Fitness facilities/gyms may open for outdoor operations only at 50% capacity.
  • Hotels and motels may only offer rooms for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations. 

Learn more from the State of California about the order and how it works. You can also read the updated L.A. County Public Health Officer Order (PDF) that reflects the requirements from the state.
COVID-19: Travel Advisory
The state of California issued a travel advisory in advance of the holiday season. COVID-19 transmission is increasing in many states and countries. Those arriving, or returning to California, from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. All Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Learn more from the State of California.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Stay up-to-date on the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. For the latest news, case numbers, economic information and more, please visit our official COVID-19 web page at You can also call the City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Information Hotline at 562-989-7392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help with food, finances, mental health, and more, we've posted a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources at

For information from L.A. County Public Health, dial 2-1-1 or visit
Curbside Pickup at the Signal Hill Public Library
The Signal Hill Public Library continues to offer curbside services for books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. The Curbside Pickup program follows all public health guidelines. The Library’s interior remains closed to the public until further notice.

Curbside hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (We are closed December 25 - January 1.) Patrons must reserve items for pickup in advance. For information on how to reserve and pick up your items, please visit us at You can also call 562-989-7330 during regular business hours.
Water Rates to Change on January 1, 2021
We'd like to remind residents that changes to Signal Hill water meter rates and water usage rates will take effect starting January 1, 2021. This rate change is per City Ordinance No. 2020-01-1512, passed on January 28, 2020. We encourage all residents to sign up for automatic bill payments for your convenience. To get started, please call 562-989-7315.
Business License Processing Now All Online
Business owners: The City of Signal Hill is now processing business licenses online, utilizing the HdL Business Support Center. Now, you can digitally manage all aspects of licensing including application, payment, certificate issuance, and general assistance. Please visit to get started with a new application or a renewal. Existing business licenses have been automatically transferred into the new system. If you have business license-related questions, please contact the Finance Department at 562-989-7316. You can also call HdL directly at 310-362-8095.
City Hall Open By Appointment Only
City Hall, the Community Services Department, and the City Yard are currently open by appointment only until further notice. Walk-in visitors will not be accepted. Anyone with an appointment must wear a mask, follow all social distancing guidelines, and self-attest that they are in good health. Learn more here.
Signal Hill City Hall
2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Hours (Phone, E-mail, and Appointment Only)
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed Fridays through December
Closed December 25 - January 1, 2021
Signal Hill City Council
Edward H.J. Wilson

Vice Mayor:
Keir Jones

Council Members:
Robert D. Copeland
Tina L. Hansen
Lori Y. Woods