City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | February 2021
Greetings! welcome to the February City E-Newsletter. If you are a Gmail user, please move this message to your 'Primary" tab to be sure you don't miss an update! We always welcome suggestions and feedback, please e-mail social@cityofsignalhill.org.
Upcoming Dates, Meetings and Events

Tuesday, March 9: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 10: Diversity Coalition Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17: Parks & Recreation Community Study Session, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19: Latest News and Information
COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are showing signs of decline. While this is good news, it also means that we must use caution to prevent another spike in cases and the deaths that ultimately follow. Please continue to follow all public health protocols. Wearing a mask is an important tool that will help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to always wear a mask when away from home, and make sure it covers your nose and mouth. When away from home, also keep at least 6 feet apart from others. Please avoid large gatherings. If you do choose to gather, keep it small and outside. These actions directly save lives, and will help our health care system and our economy recover faster from the pandemic while we await more vaccine supply.

  • City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Cases To-Date: 1,087 (+ 10 % since Jan. 25, 2021)
  • L.A. County Cases To-Date: 1,187,474 (+ 10 % since Jan. 25, 2021)
  • State of California Cases To-Date: 3,460,326
COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Updates
We appreciate your patience as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out to the public. Vaccine distribution for Signal Hill residents will continue to be managed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health for the foreseeable future. The County has temporarily paused all planning activities related to Cities splitting from the County for vaccine distribution, due to changing information from the State.
Vaccine doses from the federal government are in extremely limited supply, therefore appointments for eligible groups are also very limited. Currently, the vaccine is being offered to groups in phases. As of February 26, the following groups are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in L.A. County:

  • Frontline Healthcare Workers
  • Staff & Residents at Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Staff & Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Residents 65 and Older

Starting March 1, three additional sectors (Tier 1 Phase B) become eligible for vaccination:
  • Education & Childcare
  • Food & Agriculture
  • First Responders & Law Enforcement

Those who are eligible should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to make an appointment and get more information. This is the best way to find out when appointments become available and where you can get vaccinated. You can also speak to your employer, as many are partnering with the County to provide vaccinations/appointments, particularly if you are in Tier 1, Phase B.

Those without Internet access can call 833-540-0473 daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to schedule appointments. However, we suggest using the website whenever possible to avoid long wait times on the phone.

  • To help our vaccine-eligible residents, we reached out to L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn's office. They've graciously agreed to personally assist Signal Hill residents 65 years and older who are having difficulty securing a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through L.A. County. If you need help, please contact Brenda Caloca with Supervisor Hahn's office at 562-256-1920 or by email at BCaloca@bos.lacounty.gov.

  • Signal Hill residents 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine at a Kaiser-run vaccination clinic at Cal State Long Beach. You do not have to be a Kaiser member. Please call 833-574-2273 or visit their website for more information and to secure an appointment.

  • You may also ask your health care provider for information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one through your provider.
If You're Not Yet Eligible
If you are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine, there are still steps you should take to be ready when your turn comes. To find out when it's your turn to get vaccinated, you can sign up to be notified at MyTurn.ca.gov. Please also visit VaccinateLACounty.com to learn about current vaccination plans and sign up for the County's Vaccine E-Newsletter so you don't miss important updates.
Remember: Wear a Mask Whenever You Leave Home
As a reminder, everyone two and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times when they are away from home and around others. Masks are an important tool that we all must continue to use for the foreseeable future, even if you've been fully vaccinated. Masks can protect others from possible exposure to respiratory droplets that may come from our mouth when we talk, sneeze or cough. Wearing a mask can also prevent you from being exposed to others' droplets.
Do:
Choose a mask with a nose wire.
  • A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask.
  • Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
  • Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.

Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.

Add layers of material.
  • Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
  • Or: Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
  • The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face.
  • Make sure you can see and breathe easily.

Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection.
  • Be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask.

Learn more from the CDC about how to safely wear a mask.
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 cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus. 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 cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources.

For information from L.A. County Public Health, dial 2-1-1 or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.
Celebrating Black History Month This February
We commemorate and celebrate Black History Month this February. This month celebrates the history and achievements of African-Americans. It also pays tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled with adversity throughout American history. In celebration, the NAACP Long Beach Branch flag is flying at City Hall through February 28.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History designated 2021's Black History Month theme as "2021- The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity". Learn more.
Remembering Fallen Pandemic Victims & Heroes in March
We remember all those lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each life lost is a tragedy: These are our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, children, coworkers, and neighbors. We also celebrate and pay tribute to all of the healthcare heroes who sacrificed so much to fight the COVID-19 pandemic while working on the front lines. 

As part of the City's Commemorative Flag policy, the Healthcare Heroes flag will be raised at City Hall from March 1 - March 31. Learn more about our Commemorative Flag Policy here.
Diversity Coalition Committee Meets Second Wednesday of Each Month, Public Welcome
The City's Diversity Coalition Committee (DCC) is meeting virtually every second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. We invite you to virtually attend. The DCC's goal is to further diversity, inclusion, and community engagement in Signal Hill. Community involvement is key to our efforts to address systemic racism and bias in the policies and practices of municipal government.

Meeting information, participation instructions, and more can be found here. The meeting agenda will be published on that same page 72 hours prior to the meeting, and meeting participation instructions will be provided on the agenda.
Job Opportunities With the City of Signal Hill
Signal Hill Police Department: Dispatcher/Jailer

The Signal Hill Police Department has a state-of-the-art facility, technology, and equipment, and a great relationship with the community. SHPD is hiring a Dispatcher/Jailer. Click here to learn more about the position and to apply.
City of Signal Hill: Senior Accountant

The City's Finance Department is seeking a Senior Accountant / Accountant. This role performs professional municipal accounting work, including analytical reviews of financial data, maintaining fiscal records and maintaining the integrity of the financial system. Click here to learn more about the position and to apply.
City Seeking Applicants for Planning, Parks & Recreation, and Civil Service Commissions
The City of Signal Hill is currently seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Planning, Parks & Recreation, and Civil Service Commissions. There are three available positions on each commission. The City anticipates that applications will open on March 15 with interview dates to be determined. Please learn more about each commission if you are interested in applying. Applicants must live in the City of Signal Hill, be a U.S. citizen, and be at least 18 years old. Each term is a four-year term. For more information, please call 562-989-7300 or visit cityofsignalhill.org.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With a Free Goodie Bag from the Signal Hill Public Library
Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with a free goodie bag from the Signal Hill Public Library. Each bag includes a free Dr. Seuss book, a bookmark, a craft, and an activity sheet. Bags are intended for kids 3 years of age and up.

Library cardholders can reserve goodie bags via phone, please call 562-989-7323. Pre-ordered bags will be available for Curbside Pickup at the Library from March 2 - March 4, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Please order ASAP as supply is limited! If you are not a Library cardholder, please visit our Library catalog page to obtain a library card.

For more information, please call the Library at 562-989-7323.
Parks & Recreation Community Input Session: Wed. March 17
Help shape the future of our parks! You're invited to a Zoom study session at the Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, where we'll discuss an important piece of the 2021 Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Your input will help us refine the community's goals related to parks, recreation, and facility improvements for the next 10 years.

Please join us virtually on Wednesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. This is a Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 856 0614 6711 Passcode: 842897 For more information, call 562-989-7330 or visit our website.
Signal Hill Public Library Continuing Curbside Pickup Service
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. Patrons must reserve items for pickup in advance. For information on how to reserve and pick up your items, please visit us at cityofsignalhill.org/libraryYou can also call 562-989-7330 during regular business hours.
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.
Fridays: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
562-989-7300
Signal Hill City Council
Mayor:
Edward H.J. Wilson

Vice Mayor:
Keir Jones

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