City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | January 2021
Greetings! welcome to the first City E-Newsletter of 2021. Thank you for being a City E-Newsletter subscriber, we appreciate your interest! Please encourage your neighbors to sign up at cityofsignalhill.org/enewsletter. We welcome suggestions and feedback, please e-mail social@cityofsignalhill.org. Happy 2021!
Upcoming Dates, Meetings and Events

Tuesday, January 26: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10: Diversity Coalition Committee Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 23: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19: Latest News and Information
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to be dangerously high in our region. With high rates of virus transmission, it is critically important to continue following all Public Health protocols. Please stay at home as much as possible. If you are away from home for essential activities, you must wear a face covering/mask that covers the nose and mouth. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet whenever you are around people not from your household. Please do not gather with people you don't live with. These actions directly save lives, and will help our health care system and our economy recover faster from the pandemic.

  • City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Cases To-Date: 960 (+ 62 % since Dec. 21, 2020)
  • L.A. County Cases To-Date: 1,046,021 (+ 39 % since Dec. 21, 2020)
  • State of California Cases To-Date: 3,039,044
COVID-19 Vaccine Information and Updates
Please be patient as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out to the public. Vaccine distribution for Signal Hill residents is currently being managed by the L.A. County Department of Public Health. Vaccine doses are in extremely limited supply, therefore appointments for eligible groups are also very limited. The vaccine is being offered to groups in phases. Currently, 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

Right now, residents 65 and older who are not in any other eligible group 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. We also strongly encourage you to sign up for the LACDPH Vaccine E-Newsletter for updates on this evolving vaccination effort. 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. You may also communicate with your health care provider for information about COVID-19 vaccinations and how to receive one through your provider.

Officials are asking all groups to be patient, as appointments are extremely limited and fill up quickly. To find out when it's your turn to get vaccinated, you can visit MyTurn.ca.gov. If it isn't your turn yet, you can register to be notified when you become eligible.

If anyone offers you the vaccine in exchange for payment, or offers you a chance to "jump the line", this is a scam. The vaccine is free to all Californians, and you will never be asked to pay. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine scams here (PDF).
As of press time, we are working with the City of Long Beach and L.A. County to potentially allow for Signal Hill residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine via the Long Beach Department of Health & Human Services. This effort is a work-in-progress and is not finalized. Therefore, please do not attend Long Beach vaccination events or call Long Beach to make inquiries at this time. Please continue to folllow all guidance and protocols from the L.A. County Department of Public Health. We will keep the community updated as new information becomes available.
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. 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. Masks are not a substitute for staying home, staying six feet apart from others, and washing your hands frequently.

Your mask or face covering should fit snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin, with no gaps around the sides. Masks with one-way valves should not be used, and face shields alone are not an appropriate substitute for a mask. Note that gaiters and bandanna-type masks may not offer the same protection as a traditional mask. Learn more about masks from the CDC.
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.
Sustainable City Committee Welcoming Applications for Local Business Member Position
The City's Sustainable City Committee is welcoming applications for the role of a local business member. The appointee shall serve the completion of a two-year term of office until June 30, 2022. This is a volunteer position. Applications are accepted through January 25, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. The Sustainable City Committee will conduct interviews at its regular virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and apply 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 6:00 p.m. Citizen input is valuable to the DCC's efforts to further diversity, inclusion, and community engagement in Signal Hill. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend these meetings virtually. The creation of the DCC and its work is part of an evolving effort 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.
EDCO Disposal Temporarily Postponing Hazardous Household Waste Collection Events
EDCO Disposal, the City's official waste removal service provider, is temporarily suspending its twice-monthly Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste (HHW) collection events. This temporary suspension is to keep the community safe and support Public Health guidance during this difficult point in the COVID-19 pandemic. EDCO Disposal will be evaluating the situation over the next several weeks, and will announce when HHW collection events resume. There is no change to regular residential and commercial trash collection service. For more information, visit EDCO Disposal online or call 562-597-0608.
Congratulations to SHPD Sgt. Alex Gabaldon,
City of Signal Hill Employee of the Year 2020
Please join us in congratulating Signal Hill Police Department Sergeant Alex Gabaldon, recently honored as the City's 2020 Employee of the Year. Sergeant Gabaldon has been with SHPD since 2003. He has served as a Field Training Officer, as a Detective, a Senior Police Officer, and now as Administrative Sergeant. In 2007, Sergeant Gabaldon received the Officer of the Year award and in 2016, he received the Meritorious Conduct-Gold award. His actions throughout his tenure with the City embody service over self, professionalism, positivity, and hard work.

Alex is an avid family man who enjoys camping, staying fit and healthy, and spending time outdoors with his wife and three children. Congratulations!
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.
Commemorative Flags in 2021
In 2019, City Council adopted a commemorative flag policy to allow for the rotating display of commemorative flags underneath the City flag at City Hall, the Public Library, and the Police Station. Commemorative flags may only be displayed as authorized by resolution of the City Council. City Council’s annual consideration of flags for display is in January of each year, and the represented party is responsible for providing the selected flag.

The 2021 Commemorative Flag schedule is set to be discussed at the January 26, 2021 City Council meeting. Residents are welcome to virtually attend and participate. Please learn more about the Commemorative Flag policy here.
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