City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | November 2020
Please see this updated and corrected edition of the November E-Newsletter. The previous email contained some discrepancies in event dates. We apologize, it's been a long year! Thank you for your understanding and for subscribing to the City E-Newsletter.
Upcoming Dates, Meetings and Events

Wednesday, November 18: Virtual Story Time: Giving Thanks, 9:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 19: Virtual Book Club, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20: City Hall Closed
Saturday, November 21: All-City Socially Distanced Mayor's Clean-Up, All Day
Tuesday, November 24: City Council Meeting is Canceled
Thursday, November 26: Thanksgiving Day, City Hall Closed
Friday, November 27: City Hall Closed
Wednesday, December 2: Virtual Hilltop Tower "Tree" Lighting, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 2: Virtual Visits with Santa, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 4: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, December 8: City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10: Virtual Lighting of the Menorah, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11: City Hall Closed
Monday, December 14 - Thursday, December 17: Virtual Lighting of the Menorah, 5:00 p.m.

View Unofficial Election Results from the November 3 General Election
Signal Hill saw a record voter turn-out for the November 3 General Election! You can view the unofficial results of the L.A. County election on the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder's website. You can also view the unofficial results of the Signal Hill General Municipal Election here.

The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder has 30 days post-election to count all ballots and officially certify the results. Learn more about how L.A. County certifies election results here.
All-City Socially Distanced Fall Mayor's Clean-Up: Saturday, November 21
Help keep Signal Hill beautiful while staying safe! We're bringing back the Fall Mayor's Clean-Up on Saturday, November 21, in a socially-distanced manner. Simply choose a location anywhere in the City to clean up. Please wear a mask, participate with members of your own household only, and follow all social distancing protocols.

A limited number of grabbers, gloves, and trash bags are available from City Hall. Please call 562-989-7340 to make an appointment to pick them up on Thursday, November 19. E-mail a photo of your participation to to be featured in a special Thank You at the next City Council meeting.
Upcoming Virtual Holiday Events
Virtual Hilltop Tower "Tree" Lighting: Wednesday, December 2
Join us on Facebook Live to watch the Hilltop Tower "Tree" light up to kick off the holiday season. The event will kick off at 6:30 PM.

Virtual Visit with Santa: Wednesday, December 2
 Virtual sessions with Santa will be available by appointment between 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:30 p.m. before and after the Tree Lighting. To make an appointment for your child, call 562-989-7330 or email to register or for more information. Learn more
Virtual Lighting of the Menorah: December 10, 14, 15, 16, 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 will be lighting the Menorah on December 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17, at 5:00 p.m. each day on Facebook Live.
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.
Virtual Programs from the Community Services Department
You’re invited to join us for fun, socializing and learning, all from the safety and comfort of home.
Story Time: Giving Thanks
Join us for a kid-friendly, Thanksgiving-themed Story Time! Kids ages 2-5 will love hearing stories, learning songs and enjoying special guests. No pre-registration required. 
Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, November 18 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.:
  • Meeting ID: 932 9772 7696
  • Passcode: 817203
Virtual BINGO
Join us on Zoom for a fun afternoon of BINGO! The next event is Thursday, December 10: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. BINGO is for ages 5 and older, and those 12 and under must have an adult with them. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please register online or call 562-989-7323 during business hours. Zoom meeting information will be provided upon registration.
Virtual Book Club
Join us on Zoom for a virtual Book Club! Ages 18 + only. The next Book Club is Thursday, December 17, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. We're reading You Are a Bad A**": How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. The book will be available for pick-up at the Library during Curbside Pickup Hours. Registration is required. Call 562-989-7323 or register online.
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. Patrons must reserve items for pickup in advance. For information on how to reserve and pick up your items, please visit us at
COVID-19 and Holiday Travel
Earlier this month, 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. This recommendation does not apply to essential travel. 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 Governor's office.
COVID-19 Guidance for Gatherings
The L.A. County Department of Public Health wants to remind residents that it is critically important that everyone follow public health measures that protect us from COVID-19 and minimize the spread. There is a high level of risk associated with gatherings of any kind, especially when people are inside, and not keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet and wearing face coverings. Currently, only private gatherings of three or fewer households are permitted, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet apart, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the gathering is two hours or less. Read LACDPH's Guidance for Celebrating Holidays here.
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
Finance Department Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Signal Hill’s Finance Department recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and was awarded to the City for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019. Congratulations to the Finance Department on this exciting achievement!
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 Moving Online on November 23
Business owners: effective November 23, 2020, the City of Signal Hill will convert to online business license processing, utilizing the HdL Business Support Center. The City and HdL are working closely to ensure a seamless transition with little to no impact on our services. The HdL Business Support Center will provide support for all aspects of licensing including application, payment, certificate issuance, and general assistance. In the meantime, if you have business license-related questions, please contact the Finance Department at 562-989-7316.
City Hall Open By Appointment Only; Closed Fridays through December
City Hall, the Community Services Department, and the City Yard are closed on Fridays through January 1, 2021. These closures are due to employee furloughs in the wake of budget shortfalls. The dropbox at the main entrance of City Hall is always available for customers to drop off non-cash water utility payments.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently open Monday - Thursday by appointment only. Walk-in visitors will not be accepted. 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 2020
Signal Hill City Council
Robert D. Copeland

Vice Mayor:
Tina L. Hansen

Council Members:
Keir Jones
Edward H.J. Wilson
Lori Y. Woods