FEBRUARY 2019
CALLES VERDES TREE PLANTING KICK-OFF AND FRUIT TREE DISTRIBUTION
On January 26, 2019, the City partnered with Tree People to  kick-off the Calles Verdes project. Mary Lou Mendoza, City Manager Alexander Meyerhoff, and TreePeople founder Andy Lipkis addressed the assembled volunteers prior to the tree planting. The group was later joined by Yasiel Puig, who took time to plant a tree. The event consisted of community volunteers planting 15 trees at Pioneer Park.  In addition, 330 fruit trees were distributed to the community at that event, including pomegranate, figs, guava, lemons, and citrus trees. Special thanks to The Max Factor Family Foundation for generously sponsoring the fruit tree giveaway.

Tree People will continue to work with City staff and volunteers to plant additional trees in City parkways.  The Calles Verdes project will not only help reduce the temperature in the City by planting a total of 750 trees, but it will also decrease the amount of polluted water entering the waterways by capturing runoff water.  Overall  the planting of trees, plants and landscape will help beautify the City, reduce heat island effects and help to moderate effects of climate change within this neighborhood. Click Here to view more photos from the event (photos provided courtesy of TreePeople).

If you would like to volunteer and help the City plant more trees in the parkways, please contact Tree People at https://www.treepeople.org/ for more information.
ADMINISTRATION
FEBRUARY 2019 HOLIDAY HOURS
In observance of Presidents' Day, City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019. All emergency services will remain in effect.
LUNCH AND LEARN
On January 31, 2019, the City Manager and the City's Management Team hosted the first in a year-long series of "Lunch and Learn" seminars. The title of January's Workshop was "Pathways to Leadership: Introducing San Fernando's Management Team." 

The event was held in the Recreation Park Gym. The workshop, which was open to all city staff, provided an opportunity to meet and get to know the City's Department Heads. A number of topics were discussed including the various pathways to leadership by the City's management team, department goals and key projects that the City will undertake in the coming year. It was exciting and informative to learn about the diverse backgrounds and varied work experience of the team. 

The Lunch and Learn Series will be held each month throughout the year. The objectives of these workshops include succession planning, team building, enhancing communication, expanding city-wide professional development, providing informal mentoring and fostering a workplace where employees know that they are valued.
UCLA LUSKIN JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR
The City is constantly searching for new talent. City Manager Alexander Meyerhoff and Associate Planner Gerardo Marquez recently participated in the UCLA Luskin Center Job Fair. The pair met with UCLA students to discuss employment and  internship opportunities at the City of San Fernando. Ten students expressed interest in internships with the City. Unpaid internships are currently available in all departments. 

For more information on employment and internship opportunities with the City of San Fernando, please contact Michael Okafor, Personnel Manager, at 818.898.1239 or  mokafor@sfcity.org.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION STATISTICS: 
JULY 2017 - DECEMBER 2018
Data provided below illustrates efforts in Code Enforcement and Graffiti Abatement. Note that summary statistics are rolled up for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (July 2017 to June 2018).

TOTAL CITATIONS 
ISSUED
TOTAL
FY 2017-2018
JULY
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
YTD
FY 2018-2019
     Illegal Converted/
     Habitable Garage
39 4 1 9 1 8 1 24
     Illegal Second Unit 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Building Code
     Violation
109 15 21 16 21 14 11 98
     Property
     Maintenance
158 18 21 12 18 9 4 82
     Commercial/
     Inoperable Vehicle
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Business License/
     Occupancy
163 10 5 6 6 13 16 56
     Illegal Signage 61 4 3 3 4 4 1 19
      Vehicles Parked on
     Unpaved
1 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
     NPDES
     (Unlawful Deposits)
6 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
     Accessory Dwelling
     Units
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Animal Control 6 0 1 1 0 2 2 6
     Walls and Fences 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Graffiti 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Inspection Upon
     Resale
7 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
     Other 43 3 2 6 8 4 6 29
TOTAL
634 54 54 64 60 54 42 328









GRAFFITI ABATEMENT
(SQ. FT. COVERAGE)
120,814
1,848 1,778 2,038 2,584 1,881 2,513 12,642









VALUATION OF
CITATIONS BILLED
$40,150 $495 $0 $385 $1,210 $2,365 $2,667
$7,123
PLANNING & PRESERVATION COMMISSION
On January 8, 2019, the Planning and Preservation Commission approved three requests for conditional use permits (CUPs) for the following projects:
  • 1661 San Fernando Road - Approved a request for a CUP for a project at 1661 San Fernando Road, for the operation of a banquet hall within a 6,270 sq. ft. commercial building which would provide 4,096 sq. ft. of banquet hall area within a commercial building in the Mixed-Use Corridor District of the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan Zone (SP-5). An initial public hearing for the project on December 4, 2018 was continued to this date in order for staff and the applicant to resolve a site plan error from 2015. This error was resolved, resulting in the project providing additional on-site and off-site parking. 
  • 720 Jessie Street - Approved a request for a CUP for a project at 720 Jessie Street for the operation of a bus yard within a 48,937 sq. ft. industrial building within the Limited Industrial Zone. The proposed project will make San Fernando home base for Big Bus Tours, an international company that serves 23 cities by providing open-air double decker bus tours of local destinations including Hollywood and iconic beaches. 
  • 1946 First Street - Approved a request for a CUP for a project at 1946 First Street for the operation of an automotive impound area within a 22,500 sq. ft. lot within in the Workplace Flex District of SP-5. The proposed project will enable Jon's Towing, which serves the greater San Fernando Valley, to move into San Fernando. The project conditions of approval require the applicant to complete a fa├žade improvement and provide enhanced landscaping. 
FAREWELL, GEORGE GARCIA
L to R: Timothy Hou, George Garcia
The Community Development Department bid farewell to Graffiti Abatement Specialist, George Garcia, on his last day on January 4, 2019. Since 2017, George served San Fernando as the City's first response to eliminate graffiti on public property. George served the City on a part-time basis while juggling a second job in the private sector. The City of Simi Valley hired him as a full-time employee in their Public Works Department - Streets Division. The Community Development Department will miss George, we thank him for all of his work beautifying the community and we wish him all the best as he starts his full-time career in public service.
FINANCE & PERSONNEL
2019 BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWALS DUE ON FEBRUARY 28, 2019
2019 Business License Renewal fees are due by close of business on February 28, 2019.  Failure to renew by that time will result in a 10 percent penalty for each month the application is late.   Avoid penalties and long lines by renewing online (http://SanFernando.hdlgov.com/) or by telephone (818.898.1211).  You may pay by credit card online or by telephone.
MID-YEAR FINANCIAL REVIEW
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to review the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018 independent auditors report, FY 2018-2019 Mid-year Budget, and FY 2019-2020 Budget kickoff at the regular City Council meeting on February 18, 2019.
MEASURE "A" COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
On November 19, 2018, the City Council approved the formation of a Measure "A" Community Advisory Committee to review the Annual Measure "A" Report and provide general recommended budget priorities for the use of Measure "A" funds during the annual budget process. 

The committee will be made up of two residents, up to two business owners, up to two labor representatives, and one at large member.  The Committee is expected to meet at least twice per year. Anyone interested in serving the community on the Measure "A" Community Advisory Committee is encouraged to apply.  Applications can be found on the City website ( http://ci.san-fernando.ca.us/commissions-boards/).
SIGN UP FOR AUTOPAY FOR YOUR WATER BILL
Simplify your life and avoid late fees at the same time by signing up for AutoPay and have your Water Bill debited from your account automatically. For more details, contact the Finance Department at 818.898.1245.
FINANCIAL REPORTS
As a reminder, all of the City's financial reports, including annual budgets, audited financial statements, quarterly sales tax reports, and the Measure A Annual Report can be found under the Finance Department page on the City's website (WWW.SFCITY.ORG).
TRAINING
The following workshops related to employment relations have been scheduled for interested employees to attend on February 13, 2019, at the Almansor Court in Alhambra:
  • Human Resources Academy I, and
  • Introduction to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

All workshops are presented by experienced employment/labor law attorneys from the law firm of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW).

RECRUITMENT
Recruitment for full-time Building Maintenance Worker/Electrical Helper and Public Works Maintenance Worker positions in the Public Works Department has been concluded, and selections have been made. Three selected candidates are currently undergoing the post-offer employment physicals, and are expected to start employment shortly.
SAN FERNANDO IS HIRING; JOIN OUR TEAM
Have you thought about a career where you can be involved in serving the community and helping others? Applications are currently being accepted for Police Officer, Reserve Police Officer, Junior Cadet (part-time), Day Camp Counselor (part-time),  Recreation Leader I and II (part-time), Criminology Intern, Finance Intern, and Planning Intern.  Filing for all the positions vary, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Visit the City website ( WWW.SFCITY.ORG) to view the job bulletins and download a City Employment Application.

POLICE
HOMELESS CONNECT DAY
This event is a collaboration between the County of Los Angeles, City of San Fernando, the State of California and non-profit agencies that will provide free services to homeless individuals in need of assistance.

WHEN: February 21, 2019
WHERE: Las Palmas Park,
505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando
TIME: 10 am to 1 pm
INFO: Staci Diner @ 714.348.1934
TRAINING OFFICERS CONTACT WITH SUSPICIOUS CAR LEADS TO ARREST OF TWO MALES
On January 18, 2019, at approximately 9 am, Field Training and Canine (FTO K9) Officer Walter Dominguez and his trainee, Officer Kyle Cleveland, observed a vehicle backed into a parking space with the hood up in an area known for narcotics activity.  The officers observed three occupants in and around the vehicle and as the officers made contact, two of the occupants immediately fled. The third occupant was detained and Officers observed a methamphetamine pipe in his hand and several additional pipes in the open vehicle.  The male told officers that the suspect who fled possibly had a gun.  Officers searched the area for the suspect and saw him running westbound on the 210 freeway towards Harding Ave. and Foothill Blvd. San Fernando Police (SFPD) Officers and Detectives, with the assistance of California Highway Patrol, established containment and located the suspect inside of a four-story building under construction.  After multiple attempts to coax the suspect from the roof of the building, Officers climbed onto the roof in an attempt to take him into custody.  The suspect fled again and jumped off of the roof wall and onto the surrounding scaffolding. Officers gave chase and took him into custody without further incident. Because the building was under construction, SFPD contacted the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) to assist with bringing the suspect safely to the ground.  LAFD built a ramp to transfer the suspect from the scaffolding to the building and then carried him safely to the ground.

It was determined that the suspect was on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) for narcotics and the vehicle was reported stolen that morning from Pacoima.  In addition, officers located a replica Uzi-style pistol inside the vehicle.  The second male was arrested for warrants and possession of a methamphetamine pipe.  Excellent work by FTO K9 Officer Dominguez and Officer Cleveland!

PUBLIC WORKS
PUBLIC WORKS WORK ORDER SUMMARY: 
JULY 2018 - DECEMBER 2018
Data below provides a summary of work orders submitted to the Public Works Department. 

CATEGORY
OPEN
CLOSED
TOTAL
     Curb/Gutter 13 8 21
     Doors/ Windows
2 6 8
     Fire Hydrants 0 4 4
     Gates/ Fencing 0 4 4
     HVAC
3 7 10
     Landscaping 3 49 52
     Lighting/ Electrical 10 39 49
     Paint/ Finishes
0 1 1
     Parking Lots/ Stalls 0 4 4
     Parking Meters
0 4 4
     Plumbing
1 37 38
     Refuse 
52 135 187
     Security Systems
0 2 2
     Sewer
2 3 5
     Sidewalk/ Ramp
24 6 30
     Signage
0 3 3
     Storm Drain
2 0 2
     Street Light
2 6 8
     Streets
18 182 200
     Streetscape
5 9 14
     Traffic Signal
2 16 18
     Traffic/ Street Signage
6 18 24
     Trees
103 78 181
     Water Service Requests
7 32 39
TOTALS
260 720 980
POTHOLE REPAIR UPDATE
The Streets, Trees, and Sewers (STS) Division takes a proactive approach to fixing potholes throughout the City. This crew of four individuals is responsible for maintaining streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters, striping, parking lot maintenance, trees, sewer system and cleaning and maintaining of catch basins and storm drain systems. The Public Works Department maintains a list of the street "hotspots" for potholes and tries to repair these on a regular basis, especially after a heavy rainstorm. The Department also receives calls from residents about potholes, for which work orders are issued and addressed as quickly as possible.

Potholes generally develop on those streets that have badly deteriorated paving including moderate to severe alligator cracking. With repeated traffic loading and wear and tear, pieces of asphalt pop out and over a short period of time, become potholes. To address this issue holistically, the entire street segment would have to be repaved and to that end, the Public Works Department is continually looking for available funding sources that may be used to pave and resurface San Fernando streets.

The STS crew repaired a total of 1,133 potholes between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, an average of 188 pothole repairs per month. During the month of November 2018 alone, the STS crew completed repairs for 679 potholes, of which 459 were located on Glenoaks Boulevard.

The Department's goal is to provide outstanding and proactive service to residents and, as such, will strive to apply for and obtain funding so as many streets as possible may be repaved and San Fernando residents may enjoy high-quality streets that they truly deserve. 

PUBLIC WORKS POTHOLE REPAIR SUMMARY: 
JULY 2018 - DECEMBER 2018
Data below provides a summary of pothole repairs conducted by the Public Works Department. 

MONTH
NUMBER OF POTHOLES

     JULY
81

     AUGUST
19

     SEPTEMBER
59

     OCTOBER
149

     NOVEMBER
675

     DECEMBER
150

YTD TOTAL  1,133

DATE FILLED
ADDRESS
STREET
CROSS STREET
NUMBER OF POTHOLES
12/10/18
403
N. LAZARD
FOURTH
3
12/10/18
462
N. LAZARD FOURTH
5
12/10/18
500
N. LAZARD FOURTH
1
12/10/18
512 N. LAZARD FOURTH
3
12/10/18
519
N. LAZARD FIFTH
3
12/10/18
522
N. LAZARD FIFTH
4
12/10/18
534 N. LAZARD FIFTH
5
12/10/18
539
N. LAZARD FIFTH
3
12/10/18
602
N. LAZARD FIFTH
4
12/10/18
615
N. LAZARD FIFTH
3
12/10/18
619 N. LAZARD FIFTH
6
12/11/18
903 CELIS BRAND
15
12/11/18
909 CELIS BRAND
4
12/11/18
1030
PICO MACLAY
4
12/11/18
1020
PICO CARLISLE
2
12/11/18
1029 PICO MACLAY
3
12/11/18
625
LAZARD FIFTH
2
12/11/18
718
LAZARD GLENOAKS
1
12/11/18
300 S. LAZARD CELIS
1
12/11/18

SECOND SECOND
1
12/11/18
1123 CELIS MACLAY
1
12/11/18
803
SEVENTH NEWTON
1
12/11/18
900
HARDING WARREN
4
12/11/18
850
HARDING PIONEER PARK
2
12/11/18
908
HARDING WARREN
1
12/11/18
LAZARD CITY LENGTH
44
12/14/18

TRUMAN MEYER
1
12/14/18

TRUMAN HUBBARD
1
12/17/18

CELIS MEYER
5
12/17/18

SF MISSION MOTT
1
12/17/18

SF MISSION KEWEN
4
12/17/18
607 WOLFSKILL
1
12/17/18
224
N. WORKMAN
2
12/17/18
227
HAGAR
1
12/17/18
507
N. MEYER
3
12/17/18
2010
LUCAS
2
12/17/18
1010
ARROYO
3
PUBLIC WORKS WATER SERVICE SUMMARY: DECEMBER 2018
Data below provides a summary of water services conducted by the Public Works Department. 

WATER SERVICE REPAIRS
4

NEW SERVICE INSTALLATIONS
2

WATER SERVICE UPGRADES
1

WATER METER REPLACEMENTS
6

     3/4 INCH
0

     1 INCH
2

     1 1/2 INCH 0
     2 INCH
4

SAN FERNANDO ROAD STREET IMPROVEMENTS (COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROJECT)
Excel Paving was awarded the CDBG Project at the January 7, 2019 City Council Meeting. The project consists of sidewalk, driveway and curb and gutter repairs, access ramps upgrades and repaving of San Fernando Rd. between S. Huntington St. and San Fernando Mission Blvd. Work is scheduled to begin in February 2019 and be completed at the end of March 2019.
GLENOAKS BLVD. STREET SEWER AND WATER IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT
The first phase of the project consists of sewer and water improvements on Glenoaks Blvd. from the West City Limit to N. Maclay Ave. and Harding Ave. from Fifth St. to Glenoaks Blvd.  The City Clerk will opened the contractors' sealed bids on January 31, 2019. The Project will be recommended for award at the regular City Council meeting on February 19, 2019, and construction is tentatively scheduled to start in March 2019.
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES
WINTER  PROGRAMS BROCHURE
Quarterly, the Recreation and Community Services Department distributes a brochure that lists all of their exciting new activities and programs, including:
  • Fitness & Wellness Programs
  • Arts Classes
  • Sports Programs & Activities
  • Senior Programs & Activities
  • Health Classes
  • Transit Services
  • Upcoming Events
Click Here to view the Winter Programs Brochure for January 2019 through March 2019.
HELP PORTRAIT RECOGNITION
The City recognized the Help Portrait Committee for their ten-year service program to the San Fernando community. Help Portrait is a nation-wide program organized by local professional photographers and volunteers to provide holiday portraits for families that would otherwise not be able to afford them. Alas Media partnered with the City in 2012 to provide the yearly program at Las Palmas Park. This past year, 2018, marked their tenth and final year, photographing over 100 families.

City Council Presentation on December 1 2018; L to R: Councilmembers Robert Gonzales and Antonio Lopez; Committee Members Rosa Ruvalcaba, Elizabeth Mendez, Magdalena Gutierrez, Tina Gutierrez, and Carmen Gutierrez; Mayor Joel Fajardo; Councilmember Hector Pacheco

YOUTH BASKETBALL PROGRAM: WINTER 2019
The Winter Season of Youth Basketball is off to a good start with 132 kids registered. The program serves participants between the ages of 4 to 16. 

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: 
SPRING 2019
Monday Night Adult Basketball is coming to Recreation Park this Spring! Teams may register at Recreation Park beginning in February 209 and games will run March 2019 through June 2019. Special program introductory rate of $250 per team plus officiating fees. Contact Recreation Park for more information: 818.898.1290.
COMMIT TO BE FIT
The evening fitness classes saw an increase in participation during the month of January 2019. A 20% discount was offered on the FitPass and Zumba Pass to encourage people to take charge of their health and join our fun and affordable classes.



PICKLEBALL
The community was invited to a Pickleball demo that was held on January 24, 2019, at Las Palmas Park. Participants learned the fundamentals and tried their hand at this fun paddle sport. For more information on signing up contact Las Palmas Park at 818.898.7340.

LAS PALMAS SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY DANCE
The Las Palmas Senior Club will hold their Valentine's Day Dance on February, 16, 2019, from 7 pm to 12 am, at Las Palmas Park. Come and dance the night away to live music and enjoy raffles and door prizes. Contact Las Palmas Park for more information: 818.898.7340.
SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATIONS

DATE GROUP/ EVENT LOCATION
2/3/19 Camino de Santidand
Ceremony/ Recognition
958 N. Maclay Ave.
2/17/19 Camino de Santidand
Fellowship Gathering 
958 N. Maclay Ave.
3/2/19 San Fernando National Little League
2019 Opening Day Ceremony
Pioneer Park
3/23/19 Studio 44 Fitness
Fitness Showdown/ Spring into Fitness
Recreation Park
VOLUNTEER BREAKFAST
Las Palmas Park staff hosted a Volunteer Breakfast on January 10, 2019, to show appreciation for all the hard-working volunteers. The Elderly Nutrition Program (ENP), Tierra Del Sol, and all other volunteers took part in a lovely breakfast and received a thank you gift on behalf of the Las Palmas Park staff. The Department is truly grateful for all the support the volunteers provide to keep programs running smoothly.









  SAVE THE DATE
BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY
Enjoy breakfast with the Bunny at the Spring Jamboree! Pre-sale at Recreation Park or purchase at the door.

WHEN: April 20, 2019
WHERE: Las Palmas Park,
505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando
TIME: 9:30 am
INFO:
818.898.1290

 
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