MARCH 2019
ADMINISTRATION
NEW CITY MANAGER
NICK KIMBALL
At their February 19, 2019 regular meeting, the San Fernando City Council appointed Interim City Manager Nick Kimball to be the next City Manager for the City of San Fernando.

Mr. Kimball has worked in various aspects of municipal government for more than 15 years, including risk management, redevelopment and tax increment financing, procurement, accounting, budget development, and city management. He has served as the Director of Finance since July 2014 and also as the Interim City Manager from January 2017 through September 2017.

Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. In addition to San Fernando, Nick has worked for the cities of Culver City and West Hollywood.

"I'm honored to have been selected by the City Council and to serve San Fernando, a great community with an excellent, knowledgeable staff. My goal is to ensure the daily business of the City continues to run smoothly while implementing the City Council's policy initiatives," said Mr. Kimball.

Nick assumed his new position on February 20, 2019.
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CITY CLERK
NEW PART-TIME DEPUTY CITY CLERK CYNTHIA ALBA
The City is very excited to announce that Cynthia Alba is an "official" San Fernando Team Member!  Over the previous five months, Cynthia had been an unpaid intern in the City Clerk Department assisting with numerous duties including Public Records Requests, Fair Political Practices Commission forms, and City Council and Education Commission meetings.

Cynthia is a 10-year resident of San Fernando and holds two degrees from California State University Channel Islands, in Political Science and Communication with an emphasis in Business and Nonprofit.  She has applied to University of Southern California to pursue a Master's in Public Administration and hopes to begin her classes in the fall.  Please join us in welcoming Cynthia!
LOS ANGELES COUNTY VOTE CENTER PLACEMENT PROJECT
In 2020, Los Angeles County will transition from polling places to vote centers.  This new model will allow voters to cast a ballot at any vote center location in the County over an 11-day period. The Vote Center Placement Project's (VCPP) core mission is to identify and place accessible and convenient vote center locations throughout Los Angeles County

Check out this video to see some of the changes coming in 2020!

To view an interactive map of the locations that have been requested, or to check on the status of a proposed location, visit Los Angeles County Vote Center Sites.  Those interested in suggesting a vote center location, may email vsap@rrcc.lacounty.gov

To learn more about the vote center placement project, visit http://vsap.lavote.net/vote-center-placement-project/.  
VOTE CENTER PLACEMENT PROJECT (VCPP) GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY MEETINGS
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) is seeking to identify interested, non-partisan Community Based Organizations to facilitate community meetings for the VCPP. The purpose of these meetings is to engage the public in the selection of potential vote centers as well as raise awareness of the County's Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) Project.

The RR/CC is looking for organizations that have experience conducting large-scale outreach efforts, facilitating community meetings, and working with local communities or stakeholder groups. The RR/CC will provide a stipend of up to $2,000 per meeting to cover meeting expenses.  All organizations are invited to apply.  For a detailed description of the expectations of selected partners, please Click Here or you may contact the City Clerk Department at CityClerk@sfcity.org if you have questions.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNITY PRESERVATION STATISTICS: 
THROUGH JANUARY 2019
Data provided describes efforts in Code Enforcement and Graffiti Abatement for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 to date (July 2018 to January 2019).

TOTAL CITATIONS 
ISSUED
JULY
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
JAN
YTD
FY 2018-2019
     Illegal Converted/
     Habitable Garage
4 1 9 1 8 1 2 26
     Illegal Second Unit 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
     Building Code
     Violation
15 21 16 21 14 11 10 108
     Property
     Maintenance
18 21 12 18 9 4 7 89
     Commercial/
     Inoperable Vehicle
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Business License/
     Occupancy
10 5 6 6 13 16 23 79
     Illegal Signage 4 3 3 4 4 1 2 21
      Vehicles Parked on
     Unpaved
0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
     NPDES
     (Unlawful Deposits)
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
     Accessory Dwelling
     Units
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Animal Control 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 6
     Walls and Fences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Graffiti 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
     Inspection Upon
     Resale
0 0 11 0 0 0 0 11
     Other 3 2 6 8 4 6 1 30
TOTAL
54 54 64 60 54 42 46 374









GRAFFITI ABATEMENT
(SQ. FT. COVERAGE)
1,848 1,778 2,038 2,584 1,881 2,513 2,858
15,500









VALUATION OF
CITATIONS BILLED
$495 $0 $385 $1,210 $2,365 $2,667
$3,025
$10,148
GREATER LOS ANGELES HOMELESS COUNT
On January 22, 2019, the City participated in a one-day, citywide homeless count as part of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's (LAHSA) 2019 Count. The overall event took place County-wide between January 22 to 24, 2019, to document the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County.

LAHSA is the lead agency of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care ("LA CoC"). The LA CoC includes 85 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, excluding only the cities of Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena, as each of those three cities operate their own independent continuums. In 2018, the Count tallied 52,765 people experiencing homelessness within the LA CoC area representing a four-percent decrease from 2017.

The City has participated since 2013 in the Count, which is the largest homeless census in the nation. With the help of volunteers, community partners, and local government agencies, this event helps shine a light on homelessness in the region, generates valuable data to support programs, and provides a pathway for community involvement in the effort to address homelessness. This year, 19 volunteers participated in the local Count including Rosa Guzman as a lead volunteer coordinator from City staff. 

The Count consists of four components: a street count, a demographic survey, a shelter count, and a youth count. Community participants undertake a process to count homeless persons residing in shelters or living on the street, in parks, automobiles or other places not meant for human habitation. The Count produces a Housing Inventory Chart, which enumerates the number of shelters, bends, and units dedicated to housing homeless persons.

Volunteers: LA County Housing Staff, City Staff, and Community Members

San Fernando Results from Greater Los Angeles Home Street Count: 2013 to 2019:   From 2013 until last year, the Count results indicated a growing number of individuals experiencing homelessness in San Fernando, a 265-percent increase during that period. Preliminarily, the final homeless count in 2019 documented 32 homeless individuals. This matches the result from 2018, indicating no increase from last year. Chart 1 below describes the counts in San Fernando since the City started participating in 2013. 


Table 1 below breaks down the historic count results in San Fernando by category. Note that a categorical breakdown for 2013 was not available and that no count was held in 2014.

METRO FIRST/LAST MILE WALK AUDIT
On February 9, 2019, a group of approximately 30 San Fernando residents, business owners, City Councilmembers, City Commissioners, Metropolitan Transportation Authority ("Metro") and City staff participated in the Walk Audit for First/Last Mile planning for Metro's East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project. When the project opens in 2027-2028, the new light-rail project will extend north from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line station to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station, a total of 9.2 miles.

Participants split up into small teams to walk the nearby vicinity of the street-level light-rail station that will be located within San Fernando at Maclay Avenue, between First Street and Truman Street. The purpose of the Walk Audit was to spot barriers and opportunities to help improve the experience of pedestrians and bicyclists accessing the new station.

Existing conditions for Metro transit rider on Maclay Avenue

Barriers to look for during the Walk Audit
Participants giving feedback on their Walk Audit findings
PLANNING AND PRESERVATION COMMISSION
The Planning and Preservation Commission was dark for the month of February 2019.

March 5, 2019 Planning and Preservation Commission meeting: 
  • 1001 Glenoaks Boulevard - The Commission approved a conditional use permit and site plan review for the development of a six-unit condominium project within the C-1 Limited Commercial Zone on a 16,500 square foot lot and is recommending that the City Council approve a zone change and tentative parcel map. 
  • 621 N. Maclay Avenue - The Commission approved a conditional use permit to entitle a legal non-conforming triplex residential development within the Maclay District of the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan Zone (SP-5) on a 7,500 square foot lot.
FINANCE & PERSONNEL
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020 BUDGET PROCESS
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020 Budget process officially kicked-off on March 4, 2019, when staff gave a presentation reviewing the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for FY 2017-2018 (a copy of the presentation is available via the City's website  WWW.SFCITY.ORG), an update to the FY 2018-2019 Budget, and a preliminary outlook for the FY 2019-2020 Budget.  Below are key dates for those community members interested in providing input to the City's Budget process:
  • May 9, 2019: Proposed Budget Book to be Distributed to City Council and Post to City's website for public review.
  • May 13, 2019: City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session.
  • May 20, 2019: City Council Meeting; Budget Study Session (as needed).
  • June 17, 2019: City Council Meeting; Budget Adoption.
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/).
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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).
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
On February 21, 2019, between 10 am and 1 pm, the City of San Fernando, along with the San Fernando Police Department, the County of Los Angeles and other local and state agency's hosted the third Homeless Connect Day at Las Palmas Park.  Local and state resources, along with many volunteers, assisted over 100 homeless people in receiving various services. This was another huge success in helping the homeless population in our City and surrounding areas.

Homeless Connect Day Service Providers and Volunteers
PUBLIC WORKS
PUBLIC WORKS WORK ORDER SUMMARY: 
JULY 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Data below provides a summary of work orders submitted to the Public Works Department. 

CATEGORY
OPEN
CLOSED
TOTAL
     Curb/Gutter 12 11 23
     Doors/ Windows
1 9 10
     Fixtures/ Furnishings/ Equipment
3
54
57
     Fire Hydrants 0 4 4
     Gates/ Fencing 0 4 4
     HVAC
4 10 14
     Landscaping 4 50 54
     Lighting/ Electrical 7 48 55
     Paint/ Finishes
0 1 1
     Parking Lots/ Stalls 0 4 4
     Parking Meters
0 5 5
     Plumbing
1 40 41
     Refuse 
34 187 221
     Security Systems
0 2 2
     Sewer
3 3 6
     Sidewalk/ Ramp
22 8 30
     Signage
0 3 3
     Storm Drain
2 0 2
     Street Light
2 7 9
     Streets
16 200 216
     Streetscape
4 11 15
     Supplies/ Services
4
23
27
     Traffic Signal
2 19 21
     Traffic/ Street Signage
8 21 29
     Trees
114 99 213
     Water Service Requests
3 39 42
TOTALS
246 862 1,108
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
166

     NOVEMBER
685

     DECEMBER
150

     JANUARY
746
 
YTD TOTAL  1,133

DATE FILLED
ADDRESS
STREET
CROSS STREET
NUMBER OF POTHOLES
01/08/19

Kalisher O'Melveny
3
01/08/19

San Fernando  N Workman
1
01/08/19

O'Melveny Kalisher
2
01/08/19
762
Kalisher O'Melveny
1
01/08/19
750
Kalisher Woodworth
2
01/08/19
712
Kalisher Woodworth
1
01/08/19
1530
First N Huntington
2
01/08/19
113
N Huntington First
5
01/08/19
1439
Hollister S Huntington
3
01/08/19
Workman Celis
1
01/08/19
555 First Park 
1
01/09/19

SF Mission O'Melveny
1
01/09/19
2011
Lucas Hubbard
1
01/09/19
422
Orange Grove Library
1
01/09/19
214
N Huntington Second
1
01/09/19
403
N Lazard Fourth
3
01/09/19
622
N Lazard Fourth
2
01/09/19
50 N Maclay RR Crossing
2
01/11/19
720
Jessie
12
01/15/19
1011
Shadow Lane
1
01/16/19
315
Hubbard
2
01/16/19

WB Hubbard San Fernando
1
01/16/19
502
Orange Grove
4
01/17/19

Hubbard First
3
01/23/19
2022
Chivers
2
01/23/19
2055 Glenoaks Hubbard
8
01/23/19
2055 Glenoaks Hubbard
6
01/23/19
2027
Glenoaks Hubbard
7
01/23/19
2040
Glenoaks Hubbard
7
01/23/19
2040
Glenoaks Hubbard
4
01/23/19
2040 Glenoaks Hubbard
6
01/23/19
1968
Glenoaks Lazard
7
01/23/19
1968
Glenoaks Lazard
10
01/23/19
1968
Glenoaks Lazard
1
01/23/19
1960
Glenoaks Lazard
2
01/23/19
1960
Glenoaks Lazard
4
01/23/19
1900
Glenoaks Orange Grove
12
01/23/19
1914
Glenoaks Orange Grove
8
01/23/19
1914
Glenoaks Orange Grove
4
01/23/19
1900
Glenoaks Orange Grove
5
01/23/19
1900
Glenoaks Orange Grove
1
01/23/19
1901
Glenoaks Orange Grove
3
01/23/19
1900
Glenoaks Orange Grove
6
01/23/19
1819
Glenoaks Orange Grove
12
01/23/19
1805
Glenoaks Orange Grove
6
01/23/19
1807
Glenoaks N Huntington
6
01/23/19
1803
Glenoaks N Huntington
5
01/23/19
1725
Glenoaks N Huntington
6
01/23/19
462
N Meyer
8
01/23/19
508
N Meyer
6
01/23/19
515
N Meyer
2
01/23/19

Glenoaks Hubbard to Maclay
528
01/23/19
527
N Meyer
3
01/23/19
210
Hagar
1
01/23/19

Alexander First
1
01/23/19
700
Griswold
3
PUBLIC WORKS WATER SERVICE SUMMARY: JANUARY 2019
Data below provides a summary of water services conducted by the Public Works Department. 

WATER SERVICE REPAIRS
3

NEW SERVICE INSTALLATIONS
2

NEW FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS
1

WATER METER REPLACEMENTS
5

RAINSTORM STANDBY COVERAGE AND 
SELF-HELP SANDBAG PROGRAM
When storms or heavy rain is expected, the Public Works Department activates after-hours Rainstorm Standby Coverage which includes the Self-Help Sandbag Program, as well as placing sandbags and barricades at strategic locations throughout the City. 

The Self-Help Sandbag Program is offered to San Fernando residents with sand and bags available outside the gates of 501 First Street; participants must provide their own labor and shovel.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (818) 898-1293 or PWDispatch@sfcity.org or Click Here to visit the City's Police, Emergency Services & Disaster/Storm Preparedness webpage.   
RECREATION & COMMUNITY SERVICES
PARK IMPROVEMENTS PUBLIC MEETINGS
Your input counts! What do you want see improved in our parks? The City wants your input in deciding how to make our parks a better place for our community.

DATE TIME LOCATION
March 9, 2019 10 am Rudy Ortega Park
2025 Fourth St
San Fernando
March 27, 2019 6 pm Recreation Park
208 Park Ave
San Fernando
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.
MARIACHI MASTER APPRENTICE PROGRAM
  • Grants for funding opportunities were submitted to both the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for Arts during the month of February 2019. 
  • The esteemed Don Federico Torres from Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan visited the advanced MMAP class on February 20, 2019, at San Fernando Middle School.  Parents and students were honored to take a picture with this well respected musician. There were 25 participants in the advanced class and he smiled for every photo!
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 2019 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.
BALANCE, STRENGTH AND HEALTHY MIND
This 10-week course will help participants maintain their independence, reduce the risk of falling, improve brain function and strengthen the lower body. 

WHEN: March 1, 2019 through May 3, 2019
DAY: Friday
TIME: 10 am
WHERE: Recreation Park
COST: $25 for the 10-week Session
INFO: 818.898.1290
HEALTHY EATING WITH REGAL
Stop by Las Palmas Park for a morning of fun, practical information and food tasting at a Diabetes 101 Workshop.

WHEN: March 13, 2019
TIME: 8:45 am to 9:30 am
WHERE: Las Palmas Park, 505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando
COST: Free
INFO: 818.898.7340
LAS PALMAS SENIOR CLUB MONTHLY DANCE
The Las Palmas Senior Club will hold their St. Patrick's Day Dance on March 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. Ticket Cost: $15 for Club Members; $20 for Non-members. Contact Las Palmas Park for more information: 818.898.7340.
ELDERLY NUTRITION PROGRAM (ENP) VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION
The ENP held a Friendship Celebration Day on February 15, 2019, at Las Palmas Park. Participants enjoyed coffee, delicious pastries, and music. Several participants showed off their artistic talent by taking part in a still life sketching contest.

SPECIAL EVENT APPLICATIONS

DATE GROUP/ EVENT LOCATION
3/2/19 San Fernando National Little League
2019 Opening Day Ceremony
Pioneer Park
3/16/19

Guardian Angel
Walk-A-Thon
Recreation Park
3/23/19 Studio 44 Fitness
Fitness Showdown/ Spring into Fitness
Recreation Park
4/3/19 Children's Hospital Los Angeles/
Los Angeles Public Defender's Office
Blood Drive
Parking Lot 6N
  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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