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City Council Mayoral Transition
David Mejia was sworn in as the Mayor of Alhambra and Katherine Lee was sworn in as Vice Mayor during Monday’s City Council Regular Meeting.

This is Mejia’s second term as Mayor. He was first elected to the City Council in 2016 and served as Mayor then. Mayor Mejia works as a police sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Vice Mayor Lee was a teacher in the Alhambra Unified School District. She was elected to the Council in 2018, and represents District One.
Alhambra’s mayoral position changes every nine months. Mejia takes over the role from Councilmember Ross Maza, who represents District Two.

In his outgoing remarks, Maza thanked his family and friends for their support and guidance during his term. Councilmember Maza said he's looking forward to working with Mayor Mejia and the rest of the Council to implement shared ideas and goals.

Mayor Mejia said "some of the things that I want to continue to work with my colleagues is to pass an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Historic Preservation Ordinance, continue to recruit businesses to our community, seek additional green space, work on reducing our traffic problem, and support our Police and Fire Department in whatever they need." 

Vice Mayor Lee said being on the City Council is a rewarding and challenging experience. She wants to work on increasing affordable housing, improving our infrastructure and finding other ways to reach out to residents.
The City Council also includes Councilmember Jeff Maloney representing District Three, and Councilmember Adele Andrade-Stadler, representing District Five.
Feed Alhambra Food Drive - Saturday, August 29th

The City of Alhambra is partnering with several organizations to host a food drive. The Feed Alhambra Drive-Through Food Distribution will be held on Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in front of Alhambra High School on 110 South 2nd Street. The food distribution is done on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Drivers must remain in their cars and open their trunk when it is their turn in line. If you're interested in volunteering at this event, sign up at: https://bit.ly/FeedAlhambraVolunteers.
Engine 71 Respond to Wildfires
California is dealing with numerous wildfires this season. Dozens of major wildfires continue to burn across the state. More than 14,000 firefighters and over 2,400 fire engines are responding to the fires. So far, the wildfires have burned over 1.25 million acres and destroyed more than 1,400 structures. Firefighters from Alhambra’s Engine 71 responded to the Lake Fire near Lake Hughes last week. Currently they’re battling the Carmel Fire in Monterey. 

Do you have a wildfire action plan? Visit readyforwildfire.org to learn how to prepare for a possible evacuation.
New Firefighter Recruits
The Alhambra Fire Department also hired three new firefighter recruits. Marcus Bennett, Garrett Gomez, and Tanner McDaniel will start their four week training academy at our training center on Monday, August 31st.

In welcoming them, Chief Tom Phelps said, “the City of Alhambra Fire Department is taking every step necessary to ensure we fulfill our mission of protecting life and property in Alhambra during the COVID Pandemic. I am proud to welcome the three firefighter recruits who will be joining our ranks in the Alhambra Fire Department. These recruits will demonstrate their flexibility and resolve under extraordinary circumstances, and I am excited to see them serve our community with respect, compassion, and integrity."
Paramedic Academy

Two Alhambra Firefighters have been selected to attend paramedic school at Mt. SAC Paramedic Academy in Walnut. Joseph Shiraishi and Vu Nguyen are participating in a 16-week intensive classroom and lab program. After that, they'll do six weeks of clinical internship in several hospitals, then another 10-12 weeks of field externship as a practicing Paramedic Intern under the guidance and supervision of a Paramedic Field Preceptor at a local fire department. Altogether, that’s over 1100 hours of intensive emergency paramedicine training for each of them.
New Police Department Hires

The Alhambra Police Department added two new members recently. Last week Assistant Chief Eric Parra sworn in Police Officer Alejandro Donoso and Dispatcher Lisette Rodriguez.
Before joining APD, Officer Dinoso spent 15 years in law enforcement with the Los Angeles School Police. Dispatcher Rodriguez was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley and is familiar with Alhambra. Congratulations to both of them!
Home Improvement Assistance Programs
Did you know? The City of Alhambra offers two kinds of Home Improvement Assistance Programs to help qualified homeowners with home repairs such as roofing, exterior paint, windows, weatherization and enhanced ADA accessibility. Loans available includes:
  • Minor Rehabilitation Deferred Loan: property improvements are less than $50,000
  • Major Rehabilitation Deferred Loan:  property improvements exceed $50,000

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With a Scavenger Hunt
Join the City of Alhambra in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, by recognizing the many contributions of our American Latino community.

This year, the City is hosting a Scavenger Hunt that the public can participate in from the safety of their cars.

To play, visit our website cityofalhambra.org to download and print out the crossword puzzle.

From September 13 – September 30, participants can drive to these eight locations throughout Alhambra to complete the puzzle.

·        Alhambra Park (500 N. Palm Ave.)
·        Almansor Park (800 S. Almansor St.)
·        Granada Park (2000 W. Hellman Ave.)
·        Story Park (210 N. Chapel Ave.)
·        Emery Park (2709 Mimosa St.)
·        Burke Heritage Park (1550 W. Alhambra Rd.)
·        Alhambra Civic Center Library (101 S. First St.)
·        Chonito’s Restaurant (2505 W. Valley Blvd.)

Each location will have a banner with a question or word scramble to solve. The questions are related to Hispanic culture, art or history.

Once the puzzle is finished, submit it with your name and phone number to parksandrec@cityofAlhambra.org for a chance to win prizes while supplies last.

This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Alhambra Downtown Association, the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce, Baja Cali Fish and Tacos and Chonito’s Mexican Restaurant.
Code Alhambra
Do you want to help guide development and land use in Alhambra? Participate in the Zoning Code Project update! Zoning helps define how properties are used, what new buildings look like, and how much development can occur in a community. This project is a great way to weigh in on land use regulation, development and design standards and how they impact the community's long term goals. Visit https://www.alhambracodeupdate.com/ to stay updated on the process. Miller Planning Associates presented an overview of CODEALHAMBRA to the City Council on August 13, 2020. The presentation included the project objectives, process, and schedule. View a PDF of the presentation here.
Census Chalkathon
The LA County Office of Education (LACOE) is encouraging districts and schools to spread the word about the importance of completing the census. The deadline to respond is September 30th. From now through September 7th, LACOE is hosting a Census Chalkathon, inviting the public to create sidewalk art to promote census participation. Share your artwork on social media and you could win weekly prizes. For information on the rules, visit our website. Tag us @cityofalhambra and we'll reshare your artwork on social media!
Library Director Retiring
After a dedicated career of over 38 years in public service, 16 of which with the City of Alhambra, Carmen Hernandez is retiring at the end of the month. We appreciate all her efforts in advancing the Library to continually meet the needs of the community. Congratulations Carmen!
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