New Leadership in the Police and Fire Departments
We welcomed our new Fire Chief, Jeffrey D. Ragusa earlier this month, after Chief Tom Phelps retired recently. Prior to coming to Alhambra, Chief Ragusa worked in the Glendale Fire Department for nearly 20 years. While employed with Glendale, he held the positions of Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal. Chief Ragusa served in each of the Department’s four divisions, including Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Training and Fire Prevention. That experience has provided the insight, understanding and technical knowledge for him to lead the Alhambra Fire Department.
Chief Ragusa holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. He lives in the San Gabriel Valley with his wife and two children.

Chief Kelley Fraser will lead the Alhambra Police Department beginning December 27, 2021.
She takes over from Chief Eric Parra, who took a similar position in Huntington Beach.
Chief Fraser worked as the Assistant Police Chief for APD from 2019 to September 2021 before retiring.
Before joining APD, Chief Fraser spent more than 30 years working in various roles with the LA County Sheriff's Department including Chief of the South Patrol Division, Chief of the Special Operations Division and Commander of the South Patrol Division.
Chief Fraser holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Occupational Studies-Emergency Management from California State University, Long Beach and a graduate degree from the University of Southern California’s Executive Master of Leadership program.
Welcome back Chief Fraser!
Alhambra Homeless Count - January 25, 2022
Join the City of Alhambra on January 25, 2022 from 8:00PM to midnight for the Alhambra Homeless Count. The Count, which is mandated by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, helps paint a picture of the progress, trends, and shifts in the fight to end homelessness. Help make this Count possible by volunteering in your community. 

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up as teams of two or more. This will allow teams to stay in their Count Team Bubble with people you know. If you do not have teammates at this time, you are still welcome to sign up as an individual for the Count. Others can join your team later through this site, or you can be a part of a team created at your deployment site. 

Training to conduct the Count will be provided. For volunteer registration and more information, please visit www.theycountwillyou.org (and enter in zip code 91801). The City of Alhambra is looking for 100 volunteers. Thank you and we appreciate the help and support!
Senate Bill 1383 Takes Effect January 1, 2022
SB 1383 sets methane emissions reduction targets in a statewide effort to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) in various sectors of California's economy. The regulation establishes targets to divert 50% of organic waste from landfills below 2014 levels by 2020 and 75% by 2025.

Organic waste, which is any material that is biodegradable and comes from a plant or an animal, produces large amounts of methane when disposed of in a landfill and significantly contributes to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Organics like food scraps, yard trimmings, paper and cardboard make up half of what Californians dump in landfills, and reducing their disposal in landfills will have the fastest impact on the climate crisis.

Starting January 1, 2022, all businesses and multi-family properties must have organics collection services available. Your green carts now accept yard waste, food waste, and other organic waste. Contact Republic Services for any questions or to add organics recycling services at alhambra@republicservices.com.

SB 1383 establishes the goal of increasing edible food recovery by 20% by 2025. Certain food service businesses, labeled as edible food generators, must donate all excess edible food to food recovery organizations and services. For any questions about this program, or if you are a business looking to donate excess edible food, please contact Joris Eigirdas at Alhambra City Hall at (626) 570-3249 or jeigirdas@cityofalhambra.org.

The County will hold a virtual workshop on SB1383 on January 18 at 9:00am. To register, click on the image below.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree and Wreaths
Real holiday trees will be accepted at the curb by Republic Services from Monday, December 27, 2021, through Friday, January 14, 2022. Be sure to take off all lights, ornaments, tinsel and garland, as well as the metal or plastic stand. Set the bare tree at the curb next to your carts. If your tree is more than 6 feet tall, please cut it in half for safe and easy collection.
If you don’t take your tree down until after January 15, 2022, please cut it into pieces that will fit into your green yard waste cart with the lid closed. You can also recycle holiday wreaths and greenery in your yard waste cart. The wreaths and greenery must also be bare, so please remove all wire, hooks, bows and other decorations. Collected trees and greenery are turned into mulch, compost and ground cover.
Artificial trees and wreaths are not recyclable, so if you are throwing those away, please place them into your black cart.

Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycle Event
LA County Public Works and SAESHE will be hosting an in-person filter exchange event in Alhambra on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Bring your used oil filter for it to be exchanged for a new, free one and your used motor oil to be recycled. For any questions, please contact Joris Eigirdas at Alhambra City Hall at (626) 570-3249 or jeigirdas@cityofalhambra.org.
-         Date: Saturday, 1/29/2022
-         Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
-         Address: O’Reilly Auto Parts, 800 E. Valley Blvd., Alhambra, CA 91801
January 26th Virtual Community Meeting on
Historic Preservation Program
The City of Alhambra is committed to engaging the community throughout the Historic Preservation Program project, both to keep the community apprised of the project status and to solicit feedback and input. To that end, join the project team for our second virtual community outreach meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at 6:00 pm. Our second community meeting will focus on the recently released Historical Context Statement Draft that is currently available on the City’s project website: historicalhambra.com.
The draft was released for public review on December 13, 2021 and is available on the project website. The public can review the draft and submit comments anytime to the City on the project website until February 28, 2022.
The Historic Context Statement draft is an important first step that will provide the framework for the other components of the Historic Preservation Program. For up-to-date news or events, please visit the project website at historicalhambra.com
Holiday Parking Relaxation
Overnight parking enforcement (2:00 to 6:00 A.M.), city parking lot enforcement, and street sweeping will be suspended beginning Friday, December 24, 2021, through Sunday, December 26, 2021, for the Christmas Holiday. All parking personnel will resume regular enforcement on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 2:00 A.M.
Overnight parking enforcement (2:00 to 6:00 A.M.), city parking lot enforcement, and street sweeping will be suspended beginning Friday, December 31, 2021, through Sunday, January 2, 2021, for the New Year Holiday. All parking personnel will resume regular enforcement on Monday, January 3, 2021, at 2:00 A.M.
Rose Parade Safety Tips
The City of Alhambra's Rose Parade Float will sail down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on January 1, 2022. If you're coming to Pasadena to watch the 133rd Rose Parade® on #NewYearsDay, please review these safety tips and share with everyone you know who's also attending the parade.
COVID-19 Updates From
LA County Department of Public Health

As of December 15, 2021, masks must be worn in all indoor public settings throughout CA, regardless of vaccination until January 15, 2022. Want to make a vaccine appointment? Visit http://VaccinateLACounty.com. If you're homebound, you can call 1-833-540-0473 to schedule a home visit.

Get tested for COVID-19 before and after an event to reduce the risk & spread. Remember, if you test positive or have been in contact with someone with COVID, call a public health specialist for confidential contact tracing, info on quarantine/isolation and more at 1 (833) 641-0305.

Pfizer & Moderna offer the best protection against COVID-19 & are recommended for primary & booster vaccination. The vaccines may be combined with each other & can be given at the same time as the flu shot. Visit VaccinateLACounty.com for more info & to find a clinic near you.
SGVCOG Transit Feasibility Study Survey
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) – in partnership with Los Angeles Metro (Metro) – is conducting a feasibility study to evaluate and improve mobility in the San Gabriel Valley. By completing this survey, you can help shape improvements for reliable, convenient and accessible transit in the San Gabriel Valley.
Visit, https://www.sgvcog.org/transit-study to access the survey or click on the links below for access to the survey in three different languages.
The survey will be available through the end of January 2022. Also, visit, https://www.sgvcog.org/transit-study-community-input to sign up to stay informed! 
Leisure Guide is Available Online
The Winter/Spring 2022 Leisure Guide is now available online. Browse upcoming special events, programs, and hundreds of classes. Online registration is now open!
Basketball Programs Registration Open
Registrations are open the Winter Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, as well as for both the Youth Basketball and Tiny Eagles Basketball Programs. To sign up, visit our website and click on the Recreation Services Tab or call the Recreation Office at (626) 570-5081.
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