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City of Alhambra Offers Second Round of
COVID-19 Testing
The City of Alhambra will begin offering a second round of COVID-19 testing for residents starting on Monday.

Alhambra residents can start making appointments through the city’s website at https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/coronavirus-testing to get tested.

Residents can drive or walk to Second Street and Main Street behind Alhambra High School, to get the free nasal swab. The site is open Monday – Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., July 20 th through August 11 th by appointments only.

The site is staffed by Vital Medical Services. The testing process takes between 5 and 10 minutes but wait times may vary. Results will be returned within 12 - 48 hours.  

Funding for the second round of testing is made available under the CARES Act.

The City held the first round of COVID-19 testing in May and tested a total of 1,599 residents that month. 
Emergency Housing Assistance Program

This week, the City Council approved additional funding for the Emergency Housing Assistance Program. The program was established earlier this year to offer emergency housing assistance to residents who are experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

The City first received funding from the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Fund (CDBG-CV) to offer $1,500 each to 200 households in need.
The initial application period was from April 28th - May 10 th and the City received nearly 2,000 applications. The City conducted a lottery to select program applicants on May 11th. The City has been using the waiting list from the original lottery, in addition to drawing more names from the applicant pool, as needed.

On July 15th, based on funding available under the CARES Act, a n additional 200 households were selected from the established applicant pool. The households impacted by COVID-19 will receive $1,500 each to help with their rent or mortgage payments. Staff is contacting those who were selected. The program as a whole will benefit 400 Alhambra households.
Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits

The coronavirus has presented many challenges to the food service industry. To help restaurants stay afloat, the City of Alhambra is temporarily allowing outdoor dining on public right-of-way if it doesn't impeded access, as well as on private property. There is no cost to applying for these permits.

Temporary Outdoor Dining on Public Right-of-Way Permit
·          The temporary outdoor dining area may be located on the front, side or rear sidewalk or alleyway as feasible.
Temporary Outdoor Dining on Private Property Permit
·          The temporary outdoor dining area may be located a private parking lot as feasible.

The temporary outdoor dining capacity is intended to offset the loss of indoor dining and shall not cause to increase the total maximum capacity permitted for the establishment.

These temporary permits are valid for 90 days and can be renewed for additional periods with revised conditions as updated by state or County Health Department.

For more information, as well as to download the permit applications, visit: https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/planning-zoning-permits .
SR-710 North Study Update

The City of Alhambra is working to develop and evaluate various alternatives for possible modifications to the current SR-710 stub, North of the I-10 to Valley Boulevard.

In 2017, the Metro Board voted to eliminate the SR-710 North extension between Alhambra and Pasadena. The Metro Board also redirected $708 million in Measure R funds to local road improvements to provide traffic congestion relief for the region.

A City transportation consultant has narrowed the preliminary options to some suggested alternatives that initially appear to reduce congestion and improve traffic locally without negatively impacting the region.

You can read more about those options and view the consultant's presentation to the City Council meeting at: https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/710-north-study-update .
Zoning Code Update
The City of Alhambra is embarking on a comprehensive update of our Zoning Code! We're encouraging all residents, business owners, and other stakeholders within Alhambra to take part in the project.
Visit our new website and give us your feedback on how the Zoning Code can be revised to implement the recently adopted General Plan.
Your input will be used to help shape Alhambra’s future. By participating, you can make an impact on the community’s vision for Alhambra as a safe, healthy, socially and economically viable and sustainable community. To learn more, visit: https://www.alhambracodeupdate.com/ .
Strategic Planning Session
The Alhambra City Council held a Strategic Planning Session in June to review current workload and plans for 2020-2021. They also discussed various topics including economic development, transportation, and community programs and engagement. If you missed the Strategic Planning Session, you can view a recording of it here .

Love My City Videos
The City of Alhambra launched the Love My City Campaign in January this year, in partnership with the National League of Cities. The campaign aims to spotlight the connection that people feel about the City that they live in, attend school or work at. It encourages civic engagement and to develop a stronger sense of community trust. The videos were shot in January and can be viewed here .

City Hall Operating Hours
A reminder, t he Community Development Department is open Monday - Thursday by appointment only.  C all 626-570-5034 to make an appointment.

The rest of the departments within City Hall and the Utility Department's Customer Service Center are open from 7am to 12pm Monday - Thursday. Afternoon appointments are available until 5:30pm. Please call 626-570-5007 to schedule an appointment.

The Library remains closed but curbside pickup is available. To request materials call 626-570-3212 or email refstaff@alhambralibrary.org .
Census Takers to Start Follow-Up
Census takers will begin interviewing households in areas that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census soon. In California, the follow-up work begins on August 11 th . Census takers will wear a mask while conducting their work. If no one is home when the census taker visits, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond. For information on how to identify census takers, click here.
Households can respond by completing and mailing back the paper questionnaire they received, by responding online at  2020census.gov , or by phone at 844-330-2020. Households can also respond online or by phone in one of 13  languages  and find assistance in many more. Those that respond will not need to be visited to obtain their census response.
Free Grab 'N' Go Summer Lunch
Free lunches and snacks are served to children 1-18 years of age, Monday to Friday, through August 7th. The Grab ‘n’ Go lunches and snacks are served daily on a first come, first served basis at the locations below. The City of Alhambra through the United States Department of Agriculture administers the Summer Food Service Program.
Alhambra Park      12:00PM – 2:00PM
Almansor Park      11:30AM – 1:30PM
Granada Park        12:00PM – 2:00PM
Story Park             11:00AM – 1:00PM
For more information, click here.
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