City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | August 2020
Hello Neighbor! Keep reading to learn about a new child care program, virtual events from the Library, changes to City Hall operations, and more.
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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Friday, August 14: Virtual BINGO for Adults, 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 18: Virtual Coffee and Chat for Parents, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25: Virtual City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 27: Virtual Community Meeting: View Park, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 4: City Hall Closed
Monday, September 7: Labor Day, City Hall Closed
Tuesday, September 8: Virtual City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 10: Virtual BINGO for Families, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 11: City Hall Closed

Join the Diversity Coalition Committee
The City of Signal Hill is seeking community members of all backgrounds to join its Diversity Coalition Committee (DCC). The DCC will examine the City’s current policies and engage the community on various aspects of race and equity as part of an evolving effort to address systemic racism and bias in the policies and practices of municipal government. To apply, and for more information, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/signalhill. If you have questions, or need help applying, please call 562-989-7305. The application deadline is Monday, September 7, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Learn more about the City's efforts to address systemic racism and bias here.
City Hall to Close on Fridays through December
City Hall, the Community Services Department, and the City Yard will be closed on Fridays, beginning September 4 through the end of the year. This means that all non-essential departments will be closed on Fridays from September 4 - January 1, 2021.

These closures are due to employee furloughs in the wake of budget shortfalls. We appreciate the community's understanding as we work to balance our budget and keep the City's finances healthy. The dropbox at the main entrance of City Hall will still be available to accept non-cash water utility payments.
Restaurants: Apply for Temporary Outdoor Dining Space
We encourage residents to support local businesses and enjoy a safe outdoor dining experience while abiding by L.A. County Public Health guidelines. To assist, the City is allowing current restaurants with existing business licenses to create approved temporary outdoor dining areas. The dining areas must be on private property, in private parking, or landscape areas. To submit a plan for temporary outdoor dining, please use our Temporary Outdoor Dining Guide (PDF). Businesses must provide a modest site plan, proposed health and social distancing measures, and other information. To submit a plan or for more information, please contact the Community Development Department at 562-989-7340 or e-mail commdev@cityofsignalhill.org.
Rent Relief for Low-Income Renters Impacted by COVID-19
L.A. County is launching a new program to help low-income tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19. Applications will be accepted starting Monday, August 17, through Monday, August 31. Eligibility is based on income, and you must have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Learn more about the program online and apply at http://211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief or call 2-1-1.
Child Care Program: Registration Opens August 17
The City of Signal Hill Child Care Program provides a safe environment for your child while you work. The program is Monday - Thursday, September 1 - December 17, 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily activities will include distance learning support, arts & crafts, outdoor play and more. Children will need to bring a laptop or Chromebook, headphones with a microphone, and all school learning materials daily. Learn more.

Registration appointments will open on Monday, August 17. Please call 562-989-7330 to schedule an appointment. You'll need proof of residency and California Driver's License or ID Card. For more information, please call the Community Services Department at 562-989-7330.
Virtual Community Meeting: View Park
Thursday, August 27, 6 p.m.
Join us on Thursday, August 27, at 6 p.m. for a virtual discussion on the proposed View Park. View Park is a planned green space at the corner of Burnett Avenue and Cherry Avenue. At this meeting, you’ll see design plans, learn about project timelines, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the project.

You must be able to access the Zoom virtual meeting platform via computer, laptop or smartphone. Please register online in advance for the virtual meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to join the meeting.

For more information, contact the Community Services Department at 562-989-7330.
New Virtual Programs from the Public Library
While the Public Library is closed due to COVID-19, we’re pleased to offer a variety of virtual programs for the whole family this fall and winter. You’re invited to join us for fun, socializing and learning, all from the safety and comfort of home.
BINGO for Adults and Families
Join us on Zoom for BINGO! We're offering two events, one for adults and one for families! BINGO is limited to 15 participants per session. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please register online or call 562-989-7323 during business hours. Registered participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting the week of the scheduled date.
BINGO for Adults: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Ages 18 + only. Event Flyer (PDF)

  • Friday, August 14
  • Thursday, September 17
  • Thursday, October 15
BINGO for Families: Second Thursday of the month, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Event Flyer (PDF)

  • Thursday, September 10
  • Thursday, October 8
  • Thursday, November 12
Virtual Book Club
Join us on Zoom for a virtual Book Club! Ages 18 + only. The next Book Club is Thursday, September 10, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. We're reading The Other Americans by Laila Lalami. The book will be available for pick-up at the Library during Curbside Pickup Hours. Registration is required. Call 562-989-7323 or register online.
Virtual Coffee and Chat for Parents
Grab your coffee and join us on Zoom for an engaging hour of socialization and support led by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This group is not a therapeutic group and is intended for support and socialization. 

  • Tuesday, August 18: Helping Kids Cope with Stress
  • Tuesday, August 25: Self-Care and Staying Healthy

Each session is from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Space is limited, please register online or call 562-989-7330.
Complete the U.S. Census: New Deadline is September 30
The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is now September 30, 2020. If you have not yet responded to the U.S. Census, please do so right away. You can respond online at http://www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 844-330-2020. You can complete the census in dozens of languages. It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected. Census takers are currently visiting households that have not yet responded to the Census. Avoid a visit from a Census taker and make sure you have responded to the 2020 Census. It’s the law. 
Public EV Charging Stations Available in Signal Hill
Signal Hill is a great place to own an electric vehicle (EV). We're proud to offer three public ChargePoint charging stations for EV drivers. One charging station is located at the Signal Hill Public Library, 1800 E. Hill Street. Two stations are located at the upper Civic Center parking lot on Legion Drive at Hill Street. Each charging station can charge two vehicles at the same time. Charging fees are $0.55/kWh, and you can pay from your smartphone. We encourage you to download the ChargePoint app prior to your first charging session. Learn more about getting started with ChargePoint.
Women's Suffrage Flag to Fly August 18 - September 18
The Women’s Suffrage Victory Flag commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. It recognizes and honors the determination and dedication displayed by the National Woman’s Party towards granting women the right to vote. This year we celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, ratified August 18, 1920.

In honor of the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment, the Women's Suffrage Victory Flag will fly at City Hall, the Signal Hill Public Library, and the Signal Hill Police Department, from August 18 - September 18, 2020. Learn more about our Commemorative Flag Policy here.
Be Sure You're Registered to Vote in the November 3 General Election
Are you registered to vote for the November 3 General Election? Check your registration status, verify your address, and register to vote if you haven't already at LAvote.net.

All registered voters will receive a Vote by Mail ballot beginning October 9, 2020. You can sign up to track the status of your Vote by Mail ballot at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov. You'll receive automatic e-mail, text, or voice call notifications about your ballot - when it is mailed, received, and counted.

You're encouraged to return your mail-in ballot by mail (postage is free) or you can drop it off at a designated Vote Center or Vote by Mail dropbox. Your mailed ballot will be counted if is postmarked on or before Election Day and received within 17 days after Election Day. Learn more about voting by mail and your return options at LAVote.net.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
Stay up-to-date on the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. For the latest news, case numbers, economic information and more, please visit our official COVID-19 web page at http://www.cityofsignalhill.org/coronavirus. You can also call the City of Signal Hill COVID-19 Information Hotline at 562-989-7392 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For information on how COVID-19 is impacting City operations and programs, please visit our Closures and Cancelations page.

If you need help with food, finances, mental health, and more, we've posted a comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources at http://www.cityofsignalhill.org/covid19resources.

For information from L.A. County Public Health, dial 2-1-1 or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov.
Signal Hill City Hall
2175 Cherry Avenue
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Hours (Phone, E-mail, and Appointment Only)
Mon.-Thurs.: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through August
Closed Fridays Sept. - Dec. 2020
562-989-7300
Signal Hill City Council
Mayor:
Robert D. Copeland

Vice Mayor:
Tina L. Hansen

Council Members:
Keir Jones
Edward H.J. Wilson
Lori Y. Woods