City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | October 2020
Hello Neighbor! Keep reading for important election information, new guidance for social gatherings, virtual community programs, and more.
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Upcoming Dates, Meetings and Events

Thursday, October 15: Deadline to Complete the 2020 U.S. Census
Friday, October 16: City Hall Closed
Monday, October 19: CA Deadline to Register to Vote
Wednesday, October 21: Virtual Story Time, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 23: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, October 27: Virtual City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 29: Deadline to Submit Scavenger Hunt Grids, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, October 30: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, November 3: Election Day, 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 6: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, November 10: Virtual City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day, City Hall Closed
Thursday, November 12: Virtual BINGO, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 13: City Hall Closed

U.S. Census Deadline Now TONIGHT, Thursday, October 15
Now is your last chance to complete your 2020 Census form. The count will end tonight, Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the end of the day. If you have not filled out the census, please immediately go to my2020census.gov and make sure you are counted. You can also call 844-330-2020, or mail in your completed form as long as it is postmarked by October 15.
 
The funding our community gets for the next 10 years will be determined by how many people fill out the census. Unless more people respond, LA County will lose millions of dollars for services and a loss of political representation in Washington for the next 10 years. Please respond ASAP if you have not yet done so!
Register to Vote by Monday, October 19
California's deadline to register to vote in the November 3 General Election is Monday, October 19, 2020. Check your registration status, verify your address, and register to vote if you haven't already at LAvote.net.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3
Local Issues on the Ballot
This year, Signal Hill voters will have an opportunity to vote locally on City Council Members and Measure R - the City of Signal Hill Financial Stability Measure.

If approved by Signal Hill voters, Measure R would enact a 3/4 cent local sales tax to address local needs, including maintaining local streets, sidewalks, and storm drains; cleaning and maintaining public areas; and preparing for natural disasters and public health emergencies.

We encourage you to participate in this important local election. To get more information on Measure R, visit cityofsignalhill.org/measureR. For information about the municipal election, local candidates, and the changes to our voting system, visit cityofsignalhill.org/election.
Voting by Mail
All registered voters should have received a Vote by Mail ballot. Learn more about voting by mail from L.A. County here. You can return your Vote by Mail ballot multiple ways:

  • By U.S. Mail, no postage necessary
  • In-person at any secure VBM Drop Box location
  • At any open Vote Center in L.A. County

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.

A Vote by Mail dropbox is located at the Signal Hill Public Library, 1800 E. Hill Street. There are 400 other safe and secure drop boxes located throughout the County that you can use. It is perfectly safe to return your ballot through a drop box. Boxes are bolted to the ground, emptied regularly, and it is a felony to tamper with them. Learn more about secure drop boxes.
In-Person Voting
Voters will have 10 consecutive days and Election Day to vote in-person at most Vote Centers in the County. Some Vote Centers will open as soon as October 24. Others, including the Vote Center at the Signal Hill Community Center, will open on October 30. All Vote Centers will be open on Election Day. Click here for a full list of Vote Centers and their operating hours. Learn more about how in-person voting works here.

Signal Hill's closest Vote Center will be located at the Signal Hill Community Center, 1780 E. Hill Street, behind the Public Library. It will be open from October 30 - November 2, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and on Election Day, November 3, from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Remember, you can vote at any official Vote Center in L.A. County. You do NOT have to vote at a designated polling place. You can find a Vote Center that fits your needs at https://locator.lavote.net/locations/vc.
The Halloween on the Hill Scavenger Hunt is Underway!
Ghouls of all ages are invited to join us for our Halloween scavenger hunt! You have until Thursday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. to find Ghostly Gus!  Download and print your official Scavenger Hunt Grid here (PDF) or find it on page 12 of the Fall City Views magazine. Look for Ghostly Gus at one of the locations identified in the Scavenger Hunt Grid. For full contest details, visit cityofsignalhill.org or check your mailbox for the Fall edition of the City Views newsletter.

Follow Signal Hill Community Services Department on Facebook for bonus hints and surprises that will help you find more Ghostly Guses and complete your grid!
Kids: Join the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Program
Through November 9, kids ages 4 - 12 are invited to sign up to read 5 books to receive a certificate for a free In-N-Out hamburger. Please call the Library at 562-989-7323 to register.
Virtual Programs from the Community Services Department
We are 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.
A Spooky Spectacular Story Time: Wednesday, October 21
Join us for a kid-friendly, Halloween-themed Story Time! Kids ages 2-5 will love hearing stories, learning songs and enjoying special guests at our Spooky Spectacular. No pre-registration required. 
Join us on Zoom on October 21 from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.:
  • Meeting ID: 984 0238 0003
  • Passcode: 864154
Virtual BINGO
Join us on Zoom for a fun afternoon of BINGO! BINGO is for ages 5 and older, and those 12 and under must have an adult with them. Registration is required, and space is limited. Please register online or call 562-989-7323 during business hours. Zoom meeting information will be provided upon registration.

  • Thursday, November 12: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 10: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Virtual Book Club: Circe by Madeline Miller
Join us on Zoom for a virtual Book Club! Ages 18 + only. The next Book Club is Thursday, November 19, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. We're reading Circe by Madeline Miller. 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.
Curbside Pickup at the Signal Hill Public Library
The Signal Hill Public Library continues to offer curbside services for books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. The Curbside Pickup program follows all public health guidelines. The Library’s interior remains closed to the public until further notice.

Curbside hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Patrons must reserve items for pickup in advance. For information on how to reserve and pick up your items, please visit us at cityofsignalhill.org/library.
New Economic Re-Openings and COVID-19 Guidance
in L.A. County
Starting October 15, the L.A. County Department of Public Health will begin allowing private gatherings of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable containers, and the duration of the gathering is two hours or less. Read the latest Health Officer order here.

LACDPH recently announced the re-opening of more businesses within the County, with restrictions to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19. Breweries, brewpubs and wineries can open for outdoor service only, and a meal must be served with a beverage. Nail salons may resume indoor services at a limit of 25% capacity. Outdoor salon services should continue as much as possible. Indoor shopping malls can re-open at maximum 25% capacity, and common areas must be closed. Learn more from LACDPH.
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 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.

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

For information from L.A. County Public Health, dial 2-1-1 or visit publichealth.lacounty.gov/coronavirus.
City Hall Open By Appointment Only; Closed Fridays through December
City Hall, the Community Services Department, and the City Yard are closed on Fridays through 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 is always available for customers to drop off non-cash water utility payments.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently open Monday - Thursday by appointment only. Walk-in visitors will not be accepted. Learn more here.
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.
Closed Fridays through December 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