City of Signal Hill E-Newsletter | September 2020
Hello Neighbor! Keep reading for important election information, new virtual community programs, an exciting Halloween scavenger hunt, and more.
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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Friday, September 25: City Hall Closed
Wednesday, September 30: Deadline to Complete the U.S. Census
Thursday, October 1: Halloween Scavenger Hunt Begins
Friday, October 2: City Hall Closed
Thursday, October 8: Virtual BINGO, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 8: Virtual View Park Community Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 9: City Hall Closed
Tuesday, October 13: Virtual City Council Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15: Virtual Book Club, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, October 16: City Hall Closed
Wednesday, October 21: Virtual Story Time, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 23: City Hall Closed

Register to Vote by Monday, October 19
Are you registered to vote for the November 3 General Election? Have you moved recently or recently changed your name? Check your registration status, verify your address, and register to vote if you haven't already at The deadline to register to vote in California is Monday, October 19, 2020.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3
All registered voters will receive a Vote by Mail ballot beginning October 5. You can sign up to track the status of your Vote by Mail ballot at 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. A Vote by Mail dropbox is located at the Signal Hill Public Library, 1800 E. Hill Street. Learn more about voting by mail and your return options at
Voters will have 10 consecutive days and Election Day to vote in-person at most Vote Centers in the County. Some Vote Centers, including the Vote Center at the Signal Hill Public Library, will be open for 5 consecutive days, including Election Day. A full list of voting centers and dropboxes will soon be posted at Learn more about in-person voting at
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 preparing for public health emergencies or natural disasters, helping local residents and businesses recover, and addressing basic repairs and maintenance needs to public facilities, storm drains, streets and sidewalks.

We encourage you to participate in this important local election. To get more information on Measure R, visit For information about the municipal election, local candidates, and the changes to our voting system, visit
Complete the U.S. Census by September 30
The deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is September 30. If you have not yet responded to the U.S. Census, please do so right away. You can respond online at 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. Your response ensures that our region is adequately funded for the next ten years.
View Park: Join Our Virtual Community Meeting on Thursday, October 8
Join us on Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 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 virtual Zoom meeting, you’ll see design plans, learn about project timelines, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the project.

Registration is not required, but you must have a computer or smartphone with the Zoom platform. For Zoom meeting information, and how to submit comments or questions prior to the meeting, visit our website. Please call 562-989-7330 if you have questions about the meeting.
Get Ready for the Halloween on the Hill Scavenger Hunt!
Ghouls of all ages are invited to join us for a Halloween scavenger hunt! Starting October 1, Ghostly Gus will be "hiding" at select locations throughout the community, and you're invited to find him! Look for Ghostly Gus at one of the locations identified in the Scavenger Hunt Grid. Download and print your grid here (PDF) or find it on page 12 of the Fall City Views magazine. Those who complete certain sections of the grid will win fun prizes! For full contest details, visit or check your mailbox for the Fall edition of the City Views newsletter.

If you are a business or resident interested in hosting Ghostly Gus during the month of October, please contact the Community Services Department at 562-989-7330.
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.
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, October 8: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 12: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 10: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Virtual Book Club: Save Me the Plums
Join us on Zoom for a virtual Book Club! Ages 18 + only. The next Book Club is Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. We're reading Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl. 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.
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
Join the In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Program
From October 5 - 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.
Curbside Pickup at the Signal Hill Public Library
The Signal Hill Public Library now offers 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
Businesses: Apply for Temporary Outdoor Space
We encourage residents to support local businesses while abiding by L.A. County Public Health guidelines. To assist, the City is allowing certain businesses and restaurants with existing business licenses to create approved temporary outdoor service areas. The 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). To submit a plan for temporary outdoor business areas, please use our Temporary Outdoor Business Areas Guide (PDF)To submit a plan or for more information, please contact the Community Development Department at 562-989-7340 or e-mail
City Hall 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 will still be available to accept 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.
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.
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 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

For information from L.A. County Public Health, dial 2-1-1 or visit
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 Sept. - Dec. 2020
Signal Hill City Council
Robert D. Copeland

Vice Mayor:
Tina L. Hansen

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