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We continue to offer our thoughts to the communities affected by the fires across the region, including those in Ventura County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County and San Diego County. Low relative humidity coupled with strong winds and dry fuel continue to present a high fire danger in the area. Stay alert and report fires by calling 911. You can learn more fire prevention tips by visiting CAL FIRE's website here.

Now, here's what's making news for the week of December 13, 2017. 
Council moves city's municipal elections
City elections will be held in March of every even-numbered year
At the last City Council meeting, the Council agreed to move the date of the city's general municipal elections to the first Tuesday after the first Monday of March of every even-numbered year beginning in 2020. This move was made to comply with Senate Bill 415, which requires local entities to move their election cycles to coincide with state elections if the local entity didn't meet a certain threshold.

As part of the change, the city will inform all registered voters of the change in date with public notices and postcards.
Registration for recreation classes begins December 18
Several new courses being offered for the winter season
Registration for a variety of classes - ranging from academic to recreation - will begin on December 18. This season, Community Services will be offering several new courses, including STEM Lego camps, "Kids Love Soccer," and "Painting the Surreal Dreamscape."

You may register for classes online or by mail, phone, fax or in-person at the Recreation Center during business hours.
Dial-A-Ride fee waved for December
City Council approves 50 cent waiver
In honor of the holiday season, the 50 cent Dial-A-Ride ridership fee is waived for the month of December. This gift was made possible by the City Council, which approved the annual waiver of the fee.

Provided by Community Services, Dial-A-Ride transportation is for city residents 62 years and older along with disabled residents. Service is available from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.
SGFD hosts annual Spark of Love Toy Drive
Donate new toys or sports equipment to those in need
From now until December 24, the San Gabriel Fire Department is accepting unwrapped new toys or sporting equipment for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Simply take your new item to Fire Station 51 (located at South Del Mar Avenue) or Fire Station 52 (located at 115 North Del Mar Avenue), and fire department personnel will help donate the item to someone in need.
Playhouse to host holiday concert next Tuesday 
Holiday concert features singers, choir, an orchestra and more
Catch Temple City Performing Arts' holiday concert "The Best Time of the Year" on December 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Playhouse. The show features the Brighter Side Singers, a concert choir, orchestra and a visit from Santa Claus!

In addition, Pasadena Dance Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker" continues this Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Be sure to purchase tickets to Clara's Holiday Party at 12:30 p.m. before either performance and enjoy refreshments and a visit from Clara and the Sugarplum Fairy.
Playhouse receives $5,000 for restoration campaign
Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel to make donation 
Earlier this week, the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel generously agreed to donate $5,000 to the Mission Playhouse's campaign restoration fund. "We are thrilled to have the support of such an important member of our business community," Kelly Salloum, Development/Special Projects Manager of the Playhouse said.

The Playhouse facade hasn't received a comprehensive refurbishment since the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake. Since then, the facade paint has cracked after years of deferred maintenance.

Learn how you can contribute to the Playhouse fund at the link below.
ACE photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
A look at a new pavement marking in front of the Ramona Street crossing over the trench
Pavement work near the Ramona Street intersection is also complete
Upcoming City Council meetings
Study Sessions
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Ethics Codes and Practices/Rules of Conduct, City Hall, Conference Room A

Regular Meetings
  • Tuesday, December 19 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • No upcoming commission meetings

Upcoming events at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse:
  • Saturday, December 16, 2:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "The Nutcracker," 320 South Mission Drive
  • Sunday, December 17, 2:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "The Nutcracker," 320 South Mission Drive
  • Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "The Best Time of the Year," 320 South Mission Drive
  • Friday, December 22, 1:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "The Nutcracker," 320 South Mission Drive
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Friday, December 15, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Teen Advisory Board Meeting," 500 South Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, December 16, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Chinese Motif Print-Making," 500 South Del Mar Avenue.
  • Monday, December 18, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Coloring for Grown-Ups," 500 south Del Mar Avenue.
  • Wednesday, December 20, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Book Club for Adults: Readers' Choice," 500 South Del Mar Avenue.
  • Thursday, December 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Women's Foundation, "Holiday Luncheon," Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, "Education and Family Resource Expo," Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
Click on the links in each event for more information, or  click here for more events .
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Multiple positions available!
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk (Part-Time) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor
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