Good evening,
Happy holidays from the City of San Gabriel!

As we approach Christmas week, the San Gabriel Fire Department is still accepting unwrapped new toys or sporting equipment for the annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. Both Fire Station 51 (located at South Del Mar Avenue) or Fire Station 52 (located at 115 North Del Mar Avenue) will be accepting gifts for those in need until December 24.

Now, here's what's making news for the week of December 20, 2017. 
Council appoints Mark Lazzaretto as City Manager
Lazzaretto to be confirmed at January 2 Council meeting
After an extensive search, San Gabriel officials announced today that Mark Lazzaretto will be appointed as the next City Manager by the City Council. Lazzaretto topped the field of 36 candidates recruited from across the west.

Lazzaretto, 47, comes to San Gabriel from the City of Pomona, where he served as the Development Services Director for over a decade. In his new role, Lazzaretto will serve as the city's chief executive, overseeing the city's staff to meet the objectives of the City Council.
City adopts new marijuana ordinance
A wrap-up of the December 19 City Council meeting is now online
At last night's Council meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to approve a new ordinance that prohibits all nonmedical cannabis activity, including restrictions on personal growing. The ordinance also repealed and adopted new provisions prohibiting commercial uses related to medical cannabis.

More information on this and other agenda items can be found in our City Council wrap-up below. You may also view the full agenda here.
A new start for a life-long biking enthusiast 
We take a look at San Gabriel's newest bike store, Jones Bicycle II
As its name suggests, Jones Bicycle II isn't the first bicycle venture by owner Benson Lam. In fact, Lam's newest store comes from a surprisingly long lineage of bicycle stores across the Southern California region.

We talked with Lam to learn about the Mission District's newest store, and what he hopes to offer to the community.
Santa is coming to San Gabriel
Santa will be visiting from December 20 to December 23
It's not a holiday season without Santa riding the fire engine through the streets of San Gabriel! The San Gabriel Fire Department will escort Santa through the city from December 20 to December 23. Click the link below to learn when he'll be visiting your neighborhood.
"The Nutcracker" ends this week
Last performances to occur on Friday and Saturday
This is your last week to catch the Pasadena Dance Theatre's production of "The Nutcracker." The last two performances are this Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Be sure to watch the Nutcracker Prince and a devious Mouse King on an enchanted journal to the land of the Sugar Plum Fairy as more than 60 dancers magically bring Clara's Christmas eve dream to life.
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, January 2, 2018 - 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:
  • Friday, December 22, 1:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "The Nutcracker," 320 South Mission Drive
  • Friday, January 12, 7:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, "Chinese New Year," 320 South Mission Drive
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Thursday, December 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Women's Foundation, "Holiday Luncheon," Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel
  • Saturday, December 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Yoga Class," 500 South Del Mar Avenue
  • Wednesday, December 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Art Class for Adults," 500 South Del Mar Avenue
  • 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:
  • Sewer Maintenance Leadperson - Closes on January 11, 2018
  • 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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