Latest News from the City of Yorba Linda
Coyote Awareness & Reporting
Many Yorba Linda residents experience occasional encounters with wildlife, including coyotes, especially when enjoying Yorba Linda's trails and open spaces. Yorba Linda's 19-mile northern wildlife interface with Chino Hills State Park and a shared southern boundary with the Santa Ana river bed make Yorba Linda conducive for coyote habitation. This time of year, coyotes are more prevalent in the community as they search for food and water for their young pups born earlier this spring.

For the most part, coyotes coexist well within the urban environment and will not affect our daily lives. The best way to minimize the nuisance and losses caused by urban coyotes is by being proactive in keeping coyotes at bay by eliminating sources of food and water. The City of Yorba Linda offers these helpful tips for residents to discourage wildlife activity in their neighborhoods:

  • Fully enclose all outdoor animal areas;
  • Keep cats and small dogs indoors or in the close presence of an adult;
  • Keep pets indoors when not supervised;
  • Keep trash containers closed;
  • Keep yards free from potential shelter such as thick brush or weeds;
  • Enclose the bottoms of porches and decks; and
  • Eliminate all potential food and water sources.

The general policy of the City of Yorba Linda , Orange County Animal Care , and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is not to trap coyotes as killing and/or relocating urban coyotes has proven to be ineffective over the long term. However, the City does contract with a professional urban wildlife company on an as needed basis. Residents may report coyote sightings to the City using the online coyote reporting form . Ill or injured coyotes should be reported to Orange County Animal Care at 714-935-6848. If a coyote becomes aggressive or threatening, residents should dial 911 immediately.  
Adult Supervision Near Water Saves Lives
Although 100 percent preventable, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages five and under and the second leading cause among children under fourteen. The most common reason children drown is a lapse in active adult supervision. Drowning is silent and can occur in as little as two inches of water and in as quickly as 20 seconds. Since drowning cases increase during the summer months, the City of Yorba Linda and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) urge parents and caretakers to remain vigilant when children are near water and encourage you to review and share the ABCs of Water Safety :

  • A is for Active Adult Supervision
  • B is for Barriers
  • C is for Classes

To learn more, view OCFA's Drowning Prevention video or download a printable copy of the ABCs of Water Safety . For additional safety information, please visit the OCFA website .
The Blind Pig Restaurant Coming to Yorba Linda Town Center
Yorba Linda foodies will be excited to hear popular Rancho Santa Margarita eatery The Blind Pig Kitchen and Bar will be opening a second location in the Yorba Linda Town Center. Named one of The Orange County Register's 75 Best Places to eat in 2018, The Blind Pig is known for its progressive cuisine which is paired with an eclectic wine list, a rotating selection of craft beers, and a curated menu of specialty craft cocktails made from fresh ingredients. The 3,000 square-foot location will offer lunch and dinner seven days a week and is expected to open in October. Stay tuned for Town Center updates on the City website and in future issues of the Yorba Linda Connection. Image:
Yorba Linda Police Services Launches Online Crime Data Program
In an effort to bolster community awareness and crime prevention, Yorba Linda Police Services has partnered with TriTech Software Systems to launch CrimeMapping , an interactive application that tracks crime calls within the City. The data reflected on the mobile-friendly program is pulled directly from crimes reported to the Department and is updated every 24 hours. Users may scroll through the interactive map, or search 15 different types of crime by address, landmark, or zip code; sign up for custom alerts; and create reports to analyze criminal activity near a home, school, or business. To learn more, or to register to receive alerts, visit Orange County Sheriff's Department online .
Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program with Festival
This summer, the Yorba Linda Public Library is excited to offer summer reading programs for readers of all ages from June 16 through August 18, 2018. This year's program theme is "Reading Takes You Everywhere," and the program invites readers to discover and experience new people and places through reading and attending special events at the Library. Best of all, participants can win exciting prizes just for reading!

The program will begin with a Summer Reading Kick-Off Festival this Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Library. Attendees will enjoy exciting activities such as game booths, face painting, balloon art, crafts, and a rock climbing wall, bounce house, and giant slide! For more information, please call 714-777-2873 or visit the Library's website .
Parks and Recreation Department to Celebrate Athletic Achievements at Wall of Fame Induction
Since 1999, the Parks and Recreation Department has honored local athletes who have made a significant contribution to the community through the City's Athletic Achievement Wall of Fame. On Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., members of the community are invited to be a part of history as the City inducts the 2017 Esperanza High School Men's Basketball team (2017 CIF Division II State Champions) and Coach Steve Gullotti (retired El Dorado High School Baseball Coach) to the Wall of Fame for their accomplishments. For more information, please call 714-961-7192.
Planning Commission Initiates Zoning Code Amendment
The Yorba Linda Zoning Code (YLZC) is the section of the City's Municipal Code outlining the regulations for local land use, helping to promote public health, safety, and welfare while enhancing the appearance and quality of development of the City. Although amendments to the Zoning Code related to specific issues (e.g. the recent sign ordinance), are periodically approved, occasionally, a comprehensive amendment is required to simplify, streamline, and clarify local land use regulations. The City Council adopted the most recent comprehensive amendment to the YLZC in 2004. Since then, staff has maintained a list of issues needing to be addressed in future amendments. In May 2017, the Planning Commission initiated a comprehensive Zoning Code Amendment (ZCA). As part of the ZCA process, staff has brought each issue to the Planning Commission for review in a public workshop format. Future public workshops will be publicized in Planning Commission agendas . For additional information, please contact the Planning Division at 714-961-7130.
Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Offers Summer Fun for the Entire Family
Summer is nearly here and the Parks and Recreation Department is bringing exciting events and programs to make your family's summer a memorable one! Mark your calendar for these programs:

  • Summer Camps and Programs: Enjoy over 100 summer camps and programs offered throughout the City. Camps and programs cover a wide range of categories and schedules from half-day to full-day camps. A full listing of all available camps is available online;
  • Summer Swim Lessons: Dive into summer with swim lessons beginning the week of June 18, 2018. Swim lessons range from infant and parent to preschool and youth classes. New this year is a lap swim class which provides experienced swimmers (youth and adults) the opportunity to get a workout while receiving feedback on stroke refinement and technique from an instructor. Classes fill up quickly so register now; and
  • Concerts in the Park: From the sound of classic rock by The Answer to the Eagles Tribute band Boys of Summer, this summer's concert series is going to be a blast! Enjoy spending your Sunday evening with family and friends at Hurless Barton Park each Sunday from July 22 through August 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Fight the Bite During National Mosquito Awareness Week
Beginning June 24, 2018, the City of Yorba Linda and the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) will join agencies across the nation in observing National Mosquito Awareness Week in an effort to educate the public on the important role they play in eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes . Of the 3,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide, 53 species occur in California and 23 in Orange County. Although some species of mosquitoes are not vectors for disease, mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease affecting the central nervous system, have been found in Orange County; last year, 39 cases of WNV were reported within the county, including four cases resulting in death. Learn more about the impact of WNV by viewing one Orange County resident's story in the OCMVCD's "West Nile Virus: A Survivor's Story" video .

The City of Yorba Linda and the OCMVCD encourage residents to take these simple precautions to "fight the bite" this summer:

  • When enjoying the outdoors, apply mosquito repellents containing DEET(R), Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus;
  • Ensure window and door screens are in good repair and keep all unscreened doors and windows closed;
  • When travelling, visit the CDC website for prevention tips specific to your destination;
  • Eliminate breeding sources from your yard by draining any containers filled with water, such as plant saucers, pet bowls, and bird baths at least once a week, or after rainfall; and
  • Report mosquitos, dead birds,and neglected pools, spas, or fountains to OCMVCD.

For additional information, contact the OCMVCD at 714-971-2421 or visit their website .
Celebrate Independence Day at the 4th of July Spectacular
Gather your family and friends to join the City of Yorba Linda as we light up the summer sky at the 4th of July Spectacular. One of the City of Yorba Linda's most beloved traditions, this year's event will feature family activities including interactive stage activities, dancing, delicious food, live music featuring Eric Sage and his band, the singing of the National Anthem and God Bless America by 8 year-old Yorba Linda resident Madison Baez; a Kids’ Zone featuring inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, carnival games, and prizes; and, of course, a fantastic fireworks show to conclude the evening's activities!  The event will take place on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Veterans Park (4756 Valley View Avenue) and Yorba Linda Middle School (4777 Casa Loma Avenue). The fireworks show will begin at 9:00 p.m. For more information, please view the event flyer or call 714-961-7160.
Summer Brings Higher Temperatures and Higher Wildfire Risk
As the weather grows warmer and drier throughout Southern California this summer, the potential risk for wildfires will increase. Although experts can't predict exactly when a wildfire will occur, wildfires are an inevitable part of life in Southern California and many residents have not made the necessary preparations. Protect your home this summer by reviewing these resources from Orange County Fire Authority :

  • To evaluate the potential risk for a fire at your home, consider scheduling a free Wildfire Home Assessment by contacting OCFA at 714-573-6774. Guidelines to conduct your own home assessment are also available;
  • Under certain weather conditions, the National Weather Service will issue a Red Flag Warning; be prepared by reviewing the criteria and precautions for a Red Flag Warning;
  • Using OCFA's supply checklist, prepare a disaster supply kit, or GO! Bag, with food, water, and supplies for each member of your household (including pets); and
  • Register for the County of Orange's emergency notification system, AlertOC, to receive emergency alerts by phone or text message.
Share Your Vision for Adventure Playground
For the past 35 years, the City of Yorba Linda's iconic Adventure Playground has offered unique summer camp opportunities for children to play, imagine, and creatively build. Today, this one of a kind facility is aging and the City is seeking input from residents to develop a master plan for Adventure Playground. All ages are welcome to participate in the public workshops, which will discuss future site improvements and new program opportunities. Public workshops are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Thomas Lasorda Jr. Field House)
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. (Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting-City Hall)

For additional information, view the event flyer , or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 714-961-7160 or .
Keep Our Local Beaches Clean by Preventing Urban Runoff
Summer is here, and along with it comes warm weather activities like trips to the beach. Pollution in local creeks and channels, however, could decrease days spent enjoying the surf and sand by making beaches unsafe for swimming. By simply changing one or two individual practices, you can help reduce urban runoff, improve the health of waterways, and keep local beaches open all summer long:

  • Keep trash off the ground and pick up pet waste;
  • Sweep sidewalks and patios, instead of hosing them down. Not only does this prevent wasted water, it also reduces runoff which picks up pollutants on the ground carrying them to nearby storm drains, which drain to the ocean;
  • Clean up outdoor spills with mops or absorbents instead of washing spills into a gutter or storm drain; and
  • Do not overwater your lawn.

For more information about preventing urban runoff to the oceans, visit the OC Stormwater website .
City Council Meeting Recap
Following each City Council Meeting, a recap will be posted to the Latest News section of the City website. These recaps are intended to summarize action taken by City Council, and are not intended to function as a replacement for official meeting minutes. City Council Meeting agendas and minutes, as well as recaps from previous meetings are always available on the Agendas and Minutes page of the City website. View the June 5, 2018 City Council Meeting Recap on the City website.
Website Feature Spotlight: Latest City News
Since launching this past March, the new is the one-stop destination for City news. Informative articles are regularly added to the Latest News section of the website, which can be conveniently accessed from the homepage . In addition, users can view archived news stories as well as register to be notified each time a Latest News article is added.
Independence Day Facility Closure
In observance of Independence Day, all City facilities will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Additionally, there will be no refuse or recycling collection service; if your weekly pickup is on or after the holiday, your pickup that week will be delayed by one day
Saturday, June 16
Movie begins at dusk
Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m.
Wednesday, July 4
Activities begin at 5 p.m.
Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
Movie begins at dusk
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