Latest News from the City of Yorba Linda
A Message from the City Manager
Dear Community Member,

This month brings more business openings in the new Yorba Linda Town Center with even more tenants opening in the coming weeks. A list of all tenants open for business is included in this month's issue. The Town Center's developer expects seating, tables, and other street furniture to be installed in the coming weeks. Residents will also see final improvements in the nearby Main Street District, including resurfaced streets, new sidewalks, and decorative lighting. The City is also being proactive in filling other retail vacancies within the community and continues to work with a qualified real estate professional firm to assist with retail recruitment services. The firm is actively seeking a tenant to fill the vacant Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) building.

In other City news, the City's new Orange County Fire Authority Division Chief was introduced at Tuesday's City Council Meeting. Division Chief Phil Johnson serves as the new Department Head for Fire Services and is responsible for day-to-day operations of fire services in Yorba Linda. Additionally at Tuesday's meeting, there was significant community and City Council discussion regarding short term rentals in Yorba Linda. The City Council directed staff to research prohibitions in neighboring cities and to present short-term rental ban options at an upcoming Council Meeting. The City will keep the community updated when this item is scheduled to go before the City Council.

Thank you for reading and staying connected with the City of Yorba Linda. 
 
Best Regards,
 
Mark Pulone
City Manager

City Council Meeting Recap
The City Council Meeting Recap for the May 7, 2019 City Council Meeting is now available online . Following each City Council Meeting, a recap is 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.
Yorba Linda Town Center Update
Several businesses in the much-anticipated Yorba Linda Town Center have opened. These include: Apola Grill , Blaze Pizza , Bristol Farms , Cafe Rio , Modern Acupuncture , Peet's Coffee , The Habit , and The Lash Lounge .

Tenants opening in the coming weeks include: Verizon, Yoga Six, AKT Studio, and Club Pilates. Creamistry, Blind Pig, Seasurf Fish Co., Firehouse Subs, and Marinate Korean BBQ are all scheduled for a summer opening. Regal Theaters is targeting this fall for their grand opening. Stay tuned for additional opening dates in future issues of the Yorba Linda Connection!
Public Library & Cultural Arts Center Construction Update
Construction continued throughout the month of April at the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center site. Building permits were issued, pads were certified, and construction started for the under slab utilities and foundation. Construction for the site utilities, retaining walls, and foundations will continue this month.  Aerial video footage of the site is available on the project website . Look for construction updates in future issues of the Yorba Linda Connection.
Exciting New Improvements To Main Street
The Main Street and Lemon Drive improvements are now in place. The hardscape and landscape enhancements along with the street furnishings and decorative light poles provide for a revitalized yet historic look for Main Street. With the addition of the commercial grade decorative lighting and decorative street lights, Main Street has a very appealing look and feel in the evening as well. The use of brick and brick pavers provides for a theme that connects to the historic nature of Main Street. These improvements extend onto Lemon Drive as well where the brick theme is carried through at the corner curb ramps and the tree well locations.  
County Releases Statistics on Homelessness
The County of Orange recently released the results of the 2018 Point-In-Time Count. In January, volunteers fanned out across the County before dawn and after sundown to survey people experiencing homelessness. Nearly 4,000 people experiencing homelessness were surveyed countywide. The countywide Point in Time Count also found:

  • 73 percent listed their last permanent address within Orange County
  • 51 percent considered themselves “chronically homeless”
  • 33 percent have substance-abuse issues
  • 31 percent have a physical disability

City-specific information for Yorba Linda, which is located in the North Service Planning Area (SPA) is included in the detailed 2018 Point-In-Time Count Summary Report . The City of Yorba Linda relies on a regional approach to homelessness, to balance the right and dignity of those experiencing homelessness with the safety and comfort of residents and business owners. T he City will contribute funds to the construction and operations of two Navigation Centers designed to meet the needs of North Orange County's homeless population. The Navigation Centers will be located in Buena Park and Placentia and the City's portion of the funding will be covered by affordable housing funds.
City Doing Its Part To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) was signed by the Governor and sets goals for the reduction of statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In order to achieve AB 32, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (also known as Senate Bill 375 ) was passed to target GHG emissions from passenger vehicles, which account for 30 percent of total emissions. SB 375 requires that the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) , in which Orange County is located, produce a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) that integrates transportation, land-use, and housing policies.

Although SB 375 does not require the City to establish its own formal Climate Action Plan (CAP), the General Plan Update of 2016 incorporates policies that support and are consistent with GHG reduction strategies contained in SCAG’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and SCS, and thus is consistent with the policy goals and objectives of AB 32 and SB 375. These local policies include supporting transit-oriented development, infill housing development and redevelopment, and mixed-use development; improving walkability of communities; improving jobs-to-housing ratios; and, promoting land use patterns that encourage the use of alternatives to single-occupant automobile use.

Please contact the City's Community Development Department at 714-961-7130 with any questions.
Fire Season Awareness Presentation
The community is invited to attend a Fire Season Awareness Presentation on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Yorba Linda Community Center, 4501 Casa Loma Avenue. The presentation, which will be co-hosted by the City of Yorba Linda, Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) , and Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) , will cover a variety of topics, including:

  • An overview of OCFA's Ready, Set, Go program;
  • Vegetation management;
  • Identifying home and yard vulnerabilities;
  • OCSD's emergency evacuation procedures and evacuation routes;
  • Public notification systems; and
  • Emergency preparedness tips.

For additional information, please contact the Administration Department at 714-961-7110 .
Weed Abatement Notices Issued by the City
To increase fire safety, it's that time of year for residents to get an early start on weed abatement. This program is designed to keep the City fire-safe by ensuring that yards and larger land parcels are cleared of combustible weeds and debris. 
 
To comply with the   California Government Code , the City has issued   notices   to homeowners with potential fire hazard conditions based on vegetation or rubbish on the property. Those who receive a notice are required to clear their property of all combustible vegetation, including dead leaves, weeds, brush, and tree limbs as well as excess trash, wood, and other combustibles by June 18, 2019. The Orange County Fire Authority also assesses properties for fire risk and issues notices on an as-needed basis. 
 
Please keep in mind that weed abatement season is year-round in Southern California and it is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that their property is maintained in a “fire safe” condition to protect themselves and their neighbors. For additional information about the weed abatement program, please contact the Community Preservation Division at 714-961-7138.
OC Auditor-Controller Releases Guide to Property Taxes
The Orange County’s Auditor-Controller's Office recently released the 2018-19 Orange County Guide to Property Taxes , the first ever annual property tax report intended to help Orange County property owners, citizens, and taxpayers fully understand the importance of their property taxes in the Orange County economy. In Yorba Linda, property taxes are the City's largest single-source of revenue, providing $19.6 million to the City's General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.
Employment Opportunity - Public Relations Intern
The Administration Department is seeking a student intern to work in the City Manager's Office. This is a fantastic opportunity for a current college or graduate student to gain valuable experience and firsthand knowledge of city government. The City is seeking a talented, dedicated student who is currently studying public administration, communications, marketing, public relations, or English. The ideal candidate has the desire to assist with communications, marketing, event planning, and public relations projects. For more information about this paid internship position and application process, please visit the City's website . The deadline to apply is May 30, 2019.
Safety Tips To Prevent Purse Theft
Yorba Linda Police Services , along with the City of Yorba Linda, would like to remind residents to remain vigilant when shopping or dining with a bag or purse. Follow these simple tips to safeguard your belongings from thieves:
 
Targets: Distracted Shoppers
Shoppers leave unattended purses and bags in shopping carts. Thieves will can get surprisingly close without you even noticing and they will stick their hand in your bag to fish out your valuables or will steal your bag quickly and quietly. You may not even notice your stuff missing until you go looking for it hours later and by then, the thief has already used your credit cards to commit identity theft. You can avoid being a victim by:

  • Never leave bags unattended.
  • Use bags with zippers and always keep your bag closed.
  • Secure your bag to a shopping cart by clipping the child safety belt through the strap(s). For those carts that don’t have the child strap, keep an inexpensive carabiner clip attached to your purse strap. Simply clip the carabiner to the cart and your purse is more secure.
  • Wear a crossbody bag which is harder to pull off and allows you to wear your bag in front of you. 

Targets: Restaurant Chairs
Thieves will target bags that are set behind or under a person’s chair. When the owner is distracted by conversation, thieves will take the bag.  You can avoid being a victim by:
  • Always setting your bag where you are aware of it. If you set your bag down at a restaurant, place it so that it is touching you.
  • Bring a bag that has a detachable strap. Wrap it around the leg of a chair so that it's harder to take.

To keep your belongings protected, you should also choose the right bag. An open-top or drawstring bag is hard to keep secure, and one with a flap might not be much better. The safest bags are bags that can zip shut.
OCSD Recruiting For Explorer Programs
Yorba Linda Police Services is seeking recruits for their Explorer Programs. New this year is the Junior Explorer Post #1449 Program, which is geared for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders between the ages of 10 and 13 years old. This program will teach youth all about the basics of law enforcement and will give them the opportunity to experience the many divisions within the Orange County Sheriff's Department , including operations and investigations, air support, K-9, SWAT, and many more. Please view the Junior Post #1449 flyer for more information.

Additionally, there is an opportunity to participate with Explorer Post #449. This Explorer Program is designed for participants between the ages of 14.5 and 20 years old. This community-based policing program will educate and involve young men and women in police operations and teach them law enforcement functions. Please view the Explorer Post #449 flyer for more information.

Prevent Drowning and Learn the ABC's of Water Safety
With the warmer weather approaching, pools across Yorba Linda will soon be filled up with people of all ages attempting to enjoy a cool break from the heat. As pool activity increases, the City of Yorba Linda and Orange County Fire Authority ( OCFA) want to keep you and your families safe. Did you know that d rowning is silent and can occur in as little as two inches of water and as quickly as 20 seconds? 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. Parents and caretakers are urged to remain vigilant when children are near water and encouraged 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.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Stay Safe this Rattlesnake Season
It's that time of the year that all sorts of wildlife is re-emerging, but while you're checking out the latest wildflowers, you should also keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, which are venturing out with warmer weather. Be aware of what is on the ground while you’re out enjoying the parks, trails, and even your own yard. Always check areas where kids will be out playing, and where you park your car. Most snake bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally touched by someone walking or climbing. Most snakes aren't aggressive, but bites can cause severe injury, or even be fatal. So now's a good time to learn some basic rattlesnake safety tips to protect yourself and your home.

An Orange County Animal Care Services Officer will respond and/or impound any rattlesnake that is injured/sick/dead, has had intimate contact with a domestic animal, or is on private property or in a location that would be a direct threat to the public. If any of these conditions exist, please call Orange County Animal Care at (714) 935-6848. 
Memorial Day Facility Closure
In observance of Memorial Day, all City facilities will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019. Additionally, there will be no refuse or recycling collection service; collection will be delayed by one day.
Upcoming CERT Training
There is still room in the upcoming session of the Yorba Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. This training program is designed to prepare you with the tools to assist your family, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of an emergency. Scheduled to begin Friday, May 31, 2019, the upcoming session will feature a convenient weekend format and cover a variety of topics including:

  • Fire Safety;
  • CERT Team Organization;
  • Light Search and Rescue;
  • Terrorism Awareness;
  • Disaster Psychology; and
  • Disaster Medical Operations;

Classes are held with the cities of Brea and Placentia and are scheduled for Friday, May 31 from 6:30-10:00pm; Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm; Friday, June 7 from 6:30-10:00pm; and Saturday, June 8 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. For the class locations and registration information, view the  CERT page of the website . For additional information, contact Mike Ferdig at 714-961-7104.
City Seeking Nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year
Since 2004, the City of Yorba Linda has honored a member of the community who provides uncommon and outstanding volunteer service, devoting his or her time and talent to making our community a better place to live and work through the Citizen of the Year recognition. Mayor Tara Campbell and the City of Yorba Linda are currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year recognition. Please help us honor our local heroes whose selfless dedication to serving others stands as the ultimate example for all of us to follow. Nomination forms and detailed information are available on the   City website ; completed nomination forms must be submitted by Thursday, September 5, 2019. If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Allison Estes at 714-961-7110.     
Environmentally-Friendly Tips for Car Maintenance
Whether you're an auto aficionado who enjoys working on your car in your spare time, or you are a novice in the garage looking to save some money on car repairs, when it comes to DIY car maintenance, it is important to be mindful of environmental impacts. The City encourages you to follow these tips for a green garage:
  • Whenever possible, take your car to a commercial car wash. Car washes are required to reclaim and reuse rinse water, so they are the more environmentally friendly alternative to home car washes;
  • If you do choose to wash your car at home, choose soaps, cleaners, or detergents labeled “non-toxic,” “phosphate free,” and/or “biodegradable.” When finished washing your car, dump wash-water onto an absorbent surface like your lawn rather than down a drain;
  • Use cat litter or an other absorbent substance to remove any materials deposited by vehicles;
  • Do not use acid-based wheel cleaners and “hose off” engine degreasers at home. They can be used at a commercial facility, which can properly process the wash-water;
  • Perform automobile repair and maintenance under a covered area and use drip pans or plastic sheeting to keep spills and waste material from reaching storm drains; and
  • Never pour oil or antifreeze in the street, gutter or storm drains. Recycle these substances at a service station, HHWCC, or used oil recycling center.
Honor Our Local Veterans at Weekly Flag Ceremony
Members of the community are encouraged to honor our local military personnel and veterans at a weekly flag-raising ceremony held at the   Yorba Linda Veterans Memorial   at Veterans Park . The ceremony, which is held each Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. is organized by the Veterans Memorial Association and other veterans groups. Those in attendance who are veterans or have a family member in the military should inform the group leaders to be included in the ceremony.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Movie begins at dusk
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 27, 2019
All City Facilities
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Smallfoot
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Movie begins at dusk
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