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

It is hard to believe summer is wrapping up and fall is upon us. I hope you all enjoyed our #SummerinYL, filled with great events, activities, and programs! The most recent event, National Night Out, hosted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was a huge success. Hundreds of families, along with our first responders and community partners, joined us for a night against crime. 

Around town, we have a few more businesses planning to open up soon, including Seasurf Fish Co, Blind Pig, and Quarters Korean BBQ - all scheduled to open this fall. Road improvements continue to be made around the Town Center area as the developer finalizes construction.

Lastly, the City has been working with Southern California Edison (SCE) to convert 4,600 eligible High-Pressure Sodium Lights (HPS) to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights under SCE’s LS-1 Option E Program. Streetlights all around town and neighborhoods are being changed out, with the project scheduled to be completed next month. This street-light conversion should result in a savings after implementing the LED technology over the existing HPS lights.

Thank you for subscribing to the "Yorba Linda Connection" and staying informed about the latest City news. I hope you all enjoy your last week of summer.

Best Regards,
Mark Pulone
City Manager

City Council Meeting Recap
The City Council Meeting Recap for the August 6, 2019 City Council Meeting is now available online . 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. 
Public Library & Cultural Arts Center Update
Exciting construction is taking place at the new Public Library and Cultural Arts Center site. A significant portion of the Library and Arts Center property line retaining walls are now complete. There will continue to be additional retaining wall work along the southerly property line. You will also see that the structural steel construction continues with the first roof members recently installed. New aerial video footage of the site is available on the  project website . Keep checking back for monthly updates!
Restaurant Week is Here
This week, the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Yorba Linda’s first ever Restaurant Week. The concept of a restaurant week is to highlight eating establishments in the community that have agreed to provide a special offering this week. Participating restaurants are advertising their special menus and/or providing special meal discounts during this week-long event. A list of participating restaurants can be found on the Chamber's website .
Street Closures in Town Center Planned
Starting on August 12, for approximately 2 weeks, Arroyo Way (between School Street and Valencia Avenue) and Valencia Avenue (between Arroyo Way and Town Center Drive) will be closed. The Town Center contractor will be performing work at the intersection of Arroyo Way and Valencia Avenue. Since the intersection work involves detailed street work, street closures will be in effect. Signage has been placed to help direct patrons. The parking structure will still be accessible from Arroyo Way (east of School Street) and pedestrian access will still be maintained between the parking structure and the various tenant spaces.
Back to School Safety Tips to Keep Your Children Safe
As summer draws to a close, Yorba Linda students are preparing to head back to school. As you prepare your child for the new school year, the City of Yorba Linda and Yorba Linda Police Services would like to share some safety tips to keep your child safe and healthy throughout the coming school year:

Follow the rules of the road:
  • When driving in a school zone, slow to 25 miles per hour and be especially alert;
  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, medians, and curbs;
  • Enter and exit school driveways slowly and yield to pedestrians; and
  • Reduce distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

If your child will be walking or biking to/from school, review traffic safety tips with them:
  • Teach them how to cross the street at corners and in crosswalks;
  • Use a crossing guard to cross the street, when available;
  • Teach children to follow safe biking rules, such as wearing a helmet and stopping at street corners and stop signs;
  • Remind children not to run into streets or cross in between parked cars;
  • Walk with children to school for the first few days to familiarize them with the route and to point out possible traffic hazards; and
  • Teach children what do if they need help, including how to dial 9-1-1.

Talk to your child about interacting with strangers:
  • Educate your child about what a "stranger" is. Remind them that a stranger may have a familiar face if they have been spending time near their school or home, but this does not mean they know them;
  • Create an easy to remember "code word" for use in emergencies. Your child will know that if another adult comes to pick them up from school they must know the code word before your child goes with them; and
  • Remind your child that an adult should never ask a child for help, such as asking for directions or looking for a missing pet.

Learn more school safety tips prepared by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Start Planning Your Family's Activities for Fall
The Fall 2019 issue of the Parks and Recreation Activity Guide has hit mailboxes and City facilities. Program registration for fall recreation classes and events is currently available for Yorba Linda residents with non-residents able to register beginning Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Fall activities begin the week of August 26.

However, just because fall is right around the corner does not mean that the summer fun has to end. Two concerts remain in the Concerts in the Park series; R.E.M.itation, a REM tribute band will be performing Sunday, August 18, and The Country Club, a country rock band, will be performing Sunday, August 25. Concerts in the Park are held at Hurless Barton Park from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Families can also enjoy the upcoming Movies in the Park; How to Train Your Dragon : Hidden World will be shown on Saturday, August 17 at Travis Ranch Youth Park and Wonder Park will be shown on Saturday, September 21 at Hurless Barton Park .
Public Comment Open for RHNA Allocation Methodology
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the agency responsible for regional planning in Southern California, has released the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) methodology options for public review and comment. The methodology is a formula for calculating the number of housing units each city must plan for during the upcoming 2021 – 2029 RHNA planning cycle. SCAG is required under state law to develop a proposed RHNA methodology to distribute existing and projected housing need, which must also consider State housing goals, local planning factors, and affirmatively furthering fair housing.

Residents are invited to participate in the public comment period, which will include four public hearings specifically to receive verbal and written comments. All public comments on the proposed RHNA methodology must be received by SCAG no later than Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Written comments can also be submitted directly to . A list of all public hearings can be found on SCAG's website .

Following the public comment period, SCAG staff will review all comments received and make a proposal to the RHNA Subcommittee to recommend one distribution methodology as the “draft RHNA methodology” at a special meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for September 23, 2019. The recommendation from the RHNA Subcommittee will be further reviewed and considered for approval by the Community, Economic and Human Development (CEHD) Committee at a specially scheduled meeting in late September 2019 and thereafter by the Regional Council at its meeting in October 2019.
Residents are Reminded to "See Something, Say Something"
With the events that took place earlier this month in El Paso, the City Yorba Linda urges citizens to be vigilant by joining Orange County’s “If you see something, say something” campaign. This means that you can help in keeping our community safe by reporting questionable objects or activity to the proper law enforcement authorities. Here is a list of examples of behavior or items that could be considered questionable:

•   An unattended bag, briefcase, or box in a public venue;
•   Someone drawing or measuring important buildings;
•   Strangers asking questions about security or building security procedures;
•   Cars or trucks left in N Parking Zones in front of important buildings or venues;
•   Unusual smells or smoke that worries you; and
•   The purchase of supplies or equipment that can be used to make bombs or weapons.

If you see any of the behavior listed above do not take direct action or be confrontational, just call 9-1-1 and report to the authorities. Make sure in your report you state who or what you saw, when you saw it, where it occurred, and why it was suspicious. However, this campaign does not promote spying or making judgments based on race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation. Residents are encouraged to report situations and behavior as possible violence rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations or speech related criminal activity. For more information on the “If you see something, say something” campaign, visit their  website  or watch their new  Public Service Announcement .

Download the  See Something, Say Something Flyer and share it with your family and friends.  
Labor Day Holiday Closure
In observance of Labor Day, all City offices, including the Library, Police Services Substation, and all Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019. City offices will reopen to regular business hours on Tuesday, September 3. Please note, Republic Services will not conduct regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection service. Service will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.
City Council Meeting Cancellation
The September 3, 2019 City Council Meeting has been cancelled. The Yorba Linda City Council will reconvene at the next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting agenda will be available on the Agendas and Minutes page of the City website prior to the meeting.
City Seeking Nominations for the 2019 Citizen of the Year
There is still time to submit your nomination 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.             
Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Scheduled for September 12
The  33rd Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast  is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. at the Yorba Linda Community Center. This annual event, sponsored by the Yorba Linda Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee gives the community an opportunity to congregate and share an inspirational message. This year's keynote speaker is Brian Ivie, director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles and co-founder of Arbella Studios. Ivie has produced two feature documentaries, "The Drop Box" and "Emanuel." Tickets are $30 on or before September 1 and $40 after September 1. For more information, please contact the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce at 714-993-9537 or Purchase Tickets Online .

CERT Training Returns for Fall Session
During a large-scale disaster, the response of any community's emergency services may be delayed or overwhelmed for a variety of reasons. This leaves the community to provide for their own well-being and safety until first responders arrive. This reality is the cornerstone of the Yorba Linda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

As a member of the community, you can help the City of Yorba Linda respond to a disaster by enrolling in the upcoming session of the Yorba CERT program to prepare yourself to assist your family, neighbors, and coworkers in the event of an emergency. Scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the session will cover a variety of topics including:

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

Classes will be held in the City of Brea. For the full schedule of classes and registration information, view the City website . For additional information, contact Mark Aalders at 714-961-7110.
West Nile Virus Found in Orange County
On August 5, 2019, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito sample to tested positive for West Nile virus in 2019. The mosquitoes we collected from the City of Orange at El Camino Real Park on July 30,2019. The District has also confirmed 9 birds carrying the West Nile virus but, there are no confirmed cases of West Nile virus infections in humans. 

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes, which become infected when feeding on birds carrying the virus. The City of Yorba Linda offers these helpful tips to prevent mosquito bites:

•   Apply and Reapply mosquito repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors;
•   Wear repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus;
•   Close all unscreened doors and windows; and
•  Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in lighter-colored clothing.

Most individuals infected with West Nile virus will not experience any illness. However, others will have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache and body aches. In severe cases, people will need to be hospitalized, and in rare cases the disease can be fatal. Young children, the elderly, or individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk to experience severe symptoms when infected. For more information, please contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at (714) 971-2421, or visit their  website .
Protecting the Environment Begins at Home
Preventing pollution can seem like a daunting task; however, there are small changes everyone can make in their home which can make a big difference. The City of Yorba Linda and the OC Stormwater Program encourage you to take these steps at home to prevent stormwater pollution:

  • Do not rinse spills on the patio or driveway with water. Instead, sweep outdoor spills and dispose of them in the trash. For wet spills like oil, apply cat litter or another absorbent material, then sweep and bring to a household hazardous waste collection center (HHWCC);
  • Securely cover trash cans;
  • Take household hazardous waste, such as unused paint, cleaning products, and used vehicle fluids, to a household hazardous waste collection center. These items should be stored in closed, labeled containers inside or under a cover;
  • Always pick up after your pet. Flush waste down the toilet or dispose of in the trash; and
  • Bathe pets indoors or have them professionally groomed.

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Thursday, September 12
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