April 16, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Hacienda Golf Club
Hacienda Golf Club is pleased to introduce the Hacienda Marketplace where residents can place TO GO food orders during this unprecedented time. While abiding by the Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order, Hacienda Golf Club understands the convenience of nearby locations with prepared TO GO meals.   

Hacienda’s Marketplace selections include ready-to-eat hot meals, prepackaged heat-and-serve family style meals, fresh produce bundles, handmade pizza and spirits. 

  • AVAILABLE: Wednesday thru Sunday 
  • ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY 2:00 P.M. for same day pickup 
  • CURBSIDE PICK UP INSTRUCTIONS: Pickup Time 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pull in through the Club’s main entrance and park in a designated TO GO parking space. Enter the Clubhouse through the main entrance and proceed to the Marketplace counter.  

To view the Marketplace menu and place your order please click the link below. 
Republic Services
Given the current safety concerns and public health guidelines, both the Compost Giveaway scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 and the Quarterly Clean-Up scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 have been cancelled . If you have any questions or concerns, please click here , to visit Republic Services website. The City will maintain close communication Republic Services for upcoming recycling and compost programs will begin again.
California's Plan
Toward Recovery
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled six key indicators  that will guide California’s thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor noted that the progress in flattening the curve, increased preparedness of our health care delivery system and the effects of other COVID-19 interventions have yielded positive results. However, these actions have also impacted the economy, poverty and overall health care in California. Any consideration of modifying the stay-at-home order must be done using a gradual, science-based and data-driven framework.

Until we build immunity, our actions will be aligned to achieve the following:
  • Ensure our ability to care for the sick within our hospitals;
  • Prevent infection in people who are at high risk for severe disease;
  • Build the capacity to protect the health and well-being of the public; and
  • Reduce social, emotional and economic disruptions

California’s six indicators for modifying the stay-at-home order are:
  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed;
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19;
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges;
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand;
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing; and
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.
Update: Cloth Face Coverings
Our best community and individual defense against COVID-19 is to wash our hands frequently, avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid being around sick people and practicing physical distancing, especially by staying at home. Face coverings are not a replacement for these evidence-based strategies for slowing the spread of disease; they are just an additional tool that can protect others from possible exposure to respiratory droplets that may come from our mouth when we talk, sneeze, or cough.

The document below provides public health information on how members of the general public can safety use cloth face coverings when they need to leave their home for a shirt period of time to obtain essential goods or services.
COVID-19 Projections
COVID-19 Projections: Spread,
Hospital Demand, Physical Distancing

The County of Los Angeles recently announced projections on the spread of COVID-19, its demand for hospital equipment, and the effectiveness of physical distancing across LA County. A team of experts led by Dr. Roger J. Lewis, Chair of Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, studied available data and found:

1. Physical distancing is working.  LA County is seeing a slowing of transmission. Every day fewer people are being infected than earlier in the course of this pandemic.


2. If we continue physical distancing, LA County's healthcare system will be able to treat COVID-19 positive patients as transmission continues to slow.  If there is a reduction in physical distancing, it would result in a rapid spread to extreme magnitude.
 
3. Stopping physical distancing now would be disastrous.  A reduction in physical distancing would mean a rapid spread of COVID-19, and result in LA County's healthcare system not being able to treat patients who need hospitalization.

Safer At Home Order
Extended - May 15
On April 10, 2020, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health extended the length of the Safer at Home Order to May 15, 2020. The Order directs all persons to continue to stay home except to travel to and from essential businesses or to work at or for essential services and businesses, while practicing social distancing.
 
All public and private gatherings of any number of people (outside a single household or living unit) are prohibited. All current closures of commercial properties, recreational sites and businesses will continue.
 
There are new items included within the Order. Essential Businesses open to any member of the public have posted and provide to all employees a Social Distancing Protocol for each facility frequented by the public or employees. The Social Distancing Protocol explains how the essential business facility is achieving the following:
 
  • Limiting the number of people who may enter into the facility at one time to ensure that people can easily maintain, at all times, a minimum six foot physical distance from others. Persons who are family members or household contacts, may stand or move together, but must be separated from others by a physical distance of at least six feet.

  • Placement of markings of 6 foot increments to show were individuals should stand to maintain Social Distancing in facility lines.

  • Provide hand sanitizer, soap and water, or effective disinfectant at or near the entrance of the facility and in other appropriate areas for use by the public and employees, and in locations where there is high-frequency employee interaction with members of the public.

  • Posting of signs at public entries that instruct members of the public not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough, and to maintain Social Distancing from one another.

  • Regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces, and disinfection of all payment portals, pens, and styluses after each use. Essential businesses are encouraged to offer touchless payment mechanisms.

  • Provide cloth face coverings to employees and contracted workers whose duties require close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with other employees and/or the pubic.

  • Members of the public will be required to wear a face covering when inside an essential facility.
 
Although City Hall is closed to the public, City staff has already implemented most of the items on the list above. At this time, the City will follow the health order and extend the City Hall closure to the public until May 15, 2020. The County’s extension may possibly be moved again. The City encourages residents of La Habra Heights to continue  Rural Living, Safe Living, Prevent COVID-19, Safer at Home  measures by following Social Distancing guidelines. Also, starting this week, remember to carry a face covering when visiting an essential business.

If you have any questions or concerns about City operations during the Safer at Home Order please call City Hall at (562) 694 - 6302 or email at info@Lhhcity.org.
Rural Living
Safe Living
Prevent COVID-19
Safer at Home
As part of the City's continued efforts to promote public health and safety, we urge all residents to check-in on family, friends and neighbors. Always follow social distancing guidelines when checking in with anyone. Keep at least a 6 foot distance between you and other people or use your phone to call, text or send an email. 

Elderly residents who are unable to leave their homes due to underlying health conditions or mobility issues for necessary food, supplies, and medications are encouraged to call City Hall. City staff is here to assist residents. If you have questions, know someone who may need assistance or would like additional information regarding City operations, call City Hall at (562) 694 - 6302 or email at info@Lhhcity.org. 

The phones are staffed during normal business hours, Monday–Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Public Works
Temporary Power Outages
Southern California Edison will be performing critical work on electrical systems within the City which may cause the power to be out temporarily. SCE must go forward with work necessary to protect public safety including reducing wildfire risk, even during this unprecedented COVID-19 situation. While non-critical work is being postponed, delaying this critical work could inadvertently create larger and more dangerous risks. SCE will do their best to minimize the length of time you are without power.

Due to the nature of the work, SCE crew members are sometimes unable to maintain physical distancing while making repairs and working together as a pod to minimize exposure with other workers. If you see crew members in your neighborhood, please do not approach them and stay at least 6 feet away for safety. If crew members need to get in touch with you, they will call you or knock on your door.
 
*About scheduled times:  Scheduled outages are estimates. Power outages may not begin or end at the stated times. Please be aware that your power may be turned on and off again more than once during the outage period.

How to Prepare:  
If SCE will be conducting critical work in your area, you will receive notification from SCE at 72 hours before the scheduled work date.   To lessen the impact of an outage on your home, please follow these tips:
  • If you or someone in your household depends on electrically-operated life support or mobility equipment, you should be prepared at all times with a back-up power system or other plan to ensure your own health and safety during outages.
  • Make sure food stays as cold as possible by keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed and placing blocks of ice inside. 
  • To prevent loss of data and/or damage to your equipment, be sure to shut off or disconnect all sensitive electronic equipment (i.e. computers and fax machines) before the outage begins.
  • Learn how to manually open security gates and garage doors.
  • If you plan to operate an emergency generator, please notify SCE before the outage.

For more information:  Please visit  sce.com/outage  or call  1-888-759-6056 . Customers that use TTY equipment may call 1-800-352-8580.
City Meetings
All scheduled commission and committee meetings in the month of April have been cancelled due to Safer at Home orders issued by the State of California and the County of Los Angeles. Special City Council meetings will be scheduled, if needed.

If you have any questions please call City Hall at (562) 694 - 6302.
Citrus Tree Owners
While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered our way of life, citrus tree owners can use this additional time at home to protect their citrus trees while following the State and local Safer at Home Orders.

Also, April is National Gardening Month, so it is a perfect opportunity to inspect citrus trees for signs the deadly citrus tree disease Huanglongbing (HLB). The disease is spread by a pest called the Asian citrus psyllid as it feeds on citrus tree leaves. Unfortunately, HLB is spreading to citrus trees of all kinds in Southern California and there is no cure. This threatens the state’s backyard and commercial citrus and the thousands of jobs supported by the citrus industry.

You can play an important role in the effort to save our citrus by encouraging community members to follow best practices when sharing fruit and inspect their citrus trees for signs of the pest and disease.

If you have any questions or need additional information please visit the California Citrus Threat website linked below.
Census 2020
It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail — all without having to meet a Census taker. Below are detailed instructions for responding to Census 2020: 

  1. Online: The online response form can be accessed at https://my2020census.gov/
  2. Phone: The census questionnaire can be completed by phone in English at (844) 330-2020 or in 12 other languages https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html
  3. Mail: Approximately 20% of households will receive a paper questionnaire along with an invitation to respond online.

Other News
April 10, 2020

Dear Preserve Visitors -

As of March 23, 2020 the Habitat Authority closed until further notice the trails and trailheads it owns and manages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made to support precautionary recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of California, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, for the protection of everyone. As it is unknown when it will be safe to resume normal activities, all Habitat Authority-sponsored public outreach events and educational programs have been cancelled or postponed through May to date. This situation is fluid, so please periodically visit our website  www.HabitatAuthority.org  for updates.

The Habitat Authority continues to manage the Preserve’s natural resources and provide essential daily services. While office staff are working primarily remotely, rangers continue to patrol daily and maintain the properties, and contractors continue to operate. Also, preparations are being made for the annual fire season weed abatement as has been done every year. All workers and contractors are required to implement precautionary measures as necessary in response to COVID-19.

We realize that this time is especially difficult for nature lovers that have enjoyed the trails on a frequent basis in the past. Rest assured, once the concern has subsided, access will resume. Until then, please continue to respect the Preserve closure and take this time to enjoy excursions in your local neighborhoods or wherever is safest for your respite.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this challenging time. We are all in this together.

Be well, safe, and healthy!
 
The Habitat Authority Team
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