August 1, 2019
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CITY NEWS
Upcoming Meetings


Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, August 12, 2019
City Hall at 6:30 p.m.


2019 Brush Clearance Program

La Habra Heights property owners must remove and/or eliminate all fire hazards upon all improved and unimproved property,
and maintain the property free of fire hazards.

Review the 2019 Brush Clearance Guidelines brochure to learn more about how to keep your property fire safe and in compliance with the City's Municipal Code and Fire Code.
Street Maintenance Assessment District No. 7
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November 5, 2019
Local and Municipal Consolidated Elections

The City of La Habra Heights is holding its Local Election for two City Council Member seats on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 .


Nomination Period began on Monday, July 15, 2019 . Due to City Hall's closure on Fridays, the City Clerk will accept nomination documents until Monday, August 12, 2019 at 5:30 p.m .


In the event that an incumbent does not file his or her nomination documents by Monday, August 12, 2019, the nomination period shall be extended until Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. for persons other than the incumbent.


Copies of the Candidate's Manual are available at City Hall. Candidates may file their nomination documents with the City Clerk Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


For questions, please contact City Hall at (562) 694-6302 or visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Website by clicking the link below.
OTHER NEWS
Music in The Park is on its last 3 weeks.

Catch Smith Country Band, Matt Mauser & The Sinatra Big Band and 8Oz All-Stars live, enjoy the music and dance the night away.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION PRESENTS
PARKS AFTER DARK
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation launches Summer Parks After Dark (PAD) at 33 county locations, with free programs and events for children and families to enjoy.

The Summer PAD programming ranges from concerts in the park, summer Olympics, art classes, bicycle workshop, CPR/First Aid training, walk/run events, gardening classes and sports clinics to name a few. Summer PAD will be available in communities across the County, from the Antelope Valley to South Los Angeles, and will coincide with school summer breaks, through Saturday, August 3, 2019.

  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

Click below to learn more about Parks After Dark, and to find a PAD Park near you.
APRIL 1, 2020
Census Day
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a census to count every resident in the United States. The census is conducted in years ending in zero, and the reference day for the next census is April 1, 2020 ─ Census Day! In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau is providing three modes of response so everyone will be able to respond the way they prefer: either anytime, anywhere through the Internet, or over the phone or by returning a paper questionnaire.

The data collected by the decennial census is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first U.S. census took part in 1790 during the first term of our first president, George Washington. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson led the effort. The population counted was 3,929,625. Congress used these results to apportion 105 seats among the 15 states.

The U.S. Census 2020 booth will be at Music in The Park on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 to answer questions you may have.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the US Census Bureau to support the #2020Census! To learn about the census, how the data collected will be used, and what to expect next, visit www.2020census.gov
KEEP YOUR PETS COOL THIS SUMMER
The warm weather is officially here! Please keep in mind that your furry friends need some extra assistance to keep them cool and healthy. Pets are extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion/heat stroke and precautions should be taken, especially while participating in outdoor activities. You can prevent this by taking a few basic steps and watching out for signs of heat stress.

• Avoid strenuous activity on extremely hot days and provide adequate water and shade if your pet will be staying outside. Be aware that an area that appears shady in the morning may not be shady in the afternoon. A play pool in a shaded area can help outdoor dogs cool off on hot days. A garage is not a suitable area to house dogs during extreme weather since the temperatures inside can quickly rise without circulating air.

• “Short-nosed” (brachycephalic) dogs – Boxers, Pugs, etc., are extremely susceptible to heat stress. If your dog is a short-nosed breed or if he/she is small, overweight, ill, or old, make sure to bring him/her inside the house. If your dog has long hair, consider giving him/her a haircut for summer.

• Pets should not walk on asphalt on hot days. If it is too hot for your bare foot, it is too hot for your pooch. Consider walking in early morning or late in the evening or walking on grass when the weather is hot. If you are an equestrian, ride your horse early in the morning or late afternoon/early evening. Make sure your horse recovers from the exertion well, and consider hosing him/her off during the hotter parts of the day to prevent overheating and helping to keep him/her comfortable.

• Watch out for signs of heat stress – early signs include excessive panting and distress. A pet that is showing early signs of heat stress should be immediately moved to a cooler area and provided with cool (NOT ICE) water to drink. Gently wet the area behind the ears, around the neck, belly and paw pads. If the pet shows symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea or appears to be lethargic, get them to a vet immediately.

An important reminder to highlight is to never, ever leave your pet in a parked car. If you’d like to take your pet with you while running errands or when you travel, make sure you can bring your pet with you when you exit the vehicle. The temperature inside a vehicle can rise 20 to 30 degrees above the outside temperature in a matter of minutes, putting your pet at risk if left in the car on a warm day.

Many people are aware of the new law that states a person who removes an animal from a vehicle is not criminally liable for actions taken reasonably and in good faith. Although, this is true IF the person does all of the following:

(1) Determine the vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable manner for the animal to be removed from the vehicle; and

(2) Believes that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary to rescue an animal from imminent danger; and

(3) Contacts local authorities – law enforcement, fire department, animal control, or other 911 emergency service; and

(4) Remains with the animal until the emergency responder has arrived; and

(5) Uses no additional force necessary to enter the vehicle; and

(6) Immediately turns the animal over to emergency responders.

A bystander must complete the process above to be protected against any criminal and civil charges. Breaking into vehicles to rescue trapped animals without following this process may result in paying for property damage or being charged with trespassing.

Owners must ensure their pets are always healthy and protected against the dangers of excessive heat. Now that you know how to keep your animals safe during the hot summer days, go outside and have fun!
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders in the County of Los Angeles!

Enter Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbor's CAN THE TRASH! Clean Beach Poster Contest for a chance to have your message shared with millions of beach goers! Contest winners will have their artwork displayed around trash barrels on the beach.

Simply submit your artwork online, in person, or by mail. The contest is open to students in grades 3 – 5 who reside in the County of Los Angeles. Online submissions must be entered by an adult.

For more information about the Can The Trash! Clean Beach Poster Contest , please click the link below
Inspect citrus fruits before consuming, and report to CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org if you suspect any signs of pest and/or the deadly citrus disease.
PUBLIC SAFETY TIPS
10 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR HOME WHEN YOU ARE AWAY ON VACATION

When you are excited about vacation, it is easy to forget about what you are leaving behind. That is, until you get to the airport and wonder: Did I lock the door? Is the iron on? Is the garage door open? Secure your home before you leave so you can travel with maximum confidence and peace of mind. These home security tips for when you are on vacation will help ensure that you would not return to any unpleasant surprises.

1. Lock the doors and windows
Locking up might seem too obvious to mention, but an estimated 32% of burglars enter through unlocked doors. Windows are also weak points, so keep them closed and locked, even on the upper floors. A clever burglar can still access them, and an open window anywhere in the house might let in animals, rain or wind. 

2. Clear out the mailbox
Mail piling up is a tip-off that no one’s home. Have a trusted neighbor, friend or house sitter collect your mail and keep it safely out of sight. Alternatively, you can request a temporary mail hold or mail forwarding through USPS.com. If you subscribe to any newspapers or subscription boxes, pause your delivery.

3. Use lights to create the illusion that someone’s home
Darkness is another trademark of an empty house — it also allows thieves to sneak in undetected. Nix that vulnerability by leaving a few lights on. Better yet, use motion detector lights to illuminate any intruders, or opt for smart lighting so you can set the lights to a timer and control them remotely. 

4. Keep the yard maintained
Unless you have an extremely low-care yard, the lawn or garden will definitely need attention if you ae gone long enough. Make sure your landscaping professional continues working in your absence, and if you don’t have one, ask a neighbor or hire temporary help. If you live in a wintry climate, consider snow removal as well. 

5. Leave a car in the driveway
Former burglars have reported that a vehicle in the driveway is a major deterrent in scoping out potential targets, because it almost always means that someone is home. Leave your (locked) car where people can see it, or see if a neighbor wants to park there. 

6. Hide or lock up valuables
Easy-to-grab expensive items are extremely alluring to criminals. Conceal and secure the high-value items in both your home and garage. Lock up the most important things in a household safe. Remember that many thieves don’t draw the line at stealing physical goods — they also want to steal your identity. Lock up social security cards, financial information and any personal identification that you’re not bringing with you. 

7. Don’t broadcast your plans online
Don’t post about your vacation on social media until after you return (and make sure your kids don’t either). By sharing travel plans, you’re advertising that your house will be empty. You can never be completely sure who sees that information, especially if you have many followers or a public profile.

8. Get your security system ready
If you have a home security system or security cameras, make them obvious to potential intruders. Cameras should be conspicuous so they can see and be seen. Post home security signs and decals prominently. If you don’t have a system, fake signs might be better than nothing. Also, make sure the security system and any automated devices you have are programmed correctly for your absence. If you have a professionally monitored system, inform the company that you’re going away. Make sure cameras, smoke detectors and any other components are on and in good working order, and that your smart home devices are programmed appropriately. 

9. Adjust the thermostat
Adjust the thermostat to prevent the HVAC system from needlessly heating or cooling empty rooms. Programmable smart thermostats make this a lot easier, and you can remotely adjust them to comfortable temperatures for when you get back.

10. Prevent water damage
Some experts recommend turning off the house’s main water supply valve to prevent possible water damage from leaky pipes. This is a viable option if you live in a moderate climate and the house will be empty, but if you live in a cold area, or someone will be checking in while you’re gone, you probably want to leave the water on. 

Retrieved from https://www.safety.com
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