August 13, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Public Works
Be Advised
Expect Delays - Use Alternate Routes

JA Salazar Construction and Supply Corporation will be replacing water lines by the La Habra Heights County Water District (LHHCWD) starting Friday, August 14, 2020 and for the next five business days from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


For questions, please contact LHHCWD at (562) 697-6769 or JA Salazar Construction and Supply Corporation at (562) 691-3647.
Quarterly Clean-Up Turnout
On Saturday, July 25th, Republic Services and the City of La Habra Heights co-hosted a self-serve quarterly cleanup at the Park. Many residents showed up for this event and were grateful for the opportunity to get rid of their trash and yard waste. Positive comments were received about how well this event was coordinated (since the line moved fairly quickly), and how happy they were to see staff present at the event.  

Special thanks to Republic Services’ Cathy, Sam and all Republic drivers, as well as Rafferty, Grace, and Jeff from the City of La Habra Heights for their participation and hard work at this event! All staff members present wore a mask and followed physically distancing and hygiene protocols.
California Voters
All California voters have been sent a vote-by-mail ballot with prepaid postage for the General Election.

To make sure you get your ballot, we are asking all California voters to double-check their voter registration. You can ensure a smooth voting experience by:
  • Confirming your mailing address
  • Signing up for ballot tracking notifications 

For voters unable to take advantage of vote-by-mail, you can still visit your local polling place for safe in-person voting and same-day registration. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your ballot mailed directly to your home!

P.S. Voting by mail helps protect your community by saving the polling place for those that need it. Double-check your voter registration today to ensure you receive your vote-by-mail ballot.

Safe and Accessible Voting during COVID-19

The Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk has mailed you a Vote by Mail Address Confirmation Notice with information on how to safely vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election.
Beginning in this election all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Have you moved recently?
If you have recently moved, we need to know. You can easily update your address by filling out the Vote by Mail Address Confirmation Notice and dropping it in the mail! If your address hasn't changed then no action is needed. Although, we always encourage voters to check their registration information.
 
Vote Safely at Home, Make your Voice Heard!

Voting by mail is easy, accessible and safe! We encourage all voters to participate in the November General Election by returning their mailed ballot. LEARN MORE ABOUT VOTE BY MAIL
 
Have a question?
If you have any questions please call us at 800-815-2666 or email voterinfo@rrcc.lacounty.gov.
Covid-19 Crisis
Points to the Need for Everyone in L.A. County to Complete the CENSUS
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that September 30, 2020, is the new deadline to respond to the 2020 Census, which is a month sooner than previously planned. Health officials sound the alarm that current low census response rates put L.A. County at risk of losing federal funding to respond to emergencies like COVID-19 for the next ten years.

Los Angeles County health leaders urge residents to complete the 2020 Census, highlighting the COVID-19 crisis as an example of how important federal funding is to maintaining a strong local health care system. An accurate count is essential because the census influences billions of dollars in federal funding that helps patients access health care services, as well as funding for substance use disorder treatment and prevention, schools, support for people who lose their jobs and services for seniors.

Census forms can be completed online at my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail if you receive a paper form. The L.A. County 2020 Census website at census.lacounty.gov offers county-specific information in 16 languages. The U.S. 2020 Census website offers general information in 59 languages including in-language guides.

L.A. County’s census response rate is 58.6 percent as of July 23. This is significantly behind California’s overall 63.6 percent response rate, and far behind L.A. County’s goal of 100 percent participation.

Completing the census is private. Responses are protected by federal law, specifically Title 13 of the United States Code. They cannot be shared with any other government agencies or other entities, including your landlord.

The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the nation’s population every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how much in federal funding is allocated to state and local communities for the next 10 years. Local government officials use the census to plan new schools and hospitals. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which creates jobs. Real estate developers and city planners use the census to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.
La Habra Heights
Fire Department
Training at The Park Gymnasium
The La Habra Heights Fire Department will be conducting a training at The Park Gym on August 15 16 from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. The Lower Parking Lot will have several cars parked near the gym leaving parking available to the public. For more information please call (707) 528-6868.
Los Angeles County Will Not Consider School
Re-opening Waivers
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will adhere to new guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which recommends that Counties with case rates at or above 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend waivers for the re-opening of classroom instruction for students in grades TK- 6.
 
Los Angeles County’s case rate currently is 355 per 100,000 and we will not be considering waiver applications, at this point in time.
 
We know that to many families, this is a disappointing announcement, but it’s based on the existing science and data that is guiding all of our decision-making. We need to ensure the health and safety of our children, school teachers and staff and all of their families.
 
This decision will be reconsidered once the case rate falls to the levels recommended by the State.
 
The Department of Public Health will continue to work with all of our partners across the County to implement the infection control strategies we know effectively reduce community transmission and case rates so that schools can re-open for in-person instruction as soon as the data and science tell us it’s safe to do so.
 
While all schools, public and private, across the County are closed for in-person instruction of students, teachers, staff and administrators are allowed to return to school buildings provided adults adhere to existing protocols that require physical distancing and infection control measures, including wearing face coverings.
COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19: Contact Information for Reporting Violations of
Health Officer's Order
Individuals attempting to report a violation of the Health Officer’s Order may contact LA County Public Health through three different methods.
 
  • Calling (888) 700-9995 during LACoPH business hours (Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM)
  • E-Mailing ehmail@ph.lacounty.gov
  • Submitting a complaint through LAC Environmental Health Online Complaint System Under the complaint type checklist, an individual has the option of selecting “COVID-19 related”. 
Recycle Responsibly
Aspirational or "Wishcycling" has become a problem and entire recycling loads can end up in a landfill due to contamination by a well-intentioned recycler. Educate yourself and become familiar with the basic rules of recycling so your good intentions aren't wasted. Recycling guidelines can vary by location, so be sure to adhere to the rules in your area.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 2020
City Hall at 6:00 P.M.
-CANCELLED-


As a result of COVID-19, and resulting orders and direction from the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of California, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, as well as the City of La Habra Heights Emergency Declaration, the City will evaluate the current circumstances before each meeting to decide if it is safe to permit the public to physically attend City Council meetings. Commission and Committee meetings are being held by phone conference. If you would like to make public comment, please call City Hall at (562) 694-6302 as it gets closer to the meeting date and a staff member will be happy to provide more details on public attendance at City Council meetings or assist with providing public comment at Commission and Committee meetings.
 
Members of the public may go to www.Lhhcity.org to view the live broadcast of the City Council, Commission and Committee meetings. You may submit comments in writing via mail to City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631, email to Info@Lhhcity.org, or phone to (562) 694-6302 Ext. 0. Please note that City Staff is making every effort to follow the spirit and intent of the Brown Act and other applicable laws regulating the conduct of public meetings in order to maximize transparency and public access. It would be appreciated if communication of public comments are provided via mail, email or over the phone prior to the commencement of the meeting. If that is not possible, every effort will be made to attempt to review emails and answer the City Hall phone lines during the course of the meeting.
City Hall Open
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
City Hall is open to the public BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, please call City Hall during regular business hours at (562) 694 – 6302, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, or email at info@Lhhcity.org.

As a reminder, the County's updated Safer at Work and in the Community Order encourages individuals minimize time spent out in public. City staff is still available to conduct business online or over the phone. To safeguard the health of residents and City staff, protocols have been implemented requiring face coverings, enforcement of social distancing, and sanitation procedures when attending appointments at City Hall.

The City of La Habra Heights continues to adapt with the ever-evolving situation and thanks all residents for staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact City Hall.
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 follow social distancing and face mask guidelines at all times. Make sure to check-in on family, friends and neighbors. Always Keep at least a 6 foot distance between you and other people or use your phone to call, text or send an email. When visiting businesses and other public places please wear a cloth face mask/covering.

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.
Other News
Petco Foundation Matching COVID-19 Grant Helps the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation Raise $50,000 in Community Support
Investment will help the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control save more animal lives in Los Angeles County through the COVID-19 crisis.

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) would like to thank Los Angeles County community members for helping them save animal lives. The Petco Foundation put forward a match wherein they would grant $25,000 to DACC for COVID-19 relief if another $25,000 was raised to match the award. The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation (Foundation) took on this challenge and, throughout the entire month of June, engaged community members to raise the matching funds. As a result, DACC has been granted a total of $50,000 to support their lifesaving work.

Petco Foundation matching grants were given to nearly 80 organizations across the country and brought in a total of $1.8 million to help essential animal care organizations continue their lifesaving efforts. Grant investments are part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives during the COVID-19 crisis by distributing $1M in product and cash donations and leading a national call encouraging animal lovers to take action to help save animal lives. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare ­organizations nationwide.
American Red Cross
We're sending you a virtual hug for sharing your health! Come to give blood in August, and we'll send you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email, thanks to our partners at Amazon.**

You can help meet the urgent need for donations, and you might even help save more than one life. As a little extra motivation, imagine the things this gift card could help you buy: sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, or a colorful mask to wear to your next blood donation appointment!

Will you give more life and claim your gift this month? Patients will be so thankful.
Public Safety
High temperatures forecast across LA County, and some parts though Monday, August 17, 2020.

Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. 

EMERGENCY COOLING CENTERS BRING HEAT RELIEF TO L.A. COUNTY RESIDENTS THIS WEEKEND DURING HEAT WAVE

Location Information, Dates and Hours of Operation:

Valleydale Park
5525 North Lark Ellen Avenue
Azusa, CA 91702
Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Claremont Library
208 North Harvard Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
 
Grace T. Black Auditorium
3130 Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731
Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will continue to hold DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints
Checkpoint locations are based on a history of crashes and DUI arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is not to make arrests, but to promote public safety by deterring drivers from driving impaired. As businesses continue to reopen, including bars and restaurants, impaired driving remains a top traffic safety concern.

Funding for this checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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