December 17, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
L.A. County Surges Past Previous Highs of
COVID-19 Numbers
Yesterday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirmed the highest number of new COVID-19 deaths, cases and hospitalizations ever reported throughout the pandemic.

Today, Public Health has confirmed 138 new deaths and 22,422 new cases of COVID-19. The number of new cases reported today are, in part, due to a backlog of over 7,000 test results received from one large lab.

During the last week of November, the County experienced an average of about 5,900 new cases a day. Today's number is nearly four times that. Since November 9, average daily deaths have increased nearly 600%, from 12 average deaths per day to more than 70 this week.

There are 4,656 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 21% of these people are in the ICU. Hospital available capacity is decreasing to alarming levels and healthcare workers are pushed to the limits; this affects every single person living and working in L.A. County since everyone depends on essential hospital services when needed.

Initial allocations of COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Los Angeles County. As of Yesterday, all nine designated sites received their allotment of the almost 83,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Each of these nine prepositioned sites worked with Public Health and EMS to arrange for the redistribution of vaccines so that every acute care hospital across Los Angeles County that treats COVID-19 patients receive a pro-rata share of this initial allocation. As of yesterday, acute care hospitals are beginning or will soon begin the process of administering the vaccinations to their staff at highest risk of exposure. The first round of COVID-19 vaccines in LA County are appropriately going to the heroes in this pandemic – the frontline healthcare workers who have been putting themselves at risk each day to care for others.
Revised Guidance on Quarantine Period Length
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued updated guidance on the recommend quarantine period for individuals following a “close contact” exposure to someone with COVID-19. This aligns with a updated guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new CDC and CDPH guidance as follows:

  • The quarantine period may end after the tenth day, so long as the individual did not present any symptoms associated with COVID-19 during the quarantine period; or
  • The quarantine period may end after the seventh day if: (1) the individual did not present any symptoms associated with COVID-19 during the quarantine period; (2) the individual was tested for COVID-19 no earlier than the fifth day following close contact exposure; and (3) the test produced a negative result.
  • Despite the fact that both the CDC and CDPH revised their respective recommended quarantine periods, newly adopted Cal/OSHA regulations still require a 14-day quarantine period following a COVID-19 exposure.
Toys For Tots
This year the Spark of Love toy drive is asking for monetary donations, however toys will always be accepted.

How to Donate:

  1. Buy a toy at
  2. Text to Give: Text "SPARK" to 24365
  3. Donate online by going to to make a donation via credit card.
  4. Drop off a toy at a Subaru Retailer. During their "Share the Love" retail event, your SoCal Subaru of America Retailers will make a donation for every toy dropped off at a SoCal location, up to a guaranteed donation of $40,000.
  5. Donate by mail: Send checks to LAFD Foundation, Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, 1700 Stadium Way #100, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Make checks out to LAFD FOUNDATION. Write SPARK OF LOVE in the memo line.
Public Works
J. A. Salazar Construction and Supply
Single-Lane Closure


On Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM near 745 East Avocado Crest, J. A. Salazar Construction and Supply will be conducting work to restore the trenches along the roadway and require a single-lane closure.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road maintenance please call J. A. Salazar at (562) 691 - 3647.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020
City Hall at 6:00 P.M.

Regular Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

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 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, 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.
Rural Living, Safe Living
Unfortunately, due to the rising COVID-19 cases throughout Los Angeles County, La Habra Heights City Hall will be CLOSED to the public until further notice.

All City services are still available over the phone and via email. For assistance, please call City Hall at (562) 694 – 6302 during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, or email at If you are sending City Staff mail please address letters to, City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631.

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.

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.
Other News
COVID-19 Testing
There are multiple places were individuals can get tested for COVID-19. First, LA County residents should call their health care provider to schedule a COVID-19 test. If you cannot get a test through a health care provider, please go the Los Angeles County Testing Website to set up a free (no-cost) appointment. The State of California is also offering free testing for those unable to secure testing through a Health Provider or by the County. Pharmacies such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens are all offering free or reduced cost COVID-19 testing, check locations for test dates, times, and cost.

Please view the LA County's FAQ's for more information on COVID-19 testing.

Those without a regular provider can call the County’s 2-1-1 information line for assistance or click the link below to schedule a free appointment through Los Angeles County.
Assessment Appeals
Board Vacancies
Effective January 1, 2021, the Revenue and Taxation Code §1621 will be amended to allow a County Board of Supervisors to create as many assessment appeals boards (AAB) as deemed necessary, thereby eliminating to the current cap of five assessment appeals boards per County. This is an important change that will allow us to more quickly reduce the number of pending assessment appeals.

Effective January 1, 2021, Supervisor Hahn has the following AAB vacancies:
  • Three (3) regular members; and
  • Five (5) alternate members.

Attached below is the factsheet with more information about the responsibilities and qualifications needed to take on this very important task.
January 2021
Promotion LA County
Animal Care & Control
The Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control will continue to waive adoption fees for cats through January 2021. Waived fees will include adoption, spray/neuter, and microchip fees. Adopters will still be required to pay license and trust fees, if applicable. This would not be possible without a grant received from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that will be carrying over into next calendar year.
Energy Upgrade
Lets be energy efficient this holiday by spreading these tips and ticks around your community.

Happy Holidays:

The holiday season is a great time to remember and celebrate what we’re thankful for. This year, we are grateful for everyone who worked to be more energy efficient throughout 2020. It’s been a challenging year, but our strong CA communities have made the best of it. Thank you and happy holidays!


Merry Christmas! This year be like Rudolph and practice energy efficiency—using LED lightbulbs is a great way to use less energy and light up the holidays season!


As you celebrate this Kwaanza, be mindful of steps you can take to save energy. Whether it’s telling friends and family about ways they can save, or simply reducing your own energy use, every action matters!
American Red Cross
Let’s get together! Temperatures may be dropping where you live, and you may find yourself missing the usual holiday celebrations and gatherings. However, The American Red Cross has a safe and easy way you can connect with old friends and new: give blood! You’ll find we’ve implemented a variety of COVID-19 safety protocols on top of our usual commitment to cleanliness and health.

By making blood donation a priority this month, you can help ensure a happier holiday season for a patient in the hospital. And, when you come to give blood Dec. 18-Jan. 4, you’ll get an exclusive long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt as our thank you, while supplies last.* Come on in, and don’t forget to bring your mask! 

COVID-19 Update

With socializing at a minimum this year, why not meet a friend at a blood drive or donation center? You can feel good seeing your friend in an environment specifically designed to protect your health during the ongoing pandemic. Earlier this year, we implemented rigorous COVID-19 safety protocols: temperature checks prior to entering the drive or donation center; social distancing between donation beds as well as waiting and refreshment areas; donors and staff in approved face covering (don't forget to bring your mask); hand sanitizer available for all; and even more rigorous cleanliness procedures than usual.

All donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Results available within one to two weeks via your donor account on both and the Blood Donor App.

The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control. In accordance with CDC guidelines, all donors are required to wear a face covering or mask. Valve face mask are not permitted. Face shields can be worn in addition to face mask but not as a substitute.
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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302