January 7, 2021 | Regular Edition
City News
Extended Safer at Home Health Order
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department recently extended the temporary targeted Safer at Home Health Order and will remain in effect for as long as the States Public Health Officer's Regional Stay at Home remains in effect in the Southern California Region.
L.A. County Mandatory Directive on Travel
Unfortunately, the incidence of COVID-19 is at significantly high levels in Los Angeles County, the State of California, and in many states and countries. Persons entering Los Angeles County, including County residents, from anywhere outside of the Southern California Region may increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission through additional exposure to infected individuals during travel, through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail, and inter-mingling with non-household members.

This directive is in furtherance of the State's Travel Advisory, which provides both that Californians stay home or in their Region and avoid non-essential travel and persons who arrive into any Region of California self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival.
L.A. County CARES
Supporting our residents and communities in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Los Angeles County is using CARES Act funding to support the health and well-being of its residents and communities through a wide range of programs - from diagnostic testing and contact tracing to food distribution, rent relief, support for businesses and investments in technology to help bridge the digital divide.
Updated Guidelines for Places of Worship
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department recently revised their Protocols for Places of Worship to reflect the recent Supreme Court Decisions regarding indoor and outdoor faith-based practices.

Places of Worship are permitted to offer faith-based services, or otherwise allow access for faith-based practices, indoors and outdoors, provided that strict physical distancing is followed. Face coverings or masks that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while on site. Places of Worship are strongly encouraged to continue to hold faith-based services outdoors to the maximum extent practicable.

For more information about the updated Protocol for Places of Worship please click the link below.
Playground Reopened
The playground is reopened for park patrons, but this is subject to change. As a reminder anyone using the playground shall follow the rules listed below:

  • Face Coverings required for everyone over the age of 2.
  • Make sure to social distance from other park patrons.
  • There are no food and drinks allowed in the playground.
  • Hands shall be washed/sanitized before and after use of the playground.
  • Use of playground shall be limited to 30 minutes, and as a reminder this is not a place to gather.
  • Play at your own risk.

Metal signs are posted throughout the area outlining the rules for park/playground patrons. If you have any questions please call Public Works Staff at (562) 694-6302 ext. 223.
Road Closure
SCE - FULL ROAD CLOSURE

BE ADVISED - USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Southern California Edison will be conducting a full road closure between1940 Sharpless Drive & 1947 Sharpless Drive to conduct maintenance on two existing utility poles near the area. There are no scheduled power outages for this road closure.

For more information regarding the road closure please call Southern California Edison at (714) 501 - 3017.
SCE - FULL ROAD CLOSURE

BE ADVISED - USE ALTERNATIVE ROUTES

On Friday, January 15, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Southern California Edison will be conducting a full road closure near 1214 West Road to replace a utility pole near the area. There might be a possible power outage for this road closure.

For more information regarding the road closure please call Southern California Edison at (909) 727 - 7473.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, January 11, 2021
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Investment Advisory Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
City Hall at 3:00 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 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.
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 info@Lhhcity.org. 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 to 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.
Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program
The Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will stop collecting application for the first round on January 13, 2021.

This grant program is not first come, first served, nor a rolling approval process. All applications will be reviewed.

For more information on the Grant requirements and eligibility, as well as to find local partners, please click the link below.
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
New Year's:

2020 has been a challenging year for Californians everywhere, but together we pushed through and remained strong. Thank you for your commitment to fighting climate change and using clean energy even when it was difficult. Happy New Year.
American Red Cross
It's time to kick off 2021 in an epic way! The American Red Cross has teamed up with the NFL again this January to invite football fans and blood donors to join their lifesaving team and score big for patients in need.

When you come in to give blood between January 1-31, 2021, you will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year's Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California. The package will include two tickets to Super Bowl to Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Los Angeles three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 4 to Feb 7, 2022), plus a $500 gift card for expenses.

And as an extra thank you you'll also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package so your household can enjoy an awesome viewing experience safely at home. This includes a big screen television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.

In the season full of obstacles, the Red Cross is fortunate to witness the best of humanity as blood donors step off the sidelines and roll up a sleeve to help those in need. During the winter months, patients still need lifesaving blood transfusions. Unfortunately, fewer blood donors have come in recently. As a result, there is currently a critical need for the kind of gift only people like you can give. Your hour of time at a blood drive or donation center could give patients a head start on a healthier, happier new year.

We can't let hospitals go without enough blood on the shelves. Your single donation could help save more than one life.

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 RedCrossBlood.org 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.
Public Safety
COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
The release of COVID-19 vaccines have stated before the end of the year, but plans for distribution are still for the general public are still being worked out.

Here's what we know right now: Two vaccine manufactures (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna) have submitted applications and been approved for Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additional vaccine manufacturers are expected to apply for FDA authorization in 2021.

While we we wait for more information, there's no doubt scammers will be trying to access individuals personal and financial information. Here's what you need to know to avoid a vaccine-related scam.

  • You will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You can't pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You can't pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number, credit card, or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
Southern California Edison COVID-19 Scam
Authorities in Riverside County are warning residents about a new COVID-19 scam that is targeting Southern California Edison customers. The photos above of a postcard, which the agency says fraudulently advertises a program to help cut electricity bills for people who have been working from home during the pandemic is fake.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the utility, officials say you should not call the number back. Officials stressed that people should only call Southern California Edison's customer service center number or the number that appears on your bill.
Economic Impact Payment Scam Warning
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have started delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments earlier this year.

No action is required by eligible individuals to receive this second payment. The IRS reminds taxpayers that the payments are automatic, and they should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions.
Trusted Sources
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