July 3, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
From the City of La Habra Heights Staff, have a safe 4th of July!
Wishing all La Habra Heights Residents a Safe and Wonderful Safer at Home Fourth of July!
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- Congressman Gil Cisneros
The Park
Lower Parking Lot Closure
Due to the sharp increases of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the City would like to remind everyone that per current health officer orders, gatherings of any size of people outside of the same household are NOT permitted. To reduce the ability to hold large gatherings at The Park, the City will close the lower parking lot for the holiday weekend.

The lower parking lot closure will begin on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 9 p.m. and will continue through Monday, July 6, 2020 at 6 a.m.
Beaches, Lifeguard Towers to Close for
Holiday Weekend

Closures result of public health order
At the direction of the Department of Public Health, all Los Angeles County beaches will be closed this weekend, resulting in the closure of all lifeguard towers.

The Public Health Officer’s order closes all beaches, bike paths and beach access points in LA County from 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, through 5 a.m. Monday, July 6.

A new SSW/S swell will begin to show late Friday, building through the weekend with top exposures seeing surf in the 3- to 4-foot range. This swell will increase the risk and strength of rip currents along our coastline. 

Because of the hazardous ocean conditions and closure of lifeguard towers, please exercise good judgement: stay out of the water and off the sand.

Have a safe Fourth of July. Beaches will reopen on Monday, July 6 at 5 a.m.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, July 13, 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.

Although City Council meetings are held in-person and the public may be allowed into the meetings, Commission and Committee meetings will continue to be held via telephonically without the public physically attending.
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 communications 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.
SCE Public Safety Power Shutoff Information
When there is a high risk for a wildfire, SCE may temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent SCE's electric system from becoming the source of an ignition.

SCE Community Crew Vehicles and Community Resource Centers are available to support customers during Public Safety Power Shutoffs. Services are being provided in observance of social distancing practices and include pre-packaged Customer Resiliency Kits including PSPS information, light snacks, water, small resiliency devices, and Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) for customer use. SCE asks that customers wear masks and practice social distancing with other members of the public and the SCE employees. PSPS preparedness information shared at the in-person CRCs and CCVs is also available virtually on sce.com.

If your power has been shut off, SCE will restore power as soon as the weather conditions permit, and crews have inspected the power lines to confirm it is safe to restore power.

For status on an outage, please  sign up here  to receive alerts, or call 800-655-4555‫.
City Hall Open
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.
Public Works

The City would like to remind all resident to SLOW DOWN when driving throughout the City. Please share the road with fellow citizens utilizing streets to get physical exercise while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Be aware of the new City signage on critical street corners and roads.
As residents leash up their four-legged friends to get some exercise, the City would like to remind all resident to be a good neighbor and pick up after your pet.

Please read below for 4 reasons why picking up after your pet is important than you think.

Responsible dog owners pick up after their pets in public places. However, there are times when owners neglect to pick up their dog's poop because they are in a rush, don’t have poop bags, and so on. Because of this, you’ve probably stepped in more than your share of undisposed dog poop. Chances are you’ve stepped in dog poop and not even been aware of it until you smell a disgusting scent wafting through your car. This and other reasons are why it is so important to clean up after your dog.

Picking up after your dog is not only common courtesy but your duty as a pet owner. When you take your dog for a walk away from your home, you are entering public and private property. Because you own your dog, what waste your dog makes is your responsibility to pick up. It is even the law to clean up after your pet in some urban and suburban areas. Plus, it’s just good manners.

If you think, as many people do, that dog waste is a natural fertilizer, think again. Since most dogs diets are high in protein, it has the reverse effect of fertilizer. Dog poop is exceptionally high in nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you let your dog’s waste lay in your grass, it can actually cause burns in your lawn. Since it’s so acidic, it will kill your grass if it isn’t picked up.

Dog waste isn’t the same as cow manure since cows eat plant matter. While cow poop can be used as compost in gardens and fields, dog poop cannot. In fact, dog poop can contaminate fruits, vegetables, and surrounding areas with harmful bacteria. 

The parasites and bacteria in dog waste can spread disease to other dogs and even you if not properly picked up. E. coli and salmonella are some of the bacteria which are carried in dog waste. Plus, Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Parvovirus, Cryptosporidiosis, Salmonellosis and Campylobacteriosis, along with several types of worms.

The parasites and bacteria can stay in the soil for years. By not picking up after your dog, you're putting other people's pets at risk for exposure to harmful bacteria.

If you believe that dog poop will break down or just wash away, you're wrong. Dog waste can take up to 12 months to break down. Plus, when rainwater washes over dog poop, it flows into the drainage systems. Then the contaminated water is carried into lakes, streams, and rivers. What this means is the next time you go swimming in your favorite spot, you could be swimming in fecal water.

Always Pick Up After Your Dog
As you can see, disposing of dog waste is a serious subject. There are many ways to dispose of it, but the best way to pick up after your dog is to use  biodegradable pet waste bags . These types of bags are durable and won't leak, tear, or break. 

Biodegradable poop bags  can be made from corn starch and other bio-based proprietary components. The bags will break down in about 90 days. Using this type of bag will keep the landfills free from plastic and keep the parks cleaner. Remember, cleaning up after your dog is not only common courtesy but safer for both you and your pet.

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
211 Website Operational
Los Angeles County's Public Health Department has made all 211 resources available online. The new website is regularly updated with information, resources, and new programs. This is one way the County is addressing the high call hold times for residents who need services immediately.
Census 2020
The Census has been extended again and will continue until fall 2020. Self response has been extended till October 31st, so citizens will have more time to submit responses online, by phone and paper questionnaire. As a reminder door to door enumeration have been rescheduled for the period of August 11th - October 31st. For more question please click the link below.
American Red Cross
Every day, blood donors help patients battle disease and face the unexpected.  We’re all in this together, and we’re so glad to have you along on this journey.

The need is urgent. Will you give more life this month?
Public Safety
Nixle Alert
The City would like to invite all those who have not yet signed up to with Nixle Alert to do so as soon as possible. This Emergency Notification System sends residents alerts in real-time about critical emergency information and community advisories in La Habra Heights.

To sign-up, simply text AlertLHH to 888777 . If you wish to receive notifications through email please click the link below. Subscribers have the ability to select how they would like to receive notifications. This could be to a home, cell or business phone, email, text message or hearing impaired receiving devices at no cost.

All Nixle alerts are initiated by City staff as one of several methods of relaying vital information to citizens.

If you are already signed-up but have not been receiving notifications please text HELP to 888777 or click the link below to login into your account and enable notifications.
Trusted Sources
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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302