June 22, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Notice of
Evidentiary Hearing
To see the entire three page notice click the link below.
New Face Covering
Requirements for California
Because of our collective actions, California has limited the spread of COVID-19 and associated hospitalizations and deaths in our state. Still, the risk of COVID-19 remains and the increasing number of California who are leaving their homes for work and other needs, increases the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection.

The document below updates existing CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face covering by the general public when outside the home. It mandates that face coverings be worn state-wide in the circumstances and with the exceptions outlined below. It does not substitute for existing guidance about social distancing and hand washing.
Addressing Myths
about COVID-19
Dr. Christina Ghaly, who oversees Los Angeles Department of Health Services, took time at Wednesday's media briefing to address some of the myths being spread as the health crisis continues. She broke those down into five "misperceptions" and sought to set the record straight. The following list explains what Ghaly said is actually true about COVID-19 in L.A. County:

  • An increase in reported cases isn’t solely due to increased testing — the virus is still continuing to spread. According to Ghaly, "more people are becoming infected and also, at the same time, we are identifying a greater fraction of those who are infected through the county's expansion of testing capacity to understand the actual... effective transmission rate in the county."

  • The number of new cases is not the most important metric health officials are looking at. The hospitalization rate is a more helpful metric, Ghaly said, because it helps health officials better understand how the transmission rate is changing and the impact on the county's health care system.

  • Just because restrictions are being lifted does not mean COVID-19 is under control in L.A. County. L.A. County's safer-at-home order helped slow the spread of the virus, but was also a "very crude measure," Ghaly said. "Reopening is just as important for the health of our society as closing was, but given that the vast majority of those living in Los Angeles County are still susceptible to COVID-19 and the infection, we need to rely on a refined set of practices that allow us to get back to work and back to living our lives safely."

  • This is not an overreaction to a virus that’s basically the flu. COVID-19 is killing far more Americans than the seasonal flu typically does, Ghaly explained. "During mid-April, the counted deaths for COVID-19 in the United States were 15,000 per week," she said. "During a typical peak week of seasonal influenza, the count of deaths are more like 750." Ghaly added that the long-term health effects of COVID-19 are not yet fully understood, but said health officials are learning "that the long-term health consequences on many who survive are significant."

  • Masks and other basic health measures make a difference. Keeping distance, avoiding gatherings, washing your hands and wearing face coverings have all been shown to limit the risk of spreading the virus, Ghaly said, despite what is said on social media or at public meetings. "I know it's a long road and I know it's longer than many of us would have predicted and certainly longer than many of us would have hoped for," Ghaly said, "but we can go on it safely if each and every one of us commits to doing the simple things that we know will make a difference."
What to Expect When Dining-In Restaurants
On May 29, in-person dining was allowed to resume in LA County. As restaurants begin to reopen (and patrons prepare to return to local favorites), LA County wants to make sure you know what to expect.  If you're ready for the in-person dining experience , be prepared to:

  1. Make a reservation in advance.
  2. Be asked to wait in your car or outside the restaurant until your table is ready.
  3. Be checked for COVID-19 symptoms (including cough and fever).
  4. Wear a face covering when you're not eating or drinking.
  5. Use a posted, single-use or digital menu.
  6. See sanitizing stations.
  7. See limited seating capacity & physical distance between you and other patrons.
  8. See servers & staff in face coverings and face shields.

Upcoming Meetings

Regular Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
Monday, June 22, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Spacial Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 24, 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 public will not be permitted to physically attend the La Habra Heights Commission, and Committee meetings to which the agenda applies .

Although City Council meetings are held in-person and the public will be allowed into the meetings, Commission and Committee meetings will continue to be held via telephonically.
You may submit comments on any agenda item or item not on the agenda 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. Members of the public may go to www.Lhhcity.org to view the live broadcast of the City Committee meeting. Please note that the 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 related to items on the agenda, or items not on the agenda, are provided to Info@Lhhcity.org prior to the commencement of the meeting. If that is not possible, every effort will be made to attempt to review emails during the course of the meeting. The Mayor will endeavor to take a pause to allow the Clerk to review emails, and share any public comments received during the meeting.
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
As Los Angeles County starts to slowly reopen, the City would like to remind all drivers to be mindful of the new signs along the City's roads. As some within the community starts to leave the City for more non-essential errands there are still many individuals in the community that are walking, riding, or biking along the roads. These signs are to remind drivers to share the road and be cautious.

New Benches along Trail

This past week the City's Public Works team has began installing new benches along the trail near The Park. The City is pleased to offer more seating areas and amenities to ensure individuals have a wonderful experience.
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 Messages 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.
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
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) began the 2020 Free Summer Lunch and Snack Program on Tuesday, June 16, at 49 locations. LA County Parks will provide “grab and go” lunch and snack on Tuesday to Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. The program runs through August 7.

Due to health and safety restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, lunch and snack will be available for pick up only. Face coverings and physical distancing of six feet are required. For convenience, lunch and snack can be picked up simultaneously.

Children and youth ages 18 and under receive a free nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds, and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese, and yogurt. Created to help reduce the growing percentage of young people in the United States challenged by obesity or lack of consistent access to wholesome meals, the program aims to provide a healthy alternative for students when school is out for the summer.

In order for participating parks to qualify for the program, they must service areas within the geographical boundaries of elementary, middle, or high school attendance areas with at least 50% of its students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Every summer season, about 300,000 free snacks and lunches are provided to the most needed communities. LA County Parks provides the free lunch and snack program in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Education, and the Department of Public Health.
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.
Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority
- Summer Trail Hours -
Need a break and a bit of extra time in nature? Sycamore, Turnbull and Hacienda Hills will be open until 6:00 p.m. June 1 thru Sept 30, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Arroyo Pescadero and Powder Canyon remain open sunrise to sunset. Preserve hours are designed to help the wildlife in the hills survive and thrive.

The LA County Health Order requires that everyone over 2 years old needs a face covering at the trailhead/parking lots and on any trails where there are other groups of people nearby. (Children with breathing problems should not wear a face covering.)
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
Be Mindful
Trusted Sources
Always check with trusted sources for the latest and most accurate information about COVID - 19 ( Coronavirus ).

Help us get the word out about Guac Talk . Encourage your friends and neighbors to sign-up by simply forwarding this email to them.

C lick the subscribe button at the bottom of this page and enter basic subscription information. A confirmation email will follow shortly thereafter.

We always welcome "Guac Talk" topic ideas. Please call (562) 694-6302 or email info@lhhcity.or g and let us know what you would like to see.
City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302