May 18, 2020 | Special Edition
City News
This year did not start as intended. More specifically, Safer at Home Orders, social distancing mandates, and face mask policies altering our way of life. City Staff has been working to ensure City operations and services continue unaffected. The Safer at Home Order will reach its two month mark tomorrow, and collectively we have learned about our dedicated healthcare and essential workers fighting on the frontlines for the health, safety, and security of everyone. Reaming indoors during holidays, celebrations, and warmer weather has not been easy. Nevertheless, these new efforts towards reopening would not have been without the unsung heroes, like residents of La Habra Heights, for staying home during this unprecedented time. By staying home you have protected not only yourself and family, but the entire community.

Thank you!
Los Angeles County Update
Reopening Protocol for Stage 2 Spaces & Businesses
COVID-19 is a fluid crisis with rapid changes affecting Los Angeles County everyday. The County continues to assess operations daily in consultation with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on necessary safety precautions. Based on Reopening Plans for Stage 2, protocols have been designed for operations, facilities, and business when preparing for reopening. Please remember to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when at essential services and public spaces. The Los Angeles County Safer at Home Order is still in affect, and everyone should do their best to remain at home as much as possible during this time.

City Budget Study Session
Take a look at the City's Fiscal Year 2020/21 Draft Budget and tell us your thoughts.  The first City Budget Study Session will take place Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, resulting orders and direction from the President of the United States, the Governor of the State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the City of La Habra Heights Declaration of Emergency,  the public will not be permitted to physically attend the La Habra Heights City Budget Study Session scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  Members of the public can watch the live broadcast of the City Budget Study Session on the City website at

Residents are encouraged to submit comments on the Draft City Budget in writing via mail to City Clerk, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, Ca 90631, by email to, or by phone at (562) 694 - 6302. Please note that the City Council 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 within the City Budget are provided to prior to the commencement of the Study Session. Public comment received by mail or email will be read during public comment. If that is not possible, every effort will be made to attempt to review emails during the course of the meeting. If you prefer to provide public comment during the meeting over telephone, please call City Hall at (562) 694-6302 and leave your name and phone number and a staff member will call you during the public comment section of the meeting. The Mayor will allow the Clerk to review emails and share any public comments received during the meeting as well. Staff will also check the drop box located in front of City Hall before the end of public comment.

To view the City Budget FY 2020/21 Draft,  click on the link below
Prepare for Wildfires
A Message from Southern California Edison
We understand what a stressful time this is, and how important it is for all our customers and their families to have access to electricity at home. The women and men of SCE are as focused as ever on safely providing reliable service to our customers, and we’re continuing to work 24/7 to serve our communities. For more information, visit our  Response to COVID-19 page .

Protecting Public Safety
Our number one concern remains public safety. As California prepares for the 2020 wildfire season, our crews continue to perform ground and aerial inspections and install hi-tech tools to help make communities more resilient and to protect our communities from the threat of wildfires. Learn more about our  wildfire mitigation activities .

We hope that the 2020 wildfire season is a mild one and that it does not overlap with California’s Stay-at-Home order. As in past years, when there is a high risk for a wildfire, we may declare a  Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)  and temporarily shut off power to your neighborhood to prevent our electric system from becoming the source of an ignition. While we are taking every effort to reduce the number and length of PSPS, we will continue to use these outages as required to protect public safety.

Be Prepared for Public Safety Power Shutoffs
We want to make sure our customers are informed and learn how to  be prepared  for PSPS outages. You can join us at one of our virtual community meetings to hear more about PSPS, our wildfire safety efforts, customer care programs and resources, or attend a PowerTalk meeting to learn more about the different types of outages, including PSPS. To see upcoming meetings and to register, visit .

You can also sign up for PSPS Alerts at . If you depend on electrically-powered medical equipment, you may be eligible for SCE’s Medical Baseline program. Learn about the program and how to apply at .

SCE is committed to continuing with the work necessary to protect public safety including reducing wildfire risk as well as helping our communities be prepared for PSPS.
Brush Clearance
Program 2020
This past Monday, May 11, 2020 the La Habra Heights City Council approved the 2020 Brush Clearance Program. Brush Clearance inspections will begin immediately. La Habra Heights property owners must have already removed and/or eliminated all fire hazards upon all improved and unimproved property, and maintained the property free of fire hazards before and after the inspection date. Failure of the property owner to abate any such nuisance on or in front of his or her property will cause the City to perform the abatement. The cost will be assessed upon the land and will constitute a lien upon such land until paid.

Due to current COVID-19 situation, all inspections will meet State and LA County protocols and mandates to ensure the safety of residents and City staff. If you have any questions or concerns please call City Hall at (562) 694-6302 or email .
Call for Photos of
La Habra Heights
The City of La Habra Heights is currently in the process of redesigning the City website. However, the City is in need of residents help to finalize the project. The City is requesting residents submit photos of our beautiful community. Surprise us! Any photo taken within the city limits is eligible, we really want to see your pics of rural La Habra Heights: life in the hills and away from the city.
The City will be collecting submitted photos from Friday, May 1, 2020 through Sunday, May 31, 2020 . Please email your high-resolution photos to .

Below are size and quality requirements for photos to be used within the City Website.
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 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 essential businesses please wear a cloth facemask.

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 

The phones are staffed during normal business hours, Monday–Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Other News
Stimulus Check
(COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments)
The IRS is committed to helping everyone receive their Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus checks, are automatic for most taxpayers. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

Still, many citizens have questions in regards to eligibility requirements, how to receive payment, and resources for extra assistance in checking the status of ones payment. Provided below is a guide of frequently asked questions that will assist residents during this unprecedented situation.
Keeping Kids and Pets
Safer at Home
School closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have significantly changed home life for both families and their pets. Children are now home full time, learning new ways to engage with their teachers while continuing their education. Smaller children that would be in day care or pre-school are also home. Parents working from home may be distracted by work responsibilities and challenged to monitor their children’s and pets’ interactions.

As a result, DACC has seen an alarming increase in the reporting of dog bites to children. Most of these situations have occurred when the family dog was eating, playing with a toy, challenged, or hurt by a child. Cats will scratch and even bite if they are threatened or cornered. Keep your children safe and your pets happy by following these suggestions:

  • Recognize that your pets need their own time for rest and de-stressing. A house full of kids all day long can be exhausting for a pet, particularly if multiple children are constantly engaging with it and not giving it time to recharge. Pets should have quiet places where they can retreat, and the children should be taught that they must not disturb the pet when it is resting. Create a retreat for your pets by blocking off an area that they like and make sure the children understand that the pets should not be disturbed when they are using their retreats. Cozy dog crates work great for most dogs, and cats enjoy carpeted cat trees with hiding dens.

  • Remember that small children are not good at recognizing signs of stress or danger from animals. Growling, hissing, avoidance, stiff body posture, whale-eye, raised hackles, twitching tails (cats), nervousness, and lip licking are just some behaviors that demonstrate the pet’s anxiety is increasing and could result in a bite. Always monitor pet and children interactions so you can recognize the early warning signals and intervene before the situation becomes dangerous. Most pets give ample warning before a bite, but frequently a child is not able to recognize the warning signs. They may push the animal until it feels it has no more choices.

  • Be especially protective of older pets. They are likely to have some varying degree of arthritis. It may be painful if a child pats them too hard, hugs them, or falls on them. Many older animals lose their hearing and/or vision and can become startled and alarmed when a child suddenly appears within their space.

  • Also be protective of small or fragile animals. Children can unintentionally injure them and cause pain resulting in a reactive bite.

  • Do not allow children to interfere with a pet when it is eating. This should be a stressor and distraction-free time for a pet to enjoy their meal. Many dogs have a natural desire to protect their food and may fear the child is competing for the meal. This is a common reason for dog bites to children.

  • Always supervise children and pets when they are playing together. Toys can be a source of competition and a dog might bite if its toy is removed. Tug of war can result in accidental bites if a dog grabs for a better hold on the toy and accidentally catches the child’s hand.

  • Do not allow children to climb on dogs, pull their ears, play with their mouths, tug their tails, or engage in other aggravating behaviors. Many animal control officers cringe when they see photos or videos of children climbing on large dogs, noticing the anxiety and stress of the dog and knowing that bite is likely to result from this unwanted aggravation.

You may have seen a hilarious anecdote that circulated on the internet several years ago. A person posted “An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious I pinned a note to his collar, ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

“The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar, ‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 and he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'”

Most pets are well adjusted family members and live harmoniously with their families. However, even the best pet may lash out if they are excessively harassed or challenged. Every pet needs some alone time, even if it’s at a neighbor’s house!
Census 2020
Great news! 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
Like a lot of life’s most precious resources, blood is perishable. We can’t stockpile it. You may make the difference between life and death for a patient in your community – and it only takes about an hour of your time!

We’re counting on generous donors like you to  make a blood donation appointment  for the days and weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply of blood for the most vulnerable among us. The pandemic is ongoing, and we can’t let patients down. We’ve implemented special new safety procedures, including social distancing, in order to make our blood drives and donation centers operate at an even higher standard.

Your donation may help save more than one life. Are you ready to return to help out? Patients will be so grateful.

Special offer from our supporter, Amazon:  To thank you for making time to donate between Mar. 24 and May 25, we will send you a $10 Gift Card *via email.* Together, we can keep the blood supply strong. Schedule your appointment to donate today.
Free Virtual Emergency Preparedness Classes
The American Red Cross is offering free online emergency preparedness classes every Tuesday and Thursday that will help you and your family better prepare for emergencies. The classes teach you how to create preparedness kits, family emergency plans, what to do before, during and after a disaster, and there will be content on COVID-19. 
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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302