November 21, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Statewide Stay-At-Home Order Effective
Saturday , November 21
The State of California has announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movements and gatherings stop between 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10:00 PM on Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5:00 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM and only in Purple Tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

Los Angeles County has remained in the Purple Tier since the Blueprint for a Safer Economy was implemented.

Further, Los Angeles County may impose a stricter Stay at Home Order. At this time, the County has not done so.
Updated COVID-19 Restrictions in LA County
In response to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, LA County Public Health has tightened pandemic safeguards and restrictions. An updated health officer order is expected to be amended and, effective Friday, November 20, the following restrictions are to be made official.

  • For non-essential businesses permitted to operate indoors, including retail stores, offices and personal care services, occupancy will be limited to 25% maximum capacity.
  • The number of patrons at outdoor restaurants, breweries and wineries will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
  • The number of customers at cardrooms, outdoor mini-golf, go-karts and batting cages will be limited to 50% maximum outdoor capacity.
  • Services at personal care establishments may only be provided by appointment to customers and staff wearing face coverings.
  • Services that require either the customer or staff to remove their face coverings such as facials and shaves, are not permitted.
  • Food and drinks cannot be served at these establishments to customers.
  • Restaurants, breweries, wineries, bars, and all other non-essential retail establishments must close from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Celebrating During
a Pandemic?
As families finalize plans for the holiday season it is important to consider how to celebrate safely in order to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Planning early and identifying safe alternatives to some of the more traditional but risky methods of celebration will be key. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to share information on how to take part in the holiday season in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Since some of the traditional ways in which holidays are celebrated are not permitted this year, consider some safer alternatives that are listed below.

  • Host a virtual Thanksgiving meal with friends and family who don't live with you.
  • Schedule a time to share a meal together virtually.
  • Have people share recipes and show their turkey, dressing, or other dishes they prepared.
  • Watch Television, Movies, or Play Games with people in your household.
  • Online Shopping!
  • Make sure to use contactless services for purchased items, like curbside pick-up or delivery.
  • Practice gratitude, like writing down things you are grateful for and sharing with your friends and family.

If you are Hosting a Thanksgiving Gathering remember that it is probably best to connect with family and friends virtually. Still, if you are having guest at your home please make sure you are following the necessary safety protocols and guidelines.

  • Have a small and time-conscious outdoor meal with those in the same household, not exceeding 15 people from more than 2 households.
  • Make sure guest are wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing.
  • Have conversations with guest ahead of time to set expectations and rules for celebrating.
  • Have guest bring their own food, drinks, utensils and if sharing food make sure to designate one person as the server to limit risk of exposure.
The Park Playground Open
The City of La Habra Heights is pleased to announce the reopening of The Park Playground. It will be open under modified operations and strict guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Park and playground guests are expected to follow the new guidelines for outdoor playgrounds to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please refer to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for a complete list of reopening protocols.

  • Face coverings are required at parks and parking areas for anyone ages 2 and above.
  • Practice social distancing to provide space of at least 6 feet, and children must be monitored by an adult at all times.
  • No food or drinks allowed.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Bring hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well. Avoid coming to parks if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Elderly and those with underlying conditions should avoid playgrounds.
  • Limit visiting times in playground to 30 minutes.
  • Play at your own risk.

Follow these guidelines help keep our park open. For additional information on COVID-19 and the health order, please visit the LA County Public Health Website.
City Council
Treasurer Vacancy
The La Habra Heights City Council is looking to fill the City Council Treasurer's position. The Treasurer submits monthly Treasurer's reports to the City Council regarding status of cash balances by fund and investment of cash balances, and a monthly Warrant Report to the City Council regarding the previous month's cash receipts and cash disbursements. The Treasurer is a vital part of the oversight of the City's finances and works closely with City Staff.

If you are interested in applying you can find the application on the City website or by clicking the link below. If you have any questions or need any additional information please email info@LHHcity.org.
 
The deadline to submit an application is Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. Please make sure to submit an application via email to Info@LHHcity.org, or via mail to City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631.
Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD)
Board Member Vacancy
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is looking to fill one vacant Board of Trustees Member. The term will begin January 2021 and will expire January 2025. The GLACVCD Board of Trustees meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M., at District headquarters in Santa Fe Springs. All meetings are open to the public. The Board Member duties and responsibilities include setting policy, establishing the budget, approving expenditures, and retaining legal counsel. This position is appointed by the City Council.
 
If you are interested in applying you can find the application on the City website or by clicking the link below. If you have any questions or need any additional information please email info@LHHcity.org.
 
The deadline to submit an application is Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. Please make sure to submit an application via email to Info@LHHcity.org, or via mail to City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631.
Citizens Technical Advisory Committee Vacancy
The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority is looking to fill one vacant Citizens Technical Advisory Committee Member. The term will begin February 1, 2021 and will end February 1, 2025. The Citizens Technical Advisory Committee meetings are currently held virtually on the Tuesday before the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. The purpose of the Committee is to act as a liaison between the Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority and the residents of the communities within the member's jurisdiction. This position is appointed by the City Council.
 
If you are interested in applying you can find the application on the City website or by clicking the link below. If you have any questions or need any additional information please email info@LHHcity.org.
 
Please make sure to submit an application via email to Info@LHHcity.org, or via mail to City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631.
Roads Advisory Committee Alternate Vacancy
The Roads Advisory Committee is looking to fill one vacant alternate committee member position. The Roads Advisory Committee meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The Committee is dedicated to reviewing various financing options for road maintenance, making recommendation for the yearly pavement management program and educating the community about road maintenance needs and methods.
 
If you are interested in applying you can find the application on the City website or by clicking the link below. If you have any questions or need any additional information please email info@LHHcity.org.
 
Please make sure to submit an application via email to Info@LHHcity.org, or via mail to City of La Habra Heights, 1245 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, CA 90631.
Public Works
SCE Full Road Closure

BE ADVISED - USE ALNERATE ROUTES

On Tuesday, November 24 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM near 1701 Kashlan Road, Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace a utility pole and the wires attached. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance, and residents have already been notified.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road maintenance or power outage please call Southern California Edison at (909) 493 - 9760
SCE Full Road Closure

BE ADVISED - USE ALNERATE ROUTES

On Tuesday, November 24 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM near Kashlan Road between Harbor and Chota Road, Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace overhead wires. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance, and residents have already been notified.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road maintenance or power outage please call Southern California Edison at (909) 493 - 9760
Upcoming City Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.
CANCELLED

Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.
CANCELLED

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 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.
Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Biological Control Information
As the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) continues to fight to protect the state's $3.4 billion citrus industry, it's calling upon the help of a small, but mighty predator called Tamarixia radiate - a parasitic wasp.

These beneficial wasps are being released in several California neighborhoods to reduce the population of the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), the pest that spreads the deadly citrus tree disease, Huanglongbing (HLB).

This natural biological control is one of the many tools CDFA uses against HLB as the disease continues to be detected throughout the four Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Although HLB has not been found in a commercial citrus grove, more than 2,000 residential citrus trees in California have been infected with HLB and destroyed.
Top-10 Cities for Reporting Utility Phone Scams
As part of Utility Scam Awareness Week, November 16th - 20th, Southern California Edison is warning customers living in the top 10 cities for customer-reported utility bill phone scams that they may experience an increase of scam attempts this upcoming holiday season.

The COVID-19 pandemic created widespread opportunities for con artist posing as utility representatives to target unsuspecting customers observing stay-at-home precautions. These attempts to steal money, personal information or both have expanded to include the growing use of mobile payment applications.

SCE's top-10 cities for reporting utility phone scams this year are:

  • Fontana
  • Hemet
  • Huntington Beach
  • Irvine
  • Long Beach
  • Moreno Valley
  • Ontario
  • San Bernardino
  • Santa Ana
  • Whittier

Utility bill scams tend to target elderly, English learners -- or both -- and smaller businesses such as hair salons and auto mechanics, many of which have been struggling since the pandemic started.

In addition to staying vigilant, SCE asks customers who believe they are being or have been targeted by a utility bill scam to:

Confirm their account balance or payment status by call SCE customer service center at 1-800-655-4555.

Save information, such as callback phone numbers or payment instructions, and report the attempt by calling SCE customer service center, emailing SCE at csinfogov@sce.com, or by completing SCE's online fraud form.

To learn more about the suspicious behaviors and tactics of utility bill phone scammers, please visit sce.com/scamalert and read our news release.
Explore Cultures
American Red Cross
Thanksgiving may look rather different this year, with fewer gatherings, more social distancing and less travel. But the need for blood remains constant. In fact, at the moment, the situation is critical. To avoid an even bigger drop in blood donations over the Thanksgiving weekend, we’ve got a special gift for our donors.
Come to give blood Nov. 25-28 and get a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last!* Our fabulous volunteer model in the photo above just happens to be country music superstar Martina McBride, a powerful advocate for blood donation.

And there’s more! As part of a partnership with Suburban Propane, we’re organizing a special giveaway to thank you for rolling up a sleeve to help. Come to give Nov.15-Dec.15 and automatically be entered for a chance to win an Outdoor Living Experience, powered by propane!** The prize includes a propane-powered pizza oven, fire pit, outdoor heater and stipend towards propane.
Just one blood donation can help save more than one life. Will you step up to be somebody’s hero this Thanksgiving?
Public Safety
Click it or Ticket
Throughout the month of November, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is joining agencies across the county promoting the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car and keeping children safe by making sure they are properly restrained.

This year's Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is from Nov. 16-29. During this time, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not properly secure children in child safety seats.

While seat belt use rate in California was 96% last year, there has been a noted drop in seat belt use by back seat passengers. A recent report by the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found only 76% of rear seat passengers wore seat belts.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt saved nearly 15,000 lives of people ages five and older in 2017.

The fine for a seat belt violation is $162. California law requires a child be properly secured in a safety sear in the second row of a vehicle, when available, until they are at least 8 years of age. Children under the age of 2 must ride rear-facing or until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height.

California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation.
Slow the Fast Down
A new statewide initiative encourages drivers to “slow the fast down” and understand the dangers of speeding.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety to address an emerging traffic safety issue: speeding. Excessive speeding went way up during the beginning of stay-at-home orders in March. Between March 19 and April 30, CHP officers issued 4,000 citations for speeding over 100 miles per hour, more than double (113%) from last year despite a steep decline in traffic volume.

“The road is not a racetrack,” Sergeant Hill said. “The freeway is not the Autobahn. Follow a safe, legal speed.”
Speeding remains one of the main causes of crashes: in federal fiscal year 2017-18, speed was a factor in approximately 31% of all fatal and injury crashes in California.
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