November 22, 2019
E-Newsletter
CITY NEWS
Special
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Meeting
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
City Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Special
Roads Advisory Committee
Meeting
Monday, December 2, 2019
City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, December 9, 2019
City Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Special
Planning Commission
Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
City Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Honoring
Council Member
Roy Francis
Hacienda Road
Construction of the Phase 1 repair of Hacienda Road is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 25, 2019. City staff will work with GMU and the construction company, ECM, to keep the one-lane access open as long as possible. The schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday, November 25, 2019 - Possible closure may be needed. ECM and surveyors will be in the failure area preparing the site for construction and erosion control. If a closure is necessary, City staff will provide updates through Guac Talk, Nixle and Nextdoor.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - Closure will begin at 8am. If possible, the road will be re-opened at the end of the work day. Residents who park by the gate on the North end of the City, please park on the East side of Hacienda Road only. Large construction vehicles will be accessing the gate throughout the day.

Please look for updates through Guac Talk, Nixle and Nextdoor on when the road will be officially closed. Rain is also expected next week starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday. This may also change the closure schedule next week.
Edison Pole Moved at Hacienda Road Failure Area
Phase 1 of the repair of Hacienda Road could not begin until a Southern California Edison pole adjacent to the failure area was moved out of the construction area. Staff worked diligently with SCE and on Thursday, November 21, 2019, SCE re-positioned the pole North of its previous location. The City would like to thank SCE for moving quickly on this project and for helping the City stay on schedule for the repair of Hacienda Road.
Sandbags Available
This is a friendly reminder that it is the responsibility of property owners to keep drainage facilities in working order. The City does not have the legal authority to clean channels on private property nor the resources to maintain all drainage within the street right of way.

As a courtesy to La Habra Heights residents, sandbags will be available at City Hall and sand will be available at the park during the rainy season. Remember to bring a shovel.  
Emergency Preparedness Committee
The Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to finalize a potential Mission Statement and Charter. Drafts of each document are as follows:

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee is to serve and safeguard our community through efficient and effective volunteer service, which helps protect life and property ensuring the best interest of our community. Critical to our program is coordinating the response of various community volunteer programs including; CERT Program (Community Emergency Response Team), Highland Riders large animal evacuation volunteers and Fire Watch communication volunteers with professional first responders. This community based program will help provide rapid and safe care for La Habra Heights’ residents in the event of a major incident or large scale disaster. During non-emergency situations, our Committee focuses on public education and awareness to help increase the emergency preparedness of all residents in La Habra Heights. The Committee will also provide a conduit for public concerns regarding public safety and fire related issues.

Charter

1. The major purpose of this Committee is to help the community prepare and respond to emergency situations that may arise in our community and to respond to these in an effective manner.

2. Work closely with City Staff to develop and maintain emergency and non-emergency communications methods and procedures.

3. The Emergency Preparedness Committee is advisory committee to the City Council.

4. The Committee is open to all residents and is composed of a chairperson(s), volunteer members with some background and/or interest in the area of emergency preparedness and public safety. The Committee will have a minimum of three members.

6. The Committee will meet at least six times each calendar year or as necessary.

7. Keep written minutes of all meetings and present oral and written reports to the City Council when appropriate. (Add other Brown Act Requirements)

Goals

1. Develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan for the City of La Habra Heights.

2. Organize, train and manage a Community Management Team in conjunction with 1st responders throughout the community to aid in the response to emergency incidents in or throughout the community.

3. Work closely with City Manager to provide a community platform for informational emergency communications, EPC training opportunities and other preparedness information.

4. Conduct formal and informal educational programs for the community that encourage residents to acquire and maintain certifications in CERT, CPR, first aid, and other emergency preparedness subjects.

5. Develop and foster relationships with other local EPCs.

If the Mission Statement and Charter are approved by the Committee, both will be presented to the City Council for approval by resolution at the December 9, 2019 City Council meeting.
La Habra Heights
Fire Department
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Engine 772 was returning from a drill in Santa Fe Springs and the LHHFD official Instagram account received a notification that someone mentioned the Department in a post. The post is below.
City Staff is very proud of the crew, especially the Lieutenant who just participated in the Fire Department's Lieutenant Leadership class last Saturday. Great job LHHFD!
Interoperability Training
LHHFD is facilitating a Los Angeles County hosted Interoperability Training at City Hall next week. Additional Fire Department vehicles and engines will be at City Hall Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fire agencies attending include Area E (Compton, Downey, Santa Fe Springs and Vernon), Los Angeles County and Orange County.
Code Enforcement Case
After 10 years, the City's Code Enforcement staff closed its oldest code enforcement case. In 2009, a property located on Vista Del Llano was given a Stop All Work notice for construction without permits. The project took many twists and turns, but with the help of Building Official Scott Fazekas, City Engineer Akram Hindeyah and City Staff the construction is now approved and permitted correctly.
Missing Street Signs
It is unfortunate that the City has experienced another act of vandalism. A total of three City street signs were reported stolen in early November. The newly planted Hass Avocado tree was stolen earlier this year, and also this month, The Park entrance sign to the lower parking lot and the trail entrance sign were stolen.
Area Closed: Due to Weather Conditions Signs
These signs were located on Hacienda Road, after Reposado Drive, next to the Hacienda Growers Nursery, and by Canada Sombre Road.
No Right Turn on Red Sign

This sign was located at the intersection of West Road and Hacienda Road.
Street signs are vital to road safety and the City has limited resources in terms of funds to purchase new signs, and also man-power to replace the stolen signage.

If you have information regarding any of the missing signs, please contact City Hall at (562) 694-6302. 
OTHER NEWS
Notice of Board of Directors Vacancy for
La Habra Heights County Water District
Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 1780 of the California Government Code that as of November 19, 2019, a vacancy exist in the office of member of the Board of Directors of the La Habra Heights County Water District. The remaining Directors of the La Habra Heights County Water District have the authority to fill the vacancy by appointment within sixty days of the effective date of the vacancy. To be qualified to hold this office, a person must be a voter residing within the La Habra Heights County Water District. The person appointed to fill the vacancy shall serve until the next general election, which will be held on November 3, 2020. The appointment will be made on or before January 17, 2020.

Any person interested in being appointed to this office should submit a letter applying to be appointed and a resume no later than 5:00 PM, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, to the District office at 1271 N. Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights, California 90631, in care of Mr. Michael Gualtieri, Secretary/General Manager. Questions concerning the vacancy, the filling of the vacancy, and/or the duties and responsibilities of member of the Board of Directors of the La Habra Heights County Water District can be directed to the Secretary/General manager at the above address.
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