November 25, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Updated COVID-19 Restrictions in LA County
As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, the Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be modified to restrict indoor and outdoor dining at restaurants, breweries, wineries and bars as the five-day average of new cases increased to more than 4,000 cases. The modified order will take effect TODAY, Wednesday, November 25 at 10:00pm.

  • Restaurants and other food service facilities will only be able to offer take-out, drive thru and delivery services.
  • Wineries and Breweries may continue their retail operations ONLY.
  • Grocery Stores and Convenience Stores must continue to limit their occupancy to 50%.

Public Health Department reminds everyone to stay home as much as possible for the next three weeks to change the trajectory of surging cases and save lives. For the most recent LA County Public Health Order click the link below.
California Limited
Stay-At-Home Order
The State of California will continue the limited Stay at Home Order requiring non-essential work, movements and gatherings stop between 10:00 PM - 5:00 AM in counties in the Purple Tier. The order will 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.
Thanksgiving in 2020
As families struggle to determine how they will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year it is important to remember what new restrictions are outlined and recommended to avoid spreading COVID-19 to those you are thankful and grateful to still have in your life.

With the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County's public health director recommends residents celebrate Thanksgiving only with members of their own household, even if they plan to hold their holiday dinner outdoors. This comes after LA County saw its highest recorded case count since the start of the pandemic.

Starting Today, Wednesday 25, 2020 travelers arriving to Los Angeles by airplane or train will have to sign a form acknowledging California's recommendations of a 14-day self-quarantine. Travelers over the age of 16 arriving from another state or country must submit the form online prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles international Airport, Van Nuys Airport or Union Station.

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.
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
Coleman Landscape -
Shoulder Work

BE ADVISED - USE ALTERNATE ROUTES

On Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM near the intersection of West Road and Las Palomas, Coleman Landscape will be conducting shoulder work to improve and fix the Storm Drain.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the road maintenance please call Coleman Landscape at (562) 458 - 6338.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, December 14, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Special Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 17, 2020
City Hall at 6:00 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. 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 Tree
Pest Management at Home
State agriculture crews are not treating in all areas of California, so you may need to take a proactive stance to protect your tree. Inspect citrus foliage regularly for signs of the pest and disease, and consider treating your citrus tree with a product proven to be effective against the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Visit your local nursery or garden center and ask about products that will control the ACP. Always follow label instructions for the safest and most effective use of the product. For more tips about how to treat your citrus tree, visit the University of California's Division of Agriculture and natural Resources website.
Explore Cultures
Looking for a job, but don't have the device or internet connection needed? Join our Work Ready Program, to borrow a laptop and wireless hotspot kit, and participate in a 6-week virtual sessions covering career-related topics. Click the link below for more information.
American Red Cross
We won't lie, this year has been tough. But we still have plenty of reasons to be thankful. Because of donors like you, patients have a reason to give thanks all year. It takes a whole team of doctors, nurses, volunteers, lab techs and more to get your donations to patients in need. But none of that would be possible without YOU!

To show our gratitude, we have a cozy waiting for you! When you come to give blood Nov. 25-28, you'll receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt, courtesy of Suburban Propane, while supplies last!

BONUS GIVEAWAY

That's not all! 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 by 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
Food Safety for Thanksgiving
Food safety is always important, but the holiday's add some special factors to the mix. And this year may be more complicated than usual. For one thing, there are more people boldly cooking turkeys for the first time. Fewer than one-third of millennials are confident in the kitchen, and this year most are not going home for a Thanksgiving meal.

There are also concerns about COVID-19 which can give food safety a whole new meaning this year.

Shopping

Crowded grocery stores aren't a food safety threat, but they can be a COVID-19 issue. Avoid shopping on the day before or on Thanksgiving Day, when there are likely to be crowded, and skip in-person Black Friday shopping. Many grocery and retail stores offer pick-up or delivery services.

Cooking

This year, with the CDC discouraging Thanksgiving travel and large gatherings, grocers expect that most Americans will want a smaller turkey. This means, if you don't buy a frozen turkey early, you might end up with a larger bird than you're used to. Be sure to allocate enough time to cook food properly.

Since you can't tell whether a turkey is done by looking at it, use a meat thermometer to make sure your bird reaches 165 degrees at the meatiest part of the breast. A 20-pound turkey could take close to five hours of cooking time.

Serving

The CDC suggests plating food for each guest this year rather than setting the food out family style or on a buffet. This is also the year to choose disposable partyware instead of dishware.

Designate one person to refill plates or drinks, and make hand washing a priority for anyone involved in serving. COVID-19 is most often spread through the air rather than on surfaces, but taking simple precautions makes sense.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold while you are serving. be sure to refrigerate leftovers within two hours.

"Porch Parties"

The CDC recommends that Thanksgiving gatherings be limited to small dinners with your own household or socially distanced meals with no more than two additional households.

An alternative is to prepare Thanksgiving meals and deliver them to friends and family contact free. You could make and deliver turkey and dressing, while your neighbor makes vegetable side dishes and your brother fixes pies for all. Families who are using this method for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving entertainment may then gather virtually on Zoom or Facebook Live to share their meal. This is a good solution for many larger groups who want to recreate their usual holiday celebrations.
DUI Doesn’t Just
Mean Booze
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department encourages drivers to arrive at their destinations and back home safely by not driving impaired.
 
During the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-Nov.29, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
 
Officers will be actively looking for other unsafe driving practices – speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving distracted – to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.
 
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds drivers that prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and cannabis can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.
Trusted Sources
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