October 15, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Census operations were suspended in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and door-to-door operations resumed in May. The Census Bureau first extended the deadline for being counted to October 31, then cut it to September 30.

The City of Los Angeles was among a national coalition of cities and counties that sued the Trump Administration to keep the October 31 deadline, arguing that more time was needed to get an accurate count. A judge agreed, issuing an injunction against the shortened deadline, but the U.S. Supreme Court sided on Tuesday with the Trump Administration, which had argued the count needed to end so they could process the data in time for a December 31 deadline.

Residents can respond to the census online until 2:59 a.m. PST on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Responses to the census are still being accepted, however, paper census responses must be postmarked by October 15, and people can also phone in their census responses between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. PST by calling 844-330-2020. Non-English speakers can also respond to the census in their native languages at the phone numbers found on the 2020census.gov website.
Citywide Reverse 911 Test
1 Week Out Notification
A Citywide test of AlertLHH’s Reverse 911 system will occur next week on October 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM. Residents and business will receive a test message through multiple forms of communication (telephone calls, text messages, and web-based media). This test is being conducted to determine the resilience of the system and to provide residents an opportunity to be familiar with the system when an actual emergency does occur.

Residents will receive two consecutive phone calls with a recorded message announcing the test. The second phone call occurs to allow individuals and voicemail systems to listen to the message again. After the conclusion of the message, residents will be asked to confirm receipt of the message. The City urges residents to select the option as it will provided accurate results for this test. A text message and e-mail will also be distributed concurrently with the recorded phone call. Residents are advised not to panic.

To sign up for AlertLHH, please visit City website by clicking here or sending a text with the keyword AlertLHH to 888777. To avoid text message fatigue, Nixle has created a tiered priority structure that will only send an alert via e-mail when both an e-mail and phone number are listed in the AlertLHH notification system. Notification designated as an immediate Red Emergency Alert bypass this priority structure and will be distributed through all forms of communication.
Natural Hazard
Mitigation Plan
The City of La Habra Heights is in the process of preparing an update to its 2007 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). It identifies and assesses vulnerabilities from a range of natural and technological hazard with a possibility to significantly impact the community.

Part of the mandated approval process for the HMP requires the City to share a draft document with the community and to solicit comments during the plan writing phase. The City is asking all residents to review the HMP and provide comments or questions no later than Monday, November 16, 2020 by 5:00 P.M. If you wish to submit a comment please email it to info@Lhhcity.org or by 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.
Fire Department Training
The La Habra Heights Fire Department Training will be conducted on October 17 & 18 from 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. On October 18th the Lower Parking Lot will be closed to the publicOnly the Upper Parking Lot will be available to the public.

For more information please call (562) 694-8283.
Public Works
Matrix Oil - Site 9 Drilling

On Monday, September 28 Matrix Oil began a 24 hour drilling operations to drill two new wells at Site 9 off Vista Road. The 24 hour operations should be completed by Monday, October 19, 2020.

This site is located in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Please contact Matrix Oil regarding any questions or concerns about the drilling at info@matrixoil.com or call (562) 383-7161.
SCE Full Road Closure


On Thursday, October 15 from 8:00 PM - 6:00 AM near 1400 Bella Vista Road, Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace utility pole electrical wires. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance and residents within the area have already been notified by Southern California Edison.

If you have any questions regarding this road closure or the power outage please call SCE at (909) 727-2877.
SCE Full Road Closure


On Monday, October 19 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM near the crossroads of Kashlan and Coban Road, Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace utility pole electrical wires. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance and residents within the area have already been notified by Southern California Edison.

If you have any questions regarding this road closure or the power outage please call SCE at (909) 727-2888.
SCE Full Road Closure


On Tuesday, October 20 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM near 1610 Chota Road, Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace utility pole electrical wires. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance and residents within the area have already been notified by Southern California Edison.

If you have any questions regarding this road closure or the power outage please call SCE at (909) 493-9760.
SCE Full Road Closure


On Friday, October 23 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM near 1640 Dorothea Rd., Southern California Edison will require a full road closure to replace a utility pole with a crane. A power outage is expected to occur during this maintenance.

If you have any questions regarding this road closure or the power outage please call SCE at (909) 841-3914.
Upcoming City Meetings

Special Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 15, 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.
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.
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
Guidance for Celebrating Halloween
As fall approaches families start to plan for the upcoming holiday season beginning with Halloween. Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated does not allow you to minimize contact with non-household members, it is important to plan early and identify safer alternatives. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to share information on how to take part in this holiday in a manner that reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19. Since some of the traditional ways in which this holiday is celebrated are not permitted this year, consider some safer alternatives that are listed below.

Halloween Activities

NOT Permitted: (Gatherings and events are currently allowed under the Health Officer Order, but cannot exceed more than 3 households)
  • Halloween gatherings, events or parties with more than 3 household are not permitted even if they are conducted outdoors.
  • Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions are not allowed.

NOT Recommended:
  • Door to door trick or treating is not recommended because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distance on porches and at front doors, ensure that everyone answering or coming to the door is appropriately masked to prevent disease spread, and because sharing food is risky.
  • "Trunk of treating" where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats is also not recommended, particularly when parts of Halloween events, since it is difficult to avoid crowding and sharing food.
  • Halloween gatherings, events or parties with no more than 3 household and that are conducted outdoors.

Permitted and Recommended:
  • Online parties/contest (e.g. costume or pumpkin carving)
  • Car parades that comply with public health guidance for vehicle based parades including:
  1. Drive by evets or contest where individuals dress up or decorate their vehicles and drive by "judges" that are appropriately physically distanced.
  2. Drive through events where individuals remain in their vehicles and drive through an area with Halloween displays.
  3. Drive in events where individuals can receive a treat bag (limited to commercially packaged non-perishable treats) or take away items from an organizer while the participants remain in their vehicle.
  • Halloween movie nights at drive-in theaters (must comply with the public health drive in movie theater guidance)
  • Halloween themed meals at outdoor restaurants (must comply with the restaurant protocol)
  • Halloween themed art installations at an outdoor museum (must comply with the public health museum guidance)
  • Dressing up homes and yards with Halloween themed decorations.
Guidance for Celebrating Dia de Los Muertos
For safety, celebrate Dia de los Muertos only with other members of your household, or online.

Some low-risk activities are:

Dia de los Muertos Activities

Permitted and Recomended:
  • Altars: Consider placing altars outside or in front-facing window so they can be seen from a distance.
  • Virtual Altars: Creating a virtual space to honor lost loved one online that can be shared through email or social media. You can also creating altar cards that can be sent to family and friends by mail.
  • Cemetery Visits: If you wish to visit a cemetery, only do so with those of your same household. Wear mask and physically distance from others the entire duration of your visit. Overall, make sure to limit time you spend there.
COVID-19 Testing
Testing is widely available within the provider community. Residents who have a regular source of health care should first seek testing from their healthcare provider if they are symptomatic or have a known positive exposure.

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.
Make a Plan to Vote Today!
For questions about the Drop Boxes, please call 800-815-2666, then choose option 2. Email can be sent to vbmdropoff@rrcc.lacounty.gov or go to LAvote.net to use the locator tool to find Drop Boxes throughout LA County. 

Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder installed a Ballot Box kiosk in front of City Hall by the blue mailbox on the street. Residents can start dropping off mail-in ballots TODAY!
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Early and In-person Voting:
The City of La Habra Heights will be hosting a Voting Center location at The Park (1885 N. Hacienda Rd, La Habra Heights, CA) from October 30th through November 3rd.

Early voting will begin on October 30th through November 2nd at The Park from 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

On Election Day, November 3rd the Voting Center hours will be from 7:00 A.M.-8:00 P.M.

Girls with Dreams become Women with Vision
The Department of Parks and Recreation will kick-off our month long virtual Girls Empowerment Conference, “I Matter” on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.   This year’s virtual conference theme is “Girls with Dreams Become Women with Vision.”  The conference is an annual tradition that encourages girls county-wide ages 11-18 years to turn up the volume on their powerful and diverse voices and believe in a life of possibilities by lifting up their confidence, exploring pathways to college, and building a vision for their future life goals. 

The Girls Empowerment Conference kicks-off on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. with “Women in Leadership in Los Angeles County” – a virtual speaker panel led by L.A. County Parks and Recreation Director Norma Edith García-González. Panelist include our very own amazing:
  • Skye Patrick, LA County Library Director
  • Amy Bodek, Director of Regional Planning
  • Kristin Sakoda, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
  • Erika Anzoátegui, Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender
Throughout the month, girls will have the opportunity participate in FREE virtual workshops and book clubs, join virtual documentaries watch parties, listen to inspiring speakers, engage in facilitated dialogue and much more.  All girls are invited to join and participate in as many events as they would like! Every day in October will include an uplifting activity for girls to participate in:
– Mondays: Documentaries & Book Clubs
– Tuesdays: Live virtual workshops
– Wednesdays: Videos related to the week’s theme
– Thursdays: Live virtual panels of powerful speakers
– Fridays: “Let’s Talk” videos and inspirational materials
– Saturdays: Live virtual keynote speakers

Selected by young girls from our Teen Program (Our SPOT), our weekly topics are as follows:
Week 1 // Women Leading the L.A. County // Women in Leadership
Week 2 // She Got Game // Women in Sports
Week 3 // Boss-ish // Women in Business and Entrepreneurs
Week 4 // Shine Bright Like a Diamond // Women in Entertainment
Week 5 // The Power of Her // Women in Politics
Registration for the conference has launched. I invite you and your Departments to share the invitation with your networks.  Attached is a flier for distribution and social media posts and our weekly calendars of virtual events.
For more information, please contact Dora Nuñez at dhnunez@parks.lacounty.gov or (626) 588-5355 and visit our website at parks.lacounty.gov/gec2020.
American Red Cross
We're saying "thank you" x 1,000 this month! To thank you for helping meet the URGENT need for blood donation in October, we're offering a $1,000 Amazon.com Gift Card to five lucky winners! Just make your appointment and come in to a blood donation center or blood drive. You'll automatically be entered in the giveaway. It's that easy!
Need more motivation? Here are five reasons to make your next appointment:

  1. Your entire appointment (entry to exit) only takes about an hour.
  2. Just one donation could help save more than one life.
  3. Only about 3 percent of eligible Americans will give blood this year.
  4. Blood donors are essential to helping patients every day, especially during a pandemic. (That’s why we’ve got extra safety precautions in place.)
  5. Your blood donation could help children living with sickle cell disease, adults recovering from a car accident or other traumatic injury, elderly patients healing after surgery, and so many others counting on donors like you!

Will you give more life this month?
Public Safety
Cooling Center
Cooling centers are free, indoor air-conditioned locations where you can keep cool when there are extreme heat weather conditions. Click the link below to find operational Cooling Centers near you or call 211 for LA County or 311 for LA City.

South El Monte Senior Center
Open Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Friday, October 16, 2020
Hours of Operation: 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
1556 Central Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733

La Mirada Activity Center
Open Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Friday, October 16, 2020
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Tuesday to Thursday; 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday)
13810 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada, CA 90638
Earthquake Preparedness
Today was the Great California ShakeOut event scheduled every year on the third Thursday of October. This year’s ShakeOut, October 15, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On.

When an earthquake strikes, the following procedures are recommended to reduce your chance of injury:

DROP where you are onto your hands and knees.

COVER your head and neck.
  • If a sturdy table or desk is nearby, then crawl underneath it for shelter.
  • If furniture is unavailable, then crawl next to an interior wall away from windows, stay on your knees and cover your head and neck.

HOLD ON until the shaking stops.
  • If you are under a table or desk, hold on to a furniture leg with one hand and use your other arm to cover your head and neck.
  • If you are next to an interior wall, then stay on your knees and use both arms and hands to protect your head and neck.
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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302