October 29, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
We know this year has been different, but City Staff wanted to share how festive and in the spirit of the holidays City Hall has been this past month. The City of La Habra Heights would like to wish all our residents a very Happy Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos.

Please remember to follow all LA Public Health Department Guidelines when celebrating this year.
Southern California Fires
This past week our community watched as two very alarming fires prompted thousands of mandatory and voluntary evacuations across Orange County and San Bernardino County.

The Blue Ridge Fire scorched more than 14,000 acres and threated more than 20,000 structures. The Silverado Fire scorched more than 13,000 acres and threated more than 60,000 structures. Thanks to the incredible efforts from Orange County Fire Authority and Cal Fire, the Blue Ridge and Silverado Fire are in the process of being fully contained.

Below are links that can be used to keep citizens informed on the most current updates for the fires.
City of La Habra Heights Voting Center
The City of La Habra Heights is proud to support the 2020 General Election here in Los Angeles County. Starting Friday, October 30, through Tuesday, November 3, 2020 residents will be able to vote early and drop-off election ballots at the La Habra Heights Voting Center.

Location:

The Park Gymnasium
1885 Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights


Dates & Times:

October 30 through November 2 (Early Voting)
10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

November 3 (Election Day)
7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Your health and safety is our priority. All participating Voting Centers will follow State and County public health and safety Guidelines such as:
  • Voters wearing facial coverings and gloves (coverings and gloves will be made available if needed).
  • Wiping and sanitizing all surfaces and Ballot Marking Devices after each voter.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet.
  • Election Workers wearing protective gloves and mask.

Remember Los Angeles County Residents can safely vote-in person at ANY Voting Center located within the County. All Voting Centers will be available beginning October 30, 2020.
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Eucalyptus Fire Dangers
With California still battling over 20 different wildfires across the state, it is important to understand the dangers posed by eucalyptus trees.

Brett M. Bennett, a historian of forest management, discusses the “globalization of eucalypts” from 1850 through the end of the twentieth century. The flip side of this industrial expansion of eucalyptus is that these trees burn really well. Also known as gum trees, they produce gummy resin and oily leaves. Long used for medicinal purposes, this remarkable oil has been tested in ethanol and petroleum mixtures and as a fuel in its own right. So when it comes to eucalyptus canopies, wildfires burn through them furiously; the thin, burning bark can be blown over a mile in the wind. These once exotic trees have become a potent fuel in this new era of megafires.

The Community Development Department maintains a list of undesirable plants species found below. The plants on this list are required to be removed as part of fuel modification plans for new or significant remodel development projects.
Public Works
SCE Full Road Closure

BE ADVISED - USE ALNERATE ROUTES

On Monday, November 9 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
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.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 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.
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.
City Hall Open
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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
Recent Updates to Guidance for New Industry's
The Los Angeles Officer Health Order is designed to ensure that County residents remain in their residences as much as practicable, to limit close contact with others outside their household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Permits batting cages, miniature golf and go cart racing to operate outside only. Arcades and other indoor family entertainment operations remain closed.
  • Permit personal care establishments to offer services indoors with modifications.
  • Clarify permitted food services at Indoor Malls and Shopping Centers.
  • Increase the percentage of students with IEPs and ELs, and other high need students allowed at any one time on a K-12 campus from 10% to 25%.
  • Permit schools to reopen TK-2nd Grades for Classroom instruction only with a waiver application approved by the Los Angels County Department of Public Health.

To view the most recently updated Safer at Work and in the Community Order, please click the link below.
Guidance for Celebrating Upcoming Holidays
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 or 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 events 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.

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.
2020 General Election Voting Information
Voting by Mail in Los Angeles County

There are a multitude of options on how to return your ballot. You can choose to return it by one of three ways; for example by mail, remember no postage is necessary. You can drop off your Vote by Mail Ballot at any Vote by Mail Drop Box Location. You can also drop off your Vote by Mail Ballot at any Vote Center in L.A. County.

If your ballot is postmarked by Election Day and received within 17 days by our Department we will process, verify and count that ballot.

Los Angeles County wants to ensure that signatures are bound to change over time. If the signature on your Vote by Mail return envelope doesn't match what is in our voter registration database we will notify you by mail and ask you complete and return the Signature Verification Statement.

If you returned your Vote by Mail Ballot without signing the return envelope we will mail you a document called the "unsigned Ballot Statement" asking for your signature.

Your signature is required to verify your identity and process the ballot. You have up to 28 days after Election Day to return the statement for your ballot to be processed.

Voting In-Person in Los Angeles County

Voters can safely vote-in person at ANY Vote Center in the County. Select Vote Centers will be available beginning Saturday, October 24. All Vote Centers will be open beginning Friday, October 30, 2020.

The City of La Habra Heights will be hosting a Los Angeles County Voting Center at The Park Gymnasium (1885 Hacienda Road, La Habra Heights). The Gym will be open for Early In-Person Voting starting Friday, October 30, 2020 until Monday, November 2, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Election Day voting will be on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

  • Your health and safety is our priority. All participating Vote Centers will follow State and County public health and safety Guidelines such as:
  • Voters wearing facial coverings and gloves (coverings and gloves will be made available if needed)
  • Wiping and sanitizing all surfaces and Ballot Marking Devices after each voter
  • Social distancing of 6 feet
  • Election Workers wearing protective gloves and mask.

Reduce time checking in at the Vote Center by scanning your Quick Check-In Code.

After entering your personal information your unique check-in code (barcode) will appear under your registration information. Show that code to the Election Worker when at the Vote Center postcard. You may take either of those hard copies to the Vote Center as well.

Red Ribbon Week
National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established as a grassroots, nonprofit organization in 1980 by a handful of concerned and determined parents who were convinced they should begin to play a leadership role in drug prevention. Since its founding thirty years ago, NFP has devoted its efforts to the well-being of youth. Today, NFP is a national leader in drug prevention education & advocacy. Our mission is to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug free youth.
American Red Cross
Want a creative way to be of service this week? Wear your Halloween costume and an appropriate face covering (no, a werewolf mask doesn’t count!) to give blood! Now for a treat…to thank you for making time to donate by November 11, we’ll send you a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card* via email courtesy of Suburban Propane.**
Because of health concerns related to the global pandemic, trick-or-treating and Halloween parties may not be an option. But there is still reason to celebrate our generous Red Cross community. Your single donation may help save more than one life! And if you arrive in your regular clothes, that’s cool by us – just don’t forget that face covering for COVID-19 safety.
Will you help meet the critical need of patients in your community?
Public Safety
West Nile Virus Updates
The number of cases for the 2020 season is currently below the previous 5-year average. However, additional cases are expected to occur through the end of the year. Mosquito pools, sentinel chicken, and dead birds are testing positive across many areas of Los Angeles County. Nationally, 174 human cases have been reported to the CDC excluding asymptomatic blood donors.

New reports will be published on the first Friday of every month until further notice.
Trusted Sources
Always check with trusted sources for the latest and most accurate information about COVID - 19 (Coronavirus).




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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302