October 6, 2020 | Regular Edition
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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. If all goes as planned the 24 hour portion of our 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.
East Road - Single Lane Closure

Matrix Oil is still performing a pipeline upgrade running along East Road. Please be aware of any road side construction and obey all road maintenance signs.

On Monday, September 28, 2020 traffic control was at Excavation Site #5, on East Road at the 90 degree turn by golf course, on the South side of the street. The work should be completed within the next week.

Please drive slow and cautiously.
How Do I Sign-Up?
A Citywide test of AlertLHH’s Reverse 911 system will occur 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.
To sign up for AlertLHH, please visit City website by clicking the link below 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.
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 (707) 528-6868.
Make a Plan to Vote Today!

Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder installed a Ballot Box kiosk in front of City Hall by the blue mailbox on the street.
LA County residents can start using the drop box 30 days prior to the November 3rd Election.

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Vote by Mail (as early as you can!): Vote by Mail ballots will be mailed to all registered voters beginning October 5 to ensure you have a safe voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to return your ballot early, either through the mail or at one of over 400 secure ballot drop boxes across LA County.

New Industries May Reopen in Near Future with Declining numbers and Protocols in Place
COVID-19 deaths continue to decline. The average daily reported COVID-19 deaths dropped to 14. After the increase in deaths in July that continued into August, we are seeing the average daily number of deaths continue to decrease to levels not seen since early April, at the beginning of the pandemic. This reflects declining numbers of cases and hospitalizations, and also reflects both improvements in treatment for COVID-19 patients and a shift in who is infected; with an increase in the proportion of cases among young people, there is an associated decrease in deaths.
There are 734 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 and 28% of these people are in the ICU. Hospitalizations have remained fairly steady the past couple of weeks after declining significantly since the middle of July when the County experienced an average of about 2,200 hospitalizations per day. As of September 24, the County is averaging 743 hospitalizations per day. This is the lowest number we have seen in 6 months.
The County's percent test positivity, or the percentage of tests that are done that come back positive, has fallen significantly from an average of about 8% in July to about 3% in September. This is the lowest test positivity rate seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  
Now that we have seen stabilizing or declining numbers across our metrics, and Los Angeles County didn’t experience a post Labor Day surge similar to the increases seen after Memorial Day and July 4th, the Board of Supervisors approved several Public Health recommendations for the staggered reopening of several sectors permitted by the State for counties in Tier 1 of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Over the next 10 days, the following sectors will be allowed to reopen once they implement the required protocols for infection control and distancing: 
  • Nail salons may reopen for limited indoor services at 25 percent occupancy.
  • Cardrooms may reopen for outdoor gaming only. Food and beverages may not be served in cardrooms at this time.
  • Indoor shopping malls will be allowed to reopen at 25 percent maximum occupancy; all food courts and all common areas remain closed per the State order.
  • Outdoor playgrounds may reopen at the approval and discretion of cities and the County Parks and Recreation Department. Parents and children age two years old and older must always wear a cloth face covering, avoid people not in their household, and sanitize hands before and after using playground equipment. There is no eating or drinking allowed at the playground. Indoor playgrounds remain closed.
Public Health will work with County Counsel to determine the process for re-openings at breweries and wineries serving a meal.
Comprehensive protocols for all sectors that reopen have been posted online to ensure the continued health and safety of workers and the community. All operators of businesses that are currently closed are urged to implement all the requirements in LA County protocols prior to reopening to ensure compliance and avoid citations, fines and possible closure. It is critical that directives and infection protocols are followed to minimize COVID-19 spread as much as possible.
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.
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, October 12, 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.
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
L.A. County Will Open School Waiver Program for Grades TK-2
After a motion was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) will plan to open the school waiver program for in person instruction for grades TK-2.
The program will begin accepting applications in early October for 30 schools per week and prioritize the issuance of waivers to schools with higher percentages of students qualified for free/reduced meals.
Superintendents must submit school district waiver requests to re-open for approval by the local Health Officer. The decision to grant a waiver will be based on ensuring that schools are able to open in full adherence with the L.A. County school re-opening protocols. The process requires consultation with the California Department of Public Health prior to accepting or rejecting waiver applications. The application process will be available online at publichealth.lacounty.gov and will be launched in early October.
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
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires on the West Coast. When disaster strikes, some of our loyal donors may be unable to come in for their regular appointments. If it is safe for you to do so in your area, please consider donating blood this month.

Through disasters large and small, the American Red Cross continues to make sure that blood products are available for patients in need.

We’re all in this together. Will you give more life this month?
Public Safety
Earthquake Preparedness Great California ShakeOut – Drop, Cover, and Hold ON
The countdown begins to 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.

  • Moving during an earthquake puts you at risk: Immediately dropping to the ground allows you a chance to protect yourself. Otherwise, the earthquake may forcibly drop you, which may disorient you from taking the next steps to further protect yourself.
  • Falling and flying objects pose a great danger during an earthquake: If you are unable to seek cover under furniture and hold on, then lower yourself next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.

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.

This is also the time to review and evaluate home areas to confirm bookcases and cabinets are secured to walls, items stored on top of cabinets are removed and stored properly, and chemicals are stored in secured cabinets. Additionally, check your earthquake supplies. Discard expired items and replace accordingly, and confirm staff knows the location(s) of the earthquake supplies. Update your family emergency preparedness plan and procedures based on lessons learned from the ShakeOut.

Practice, practice, practice! Practicing reinforces behavior. You will be more likely to react quickly when shaking begins if you have actually practiced how to protect yourself on a regular basis. Although California holds an annual Great Shakeout event, it is beneficial to practice drills throughout the year to reinforce responsive and safe behavior to an emergency.
Global Handwashing Day
Each year on October 15, Global Handwashing Day is observed to highlight the importance of handwashing with soap at home, in the community, and around the world.
Global Handwashing Dayexternal serves as a yearly reminder that handwashing with soap is one of the best steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Established by the Global Handwashing Partnership in 2008, the observance aims to increase awareness and knowledge of the benefits of handwashing with soap.

Many germs that can make people sick are spread when we don’t wash our hands with soap and clean, running water. That is why handwashing is so important, especially during key times such as after using the bathroom, when preparing food, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
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