October 8, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Upcoming City Meetings

Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, October 12, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Investment Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
City Hall at 3:00 P.M.

Regular 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.
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.
What's Next?
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.
When the Reverse 911 system is activated during an actual emergency, residents will be provided instructions from the City, Fire Department, and LA County Sherriff’s Department. Instructions may include areas to avoid, evacuation orders, and shelter-in-place orders. Residents are highly urged to follow the given instructions for the safety of first responders and themselves.
READY! SET! GO! – Using these three words can assist residents with preparing for an emergency.
  • READY – With wildfires being the biggest threat to the City. Property owners should address hazards and potential threats before an emergency occurs. This includes: brush clearance year-around; keeping a working fire extinguisher on hand; making sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors batteries are replaced when needed.
  • SET – Assemble an emergency supply kit and creating a preparedness plan. An emergency supply kit should have: non-perishable food, water, medication, and any important documents. A preparedness plan should include emergency contacts, a safe location to meeting, and a checklist of pre-evacuation steps that need to be taken if time permits (ex. turning off appliances, removing or storing flammable items in a safe location).
  • GO – When prompted by the City through the Reverse 911 system, put your preparedness plan into action and follow the instructions given by local officials.

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.
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.
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 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.
Congressman Cisneros
Virtual Town Hall
Congressman Cisneros who would like to invite you, your loved ones, and friends to join him for Cisneros in Your District his 30th Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM PT. During the town hall the Congressman will provide an update on the latest information from D.C., his latest actions for CA-39, and COVID-19 update.

To RSVP and submit any questions you may have for the Congressman, please use this form here. Space is limited and encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible. It is one RSVP per person, and once you have RSVP’ed please look out for a follow-up email with the Zoom login for the event.

Should you have questions please reach out to Daphne.Sigala@mail.house.gov or call (714) 459-4575.

We look forward to you joining us on October 13th.
As a result of court orders, the October 5, 2020 target date is not operative, and data collection operations will continue through October 31, 2020. Citizens should continue to fill out the 2020 Census and encourage others to do so as well.

Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit my2020census.gov 
to begin. Find out more about each of these methods below:

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.  

Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online, by phone, or by mail. The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.
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
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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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.

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
Earthquake Preparedness
California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has created a new public education campaign for Earthquake Warning California, the country’s first publicly available statewide earthquake warning system. The warning system uses ground motion sensors across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them and can notify Californians to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. Earthquake Warning California includes tools such as the MyShake App, Android Earthquake Alerts, and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs -- the same system used for AMBER alerts)

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.

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.
Coyote Education
Remember to keep coyotes wild. Feeding wildlife is wrong, allowing wild animals access to human food and garbage can be deadly. Wild animals naturally fear people, keep a distance, and will not bother you, so long as they remain truly wild. But if they have access to human food and garbage, they want more. Their natural ways are ruined. Their normal wilderness and fear of humans is lost.

Reminder to keep animals wild!
  • Never feed or attempt to "tame" a coyote.
  • Don't leave small children or pets outside unattended.
  • Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates .
  • Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.
  • Put trash in tightly closed containers that cannot tip over.
  • Do not leave pet food outside and bring pets in at night.
  • Provide secure enclosures for rabbits, poultry, etc.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
  • Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.

If followed by a coyote, make loud noise. If this fails, throw rocks in the animal's direction.
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1245 North Hacienda Road
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