September 10, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
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Public Works
East Road
Single Lane Closure
Matrix Oil has been performing a pipeline upgrade running along East Road, Fullerton Road and Ranch Hill Drive starting on September 7, and will continue for 16 days. Excavations will be done at the following five locations to access the pipeline:
  • First excavation: At Site 8 (Ranch Hill Road)
  • Second excavation: On Ranch Hill Road at the entrance of Site 8
  • Third excavation: Southwest corner of Old Fullerton Road and East Road
  • Fourth excavation: On East Road, west of Coban Road on the North side of the street
  • Fifth excavation: On East Road at the 90 degree turn by golf course, on South side of the street
The contractor for the project will have traffic control and City Staff will send updates through Guac Talk.

The City's Emergency Notification System
A Citywide test of La Habra Height's Reverse 911 System will occur on October 20, 2020. Residents and business will receive a test message through multiple forms of communication. This test is being conducted to determine the resilience of the system and to allow residents to be familiar with the system when an actual emergency does occur.

The City has instituted a system that uses the Nixle emergency notification platform to alert residents and businesses in the City who are affected, threatened, or might be endangered by an emergency event or disaster. The system utilizes three forms of communication: 1) web-based media, 2) text messages (SMS), and 3) telephone calls. Upon the activation of the system, a message will be sent out to residents and businesses indicating the status of a current emergency and/or the issuance of specific instructions. 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. This will also allow first responders to respond to the incident in an immediate manner.  

Notifications are issued on a GREEN-YELLOW-RED tiered priority structure:
  • GREEN Community Alerts: Community messages are used to convey various City matter (Ex. A single lane on Hacienda Road is closed due to road maintenance)

  • YELLOW – Advisory Alerts: Advisory alerts are intended to communicate important information that require a heightened sense of awareness from residents (Ex. A wildfire has been identified in La Habra Heights with no immediate threat to structures or lives. The Fire Department has the fire under control and contained)

  • RED – Emergency Alerts: Emergency Alerts are reserved for critically important information that are time sensitive and require residents to take immediate action. (Ex. A wildfire has been identified in La Habra Heights. Due to extreme weather conditions, structures and lives are threatened. The City and/or Fire Department has issued an evacuation order for properties within the immediate path of the wildfire)
To sign up for AlertLHH, please visit the 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. Notifications designated as a Red Emergency Alert bypass this priority structure and will be distributed through all forms of communication.
La Habra Heights
Fire Department
Training at The Park Gymnasium
The La Habra Heights Fire Department Training will be conducted on September 11 and 12 from 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. On September 12th the Lower Parking Lot will be closed to the public. Only the Upper Parking Lot will be available to the public.

For more information please call (707) 528-6868.
Drive-In Movies
at Osornio Park
The City of La Habra will be hosting a Drive-In Movie event at Osornio Park from September 11-13 from 6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Tickets are required per car, maximum number of people in car must be the same as the number of seat belts. Arrival times are assigned: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30 & 6:45 p.m. and will be let in through the parking lot. Movies screen at dusk (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Dining options will be available.

  • Friday, Sept. 11th: Frozen II
  • Saturday, Sept. 12th: Toy Story 4
  • Sunday, Sept. 13th: The Goonies

All guests must wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times when outside their vehicle. Must watch the movie inside your vehicle or the bed of your truck. The audio for the movies is broadcast through an FM transmitter (radio). If you don’t have a radio in your car, you can bring a battery-operated stereo with speakers, but must only use it for the movie.

Complete the CENSUS LHH
The U.S. Census Bureau announced that September 30, 2020, is the new deadline to respond to the 2020 Census, which is a month sooner than previously planned. Health officials sound the alarm that current low census response rates put L.A. County at risk of losing federal funding to respond to emergencies like COVID-19 for the next 10 years.

Census forms can be completed online at, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail if you receive a paper form. The L.A. County 2020 Census website at offers county-specific information in 16 languages. The U.S. 2020 Census website offers general information in 59 languages including in-language guides.
COVID-19 Halloween
As fall approaches, many families are starting to plan for the upcoming holiday season -beginning with Halloween. Los Angeles County and the Department of Public Health (DPH) have mandated that certain holiday activities such as gathering with family or participating in trick-or-treat traditions will not be allowed.

As communities are still figuring out ways to celebrate during these difficult times, the City of La Habra Heights would like to ask residents to submit photos of their decorated and festive areas around their homes homes to share with the community in upcoming Guac Talks.

If you wish to be featured or have any questions regarding photo submissions, please email them to
Blueprint of a Safer Economy
Due to the City’s close proximity with Orange County, the City would like to remind residents about the reopening of businesses in Orange County and Los Angeles County. Below is a link to the State’s “Blueprint of a Safer Economy” webpage to inform the public of which sectors are open or closed within different counties. The website will allow you to select a county and the business/activity.

Understand that the most recent Health Officer Order released on September 4, 2020 is what Los Angeles County is currently following. Even if the event the State website indicates a sector is open but the LA County Health Order indicates it is closed please steer towards the side of caution until LA County updates their Health Order.
COVID-19 Testing
Due to unhealthy air quality, these COVID-19 testing sites will close today & tomorrow (9/11):

  • College of the Canyons
  • East LA College
  • Pomona Fairplex Gate 17
  • San Gabriel Valley Airport
  • Montebello Civic Center
  • Panorama City

Testing is also widely available within the provider community. Residents who have a regular source of 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.
Upcoming City Meetings

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

Regular Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 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 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, 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

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 

The phones are staffed during normal business hours, Monday–Thursdays from 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Other News
Our Summer Tradition of Parks After Dark
is on the move!
While COVID-19 changed many of our summer activities, LA County Parks is offering a new twist on the summer tradition of Parks After Dark. They're creating scenic routes at ten parks in LA County for you and your families to safely walk and ride while maintaining the physical distancing needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

LA Parks and Recreation invites you to join them at one of the LA County Parks locations below to get some exercise, have some fun, and enjoy time outdoors.

This “open streets” concept is happening every Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at various locations.
Bikes, scooters, and skateboards are welcome! Be sure to wear protective equipment as well as a face covering to stay safe.

The schedule varies per week. For locations and schedules, please visit the LA County Parks website. Below are the locations to two locations near La Habra Heights.

(562) 944-9727
13201 E. Meyer Rd.
Whittier, CA 90605

(626) 918-5263
14830 E. Giordano St.
La Puente, CA 91744
Cat Adoption Fee Waived
For the month of September, DACC will be waiving adoption fees for all cats adopted from LA County Animal Care Centers. Waived fees for cats will include adoption, microchip, and spay/neuter fees, but adopters will still pay license fees and trust deposits, if applicable.
The waiving of adoption fees is possible thanks to a grant received by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA has provided grant funding to reduce adoption and return-to-owner costs, which allows more animals to be re-homed and helps curtail pet relinquishment.
Please note that beginning September 1, fees will only be waived for cats.
American Red Cross
In this changing world, the need for blood donations remains constant. It’s a gift that only you can give. And now that some hospitals are resuming surgeries that were initially delayed due to the COVID-19 epidemic, patients with all blood types can really use your help.

We’re happy to welcome you any day, but we’ve got a special treat in store for Labor Day. Come in to give blood Sept. 4-8 and receive limited-edition American Red Cross socks, available while supplies last!* You deserve a cozy and cute thank-you!

Will you sign up to give more life?
Public Safety
This advisory remains in effect through Friday, September 11

Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases, and water vapor. Small particles are the primary health concern. These small particles can cause burning eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, headaches, and illness (i.e., bronchitis). In people with sensitive conditions, they can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, fatigue, and chest pain.

Please avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure and limit physical exertion (whether indoor or outdoor), such as exercise. Children and people who have air quality sensitive conditions, such as heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should follow these recommendations and stay indoors as much as possible even in areas where smoke, soot, or ash cannot be seen, or there is no smell of smoke. If your condition worsens, contact your health care provider immediately for medical advice or call 911.
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