September 17, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
65 Anniversary of the Hacienda Fire
September 2nd was the 65th 
anniversary of the Hacienda Fire in La Habra Heights where six men fighting the fire were lost.
On September 2, 1955, the fire started just after noon on Hacienda Road near the intersection of Canada Sombre. Los Angeles County Fire Department Engine 4 alongside Los Angeles County Probation Department Crew 5-1 were in a position above the fire near some house. Flames exploded out of the draw into eucalyptus trees which sent heat and flames down upon the men. The flames engulfed them instantly. Without hesitation or concern, Captain Glenn Rockey rushed into the fire more concerned for the lives of others than his. Captain Rockey made the supreme sacrifice for his fellow Firefighters. There is no greater valor.
Captain Rockey alongside five young Crew members lost their lives on that fateful day.
Captain Glenn Rockey
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Crew Member Franklyn Fay
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Crew Member La Verne Pendergast
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Crew Member Terry Kelly
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Crew Member Gregory Sambrano
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Crew Member William Strack
Los Angeles County Probation Department
65 years later, we STILL remember the sacrifices of the six men, and honor all those who continue to bravely serve and safe guard our community.
Hacienda Fire
Monument Ceremony
On Wednesday September 16, 2020 The City of La Habra Heights, La Habra Heights Fire Department, and Los Angeles County Probation Department honored the six men who lost their lives during the 1955 Hacienda Fire with a small ceremony at the Hacienda Fire Monument in front of City Hall.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the fateful day that one LA County Fire Captain and five LA County Probation crew members were overrun with fire and killed while battling the Hacienda Fire.
Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Ray Leyva and Probation Commissioner Don Meredith presented Fire Chief Doug Graft with a wreath to be placed on the memorial located outside of City Hall. Chief Graft, Chief Leyva and Commissioner Meredith recognized the importance of not forgetting the ultimate sacrifice that the six men made to protect the citizens of La Habra Heights.

What is Nixle?
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 (web-based media, text message, and telephone calls). 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.
In 2018, The City partnered with Nixle to provide a local Emergency Notification System to the residents of La Habra Heights. Since the implementation of the system, the City has utilized the system for real-time updates on various emergencies and incidents that have occurred. Nixle is also used by neighboring public agencies such as the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department, and County of Orange.
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. Notification designated as an immediate Red Emergency Alert bypass this priority structure and will be distributed through all forms of communication.
Public Works
East Road
Single Lane Closure
Matrix Oil has been performing a pipeline upgrade running along East Road, Old Fullerton Road and Ranch Hill Drive since September 7, and will continue for approximately 16 days.

On Monday, September 14, 2020 traffic control started on the corner of Old Fullerton Road and East Road at Excavation Site #3.

Please be drive slow and cautiously.
  • 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.
California Firefighters Appreciation Month
At the September 14th Regular City Council Meeting, the Council members signed a proclamation recognizing the month of September as CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS APPRECIATION MONTH, and September 26, 2020 as CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL DAY and call this observances to the attention of all La Habra Heights citizens and their participation in California Firefighters Appreciation month activities. 


On April 2002, the California Firefighters Memorial was dedicated to honor California firefighters that we have lost in the line of duty. The memorial is located on the historic grounds of the State Capital. Over 1,400 names are engraved on the brushed limestone walls of the memorial that serve as a timeless tribute to the finest and bravest of our state who have made the ultimate sacrifice as firefighters.
The memorial also serves as a symbol of gratitude and appreciation to the men and women of the fire service who put their lives on the line each day to protect the people, property, and beauty of California. This year, firefighters are battling record-breaking wildfires and facing the life threatening COVID-19 pandemic where they have again demonstrated their commitment to service above self in the face of increase health and safety risk for themselves and their families.
Every year on September 26, a ceremony takes place at the memorial honoring the fallen firefighters. Firefighters, family members, and friends from different Fire Departments throughout the state arrive to attend the ceremony. Due to the COVID-19 virus and the associated continued uncertainty the pandemic presents. In lieu of an in-person ceremony, the California Fire Foundation will be creating a memorial tribute video that will be available on the foundation’s website and social media channels. The California Fire Foundation is a non-profit organization providing emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
For more information about the California Firefighters Memorial and California Fire Foundation, please visit the following website. The memorial tribute video will also be available to view on September 26.
Make a Plan to Vote Today!
The Presidential General Election will be different than what we’re used to. Fortunately, LA County and the State of California have options that allow you to participate in the election and will help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

  • 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.
  • First time voting by mail? It’s safe, accessible, and easy! Learn more about Vote by Mail and your convenient return options.
  • Subscribe to Where’s My Ballot to receive notifications and estimated delivery dates for your Vote by Mail ballot.
  • Vote Safely In-Person: All Vote Centers will follow State and County public health guidelines to ensure a safe voting experience, but don’t wait! You can avoid long lines if you vote early. Voters can cast their ballot in person at ANY Vote Center starting as early as 10 days before Election Day. 
  • A list of Vote Center locations will be available in early October on our website LA County will follow up with a friendly reminder via email once they’re available.
  • Los Angeles County will also mail you a postcard listing Vote Centers near your residence AND a full Vote Center Book listing all locations in L.A. County in mid-October!

Complete the CENSUS LHH
September 30, 2020, is the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census.

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.
Republic Services
Named 2020 Organics Recycler of the Year
Republic Services was recently recognized as the 2020 Organics Recycler of the Year by the National Waste & Recycling Association.

The industry award recognizes Republic’s leadership in diverting food and yard waste from landfills through food recovery, organics pre-processing and composting – contributing to the circular economy. Republic Services thanks the success of the companies efforts to their City partners.

You can read more about the Waste Advantage article in the link below:
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 Public Safety and
Emergency Preparedness Committee Meeting
September 17, 2020
City Hall at 6:00 P.M.

Regular Planning Commission Meeting
September 22, 2020
City Hall at 6:30 P.M.

Regular Roads Advisory Committee Meeting
September 23, 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 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
 Rep. Cisneros Kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with his 2nd Annual Heroes Nominations
Congressman Cisneros is excited to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating his constituents, the heart and soul of CA-39 with his 2nd Annual Award Nominations. We are looking to award constituents that live, work, or volunteer throughout CA-39 in the following categories:

  • Public Service
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Volunteerism/ Local Activism
  • Small Business
We have seen the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impact the Hispanic and Latino community, but we continue to the resilience and the best of community coming together to answer the call to help. To nominate someone you know or yourself please fill out this form hereThe nomination form will close on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00 PM PT.
In addition, please be on the lookout for more events from Congressman Cisneros in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
For any questions regarding the nominations please contact Daphne Sigala at or call 714-459-4575.
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
Unhealthy Air Quality
Air is unhealthy in many parts of LA County due to smoke from the Bobcat Fire and El Dorado Fire.

Be sure to:
  • Stay out of areas impacted by fires
  • Limit outdoor activities
  • Check on sensitive groups
  • Keep windows closed & use air filters for cooling units
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Focuses on Distracted Driving Enforcement
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional deputies on patrol throughout the county looking for drivers that are violating the state’s hands-free cell phone law.
Under the law, drivers are not allowed to hold a phone or electronic communications device while driving. This includes talking, texting or using an app.
A driver cell phone violation is subject to a $157 fine for the first offense.
Other distractions include eating, grooming, talking to passengers, using GPS, adjusting the radio, taking off a jacket, reaching for an object on the floor or navigating a vehicle’s in-dash touchscreen.
If you have an important phone call or need to program directions, pull over to a safe parking spot. Before driving, either silence your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach.
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City of La Habra Heights
1245 North Hacienda Road
La Habra Heights, CA 90631
(562) 694-6302