September 4, 2020 | Regular Edition
City News
Los Angeles County Announces Planned
Re-openings with Safeguards in Place
Re-openings Allow for School Services for Students Most In Need and Increase Access to Hair Salons and Barbershops

Los Angeles County is moving forward with new plans for reopening a couple of sectors, given its steady progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Providing educational services to students most in need is a priority, as they most benefit from on campus support. On September 14th, Los Angeles County will allow schools to offer on campus services for small, stable, cohorts of K-12 students who need learning support, including children with special needs that have an Individualized Education Plan and are English Learners. Waivers for this are not required, but schools must submit to the Department of Public Health an operational plan and they must comply with Health Officer Order guidance and protocols in order to serve students.
Those receiving services are required to maintain small group cohorts of no more than 12 students and two supervisors and it will be a stable group of people to maintain safety for both students and teachers.

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen immediately at 25% occupancy for indoor services as long as they have infection control safeguards in place and comply with the County’s Health Officer Order (HOO) Reopening Protocols for Hair Salons and Barbershops, which require physical distancing and face coverings for both employees and customers. As permitted by the state, hair salons and barbershops are encouraged to maintain as many operations outdoors as possible.

All other prior restrictions will remain at this time.

In the coming weeks, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will continue to diligently monitor critical COVID-19 public health indicators while simultaneously evaluating our County’s ability to responsibly and safely expand our efforts to reopen schools and the economy. It is critical that all Los Angeles County residents stay the course — continue wearing face coverings, hand-washing, observe physical distancing and avoid gatherings with individuals outside of your household, especially as we head into the Labor Day holiday weekend
Public Works
East Road
Single Lane Closure
Matrix Oil will be performing a pipeline upgrade running along East Road, Fullerton Road and Ranch Hill Drive starting the week of September 7, 2020. 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.
Strike Team
Earlier this week, four La Habra Heights Firefighters were deployed along with crews from Downey and LA County Fire to Sacramento. The crews were flown to CalOES headquarters in Sacramento in a military C-130 cargo plane. The crews were assigned to OES engines and deployed as a strike team to aid in the fight against the Northern California fire siege. They will be led by Battalion Chief Mitch Brookhyser from LA County Fire and are expected to return in 14 days.

A second strike team with LHH E772 was assigned to structure defense in Butano Colony. This is a very isolated area with approximately 50 homes in an incredibly dense redwood forest. The team worked to protect homes and create defensible space under austere conditions. We are very proud of them and wishing for their safety and return home.
 
Even with fire personnel deployed to Northern CA, LHHFD continues regular operations within the City.
Dragon Kim Foundation
Marisa Durkin, a La Habra Heights resident, and her friend Isabella Rosendale were accepted into the Dragon Kim Foundation.

This Non-Profit Organization offers grant money to high school students to develop and implement projects that will impact their community.

Each year roughly 20 groups are accepted into the fellowship program and each group is given $5,000 to fund their project. Marisa Durkin and Isabella Rosendale wanted to truly create something that would re-imagine KidZone activities. Together they used the grant money on a project to install playground equipment at The Park for disabled children and those with special needs.

So far they have installed a Jennswing, a harness swing that provides back support and ensures the child's safety while being swung. This will be perfect for a child who may not have the strength to support themselves or the ability to do so on a regular swing. They will also be adding a cozy spin pod and a tunnel to create a more secure, quiet space for a child who may be feeling overwhelmed from noise and other kids on the playground. Many children with special needs tend to feel stressed in busy environments, so these pieces of equipment will offer safe places when visiting The Park. The last piece of equipment they will be installing is a set of bongo drums to be intended for auditory/sensory play. They are eager to complete the project and excited for everyone to enjoy the newly installed playground equipment once State and County guidelines allow for such activities.
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. The Park Gym will still be utilized by Fire Department personnel, however no use of the Lower Parking Lot will be needed. Both the Lower and 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.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED; NO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE! NO REFUNDS UNLESS THE EVENT IS CANCELLED BY THE CITY OF LA HABRA.
COVID-19: New State Framework for Reopening Indoor Businesses
(Color-Coded System)
On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Newsom announced a new framework for reopening businesses based on the local spread of COVID-19 in counties using two key metrics: case rate (new cases per 100k) and testing positivity rate. This framework utilizes a color-coded four tier system and will replace the “County Data Monitoring List” as of August 31, 2020. A county's movement within the tier system will trigger the opening or closures of specific indoor business operations. Currently, the majority of California is in the lowest tier including: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.
 
A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a later tier. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.” – California’s COVID-19 Website
 
To learn more about the new tier system, visit: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/. The website also has a feature that allows an individual to search a County and a specific activity to see the latest status.
Labor Day Impacts to COVID-19 Testing

Due to the Labor Day holiday the following COVID-19 testing sites will be closed. Residents are being urged to make appointments early at Open Locations:
  • All State-operated testing sites will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7th
  • All LA City-operated testing sites will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 6th and Monday, Sept. 7th
  • Select LA County – operated testing sites will be closed on Monday Sept. 7th:
  • Bellflower City Hall
  • East LA College
  • The Forum
  • MLK Medical Campus
  • Montebello Civic Center

The closest LA County-operated testing sites that will be open on Monday, Sept. 7th are:

  • Downey – Rancho Los Amigos South Campus - 12840 Dahlia Ave., Downey, CA 90242
  • Pomona Fairplex Gate 17 - 1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768
  • San Gabriel Valley Airport - 4233 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, CA 91731

Testing is now 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.


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
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
LAWA LAUNCHES ONLINE INTERACTIVE NOISE PORTALS
Today, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) launched two new mobile-friendly websites that provide quick and easy access to information about aircraft operations at both Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) general aviation airports. The new noise portals offer the public an interactive site, driven by data and multimedia content, to understand how different aircraft operations affect noise levels within neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles and surrounding communities.

Click here to access the Noise Portal for Los Angeles International Airport.
Click here to access the Noise Portal for Van Nuys Airport.

The sites offer neighborhood-specific details about how changes in aircraft takeoff or landing directions, as well as other procedures implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), can change aircraft noise levels in certain areas. Diagrams, videos, fact sheets, animations and illustrations offer a detailed but easy-to-understand look at typical aircraft routes and FAA procedures under different conditions. Visitors to the site can enter a specific address, or select a general area, and see diagrams of normal aircraft activity and more information.

The sites also offer “by the numbers” sections, which provide interactive reports including details about the types of aircraft and operations, runway usage during different times of day and more. There are also links to the LAX/Community Noise Roundtable, which provides a forum for local residents to engage on aircraft noise issues, a live flight tracker and instructions for leaving comments about aircraft noise.

The new portals will continue to offer more content over time and as conditions change, making it a one-stop location for area residents who are interested in learning more.
Complete the CENSUS
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 my2020census.gov, by phone at 844-330-2020 or by mail if you receive a paper form. The L.A. County 2020 Census website at census.lacounty.gov offers county-specific information in 16 languages. The U.S. 2020 Census website offers general information in 59 languages including in-language guides.
JOIN US OUTDOORS FOR PAD IN MOTION
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
With temperatures in parts of Los Angeles County expected to rise into the triple digits, various public facilities located throughout the County will serve as Emergency Cooling Centers starting on Wednesday, September 2nd. These centers provide members of the public who lack air conditioning at home with relief from the heat, free of charge.

El Monte Community Center
3130 Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731
Saturday, September 5 through Sunday, September 6
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunshine Park
515 Deepmead Avenue
La Puente, CA 91744
Friday, September 4 through Sunday, September 6
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Advisory Message:
Go Safely, California: September is Pedestrian Safety Month
September is Pedestrian Safety Month and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will join law enforcement agencies across the state to educate the public on how to be safe when walking or driving.
 
While the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire emergencies have had an impact on Californians, the safety of pedestrians remains a cause for concern.
 
Since 2009, the number of pedestrians killed or injured on California roads has increased dramatically, accounting for nearly 25% of all roadway deaths. For the safety of everyone walking or driving, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will have additional deputies on patrol throughout the month of September specifically looking for violations made by drivers and pedestrians that make roads unsafe.

These violations include speeding, illegal turns, failure to yield, not stopping for signs or signals, and pedestrians who do not cross in marked crosswalks or designated crossing areas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to be safe:

Pedestrians 

  • Ditch the distractions. Keep your eyes up and phones down, especially when crossing the street. 
  • Always use marked crosswalks, preferably at stop signs or signals. 
  • Make eye contact and nod or wave at drivers. A quick nod or wave is an easy way to let a driver know you see them, and they see you. 
  • Be extra careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night when it is harder to see. Get in the habit of walking with a flashlight or wearing a reflective vest so it is easier for drivers to spot you. 
  • If you need to briefly walk into the street to maintain social distancing on sidewalks, remember to look both ways for cars.
 
Drivers 

  • Slow down on busy streets and at intersections. 
  • Avoid distractions, which includes cell phones, eating, using in-dash touch screens, or turning to talk to passengers. 
  • Be extra careful approaching crosswalks. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians. Stop prior to the crosswalk. 
  • Try to avoid blocking the crosswalk when making a right-hand turn. 
  • Have your headlights on and slow down at night when pedestrians are difficult to see. 
 
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