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SOUTH EL MONTE B R ING ING NEW S , P EO PL E AND EVENTS TO T HE C IT Y O F SOUTH EL MONTE

NEWS

IN THIS ISSUE WEST NILE VIRUS PG. 2 SOUTH EL MONTE’S ECONOMIC RECOVERY PG. 4 HOLIDAY DECOR SAFETY PG. 7 WINTER EVENTS PG. 9

City Opens Parks with Limited Used The City of South El Monte has reopened the following parks: Mary Van Dyke, New Temple and Shively after closing them as a safety precaution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent Los Angeles County Public Health Order enable cities to reopen some parks within specific guidelines. Residents can use open green space for walking only. Playgrounds are open with specific guidelines: • Face coverings are required at parks and parking areas for anyone ages 2 and above.

We are grateful for you!

• Practice social distancing to provide space of at least 6 feet at all times. Children must be monitored by an adult.

All City facilities will be closed on the following holidays:

• Stay home if not feeling well. Avoid coming to parks if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Elderly and those with underlying conditions should avoid playgrounds.

• Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds. Bring hand sanitizer.

• Limit visiting times in playgrounds to 30 minutes. Park guests are expected to follow these guidelines for outdoor playgrounds to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Park gatherings are still prohibited under the current Public Health Order.

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Although parks have reopened, the following facilities remain closed: Community Center, Senior Center, boxing gym, basketball courts, and facility rentals. Physical recreation programing continues to be cancelled; however, the City of South El Monte Recreation Division created a Virtual Recreation resource page on the City’s website at cityofsouthelmonte.org for residents of all ages. It has a variety of recreation activities to entertain and encourage the community to stay healthy and active from the comfort and safety of their own home.

Residential Customer

City of South El Monte 1415 Santa Anita Ave. South El Monte, CA 91733

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PERMIT #87 EL MONTE

PRSRT. STD U.S. POSTAGE

November 11 • Veterans Day November 26 • Thanksgiving Day

• No food or drinks at playgrounds.

For additional information, call the South El Monte Community Center at (626) 579-2043.

South El Montes Virtual Veterans Day Tribute Due to the current pandemic, the City of South El Monte is unable to host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony. However, we will virtually honor and recognize the brave soldiers who have served in the United States Military on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020. Visit our website or social media platforms for South El Monte’s Veterans Day Tribute.


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SOUTH EL MONTE NEWS • NOVEMBER 2020

SOUTH EL MONTE CITY COUNCIL MAYOR MAYOR PRO TEM COUNCILMAN COUNCILMAN COUNCILMAN

GLORIA OLMOS GRACIE RETAMOZA MANUEL ACOSTA RICHARD ANGEL HECTOR DELGADO

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. City Council Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all City Council Meetings are held via teleconference, until further notice. The City Council Chambers is closed to the public.

Public Participation

Members of the public will have access to listen to and participate in the meeting by calling-in the USA TollFree number 1-888-204-5987 and dialing the Access Code: 9671457.

Live Stream City Council Meetings

Members of the public may watch live broadcasts of City Council Meetings from the City website.

Questions or Assistance

For additional information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (626) 579-6540 ext. 3280.

UPCOMING MEETINGS NOVEMBER 10TH

CITY MANAGER RACHEL BARBOSA DEPUTY CITY MANAGER RENE SALAS CITY CLERK DONNA G. SCHWARTZ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR COLBY CATALDI

CONNECT WITH US

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CITY OF SOUTH EL MONTE COVID-19 HOURS Please be advised that City hours and operations are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For updates visit our City website and social media platforms.

CITY HALL

1415 SANTA ANITA AVE. • (626) 579-6540 MONDAY – THURSDAY • 7:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. FRIDAY – SUNDAY • CLOSED CLOSED ON MAJOR HOLIDAYS

$1,000 RENTAL/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE FOR SOUTH EL MONTE HOUSEHOLDS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 Visit City website at cityofsouthelmonte.org for eligibility guidelines. To apply or for additional information, call (626) 652-6800.

$1,000 ASISTENCIA DE ALQUILER/HIPOTECA PARA LOS HOGARES DE SOUTH EL MONTE AFECTADOS POR COVID-19 Visite la página web de la Ciudad en cityofsouthelmonte.org para conocer las reglas de elegibilidad. Para solicitar o para obtener información adicional, llame al (626) 652-6800.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS ANIMAL CONTROL (SEAACA)

(562) 803-3301

ANONYMOUS NARCOTICS TIP LINE

(626) 292-3375

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

(626) 443-0180

HOUSING RIGHTS CENTER

(800) 477-5977

SUPERVISOR HILDA L. SOLIS OFFICE

(626) 350-4500

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY SERVICE CENTER

(626) 575-5431

GREATER EL MONTE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

(626) 579-7777

LIBRARY

(626) 443-4158

LA COUNTY SOCIAL PROGRAMS

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LA COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE

(626) 258-6001

POST OFFICE

(800) 275-8777

VECTOR CONTROL

(562) 944-9656

UTILITY COMPANIES EDISON

(800) 655-4555

GAS COMPANY

(800) 427-2000

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY WATER COMPANY

(626) 448-6183

ATHENS SERVICES (TRASH/STREET SWEEPING) (888) 336-6100 SPECTRUM (888) 369-2808

Administration Human Resources Building & Safety Community Development Economic Development Public Works/Engineering

City Clerk Finance Housing Planning

CITY YARD

1900 CENTRAL AVENUE • (626) 444-3158 MONDAY – THURSDAY • 7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

COMMUNITY CENTER

1530 CENTRAL AVENUE • (626) 579-2043 (FACILITY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) INFORMATION LINE HOURS MONDAY – THURSDAY • 1:00 P.M – 5:00 P.M.

PUBLIC SAFETY CENTER

1443 SANTA ANITA AVENUE • (626) 652-3111 MONDAY – THURSDAY 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. & 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. PARKING ENFORCEMENT

SENIOR CENTER

1556 CENTRAL AVENUE • (626) 448-0131 (FACILITY CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) INFORMATION LINE HOURS MONDAY – FRIDAY • 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

SHERIFF’S TEMPLE STATION

8838 LAS TUNAS DR., TEMPLE CITY, CA 91780 (626) 285-7171 • LASD.ORG/TEMPLE 911 FOR LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES OR IN-PROGRESS CRIMES


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SOUTH EL MONTE NEWS • NOVEMBER 2020

SOUTH EL MONTE’S

ECONOMIC RECOVERY FROM COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a series of unprecedented challenges for our community as well as other communities across the world. Since the COVID-19 health emergency was declared in March, the priority of City of South El Monte officials has been the health and safety of residents, employees, and visitors; and supporting our local businesses as they weather shutdowns and other impacts. In response to the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of South El Monte has responded with initiatives to support residents and businesses, which include: • Resources for Residents and Businesses. The City has kept the community with up to date health orders and vital resources from federal, state and county agencies on its website, newsletter, and social media platforms. • Eviction Moratorium. In April, the South El Monte City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance 1244-U, which established protections against evictions of businesses from commercial property and residential rent deferrals during the current declared state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council recently adopted Urgency Ordinance 1249-U to extend eviction protections until March 31, 2021 unless further extended by the Governor. Businesses or individuals who have questions about landlord-tenant laws, may call the Housing Rights Center at (800) 477-5977 or the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County at (800) 433-6251 for free assistance. • Shop South El Monte. To keep our local businesses operating, the City has continued to promote “Shop South El Monte” to encourage our residents to shop at South El Monte businesses. In support of our local economy, the City purchases various products and services from many South El Monte establishments throughout the year and during the current pandemic, the City has purchased many of its employees’ Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) from businesses in the community. • COVID-19 Rental/Mortgage Assistance Grant. The City Council designated $130,000 in federal funds to provide help to 130 families so they can remain in their homes. The City has awarded $1,000 rental or mortgage assistance grants to South El Monte households that have been economically impacted during COVID-19 through job loss, furlough or reduction in hours or pay. The City is currently accepting applications for this grant, for more information call (626) 652-6800. • COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant. Many of the small businesses in our community are owned and/or employed by South El Monte residents. Therefore, the City Council also utilized federal funds to help small South El Monte businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, to help them continue to operate, maintain jobs, and keep our local economy moving. The City designated $120,000 in federal funds to provide a one-time $5,000 assistance grants to qualified small businesses in South El Monte. The City is currently accepting applications for this business grant, for more information call (626) 652-6800. • Temporary Outdoor Dining and Operations Program. In effort to help local restaurants, barbershops, and salons with the loss of indoor capacity due to COVID-19, the City provided Temporary Outdoor Dining and Operations Permits at no cost to businesses. The permit allowed businesses to expand their operations and dining service area to the sidewalk and/or parking lots as long as they followed public safety and physical distancing requirements established by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. • Business Licenses Online. The City has made it accessibly easy to apply for a business license through its online portal. Despite COVID-19, almost 100 new businesses opened in South El Monte since the health emergency was declared in March. These new establishments will contribute to the economic growth and vitality of our community. • “Open for Business” Banner Program. South El Monte is open for business and the City wants the public to know. To help small businesses in South El Monte that have been economically impacted by the pandemic, the City in partnership with the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce is providing complimentary 3 ft. by 6 ft. “Open for Business” banners to the first 50 qualified applicants. The goal is to promote South El Monte businesses during this fazing economic climate. South El Monte businesses that would like to request a complimentary banner may contact the Chamber at (626) 443-0180. The City of South El Monte is committed to restoring our local economy in a safe, reasonable, and prosperous manner for all. The City will continue to follow guidelines established by federal, state and county health agencies and we ask residents to abide by them as well. Our community is resilient, and we will get through this together.


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Support Our Local Businesses Let’s Help South El Monte Businesses Recover

Shop Safe, Shop South El Monte! #South El Monte Resilient

HORIZONS TOWNHOMES • AFFORDABLE TOWNHOMES AVAILABLE! The Horizons at South El Monte is pleased to announce that there are still affordable townhomes for sale within our community. A limited number of townhomes are available to households earning no more than 80% of Los Angeles Area Median Income adjusted for household size. Down payment assistance is available for those that qualify on a limited basis and based on availability. Don’t wait! Please register at www.livingathorizons.com and call a New Home Consultant at 562.881.8121 or email estela@livingathorizons.com to determine if you qualify.


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SOUTH EL MONTE NEWS • NOVEMBER 2020

STREET SWEEPING & TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES ON VETERANS’ DAY Please be advised that street sweeping and trash collection services will take place on Veterans’ Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020. For additional information, please call the South El Monte Safety Center at (626) 652-3111 or our service provider Athens Services at (888) 336-6100.

STREET LIGHT OUT? Street light outages may be reported to Southern California Edison Company (SCE) by: • Phone: 1-800-611-1911 • Online: www.sce.com/outage-center/ report-street-light-outage Please provide the following information when you report a street light outage to SCE: • Address of where the pole is located • Pole number (optional) Visit www.sce.com for additional information.


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HOLIDAY & DECOR SAFETY The holiday season is a joyous time, filled with beautifully decorated trees, and houses draped in festive lights. But every year, dry Christmas trees, holiday lights, and candles cause hundreds of house fires. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a few tips on keeping you, your family, and your home safe during the holidays.

Holiday Lights

Christmas Tree Safety

• Always maintain your holiday lights. Before hanging your lights every year, check for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear. • Unless the directions state it is safe to do so, do not link more than three light strands. • Periodically check the wires; they should not be warm to the touch. • Do not leave holiday lights on unattended.

Holiday Decorations • Use only nonflammable decorations or flame-retardant ones. Decorations should always be placed or hung away from any heat source. • Make sure that your tree or any of your decorations do not block an exit way. If a fire occurs, a blocked exit way could put you and your family at risk. • Never put wrapping paper in the fireplace. It could cause a very large fire, throwing off dangerous embers and sparks that could result in a chimney fire.

• There are many alternatives to fresh trees. Many of the artificial trees are fire-resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement that specifies this protection. • If you decide to buy a real tree, make sure to determine the freshness of your tree. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.

To Check for a Tree’s Freshness, Remember: • A fresh tree is green. • Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches. • When bent between your fingers, fresh needles do not break. • The trunk of a fresh tree is sticky with resin. • When the trunk of a tree is bounced on the ground, a shower of falling needles shows that the tree is too dry.

When Setting Up a Tree…

Candle Care • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated candles instead. • If you use lit candles, never place them on a tree. Place them in a stable candle holder. • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from all flammable materials, decorations, and wrapping paper. • Make sure to keep lit candles away from children and in an area where they cannot be blown or knocked over.

Discover more safety topics at:

fire.lacounty.gov

• Place it away from fireplaces, radiators, and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry out trees quickly, producing a fire hazard. • Use thin guy-wires to secure a large tree to walls or the ceiling. • Make sure to keep fresh trees in a sturdy, water-holding base. • Prevent the tree from drying out by keeping the stand filled with water as long as it is indoors. facebook.com/LACoFD instagram.com/lacountyfd twitter.com/LACoFD


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SOUTH EL MONTE NEWS • NOVEMBER 2020

PARKS & RECREATION DIVISION The Parks and Recreation Division enriches the quality of lives for our community through the variety of events and programs they provide.

COMMUNITY CENTER 1530 CENTRAL AVE. • (626) 579-2043 INFORMATION LINE HOURS MONDAY-THURSDAY • 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

VISIT OUR VIRTUAL RECREATION CENTER FOR: • RESOURCES • CLASSES • CONTESTS * PROGRAMS, EVENTS, & FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

CONNECT WITH US SEM_PARKSANDREC


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City of South El Monte Community Services Department

Virtual Art Contest Ages 5 & Older

Show off your talent and enter for a chance to win a prize!

Theme: Thanksgiving Holiday Categories by Age Group: • 5-10 • 11-13 • 14-17 • 18+ Contest Rules: • Must be a South El Monte resident to participate. • Contest runs from November 2nd – November 20th • Entry Deadline: November 20th How to Enter:

• Download Entry Form from City website at cityofsouthelmonte.org • Submit Entry Form with photo of artwork via email at nrodriguez@soelmonte.org

Winners will be announced on November 24th on the City’s social media platforms. For more information, call (626) 579-2043.

City of South El Monte Community Services Department

Christmas Wish Toy Giveaway Drive-Thru Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year, the Christmas Wish Toy Giveaway event will be held as a drive-thru. The safe and festive drive-thru is open to South El Monte low-income status families with children ages 2 to 13. Date and time will be given to registered participants.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held from November 2nd through December 3rd at the South El Monte Community Center located at 1530 Central Avenue, Monday through Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

REQUIREMENTS:

• Photo ID • Proof of South El Monte Residency (utility bill, ID, etc.) • Proof of Low-Income Status • Birth Certificates for Dependents Ages 2-13

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (626) 579-2043.


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SOUTH EL MONTE NEWS • NOVEMBER 2020 City of South El Monte Community Services Department

Under 1 Year Princess Anabella Nieto

Under 1 Year Prince Diego Antonio Garcia

Under 2 Years Princess Sarahi Lily Salgado

Under 2 Years Prince Benito Andre Mata

Under 3 Years Princess Michelle Escobar

Under 3 Years Prince Noah Jerry Aguila

Under 4 Years Queen Samara Michelle Medina

Under 4 Years King Angel Granados-Ordaz

Little Mr. and Miss South El Monte Virtual Baby Pageant


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SENIOR CENTER

1556 CENTRAL AVE. • (626) 448-0131 INFORMATION LINE HOURS MONDAY - FRIDAY • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Senior Services Division would like to remind seniors that although the Senior Center remains closed due to COVID-19, they are offering the following services below to South El Monte residents 60 and older.

SENIOR SERVICES DIVISION

The Senior Services Division is housed at the South El Monte Senior Center, which is a multipurpose center and a central access point for information and services to assist older adults in the community.

HOME-DELIVERED MEALS PROGRAM

TUESDAY - THURSDAY SUGGESTED, BUT NOT REQUIRED DONATION IS $10 PER WEEK. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED CALL (626) 448-0131 The Home Delivered Meals program provides meals to adults 60 and older who are “Safer at Home” due to COVID-19 and are unable to prepare meals for themselves. City staff delivers 5 meals once a week directly to the homes of seniors who reside in the City of South El Monte. There is no charge for eligible participants, but we appreciate your donation in any amount you can afford. If you are unable to donate, it will not affect your participation in our program.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES (FREE)

MONDAY-FRIDAY • 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE 24 HOURS WITH TRANSPORTATION DISPATCHER. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (626) 448-0131. Transportation services are available to residents who are 60+ years of age or disabled (any age), Monday through Friday (except major holidays), from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This service transports participants within city limits and up to 15 miles outside South El Monte for medical appointments.


SLOW THE SPREAD OF

(COVID-19)

COVID-19 IS STILL IN OUR COMMUNITY FOLLOW INFECTION CONTROL PRACTICES AT ALL TIMES

6ft WEAR

MAINTAIN

WASH

cloth face coverings in businesses & around others

Physical Distancing of 6 feet

your hands frequently & for 20 secs

AVOID

MAINTAIN

SELF-QUARANTINE

touching your face with unwashed hands

if you have COVID-19 for 10 days+ 24 hours after fever free and symptoms have improved

for 14 days if your are exposed on in close contact with an infected person

LA COUNTY HELPS

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for many. Help is available regardless of age, income, or immigration status. Get help today:

For COVID-19 updates and resources: • covid19.ca.gov • covid19.lacounty.gov • cityofsouthelmonte.org

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South El Monte News - November 2020