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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 RENTAL/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PG. 5 LANDSCAPE WEBINARS PG. 7 VIRTUAL CONTEST PG. 9 SAFER SOUTH EL MONTE PG. 11

City of South El Monte

GENERAL PLAN UPDATE PROJECT The City of South El Monte is beginning the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan, as well as

IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY, ALL CITY FACILITIES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

creating a Safety and Environmental Justice Element. The availability of housing is a matter of vital statewide importance and the attainment of decent housing and a suitable living environment for all Californians is a priority of the highest order, and the Housing Element seeks to attain that. The goal of the Safety Element is to reduce the potential short and long-term risk of death, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation resulting from fires, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, climate change, and other hazards. Environmental Justice attempts to identify objectives and policies to reduce the unique or compounded health risks in disadvantaged communities including the reduction of pollution exposure, the improvement of air quality, and the promotion of public facilities, food access, safe and sanitary homes, and physical activity. This process will seek to engage stakeholders within the City including residents, businesses, and community groups for input on these elements in the coming eight months.

City of South El Monte In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve, the City of South El Monte provided no-cost COVID-19 testing to the community last month. The City in partnership with Transcend Health held a drive-thru testing site at the Community Center for residents and employees.

Residential Customer

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

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PROVIDES NO-COST COVID-19 TESTING TO THE COMMUNITY

“This was another great option for our City to continue the fight against COVID-19. We seek to build partnerships to enhance the quality of life for our residents, and this healthcare partnership is an example of that effort,” said one City Official. “We encourage the public to visit our website to stay current on COVID-related updates to access timely, reliable information that includes proper education of steps that all of us can take to end this Pandemic.” For COVID-19 updates and resources, please visit the City’s website at cityofsouthelmonte.org and follow us on our social media platforms.


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CITY HALL WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY VISITS Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, as a precautionary measure, City Hall will continue to operate by appointment only visits. The priority will always be the safety of our community members and employees. The City of South El Monte will continue to serve the community in the best way possible through the pandemic. All City departments will continue to work a full schedule and will be available by phone or email.

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

To schedule an appointment, please call City Hall, Monday through Thursday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. at (626) 579-6540 and press zero “0”. UNSCHEDULED VISITS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.

THE CITY OF SOUTH EL MONTE APOLOGIZES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.

GLORIA OLMOS RICHARD ANGEL MANUEL ACOSTA HECTOR DELGADO GRACIE RETAMOZA

CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

The City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. 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 FEBRUARY 9TH & 23RD CITY MANAGER RACHEL BARBOSA DEPUTY CITY MANAGER RENE SALAS

Congratulations to the following employees for the years of service to the City of South Monte!

25 Years

Frank Huerta • Laura Lozano Frank Medina • Luis Valenzuela Chris Alvarez

15 Years

Fred Hernandez

5 Years Paola Lara

Thank you for your years of service and dedication to the community!

CITY CLERK DONNA G. SCHWARTZ COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR COLBY CATALDI

CONNECT WITH US

CITYOFSOUTHELMONTE.ORG

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

THE CITY OF SOUTH EL MONTE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

POSITION APPLICATION DEADLINE FINANCE DIRECTOR Open Until Filled PUBLIC WORKS ANALYST February 18, 2021 For employment application or additional information, visit the City’s website at www.cityofsouthelmonte.org


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

SOUTH EL MONTE LIBRARY

1430 N. CENTRAL AVE. • (626) 443-4158 • LACOUNTYLIBRARY.ORG

Do you know anyone without internet or a computer at home who would benefit from borrowing them— to apply for jobs, access homeschooling resources, or simply stay connected to information? You can now check out a kit with a Chromebook and wireless hotspot to access the internet (plus chargers) inside a handy carrying case, from any Sidewalk Service location. Borrow for 3 weeks, with the option to renew, if available. Please note: Laptop & Hotspot Loan Kits require a full access card to check out. Call your nearest Sidewalk Service location for details about signing up or upgrading your digital card.

VISIT HTTPS://LACOUNTYLIBRARY.ORG/EXPRESS-SERVICE/ FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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

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 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)

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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BEWARE OF COVID-19

VACCINE SCAMS

Whenever there is a health crisis, scammers will find ways to cheat people out of their money. During the coronavirus pandemic, scammers are using robocalls, social media posts, and emails to take advantage of fear, anxiety, and confusion about COVID-19. They sell things that don’t work, charge money for things that are free, and steal personal information. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is in Los Angeles County, scammers are targeting local residents with new, vaccine-related schemes. Beware! • You will NOT be contacted personally to get a vaccine. Information about how to get the vaccine will be posted on the Los Angeles County Public’s Health COVID-19 website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/vaccine/ when vaccine is available for different groups. • If someone offers you the vaccine at a low cost, or for a “special deal”, do not take it. The vaccine will be offered at NO COST to every resident in Los Angeles County, regardless of their immigration status. • A RED FLAG is a warning sign or signal that something might be a scam. Look out for these COVID-19 vaccine red flags: • Someone offers to move you into an earlier group to get the vaccine for a fee. • Someone tries to sell you a place on a COVID vaccine waiting list. There is no “vaccine waiting list”. • Someone on the street, online, on social media, or knocking on your door tries to sell you a shot of vaccine. • You get calls, texts, or emails about the vaccine. The caller asks for your personal or financial information. It can be your Social Security, bank account or credit card number. NEVER share these numbers or other personal information with an unknown caller or in a text or email. • You see ads for fake vaccines or “miracle cures” using vitamins or other dietary supplements. Scammers promote these even though they have not been proven to work. The FDA has issued warning letters to many companies for selling products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. • If anyone that isn’t well known in your community (like a doctor, a health care clinic, a pharmacy, a County health program) offers you a vaccine – think twice and check with your doctor. Don’t let the scammers win!

STAY UP TO DATE ON COVID-19 AND VACCINES, VISIT: • ph.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus • covid19.lacounty.gov • www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Learn about other common COVID-19 Scams and Fraud by visiting ph.lacounty.gov/hccp/covidscams.


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SLOW THE SPREAD OF

(COVID-19) AVOID THE THREE C’S • CONFINED SPACES - Especially with poor ventilation. Outdoors is better than indoors. • CROWDS - The more people the higher the risk.

$1,000 RENTAL/MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE

• CLOSE CONTACT -Staying further apart is safer than being close together.

FOR SOUTH EL MONTE HOUSEHOLDS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 Visit the 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.

HOTLINE HRC’s Housing Rights Hotline is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM every weekday. The Housing Counselors are available to answer your questions about tenant-landlord rights and obligations, including topics like security deposits, evictions, repairs, rent increases, harassment, and more. Conversations with Housing Counselors are private and confidential and can help you find the resources you need. To speak with a Housing Counselor, please call our Housing Rights Hotline at

1-800-477-5977 (TTY: 1-213-201-0867) or email info@housingrightscenter.org.

MASKS HELP EVERYONE AROUND YOU.

Cloth face coverings can help slow the spread, including from people who may not know they have the virus.

WHEN SHOPPING.... • CLEAN YOUR CART HANDLE. • KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. • WASH HANDS.


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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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KEEP SOUTH EL MONTE BEAUTIFUL

STREET SWEEPING & TRASH COLLECTION SERVICES WILL TAKE PLACE ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY. Please be advised that street sweeping and trash collection services will take place on, Monday, February 15, 2021.

REPORT ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH

GORequest APPLICATION

Schedules for street sweeping and trash collection services are available on the City’s website at cityofsouthelmonte.org.

No need to call City Hall for service requests on issues such as potholes, graffiti, city trees, parking, and code enforcement violations. Report issues you see in South El Monte using the City’s GORequest Service Request System. The City’s GORequest reporting system allows convenient 24/7 reporting from the GORequest mobile application that is FREE to download for smartphones and other mobile devices. The mobile app is available at the Apple App Store, Google Play and the City website at www.cityofsouthelmonte.org

Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD’s

Landscape Webinars

February 4, 2021 March 4, 2021 April 1, 2021 May 6, 2021 June 3, 2021

Herb Gardening: Beyond Basil Planter Beds: Raised and In-Ground Weed and Pest Management Lawn Care & Maintenance Drip Irrigation Maintenance & Trouble Shooting

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Sponsored by:

Presented by:

The system is very easy to use. Simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture, and tap “submit.” The GPS and camera features on the mobile device will provide the City a picture and location. The request will automatically be sent to the right staff member to ensure the problem is resolved. A tracking number will be issued to provide the status of the service request.

For additional information, call (626) 579-6540.


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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

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.


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City of South El Monte Community Services Department

d r a C y a D s ’ e n i Valent Show your Valentine’s Day spirit and send us a picture of a card you created in any art medium.

Age Group Categories Ages 2-4 Ages 5-8 Ages 9-13 Ages 14 & Older

Contest Rules

Contest runs from February 1st to February 19th. Must be a South El Monte resident to participate. You may participate in both categories.

How to Enter Download Entry Form from the City website at cityofsouthelmeonte.org

Cutest Couple Picture Are you in puppy love?

Submit form and photo of your entry picture and email it to nrodriguez@soelmonte.org.

Deadline to submit entries is February 19, 2021.

Got a certain kitty crush? Put your pet to the test and send us a picture. The picture must include you and your pet(s).

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


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SENIOR CENTER

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

UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSURE: February 15th (Presidents’ Day)

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 - FRIDAY 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 7 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.


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SAFER SOUTH EL MONTE RISK OF COVID-19 REMAINS SENIORS ARE #SAFERATHOME

WEAR cloth face coverings in businesses & around others 6 ft

MAINTAIN Physical Distancing of 6 feet WASH your hands frequently for 20 seconds & avoid touching your face with unwashed hands SELF-ISOLATE for 10 days+ 3 days after you are symptom-free (if you have or are likely to have COVID-19) SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days if you are exposed or in close contact with an infected person


HELP SOUTH EL MONTE

RESTAURANTS WEATHER COVID-19 Our local restaurants are struggling to stay open during the pandemic. Your favorite South El Monte restaurant might close forever. HELP SAVE IT! Support South El Monte Restaurants. Many of local restaurants are currently open and offer both takeout and app-based delivery services.

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