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CITY MANAGER'S update A BI-WEEKLY REPORT FROM JAN. 18 - FEB. 1, 2019

NEWSY ITEMS

ROYAL COURT CORONATION

TEMPLE CITY TO FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST EL MONTE

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR HOMELESS COUNT

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

DIM SUM AND TEA

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

ROYAL COURT CORONATION

You are cordially invited to the Royal Court Coronation of the 2019 Camellia Festival this Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Live Oak Park.

For more details click HERE

TEMPLE CITY TO FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST EL MONTE

The Temple City City Council directed the city attorney to file a lawsuit against the City of El Monte over its approval of a 71,000-square-foot cannabis facility located at 4400 Temple City Blvd.

As stated in Temple City's letters to El Monte, dated Nov. 26, 2018, and Dec. 6, 2018, El Monte officials failed to fulfill their responsibility under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, to fully analyze potential impacts of the then-proposed cannabis facility. Read more HERE

RecCONNECT

New Year, new recreation guide! Kick off your New Year exercise routine with a class at Live Oak Park—and kick off the holiday weight while you’re at it! Browse our new guide HERE!

CITY CLERK

The next Council Meeting will be on February 5th at 7:30 p.m., Council Chambers. For more info contact the City Clerk’s Office, (626) 285-2171 ext. 2316.

It is anticipated that the City Council will consider the following items:

Appointment of Parks and Recreation Commissioner;

Receive and file City Commission Actions;

Fourth Amendment to the Agreement with Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Company;

Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance No. 18-1032, Series 2 Code Amendments;

Second Reading and Adoption of Ordinance No. 19-1033 amending City Council Meeting Dates that fall on an Election Day;

Award of Contract for three electrical vehicle purchases;

Close out of the Primrose Properties Demolition;

Funding options for the Lighting and Maintenance District; and

COMMISSIONER RECRUITMENT

City received four applications in response to the recruitment to fill one seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission with unexpired term of office ending June 30, 2020. City Council will interview the interested candidates on Friday, January 18, 2019 at a special meeting.

YOUTH COMMITTEE UPDATE

The committee meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Council Chambers, 5938 Kauffman Avenue, Temple City. The next meeting is Thursday, February 28. Meetings are open to the public.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

PLANNING COMMISSION

January 22 Meeting: Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m has been canceled.

REMOVING HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND DECORATIONS

The Community Preservation Division hopes everyone had a happy holiday season. As a friendly reminder, per Temple City Municipal Code 4-2C-2(A)(16) seasonal displays like Christmas lights and other holiday decorations must be removed within 15 days of the end of the holiday being commemorated. This means that Christmas lights and decorations should be removed by January 16, 2019.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT MONTHLY UPDATE

In December the City issued permits for three single-family houses and one accessory dwelling unit (ADU). December was the slowest month of 2018 in terms of number of permits issued. Activity at the Community Development counters was similar to last December. Planning took in applications for four new houses (one with a zoning variance request), five new ADUs, a three-unit condominium, and a conditional use permit for a Planet Fitness at Camellia Square. Staff opened 56 community preservation cases in December; demonstrating a turn to reactive code enforcement during the holiday season. The team focused on studying community preservation issues such as inadequate landscaping and abandoned signs and developing an enforcement plan. Please see this link for the full Community Development Department Monthly Update, December 2018.

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR HOMELESS COUNT

Next week, citizen volunteers will comb Temple City to try and accurately count the number of homeless people in the community. The annual count, organized by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), gathers information to determine and request how much federal funding is needed for homeless services programs, both countywide and in the San Gabriel Valley.

Volunteers are needed for the count, which will occur on Tuesday, Jan. 22. On the night of the count, volunteers will first check into City Hall at 8 p.m. for a video training and their assignments. Volunteer teams will then be deployed in teams around 9 p.m. to specific areas in the community to count the homeless from their vehicle. The count typically lasts around two hours depending on the area assigned work to be done by volunteers is considered a passive count. Volunteers will not approach or engage the homeless for safety reasons.

For more information and to register click HERE

PARKS AND RECREATION

LIVE OAK PARK ATHLETIC FIELDS TURF RENOVATIONS

The athletic fields at Live Oak Park are scheduled to re-open to the public on Monday, February 5, 2019. Closed since mid-December 2018, the fields underwent annual turf renovations, which included aerating, top-dressing, and over-seeding, to prepare for use in 2019.

LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

The City of Temple City and the Temple City Chinese American Association are once again partnering to host a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Temple City Park. This free community event will celebrate the Year of the Pig by featuring traditional cultural pageantry and festivities; local entertainment and cuisine; information booths; and various activities for children, such as arts and crafts and carnival-style games. For more information, please call (626) 579-0461.

DIM SUM AND TEA

The Temple City Parks & Recreation Department is excited to once again offer our Dim Sum & Tea event to celebrate the Year of the Pig on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Live Oak Park (large picnic shelter near the playground) from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You are invited to stop by for free tea and dim sum, while supplies last.

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (626) 579-0461.

NOMINATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING OLDER AMERICAN

Honoring outstanding older Americans has been a Temple City tradition for over 50 years. To that end, the Parks & Recreation Department is proud to once again conduct the Older of the American of the Year contest. Nominees must be at least 60 years of age and reside in Temple City. Criteria used to select the award recipient includes: volunteer service to community-based organizations; special accomplishments; and time spent with volunteer activities. If you know an outstanding senior who meets these qualifications, please nominate them as soon as possible. The contest flyer and nomination form are available at the public counters at City Hall and Live Oak Park, as well as on City website. Nominations are due to the Parks & Recreation Department (10144 Bogue Street) no later than Thursday, January 31, 2019.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO TEMPLE CITY FAMILIES

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department oversees two programs that provide financial assistance to low income families in Temple City.

To make City sponsored youth recreation activities available to all families in the community, the City has established a Youth Scholarship Program. The program was developed to encourage participation in City sponsored recreation programs from families who could not otherwise afford the City's recreation activities' fees.

The Youth Scholarship Program discount applies to all Parks & Recreation activities for youth, younger than 18 years. Families can use the scholarship for more than one program and for all qualified family members.

The discount percentage is determined by total household income and the number of persons living at the residence. If a family qualifies, fees are discounted, 50% or 75%.

The Camellia Trust Fund provides financial assistance for underprivileged children living in Temple City. In the 1980’s a long-time resident, Gerald Fitzgerald, passed away leaving his entire estate to the City of Temple City in trust. According to Mr. Fitzgerald’s will, the trust fund was to be used for underprivileged children in the community to enhance their education or provide a better quality of life.

Previous recipients have received funding to pay for medical and/or dental expenses, child care, sports registration fees and equipment, school excursions, summer school registration and other school related expenses.

Application forms for both programs are available at the Live Oak Park Annex and Community Center. Documentation on residency and income are required. For information on either program, please contact Jennifer Venters at (626) 285-2171 ext. 4515.

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