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CITY MANAGER'S update A BI-WEEKLY REPORT FROM JUNE 7 - JUNE 21, 2019

ABOUT THE COVER PHOTO: It's time for the City Manager's Report! [Photo credit: Iliana Flores]

NEWSY ITEMS

PRIMROSE PARK: JUNE 1 COMMUNITY MEETING

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

TEMPLE CITY PHOTO CONTEST

2019 HOMELESS COUNT NUMBERS RELEASED

NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY MONTSERRAT GONZALEZ

PRIMROSE PARK: JUNE 1 COMMUNITY MEETING

Last Saturday, residents channeled their inner landscape architects by helping to design the park and identify critical amenities, such as playground equipment, picnic shelters and more.

Those who missed the meeting can still provide input by visiting a booth at the upcoming June 19 summer concert at Temple City Park. Concepts reflecting community input are scheduled for public presentation on July 8.

For more information on the park planning process and for ways to provide feedback, visit www.templecity.us/primrosepark.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

One of Temple City’s most anticipated traditions, the annual summer concert series, returns Wednesday, June 19 with a kick-off performance from rock ’n’ roll tribute band Electric Vinyl.

Ten weekly performance in the 23rd-annual series will continue on Wednesday evenings through Aug. 21. All shows are free and scheduled to begin promptly at 7 p.m. at Temple City Park’s iconic Performing Arts Pavilion.

To view the concert line-up and for more information CLICK HERE>>

TC EATERIES RECOGNIZED BY MICHELIN GUIDE

Released last week, the Michelin Guide—a revered French handbook of acclaimed restaurants—launched a new edition for California.

Bistro Na’s, which serves up Chinese Imperial Court cuisine at Camellia Square, received a coveted Michelin star and was the only SGV restaurant to receive the honor. Additionally, three other Temple City restaurants—Chuan's, Dai Ho and Grand Harbor—received the Guide’s Bib Gourmand designation, which recognizes 151 restaurants statewide that serve high-quality meals, which include "two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.”

These accolades clearly affirm Temple City’s growing reputation as a foodie hotspot.

TEMPLE CITY PHOTO CONTEST

How do you see your community? Temple City’s first annual photo contest invites residents to take their best shot at capturing their city’s spirit for as much as $100 in prize money and public exhibition opportunities.

Photos can be representative of Temple City’s history, community life, open space, recreation, arts, culture and more—in other words, anything that embodies the experience of living in Temple City.

Each contestant may enter up to five photos by the submission deadline of July 31.

FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SUBMIT PHOTOS>>

CITY CLERK

Council will consider the following items at their upcoming June 18 meeting: Recognize Temple City Sister City Student Ambassadors; review a second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 19-1035 pertaining to sidewalk and mobile food vending; receive a legislative update; approve the fund balance classification; and adopt the FY 2019-2020 City Budget.

VIEW THE FULL AGENDA>>

CITY COMMISSIONS RECRUITMENT

The City Clerk's office received 19 applications for the recent commissioner recruitment. The City Commissioner Recruitment Ad Hoc Committee (i.e., Councilmember Sternquist and Councilmember Man) will review the applications and invite applicants for interviews. The committee will report out recommendations during a regular Council meeting within the next month, unless a special meeting is requested.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

MONTHLY UPDATE

For the first five months of 2019, the City issued 100 less permits than last year and collected approximately $73,000 less in fees. In May, Building staff issued permits for five new, single-family houses and three new, accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Activity at the public counter has also decreased. Planning staff took in one application for a new house, five applications for ADUs, a request for a conditional use permit for a doggy daycare service at 6271 Rosemead Blvd., and a request for a flag lot subdivision at 10051 Olive St. Community Preservation inspectors opened 158 cases in May; only 21 of those were complaints from residents, the rest were proactively opened by staff. For the full report, see the CDD Monthly Update.

2019 HOMELESS COUNT NUMBERS RELEASED

Results from the January 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count were presented by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) staff on Tuesday morning at the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting (see link to presentation, below). Compared to last year, the County of Los Angeles saw a 12 percent increase in the number of individuals who are experiencing homelessness. This figure does not include the cities of Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena, which perform their own homeless count. The San Gabriel Valley saw a 17 percent increase. LAHSA has informed City staff that Temple City’s number will not be available until later this month. Below is a comparison of the 2018 and 2019 Homeless Count:

How can I get involved with reducing homelessness in the County of Los Angeles?

Support more interim and supportive housing in your local community; Join the Everyone In Campaign at https://everyoneinla.org

Advocate for expanded state and federal funding for affordable housing homeless services at https://www.lahsa.org/policy/legislative-affairs

Volunteer at your local homeless service agency at https://www.lahsa.org/get-involved

Volunteer for the 2020 Street Count on January 21, 22, and 23 at https://www.theywillcountwillyou.org

PARKS AND RECREATION

CAMP-A-PALOOZA

Registration is now open for the 2019 Camp-A-Palooza event, which will be held Friday, July 19 – Saturday, July 20 at Live Oak Park. Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday with activities beginning at 4 p.m. This year’s event will have an 80’s arcade theme. Activities include a gaming truck with classic arcade games; stand-alone arcade games such as Pac Man, Centipede and Donkey Kong; pinball machines; a family board game area; inflatables for the children; arts and crafts; water play; and a showing of the movie “Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Participants will be treated to dinner from The Habit and a continental breakfast as well. The price to reserve a spot is $75 per family of 4, with a $10 fee for each additional guest (up to 8 guests per site). Registration is taken at the Live Oak Park Community Center only. For more information, please call (626) 579-0461.

NEW TEAM MEMBER

The Parks & Recreation Department is happy to welcome Roger Cardenas, our new Tree Trimmer Leadworker to the team! Roger holds a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding tree trimming.

YOUTH SOCCER

The Youth Soccer program concluded its season on Saturday, June 1. Beginning April 1, a total of 7 teams (82 participants) practiced twice weekly and played games on Saturdays at Live Oak Park. Coach Taylor Ruiz lead both her teams in each division to championship victories.

2019 TC OLDER AMERICAN OF THE YEAR BANQUET

The 2019 Temple City Older of the American of the Year banquet honoring Carol Daugherty was held on May 30 at Live Oak Park Community Center. Over 50 of Carol’s friends and family enjoyed a delicious dinner and presentations from the City Council and U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu.

YOUTH TRACK & FIELD

The Youth Track and Field program began March 18 and concluded May 8. A total of 43 participants trained in a variety of events, including softball throw (shot put), long jump, triple jump, and short/long distance races. Approximately 30 participants qualified for and participated in the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) San Gabriel Valley Association Track and Field Meet held on May 11, at San Dimas High School. The following four participants qualified and participated in the SCMAF Championship on June 2, 2019, at Warren High School in Downey: 1) Daisy Hake, 13 years old; 2) Chloe Che, 11 years old; 3) Aaron Rivas, 10 years old; and 4) Aidan Poon, 8 years old. Daisy Hake placed first in her division for the 1600 meter run with a time of 5 minutes and 54 seconds. Great job, Daisy!

SUMMER STARS CLUB AT LONGDEN ELEMENTARY

The Summer STARS Club program returns and will be conducted at Longden Elementary to provide care for students attending summer school on-site. The program will run for five weeks beginning June 19 and concluding July 18. Registration is currently being accepted.

NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES

The City has partnered with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to purchase three electric utility vehicles. The John Deere Gator TE vehicles are battery powered and designed to provide a quiet, powerful and comfortable ride. Because they run on battery power and not a gasoline engine, they never need gas, require very little maintenance, and are clean and quiet.

The vehicles were partially funding through the MSRCs Local Government Match Program (Program). The MSRC was established by the California Legislature in 1990 with a sole mission to invest funds to reduce air pollution generated by mobile sources. The MSRC’s Local Government Match Program has been successfully implemented for over 17 years. In 2018, the MSRC partnered directly with cities and counties within the South Coast AQMD with a new Program that set aside a pro-rata share of MSRC funding for each city and county within the South Coast AQMD who participate in the AB 2766 Subvention Fund Program. Temple City has been utilizing AB 2766 Subvention Funds for many years to purchase and lease alternative fuel vehicles.

The Gator vehicles are currently in use in the City's parks. The cargo box allows staff to transport supplies, equipment and materials throughout the parks with zero emissions. With the purchase of the electric Gator vehicles, in addition to leasing several alternative fuel vehicles in the City fleet, Temple City is proud to be part of the clean air future.

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