City Manager's Report January 29, 2021

February Outdoor Fitness at the Brea Community Center

The Brea Community Center is offering outdoor Boot Camp, Barre, Cycle, Total Body Resistance Exercise (TRX), Yoga, Zumba, and more. Personal training and Pilates Reformer training are available outdoors by appointment only. Class sizes are small and participants are enjoying safe and physically-distanced, in-person workouts. Congratulations to Brea’s fitness team for putting together a diverse schedule to help both the physical and mental well-being of those attending during this difficult time.

Those interested can reserve their spot by emailing BreaFitTeam@cityofbrea.net or by calling (714) 494-6186. Registration for classes can also found at BreaRec.com.


Typically, this time of year, Brea welcomes students from Korea to visit Brea in partnership with the Brea Korean Sister City Association (BKSCA). Although the pandemic posed an obstacle for this reunion, the City of Brea staff still found a way to make meaningful connections with the students. Staff hosted Sister City students from Anseong, Korea on January 12 and 14 and Brea’s Friendship City students from Namyangju, Korea on January 26 and 28.

Following a welcome by Mayor Vargas, the students viewed Brea’s “Live, Work, Play” video to gain insights of the Brea community. Community Services staff provided a virtual tour of the inner workings of the City of Brea through a PowerPoint and several videos showcasing the City’s Police and Fire Departments, the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, and the Experience Brea Arts program. Students were quizzed about information presented to them and were engaged in a conversation regarding the city’s similarities and differences in public safety services.

The Brea Korean Sister City Association commented, “We just want to say thank you so much for helping with our student exchange program. We received great feedback from our students. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without you and the City’s support, so just wanted to say a big thank you!”

City staff gladly prepared presentations, virtual tours, and were available during various hours to accommodate time differences. City staff is happy to be part of this meaningful process, which helps promote goodwill and a greater understanding of cultures and lifestyles.

Storm Drain Maintenance

Over the past few weeks, the Public Works Department’s crews have been clearing out some of the larger storm drains in preparation for the upcoming rains. There are a couple of large storm drains, located at the backside of the Brea Sports Park, and another storm drain at the Olinda Oil Museum, which get filled with dirt, rocks, debris, and tumble weeds throughout the year. The Public Works crews worked on cleaning out the storm drains and the surrounding area to provide good water flow and drainage.

Brea Senior Center Christmas For Those in Need

Many seniors have been in need throughout 2020, especially during the holiday season. The Brea Senior Center Case Management Program was honored to provide some help and holiday cheer by delivering gifts to 97 Brea seniors through the Angel Tree and Adopt-a-Senior programs. Gift recipients were low-income, undergoing hardships, and had little-to-no support otherwise. Angel Tree gifts were provided by Brea Mall shoppers and residents from Buena Vida in La Floresta. The occasion was made possible with the assistance of the Home-Delivered Meal volunteers, the Curtis Theatre staff, and the Senior Center staff, who monitored the Angel Tree operations, shopped for wish-list gifts, wrapped, routed, and delivered the multitude of gifts within a three-day period.

"I’m very thankful as if for a brief moment everything was lifted from my shoulders."

Thanks to a generous donation of $50,000, an extraordinary amount of holiday cheer and hope was provided to all senior participants. This amazing contribution provided free Christmas to-go meals, along with generous gift cards to over 350 senior participants. Additionally, as an extra-special gesture of kindness to senior residents, generous monetary gifts were presented to assist with important expenses such as rent, vital repairs, or other special needs. Recipients were so touched by and grateful for the gesture, with one senior saying, “It gave me hope that there’s still good in the world,” and another adding, “I’m very thankful as if for a brief moment everything was lifted from my shoulders. My husband’s medical prescriptions are very expensive and this gift will help us very much!” Another recipient expressed how “wonderful this gift was, now I can get my roof fixed,” and everyone agreed, “I feel so blessed and grateful.” The City of Brea has the utmost gratitude for everyone involved.

Safe Policing for Safe Communities

In June of 2020, President Trump signed Executive Order 13929, Safe Policing for Safe Communities. As part of this Executive Order, the Department of Justice created Standards for Certification to ensure that law enforcement agencies meet certain mandatory and discretionary standards for safe policing. These standards have been created to help improve policies and procedures in an effort to ensure transparent, safe, and accountable services are provided to all communities. The goal of this effort is to enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement.

Each state has a designated, independent credentialing body that approves this certification set forth by the Department of Justice. In California, that credentialing body is the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

The two safe policing principles that are being assessed for certification are:

  1. 1. Adherence to applicable laws. The applying agency (Brea Police Department) maintains use of force policies that adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws.
  2. 2. Prohibition of choke holds. The applying agency (Brea Police Department) maintains use of force policies that prohibit the use of choke holds, except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

The Brea Police Department’s use of force policy was updated to reflect these changes in June 2020. An overview of Use of Force can be found at this link, and the Brea Police Department Policy Manual can be found here.

Law enforcement agencies will be eligible for Department of Justice grant funding once they have received their certification. Grant funding examples include, but are not limited to, homeless outreach, gang and violence prevention programs, and crisis intervention training for officers.

The Brea Police Department completed its certification on December 16, 2020 and is currently eligible for grant funding for the 2021 year.

Brea Movement Boot Camp

Join the Brea Movement Boot Camp with National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified fitness coach, Berry Liang, for an exclusive result-driven exercise program designed for all fitness levels. The Brea Movement Boot Camp is a circuit body-conditioning workout using a variety of equipment such as kettlebells, mini bands, TRX, medicine balls, free weights, agility ladders, etc. Modification to the program can be made as needed, Berry offers options for all fitness levels. Improve your quality of life, and overall level of fitness.

Afternoon (12:00 p.m.) and evening (6:00 p.m.) class options are available. Those interested can reserve their spot by emailing BreaFitTeam@cityofbrea.net or calling (714) 494-6186. Registration for classes can also be found at BreaRec.com.

Public Facilities and Improvements (ADA) Ramp Compliance Upgrades, Project 7325

The Public Facilities and Improvements Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Ramp Compliance Upgrades Project is set to start construction. The project has several locations throughout the south west limits of the City as well as right in front of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. The work consists of removing and reconstructing curb ramps to meet the latest ADA requirements as well as some minor asphalt work.

Onyx Paving Company, Inc. was awarded the contract for this project. Construction is anticipated to begin as early as Monday, February 1 and will take approximately one month to complete, weather permitting. Door knockers will be provided to those who are impacted by the construction in addition to no parking signs being placed in advance of the construction for each curb ramp location. Residents will continue to be notified throughout the project to keep them updated of the progress.

"Fired Up for Giving" Toy Drive

The Brea Fire Department’s annual toy drive “Fired Up for Giving” has had another fruitful year with many generous Brea families and businesses contributing to its success. The Boys & Girls Club partnered with the Brea Fire Department this year to help with the rollout of the toy distribution, making sure that any families needing help, received help to make their Christmas merry. Truckloads of donated toys, as well as cash to purchase additional toys, rolled in from many of Brea community partners. Many thanks to the community for coming together and providing for those in need.