City Manager's Report October 22, 2021

The City of Brea Connecting with the Community

Taste of Brea®, hosted by the Brea Chamber of Commerce, returned successfully this year on October 7 with approximately 1,500 attendees, 17 food booths, 12 beverage booths, and 33 exhibitors. The City of Brea hosted several booths to provide information to businesses, residents, children, and visitors. The Environmental Services Division of Public Works participated and received positive feedback regarding promoting water conservation and a healthier watershed. Staff provided information and take-home educational materials on topics such as recycled oil collection centers, tips for pool maintenance, as well as information on invasive mosquitos. The Public Works Streets Division shared a table with Republic Services, the City’s waste hauler, and provided information on mixed-waste recycling, household hazardous waste, bulky item pick-ups, and food scrap recycling. Informational postcards about the by-district elections process were also available at the booth. The “Experience Brea Arts” pop-up booth was also excited to be back at the Taste of Brea where Brea Cultural Arts Commissioners and City staff connected with the community and shared all current art offerings in Brea’s Art Gallery, Curtis Theatre, and the Art in Public Places Program. The team utilized several QR codes for visitors to download various arts information. Thanks to the Brea Chamber for putting on such a successful event. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the band, DJ, and plethora of food and drinks while visiting the wide variety of exhibitor booths.

The first movie under the Stars at the Civic & Cultural Center on October 16 was a success. This event had the most community members in attendance in comparison to all past Family Films events. Attendance averaged over 350 participants of all ages. Everyone enjoyed a variety of -concessions such as cotton candy, popcorn, snacks, and beverages from the Curtis Theatre.

The next movie scheduled in the Movies Under the Stars series is Elf on December 18 at City Hall Park. Thanks to the success of this event, other movies are being explored to share with the community at the Civic & Cultural Center.

Brea Entry Sign

The Public Works Department and the Communications & Marketing Division recently collaborated on a new Brea entry sign, located at Central Avenue and Vallejo Street, to replace the old sign. The Communications & Marketing staff designed the sign graphics, which mirrors the other entry signs throughout the City. The Public Works staff installed the new wall, sign, and lighting. The look of the new sign provides a modern and aesthetically pleasing look while entering the City.

Senior Planner Ready to Serve Brea

The Community Development Department welcomed Wayne Carvalho, a new Senior Planner, on a 24-month temporary assignment, to their Planning Division. Wayne has more than 25 years of Planning experience working in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he worked in the cities of Anaheim and Huntington Beach. Wayne was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and attended UC Irvine for his Bachelor’s Degree, and CSU Long Beach for his Masters. Wayne is excited and ready to serve Brea’s community.

Brea Gallery Fall 2021 Workshops

Two brand new workshops for adults are coming to the Brea Gallery this fall. No experience is needed to join these classes, which are focused on developing a unique skill, with the bonus of each student walking away with something entirely handmade. The Gallery is fortunate to be collaborating with professional instructors who teach their respective craft around Orange County.

The Fall Floral Wreath workshop will be held on November 6, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Beginner Brush Lettering workshop is on November 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

These workshops are low-pressure and a fun way to spend an afternoon. For more information, visit the Gallery website.

Public Hearings Continue for By-District Election Process

Like many cities in the region, Brea is faced with developing voting districts for use during future City Council elections. The community is invited to attend the second Pre-Draft Map Public Hearing regarding the proposed transition to by-district elections. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located on the first floor of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. The community is invited to attend to learn about the process and provide feedback on how it can shape Brea’s future. Those that cannot attend the meeting can share their thoughts by sending an email to: districting@cityofbrea.net.

The entire districting process is outlined below, and the public's participation is highly encouraged.