City Manager's Report March 26, 2021

Outdoor Youth Classes: Fun Acrylic Painting

The City of Brea Contract Class program is now offering new outdoor youth classes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, classes have been held in a virtual setting and have slowly started to transition into in-person instruction. Outdoor classes have been reformatted with a lower enrollment capacity to allow for safe spacing. Fun Acrylic Painting has received immense interest and classes have been filling up fast. The first session of Fun Acrylic Painting ended last week, where participants aged 6-12 years old learned color mixing, landscape, and portraiture. This class sparked interest in the next scheduled art class, Masterpieces with Pencils and Pastels, which has already reached max enrollment capacity. This class will teach young artists basic design, perspective, and figurative art. These classes alternate monthly and are held on Thursday afternoons.

Exciting New Changes Coming to Birch Hills Golf Course

The City of Brea is excited to announce the rerouting of the Birch Hills Golf Course, coming soon. The rerouting is designed to enhance the customer experience for golfers of all skill levels. The front-and-back nine will now be connected by a new bridge to provide a unique experience at Birch Hills. As part of the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the existing cart bridge at Birch Hills Golf Course is scheduled to be replaced with a similar-sized steel bridge. The Public Works Department has processed an encroachment permit with Orange County Public Works for access along the flood control channel. The permit is ready to be issued to the contractor selected for the project. Work is anticipated to start in mid to late April to remove the bridge and make minor modifications to the abutments to support the new bridge.

The current delivery schedule for the new prefabricated bridge is the first week of May. When opened for use, the new bridge will allow for a rerouting of the current hole configuration, giving a better mix of short and long holes. The community’s feedback regarding this new design is greatly appreciated. A quick five-question survey, available via QR code and printed copy, has been developed to capture the community’s opinion. The survey can be found at Birch Hills Golf Course’s front counter, the golf carts, and on the City of Brea’s website. As an incentive to participate in the survey, the Birch Hills Golf Course Treehouse Bar and Grill is offering 10% off one’s restaurant bill. The Treehouse Bar and Grill serves an all-American classic cuisine and is a perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal while overlooking both the driving range and golf course.

Commissions and Committees Reorganize

The City of Brea has eight Commissions and Committees that play an important role in the community by making observations and bringing ongoing feedback to the City Council Members. They include: Art in Public Places Advisory Committee; Cultural Arts Commission; Development Committee; Finance Committee; Investment Advisory Committee; Parks, Recreation & Human Services Commission; Planning Commission, and the Traffic Committee. These Commissions and Committees reorganize their Chair and Vice-Chair at the beginning of each year. These volunteers provide a tremendous service of their time and talent to the Brea Community by serving on their respective Commission or Committee.

This year’s reorganization of the Commission or Committee’s leadership teams is as follows.

Planning Commission

  • Melanie Schlotterbeck, Chair
  • Gary Brattain, Vice Chair

Parks, Recreation, & Human Services Commission

  • Joseph Covey, Chair
  • Gill Realon, Vice Chair

Cultural Arts Commission

  • Benjamin Schultz, Chair
  • Sara Trujillo, Vice Chair

Art in Public Places Advisory Committee

  • Kris St. Clair, Chair

Traffic Committee

  • Erik Zambon, Chair
  • Darlene Chandler, Vice Chair

The work done by the Commissions and Committees is invaluable to Brea’s progress, and many thanks to the hours they devote. Brea continues to thrive and be a place many people want to live, work, and play thanks to their contributions.

Cal OES – Senior Center Grant Award

The City has been awarded $200,000 of funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) as part of the Community Power Resiliency Allocation to Cities Program. The purpose of this program and grant funding is to support California cities with additional preparedness measures in response to power outage events. The Engineering Division of the Public Works Department submitted a competitive grant application and was one of the 51 cities that was awarded by demonstrating the need and proposed use of funds within the community at the Brea Senior Center. The proposed project will add a new, fully-enclosed generator to the Brea Senior Center, adding resiliency to the operations of this community service. This will ensure that the needs of the seniors in the community can be met, even during emergency power outages.

The proposed work is anticipated to start in June with targeted completion in October 2021. The City of Brea is excited to add power resiliency to the Brea Senior Center, as it has become a key component to the Brea community, acting as a cooling center during heat waves when power outages occur. The Center has also supplied meals and grocery programs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as provided wellness checks and programs to Brea seniors.