City Manager's Report September 24, 2021

The Curtis Theatre Hosted the Sounds of Johnny Cash

On September 17 and 18, The James Garner Tribute to Johnny Cash returned for three performances at the Curtis Theatre. Last seen in Brea in 2017, this love letter to “the man in black” faithfully and authentically recreated the sounds of Johnny Cash’s most popular songs. While not an impersonation, James Garner weaved together songs and stories from Cash’s life in a thought-provoking manner that delighted audiences of all ages.

Holiday Programming Returns to the Curtis Theatre

Patrons of the Curtis Theatre will be excited to hear that some fan-favorite artists are returning just in time for the holidays. To kick things off, Christmas with the Alley Cats will be back with performances from November 26 – 28. America’s Premier Doo-Wop Group puts their acapella spin on the holiday classics while showcasing their humor and heart-warming storytelling. Following that will be performances of It’s a Wonderful Life- The Radio Play. This beloved film is brought to life on stage complete with costumes and live sound effects from December 9 – 19. Produced in partnership with STAGEStheatre, this holiday tradition is immensely popular and is the perfect family-friendly wintertime experience.

Water Main Replacement in the North Hills West and East Tracts

Construction for the Brea Water Main Replacement Project in the North Hills West and East Tracts is now complete. The project constructed water and sewer infrastructure including water mains, a sewer main on Northwood Avenue from Sandalwood to La Canada Drive, rehabilitated the pavement on various streets and updated ADA ramps within the North Hills Tract Subdivision. The improvements have upgraded the water distribution, sewer capacity, street condition, and accessibility for this neighborhood.

Construction Improvements on Segment 3 of the Tracks at Brea Trail.

Maintenance work is scheduled to be done on Wednesday, October 6 on the portion of the Trail from Brea Boulevard to State College Boulevard. The work being performed includes crack sealing, slurry sealing, and striping of the asphalt. Only the asphalt portion of the trail will be closed. The decomposed granite portion of the path will remain open. Construction safety signs will be posted at all entry points to this segment of The Tracks.

Due to natural wear and tear, trail conditions need improvement from time to time, and this scheduled work will enhance its conditions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as these improvements are made.

Landscape Improvement Projects Completed

The landscape improvement projects for the medians located on the Associated Road and North Associated Road parkways, from Lambert Road to Sleepy Hollow Lane, have been completed. Landscape improvements for the Lambert Road medians, from Pointe Drive to Kraemer Boulevard, are substantially complete. The new landscaping includes low water use trees and plants like agave, aloe, lantana, and bougainvillea. Both projects updated the existing irrigation systems to drip systems in order to increase water conservation and avoid overspray onto adjacent sidewalks or roadways.

Adding to Brea’s Professional Team

The City of Brea strives to hire talented individuals to become part of its professional team. Employees dedicate their careers to public service and work diligently each day to deliver high-quality services and programs to Brea’s community. An outstanding employee who has recently demonstrated these qualities is Cecilia Madrigal-Gonzalez. Cecilia was promoted to Assistant Planner within the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. She began working in Brea in 2019 as an Administrative Intern, and more recently as a Planning Technician. During her time in Brea, she has worked on projects such as the Projects in Process City of Brea website page, the General Plan Progress Report, SB 2 grants, and is currently working on entitlements for ALDI Grocery Store, the Phoenix Club, and Jamboree Housing. Cecilia is excited about her new opportunity within the organization and looks forward to continuing her journey in Brea.

A Successful Senior Health Fair & Flu Clinic

The Brea Senior Center Health Fair & Flu Clinic returned as a limited, and mostly outdoor, event on Friday, September 10. Over 300 seniors attended the event with 40 vendors offering helpful information and resources including caregiver assistance, financial services, physical therapy, and healthcare plans. Organizations such as Alzheimer’s Orange County, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), Adult Public Health Nursing Services, OC Office on Aging, the Brea Police Department, and Experience Brea Arts also took part in the event. Multiple free health screenings were available including grip strength, skin damage, medication review, Body Mass Index (BMI), cardiac, Covid-19 antibodies, stroke, spinal, thyroid, and pulse oximetry; along with free flu shots, and COVID-19 vaccines. Chef Francesco prepared delicious breakfast bowls as well as Greek chicken wraps. Spoonful Yogurt Café generously provided a free year’s supply of Omega-3 supplements to all seniors in attendance.

Call for Art Opens at the Brea Gallery

On October 1, the Brea Gallery’s annual call-for-art will officially open and accept submissions for the 2022 art show. The Made in California exhibit, hosted every spring, will be celebrating its 37th year in 2022. This exhibition features artwork from all over the Golden State, tapping into current and contemporary art movements happening in California.

Any artist, age 18+, working in any medium, is eligible to participate in this opportunity, and a chance to win cash prizes. The only requirement is that the artist must reside in California. All Brea residents get one free entry to the call-for-art and are encouraged to submit early. The call-for-art deadline is February 18, 2022. For more information, please visit the Gallery website.

Brea Receives an Award of Merit

On September 16, the City of Brea received an Award of Merit from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for the Brea Connecting the Core Active Transportation Plan (ATP). This Plan was a collaborative effort between the City and the community to prepare a long-range plan for the heart of the City. This is the second award this ATP plan has received this year. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this effort. Click below for more information about Brea Connecting the Core Active Transportation Plan (ATP).