City Manager's Report August 27, 2021

City of Brea Hosting the 18th Annual Inner Coastal Cleanup

The City of Brea Public Works Department will be holding its 18th Annual Inner Coastal Cleanup event on Saturday, September 18, from 7:00 -11:00 a.m. The event will take place at the Brea Creek Channel, located at the lower level of the downtown parking structure at the end of Birch Street. Please join City of Brea representatives and volunteers by removing trash from Brea Creek and the adjacent slopes. This effort will aid in creating a healthier watershed. For additional details, please visit the cityofbrea.net

LA Times Features the Brea Gallery

The Brea Gallery’s current exhibit Applied Practice: Constructing Notions on the Contemporary Craft Process was recently featured in the LA Times, Daily Pilot. LA Times staff photographer, Kevin Chang, visited the Gallery to photograph the exhibit. The article focuses on several of the exhibiting artists and some of their inspirations and processes.

Ashoke Chhabra, whose sculptural lamps made of wood and glass have been a visitor favorite, is specifically highlighted in the article by stating, “Some look like set pieces belonging to a fairy tale production while others would’ve fit into Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice.”

The Gallery is grateful to get exposure in such a large media outlet to showcase the exhibit and the artists themselves.

Stop by the Gallery Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. to visit the show or explore the Gift Shop. To visit outside those hours, please contact the Gallery staff at (714) 990-7731 to make arrangements.

Online Curator Tours at the Brea Gallery

The Brea Gallery developed a program to share its exhibits with visitors during the required COVID-19 closure and has continued hosting virtual curator tours. During a live-streaming event via Instagram, Gallery Director and Curator Heather Bowling walked through the current exhibit, providing insight and context for the artwork and artists featured. Though the Gallery has been open to the public since January 2021, these tours have continued because they offer a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at putting the entire show together and are accessible to audiences who may not be able to attend in person. When watching the live-stream, viewers can ask questions and comment on what they are seeing, and often exhibiting artists will join the live stream. Additionally, these tours remain available on the Gallery’s Instagram account. Be sure to follow the Gallery and tune in for the next tour @breagallery.

New Water Restrictions

Due to new State Regulations, the City’s Water Ordinance has been updated to promote water conservation. On June 1, 2021, the Brea City Council activated Level 1 of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan. The most significant changes to outdoor watering include:

  • May to September, outdoor watering is limited to four days per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday).
  • October to April, outdoor watering is limited to two days per week (Monday and Friday).
  • Outdoor watering is prohibited between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is limited to 10 minutes per station.

At this time, the State of California has not formally declared a drought or implemented any mandatory water use restrictions. The City’s water use restrictions will be adjusted accordingly in the future if the State were to take such action(s).

Country Hills Pavement and Water Improvements

The Country Hills Pavement and Water Improvement Project, CIP Project 7322, will begin construction this September. The work is located within the residential neighborhood north of Birch Street, south of Lambert Road, east of north Associated Road, and west of Kraemer Boulevard. The project includes the replacement and upgrade of existing water mains and appurtenances, as well as street resurfacing throughout the Country Hills tract.

Williams Pipeline Contractors, Inc. was awarded the contract for this project, and construction is anticipated to be completed by May 2022. In working with the City’s Communications & Marketing Division, notices will be sent to residents, a project-specific email group will be employed, and a dedicated page on the City’s website is now live. Residents and the general public will continue to be notified throughout the project to keep them updated on the progress.

Napoli Tract Water Improvements

Construction for the Napoli Tract Water Improvements Project, CIP Project 7458, is now complete. The project was located south of Lambert Road and west of Brea Boulevard and included Napoli Drive, Delphia Avenue, and St. Crispen Avenue. The work involved the replacement and upgrading of existing water mains, appurtenances, and street resurfacing throughout the tract. The improvements have improved water distribution, street conditions, and accessibility for this neighborhood.

Lambert Road Traffic Signal Synchronization Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) released the list of projects that were successfully awarded funding in the 2020 Call for Projects. The Cities of Brea and La Habra were awarded a total of $1,873,074 in Measure M2 funds for the Lambert Road Traffic Signal Synchronization Project. The City of La Habra will be the lead agency on this multi-jurisdictional project that improves traffic signal synchronization of 25 signals. The project limits run from Martinez Drive in La Habra to Valencia Avenue in Brea. Overall, this project includes 13 signals in Brea, eight signals in La Habra, and four signals within the Caltrans’ jurisdiction.

The total estimated project cost for engineering, construction, project management, signal timing and signal support is $2,340,000. The City of Brea’s required match is approximately $283,000 from Traffic Impact Fees. The project is expected to start within a couple of months and will be completed in early 2023. A cooperative agreement with the City of La Habra will be presented for the Brea City Council’s consideration at an upcoming City Council Meeting.