City Manager's Report April 23, 2021

Brea’s Bunny Hop Trolley

On Saturday, April 3, the Community Services Department hosted “Brea’s Bunny Hop Trolley” event. The community was able to choose from one of three trolley stops, including City Hall Park, Olinda Oil Museum, and Birch Hills Golf Course. Approximately 2,500 people attended between all the locations. Over 500 families came through to take pictures with the Easter Bunny and receive a goodie bag filled with candy, a small toy, and stickers. Families commented that it was nice to visit City parks and the Birch Hills Golf Course.

The Community Services Department partnered with the Kiwanis Club for the costume and candy supplies. In years past, the Kiwanis Club has hosted an annual egg hunt for the community, but due to changing COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, this year, they partnered with the City to provide other ways to make it a wonderful and memorable event.

A big “thank you” to the Kiwanis Club for their donations, the Community Services and Public Works Departments, and the Reprographics and Communications & Marketing Divisions for all of their hard work to make this event a huge success.

Brea’s Korea Sister City 10 Year Anniversary Virtual Celebration

On Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m., the cities of Brea and Anseong, Korea will celebrate their ten-year Sister City relationship anniversary with a virtual celebration, including amazing performances by the Darden Group and the Korean American Youth Performing Artists. Please plan to view it online on Brea’s YouTube Channel, Facebook Live, or cityofbrea.net/BREAtv. This is sure to be a historical and memorable event!

Brea Senior Center Provides for Those in Need

Recently, the Brea Senior Center hosted Meals on Wheels Orange County and Mayor Steve Vargas helped distribute food to Brea’s seniors. The Brea Senior Center has seen a 217% increase in meals served per week over the past year and is giving out more groceries to more individuals than ever before. The Brea Senior Center is grateful for the continued assistance received from food organizations throughout this pandemic as well as the support of the Brea City Council.

Housing Element Update – Community Input Workshop

On March 23, the Community Development Department staff and consultants hosted a community workshop to discuss the Housing Element. City staff made a brief presentation that provided an overview of the Housing Element update process, as well as Brea’s approach to the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). There were a total of 34 participants consisting of residents, housing advocates, and community leaders, who shared their ideas and concepts to address Brea’s most important housing needs and trends. Brea’s Planning Commission was also present and provided input following comments made by the public.

The following summarizes some of the comments received at the workshop:

  • Support the continued preservation of the hillside wildlands
  • Encourage the City to provide more opportunities for senior housing
  • Create affordable housing ownership opportunities for Brea’s workforce and young professionals
  • Ensure projects maintain Brea’s quality of life

Within the upcoming months, City staff and consultants will be consolidating the input gathered from the workshop to incorporate into the draft Housing Element update. A joint City Council and Planning Commission Meeting is being planned to provide input and direction on proposed Housing Element policies and programs. Click below to learn more about the Housing Element update and to view the community input workshop.

Brea Place Landscape Median Extension

The Brea Place development project began construction for a landscape median extension on Birch Street last Friday, April 16. Traffic will be impacted intermittently on Birch Street, from the Brea Mall entrance to State College Boulevard, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. One lane will be open at all times in each direction. This work is scheduled to continue for the next four to five weeks.

Additionally, the sidewalk on Birch Street, fronting the construction project, will be closed for the next three months. Please drive safely when going through the area and/or choose an alternate route.

The Brea Police Department Welcomes Police Academy Graduates

Acting Chief Hawley swearing in recent grads Officer Ortiz (left) and Officer Evans (right).

On Thursday, April 15, the Brea Police Department swore-in two new Police Officers, who both recently graduated from Golden West College of Criminal Justice, Class #163.

Police Officer Evans grew up locally in Orange County and served in the United States Naval Law Enforcement from 2016-2020. Police Officer Ortiz also grew up locally in Los Angeles and served as a Military Police Officer in the Army from 2012-2020. Ortiz graduated from the police academy with high marks, ranked number one overall in his class.

Both Officer Evans and Officer Ortiz are currently in field training and will be for several months. Upon successful completion of field training, they will be out on patrol. Please welcome them to Brea.

Women’s History Month Brea Police Department Recipient

The month of March was Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate and honor women for their leadership, contributions to society, and fearless dedication to making the world a better place.

The Brea Police Department employs many women who dedicate their lives to the service of others. One of these women, Deborah Lara, was recognized with a commendation for her many years of service to, not only Brea for the past five years, but also to the Garden Grove and Downey Police Departments, for a combined total of 25 years of service.

Improvements at the Brea Creek Golf Course Parking Lot

As part of this year’s Public Works Capital Improvement Program, improvements at the Brea Creek Golf Course parking lot were completed. The improvements added five new ADA parking stalls with curb ramps in the area closest to the driving range. The remainder of the parking lot was crack sealed, slurry coated, and restriped.

Great Events at Brea’s Golf Courses

Both Birch Hills and Brea Creek Golf Courses are offering great events for golfers of all ages. At Birch Hills Golf Course, Junior Golfers’ green fees are 50¢ for every year of their age after 2:00 p.m. Juniors rates apply to kids 18 and under, with a paying adult. Their Treehouse Bar & Grill will also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Enjoy Cinco de Mayo Live Fire Specials on May 5 starting at 11:00 a.m. The specials include delicious options starting at just $4. On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, the Treehouse Bar & Grill will be offering a tasty Mother’s Day Breakfast. Take advantage of outdoor dining while overlooking both the golf course and driving range.

Play golf at both Birch Hills and Brea Creek Golf Courses and be rewarded with the Brea Rewards Program. The membership fee is $99.99 per year to enjoy access to exclusive discounts on golf, merchandise, food, and beverages at both Birch Hills and Brea Creek. Visit cityofbrea.net/golf for full details.