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City Manager's Report February 12, 2021

Community Engagement Opportunities for Brea’s Housing Element Update

As the City is in the process of updating its Housing Element for the 2021-2029-year cycle, the launch of ShapeBrea.net has played a critical role in community engagement. A Housing Survey is currently available where members of the community can share their opinions as to what they see are Brea’s most important housing needs. So far, 56 surveys have been received, along with two housing stories, and one idea on how the City can work towards expanding its inclusive housing. Most recently, ShapeBrea.net was utilized to call for applicants to participate in the Housing Element Stakeholder Meeting that was held on February 11. Participants were able to provide feedback to City staff and consultants about how the City can provide affordable housing and incorporate environmental justice. ShapeBrea.net will continue to be an instrumental tool to share updates regarding how community members can participate in this project, including the Build Your Dream Home Challenge, Community Outreach Meeting, and future Public Hearings. Visit the site to view more information about how to participate in the process, both in-person and online.

Brea Youth Basketball Camp

Fans of basketball are excited to get outside and participate in the new Brea Youth Basketball Camp. On Monday nights at Olinda Ranch Park, 17 children from ages 7-9 years old focus on the fundamentals of basketball: dribbling, passing, shooting, and defensive skills. The Community Services Department staff introduces new skills each week through drills and challenges that are fun and energetic while remaining socially distant. Traditional basketball games are being replaced with exciting, socially-distant competitions. The camaraderie, sportsmanship, and competitiveness continue to fill the hearts and minds of participants. The true mission of this program is to introduce the sport of basketball to those who may have never played before, while also allowing for those who already have basketball skills to hone their craft and push their development to the next level. After just finishing the first session of the program, the Community Services staff is excited to start the second session with maximum registration.

The Brea Gallery’s Interview with Shoutout SoCal

In December Shoutout SoCal interviewed the Brea Art Gallery’s Director and Curator, Heather Bowling. The interview focused on Heather’s view on risk-taking as a necessary element when chasing dreams and running an art gallery. Heather shared the following about what she has learned about running the Brea Art Gallery:

“When I took over as Director of the Brea Gallery three years ago, I of course had a lot of big ideas and dreams for the space. Since then, every single time I want to launch a new program or reinvent an old one, I do my best to anticipate every ‘what if’, but at the end of the day, I cannot guess what our visitors’ responses will be or how financially successful the program will be… but I know that if I do not try, I will never know. And luckily, I am given the free reign to take these risks in order to grow the scope of our space and the reach of our audience."

The Brea Gallery Gift Shop is Open and Serving Customers

The Brea Art Gallery is now open as a retail space to serve visitors in the gift shop and purchase artwork on display. Open hours will remain Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Advanced reservations are not required, but capacity will be limited. Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are necessary for entry. Online shopping with curbside pickup is also available during the same hours.

The current exhibit, Taking Up Space, is being presented virtually in a variety of ways. During the show, January 30 – March 26, online visitors will be able to explore the exhibition through a 3D-rendered, click-thru tour on ArtSteps. Images and video of the exhibit are alongside artist interview videos on the Brea Gallery’s blog, breaartgallery.com, and social media. Artist Instagram Takeover Weekends, Instagram (IG) live curator tours, and a Zoom Artist Panel are additional features during the exhibit. Stay tuned as more details will be announced soon.

Associated Road Wall and Fence Repair

Before and After of Fence Repair
Before and After of Wall Repair

In January, A1 Fencing began Capital Improvement Project 7692 for repairs to the wall along Associated Road that runs parallel with the flood control channel. Repairs were made to the damaged wall and wrought iron fence. The County Flood Control cut down some problematic trees, and City Maintenance staff painted the remaining wrought iron fence. The job is complete.

Removal & Replacement of Faded Regulatory Signs

The removal and replacement of faded regulatory signs throughout the City will start on Monday, February 22 and is expected to be completed by May 24. The project will remove and replace approximately 1,200 regulatory signs, which include STOP, No Parking, Ped-Xing, No Right Turn on Red, and other faded/worn out signs. The contractor for this project is Statewide Safety Systems, and they will have two crews working in the City changing out signs over the next few weeks.

Moorpark Drive Water Improvements Project 7430

Construction is set to start for the Moorpark Drive Water Improvements Project to replace approximately 1,250 linear feet of existing ductile iron pipe (DIP) with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) C-900 pipe. The Project is located within a residential neighborhood on Moorpark Drive from Brittany Lane to Larkstone Lane. The work consists of installation of new PVC C-900 pipe, abandonment of old DIP, reconnection of water services and fire hydrants.

Stephen Doreck Equipment Rentals, Inc. was awarded the contract for this project. Construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, February 22 and will take approximately two months to complete. In working with the City’s Communications & Marketing Division, notices were provided to those impacted by the construction and posted on the City website. Residents and the general public will continue to be notified throughout the project to keep them updated with on-going construction activities.

The Brea Police Department Community Outreach Bureau

The Brea Police Department has established a new unit, the Community Outreach Bureau, which encompasses the Downtown Liaison Officer, the Homeless Liaison Officer, and the School Resource Officer.

Each officer will maintain their primary responsibilities and will now be cross-trained in these roles. With three officers working together to assist one another, there will be greater flexibility within each role and will create a more effective team effort in providing services to the community.

Be sure to say hello when you see Brea’s new Community Outreach Bureau Officers, whether they are Downtown, at Brea’s schools, or patrolling the City.