City Manager's Report May 21, 2021

The Alley Cats Performed at The Curtis Theatre

On May 15 and 16, the Curtis Theatre held its first live, in-person season event since February of 2020. The event was held on the front steps of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center and featured a perennial, fan-favorite act—The Alley Cats. The a capella group has been a staple in the Curtis Theatre lineup for almost 30 years, so welcoming them back to perform the Curtis Theatre’s first shows in over a year was a natural fit. Each party in the audience was safely spaced away from other patrons, and as per State and local guidelines, masks were required. Each show was at or near the capacity allowed for outdoor events, and every comment staff received was positive.

The Brea Fitness Center Reopening and Open House

In preparation for the Brea Fitness Center’s May 3 reopening, the fitness team organized an open house to welcome new and returning patrons. This opportunity allowed the fitness team to showcase the new layout of the fitness center, building improvements, and safety protocols. This also allowed patrons to sign new waivers and enroll in new memberships.

The open house proved to be a success, attracting over 300 attendees. This led to a total of 331 memberships, and 23 daily drop-in passes sold in the first week of opening. Based on feedback from patrons, their main reasons for joining the fitness center are the friendly staff, clean facility, and group fitness schedule.

The Brea Fitness Center offers classes in several formats, such as BodyPump, Super Sculpt, TRX, Low Impact, SilverSneakers, Cycle, Barre, Zumba, and Boot Camp. The schedule consists of 46 classes a week, Monday through Saturday, with the majority of classes being held outside. The Brea Fitness Team continues to “Make Fit Happen” in a safe environment.

Mother’s Day Mermaid Market

On Saturday, May 8 the Community Services Department hosted a “Mother’s Day Mermaid Market” on the Plaza Level of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. There were 40 vendors in attendance and the Brea Art Gallery displayed their annual Made in California Juried Exhibition, featuring over 100 unique works of art from artists all over the state of California. Included in the price of admission, a complimentary photoshoot opportunity was offered in front of a festive backdrop titled “Who Doesn’t Want to be a Mermaid?” with a gorgeous balloon arch.

Approximately 300 community members attended and enjoyed this hand-curated event. It was an event to remember, especially during these challenging times. Attendees were smiling and happy to be out with the community again. A big thank you to the Community Services, and Public Works Departments, the Print Shop, and Communications & Marketing Divisions for all their great work to make this event a huge success.

Wildcatters Park Football Field Renovation

The Public Works Department recently completed the Wildcatters Park football field renovation. Due to the field having low and worn areas that would hold water and make it uneven, a laser level was used to guide the placement of new soil to fill those areas and create better drainage. The process also included aerating to reduce compaction, overseeding the field for new grass, and top dressing the seed with an organic mixture of fertilizer and mulch which helps establish seed growth. Field closure time was agreed upon by the Community Services Department and is scheduled to re-open the week of June 1. This renovation of the football field will benefit Brea Pop Warner Football and regular park users by keeping the fields safe, appealing, and playable year-round.

Water Quality Improvements at The Tracks at Brea Trail

The Public Works Department completed a Water Quality Improvement Project on Segment 2 of the Tracks at Brea Trail. A new concrete gutter was installed as one portion of improvements to help stop erosion on the trail. The second part of the work installed riprap (loose, different-shaped rocks) where the trail crosses over the flood control channel. The work did not affect traffic along the trail.

Brea Awarded for Excellence in Transportation Planning

The Orange County Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) awarded the City of Brea for Excellence in Transportation Planning for Brea’s “Connecting the Core Active Transportation Plan (ATP).” This Plan was adopted by the City Council on January 21, 2020, and is an integral part of the Brea Envisions Community Strategic Plan. This Plan was also granted a Merit for Public Outreach award since it was developed with extensive community input gathered through a series of workshops, meetings with local stakeholders, pop-up events, and a design charrette. Furthermore, it provides a set of implementable actions to guide future improvements and serves as a foundation for a safe, sustainable, and connected community.

These awards from APA make the Plan eligible for the APA California Chapter awards in both Transportation Planning and Public Outreach. A special thanks and congratulations to the Public Works Department, the Communications & Marketing Division who assisted with outreach, and the staff and community that contributed to the plan.

Historic Virtual Celebration of Brea and Anseong, Korea’s 10 Year Sister Anniversary

On Thursday, April 29, the cities of Brea and Anseong, Korea celebrated 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. The performances reflected and highlight the beauty of diverse cultures. A gift exchange was also shared between the two cities. It was a historic event that honored and celebrated this 10-year long relationship. The City of Brea is looking forward to strengthening this meaningful Sister City relationship and making more great memories together.

The Brea Senior Center Celebrates Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special time to celebrate and honor those who have done so much. This year the holiday was observed a bit differently at the Brea Senior Center. On Friday, May 7, a special brunch-to-go was created and offered by the Center’s very own, Chef Francesco. Over 130 meals were provided to those who desired to treat mothers and loved ones to a wonderful spread. The menu consisted of a sausage and cheese omelet, sautéed vegetables, roasted potatoes, yogurt parfait, fresh fruit, and a delicious slice of cheesecake with cherries. A generous donation of 150 mini red velvet bundt cakes was made by Villagio at Capriana. The efforts of the staff and volunteers are appreciated for making this event a success.

Public Facilities and Improvements Ramp Compliance Upgrades, Project 7325

The Public Facilities and Improvements (ADA) Ramp Compliance Upgrades Project is now complete. The project reconstructed curb ramps at several locations throughout the southwestern portion of the City, as well as near the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. The completion of these curb ramps provides better access to streets, sidewalks, and City facilities in conformance with the latest Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. This project was funded solely by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provided through the County of Orange.