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CITY MANAGER'S update A BI-WEEKLY REPORT FROM APRIL 26 - May 10, 2019

ABOUT THE COVER PHOTO: Spring time in TC: Vibrant colors all around our building.[Photo credit: Montserrat Gonzalez]

NEWSY ITEMS

PLANET FITNESS COMING TO TEMPLE CITY

TC'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM RECEIVES AN AWARD

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CASE STUDY

OLDER AMERICAN OF THE YEAR

CITY CLERK

At their upcoming May 7 meeting, Council will proclaim Older American Month, approve generator maintenance services, and approve the agreement amendment with Vavrinek, Trine & Day for audit services for FY 2018-19.

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COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE UPDATES

The City is accepting applications to fill nine seats on the following four City Commissions:

Three seats on the Planning Commission, which has decision-making authority on a variety of development proposals. Commissioners advise on programs, policies and issues relating to planning, development and land use regulation. Interested candidates should be residents and qualified electors of the city at the time of their appointment to office and members shall be required to remain residents and qualified electors of the city during their entire period of service on the commission. The Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Three seats on the Transportation and Public Safety Commission, which makes decisions on administrative and parking citations, and develops recommendations regarding the administration of public safety programs. Interested candidates should be residents and qualified electors of the city at the time of their appointment to office and members shall be required to remain residents and qualified electors of the city during their entire period of service on the commission. The Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Three seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission, which makes recommendations on the development and oversight of the City’s parks facilities and recreational programming. Interested candidates should be residents and qualified electors of the city at the time of their appointment to office and members shall be required to remain residents and qualified electors of the city during their entire period of service on the commission. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

YOUTH COMMITTEE UPDATE

Recruitment begins for seven prospective Youth Committee members. Students grade 9-12 are invited to apply for a seat on the committee. Deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. on May 31. Applicants are required to attend a mandatory meeting on May 28, 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

PLANET FITNESS COMING TO TEMPLE CITY

On Tuesday, April 23, the Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit allowing Planet Fitness to operate in the Camellia Square shopping center. Planet Fitness will occupy over 18,000 square feet of space at 9055 Las Tunas Drive, next to Meet Fresh, Bistro Na’s, MS Slim, and Cathay Bank. Planet Fitness will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Any business operating between midnight and 7:00 a.m. requires approval of a conditional use permit. The Planning Commission included several conditions of approval to help minimize impacts to the adjacent residential properties.

Planet Fitness has over 1,500 locations in the United States, and another 200 locations in Canada, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The company is known for offering affordable gym memberships starting at only $10 a month; this membership limits users to one location. Planet Fitness also offers a higher end membership that costs $22.99 a month that gives members access to all their Planet Fitness locations, unlimited guest privileges for all Planet Fitness locations, use of tanning and massage chairs/beds, and discounts on beverages and Reebok products. The Planet Fitness owner indicated that they will hire between 20 to 25 employees for the new Temple City location.

TC'S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM RECEIVES AN AWARD

Congresswoman Chu has recognized Temple City at the 2019 Congressional Recognition of Excellence Awards Ceremony for the city’s Youth Scholarship Program – which is jointly managed by Jennifer Venters in the Parks and Recreation Department and Adam Gulick in the Community Development Department. The federally funded program provides financial assistance, in the form of a scholarship up to 75 percent of the class registration fees, to children from low-income families who wish to participate in City-sponsored recreational activities. This popular program was established in the mid-1990’s and typically assists up to 100 youths with over $25,000 worth of scholarships. For more information about the Youth Scholarship Program, click here. For the past six years, Congresswoman Chu has honored CDBG recipients by recognizing communities in the 27th Congressional District that provide essential services and programs that utilize CDBG funds.

COMMUNITY PRESERVATION CASE STUDY

As indicated in the March City Manager’s Report, Community Preservation inspectors have canvassed and continue to canvass the City for overgrown lawns and weeds. During March and April, Community Preservation Inspectors visited several properties that had unmaintained yards. Officers contacted the property owners. Inspectors either spoke with the owners or left a courtesy notice requesting the overgrown grass, weeds, and vegetation be cut and discarded. A final inspection is typically conducted within 14 days to ensure compliance with the municipal Code.

Since the beginning of the year, the inspectors have opened 241 cases related to overgrown vegetation. If you would like to report a concern regarding overgrown vegetation or another possible violation of the City’s municipal code please contact the Community Preservation Inspectors at (626) 285-5240 or planning@templecity.us.

Before and After photos provided by Code Enforcement Division

PARKS AND RECREATION

EASTER EGG HUNT & PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast event was held at Live Oak Park on April 20 and was a huge success. Over 1,200 attendees enjoyed breakfast, egg hunts, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists and of course, pictures with the Easter Bunny.

OLDER AMERICAN OF THE YEAR

Carol Daughtery was selected as the 2019 City of Temple City Older American of the Year. The celebration tour for Carol begins at the May 7 City Council meeting, where Carol will be honored in conjunction with Older Americans Month. On May 23, Carol will also be honored at a celebration luncheon in Los Angeles hosted by the County of Los Angeles. Finally, on May 30, Carol will be honored by the City of Temple City and her family and friends at a banquet dinner at the Live Oak Park Community.

YOUTH SOCCER

Youth Soccer, which began on April 1 and concludes May 29, is under way with a total of 78 participants. Players practice twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays at Live Oak Park. Games began April 13 and are held every Saturday at Live Oak Park.

MINI SOCCER

Mini Soccer began April 2 with a total of 65 participants. Youngsters ages 3 ½ - 5 and 6 -7 years old practice twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They began playing games on April 20. Coaches teach the basic fundamentals of the game while stressing the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

TRACK AND FIELD

Track and Field began on March 18 and has 48 participants. Coaches are teaching a variety of track and field events, including softball throw (shot put), long jump, triple jump, and short and long distance races.

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