City Manager’s monthly message: ICSC, new City Clerk, tourism and more

Dear San Gabriel,

To provide more insight about what happens at City Hall, I’d like to provide a monthly update showcasing news and events from the City that may not always receive an article on our blog or an entry in our newsletter. As you probably know, the City is composed of ten departments that are responsible for carrying out the City Council’s directive. With these monthly updates, you’ll have the opportunity to see what each department is doing in detail to make San Gabriel a better place to live, work and play.

Along with these developments, I also hope to recognize some of the women and men behind our City so that you may get a glimpse of their accomplishments and how they may contribute to our community.

So without further delay, here is the City Manager’s update for May:

City Manager’s Office

  • First, I wanted to give you an update about the sewer incident that we had earlier this week. At the moment, our staff is reaching out to residents and businesses who may have been affected by the sewage backup. If you have been affected, please get in touch with us so that we may offer assistance.
  • This month, Mayor Harrington, Vice Mayor Pu, Councilmember Chin Ho Liao, Councilmember Juli Costanzo, Community Development Director Armine Chaparyan, Economic Development Manager Angelica Frausto-Lupo and I attended the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) on behalf of San Gabriel. For those who aren’t familiar with the conference, ICSC is a networking opportunity that links up cities, developers and organizations with the goal of fostering economic development. For San Gabriel, this is an opportunity for meeting with potential developers who may want to start their business in our City.  We had the opportunity to meet with several restaurateurs, grocers, retailers and developers who expressed an interest in our community, and we hope to follow up with these organizations in the coming weeks.

City Clerk

  • I’m very happy to announce that we’ve hired a new Chief City Clerk: Sharon Clark will be joining our City in June, and she comes to us from the City of Covina. In her new role, she’ll oversee the City Clerk’s department, which acts as a liaison between the community and the City Council. Welcome to San Gabriel, Sharon!

Community Development

  • The team at Economic Development has been busily researching the possibility of starting a tourism and marketing improvement district (TMID) for the City. Once created, a TMID will market San Gabriel as a destination for tourists, meetings and special events. Once this entity progresses, the TMID will have the opportunity to promote San Gabriel on the national and international stage.
  • I’m pleased to report that Senior NIS Officer Justin Edson was sworn into the Board of Directors for the California Association of Code Enforcement Officers. Justin had been volunteering in the organization for the last two years, and he was nominated by several board members in recognition of his great work. He will now have the opportunity to help lead a profession for 2,500 code enforcement officers across the state. Congratulations, Justin!

Community Services

  • It’s almost summertime, and in that spirit, Community Services will be offering several new classes. This year, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for STEM Challenge with LEGO, Boga-Yoga in the Pool, Junior Lifeguarding and the Mermaid/Merman Academy. How fun!

Finance

  • Budget season is upon us, and we have several budget meetings scheduled in June. If you’ve just joined us for this budget season, you may read about our progress on Inside San Gabriel in our first and second posted update.

Fire

  • Our fire department reports that the newly acquired Zoll X Series Cardiac Monitors have been officially placed into service. This new purchase will allow our personnel to provide diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities that matches the level of care typically received in an emergency room. This is a significant addition for our paramedics and emergency medical technicians, and I want to thank FEMA for providing funding for these crucial additions.

Human Resources

  • We’re currently recruiting lifeguards and swim instructors for the summer season. Apply now on our website.

Mission Playhouse

  • The Mission Playhouse has been nominated by the California State Historical Resources Commission for the National Register of Historic Places. This nomination will be submitted to the National Park Service for consideration. This effort was coordinated by Development/Special Projects Manager Kelly Salloum with assistance from Citrus College professor Senya Lubisich. You may read our nomination application here.
  • I’m also pleased to note that Jonathan Salisbury has been appointed as the new Mission Playhouse Manager. Jonathan originally joined the City in 2008 as a volunteer, eventually becoming the theater’s program coordinator. He brings decades of experience in venue and arts management. Please welcome Jonathan into his new role!

Police

  • I’m very happy to recognize several members of the San Gabriel Police Department for their academic and professional achievements:
    • Last month, Lieutenant Rene Hernandez graduated from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute from California State University, Long Beach’s Department of Criminal Justice. Our City has been fortunate enough to have three supervisors graduate from the program in the last 18 months.
    • In addition, Officer Donovan Jimenez received an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making 25 D.U.I arrests in a year. Nice work, Officer Jimenez!

Public Works

  • Heads up, motorists: beginning in June, Caltrans will perform work on the New Avenue, Del Mar Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard onramps and offramps with the goal of reconstructing the bridge decks. Residents should be prepared for a 55-hour closure during select weekends that will include the high-occupancy-vehicle lanes alongside the closure of City streets below the bridge. We’ll have more information about these closures in a future update.

That’s all I have in this month’s update. Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me or my office.

Best regards,

Mark