City Manager’s monthly message: coyotes, new City Hall kiosk and more

Dear San Gabriel,

I hope you had a great Fourth of July holiday as we celebrate our nation’s independence. This was my first Independence Day celebration in San Gabriel and I was fortunate enough to ride through our parade in a yellow Ford Mustang. It was great seeing our community gathered for a moment of fun and reflection.

Now, here’s the City Manager’s update for the month of June:

City Clerk

  • Earlier this month, the City Clerk’s department held a dinner honoring our Commissioners at the San Gabriel Country Club. As you might know, our Commissioners are appointed by the City Council, and serve as volunteers who offer their experience and expertise in a variety of fields. In San Gabriel, we have five commissions who advise our City Council, including the Civil Service Commission, the Design Review Commission, the Community Services Commission, the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission. In addition, we also had members from the Successor Agency Oversight Board attend our dinner. To all our Commissioners and Board members: thank you for your service and for making San Gabriel a great place to live, work and play.

Community Development

  • This month, our team at Economic Development (with the help of our IT personnel) installed a new kiosk at City Hall. This kiosk is a helpful way for our residents and customers to browse through our City websites and access City services, including the ability to make a public records request, utilize our e-Trakit system or access our publications. We encourage you to make a visit to City Hall to explore the kiosk at your latest convenience.
  • With the help of the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, the City participated in two ribbon cutting ceremonies this month to welcome three new businesses: Nomad Ice Pops, Jones Bicycles II and Starbucks. It’s always a pleasure to welcome new businesses to our community, and I hope you’ll visit these exciting new additions to our City.
  • This month, we said goodbye to Senior Planner Darby Whipple. A resident of South Pasadena, Darby has taken a position with the City of South Pasadena, which is now closer to his home. We thank Darby for his service, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new position.

Community Services

  • On June 4, the Community Services Commission reviewed the final draft of the Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The plan gathered input from residents and stakeholders on San Gabriel’s parks and recreation facilities, services and programs that will help guide future services and developments. You can read more about the plan here.
  • Fans of La Laguna de San Gabriel: good news! Our staff at Community Services has secured a grant from Supervisor Barger’s office to help repair Sandy the Sea Serpent. With the help of Friends of La Laguna, this funding will help fill the gap to repair Sandy.

Finance

  • After receiving comments about the coyote population in San Gabriel, the City will be developing a virtual workshop with information on how to mitigate the coyote population in the coming weeks. In addition, the City will be developing neighborhood signs to help educate and inform residents on what they can do to minimize their risk. We’ll keep you posted on any developments as we help further our outreach regarding coyotes in our community.
  • On June 11, the Oversight Board for the San Gabriel Successor Agency approved several resolutions that pave the way for our Finance team to determine whether or not all enforceable obligations have been met and that the Successor Agency has been approved to dissolve. We expect to reach a conclusion very soon.

Fire

  • I’m happy to announce that new Firefighter/Paramedic Andrew Patlin officially started his two week orientation in late June. Andrew brings ten years of experience from CALFire Riverside to the San Gabriel Fire Department. Welcome, Andrew!
  • Firefighter/Paramedic Takahiro Suzuki was sent out to the Lane Fire in Tehama County that has burned over 3,800 acres.

Mission Playhouse

  • This month, the Mission Playhouse welcomes two LA County Arts interns thanks to a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Katarina Stiller joins us as the Playhouse’s Historical Costume Intern where she’ll be continuing the conservation and cataloging of pieces from the Mission Play. You can read more about her progress here. In addition, Viviana Castellanos joins us as the Playhouse Marketing/Programming Intern, offering assistance with our summer jazz concert series and our 2018 Mexican Independence Day concert.

Police

  • After 30 years of tireless service to our community, Sergeant Jeff Whitney and Detective George Cortez have retired from the San Gabriel Police Department. We thank them both for their tremendous contributions to our City, and we wish them a very happy retirement.
  • I’m also pleased to announce that Officer Daniel Gosserand has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant, replacing Sergeant Jeff Whitney. Though relatively new to San Gabriel, Daniel brings tremendous experience to the City. Congratulations!

Public Works

  • Motorists: work continues through August on New Avenue, Del Mar Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard as Caltrans works to refurbish several bridge decks. Please be sure to check our notice to see if you’ll be impacted.

That’s it for this month’s update, and as always, please get in touch if you have a question. Thank you again for being part of our community.

Best regards,

Mark