City Manager’s monthly message: Finance award, Public Works developments and more

Dear San Gabriel,

As our summer season winds down, I have some very exciting news to share about several departments that help run our City. Both the City Clerk’s department and Public Works’ Field Operations division are now fully staffed, and our Finance department recently received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. More information about all three accomplishments can be found below.

In a bittersweet note, Fire Chief Derrick Doehler has retired after more than twenty years of service. Chief Doehler has been an instrumental force within the department during his tenure, and we wish him well on his well-deserved retirement. Chief Doehler will still be part of the San Gabriel Fire Department on a part-time basis as we begin the recruitment for a new Fire Chief, which you may read about here. From everyone at the City, we want to thank Chief Doehler for his tireless service and dedicated leadership.

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

City Clerk

  • Now that our City Clerk’s department is fully staffed, we’ll expect to see batches of minutes coming through over the next several City Council meetings. You can browse through each of them in our agenda section of our website. These minutes provide a written summary of what has occurred at each City Council meeting.
  • In addition, Los Angeles County will be undergoing some significant changes in the way it conducts elections, with a new voter experience being rolled out in March 2020, which will be our City’s next general election. To inform our residents, our team at the City Clerk’s department has requested a presentation to the City Council by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder to highlight the changes.

Community Development

  • Ever since the City’s first Starbucks opened earlier this year, we’re very happy to share that the Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel is reporting that the store is exceeding expectations. As a result, this Starbucks has extended its hours of operation several times. If you haven’t seen the store, we encourage you to take a visit!
  • I’m happy to announce that the City’s Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Ordinance has been awarded a Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation. The award is a statewide hallmark, showcasing the best in historic preservation. Congratulations to a very well-earned award to the team that made this possible.

Finance

  • I’m very happy to announce that our Finance department has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2016-17 Fiscal Year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (otherwise known as the CAFR). The City has received this award for the twenty-eighth consecutive year and is known as the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Congratulations to our Finance team for their great work!

Fire

  • Throughout August, several of our firefighters provided assistance to the Carr Fire in Shasta County and Trinity County, the Holy Fire in Trabuco Canyon and the Cougar Creek Fire in Wenatchee, Washington. We thank our members of the fire department for their willingness to provide service to regions in need, and we wish them a safe return home.

Public Works

  • Our team at Public Works has cleared the southeast corner of Vincent Lugo Park of native vegetation, adjacent to the walking trail and the Alhambra Wash. Administrators from McKinley Elementary School had requested assistance from the City to clear the area to discourage the homeless population from setting up camp in the area. The California native plant material had become very dense and overgrown, and by thinning it out, it also discourages animals such as coyotes from hiding in the brush. Our team will also be replacing the windscreen material on the adjoining fence to provide more privacy for the school.
  • I’m happy to announce that our Parks Division has filled two vacant park worker positions with the appointment of Jose Lopez and Elias Castro. Both individuals have worked in the Public Works department for over year, and both have extensive experience with grounds maintenance. Welcome to San Gabriel, Jose and Elias!
  • In addition, I’m pleased to announce that Gerardo Salazar has joined our Field Operations team as a full-time maintenance worker. Gerardo has extensive experience with asphalt, concrete and paint striping alongside an in-depth knowledge of construction and maintenance equipment that will help the Field Operations team. With this appointment, our Field Operations division is now fully staffed after four years of vacancies. This team provides maintenance and services to important assets of the City’s infrastructure to keep our residents and visitors safe. Welcome to the team, Gerardo!

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great fall season. Small reminder: we have several upcoming events, including the Dumpling & Beer Fest on October 4, the Fall Fun Festival on October 26 and Turkey Trot on November 18. We hope to see you there!

Best regards,

Mark