City Manager’s monthly message: improving pedestrian and vehicle safety

Dear San Gabriel,

As you might have heard, our community experienced several pedestrian tragedies in recent weeks. We’ve taken the time to listen to your concerns, and I wanted to outline how we’re addressing pedestrian safety.

First, our team at Public Works and Police are thoroughly investigating every intersection in the City with a focus on safety for both pedestrians and drivers. This process may involve adding reflectors, flashing lights, signage and other improvements. In other portions of the City, we will be removing crosswalks with a focus on encouraging pedestrians to walk to the nearest intersection with a traffic signal or stop sign to promote the safest crossing possible.

Second, we’re taking input from the community for crosswalk improvements with the goal of incorporating this feedback for future projects. We plan to budget for these improvements as soon as we can, and we’ll communicate these changes once we make them.

Third, we’ll be embarking on a far-reaching safety campaign in the coming weeks to spread awareness about pedestrian and vehicle safety. Keep a look out as we develop this campaign across all our communication platforms.

The safety of our community remains our top priority, and our team is working hard to improve safety in the City.

Now, here’s the latest City Manager’s monthly message:

City Council

  • If you missed this year’s State of the City address, be sure to watch it on our website here. This year’s presentation is presented by Mayor John Harrington, and features a new video that documents all our most recent accomplishments over the past year.

Community Development 

  • Earlier this month, our team at Community Development held a breakfast for brokers, real estate agents, property owners and developers at the Mission Playhouse. Everyone in attendance received an update on the City’s economic development program and development projects in our community. Participants also had the opportunity to offer feedback to our team which we’ll use for future improvements.
  • I’m very happy to welcome Matt Chang as our new Senior Planner. Matt comes to us from the City of Thousand Oaks where he served as an Associate Planner. He originates from the San Gabriel Valley and his parents reside in our City. He’ll be formally introduced to the City Council on December 4. Welcome to the team, Matt!
  • In late October, City staff and consultants attended the California Preservation Foundation dinner to receive a Cultural Resource Studies Award alongside the cities of Sausalito and West Hollywood. This is a significant award, and it represents the City’s commitment to historic preservation. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Community Services

  • Our team at Community Services held the City’s first ever Dia de los Muertos event in the Mission Playhouse on November 1. The event included a procession, folklorico dancing, live entertainment, food trucks, vendors and more. Kudos to our team for putting on a successful event!

Finance

  • Our Finance team has prepared a quarterly budget update, which you may view here.
  • With approval by Los Angeles County, our Finance team has dissolved the Successor Agency to the San Gabriel Redevelopment Agency. You can read more about this former agency here.

Public Works

  • Our engineering team recently completed the installation of 21 curb ramps at nine intersections throughout the City. These improvements provide a safe and accessible transition from the sidewalk to the crosswalk. Our team has made improvements at Hermosa Drive and Gerona Avenue, Gurdon Avenue and Rosemont Boulevard, Gurdon Avenue and Santa Anita Street, Gurdon Avenue and Ardmore Drive, Gurdon Avenue and Daroca Avenue, Gurdon Avenue and Segovia Avenue, Central Avenue and Pine Street, Central Avenue and California Street, and Marshall Street and Pine Street.
  • As part of a special project, we’ve recently had three signalized intersections repainted. Due to outdoor weathering, many of the painted signal poles, mast arms and controller equipment boxes had shown significant surface wear. The signalized intersections at San Gabriel Boulevard and Broadway, San Gabriel Boulevard and Scott Street and Ramona Street and Grand Avenue have all been painted San Gabriel brown.
  • Our Public Works team is proud to announce that they have received a new emergency sewer response trailer equipped with emergency response equipment and supplies needed to react in a sewer spill emergency. Not only does this trailer help protect the equipment, but it consolidates all our sewage response tools in one central location.

Mission Playhouse

  • Congratulations to our Playhouse team for their recent successful production of “Young Frankenstein.” Starring Broadway and television star Adam Wylie, “Young Frankenstein” charts the life of Frederick Frankenstein, grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, after he inherits his family’s estate.

That’s all for this month. I hope you and your loved ones have a safe and pleasant Thanksgiving!

Best regards,

Mark