MAY 2023
The City Manager’s Monthly Report includes important information related to the City's major projects and programs, opportunities for public participation in steering the future of the City, and key updates from each City Department to keep community members informed about your City government. 

Please take the time to read through this entire Report so you can stay connected to your community! 
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Join the conversation regarding the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Proposed Budget! 

Community members are invited to join the City online to share their ideas and feedback at the Virtual Budget Town Hall Discussion. This live event will provide an opportunity to discuss, ask questions, provide recommendations and learn more about the projected goals, priorities and work plans for the City in the upcoming year.

A copy of the City’s Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Proposed Budget is available at SFCITY.ORG/Finance/#Financial-Documents 
The San Fernando City Council established a Recreation Scholarship Program (RSP) to provide financial assistance to families wishing to participate in the fee base programs offered to San Fernando residents. RSP assistance is available to San Fernando residents for all recreational programs offered by the Recreation and Community Services Department, including programs for youth, adults, and seniors. Scholarships cover 50% of the cost of the activity.

To be eligible for RSP assistance you must be a resident of the City of San Fernando. Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A brief self-certifying form and a utility bill must be submitted to the Department when registering for any fee base activity. For additional information and eligibility requirements regarding RSP please call (818) 898-1290 or visit SFCITY.ORG/SFRecreation/#Scholarships.
San Fernando residents qualify for first-time homebuyers loan program through the Los Angeles Development Authority’s (LACDA) Home Ownership Program (HOP). The Home Ownership Program provides a second mortgage loan of up to $85,000, or 20% of the purchase price, whichever is less, with 0% interest. Repayment of the loan is required when the home is sold, transfer of title, or home is longer owner-occupied. Eligible properties are single-family homes, townhomes, and condominiums with a maximum purchase price of $700,000. 

If you're interested in this program, please contact the Community Development Department at (818) 898-1227, or visit:
NOTICE: San Fernando Recreation Park will be closed from May 2022 through September 2023, due to construction. Visit the City's website for more information: SFCITY.ORG/SF-Regional-Park-Infiltration-Project
The Recreation and Community Services Department would like to extend a special “thank you” to volunteers for their willingness to give of their time and service to help others. Department volunteers allow staff to help fulfill the Department's mission to serve many members of the community. Tierra Del Sol staff and clients, along with individual volunteers, were recognized on April 20, 2023, National Volunteer Recognition Day. They were presented with a gift as a token of our appreciation for all they do. 
Optum Health Services sponsored a 70’s themed dance party at Las Palmas Park on April 12, 2023. Disco loving seniors dressed in their best retro outfits and grooved to some great party sounds provided by a D.J., courtesy of Optum. Bell bottom pants and platforms were back in style for this boogie bash! 
On April 22, 2023, the Lopez Adobe was opened for tours during the San Fernando Outdoor Market event. Visitors enjoyed guided tours of the historic home as well as a free Earth Day craft and sack lunch, courtesy of our partners at One Generation. The event also featured a rummage sale of some unique and cool items. All proceeds go towards Lopez Adobe and related projects.
Looking for a fun way to stay fit and meet new friends? Come to Las Palmas Park and learn the sport of pickleball, a paddle sport for all ages and skill levels. Open gym hours for this activity are held at Las Palmas Park on Mondays, from 10 am to 11 am. Feel free to stop by and play or spectate to get the hang of it.
Twelve Tutčint youth and two staff members took part in a three-day, two-night camping trip to Channel Islands National Park from April 4-6, 2023. This excursion included a ferry ride from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island, a nocturnal hike, team-building exercises, kayaking through sea caves, watercolor painting and more. It was a great experience and opportunity to learn about Chumash culture, flora and fauna of the island.   

Regular Tutčint programming will continue through May 2023, with online tutoring Tuesdays from 5-7 pm, and Cultural Programming on Thursdays from 6-7:45 pm, at Las Palmas Park. Additional weekend recreational outings to California State Parks will be forthcoming.
Call (818) 639-3932 x 2002 for information on how to enroll youth 12-17 years of age into this FREE program.

  • During April 2023, the Police Department conducted multiple focused patrols in commercial areas throughout the City, the Downtown Mall, the Mission City Trail, residential neighborhoods, and City Parks.

  • On April 12, 2023, at approximately 12:40 am, Patrol Officers initiated a traffic stop near Laurel Canyon and Rinaldi. The driver was later arrested for an outstanding warrant.

  • On April 13, 2023, at approximately 11:53 pm, Officers detained two subjects for smoking in Rudy Ortega, Sr. Park. The subjects were later arrested for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.
The Police Department will host its Second Annual Open House on May 29, 2023, from 10:30 am to 1 pm. Members of the community are invited to visit the Police Department and learn about the various specialties and divisions of the Department, including the K9 unit, Evidence, Firearms Training, Patrol, Detectives, and more.
On April 22, 2023, the Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosted the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day at the Police Station. Officers and DEA agents assisted with the collection of tablets, capsules, patches, and other prescription drugs. Residents turned in old, expired, or unwanted prescription medications that would otherwise have the potential for misuse.
Chief Valdez hosted his monthly Chat-with-the-Chief at Bodevi Wine and Expresso Bar on April 12, 2023. Topics of discussion included enhancing Neighborhood Watch and current crime trends.

Upcoming Chat-With-The-Chief events:

  • May 7, 2023 - Las Palmas Park (505 S. Huntington St, San Fernando)
  • May 18, 2023 - American Legion (602 Pico St, San Fernando)
  • Neighborhood Watch: On April 19, 2023, the Police Department hosted its regular Neighborhood Watch meeting and presented information about the Department of Justice Tobacco Grant. This grant funds minor decoy and shoulder tap operations and tobacco‐related education for tobacco retailers and students. 

  • Business Watch: On April 26, 2023, the Police Department held its monthly Business Watch meeting and presented information about the Department of Justice Tobacco Grant. 

Join the San Fernando Police Department at the monthly Neighborhood Watch or Business Watch meetings for an opportunity to share your concerns and engage in discussion with Police, community members, and fellow business leaders/merchants.
MAY 17, 2023 - 6 pm
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
MAY 24, 2023 - 12 pm
Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street
San Fernando
Visit the City website for more information and updates:
The Public Works Department now has an Online Permit Counter! 

Construction and Non-construction permits are available online that concern the public right of way. Utility Service requests can also be submitted such as sewer dye test, fire flow test, sewer capital fee, and water meter installation. Providing customers with an efficient method to apply online and pay online.

Visit the City's website to begin the process: SFCITY.ORG/Public-Works.
The field at Recreation Park is currently closed as the contractor continues to install a new irrigation system and new sod. The park must remain closed until the sod is fully established and ready for foot traffic. Final asphalt repairs along Glenoaks Boulevard, Fifth Street, and Park Avenue are scheduled for the May 2023.

Visit the City's website for additional information on the San Fernando Regional Park Infiltration Project: SFCITY.ORG/SF-Regional-Park-Infiltration-Project.
  • PHASE 1 - Toro Enterprises, Inc., has completed installing pavement markings that were part of the Phase 1 Annual Street Improvements Project. House numbers on the curb within the project limits were also repainted.
  • PHASE 2 - American Asphalt South has completed two test strips of the two-step and three-step process on Alexander Street (between Library Street and Fifth Street) and Knox Street (between Harding Avenue and Maclay Avenue), respectively. The two-step process consist of constructing an Asphalt Rubber and Aggregate Membrane (ARAM) followed by a slurry seal on top. The three-step process consists of applying Microsurfacing, followed by ARAM, and covered by a slurry seal on top. Curb repairs and asphalt dig-out have also been completed. Street resurfacing is schedule for May 2023. 
Visit the City's website for a up-to-date information and a full list of streets to be paved as part of Phase 2: SFCITY.ORG/Street-Repairs.
All the required equipment, piping and controls for the new IX unit has been installed. Testing has begun to ensure efficient operation of the treatment equipment before final approval for the permit. This work has been well coordinated with the intention to receive an expedited permit from the State regulators at the Division of Drinking Water.  
The Layne Park Revitalization project has commenced at Layne Park, located at 120 N Huntington Street. The City’s contractor, KASA Construction, has begun grading the site, which will include a new basketball half-court, soccer field and bathroom building. Partial funding was obtained through the Statewide Parks Program. Work is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2023.
As a reminder, the City provides sand and sand bags for free at the City Yard located at 501 First Street.

Call the Public Works Department at (818) 898-1293 or visit the City website for more information:
Submit a Request for Services to report Public Works-related items such as raised sidewalks, excessive water run-off, dumped items, potholes, or to request services such as City-owned tree trimming/removal.
(818) 898-1293

Regular Business Hours:
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm
Public Works Operations Center
120 Macneil Street
San Fernando, CA 91340

Regular Business Hours:
  • Monday through Thursday, 7 am to 4:30 pm
  • Friday, 7 am to 3:30 pm

24 Hours Per Day
On April 13, 2023, Mayor Celeste Rodriguez, Councilmember Mary Solorio, and Deputy City Manager/Economic Development Kanika Kith joined the Valley Economic Alliance celebration to honor the service and commitment of business leaders who are making a difference in the San Fernando Valley region and beyond. 
Approximately 200 participants attended the Homeless Connect Day event on April 20, 2023, at Las Palmas Park. Approximately 40 agencies provided support services such as housing information, health screenings, mental health services, and free haircuts to unhoused individuals. San Fernando Police Officers distributed backpacks containing hygiene items, blankets, and socks and One Generation provided meals for participants and for agency representatives.
On April 3, 2023, the City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the installation of artificial turf and synthetic grass. The temporary moratorium will be in place for 45 days with a possibility of extension. Numerous studies identified that artificial turf and synthetic grass contain a wide range of chemicals that are known to be toxic and harmful to the environment and to residents, especially children. City staff is using this time to research potential health and environmental impacts of these materials and prepare recommendations on the installation.
On May 1, the City Council will discuss a possibility of extending the moratorium for additional 10 months and 15 days.
Information about the temporary moratorium, turf replacement program offered by Metropolitan Water District (MWD), and landscaping tips and workshop is available on the City website ( Please submit suggestions or comments to or call (818) 898-1227.

  • Landscaping Tips: To explore native plants and landscaping tips, review the Los Angeles County handbook on drought tolerant gardening.

  • Front Yard Landscape: To learn more about transforming your front yard landscape to beautiful climate appropriate landscape, please register for free on-line classes hosted by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:
On April 10, 2023, the Planning and Preservation Commission held a workshop on updates for walls and fences in residential zones. The Commission expressed the desire to provide flexibility to residents while ensuring safety and aesthetic attractiveness of the neighborhoods and supported the proposed changes as follows:
  • Increasing the permitted height of the front yard fence from 3 to 4 feet.
  • Allowing decorative elements and gates to be higher than the fence.
  • Allowing side yard fences within a front yard setback to be solid (view-obscuring).
  • Allowing tubular iron fences for private schools or other institutional facilities in residential zones to be up to 8 feet.
A draft amendment to the code will be presented to the Commission on May 8, 2023 for recommendation to City Council. 

The City encourages community members to email suggestions, comments, or photographs of desirable fences and walls that you would like to see in San Fernando to or call (818) 898-1227
On April 17, 2023, the City Council approved a contract with local non-profit, North Valley Caring Services (NVCS), for street outreach for unhoused individuals. The organization is known for their person-centered approach and was awarded “2020 California Non-Profit of the Year’” nominated by California State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (District 46). NVCS has direct experience providing services to communities surrounding San Fernando, such as Sylmar, Pacoima, Van Nuys, Granada Hills and more, which further demonstrates that the organization has a unique understanding of the current needs of the City’s homeless population. 

How to Request Outreach:
If you ever come across an individual experiencing homelessness in the City and would like to request outreach, please follow these two steps:
  1. Send an email to City staff at
  2. Submit a request to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority through LA-HOP at LA-HOP.ORG.
In both the email and request, please be sure to include pertinent information, such as a description of the location, date last seen, description of the individual, as well as any specific concerns regarding the person’s well-being. Once both steps have been competed, City staff and/or a regional service provider will connect with the individual within 24 to 48 hours. By reporting through LA-HOP, we can ensure that they receive the necessary assistance to transition into housing.
Call the Police Department at (818) 898-1267 if the individual is trespassing, harassing, or engaging in other illegal activity. To read more about the City’s Homelessness Action Plan or for resources, please visit the City’s Housing and Community Resources webpage here: SFCITY.ORG/Housing-Community-Resources.
On April 17, 2023, the City Council approved a contract with Dudek to prepare a Downtown Master Plan that will guide the future development and revitalization of the City's historic and vibrant downtown area. The Downtown Master Plan is a goal of the City Council to create a well-defined plan for the downtown area that will enhance its economic vitality, livability, and sense of place. The Downtown Master Plan will be based on a comprehensive visioning process that will involve extensive community input and participation.

The Downtown Master Plan will give residents, business and property owners, local organizations, and other stakeholders the opportunity to express their ideas and preferences about the future of downtown San Fernando. A robust visioning process will be conduct to identify the community's desired level of downtown economic vibrancy, what type and intensity of development is required to achieve that, and the related consequences/impacts. The visioning process will also identify opportunity sites for potential development projects that will stimulate activity in downtown.
The City invites all interested parties to get involved in this exciting and important project that will shape the future of downtown San Fernando. For more information about the project, please contact Kanika Kith, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development at or call (818) 898-7316. 
A “Help Keep San Fernando Beautiful & Safe” postcard was sent to all residents in the City asking everyone to help keep our residential properties beautiful and safe for their family and the community. The postcard encourages all residents to keep trash cans, large household items, portable canopies, abandoned or wrecked vehicles, and other unattractive items out-of-sight from the street to keep the San Fernando community beautiful. The postcard also encourages everyone to fix or remove broken fences or walls to keep the community safe. Please see postcard for more information. 

If you did not receive the postcard or have question, please contact the Community Development Department at or (818) 898-1227.
A mailer providing valuable information related to coexisting with coyotes was sent to all residents in September 2022. The Coyote Management and Co-Existence Plan also includes a recommendation to consider revising the height limits for fences and walls on residential properties. 
Visit the City's website to view the full Coyote Management and co-Existence Plan: SFCITY.ORG/Animal-Insect-Control/#Coyotes.
Data provided below describes efforts in code enforcement for Fiscal Year 2021-22 and Fiscal Year 2022-23 to date.
Try the City’s Online Zoning Portal to find the zoning for your property. Simply enter a street address to interactively view and investigate zoning, permitted uses, and other land use regulations for a specific site. Access the Online Zoning Portal on the City’s website: SFCITY.ORG/Community-Development/#Planning.
If you encounter any technical issues accessing the Online Zoning Portal, please email to or call (818) 898-1227. 
The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) has selected 23 projects, including the City of San Fernando's Carlisle Green Alley Project, to receive funding through the Urban Greening Grant Program. The selected projects will create more sustainable communities by using natural and green infrastructure approaches, such as replacing schoolyard asphalt with native trees, plants, pollinator gardens and nature-based outdoor play areas, restoring wetlands or riparian corridors, or constructing new commuter paths to reduce vehicles miles traveled.

The City of San Fernando will receive $3,482,535 for the Carlisle Green Alley project which will transform an underutilized alley (Carlisle Street) into a new linear greenspace that will provide multiple benefits to residents and will fulfill the City's goals for resiliency, climate adaptation, and active transportation. This project will include permeable surfaces for groundwater infiltration, trees and native landscaping, a clear bikeway, bioswales, a dedicated pedestrian pathway, and intersection improvements that encourage more walking and biking trips through San Fernando. The transformation of the alley will also address long-standing issues of blight and neglect often associated with alleys, and provide key connections to activity centers such as parks, churches, schools, and the Downtown San Fernando Mall. The project also delivers on a citywide planning effort to green adjacent public parking lots by installing trees and vegetated bioswales in the parking lot at Carlisle and Pico Streets.

Click here to view the full announcement.
Below, please find the current jobs that the City is recruiting for with their filing deadlines and/or status:

  • Community Preservation Officer(Full-time): Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Crossing Guard: Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Director of Community Development: Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Director of Public Works: Filing is open until filled.
  • Management Intern (Admin/City Clerk): Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Personnel Assistant: Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Police Desk Officer: Filing is open until filled.
  • Police Officer: Filing is open until vacancies are filled.
  • Property Control Officer: Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Public Works Maintenance Helper (Part-time): Filing is open until vacancies are filled.
  • Public Works Senior Maintenance Worker: Filing is open until vacancy is filled.
  • Recreation Leader I & II (Part-time): Filing is open until vacancies are filled.
  • Water Worker I & II: Filing is open until filled.

Visit the City website to view the job bulletins and to download a City Employment Application: SFCITY.ORG/Hiring-Now.
The City wishes to formally welcome the following San Fernando City Team Members who joined the City or were promoted on the respective dates specified:

  • Amner Vasquez, Police Officer - Joined the City April 4, 2023;
  • Artur Ziyalov, Information Technology/System Administrator – Joined the City April 10, 2023;
  • Yesenia Becerra, Administrative Assistant – Joined the City April 10, 2023; and
  • Alan Cruz Quiroz, Junior Cadet – Joined the City April 24, 2023.

The City Team wishes to express our appreciation and excitement about these new team members. Their skills and talents will be a great addition to the San Fernando Family, especially at this critical time, as we navigate through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Welcome aboard!
The City wishes express our appreciation to the following City Team member who recently separated from the City:

  • Gema Espinoza, Police Desk Officer - Voluntary separation effective March 29, 2023; and
  • Gustavo Flores, Water Worker II – Voluntary separation effective April 14, 2023.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-2024 Budget process officially kicked-off on February 21, 2023, when staff gave a presentation reviewing the City's Annual Comprehensive Financial Report for FY 2021-2022 and an update to the FY 2022-2023 Budget. 

Below are key dates for those community members interested in providing input to the City's Budget process:

  • Monday, May 1, 2023: Proposed FY 2023-2024 Budget Book Distributed to City Council and available at: SFCITY.ORG/Finance/#Financial-Documents
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2023: Proposed FY 2023-2024 Budget Town Hall Meeting
  • Monday, May 15, 2023: Budget Study Session (Budget Overview and Review of Department Budgets: Administration, City Clerk, Finance, Community Development, Recreation and Community Services Departments)
  • Monday, May 22, 2023: Special Budget Study Session (Review of Department Budgets: Police, Public Works – Operations and Capital Improvement Plan)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023: Special Budget Study Session (if necessary)
  • Monday, June 5, 2023: Budget Study Session (if necessary)
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023: Budget Adoption

See the City Council agenda for each date for additional information on how to participate (virtual or in person) in the Budget Study Sessions: SFCITY.ORG/City-Council/#Agenda-Minutes-Audio.

Should you have comments or questions regarding the budget, please email
If you are behind on your account, the City encourages you to set up a payment plan, if possible. If having issues paying your utility bill, significant resources are available via assistance programs for qualified residents:

  • STATE PROGRAMS: Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP): provides financial assistance to low-income Californians to help manage their residential water utility costs. Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally funded program helps low-income households pay down their outstanding residential water or wastewater bills. California has been allocated $116 million in one-time funding to provide LIHWAP assistance. For more information about how LIHWAP can help your household pay down your past due water or wastewater bills and how to apply visit LIHWAP Find Assistance.

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay for heating or cooling in their homes. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 awarded California additional funding to help households struggling to make ends meet, and many Californians in need may qualify.​ ​​LIHEAP can offer a one-time payment to help pay your heating or cooling bills, even if you use wood, propane, or oil.​ In addition to help with paying ​​your energy bill, LIHEAP can also provide in-home weatherization services. To learn more about the LIHEAP program, visit the LIHEAP program overview.​ ​
  • SoCalGas recently announced $10 million in funding to support low-income families, seniors and small restaurant owners with bill assistance and to bolster community resources for those who may be struggling financially. More information on eligibility and how to apply is available on the SoCalGas Gas Assistance Fund website.

The City offers a variety of payment options as follows:

  1. By Mail: Payments can sent via mail to: City of San Fernando, 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340.
  2. Night Dropbox: A drop box is available outside the City Hall’s main entrance. We request that all payments be placed in an envelope and that no cash is enclosed. Payments received in the drop-box will be processed by 9:00 am the next business day.
  3. AutoPay: AutoPay is available to all City of San Fernando water customers. It is a direct debit program that works with your bank for a quick and simple way to pay your utility bill electronically. Click Here to download an AutoPay Application.
  4. In Person: Customers are welcome to pay at the Finance Counter at City Hall (117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340).
The City Clerk Department has launched a new feature to provide the ability to search for records through the Online Records Counter. The portal below provides instant access to public record documents that are available for instant viewing.

CLICK HERE to access the Online Records Counter.
The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Monday, May 15, 2023, at 6 pm.

The City Council meets in person in the Council Chambers, located at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando. Meetings are also live streamed via Youtube. Meeting agendas and audio/video is available on the City website at SFCITY.ORG/City-Council/#Agenda-Minutes-Audio.
The next regular meeting of the Education (EDU) Commission will be held on May 30, 2023, at 4:30 pm.

The EDU Commission meets in person in the Council Chambers, located at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando. Meetings are also live streamed via Youtube. Meeting agendas and audio/video is available on the City website at SFCITY.ORG/Commissions-Board/#Education.
The next regular Parks, Wellness and Recreation (PWR) Commission meeting will be held on May 11, 2023, at 6:30 pm.

The PWR Commission meets in person in the Council Chambers, located at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando. Meetings are also live streamed via Youtube. Meeting agendas and audio/video is available on the City website at SFCITY.ORG/Commissions-Board/#Parks-Wellness-Recreation.
The next regular Planning and Preservation (P&P) Commission meeting will be held on May 8, 2023, at 6:30 pm.
The P&P Commission meets in person in the Council Chambers, located at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando. Meetings are also live streamed via Youtube. Meeting agendas and audio/video is available on the City website at SFCITY.ORG/Commissions-Board/#Planning-Preservation.
The next regular Transportation and Public Safety (T&PS) Commission meeting will be held on May 3, 2023, at 6 pm.

The T&PS Commission meets in person in the Council Chambers, located at 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando. Meetings are also live streamed via Youtube. Meeting agendas and audio/video is available on the City website at SFCITY.ORG/Commissions-Board/#Transportation-Public-Safety.