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Alhambra Civic Center Library to Reopen In Phases
The Alhambra Civic Center Library will reopen in a phased approach to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Beginning November 3rd, the library will be open to the public for essential services only.

Operating hours will be:
Monday         Curbside pickup from 10am - 4pm
Tuesday        Open for essential services from 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday   Open for essential services from 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday       Open for essential services from 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Friday             Curbside pickup from 10am - 4pm

“We appreciate your patience as we resume offering essential library services again,” said Hilda LohGuan, Library Director. “As we move forward, we will evaluate our services to continue offering the community an enriching experience.”

Patrons are being asked to limit library use to 30 minutes only, for express services such as checking out materials, getting a new library card, requesting information, making photo copies, printing documents, or using computers.

Curbside pickups can be scheduled by emailing refstaff@alhambralibrary.org or calling staff at (626) 570-3212. As a reminder, our 1st Street and 2nd Street book drops are open, all due dates will continue to be automatically extended and no late fines will be charged during this period.

Library guests are required to follow health guidelines, which includes wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing by maintaining six feet of distance from others.

While library hours are limited, it’s easy to access to our collection of books, movies, music and more 24/7 online at: https://alhambralibrary.org/.

·        Download e-books and e-audiobooks via Axis360, stream movies and music via Hoopla, read digital newspapers and magazines via Flipster.
·        Teach young children the joys of reading with classic video storybooks.
·        Explore our databases to help students with reports and research for their homework.
·        Whether you’re looking to find a new job or pursuing a career in a different industry, check out our Jobs and Career resources to help you polish your resume and prepare for interviews.
·        Follow us on social media via Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube to stay on top of news, programs and fun activities for all ages.
Vote Centers, Vote By Mail Ballot Boxes & Other Election Information
If you're an active registered voter, you should have already received a vote-by-mail ballot in the mail. If you want to vote in person, there are two Vote Centers in Alhambra, at Granada Park and the LA County Department of Public Works. Both are open from 10am - 7pm, from October 30 - November 2, and open from 7am - 8pm on election day.

To find other Vote Centers near you, visit: locator.lavote.net.

You can mail in your ballot, drop it off at a Vote Center, or place it in a Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Box. The City has two of these Drop Boxes, located at the Library on First Street, and near the pool at Granada Park (2233 Whitney Drive). Seniors can request a ride to drop off their ballot at the Drop Boxes by calling 626-289-7433 until November 3rd.

To learn more about the candidates running for Alhambra City Council and Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education, visit the City Clerk's website . You can also learn more about local ballot measures here.
Halloween Drive-Thru and Virtual Events
It's not too late to register for the 7th Annual Alhambra Pumpkin Run, which is happening online through October 31st. Run or walk in your favorite neighborhood and tag @alhambrapumpkinrun on Instagram while you’re doing the 1K, 5K, or 10K. Proceeds will benefit grants for families who need help during the pandemic. To sign up visit: https://runsignup.com/AlhambraPumpkinRun.
The City is hosting several Drive-Thru events from 11am – 2pm on Halloween Day. Head to Granada Park to pick up a pumpkin to carve, Alhambra Park for a sweet treat or get lost in the Haunted House at the Library Parking Lot while supplies last. Visit our website for more details on the Halloween Driving Howl.
Share Your Ideas To Improve City Parks
What improvements would you like to see at City parks and the Shorb Community Center? Do you want more trees, benches, lighting, picnic tables, drinking fountains, or shade structures? Why are park services or parks in general important to you? The City would like your input as we prepare to submit grant applications to make proposed improvements to Story Park, Pocket Park, Burke Heritage Park, Shorb Clinic, Gateway Plaza Park, and renovations to the pool locker rooms at Alhambra Park and Granada Park. Share your feedback by completing the survey in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksImprovement, Chinese at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ParksChinese, or Spanish at ‍https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpanishParks by the end of October. Join us tonight, Oct. 26th at 6pm to weigh in on the discussion. The City will discuss the survey at the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting on November 5th at 7pm and the City Council Meeting on November 9th at 6pm. Visit https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/park-grant for meeting links to listen and participate.
APD Hires and Promotions
Alhambra Police added three new members to the department this month. Police Clerk Karen Dare grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. She is currently assigned to the Record Section. APD hired two police officers as laterals from Los Angeles School Police. Both officers Norman Yau and Francisco Avelar have at least 15 years of law enforcement experience.
Five members of the department also received promotions: Sergeant Michael Montano, Sergeant Kevin Liang, Lieutenant Ruben Soriano, Corporal David Munson, and Corporal Thomas Quiroz. They are all currently assigned to Field Services. Congratulations!
APD Implements Area Command Model to Strengthen Community Relationships

The Alhambra Police Department is implementing the Area Command Model to boost engagement with the public and strengthen relationships with the community.

Under this model, the City is divided into four geographic areas. The boundaries are separated by Mission Road and Atlantic Boulevard. A Police Commander is assigned to each area and is responsible for developing key relationships and understanding the issues and concerns unique to their service area.

“This approach allows our officers to build effective relationships with the community and respond proactively to help solve problems,” said Tim Vu, Chief of Police.

The objective of this command structure is to aggressively address crime issues and improve quality of life for residents.

Chief Vu held a Virtual Town Hall earlier this month, and also presented the information to the City Council.

Overseeing Area 1 Command is Lieutenant Tai Seki, followed by Commander Garrett Kennedy for Area 2 Command, Lieutenant Ruben Soriano for Area 3 Command and Commander Sean Heckers for Area 4 Command.

To learn more about the Area Command model visit our website https://www.cityofalhambra.org/resources/area-command.
Donations Needed for Spark of Love Toy Drive
Alhambra Fire Department is joining ABC7, the Southern California Firefighters and Toys for Tots, along with our presenting sponsor Subaru, in celebrating the 28th year of the Spark of Love Toy Drive – the largest community toy drive in the nation.
This special community campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. Over the past two and a half decades, the Spark of Love Toy Drive has successfully collected more than nine million toys!
Due to the effects of the pandemic and devastating wildfires, our community partners anticipate this year’s requests for toys will reach higher than ever. To help meet this historic demand and ensure deserving kids receive some holiday joy, Spark Love is going online, transitioning to an all-virtual effort by partnering with myregistry.com.
Even though COVID safety protocols will prevent Southland fire stations from collecting toys, supporting the Spark of Love has never been easier. Safe, quick, and convenient donations are possible through the Spark of Love registry. Financial donations are also welcome, as they allow us to provide toys for communities with overwhelming needs.
TEXT TO GIVE: Text “TOY” to 310-929-6907
To make a donation via credit card. All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children.
The toy drive will run through December 24, 2020.
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