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Happy New Year from Whittier’s mayor

WHITTIER – Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone had a happy holiday season.

The beginning of the New Year brings new ideas, new energy for what is in store for the New Year. Many people make a list of things that they are going to accomplish, things they hope to see happen. The City has a similar process in January but it relates to the fiscal year starting July 1.

This year we will start the budget process and review our work plan that was adopted last year to see what has been accomplished, what still needs to be done, what we hope to do, but in light of new priorities, are not going to get around to…and of course, new priorities for the coming fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020.

As we get closer to our Council discussion date, I’ll update you on some of the plans that are short-term needs as well as importantly, long-term visionary goals for our city.

We have had several inquiries regarding police department radio communications. I have a radio scanner that allows me to hear dispatch calls for service for the Whittier Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. I like to have an idea of what’s going on in the area and listening to the scanner enables me to do so.

However, just recently the police department transitioned to new digital radio technology. This was a process that took several years and hundreds of hours of planning and testing as the new radios provide clear, secure, radio transmissions which enhance officer safety.

Some people have been unhappy because a standard scanner cannot pick up a digital communication. Understood…10-4. But going with this technology brings us in conformance with many public safety agencies in Southern California who already use encrypted radio transmission.

I do not know if you have been to the library, but the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a collection box at the Central Library to collect worn and damaged American flags for proper disposal. Thank you to Mrs. Boerlin and the John Greenleaf Whittier Chapter of the DAR for this service.

If you have a tattered flag, take it to the Library.

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