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Whittier is on the move

During this pandemic, many people have been sheltered at home, not getting out, some afraid of interacting with other people.  I completely understand this. We all must be smart by being properly distanced and masked. And if we are infirm, we know what we need to do to take care of ourselves.


But I want all of you to know that during this time, lots of things have been moving forward in Whittier…Whittier’s On the Move.


I just rolled by and saw Lee Owens Park which is under construction and progressing well with increased green space, a new splash pad and — so important — an expansion of the park due to funding from the State of California and Supervisor Janice Hahn. This is right across the street from The Boys & Girls Club on Greenleaf Avenue. This will be a huge upgrade for the kids and we are expecting a mid-fall opening. 


Then there are the incentives that have been provided by the City Council to help local businesses coming out of Covid and specifically for people who want to renovate or rehab their homes or businesses. The homeowner who utilizes a Whittier contractor, retailer of materials, etc., will get a rebate on their City permit fees for shopping local!


This is a great opportunity for anyone who has been putting off making changes to your home or business. Let the City help pay for your rehab! A number of people are utilizing the program and it has turned out as a great incentive and help to our local businesses.

Speaking of moving forward, have you seen the new Uptown Parking Structure currently under construction on Comstock? I went by and the first floor has been poured and the structure is going vertical.


And I was so pleased to hear that the construction trades, carpenters, operating engineers, laborers, electricians, painters, and several other trades, are onsite with jobs being provided to 39 workers. I was really excited to hear that a number of those working on-site live in Whittier! The project is right on time and will be a great boon for our businesses in Uptown.


Lastly, did you have the sense that fireworks were out of control this past Saturday, July 4th? Well, they were. In Whittier, all fireworks are illegal. But that did not stop a number of people in Whittier and in many other communities in both Orange and LA Counties. 


Whittier Police Department had a special fireworks enforcement team and between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. they handled 146 calls for service of which 85 were for fireworks. The team issued 15 citations with people caught red-handed ($1000 per violation) and many, many unused fireworks were confiscated.  One of our officers even took off the grid an improvised explosive device utilizing two hairspray cans with fireworks attached…a fireball in the making.


City Council will be reviewing fireworks enforcement and a warning…our officers are still looking for people who are still doing the firework thing even though the 4th of July has come and gone. 


Everyone, have a great weekend!

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