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Alhambra City Council takes on Noise Ordinance, Strategic Plan

Alhambra City Council members reviewed on Monday the city’s Strategic Plan and its Noise Ordinance. Councilman Luis Ayala advocated for bringing the biotechnology and biomedical industry to Alhambra to create more jobs. Mayor Barbara Messina suggesting filling the lot on Raymond Avenue between Vine and Cedar streets, owned by Southern California Edison, with grass. The lot was formerly used as a community garden before Edison determined it unusable due to insects, animals, lack of structure, and noise control.

City Council also held a public hearing for a proposed revision of the city's Noise Ordinance, which limits certain noise levels and vibrations that are detrimental to the public health, welfare, and safety. The Council is revising the Noise Ordinance in order to make it easier for the police department to determine whether an area is too loud or not. For residential developments, 55 decibels is the maximum, 60 decibels for mixed use, and 70 decibels for commercial establishments.

The hearing was postponed during the Jan. 14 meeting in order to give Council more time to look over the proposal. The Alhambra Police Department conducted a noise survey and a reevaluation of decibel readings along Main Street and determined that not much has changed from the initial data obtained two and a half years ago.

However, Alhambra resident Lola Armendariz called the survey inadequate, saying that it was outdated and the time when the survey was made was not specified in the report. Mayor Barbara Messina said that she was satisfied with the reevaluation done by the Police Department and there was no need to conduct another survey. Council agreed to have a second reading of the ordinance during the next meeting.

Not able to attend the meeting? You can watch it in its entirety here.

City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month in the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be held on February 11 at 7 p.m.

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