Alhambra City Council voted Tuesday to extend parking enforcement times in downtown Alhambra to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Extending the hours of parking enforcement will result in faster turnover of cars, according to Assistant to the City Manager Chris Paulson, and help meet parking demands once the lot on First and Main streets closes for the construction of the Mosaic Parking Structure, scheduled for the end of January.
Parking enforcement will be extended on First, Second, and Fourth streets between Woodward and Commonwealth avenues, and Third Street from Woodward to Main. Staff will be evaluate the parking limit times again one year after the completion of the new parking structure.
Director of Public Works Mary Chavez and Administrative Services Director Martin Ray also updated Council on the city's Strategic Plan, a set of three-year goals and six-month objectives for city staff. Chavez gave an update on historic neighborhood signs — 23 of 27 have been installed — while Ray presented a beautification plan for Alhambra Golf Course on Almansor Street, which involves an online resident survey.
Resident Lola Armendariz addressed City Council on Monday and asked why council members have not yet discussed a disaster preparedness meeting for residents, an item on the Strategic Plan. Armendariz also added that the city's last disaster preparedness meeting was in 2007.
"You're not keeping us properly informed on emergency preparedness," Armendariz said. "You're falling down on the job on that as far as I'm concerned."
Mayor Stephen Sham said he was present at the 2007 meeting and that the event had a low turnout. "Participation is very low. That is why maybe we'll consider going to neighborhoods, going to the areas to give out information," Sham said, adding that he will meet with the police and fire chiefs in the upcoming weeks to discuss the meeting.
Weren't able to attend the meeting? You can watch it here. City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month on the second floor of City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801. The next meeting will be a study session on Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the on 101 S. First St.