La Cañada Flintridge, CA – At its February 16 meeting, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council reviewed the City Manager’s Annual Report which highlights the efforts, activities and achievements of the City during the previous calendar year. While 2020 was, in many ways, a year defined by challenges, all City departments adapted to make each day productive and continued the important work of serving the La Cañada Flintridge community.
Highlights from the 2020 report include:
- The City was well-positioned to continue service delivery despite COVID-19, with technology infrastructure already in place to allow for the provision of online City Hall services and virtual public meetings. Information Technology staff implemented several new systems to further modernize City Hall, including upgrades to the ConnectLCF platform and the introduction of the new Citizen Reporter App to facilitate easier communication between the community and City staff.
- The City implemented a public safety program engaging Flock Safety’s newly developed motion activated cameras utilizing Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) technology. A total of 39 cameras were installed at key entry/exit points to the City and certain key tracking points throughout the community. The Flock Safety program has shown a positive impact in assisting the Sheriff’s Department in capturing suspects involved in crimes committed in the City and neighboring jurisdictions.
- Outside of City Hall, staff acted quickly to support local businesses on the front lines of the pandemic’s economic impacts through easing of certain regulations, deferment of business license fees, allowance for certain outdoor operations in parking lots and City parks, the distribution of one-time grants funded by CARES act dollars and the launch of an ongoing “Shop Local” gift card stimulus program. Community members are still able to purchase $40 gift cards redeemable at participating local businesses to receive an additional $15 bonus card from the City.
- Public Works staff made significant progress on Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects, including restriping Foothill Boulevard and completing a $1.4 million citywide street resurfacing program. Several additional CIP projects were advanced to the design phase, including street and sidewalk improvements, bike paths and upgrades to local parks and trails.
- During the 2020 General Election, the City worked closely with County officials to ensure that every La Cañada Flintridge voter had a safe and accessible means of casting their ballot. The City hosted a County Flex Vote Center along with traditional voting center and secure ballot dropboxes.
- Staff worked to increase communications between City Hall and the community in order to advance transparency, information and engagement. Staff continued to upgrade and improve the City’s new website, implementing new features such as the “flash page,” which is frequently updated to prominently display critical emergency communications messages to all site visitors. The City also produced quarterly print newsletters, distributed press releases to local media, grew its social media presence to share notices about public meetings, job openings, emergency preparedness, public health education and other City news.
- Throughout the year, the City continued its partnerships with community groups, including the Sister Cities Association and the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce. The City Council recently issued a proclamation celebrating the work of Sister Cities in promoting intercultural understanding and peace as well as expanding opportunities for youth in La Cañada Flintridge.
2020 By the Numbers
Installed 39 Flock Safety Cameras
Resurfaced 2.5 miles of streets
Processed 441 road maintenance requests
Posted 26 COVID-10 Alery notices on the City’s website announcing changes to County Health orders.
Issued 1,185 business permits
To view the report in its entirety, visit the City’s website.