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Thank you, Alhambra!
This spring season has represented renewal for the Alhambra community. Thousands of residents, city staff, public safety officials, and health care workers have been fully vaccinated, while cases of coronavirus have declined dramatically. Our restaurants and shopping centers have begun to reopen. These successes are a result of your commitment to the public good — each and every single one of our residents plays an integral role in keeping one another safe and healthy by continuing to abide by safety standards. As we near the end of the pandemic, Alhambra is preparing to build back even better than before.
I want to thank all our residents for trusting me to lead you during such a critical time period. In the past six months, we’ve accomplished many of the goals I set out during my campaign: we have vaccinated more than 50% of Alhambra residents, reopened our economy, and set out new progressive policies to protect frontline workers and reduce environmental waste. It’s been the honor of my life to serve as mayor of my hometown, and I look forward to continuing my work on the council over the next three years. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Our city’s team is here to help ensure that our residents have the best quality of life.
2021 State of the City
On April 7, I provided the 2021 State of the City for the first time in two years. The event was held virtually and open to the public via Zoom and Facebook. Despite the event’s virtual environment, hundreds of participants tuned in to learn about the city’s recent accomplishments and our plans for the future. Residents are able to re-watch the State of the City via Facebook on the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page or via the City Council meeting recording on Monday, April 12, on the city’s website.
Thank you to the City of Alhambra staff and the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce for assisting with putting together this successful event!
Housing, Housing, Housing
In an effort to better educate our residents about the Regional Housing Needs Assessment or RHNA, all councilmembers hosted town halls with consultant Chris Blakney to answer questions about the state’s housing crisis, changing state laws, and our new RHNA goals defined by state housing laws. Each of these townhall conversations have been recorded and shared.
We’ll continue the conversation around housing on Tuesday, April 27, with a Know Your Housing Rights workshop with the Housing Rights Center. During the conversation, we’ll discuss California’s new COVID-19 rent relief program that will cover 80% of unpaid rent for landlords and renters. You can learn more about this program at https://housing.ca.gov/.
US Bank continues community philanthropy
On Friday, April 9, I joined US Bank and Aloha Food Factory in donating lunch and dinner to Alhambra Hospital to thank our health care workers for their heroic work throughout the pandemic. The health care workers and staff were extremely grateful for the delicious food that was hand delivered by the owners of Aloha Food Factory, Aaron and James. Thank you to Branch Manager Michael Win, the US Bank team, and Aloha Food Factory for your kindness and philanthropy! Our community is blessed to have businesses like yours in Alhambra.
In response to the recent attacks against the AAPI community, US Bank has made a commitment to provide $60,000 to AAPI organizations. In Los Angeles, the Asian Youth Center (AYC) was selected as a grant recipient and will receive $10,000 to support additional research and survey work with Asian residents in the San Gabriel Valley to help guide future policy work and community programs. AYC has led efforts to distribute food to families in need throughout the pandemic through their Emergency Food Program and recently launched a free virtual tutoring program for low-income students seeking assistance with their classes.
Alhambra Easter Basket Drive-Thru event
In celebration of Easter, Alhambra Police Department hosted an Easter Basket Drive Thru event for our local families. More than 200 families participated in taking a socially distanced photo with the Easter Bunny and receiving some candy treats. It was lovely to see so many of our little ones so egg-cited to participate in the Easter festivities! Thank you to the Alhambra Police Officers Association, Evike, and Promax for hosting this fun community event.