Burglary and Child Endangerment Charges Filed on Julia Sevier, 7-03-2013

On June 20, 2013 at approximately 0349 hours, Sierra Madre Police received a report of suspicious vehicle to the rear of the apartments between 680 and 708 West Sierra Madre Blvd. Officers responded to the location and observed a female suspect, later identified as Julia Sevier, standing in front of an open storage unit belonging to one of the apartments. The Officer’s investigation revealed that the suspect did not reside at the location and did not have permission to be inside of the storage unit.

4th of July Celebration

4th of July Celebration
July 3rd, Memorial Park, 5pm-10pm
Friends of the Sierra Madre Little League Beer Garden, Kids Fun Zone, and Food Trucks
Performances by Loveless Motel Showcase, and Groovy Lemon Pie 7:00-9:30pm
Bubble Wrap Fireworks at 8:00pm

July 4th, Firecracker Fun Run, 8:00am
Check-in/Registration from 7:00-7:45 am in Kersting Court; Registration fee $25.00
5k Run, dogs and strollers welcome

July 4th, Parade, 10:00am-12:00pm
The length of Sierra Madre Blvd. from Sunnyside to Sierra Vista Park.

July 4th, Community Picnic, Sierra Vista Park, 12-4pm
Friends of the Sierra Madre Little League Beer Garden, Kids Fun Zone, and Food Trucks
Performance by the Gem City Jazz Cats
Free Admission to the Sierra Madre Pool
Community Games at 1:00pm, hosted by Sierra Madre Civic Club

FREE shuttle available on the 4th of July between 12:00-4:30pm for transportation to the Community Picnic. Stops along Sierra Madre Blvd.

Pageant of the Masters Excursion

Join the City of Sierra Madre for an evening of outdoor entertainment at Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach on Friday, July 12th, 2013. Pageant of the Masters is a stage show of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. It is the Festival of Arts’ crowning jewel and arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. The outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, and sophisticated lighting make this a fantastic experience and the best presentation of its kind.

FREE Concert in the Park Series presented by Kensington Assisted Living Facility

Join the City of Sierra Madre this summer for the Concerts in the Park, beginning Sunday, June 23, 2013 and occurring every Sunday through August 11, 2013. The concerts are FREE thanks to the support of Kensington Assisted Living Facility, along with numerous community hosts. Concerts begin at 6:00pm and run through 8:00pm. All concerts will be held at the Memorial Park Bandshell, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. next to City Hall. Seating is on the green so remember to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Alcohol is prohibited. Spectators are encouraged to support local organizations that may provide refreshments. For additional information please contact the Community Services Department 626-355-5278.

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Results of the Special City Council Meeting on Mandatory Water Conservation

The Sierra Madre City Council held a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 19th to address water customers concerns with the mandatory water conservation measures adopted on May 28, 2013. The major outcome of the meeting was the decision to consider an amendment to the Water Conservation Ordinance which, once formally adopted, will institute summer and winter conservation targets rather than an annual target. The amended Water Conservation Ordinance is scheduled for the City Council’s July 9, 2013 agenda.

The Summer and Winter Conservation Targets will each encompass 6 months (3 billing cycles). Each water customer’s use will be averaged for each of these periods to determine the customer’s average usage and seasonal conservation target. This will result in less variation in the “service target” during rainy months or extremely hot months.

As a part of the amended water conservation ordinance, the Council also provided direction to amend the Multi-Unit Residential and Commercial Unit Conservation Goals to take into consideration the number of units in the complex. The Council asked that the drafted amendment remove Code Sections 13.24.140(C) and 150 which calls for the mandatory installation of a flow restrictor for any customer who violates the ordinance more than twice; however, the financial penalties will remain. The City Council directed staff to return to a future meeting with a report regarding implementing gray water systems as a condition of new development approvals.

In the meantime, the Council has tasked the City’s soon to be established Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Commission to provide a recommendation regarding the possible future use of flow restrictors. Addressing long term conservation measures will be one of the Commission’s primary goals over the next year.

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