Join the City of Bellflower Economic Development Team at Streetfest to learn more about the light-rail train that’s coming to town. The proposed Metro light-rail project, also known as the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor project, is routed to stop at Bellflower Boulevard and the Pacific Electric Right-of-way. The 20-mile line will stretch through 20 different cities from City of Artesia to Downtown Union Station. Interested residents can stop by the City’s Booth for more info or call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2286.
Short CirQit is the newest vendor to open in Kiosk B at Belmont St. and Bellflower Blvd. Short CirQit specializes in onsite repairs of small electronics including iPhones, iPods, and Android phones. Repairs vary from cracked screens, bad charging ports, power buttons, cameras, unresponsive touch screens and much more. Pricing depends on the phone and the problem.
Short CirQit currently operates a larger business in the Inland Empire and Kiosk B in Bellflower is their first step towards growing their company. Offsite repairs include PlayStation 4 HDMI cable, PC computers, MAC computers, laptops, micro soldering repairs, liquid damage and more. For more info visit their website at www.shortcirqit.com or stop by Kiosk B to receive a consultation.
Show your civic pride and set your appointment to donate blood at the annual City of Bellflower Blood Challenge on Thursday, July 27 at Bellflower City Hall. The American Red Cross has begun scheduling donors from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and welcome walk-in appointments as well.
Hard Times Billiards, a Bellflower business well-known for hosting amateur and professional pool tournaments, invites the community to comeout and support first-responders at the Pocket Billiards Tournament on August 8-11, 2017. This 4-day tournament is one of the 57 athletic events in the World Police & Fire Games held throughout Los Angeles County. The event is open to law enforcement and firefighters to help reduce stress, foster physical fitness and build comraderie.
The Bellflower City Clerk’s Office is making it easier to keep up with City Council news! To have the current agenda sent to your inbox, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2271. The agenda is also available on the City’s website at
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced a series of 28 workshops across California designed to help businesses apply for over $200 million in available California Competes Tax Credits (CCTC).
Are you a Bellflower business owner or operator who has something special to celebrate? Have you been recently recognized in a magazine (see below), received an award, earned stellar reviews on social media, set to host a special event or recently redecorated or made improvements? If so, the Economic Development (ED) Department would like to hear about it! The E-Citizen will be rolling out a new section dedicated to highlighting local businesses. If you’d like to share your story and receive free print/video marketing, feel free to email email@example.com.
The ED Department is also in search of businesses that opened (and are still operating) prior to the City’s incorporation in 1957. Businesses older than Bellflower are encouraged to contact Annika Miyashiro-Ruiz at (562) 804-1424 ext. 2249.
Twenty-three students from the local community, ages 6 to 15 years old, completed a 9-week theatrical workshop and boldly took the stage at the Bristol Civic Auditorium on May 5 through May 7.
Space Pirates told a story of aliens, pirates and a few human beings who, despite their differences, learn how to get along. This play was fit for all ages. This was the first theater show for most of the participants and they earned a round of applause every evening. Way to go!
For more info call (562) 867-3524.
Holland International Market is expanding their marketing map and introducing Dutch products to Bellflower’s surrounding communities this summer season. Maria Cervantes, the always cheerful owner of the little Dutch store, will be taking her goods out for a number of events in the next couple of months, one of which she will be hosting herself right here in Bellflower. “I am always trying to bring in new customers,” said Cervantes as she bustled around the store’s aisles checking on inventory.
The risk of carbon monoxide exposure occurs more frequently in colder months when people use furnaces, fireplaces and portable generators to stay warm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a dangerous gas that you cannot smell, taste or see. Breathing in carbon monoxide can displace the oxygen in your blood, causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Severe cases of carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly.
The City of Bellflower is proud to announce the anticipated completion of the Simms Park Fitness Center and Trail. The grand opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 3:00 p.m.
The City of Bellflower will hold a used motor oil filter exchange event scheduled for October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AutoZone (9031 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower). In exchange for used motor oil filters, residents will receive new motor oil filters free of charge (limit two per resident, while supplies last). After your next oil change, bring in your used oil and filter and receive vouchers for new oil filters.
The City of Bellflower is in the process of updating its Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP). The LHMP identifies the natural risks and manmade hazards within our community. The Plan also provides a list of mitigation action items that can be used to reduce the impacts from these hazards.
Part of the mandated approval process for the LHMP requires the City to share this document with key organizations within the community and solicit comments during the plan writing phase. If you have atime and interest, feel free to review this draft version of the LHMP (attached) and share your comments with Director of Public Safety Joel Hockman by Wednesday, September 28, 2016. If you are not able to provide comments by this date, the City will move forward with the understanding that the public does not have any concerns and is comfortable with the Plan as it is written.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Wednesday provided Pokémon Go players tips on how to remain safe while playing the game.
“Many of our deputies continue to capture Pokémon and want to share some secrets in becoming the ultimate Ash Ketchum,” the department said on Facebook, referring to one of the game’s main characters.
Deputies advised the public to adhere to the following safety tips:
• Don’t play while driving
• Play in well-lit areas
• If you suspect you are being followed, yell for help and use your phone to dial 911
• Be aware of your surroundings as you play
• Stay off private property
• Play in pairs with a friend
• Be cautious of being lured into a bad situation
Pokémon Go, a smartphone game app that has become a sensation on social media, leads players to physically seek out virtual Pokémon characters in real world settings by using smartphone cameras.
(©July 2016 CBS Local Media)
The Brakensiek Library offers fun classes for adult residents interested in improving their basic computer skills beginning September 7th. The workshop series will continue every Wednesday through October 5th. Space is limited. To RSVP call (562) 925-5543 or visit the library’s Information Desk to sign up.
If computers aren’t your “thing,” consider joining fellow readers at the upcoming Book Club Meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
The Brakensiek Library is located at 9945 E. Flower St. Bellflower, CA 90706.
To conveniently renew your business license online, all you need is a credit card, debit card, or your checking account information and your business license renewal notice (required PIN located at the lower right hand corner of the renewal notice). Please click on the Renew Business License button below and follow the instructions to pay for your business license online. There is no fee associated with your payment with a checking account (e-check). If paid with a credit or debit card, the convenience fee is 2.9% of the total amount due and charged, with a minimum fee of $2.00. For more info visit http://www.bellflower.org/depts/finance/business.asp
With the assistance of project consultant Alta Planning + Design, the Cities of Bellflower and Paramount have collaborated on a joint Bike & Trail Master Plan. The plan has been funded by a Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) sustainability grant, and will be presented to the Bellflower City Council in the next few weeks.
City’s Economic Development Strategies Recognized for a Second Year in a Row