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Free Filters for a Cleaner Future

May 25, 2017 

The City of Bellflower will hold a used motor oil filter exchange event on Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AutoZone, 10239 Rosecrans Ave. In exchange for their 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.


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Charles Phoenix Celebrates Bellflower's Birthday with a Special Slide Show on Sunday, August 6th

May 25, 2017 

Do you like to flip through old photos and reminisce about the “good ol’ days?”

If so, the City of Bellflower’s Economic Development Department has a show for you! In honor of Bellflower’s 60th birthday, Charles Phoenix is coming to town to host the Big Retro Southern California Slide Show on Sunday, August 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Bristol Civic Auditorium at City Hall (16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA). Tickets are now on sale for a special “incorporation” price of $19.57 per person. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2954827.





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Make Firework Safety a Priority

May 25, 2017 

Independence Day will be celebrated next month all across the nation, and the City of Bellflower encourages all residents to have fun in a safe and responsible manner. Bellflower Municipal Code Section 8.16.010 makes it illegal to "use, possess, or transport any fireworks that are not classified as Safe and Sane."

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Request Agendas Via Email

May 25, 2017 

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 cclerk@bellflower.org or call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2271. The agenda is also available on the City’s website at

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New Miss Bellflower Queen & Teen Queen Court Crowned

May 25, 2017 

The new Bellflower Court was selected at the recent Miss Bellflower Pageant on April 29th at the Bristol Civic Auditorium. Eight lucky ladies will spend the next year getting to know the community through volunteer efforts and become a positive image for the youth of city. The 2017 Miss Bellflower Queen is Natalie Manriquez and her court: Miss Bellflower Princesses Desiree Reyes and Hannah Mercado. The 2017 Miss Teen Bellflower Queen is Anisa Garcia and her court: Miss Teen Bellflower Princesses; Alisha Preciado, Fatima Castro, Megan Huckins, and Neriah Cervantes. The Miss Bellflower Organization thanks the community for their support over the past 10 years. For more info visit www.missbellflower.com or call (562) 444-5140.

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Tournament Held For Police & Fire

May 25, 2017 

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.


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Food, Flicks & Fun Features Fabulous Movie Line-Up

May 25, 2017 

Bellflower’s Annual Streetfest concert series kicks off summer fun on Thursday, June 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Bellflower between Flower St. and Oak St. Soto Band will launch the Streetfest series with uplifting dance, pop and latin beats! Be sure to bring out your lawn chair and grab some goodies for a cool summer night enjoying live music. Food for purchase will be available too.

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Space Pirates Invade Bristol Auditorium

April 27, 2017 

Twenty-four students from the local community, ages 6 to 15 years old, completed a 9-week theatrical workshop and are ready to take the stage!

Space Pirates is a delightful new play that tells a story of aliens, pirates and a few human beings who, despite their differences, learn how to get along.

This play welcomes all ages and is a feel-good family event. Tickets are $6.00 per person and performances are set for Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bristol Civic Auditorium located at 16600 Civic Center Dr. For more info call (562) 867-3524.

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As Summer Approaches, Holland International Market Pushes to Reach New Customers

April 27, 2017 

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.

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City to Spotlight Bellflower Businesses

April 8, 2017 

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 economic_dev@bellflower.org.

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.

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A Hidden Gem in Bellflower

March 29, 2017 

Raymond Tsang is a 3rd generation clock and watch repairman and is celebrating 30 years at his current location. Tsang, along with his wife Teresa, have been dealing precious metals, selling an assortment of jewelry, and providing repair services in the City of Bellflower for almost 40 years. Prior to opening Raymond’s Gemco, he owned Bellflower Gemco from 1978-1986. Congratulations!

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Learn About Carbon Monoxide to Prevent Poisoning

February 28, 2017 

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.


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New Fire Museum & Events Center

February 1, 2017 

The City of Bellflower, the Los Angeles County Fire Museum Association and LEDCOR Construction gathered together on September 9th, 2016 for a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony to kick off a unique addition to Downtown Bellflower.

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Help Us Plant 150 Trees in Bellflower

October 17, 2016 

Invest from the Ground Up will plant 1,350 trees on October 15 & 22, 2016 in nine cities across California, including Bellflower. The group’s CIRCLE program, the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions, will be planting trees in or near disadvantaged communities, as identified by the state’s CalEnviroScreen 2.0. The planting will be part of neighborhood events held in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service.

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Lions Host Service Club Luncheon

September 22, 2016 

The Bellflower Noon Lions will host the 2016 Joint Service Club Luncheon on Thursday, October 6th at 12:00 p.m. in the Simms Park Auditorium located at 16614 Clark Ave. in Bellflower. The event recognizes the many service clubs serving in the Bellflower community each year. The guest speaker for this event will be Erin Rank, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

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Free Filters for a Cleaner Future

September 22, 2016 

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.

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Pierre Films Grand Opening

September 22, 2016 

Patrick Pierre, owner of Pierre Films located in Kiosk B (Belmont St. in Downtown) will celebrate his Grand Opening on Thursday, October 13th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and a chance to win a free signature video package!

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City Updates Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

September 20, 2016 

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.


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Sheriff’s Deputies Offer Safety Tips For Pokémon Go Players

August 25, 2016 

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)

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Free Adult Computer Workshop Begins September at the Brakensiek Library

August 25, 2016 

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.

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Bellflower Adds New Web Services

July 21, 2016 

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

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GO-Biz Committee Approves $46.7 Million in Tax Credits for 67 Companies Adding Over 4,200 Jobs in California

June 20, 2016 

Building upon California’s nation leading job creation, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $46.7 million in tax credits for 67 companies expanding and creating jobs in California. The awards will help these companies create a projected 4,235 jobs and generate over $1.3 billion in investment across California. The complete list of approved companies and award amounts can be found here.

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Bike & Trail Master Plan Unveiled

March 30, 2016 

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.

To view the plan click here and for questions or comments, contact Assistant Planner Jason Friedman at (562) 804-1424, ext. 2314 or email jfriedman@bellflower.org

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Approval of a 45-day Moratorium

February 24, 2016 
On February 22, 2016, the City Council approved a 45-day moratorium on construction and developments within the A-E zone. Effective immediately, and through April 7, 2016, no project application can be taken in and no construction permit can be issued for properties located within the A-E zone. Construction permits can continue to be issued for projects involving interior remodeling, electrical upgrades, plumbing, or any other projects that do not involve an increase of square footage.
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