The City of Bellflower has awarded a contract to Reyes Construction, Inc. for the construction of the Caruthers Park Stormwater and Urban Runoff Capture Project. This project will capture stormwater and urban runoff from both the Los Cerritos Channel and Lower San Gabriel River watersheds through a diversion system that will re-direct urban runoff and stormwater from an open channel located between Caruthers Park and the San Gabriel River, and an underground storm drain line running along the Metro right-of-way. The captured water will pass through a pre-treatment system to remove trash, debris, and sediment. A drainage pipeline will then convey the water into a large, buried multi-chambered storage and infiltration facility consisting of pre-cast concrete storage units.
As part of the planning effort for the West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor (WSAB) Project, a new 19-mile light rail transit line that will connect southeast Los Angeles County to downtown Los Angeles, Metro would like to invite you to participate in a guided rail tour of the Gold Line and/or Expo Line.
Don’t Fight Parking, Switch to Ride Sharing
As business in Downtown Bellflower continues to grow, finding a place to park has become more difficult. The City has been exploring ways to improve the parking experience and has permitted public valet service in the city parking lot located east of Bellflower Blvd., between Oak St. and Belmont St. (next to the Town Center Plaza). Valet service is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. In addition to valet service, new 2-hour parking signs have been installed and the parking lot to the north, has been assigned for Ride Share pick-up and drop-off. Be on the lookout for the new directional signs for Uber & Lyft!
Cedars Valet 's started on Friday, March 1st. Valet serivce will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more info, call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2010.
The City of Bellflower’s Housing and Grants Division is offering federally funded programs to provide assistance to homeowner occupants for certain home repairs and improvements. Two programs are currently available for eligible homeowners: Fix-It Grants and Low Interest Deferred Loans. The third program, Mobile Home Grants, will be active in July 2019 (funding is available for 2019-2020 fiscal year).
The much needed construction for Bellflower Boulevard south of the 91 FWY is now taking shape. The Bellflower Blvd. Widening project will add an additional traffic lane in each direction and to lengthen the northbound turn lane onto the 91 Fwy. During construction, traffic lanes will be minimized to 1 lane in each direction. It is recommended that drivers avoid this area due to expected traffic congestion. Drivers are encouraged to use the Lakewood Boulevard and Clark Avenue on and off ramps for access to and from the 91 Fwy. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of May 2019.
The following Holiday Safety Tips were compiled, in cooperation with the LAPD Crime Prevention Section, to contribute to the safety and security of people during the holiday season. The holiday season is always a special time of year. It is also a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime. We can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware. Please share this information with family, friends and neighbors.
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The Bellflower-Paramount Joint Active Transportation Plan will guide the design of safe, enjoyable, and convenient walking and biking options to schools, parks, and other places you would like to go. Stop by our booth at the Bellflower Streetfest and with your help, we can make walking and biking in Bellflower a top choice!
The Bellflower-Paramount Joint Active Transportation Plan will guide the design of safe, enjoyable and convenient walking and biking options to schools, parks, and other places you would like to go. Please take our online survey and share your thoughts on the future of Bellflower-Paramount. Click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPATPBellflower
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El Plan de Transporte Activo de Bellflower-Paramount ofrecerá una guía para crear opciones más seguras, agradables y convenientes para caminar y andar en bicicleta a las escuelas, los parques, y otros destinos. Por favor, tome nuestra encuesta en línea y comparta sus ideas sobre el futuro de Bellflower-Paramount. Haga clic en el siguiente enlacehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BPATPBellflower
The City of Bellflower is gearing up to celebrate National Small Business Week beginning April 29th through May 5th. Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation to recognize the critical contributions of America’s small business owners. This year, the City of Bellflower has teamed up with several organizations to host free workshops for small business owners.
The City of Bellflower will once again bring holiday cheer to Downtown Bellflower when it hosts the 17th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The Bellflower community is invited to join in the seasonal celebration at the free family event that will take place in Downtown Bellflower at Friendship Square located at 16615 Bellflower Blvd.
Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for the children and the Mayfair High School Vocal Ensemble will perform a variety of holiday songs.
A holiday skating rink for scooters and skates (children are encouraged to wear a helmet to enter the rink) will be available, along with the Bellflower Recreation In Motion (BRIM) program, and holiday crafts. This year, four sledding slides that require 100 bales of hay and 30 tons of real snow will be open for children to enjoy at no cost. Coffee and hot cocoa will be provided by Starbucks, along with complimentary peach cobbler donated by Johnny Rebs’ Restaurant and additional refreshments compliments of the 99 Cent Store. The event is free and open to the public.
For more info on all City’s holiday programs call (562) 804-1424 ext. 2261.
Children 12 years and younger will be making their way down Bellflower Boulevard and visiting Downtown storefronts during the 9th annual Trick-or-Treat event set for Friday, October 27th from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Free family activities, hosted by the Bellflower Chamber of Commerce, will continue until 7:00 p.m. in the Town Center Plaza (16521 Adenmoor Ave.). Bellflower churches have sponsored carnival games and music, a train ride sponsored by French Quarter Restaurant will choo-choo around the festivities, and a children’s costume contest will be judged at 6:30 p.m. Masks are not permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The City of Bellflower will be holding a used motor oil filter exchange event on October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at AutoZone, 9031 Alondra Blvd. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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
City’s Economic Development Strategies Recognized for a Second Year in a Row