News Archive

A Letter from the City Manager

July 2, 2020 

As you know, our City has been slowly reopening and your health and safety remains our highest priority. During these challenging times, we are continuing our diligent efforts to stay in contact with our residents and local businesses. In a recent community survey conducted by an independent research company, 73% of respondents thought the City has a need for additional funding to provide the level of services Bellflower residents need and want.

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Take Your Business Outside with the Bellflower Business Recovery Program

July 1, 2020 

During this current COVID-19 business climate, the City of Bellflower works steadily to support local business. For restaurants with wide sidewalk frontage and retailers seeking outdoor space, the Bellflower Business Recovery Program provides modifications to allow for outdoor dining and sales.

The permit will allow for outdoor dining on sidewalks, parkings lots and other rights-of-ways. Retails sales are permitted in parking lots and side lots. All applications must be approved prior to business modifications.

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Update on New Health Officer Order - July 1

July 1, 2020 

Los Angeles County will heed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive and bars in Los Angeles County must close today (Sunday,June 28, 2020).

The County Health Officer Order will be amended today to require that all bars, breweries, brew pubs, pubs, wineries and tasting rooms in L.A. County close unless they are offering sit-down dine-in meals. This includes closing bar areas in restaurants.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is guided by science and data and the key metrics monitored are showing concerning trends.


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City Facilities Slowly Reopen

June 19, 2020 

Bellflower City Hall, Public Safety and Public Works will now allow in-person appointments. Starting on Monday, June 22, 2020, facilities will be open to visitors with appointments or in need of cashiering services. The City will be adhering to the L.A. County Public Health requirements to ensure the safety of visitors and employees.

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Van Patten Leaves His Mark in Bellflower

June 19, 2020 

The City of Bellflower is proud to unveil a large 60 ft. splash of color along Bellflower Blvd. just south of the heart of Downtown. Local muralist Dave Van Patten was commissioned by the city in early 2020 to create a whimsical design that would enrich the cityscape. The blank wall located at 16916 Bellflower Blvd. now exhibits a food-themed mural that represents the community’s homegrown restaurants.

“Virtually all of my murals focus on the theme of diversity. Since I sometimes have trouble centering on one main character, I center my focus on the many characters. I find beauty in the many elements, personalities and colors interacting with each other,” stated Van Patten. “This particular mural focuses on the colorful, vibrant diversity of the city of Bellflower and its historical farm and quality food culture.”

Van Patten is a prolific muralist, participating in the world renowned mural organization, POW!WOW! in 2016 and 2017, allowing his tiny comic drawings to span across entire buildings. Many of his murals can be found throughout Long Beach and Los Angeles.

“This remarkable mural continues Bellflower’s celebration of art and expression in our ongoing progress,” said Mayor Juan Garza. “It will serve as a striking destination that connects our community and locally-owned businesses with our past, present and originality.”

For more info about murals, email the Economic Development Dept. at economic_dev@bellflower.org.

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Don’t Take the Bait, Watch for Scams

June 10, 2020 

People who had contact with someone infected with COVID-19 may first get a text message from the health department, telling them they’ll get a call from a specific number. The tracer who calls will not ask for personal information, like a Social Security number. At the end of the call, some states ask if the contact would like to enroll in a text message program, which sends daily health and safety reminders until the 14-day quarantine ends. But tracers won’t ask you for money or information like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. Anyone who does is a scammer.

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Bellflower’s New Hope Temporary Service Shelter is Now Open

May 18, 2020 

BELLFLOWER, CA – The Bellflower City Council today conducted multiple small ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Bellflower’s New Hope Temporary Services Shelter, in compliance with current COVID-19 restrictions. Ceremonies included Los Angeles County Board Supervisor, Janice Hahn and United States District Court Judge, David O. Carter. New Hope will begin serving the Bellflower homeless population on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in compliance with the City’s landmark settlement agreement with homeless advocate plaintiffs on September 23, 2019. Bellflower was the first city in Los Angeles County to sign on with Judge Carter’s order as a method of addressing the pervasive homelessness issue.


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New Mental Health Awareness Month Initiatives Help Residents Cope with COVID-19 Quarantine

April 30, 2020 

Los Angeles County Public Health Department is the nation’s largest public mental health department, and they ensure access to care and treatment for our most vulnerable residents in a region with more than 10 million people. With an annual budget approaching $3B and a committed staff of 6,000, Mental Health embodies a “heart-forward” approach to supporting hope, recovery and wellbeing across the County.


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Safer Measures and Policies Change in Response to COVID-19 Effects

April 27, 2020 

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order supporting California workers in the food sector industry on April 16, 2020. The order provides extra health and safety standards to these employees, such as those working in grocery stores, including a guidance document on COVID-19 infection prevention in grocery stores. This document suggests that grocery stores should ensure that customers that bring their own bags follow these procedures:

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The Alondra Blvd. and Bellflower Blvd. Paving Project to Start Wednesday, April 15th

April 13, 2020 

THIS PROJECT WAS DELAYED DUE TO RAIN

The Alondra Blvd./Bellflower Blvd. Paving Project will now begin the grinding portion of the project starting Wednesday, April 15th. The work will begin on Alondra Blvd. at Bellflower Blvd. and work east towards the San Gabriel River bridge.

During this portion of the project, residents are reminded that there will be no street parking permitted during working hours which are from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM each working day. No parking signs have been on display for the past week notifying drivers - please pay attention to the posted signs during this time. Vehicles not adhering to the posted signs will be cited and towed out of the construction zone. As a parking alternative, vehicles can be parked at any of the City’s parking lots in the downtown area as well as at City Hall and library.

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County Requires Facial Coverings for Essential Services

April 10, 2020 

California’s public health officials recently released guidance on the use of cloth face coverings to protect against COVID-19 for Californians who must leave their homes to conduct essential activities.

“From here on in, when you go into a business or a site that provides essential services, you too need to put on your cloth face covering so that you provide some protection to all of those who are inside a place of business, or providing you with a service.”

By April 15 at midnight, all businesses will also be required to provide all their employees with cloth face coverings, which those employees will be required to wear.

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Unsure if You Will Receive a Stimulus Check?

April 10, 2020 

U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:

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Old Fountain Transformation

March 2, 2020 

Last Fall, the water fountain feature at the Bike Trail Plaza (Woodruff & Flower) sustained severe damage as a result of overnight vandalism. The Public Works Department made several attempts to repair or modify the fountain, but the damage proved irreparable.

In addition, staff contacted the original contractor that built the fountain, only to learn that it could not be repaired and would need to be replaced. As a result, the contractor provided an estimate in excess of $90,000 to build a new fountain. This option was presented to the City Council at the February 24, 2020 City Council meeting. After some discussion, which included the future removal of the Bike Trail Plaza by Metro to make way for the Eco-Rapid Line (the current Bike Trail Plaza is built on Metro’s railway property), the City Council directed staff to remove the water fountain feature and utilize the area within the perimeter wall to create a decorative garden. Public Works staff is set to begin this work in the near future.

See progress on the Bellflower City Hall Facebook Page, City of Bellflower Twitter, or in future issues of the Bellflower E-Citizen Newsletter.

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Enhanced Veteran’s Memorial at Library Gardens Approved

March 2, 2020 

On February 25, 2020, the Bellflower City Council approved conceptual designs to significantly enhance the City’s current Veterans Memorial at Library Garden. The enhancements will include individual monuments and lighted flag poles for 5 branches of the military and POWs; a lighted Battle Cross sculpture; a reflection area with dedication bricks for loved ones; a Veterans Memorial entry wall/sign; and many decorative attributes including military insignia, quotes of valor and honor, dedication plaques, and more. This site will be a regional destination for communities and families in the area to reflect and honor those that have dedicated so much to our country. Look for more details in the coming months as this powerful project progresses.

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Caltrans to Fully Close Ramps on SR-91 in Bellflower for Construction Activities

March 2, 2020 

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced plans to fully close ramps on State Route 91 (SR-91) overnight in the city of Bellflower this week for a construction project.

The following closures will be in place between:

Eastbound SR-91:

  • Monday, March 2 to Tuesday, March 3 - Full Closure of Downey Ave. on-ramp from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 3 to Wednesday, April 8 - Downey Ave. on-ramp will be reduced to one lane.

Westbound SR-91:

  • Monday, March 2 to Tuesday, March 3 - Full Closure of Clark Ave. off-ramp from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 3 to Friday, April 10 - Clark Ave. off-ramp will be reduced to one lane.

Some closures may start and end later. All closures are weather permitting and subject to change. Additionally, motorists can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap.

The work on SR-91 is part of a roadside safety improvement project to minimize highway worker exposure to traffic by providing safer access to the freeway. The works includes the construction of Maintenance Vehicle Pullouts (MVPs), improvements to irrigation systems, and installation of fences.

Caltrans reminds drivers to be “Work Zone Alert” and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

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Small Business Video Spotlight

February 28, 2020 

Every month, the City of Bellflower will highlight a local business in the E-Citizen Newsletter and feature a short video on Bellflower’s YouTube Channel to showcase local businesses. Small business owners can participate at no-cost and will be interviewed by city staff. To nominate your business, call the Economic Development at (562) 804-1424 ext 2010 or email Annika Miyashiro-Ruiz at amiyashiro@bellflower.org.


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New Bellflower Mural

January 1, 2020 

The new Downtown Bellflower logo is now complete at the SR-91 FWY underpass and Bellflower Blvd. Congratulations Mikala Taylor on a great job!

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In Memoriam Former Mayor M.G. Brassard

December 22, 2019 

Maurice “Mike” George Brassard was born on February 13, 1937 and passed away on December 1, 2019 at the age of 82. He served one term on the Bellflower City Council from 1984-1988 and was Mayor from 1987-1988. In addition to City Council service, he was a local business and property owner, Noon Lions member and an active member of the community.

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What to Expect: 2020 Census Questions

December 15, 2019 

As required by the Census Act, the U.S. Census Bureau submitted a list of questions to Congress on March 29, 2018. Based on those questions, the 2020 Census will ask:


How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020. This will help us count the entire U.S. population and ensure that we count people according to where they live on Census Day.
Whether the home is owned or rented. This will help us produce statistics about homeownership and renting. The rates of homeownership serve as one indicator of the nation's economy. They also help in administering housing programs and informing planning decisions.

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Neighborhood Business Advisor

June 26, 2019 

Bellflower’s Economic Development Department helps provide free business assistance to the small business community by offering appointments to meet with SCORE mentors or attend free workshops. SCORE mentors and presenters are seasoned professionals who can help sort through business challenges, provide advice and answer a variety of questions. In addition to SCORE, the Long Beach SBDC (Small Business Development Center) offers free advisory services paid for by tax dollars. Bellflower resident, Richard S. Tang, can help assist with HR retention {leadership, incentives, communications}, profitability, exit/succession, fundraising, restructuring and more. He can also provide more information about available loan programs. To contact Richard S. Tang call (951) 298-9880 or email rtang@smallbizla.org.

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Bellflower Housing Programs

June 19, 2019 

Owning a home seems like an impossible dream for many households today. The Housing and Grants Division of the City of Bellflower is trying to help make this dream become a reality through its Homebuyer's Assistance Program.



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Cannabis Related Information

June 16, 2019 

Below are documents related to cannabis business operations in the City of Bellflower

Cannabis Fiscal Impact Report

Cannabis Fiscal Impact Report Power Point Presentation

Map - 300’ & 600’ Restrictions

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Caruthers Park Fenced Off for Stormwater Project

June 2, 2019 

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.

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Holiday Safety Tips

December 18, 2018 

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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Bellflower Helps Small Businesses Excel

April 27, 2018 

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.

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Share Your Opinion with Metro

June 29, 2017 

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.


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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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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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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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