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1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony 2019

The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at its 1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

· REAL SNOW!

· Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Sweet Treats!

· A Visit from Santa!

Transportation is available. Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

DIANA MORALES GONZALES SWORN IN AS VERNON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

Vernon, CA (November 7, 2019) – At the council meeting held on Tuesday, November 5, Diana Morales Gonzales took her oath of office as an elected member of the Vernon City Council following the certification of the October 15 Special Municipal Election results confirming her victory.

Based on the final official vote count, Morales Gonzales received 36 votes while candidate Dennis E. Gulla received 28 votes. A total of 64 ballots were received from the City's 103 registered voters, indicating a voter turnout of 62%. All 64 ballots were publicly canvassed by the canvass board to finalize the tally.

Following her oath of office, Council Member Morales Gonzales addressed members of the public attending the Council meeting, saying she felt "honored and humbled to have earned the majority of the community's support" and reaffirmed her commitment to serve all residents of Vernon and plans for "working hand-in-hand with all current Council Members for the future of our City."

A resident of Vernon for 24 years, Council Member Morales Gonzales has been an outspoken member of the community, often serving as an advocate of residents' needs. Over the years, Morales Gonzales dedicated much of her time to the local elementary school serving as a volunteer on the Vernon City Elementary School Site Council. Council Member Morales Gonzales was elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of former Council Member Yvette Woodruff-Perez who resigned earlier this year. This will be the Council Member's first term in elected office, and her seat will be up for re-election in April 2020.

For more City of Vernon election information, go to: cityofvernon.org/elections

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Notice of City Council Reorganization

Notice is hereby given that at a City Council meeting on November 5, 2019, the City Council of
the City of Vemon reorganized as follows:

Melissa Ybarra, Mayor
Leticia Lopez, Mayor Pro Tempore
William "Bill" Davis, Council Member
Carol Menke, Council Member
Diana Morales Gonzales, Council Member

Dated this 5th Day of November 2019

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Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Changes In Water Rates

The Vernon City Council will hold a public hearing to consider proposed modification and increases to water charges for service furnished by the City, and to hear and consider objections and protests to the proposed modifications and the rate study report described below.

VERNON CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
4305 S. SANTA FE AVE, VERNON, CA 90058
NOVEMBER 19, 2019 9:00 AM

For more information, please see the links below:

3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular

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The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at its 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular! This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

· Pumpkin giveaways

· Raffle prizes

· Fun family activities that include a bounce house, Halloween maze, trick-or-treating, and face painting

· Free Burgers, fries, and dessert from the Habit Burger Grill

Transportation is available. Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

2019 Water Rate Study Informational Meeting

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Vernon Public Utilities staff will be on hand to discuss the results of the 2019 Water Rate Study with the community.

VERNON CITY HALL - COUNCIL CHAMBERS
4305 S. SANTA FE AVE, VERNON, CA 90058
OCTOBER 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For more information, please see the links below:

City of Vernon Brings in L.A. County Fire Veteran Jim Enriquez as New Chief

Press Release

VERNON – (September 25, 2019) – The City of Vernon announced today that Jim Enriquez was appointed as the city’s new Fire Chief effective this month. Following his lengthy tenure in and around Los Angeles County, including nine cities and unincorporated Los Angeles County, Enriquez has overseen over 250 Fire Department personnel as Battalion Chief for various Southern California cities and Assistant Fire Chief for Los Angeles County.

As part of his duties, Enriquez will transition the Fire Department to Los Angeles County, a conversion approved by the City Council earlier this year. The city has already operated under mutual aid agreements with neighboring communities to facilitate fire services, so transitioning Vernon’s four fire stations will have no visible impact to city businesses or residents, but will make better use of city resources. Enriquez will be responsible for reducing excessive overtime and operational costs, and train staff to prepare themselves for the L.A. County Fire transition.

“It is a significant milestone for the City of Vernon to appoint a leader with such embedded public safety experience in Southern California, and with the strong ethical values and reputation to match,” said City Administrator Carlos Fandino. “We are confident that Chief Enriquez will coordinate the Fire Department’s transition to L.A. County efficiently and with no perceptible change in the high standards of public safety our citizens and businesses have come to expect.”

Enriquez was chosen in part due to his experience with budget administration and fiscal sustainability, as well as his solid reputation for ethics and forward-thinking leadership. Some of Enriquez’ initial actions following his appointment involved resolving the excessive use of city funds and establishing procedures to prevent it from happening in the future.

Arbor Day Cool Parks Grant Project

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Arbor Day - Cool Parks Grant Project
Saturday, September 21, 2019

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, the City of Vernon celebrated Arbor Day with its first ever community tree planting event. Over thirty volunteers of all ages worked tirelessly to plant seventy five trees throughout Vernon, kicking off the City’s efforts to Green the City!

The event was funded by the Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry Grant and organized in partnership with several state agencies and community organizations including: the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Urban Forests Council, West Coast Arborists, Inc., the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Holy Angels Church of the Deaf located in Vernon.

As part of the Arbor Day event, the City acknowledged the memory and legacy of John Van de Kamp, former Attorney General of California and faithful champion for Vernon, by planting and dedicating a tree in his honor.

Trees reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, clean water and air, provide aesthetic and habitat value, and improve public health. As part of its commitment to promote the wellbeing of present and future generations, the City of Vernon will continue to plant trees in the City with the ultimate goal of attaining a Tree City USA designation as provided by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Family Game Night 2019

The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at its 2nd Annual Family Game Night!  This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

·         Giant Lawn Games

·         Bicycle Raffle Prizes

·         Backpack Giveaways

·         Free Burgers and Fries from the Habit Burger Grill

Transportation is available.  Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

Flex Alert – a call for energy conservation – in effect today

 

Due to high temperatures and high energy demand, the California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today.

Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power interruptions by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 4 p.m. and after 10 p.m., and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.

Because of widespread heat, the ISO anticipates energy demand reaching a peak of 42,800 megawatts (MW) this evening. Also, two units with a total generation of 1,260 MW are offline due to mechanical failures. The Flex Alert is being called in response to the high electricity demand and the reduced generation.

The ISO earlier in the day issued a Restricted Maintenance Operations (RMO), which requires generators and transmission owners to postpone scheduled maintenance, to keep grid assets available for use.

Flex Alert conservation could reduce the risk of further emergency measures, including rotating power outages.

The ISO's service territory serves about 80 percent of California's electricity consumers and a small portion of Nevada.

For more electricity conservation tips, visit the ISO's Flex Alert website at http://www.flexalert.org/save-energy

Conservation Tips

• Set thermostat at 78° or higher and turn off, if away

• Cool with fans and draw drapes

• Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

• Use major appliances in morning or late evening

Learn more: http://www.flexalert.org (Available in Spanish and Vietnamese)

Flex Alerts

A Flex Alert is issued by the ISO when the electricity grid is under stress because of generation or transmission outages, or from persistent hot temperatures.

Consumers are urged to voluntarily conserve electricity to help avoid more serious steps to protect the power grid, including local rotating outages.

Click here to learn more about Flex Alerts and Stage Electrical Emergencies.

Vernon City Council Member Yvette Woodruff-Perez Submits Resignation

Press Release

Vernon, CA (May 8, 2019) –  At the council meeting held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Council Member Yvette Woodruff-Perez announced her resignation as a member of the Vernon City Council.  Honorable Woodruff-Perez began her term as council member in April 2015, and served as mayor during her fourth year in office.

During her term, Woodruff-Perez achieved an educational milestone, acquiring a degree in nursing.  In her farewell statement, she noted that she would be dedicating time to her chosen career.

Mayor Melissa Ybarra and City Administrator Carlos Fandino acknowledged the service of Woodruff-Perez and wished her well in her new pursuits.  The City will present a proclamation to honor Woodruff-Perez at a future city council meeting.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California.  Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary.  The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.  Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County.  For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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Honorable Melissa Ybarra Elected Mayor of Vernon

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Honorable Melissa Ybarra Elected Mayor of Vernon

Vernon, CA (April 17, 2019) – At the council meeting held on Tuesday, April 16, members of the Vernon City Council certified the City's 2019 General Municipal Election results and selected a new mayor and mayor pro-tempore.
Honorable Melissa Ybarra was selected as mayor by the majority of the Vernon City Council, while Honorable Leticia Lopez was selected as mayor pro tempore.

Ybarra was elected to the Vernon City Council in a special election in February of 2015, and re-elected to serve her first full five-year term in office in April 2017. Today's election marks Mayor Ybarra's second time in the office of mayor, having served as the City's first female mayor in 2017.

As a member of the City Council, Mayor Ybarra has represented Vernon on the board of several area organizations including the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Eco-Rapid Transit, Southeast Community Development Corporation and the Southeast Water Coalition. Mayor Ybarra currently serves as the City Council representative on the Vernon Housing Commission where she also serves as Vice Chairperson. A life-long Vernon resident, Mayor Ybarra is an active member of the local community, volunteering her time to work with organizations including the Vernon City Elementary School Site Council and the Linda Marquez High School, Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine School Site Council.

Honorable Leticia Lopez was elected by a unanimous vote of the five-member city council to serve as mayor pro tempore. Elected to the Vernon City Council in April of 2016 as a write-in candidate, Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez is serving a five-year term. As a member of the City Council, Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez represents the City on various external and internal boards, and is currently the City Council representative on the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee, where she also serves as Chairperson. Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from California State University Long Beach and a Master's Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College.

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending. Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.
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Vernon Voters Elect Carol R. Menke To Vernon City Council

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VERNON VOTERS ELECT CAROL R. MENKE TO VERNON CITY COUNCIL

Vernon, CA (April 22, 2019) – At the council meeting held on Tuesday, April 16, Carol R. Menke took her oath of office as an elected member of the Vernon City Council following the certification of the April 9 General Municipal Election results confirming her victory over candidates Maria I. Acosta and Jason C. Roberts.

Based on the final official vote count, Menke received 48 votes, while Acosta received 9 votes and Roberts received 7 votes. A total of 64 ballots were received from the City's 95 registered voters, indicating a voter turnout of 67%. All 64 ballots were publicly canvassed by the canvass board to finalize the tally.

Following her oath of office, Council Member Menke addressed members of the public attending the council meeting, saying she felt "humbled" by her large margin of victory and credited the success of her campaign to her "commitment to good governance, reform and transparency." Menke thanked the citizens of Vernon for placing their faith in her and expressed a desire for getting Vernon on the road to becoming "Exclusively Industrial and Inclusively Residential."

A resident of Vernon since 2010, Council Member Menke has been an engaged and active member of the community. Menke worked alongside the City against disincorporation efforts and has served on the Vernon Housing Commission in a resident seat since July 2017. Menke received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton and formerly served as the Program Chair for the Criminal Justice and Paralegal Programs at Everest College in the City of Industry. This will be her first term in elected office.

The ballots for the April 9 election also included two measures that were subsequently nullified due to a typographical error in the Spanish translations. Measure S proposed to change the process for selecting the Mayor to an automatic rotation schedule based on year of election. Measure T proposed a similar change for the process of selecting a Mayor Pro Tempore. On March 25, the City informed voters of the error and nullified the two measures. The City intends to re-introduce the Measures and place them on the ballot for the 2020 election.

For more City of Vernon election information, go to: www.cityofvernon.org/elections  

The 2019 Electronic and Universal Waste Recycling Event

 

The Green Vernon Commission and Arion Global Inc., Present:

THE 2019 ELECTRONIC AND UNIVERSAL WASTE RECYCLING EVENT

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: City of Vernon Fire Station #76
3375 Fruitland Avenue
Vernon, CA 90058

BRING US YOUR ELECTRONICS / UNIVERSAL WASTE AND WE WILL ENSURE THAT YOUR DATA IS ERADICATED AND YOUR RECYCLABLES DO NOT END UP IN LANDFILLS!!!!!

Click Here for more information

Vernon Transit Study

In a continued effort to best meet the transportation and mobility needs of its residents, employees, and visitors, the City of Vernon is studying the feasibility of a local shuttle or other mobility service. As part of the study, we are seeking your thoughts on current transit services, areas for improvement and other transportation concepts that may be important to you and our community. Your feedback is important in helping to make improvements and plan for the future.

Please click on the links below to participate in the survey:

City of Vernon Transit Service Study Survey

Encuesta para Estudio de Servicio de Tránsito de la Ciudad de Vernon

The Vernon Transit Study is being sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments' (SCAG) Sustainability Planning Grant Program.

NextGen Bus Study

Metro is seeking the community's input as it reimagines its bus system for the next generation.  Stop in at one of Metro's upcoming NextGen Bus Study workshops and tell Metro what is important to you!  The NextGen Bus Study will design a bus system that improves service and connections throughout LA County.  These public workshops provide an opportunity to meet with Metro staff, learn about the study and share your thoughts on how to improve the bus system, including bus routes, frequencies, day and times of operation.  Stop in any time during the workshops.

Saturday, January 12, 2019
9am – 12pm
Bell Community Center
6250 Pine Av
Bell, CA 90201
accessible via Metro Lines 110, 260

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
4 – 7pm
Dollarhide Community Center
301 N Tamarind Ave
Compton, CA 90220
accessible via Metro Lines 51/351, 125, 127, 128, 202; Metro Blue Line Compton Station; GTrans 3; CPT Renaissance 1, 2, 3, 4

Please see the links below or visit metro.net/nextgen to learn more and find out how you can help Metro make the bus system better!

Frequently Asked Questions

Fact Sheet 

1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

The City of Vernon welcomes your attendance at its 1st Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! This free event will take place on Vernon's City Hall Lawn Thursday, December 5, 2018, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Come out and enjoy the following:

  • REAL SNOW!
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Sweet Treats!
  • Raffle Prizes!
  • A Visit from Santa!

 

Transportation is available. Please contact Lilia Hernandez at (323) 775-8105 to coordinate a ride from your Vernon residence to City Hall.

We hope to see you there!

Vernon’s Halloween Spooktacular – A Monstrous Success

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Press Release Our Halloween Spooktacular Album on Facebook

VERNON, Calif. (October 31, 2018) – Monsters, pirates, and superheroes were out in full force on the City Hall Lawn  as the City held its second annual Halloween Spooktacular on Tuesday evening.  As part of the City's ongoing efforts to engage local residents and encourage their participation in the City's government, the City has hosted regular community outreach events such as this Halloween themed night.  After a successful Summer Family Game Night event and growing social media following, the City geared up for a larger turnout on Tuesday.  More than 200 members of the Vernon and local community attended the Spooktacular, making it the largest turnout yet for a City event of its kind.

Attendees were able to partake in a variety of fun family activities such as trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, a bounce house, photo booth, raffles, Sidewalk CPR demonstrations provided by the Vernon Fire Department, and a pirate-themed Halloween maze presented by the Vernon Police Department.  City staff was on hand to provide information about City services and voter registration, and representatives from the LA Metro and Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis hosted booths about their services.

Vernon Mayor Yvette-Woodruff Perez thanked attendees for taking an interest in the City organized event, remarking, "It is wonderful to see so many of our residents here this evening, taking advantage of this opportunity to learn about the services and resources available through our City and other local government agencies."  Mayor Woodruff-Perez further recognized the importance of events such as the Halloween Spooktacular as an opportunity for City staff and her fellow elected officials to hear from the public and receive feedback on issues affecting the community. In an effort to encourage feedback from all attendees, Mayor Woodruff-Perez addressed the crowd both in English and Spanish throughout the event.

The evening concluded with guests and staff alike looking forward to the next City of Vernon community outreach event, slated to celebrate the holiday season in early December 2018.

The City's Halloween festivities also included guided tours for Vernon City Elementary School Students through Halloween mazes at City Hall.  Photos of the day's events will be shared on the Vernon's social media platforms.