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CITY’S MAJOR PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
 

Below, please find an updated listing of many of the completed, current, upcoming, and ongoing projects throughout the City of San Fernando along with contact information for the department that oversees each project.

The City in collaboration with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and California State University’s Center for Geographical Studies (CGS), have been working to digitize and map City infrastructure and land uses. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, hardware and interns provided by SCAG that work in collaboration with faculty and students at CSUN, the City is working with these partners to identify and track existing sewer, water, street trees, light poles, and traffic light infrastructure in an effort to facilitate City staff’s ongoing access and maintenance. In addition, the GIS Program also facilitated the update of the City’s zoning and land use maps and will eventually lead to a publicly accessible web-based interactive maps and search of City GIS data.
CONTACT

Public Works Department
(818) 898-1227 | PublicWorks@sfcity.org

The men and women of the Police Department are dedicated professionals vested in the highest quality of life for the community. To this end, the Police Department couples it’s three-minute average response time with an emphasis on community policing through its Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch Programs as it works collaboratively with residents and businesses to continue to make the City a safe and enjoyable place to live, work, and visit. If you are interested in participating in the Police Department’s community policing efforts and/or Neighborhood Watch and Business Watch meetings, please contact the Police Department.
CONTACT

Police Department | Sergeant Courtney James Chiasson
(818) 898-1254 | CJChiasson@sfcity.org

Metro and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in coordination with the Cities of Los Angeles and San Fernando, are evaluating the feasibility of a major mass transit project that would operate in the center or curb-lane along Van Nuys Boulevard from the Van Nuys Metro Orange Line to San Fernando Road. From there the proposed alignment of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project would proceed northwest along San Fernando Road to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station – a distance of 9.2 miles.  As part the project alternatives, the City may see the development of a bus rapid transit line or a light rail transit line, which includes a light rail tram option and a possible second transit station in or adjacent to the City’s downtown area.  $170 million were originally identified for project funding in 2008 as a result of the passage of Measure R (i.e., the half-cent sales tax approved by Los Angeles County voters in 2008); a new total budget of $1.3 million is now going to be potentially available as a result of the recent passage of Measure M by County voters in 2016.
 

Currently, there are two alternatives for dedicated bus rapid transit service and two for light rail service, along with the federal and state required “no build” and “transportation systems management” alternatives.  Public participation has been a critical part of the study process and as such, Metro has hosted numerous community meetings to update residents, businesses, elected officials and stakeholders on the study progress and to encourage input on the refined alternatives. All potential alternatives are being studied as part of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) as required by federal and state laws. It is anticipated that the public review period for the EIS/EIR and associated public meetings will start up in the second to third quarter of 2017.

CONTACT

Community Development Department
(818) 898-1227 | CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org

In the future, the City will be looking at undertaking a planning effort to develop a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which includes amongst other things:

  • Place Audit: Review of Demographic and Economic Data, SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis;
  • Formulation of Vision, Goals, and Objectives;
  • Formulate a Strategy: to implement goals and objectives;
  • Establish an Operative or Action Plan: to provide detail on how strategies will be implemented;
  • Development of an Implementation and Control Program: Establish implementation and control program to evaluate efficiency and success of program with specific economic indicators.

CONTACT

Community Development Department
(818) 898-1227 | CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org

On June 29, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 7746, adopting the City Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017. Included as part of the City Budget is the City Council City-wide Strategic Goals (Goal #3) to foster economic development opportunities to bolster the City’s revenue and enhance the City of San Fernando’s profile and Mayor Robert Gonzales’ priority to develop an Economic Development Strategy.  To further the City Council’s goal and Mayor Gonzales’ priority, the City has undertaken the following actions:

  • Establish Business Retention and Business Attraction Strategies

Currently underway. Staff is working with representatives from the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber”), Mall Association, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), and Valley Economic Alliance (VEA) to build greater coordination and communication with key City staff in Administration and the Community Development Department. (See update on 2017 BIZ Fair Event below)

  • Establish a Rapid Economic Development or “RED” Team

The RED Team to assist prospective businesses with navigating the permitting and entitlement process and meet with existing businesses to address current and future needs. The RED team includes the City Manager, the Community Development Director, and the Mayor.  Based on the level of need, staff is also exploring partnership opportunities with representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, LAEDC, and VEA to assist the City with efforts to keep and attract new business to the City. These efforts have led to new businesses making their home in the City (Modern Props, CVS Pharmacy Store, Chipotle, Wingstop, Yogurtland, La Manzanita, La Michoacán, Throwback Junction, and The Industrial Shoe Store) and the expansion of local businesses such as Magaly’s Tamales and Papa Juan’s restaurants.

Completed. The Community Development Director in conjunction with existing department personnel are the primary point of contact for prospective business, real estate agents seeking new commercial business sites, and outreach to potential businesses that are currently looking for sites to expand their corporate brand.

Completed. The redesigned City website and an economic development specific webpage within the Community Development Department is now live.

  • Complete a Cost of Doing Business Analysis

Currently underway.  City staff is working with the Valley Economic Alliance to put the final touches on the report, which should be presented to City Council in the second quarter of 2017.  The City has always been responsive to meeting the needs of the business community with hands-on expedited services, which is reflected in the compliments received at the public counters. Staff anticipates the report will show the lower costs to set up and operate a business in town make it a no-brainer to establish your business in San Fernando.

  • Update City Fee Schedules

Currently underway in order to make sure that the City is recovering its fair share of the costs for providing certain fee based services in the City while maintaining competitiveness with surrounding jurisdictions to attract and retain businesses.  City staff expects an initial draft from the consultant in the first quarter of 2017.

Held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  The San Fernando Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the San Fernando business merchants, the City of San Fernando, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Office, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, and the Valley Economic Alliance held a successful business outreach and networking event. The event included more than 80 attendees that heard presentations on such topics as: internet marketing, building a “cool” website, access to capital, business coaching, making a connection with Chamber representatives, and learning how to do business with the City of San Fernando. The City co-sponsorship was consistent with the long-term economic development efforts of the City to provide resources to existing business in order to help them thrive.  The event also demonstrated an enhanced partnership with the Chamber, Mall Association, LAEDC, VEA, and City to attract new businesses opportunities to the community.

CONTACT

Community Development Department
(818) 898-1227 | CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org

The City understands our responsibility as stewards of the community’s financial resources and the need for greater transparency as to how those resources are used. In order to demonstrate the City’s commitment to transparent government and open communication, the City has included the City budget and expenditures on its new website that can be accessed and downloaded by the community.
CONTACT

Finance Department
(818) 898-7307 | Finance@sfcity.org

Health is the most important aspect of our lives regardless of age. It is important that we maintain our health with regular checkups, proper nutrition, and exercise.  Sometimes there is not enough time or money to properly care for ourselves. Fortunately, on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 10 am to 1 pm, the Recreation and Community Services Department will host a one-stop event at San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Ave., San Fernando) to meet health concerns for all ages of our community. 
 

The Heart, Mind & Soul Health and Wellness Community Fair will provide, screenings, checkups and resources under one roof. The event is free to the public.  The Fair will feature a pop-up farmer’s market, oral health services, blood pressure & glucose screenings, exercise demonstrations, vision exams, and much more. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to check up on your health.

CONTACT

Recreation & Community Services Department
(818) 898-1290 | Recreation@sfcity.org

The City of San Fernando continues to evaluate and seek new opportunities to work with other agencies, and non-profit organizations through public-private partnerships that provides needed resources to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of the City and the County’s homeless population. To this end, the City participates in the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments Homeless Coalition efforts and Service Planning Area 2 homeless service providers meetings monthly. Locally, San Fernando Police Department personnel and representatives from the County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health and Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority have conducted monthly outreach in the City. In areas where we have found homeless people, County outreach personnel have been provided referrals for social services to homeless individuals. The services being are made available through our County partners are voluntary.
 

The City continues to work for greater coordination at a regional level between the County, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations, and the various council of governments to create a comprehensive planning effort to allocate resources and address the existing needs of our homeless population.

CONTACT

Police Department | Sergeant Courtney James Chiasson
(818) 898-1255 | CJChiasson@sfcity.org

On October 31, 2020, the City will host the Healthy San Fernando Open Streets Nocturnal Ride Event, which gives bicyclists and pedestrians exclusive access to approximately 3.2 miles of streets in the City of San Fernando.  For one evening (3 pm to 8:00 pm), Maclay Avenue and San Fernando Road will be free of vehicular traffic making room for the Dia de Los Muertos 5K Relay and Halloween festival.  The Nocturnal Ride event is anticipated to draw 10,000 participants and serves as a venue for community groups, faith-based organizations and local businesses to engage with participants as they bike or stroll along the streets.  There will be different events at “Hubs” providing activities, entertainment, and information to promote bicycling, walking and other healthy modes of transportation.  The Open Streets event is geared for the whole family to enjoy. Updates regarding the event will be posted on the City website as the event nears. 
CONTACT

Recreation & Community Services Department
(818) 898-1290 | Recreation@sfcity.org

On November 21, 2016, the City Council voted to direct City staff and the City Attorney’s Office develop regulations to address rent stabilization, just eviction provisions, and dispute resolutions between landlord and tenants. Per City Council direction, the City has begun the process of developing regulations that would potentially limit rent increases to one increase during a twelve (12) month period with initial rents established on lease and/or similar agreements negotiated between the Landlord and Tenant. In addition, the new City regulations would outlining what is a permitted “just eviction” consistent with applicable state and federal regulations as well as outlining what are “unjust evictions” and the legal repercussions for landlords that initiate these unjust evictions. These regulations would provide renters and owners with a process to attempt to resolve rent increase disputes. It is anticipated that these regulations would be available for City Council consideration in the second quarter of 2017.
CONTACT

Community Development Department
(818) 898-1227 | CommunityDevelopment@sfcity.org

The City is actively working to repair our local streets.  In 2016, the City Council approved a financing measure to utilize its local, Measure R funds today in order to accelerate the repair and replacement of local streets.  This program will fund street repairs under an expedited schedule and help the City achieve economies of scale by combining smaller road projects together and reducing contractor mobilization and materials costs.
The following streets are either under construction or scheduled for construction in 2019:
 

Street Location Limit Limit Status
Alexander St. Library St. Lucas St. In Progress
Glenoaks Blvd. Hubbard St. Arroyo Ave. Construction Scheduled For Spring 2020
Lucas St. N Workman St. Orange Grove Ave. In Progress
N Lazard St. Fourth St. Glenoaks Blvd. In Progress
N Workman St. Glenoaks Blvd. Seventh St. In Progress
San Fernando Rd S Huntington St. San Fernando Mission Blvd. Completed

The following streets are scheduled for construction in 2020:
 

Street Location Limit Limit Status
Arroyo Ave. Fifth St Glenoaks Blvd. Scheduled for Summer 2020
Phillippi St. West City Limit Orange Grove Ave. Scheduled for Summer 2020
Pico St. Kalisher St. S. Brand Blvd. Scheduled for Summer 2020

The following streets are either under design or beginning design and scheduled for 2021:
 

Street Location Limit Limit Status
Fermoore Street Cul-de-sac S/O Second Street Fourth Street Preliminary design
Macneil Street Fourth Stree Morningside Court Preliminary design
Meyer Street Fourth Street Fifth Street Preliminary design
North Huntington Street First Street Fourth Street Preliminary design
North Workman Street Second Street Fourth Street Preliminary design
Orange Grove Avenue First Street Second Street Preliminary design

Street Resurfacing Map July 2019
CONTACT

Public Works Department
(818) 898-1222 | PublicWorks@sfcity.org

The City received a grant from the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct a series of family hikes and educational sessions that promote the stewardship of our natural resources.  The City invites residents of all ages to join us on the numerous hikes planned for 2020 and 2021. The Family Hike program will include day trips to local trails in Sylmar to overnight excursions at National Parks like Sequoia and Yosemite.  All hikes will be child and senior-friendly (unless otherwise stated) and will be free of cost.  However, there is a requirement that a lease one family member attend the educational workshop associated with the planned hike or trip.  Visit the What’s New page for upcoming hikes and workshops.
CONTACT

Recreation & Community Services Department
(818) 898-1290 | Recreation@sfcity.org

The City continues to take an active approach to the maintenance and operation of its sewer system.  This includes sewer cleaning, television inspections of sewer lines, regular maintenance functions, and flow monitoring to analyze sewer flow data.

Most recently in Spring 2016, 12 flow monitors were installed over a two-month period at several locations in the City.  Six monitors were installed in areas where wastewater flows in to the City of San Fernando from the City of Los Angeles while the other six monitors were installed within San Fernando (see map with locations).

Based on data taken from each of these sites, a report was developed that summarizes the flow conditions at each site, including sewer flow and capacity information.  This information is summarized in the table below and the full report is available here.  Of note, the data included the following observations:

  • The location within the City with the highest observed average sewer capacity was found in Basin 3 (the southern portion of the City), with an average flow of 28% of the pipe’s full capacity (0% would mean no flows and 100% would mean full).
  • The location within the City with the highest observed maximum sewer capacity was found in Basin 3 (the southern portion of the City), with a maximum flow of 48% of the pipe’s full capacity (0% would mean no flows and 100% would mean full).

FLOW MONITORING REPORT SUMMARY
 

Location I.D & Address Location Pipe Size (Inches) Average Flow (Inches) Average Capacity (%) Maximum Flow (Inches) Maximum Capacity (%)
Bound 3
Eighth St/ Leach St
8 1.39 17 2.26 28
Bound 6
Eighth St/ Lazard St
8 1.16 15 1.62 20
Bound 112
Eighth St/ Harding Ave
8 2.57 32 3.52 44
Bound 432
Eighth St/ Macneil St
8 1.76 22 2.42 30
Bound 817
Fourth St at Hubbard Ave
8 1.14 16 1.87 27
Bound 595
San Fernando Rd/ Meyer St
14.88 .51 3 .94 6
Basin 1: Northeast
617 Harding St
10.13 2.65 26 3.57 35
Basin 2: North-Central
Jessie St/ First St
12 2.48 21 3.11 26
Basin 3: Southeast
Wolfskill St/ O’Melveny St
10.88 3.07 28 5.17 48
Basin 4: Business District, Southwest
Fox St/ Woodworth St
18 4.40 24 6.02 33
Basin 4A: East
Truman St/ Wolfskill St
15 3.61 24 5.39 40
Basin 4B: Northwest
Fox St/ Ilex St
12 1.78 15 2.91 24

CONTACT

Public WorksDepartment
(818) 898-1222 | PublicWorks@sfcity.org

The City of San Fernando has begun a project to replace one of the City’s Reservoirs, located at 13655 Foothill Blvd., in Sylmar. One of two reservoirs at the site will be demolished and a new reservoir built. The second reservoir is in good working order and will not be affected. Public safety, water supply, water quality, water costs, security and landscaping will be improved by the Project.  
 

The Reservoir property is bordered by the Foothill Freeway and is located adjacent to commercial establishments on the north side of Foothill Blvd., near the intersection with Hubbard St. A nearby landmark is the Sylmar Post Office located across the street from the Reservoir at 13700 Foothill Blvd.

The City received state funding to assist with the Project which is needed due to damage sustained by seismic activity. This damage has reduced the capacity of storage space within the Reservoir and compromised the facility’s overall integrity. The Project will benefit the City of San Fernando, as well as neighboring communities such as Sylmar.

In 2019, the City retained the services of several expert engineering firms (the Consultant Team). In February 2020, the Consultant Team began its work, the first phase of which is preliminary planning and design, to be completed by mid-2020. Then, based on City and public input, the Consultant Team will complete planning and design, with construction likely to begin in 2021.

Throughout all phases of the Project, the City wants you to be informed and aware of Project milestones, to provide input to improve the project, to anticipate impacts the Project could create, and to help mitigate those impacts. Below, please find a fact sheet with basic information about the Project, along with a rendering of the new reservoir and a map showing the Project location.

CONTACT

Public Works Department
(818) 898-1222 | PublicWorks@sfcity.org

The City has been in partnership with the Wild Horse Children’s Foundation to renovate the field house at Pioneer Park. The renovation project, which is known as “Puig’s House” is expected to be completed in March 2020.  The next phase of the collaboration will be to start programming the site to include activities and services that address the needs of the surrounding community.
 

The programing for Puig’s House is expected to start in Fall 2020.  The types of programs that have been considered include: childhood development (First 5), parenting skill-building, intergenerational activities, and youth sports development.     

CONTACT

Recreation & Community Services Department
(818) 898-1290 | Recreation@sfcity.org

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