9050 Las Tunas Drive
|Animal Control-Licensing||(626) 285-7187|
|Athens Services||(626) 336-6100|
9701 Las Tunas Drive
|Building Permits||(626) 285-0488|
|Business License||(626) 285-2171|
|City Clerk||(626) 285-2171|
|City Council (Messages)||(626) 285-2171|
|City Manager||(626) 285-2171|
5938 Kauffman Ave.
|Camellia Festival||(626) 287-9150|
|Charter Communications||(626) 300-8228|
|Chamber of Commerce
9052 Las Tunas Drive
9701 Las Tunas Drive
|Community Services||(626) 285-2171|
|Dial-A-Ride Information||(626) 285-2171|
|Fire and Rescue - NON EMERGENCY
5946 Kauffman Ave.
|Graffiti Removal Hotline||(800) 794-7384|
|Hazardous Waste||(800) 238-0172|
5939 Golden West Ave.
|Mayor's 24 Hr. Hotline||(626) 286-2189|
|Parks and Recreation||(626) 579-0461|
|Planning Department||(626) 285-2171|
|Post Office Information||(800) 275-8777|
|Public Works||(626) 285-2171|
|Roadside Trees||(626) 285-2171|
|San Gabriel Valley Mosquito Abatement
District and Vector Control
|San Gabriel Valley Weekly||(626) 285-4115|
|Sheriff - NON EMERGENCY
8838 Las Tunas Drive
|Senior Citizen's Information Line||(626) 579-0461|
|Southern California Gas Company||(800) 427-2200|
|Southern California Edison Company||(800) 655-4555|
|TCUSD Schools||(626) 548-5000|
|Volunteer Program||(626) 285-2171|
Facade Improvement Program
For several years, the City of Temple City has offered a Façade Improvement Program, as there has been a gradual revitalization of the City’s commercial areas, particularly along Las Tunas Drive. A few years ago, as part of the City’s new comprehensive Business Retention and Attraction Program, the City Council authorized increasing the maximum grant amount of the Facade Improvement Program to 75% of the total project expenditure up to a maximum of $25,000.
The City Council has also expanded eligibility criteria for the Façade Improvement Program to include businesses not situated within a commercial zone if they have a Conditional Use Permit (CUO) and a valid commercial business license. The increased financial incentive and expanded eligibility criteria have had a very positive affect on the level of participation for the program.
The purpose of the Facade Improvement Program is to assist property and business owners with enhancing the exterior of their stores. The following are some examples of improvements eligible for the Façade Improvement Program; Exterior signs, awnings, windows, exterior lighting, painting and landscaping.
Typically, the refurbished buildings have new stucco, new paint, new windows, modernized signage, improved exterior lighting, appropriate decorative trim, such as moldings and eye-catching awnings as well as complementary landscaping or hardscape. Revitalizing and reinvigorating commercial business areas can be contagious in a very positive way. The reinvestment in the city’s commercial areas not only assists the business community, but also improves the image of the entire city. The Façade Improvement Program not only results in short-term benefits, but is also important for the future vitality and livability of the community.
For further information, contact the Temple City Community Development Department at (626) 285-2171.
Overnight Parking Restrictions
The Temple City Municipal Code requires that vehicles parked on City streets between the hours of 3:00 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. must have an overnight parking permit displayed. By limiting the number of vehicles on our streets, the Law Enforcement Officers and Public Safety Volunteers have an unobstructed view of residential streets during early morning hours.
An application may be submitted to the City to obtain an annual overnight parking permit for residents with inadequate garage space or insufficient driveway area to park all their vehicles. Inadequate parking is especially common at apartment complexes where one parking space is provided per unit. Please be advised, annual overnight parking permits are issued only if all available garage and driveway space is already used for vehicle parking.
The 2008 annual overnight parking permit application fee is $46 per vehicle. An application may be obtained at www.templecity.us or at the City’s Public Services Department at 5938 Kauffman Avenue. For residents with periodic overnight parking needs, the City has a temporary parking permit machine. The machine provides residents with the ability to purchase a temporary permit seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Temporary parking permits are available at a cost of $1.00 a night and may be purchased in one, two or three night increments and are valid for one to three nights from the date of purchase. For your convenience, the dispenser is located at the southeast corner of City Hall at 9701 Las Tunas Drive.
e-mail FRAUD OR NOT
It's almost a certainty that if you have an email account you will get fake emails trying to steal your personal information. Once the thieves have your information, they can use it to steal money from your bank accounts or buy things using your credit. The name for this scam is "phishing".
Fraudulent phishing emails usually will claim to be from a bank, credit card company, EBay, Pay-pal, or other companies using the Internet. The subject of the email is usually something like "EBay Account Verification" and has a sending email address from some reputable sounding entity like firstname.lastname@example.org. These spoof emails look like they are official. They will have artwork, logos, and type fonts that look like the real website being imitated.
The email may begin with a generic greeting, like "Dear EBay User" or it might try to parse your email address (for example, Fred.Flintstone@bedrock.com might be parsed to read Dear Fred; email@example.com might be parsed as Dear Chamber).
The content of the letter usually has some sort of urgency and a threat. For example, it may say that EBay has noticed suspicious activity on your account and is freezing it; you will only be able to continue to use your EBay account if you send in "verifying personal information" or "confirm your account details." You might be asked to fill in a form within the email or click on a link that will take you to a website with a form to fill in.
Unfortunately, these are frauds. Whether it involves the closing of your checking account, the freezing of your credit cards, or the suspension of your EBay account, the goal of these emails is to get you to resubmit your personal information and account details. With this information, the scam artists running the frauds can log on to a real website and steal from you.
No reputable company will ever ask you to send your personal information via email. If there is any problem, they will ask you to telephone or go to their regular website and follow instructions there.
There are tools available that can help alert you to fraudulent emails. One of the best of these is available for free from www.phishguard.com which also has a lot of other resources describing email identity theft scams.
Activities/Services for Temple City's Seniors
Senior Citizen Club
Blood Pressure Checks
Federal/State Income Tax Preparation
MTA/Foothill Transit Reduced Fares
Meals On Wheels
City of Temple City Business License Procedure
The City of Temple City Municipal Code requires the operators of all businesses, trades, professions, and occupations to obtain a business license from the City Hall prior to conducting business. This applies to businesses conducted in commercial, manufacturing and residential locations. The Downtown Specific Plan restricts certain types of businesses to particular parts of the downtown, and other types of businesses to particular zoning areas, so it is important to check with the Community Development Department prior to signing any lease or purchasing any property to make sure that the intended use is appropriate for the location.
Once a location has been selected, the business owner should come in to City Hall to obtain a business license application packet. Commercial licenses cost $75 annually, while home occupation licenses cost $64 per year. Specialty business licenses vary by type of business.
Businesses conducted in one's home may not occupy more than 200 square feet of floor space. The business must be in the main residence, and may not be in the garage or any outbuilding.
The Municipal Code requires that there not be any display or storage of goods or merchandise, and only one person may conduct the business. Businesses that use any equipment that emits excessive noise or emissions are prohibited, as are businesses that cause an appreciable increase in pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Signs are not permitted in the residential neighborhoods.
License fees are pro-rated quarterly. There may be additional fees for commercial businesses with employees, vending or video machines. There are varying license and permit fees for certain specialty businesses as well.
All business owners must provide documentation such as fictitious name statements, articles of incorporation, and Seller's Permits, when appropriate. Those businesses that employ full-time employees must provide evidence of worker's compensation insurance coverage as well.
Once the completed application and fees have been received, the City sends inspectors to the business location prior to the issuance of the license. The business license is mailed to the business owner shortly after the inspection.
All licenses expire on December 31st. Renewal forms are mailed at the beginning of December each year and fees are payable by January 31 without a penalty. A 10% late fee is imposed as of February 1.
Additional information regarding business licenses may be obtained by calling (626) 285-2171, ext. 2345.
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SCHOOL DISTRICTS & SCHOOLS*
SERVING THE CITY OF TEMPLE CITY
Temple City Unified School District (TCUSD):
9700 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA
|Temple City High
9501E. Lemon Ave.
Temple City, CA
|Oak Avenue Intermediate
6623 Oak Ave.
5476 Cloverly Ave.
6415 N. Muscatel Ave.
|La Rosa Elementary
9301 La Rosa Drive
9501 Wendon Ave.
4921 Cedar Ave.
|El Monte High
3048 Tyler Ave.
5213 Daleview Ave.
10226 Lower Azusa Rd.
9063 E. Mission Drive
4515 Encinita Ave.
|San Gabriel Academy
(Seventh Day Adventist)
Elementary School (626) 286-6170
|St. Luke’s (Catholic)
5521 Cloverly Ave.
|Pacific Ackworth Friends
6210 Temple City Blvd.
|Governor:||The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
(213) 897-0322 (Local)
(916) 445-2841 (Sacramento)
(916) 445-4633 (FAX #)
(213) 897-0319 (FAX #)
|The Honorable Carol Liu (D)
State Capitol, Room 5064
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-7543 (FAX #)
710 S Central Ave, Suite 310
The Honorable Anthony Portantino (D)
215 N. Marengo Avenue, #115
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
|Michael D. Antonovich
Kenneth Hahn Hall of Admin., Room 869
500 W. Temple
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-1010 (FAX #)
615 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite D
Hall of Justice, Room 266
|U.S. President||Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-2461 (FAX #)
|U.S. Senators:||The Honorable Barbara Boxer (D)
112 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510-0505
(202) 228-4056 (FAX)
1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein (D)
525 Market Street, Suite 3670
|The Honorable Adam Schiff (D)
437 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-5828 (FAX)
35 S. Raymond Ave. #205
The following is designed to familiarize you with the types of schemes
that scam artists are using to prey on the public.
"Fix It Scams"
are distraction thefts that are usually committed by a team of suspects.
|ROOFER SCAM||Suspect #1 contacts victim and identifies himself as a roofer. Suspect #1 provides the distraction by escorting the Victim outside to inspect the roof. Meanwhile Suspect #2 slips inside of the house and rummages through various rooms looking for cash and property. After Suspect #2 exits the residence, Suspect #1 will suddenly "complete" the check of the roof and also leave. Upon entering the home, victim finds money and property missing.|
|UTILITY WORKER SCAM||Suspect poses as an employee of "Edison Company." Suspect asked Victim to tie up the dog in the yard so he can do work. While Victim is in the back yard with the dog, Suspect enters the house and removes cash and or property.|
|CONTRACTOR SCAM||Suspect(s) pose as contractors who are doing work nearby and need to see Victim's backyard. While Victim is showing Suspect #1 the yard, Suspect #2 enters the residence and removes money and property.|
|PUBLIC WORKS SCAM||Suspect(s) pose as public works employees and informs Victim they need to refund her overpaid electric bill. While making change for the Suspect, Victim puts down her purse at which point Suspect takes purse and flees.|
|FLAT TIRE SCAM||Victim makes a withdrawal from a bank, leaves the bank and after driving a short distance notices that the right rear tire on vehicle is going flat. Victim stops to inspect the tire, at which point a "good samaritan" approaches and offers to help change the tire. Victim is asked by the Suspect to retrieve the spare tire from the trunk, at which time Suspect will take Victim's purse or envelope containing money and flee. * Remember to always lock your doors and secure your personal property when exiting your vehicle.|
|DRIVEWAY REPAIR SCAM||Suspects contact Victim at their residence and ask if they can repair the cracks in the driveway. Victim exits the residence with Suspect #1 to inspect the driveway, while resident is distracted, Suspect #2 enters the home and removes money. Suspects then flee location.|
|WATER DEPT. SCAM||Suspects claim to be working on water and gas lines in the area of Victim's residence. Suspects inquire if victim is also having any water problems. Eventually one of the Suspects is able to con his way into the residence to check the bathtub water. While the first Suspect keeps the Victim busy, the second Suspect rummages through the bedroom and removes cash and property.||
"Quick Money Scams"
Scams that are designed to offer the victim an easy way to double their money, or make quick cash
|LOTTO SCAM||Suspect #1 approaches Victim asking for assistance with cashing a winning lottery ticket. Suspect #1 states that his immigration status precludes him from claiming the winnings. Suspect #2 is walking by and claims to overhear the conversation and offers assistance with cashing the winning lottery ticket. Suspect #1 agrees and offers Victim and Suspect #2 a portion of the winnings for their trouble. Suspect #1 asks for "good faith money" from both the Victim and Suspect #2, both of which usually give Suspect #1 anywhere from $1000-$5000. Victim then goes into the store to cash the winning lotto ticket, at which time Victim is advised by a store employee that the ticket is not a valid winning ticket. Victim exits the store and cannot find either Suspect.|
|GOLD BAR SCAM||Victim is approached by Suspects either in a parking lot or while walking home from bank. Suspect #2 shows Victim a fake bar of gold and offers to sell it to Victim. Victim checks the bar of gold and believing it to be real, agrees to buy it. Victim states that she must go home to get the money to purchase it, at which time the Suspect's offer to drive Victim to her residence. Victim retrieves the money and exchanges the money for the gold bar, suspects immediately leave after the transaction is complete. Victim later discovers that the gold bar is a fake.|
|JAMAICAN SWITCH||Suspect #1 approaches Victim and claims to be looking for an address in the city. While in a discussion with the Victim, Suspect discloses information about a large inheritance and needing to find a charity to donate the money to. Suspect #2, a bystander overhears the conversation and offers assistance. Suspect #1 agrees to divide the money between the Victim and Suspect #2 to donate to their charities, but needs "good faith money" as a sign that they have their own money and will in fact give the "inheritance" to said charities. After Victim and Suspect #2 produce their money, Suspect #1 does a ritual of wrapping the "inheritance" money along with the "good faith" money in a bandana, praying over it, and then giving the wrapped money back to the victim with explicit instructions not to unwrap the money until they get home. When victim unwraps the money he discovers that there is no money inside, but only newspaper strips cut in the shape of money.|
|These are just a few examples of the types of scams that con artists are using. If you are approached by strangers, be alert and very cautious! Do not let anyone in your home without checking identification first. If you didn't schedule a repair appointment - use caution. It is always best to call the company the individuals are representing to verify they have sent workers out to your location to do a job.
If you are approached by someone offering you a deal that is too good to be true, think twice and be alert, it could be a scam. Senior Citizens are considered an easy prey for con-artists, so be aware! Remember it shouldn't cost you money to receive money.
For further information please contact:
Safety Rules for Refueling
The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during refueling operations. In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump. In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car. The third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were refueling their car.
You should know that:
Another safety warning you should know about concerns static electricity. Below is an email from Pat Cabiling who works at Chevron Texaco’s Richmond Refinery.
Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of “static electricity” at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires. His results were very surprising:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
Mr. Renekes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas. If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.
As mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger. You can find out more information by going to <http://www.pei.org/>. Once here, click in the center of the screen where is says “Stop Static.”