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The Community & Personnel Services Department is entrusted to “Create A Healthy Community Through People, Parks and Programs” and consists of six full-time employees and between twelve and fifty part-time employees depending on the season. Additionally, the Department utilizes the services of contract instructors for special interest classes and benefits from the numerous hours that many volunteers donate to the Department.
The Department is responsible for a variety of facilities and programs ranging from traditional recreation programs to arts, filming, public information, and transportation. The Department operates the Community Recreation Center and Youth Activity Center, Sierra Madre Aquatic Center, Hart Park House – Senior Center, and six parks as well as supports and coordinates the activities of the City’s Community Services Commission, the Senior Community Commission, and the Community Arts Commission.
The Department also performs a variety of personnel and risk management duties including employee and volunteer recruitment and retainment, benefits administration, personnel file maintenance and security, workers compensation, as well as insurance and liability protection. The Department provides city-wide training for its quality employees who exhibit professionalism, excel at customer service and promptly assist residents with their needs.
Community Services & Personnel Mission Statement: The Community & Personnel Services Department provides valuable resources to the community that decrease crime and increase property values. The Department strives to turn tax dollars and fees into fun, safe, healthy and accessible family orientated programs and services for the community. The Department also partners with other City Departments to efficiently produce and sustain a customer service orientated and safety minded workforce while serving as the catalyst to assure employee success in the performance of the City’s mission, keeping in focus that human resources are our most valued assets.
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LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT
The Sierra Madre Public Library is a community library dedicated to providing equal access to information services and programs, always endeavoring to be responsive to changing needs of the community, to preserving its history, and to meeting the challenges of the future. The library provides a welcoming environment, quality materials and technologies, and professional, dedicated staff.
The Sierra Madre Public Library Provides:
Collections reflecting residents’ current and ongoing interests and popular culture in the formats and quantities that meet their needs.
Offers community members opportunities to gather in order to discuss issues and learn together and to share new experiences in the arts, sciences, and technologies.
Provides the technologies, including new multi-media resources, required to support a growing home-based business clientele and lifelong learners.
Preserves and makes available to researchers materials emphasizing the history of Sierra Madre and environs.
Makes available information, materials, and diverse programs that will increase residents' cultural awareness of the broader community in the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles County.
Adopted by the Sierra Madre Public Library Board of Trustees on September 23, 1999.
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About Sierra Madre
The City of Sierra Madre, is a small, quaint, safe, and friendly town in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. The population is about 11,000. The city encompasses approximately 3.01 square miles. It is in the Foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest with the cities of Pasadena and Altadena to its west, and Arcadia to its south and east. Sierra Madre is one of the few cities in the region which has fully been able to retain its village quality despite pressures for growth, modernization and diversification. Sierra Madre is home to the world's largest known Wistaria vine, measuring more than an acre in size and weighing 250 tons. The annual Wistaria festival is the one day a year which the 115 year old vine on private property can be viewed. The city has been the backdrop for a number of films, notably the Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and The Wedding Singer (1998). The City of Sierra Madre was awarded All American City in 2007 by the National Civic League.
Most of Sierra Madre consists of residential neighborhoods defined by tree-lined streets,attractive yards, gardens, and a variety of traditional architectural styles, including Victorian, California Bungalow, Mission Revival, and Ranch - style homes. Residential neighborhoods surround the central downtown business district, which is generally located along Sierra Madre Boulevard and North Baldwin Avenue.
Business Opportunities in the City
The City's business community contains retail, professional offices and neighborhood services in one-half mile on Sierra Madre Boulvard and along Baldwin Avenue. Most of these businesses are individually owned and found nowhere else.
Contact the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce for more information about the business community and the City of Sierra Madre to obtain business licenses and permits.
The Sierra Madre City Council is comprised of five members elected to four-year terms. The Council is responsible for general City policy, as well as for the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of the City's Boards and Commissions. It also serves as the governing body for the Community Redevelopment Agency and Public Financing Authority.
The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (except holidays) at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Sierra Madre City Hall.
Commissions, Boards & Committees
The Sierra Madre City Council encourages citizen participation in its decision-making process through the use of citizen commissions. Currently, there are six citizen commissions established by the Council to advise and assist them in dealing with specific problems (presently the Planning Commission has the responsibilities of the Cultural Heritage Commission). These advisory bodies are able to study a variety of issues and problems in detail. After gathering all pertinent information, hearing arguments, and weighing values, they recommend to the Council what they consider the best action to take. In certain situations, commissions are empowered to make specific decisions, subject to appeal to the Council. Public notice on all commissions are prepared in compliance of the Maddy Act.
Applications - The City of Sierra Madre encourages residents to apply for positions on City commissions that have vacancies. This is a great opportunity for Sierra Madre residents to get involved in the community. Applications are available online and at City Hall and will be accepted until all positions are filled:
COMMUNITY SERVICES COMMISSION (3-Year Term)
Meets the 3rd Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber
Staff Liaison: Adam Matsumoto / City Council Liaison: Council Member Rachelle Arizmendi
Number of Vacancies: One
PLANNING COMMISSION (4-Year Term)
Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chamber
Staff Liaison: Vincent Gonzalez / City Council Liaison: Mayor Pro-Tem John Capoccia
Number of Vacancies: Two
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Meets the 4th Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chamber:
Staff Liaison: Carolyn Thomas / City Council Liaison: Mayor John Harabedian
Number of Vacancies: None
SENIOR COMMUNITY COMMISSION (3-Year Term)
Meets the 1st Thursday at 3:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chamber
Staff Liaison: Adam Matsumoto / City Council Liaison: City Council Member Gene Goss
Number of Vacancies: One
ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION
Meets the 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chamber
Staff Liaison: Bruce Inman / City Council Liaison: Council Member Denise Delmar
Number of Vacancies: Two
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
Meeting Dates and Time: TBD
Staff Liaison: Public Safety Director Larry Giannone
City Council Liaisons 2014-2015
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