News ImageNewly Digitized:Esther and Marcella Rideout Oral History Transcripts

Interviews with the daughter and daughter-in-law of horticulturist and real estate developer Albert R. Rideout provide a peek into the avocado industry and life in the Whittier area in the early 1900s. The interviews have been added to the Oral History section in the Local History section.


Voting Districts Formation hearing postponed / Distritos Electorales audiencia Formación pospuesto
Click here for more information. / Haga clic aquí para más información.

The Big Picture Photo Contest

City of Whittier’s “The Big Picture” photo contest is here!
Entries accepted : March 22 – April 30, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Top 10 notification: April 15, 2015

Opening Reception & Awards: June 2015

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1st Annual Best of the Best Awards
The inaugural "Best of the Best" Awards ceremony, sponsored by the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Whittier, will recognize and celebrate the area's finest local businesses.

News ImageThe Library will be closed
Saturday, April 4th. Both libraries will open at the regular scheduled time on Monday, April 6th.


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News ImageCERT training
Learn how you can help your community, family, neighbors and friends during and after a disaster!
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Board and Commission Applicants Sought
The City Council is seeking applicants for openings on various boards.

1st Annual Best of the Best Awards
The Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Whittier present the 1st Annual Best of the Best Awards.

Upcoming Community Participation Opportunities / Próximas oportunidades de participación comunitaria
Save the Date! / ¡Reserve la fecha!


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Dance Club Parnell

Planning Commission Meeting Cancellation - February 9th
The Special Meeting of the Planning Commission for February 9, 2015 has been cancelled. For more information call Community Development at (562) 567-9320. Click here to read the amended agenda.

News ImageAnnouncing...Whittier Reads 2015
The Whittier Public Library Foundation and the Whittier Public Library are proud to announce Mary Coin by Marisa Silver as the book selection for 2015 Whittier Reads. Click here for a program schedule of all the wonderful events for the month of April, including a special reception and classic 1930's dinner with the author. To purchase tickets for the dinner, please click here.
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News ImageTax Forms Are Here
Most tax forms have arrived and are available at both libraries. The library does not provide tax preparation services, however you may click here for links to local organizations that do.

Students Run Whittier!

Special Meeting of the Historic Resources Commission
A Special Meeting of the Historic Resources Commission is scheduled for February 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber regarding the Lincoln Specific Plan. Click here to view the agenda for this meeting. Links to the complete agenda packet, including the Responses to Comments for the Lincoln Specific Plan Draft EIR submitted during the public review period of October 17, 2014 - December 1, 2014, can be viewed in the Supporting Materials window to the right of the agenda.

News ImageThe Library will be CLOSED
Monday, February 16th in observance of President's Day. Both libraries will be open at the regularly scheduled time on Tuesday, February 17th.

Amateur Radio Volunteers Wanted
Click here for more information.

City Hall Holiday Closures for 2014
Click here to view the City Hall Holiday Closures 2014 calendar.

Winter Water Conservation


Trash Collection Delayed Due to Holidays
Trash, recycling, and green waste will not be collected on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014 or New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Holiday Tree Collection
The City's contracted recyclers will collect and recycle holiday trees Friday, December 26, 2014 through Saturday, January 17, 2015.

News ImageLibrary Holiday Hours
Both Libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 22 and 23rd and will remain closed until Monday, January 5, 2015.

Credit Transaction Limit
The City of Whittier has established a $5,000 limit on credit card transactions.
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Come check out the local band talent at Concert Share 2015!

Where: Whittier Community Center- 7630 Washington Avenue, Whittier

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Please click
here for the Registration Form

Please click here for the Band Registration Form

Veterans Day City Hall Closure
City Hall will be closed Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in observance of Veterans Day. There will be a Veterans Day ceremony at City Hall at 9:00 am.

Whittier Boulevard Paving Underway
Click here for more information.
( Click here to view the City of Whittier press release. )

Voting Districts Formation / Creación de Distritos Electorales
Click here for more information. / Haga clic aquí para más información.

Economic Development Update
The City of Whittier is currently experiencing a resurgence of commercial activity.
( Economic Development Update 10-28-14 )

Mosquito Advisories
Click here and here for more information.

Public Meeting on the DEIR for Nelles
A public meeting has been scheduled for the Draft Environmental Impact Report on the Fred C. Nelles site to be held on October 29, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Nelles / Brookfield Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)
The Draft EIR for the Lincoln Specific Plan is available for public review (click here) from October 17, 2014, through December 1, 2014, and can also be reviewed in hardcopy at the following locations: Whittier City Hall, Whittier Central Library and Whittwood Branch Library.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires jurisdictions that receive federal funding for community development activities to assess the status of fair housing in their community.
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LA County Flu Vaccination Schedule
Here is a link to Los Angeles County's flu vaccination outreach flyers in both English and Spanish with the schedule for this flu season. LA County Flu Shot Schedule

Cultural Arts Commission Applicants Sought
The Whittier City Council is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term on the Cultural Arts Commission.

Cooling Centers open in Whittier
Click here for more information.
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News ImageIt's here!
The September events calendar is here...
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Temporary Water Restrictions Due To Drought Conditions
Temporary water restrictions are now in place throughout Whittier as a result of Governor Brown declaring a drought state of emergency and the California State Water Resources Control Board adopting emergency regulations for statewide water conservation.

Metro Eastside Light Rail Public Hearing Dates
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) announced the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). As of August 22, the document is now available for public review and comment.

I-5 South Corridor Improvement Projects
For CalTrans I-5 traffic information, click here.
( Click here for more information. )

News ImageStarting a book group?
The library has multiple copies of various titles. Click here for discussion guides and call the library to check on availability of books. Make sure and check out our "Book Club Basics" before you begin.

State Library highlights early Whittier travel brochure
Whittier has been highlighted on the State Library's online exhibit of brochures from 1870 to 1940 promoting California. Click here to go to the State Library website.

News ImageBoth libraries will close early today!
Due to a special literacy event both libraries will close early on Wednesday July 30th:
Central Library will close @ 6:00 p.m.
Whittwood Branch will close @ 3:00 p.m.

Senior Fair-August 15, 2014
Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) is inviting constituents to attend her 12th Annual Senior Fair.

Earthquake Preparedness Town Hall
Please join Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon, the American Red Cross and the California Earthquake Authority for an Earthquake Preparedness Town Hall on Thursday, July 17 at the Uptown Whittier Senior Center. Members of the community are invited to learn about emergency preparedness guidelines, fire safety information, preparing and practicing disaster plans, and home safety tips. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
( Earthquake Preparedness Town Hall Flyer )

News ImageCheck it out!
Leo and his friends invite you to explore the new Children's web page!

Please click here to check it out!

Learn about Pool Safety at Movie Night on June 28th!
Learn how simple steps save lives in and around pools. Join the Building and Safety Division at Whittier Movie Night, June 28th at Parnell Park. Learn about pool safety and enjoy a snow cone on us! Click here for more information.

News ImageAll Fireworks are Prohibited in the City of Whittier
The Whittier Police Department reminds you that fireworks of any kind, even those labeled “Safe & Sane” are illegal to possess or exhibit anywhere in the City.

Veterans Resource Center
The Whittier Public Library is proud to offer a Veterans Resource Center at our Central Library which is staffed by trained volunteers who offer information and referral services to veterans and their families. Hours are Monday - Thursday 10-2 and Friday 10-5.

Council Proclaims May 25 - 31, 2014 as Pool Safely Week
The Whittier City Council presented a Pool Safely Proclamation on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 and declared May 25 - 31, 2014 as Pool Safely Week.
( Pool Safely Brochure )

4th of July Flag Raising Ceremony
Whittier will commemorate Independence Day, Friday, July 4, with a Flag-Raising Ceremony and Freedom Walk at the Palm Park Greenway Trailhead, 5703 Palm Avenue. Event starts at 8:00 A.M.
For more information, please contact Palm Park at 562-908-3666.
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Library Closures
The Library will be closed Friday, May 23rd for Staff Training Day. The Library will remain closed from Saturday, May 24th through Monday, May 26th in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen with our regular hours on Tuesday, May 27th.

City Elections/Elecciones Municipales
Response To Election Results / Respuesta A Los Resultados Electorales
Election Results / Resultados Electorales
More Election Information / Más Información Sobre La Elección

Surviving the Heat
Warm weather is on its way. The list of L. A. County Cooling Centers is attached to these hot weather safety precautions. If you are planning to visit one of these Cooling Centers, it is advisable that you call in advance to make sure there is still seating available. If a Cooling Center is not operational, check the attached list for another Cooling Center nearest you or call 211 LA County. Check with your local library when looking for a place to cool down. They have great resources and plenty to read while you escape the heat. For further information on heat waves, click here.
( Cooling Center Information and Location List )

Long-Time Whittier Business Signs 15-Year Lease
The Whittier City Council is pleased to learn that Russ Bassett Corporation has signed a new 15-year lease and will remain in Whittier saving over 100 full-time jobs.
( Russ Bassett Press Release )

Whittier Election Final Results
Click here to view final election results. You can also see the election night coverage in the City Council Videos, Meetings and Archives page by clicking here.

RFQ - On Call Landscape Architectural Services
On March 10th the City's Community Development Department released a Request for Qualifications soliciting qualifications from Landscape Architects for Plan Review, Plan Check and Inspection Services related to various City-initiated and City-reviewed privately developed projects. Requests for Information (RFI) were due by March 28th. To view the RFI's and responses please click here.

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination & Microchip Clinic
Low-cost pet vaccination, microchip & license clinic will be held at Joe Miller Field on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.
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RFQ for Landscape Architectural Services
The City of Whittier Community Development Department is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from Landscape Architects for On-Call Design/Plan Review, Plan Check and Inspection Services related to various City-initiated and City-reviewed privately developed projects. The services provided will be for various plan-check requirements, procedures and processes on an on-call basis. Click here to view the Landscape Services RFQ and Professional Services Agreement.

Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Greenway Trail at Palm Park
7:30am -9:30am

Open to Public
Free Giveaways
Free snacks and water
Bike Information
Prize Drawing

( Flier )


Saturday, April 12, 2014

11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Parnell Park - 15390 Lambert Road

5$ Wristband-
Face Painting
Information Booths
Egg Hunt
Food Vendors

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Public Hearing to Discuss Over-Sized Commercial Vehicles in Residential Areas
Regulation of over-sized commercial vehicles parked in residential areas will be discussed by City Council at their March 11th meeting.

Public Hearing on Noticing Requirements for Residential Construction
Noticing requirements for residential construction activities will be presented to the City Council at their March 11th meeting.

Long-Term Lane Closures on Imperial Highway
Begin on Monday, March 3

City Elections/Elecciones Municipales
City Elections, April 8, 2014 and June 3, 2014, click here/Elecciónes Municipal, 8 de abril de 2014 y 3 de junio de 2014, haga clic aquí
View the How to Vote video here/Ver Cómo Votar video aquí.

County asks all residents to shut sprinkler systems completely off until next week
With heavy rain in the forecast for this weekend, Los Angeles County leaders are asking residents and businesses to shut all irrigation systems off.

City Council Study Session Concerning the Workplace District
On February 18, 2014, at 6:30 pm, in the City Council Chambers at the Whittier City Hall, the City Council will hold a study session to consider the potential options for changes to the land-use vision of the Workplace District.

Whittier Named Among the Top 100 Best Places to Live
Whittier has been named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live by, a website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and midsized cities.

Fred C. Nelles Scoping Meeting
The city is hosting a Fred C. Nelles California Youth Authority Site EIR Scoping meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Radisson Hotel Whittier, 7320 Greenleaf Ave.

City Council Public Hearings on February 11
The City Council will hold two public hearings on February 11, 2014 on the topics of "Regulation of over-sized commercial vehicles parked in residential areas" and "Noticing requirements for residential construction activities."

Living with Coyotes
Coyotes have long been a common sight in some parts of Whittier and in many other communities in Southern California. Coyotes are seen more often in urban neighborhoods when water and food sources in the hills become scarce, as is the case now that we are in a drought condition.

New State Economic Development Incentives
During the summer of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation approving a new Economic Development Initiative which includes incentives and tax credits for businesses.
( GEDI PowerPoint )

City Hall goes 24/7 with AccessWhittier
It’s easier than ever for you to contact us with your requests, questions, and concerns. AccessWhittier is a new system that will allow you to contact us 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week using your smart phone, tablet or PC. AccessWhittier is available to iPhone and Android smart phone users by downloading the free application. Click here for more information.

City eNewsletters are here!
Click here to view more information about the City's new eNewsletter subscription service.

Residential Moratorium in the Workplace District
The Whittier City Council adopted Urgency Ordinance No. 3010 to extend the residential moratorium in the Workplace District of the Whittier Boulevard Specific Plan for an additional ten (10) months and fifteen (15) days and will expire on July 23, 2014. For more information, click here to view Ordinance No. 3010 and click here to view the Press Release.

Two Centennial Pieces Returning to Civic Center
Two well-loved and historic Whittier Centennial pieces will be returning to the Civic Center Complex.

Mineral Extraction
Click here to view the Final Environmental Impact Report, notices and other information re: Mineral Extraction in the Whittier Hills.