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 )

News ImageCelebrate National Library Week!
Come in and check out how the library can change your life!

News ImageNewly Digitized: Chamber of Commerce pamphlets from 1902, 1903, 1906 and 1920
Four pamphlets published by the Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Board of Trade) have been digitized and added to the Archives section of the site. They can be accessed via the finding aid for the Whittier Chamber of Commerce archive box.

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.

News ImageAnnouncing the Whittier Public Library Foundation's New Website!
Find out about all the ways you can help support the Whittier Public Library by becoming a member. Click here be added to the mailing list and be entered for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD.

News ImageThe Library will be CLOSED
Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th in observance of Easter.

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.

Shots Fired at Whittier Police Officer
At 11:00PM on March 28th, a Whittier Police Officer attempted to stop a pedestrian in the roadway in the area of Santa Fe Springs Road and Nogal Avenue. As the Officer drove towards the person, he suddenly turned, firing several rounds at the Officer’s patrol car. While keeping view of the suspect's direction of travel, the Officer broadcast information that initiated a substantial response resulting in the suspect being located and arrested. While the Officer’s unit sustained minor damage, the Officer is unharmed. The case remains under investigation at this time.

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.
( View PDF )

Whittier Community Theatre

Click here for Show Flyer

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

Click here for flier

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.

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 on "More..." for links to local organizations that do.

News ImageNewly Digitized: Magazine Articles and Ephemera
The most recent additions to the Whittier History Room website include four new articles from Out West magazine, in the Periodicals section of the site, and nine new pieces of Ephemera.

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

Board and Commission Applicants Sought
The City Council is seeking applicants for openings on various boards.

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.

News ImageNewly Digitized: Whittier Street Number Changes
The most recent addition to the Whittier History Room website is a book called Whittier Street Number Changes, published by the City of Whittier in 1966. This book is an important reference tool for anyone researching the pre-1965 history of a residential or business address.

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.

Governor Declares a Drought State of Emergency
Governor Brown has declared a drought state of emergency and called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20%. The federal government has declared Los Angeles County, among 26 other counties, as a natural disaster area.

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 )

The Big Picture Photo Contest

The Cultural Arts Commission will be hosting a photo contest beginning January 5 - March 31, 2014. Submit your best piece(s) into the City of Whittier's Big Picture photo contest. The purpose of the contest is to capture and display the beauty in and around your life through your photographs. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st place winners in each category and one overall winner.

Please click
here for contest details and rules.

Whittier, Calif. (December 13, 2013) – City of Whittier officials expressed disappointment with today’s ruling to deny a motion to dismiss individual council members from a lawsuit filed regarding the California Voting Rights Act.

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.

News ImageFollow the Whittier Public Library on Facebook
The Library now has a Facebook page! Keep up with all our programs and services. Find us at

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