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Covina Government and Civic Clubs

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Enhancing the value of our community is the working mission of the City of Covina’s elected officials and professional staff. A mayor and four-member City Council govern Covina. A professional city manager and an assistant city manager guide the community’s day-to-day operations.

Police protection is provided by a full-time police force. The department is very active in community outreach efforts including a successful anti-crime program and an annual “National Night Out” program.

Thanks to the efforts of its police force, Covina residents enjoy a very safe environment in which to live and raise their families. Recent FBI statistics show that Covina’s crime rate is even lower than that of several more affluent communities in Southern California.

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Fire protection is provided by the professional firefighters of Los Angeles County. With an integrated 911 system, all emergency services are just a phone call away.

Covina also has its own Public Works department, which oversees public engineering, environmental services, streets and public facilities, and maintenance of the city’s water supply.

Covina encourages community involvement through a variety of boards, commissions and committees. Citizens provide advice to the Council on items ranging from long-term planning to parking and traffic control. Additionally, these groups add to the value of Covina through culturally enriching projects like the “Vintage Years, Covina Before 1950” historic exhibit at City Hall.

Covina’s many service clubs have a long history of participating in the growth and development of their community. Several of these organizations sponsor fun, family-oriented activities during the year, ensuring that Covina remains a pleasant community in which to live, work, play and raise a family.

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This busy community of service organizations includes the Covina Coordinating Council, Covina Rotary Club, Covina Valley Historical Society, Covina Woman’s Club, Kiwanis Club/South Hills, Covina Lions Breakfast Club, Soroptimist International of Covina/West Covina and the Covina Sunrise Rotary Club. Youth services include the Boy and Girl Scouts as well as YWCA and YMCA.

Why Consider a Career in Local Government?
As a whole generation of Baby-Boomers begins to retire, we in local government are searching for energetic learning-oriented younger workers and talented second- or third-career older workers. Public service is a wonderfully fulfilling career for a number of reasons:

1. Meaningful, challenging work
Local government service is inherently meaningful because our work is related to building and improving communities. Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and building inspectors keep us safe; engineers and public works staff build and re-build the physical infrastructure; city planners help envision and shape future city growth; recreation, arts and culture, and library professionals enhance community life. City management takes the aspirations of residents and the policy goals of the elected City Council and puts those aspirations and goals into action.

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Public service at the local level is also fulfilling because employees see the fruits of their labors. On a daily basis, local government employees see street and other infrastructure improvements, new buildings coming out of the ground, safety improvements and happier and more fulfilled children, families and senior citizens.

Public service at the local level is also challenging work. The efforts of local government workers happen in the context of local government where everyone gets to participate; everyone has a say.

Every day presents new challenges, new problems and lots of stimuli.

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2. Steady Demand for Services
Another reason to consider local government is that the public needs, wants and demands municipal services. No one asks local government to reduce libraries, police or fire services, public works, utilities, recreation or other programs.

While local government may have to cut programs from time-to-time because tax revenues decline, the demand for services is quite steady.

3. Learning Abounds
Local governments operate in a very dynamic environment. Changing citizen demand, new federal and state laws and regulations, technology advances, demographic changes, new value trends and other societal forces will soon make technical skills obsolete. Consequently, local governments need agile learners who are eager to pick up new ways of doing business or delivering services. Simply put, we are looking for young people and second- and third-career people who provide “learn-how,” as well as “know-how” to our public organization.

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4. Plenty of Opportunities
Again, longtime Baby-Boomer employees (born 1946-1964) are now retiring. Local government needs a new generation of younger workers, as well as those considering second or third careers. Consider local government if:

• You want meaningful and challenging work
• You want to make a difference and build and improve communities
• You are interested in learning.

Public Service: Good for you and good for the community. For current job openings in the City of Covina go to http://www.ci.covina.ca.us/jobs. For current job opening in cities throughout the state go to www.calopps.org

GOVERNMENT PAGES STATE AND
FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVES

President Barack Obama (D)
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1414
Inquiries (202) 456-1111

California U.S. SENATORS

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D)
112 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
Local Office (Field Rep: Gina Semenza)
312 N. Spring St., Suite 1748
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 894-5000
(213) 894-5012 Fax

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D)
331 Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3841
(202) 228-3954 Fax
Local Office
11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 914-7300

California STATE SENATORS

Sen. Gloria Romero –
D-24th District
State Capitol, Room 5051
PO Box 942848
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-1418
(916) 445-0485 Fax
Local Office (Field Rep: Henry Lo)
149 S. Mednik Ave., Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 881-0100
(323) 881-0101 Fax
Web Site: www.sen.ca.gov/
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California STATE GOVERNMENT

Lt. Governor
Cruz Bustamante (D)
State Capitol, Room 1114
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-8994
(916) 323-4998 Fax

Attorney General
Bill Lockyer (D)
1300 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-9555
(916) 323-5341 Fax

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)
State Capitol, 1st Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2841
(916) 445-4633 Fax
Local Office
(Director L.A. County: Billie Greer)
300 Spring St., Suite 16701
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 897-0322
(213) 897-0319 Fax
Web Site: www.gov.ca.gov

Secretary of State
Kevin Shelley (D)
1500 11th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-6814
(916) 653-4620 Fax

Insurance Commissioner
John Garamendi
300 Capitol Mall, 17th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 492-3500
(916) 445-5280 Fax

California U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Rep. David Dreier –
R-26th District
Representing Arcadia, Bradbury, Claremont, Glendora, La Verne, Monrovia, Montclair, San Dimas, San Marino, Sierra Madre, San Antonio Hts., Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Walnut, portions of Altadena, East Pasadena
Washington Office
237 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2305
(202) 225-7018 Fax
Local Office
510 E. Foothill Blvd, Suite 201
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 575-6226
(909) 575-6266 Fax
Web Site: http://dreier.house.gov

Rep. Hilda Solis –
D-32nd District
Representing Azusa, Baldwin Park, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Irwindale, Rosemead, S. El Monte, W. Covina, Vincent, portions of E. Los Angeles, Monterey Park, S. San Gabriel, Valinda and Whittier
Washington Office
1641 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5464
(202) 225-5467 Fax
Local Office
(Field Rep: Nicole Shahenian)
4401 Santa Anita Ave., Suite 211
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 448-1271
(626) 448-8062 Fax
Web Site: http://www.house.gov
/solis

Rep. Grace Napolitano –
D-38th District
Representing Industry, La Puente, Montebello, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Santa Fe Springs, Hacienda Hts., South San Jose, West Puente-Valinda, Portions of East Los Angeles and Whittier
Washington Office
1609 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5256
(202) 225-0027 Fax
Local Office
11627 E. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100
Sante Fe Springs, CA 90670
(562) 801-2134
(562) 949-9144 Fax

Rep. Gary Miller –
R-42nd District
Representing Brea, Diamond Bar, La Habra, La Habra Hts., Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, Chino, Chino Hills, portions of Anaheim, Las Flores, Placentia, Rowland Hts., Whittier
Washington Office
1037 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3201
Fax: (202) 226-6962
Local Office
1800 E. Lambert Rd., Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 257-1142
(714) 257-9242 Fax

California STATE ASSEMBLY

Edward P. Hernandez –
D-57th District
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0057
(916) 319-2057
Fax: (916) 319-2157
Local Office (Field Rep: Jorge Marquez)
13181 Crossroads Pkwy. North, Suite 160
Industry, CA 91746-3497
(562) 695-8492
Fax: (562) 695-8319
E-mail: assemblymember.
hernandez@assembly
.ca.gov

Web Site: democrats
.assembly.ca.gov/
members/a57

Los Angeles County SUPERVISOR

Michael Antonovich 5th District
(Field Rep: Jay Gomez)
615 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite A
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 592-0751
Fax: (909) 592-0751

Covina CITY MANAGER

Paul Philips
Covina City Hall
125 E. College St.
Covina, CA 91723-2199
(626) 858-7212
Fax: (626) 858-7208
Web Site: www.ci.covina.ca.us

Covina CITY
COUNCIL MEMBERS

Mayor: - John C. King
Mayor PT: - Kevin Stapleton
Member: - Meline D. Juarez
Member: - Peggy Delach
Member: - Walter Allen III

Covina City Hall

Monday–Thursday: - 7:30a.m.–5:30p.m.
Alternate Fridays: - 7:30a.m.–4:30p.m.
Every Other Friday: - Closed
Mayor’s Hot Line: - 626-858-7207
Admin, City Manager,
City Atty.: - 626-858-7212
City Clerk: - 626-858-7226
Public Information: - 626-858-7283
City Source: - 331-INFO (4636)
24 hour recorded information
Web site: - www.ci.covina.ca.us
General e-mail
questions: - info@ci.covina.ca.us

Building Services, Safety, Inspections & Code
Enforcement: - 626-858-7236
Building Permits must be obtained for any new project or addition. You may obtain your Building Permit at the Building DivisionBuilding Division, Covina City Hall, 125 E. College St., during normal business hours.
Economic Devlp: - 626-858-7277
Housing Div.: - 626-858-7266
Inspections/Planning: - 626-858-7231
Special Programs: - 626-858-7231
Transportation: - 626-331-0114
Redevelopment: - 626-858-7214
Homebuyer Hotline: - 626-858-7214

Consumer Complaints
Better Business Bureau - 909-835-6064

Finance
Business License - 626-858-7244
Business Licenses are required to conduct business in the City of Covina. You may obtain your license at the Building Division, Covina City Hall, 125 E. College St.
Water/Refuse: - 626-858-7263

L.A. County Fire
Emergency: - 9-1-1
Fire Prevention: - 626-974-8335
Station 152: - 626-974-8361
Station 153: - 626-974-8362
Station 154: - 626-974-8331

Library
Parks & Recreation: - 626-858-7271
Aquatic Center: - 626-858-7273
Hollfelder Teen Center: - 626-858-7271
Senior Services: - 626-966-6378

Personnel: - 626-858-7222
Job Hotline - 626-331-4636 x3001

Police Business
Emergency: - 9-1-1
Non Emergency: - 626-331-3391
Graffiti Hot Line: - 626-858-4452
Animal Control: - 626-962-3577

Public Works
Engineering Services, A Div. of the Public Works Dept. (Street Lights, Traffic Signals, Sewer) - 626-858-7251

Environmental Services, A Div. of the Public Works Dept. (Refuse Problems, Recycling) - 626-858-7252

Water Division of the Public Works Dept.
Water Service Questions: - 626-858-7263
After hours water maint. call the police at 626-331-3391

Utilities
Cable: - 626-331-4636 x9800
Gas: - 800-427-2200
Electricity: - 800-655-5555
Telephone
Residential: - 800-483-4000
Business: - 800-483-5000
Media/ Newspaper
S.G.V. Tribune: - 626-962-8811
L.A. Times: - 626-359-4445


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