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The City Council of Temple City consists of five members, each elected by the people at-large for four-year terms of office. The council establishes law and policy in an open, transparent environment that encourages public participation at every stage. Each year, the council selects one of its members to serve as mayor and one as mayor pro-tempore. The mayor presides over council meetings and represents the city at various civic functions, while the mayor pro-tempore serves in the mayor’s absence. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Since 1960, fire and medical emergency services have been provided by the County of Los Angeles Fire Station 47. Along with fire protection and safety services, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department offers many public programs to educate and assist citizens in handling major emergencies. Among the educational programs provided by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department are C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Training), A.W.A.R.E. (Arson Watch and Resident Education) and W.A.T.C.H. (Water Awareness Training for Children in the Home). Other programs include the ABCs of Fire Safety, Exit Drills in the Home, Buying and Installing Smoke Detectors, Safe Surrender and Safe House classes. In addition, there are special youth programs such as Junior Lifeguards, Rescue Youth and the Junior Fire Chief Program. To learn more about the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, visit Temple City Fire Station 47 is located at 5946 N. Kauffman Avenue. For non-emergencies, Station 47 can be reached at 626-287-9521.

The Temple Station Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been providing public safety services since 1926. The Temple Station is located at 8838 Las Tunas Drive and its business phone number is 626-285-7171. The station’s patrol area encompasses 66 square miles and provides a variety of programs and services to Temple City and surrounding San Gabriel Valley communities.

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For those who have been considering a career in law enforcement, a call to 1-800-A-Deputy is the first step to take. One might also consider becoming a reserve deputy sheriff or a station volunteer to gain invaluable experience. Dedicated members of the community are essential to the success of the Temple Station L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Different programs suit different abilities and interests. For teens considering career paths, the Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a good choice, while amateur radio operators might enjoy contributing their time to the Temple Station’s Hamwatch or Disaster Communications service. Retirees or those with some spare time can join Volunteers on Patrol or assist at the Station Desk, Detective Bureau or Secretariat. Horse lovers might be interested in joining the Sheriff’s Posse. Those wishing to donate their time or expertise may contact the volunteer coordinator at 626-292-3336. To contact the Temple Station online (non-emergencies only), e-mails can be sent to

Temple City’s Governing Body

Mayor Fernando Vizcarra
Mayor Pro Tempore Tom Chavez
Council Member Carl Blum
Council Member Cynthia Sternquist
Council Member Vincent Yu

Despite our growing dependence on email, the Temple City Post Office continues to play a critically important role for both residents and businesspersons. At any time of the business day you will see carriers with satchels full of mail—even in unbearable heat or torrential downpours—faithfully making their appointed rounds. The window clerks at the local post office are known for their friendly service as they attend to every customer’s needs. The Temple City Post Office is located at 5940 Oak Avenue, Temple City.


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