If your New Year’s Resolution is to keep Garden Grove looking its best, then Project GO! is for you! Coordinated through the Garden Grove Public Works Department, Project GO! (Graffiti Off), is a volunteer and community-based program to rid Garden Grove neighborhoods of unsightly graffiti.
After an established 25-year career with the City of Garden Grove, 35 in public service, City Manager Matthew Fertal announced yesterday, that he is retiring, effective December 31, 2014. Fertal is credited with attracting several major businesses and implementing key developments considered pivotal to the city’s current and future financial growth and distinction, as well as preserving the City’s solidity during the economic recession.
Under the experienced leadership of Interim Fire Chief Warren Hartley, a 30-year veteran and former Garden Grove fire chief, the Garden Grove Fire Department carries out the day-to-day operations needed to maintain the safety of the community and integrity of the department. Yet, key projects and developments, once led by the department’s former fire chief David Barlag, who resigned two months ago, have necessitated the City’s decision to retain the former chief’s services in a different capacity.
From now through March 2015, Brookhurst Street, from Chapman Avenue to Katella Avenue in Garden Grove, will undergo roadway improvements. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes to avoid congestion, however access for residents and businesses will be maintained. Normal working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Last Friday, October 24, the City of Garden Grove was recognized with the “Community Partnership Award” by the Orange County LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Foundation. The award was presented during the organization’s Black and White Banquet, held at the Anaheim Convention Center.
CITY NAMES FORMER GG FIRE CHIEF TO INTERIM
Permanent Replacement to be Determined within 4 to 5 Months
For the 12th time, Garden Grove has a new police chief. Captain Todd Elgin, a 27-year veteran of the department, assumes his new assignment as Chief of Police on January 1, 2015. His predecessor, Chief Kevin Raney, will remain in the top spot through the end of 2014 to assist Elgin in the transition.