Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

An update from Brea’s new Mayor, Brett Murdock

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    Hello, As Brea residents, we know that our city is extraordinary. I have grown up in Brea and now have a family of my own here. I work hard every day to give back to a community that has given me so much. I am honored to be serving as your mayor and hope that these monthly updates will help highlight some of the great things that are happening around our city. Your feedback is important to me and I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me with any questions. Stay safe and have a wonderful February!

      Make a Difference - Volunteer Brea

          The City Council will recognize exceptional Brea volunteers throughout 2014 as part of my theme: Make a Difference - Volunteer Brea. The City is looking to community members to recommend a person or an organization that makes a difference in Brea through volunteer service. I grew up in Brea and have been inspired by the incredible spirit of volunteerism that is everywhere in Brea. I would love to hear from residents about who inspires them.

            To suggest a volunteer for recognition, please visit, or send an email to In addition to recognizing volunteers, I will also work to promote volunteerism and connect organizations with volunteers. To review a list of potential volunteer opportunities, visit

              Wildcatters Dog Park Now Open!

                  Mayor Murdock and his dog, Tanner, enjoying the dog parkIts official! Wildcatters Dog Park opened on Thursday, January 9. About 200 people came out to the dedication event to celebrate the grand opening. Following the ribbon cutting, canines and their companions enjoyed the off-leash areas, park amenities and made new friends.

                    The new park is located on Santa Fe Road at the corner of Valencia Avenue and features double entry gates, allowing owners to unleash their pets in a holding area before releasing them into two separate play areas (small and large dogs) that total approximately 1.5 acres. Each play area has benches, picnic tables, drinking fountains with pet bowls, and dog waste cleanup stations. Park hours are daily from 7 a.m. to dusk, with the exception of Thursdays when the park will open at noon after its weekly maintenance. Make sure to bring your own “doggie clean-up bags”!

                      New Trail Grant Received

                          Bicycle StatueThe City’s Tracks at Brea trail project was awarded close to one million from the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program using federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds. The Tracks at Brea project was selected through a competitive process in which Brea’s project ranked number one among projects submitted by eleven Orange County cities. Brea’s winning application was a result of excellent staff work by the Community Development team including Kerri Bullock and Roslyn Lau.

                            The grant funds will go towards construction of the trail segment four, located between State College Boulevard and Birch Street, which travels under the 57 freeway. Construction includes site preparation, erosion control, path construction, landscaping, and signage. This grant is the 17th grant received for The Tracks at Brea, resulting in over seven million in grant funds to the City. The six segments of this four-mile pedestrian and biking trail are being completed as funding is received.

                              Sidewalk Expansion at the Sports Park

                                  New Sidewalk at Sports ParkWhen the Olinda Elementary School was built next to the Brea Sports Park, there was a segment of sidewalk that was not completed. This section quickly became the path of children being dropped off or picked up from school, and also a walkway for overflow parking at the school for Sports Park users. There was a concern of individuals walking in the same area as vehicle traffic. There were discussions between the City and the School District of either finishing the sidewalk or planting in this vicinity. An agreement was reached to finish the sidewalk for the children and the Sports Park users for easier passage and keeping them away from vehicles moving in this area. This was a partnership between Public Works, Community Services and the School District. Thank you to everyone who assisted with this project!

                                    Brea PD Explorer Team in Chandler, AZ.

                                      Brea PD Explorer Team with TrophyThe Brea Police Explorers (4) teamed up with their partners from La Habra PD Explorers (4) and Placentia PD Explorers (2) to form a 10-Explorer team for the 2014 Chandler Tactical Competition. The kids trained together as a team for almost two months prior to the competition, and in their own POST’s beginning in February 2013. Competing against more than 700 Explorers, on 57 different teams, from 8 States, our team placed 3rd in two of the eight events they participated in, Marijuana Field Raid, and a team strength event, the TK-4 Armored Truck Pull (18,000lbs). They performed well together as a team, and their advisers were very proud of them. The Explorers and their advisers would like to thank all who assisted with their preparations, and would like to specifically thank Sergeant Kelly Carpenter, Sergeant Michael Petronella, and Officer Rob Haefner, for the training they provided.

                                        Local Brownie Troop Assists the Family Resource Center’s Homeless

                                          Brownie Troop 1018 out of St. Angela Merici Parish School recently completed a service project to benefit Brea’s homeless community through the Family Resource Center. The Brownies worked hard collecting items such as pillows, blankets, gloves, scarves, hygiene items and non-perishable food by hosting a bake sale at school. They made posters and went on announcements asking everyone to bring in items for Brea’s homeless. They then baked cookies and exchanged the baked goods for the new items. The items were delivered to the Family Resource Center and put into backpacks for distribution to the homeless.

                                            Brea’s Senior Center Dining Room Flooring Improvement

                                                New Flooring in the Senior CenterThe Senior Center underwent a large improvement to the dining room floor over the holiday closure. The original dining room floor was made up of a combination of hard wood, linoleum and carpet, which caused continual problems with food and stains and constantly needed to be cleaned. There were also several thresholds separating the floor which posed potential trip hazards. The new commercial vinyl plank flooring covers the entire room and helps reduce the need for ongoing maintenance. The installers were very helpful and completed the work during the holiday closure avoiding having to close the Center during any normal operating days. They also installed special thresholds that do not have a lip eliminating any trip hazards. The seniors are enjoying the new look and function of the floor. They especially are enjoying dancing on the larger floor space at their special holiday parties. Special thanks to Public Works Staff including Eric Aulls, who did a great job coordinating the project to ensure the flooring was installed on time; and Richard Bohannon and his crew, who were very helpful with checking on the installation during the holiday closure.

                                                  Brea Fire Department Lunch Service Day

                                                      The Brea Fire Department surprised the seniors at the Brea Senior Center on December 12, when firefighters and safety workers arrived to serve lunch. Fire Chief Wolfgang Knabe was introduced to the seniors and happily led the group in serving with the required hair nets and gloves. The firefighters did everything from dishing up food in the kitchen to serving coffee, tea and water, and then hand-delivering each meal to the grateful seniors. Each participant was given a safety related goodie bag from the Fire Department. The seniors loved having so many uniformed workers serving them.

                                                        Have a great month, my next update is just around the corner.

                                                          Warm Regards,

                                                            Mayor Brett Murdock


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