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A to Z Guide

Updated August 26, 2014

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Abandoned Vehicles

If a vehicle you do not recognize on your street has not been moved within 72 hours, and you suspect it has been abandoned, notify—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Accidents

Accident information—

Sheriff's records
(562) 860-0044

Adaptive Recreation

For information about the City’s many programs for individuals with disabilities—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Addresses

To find out if property is in the City—

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1209

Affordable Housing

For information on future projects—

(562) 916-1201

Affordable Senior Housing

Senior Housing Hotline
(562) 916-1366

Also see Emerald Villas, Fountain Walk, Pioneer Villas and Vintage Cerritos entries.

Alarms

An alarm company operator or alarm agent who installs, maintains or repairs any alarm system within the City must obtain a business license from the City. All persons who own, lease, rent or otherwise possess an alarm system must obtain an alarm permit, free of charge, from the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center.

To apply for a business license—

Business License Officer
(562) 916-1236

To obtain an alarm permit—

Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 916-1266

or submit an on-line application.

Alcoholic Beverage Consumption

Having an open container and drinking in public places or in vehicles is against the law in Cerritos. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed within City parks or facilities. Beer or wine may be purchased through the concessionaire at Cerritos Iron­Wood Nine Golf Course or the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Conference and Banquet Center. All alcoholic beverages served during functions at the CCPA Conference Facility must be purchased through the Patina Group. Alcoholic beverages are also allowed at the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and the Skyline Room at Cerritos Library under certain restrictions.

Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous—Long Beach
(562) 989-7697

Alcoholics Anonymous—Fullerton
(714) 773-4357

Little House Recovery Program for Women
(562) 925-2777

Animal Control

Animal Disturbances—To report dogs running at large or for other matters concerning animal control ordinances—

Long Beach Animal Care Services
(562) 570-7387

To report excessive barking by dogs—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Animal Traps—Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau supplies traps for nuisance animals. For information regarding animal traps—

Long Beach Animal Care Services
(562) 570-7387

Also see Dogs entry.

Annexation

For information regarding annexation—

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

App

See Smartphone App entry.

Appointments: Boards, Committees and Commissions

For information about appointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Artwork in Public Places

The City has installed figurative and abstract sculptures throughout Cerritos. The public art collection adds beauty and distinction to the community. View Photos of the artwork.

City Manager's Office
(562) 916-1311

Arts Center

See the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and the Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts entries.

Athletic Fields

Athletic fields at the City's Sports Complex, Cerritos Park East,  Heritage Park and Liberty Park can be reserved by residents. See the Parks and Recreation Facilities entry for more information.

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Banners

For approval to hang temporary banner signs—

Current Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Banquet Halls

See Meeting Rooms entry. (Note: Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted at City parks or facilities, with the exception of beer or wine purchased through the concessionaire at Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course or the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts Meeting and Banquet Center. All alcoholic beverages to be served during functions at the CCPA Meeting and Banquet Center must be purchased through the Patina Group. Alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and the Skyline Room at the Cerritos Library under certain restrictions.)

Beautification

In Cerritos, most major streets are divided by beautifully landscaped medians featuring large trees, boulders and lush lawns. These public lands are irrigated with recycled water through the City's 25-mile Recycled Waste Water Transport System. For information regarding the maintenance of the City's public facilities—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

The City sponsors a beautification program called City Wide Pride to honor homes and schools in the community that display excellence in appearance and upkeep. For information about City Wide Pride—

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

Bids/Bidding

For information on bidding procedures for City projects—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

For information regarding the City's purchasing procedures, see the Purchasing entry.

Birth Certificate

See Certificates (Birth, Death, Marriage) entry

Boards, Committees and Commissions

For information about the following boards, committees and commissions, call:

Board of Directors of the Friends of Arts Education
(562) 467-8844

Community Safety Committee
(562) 916-1245

Economic Development Commission
(562) 916-1201

Fine Arts and Historical Commission
(562) 916-1311

Let Freedom Ring Committee
(562) 916-1254

Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the
City of Cerritos Redevelopment Agency
(562) 916-1201

Parks and Recreation Commission
(562) 916-1254

Planning Commission
(562) 916-1201

Property Preservation Commission
(562) 916-1203

For information about appointment to any of the above
(562) 916-1248

Bonds

Inquiries regarding assessment and municipal bonds should be addressed to—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Box Office

See the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts entry.

Budget Process

For information about the budget process or the budget—

Administrative Services Department
(562) 916-1355

Citizens are encouraged to participate in the budget process by making their views known at a pre-budget meeting held in June. Budget adoption typically occurs in June.

Building Permit Requirements

A building permit is required for home improvements such as room additions, patios, spas, pools and block walls. City videos called "Right From the Start," and "Adding On To Your Cerritos Home" explain the building permit and room addition processes and are available at the Cerritos Library.
For information on building plans review— 

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1209

Bus Schedules

See the Transportation (Public) entry.

Business Crime Prevention

Crime prevention assistance and free booklets full of tips for City businesses are available from the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center. Business crime prevention tips are also available on the City's public safety website. For more information—

Community Safety Division at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/
Community Safety Center
(562) 916-1266

Business Guide

The City's website includes a listing of businesses in Cerritos. The Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce also publishes a Cerritos Business Directory.

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce
(562) 467-0800

Business Licenses

A business license is required to conduct any type of business in the City, including home occupation and trade shows. A State Board of Equalization (SBE) Certificate is required for all businesses selling tangible personal property. The SBE Certificate must be obtained before a business license will be issued. Businesses planning to relocate to Cerritos should secure approval from the Community Development Department before applying for a business license.

Business License Officer
(562) 916-1236

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

Business Recognition

The City of Cerritos regularly features local businesses in a “Business Spotlight” on the City’s website. The aim of the program is to showcase local businesses and foster pride in Cerritos’ thriving business community and strong local economy.

Featured businesses are those that have chosen Cerritos as their home and whose story highlights the benefits of locating in Cerritos. New businesses are featured regularly, and the page includes an archive of past businesses featured.

In addition to being located in Cerritos, featured businesses must hold a valid Cerritos Business License. Featured businesses must also provide direct sales or services to the general public, have a positive impact on the community, and be able to provide a testimonial as to why they have chosen Cerritos as their home. A submission does not guarantee placement in the Cerritos Business Spotlight.

Each business featured in the Cerritos Business Spotlight will receive a City proclamation at a City Council meeting.

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

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Cable Television

Charter Communications
(888) 438-2427

Verizon FiOS
(888) 881-8161

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Information about City-sponsored CPR classes, which are free for Cerritos residents (a materials fee is charged for books), is listed in the City's quarterly Community Services Program included in the February, May, August and November issues of The Cerritos News.

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach chapter
(562) 595-6341

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The City-owned Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts features world-class performances in music, dance and Broadway shows. The centerpiece of the Cerritos Towne Center, the 154,000-square-foot arts center is recognized as one of the most sophisticated theaters of our time. With moveable seats, floors, ceilings and stage areas, the theater can be transformed into six distinctive seating configurations, ranging in capacity from 921 to 1,800 seats, ideal for dance, Broadway, jazz, classical and popular music events. The Sierra Room features a small, intimate setting that is perfect for fashion shows, guest speakers and presentations. In addition, the facility houses three elegant meeting and banquet areas ideal for meetings, receptions, banquets and weddings. (See the Meeting Rooms entry for more information.)

The Center is located at 12700 Center Court Drive.

Administration Office
(562) 916-8510

Special Events Office
(562) 916-8510

Ticket Office
(562) 916-8500 or
(800) 300-4345

Ticket Office Fax
(562) 916-8546

Ticket Office Hours 

Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday noon-4 p.m.
On performance days, open two hours prior to the performance and until one-half hour past curtain.

Fax
(562) 916-8514

24-Hour Automated Information Line
(562) 916-8501

CCPA website

Cerritos College

For information about community college, adult education and community services—

Cerritos College
(562) 860-2451

Cerritos Library

See the Library entry.

Cerritos Library News

This is a monthly newsletter produced by the City to inform Cerritos residents and businesses of the Library’s services and programs. For information regarding Cerritos Library News

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Cerritos Olympic Swim & Fitness Center

See the Parks and Recreation Facilities entry.

Cerritos on Wheels (COW)

Cerritos on Wheels (COW) is the public transportation system developed for the citizens of Cerritos. For 50 cents a ride, residents can travel on two routes to parks, schools, shopping centers, Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, Cerritos Library, medical appointments, church or other points throughout Cerritos. The air-conditioned, clean-running COW buses operate from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, excluding major holidays. COW buses are equipped with wheelchair lifts, tie-downs and folding seats to accommodate most wheelchairs. Monthly bus passes for the COW can be purchased at City Hall, Cerritos Library, Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, Cerritos recreational facilities and on-line. To catch a COW, look for one of the COW stops throughout the City or check the City's website.

COW Info Line (during COW operating hours)
(562) 928-4COW (4269)

Cerritos Transit Line
(562) 916-1202

Cerritos Park East

See the Parks and Recreation Facilities entry.

Cerritos Sculpture Garden

The Cerritos Sculpture Garden was dedicated as a 50th anniversary gift to the community. The beautiful garden is located at the Cerritos Civic Center and offers a delightful setting for the City’s growing collection of public artwork. With both intimate spaces and spacious open areas, the Cerritos Sculpture Garden is an inviting place to experience art, nature and peaceful contemplation. The garden was designed to accommodate the placement of approximately 20 sculptures, which will be selected and placed over time. Photos of the Cerritos Sculpture Garden and the art pieces contained within can be viewed on the City’s website.
 

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park

The Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, located at 12340 South St., offers special events, recreation, educational and enrichment workshops, special interest classes, fitness and wellness programs and human services to seniors ages 50 and older. The Senior Center also provides intergenerational activities and a variety of senior club opportunities. All of the Senior Center’s classes and activities are announced in the quarterly Senior Connection newsletter. Class information is also provided in the Cerritos Lifelong Enrichment newsletter that is included with The Cerritos News eight times per year. The Senior Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Meeting rooms at the Center, including the 5,000-square-foot Majestic Room and catering kitchen, can be rented for adult-oriented events Friday after 5 p.m. and on weekends. A 5,000-square-foot fitness center was opened in March 2006 as a 50th anniversary gift to the community. The Center features cardiovascular and weight training equipment, locker rooms, restrooms, a public counter and a conference room for health and wellness screenings. The Senior Center also hosts an annual citywide Holiday Boutique, a Senior Health Fair and Grandparents Month. The Senior Center is always looking for new instructors and class offerings, in addition to volunteers. For more information or a subscription to the newsletter—

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park
(562) 916-8550
csc@cerritos.us

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center

See the Sheriff's Station entry.

Cerritos Towne Center

The Cerritos Towne Center combines office, retail, hotel and entertainment facilities in one master-planned project. The Towne Center includes the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, a 203-room Sheraton Hotel and more than one million square feet of office space. The retail portion of the project includes a Wal-Mart, Edwards Cerritos 10 Cinemas, Best Buy and several shops and restaurants. The project is bounded by 183rd Street, Bloomfield Avenue and the Artesia (91) Freeway.

For information about the Towne Center—

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

Cerritos TV3

Cerritos TV3 is the City’s cable television channel, administered by the City’s Communications Division and available to residents through Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS. The channel is also streamed live over the City’s website. Cerritos TV3 offers live cablecasts of Cerritos City Council, Planning Commission, Economic Development Commission, Fine Arts and Historical Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and Property Preservation Commission meetings. An archive of meeting videos is available on the City’s website. Cerritos TV3 also features a community bulletin board listing upcoming events and programs, special informational programming produced by the City, coverage of community events and concerts, and a variety of programming of interest to the community.

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Certificates (Birth, Death, Marriage)

County of Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/
County Clerk
(562) 462-2137
12400 E. Imperial Hwy, Norwalk, CA 90650

Orange County Clerk-Recorder (714) 834-2500 
The Hall of Records,
12 Civic Center Plaza, Rooms 101 & 106, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Downtown Fullerton Branch Office
201 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton CA 92832

Certificates of Occupancy

Certificates of Occupancy are issued upon request prior to occupancy of new commercial or industrial buildings, after final inspection and approval by the Building and Safety Division.

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1209

Chamber of Commerce

The Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at 

13259 South Street, Cerritos 
Phone (562) 467-0800 
Fax (562) 467-0840 
cerritos.org

Child Care

For information regarding area day care centers—

California Child Care Resource and Referral Service (Child Care Connection)
(800) 543-7793

Children’s Home Society of California
(562) 256-7400

ABC Unified School District Extended Day Care
(562) 229-7985

Also see the Tot Lots entry.

Child Protection Hotline

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services 
(800) 540-4000

Christmas Tree Recycling

The City's trash collector, CalMet Services, offers free Christmas tree recycling each year through the first weeks of January. Simply leave your tree at the curb on your regular trash collection day after removing all ornaments, tinsel and stands. Trees taller than four feet should be cut in half.

CalMet Services, Inc.
(562) 259-1239

Churches/Places of Worship

A list of places of worship in the community is available on the City's website.

Citizen Participation

Cerritos residents are encouraged to become active citizens. Anyone can address the City Council during the time provided for public comment during Council meetings. Council meetings are regularly held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Meeting dates may be changed due to holidays and events. The current year's meeting schedule is posted on this website.

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Also see the Volunteers entry.

City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk is appointed by the City Council. The City Clerk is the Election official, custodian of the City's records, and serves as Clerk of the Council.

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248
Fax (562) 809-8411

City Council

The five-member City Council acts as the City's chief policymaking body. Every two years, Council members are elected by the citizens of Cerritos to serve four-year overlapping terms. Councilmembers who serve two consecutive four-year terms are not eligible, for a period of two years, to seek reelection or be appointed to the Cerritos City Council. The Mayor, selected by the Council, is its presiding officer and serves a one-year term. In the Mayor's absence the Mayor Pro Tem assumes his or her responsibilities.

City Council
(562) 916-1310

City Council meetings are regularly held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the City Hall Council Chambers. Meeting dates may be changed due to holidays and events. The current year's meeting schedule is posted on this website. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 (which is also streamed over the Cerritos website), and are rebroadcast Friday at 7 p.m. and the following Monday at 9 a.m. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the City's website. For information about current and past Council action and agenda items—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

City Manager's Office

A City Manager is appointed by the City Council. The City Manager ensures the City’s policies are implemented and oversees the City’s six departments: Administrative Services, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Community Development, Community & Safety Services, Public Works and Water and Power.

City Manager’s Office
(562) 916-1311

City Wide Pride

The City sponsors a beautification program called City Wide Pride which honors homes and schools in the community that display excellence in appearance and upkeep. The competition is coordinated by the Property Preservation Commission. For information about City Wide Pride—

Code Enforcement Unit
(562) 916-1203

Also see the Beautification entry.

Code Enforcement

For enforcement of environmental codes, development codes, landscape maintenance, property maintenance, housing, inoperable vehicles, sign code, trash and weed abatement—

Code Enforcement
(562) 916-1203

For enforcement of building, electrical, heating and plumbing codes—

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1209

Communications

The City's Communications Division maintains the Cerritos website, produces the City's annual Community Calendar, administers Cerritos TV3, takes cable television customer service complaints, produces the monthly City newsletter The Cerritos News, conducts tours of City Hall and responds to inquiries about Cerritos from the public and news media.

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Community Care/Group Home Regulations and Licensing

Group homes are allowed within residential zones within the City. For information regarding the regulation and licensing of group homes within Cerritos—

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

Community Centers

The City's three community centers, Cerritos Park East, Heritage Park and Liberty Park, offer multipurpose rooms, picnic areas and athletic fields which can be reserved by residents. For more information about the Community Centers' features, see the Parks and Recreation Facilities entry.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. For information about basic CERT classes and to join the Cerritos CERT

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1252
(562) 916-1266

Community Gymnasiums at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools

Basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball and table tennis programs for residents of all ages, as well as a variety of youth activities, are offered at the City's Community Gymnasiums, located at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools. For information on City-sponsored events, check the Community Services Program included in the February, May, August and November issues of The Cerritos News, or call—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Community Information

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Community Participation

The Community Participation Division advises residents of the availability of services supplied by the City, other governmental agencies and various groups. The division also coordinates the City's dignitary special events and manages the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park.

Community Participation Division
(562) 865-8101

Community Referral Service

For information regarding Cerritos community organizations, clubs and social agencies—

Community Participation Division
(562) 865-8101

Community Safety

The Community Safety Division coordinates all public safety services for the City, including law enforcement, fire protection, disaster preparedness, animal control, health services, parking enforcement and school crossing guards. Services are provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles County Consolidated Fire Protection District, Los Angeles County Health Department and Long Beach Animal Care Services.

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Community Safety Committee

The Community Safety Committee educates, informs and provides assistance to the community with regard to public safety, crime prevention, traffic and pedestrian safety. The committee also promotes crime-prevention awareness throughout the community through programs such as Neighborhood Watch. The committee meets on the third Wednesday of every other month. For meeting times and locations—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1245

Community Services Program

A quarterly Community Services Program lists special events, sports and classes offered by the City to Cerritos residents of all ages. The program is included in the February, May, August and November issues of The Cerritos News, which is mailed to all homes and businesses in the community.

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Community Spring Festival

The City’s annual Community Spring Festival is held in celebration of the City's anniversary and offers food and game booths, rides, entertainment, City information booths and crafts. The Spring Dance Recital is also part of the Festival which is usually held in April. The date is announced in the Spring Community Services Program in the February issue of The Cerritos News.

Consumer Affairs

Attorney General’s Office (How to file a consumer complaint)
(800) 952-5225

California Department of Consumer Affairs  Information Services  
(800) 952-5210

Contractors State License Board
(800) 321-2752

Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion

The City of Cerritos has adopted a Construction & Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance designed to divert recyclable construction material from reaching landfills. Any construction or demolition project 900 square feet or greater is subject to the requirements of the ordinance. For more information, contact the City’s Environmental Services Division at (562) 916-1226.

Corporate Yard

The City of Cerritos Corporate Yard is located at

16540 Marquardt Avenue
(562) 860-0311

Counseling

Asian Pacific Counseling Center
(562) 860-8838

Community Family Guidance Center
(562) 924-5526

Helpline Youth Counseling
(562) 864-3722

Pathways Volunteer Hospice
(562) 531-3031

Rio Hondo Community Mental Health
(562) 402-0688

Southern California Rehabilitation Services
(562) 862-6531

Courts

Bellflower Courthouse

10025 E. Flower St., Bellflower
(562) 804-8025

Los Angeles County Superior Court

12720 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk
(562) 807-7266

COW

See the Cerritos on Wheels entry.

Crime Prevention

Free crime-prevention booklets and brochures are available at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center. Crime prevention tips are available on the Safer Cerritos website, safercerritos.com. In addition, Neighborhood Watch programs which teach citizens to reduce their vulnerability to crime are active throughout the City. For information about starting a Neighborhood Watch group, or to join a group that is already active in your neighborhood—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Crossing Guards

See the School Crossings entry.

Curfew for Minors

Minors under the age of 18 have a curfew of 10 p.m. to sunrise.
For inquiries about the ordinance—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

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Damage to City Property

To report damage to City property—

Administrative Services Department/Finance Division
(562) 860-0311

To report graffiti within the City—

Graffiti Removal Hotline
(562) 916-1233

Graffiti reporting form

Dead Animal Pickup

Dead animals should be reported to Long Beach Animal Care Services. The agency will pick up dead strays or family pets for a fee.

Long Beach Animal Care Services
(562) 570-7387

Death Certificate

See Certificates (Birth, Death, Marriage) entry

Department of Motor Vehicles

9520 E. Artesia Blvd., Bellflower
(800) 777-0133

Development in Cerritos

For information about development opportunities or specific development projects within the City—

Current Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Development Regulations

For information about development regulations and zoning amendments within the City—

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Dial-A-Ride

The City provides the community with a Dial-A-Ride transit system. Offered to seniors and people with disabilities, the system operates seven days a week throughout the Cerritos area. To use the service, call (562) 402-RIDE (7433) or, toll-free, (866) 402-RIDE (7433), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are accepted.

Dog Kennel/Adopt-a-Pet

Residents can house their pets or adopt a pet at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). The kennel is located at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St. in Long Beach. Kennel hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The kennel is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Dogs, cats and rabbits are available for adoption at the kennel. The dog adoption fee is $125, the cat adoption fee is $105 and the rabbit adoption fee is $50.

SPCA LA
(562) 570-7722

Dogs

Cerritos contracts with Long Beach Animal Care Services for dog licenses and field services such as a dog running loose, a stray in custody or animal cruelty. A collar, current rabies tags and license are required for dogs. To obtain a license, visit the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center or contact Long Beach Animal Care Services. To license your dog, you must show a current rabies certificate good for 12 months or more. The license fee is $20, or $10 for dogs that have been spayed or neutered. Seniors age 60 and older can purchase dog licenses at half price. For information about low-cost vaccination clinics, call Long Beach Animal Care Services.

Long Beach Animal Care Services
(562) 570-7387

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Dogs running at large, nuisance barking and howling are prohibited by ordinance.
Also see the Animal Control entry.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence prevention, restraining order assistance—

Community Legal Services
(562) 864-9935

24-hour Hotline (shelter for battered women and children)
(562) 402-4888

Drainage

For information or to report drainage problems—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

Dump (public)

Ecology Auto Parts
13780 E. Imperial Hwy, Santa Fe Springs
(562) 921-9975

South Gate Transfer Station
9530 S. Garfield Ave., South Gate
(562) 927-0146

Dumping

It is against the law to dump trash, garbage, tree limbs or waste materials within the City limits. The dumping of household hazardous waste, litter and sediment into the City's storm drain system is also prohibited. See the Hazardous Waste Disposal and Trash Collection entries for more information.

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Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake preparedness presentations are available to community groups and organizations, including Neighborhood Watch groups. For information—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1252
(562) 916-1266

eBooks

Current Cerritos Library cardholders can browse the comprehensive eBook and audiobook collection at cerritoslibrary.lib.overdrive.com. Books can then be downloaded onto a computer and many mobile devices, including the iPod, iPad, Kindle, Nook and Sony Reader. The collection features more than 4,500 popular fiction and non-fiction titles, including best-selling novels and non-fiction, well-known classics, in-demand books for teens, children’s books and literature assigned in the classroom. For information

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council on the needs of existing businesses and the availability of Economic Development opportunities and resources. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in February, May, August and November in the Council Chambers located at City Hall. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 and are rebroadcast at 9 a.m. the following Thursday and at 7 p.m. the following Tuesday.

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Elections (City)

General municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of odd­numbered years. For information regarding City elections and registering to vote —

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

E-mail

To send an e-mail to a City department or division, please fill out the E-mail Contact Form, or send an e-mail to the webmanager. E-mails can also be sent to the Cerritos City Council.

E-Waste Collection

The City has an arrangement with CalMet Services to pick up and recycle electronic waste from residents upon request. To schedule an electronic waste pick up, call—

CalMet Services, Inc.
(562) 259-1239

Also see the Hazardous Waste Disposal and U-Waste Drop-Off entries.

Emerald Villas

The City constructed Emerald Villas on Carmenita Road to provide affordable housing for seniors, age 62 and older, with very low to moderate incomes. The 126 condominiums at Emerald Villas are owner occupied. To be placed on an interested buyers list, call—

Affordable Senior Housing Information Line
(562) 916-1366

Emergency Assistance

For emergency food or clothing—

211 LA County
211

Emergency Calls

Fire and paramedic assistance
911

Police assistance
911

Emergency/Disaster Plan

For information about the City's Emergency Plan—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Employment

For employment opportunities with the City—

Cerritos website

Regional employment opportunities

Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (SELACO WIB)
10900 E. 183rd St., Suite 350, Cerritos
(562) 402-9336

Southeast Regional Occupation Program
(562) 860-1927

Employment Discrimination

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Los Angeles County: (213) 439-6799
California: (800) 884-1684

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Farmers’ Market

Farm-fresh produce is offered for sale every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Cerritos Certified Farmers’ Market. The market is held in the northwest parking lot of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Free parking for the market is available in the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts parking lot. The Cerritos Certified Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine throughout the year. The market is closed on major holidays. Please leave your pets at home, as dogs and other animals are not allowed in the Farmers’ Market.  For more information, call—

Recreation Division
(562) 916-1254

Festival of Friendship

The Let Freedom Ring Committee organizes an annual Festival of Friendship to celebrate the City’s diverse residents. The Festival of Friendship features cultural performances and is usually held in February at the Los Cerritos Center. For information call—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Filming in Cerritos

The City of Cerritos’ Film Cerritos website provides information on filming within the City. The website also includes extensive photos and descriptions of City facilities; an on-line film permit application; resources to contact for additional information; and listings of some of the productions which feature scenes filmed in Cerritos. For more information

Business License Officer
(562) 916-1236

Fine Arts and Historical Commission

Commission members assist the City Council in administering the Art in Public Places Program. Goals of the program include creating a cultural legacy through the collection and exhibition of high-quality art pieces that reflect diverse styles, chronicling history through the collection of artifacts, documents and memorabilia. Fine Arts and Historical Commission meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November at City Hall Council Chambers. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 and are rebroadcast at 3:30 p.m. the following Tuesday and 9 a.m. the following Thursday. For information about the Commission—

City Manager’s Office
(562) 916-1311

Fingerprinting

Fingerprinting is available free to Cerritos residents at the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center. Residents may call the Station to make an appointment.

Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Fire Emergency

To report a fire—

911

Fire Stations

#30
19030 S. Pioneer Blvd., Cerritos
(562) 865-3714

#35
13717 E. Artesia Blvd., Cerritos
(562) 926-1511

Fireworks Ordinance

The sale, use and discharge of fireworks is banned in Cerritos. To report the use of fireworks in the City—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Fire Station #30
(562) 865-3714

Fire Station #35
(562) 926-1511

On the Fourth of July, the City sponsors the Let Freedom Ring Celebration which includes an aerial fireworks display. For information—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

First Aid Courses

A series of first aid courses which are free for Cerritos residents is offered through the City's quarterly Community Services Program. The program is included in the February, May, August and November issues of the City's newsletter, The Cerritos News. For course information—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

The American Red Cross offers first aid courses and will travel to businesses to present the course to groups—

American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter
(562) 595-6341

Flood Plain Information

According to federal guidelines, Cerritos is not in a flood zone. Cerritos homeowners who choose to buy optional flood insurance should provide the following information to their insurance and/or real estate agents: “Cerritos has been designated on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) as being in Zone X, which is not a flood zone. Map Number 06037C1839F, Panels 1839, 1840 and 1980, dated November 26, 2007.” For information—

Engineering Division
(562) 916-1219

Flyer Distribution

Anyone distributing any sort of advertisement, including flyers and handbills, door-to-door or in a business area needs to purchase a one-day or annual business license. Those distributing advertisements in a business area also need to have the permission of the property owner.

Business License Officer
(562) 916-1236

Food Assistance

For information on the federal Food Stamps program—

Los Angeles County Public Social Services
211

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
(323) 234-3030
lafoodbank.org

For information on free and reduced price school meals—

ABC Unified School District
(562) 926-5566

Also see the Home-Delivered Meals entry.

Foster Family Care

State Department of Social Services
Community Care Licensing Division
(323) 981-3300

Fountain Walk

The City constructed Fountain Walk at the corner of 183rd Street and Carmenita Road to provide affordable housing for seniors, ages 62 and older, with very low to moderate incomes. The 18 condominiums at Fountain Walk are owner occupied. There are two market rate units. To be placed on an interested buyers list, call —

Affordable Senior Housing Information Line
(562) 916-1366

Fourth of July

See the Let Freedom Ring Celebration entry.

Fraud

To report potential cases of fraud, call—

Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together students, educators and parents through the arts. Friends programs unite the students of Los Angeles and Orange counties through artists-in-the-schools residencies, student programs, master classes and artist lectures.
For more information—

(562) 467-8844

Friends of the Cerritos Library

The Friends of the Cerritos Library is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting the use of the Library and enhancing the Library through donations and projects. Membership application forms are available at the Library and on the Cerritos Library website. The Friends offer book sales, open to the public, each spring and fall.
For information on membership—

(562) 916-1350

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Garage Sales

A limit of two garage sales in a 12-month period are permitted in Cerritos; however, signs for the sales cannot be placed on the public right-of-way, such as on light poles, arterial landscaping or on center medians.

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1203

Gas Leaks

Notify—

Southern California Gas Company
(800) 427-2200

General Plan

The General Plan provides the framework for the long-term physical development of the City of Cerritos. The General Plan expresses the community’s development goals and provides specific public policy relative to the public and private uses of land in the City of Cerritos. The General Plan also links the community’s values, visions and objectives with the manner in which public and private land are to be used. It is comprehensive and long-term and provides the primary guidance for specific projects, policy actions or programs that may occur in the future.

The most recent General Plan was adopted by the City of Cerritos on January 6, 2004 and is available for public reference at the Cerritos Library and Cerritos City Hall. The 2004 General Plan is also available electronically via the Cerritos website, providing residents with immediate access to detailed information about land use, housing, traffic circulation, conservation, open space, recreation, noise, public safety, growth management, air quality and design.

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Geographic Information System (GIS)

The City has a state-of-the art Geographic Information System (GIS) to plot computer data on to electronic maps of the City. The GIS system improves record keeping and coordination of City services, provides better preventive maintenance of City equipment, helps City staff work faster and more efficiently, and facilitates planning for the future use and distribution of City resources. Visit cerritosgis.com to access the City's land use and property information anytime. The site features an interactive map.

Golf Course

Located at 16449 Piuma Ave., the Cerritos Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course is one of the more popular nine-hole executive courses in the area. The driving range is lighted and offers the option of hitting off grass or mats. Rental hand carts and clubs are available. Reservations for the course can be made up to one week in advance. Course hours are daily, from 6 a.m. to sunset. Range hours are from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. from April to October and from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. from November to March. The range opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Iron-Wood Nine Golf Course
(562) 916-8400

Graffiti Removal Hotline

This is a 24-hour telephone hotline for residents to call for speedy removal of graffiti. Callers should leave detailed information on the answering machine about the location of the graffiti. Residents can also report graffiti using the form on the City's website or through the City's "GoRequest" smartphone app. The City’s policy is to remove graffiti in public areas, and certain other areas visible from public rights-of-way, within 48 hours of its report to the City.

Graffiti Removal Hotline
(562) 916-1233

Also see the Smartphone app entry.

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Halloween Festival

The City's Halloween Festival offers an exciting alternative to trick-or-treating. The yearly event features costume contests, rides, carnival booths and attractions for children of all ages. Volunteers, 13 and older, are invited to build and paint props and staff game booths. For more information—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Hazardous Materials Spills

Los Angeles County Health/Hazardous Materials Division 
(323) 890-4317

Hazardous Waste Centers

Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Centers are available to all County of Los Angeles residents. The collection centers provide for the safe disposal of hazardous waste and e-waste including paints, solvents, used motor oil, pool and garden chemicals, computer equipment, televisions, cell phones and other electronic items. A center is located in Signal Hill —

Environmental Collection Center at EDCO
(800) 238-0172

L.A. Bureau of Sanitation
(800) 98-TOXIC (988-6942)
cleanla.com

Hazardous Waste Disposal

Los Angeles County sponsors monthly Household Hazardous Waste Roundups for county residents. For the date and location of the next Household Hazardous Waste Roundup—

(888) CLEAN-LA (253-2652)
cleanla.com

Also see the E-Waste Collection, Oil Recycling and U-Waste Drop-Off entries.

Health

Bellflower Health Center
10005 East Flower Street
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 804-8112

Whittier Health Center
7643 S. Painter Ave.
(562) 464-5350

Family Health Care Centers of Greater L.A.
6501 S. Garfield Ave., Bell Gardens
(562) 928-9600

Health and Human Services

211 LA County offers a 24-hour hotline that provides information on all types of health and human services available to county residents, including food, housing, health, education, job training, employment and senior services.

Dial 2-1-1

History of Cerritos

The Cerritos Library has a room with a collection dedicated to the history of Cerritos. To review the material, visit the Local History Room of the Library. Information about Cerritos’ history can also be found on the Cerritos Library website. A pictorial history book published in 2006 is available for $29.50 at City Hall, Cerritos Library and Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park. For more information—

Library’s Adult Reference Desk
(562) 916-1342

Home-Delivered Meals

The City contracts for a home-delivered meal program which is available to homebound seniors ages 60 or older who live in Cerritos. A small donation to the program is requested of participants. A daily congregate meal is also served at the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park, Monday through Friday at noon. Reservations are required.

Community Participation Division/Senior Center
(562) 916-8550

Homeless

See the Emergency Assistance entry.

Hospice

Nurses Plus Hospice
(562) 653-9347
Counseling and support for terminally ill people and their families. 

Pathways Volunteer Hospice
(562) 531-3031

Hospitals

College Hospital (Psychiatric)
(800) 352-3301
10802 E. College Place in Cerritos

La Palma Intercommunity Hospital
(714) 670-7400
7901 Walker St. in La Palma

Lakewood Regional Medical Center
(562) 531-2550
3700 E. South St. in Lakewood

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
(562) 933-2000
2801 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach

Norwalk Community Hospital
(562) 863-4763
13222 Bloomfield Ave. in Norwalk

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
(562) 401-7111
7601 E. Imperial Highway in Downey

Tri-City Regional Medical Center
(562) 860-0401
21530 S. Pioneer Blvd. in Hawaiian Gardens

Veterans Hospital (Long Beach Healthcare System)
(562) 826-8000
5901 E. 7th St. in Long Beach

Hotlines

Hotline Phone Number
211 LA County (formerly Info Line) Dial 2-1-1
211/TDD  (800) 660-4026 TDD
Adult Protective Services/Elder Abuse (877) 477-3646
California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200
Center for Health Care Rights (800) 824-0780
Center for the Pacific Asian Family (800) 339-3940
Child Abuse (800) 540-4000
College Hospital Crisis Team (800) 352-3301
Domestic Violence (562) 402-4888
Elder Abuse  (800) 992-1660
Fraud Hotline (800) 873-7283
Poison Control   (800) 222-1222
Rape/Sexual Assault (800) 585-6231
Suicide Prevention Lifeline    (800) 273-8255
WE-TIP Crime    (800) 782-7463

Housing Discrimination

Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Los Angeles County: (213) 439-6799 or
California: (800) 884-1684

Fair Housing Foundation
(562) 989-1206 or
(800) 446-3247

County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer Affairs
(800) 593-8222

Housing Inspections

Housing inspections are conducted by—

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1209

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Identity Theft

Identity theft has become a significant problem in Los Angeles County. The City has produced an “Identity Theft Prevention” video that is available for check out from Cerritos Library or viewable on the City’s website. For Identity Theft prevention tips or to report suspected cases, call—

Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/ Community Safety Center 
(562) 860-0044

Impounded Vehicles

For information regarding impounded vehicles—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Incidents

To report life-threatening incidents—

911

To report non-emergency incidents—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

For general information regarding crime prevention—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Inoperable Motor Vehicles

It is unlawful to store inoperable vehicles in view of the public right-of-way. To report an inoperable vehicle—

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

Internet

Cerritos Library offers Internet access from workstations with high-speed connections. The Library also has numerous ports where patrons can plug in laptop computers to access the Internet.
Also see the Website entry.

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Jobs

For information on job openings with the City of Cerritos—

Cerritos website 

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Let Freedom Ring Celebration

An annual Independence Day celebration coordinated by the Let Freedom Ring Committee that includes food, games, entertainment and fireworks. For information about the event—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Let Freedom Ring Committee

An advisory board appointed by the City Council that oversees the City's annual Let Freedom Ring celebration and the Festival of Friendship. For information about participating in the Let Freedom Ring celebration or the Festival of Friendship—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Library

The Cerritos Library, located at 18025 Bloomfield Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Library features an extensive collection, museum-quality educational exhibits and a Conference Center.

The Library has full-service Reference/Information Desks in both Adult Services and Children’s Services, staffed with friendly librarians ready to help you with your information needs. The Library has 200 computer workstations and space for 300,000 books. The Children’s area features Stan, an authentic Tyrannosaurus-rex replica. The “Old World” reading room includes a fireplace, new books, rare volumes and a special collection of leather-bound classics. The Library’s second floor features computer workstations and study rooms. The Tee Studio is a dedicated, 2,500-square-foot multi-purpose space with extensive technological equipment where teens can participate in activities which encourage their educational, creative and personal development. The third floor Conference Center includes the 3,200-square-foot Skyline Room, a 1,200-square-foot High-Tech training lab and a Board Room. The Library also has a collection of 4,500 e-Books. Information about library programs is published in the monthly Cerritos Library News which is mailed to all Cerritos homes with the City’s monthly newsletter The Cerritos News.

Internet users can browse the Library’s collection on the City’s website.

For more information—

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

Also see the eBooks and Friends of the Cerritos Library entry.

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Magnolia Power Project

The City of Cerritos purchased a share in the Magnolia Power Plant for the purpose of securing a low-cost, reliable electric resource to serve customers within the city. The plant, located in Burbank, is a natural gas-fired electric generator that uses the latest technology to assure operating efficiency and compliance with all environmental standards. The Electric Utility is governed by the Cerritos City Council and serves customers within City limits.The Utility will strive to add customers to utilize the full extent of the Magnolia share that was purchased. Customers currently include the ABC Unified School District, Cerritos Auto Square dealerships and City of Cerritos accounts.

Maps

For a map of Cerritos—

Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce
(562) 467-0800

cerritosgis.com

Marine Battalion Adoption

In 2007, the City of Cerritos adopted the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion of the United States Marine Corps, based in Camp Pendleton. The goal of such an adoption is to encourage mutually beneficial interactions between the community and the Marines and their families, and to create strong and lasting ties between the unit, residents and the City. The City's adoption of the battalion also shows the community's appreciation for the Marine Corps' efforts to protect and defend our country. The Friends of the 1st CEB is made up of Southern California residents who wish to support the troops in the 1st CEB. Activities include letter-writing, collecting items for troops overseas and organizing fundraisers. To become a volunteer or to contribute to the efforts of the Friends of the 1st CEB, call Dorothy Owen at (562) 926-1092.

Marriage License/Certificate

See Certificates (Birth, Death, Marriage) entry.

Medical Assistance Calls

For emergency medical assistance—

911

Meeting Rooms

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

The Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, a non-smoking facility, contains a variety of meeting areas. All alcoholic beverages served at the CCPA must be purchased through the Patina Group. Banquet and meeting rooms are shown by appointment only. For a showing, to reserve a room or to inquire about rental fee—

CCPA Special Events Office
(562) 916-8510, ext. 2827

Meeting areas available for rent include:

The Sierra Room—This 5,100-square-foot multi-purpose space divides into as many as five individual, sound-isolated banquet, conference, trade show or meeting rooms. State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and hidden retractable seats can create the Sierra Theater, perfect for recitals, fashion shows, meetings and awards programs.

The Associates Room—Ideal for small receptions and executive board meetings, the 500-square-foot space offers an elegant red granite meeting table, comfortable seating, and technical services including audio-visual equipment.

The Grand Lobby—Featuring a sweeping spiral staircase, an elegant polished limestone fireplace and copper fixtures, this open-atrium setting can accommodate receptions, parties and wedding ceremonies.

Cerritos Library

The Skyline Room—The Skyline Room offers a skyline view of Cerritos overlooking the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, while the interior atrium provides a dramatic view of the Library’s first two floors. The room can host events of 216 guests audience style and 136 guests for a sit-down banquet. The room can be divided into two separate spaces, each accommodating a different meeting. Other features include a state-of-the-art audio-visual system, ceiling-mounted projector and screen, warming kitchen and outside Terrace that offers a tranquil tree-top view of the Cerritos Towne Center and beyond.

Hi-Tech Training Lab—The Hi-Tech Training Lab accommodates hands-on training for a maximum of 27 participants and one instructor. The lab configuration is designed with tiered rows of comfortable computer training stations in an amphitheater design. The training lab is a multimedia learning environment designed to provide training in computer applications and in the use of electronic resources. The Lab can also serve as a teleconferencing facility.

The Board Room—The Library’s Board Room accommodates 12 guests for small meetings and teleconferences. The facility offers a large conference table with comfortable leather chairs and a full range of high tech audio-visual equipment.

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park

Rooms at the Cerritos Senior Center can be rented for adult-oriented events on Friday evenings and weekends. The Center’s 5,000-square-foot Majestic Room and catering kitchen can accommodate large parties with banquet seating for as many as 250 guests. The room features a stage and audio-visual for special functions such as weddings. Outdoor amenities include a koi pond and private courtyard.

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park
(562) 916-8550

Community Centers

The City’s Community Centers have meeting rooms which can be reserved for events and meetings.

Cerritos Park East—With 6,578 square feet, the California Room at Cerritos Park East is the City’s largest meeting space, with room for 400 banquet guests or 650 people in an assembly-style arrangement. The California Room offers a catering kitchen and a smaller community kitchen, a 240-square-foot stage complete with audio-visual equipment and theatrical lighting, and an adjacent Sunset Patio.

Heritage Park—See the Parks and Recreation Facilities entry.

Liberty Park—The Washington Room at Liberty Park offers 1,802 square feet of banquet space. The room can accommodate approximately 104 banquet guests and can seat up to 150 people in an assembly-style arrangement. An adjacent warming kitchen is available for use. A stage-like platform is available complete with audio-visual equipment and lighting. Chairs and 60-inch round tables are also available. A 1,590-square-foot patio is included. The room can be divided into two separate spaces, the Jefferson Room and the Lincoln Room.

Eligibility for use of any of the rooms at the City’s Community Centers is based upon a classification system. Smoking is not permitted in these rooms. Fees and deposits for use of the rooms vary by site; contact each facility for information—

Cerritos Park East
(562) 407-2611

Heritage Park
(562) 916-8570

Liberty Park
(562) 916-8565

Municipal Code

The Municipal Code is the official record of all ordinances enacted by the City Council. The City Clerk is responsible for the Code and has copies available for review. The Cerritos Municipal Code can be searched by key word or subject.

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch groups, which work toward preventing crime, are active throughout the City. Members of Neighborhood Watch receive a monthly newsletter with crime prevention information. The newsletter is also posted on the City's public safety website at safercerritos.com. For information about how to start a Neighborhood Watch group, or to find out if a group is active in your neighborhood, contact —

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 916-1266

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Oil Recycling

Used motor oil can be dropped off free-of-charge at participating recycling facilities.

For the name and address of locations that accept used motor oil—

(888) CLEAN-LA (253-2652)
cleanla.com

Operation I.D.

Citizens are encouraged to mark their property with their driver's license number. For free use of an engraving pen—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Ordinances

All ordinances enacted by the City Council are available for review in the City Clerk's Office. The City's Municipal Code is also available on the Cerritos website.

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

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Painting

To maintain the attractive appearance of Cerritos neighborhoods, homeowners must obtain paint-color approval before painting the exterior of their homes. To obtain approval, homeowners must fill out a free paint color permit application and bring a color sample from the paint or hardware store to City Hall’s second-floor Planning Counter. A color palette is available for public reference at the Community Development Department. An interactive residential color palette tool is available on the City's website.

Current Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Paramedics

When in need of paramedic assistance, call 911. Whenever possible, the dispatcher will give instructions over the phone for the caller to assist the patient until the paramedics arrive at the scene—

911

Parking Fines

Instructions for contesting or paying parking fines are printed on the parking citation. Fines are not collected at City Hall. Fines must be mailed to Cerritos Parking Administration at the address listed on the citation.

Parking Permits

A parking permit is required to park on City streets between 3 a.m. and
5 a.m., seven days per week.
To find out if you qualify for an overnight permit—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266 or
safercerritos.com

Temporary parking permits, which are valid for up to two weeks, are available at the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center from 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday, and from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Residents can also apply for a one-night temporary parking permit on-line at parking.cerritos.us. Last minute one-day  permits can also be obtained by phone by calling (562) 916-1266. Each home may obtain a maximum of 30 permits by phone per calendar year.

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Parks

General Park Hours/Rules

Community Center hours:
Weekdays 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (all year)
Weekends 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (spring/summer)
Weekends 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (fall/winter)

Staffed Neighborhood Park hours:
Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
(Note: special hours are observed on holidays. Contact the Recreation Services Division at (562) 916-1254 to inquire about a specific date.) With the exception of pre-arranged, authorized events, City parks are closed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and any person found using the park between those hours may be cited.

Parks and Recreation Facilities

Cerritos Olympic Swim & Fitness Center
13150 E. 166th St.
(562)407-2600
Located adjacent to Cerritos Park East, the Cerritos Olympic Swim & Fitness Center provides year-round, indoor recreational, instructional and competitive swimming for the citizens of Cerritos. Cerritos Olympic Swim Center is an enclosed 50-meter pool with dressing rooms and seating capacity for 1,200 spectators. The Swim Center design includes retractable skylights, illumination and cooling louvers and a solar panel system which collects 96 percent of the energy required to heat the pool water to 83 degrees year round and 100 percent of the energy required to heat the water used for showers.

Swimming classes for children and adults, recreation swimming periods and lap swimming periods are held regularly at the Swim Center. For course information and scheduling, see the quarterly Community Services Program included in the February, May, August and November issues of The Cerritos News.

The Fitness Center includes a multi-max station, treadmills and ellipticals. Cerritos residents and business people 16 and older can join the Fitness Center for a $50 annual membership fee.

Cerritos Sports Complex (26 acres)
19900 Bloomfield Ave.
(562) 916-8590

Features
Four softball fields
One baseball/softball combination field
Six athletic fields for soccer/football, night-lighted
Sports office
Concession stand with outdoor eating area

Hours of operation
With the exception of days with inclement weather, the regularly scheduled hours of operation for the Sports Complex fields are:
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Weekends 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (spring/summer)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (fall/winter)

City Sports Office
The Sports Staff can provide complete information on activities at the Sports Complex, as well as other athletic programs or events in the community. The Sports Complex Office, (562) 916-8590, is open the following hours:
Weekdays 2 to 8 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Gymnasiums at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools

Basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball and table tennis programs for residents of all ages, as well as a variety of youth activities, are offered at the Community Gymnasiums at Cerritos and Whitney High Schools. For information on City-sponsored events, check the Community Services Program included in the February, May, August and November issues of The Cerritos News.

Community Gymnasium at Cerritos High School
(562) 916-8577

Community Gymnasium at Whitney High School
(562) 407-2635

Community Centers

Cerritos Park East (32 acres)
13234 E. 166th St.
(562) 407-2611

Community Center
6,578-square-foot multi-purpose room, divisible into smaller rooms
Activity room
Dance room
Game room
Large catering kitchen and smaller community kitchen

Outdoor facilities
Baseball diamonds (3), night lighted
Basketball courts (2), night lighted
Handball courts (4), night lighted
Jogging track (357 yards), night lighted
Tennis courts (4), night lighted
Playground equipment
Spray pool
Picnic shelters (2) with sink and barbecues
Picnic shelter (1) with barbecue
Picnic tables throughout the park
Rest rooms
Parking areas
Snack bar

Heritage Park (15 acres)
18600 Bloomfield Ave.
(562) 916-8570

Community Center
Den with kitchen
Multipurpose room

Outdoor facilities
Adventure island
Softball diamond, night lighted
Basketball courts (2), night lighted
Playground equipment
Reservable picnic areas with barbecues (6)
Rest rooms
Parking area

Liberty Park (34 acres)
19211 Studebaker Road
(562) 916-8565

Community Center
Banquet facility
Kitchen
Activity Gallery
Discovery Depot
Dance Studio
Liberty Lounge

Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is a state-of-the-art workout facility featuring a multi-max station, treadmills, stair climbers and elliptical machines. Memberships are available to Cerritos residents, 16 years of age or older. Individual memberships are $50 per year. The Fitness Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fall and Winter) and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Spring and Summer). Adults working in Cerritos can purchase an annual business membership for $50. Business members may only use the facility on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Facilities
Indoor racquetball courts (3)
Softball diamond, night lighted
Tennis courts (6), night lighted
Sand volleyball courts (3), night lighted
Jogging track (330 yards), night lighted
Playground areas (2)
Plaza area
Exercise stations
Water play area
Picnic shelters (3) with barbecues
Picnic tables
Parking area
Rest rooms

Neighborhood Parks


Bettencourt Park (2.5 acres)
13575 E. Andy St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Softball field
Playground equipment
Basketball court (1/4)
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountain

Brookhaven Park (2.5 acres)
13167 Brookhaven St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Playground equipment
Basketball court (1/2)
Picnic tables
Water fountain

Cerritos Community Regional Park (56 acres)
19800 Bloomfield Ave.

(562) 924-5144
Gymnasium

(800) 404-5888
Facility reservations

Programs located at this park are conducted in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Lake with fishing permitted
50-meter outdoor swimming pool open in summer
Exercise stations
Gymnasium
Multipurpose room
Tennis courts
Basketball courts
Picnic shelters
Picnic tables

Ecology Park (1.5 acres)
17133 Gridley Road

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Playground equipment
Basketball court (1/4)
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountain

El Rancho Verde Park (5.25 acres)
7815 Denni St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Botanical garden
Small tot lot playground
Exercise stations
Distance markers
Security walkway lighting

Friendship Park (4.5 acres)
13650 Acoro St.

Staffed neighborhood park (summer only)
Playground equipment
Softball diamond
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Basketball court
Water fountain

Frontier Park (3 acres)
16910 Maria Ave.
(562) 407-2648

Staffed neighborhood park (summer only)
Basketball court (1/2)
Small arts-and-crafts room
Playground equipment
Softball field
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Rest rooms
Water fountain

Gridley Park (10 acres)
Gridley Road and Yearling Street

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Sand volleyball court
Playground equipment
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Basketball court
Physical fitness course
Parking area

Jacob Park (5 acres)
Jacob Avenue and Yearling Street

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Climbing blocks
Playground equipment
Basketball court
Sand volleyball court
Picnic tables
Water fountain

Joe A. Gonsalves Park (5 acres)
13611 E. 166th St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Playground equipment
Baseball diamonds (2)
Snack bar
Rest rooms
Water fountains
Parking area

Loma Park (1 acre)
17503 Stark St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Playground equipment
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountain

Reservoir Hill Park (5 acres)
16733 Studebaker Road

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Playground equipment
Picnic tables
Barbecues

Rosewood Park (6 acres)
17715 Eric Ave.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Basketball court
Playground equipment
Picnic shelters (3)
Barbecues

Saddleback Park (2.3 acres)
13037 Acoro St.

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Playground equipment
Picnic tables
Basketball court (1/4)
Barbecues

Satellite Park (2 acres)
12410 Ash Creek Road

Unstaffed neighborhood park
Multipurpose field
Playground equipment
Softball field
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountain
Basketball court (1/2)
Sand volleyball court
Parking spaces

Sunshine Park (2.5 acres)
19310 Vickie Ave.

Staffed neighborhood park (summer only)
Jogging and exercise course
Playground equipment
Softball field
Basketball court
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountain

Westgate Park (4.5 acres)
18830 San Gabriel Ave.
(562) 916-8580

Staffed neighborhood park (summer only)
Playground equipment
Small arts-and-crafts room
Tennis court, night lighted
Basketball court, night lighted until 8 p.m.
Softball diamond
Spray pool
Rest rooms
Picnic shelter
Picnic tables
Barbecues
Water fountains

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission advises the City Council and City staff in matters regarding recreation programming, senior services programming and facility development within the City. Parks and Recreation Commission meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month (no meetings are held in January and April) at the Council Chambers located at City Hall. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 and are rebroadcast at 7 p.m. the following Monday and at 9 a.m. the following Tuesday.

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Parties

To report a loud or disruptive party—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Passports

Passport applications are accepted at the Artesia/Cerritos post office located at 11721 E. 183rd Street in Artesia. Passport forms can be downloaded directly from the internet at usps.com, or are available at the post office. To make an appointment or for additional information, call (562) 860-0394, Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Payments must be made on the day of your appointment.

Picnic Shelters

The City has more than 18 picnic shelters for use by residents, including 14 for rental. See Parks and Recreation Facilities entry for locations and information.

Pioneer Villas

The City constructed Pioneer Villas on Pioneer Boulevard to provide affordable housing for seniors, ages 62 and older, with very low to moderate incomes. The 98 condominiums at Pioneer Villas are owner occupied. There are five market rate units. To be placed on an interested buyers list, call—

Affordable Senior Housing Information Line
(562) 916-1366

Planning

For commercial, industrial and residential development information or questions regarding the City's planning, building or zoning regulations—

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

Planning Commission

A five-member advisory board appointed by the City Council to two-year terms, the Planning Commission advises the City Council on issues regarding growth and development within the City. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Council Chambers located at City Hall. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 and are rebroadcast at 10 a.m. the following Friday and at 7 p.m. the following Wednesday.

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

Poison Control

Poison Control Hotline
(800) 222-1222

Police

For emergencies—

911

For other law enforcement inquiries—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Political Signs

For information regarding posting political signs in Cerritos—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

Polling Places

For election polling place information—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Population of Cerritos

Cerritos' population is approximately 49,041, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Demographic information is available from the Advance Planning Division and on the City's website. 

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Potholes

Repair of potholes is scheduled by the Maintenance Division. To report potholes—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632
Cerritos website

Power Outage

Call—

Southern California Edison
(800) 611-1911

Or visit sce.com

Property Maintenance

The City's property maintenance ordinance applies to rental and commercial properties. For information or to report violations—

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

Property Preservation Commission

The Property Preservation Commission assists the City Council in maintaining the high development standards of private property within the community. The Property Preservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the months January through November at the Council Chambers located at City Hall. Meetings are cablecast live on Cerritos TV3 and are rebroadcast at 3:30 p.m. the following Thursday and 7 p.m. the following Tuesday.

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

Public Notices

Public notices, such as City Council or advisory board meeting agendas, public hearing announcements and notices to bidders, are posted at:

City Hall
Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street

Cerritos Library
Bloomfield Avenue at 183rd Street

Retail property
18802 S. Gridley Road, Cerritos

Shopping Center
13315 Artesia Blvd., Cerritos

For more information about public notices—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Purchasing

The Support Services Division purchases all equipment, supplies and services required by the City's departments. Items are purchased almost exclusively by competitive bids. The procedures followed vary depending on the dollar value and type of purchase; however, all purchasing procedures are intended to maximize open competition.

Support Services Division
(562) 916-1327

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Recreation

See Parks and Parks and Recreation Facilities entries.

Recreational Vehicle Storage

Recreational vehicles (boats, trailers, equipment, etc.) cannot be stored in view of the public right-of-way, such as in a driveway or front yard. For loading/unloading or maintenance purposes, recreational vehicles may be stored in a residential driveway for 72 hours.

Recycled Water

Cerritos irrigates more than 200 acres of City-owned property, including most parks, parkways and medians, with recycled water purchased from the City-built Los Coyotes Water Reclamation Plant, which is operated by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. The recycled water is also used to irrigate schools, a county park, a cemetery, freeway landscaping and other privately owned landscaped areas. The waste water originates from industries, businesses and homes and is treated by a three-stage process by the Sanitation District before being used for irrigation.

The use of recycled water saves approximately 815 million gallons of potable drinking water per year. Recycled water use is billed monthly at about half the cost of drinking water.

Water Division
(562) 916-1223

Recycling

Trash collected from Cerritos residents should be sorted into separate trash barrels for general waste, recyclables and green waste. Recyclables include all types of paper; plastic containers (#s 1-7); rigid plastic (toys, buckets, etc.); glass bottles; bi-metal, aluminum, empty aerosol or tin cans; aluminum foil; cardboard; egg cartons; foam cups and plates (clean); glass bottles and jars; and metal hangers. A video about recycling in Cerritos is available at Cerritos Library and on the City’s website.

For information on buy-back center locations—

(800) RECYCLE
(732-9253)

To schedule free pick-up of bulky items, such as appliances or furniture, many of which can be recycled—

CalMet Services, Inc.
(562) 259-1239

For information on the City’s various waste management programs—

Public Works Department
(562) 916-1220

Rezoning

Applications and administration of the General Plan and rezoning requests are the responsibility of the Advance Planning Division.

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Roofing

Homeowners must obtain a building permit before re-roofing their homes. Allowable materials include heavy-butted asphalt shingles, synthetic shake or synthetic tile, concrete tile, clay tile or metal-coated material which simulates clay or concrete. All roofing materials must have a minimum Class-A fire retardant rating and a minimum 30-year warranty. Chemically treated fire retardant wood-shake or shingle systems that have achieved a Class A fire rating are also allowed. To protect residents’ safety, all work, when completed, must be checked by a City inspector. It is recommended that residents check their contractor’s status with the Contractors State License Board before starting a project. City roofing permit applications are available on the City's website. For more information on roofing guidelines—

Building and Safety Division
(562) 916-1270

Contractors State License Board
(800) 321-2752

Room Additions

Additions to residential and commercial structures must be approved by the City. Building permits must be obtained prior to the start of construction. For more information about the building permit process, check out the videos "Adding On To Your Cerritos Home" and "Right From the Start" from Cerritos Library. It is recommended that residents check their contractor's status with the Contractors State License Board before starting a project. City permit applications are available on the City's website. For more information—

Current Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Contractors State License Board
(800) 321-2752

Rubbish

Owners and occupants of property in Cerritos are required to remove all accumulation of rubbish. Rubbish includes ashes, cans, paper, wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, yard clippings, leaves, branches, wood, excess building materials, glass, bedding, crockery, abandoned or unusable household furnishings and abandoned or unusable automotive or other mechanical parts or objects. To report violations—

Code Enforcement Division
(562) 916-1203

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Safety Website

The City’s Community Safety Division’s website, safercerritos.com, has a variety of safety tips and crime prevention information available. On the site, residents can review city-wide crime statistics, watch videos about home burglary prevention, auto theft prevention and identity theft, and find links to several other safety-related topics. 

Sales Tax Information

Sales tax is collected on all purchases of tangible personal property. One cent of the 9 cent sales tax collected per $1 of purchases in Cerritos goes to the City's general fund to provide City services. All businesses selling tangible personal property are required to obtain a Resale Sales Tax Certificate from the State Board of Equalization—

(800) 400-7115

TDD Service for the Hearing Impaired—

(800) 735-2929
(from TDD phones)

(800) 735-2922
(from voice phones)

School Crossings

For the locations of supervised crosswalks, call—

Community Safety Pedestrian Safety Specialist
(562) 916-1266

Schools

The City is served by the ABC Unified School District and the Bellflower Unified School District. Newcomers seeking information on elementary, middle and high schools or adult education should call—

ABC Unified School District
(562) 926-5566

Bellflower Unified School District
(562) 866-9011

For information about community college classes and adult education—

Cerritos College
(562) 860-2451

Security Surveys

For a home or business security evaluation—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Senior Citizen Clubs

The Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park hosts a variety of senior clubs for residents and community members ages 50 and older. For more information—

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park
(562) 916-8550

Senior Citizen Programs/Services

See the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park entry.

Senior Housing

The City of Cerritos’ first affordable, for-sale housing condominium complex for very low, low and moderate income seniors, Emerald Villas, was dedicated in 2000 and is located on Carmenita Road and South Street. The second such complex, Pioneer Villas, was dedicated in 2001 and is located on Pioneer Boulevard and Del Amo Boulevard. Vintage Cerritos, the City’s first for-rent assisted living facility, contains 147 rental apartments and is located on a portion of the Cerritos College campus. Fountain Walk, an 18-unit condominium complex located at the intersection of 183rd Street and Carmenita Road was dedicated in 2007. For more information on senior housing—

Senior Housing Hotline
(562) 916-1366

Advance Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Service Clubs/Organizations

For a listing of service clubs located within Cerritos—

Community Participation Division
(562) 865-8101

Cerritos service clubs are also listed in the City's Community Calendar.

Sewer Billing

Sewer services are billed bimonthly with water bills. The charge is based upon water consumption.

Water Billing
(562) 916-1235

Sewer Information/Problems

For sewer tap permits and information on City sewer lines—

Engineering Division
(562) 916-1219

The Maintenance Division responds to problems relating to the City's sewer main line system 24-hours-a-day. Report problems to—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

To report problems after business hours—

(562) 860-4018

Sheriff's Station

The Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center provides law enforcement services to Cerritos residents 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. The Station houses the City's Community Safety Division and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department personnel.

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266
safercerritos.com

Shop Cerritos Website

The City offers a Shop Cerritos website at shopcerritos.com with information about retailers located in Cerritos. The site includes maps, phone numbers and photos of shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Sidewalks, Curbs & Gutters

To report damaged curbs, sidewalks and gutters in public right-of-way areas, call the Maintenance Division to arrange an inspection or use the Service Request Form on the City's website.

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

Sign Code

For information on Sign Code requirements or a sign permit—

Current Planning Division
(562) 916-1201

Sister City Program

The City of Cerritos has an active sister city relationship with the City of Loreto, Mexico, which is located in Baja California. The program is administered by the City Manager's Office.

City Manager's Office
(562) 916-1311

Smartphone App

The City of Cerritos’ Government Outreach smartphone application (app) allows residents to report service requests. The app is available for iPhones and Android phones, and is micro-browser friendly for Blackberry phones. The app can be downloaded to a smartphone from the Android Market or iPhone App Store by searching for “GoRequest.” Once the app has been downloaded to a smartphone, the City’s logo will appear when the app is in use within the City’s geographic boundaries. Residents can report issues through the following categories: graffiti; trees – trim, roots or inspection; pothole or street issue; sidewalk or gutter; streetlight, street sign or traffic signal; debris or trash; weeds or overgrown vegetation; animal issue; code enforcement; water issue; or other. The app uses the resident’s phone’s GIS information to record the location of the service request, and residents can also take a photo of the area to attach to the service request. Once an issue is reported through the app, City staff will track it and send status reports to the resident.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in City facilities, the Cerritos Civic Center and all City parks. City ordinance also bans smoking in enclosed public restrooms and elevators, and in certain areas of the Cerritos Iron-Wood 9 Golf Course.

Social Security

For general inquiries, changes or appointments for applications—

Social Security Administration
12440 E. Imperial Hwy. #170, Norwalk
4957 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood
(800) 772-1213
(800) 325-0778 TTY
socialsecurity.gov

Social Services Information and Referral

For a list of social service agencies serving Cerritos residents—

Community Participation Division
(562) 865-8101

Sports Leagues

The Recreation Services Division offers a variety of sports leagues for boys and girls as well as slow pitch softball leagues for adults. For details—

Cerritos Sports Complex
(562) 916-8590

Stop Signs, Signals, Street and Traffic Signs

The Maintenance Division installs and maintains street signs and maintains traffic signals. To report a malfunctioning signal or other sign-related matters—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632
Cerritos website

To report a malfunctioning or inoperable traffic signal after hours—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Street Closing (Block Parties and Parades)

To request permission to close a street for a block party, contact the Community Safety Division two weeks prior to the event—

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

Street Lights

To report a damaged or inoperable street light, please call the Maintenance Division and provide the street light's location and pole number.

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

Southern California Edison
(800) 611-1911

Street Repairs

To report a concern about street conditions—

Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632
Cerritos website

Street Sweeping

The City contracts for street sweeping service, which is performed on a weekly basis throughout the year. A City ordinance prohibits residents from parking their cars on the street on designated street sweeping days. Signs indicating the restricted day and four-hour time period of prohibited parking are posted at the entrances to each residential housing tract. To report a problem—

Public Works Department
(562) 916-1220 
Street Sweeping Schedule

Swimming Pools

See the Cerritos Olympic Swim & Fitness Center entry.

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Taxes

The one percent property tax assessed on the market value of property in Cerritos is collected by the County of Los Angeles for the County and the State of California. Other bonded indebtedness and assessments included in the property tax bills are also collected by the county for the different agencies. Personal and corporate income taxes are collected by the federal and state government. The City receives one cent of the 9 cent sales tax on every $1 of locally purchased tangible personal property. The City does not charge a utility users or Library tax.

Telephone Information Recordings

Residents can hear 24-hour recorded information on City programs events, policies and job openings by dialing one of these phone bulletin boards—

Building and Safety
(562) 916-1270

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
(562) 916-8501

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1250

Community Development
(562) 916-1215

Graffiti Removal Hotline
(562) 916-1233

Public Works
(562) 916-1230

Temporary Use Permits

Activities such as sidewalk/parking lot sales, birthday parties with "fun-jump" air-inflated devices or other such equipment require a Temporary Use Permit before the event. Contact the Community Development Department two to three weeks before the event for approval.

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

The Cerritos News

This is a monthly newsletter produced by the City to inform Cerritos residents and businesses of the City's services, programs and projects. For information regarding The Cerritos News

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Tot Lots

A cooperative preschool program (not a child care or day care program) is offered for children 2 1/2 to 5 years old at Cerritos Park East, Heritage Park and Liberty Park, September through June. Activities include lessons, songs, finger plays, crafts, excursions and parties. Parents are required to work one morning a week and attend a monthly evening meeting. Space is limited. For information—

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Tours of City Facilities

Tours of Cerritos City Hall, the Cerritos Library, the Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center are available for elementary school children. Tours for all ages are available at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. To schedule a tour—

City Hall
Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1388

Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park
(562) 916-8550

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
(562) 916-8510, extension 8530

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044 or
(562) 916-1266

Traffic Signals

See the Stop Signs, Signals, Street and Traffic Signs entry.

Traffic Citations

Instructions for paying or contesting traffic citations are listed on the reverse side of the citation. For further information—

Bellflower Superior Court, Traffic Division
(562) 804-8025

Transportation (Public)

Bus schedules for transit routes serving Cerritos are available on-line.

COW (Cerritos on Wheels)
(562) 928-4COW (4269)
cerritostransit.com

Dial-A-Ride in Cerritos (for seniors and people with disabilities)
(562) 402-RIDE (7433) or
Toll-free (866) 402-RIDE (7433)

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
(323)GOMETRO (466-3876)
metro.net

Greyhound Bus Lines
(800) 231-2222
greyhound.com

Long Beach Transit
(562) 591-2301
lbtransit.com

Orange County Transportation Authority
(714) 636-RIDE
octa.net

Norwalk Transit
(562) 929-5550
ci.norwalk.ca.us

Bellflower Bus
(562) 865-RIDE (7433)
bellflower.org

Access Paratransit
(800) 883-1295 or
(800) 826-7280 (TDD)
asila.org

For individuals interested in carpooling, vanpooling or other modes of transportation, contact—

Metro
ridematch.info

Trash Collection

Trash collection is provided by the City through the use of a private contractor. Trash cans are provided by CalMet Services. For information about trash collection—

Public Works Department
(562) 916-1220

For free collection of bulky items such as appliances, furniture or e-waste, call CalMet to schedule a pick-up.

CalMet Services, Inc.
(562) 259-1239

To arrange for short-term use of a trash bin (dumpster) for remodeling or other home projects, contact CalMet at the number above. If the trash bin is to be located in a public street, a permit from the City is required. For information about obtaining a permit—

Engineering Division
(562) 916-1219

Also see the Hazardous Waste Disposal, Recycling and Rubbish entries.

Tree Care

Residents are responsible for watering the trees on their parkways. To keep the trees healthy, they should be deep watered when shrubs or lawns are watered. The Tree Division routinely plants deeply rooted trees to avoid uplift problems in surrounding cement, pavement and grassy areas. Light surface watering, however, can cause the roots from deeply rooted trees to come to the surface for water.

Tree Division
(562) 916-1220

Tree City USA

Cerritos was named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for its proven record of tree care, planting and conservation.

Tree Program

Nearly 30,000 trees have been planted within the City limits by the City's Tree Division. The current practice of planting an average of 250 new trees per year continues to enhance the City's park-like atmosphere. The Cerritos Tree Ordinance specifies the City's and property owners' responsibilities for preserving our community forest.

Tree Division
(562) 916-1220

Tree Trimming

The City regularly trims trees within Cerritos to keep them growing properly. Residents are prohibited from trimming parkway trees themselves. To report overgrown or unhealthy street trees or roots pushing up sidewalks or curbs, call the Public Works Department at (562) 916-1220 or use the service request form on the City's website. 

A tree pruning permit is required for any entity wishing to prune or trim trees within commercial, industrial and multi-family zoned areas, as well as common areas within all residential developments that are governed by homeowners associations. When an entity requests a tree trimming permit, the City will send a certified arborist to meet with the tree trimmer to explain proper tree-trimming techniques.

Public Works Department
(562) 916-1220

Truck (Oversized) Routes

For information regarding authorized routes for oversized trucks—

Engineering Division
(562) 916-1219

Community Safety Division
(562) 916-1266

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U-Waste Drop-Off

CalMet Services allows Cerritos residents to drop off residential U-Waste such as fluorescent light bulbs and batteries at its E-Recycling of California facility located at 7230 Petterson Lane in Paramount. For more information, contact—

CalMet Services, Inc.
(562) 259-1239

Utilities

CalMet (trash collection/recycling)
(562) 259-1239

Gas Company
(800) 427-2200

Charter Communications (television, phone and Internet)
(888) 438-2427

Local Telephone Service Providers

AT&T
(800) 288-2020

Charter Communications
(888) 438-2427

Verizon
(800) 837-4966

Southern California Telephone Co.
(800) 840-6673

Southern California Edison
(800) 655-4555

Verizon FiOS (television, phone and Internet)
(888) 881-8161

Water Billing
(562) 916-1235

Water Emergency Number
(562) 860-4018

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Vacation Security Check

Call the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center for a free vacation security check when you will be out of town. A Sheriff's deputy or a Volunteer on Patrol will check your home whenever possible while you are away. Vacation security checks can also be requested through an e-mail form available on the City’s public safety website.

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 916-1266

Vector Control

For mosquito information and abatement—

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District
12545 Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs
(562) 944-9656

To report Red Imported Fire Ant mounds on private property—

California Department of Food and Agriculture
(888) 434-7326

For rat abatement—

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District
12545 Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs
(562) 944-9656

For bee hive removal, contact a private pest control company.

Veterans Memorial

The Cerritos Veterans Memorial was dedicated to the community in 2006 in honor of those who have defended our nation’s freedom by serving in the United States Armed Forces. The memorial is located in the Cerritos Civic Center at the intersection of 183rd Street and Bloomfield Avenue.

Veterans Project Website

The City of Cerritos’ Veterans Project website, cerritosveterans.com, was created to recognize everyone in the Cerritos community who has served in the United States armed forces. It features biographies and photographs of many local veterans. To submit information for the site, fill out the forms available on the website and return them to:

Cerritos Veterans Project
Cerritos City Hall
P.O. Box 3130
Cerritos, CA 90703

Vintage Cerritos

Vintage Cerritos is a 147-unit assisted living apartment facility for seniors, ages 62 and older, with very low to moderate incomes. Vintage Cerritos residents receive assistance with housekeeping and personal care services such as bathing, dressing and walking. For information—

Vintage Cerritos
(562) 865-9500

Virtual Block Club

In an effort to provide timely information about crime trends and valuable prevention tips, the City of Cerritos has established the Cerritos Virtual Block Club.  This Internet-based club allows members the opportunity to receive a weekly crime incident summary, a city-wide crime map, and notifications about wanted suspects and other safety related information. Residents can sign up to become a club member on the City’s safety website, safercerritos.com.  

Volunteers

Volunteers assist at the Cerritos Library, Cerritos Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park and the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center, in the City's recreation programs, community centers and swim classes, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Volunteers on Patrol program. For information about volunteer opportunities and how to apply to be a City volunteer, contact—

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Art Ambassadors Program
(562) 916-8510

Cerritos Library
(562) 916-1350

Cerritos Senior Center
(562) 916-8550

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 860-0044

Community Emergency Response Team
(562) 916-1252

Recreation Services Division
(562) 916-1254

Volunteers on Patrol
(562) 916-1252

Volunteers on Patrol

Volunteers on Patrol is a program of the Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center that allows Cerritos residents to become trained Sheriff's volunteers. After completing training, volunteers assist the City of Cerritos and the Sheriff's Station with special event crowd control and parking supervision, residential vacation checks, monitoring areas with graffiti, checking on the welfare of shut-ins, patrolling parks and schools and conducting business watches. To become a volunteer—

Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center
(562) 916-1252 or
(562) 916-1266

Vote By Mail

For information regarding voter registration and voting by mail in City elections—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

Voter Information and Registration

For information regarding how to register to vote, or for the location of election polling places—

City Clerk's Office
(562) 916-1248

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Water

Cerritos' water is supplied by wells within the City and by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which supplies approximately 5.35 percent of the City's water.

Water in Cerritos is tested more frequently than is required by the Health Department and continually meets or exceeds all drinking water standards. The City publishes an annual Consumer Confidence (water quality) Report that lists the results of water-sample testing completed by the City.

Water Division
(562) 916-1223

Water Billing

Residents and businesses in Cerritos are billed bimonthly for water use. Recycled water use is billed monthly. Bills may be paid by mail, in person at City Hall, or by dropping payments in the water bill payment drop boxes located in the Civic Center parking lot and in the Library. The Water Division accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards, in person and over the phone, as well as bank debit cards. Payment can also be made through the City’s website or can be deducted from your checking account through the Automatic Payment Program

Water Billing
(562) 916-1235

Water Conservation

Water conservation is encouraged by the City as Southern California has limited water resources. The City conserves approximately 815 million gallons of potable drinking water each year through the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation.

Water Division
(562) 916-1223

Water Emergency

To report a water emergency between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday—

Water Division
(562) 916-1223

To report a water emergency after business hours—

Emergency Service Exchange
(562) 860-4018

Website

Maintained by the City’s Communications Division, the City of Cerritos website offers on-line services and up­to-date information on City of Cerritos events, programs and policies. The address (URL) is cerritos.us.

Communications Division
(562) 916-1320

Weed Violations

To report weed violations or overgrown vegetation:

On private property or vacant lots—
Code Enforcement
(562) 916-1203

On public right-of-way areas—
Maintenance Division
(562) 407-2632

We-TIP

The Cerritos Sheriff's Station/Community Safety Center participates in the national We-TIP program, which offers rewards for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of a criminal. All calls are confidential.

We-TIP Hotline
(800) 78-CRIME
(782-7463)

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Zoning

For information on the City's zoning regulations, zone districts in the City and the zoning map, call the Community Development Department. Visit cerritosgis.com to access the City's land use and property information anytime. The site features an interactive map.

Community Development Department
(562) 916-1201

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