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Thanksgiving Hours, Street Sweeping, Trash Pickup

Paramount City Hall will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27th and Friday, Nov. 28th for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Paramount Sheriff's Station will be open on both of those days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be no street sweeping in Paramount on Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th and no makeup for those days.

Thanksgiving will slightly alter the garbage collection schedule. If your collection day falls on Thursday, Nov. 27th, your trash will be collected on Friday, Nov. 28th, along with Friday's normal service.

If you have any questions about garbage collection, please call CalMet Services at (562) 634-5420.

Sign Up For Winter Youth Basketball

The City of Paramount is signing up participants now for its youth basketball program.

Learn to dribble, pass, and shoot in this recreational basketball league where participation, fun, and skill-building are the main focus. Our league is open to boys and girls.

* Parent & Me: Ages Preschool (3-5)
* Ages K-1st for Mini-Camp
* Grades 2nd - 8th for League Play
* Cost: $25 per player (fee includes game shirt, participation award & instruction)
* League play begins in January
* Registration through December 12.

To register you must provide proof of residency in the City of Paramount or that your child is a student at a Paramount school. You must also provide a valid birth certificate verifying their age.

Click here for a registration form. Then take the form to the Recreation Department (15300 Downey Ave.), Mon. - Fri.

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Catch the Christmas Train, Say Hello to Santa!


The Paramount Christmas Train has been bringing the holiday spirit to kids in every neighborhood of our City since 1969, when the "Express" was a modified Jeep. This season the train, sleigh, and caboose will be running from Monday, December 8th through Thursday, December 11th. Santa and his elves will give out 25,000 apples and candy canes, not to mention plenty of good cheer. 

To find the stop nearest you, check the schedule below. In each neighborhood there is a painted white star marking the spot on the street where the train will visit. You can also call (562) 220-2121 to learn more. And this year, for the first time, you can track the train in real time on the City's homepage. Come here starting at 3:00 p.m. each day, from December 8th through the 11th, and check out a map to see where Santa is in town. 

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New Water Conservation Measures


Due to extreme drought conditions, the State of California is requiring that local water suppliers implement water conservation measures.

These measures are directed at outdoor water use. Measures do not apply to "reclaimed" water, which is used at City parks and landscaped medians.

Here are the details. Violations can result in fines.

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Nuevas Medidas de Conservación de Agua

Debido a las condiciones extremas de sequía, el Estado de California está exigiendo que los suministradores locales implementen medidas de conservación de agua.

Estas medidas están dirigidas al uso de agua para regar o limpiar afuera. Estas medidas no aplican al agua "reciclada" que usa la ciudad para los parques y áreas verdes.

Aquí están los detalles. Las infracciones pueden resultar en multas.

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Ways to Save Water in State's Drought


Gov. Jerry Brown has proclaimed that California is officially in a drought. In fact, the state is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century.

The Paramount Water Department suggests the following ideas to save water:

* When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

* Soak your pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

* Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1,000 gallons a month.

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Browse the New City Recreation Newsletter


The City's Community Services and Recreation Department newsletter for winter is now available. It includes information about the upcoming holiday events in town, activities for seniors, sports, classes, and more. Click here to take a look.

Hard copies of the newsletter are available in the November issue of the Pulse Beat newspaper, at City Hall, and at the City Yard.

You can sign up for the City's recreational activities online by clicking on the Recreation Classes button in the upper right corner of this page.

Paramount Students Awarded Annual Scholarships


Congratulations are due to the newest group of Paramount Education Partnership scholarship winners. More than $70,000 was awarded to 24 Paramount students to help with their college costs this year. Over the past 11 years, nearly $600,000 has been distributed through the PEP scholarships.

The 2014 winners were recognized at the June 3rd Paramount City Council meeting by the Council, Paramount Unified Board of Education members and District officials, and the PEP Board of Directors. Below is the list of this year's PEP Scholars, along with their schools and majors.

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PEP Fundraiser Brings in Over 100k For College Scholarships!


The Paramount Education Partnership's 11th Annual Fundraiser, held on Friday, April 25, was a roaring success, with donors offering up an astounding $101,425 that will fund college scholarships for local students next year.

When combined with the contributions from Pennies for PEP that took place in March in the Paramount Unified School District, that figure jumps to $109,544.
In addition, raffle prizes worth thousands of dollars were contributed to the fundraising event.

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Talking or Texting on Cell Phones While Driving - Not Worth It

There are plenty of facts, figures, and details about distracted driving, but the California Office of Traffic Safety wants you to know the plain and simple ones:

  • 80 percent of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
  • Up to 6,000 people nationwide are killed in crashes where driver distractions are involved.
  • Talking on a cell phone or texting is the number one source of driver distractions.

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Paramount on YouTube


A line up of Paramount productions - from the city, not the movie studio - is now on the video-streaming website YouTube. Shows highlight such things as public presentations at City Council meetings, special community events, an oral history of the our town, and other Paramount profiles. Click this link to visit

Paramount's Salud Park Hailed as "Success" by Urban Planners


The City of Paramount's "To Your Health!" Salud Park, newly opened and located at the corner of Texaco St. and Somerset Blvd., features exercise stations, walking/running paths and tracks, and a plaza for yoga, pilates and zumba classes.

It provides the residents of Paramount with a "free outdoor gym," available for use seven days a week.

Salud Park was built on ten acres of Southern California Edison right-of-way property. Working closely with SCE, the City was able to produce a first-class facility of attractive open space in an urban area with little available land for new parks.

City Fabrick is a nonprofit urban design studio in Long Beach with a special focus on creative approaches to expanding open space. According to City Fabrick Executive Director Brian Ulaszewski, Salud Park is a great example of the kinds of projects the firm has been promoting, and "incredibly relevant to our work." Ulaszewski has written a blog posting about the park on the company's website. The article can be found at

Public Comment Period for Proposed Materials Recovery Facility

The City of Paramount Community Development Department is reviewing a conditional use permit that would allow the operation of a materials recovery facility in town. Part of that process includes a 45-day public comment period which begins on October 2, 2014.

The project site consists of 7.32 acres and is located along the north side of Petterson Lane, west of Garfield Ave. The site's legal address is 14001 Garfield Ave. The proposed use will occupy a number of existing buildings that have a total floor area of 146,600 square feet. In addition, a new "receiving building" consisting of 39,500 square feet will be constructed. The total floor area of the existing and new buildings will be 186,000 square feet. The proposed project will receive, process, and transfer source separated recyclables, residential curbside recycling materials, and municipal solid waste. The proposed facility will consist of a recyclable material recovery facility (MRF), a sorting area where recyclables will be removed, a transfer station with a residual waste load-out area, balers, a bale storage area, and offices. All material receiving and processing activities will occur within the buildings. The maximum permitted processing capacity will be 2,450 tons per day.

To view a copy of the draft Environmental Impact Report, please click here.

To view a copy of the Traffic Impact Analysis, please click here.

For more information, please call John Carver at (562) 220-2036.

Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule

On September 25, the Oversight Board for the Successor Agency for the Paramount Redevelopment Agency approved the Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule (ROPS) for the period January 2015 through June 2015. The ROPS has been submitted to the California Department of Finance for review and is posted below.

(ROPS-January 2015 through June 2015)

(ROPS-June 2014 through December 2014)

Additional information about the elimination of redevelopment agencies can be found on the California Department of Finance's website. Logo Clean Water State Revolving Fund Logo California Water Boards Logo

The City of Paramount is a participant in the Los Angeles Gateway Authority Catch Basin Insert project for the Los Angeles River Watershed. Funding has been provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Clean Water Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.

Upcoming Events

Phone Numbers

City Hall
Mon. - Thurs., 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(562) 220-2000

Sheriff's Station
Mon. - Sun., 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily
Holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(562) 220-2002

Code Enforcement
(562) 220-2045

Parks, facilities, sports, classes, senior services
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(562) 220-2121

Building & Safety/Planning
Building permits, inspections, zoning
The Building and Safety Department is closed every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(562) 220-2036

Public Works
Street sweeping, tree trimming, sidewalks, potholes
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(562) 220-2020

Servicio al Cliente en Español
(562) 220-2017

Water Dept.
(562) 220-2010

Graffiti Hotline
(562) 220-2233

Employment Hotline
(562) 220-2080

Business Licenses
(562) 220-2013

Dog Licenses
(562) 220-2018

Yard Sale Permits
(562) 220-2018

Easy Rider Shuttle
(562) 633-2904

College Bound Bus
(562) 220-2121

Paramount Petroleum Learning Center at Spane Park
(562) 220-2250

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