Pink Patch Project

On Friday, December 8, 2017, Detective Miguel Fuentes and K-9 Kaz presented a check in the amount of $4,252.76 to the City of Hope on behalf of the Pink Patch Project. The Pink Patch Project in a collaborative effort with the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association (LACPCA) and over 260 public agencies across the nation raised a total of $700,000.00 to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to fight against the disease. The Huntington Park Police Department would like to thank the Community and the Huntington Park Police Officers Association for the donations, dedication and hard work. A special thanks to Sergeant Abigail Valle for organizing and overseeing the project from the start.

 


Baker to Vegas 2018

Las Vegas, Nevada

Race History

Challenge Cup “Baker To Vegas” History

Chuck Foote and Larry Moore

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Chuck FooteThe Challenge Cup / Baker to Vegas Relay was the vision of Los Angeles Police Officers Chuck Foote and Larry Moore. It was spawned following the format laid by the LAPD Metro Division´s “Death Valley Relay” which came to an abrupt end in 1985 after a seven—year stint of running through the Devil’s graveyard.

Chuck Foote, General Manager of the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, Inc. (LAPRAAC) and Larry Moore, LAPD Athletic Director, drove the course and over those long stretches of highway came up with the name for the race and its basic format. The first stop was Baker, California, where a short but very welcome visit with the Baker High School principal secured a home for the starting line. It was followed by a whistle stop in Shoshone and a friendship of over 20 years was begun with Robbie Haines.

Pahrump, Nevada

Then came Pahrump, Nevada, a town neither Foote nor Moore had ever visited but they knew runners passing through the night would wake someone up. They began to inquire whom to talk with about this event. Everyone said go see “Floyd” in the hardware store. Our relationship with Pahrump has grown about a fast as the city itself.

The welcome the runners receive in Pahrump — the race´s halfway point — with coffee, water, cookies, the best smiles around and a great introduction by Alice Eychaner makes the city a pivotal part of The Challenge Cup / Baker to Vegas Relay story.

The first Challenge Cup Relay start line was located on California Highway 127 in front of Baker High School. The finish line, as it was in 1985, was on Nevada Highway 160 at the intersection of Blue Diamond, 119 miles away and just 13 miles short of Las Vegas.

At the conclusion of the first race all 19 teams gathered at the finish — and what a sight it was! Around 400 people standing in the desert dirt, next to a camper parked along the highway, participating in awards ceremony with then Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates. Highway traffic was flying by but it didn´t matter. Runners were in their “own world” doing their “thing”. LAPD Central Division was the overall winner that year. Like a wild fire, the word began to spread throughout the country then the world. The Baker to Vegas Race became the police challenge.

The 1986 Challenge Cup relocated the starting point 18 miles further up the road from Baker and the finish was moved to the Hacienda Hotel where the marquee read “Welcome LAPD Challenge Cup Relay — Finish Line”. It was “big time” Las Vegas style. The Hacienda Hotel´s Convention Center was bursting at the seams when over 2,000 runners, volunteers and spectators came to the Awards Ceremony. The race was in town just a few hours and already it had outgrown the Hacienda Hotel. Although the finish remained at the Hacienda until its demise in 1996 the Awards Ceremony moved about town like a hobo looking for a home.

Halted By A Blizzard

The 1987 Baker to Vegas Relay (as it is called today) was halted at Leg 14 due to “blizzard” conditions on Nevada Highway 160 over Mountain Springs Pass. This was also the first year of nine where the Sahara Hotel would be home to the Awards Ceremony. Needless to say once the race was halted many dejected people went home and only 2,500 attended the ceremony. LAPD´s Training/Air Support Division team won the race — they were ahead when the race was stopped and awarded the “short course” victory. A victory is a victory, or so the Los Angeles County Sheriff´s Department has been told (LASD was favored to win that year). The 1987 race is still talked about today as the most “infamous” victory.

The Passing Of A Cornerstone

In December 2003, retired Officer Moore, a cornerstone of the race, died from injuries incurred from a motorcycle accident in the Las Vegas area. The race continues, as Larry would have wished. He was a great visionary and one of the hardest workers when it came to law enforcement athletics. Camaraderie, physical fitness and teamwork were his goals for this race. His vision continues to this day.

20 Years And Climbing

The Baker to Vegas Relay is the most “positive” event offered to law enforcement officers today. It gives them a reason to maintain a physical fitness program so as to help them better perform their duties. Over the 20+ years the Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay has been run hundreds of thousands law enforcement personnel have tread across the desert. The original ideals of the race continue: teamwork, camaraderie, physical fitness and competition. The event has expanded in many ways — most notably in entries and categories. The number of teams has grown 14 fold from the first 19 teams in 1985. The number of teams is now limited to 270. Categories have grown to include Probation Officers, District Attorneys, US Attorneys and full time civilian police personnel.

As a result of this growth the race has flourished. Today it is the largest law enforcement event of its kind in the World with teams participating from Calgary Canada, RCMP both men and women, Berlin and Hamburg Germany and law enforcement teams throughout the United States. The Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay is truly a National and International event.

The Current Race

The Annual Challenge Cup/Baker to Vegas Relay is scheduled to take place (depending on Las Vegas accommodations) over a weekend from late March to early April. The course begins 25 miles north of Baker CA. on Highway 127 to Shoshone CA; then northeast on Highway 178, across the state line into Nevada on Highway 372 to Pahrump NV., then southeast on Highway 160 to the finish inside the Hilton Hotel Convention Room in Las Vegas. Teams are scheduled to run in eleven flights, depending upon their ability, with flights starting hourly from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On Sunday, eight hours after the last team finishes, an Awards Ceremony is held in the Hilton Hotel Convention room for over 6000 runners and support personnel; several thousand family members and friends; and almost a thousand race volunteers. The festivities began with a most impressive Opening Program providing entertainment for all. Over 145 VIP law enforcement dignitaries, chiefs of police, agents—in—charge and sheriffs are introduced to the crowd.

During the ceremony and throughout the hotel conversation is continually in a roar with the most common phrase and pledge, “Wait till next year”!

There you have it. The story of the largest police foot pursuit in the world.
“The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.
So help my Asics Tigers!
 
Baker to Vegas Relay Factoids

March 17th and 18th.

 

http://bakervegas.net/

 

 


National Night Out

Robert Keller Memorial Park

You are invited to our 20th Annual National Night Out!

When: Tuesday, August 1st from 5PM-9PM

Where: Robert Keller Memorial Park

Join us for a night out against crime! We will be hosting this event, and providing FREE hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and coffee. At 8PM we will be showing Disney’s MOANA. We hope to see you all there, supporting the City of Huntington Park.


Newly Appointed Police Explorers

The Huntington Park Police Department is pleased to announce two newly appointed Police Explorers, Valerie Lopez and Ray Aranda. The department congratulates them for successfully completing and graduating the Explorer Academy hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Valerie Lopez, 16, attends Bell High School and joined the Huntington Park Police Department to “better herself and help her community.” Valerie wants to give back by becoming a registered nurse or a Police Officer. After graduating from high school, Valerie would like to attend a California State University. 

Ray Aranda, 14, attends Linda Marquez High School and joined the Huntington Park Police Department to “become a better citizen.” Ray aspires to become a Mechanical Engineer after graduating from college. Ray would like to attend the University of Southern California after graduating high school. 


General Plan

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California state law requires every city and county to prepare a comprehensive, long-term plan to guide its future, known as the General Plan. The General Plan has been called the “blueprint for future development”, because it contains goals and policies necessary to guide public policy for future land uses.

The City of Huntington Pak is preparing a focused update to the City’s General Plan. All residents, business owners, and members of the community are invited to visit http://planhp.com/ to learn more about the focused General Plan update process. Participate in shaping the vision for the future of Huntington Park!


Water Conservation

New Huntington Park Water Restrictions In Effect
Effective June 1, 2015, as amended, Resolution 2015-21 until rescinded by Council

In response to California’s severe drought, the City of Huntington Park has approved new water restrictions for all residents and businesses:
  • Water landscape on Mondays and Thursdays before 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • No watering sidewalks, alleys or driveways. Use a broom to clear out areas.
  • Wash car with a bucket of water and an automatic shutoff nozzle on the hose
  • Decorative fountains or ponds must only use recirculated water
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Glasses of water at restaurants by request only
  • Hotels and motels must offer option of not laundering linens and towels.
  • No outside watering during or within 48 hours of measurable rain.

By following these restrictions, you will help the City of Huntington Park do its part in saving water during this time of shortage.

every drop counts

For additional resources and information, visit www.bewaterwise.com.
To view the City Council “Mandatory Water Conservation” presentation by Public Works, click here.
To view the complete text of the Municipal Code pertaining to Water Shortages, see Title 6, Chapter 5, Article 4.

To report a water violation, please call Code Enforcement at
(323) 826-6693.
Online water violation reporting coming soon.

Huntington Park Water Agencies
Maywood Mutual Water Company #1
5953 Gifford Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255maywoodmutualwater.com
walnut Park Mutual Water Company
2460 E. Florence Ave.
Huntington Park, CA 90255wpmwc.org

Drought Restrictions
Golden State Water Company
14835 Graham St.
Santa Fe Springs, CAgswater.comDrought Restrictions

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Pacific Boulevard Revitalization Project

The City of Huntington Park is pleased to announce that construction has commenced for the Pacific Boulevard Revitalization Project (a.k.a. Downtown Revitalization Project). Residents, business owners, and others can find out more about the project by visiting the Community Development Department in City Hall at 6550 Miles Avenue or by clicking the presentation link.

Downtown Revitalization Presentation


Notice on Parking Ticket Payments

Payments for Parking Tickets given within the City of Huntington Park will no longer be accepted at City Hall, effective August 1, 2016.

Payments may be submitted by mail, online, or by phone. Please see the attached notice for more information on payment methods.

For more information or to address concerns, please call 323-584-6277 or visit the Finance Department in City Hall at 6550 Miles Avenue.