Brea Talks

Brea Talks

Listen in to open conversations and get an insider’s look into topics that affect your experiences in the City of Brea. Whether you live, work or play here, we’re bringing you the information you need to better understand your city.


November 8, 2023 13 mins

Andrea Carvajal sits down with Soo Kang and Jaime Espitia to talk about the newly opened HOPE Center. Hear about its beginnings (1:50), Brea’s role in North OC Public Safety Collaborative (3:13) and how it’s all funded (6:29).  Also, learn how the Brea Resource Center, Brea PD and HOPE Center are working together (8:30), how calling the HOPE Center is the best way to help those in need (9:55), and hear success stories that are alre...

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To celebrate National Community Planning Month, Aimeé Matsumoto talks with Brea’s Planning Team about the history of planned communities, both globally and locally (0:59), the Brea General Plan and Housing Element (4:50), the importance of proper zoning (9:02), the future of the Brea Mall (22:07), and how to get more involved in your community’s planning process (24:47).

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September 7, 2023 32 mins

Liz Pharis chats with Brea’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Lisa Keyworth about the history of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (2:04), how to get your home and your family ready for any disaster (2:50), and how knowing your evacuation plan could make all the difference in certain situations (7:41).  Listen to learn how you can get alerts (23:10) and get involved to help your community (28:08).

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August 2, 2023 28 mins

Ruben Segura sits with Kristin Steyerman, a Supervisor in the Community Services Department.  Listen in as they discuss all the various annual special events the City hosts (2:28), the rich history of Brea Fest (6:20), what it takes to juggle planning multiple events at the same time (18:07) and how you or your business can get involved (20:45).

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July 5, 2023 14 mins

Dan Fenstermaker talks with Brea Police Lieutenant Chris Harvey about ways to protect yourself and your property during the summer.  Lieutenant Harvey explains how service call trends change during the summer months (2:40), the level of coordination involved in special events (3:31), the Volunteers in Police Service (4:50), and best practices for protecting your property whether you’re home or away (8:29).

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June 7, 2023 35 mins

Aimée Matsumoto sits down with Brea Fire Captain and Paramedic Justin Zuhlke to talk about ways to stay safe during the summer months. Captain Zuhlke explains best practices for friend and family gatherings with pools (2:26), the importance of learning CPR (14:38), the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke (19:25), and mitigating wildfire risks to your property through weed abatement (25:39).

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May 3, 2023 43 mins

Dan Fenstermaker talks with Brea Community Services Supervisor Billy Hutchinson and Curtis Theatre Manager Kris Kataoka about all the great things Brea has to offer throughout the summer.  Billy breaks down how Brea handles the influx of summer staff (1:23), aquatics classes and interesting facts about the Brea Plunge (6:44), Registration (13:09), youth/adult sports, classes and other programs (18:18). Kris gives us an inside look ...

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April 5, 2023 15 mins

Ruben Segura sits down with Brea Resource Center Supervisor, Cesar Pacheco, as they talk about Brea's history of volunteering (1:38), important partnerships that are crucial to meeting the community's needs (3:35], the many services that the Brea Resource Center has to offer (5:30), the Love Brea city-wide day of service (9:55), and how you can get involved and volunteer in your community (14:21).

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March 8, 2023 18 mins

Liz Pharis chats with Brea's Administrative Services Director, Kristin Griffith, and Senior Fiscal Analyst, Alicia Brenner, about the process of constructing the City's Budget. Learn about this year-long process (3:18), who's involved in this coordinated effort (6:55), how the process has changed over the years (8:28) and what makes Brea's budget different from other cities (12:10).

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February 7, 2023 29 mins

The City of Brea Communications & Marketing Team sits down for a round table discussion on their different roles within the organization, (11:25) the revival of this podcast, (15:10) generating community engagement through social media and (18:00) the use of analytics to measure effective communication with the community.

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October 16, 2019 32 mins

Brea Community Development Director David Crabtree sits down with Principal at TRG Land Inc. Mark Rogers to discuss how Hillside design and development has evolved throughout the decades.

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September 23, 2019 18 mins

Brea Community Development Director David Crabtree sits down with Managing Principal at IBI Group Bill Delo to discuss how technology has increased the need to calm traffic in neighborhoods.

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September 5, 2019 20 mins

Brea Community Development Director David Crabtree sits down with Senior Vice President and Senior Market Officer for Regency Centers John Mehigan to discuss the trends of retail, past, present and future.

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Brea Community Development Director David Crabtree sits down with Planning Director at Gensler Nate Cherry to discuss how good design concepts effect communities in positive ways.

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August 8, 2019 20 mins

Brea Community Development Director David Crabtree sits down with President and CEO of Jamboree Housing Laura Archuleta to discuss senior housing.

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