LOS ANGELES COUNTY
For results of the November 4th, 2014 election in Los Angeles County, go to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder website: http://rrccmain.co.la.ca.us/14110014/index_0014.htm
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
For results of the November 4th, 2014 election in San Bernardino County, go to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters website: http://www.sbcounty.gov/rov/elections/Results/20141104/default.html
Claremont voters overwhelmingly passed Measure W ,moving the city one step closer to acquiring its water system. With 6,116 votes in favor and 2,452 opposed, the passing of the measure will allow the city to borrow up to $135 million in revenue bonds to finance the acquisition of the local water system currently owned and operated by Golden State Water Company. Measure W passed with 71 percent in favor, a significantly higher percentage than needed to move forward with the potential acquisition. The city council will meet on Tuesday, November 25 for a public hearing to consider a Resolution of Necessity and whether a take-over is in the public’s best interest. During that hearing, the community and Golden State Water will have an opportunity to address the council and learn more about the potential acquisition. Passage of a Resolution of Necessity requires a 4/5 vote of the city council and is required before the court process can proceed. Ultimately, if the city elects to advance the process, a judge or a jury would make the decision on the legality of the acquisition, the benefit to the community and any associated purchase price.
Officials renamed Los Angeles County’s airfield in El Monte as the San Gabriel Valley Airport. Known for decades as the El Monte Airport, officials said they hoped the new name would better reflect the regional role of the small aviation hub along Santa Anita Avenue. While the San Gabriel Valley was once home to 10 small airports, only two — the San Gabriel Valley Airport in El Monte and Brackett Field Airport in La Verne — remain. The airport was built in 1936, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Aviation Division Chief Richard Smith said. Los Angeles County bought the airport in 1969 for $3 million. The facility now generates more than $40 million in economic annual output and supports almost 200 jobs inside the airport and in the surrounding communities. The five county-operated airports — in El Monte, La Verne, Compton, Pacoima and Lancaster — are important to the local economy.
Glendora was named the most business-friendly small city in the county by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., while Glendora took the honors for the most business-friendly small city. The awards, presented at the LAEDC’s 19th annual gala at the Beverly Hilton, are designed to foster friendly competition among local cities to be the most attractive to business. Winners must make economic development a priority, facilitate business entry and expansion, maintain competitive tax rates and fees and bring economic incentives to the table. Glendora, won among cities with fewer than 65,000 people, with the LAEDC citing that Glendora keeps costs low for businesses, cuts red tape, and its successful business assistance program rewards startups and existing businesses for job creation. The four other small city finalists were: Artesia, El Segundo, Pico Rivera and Vernon.
By next spring, the Fire Department will have a new 150-foot aerial ladder engine company to help firefighters better cope with extinguishing fires in high-rise buildings. Before they can effectively use the $1.2 million aerial truck they must be sufficiently trained. The City Council has been asked for direction about establishing a local training tower or going to another city to accomplish high-rise building training. After listening to the advantages and disadvantages of in-town or out-of-town tower training council members agreed to get public input before proceeding with any council discussion about establishing a modular fire training tower on a two-acre, industrial-zoned site at Fairplex Drive and Orange Street south of Arrow Highway. The city uses the site as a municipal street maintenance yard. Council members asked staff to schedule a neighborhood meeting, possibly by early December, to gauge how nearby residents think and feel about a fire training tower near their neighborhood. The tower would be comprised of containers, similar to those used to ship materials by train or 18-wheel truck. Stacked, it would be three stories in height and permit local firefighters to train to fight multi-storied fires, do rope rescues, employ horizontal ventilation and compete ladder operations in town. The initial construction could be funded with $30,000 in the Fire Department’s 2014-15 fiscal-year budget. Using an outside facility would involve paying overtime to keep extra crews in La Verne while others went out of town and also reduce training hours per session because of the required drive time from and to the city. There are modular training towers in Monrovia and Rancho Cucamonga and conventional training towers in Alhambra, Ontario and Chino. La Verne can use Alhambra and Monrovia for free, but would have to pay fees to use the facilities in Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Chino. Going out of town for training exercises would take engines away from La Verne and reduce the firefighters available for high-risk calls and emergencies. The travel distance and traffic complications would slice two hours out of a standard eight-hour training session. It was noted that the advantages would be a local, modular tower would be less expensive, could be customized and maintenance would be low. The tower could also be dismantled in the future if necessary. Potential neighborhood resistance to the structure and training facility topped the disadvantage list. Disadvantages also include the tower’s less-than-ideal appearance and its inconsistency with city design standards; its visibility to Walnut Street residents and Lordsburg Park users; the likelihood of it becoming a graffiti target; and general security concerns. It could also potentially set precedence and have commercial businesses requesting now-prohibited container designs.
The 47,000-home New Model Colony, planned on 8,200 acres of former Ontario dairy lands, is receiving new development opportunities. Stratham Communities and the Lewis Group held a grand opening for their 1,200-home Park Place community, the first New Model Colony project to debut since the financial crisis. Buyers can tour 18 model homes. Park Place, adjacent to the city of Eastvale, is planned in three phases. The first neighborhood, which opens Saturday, will have 432 homes ranging from 1,600 square feet to 4,000 square feet. Developers expect the single-family houses to fetch from the low $400,000s to the mid $600,000s. A community center has already been built, complete with a gym, tennis court, pool and theater. Eventually, Park Place will have 24 acres of parks. New Model Colony will help generate jobs, offering construction employment that disappeared during the recession, said John Husing, an economist who specializes in the Inland Empire. The development, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is one of the largest master-planned communities in Southern California history. Ontario city planners envision 47,000 homes, a 355-acre park and 30 million square feet of industrial and commercial space. More than 160,000 residents are expected to call the community home when it’s finished in coming decades, nearly doubling the city’s population.
Voters defeated Measure PPL, which needed a two-thirds majority of the votes to pass, would have generated about $1.3 million a year that would have gone to fund the operation of the Pomona Public Library. The money would come from a $42 parcel tax that would have been paid by property owners.
The measure would have sunset in 10 years. According to results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office 49.09 percent of the ballots cast were in support of the measure and 50.01 percent of the ballots were in opposition. Measure PPL needed 2/3 in order to pass.
City Ventures’ has attempted to resolve the conflicts around a residential building proposal at 155 N. Eucla Ave. The public meeting was called to permit residents voice their opinions and concerns. The discussion was based on conceptual considerations. The development principals and owners of L.A. Signal, the industrial company that currently occupies the 3.65 acres just north of Bonita Avenue, noted there is no current or precise plan for the site. City Ventures suffered a serious and unexpected setback in August when the San Dimas City Council unanimously denied a zoning change, General Plan amendment and municipal code amendment for the construction of 47 condominiums on the site. Council officials rejected its community development staff and Planning Commission recommendation for approval, citing incompatibility with design standards and code requirements for development in the downtown corridor. Residents of the old neighborhood – stretching from Bonita and Eucla to Fifth Street and Cataract Avenue – objected to the two- and three-story condo complex. Their objections included privacy issues with the condos of higher heights allowing new residents to look down onto current properties, worry that the $300,000 to $400,000 homes might not sell and would end up being rental properties, increased traffic and noise, lowering current residents’ property values and personal objection to a gate that would separate condo children from neighborhood children. Seeking a way to avoid developers making substantial financial investments on projects that can’t win city approval and encourage developers to create projects that satisfy city regulations and codes and overcome citizen concerns, the City Council held a special joint session with the Planning Commission in September. At the end of that special session, the council directed staff to develop a policy for future joint commission-council study sessions with developers before the application process for certain land use and zoning changes begins. The policy was approved by the council on Oct. 14.
City Ventures is tentatively considering building 30 single-family homes, priced at $500,000 and more, on the site. The $500,000 price tag is considerably higher than any existing housing stock in the historic, old neighborhood, residents conceded.
the City Council held part of its meeting of November 12th in front of the Mount San Antonio College board as a kind of visual protest against the college’s plan to build a five-story parking structure adjacent to Walnut homes. With city staff in tow, all five City Council members drove from Walnut City Hall, where their meeting began, to Founder’s Hall in the center of the Mt. SAC campus, filled out white comment cards and were called one-by-one to address the college board over an issue that is dividing the two institutions. All five, along with about 20 community members, urged the college Board of Trustees to halt plans to build a five-story parking garage abutting dozens of Timberline homes along Mountaineer Road and instead relocate the structure elsewhere on campus. The comments included numerous threats of litigation from some City Council members and attorneys with the neighborhood group, United Walnut Taxpayers, if the project was not relocated. The city says the college has not resolved issues with the California Environmental Quality Act, did not officially list the project on a revenue bond measure that was adopted by voters in 2008 and is therefore attempting to illegally spend bond money. Opposition to the $45 million parking garage began publicly last November and picked up steam in April when Timberline residents protested the structure, which is to be built on the northwest edge of the 420-acre campus along Mountaineer Road. Mt. SAC officials said they agreed to build part of the garage underground to preserve views of nearby homes. Three Mt. SAC students spoke in favor of the parking structure at the meeting, saying students waste time and often miss classes looking for parking spots.
The City of West Covina has commenced a General Plan Update process to establish a vision for growth. The General Plan is the blueprint for the long-term development of the City. It was last updated in 1985.
A General Plan establishes policies for the growth and development of the City and identifies physical development policies appropriate to protect and enhance those features and services, which contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the residents. The General Plan will cover a variety of topics such as land use, transportation, open space, economic development and safety. The City is interested in receiving broad community input into crafting a vision for the future of the City. To accomplish broad-based community participation, a number of Focus Groups have been created. All of the Focus Groups meet two times with the exception of the CORE Focus Group which will meet six times. A schedule of meeting times is being created. It is anticipated that the Focus Groups will meet on Monday afternoons or evenings, for approximately two hours, over the next twelve months. The following are the six Focus Groups.
1.Our Natural Community (Conservation and Open Space)
2.Our Prosperous Community (Economic/ Fiscal Development)
3.CORE Focus Group
Our Well Planned and Designed Community (Land Use/Design, Housing. Parks and Recreation) + Our Accessible Community (Circulation element) + Our Sustainable Community (Land use, Circulation, Air Quality, Capital Improvements/Public Facilities, Energy, Flood Management, Water)
1.Our Healthy and Safe Community (Safety, Noise, Land Use)
2.Our Active Community (Land Use, Parks and Recreation)
3.Our Creative Community (Culture)
The City is soliciting interested residents and business representatives to submit an application to be included in these Focus Groups. If you are interested, please visit the City website to obtain an application. A link to the City website is provided below.
City officials are proposing a plan to spend $70,000 this fiscal year to reinstate crossing guards at specific busy intersections. In a report prepared for the City Council, City Manager Rod Butler provided the council with a two-page report detailing a comprehensive student pedestrian safety program. The council is expected to approve the report and direct Butler to enter into an agreement with Santa Fe Springs-based All City Management Services for the guards. The report does not indicate how many guards would be brought on but could be at crosswalks near school sites within 15 days of a contract being approved. The school district and the city agreed on a four-part strategy: student pedestrian education, restoration of crossing guards at key intersections, enhanced traffic enforcement by Upland police, as well as infrastructure and safety improvements. Half of the costs for the program will be shared with Upland Unified School District. Once the council approves the proposal, Butler will then work with the district to come up with a formal agreement on reimbursement costs. Both entities will also work to identify which crosswalks need guards. City staff will be working with the Police Department and the school district to develop an educational campaign to improve pedestrian safety.