Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes, based in Plano, TX, is breaking ground in new markets, as some franchise owners switched gears and adjusted their previous burger restaurant plans to open Mooyahs instead, a company press release said. These owners will bring the concept to Upland, Ontario and Claremont, in addition to New York and Virginia.
In California, franchise owners Kit Chui and Hank Lu had planned to open a different burger franchise, but faced issues that lead them to search for other “better burger” franchise concepts that they could own and operate. They ended their search by signing a deal for three Mooyah territories. The brand has 100 restaurants either open, under construction or in development in markets across the U.S.
The Azusa City Council voted unanimously to reauthorize fireworks stand permits for 2020 during a special City Council meeting on June 4.
Azusa is the only Foothill city in the San Gabriel Valley that allows the sale and use of “safe and sane” fireworks for Fourth of July celebrations. The city traditionally issues fireworks sales permits to local nonprofit organizations as fundraisers for their community activities.
“I’m glad we came to our senses and allowed [ourselves] to continue a great tradition in Azusa that we should continue to honor,” Mayor Pro-Tem Uriel Macias said.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Azusa City Council had voted May 18 to temporarily cease issuance of fireworks sales permits for the upcoming July 4, 2020. The decision was made in response to social-distancing restrictions and in anticipation of increased pressure on police and emergency personnel, according to a news release.
Azusa City Council held a special City Council meeting on June 4 to discuss fireworks sales permits in 2020. Azusa residents who initially voiced concerns against the fireworks ban now have the option to purchase legal “safe and sane” fireworks as usual.
“I stand by the decision that I made on May 18, but things have changed since then,” Councilman Jesse Avila Jr. said, referring to evolving coronavirus conditions. “I think we need to leave it up to the citizens and residents of Azusa whether they want to purchase fireworks or not.”
Baldwin Park Unified School District (BPUSD) is finalizing facility upgrades as part of Measure K, a bond measure approved by Baldwin Park Unified voters in 2006, to improve school safety and security, enhance learning and athletic facilities.
Baldwin Park Unified students will benefit from new air conditioning systems, restored sports fields, new school marquees and safer infrastructure as the district completes Measure K-funded projects targeting safety, long-term needs and current needs. These upgrades are the last items to be funded by the bond measure, approved by BPUSD voters in 2006. District officials said that to ensure that Baldwin Park Unified students have every opportunity to succeed, they must create the most conducive learning environments.
The district is addressing critical needs with upgrades to electrical poles at Baldwin Park High School and to Sierra Vista High School’s gymnasium HVAC system. Additional needs being addressed include: new roofing at Olive Middle School, Sierra Vista Junior High School, Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools; district-wide elementary school playground safety upgrades to create safer fall zones; and new school marquees for Bursch, Central, De Anza, Kenmore, Pleasant View, Tracy, Vineland, Walnut, Sierra Vista Junior High and Baldwin Park High School. The district renovated the sports fields used by the community’s three Little League organizations at Elwin and Vineland elementary schools, and Olive Middle School. Additional field upgrades will include new fencing, netting, lighting and all-weather artificial turf for multi-use fields. Baldwin Park and Sierra Vista high schools will receive canopies and multi-level shade units to be placed over seating areas and existing tables, ensuring students have ample shade and shelter areas.
Next, BPUSD will use funds from Measure AE, approved by the community in 2018, to fund a Safe Schools Initiative, including cloud-based surveillance security systems, phones and Incident Commander security system.
Public comment is sought through July 7 by the city of Chino on the draft environmental impact report for an industrial building project to be located at the southeast corner of Mountain and Bickmore avenues in the Preserve area of south Chino.
Majestic Realty Co. is proposing to develop two industrial buildings of 1,168,170 square-feet and 914,040 square-feet on a 97-acre site that was a former commercial dairy property. A tenant for the project has not been announced.
Known as Majestic Chino Heritage, the project will also include various site improvements, including vehicle drive aisles, landscaping, a water quality/detention basin, truck trailer and passenger vehicle parking areas, outdoor employee break areas, exterior lighting and signs. Majestic Realty Co. is also seeking a special conditional use permit to allow loading doors facing the public street. Building one will have 248 dock doors and building two will have approximately 146 dock doors.
The ground surface elevations of the buildings’ footprints will need to be raised out of the Prado Dam Reservoir Area, while lowering the elevations of other sites within the reservoir to maintain the reservoir’s overall capacity to hold water that may back up behind the dam during “rare, extreme storm events,” according to city planners.
The project will require the excavation and transport to offsite locations of approximately 609,000 cubic yards of fill dirt. Those excess fill dirt locations include: the southwest and southeast corners of Pine and Johnson avenues, the southwest corner of Chino Corona Road and Cucamonga Avenue, the Chino Corona Road and Comet Avenue intersection, and south of Hereford Drive and west of Hellman Avenue.
Public comments are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at City of Chino Development Services Department – Planning Division, 13220 Central Ave., Chino, CA, 91710. City planner for the project is Andrea Gilbert. Information: (909) 334-3314.
The Chino City Council is expected to vote on the DEIR and special conditional use permit at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday, July 7, at City Hall.
The city of Chino Hills has written a letter to Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman opposing the operation of home-based restaurants that are legal under a state law that went into effect January 2019.
The law, known as AB 626, allows residents to operate kitchens in their homes where the food could be picked up, delivered, or consumed at the home. The city council is asking the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors to forbid such operations in the county. The board discussed the possibility of allowing such businesses six months ago but asked for additional study and a report from Public Health staff, said county spokesman David Wert.
The report was delayed because of the coronavirus, he said, and the matter will return to the board at an undetermined date, he said. An authorization by the county automatically opts in all cities within the county, according to a presentation made to the board by Department of Public Health Director. Cities cannot impose zoning restrictions on the businesses and oversight would be limited to code enforcement violations if neighbors complain about odors, traffic, parking or noise.
Riverside County is the only jurisdiction in California to have opted in. A home restaurant would be allowed to employ one person in addition to household members, serve up to 30 meals a day or 60 meals a week, and generate up to $50,000 in gross sales a year. The operation would be exempt from several health and safety rules placed on traditional restaurants, including a hand-washing sink, exhaust hood ventilation requirements, certain sanitation requirements, and a letter grade card in the window, according to city and county staff reports.
Under the law, home kitchens can only be inspected once a year and by appointment only, unlike the unannounced visits made by health inspectors to restaurants. In addition, the law would allow home restaurants to operate in apartments and accessory dwelling units that are located on the premises of residents and apartments.
After initially announcing it would wait to see what protections Los Angeles County’s rental assistance program would offer, the city of Claremont took a proactive step by launching its program first. During the city council meeting, the council approved two emergency assistance programs that would provide grants to either Claremont renters or businesses that have been significantly impacted by the stay-at-home orders from the state and county. Under the emergency rental assistance program, for which there is a wait list, qualifying individuals and families can receive a rental subsidy for two months based on income and size of household.
The applicants must meet additional criteria including: residing in Claremont; annual income not to exceed Housing and Urban Development’s moderate income levels; household was economically impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic period (February through present); have a signed lease agreement; provide a W-9 form from their landlord or property management company; and submit a signed participation agreement between tenant landlord and the city. The application process will be conducted online.
Income eligibility ranges widely. An individual is considered extremely low income if earning $23,700, moderate income at $63,100. A family of four is extremely low income at $33,800 and moderate at $90,100. Rental assistance will be in the form of a monthly rental payment made directly to the landlord or property manager. The amount of the rental assistance shall not exceed HUD’s maximum allowable rent because the money comes from the block grants.
HUD has a formula that gives rent a percentage of income (30 percent max should be spent on rent). The maximum amount is what the renter will receive towards offsetting rent per month. This means an extremely low-income person will receive less for a similar unit than a moderate income person under HUD rules.
Applicants must complete a brief intake form on the city’s website after which the applicant will receive an email with the application along with a list of required supporting documentation. The application process will be conducted online through the city’s website, where there is already a wait list.
The city has also launched a related program to provide grants for small businesses impacted by mandatory closures in either the county’s safer-at-home order, or the state’s stay-at-home order. There are more than 100 applications, no more are being accepted.
The small business grant program is intended to help businesses that are unable to pay employees or their commercial rent. Qualified applicants will receive grants in the form of a check from the city of Claremont. If the business is requesting assistance with their commercial lease, the payment will be made directly to the landlord or property manager. Documentation on how the funds will be spent must be provided.
Small business grants will be made under two HUD eligibility criteria: micro-enterprise assistance, in which the business has fewer than five employees and the owner’s income is at or below 80 percent of the area median; or a special economic development activity under which the business must meet a public benefit. This could include making a job available to a low or moderate income person, or creating one full time equivalent job.
To be eligible, a business must meet specific requirements including: be a small business with fewer than 500 employees; multinational or publicly traded businesses are not eligible; must be a commercial business; must be located in the city; business was impacted by COVID-19—was required to close as non-essential, or reduced business due to safer-at-home order and social distancing.
Funding for the program comes from a series of community development block grants the city receives every year from HUD and grants cities get from the county under the CARES act. This includes $85,948 from the 2019-2020 allocation that was not spent, plus $186,003 available from a prior year, according to numbers provided by the city.
The initial $188,000 budget for the rental assistance program will include a community development block grant of $92,759 from the county’s allocation under the CARES act and $95,538 from fiscal year 2020-21 CDBG funds. The budget for the emergency small business grant program will come from two CDBG funds, $176,368 from fiscal year 2019-20 and $106,146 from fiscal year 2020-21. The total package will be $470,856 for both rental assistance and business grant programs.
To apply to get on the wait list for rental assistance program, visit the city’sWebsite Here.
IRA Capital has added another medical facility to its growing healthcare portfolio after a $39.9 million purchase in Los Angeles County. The 63,000-square-foot Magan Medical Clinic was sold by Genesis KC Development, a subsidiary of DaVita, based out of Denver. The deal was announced and arranged by Stan Johnson Company.
The two-story property sits on five acres at 420 West Rowland St., Covina. The facility was originally built in 1962 for the current tenant, Magan Medical Clinic, and was recently renovated and modernized. A subsidiary of Optum and UnitedHealth Group, Magan operates 22 specialties and serves more than 22,000 patients annually.
Irvine-based IRA Capital has been expanding its healthcare portfolio, having closed on approximately $150 million in acquisitions in the past 30 days, with another $150 million expected to close before the end of June. In Southern California, the private equity firm recently purchased St. Joseph Hospital of Orange in a sale-leaseback deal for $38.4 million.
IRA was founded in 2010, and it has acquired more than 6 million square feet of property across 25 states, valued at more than $2 billion.
On June 5 the city of El Monte enacted a landlord/tenant rent re-payment program. Commencing on the start date under the Los Angeles County Eviction Moratorium of the 12-month period for the repayment of unpaid rent, each tenant and landlord shall establish a prorated repayment schedule of the unpaid rent that is at least 25% of the deferred amount of the rent due at the end of each 3-month period within the 12 month repayment period of the County Eviction Moratorium or any further extended repayment period as the County may approve. If the Tenant terminates the tenancy during the repayment period, the total amount of deferred rent shall be come due immediately. Nothing in this Ordinance shall operate to prevent a Tenant and a Landlord from agreeing to different repayment terms.
The Glendora Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Glendora are offering financial assistance to Glendora small businesses that are experiencing financial hardship due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The COVID-19 Business Recovery Program is a forgivable loan program created to assist small for-profit businesses facing economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 stay at home orders. The program is intended to provide emergency financing to businesses that were unsuccessful in obtaining financing from other state and federal programs. Loans ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on availability of funds and review of the application and required documentation submitted.
The program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Fund (CDBG-CV). Due to the federal funding source, the program requires that the funded activity provide a benefit to low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons. This requirement can be met through job retention of an LMI individual.
No application fee or collateral are needed to apply. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and loans will be processed as long as funds are available. The loan converts to a grant that does not need to be repaid after four quarters of compliance have been met.
Business Size: · 25 or less employees · 5 employees or less (including owner) if the business owner is LMI
Program Limits: · $5,000 to $15,000
Requirements: · For-profit business established on or before March 2018. · Business must be in good standing with the city of Glendora. · Small business with no more than 25 employees as of March 19, 2020. · Location (owned or leased) on a commercial address in Glendora. If leased, must have two or more years remaining, or have an option to extend with similar effect. · Demonstrated financial hardship directly attributed to COVID-19. · Must retain or reinstate at least one LMI job that is at risk or has been terminated. The retained job must be kept for at least four full quarters. · Verification or certification that assistance from any other source has not been received, either due to a denial or inability to apply due to lack of funding. · Other requirements may apply upon review of completed application.
Use of Funds: · Rent of business location · Outstanding business expenses · Employee Payroll · Working Capital · Payroll for sick time coverage · Adaptive business practices in order to remain open
CDBG Requirements: · Funds must provide benefit to low- to moderate- income person by way of job retention of at least one LMI individual for each loan awarded.
Repayment: · Amount is forgiven after 4 full quarters of compliance verifying retention of LMI job. · If compliance is not met, repayment begins 12 months after disbursement at a 2.25% rate with a 3-year term.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the traditional Fourth of July festivities in La Verne have been canceled. This year there will be residential and business decorating contests. The contests will be sponsored by the La Verne Chamber of Commerce.
Here’s how to take part in the event.
Step 1 – Decorate the front of your business (or your front window) in a 4th of July theme. Awards will be given out for Most Patriotic, Most Creative, and Community Favorite.
Step 2 – Register by June 22 by emailing a photo of your decorated business, along with your business name and address, to email@example.com.
Step 3 – Wait for the voting and enjoy the 4th of July! Voting will take place between Monday, June 22, and Sunday, June 28, on the Shop La Verne Facebook page. The winners will be announced on Shop La Verne on June 29. Winners will receive bragging rights and a special sign announcing which award their business won.
Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors has directed the sale of a two-tenant retail pad building located at 961 N. Milliken Ave., Ontario. The price was $4 million. Built in 2002, the building features 6,300 square feet of retail space. Assure Dental occupies 3,500 square feet of the property, while Verizon Wireless occupies the remaining 2,800 square feet. Sam’s Club at The Marketplace at Ontario Center shadow anchors the property.
The city of Rancho Cucamonga laid off 10 full-time employees late on May 14, due to declining tax revenues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, city officials said. Layoffs came from two departments, Community Services and Community Development.
The action comes two months after the city let go 289 part-time employees who worked in recreational programs such as sports leagues, libraries and concert venues—programs shut down by safer-at-home orders, city officials explained. Most part-timers worked between 10 to 15 hours a week, often on the weekends.
Officials were not specific as to affected positions nor name the personnel occupying those jobs. Community Services provides classes and sports programs. Community Development includes three sub-sectors: engineering, building and safety, and planning. The layoffs were made in an effort to balance the city’s budget.
In a rough estimate, city revenues from sales tax and hotel guest room taxes, known as Transient Occupancy Taxes or TOT, are down about 10% to 15%, combined. The city in late February had predicted a $400,000 drop in TOT this year based on the slowdown in tourism from China, where the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Using more recent data, hotel occupancy in Rancho Cucamonga is about 10%, down from 75% to 80% this time last year. Some hotels have zero guests.
In a complete reversal, the Upland City Council repealed its ordinance that protected commercial and residential tenants from evictions during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Out of 127 California cities and counties that have passed such measures, Upland and one other, the city of Duarte, have rescinded eviction moratoriums, according to data compiled by the California Apartment Association.
Upland cited a letter from a law firm representing several apartment owners and retail property owners in the city, threatening to sue the city over the temporary evictions ban adopted March 31.
The urgency ordinance was aimed at allowing tenants to suspend rent payments if they contracted COVID-19 or lost their job or substantial income due to stay-at-home and closure orders. The ordinance prohibited a landlord from filing an eviction notice in court. Though back rent would have been paid eventually, tenants had until six months after the city declared the emergency is over.
Lawyers representing owners of 755 apartments, including the College Park Apartment Homes, urged the city to repeal. If not, the lawyers threatened to sue the city of Upland potentially for millions of dollars of lost rent. The property owners, represented by the law firm Rutan & Tucker, operate a total of 755 residential units in Upland, broken down as follows: 448 units in College Park Apartments; 240 units in Rancho Monte Vista Apartment Homes; 23 units with RMV Annex LLC and 44 units in the Arrow Vista Apartments. Also, the firm represents commercial owners within the College Park Retail Centre in Upland.
The letter stated that landlords have been informed by “numerous” tenants that they are unable to pay rent and that losses to landlords could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.
Upland, as well as Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, the city of San Bernardino and San Bernardino County adopted local eviction bans. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order was strengthened by a ruling from the state Judicial Council on April 6, which stopped almost all foreclosures and evictions except when public health or safety is involved.
The order from the Judicial Council, the rule-making body of the court system, applies for 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted, while Upland’s applied for six months from May 31. Some wondered if cities needed to act after the latest rules were released.
West Covina City Council members declared a fiscal emergency on May 19 because of financial hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The fiscal emergency grants City Manager Dave Carmany the power to take any and all actions to address the fiscal emergency.
With the new powers, Carmany is allowed to make changes to personnel and benefit costs, operations and reductions in service levels. He’ll also be able to review and negotiate changes to labor agreements, service agreements and franchise agreements as legally permitted. City Council members voted unanimously. The meeting was live streamed online because of the new coronavirus’s restrictions on public gatherings.
Critics, however, assert that the city was in a precarious financial situation before the pandemic, saying the city should not blame the outbreak for all its financial issues. In October, the state declared West Covina to be among the cities in the worst financial shape, ranking it as 17th worst.
The next month, the city approved a 12% raise for firefighters, even though its budget was tightly balanced. That was financially irresponsible, resident Steve Bennett said in submitted written comments to the council. Declining revenues from taxes isn’t the only culprit. Los Angeles County will not pay successor agency bonds the city is due until January 2021 because of the financial restraints it faces from the new coronavirus. The city is due $6.5 million in bond money.
The city manager maintained the city’s financial situation can be attributed solely to the pandemic.