The Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Anthony Contreras, Ed.D., as the provisional trustee for Area 1 at its Oct. 6 board meeting. Trustee Area 1 includes Azusa and portions of Duarte.
Dr. Contreras assumes the seat of Dr. Barbara R. Dickerson, who resigned on Sept. 14. Contreras’ term expires on Dec. 9, 2022.
Dr. Contreras attended Citrus College before earning a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis in finance, from the University of Southern California (USC); a master’s degree in cross-cultural education from National University, and a doctorate in education, specializing in teacher education in multicultural societies, from USC.
He has worked for the Azusa Unified School District (AUSD) for more than 30 years, including six years as an administrator. Additionally, he has served as principal at Center Middle School for the last three years. During his tenure at AUSD, Dr. Contreras has been named teacher of the year twice and received the “Teacher Honor Excellence” award three times. In 2017, he was named secondary co-administrator of the year by the Association of California School Administrators.
On Oct. 1, the City of Baldwin Park welcomed the GoSGV e-bike share program into the city. The launch of the electric assist bicycle fleet in Baldwin Park makes it the second city in the San Gabriel Valley region to host the service.
GoSGV launched in Baldwin Park with 45 bikes and 9 bike stations. In addition to the 35 bikes in South El Monte where the program first launched, GoSGV’s operating fleet is now up to 80 bikes between the two cities.
Users can unlock bikes using the Gotcha app and will be charged $2 to unlock and 10 cents per minute to ride. Subscriptions of $79.99 annually or $9.99 monthly give 2o minutes of free ride time per unlock and 10 cents per minute after; a student and a military discount would provide the same benefits but cost either $59.99 annually or $6.99 monthly.
The launch of the Baldwin Park bike share comes on the heels of the city council’s decision to create a Vision Zero Plan to improve safety. At the Sept. 16 regular meeting, the city council committed to eliminating traffic fatalities and severe injuries in the city over the next 10 years. GoSGV is expected to expand over the next year to 840 bikes to parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County, Cal Poly Pomona, and 15 SGV cities including El Monte, Covina, Claremont, Monterey Park.
California-based aviation services provider Threshold Aviation Group has acquired a Hangar 1 at Chino Airport, where it already operates one of three FBOs on the field. The company—which offers aircraft-related services such as aircraft management, charter, and sales—occupies the approximately 50,000-sq-ft Hangars 3 and 4 in the airport’s commercial complex.
The similarly-sized Hangar 1 had been dormant after a previous tenant’s deal fell through. Each of the hangars, which were originally built to shelter aircraft the size of military C-130 transports, also includes 8,000 square feet of office space, plus another 8,000 square fee of upstairs space used primarily for spare parts storage.
The company operates several large-cabin business jets in its fleet, and the new hangar is expected to be used for storage, as well as to accommodate transient aircraft. The facility currently employs about 200 staff, and is looking to add more airframe and power-plant technicians.
Wood Investments Companies, Inc., announced the acquisition of a single-tenant retail investment occupied by 99 Cents Only Stores totaling 28,240 square feet on 2.09 acres at 4050 Chino Hills Parkway in the Chino Hills Parkway shopping center. The purchase price was $2.5 million.
Wood Investments Companies plans to hold the property for cash flow until the end of the 99 Cents Only lease and will either negotiate a new lease or find another essential needs/grocery tenant at market rents. The execution of the business plan will take approximately three to five years.
According to the company, Grocery Outlet recently signed a lease in the former Big Lots space at the Chino Hills Parkway shopping center. Other tenants in the shopping center include 7-Eleven, Jack in the Box, AutoZone and H&R Block. Chino Hills Parkway Center is located in a dominant retail trade area that is surrounded by tremendous residential growth and features strong traffic counts (50,400 CPD) along Chino Hills Parkway.
The 28,240-square-foot building, which was originally built in 1974 for Alpha Beta, allows for multiple re-tenanting strategies or even subdividing the space.
“Chino Hills is poised to benefit from the tremendous growth that is occurring in surrounding cities including Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga,” Wood noted.
Late last year, Wood Investments Companies purchased a two-property retail investment totaling nearly 300,000 square feet and 31.7 acres in Twin Falls, Idaho; a two-tenant retail investment occupied by Food 4 Less and Ross Dress For Less totaling nearly 94,000 square feet on 7.45 acres in San Bernardino, and a 7,002-square-foot, single-tenant, net-lease property occupied by Aaron’s in Bakersfield.
Less than a week after announcing the resignation of Claremont’s city manager, the City Council has appointed the finance director to fill the role.
The council unanimously approved appointing Adam Pirrie as acting city manager in a closed session meeting Oct. 13, the city said in a news release. Pirrie has been with the city since 2003 and was appointed finance director in 2011.
On Oct. 7, City Manager Tara Schultz announced she would be leaving the city at the end of October. Schultz and the City Council reached a mutual agreement on her resignation, the city has said.
Pirrie is a member of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. Under his guidance, the city has received multiple awards, including the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program each year for more than 10 years, according to the city.
The city of Glendora wants reimbursement for costs it incurred when officials responded to an Aug. 22 house party that violated health department orders.
Officials said they planned to seek $17,909.44 each from a party promoter and the owner of 1120 E. Sierra Madre Ave. for an event that was advertised on Instagram as the “100 Summers Mansion Party.” Many of those who packed the building were not wearing facial coverings, as seen in an Instagram post by the party promoter.
Staffers “tabulated the time expense relative to both the preparation and the handling of the nuisance location,” a city statement said.
The house has appeared on rental sites such as Airbnb, vacationrenter.com and VRBO, according to the Glendora Police Department. Neighbors called the authorities earlier on the day of the party, and city employees worked throughout the day to reach the promoter and homeowner, police said.
Officers responded to the house when the party appeared to be happening as planned, according to police. They ultimately arrested one person on a misdemeanor bench warrant, ticketed five people for vehicle code violations, had one car impounded, and issued 19 parking tickets, the Police Department said.
In addition to reimbursing the city, the party organizer, only identified by authorities as Mr. Bell in the city statement, faced $1,900 in fines.
The city also announced that a court approved its application for a temporary restraining order banning the homeowner from offering the property as a short-term rental.
The promoter did not show up in court, according to officials. But in an Instagram post he apologized to the Police Department and the city of Glendora for the event.
One of the highest priorities for the city of La Verne is the maintenance and improvement of the city’s local streets and roads. The roadways connect the community and provide the pathways for both economic and personal activities. With this in mind, the La Verne Public Works Department is sharing several street improvement project updates with La Verne residents.
Projects are in different phases, ranging from construction to design:
Nearly 4 miles of street maintenance and rehabilitation is planned for the Canyon View Drive, Blackrock Avenue and Bonner Court neighborhood area. These streets will be ground down and repaved using both asphalt and an environmentally responsive material known as asphalt rubber aggregate membrane (ARAM). The use of ARAM will help divert approximately 6,605 tires away from ending up in a landfill, and the material is more flexible and can better withstand cracking than conventional pavement materials. This project will also improve existing sidewalks and pavement striping. A contractor was recently awarded to perform this street maintenance at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting and construction is expected to begin in October.
New medians, which are the reserved areas that separate opposing lanes of traffic on divided roadways, will be constructed on Fruit Street from La Verne Lutheran High School to Baseline Road. These medians will act as traffic calming measures, which leverage the physical design of the median to encourage safer and more responsible driving. The project will also enhance safety for drivers by providing a left turn signal for westbound traffic on Baseline Road at Fruit Street.
Residents can soon expect construction to begin at the intersection of White Avenue and Durward Way, where a traffic signal will be installed. This traffic signal will assist with overall traffic flow and safety, providing residents more peace of mind as they drive through this intersection. The installation of the traffic signal will require occasional weekday lane closures beginning in November on both White Avenue and Durward Way; however, the Public Works team will be implementing a traffic control plan to help facilitate access and mitigate inconveniences during construction.
Pavement rehabilitation of nearly 2.5 miles of local streets is planned for the Hormel Street neighborhood area. The project will be confined to Gladstone Street to the south, Sentinel Drive to the north, Ramona to the west and Damien to the east. This construction project will go out to bid Fall of 2020, with construction anticipated to begin during Spring 2021.
Lastly, the La Verne Public Works team is in the design phase for street reconstruction for 6th and 7th streets, between C and D streets. The project will completely remove and replace the existing pavement and base materials. Base materials are the foundational layer put down during street construction. This will allow for completely renovated and new streets to be constructed. Road construction activities are slated for Summer 2021.
Ontario Airport freight.
Commercial freight volume at Ontario International Airport increased more than 20% in September while the number of air travelers rose to almost 200,000, reflecting a gradual recovery at the Southern California airport in recent months.
According to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), September’s passenger count was more than 195,000, a decrease of 58.4% compared to the same month last year. The number of domestic passengers exceeded 191,000, while international travelers totaled more than 3,500, decreases of 57% and 84.5%, respectively.
Over the first nine months of the year, ONT welcomed 1.9 million passengers. Domestic travel volume was more than 1.8 million, a decrease of 52% compared to the same period in 2019, with the number of international passengers reaching 76,000.
Since reaching its low point in air travel in April following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, ONT passenger volume has grown on a percentage basis every month between May and September.
Delta Air Lines began twice-daily, nonstop service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this month while international carrier Volaris is planning new service to Mexico City beginning in November.
Meanwhile, Ontario experienced a 22.5% gain in commercial freight volume in September, the sixth month this year of better than 20% growth, with shipments totaling more than 73,000 tons. On a year-to-date basis, freight volume was nearly 645,000 tons, almost 20% more than the January through September period in 2019.
Waterford Property Co. has acquired Marketplace at the Lakes, a value-add retail property located at 904-907 Lakes Drive in West Covina. CIM Group sold the asset for $18.6 million.
Built in 1994 on seven acres, Marketplace at the Lakes features 95,628 square feet of retail space. At the time of sale, the property was 80 percent occupied by Michaels and Jerome’s Furniture. In November 2015, Waterford acquired The Lakes, an office campus adjacent to the recently purchased retail center, and repositioned the property into a Class A office project for small to mid-size tenants.
The acquisition of Marketplace at the Lakes allows for the possibility to redevelop the retail asset into a multifamily property, which Waterford says offers more opportunities.
–Compiled by Bill Ruh, CVAR Director of Government Affairs