Baldwin Park Unified will postpone the reopening of in-person instruction, scheduled for January 2021, to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the community and surrounding county.
BPUSD campuses have been closed since March 2020 to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. For the 2020-21 school year, BPUSD managed small learning groups for Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade and athletics conditioning at BPUSD high schools. As it currently stands in Los Angeles County and in Baldwin Park, there has been an increase of COVID-19 positive cases, so the district is moving to postpone the reopening of in-person instruction until the situation improves.
The Chino City Council on Dec. 17 approved paying Gruen Associates of Los Angeles more than $240,000 to develop a master plan to improve the aging city hall complex. The civic center was completed and went into use in the 1970s, according to Deputy City Manager Vivian Castro in a report to the council.
The site comprises approximately 15.29 acres in downtown Chino, on the west side of Central Avenue, between Chino Avenue and C Street.
Approximately eight acres include the city hall and vacant police and courthouse facilities. A vacant fire station and former Human Services building, owned by the city, are directly across Central Avenue.
The civic center property also includes the Chino Branch Library, the Chino Senior Center, the Seventh Street Theatre, the Chaffey College Chino Center, parking lots and open space.
In addition, the city owns the Chaffey IT Center on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and C Street, as well as the Gray Building (Chamber of Commerce building) and the Chino Youth Museum building.
In the last year, city officials discussed possibly selling the civic center property and moving city functions to south Chino where residential and business is growing.
During a May 3 workshop, the council rejected that idea, opting to keep the civic center in downtown Chino. The council also directed staff to seek bids for the development of a civic center master plan.
Three bids, ranging from $244,461 to $667,560 were received. Gruen was the lowest responsible bidder. The council agreed to pay an additional $18,232 to Gruen for community input and stakeholder meetings, social media content and development of a project website, for a total contract of $262,393.
Work on the plan is expected to begin this month (January) and be completed by late July or early August, according to the contract documents.
Newcastle Partners, Inc. announced it has sold Chino Hills Commerce Center for $15.9 million. The 100,326-square-foot Class A industrial facility, at 15292 Fairfield Ranch Road in Chino Hills, was acquired by TP-Link USA Corporation, a top provider of consumer networking products, which include routers, range extenders, switches, and network adapters. The new owner-user plans to move into the space immediately and is relocating and expanding from its current Brea location.
Newcastle Partners completed development of the facility in November 2018. The property is situated on a 4.87-acre site and features more than 5,300 square feet of two-story office space, warehouse, an ESFR sprinkler system, 10 dock-high loading doors, one grade-level door, 118 auto parking spaces, and a secured truck court and yard area. It is near the 71 freeway on/off ramp at Central Avenue to the south and Chino Hills Parkway to the north, with easy access to the 71, 60 and 91 freeways.
The City of Claremont announced the donation of 20 acres of permanent open space land by Arthur and Susan Bertolina. The land is located east of Webb Canyon and will ensure more wilderness will be preserved.
The Bertolina Family approached the city in the fall of 2019 with the donation, which is appraised at $300,000. The parcel abuts the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park (CHWP) area to the east and is bounded by three privately owned parcels to the north, west, and south. Although the parcel does not connect to current CHWP trails, it is the city’s intent that the parcel remain as vacant open space.
The donation will extend the CHWP westward from Johnson’s Pasture so that it links up with Marshall Canyon, helping to form a continuous wildlands corridor along the face of the San Gabriel foothills as far as Monrovia.
As of Jan. 4, 2021, street sweeping parking enforcement resumed in the city of Diamond Bar. Residents are reminded to refer to the street sign on their block for the days and times of parking restrictions, and move their vehicles accordingly to avoid receiving a citation.
The city suspended issuance of street sweeping citations on March 16, 2020 to accommodate residents who were home due to the state’s Stay at Home Order. During this time, the increase of parked vehicles blocking the roadway has resulted in less effective sweeping.
With the seasonal increase in fallen leaves and wind-blown litter, it is a critical time for street sweeping to return to normal operations. Regular and effective street sweeping plays a key role in removing leaves, trash, and particulate debris from city roadways, and preventing these from entering the storm drain system and eventually local rivers and the ocean.
For more information on street sweeping, including a link to an interactive schedule, click here.
Questions may be directed to the Public Works Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (909) 839-7060.
L.A. Care Health Plan signed a 12,000-square-foot retail lease at Santa Fe Plaza, 3570 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte. The largest publicly operated health plan in the country will use the space as its L.A. Care/Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Center, which are community hubs offering health and wellness programming.
The 10-year deal brings Santa Fe Plaza to 96% occupied. The 56,019-square-foot neighborhood retail center’s tenants include Allstate Insurance, H&R Block, Papa John’s Pizza, Rent-A-Center and Labor Finders.
L.A. Care currently operates seven locations in Los Angeles County, with plans to have 13 locations by the end of 2021.
Currently, the city has just about wrapped up its planning efforts and is applying for funds to design and build the project through through the fifth cycle of the Active Transportation Program. The city has requested $4.2 million to build the Glendora Avenue improvements, and $3.1 million for the Foothill Boulevard improvements.
For about the next three months, the railroad crossing at Fulton Road in the cities of Pomona and La Verne will be fully closed as the next phase in construction of the L Line, formerly the Gold Line, light-rail extension continues into eastern Los Angeles County.
Kiewit-Parsons, the firm building the project, will have crews working on relocating underground utilities, installing a new safety and communication system, rebuilding the street and more. The temporary street closure will include the entrance to the Metrolink Station parking lot on Fulton Road, while access to the parking lot will remain open from Garey Avenue to Santa Fe Street in Pomona.
The full street closure of Fulton Road between Arrow Highway in Pomona and Bonita Avenue in La Verne was scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 18, and run through April 9, according to the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. Both northbound and southbound Garey Avenue will serve as the main detour route. Additional detour options include both eastbound and westbound Arrow Highway and Bonita Avenue.
All vehicular and pedestrian access at Fulton Road within the closure area north and south of the railroad crossing will be maintained at all times, as well as access to First Street, Roosevelt Street and Brandt Street, according to the Construction Authority.
Fulton Road will be closed at the railroad crossing in the cities of La Verne and Pomona (Map provided by Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority)
Initial grade crossing construction work along the light-rail line extension has already begun in San Dimas and in Glendora.
The Foothill extension of the L Line, formerly the Gold Line, is planned to bridge 12.3 miles between Azusa — its current terminus — and Montclair. Plans include six light-rail stations, one each in the cities of Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, Claremont and Montclair.
The 9.1-mile segment from Glendora to Pomona is scheduled to be completed and operational by 2025.
The next leg from Pomona to Montclair is expected to be completed by 2028, if the agency can secure additional funding by October 2021 to push the extension into San Bernardino County.
Two weeks into the New Year, airport officials announced final statistics for 2020, with cargo volumes growing more than 18% year-over-year, while the number of passengers who traveled through ONT was down more than 50%.
For the year, ONT processed nearly 900,000 tons of commercial freight, 18.2% higher than the previous year. Freight shipments increased by double-digits in 10 months in 2020 and by more than 20% in six months. Mail shipments increased almost 17% to more than 25,000 tons last year.
In December, freight tonnage totaled more than 93,000 tons, 6% higher than the same month in 2019 while shipments of mail grew 340% to more than 3,600 tons.
As for passenger travel, more than 2.5 million air travelers moved through ONT last year, roughly half as many as 2019. Domestic passengers totaled more than 2.4 million while the number of international travelers exceeded 95,000, decreases of 53% and 68%, respectively. In December, as public health officials urged Americans to avoid non-essential travel, passenger volume declined nearly 63% to 190,000. Domestic travelers numbered more than 182,000 and international passengers 7,000, decreases of 62% and 73%, respectively.
Kitu Systems completed the deployment of 190 networked Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers for Fairplex in Pomona. The chargers are installed at three campus locations: the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel, the Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill, and the Main Parking Lot. This deployment is the largest project of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) Charge Ready Program.
Through their Charge Ready Program, SCE installs and maintains the electrical infrastructure to support EV charging and provides rebates to reduce charging station costs.
In addition to providing and installing the charging and network equipment, Kitu will provide ongoing network, operation and management services via Kitu’s Convoy™ EV charge management service platform. Kitu Convoy allows Fairplex to monitor site utilization, manage access to the chargers, set and collect fees from drivers when applicable.
After 40 years of effort, about 4,085 acres of mostly untouched chaparral-covered land was annexed into the city of Rancho Cucamonga last month, preparing the way for up to 3,000 single-family homes, some shops, a K-8 school and preserved open space with 11 miles of trails.
The long-awaited Etiwanda Heights swath was accepted into the city on Dec. 16 and incorporated into City Council District 4, represented by Councilwoman Lynne Kennedy.
The rectangular chunk is bordered on the west by Haven Avenue, on the north by the San Bernardino National Forest, the city of Fontana on the east and a jagged southerly border of Wilson Avenue, Wilson Street and Milliken Avenue.
The area was certified by the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO # 3241) on Nov. 9, 2020.
The annexation extends the city’s boundaries by 6.3 miles, growing the city to about 47 square miles. The land was formerly unincorporated county territory.
The city’s No. 1 priority for the foothills land is to maintain them in a natural state, that is, alluvial fan sage scrub and oak woodlands. These ecosystems can be seen at the base of Day Canyon and Deer Canyon, according to city documents.
The annexed area is part of the Etiwanda Heights Neighborhood and Conservation Plan. That 4,393-acre plan approved by the City Council in November 2019 and submitted with its annexation application certified by the San Bernardino County Local Agency Formation Commission on Nov. 9, 2020.
In that plan, which includes a southerly arrow of land already within the city boundaries, about 790 acres is designated for between 2,700 and 3,000 single-family homes divided into four neighborhoods, some on half-acre equestrian lots and others for starter homes and adult living options. Part of that includes 180,000 square feet of shops and a community center, plus 85 acres of parks.
The bulk of the specific plan—about 3,603 acres or 82%—is classified as “rural/conservation” with the intent to preserve habitat, grasslands, oak woodlands and stream beds located closer to the San Gabriel Mountains, with allowance of up to 100 new homes.
The heavily visited Etiwanda North Preserve is included in the rural designation and will remain open space.
Since 2015, the city has presented different versions of a specific plan. At first, the housing densities were higher. The approved plan reduced densities, he said. Some landowners objected, saying the lowered densities would reduce the value of their developable parcels.
The average zoning density in the plan is 3½ units per acre, according to the city.
Barricades that closed off portions of certain streets in downtown Upland, accommodating outdoor dining in parking lots and sidewalks during the coronavirus pandemic, will be removed in the next few weeks.
The City Council on Jan. 11 rejected a staff report to continue the closures, saying keeping the barricades would encourage violations of the governor’s ban on outdoor dining, in effect in Southern California since Dec. 3.
Council members said the city must obey the governor’s orders, which kicked in when ICU bed capacity in San Bernardino County started to drop well below 15% and is now at 0% at many hospitals, as coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations surge.
Many feared that outdoor dining and, in some cases, indoor activities at bars were continuing at certain establishments in downtown Upland, despite the order by the governor.
Five restaurants hold outdoor dining permits issued by the city, while two were using sidewalk space for dining. Those permits were suspended in December by the city after the governor’s modified stay-at-home order was put in place, according to city staff.
The city’s cost to continue the barricades and pay for monthly security in the downtown area on Second Avenue between C and A streets would have equaled about $10,000 a month.
It’s unclear whether the city will move forward with permanent street closures that would help accommodate festivals and possibly outdoor dining in the future.
West Covina is suing an insurance pool asking that it be required to pay for $4 million in losses the city suffered after losing an employment case trial in 2018.
The city brought the case to Los Angeles Superior Court against Big Independent Cities Excess Pool Joint Powers Authority, asking for a declaration of the rights and duties of the parties under their agreement.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury in October 2018 found in favor of former West Covina Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Briley, who had been a member of the WCFD for nearly a decade before being fired in September 2015.
Briley alleged he was fired in retaliation for reporting numerous alleged fire safety violations, including the fire department’s decision allowing a company, AltaMed Medical and Dental Group, to remain open while the building in which it was located was undergoing construction.
Briley maintains the structure did not undergo proper testing of the alarm system.
Defense attorneys maintained Briley lost his job for legitimate reasons and that others found it hard to work with him.
The city obtained $27 million in coverage from the insurance authority intended to protect the municipality against such claims as wrongful termination and retaliation brought by city employees and West Covina paid all of its required premiums, the suit states.
After Briley obtained a judgment against the city—which is accruing interest–the insurance authority “started trying to wiggle out of its coverage obligations” and now claims that the jury found liability in violation of a state Labor Code section that is an uninsurable wrongful act under the Insurance Code, the suit states.
The insurance authority is also now maintaining it did not get some reports about the status of the litigation before trial and that this precludes coverage, even though it did not raise the issue until Briley won the case, the suit states.
The city has appealed the Briley verdict to the 2nd District Court of Appeal.