As vaccination programs expand, another large-scale COVID-19 vaccination site opened in the region in February, as the result of a partnership among various health organizations aiming to provide vaccines to particularly vulnerable residents, beginning with those age 75 and over.
The site at Cal Poly Pomona is one of two in the consortium established in California, with the second located at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Organizers said each site will ultimately have the capacity to administer up to 10,000 doses per day, rivaling Los Angeles’ mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium. Because of limited supplies, the rollout will initially reach fewer numbers.
The sites are being operated by a consortium comprising Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health, the California Medical Association, Dignity Health and Futuro Health, with coordinating assistance from the California Primary Care Association and the American Red Cross.
Appointments can be made through the state’s myturn.ca.gov website.
According to Kaiser, the Cal Poly Pomona site will have 48 vaccination stations over 145,000 square feet, with 16 check-in stations and four pods. Additional sites will open as vaccine supplies increase. Organizers said future sites “will be chosen to maximize access, especially for communities with rural populations and people who have historically experienced lower rates of vaccination.”
The city of Chino Hills is trying to return $111,006 to developers, contractors, and some residents who have inactive trust deposit accounts that have not been claimed, and to reimburse developers approximately $1.4 million who paid impact fees for the city’s early infrastructure.
Trust Deposit Accounts (TDAs) are established by a developer, contractor or resident to reimburse the city for time and costs incurred when processing a commercial or residential land development project. Some of the trust deposit accounts sought by the city go back to 1992.
Due to the age of some of the TDAs, the city has been unable to locate all who are owed a reimbursement.
Included in the list: Parcel map 15034 from 2002 that is owed $25,349; the CFD 9 Hunters Hill Park operations and maintenance from 1996 owed $13,723; tract 14554 inspection from 1995 owed $5,572; cash bond 16610 Palermo Drive from 2007 owed $5,000; tract 13651-15 inspection from 1992 owed $5,658; tract 14554 inspection from 1995 owed $5,572; tract 11617 Tulip Avenue from 1992 owed $4,500, and parcel map 15504 Fairfield Ranch Business Park from 2001 owed $4,500.
A couple of Southern California Edison Tehachapi accounts from 2010 and 2013 are owed $1,471, and Richland Properties from 1994 is owed $3,822.
Impact Fees Owed Developers
Development impact fees in the amount of $1,450,338 are owed to developers who did not collect reimbursement for infrastructure costs. The fees paid by early land developers helped fund infrastructure improvements in Chino Hills that were sized for future development. Fees paid by these future developments were intended to reimburse a portion of the funds paid by previous developers.
Dozens of developers made agreements with San Bernardino County in the 1980s before Chino Hills incorporated in 1991. The city inherited the agreements and in 1998, developed a priority list for reimbursement.
Names From Long Ago
As of June 30, 2020, the city had accumulated sufficient fees to reimburse this phase of developer obligations. Some on the list of unclaimed developer debt are: $374,500 to Costain Homes from 1991; $280,000 to Pacific Gateway from 1989; $177,309 to LW Pacific from 1989, and $14,000 to JCC Development from 1992.
Amounts of $3,500 each: D.T. Smith from 1991; Ray Topete from 1993; Hua Cheng Ching from 1991; Andre Nguyen from 1994, and Lee Jones from 1994.
The following developers have been in contact with the city and may be removed from the final publishing list if it is determined they are eligible for a refund: Bramalea $37,500 from 1992; Lincoln Properties $254,131 from 1989; UDC Homes $288,187 from 1989, and Family Resources Ministries Preschool $3,500 from 1992.
A complete list of accounts can be viewed by clicking here. A link to the claim form is available.
The deadline to file a claim is March 17 or funds will become the property of the city. Information: Chino Hills Finance Department, 364-2640, or e-mail email@example.com.
The city of Claremont, along with a team of advisors, held the second of three public meetings to provide information and gather public input on the pending update to the city’s housing element.
The meeting focused on the function of the Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA), often referred to as “reena.” The panel also examined some scenarios under which the city might meet its RHNA requirement.
The event was led by Rob Matthews, principal in the firm Housing Lavigne which is the lead consultant on the project. He was joined by Brian Sims, also a principal with Housing Lavigne; Veronica Tam, of Veronica Tam Associates, the strategic advisor for RHNA; and Lexi Jouney, an environmental planner with Rincon Consultants who is knowledgeable about public safety and environmental justice issues.
The RHNA is mandated by state housing law and determines projected and existing housing needs in California, including unincorporated areas, to meet housing demand. Locally, the Southern California Association of Governments is responsible for allocating specific numbers of units that each jurisdiction must account for in its housing element under RHNA.
The current cycle is the sixth allocation of the housing element, which will cover the planning period from October 2021 through October 2029. The sixth RHNA cycle methodology is different from the fourth and fifth cycles, which only used projected household growth as the basis for a RHNA allocation and household income as the sole determinant of social equity.
The social equity adjustment will be based on household income and access to resources, including educational attainment, low income job access, reading proficiency and pollution levels.
Consequences for non-compliance with RHNA allocations include fines of $100,000 per month and ineligibility for state housing and infrastructure grants.
Claremont’s portion of the Southern California RHNA allocation is 1,707 homes, of which 553 need to be very low income, 308 low income and 296 moderate income units, in addition to market rate units. Neighboring cities have their own allocations including 5,673 units in Upland, 10,534 in Pomona and 1,343 in La Verne.
Claremont’s demographic reflects a community that is aging and has a large number of older people living alone. As a result, the housing element should examine whether the housing stock is suited to aging in place. In addition, whether there is housing suited for young families who would like to move here, effectively rebalancing the demographic, according to data presented by Ms. Tam.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2021, Waste Management was to resume weekly collection of recycling and green waste. Residents are asked to leave all carts curbside until 6 p.m. on collection days, as service times may vary.
Since Dec. 28, 2020, Waste Management implemented a temporary bi-weekly refuse collection schedule for recycle and green waste as a result of staffing reductions due to COVID-19 impacts. For more information, contact Waste Management at (800) 266-7551 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The El Monte City Council agreed to place temporary restrictions on storage unit operators from evicting tenants and selling their property to collect past due rent. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, is temporary and set to expire on July 2. It extends a Los Angeles County ordinance that addresses eviction protection for storage unit renters. The move prohibits storage unit operators from restricting access of renters to stored items, sending tenants notices of lien sales, conducting lien sales, and obligates storage unit tenants to eventually pay fees from the beginning of the adoption of the urgency ordinance by July 2.
Also in El Monte, Noble House has leased 572,240 square feet of logistics space at Goodman Logistics Center El Monte, a two-building, 1.2 million-square-foot logistics park. The national manufacturer and distributor of furniture will occupy the entire Building One of the Class A property, bringing the campus to full occupancy. Noble House said in a prepared statement that the lease will bring the firm’s operational capacity to more than 2 million square feet across the U.S.
Citrus College Superintendent-President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. officially announced that she will retire on July 1, 2021. Perri first shared the news with the college community in December 2020, but her retirement plans were made official during the Jan. 19, 2021, meeting of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.
When Superintendent-President Perri stepped into her role in July 2008, she became the first woman and the seventh superintendent/president in Citrus College history. Perri’s professional career spans close to 40 years and includes time as both a college administrator and faculty member. She also held the position of vice president of instruction at San Diego Mesa College and dean of instruction/career education at Mt. San Jacinto College in Riverside County.
The city of Ontario will soon welcome Topgolf, the sports entertainment, food and beverage complex that offers high-tech golf games. The Texas-based company plans to construct a nearly 600,000-square-foot facility on 13.7 acres of undeveloped San Bernardino County-owned land at the corner of Archibald Avenue and Fourth Street in Ontario. The property is adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, located north of Interstate 10 and the Ontario International Airport.
Topgolf and the county entered into a 20-year lease agreement in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the project, according to the county. Now construction is scheduled to start this month and completion anticipated in early 2022.
The agreement is estimated to bring in more than $625,000 a year to support the county’s system of regional parks, which includes Mojave Narrows in Victorville, Mojave River Forks in Hesperia and Calico Ghost Town in Yermo.
The new, three-level venue, which is expected to employ more than 400 people once open, will feature 102 golf hitting bays, a full-service restaurant and a bar. More than 200 TVs, a rooftop terrace with a fire pit, and space for corporate and social events are also planned, according to the company.
For updates on the progress and anticipated opening date click Topgolf Ontario.
POMONA – LA County Fair
Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its bearing on public events, the LA County Fair has announced that it is planning a smaller, safer celebration of this year’s annual spree of family, tradition, culture and community.
After canceling the fair last year and with the availability of a vaccine this year, organizers were hoping to be able to welcome guests back in 2021 to one of the largest county fairs in the country, according to the website. But with coronavirus cases unsteady, and the unpredictability of mutating strains and vaccine roll-outs to larger audiences, it would be fiscally unfeasible to plan a grand celebration only to be told a fair could not be held.
Organizers hope to have some celebration of the fair this fall; plans for a modified fair will be announced at a later date. If you purchased a 2020 Fair Season Pass Box and held it for the 2021 Fair, you will receive a refund for the box. Fair organizers will contact you in the near future regarding your refund.
KB Homes announced the grand opening of Montara at Sycamore Hills, a new enclave of homes located in Upland, on Baseline Road between Interstates 10 and 210.
The two-story homes showcase storage space, gourmet kitchens overlooking expansive great rooms, and large master suites with walk-in closets. The community’s floor plans feature up to four bedrooms and three baths, and range from approximately 1,700 to 2,200 square feet. The community also offers the KB Home Office, a dedicated room that homebuyers can personalize for the way they work. Additionally, Montara at Sycamore Hills will feature several exclusive amenities for its residents, including a planned park, dog park and swimming pool.
The sales office and model homes are open for private in-person tours by appointment, and walk-in visits. Homebuyers can also arrange a live video tour with a sales counselor. Pricing begins from the $590,000s.
For more information on KB Home, call (888) KB-HOMES or visit kbhome.com.
West Covina sold $204 million of pension bonds in July, is at the fiscal brink because of its ineffective management and raiding of reserves, according to a report by State Auditor Elaine Howle.
The city of about 105,000 residents helped cover salary and benefit costs for its public safety workers by siphoning from reserves, halving its year-end balance in fiscal 2019 to about $10 million over four years, the report said.
The city has about $227 million in outstanding municipal debt, and has made “questionable” financial decisions, likely understated the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and doesn’t have a fiscal recovery plan, raising the risk of bankruptcy, according to Howle’s report.
“West Covina is at high risk of being unable to meet its future financial obligations and provide effective city services,” the audit said. “If West Covina is unable to resolve its structural deficit, it risks becoming embroiled in the lengthy and complex process of declaring municipal bankruptcy.”
In July, West Covina’s financing authority sold $204 million of taxable lease-revenue debt rated A+ by S&P Global Ratings, with the top yield of 3.89% for a bond maturing in August 2044. A bond due in August 2038 traded Monday at a 3.12% yield, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Proceeds of the sale went to paying down the city’s unfunded pension liability, which would initially reduce its annual pension obligation to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. But that leaves the city on the hook for required debt payments that gradually increase every year by 2044, and still at the risk of higher pension bills should the retirement system underperform its target and require more from municipal governments to make up the difference, the audit said.
West Covina plans to sell land and use the proceeds to pay down its debt obligations, according to the report. But, such “large one‑time revenue sources will be insufficient on their own to reverse the city’s negative financial trend and rebuild its reserves,” it said.
–Compiled by Bill Ruh, CVAR Director of Government Affairs