A majority of Californians have voted No – meaning against removing the Governor from office – in the Tuesday September 14th recall election. 64% of voters across the state opposed the re-call, while 36% of voters supported the re-call. In Los Angeles County, 71% voted No, while 29% voted Yes. In San Bernardino County 52% voted No, while 48% voted Yes. Please visit the Secretary of State website HERE for County specific data, interactive maps and results for individual candidates.
The California Auditor has looked at the finances of cities in California. To see the data for a specific city, CLICK HERE.
The design of a $1.5 billion extension to the Foothill Gold Line is now substantially complete, allowing for significant progress on construction, local transportation officials announced.
The extension comprises 9.1 miles and four stations from Glendora to Pomona. The design-build project was awarded to Kiewit-Parsons, a Joint Venture (KPJV) in October 2019, and the first year of the contract was spent on completing enough design to start major construction, according to the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.
Major construction began in July 2020 and as of this month, the project is now 36% complete.
The project is six months ahead of the completion deadline of January 2025. The design-build contract includes an option to have the KPJV team complete the entire project from Glendora to Montclair if additional funding is secured by early October 2021. If that is achieved, the entire 12.3-mile, six-station project will be completed altogether in early 2026.
Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority is an independent transportation planning and construction agency created in 1998 by the state Legislature to plan, design and build the Metro Gold Line light rail system from downtown L.A.’s Union Station to Montclair. The agency completed the first segment from Union Station to Pasadena in 2003 and the Pasadena to Azusa segment in 2015.
The Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS extends our condolences to the family of Councilmember Uriel Macias who passed away on August 31st. Mr. Macias was a dedicated public servant and former military veteran, having served Azusa in various capacities over the span of two decades.
Baldwin Park Unified is encouraging water conservation and sustainability through a long-standing partnership with the Valley County Water District (VCWD) and its water bottle fill station program.
The program, also made possible by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, saw the installation of 18 water bottle fill stations on Baldwin Park Unified campuses before the start of the 2021-22 school year.
The water filling stations include tap water and refrigeration systems to provide cold water. The units also have visual meters quantifying the amount of plastic water bottles saved from waste. To use, students press the button at the top of the machine and the water is dispensed directly into the reusable bottles.
Constant testing and maintenance is conducted, helping students, teachers, staff and residents feel confident to drink directly from the tap. To protect against water contamination and ensure safe drinking, VCWD works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
VCWD also is launching a program in conjunction with the Water Education – Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC), in which teachers are eligible to submit information on upcoming course projects that include water or are water-themed. Teachers can receive up to $750 in grant funds.
High school seniors can also apply for a $1,500 essay-based scholarship through VCWD and WEWAC – an opportunity that is open to all areas of study.
The commission voted unanimously to approve the developments in the Rancho Miramonte project area.
The plan offers a glimpse into a new neighborhood in the area of Chino-Corona Road and Cucamonga Avenue, which according to the plan will be renamed Mill Creek Drive to line up with the existing neighborhood to the north.
Trumark Homes, which purchased the property in 2016, thanked city staff for their help with the project, noting that the development “really suits the neighborhood.”
One development is poised to have 76 single-family homes on just under 15 acres, a second development will have 33 single-family detached homes on 5½ acres, and a third will have 55 single-family detached homes.
The 76-unit development will be divided into three parts—a J shape in the north end of the proposed site and two smaller sites near the center of the planning area. Plans presented by Ms. Gilbert featured new streets, pocket parks and a hiking trail.
The 33-unit and 55-unit sites will be built just east of Cucamonga Avenue.
Currently, the east side of Cucamonga Avenue contains rows of cornfields and dirt lots. The south side of Chino-Corona Road features the remains of a long-abandoned farm, along with a couple of heavily tagged and ransacked houses.
The developments will feature single-story and two-story homes of varying architectural styles in low-to-mid density neighborhoods. Some of the homes will feature accessory dwelling units (ADUs), or extra units—either detached or attached with a separate entrance—that a homeowner can rent out for extra income.
Chino Hill State Park is slated to expand by another 720 acres following a series of land acquisitions over the past two years.
The Hills for Everyone conservation group has been working to increase the state park’s footprint for more than 40 years and helped with recent “must have” acquisitions including a 320-acre purchase that closed escrow last Tuesday, according to a news release.
A regional public land agency, called the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, bought the 320-acre property for $2.56 million and an 80-acre property in June for $600,000. The agency is slated to temporarily manage the two properties along with another 320-acre purchase from last June until they’re added to Chino Hills State Park.
California’s Wildlife Conservation Board granted $3.16 million in May to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to purchase the properties. Money came from a fund aimed at conserving deer and mountain lion habitats.
Hundreds of species of animals reside in the grasslands, sage scrubs and other vital habitats of the Puente-Chino Wildlife corridor which includes the acquisitions and the state park.
Chino Hills State Park straddles more than 14,000 acres of land between Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties.
Hills for Everyone plans to continue working with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and national group, The Conservation Fund, to conserve another 800 acres as protected parkland in the near future.
Community Services staff will begin planning for the 2021 Reforestation Program at the end of September. Reforestation occurs between October and April, when the weather is cooler. Properties that have had trees removed within the past year have already received tree planting information. If you would like a new street tree, contact Community Services using the information provided below. Community Services staff will determine if there is a viable planting site adjacent to your property. Factors considered when determining a viable site include adequate grow space, any interference with utility lines, sufficient site distance and traffic clearance, as well as maintenance resources, including an adequate and consistent water source.
Each street has been designated with a set of species that is included in the Designated Street Tree List. This list can be found on that City’s website at www.ci.claremont.ca.us/trees. Information regarding each species can be found at https://selectree.calpoly.edu/.
Each newly planted tree will be watered by the City’s contractor for the first 90 days. Following the 90-day period property owners are responsible for watering. All newly planted trees will receive a water bag to aid in responsible watering of the new tree.
The City is currently using grant funds to plant trees. The grants require that the trees are no larger than 15 gallons in size. Property owners may pay to have a larger tree planted. The cost for a 24″ box tree is $237.
If you would like a new City tree, or have any questions, please contact the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431 or email email@example.com.
Diamond Bar officials are looking to recover more than $15,000 in costs that were incurred when city workers cleaned up a house earlier this year.
The City Council discussed how to recoup the costs from the clean-up during a meeting in late August. The Council is set to declare the house a public nuisance.
Despite the clean-up, several problems persist at the house in the 2200 block of Pebble Lane, according to a city staff report. The lingering issues include peeling paint on the house and lack of ongoing maintenance.
As part of the initial clean-up, workers removed several dead, rotting or overgrown trees, towed away two inoperable cars and hauled out trash strewn across the property.
The house has a history of multiple property violations, according to the staff report. However, they were all dealt with promptly by the property owner. The most recent issues with the home began in 2018 when city workers found it violated multiple “landscaping maintenance standards.”
“Observations included weeds, rank growth and other overgrown, dead or diseased vegetation throughout the front, side and rear yards, and two inoperative vehicles in public view, and the issuance of multiple administrative citations proved ineffective,” the staff report said.
The house owner will get a chance to speak during Tuesday’s council meeting to discuss the issues and the $15,462 clean-up costs.
REALTOR.com has named the City of El Monte as one of the best places for young families. In a nationwide survey, El Monte ranked # 2 out of a total of 11 cities chosen by the REALTOR.com survey. To come up with the list of suburbs for America’s cool moms and dads, REALTOR.com started by looking at the nation’s 11 largest cities. Then they looked at the surrounding suburbs in each metro area with at least 10,000 people.
They took into account the percentage of children living in each city, school rankings, and family-friendly businesses (including day care centers). To make sure these were places parents would want to live, too, there had to be plenty of restaurants, bars, and things to do, as well as a reasonable commute (most are under 40 minutes) for when they do have to go to the office.
Glendora officials aim to spend $2 million on parks and another $1 million on small business support using funds the city received through the American Rescue Plan Act.
The spending is part of an expenditure plan officials drafted on how to spend $7.5 million in recovery funds that the city will receive from the federal government.
Around $3.7 million has already been received by the city, with another $3.7 million set to be deposited into Glendora’s coffers sometime in May 2022.
Other priorities in the expenditure plan include the following.
$500,000 toward homelessness and housing.
$1.5 million toward improvements for the Glendora Village.
$500,000 for nonprofit support.
$1 million toward the Library Plaza.
The money cannot be spent however the city wants, and it must abide by guidelines set up by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Funds can only be used on costs a city has incurred between March 3 and Dec. 31, 2024, as a direct result of the pandemic or to make any necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure,
The city of La Puente is the site of a new a One-Stop Development Center that will replace the existing Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Building and Safety District Office with a new 6,850-square-foot facility.
The facility, located at 16005 Central Ave. in La Puente, will provide office space for Public Works, Regional Planning, Public Health and First Supervisorial District staff and will include new and enhanced resources, larger support spaces, integrated services, technological advances, sustainable concepts as well as surface parking and EV charging stalls.
The project will serve residents of La Puente, Industry, West Covina, Baldwin Park and other surrounding unincorporated San Gabriel Valley neighborhoods.
The La Verne City Council officially named Christopher Nigg as the city’s newest fire chief, filling a role that has been vacant since 2019.
City leaders unanimously approved a hiring agreement to bring Nigg on as the chief during its August 16th meeting. Nigg started in the role on Aug. 30.
The La Verne Fire Department was left without a permanent fire chief in 2019 when Chief Pete Jankowski retired. Since his departure, five interim fire chiefs have temporarily filled the role.
City leaders began their search for the department’s new chief near the start of 2020, ultimately choosing Nigg for the position.
Nigg has more than 20 years experience as a firefighter, recently serving as deputy fire chief for the Fullerton Fire Department, La Verne officials said. He got his start as a firefighter in 2004 with the San Bernardino City Fire Department.
The number of passengers at Ontario International Airport (ONT) was nearly 478,000 in July, 97% of the total passenger count recorded in July 2019.
According to data compiled by the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), the airport welcomed more than 462,000 domestic passengers and 15,600 international travelers in July, increases of 167% and 333%, respectively, compared to July 2020.
The number of domestic travelers last month was just 1.2% lower than July 2019 while international passenger volume was 42% lower.
From January through July, ONT welcomed more than 2.1 million passengers, almost 70% of the total over the same period in 2019 and 40% more than the first seven months of 2020.
Meanwhile, air freight shipments in July, which totaled 66,400 tons, were 6% higher than the same month in 2019, but 17.2% lower than July last year. For the first seven months of the year, freight volume was almost 480,000 tons, nearly 5% less than the same period a year ago, but almost 16% more than 2019.
After a week-long trial, a federal jury awarded the City of Pomona $48 million in damages from SQM North America Corporation, a subsidiary of a large Chilean mining company, for the costs of cleanup of the toxic chemical perchlorate from the City’s groundwater supply. Fertilizer sold by SQMNA and used for decades in the citrus orchards of Pomona had been tainted with perchlorate which ended up in Pomona’s drinking water supplies.
Perchlorate is a toxic chemical that can be particularly harmful to children as it disrupts hormones needed for healthy growth and development. The presence of perchlorate in 14 of its drinking water wells created substantial additional water treatment expenses for Pomona, including building and operating a specialized plant to remove the contaminant from its water. After the source of the perchlorate was identified as a contaminant in sodium nitrate fertilizer imported from Chile by SQMNA, the City filed a products liability lawsuit against the corporation.
Ken Sansone, Partner at SL Environmental Law Group and lead attorney for Pomona said, “The civic leaders of the City of Pomona should be commended for standing up on behalf of their citizens against a large international corporation to make sure that the company that created this pollution pays to clean it up. SQMNA fought hard for nearly a decade, but justice prevailed. We are honored to have had the opportunity to fight for the City and satisfied with the outcome.”
Mesirow Institutional Real Estate Direct Investments has sold Solamonte, a 521-unit garden-style community in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for $227 million. ASB Real Estate Investments teamed up with Western National Group to acquire the asset, which was 98.5 percent occupied.
The property, previously known as AMLI at Empire Lakes, last traded in 2016, when the current seller purchased the community for $130 million, according to Yardi Matrix. Mesirow had financed that acquisition with a $81.5 million loan from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co.
Located on 20.5 acres at 9200 Milliken Ave., the 12-building community features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with floorplans averaging 934 square feet. Mesirow recently completed renovation work at the 2001-built property, upgrading 80 percent of the units. The new owners plan to continue updating the asset.
Solamonte has a variety of outdoor amenities, from a movie theater to a saltwater swimming pool with poolside cabanas and grilling areas. The property also includes a club lounge, fitness center and game room equipped with billiards tables and arcade games.
The community is less than a mile from a Metrolink station and has easy access to interstates 10 and 15. Two major shopping centers—Victoria Gardens Mall and Ontario Mills—and Ontario International Airport are within 3 miles of Solamonte, with downtown San Bernardino 15 miles east.
Menlo Equities paid $43 million for a two-building office campus in San Dimas that is fully leased to two government defense contractors.
The Menlo Park-based private equity firm closed earlier this month on the recently-renovated property, which has 177,000 square feet of office space.
Walton Street Capital and Stillwater Investment Group were the sellers. The duo acquired the campus at 924-936 Overland Court in early 2015 for $18 million, and completely overhauled the now 32-year-old property.
The complex is fully leased to major U.S. government defense contractors. Raytheon Technologies subsidiary United Technologies occupies the 79,000-square-foot building, while Leidos has the 98,000-square-foot building.
The Overland Court campus is among two properties that Menlo Equities now owns in Los Angeles County and 13 in total in Southern California. Most of its holdings are in Orange County. It also has eight other properties in Northern California and a number of other assets across 10 other states and Washington D.C.
The cost of trash hauling for Upland residents and businesses soon will be higher, due to a rate hike approved by the City Council.
Residential rates will rise by 4.3% for those households using the smallest, 35-gallon barrel, and by 8.2% for the the largest, 95-gallon barrel. Rates will rise by nearly 7% for those residents using a 65-gallon trash barrel, which is used by a majority of Upland residents, according to Braden Yu, the city’s public works director.
The new rate schedule takes effect Sept. 1.
Commercial bin rates are also going up.
Those retail stores and restaurants with the smallest bin measuring 1 cubic yard with pickup once a week will see about a 9% hike for trash hauling. For the next largest size, a 2 cubic yard commercial bin with twice a week pickup, the rate will rise about 11%.
The city contracts through a franchise agreement with Burrtec Waste Industries, which supplies the service. The city has contracted with the private waste hauler for about 20 years.
As part of its contract, Burrtec can receive rate increases tied to the rate of inflation via the Consumer Price Index. Last year, the rate hike was deferred. The City Council granted Burrtec a 3.07% CPI increase for last year and a 1.62% CPI increase for the current fiscal year.
But these percentage increases are applied to only two aspects of the waste hauler’s multi-faceted business: the service component and the cost of disposal charged at the landfill or waste transfer station. To arrive at the list of new rates, the company also figured in tonnage, Yu said.
An executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom that required local municipalities to hold public meetings virtually amid the pandemic is set to expire at the end of this month. But cities like Walnut are considering a return to in-person meetings sooner rather than later.
The City Council is discussing whether to allow residents back into its chambers before the order’s expiration. City leaders originally considered returning to in-person meetings in July but tabled the discussion.
The city will mull three options: wait until the executive order expires, move to hold in-person meetings again or opt for a hybrid format where city officials will participate in person while the public attends virtually.
City staff conducted a survey of surrounding cities to look at how other local governments have handled the executive order and found that 11 cities have returned to in-person meetings, two still hold meetings virtually and three have adopted a hybrid format, the staff report said.