HHIA mourns the loss of Jeff Yann, long-time Board member

Jeff Yann, a life member and, for many years a member of the HHIA Board of Directors, died in a snorkeling accident on the island of Kauai on Oct. 31st. As a member of HHIA, he was a staunch environmental leader in the local area of Hacienda Heights and the eastern San Gabriel Valley. An active member of HHIA, in 1991 elected to Board of Directors, 1993-re-elected and elected President, 1994-re-elected President ,1995-re-elected and elected Vice-President , 1996 re-elected Vice-President ,1998, 2000 & 2002 elected to Board of Directors, and in 2011 & 2013 – elected to Board of Directors In addition to being elected President and Vice-President, Jeff Chaired the Environmental Committees, served as HHIA Secretary and chaired many special committees and task forces.

He was a leader in the “Dump the Dump Campaign” during the Puente Hills Landfill permit extension battle and worked to obtain a $1 fee for disposal of each ton of garbage as well of closure of the landfill in 2013 at the end of the permit. Money from this fund was used in the construction of the Hacienda Heights Community Center and for purchase of land in the Native Habitat Authority wildlife corridor in the Puente Hills where he spent many hours hiking on the local trails. He also advocated strongly for the establishment of the Puente Hills Landfill Park with the closure of the disposal site in 2013. On Oct. 25th, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved the creation of a new regional park on the summit of the old landfill, only a few days before his death.

Not only did he fight for residents in Hacienda Heights but was also was past Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Task Force of the Sierra Club. As a Sierra Club activist, he was largely responsible for development of the Emerald Necklace concept—a 17-mile loop of walking, biking and equestrian trails with associated local parks that will unite existing trails along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River with the planned Whittier Narrows Discovery Center. A prominent accomplishment as part of the Emerald Necklace was a victory that resulted in public acquisition of the Duck Farm where a new park is now planned as funds become available. The Emerald Necklace project is now working its way through planning and environmental evaluation. The Draft Environmental Report on the Emerald Necklace by the Water Conservation Authority was released on

His community leadership in protecting our local environment and advocating for parks and trails will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Lynn, a son and daughter and two grandchildren.

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Hacienda Heights Library Closed for Renovation
The Hacienda Heights Library Renovation project schedule has been moved up and thus construction should begin sometime in March. Therefore, the HH Library will be relocating temporarily to Steinmetz Park on February 21st. Students that currently utilize the library after school and are in need of a place to go to should check with Steinmetz Park. They may be able to provide an after school program for these students.

Update: possible (“soft reopening”) January 2017 time-frame.

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