Meeting Minutes- March 19, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

March 19, 2012

LOCATION:  Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Ave., Industry, CA


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Chris Kakimi


John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Shan Lee, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Brent Palmer, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Adria Ybara.

MINUTES:   Minutes of the February 27, 2012 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Mike Williams seconded by Maury Edwards.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Expenditures of $161.05 were recorded for expenses associated with the Annual Dinner.  Interest receipts of $0.73 were also recorded resulting in an account balance of $5,832.27.


CHP Officer Al Perez advised that CHP has been increasing patrols on Turnbull Canyon Road near Los Altos HS in an attempt to increase student safety.  He also reported that CHP recorded 38 DUI arrests in Hacienda Heights in February.  The captain of the Santa Fe Springs Office reported that the office retained the same number of officers when portions of its enforcement area were transferred to Baldwin Park, allowing greater coverage by SF Springs officers within the smaller territory/

Sheriff Brian Sanford reported on two burglary arrests in Hacienda Heights in February through homeowner awareness and emphasized the importance of reporting suspicious neighborhood activities to the Sheriff’s office immediately when observed.


Habitat Authority Ranger Francine Godoy reported on activities in the nearby hills, reminding trail users that dogs are welcome but must be on leash and that trails are open only during daylight hours.  The Long Beach Conservation Corps is currently making improvements on the Puma Trail.  She also advised that an Earth Day trail clean-up event will be held at Seventh Avenue on April 21 and that the Los Robles Academy Junior Ranger Program, active for more than 10 years, will begin March 20.


Lerna Shirinian, representing Assemblyman Calderon, spoke of the middle class scholarship program, available to families with an annual income less than $150,000.  She also discussed AB1500 and AB1501, which will review tuition costs for students at state universities, colleges and community colleges in California.

Dickie Simmons reported on several events around Hacienda Heights, including an exhibit of the Vietnam War Dignity Wall at Rose Hills Memorial Park.  Taste of the Heights will be held in Rowland Heights on May 23.  Purchase of $10 tickets through HHIA will provide a $5 contribution to HHIA.

Dickie also announced that construction of the Orange Grove Middle School park and the Community Center at Hillgrove should begin this year.  Both will complete in 2013.

Rudy Obed complimented county staff for issuance of citations for improperly stored trash cans.

Roger Johnston announced that Cindy Singer has accepted a new position with the County Library Department and is no longer at the Hacienda Heights Library.

OLD BUSINESS:   Jeff Yann and John Eckman reported that the request from Hong Kong Market to sell packaged spirits, action on which was tabled at the February meeting, was approved by the Board via e-mail vote following receipt of requested clarifications from their representative.


Adria Ybarra introduced Andrew Yip who reported on a volunteer-developed Hacienda Heights web page created on Facebook.  Since creation, it has received more than 1,500 “Likes”, showing great interest on the part of residents in news about the community.  The website is sponsored by Anthony de la Vara.  The next step will be to improve the website and incorporate community news, including information from HHIA.  He requested guidance and support from HHIA Board members.


  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:   Reported that he is working with Troy Goodspeed to take over code enforcement duties and with Jeffrey Lin to transfer items under Streets and Highways.
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  No report  
  • Environment & Water:      Jeff Yann:   Reported on Sanitation Districts request to change operating hours at the Puente hills MRF and on uncertainty regarding park development by County Parks and Recreation of a park on the closed landfill.  He will prepare a letter seeking clarification of this matter to Supervisor Knabe for discussion and approval at the April meeting.
  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  Reported receipt of one new Life member and 2 Annual renewals.

MOTION:  On motion by Adria Ybarra seconded by Maury Edwards, expenditure for postage to send reminders to non-renewed annual members was approved unanimously.

Tentative date for the 2013 Annual Meeting is Friday, January 18, 2913.

  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:   Newsletters are being printed and will go out this week.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Informed the meeting of events at Schabarum Park and the Senior Center, as well as the Sanitation Districts Earth Day event on April 14.  Also advised that a new gazebo has been installed at Schabarum Park and is available for weddings.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  No report.
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  Mike has contacted the SGV Tribune for posting of HHIA meetings on the community calendar.  He has also e-mailed a form to Board members for description of committee duties and responsibilities, which will be filed for future reference.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Reported on earthquake preparedness and ways to stay safe in an earthquake.  She referenced much more extensive information available from county publications.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin:  Brent Palmer reported that construction at the Colima slide will begin in April and that Seventh Avenue improvements will likely begin around September.  Dickie Simmons will arrange a presentation on the Seventh Avenue improvements at the April meeting.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Reported on recent perchlorate contamination issue in Baldwin Park and La Puente and briefly described various local water agencies.
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Reported that 17 cases were filed with Regional Planning in February, including a request to re-open a closed sports bar at 15825 E. Gale Avenue..



Announced that HHIA has issued its goals for 2012, including assignments of responsible parties.

Regional Planning will hear the case for installing a new cell phone tower on Kwis Avenue on April 3.

Meals on Wheels will hold a fundraising event at their office on Saturday.


No public input received.

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:30 P.M.

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary       


SACRAMENTO, March 30, 2012 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today confirmed the state’s first detection of the citrus disease known as huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening. The disease was detected in an Asian citrus psyllid sample and plant material taken from a lemon/pummelo tree in a residential neighborhood in the Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles County.

HLB is a bacterial disease that attacks the vascular system of plants. It does not pose a threat to humans or animals. The Asian citrus psyllid can spread the bacteria as the pest feeds on citrus trees and other plants. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure; it typically declines and dies within a few years.

“Citrus is not just a part of California’s agricultural economy; it’s a cherished part of our landscape and our shared history,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “CDFA is moving swiftly to protect the state’s citrus growers as well as our residential trees and the many prized citrus plantings in our parks and other public lands. We have been planning and preparing for this scenario with our growers and our colleagues at the federal and local levels since before the Asian citrus psyllid was first detected here in 2008.”

Officials are making arrangements to remove and dispose of the infected tree and conduct treatment of citrus trees within 800 meters of the find site. By taking these steps, a critical reservoir of disease and its vectors will be removed, which is essential. More information about the program will be provided at an informational open house scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Industry Hills Expo Center, The Avalon Room, 16200 Temple Avenue, City of Industry, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Treatment for HLB will be conducted with the oversight of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA) and will be conducted safely, with advance and follow-up notices provided to residents in the treatment area.

An intensive survey of local citrus trees and psyllids is underway to determine the source and extent of the HLB infestation. Planning has begun for a quarantine of the infested area to limit the spread of the disease by restricting the movement of citrus trees, citrus plant parts, green waste, and all citrus fruit except what is commercially cleaned and packed. As part of the quarantine, citrus and closely related plants at nurseries in the area will be placed on hold.

Residents of quarantine areas are urged not to remove or share citrus fruit, trees, clippings/grafts or related plant material. Citrus fruit may be harvested and consumed on-site.

CDFA, in partnership with the USDA, local agricultural commissioners and the citrus industry, continues to pursue a strategy of controlling the spread of Asian citrus psyllids while researchers work to find a cure for the disease.

HLB is known to be present in Mexico and in parts of the southern U.S. Florida first detected the pest in 1998 and the disease in 2005, and the two have now been detected in all 30 citrus-producing counties in that state. The University of Florida estimates the disease has tallied more than 6,600 lost jobs, $1.3 billion in lost revenue to growers and $3.6 billion in lost economic activity. The pest and the disease are also present in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and South Carolina. The states of Arizona, Mississippi and Alabama have detected the pest but not the disease.

The Asian citrus psyllid was first detected in California in 2008, and quarantines are now in place in Ventura, San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. If Californians believe they have seen evidence of HLB in local citrus trees, they are asked to please call CDFA’s toll-free pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899. For more information on the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB visit:

NOTE: CDFA will host a conference call for credentialed members of the news media today, March 30, at 4 pm. Speakers will be Dr. Robert Leavitt, director of Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services at CDFA, and Kurt Floren, Los Angeles County agricultural commissioner.  Credentialed media representatives are invited to call 1-888-603-9813. The password is: Agriculture.


CDFA Protects!

Steve Lyle
Director of Public Affairs
California Department of Food and Agriculture