Meeting Minutes- April 16, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2012

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


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Adria Ybara


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

MINUTES:   Minutes of the March 19, 2012 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Mike Williams seconded by Maury Edwards.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Expenditures of $298.39 were recorded for plaques presented at the Annual Dinner and newsletter printing.  Interest and membership renewal receipts of $105.74 were also recorded resulting in an account balance of $5,639.62.

Chris Kakimi reported that a bill for $60 had been received to erect and maintain HHIA’s banner on the Fourth of July Parade route.  On motion of Jeff Yann, seconded by Maury Edwards, the expenditure was approved.

Jean Robsen advised the Board and audience that she has $10 tickets for the May 23 Taste of the Heights and that HHIA receives $5 for each ticket sold by HHIA.


CHP Officer Al Perez reported that a homeless person previously reported as living near the Pomona Freeway had moved.  CHP policy requires a 3-day waiting period after a warning is given and then the individual can be removed.  He also described continuing enforcement activities to prevent illegal crossings of Turnbull Canyon Road between Los Altos High School and St. John Vianney Catholic Church.


In absence of a formal Program, HLPUSD Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka expressed concern that the school board did not receive formal notice regarding T-Mobile’s proposed installation of a cell phone tower near Kwis Elementary School.  District representatives learned of this installation from parents and were able to attend the April 3 Regional Planning hearing and speak in opposition of this project.  She requested that HHIA provide notification to the school district when they learn of such projects which may be of interest to HLPUSD.  Jeff Yann and John Eckman clarified that HHIA did not endorse this installation and requested T-Mobile to hold a community meeting.  Dickie Simmons also stated that the county is prevented by law from rejecting a cell phone tower installation based on radiation issues or prevent location in a public street right-of-way.

Curt Floren, County Agricultural Commissioner, provided details regarding the Asian citrus psyllid found in Hacienda Heights and determined to be carrying bacteria which cause citrus greening disease.  HH residents have been very cooperative in initial attempts to inspect citrus trees within a half-mile radius of the diseased tree and he encouraged further watchfulness, as this disease is a significant threat to California’s citrus industry.


Lerna Shirinian, from Assemblyman Calderon’s office, was present but had nothing to report.

Dickie Simmons reported that he will attend the parents meeting at Kwis School concerning the proposed cell phone tower.  He also reported on significant upcoming events, including a candidates forum at Steinmetz Park.

The county has released a new earthquake safety guide which all residents should obtain and read.

A traffic signal may be installed at Palm and Turnbull Canyon when the Community Center opens.

Amy Boteilho was introduced as the new Hacienda Heights Librarian and reported on upcoming activities at the library.

OLD BUSINESS:   Jeff Yann reported on activities involved with gaining information pertinent to a proposed letter to Supervisor Knabe to resolve planning and development issues for the future park on the landfill site.

MOTION:  That HHIA send a letter to Supervisor Knabe requesting the assistance of his office in resolving future management and development issues regarding future park operations on the Puente Hills Landfill site.  Moved by Jeff Yann and seconded by Hanny Zamora, the motion was approved.


  • Ms. Margarita Gomez reported on her application to open a sports bar on Gale Avenue at the former location of the Sportsman Bar.  Called the Moonlight Tavern, this facility will be open from 10 AM to 2 PM daily.  They will serve only beer and will have a contracted security officer on premises after 6 PM.  While there will be a juke box, there will be no live music.  On motion of Mike Williams, seconded by Hanny Zamora, it was approved, with one vote opposed, that HHIA will send a letter of support to Regional Planning for this application.
  • Mr. Kenneth Arnold presented plans for the Fil-Am Methodist Church to add 1,400 SF of additional space to their sanctuary to increase capacity to 436 people.  Per code, this will require 6 additional parking spaces.  A plot plan of these modifications was provided.  On motion of Mike Williams, seconded by Jeff Yann, it was unanimously approved to send a letter of support for this project to Regional Planning/


  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:   Unable to attend meeting.  Written report provided.
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  Reported on Fourth of July Parade activities including selection of a parade queen and two princesses.  Rep. Napolitano will serve as Grand Marshal.  Also reported on events at the Homestead Museum.   
  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:   Reported on a proposed future MRF/Conversion Technology project in Lancaster which fulfills many objectives for a zero-waste municipal solid waste processing facility.
  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  Reported that HHIA now has 337 Life Members, 10 public official members and 66 Annual Members.  She is sending reminders to 32 non-renewals.

She will provide a proposal for criteria and selection process for honorees at the 2013 Annual Dinner for comment at next month’s meeting.

She was very complimentary of the activities of all agencies and organizations working to resolve the serious safety concerns posed by jaywalkers on Turnbull Canyon at LAHS.

  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:   Newsletters were sent out.  Next newsletter will be first week in June.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Reported on upcoming Habitat Authority Earth Day activities at the Seventh Avenue and Arroyo Pescadero trailheads, and activities at Schabarum Park, Steinmetz Senior Center, Homestead Museum, and a Memorial Day concert honoring three veterans at the Puente Hills Mall.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  Information on the citrus tree situation is posted on HHIA’s website.
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  Noted that the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is a good source of information about Hacienda Heights.  Also stated that his research may suggest that HHIA is considered by IRS to be a 501 (c) 4 organizations which would mean contributions are not tax-deductible.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Reported on the Title V permit hearing conducted by AQMD for the Quemetco lead smelter.  Also advised that Asian tiger mosquitoes are still present in the local area and that residents should both be watchful for these insects and drain even small containers of standing water.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   Reported that repairs began April 2 on the Colima Road slide and that work is scheduled for completion in October.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Reported that construction is in progress on Edison tower replacement in the hills above Hacienda Heights.  It was suggested that an Edison representative be invited to report at an upcoming meeting.  She also reported on T-Mobile’s community meeting.
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  No report.



Planning Commission hearings were held for Specialty Thai Restaurant and Hong Kong Market permits.

Board members were reminded to submit reports on committee duties to Mike Williams.


Rudy Obed praised county personnel for aggressive enforcement on trash can storage requirements.

Teri Fox received advice from the Board on dealing with excessively loud security alarms at Newton MS.

Sharon Pluth cautioned the Board not to approve projects before notification was sent to affected residents.


ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:51 P.M.

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary