Meeting Minutes- May 20, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2012


LOCATION:  Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Avenue, Industry, Ca.




PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Jeffrey Lin.


BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Lucy Pedregon, Shan Lee, Brent Palmer, Hanny Zamora, Adria Ybarra.



Minutes of the April 16, 2012 were approved unanimously on a motion by Adria Ybarra and seconded by Joan Licari.



The beginning balance was $5,639.62.  There was a $60.00 disbursement for our 4th of July Parade Banner annual fee.  Deposits totaling $95.58 included $95.00 in membership dues and $0.58 in interest for the month.  The ending balance for the month was $5,675.20 in the HHIA checking account.


Officer Al Perez, from the California Highway Patrol, reported that 3,417 citations were issued for the month.  Drivers insist on using their cell phones to text and to make calls.  For the month of May, there was a special enforcement set up for the Cinco de Mayo celebration anticipating increased driving under the influence (DUI) incidents.

Town Sheriff:  Deputy Brian Sanford reported there was an armed robbery at the AM/PM Store.  Two are in custody due to that incident.  Burglaries are down to 17 in numbers as compared to last year ranging to 20 during this time of the year.  The Crab Restaurant called for community concern.  Residents complained of noise level and motorcycle riding.  These activities are under investigation to determine any CUP violations.  The residents are encouraged to make complaint calls to the Sheriff Department to address issues and concerns again.


James Yang introduced Arrienne Telias from the Public Works Graffiti Abatement Program.  Arrienne assured the audience that any graffiti reported would be removed the following day or at a maximum within 48 hours.  The average age of taggers ranges from 13 to 19 years old.  The act itself is a serious crime and now they can hold parents accountable.  The government can

place a lean on the taggers’ parents’ property and delay the driver’s license of the tagger for three years.    Everyone is encouraged to call or email any graffiti complaints on private property or roadways.



The Concerts in the Park annual event is coming soon!  The Memorial Day Concert is May 27th at the Puente Hills Mall at 2:00 P.M.  Dickie Simmons announced a Shakespeare program in the L.A. County Public Library in Hacienda Heights on August 1st.   See Librarian, Amy Botiello, to inquire about the upcoming summer reading program events, reading club, prizes, and drawings!  Programs are geared from tots to age 99 years old!  Regarding the T-Mobile site at Kwis Avenue:  There will be a Planning Commission meeting at Newton Middle School on June 13th, Wednesday, at 6:30 P.M.  May 30th the public library program is having an introduction to Opera Tales for free!  The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27th.  June 2nd, the library’s program is the “Evolution of Whales” and concluding with “Vegetarian Cooking” on June 18th.



Regarding Turnbull Canyon Road:  There is an issue of excessive speeding between Gale Ave. and Los Robles Ave.   There is a suggestion that a small median be placed in front of the two churches to prevent students from Los Altos crossing the street illegally.  The school district states the students’ safety is a concern.  There will be a community meeting regarding the median with the school and churches.  The median would deter “jay walkers”.   Discussion about T-Mobile’s proposed cell site was brought up.  The pole would be 30 to 60 feet high.  Many residents have a concern about the site/location and how the “radiation” may affect the health of the children at Kwis School.  Radio frequency (RF) radiation can impact human tissue after being in close proximity for 5 to 6 ½ hours of exposure.  There will be a petition in June by the residents to show objection to the installation of the cell phone pole.  The Planning Commission will hold a meeting at Newton Middle School on Wednesday night, June 13th, at 6:30 PM.  There is no scientific data to prove that RF radiation is harmful due to it being of a low level frequency.  According to several court rulings, one cannot oppose low levels of radiation from a pole tower as a health issue.  One may oppose tower locations for other reasons such as aesthetics.

MOTION:  Adria Ybarra made a motion to send a letter of opposition to the Planning Commission and it was seconded by Maury Edwards.  Discussion: In the letter of opposition to Steve Mar, the letter will state opposition due to aesthetics or it was suggested to omit a reason for the objection.  The motion was unanimously approved by the Board.



  •  Code Enforcement – Brent Palmer announced that the county has issued a warning on

substandard conditions in specific neighborhoods.  It is our responsibility to keep our neighborhoods safe, clean and neat.  If garbage or trash remain in view, trailers, campers, or boats are visible, pools not maintained, inoperable cars parked in driveways, to name a few, are an eye sore, you should call the Department of Public Works, Building & Safety Division at (626) 961-9611.

  • Membership – Adria Ybarra:  No report.
  • Streets & Highways – Jeffrey Lin announced the updates on roadways.  Refer to report.
  • Park & Recreation – Maury Edwards announced several community events.  Special tour at Homestead at 1:00 P.M. Saturday & Sunday.  On June 16th, there will be a quilt making workshop.  Schabarum Park will hold an upcoming “Adopt a Pet” event from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., in which your $6.00 entrance fee will be applied to the purchase of your pet.  Concerts in the Park will start on June 19th!  Steinmetz Senior Center is having a “Battle of Dance” event.  JimDavisBeautification Day is coming on June 30th at 8:00 A.M.  Everyone should meet at the Mormon Church on the corner of Colima and Dawn Haven Road.  The parade float for the 4th of July will be decorated at Maury’s house on July 3rd.
  • Programs & Website – Chris Kakimi announced that an email blog on our website is a new way to relay different HHIA events.
  • Public Safety & Health – Lucy Pedregon discussed the dangers of high amounts of sugar in our soft drinks.  The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advised alternative refreshments, especially drinking more water, to avoid obesity & Diabetes – “Rethink your drink”.
  • Water & Utility Services – Joan Licari reported that new electric towers will be built soon on the ridge of our hills by the Edison Company.  On May 7th, there will be vegetation clearing for the new towers.  Construction of power lines on Colima Road and Skyline Road begin May 28th.  Tubular steel poles west of Colima Road and vegetation clearing will start on May 30th.  Foundation for the new towers and poles will begin May 31st with haul and assembly material beginning on June 25th.
  • Zoning – Shan Lee announced anyone filing for home improvement projects should contact Regional Planning.   Report on file.


John thanked Mike Williams for his efforts in getting our monthly meetings advertised in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  Our May Meeting was in the “Around the Valley” column on May 14th.  The CUP hearing for Hong Kong Market’s request to sell spirits, beer, and wine for off-site consumption will be on Wednesday, June 20th at 9:00 AM at the Hall of Administration.  The Board approved sending a letter of support for this CUP two months ago.  John announced that the South Coast Air Quality Management District approved the renewal of the Title V permit for Quemetco, Inc. on March 29th.  John also announced that tours of the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and the Puente Hills Landfill will be available to the public on Saturday, June 9th.  The San Jose Creek tours will be at 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM and the Puente Hills Landfill tours will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

John announced that he will not be able to attend the June meeting because of a business trip to Washington DC.  Adria Ybarra will conduct the meeting.

PUBLIC INPUT:  Audience member, Bob McCluskey discussed contaminated water and the harm it can do, if it has a certain species of “flesh eating bacteria”.  This occurred to a young woman in another part of the United States.


ADJOURNMENT: The HHIA meeting adjourned at 9:04 P.M.


NEXT MEETING is scheduled for June 18, 2012.


Respectfully submitted by Lucy V. Pedregon