Meeting Minutes- November 19, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

November 19, 2012

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


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Hanny Zamora


John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Shan Lee, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Hanny Zamora

MINUTES:   Minutes of the October 15, 2012 meeting were approved on motion by Mike Williams, seconded by Lucy Pedregon.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  No expenditures were recorded.  Receipts of $0.72 were recorded from interest.  The account balance is $8,774.90.


Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported several incidents, including discovery of a large narcotics cache, mail theft arrest, and apprehension of suspects in a residential burglary case.  Residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins continue to be a problem although auto thefts and violent crimes are trending down.  He advised residents to report suspicious individuals and to be especially cautious during the upcoming holiday period.

PROGRAM:  No program was presented.


Dickie Simmons has experienced a mild stroke and is resting from his normal duties, with an expectation to return in December.  Problems experienced by rsidents can be referred to Angie Valenzuela through the District office.  A get-well gift from HHIA was approved by email vote and arranged by John Eckman.  A note of appreciation was received from Dickie Simmons.

Amy Boteilho reported on current and future events at the Hacienda Heights Library, including children’s story time during the holiday school break and a vegetarian green cooking event.

James Yang reported that Seventh Avenue construction has experienced minor delays to date but continues essentially on schedule for February, 2013 completion..

OLD BUSINESS:  Jean Robsen reported on status of preparations for the 2013 Annual Dinner, which will coincide with HHIA’s 65th Anniversary.  She provided names of three nominees considered for recognition at the dinner and encouraged board members to submit further nominations before the December Board meeting.

Lucy Pedregon introduced Sandy Keats as a candidate for the 2013 HHIA Board election.  Ms. Keats provided a brief summary of her background as a Hacienda Heights resident for more than 40 years.  Candidates for six seats now include Sandy Keats, Jeffrey Lin, Brent Palmer, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, and Adria Ybarra.  Nominations remain open until the December meeting.



  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:  No report
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  orted on upcoming activities Kiwanis and the Workman-Temple Homestead Museum, encouraging attendance at their holiday activities.


  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:  Reported that the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority (WCCA) is soliciting applicants for two appointed public members of their Governing Board and presented a letter recommending reappointment of Mike Hughes to that position.

MOTION:  That HHIA send a letter to the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority supporting reappointment of mike hughes as public member of its Governing Board.

Moved by:  Jeff Yann       Seconded by:  Mike Williams             Approved unanimously

  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  No report.
  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:  Reported that the newsletter is being completed for issuance by the end of the month..
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Reported on activities at Schabarum Park, with emphasis on the importance of their pet adoption program.  He also reported on upcoming events at the Steinmetz Senior Center and hikes by the Habitat Authority.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  Reported that he is posting all general announcement notices on HHIA’s website for public information.
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  With the election now over, he will contact elected representatives for Hacienda Heights to advise them of HHIA’s activities and invite representatives to attend board meetings.  He will also prepare a letter for the December meeting thanking Rep. Napolitano for her service to our community during the years we were in her district.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Provided information on a new fad known as the choking game wherein players attempt to strangle breathing for three minutes to experience a quick high.  This practice can cause serious injury, brain damage, and death.  She advised of symptoms to determine if your children are engaging in this practice.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   Reported on discussions with Mr. Brian Akey regarding his suggestions to ease traffic congestion resulting from Seventh Avenue construction and thanked Public Works for their attention to these concerns..
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Reported on benefits and economic incentives offered by water agencies to support landscaping with native plants.  She recommended visits to the Theodore Payne Foundation or Rancho Santa Ana for plant materials and education regarding their use.
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Reported that twelve applications have been filed with Regional Planning, including a two-lot subdivision nar Vallecito and Las Lomitas.  The applicant will be invited to an upcoming board meeting to discuss this proposal.


John Eckman provided information on the Habitat Authority’s Trail Watch program, for which volunteers are being solicited.  He also advised that HHIA’s December meeting will occur at the HLPUSD office as scheduled on December 17, as the district will be in session that week.


  • Clarifications were requested regarding landfill closure issues.
  • Concerns were expressed regarding the large house under construction along Halliburton.
  • Concerns were expressed about area supermarket closures.

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 8:19 P.M.


PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary