Hacienda Heights Improvement Association
2012 Certificate of Merit Winner
Michael moved to Hacienda Heights in 1979. While raising his children in Hacienda Heights, Michael was involved in PTA, Junior All American Football and assorted booster clubs, but his first real community service began in 1996 when he was asked to join the board of the HHIA. It has been his pleasure to serve on this board for thirteen years. From this HHIA participation all other community involvement followed first came his participation in and eventual presidency of the Industry Station Sheriff Citizen Advisory Committee. Barbara Fish and Jeff Yan quickly got him involved in the “No on the Dump” group. That led to the Puente Hills Landfill Citizens Advisory Committee and as President of that committee the past three years he has been able to service as the Puente Hills Ombusman for Hacienda Heights and the surrounding communities. Battling the continued operation of the landfill and its impacts on Hacienda Heights has been an ongoing concern for Mike.
While serving on the HHIA board Mike was given the opportunity to participate in the drafting of our new community plan, to take part in the creation of beautification projects on Gail Ave., Hacienda Blvd., Stimson Ave., and Azusa Ave. He was given the opportunity to assist in the design of the Seventh Ave. roadside pocket park, the Seventh Ave. Trailhead, our new Orange Grove Park and our beautiful new Community Center.
In 2001 Mike was asked to represent the HHIA and the residents of Hacienda Heights first on the Citizens Advisory Committee and later on the Board of the Puente Hills Habitat Authority. It has been one of Mike’s great pleasures to be able to participate in the preservation and protection of our local wilderness. Mike also serves on the board of our Wildlife Corridor conservation Authority and as an alternate for Jeff Yann on our local Hillside Open Space Education coalition, both are joint powers authorities working with local cities and communities to protect and preserve the Puente, chino and Whittier Hills.
Mike thanks the HHIA; it’s past boards and members for their teaching, leading, mentoring, and most of all their friendship. Participating in helping to make the community of Hacienda Heights a beautiful place to raise a family has been one of Mike’s greatest joys.