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Meeting Minutes- August 19, 2013

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes
August 19, 2013

LOCATION: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Ave., Industry, CA
MEETING STARTED: 7:00 PM
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE: The Pledge was led by Maury Edwards
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Sandy Keat, Jeffrey Lin, Brent Palmer, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Hanny Zamora
MINUTES: Minutes of the July 15, 2013 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Maury Edwards, seconded by Chris Kakimi.
TREASURER’s REPORT: Expenditures of $242.40 were recorded for activities associated with Jim Davis Beautification Day and payment to the County for Taste of the Heights. Additional receipts from Taste of the Heights and interest, as well as cancellation of a check for newsletter printing in the amount of $193.86 resulted in additions of $244.15 producing an account balance of $6,735.44. The check for printing will be reissued.
LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:
Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported that burglaries are down this year. He continues to encourage Neighborhood Watch programs. More effort is being placed on identifying taggers. Dickie Simmons stated that Supervisor Knabe pays for graffiti removal at any time day or night.
Hacienda Heights resident Ted Chang, along with a large group of his neighbors, reported on excessive partying by one of his neighbors on Ember Glen Ave., with loud music, profane language and excessive disturbance on a nearly daily basis. The group was directed to Sheriff Sanford and told to call the Sheriff’s station for each occurrence, regardless of frequency.
PROGRAM: Dickie Simmons introduced Steve Jareb and Ai-Viet Huynh from the LA County Department of Regional Planning who provide zoning enforcement in Hacienda Heights. Ms Huynh has principal responsibility for correcting code violations and should be contacted when such conditions are observed. Enforcement of trash can storage is handled by Public Works.
COMMUNITY REPORTS
Laura Kung reported on Congressman Royce’s work to support a delay in implementation of portions of the Affordable Care Act. She also noted that she will be in classes at Biola College for the next several months on Monday nights, but will be available during the day.
Dickie Simmons once again reminded residents that coyotes are active in the hills and may stray into the community seeking water or food. These are wild animals and it is best not to leave items outdoors that may be attractive to coyotes. Nuisance coyotes are euthanized if captured by County workers.
Amy Boteilho reminded residents that the library will continue to operate as a cooling center through the summer. Several programs will be presented in September now that schools regionally have gone back into session.
OLD BUSINESS: No old business was discussed.
NEW BUSINESS: Jeff Yann provided a summary of discussions and recommendations from the Funding Committee. These recommendations will be sent to all Board members for comment and possible adoption at the September Board meeting.
Mike Williams summarized the revisions he has prepared to the HHIA By-laws. These revisions both update the by-laws to current conditions and reflect desirable changes. An additional revision will also be necessary if some of the Funding Committee recommendations are adopted. The revised by-laws will also be emailed to Board members for consideration at a future meeting. If approved, ratification by two-thirds of the members at a special meeting will be required.

COMMITTEE REPORTS
• Code Enforcement: Brent Palmer: Reported on a drive through with Ms Huynh to view various code enforcement problems he is following. He also noted that equipment parked at the “Great Wall” project is currently blocked on-site by a County barricade and little progress is being made to correct problems there. A substantial improvement has been observed in trash clean-up around the Mr. Swiss restaurant.
• Community Relations: Sandy Keat: Reported on the service club event in which volunteers packed 300 backpacks with school supplies for donation to local school children. She also described activities by Hacienda Heights service clubs and local events.
• Environment: Jeff Yann: Reported that efforts to allow access to Orange Grove Park from neighborhoods along Ameluxen Avenue from the existing school ramp have been turned down by County because of concerns that the ramp will have to be modified to conform to modern ADA standards. Discussions are ongoing with the school district to possibly allow park access through the school gate during times when school is not in session. He also reported on a potential settlement in the litigation to stop the Whittier Oil Project.
• Membership: Adria Ybarra: No report.
• Newsletter: John Eckman: The next newsletter is scheduled for September. Mike Williams will provide an article on the by-laws change.
• Parks & Recreation: Maury Edwards: Reported that six Eagle Scouts were honored at Schabarum Park for projects completed there. He also reported on future activities at Schabarum Park and the Steinmetz Senior Center.
• Programs & Website: Chris Kakimi: Reported that he is working on changes to the website with the website committee. Members interested in posting reports on the website should communicate with him. Hanny Zamora will be preparing a more detailed proposal for Board consideration regarding future work on the website.
• Public Relations: Mike Williams: Described the process for approval of HHIA’s by-laws and asked how many audience members were members of HHIA. At least 8-10 audience members responded with raised hands.
• Public Safety & Health: Lucy Pedregon: Reported on a recent experience where a burglar pretending to be a utility employee entered her home. Such burglaries are becoming more common. Residents were encouraged to use cell phones to photograph these individuals and their identification badges, if possible. She described the process of forming a Neighborhood Watch group with her neighbors.
• Streets & Highways: Jeffrey Lin No report
• Water & Utility Services: Joan Licari: No report.
• Zoning: Hanny Zamora: Described recent cases submitted to Regional Planning, including two garage conversions, with a recommendation that no action by HHIA was required. She was encouraged to prepare a letter outlining a position on garage conversions for Board consideration.

PRESIDENTS REPORT : Announced that HHIA’s tax returns for 2012 have been filed. He also announced that a home division previously discussed by HHIA is scheduled for consideration by the Planning Commission this week.

PUBLIC INPUT: Former Assemblywoman Sally Havice complimented HHIA on its attention to community issues and noted that many of these issues are common to cities throughout the area. She also announced her candidacy for State Senate.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:01 P.M.

PREPARED BY: Jeff Yann, Secretary

Meeting Minutes- July 15, 2013

Meeting Minutes
July 15, 2013

LOCATION: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Ave., Industry, CA
MEETING STARTED: 7:00 PM
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE: The Pledge was led by Hanny Zamora
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Adria Ybarra, Hanny Zamora
MINUTES: Minutes of the June 17, 2013 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Mike Williams, seconded by Adria Ybarra.
TREASURER’s REPORT: Expenditures of $193.86 and $97.91 were recorded for printing of newsletters and membership envelopes, respectively. Income of $365.27 was received from Taste of the Heights and interest resulted in an account balance of $6,733.59.
LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:
CHP Officer Al Perez reported that 40 DUI arrests were made by CHP officers from the Santa Fe Springs office over the July 4 holiday. He also cautioned residents to verify that their vehicles are properly maintained before leaving on long summer trips.
Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported that a suspect who threatened three young people with a gun was apprehended and arrested. He also described a daylight purse snatching in a Hacienda Heights residential area and advised residents to maintain awareness of their surroundings even when situations appear safe. Sheriffs participated in an ABC sting which resulted in a brief closure of the Sunset Room for violations. He has also issued eight citations for homeless found drinking or urinating in public places.
PROGRAM: Diane Oranda of LA County Public Works responded to concerns raised by HHIA Board members and audience members about garage conversions that result in cars being left in streets or parked on lawns. County requires each residence to have covered parking for two vehicles and will not approve a garage conversion that does not conform to these requirements. Homes with less parking space are not in compliance and will be issued a corrective action warning if reported or detected. Violators are given several opportunities to comply and may be fined up to $2,000 if they refuse.
COMMUNITY REPORTS
Samantha Marquez reported from Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s office on several upcoming activities sponsored by the assemblyman. She will be the new representative serving Hacienda Heights.
Dickie Simmons provided tickets from Supervisor Knabe for the August 8 Hollywood Bowl concert. He also warned residents of the constant threat to homeowner’s pets posed by coyotes in areas near the hills, and warned that items attractive to coyotes should not be left outdoors. He also advised that the citrus quarantine remains in effect although no new infestations have been reported.
The Hillgrove Community Center is 16 per cent complete.
Trucks and other vehicles continue to park along Stimson Avenue between Sigman and Lujon. This area is also designated as a bike lane although no room exists to accommodate both parked vehicles and bicycles in this area. All other bicycle lane areas along Stimson do not allow curb parking. Public Works will investigate.
James Yang summarized the County’s investigation to date of providing screening plants along Hacienda Blvd. The most feasible solution appears to be planting these plants near the walls, allowing gaps at street tree locations where wheelchair access would be restricted. County expects a final proposal in three months.
John Eckman reported on behalf of Amy Boteilho that the library will continue to operate as a cooling center through the summer and the summer reading program continues through August 17.
OLD BUSINESS: Maury Edwards thanked HHIA Board members who were able to help with Jim Davis Beautification Day and reported that, despite a reduced turnout (125 volunteers) and liability waiver requirements, the event was still quite successful. HHIA received a third place award for its parade entry.
NEW BUSINESS: No new business was discussed.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
• Code Enforcement: Brent Palmer: A written report of issues Brent is investigating has been emailed to Board members.
• Community Relations: Sandy Keat: No report.
• Environment: Jeff Yann: Reported on decision to restrict access to Orange Grove Park from neighborhoods north of the park and presented a letter requesting reconsideration from the existing ramp into the school at Ameluxen Avenue.
MOTION: Moved that HHIA should send a letter to Supervisor Knabe with a copy to Dickie Simmons requesting an evaluation of feasibility for providing access to Orange Grove Park from Ameluxen Ave.
Moved: Jeff Yann Second: Hanny Zamora Approved: 9-1-0
MOTION: Moved that the letter be amended to state that community input must be considered if this access is provided.
Moved: John Eckman Seconded: Joan Licari Approved: 9-1-0
Jeff also provided input from the Puente Hills Landfill CAC and HOSEC meetings.
• Membership: Adria Ybarra: Reported that revised membership renewal envelopes have been printed and renewal notices will be sent out shortly.
Adria also reported on website training, preparations for the 2014 Annual Dinner, status of activity on the Great Wall, and recommended that those interested in HLPUSD Superintendent selection attend Thursday’s school board meeting.
• Newsletter: John Eckman: The next newsletter is scheduled for September.
• Parks & Recreation: Maury Edwards: No report.
• Programs & Website: Chris Kakimi: Instructions will be emailed to members for website access.
• Public Relations: Mike Williams: Input from Board members was requested regarding areas of HHIA’s bylaws requiring consideration for revisions.
• Public Safety & Health: Lucy Pedregon: Reported on serious consequences that may result from heat afflictions during summer months and provided suggestions to avoid these problems.
• Streets & Highways: Jeffrey Lin No report
• Water & Utility Services: Joan Licari: Reported that work on the Tehachapi transmission project has been slowed by required design changes. She also warned of the dangers metallic balloons cause to power lines when arcs are induced between line phases. She also warned that drought conditions this year will require limited water use.
• Zoning: Hanny Zamora: Described 14 recent cases submitted to Regional Planning, with a recommendation that no action by HHIA was required.

PRESIDENTS REPORT : Thanked Maury Edwards and other July 4 and Beautification Day volunteers for their support to holiday activities.

PUBLIC INPUT: An audience member reported monthly trash bill increases resulting from the landfill closure will be about ten per cent.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 8:54 P.M.

PREPARED BY: Jeff Yann, Secretary

Meeting Minutes- June 17, 2013

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes
June 17, 2013

LOCATION: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Ave., Industry, CA
MEETING STARTED: 7:00 PM
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE: The Pledge was led by Maury Edwards
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Sandra Keat, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Brent Palmer, Lucy Pedregon, Mi8ke Williams, Jeff Yann, Adria Ybarra, Hanny Zamora
MINUTES: Minutes of the May 20, 2013 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Mike Williams, seconded by Hanny Zamora.
TREASURER’s REPORT: An expenditure of $1,000.00 was recorded for Directors and Officers Insurance per Board approval in May, 2013. Interest income of $0.33 resulted in an account balance of $6,660.09.
Jeff Yann reported that the motion providing for inclusion of the No on the Dump fund as a separate HHIA account was introduced on July 17, 1995 and provided for management of that fund independent of the HHIA Treasurer until one year after closure of the landfill. John Eckman will verify approval of that motion in minutes of that meeting. These funds will continue to be reported separately in the monthly Treasurer’s Report.
LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:
CHP Officer Al Perez reported on a motorcycle/van collision during the morning that resulted in fatalities in the Santa Fe Springs office jurisdiction. He also noted that CHP has been able to assist in enforcement on County roads when personnel availability allows such assistance. SF Springs has about 100 officers.
Town Sheriff Brian Sanford that thefts of third-row SUV seats continues and there has been an increase in commercial burglaries. He described an arrest involving a suspect caught trying to sell cell phones to the owner of the shop from which they were stolen a few days before. If notified, Sheriff’s deputies will monitor homes whose owners are on extended vacations.
PROGRAM: No program was presented
COMMUNITY REPORTS
• HLPUSD Board President Jay Chen reported that the early start school calendar has been highly successful. Newton middle School and Wilson High School have been honored for their achievements. He also reported on the candidate search to replace Dr. Nakaoka as Superintendent.
• Amy Boteilho reminded the Board that the Hacienda Heights Library is designated as an official cooling center during the summer. She also reported that the summer reading program will continue through July..
OLD BUSINESS: Maury Edwards reported that letters have been sent to 10 potential participants in Jim Davis Beautification Day as well as notice that insurance requirements will make it necessary for participating organizations to either demonstrate coverage for their participants or sign waivers relieving HHIA of responsibility for possible mishaps. Because of these additional requirements, he stressed the need for assistance from Board members.
Jeff Yann reported on the meeting held by the ad hoc Funding Committee on June 4. Recommendations included: 1.) Developing a Fundraising Committee of community volunteers chaired by a Board member if HHIA chooses to conduct fundraising events, 2.) Develop an annual budget considering both expenses and revenue sources, and 3.) consider possible increases in dues and board member contributions.
Adria Ybarra reported on preparations for HHIA’s 2014 Annual Meeting. It will be held between 6 and 8 PM at the Steinmetz Senior Center on January 24. County will cover costs for use of the Center. The committee is developing the program and soliciting gift items for door prizes. She also advised that the City of Los Angeles is considering an ordinance to ban use of plastic and paper bags in the city.

MOTION: HHIA to prepare a letter commending Superintendent Nakaoka for her service to HLPUSD.
MOVED: Adria Ybarra Seconded: Lucy Pedregon Motion passed unanimously
NEW BUSINESS: No new business was discussed.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
• Code Enforcement: Brent Palmer: A written report of issues Brent is investigating has been emailed to Board members. He also discussed concerns regarding trash accumulating at the recyclables collection center on Gale Avenue near Turnbull Canyon Road. He will draft a letter to property owners requesting their assistance in correcting these problems.
• Community Relations: Sandy Keat: Reported on activities occurring in the community by Kiwanis, the Homestead Museum, Hsi Lai Temple, and Mount SAC. She also advised that the YMCA needs volunteers to work as summer camp counselors.
• Environment: Jeff Yann: Reported on construction progress at the Orange Grove Middle School park and concerns that neighborhoods north of the park do not have direct access.
• Membership: Adria Ybarra: Reported that HHIA has 323 Life members, 62 Annual members and 6 complimentary members.
• Newsletter: John Eckman: Electronic distribution of the newsletter has been completed and mailed copies will go out this week.
• Parks & Recreation: Maury Edwards: Described upcoming events and presentations at Schabarum Park, Santa Fe Dam, and the Steinmetz Senior Center
• Programs & Website: Chris Kakimi: The website has been modified to allow Board members to upload reports and photographs. Instructions will be emailed to members.
• Public Relations Mike Williams: Reported on the Four Corners Transportation Coalition meeting. A significant problem will be posed by a projected population increase of 5 million people in the four major southern California counties in the next 20 years.
• Public Safety & Health: Lucy Pedregon: Reported on hazards created by makeshift bombs being created as a prank by area teenagers. Some of these devices can be quite hazardous. She also emphasized the importance of volunteering as organ donors. Each person can save up to eight patients needing an organ transplant.
• Streets & Highways: Jeffrey Lin No report
• Water & Utility Services: Joan Licari: Reported on California’s Solar Initiative, which provides significant rebates for installations of home solar photovoltaic or water heating installations
• Zoning: Hanny Zamora: Described recent cases submitted to Regional Planning, with a recommendation that no action by HHIA was required.
PRESIDENTS REPORT : Reported on Anthony Duarte’s birthday celebration and reminded Board members regarding HHIA activities during the July 4 holiday.
PUBLIC INPUT:
• An audience member reported on dangers of dry ice bombs and bombs designed to create highly explosive hydrogen gas under pressure. He also advised that the trial of the suspect in the St. John Vianney Church arson case is scheduled to begin next week. He also advised that Hacienda Heights may soon require a gang injunction as a result of gang activities relocating to our community from nearby neighborhoods which are limiting gang activities.
• Jean Robsen expressed concerns about poor attendance at the Taste of the Heights event at Carolyn Rosas Park.
• A resident expressed concern about health hazards associated with dog droppings on Hacienda Heights sidewalks.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:20 P.M.

PREPARED BY: Jeff Yann, Secretary

Meeting Minutes- May 20, 2013

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes
May 20, 2013

LOCATION: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, 15959 E. Gale Ave., Industry, CA
MEETING STARTED: 7:03 PM
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE: The Pledge was led by Mike Williams
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:
John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Sandy Keat, Joan Licari, Jeffrey Lin, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Adria Ybarra, Hanny Zamora
MINUTES: Minutes of the April 15, 2013 meeting were approved unanimously on motion by Mike Williams, seconded by Sandy Keat.
TREASURER’s REPORT: Expenditures of $210.42 were recorded for expenses associated with printing of the newsletter and the HHIA banner for the July 4 Parade. Income of $95.61 was recorded for interest and membership dues, resulting in an account balance of $7,659.76.
John Eckman presented a bill for HHIA’s storage unit for $955 for the next year. The final bill may deduct $99 in insurance charges which may be covered by HHIA’s insurance. Jeff Yann stated that it was agreed that the Landfill Committee would pay for one more year of storage. A review of files requiring permanent storage will be required to determine future storage costs, which, along with the payment for D & O insurance, will add nearly $2,000 to HHIA’s annual cost.
LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:
Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported that crime statistics for Hacienda Heights again show a reduction in serious crimes. He also reported an arrest for burglary at a Hacienda Heights home. One suspect was caught but two other escaped.
PROGRAM: No program was presented
COMMUNITY REPORTS
• Claudia Cruz, District Director for Senator Ron Calderon, reported on legislation proposed by the senator. She also reported his opposition to a bill seeking to extend closing times at bars. This bill was defeated by the Senate. Calderon is seeking to organize a town hall meeting to address health insurance issues.
• Dickie Simmons reported on upcoming events including Taste of the Heights and Concerts in the Park. He also expressed his sorrow for Hacienda Heights resident William Gilbert who was killed in Afghanistan May 14.
• Dickie advised that residents should be watchful for detrimental activities involving Monarch’s Gentlemen’s Club, now that it has opened, and report any concerns to county personnel.
• Amy Boteilho reported on upcoming library events. The summer reading program will begin in June and will emphasize food information.
OLD BUSINESS:
Adria Ybarra reported on recommendations by the Annual Meeting Committee (Attached). This committee will oversee preparations for the 2014 Annual Meeting in accordance with committee recommendations.
MOTION: Adopt Annual Meeting Committee recommendations as presented
Moved: Adria Ybarra Seconded: Hanny Zamora Approved: Unanimous

Adria Ybarra reported that significant progress has been made on updating the HHIA website. Hyperlinks are being added and provisions have been made for Board members to upload reports to the website.

NEW BUSINESS:
Insurance requirements for Jim Davis Beautification Day were discussed. HHIA’s D & O insurance will not cover an event this large. Kiwanis is reluctant to cover this event and will be unable to participate this year. Some participant organizations may be able to cover their members. Others will have to sign a waiver letter releasing HHIA from responsibility for participant safety. Other avenues will be explored between now and HHIA’s June meeting and a final determination regarding advisability of holding the event will be made at that time. Preparations will proceed on the basis that the event will be held.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
• Code Enforcement: Brent Palmer: A written report of issues Brent is investigating has been emailed to Board members.
• Community Relations: Sandy Keat: Reported on activities occurring in the community by Kiwanis, the Homestead Museum, Hsi Lai Temple, and a Memorial Day concert honoring Kenneth R. Huey who was a POW during the Vietnam War.
• Environment: Jeff Yann: Reported that CSD will honor HHIA’s request to continue CAC meetings on a quarterly basis through landfill closure operations. He also reported that County DPR met with Supv. Knabe and staff to reaffirm their interest in proceeding with park development at the landfill site and thanked the supervisor for his support.
• Membership: Adria Ybarra: Reported the need to order additional HHIA membership envelopes.
MOTION: Authorize $185 for an order of 500 envelopes
Moved: Adria Ybarra Seconded: Joan Licari Approved: Unanimous
• Newsletter: John Eckman: The next newsletter will come out in time to announce Jim Davis Beautification Day..
• Parks & Recreation: Maury Edwards: Described upcoming events and presentations at Schabarum Park, including recognition for park employee Chang Eng, as well as events at Santa Fe Dam, and the Steinmetz Senior Center. A Father’s Day event will be held at Steinmetz Park. He also reported on improvements being made to the Schabarum Park Equestrian Center.
• Programs & Website: Chris Kakimi: No report
• Public Relations Mike Williams: Continues to work with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
• Public Safety & Health: Lucy Pedregon: Announced opening of a 50-year time capsule by the City of San Gabriel and suggested HHIA may wish to consider such a capsule for the new community center.
• Streets & Highways: Jeffrey Lin Reported that concerns submitted by resident Brian Akey have been referred to DPR’s James Yang.
• Water & Utility Services: Joan Licari: A limited EIR/EIS is being circulated to cover aircraft warning devices required for installation on Tehachapi Project ground wires at certain locations. She also reported that the area may experience water shortages because of a dry winter throughout the southwest.
• Zoning: Hanny Zamora: Reported on new code cases submitted to County Regional Planning. One that may attract interest involves addition of a second story to a home on Ridley Avenue.

PRESIDENTS REPORT : Acknowledge appearance by HLPUSD Board members Anthony Duarte and Geno Kwok.
Reported that comments are due on the County Housing Element by May 30.
Sandy Keat, Mike Williams, and Jeff Yann were asked to develop a recommendation to the Board regarding ways in which additional costs described under Treasurer’s Report could be met.

PUBLIC INPUT: No items were reported by members of the audience.

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 9:14 P.M.

PREPARED BY: Jeff Yann, Secretary

Meeting Minutes- December 17, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

December 17, 2012

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

MEETING STARTED:  7:00 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Shan Lee

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

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

MINUTES:   Minutes of the November 19, 2012 meeting were approved on motion by Adria Ybarra, seconded by Maury Edwards.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Expenditures of $263 were recorded for HHIA’s bulk mail permit and a get-well gift for Dickie Simmons.  Receipts of $0.71 were recorded from interest.  The account balance is $8,512.61.

HACIENDA-LA PUENTE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

HLPUSED Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka requested an opportunity to describe proactive measures being taken to protect students in light of the tragic school shooting event in Newtown, CT on Friday.  She described extensive emergency training for all school personnel and heightened security which reduces public access to campuses during school hours.   She introduced Chief of Police and Safety Anthony Argott who emphasized the importance of security training in dealing with multiple types of on-campus threats and answered questions from the Board and audience.

LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:

CHP Officer Al Perez described upcoming DUI check points planned during the holidays.  He also noted that the Santa Fe Springs Division has ranked highly among law enforcement agencies over the last several years.

Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported that residential burglaries continue to be high and that there has been an increase in thefts of detachable third row seats from large SUV’s.  Neighborhood Watch program volunteers are still being solicited.

PROGRAM:  No program was presented.

COMMUNITY REPORTS:

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 will require a few weekend closures of Seventh Avenue intersections at Gale Avenue and Palm Avenue.  Adequate warning and detour signs will be posted.

OLD BUSINESS:  Adria Ybarra reported on status of preparations for the 2013 Annual Dinner, which will coincide with HHIA’s 65th Anniversary.  The Board approved Certificate of Merit presentations to Mae Chu, Mike Hughes, Bob Isaacson, and Sandy Johnson.

NEW BUSINESS:   No new nominations for the HHIA Board in 2013 were received at the meeting.  The six available positions will be served by Sandy Keats, Jeffrey Lin, Brent Palmer, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, and Adria Ybarra.  .

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:  No report
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  No report.

 

  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:  Reported on discussions with Public Works personnel regarding landfill delivery restrictions if the waste-by-rail system is not operational.

MOTION:  HHIA supports waiving the disposal tonnage restriction imposed by the PHLF CUP and will send a letter to Public Works advising them of that position.

Moved by:  Jeff Yann       Seconded by:  Shan Lee         Approved unanimously

Reported on a visit with Parks and Recreation and Sanitation Districts personnel to the Caltrans fill site as a potential addition to the park proposed at the landfill site.  Also reported on the educational program being developed by Youth Science Center for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center expected to be available to high school students early next year.

  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  No report.
  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:  Reported that a newsletter was sent out in December.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  No report.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  Reported that the HHIA.net domain name expires next year and a ten-year renewal will cost $240.  A two-year renewal is also available.

MOTION:  Renew HHIA.net for ten years for $240.

Moved by:  Maury Edwards         Seconded by:  Adria Ybarra       Approved unanimously

  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  No report.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Provided information on the Community Emergency Response Team(CERT) training program offered by the LA County Fire Department.  This training will be offered in Pomona beginning on January 19, and requires attendance at three sessions on consecutive Saturdays for certification.  She is seeking a future class at Steinmetz Park.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   Reported that the Seventh Avenue reconstruction project has been delayed by recent rains and is now scheduled to complete in mid March.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Reported on the proposed property tax assessment for the County’s Clean Water, Clean Beaches Initiative.  Unless objections are filed by more than half of the property owners in the county, this measure may be placed on a future county-wide ballot.  Board and audience members provided several comments.  While HHIA has not formally supported or opposed this measure, it may consider a recommended revision to the measure.

MOTION:  HHIA will send a comment letter recommending exemption for publicly owned open space lands that are available for low impact recreation to members of the general public.

Moved by:  Jeff Yann       Seconded by:  Joan Licari          Approved unanimously

Jeff Yann will draft a letter for e-mail distribution to Board members for review.

  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Reported that five applications have been filed with Regional Planning.

PRESIDENTS REPORT

HHIA Officer elections will take place at the next meeting on January 28, 2013.

Lerna Shirinian now works for Assemblyman Ian Calderon.

Construction on Turnbull Canyon Road will begin soon and will require about three months.

Several Board members expressed interest, as well as concerns, about HHIA’s Facebook page being maintained by volunteer Andrew Yip.  He will be invited to report at the next meeting.

PUBLIC INPUT:

  • Concerns were expressed regarding code enforcement reporting.
  • An audience member advised that the CERT program provides valuable training and that laws regarding Samaritan liabilities have changed.  He also noted an increase in fire ant activity in Hacienda Heights

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:10 P.M.

 

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary   

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

MEETING STARTED:  7:00 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Hanny Zamora

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

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.

LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:

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.

COMMUNITY REPORTS:

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.

NEW BUSINESS:   None

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • 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.

PRESIDENTS REPORT

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.

PUBLIC INPUT:

  • 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   

Meeting Minutes- October 15, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2012

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

MEETING STARTED:  7:00 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Joan Licari

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

John Eckman, Maury Edwards, Chris Kakimi, Shan Lee, Joan Licari, Lucy Pedregon, Mike Williams, Jeff Yann, Adria Ybarra

MINUTES:   Minutes of the September 17, 2012 meeting were approved on motion by Mike Williams, seconded by Adria Ybarra.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  No expenditures were recorded.  Receipts of $1,379.62 were recorded from interest, membership dues and contributions, and reimbursement for a name plate from Brent Palmer.  The account balance is $8,774.18..

LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:

CHP Officer Al Perez indicated that no major incidents were recorded during the month.  CHP is awaiting news on grants solicited to support neighborhood programs.  He cautioned care on Halloween in recognition that many young people will be on the streets during twilight hours.

Town Sheriff Brian Sanford that residential burglaries continue to be a problem and advised residents to report suspicious individuals in their neighborhoods.  He also reported an arrest for vandalism, and surveillance being performed on a house where an inspection found a cache of tagging equipment.

PROGRAM:

Mr. Ed Chavez, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD Board Member, gave an excellent power point presentation on the world-wide criticality of drinking water supplies.  He provided data on water consumption during routine household activities and advised ways to reduce use, including attendance at USGVMWD events where low-flush toilets are provided to many attendees.  Water use in some countries is as low as 3 gallons per person per day, while average per capita water consumption in the United States, including all water use, is 160 gallons per day.  As population grows and aquifers are pumped out, the world is facing an increasing crisis in both water supply and hunger resulting from insufficient water for agricultural production.

COMMUNITY REPORTS:

Dickie Simmons reported that the Seventh Avenue reconstruction project has started, and is expected to be complete in February, 2013.  The Colima Road retaining wall near Camino del Sur is complete and barricades have been removed from the bike lanes.

County discussions with Albertson’s Markets to keep stores open in County areas have not been successful and County is seeking new occupants for these stores.

The County Board of Supervisors will consider a recommendation from the Department of Public Works to prohibit pedestrian crossings of Turnbull Canyon Road between Palm and Los Robles Avenues.  If adopted, signs will be posted and violators can be cited.

Amy Boteilho reported on current and future events at the Hacienda Heights Library.

HLPUSD Board Member Anthony Duarte introduced himself and thanked Supervisor Knabe for his actions to maintain the Puente Hills Landfill closure date at October 31, 2012.

OLD BUSINESS:  Adria Ybarra reported that progress is being made on the 65th Anniversary HHIA Annual Dinner to be held at Steinmetz Park on Friday, January 18, 2013.  Donations will be solicited to defray costs to the extent possible.  Forms will be available to nominate residents for notable service to the community.  Nominations will be reviewed by the committee organizing the dinner with ultimate approval by the Board.

NEW BUSINESS:   Shan Lee reported that one potential candidate has been located, but that it is difficult to find residents who wish to serve.  Dickie Simmons encouraged audience members to volunteer in consideration of the important role HHIA plays in advising the County on local issues.  A final slate should be confirmed at the November Board meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:  Written report submitted by email for file.
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  No report.
  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:   Reported on actions taken by the Board of Supervisors in response to consideration by the SGVCOG to request that the landfill remain open until October 31, 2018.  Motions by Supervisor Knabe reaffirming the 10/31/13 closure date and authorizing County advocacy in favor of Conversion Technologies were unanimously approved.  He thanked the Supervisor for his leadership on this issue.  He also reported that the San Gabriel River Discovery Center capital campaign is being initiated and a Stakeholder Committee meeting is being organized to advise the Youth Science Center as they develop their environmental education program.
  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  Reported that HHIA now has 335 Life members and 69 Annual members, 21 of whom have not yet renewed.  Receipts from the annual membership drive totaled $1,067, including member donations of $587.
  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:   Articles were solicited for a newsletter to be issued in November.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Reported on activities at Steinmetz Park.  He also described scheduling for registration and absentee voting for the upcoming election.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  No report
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  Reported that the Highlander continues publication of HHIA meeting announcements.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Provided information on influenza and the importance of children and seniors to get flu shots, which are offered at many locations.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   No report.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Reported on status of transmission line construction and trail closures in the hills near Hacienda Heights.  She also advised that it is the 40th anniversary of passage of the Clean Water Act.
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Reported that six applications have been filed to upgrade existing cell phone towers in Hacienda Heights.  One is located near Grazide Elementary School.

PRESIDENTS REPORT

John Eckman requested Board members to review the summary of HHIA Chair Duties and Responsibilities and provide comments back to Mike Williams.

PUBLIC INPUT:

  • Mail from the Industry Processing Center is now sent to Santa Ana for processing, adding 1-2 days to delivery times.  Postal Service is considering closing the service desk in Industry.
  • MRSA, a antibiotic resistant staphylococcus infection, now causes more deaths than AIDS.
  • Concern was expressed regarding deteriorated condition of the Joy Sauna sign on Hacienda
  • A resident expressed concern about street parking of a large motor home near Cas Blanca.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:01 P.M.

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary

Meeting Minutes- September 17, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2012

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

MEETING STARTED:  7:00 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Rudy Littrell

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

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

MINUTES:   Minutes of the August 20, 2012 meeting were approved on motion by MauryEdwards, seconded by Lucy Pedregon.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Expenditures of $315.16 for membership and newsletter expenses were recorded.  Receipts of $96.11 were recorded from interest and reimbursements for name plates from Hanny Zamora, Jeffrey Lin, Maury Edwards, and Adria Ybarra.  These receipts, plus a contribution of $2,000 from Supervisor Knabe resulted in an account balance of $7,394.56..

LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:

CHP Officer Al Perez introduced Officer Ramos who is in charge of the local COPS team.  He also reported that 50 DUI arrests were made in Hacienda Heights in August, many on the Pomona Freeway.  He also reported two stolen vehicles during this period.

Town Sheriff Brian Sanford stated that two purse snatchings were reported, one in morning hours and the other in the evening, and warned women to be alert at all times, particularly when exiting their vehicles.  He also described the apprehension of 5 suspects from other neighborhoods with tools typically used in residential burglaries.

PROGRAM:

Ms. Debbie Enos, Watershed Conservation Authority’s Project Manager for the Duck Farm Park Project, provided a program describing status of the project and construction activities for Phase 1a, which is expected to be complete for public access in 2014.  She also presented renderings of future phases, including incorporation of ideas developed during community planning meetings, which will be completed as soon as funding is available.

OLD BUSINESS:

Mr. Keith Gardner reported on revisions to the permit application for the Aztecas Restaurant to serve liquor and provide limited entertainment in response to comments raised by Board members at the August Meeting.  Following further comments at the meeting, they propose operating hours from 10 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM to 1:30 AM Friday through Sunday with last alcohol service at 1 AM.  They have increased security personnel in the evenings.  Dickie Simmons praised their work in reducing homeless activities from parking areas behind their building.  Their permit application will be heard by Regional Planning on October 10.  On motion of Lucy Pedregon, seconded by Brent Palmer, the Board voted unanimously to send a letter of support.

COMMUNITY REPORTS:

Dickie Simmons reported that he will be riding in Rowland Heights’ Buckboard Days Parade on October 20.

Dickie also presented copies of the agenda item for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments requesting five more years of operation of the Puente Hills Landfill and Supervisor Knabe’s strong letter of opposition to this proposal.  This issue was discussed further under the Environmental Committee report.

Amy Boteilho reported that 50 people attended the September 5, 2012 event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the County Library System.  She also reported on future events at the Hacienda Heights Library.

NEW BUSINESS:   John Eckman reported that Shan Lee and Lucy Pedregon will serve as the nominating committee for 2013.  At least one candidate will be required to replace Shan Lee, who has served three terms.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:  Summarized information on the many items he is following per his written report
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  Reported on the many activities in which Kiwanis is involved as well as events at the Homestead Museum.  She also reminded the Board that the U. S. Constitution was adopted 225 years ago on this date.
  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:   Reported that the SGVCOG is considering action to extend the closure date of the Puente Hills Landfill to October 31, 2018.  He provided a summary of landfill operations and impacts over the past 32 years and urged support for Supv. Knabe’s letter.

MOTION:  HHIA will send a letter of support to Supervisor Knabe for his actions on behalf of Hacienda Heights residents to maintain the October 31, 2013 closure date for the Puente Hills Landfill.  Moved by Chris Kakimi, seconded by Maury Edwards, the motion passed unanimously.

  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  No report
  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:   A newsletter was distributed in September.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Reported on Pet Adoption Day at Schabarum Park and provided names of Eagle Scouts recognized for their projects.  He also reported on the Park Watch Program, which encourages reporting of suspicious activities in parks.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  Program for  September will feature Director Ed Chavez of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District..
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  Reported that the Hacienda Heights Albertson’s Market, along with other nearby stores, is closing in November.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Provided information on the importance of reporting food illness experienced after dining in local restaurants, along with contact information..
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   The new retaining wall on Colima is largely complete and lane closures have ended.  Seventh Avenue reconstruction will start on September 25.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  No report
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Reported that a hearing is scheduled for a home development project between Via Cielo and Vallecito Ave.  He continues to have concerns about garage conversions.

 

PRESIDENTS REPORT

Reported on several upcoming Planning Commission hearings.

 

PUBLIC INPUT:  No input provided

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:35 P.M.

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary   

Meeting Minutes- August 20, 2012

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2012

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

MEETING STARTED:  7:00 PM

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE:  The Pledge was led by Hanny Zamora

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:

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

MINUTES:   Minutes of the July 16, 2012 meeting were approved with one correction by Maury Edwards to change the number of volunteers for Jim Davis Beautification Day to 187.

TREASURER’s REPORT:  Expenditures of $22.75 were recorded.  Receipts of $54.57 from interest and reimbursements for name plates from Joan Licari and Jeff Yann resulted in an account balance of $5,613.61.

LAW ENFORCEMENT UPDATE:

Town Sheriff Brian Sanford reported that burglaries and general crimes in Hacienda Heights have dropped 26% in the most recent reporting period.  Sheriff’s Department is still seeking neighborhood Watch volunteers.  A question was asked about security problems reported near the Aztecas Restaurant at Hacienda and Gale.  Sheriff Sanford responded that no problems have been observed there other than homeless people who gather behind the building near the car wash.

PROGRAM:

In the absence of a formal program, Mr. David Malkin provided information about Kiwanis programs and invited Board and audience members to attend Kiwanis’ Installation Dinner on September 29.

COMMUNITY REPORTS:

Dickie Simmons reported on the Public Safety Luncheon to honor county employees responsible for significant contributions to health and safety of county residents, to be held on November 14.  He also announced an event to help homeless veterans find employment.

Dickie reported that T-Mobile has withdrawn its application for a cell tower on Kwis Avenue near Kwis Elementary School in the face of opposition from HHIA and the school district, but will likely seek a new location nearby.

He also advised that Supervisor Knabe has contributed $2,000 to support HHIA activities.

Amy Boteilho reported that September 5, 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the County Library System and the occasion will be marked with special events at all libraries on that date with continuing events throughout the following year.  During the recent heat wave, the Hacienda Heights Library has joined 21 other libraries to be open seven days a week to serve as a cooling center.

Lerna Shirinian reported that Assemblyman Calderon will be hosting a foreclosure prevention town hall meeting in Whittier to assist homeowners to stay in their homes during lean economic times.

HLPUSD Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka thanked HHIA for its support in convincing T-Mobile to withdraw its cell tower application for a location so close to an elementary school.  She also reported that test scores have risen again at district schools and the district has maintained a sound fiscal situation that has allowed it to keep all programs, including adult education, intact.  La Puente resident Anthony Duarte has replaced Board member Anita Perez, who resigned recently.  She also reported that all parties are continuing to meet to discuss solutions to traffic safety issues on Turnbull Canyon Road but that no definite solution has yet been developed for public review.

OLD BUSINESS:   No items were discussed.

NEW BUSINESS:

Messrs. Keith Gardner and Javier  Gonzalez presented their proposal to seek a full liquor license for the Aztecas Restaurant on Haciends Blvd. near Gale Avenue, as well as include music on Sundays and evenings, as well as extend closing hours to 1:30 AM six nights per week, closing on Mondays.  Aztecas is a family owned restaurant with 15 tables and no formal bar area.  Two security guards will be employed after 8:30 PM,  Board member comments generally concerned the late hours and possible noise impacts to neighbors.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

  • Code Enforcement:  Brent Palmer:   No report.  Written report provided.
  • Community Relations:   Hanny Zamora:  Reported that the July 4 Parade was a great success.  She also described the upcoming “Ticket to the Twenties” event at the Workman-Temple Homestead Museum.
  • Environment & Water:  Jeff Yann:   Reported on a successful meeting held on June 30 with staff members from County Parks and Recreation.  He also reported on a tour of the Duck Farm Project site with Project Manager Debbie Enos, who will speak at the September HHIA meeting.
  • Membership:   Adria Ybarra:  Provided a report on the large volume of responses to the membership renewal letter.  She also advised that HHIA’s 65th Anniversary Annual Dinner will be held on January 18, 2013.  Nominees for community member(s) to be honored can include any Hacienda Heights resident with final selection to be made by the Board.
  • Newsletter:  John Eckman:   A newsletter to members will be issued in August.
  • Parks & Recreation:  Maury Edwards:  Reported on upcoming events at the Homestead Muteum and Schabarum Park, where scouts responsible for 13 Eagle Scout Projects will be recognized.  He also expressed gratitude to donors and volunteers who have been able to keep many of the State Parks designated for closure at least partially open.
  • Programs & Website  Chris Kakimi:  Program for  September will feature Debbie Enos, WCA’s Project Manager for the Duck Farm project.
  • Public Relations  Mike Williams:  The San Gabriel Valley Tribune continues to announce HHIA Board meetings.  He also reported on attending the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council meeting where Jay Chen  was a speaker.
  • Public Safety & Health:  Lucy Pedregon:  Announced that HHIA’s parade float, which finished a close second in its parade division, was awarded a trophy originally designated for a category in which there were ultimately no entrants.
  • Streets & Highways:  Jeffrey Lin   Reported that repairs on Colima Road are nearing completion and the contract for reconstruction of Seventh Avenue has been awarded.  Signs to prevent truck parking on Gale Avenue have been approved.
  • Water & Utility Services:  Joan Licari:  Confirmed withdrawal of T-Mobile’s cell tower application previously mentioned by others.
  • Zoning:  Shan Lee:  Continued to express concerns about garage conversions which increase residency and cause excessive street parking.  Several Board members expressed comments on this subject.  Shan and Hanny Zamora will draft a letter for Board review at an upcoming meeting.

PRESIDENTS REPORT

John Eckman reported that the County Housing Element is out for review, which may provide a basis for HHIA comments described in the Zoning Committee report.  He also reported on a flag retirement ceremony where aging and damaged U. S. flags are retired with dignity.

PUBLIC INPUT:  No input provided

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Meeting adjourned at 9:19 P.M.

PREPARED BY:  Jeff Yann, Secretary