LA County supervisors OK $400,000 for Hacienda Heights clinic

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office says the county will partner with the John Wesley Community Institute Incorporated (JWCH) to open a new health facility in Hacienda Heights to provide under-served residents with health services Knabe made the motion.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted today to allocate $400,000 to assist with renovations and startup expenses at an existing medical building located in Hacienda Heights. JWCH will use the facility to provide primary care, substance abuse, HIV and mental health services, and more to residents throughout the surrounding areas.

“Access to preventative care is too limited in the eastern part of county, but thanks to this new medical clinic, we will be able to bring first-class healthcare to the community,” said Supervisor Knabe. “The Affordable Care Act still leaves over a million people uninsured, and thanks to this partnership with JWCH, Los Angeles County residents who may not have health insurance, can still receive basic primary care without needing to visit an emergency room. This new health clinic will help us create healthier families and a healthier community.”

JWCH is a private non-profit health agency that has contracted with the County to provide a variety of valuable programs such as: primary care, medical outreach and referrals, HIV treatment and prevention services, drug treatment, health education, psychosocial assessment, and intervention.

The location of the new health clinic will be announced at a later date.

Grammy gala honors Diamond Bar High musicians

Diamond Bar High musicians perform at Grammy Gala. (Photo by Kelli Gile)

Diamond Bar High musicians perform at Grammy Gala. (Photo by Kelli Gile)

And the Grammy goes to Diamond Bar High School.

Diamond Bar celebrated its selection as one of only a dozen high schools picked as a Grammy signature school with a gala Monday night in the Diamond Bar Center.

In fact, the local high school was named the best, earning the title of National Grammy Signature School in addition to receiving $6,000.

Diamond Bar High musicians perform at Grammy Gala. (Photo by Kelli Gile)

Diamond Bar High musicians perform at Grammy Gala. (Photo by Kelli Gile)

“Through this Grammy in the Schools initiative, the Grammy Foundation is able to provide critical financial resources and bring attention to the excellence of music programs in schools across the United States,” said Neil Portnow, President and CEO of The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.

The foundation will recognize Diamond Bar during a special concert on Saturday in the Mt. San Antonio College theater. The community added its support by throwing the semiformal ball.

The Brahmas and their supporters gathered Monday to honor the musical program under teachers Steve Acciani and Marie Sato, directors of instrumental music, and choir director Patty Breitag.

“We are incredibly proud of Patty, Marie, and Steve for this amazing accomplishment,” said Principal Catherine Real.

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story GRAMMY

Walnut residents rue new parking structure at Mt SAC

Residents of Timberline came out Thursday night to protest Mount San Antonio College’s plans for a new $45 million parking structure across from their homes in Walnut.

The community college says the five-story garage will solve some of the parking problems at the bustling campus. Neighbors claim it will cause more traffic, crime and pollution.

Mt. SAC presented plans for a large parking garage with 2,200 parking spaces. The structure would be sited on the current 600-spot parking lot along Mountaineer Way at the north-west edge of the campus.

The proposal brought out the ire of homeowners across the street.

“We have been impacted by Mt. SAC’s quest to become the biggest community college in California. You keep adding, adding and adding students,” complained Linda Hiti.

Hiti said Mt. SAC students park in front of their homes on Granite Wells Drive, leaking oil and leaving their garbage.

“Walnut has been a good neighbor, but you keep growing to the detriment of the city,” Hiti concluded.

Mt. SAC President Bill Scroggins disagreed: “California is growing, growth is going to happen.”

Read more in Rich Irwin’s story PARKING.

Walnut Military Support Group plans event at Diamond Bar Center

The new Walnut Military Support Group will honor our military men, women and their families on April 25 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight in the Diamond Bar Center at 1600 Grand Ave. in Diamond Bar.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, entertainment and dancing. A silent auction will offer items like the use of a vacation house in Arizona.

Proceeds will be used to provide personal support to help make a difference in the lives of our military and their families. The new committee is partnering with the City of Walnut.

In the future, the support group hopes to extend its services to neighboring cities. Tickets are $30. Call Kris Aguilar at 909-519-6465.

Paso Robles wine trip added to library’s wine soiree auction in Diamond Bar

The 21st Annual Wine Soiree auction chair announced that a Wine Vacation in Paso Robles will be offered in its live auction on April 27 for the Diamond Bar Library fundraiser.

The vacation package includes a 2-night stay at the exclusive Cass Winery Guest House and use of their limousine while tasting wines all day in Paso Robles Wine Country.

Call 909-861-2002 or visit the Diamond Bar Library, or visit  www.dblibraryfriends.org for tickets.

Inland Valley Humane Society rescues 11 dogs in Diamond Bar

The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA reports that 11 dogs being kept in inhumane conditions were rescued on Wednesday from a Diamond Bar residence. All of the animals are currently being cared for at the society’s shelter in Pomona, where they are being evaluated and treated by veterinarians.

The society’s investigators responded to a tip that dogs were being housed in deplorable conditions at a home located on Summit Ridge in Diamond Bar.

With help from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Animal Services Supervisor Beth Les led the team of humane officers and oversaw the search and seizure. They responded with several rescue units and found the animals living in filth and suffering from a lack of basic care.

The society said officers also found four dead animals that had been stored in a freezer at the residence. The home was reportedly covered with feces and trash.

Eight of the eleven dogs are currently available for adoption. The society intends to pursue charges against the individuals involved.

Anyone interested in adoption should contact the adoption department at 909-623-9777, ext. 611 or 612. To make a tax–deductible donation to the rescue fund, visit www.ivhsdonate.org.

Gas prices near $5 a gallon in Diamond Bar

Southland gas prices have risen dramatically in recent days as Easter weekend approaches, and one industry expert figures they’ll remain above $4 a gallon until September. At the Mobil station on the corner of Diamond Bar Boulevard and Golden Springs Drive in Diamond Bar, a gallon of regular unleaded was selling for $4.79 on Tuesday.

The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Los Angeles County hit $4.30 Tuesday, up 17 cents from a week ago and up 26 cents from a month ago, according to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

The Inland Empire saw a similar gain. Monday’s average price was $4.24 a gallon, up 16 cents for the week and up 24 cents from a month ago. California’s average price for regular was $4.18 a gallon Tuesday, topped only by Hawaii’s average price of $4.31 a gallon.

“I think it will level off now, but prices won’t fall below $4 a gallon until September,” said Bob van der Valk, senior editor for the Bakken Oil Business Journal. “It’s because of the lack of supply … there’s just no backup supply.”

Jeffrey Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California, linked the price hikes to several factors.

“Most of our refineries should be through with the turnaround maintenance that’s involved when they convert from winter-grade to summer-grade gas,” he said. “But two refineries — the Chevron refinery in El Segundo and the Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance — will still be down for a couple more weeks.”

Read more in Kevin Smith’s story GAS

Friends of library plan wine soiree on April 27 in Diamond Bar

Residents enjoy last year's wine soiree to benefit Diamond Bar Library (Photo courtesy of Friends of Library)

Residents enjoy last year’s wine soiree to benefit Diamond Bar Library (Photo courtesy of Friends of Library)

The Diamond Bar Friends of the Library will hold their 21st annual Wine Soiree and Benefit Auction on April 27 in the Diamond Bar Center from 4-7 p.m.

This annual event more than 350 guests, who get to enjoy a pleasant afternoon tasting a wide variety of wines, including many that have won gold, silver, and bronze medals in The Los Angeles Wine Competition.

They will also be sampling well over a dozen restaurants. They may bid on great auction items and enjoy  some music. All from the hilltop views of the Diamond Bar Center.

This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Soiree will help celebrate the city’s 25th anniversary. Together they have accomplished a lot over the years, including the opening in 2012 of Diamond Bar’s new library!

The grand event welcomes everyone 21 years or older. Advance tickets are only $50, $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Diamond Bar Library, the Friends’ Basically BOOKS book stores, U.S. Bank or California Bank & Trust in Diamond Bar, or by calling (909) 861-2002.

 

Hacienda Heights Improvement Association meets Monday

The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association will meet 7 p.m. Monday in the Board Room of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District at 15959 E. Gale Ave.

California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Station in Industry, Supervisor Don Knabe’s Field Office, representatives from our Congressmen and State officials will give reports.

Residents of Hacienda Heights and surrounding areas are welcome to attend.  For more information please call (626) 536-3407