Diamond Bar is updating its General Plan Housing Element for the 2013-2021 planning period. The Draft Housing Element will be presented before the City’s Planning Commission meeting as a public hearing item during its regular meeting on Nov. 26, starting at 7 pm at Diamond Bar City Hall – Windmill Community Room at 21810 Copley Drive.
Interested persons are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the discussion. The Housing Element addresses Diamond Bar’s current and projected housing needs for residents of all income levels and persons with special needs, such as seniors and individuals with disabilities, and describes how the City’s plans to accommodate the needs of all community members.
Hard copies of the draft Housing Element are available for review at Diamond Bar City Hall from Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and at the Diamond Bar Library from Monday through Friday noon to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm).
For questions and/or information regarding the Housing Element Update, please contact Senior Planner Grace Lee at 909-839-7032. Information about the State Housing Element Law is available on the California Department of Housing and Community Development website at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrc/plan/he/.
The Hacienda Heights Woman’s Club had an interesting speaker at yesterday’s luncheon. The topic of the speech was “Workforce & Education Opportunities & Challenges in A Changing World: Demand for STEM – The Global Education Crisis.” The keynote speaker was Drexel Smith.
Voters in the Rowland Unified School District tossed out two of three incumbents Tuesday night in what’s being called a changing of the guard at the district, according to Trib reporter Steve Scauzillo.
Twelve-year board member Gilbert Garcia came in a distant fifth out of seven candidates, and Robert Hidalgo did not seek re-election to the board.
Instead, Angelena Pride and Lynne Ebenkamp, two new faces, were elected to the school board Tuesday night. With 100 percent of the votes counted, Pride was the top vote-getter with 2,050 votes and Ebenkamp was next with 1,888. The third seat was captured by incumbent Cary Chen, who edged out challenger Anne Ma by 83 votes.
Early returns seemed to suggest the voters were looking for a change.
Incumbent Gilbert Garcia, running for a fourth term, never challenged the three top vote-getters. From absentee ballot tallies to precinct votes, Pride and Ebenkamp led throughout the night.
“A lot of people said they wanted to have at least two new board members,” said One Chu, a founder of the Rowland Parents and Educators Association.
Meanwhile, Hidalgo, assistant principal at Wilson High School in Hacienda Heights, was winning his seat on the Mt. San Antonio College school board with nearly two-thirds of the precincts counted.
Pride and Ebenkamp seemed to have benefitted from an endorsement and people power from the Association of Rowland Educators. “Our two candidates articulated the best vision for the district. And the voters saw the same thing we did,” said John Petersen, ARE president.
Phillip Estrada, 45, a former deputy sheriff; and Wild Chang, 45, a parent and attorney, were in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Hacienda Heights Baptist Church will hold another “on the front line event” on Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2100 S. Stimson Ave.
A Union Rescue Mission donation truck will be on hand for all donations large and small. Maryann King, retired hostess of “Romper Room” will greet donors and autograph pictures.
Union Rescue Mission is the way home for many who find themselves on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The mission is on the “front line” providing a wide range of services, including a place to bath, sleep and eat. It also provides job training and counseling services.
The election for the Rowland Unified School Board is only a week away. Check out the candidates’ video shot at the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council on Oct. 14. It was devoted to a Q&A session for the seven candidates who are running for the school board.
Council notes that this will be an important election. The three winners will oversee a budget of almost $1 billion during their terms, and the quality of our
schools are determined by their decisions
Bark Park at Pantera Park in Diamond Bar has closed to allow for ADA improvements. These improvements include constructing paved paths from the park walkway to entry gates at the dog play areas, as well as a new set of stairs.
Construction should be finished in November, with the park reopening by Thanksgiving weekend.
Bark Park opened in 2012 and features two enclosed areas where dogs can exercise and socialize leash-free. Amenities include two shade structures, three pet-friendly drinking fountains, five dog waste bag dispensers and a dozen benches.
For more information, call the Community Services Department at 909-839-7060.
The Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council will host a debate on Oct. 14, between the seven candidates who are running for the school board of the Rowland Unified School District.
If you would like to submit questions for the candidates, mail them to: RHCCC, P.O. Box 8171, Rowland Heights, CA 91748.
Please make sure questions are legibly written, and include the words “Candidate Questions” on the lower left corner of the outside of the envelope. The unopened envelopes will be given to the moderator who will open them, group similar questions, and organize them in order of priority. Questions must be received at the P.O. Box by Oct. 12.
The three candidates elected will oversee the expenditure of nearly $1 billion during their terms. The quality of our schools will be determined by their decisions.
Starting today, hoopla digital joins Los Angeles County Public Library to provide more than 16 million patrons with on-demand content from their smartphones, tablets and PCS without waiting to borrow popular movies and TV shows. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.
hoopla digital is a new service that provides library-card holders with free online and mobile access to videos, music and audiobooks.
Rep. Ed Royce of Rowland Heights makes some interesting points:
“Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations this week is being analyzed in excruciating detail for signs that the long-stalled negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program can finally gain traction. What exactly did Rouhani mean when he talked about peace and moderation? The media blitz has been interesting, but what really matters is what Rouhani does with his first 100 days in office.
Although a new leader’s first 100 days is admittedly an arbitrary marker — the Iranian president’s U.N. speech punctuated the halfway mark — in Rouhani’s case, it will be a reasonable test of whether he can match his words with actions. Will Tehran show any willingness to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program?
For starters, Rouhani needs to make it crystal clear whether Iran is prepared to accept President Obama’s long-standing offer to establish direct, substantive and meaningful negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. Does he have the political courage to take this step? More important, does he have the abiding blessing of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader?
If we get to this point, Rouhani must bring something new and meaningful to the table. Until now, the Iranian negotiators have offered minimal nuclear concessions in exchange for maximum financial and oil sanctions relief. Since his election, the only nuclear-related action taken by Rouhani has been to announce that his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, a veteran Iranian diplomat known to many in the West, will represent the country in upcoming nuclear negotiations. It remains to be seen though how much authority Zarif will have.
And neither Zarif nor Rouhani has shown a willingness to commit to a freeze in Iran’s nuclear program, as called for in successive U.N. Security Council resolutions.”
Diamond Bar is planning a special exhibit for its Veterans Day Ceremony, and is seeking photographs of retired or discharged service members who live or have lived in Diamond Bar.
Photographs submitted for exhibit consideration should be of the veteran in uniform and/or during active service, and include identification information such as the veteran’s name, military branch and occupation specialty, dates of service, and awards earned. Copies are suggested as submissions will not be returned.
Submissions should include a contact name and phone number and be sent to Community Services Coordinator Andee Tarazon by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed/hand-delivered to Diamond Bar City Hall, 21810 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765. The deadline for photo contributions is Monday, October 14.
This year’s Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Avenue, on Thursday, November 7 starting at 9am. Service members who have not previously been recognized by the City Council and participants of the City’s Armed Forces Banner Program who are no longer actively deployed will be honored with an award and commemorative pin. For more information, call 909.839.7067.