Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus, right down Manzanita Way!
Yes, it’s time for Here Comes Santa visits to our local county parks. Big Red will visit Manzanita Park in Hacienda Heights from 4 to 6 p.m., then slide on over to Rowland Heights Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
Park officials hope to have snow for the kids to play in, but they’re worried about the coming rain. But rain or shine, Santa will show up to talk to the kids.
Usually, each child receives a toy, but toy donations are way down according to officials, who want to have at least 300 to hand out. Please call the county parks if you want to help out with a toy donation this year.
The Rowland Heights Community Standards District (CSD) will be the topic for this month’s Community Coordinating Council meeting on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in Pathfinder Park.
Los Angeles County has a set of standards that apply to all of the unincorporated areas. However, the county also allows unincorporated communities, like Rowland Heights, to modify certain aspects of the county wide standards to meet the needs of their specific area by the formation of CSD’s.
A community can adopt standards that are either more or less restrictive than the county’s. Board member Kingdon Chew will review areas of our CSD that might need to be changed.
These include the standards for commercial and public parking spaces, commercial signage standards, changes that might be needed to deal with the problems created by tour bus operators when they pick-up and drop-off their customers, residential setbacks to provide for public and vehicular safety, and community concerns regarding residential RV parking standards.
If time permits, Kingdon will also speak on the permitting process required for residents or commercial property owners who want to make changes to their properties.
Please plan to attend this important meeting and voice your concerns or support regarding the changes that are being suggested. Bring a friend or neighbor.
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.
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