Diamond Bar: Survey says?

The residents of Diamond Bar have voted and now, the city is awaiting the results.

I’m talking about the survey to consolidate the city under one single ZIP Code which was due Nov. 30. See, right now, most of Diamond Bar has a 91765 ZIP code. But a slice of the city — about 3,000 residential and business addresses — has the Walnut 91789 ZIP Code. This has caused confusion, even lost revenues.

City Hall says they lose about $150,000 a year in sales and property tax revenues. Some residents said they would order Christmas gifts online but never get them. So, the city and the U.S. Postal Service sent out a survey to all Diamond Bar residents asking them if they wanted to dump the 91789 ZIP Code and consolidate under “Diamond Bar, CA 91765.”

It would appear the results would be a slam dunk. But even though it has been almost a week since the survey was finalized, no one knows the tally. That’s because the U.S. Postal Service in Santa Ana is still tallying the results.

“‘We are making the final count,’ was how the person from the U.S. Postal Service in Santa Ana put it,” said Cecilia Arellano, public information coordinator for the city of Diamond Bar.

You won’t find the item on tonight’s (Tuesday, Dec. 6) City Council agenda. Arrellano said that was the city manager’s intent. But without the results, the item was pulled.

Seems with all the troubles the postal service is having, this is just one more delay.

We at Leftovers will post as soon as we get the conclusion. If you know anything, or would like to give your opinion, by all means, do so.

Duarte nation’s most expensive zip code?

A Forbes’ list of America’s most pricey zip codes lists Duarte at the top with a median home costing more than $4 million.

But the list has created some controversy (and angry reader mail to Forbes) considering the zip code used, 91008, is actually that of Bradbury. Most Duarte residents actually have the 91010 zip code (as evidenced by the city’s recent celebration on Sept. 10).

Forbes addresses the issue in a blog that outlines its reasoning (USPS designates the zip code as Duarte) and discusses the issue of whether Bradbury is its own city or a town with a city (Duarte).

For those in the San Gabriel Valley, the issue is pretty simple. Duarte is not Bradbury and doesn’t boast the million dollar foothill homes that can be found in the hilltop that is Bradbury.

At the end of Forbes’ blog, they come to a similar conclusion. Bradbury is actually the ritzy neighborhood that takes the title of most expensive zip code. It is the USPS that refuses to recognize it.