Coordinating council meets in Rowland Heights

Rowland Heights residents are invited to the next Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, at Pathfinder Park Community center, located on the corner of Pathfinder and Fullerton Roads.
The agenda will include reports from law enforcement personnel and representatives of elected officials.
The new fiscal year just began for RHCCC. Congratulations to the Board members for the coming year. They are: Beth Hojnacke, president; Mike Popovec, immediate past president; John Bellah, treasurer; Henry Woo, corresponding secretary; James Tung, historian; and Vice Presidents Ingrid Bernabe, Teri Watanabe and Ted Ebenkamp.
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Emergency officials pleased with mass evacuation workshop

More than 100 police, fire and city officials attended the mass evacuation workshop held this morning at the Pacific Palm Resort in Industry.

“We were very pleased with the turnout. And the participants worked very hard in the exercise to identify problems and issues we might have in a mass evacuation of the San Gabriel Valley,” said Ken Kondo, a public information officer with the L.A. County Office of Emergency Management.

Area hospitals and school districts also sent representatives including one from the Rowland Unified School District. Participants evaluated current evacuation planning and capabilities during a natural disaster scenario that had a massive firestorm threatening the Valley.

Read all about the exercise in an upcoming story.

Youth Science Center gets $10,000 from Edison in Hacienda Heights

The Youth Science Center in Hacienda Heights received a major grant of $10,000 from Southern California Edison recently.

Science Center President and CEO Ling-Ling Chang said the money will be used to support programs. This is the fourth year Edison awarded a grant to the local center.

Rick Meza of Edison sponsored the Hacienda Heights group, while Teri Malkin wrote the grant application. The Youth Science Center is a non-profit organization that helps kids adults to discover the excitement of science and technology.

The group just finished its popular summer science classes, which were held at Wedgeworth Elementary School in Hacienda Heights, and at Fairgrove Academy and Del Valle Elementary School in La Puente.

Read all about the great summer classes in our story on the Hacienda Heights Highlander. For information, visit

Neil Diamond tribute fills ‘Hot August Night’ in Rowland Heights

“Hot August Night” presents a tribute to Neil Diamond in tonight’s performance at the Puente Hills Concert in the Park.

The show begins at 7 p.m. at Schabarum Regional Park. Sponsors for this concert are Jim and Geri Kleinpell, as well as Southern California Edison.

Series sponsors include Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Puente Hills Mall and Valley Vista Services.

Two hour parking in Hacienda Heights

Hacienda Heights resident Helene Moore has has taken on a local project and has succeeded because of her determination.

For several years, her street and nearby streets were the site of used cars parked on weekends to attract buyers. The constant congestion and crowd made access difficult for homeowners and left lots of trash.

Supervisor Don Knabe’s field deputy Dickie Simmons came to view the problem, then advised Moore of the steps needed for resolution.

She secured the signatures of all affected residents on petitions prior to the county’s approval for “Two Hour Parking Only” signs. This was done and the problem was solved.

Supervisor Gloria Molina is asking the county to consider a ban on selling cars in public streets – a practice she says creates impromptu used car lots that are a nuisance for neighbors.

Molina says the practice allows people to conduct business without a license and without any oversight as to whether they are acting legally.