City of La Verne - Old News http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:04:03 -0800 en-gb rmagsino@cityoflaverne.org (City of La Verne) Annual State of the City Presentation - 2017 http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/268-annual-state-of-the-city-presentation-2017 http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/268-annual-state-of-the-city-presentation-2017 Mayor Don Kendrick presented the annual State of the City Address at the Meeting House at Hillcrest at a luncheon on Thursday, January 26th. Mayor Kendrick bragged about some of the City’s successes in 2016 and presented an overview of what’s to come in 2017. Please click on the link to view the presentation.

View Presentation:  2017 State of the City Presentation

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Tue, 09 May 2017 11:13:27 -0700
City Council decides against placing a sales tax measure on the March 2017 Ballot http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/267-city-council-decides-against-placing-a-sales-tax-measure-on-the-march-2017-ballot http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/267-city-council-decides-against-placing-a-sales-tax-measure-on-the-march-2017-ballot During their Strategic Planning Session in January of this year, the City Council determined that addressing the ongoing budget shortfall and infrastructure funding needs would be their highest priority in the coming years. As such, staff was directed to bring back information needed to understand the issues associated with placing a revenue measure on the March 2017 ballot.  Since that time, staff and the City Council have taken a number of steps with that goal in mind.  On November 21, 2016, the Council considered an item on the agenda that, if approved, would have placed a ballot measure asking voters if an additional ¼ percent sales tax should be collected in La Verne.  If approved, the additional sales tax revenue would have generated an estimated $1M annually to address the City’s needs.

However, the City Council opted to take no action at this time for several reasons.   Voters approved two countywide measures on the November ballot that will generate approximately $500-$600k in annual funding for the City of La Verne to address infrastructure and park improvement needs in the city.  Proposition M is a ½ cent sales tax measure that will fund the Gold Line extension through La Verne and provide local funding for our streets.   Proposition A is a countywide property tax that will provide local funding for our parks.  The City Council agreed that it was unfair to ask the residents to contribute more at this time and opted to postpone any action to see if the remaining budget gap can be achieved without asking the voters for more funding.   The City Council is hopeful that the Gold Line will fuel economic development in that area of town which will in turn increase revenue to the City of La Verne.  The residents of La Verne are very generous and willing to support the quality of life in La Verne and the City Council and staff are grateful for their support.


For more Information contact:
Teri Baker
Assistant to the City Manager
City of La Verne
(909) 596-8726

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Tue, 09 May 2017 11:07:48 -0700
Notice Regarding the Tentative Ruling on the City of Claremont’s Action to Acquire Golden State Water’s Operations http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/266-notice-regarding-the-tentative-ruling-on-the-city-of-claremont-s-action-to-acquire-golden-state-water-s-operations http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/266-notice-regarding-the-tentative-ruling-on-the-city-of-claremont-s-action-to-acquire-golden-state-water-s-operations On November 10, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Fruin issued his tentative ruling on the City of Claremont’s action to acquire Golden State Water’s operations in the City of Claremont.  Although the City of La Verne was not a party to this proceeding, we have agreed to assist the City of Claremont by operating the water system if they are successful in acquiring it.  During the trial, Golden State Water challenged the ability of La Verne to operate the Claremont water system.  We feel it is necessary that our residents and customers be aware of the following facts:

Judge Fruin's tentative decision unfortunately does not reflect a complete picture of La Verne's water operations.  While La Verne did indeed experience some water quality concerns in the past, they were responded to immediately and to the complete satisfaction of state health department regulators. 

Golden State Water Company’s assertion and Judge Fruin’s agreement that La Verne households built before 1986 were exposed to elevated lead levels between August 31, 2006 and June 24, 2013 is exaggerated and not supported by the facts.  The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) received La Verne’s reports during these years and only in 2012 did the CDPH find La Verne to be out of compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.  Further, the ruling notes all residences built before 1986 were impacted, yet the sample pool for the Lead and Copper Rule specifically requires testing only on residences served by lead service lines or constructed with copper pipes and lead solder after 1982, but before 1986, therefore, not all residences built before 1986 could have been affected.  No lead service lines are in use in La Verne.

Judge Fruin noted in his decision that "La Verne is not as qualified as Golden State to maintain the safety and reliability of water provided in the Claremont service area."   The Judge supports this conclusion, as stated in the tentative ruling, "the City (of Claremont) did not at trial offer evidence to explain La Verne’s errors in testing and reporting lead exceedances and the E. coli episode in La Verne’s drinking water nor any practices that La Verne has put in place to avoid such mishaps in the future."  In fact, La Verne staff testified in detail about the incidents and measures taken by the City of La Verne to remedy the situation.

The fact is the City of La Verne has undertaken a number of water system improvements to further enhance our water quality and reliability.  La Verne has conducted an extensive evaluation of its water system operations and water quality and such efforts remain ongoing.  Based upon these evaluations, La Verne has taken a number of steps to improve water quality including the addition of corrosion control and enhanced disinfection systems, blending mixers within our reservoirs, revised operating procedures to reduce water age throughout the system, and increased sampling and monitoring for specific water quality characteristics related to nitrification and pH control.  We are also instituting additional review of our annual Consumer Confidence Reports to improve minor reporting inaccuracies contained in previous issues.

We want our customers to rest assured that the City of La Verne is committed to providing the best water quality and most consistent service reliability.  If our customers have any questions about their water quality, please contact the customer service division at 909-596-8744.

Although Golden State Water Company brought forward two water quality issues during trial, the City’s response to each issue were not addressed in the Judge’s ruling.  Following are the details of each and the specific actions taken by the City:

2011 E. Coli Issue

In September 2011, routine bacteriological testing confirmed the presence of E. coli bacteria in the City’s Zone 5 pressure zone affecting 180 residences.  A positive sample for E. coli in drinking water indicates the potential presence of other pathogens and represents a significant health risk.  In response, the City took immediate action to increase disinfection levels within the Marshall Canyon reservoir and affected distribution pipelines.  This effort, coupled with pipeline flushing, cured the issue and the full system was back on line within two days.  Concurrent inspections found no human or animal intrusion into the water infrastructure.

Our subsequent evaluation determined the issue spawned from a nitrification episode within the Zone 5 pressure zone; however, no specific source was determined for the E. coli bacteria.  Nitrification degrades the disinfection residuals within the system and can lead to bacteriological contamination.  The city has since developed a nitrification monitoring plan, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie/Arcadis Consultants, which is used by staff to monitor the signs and indicators of a nitrification occurrence.  This plan also includes measures to mitigate conditions should the onset of a nitrification episode be noted.  

Additionally, a Residual Control Disinfection System was installed at the Plateau Reservoir #2 to keep the chloramine levels high and stable within the upper zones of the water distribution system.  This includes Marshal Canyon Reservoir.  An anhydrous ammonia feed has been added as well to the disinfection system at the Amherst Treatment plant and is designed to match the chlorine to ammonia ratio (chloramine) that is being provided in waters received from the Three Valleys Municipal Water District (TVMWD). 

Lead and Copper Exceedance

Initial testing results for lead and copper in 2006 and 2009 demonstrated elevated levels of lead in a number of samples.  However, specific instructions must be followed to obtain a valid sample and our follow up review uncovered a variety of sampling errors.  These sample results were invalidated with the approval of local heath regulators and repeat samples were obtained.  Ultimately, the lead and copper results for 2006 and 2009 were both found to be within limits and compliant.

Testing for lead and copper in July 2012 revealed lead levels exceeded the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) at the 90th percentile sample resulting in a notice from the CDPH.  This exceedance triggered a number of actions by the City including preparation of a corrosion control study.  The study, which was performed by Hazen Sawyer Consulting, evaluated the city’s water quality parameters typically associated with lead leaching.  The evaluation concluded that nitrification was likely exacerbating already low pH values in groundwaters pumped from the Live Oak Basin resulting in slightly corrosive water.

In response to these findings, the City increased the type and frequency of water samples collected throughout the distribution system.  This enhanced monitoring is specific to managing pH changes in the water.  An automatic analyzer has also been installed at the Amherst Treatment plant to monitor pH values of water leaving the plant, which treats groundwater pumped from the Live Oak basin.  Treated water from the Amherst plant is also blended with less aggressive imported water from TVMWD to increase the pH.  In addition to the aforementioned, a Poly/Ortho Phosphate chemical feed was recently added to the Fifth and White facility, which will increase pH levels from the White Avenue treatment facility.     

Download the Public Notice here:  Notice Regarding Tentative Ruling on the City of Claremont's Action to Acquire Golden State Water's Operations


 

For more Information contact:
Teri Baker
Assistant to the City Manager
City of La Verne
(909) 596-8726

 

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Tue, 09 May 2017 09:24:31 -0700
Westways Magazine Features La Verne in their Publication http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/265-westways-magazine-features-la-verne-in-their-publication http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/265-westways-magazine-features-la-verne-in-their-publication Featured in the September 2016 issue of AAA Westways Magazine, DayTrip takes the reader through a bit of the history of our great city describing La Verne as a “tranquil place.” The article recognizes several wonderful places to visit, such as the University, Heritage Park, and Marshall Canyon Trail. Several local restaurants are featured as well. Check it out at: http://www.calif.aaa.com/home/publications/westways/local-outings/day-trips/2016-day-trip-la-verne.html

 

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Tue, 09 May 2017 09:18:51 -0700
University of La Verne Proposed Parking Structure http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/248-university-of-la-verne-proposed-parking-structure http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/248-university-of-la-verne-proposed-parking-structure The University of La Verne has filed a Development Application to construct a 940 space parking structure on the University of La Verne campus.  The proposed parking structure is anticipated to be four-stories tall with five levels of parking holding 940 vehicles, with office space for the Campus Safety Department on the ground floor.  The parking structure will replace an area of existing surface parking in Parking Lot D located at 2021 D Street and be located ten feet from the University’s southern property line.  The parking structure will span between the Super Tents on the west and Leo Park on the east.  Vehicle access to the parking structure will be from two existing driveways one on D Street between Leo Park and Vista La Verne Residence Hall, and the other on Second Street between the Campus Center and Hanawalt House.  In an effort to help the community visualize the location and height of the proposed parking structure the University installed flags during the week of August 17th.  The flags were put into place using construction boom lifts to the 45’-7” height of the parking structure and ran the length of the structures south side.

 

The project is currently in the environmental review phase with the Draft Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration out for public review, copies of the environmental study are available for public review at Planning Department Counter in City Hall and at the La Verne Library, a digital copy can be found on the City’s website by clicking here - ULV Parking Structure IS-MND Public Draft.  Public comments on the draft environmental study can be submitted until August 31, 2015.  The project is scheduled for public hearing before the Planning Commission on September 9, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  If you have any questions about the proposed parking structure please contact Associate Planner, Rafferty Wooldridge at (909) 596-8706.

 

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:43:09 -0700
Attracting Business Development http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/businesses/attracting-business-development http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/businesses/attracting-business-development La Verne Economic Development LogoEvery city has a different approach to economic development.  Should a city choose a relaxed approach, it would wait to see which businesses choose to come into the city. On the other hand, a city can have a more aggressive approach and recruit potential businesses to come to the city. Either way, the importance of establishing a strong business core is essential to the financial stability of a city.

The City of La Verne established an Economic Development Subcommittee, comprised of Council members and staff, for the purpose of developing the best ways to promote La Verne as a destination for new businesses. This subcommittee has an important job because sales tax is a key revenue stream that enables the City to provide essential services.  Ensuring the right mix of retailers can better maximize that revenue stream.

While La Verne enjoys a relatively low vacancy rate, this subcommittee is continually looking at the best methods to market the City.  Multiple measures have been implemented to help promote the community and attract retailers that are believed to be the “right fit.”  These tools include creation of a marketing brochure highlighting the major advantages of locating of business in La Verne, working with shopping center managers to make direct contact with sought-after retailers, development of an interactive mapping tool on the City website to easily identify all available retail locations, and, in select cases, being prepared to offer economic incentives to entice the most preferred businesses. 

When a business decides to locate in La Verne, the first step is to see if the proposed use is permitted by the zoning for the property.  La Verne has several different zones throughout the City, and each of those zones has a list of permitted uses, conditional uses, and prohibited uses.  The City's zoning code cannot regulate the quality of the type of business (i.e. a "discount" store vs. a "upscale" store), but can only list type of use such as "retail sales." 

If a use is permitted, the business only needs to obtain a certificate of use and occupancy and a business license, both of which are ministerial and required for every business.  If a use is conditional, it requires a Conditional Use Permit, which is reviewed in a public hearing before the Planning Commission.  This discretionary process allows the Planning Commission to approve the use with specific conditions to address any concerns that are raised about the business, or deny the business from locating at that location based on concerns about the public health, safety, and welfare.  Property owners within 300' of the site are required to be noticed of the request for a conditional use permit and the public hearing for the proposed use, and a notice is also required to be published in the local newspaper.  If a use is prohibited, the use is not allowed at that location.

From start to finish, economic development and attracting businesses to meet the desires and needs of the community is quite a process. If you know of a business that is a good match to La Verne, please direct them to the Community Development Department at (909) 596-8706.

 


News Release Provided By: Jeannette Vagnozzi, City of La Verne
jvagnozzi@ci.la-verne.ca.us
(909)596-8726

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:28:25 -0700
The City of La Verne Unveils Web Site for Business Development http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/204-the-city-of-la-verne-unveils-web-site-for-business-development http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/204-the-city-of-la-verne-unveils-web-site-for-business-development The City of La Verne is pleased to announce the launching of a new section of the City web site specifically designed for business developers.   Anyone interested in commercial development or opening a business in La Verne can use this comprehensive tool to find the perfect location at click of a button.  Users can navigate through basic property information including lot size, building size, zoning designation, traffic counts, broker information, and essential demographics.  

Last year the City began its effort of promoting La Verne as a business destination and this is another component of that campaign.  The purpose of making this inventory available to prospective businesses and developers was to help fill vacancies and keep our commercial corridors not only active, but thriving.  

This new section can be accessed by visiting the City’s website at www.ci.la-verne.ca.us and browsing the “Economic Development” section of the Businesses menu.


News Release Provided By:  Jeannette Vagnozzi, City of La Verne
jvagnozzi@ci.la-verne.ca.us
(909)596-8726

 

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:12:16 -0700
The City of La Verne Mourns the Passing of Long Time Council Member http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/156-the-city-of-la-verne-mourns-the-passing-of-long-time-council-member http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/156-the-city-of-la-verne-mourns-the-passing-of-long-time-council-member La Verne City Council Member Robert Rodriguez, well known for his lifetime of service and joyful spirit, passed away on July 6, 2013.  He was 83 years old.

A lifelong La Verne resident, Robert graduated from Lincoln Elementary School (later renamed Roynon Elementary School), Bonita High School, and earned both his bachelor’s (’65) and master’s degree (’90) from the University of La Verne.

Robert’s lifetime of public service began in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953.  He served in the 2nd Infantry in the Korean Conflict.  He earned the Korea Conflict Medal with one Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Infantry Medal.

In 1953 Robert became the first Mexican-American police officer hired by the Pomona Police Department. During his twenty-seven years of honorable service he worked patrol, gang detail, detective bureau, community liaison, and a variety of positions before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.  He then joined the University of La Verne as Director of Administrative Services from 1983 to 1996.

In 1982, Robert was elected to the La Verne City Council.  His continuous thirty-one years of service earned him the distinction of the longest serving elected official in the City’s history.  Robert’s community service included past positions on the Board of Directors for David and Margaret Home for Girls and Le Roy Haynes Center, and the Board of Directors of Brethren Hillcrest Homes. He was the representative to the California League of Cities and California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.  More than anything, Robert wanted to ensure that the residents of La Verne were proud of the community and received quality services. He listened to the concerns of every resident who approached him and helped whenever possible.

“Robert loved this City and was honored to serve the City.  He often joked that he was the ‘self-proclaimed Pride of La Verne,’ but in reality it was very true,” said La Verne Mayor Don Kendrick.  “No one epitomized the ‘Pride of La Verne’ like Robert. We take great pride in his extraordinary example of selfless service, unwavering dedication, and good-natured spirit.” 

Former Mayor Jon Blickenstaff, echoed similar sentiments. “It was my sincere pleasure to sit next to Robert at the dais for twenty-seven years and to witness first-hand his dedication to the community,” said Blickenstaff.  “It showed in every decision he made. He cared about this community and wanted to be part of upholding the traditions and making it the special place it is today.”

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Eliseo and Concha Rodriguez, and two sisters, Betty and Alice.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fran; their five children, Jeff, Roberta, Jennifer, Lisa, and Lynda; eight grandchildren; and siblings Genevieve, Jay, and Richard.  Funeral services will be held at the La Verne Church of the Brethren on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow at the La Verne Community Center, 3680 D Street in La Verne. A private interment will be held for family only at the La Verne Cemetery.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the La Verne Veterans Memorial, care of City of La Verne, 3660 D Street, La Verne, CA 91750.

 

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For more Information contact:
Jeannette A. Vagnozzi
Assistant to the City Manager
City of La Verne
(909) 596-8735

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Mon, 08 Jul 2013 09:47:04 -0700
City of La Verne 2013 Statistics http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/153-city-of-la-verne-2013-statistics http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/153-city-of-la-verne-2013-statistics The Southern California Association of Governments has prepared a profile report for the City of La Verne. SCAG provides local governments with services including planning data and information, technical and planning assistance (i.e. GIS training and growth visioning), and analyzing the impacts of infill development. You can download their report through the link below.

http://www.scag.ca.gov/Documents/LaVerne.pdf

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Wed, 08 May 2013 16:09:11 -0700
24 Hour City Hall Now Available http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/28-24-hour-city-hall-now-available http://www.ci.la-verne.ca.us/index.php/home-sp-254/news-categories/28-24-hour-city-hall-now-available 24 Hour City Hall

Have you ever wanted to report a street light out, but kept forgetting to call until you once again noticed the light was out and City Hall was closed?   Now you can submit requests for service to the City of La Verne at your convenience.

The City of La Verne is now offering an option for residents to report issues without having to call or come into City Hall.  The new “24 Hour City Hall” is available on the City’s web site (www.ci.la-verne.ca.us) and allows users to report routine issues such as street light outages, the need for graffiti removal, tree requests, and more.  Previously, residents had to report issues or make requests in person or over the phone.  If City Hall was closed, residents were not able to communicate their non-emergency issues.

24 Hour City Hall is not meant for emergency situations such as water line breaks or life threatening circumstances.  When faced with emergency instances, residents should call 911.

The 24 Hour City Hall is an interactive system that allows users to report issues, make requests, and check the status of those requests anytime, 24 hours a day.  Users simply click on the 24 Hour City Hall icon on the City’s home page, www.ci.la-verne.ca.us, to use the request form.  Once there, users are able to fill in the vacant fields or boxes that provide the City with facts like a description of the request, the location, and follow up contact information.  When the necessary form is completed, users will receive a request number to track the request’s status.  Once submitted, issues will be sent to the appropriate City personnel and will be addressed within a reasonable time span.  This program is available for residents to more easily and readily communicate with any City department in the hopes of making services more efficient and responsive. 

For any questions regarding the 24 Hour City Hall system, please contact La Verne Customer Service at (909) 596-8744.

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romer@ci.la-verne.ca.us (La Verne Admin) Old News Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:48:07 -0700