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CITIES REPORT - April-May 2023


The City of Azusa, in partnership with the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD), is proud to implement the CalHome Program within the City. The program is intended to assist first-time homebuyers through deferred-payment loans for down payment assistance to buy a new residence or assist existing owners with funds to undertake rehabilitation improvements. All funds to individual homeowners will be in the form of loans.

First Time Homebuyer eligible applicants will receive a down payment loan of up to $100,000.

Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation eligible applicants will receive a maximum loan amount of $100,000.

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the program. The application process may include and is not limited to participant eligibility review, property eligibility requirements, underwriting requirements, homebuyer education, occupancy requirements, etc.

For more details on each program, visit


The City of Chino took the final step towards approval of the city’s housing element.

To comply with the state’s mandate to build 6,978 residential units over the next eight years, the city has opted to incorporate two housing overlays, mixed-use and affordable housing overlay zones, which were authorized by voters last June with the passage of Measure Y. Of the 6,978 units, 3,397 must be affordable housing.

The overlays would allow residential development at up to 30 dwelling units per acre on certain non-residential properties, General Plan Consultant Andrew Hill of Dyett & Bhatia said.

These include changes to building standards, affordability requirements, parking standards, and allowing public storage facilities in mixed use overlay sites. Feedback from three real estate developers on the zoning amendments were incorporated into the housing element, including their request to base the economic analysis on 2024 fees and costs.

Developers also noted that self-storage facilities are a necessity in multi-family developments. As a result, the city will allow self-storage facilities on mixed-use overlay sites greater than 5 acres. The facilities must meet a minimum front and side setback of 50 feet with a height of up to four stories if needed to accommodate open space and recreation areas.


The large dog side of Villa Borba Dog Park, located at 17001 Amadora Drive, is closed for renovation of the existing turf. The small dog side of the park will remain open and be separated into two sides with portable fencing during the renovation, so both small and large dogs may still enjoy visiting the dog park. There are two access gates for entering the small dog area and temporary signage will direct dogs to the proper side during the renovation. The schedule anticipates a full reopening of the large dog side of the park on Friday, June 16, unless the weather causes delays.


The idea of building a skatepark in Covina has been thought about for decades, according to a trio of city employees and Mayor Walt Allen.

Over the years downtown Covina has had several board shops over the decades: The Outhouse, Utility Board Shop, and currently, Pawnshop Skate Company. Pawnshop skate company  consulted with the local skate scene and brought their vision to life with a clay model.

Soon, skaters will have more than just an empty skating rink and portable rails to grind. Covina Skatepark will be built at Wingate Park (officially known as Kahler-Russell Park), a long, 17 acre park between Grand Avenue and Glendora Avenue. The facility is  going to be approximately 10,000 square feet. Including sidewalks and other amenities.  Eventually the city will build bike lanes for access to the park from both Grand and Glendora with $1.7 million in Measure M funds.

Pawnshop Skate company was instrumental in making this an inclusive skating facility where one can have the very early, entry level  skater come in and learn how to use it and you can have the more advanced skaters continue to be challenged.  

The city opened Construction bids on May 2. $625,000 have been allocated for the project so far, though Fajardo says the latest cost estimate from Spohn Ranch is about $900,000. Bullington is hopeful the park will open by late Winter ‘23/’24.


The replacement of the city’s 30 bus shelters started May 1. The new shelters feature solar and LED lighting for improved visibility and energy efficiency, and longer benches and bigger trash containers to accommodate waiting passengers. In about half of the locations, work will also include the demolishing and construction of a new concrete pad. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2023.

Questions regarding the bus shelter replacement project should be directed to the City’s Public Works Department at or (909) 839-7060.


Rental assistance is available to El Monte residents who are of low income, experiencing financial hardship and in need of rental assistance. Eligible applicants may receive a subsidy of up to $3,600.

Assistance is offered on a first come, first served basis for as long as funding for the program is still available.  To apply, contact the City of El Monte Housing Division by phone: (626) 580-2070. Or on-line at:


The City Council of the City of Glendora will hold a public hearing in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 116 E. Foothill Boulevard, Glendora, California, on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. to receive and consider all evidence and reports relative to a resolution amending the City of Glendora Master Fee Schedule of fees and charges for City services.

All interested parties are invited to attend the hearing and express their views on this matter.  Should you be unable to attend the public hearing, your comments must be made in writing and delivered to the City Clerk prior to the scheduled hearing date. Comments should be sent to: Office of the City Clerk, 116 E. Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, exclusive of holidays or by calling (626) 914-8210.


A 197-acre property in eastern L.A. County has hit the market for $99 million, representing one of the region’s largest land listings in recent memory.

The property is located north of the city of La Verne, in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, and consists of four parcels. Although the property is listed as “vacant land,” it contains one four-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot house with an expansive balcony, according to property records and listing materials.

The house has sweeping mountain views as well as a pool, and the property also includes other small structures. The house was built in 1927 and remodeled in 1971.

The site is currently zoned for light agriculture, which allows a single-family residence.

The property is owned by husband and wife Honghua Shang and Puchun Cai, who bought the 7-acre parcel that includes the house for $1.1 million in 2017, according to property records, although it was unclear how much the other, larger parcels previously traded for.

Shang, is also a broker who frequently represents Chinese buyers. He has the listing with a Rowland Heights-based company called Great Wall Realty.  

The listing, is  one of the largest — and most expensive — pieces of land in L.A. County. In northeast L.A., one 16-acre lot is on the market for $38 million, and a 35-acre lot in Malibu is listed for $35 million.

The largest piece of available land, though, is the 264-acre Senderos Canyon property in Bel Air, which is currently at auction and accepting bids at a minimum floor of $39 million.


Beginning July 1, 2023, a permit is required and must be displayed to park oversized vehicles on a public street. An oversized vehicle is defined as any vehicle, motorized or non-motorized, that exceeds 20 feet in length, or exceeds 80 inches in width or 78 inches in height or that weighs more than 6,000 pounds (gross vehicle weight), i.e. Recreational Vehicles (RVs). The vehicle must be parked in front of the residence it belongs to, and cannot be a public safety hazard.

Please note that:

No more than 2 permits shall be issued per calendar month.

Permits will not be issued consecutively, and cannot exceed a 48 hour parking period.

The vehicle must be registered and operable.

A citation may be issued if the code is violated or abused. All vehicles are subject to tow. Numerous citations may result in a delay in the registration process through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

In person and online applications will start on June 15, 2023.

To provide adequate time for permit processing, please submit your application at least five business days before you wish to park.

For more information contact:

Business License Division

303 East B. Street

Ontario, CA 91764

Phone – 909-395-2022


With the recent promotion of Captain Perez to Deputy Chief with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the city is  pleased to share the news that Lieutenant Mike Smith has been promoted to Captain and is the new Chief of Police for the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department, effective March 25, 2023.

Mike Smith, a 24-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, began his career in 1999. As a Deputy Sheriff, Captain Smith worked at the West Valley Detention Center and held his first patrol assignment in Rancho Cucamonga in 2002. He was promoted to Detective/Corporal in 2008 and worked at Central Station until he transferred to the Specialized Investigations Division in 2009. Captain Smith promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and held assignments at the High Desert Detention Center, West Valley Detention Center, Fontana Station, and the Coroner’s Division. In 2018, Captain Smith promoted to Lieutenant at the Coroner’s Division and transferred to the Rancho Cucamonga Station in 2019 and oversaw both administrative and operational positions for the station.  

In addition to his years of service to the Rancho Cucamonga community, Captain Smith is also a longtime resident of Rancho Cucamonga and takes great pride in serving the community he calls home.  


CBRE facilitated the sale of 960 Overland Court, a 79,036-square-foot R&D/flex building in San Dimas, to San Dimas CA LLC. Located at 936-960 Overland Ct., the two-story property is fully occupied by Collins Aerospace, an aerospace and defense product supplier and subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies.

Also, Marcus & Millichap has completed the sale of 144 & 150 E Baseline Rd., a 16-unit apartment property located in San Dimas. The asset sold for $4,825,000.

The Baseline Apartments consist of two parcels totaling 0.86 acres. The property was built in 1963 and 1989, with a mix of two and three-bedroom apartment units.  


An individual/personal trust has acquired the 18-unit Arrow Townhomes in Upland for $5.5 million. The community is located at 614-628 Arrow Highway in Upland.

Arrow Townhomes contains all two-bedroom, townhouse-style apartment units with two-car attached garages. Other amenities include enclosed patios, balconies, central air conditioning and laundry hook-ups in each unit.


The City of Walnut applied and was awarded $40,000 in grant funds to implement a program for the online submittal of Solar System applications. Through the Energy Commission’s California Automated Permit Program (CalAPP), the grant is intended to help local governments recover the costs to establish an automated, online solar permitting platform.

City staff is finalizing the details of executing the new program, which will likely be activated before the end of the year. The City will ensure that once the program is live, information through the City website and social media will be disseminated to notify the public.