DIAMOND BAR — The latest effort to incorporate Diamond Bar officially ended earlier this month when cityhood proponents missed their third self-imposed deadline for gathering a sufficient number of signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.
Phyllis Papen, chairman of the Diamond Bar Incorporation Committee and the prime mover behind the incorporation attempt, said a lack of early support from the Municipal Advisory Council, a panel of locally elected officials who make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, contributed to the petition drive's failure.
Papen also criticized signature-gatherers, many of whom, she said, abandoned the effort before the deadline had passed. The committee gathered 4,137 of the 4,600 signatures needed.
"To be 500 short and quit is ridiculous," Papen said. "We should have had it."
The drive began last May, but when it became apparent that the incorporation committee would miss its first deadline of Nov. 15, the Diamond Bar Homeowers Assn., who sponsored the drive, elected to move the deadline ahead. Because state law requires that signatures be gathered within six months, moving the deadline forward meant that signatures gathered in the first months of the drive had to be dropped.