October 19, 1989
The City Council by a 4-1 vote has approved an ordinance that will cut the city's utility tax by 1% a year until the rate is lowered to 5%. The first 1% reduction will occur in January, lowering the tax on telephone service to 10% and cutting the tax on bills for gas, water and electricity to 9% for residents and 11% for commercial and industrial users. It affects all utility billings in the city; a customer whose monthly bills total $100, for example, would save $1 with each reduction.
July 14, 1988
Councilman Mark Nymeyer this week proposed a compromise that he hopes will end a dispute between Pomona Mall merchants and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Business owners have requested that the city reopen a 2-block area of what was once 2nd Street to vehicular traffic. But college officials say the street, known as College Plaza since the late 1970s, is an integral part of the campus. The street was closed with the creation of the pedestrian-only Pomona Mall in the early 1960s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1990
Los Angeles County Fair officials reacted angrily Wednesday to a decision by the Pomona City Council to levy a 10% tax on admission to all events at the county fairgrounds except the fair itself and off-track betting. "We're really shocked. This devastates our non-fair program and really kills the hotel project," said fair spokesman Sid Robinson, refering to the 250-room hotel envisioned for the site. Robinson said more than 1 million people attend various events at the fairgrounds each year.
May 3, 1990
Officials of the Los Angeles County Fair reacted angrily Wednesday to a decision by the Pomona City Council to levy a 10% tax on admission to all events at the county fairgrounds except the fair itself and off-track betting. Sid Robinson, a spokesman for the fair, said: "We're really shocked. This devastates our non-fair program and really kills the hotel project."
May 12, 1988
The City Council plans to ask the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific to pay for the use of College Plaza, a section of a public street that has been part of the school's campus since 1984. The council voted unanimously Monday night to invite college officials to a council meeting at which the city is expected to request a voluntary payment of $900 a month from the college.
May 19, 1988
In an effort to get a new pool at Ganesha Park open by this summer, the City Council voted this week to lend $325,000 from the city Water Department's reserves to the pool fund. Douglas Bridges, director of parks and recreation, had asked earlier that the money come from the city's general fund. However, the request drew a hostile response from Councilman C. L. (Clay) Bryant, who said the City Council had been led to believe that the $1.
December 21, 1989
Assemblyman Charles Bader (R-Pomona) has joined the campaign to recall Councilman C. L. (Clay) Bryant, accusing him of "abuse of the public trust" through intimidation of employees and of favoritism in the handling of city contracts. Bader, a former Pomona mayor who served with Bryant on the council in the early 1970s, said he has never, until now, signed a recall petition. But he said Bryant should be removed from office for reasons that amount to "political corruption."
October 13, 1988
The City Council, with one member absent, split this week on a motion to ask voters whether the city should disband its police force and contract its public safety services from the county Sheriff's Department. Councilman C. L. (Clay) Bryant, a longtime critic of the Police Department, had sought the ballot measure, arguing that citizens are dissatisfied with police efforts to fight gang activity and drug dealing in their neighborhoods.
June 9, 1988
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has announced plans to move its headquarters from El Monte to a 16-acre site at University Corporate Center, an industrial park being developed at the junction of the San Bernardino and Orange freeways. The AQMD is planning to build a two-story, 240,000-square-foot complex that would include a 20,000-square-foot laboratory. The project, with an estimated cost of $35.
May 26, 1988
Mayor Donna Smith promised residents this week that the City Council will not vote to bulldoze two city parks, as recommended by Councilman C.L. (Clay) Bryant. Last month, Bryant said the city should raze Cherrieville and Sharkie parks, which are named for the city's two oldest gangs. Bryant said the parks, built with federal funds in 1972 to provide young people with alternatives to gang violence, had instead become havens for gang activity and drug dealing.