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May 3, 1990
The city will be able to boost law enforcement and traffic patrols, add six traffic signals, conduct a $100,000 solid waste study and set aside a 5% contingency fund, and still come out on top, a proposed budget for the next fiscal year shows. The draft budget, presented to the City Council on Tuesday, predicts a $560,000 surplus for Los Angeles County's newest city. The expected infusion of money is due largely to $1.
City officials, barred by a technicality in state law from collecting $1.2 million in property taxes, have asked Assemblyman Charles Bader (R-Ontario) to sponsor a bill that would help bail out their newly incorporated city. Council members are pushing for legislation requiring county governments to provide services until new cities are legally allowed to collect property taxes.
October 25, 1992
Five Diamond Bar High School students--suspected of breaking into a home, causing $25,000 worth of damage and scribbling racial slurs on the walls--were arrested Wednesday by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies. The names of the youths, boys ages 13 to 15, were not released because they are juveniles. They were released to their families after being booked. The break-in, discovered Oct. 16, occurred at a vacant home in the 21400 block of Broken Arrow Drive, across from the high school.
October 8, 1992
Construction will begin within a month on a community building the city hopes to complete by next spring. By a 4-0 vote Tuesday, the City Council awarded Clayton Engineering a $657,400 contract to construct the building in Heritage Park in south Diamond Bar. The center will be used for senior citizen activities, community club meetings, a Tiny Tots enrichment program and city recreation programs. It will consist of a meeting room, classroom, kitchen, office and lobby.
May 21, 1989 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
Members of the City Council, searching for a city manager who is well-versed in traffic issues and the challenges of running a newly incorporated city, found their person last week in Big Bear Lake. Robert Van Nordt, 46, was hired by a unanimous vote of the council Tuesday night as Diamond Bar's first city manager. Van Nordt became Big Bear Lake's city manager shortly after it incorporated in 1981 and has worked to solve the growing traffic problems in the resort community. "I love to solve problems," Van Nordt said from his office in Big Bear Lake.
September 15, 1990 | DENNIS KAISER
Esperanza High School's strong running game offset a weak passing night by senior quarterback Keith McDonald and paced the Aztecs to a 30-3 victory over Diamond Bar Friday night at Valencia High School. Esperanza (2-0) rushed for 218 yards and had four running backs score touchdowns. The Aztec defense added a safety late in the game. McDonald threw four interceptions--his all-time worst--and completed one of nine pass attempts in the second half. He completed 9 of 21 for 113 yards on the night.
June 16, 1988
The proposed city of Diamond Bar likely would be able to generate sufficient revenue to pay for municipal services for its 60,000 residents, according to a report released by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). The report found that in the 1986-87 fiscal year--the most recent for which figures were available--the 15-square-mile city would have taken in $7.25 million in revenues while spending $7.01 million, said Michi Takahashi, a LAFCO administrative assistant.
June 8, 1989
City Council members this week finally exercised their long-awaited authority to control multifamily housing, but it may have come too late to do any good. The council enacted a 45-day urgency ordinance requiring council review of all apartment or condominium projects. During the recent incorporation drive, cityhood proponents cited the proliferation of multifamily housing in once-rural Diamond Bar as proof of the need for local control. Voters approved cityhood March 7, and the city was incorporated April 18. But now that Diamond Bar officials have the power, county planners have informed them that only one parcel zoned for multifamily housing hasn't already been built upon.
June 18, 1992
A group of landowners in the southwest portion of the city who were previously exempt from the city's road maintenance tax will be charged in the 1992-93 fiscal year. The City Council voted 5 to 0 Tuesday to include the remaining 1,100 untaxed parcels in the road maintenance assessment district, which now includes all of the city's 17,000 parcels. The county had excluded the area from the assessments before the city incorporated in 1989.
March 23, 1989
The formation of a local government moved closer to realization this week as an interim city manager went to work at Diamond Bar's provisional city hall. George Caswell, 68, was chosen last week by the City Council-elect to serve as interim city manager for three to four months, until a permanent successor is hired. Caswell, a La Verne resident, managed that city for 18 years and has also served stints as interim city manager of La Canada Flintridge and Fontana.
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