October 6, 1991
Is Diamond Bar an almost perfect example of political cronyism? When the City Council had an opportunity to appoint a new member (the post being vacated when Paul V. Horcher was elected to the state Assembly), they decided not to approach any of the previous council candidates to offer the spot to them. When they did make the appointment (of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Donald C. Nardella in December, 1990), the procedure gave the definite impression of having been a "done deal" before it even got started.
August 6, 1992
A community building in Heritage Park will be available for local groups and individuals by July, 1993, if construction goes as scheduled. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for the $575,150 building in the southern park. The council is expected to award a contract the 3,942-square-foot structure by mid-September. The building will consist of a meeting room, classroom, kitchen, office and lobby.
November 8, 1990
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the operation of a free holiday shuttle to transport shoppers to about 15 shopping sites throughout the city. Scheduled to run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, the 20-passenger bus will make rounds of the shopping centers daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Christmas Day. The shuttle will help alleviate traffic and also increase sales tax revenue in Diamond Bar, City Manager Robert Van Nort said.
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.
January 11, 1990 |
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.
May 21, 1989 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 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.