Community Input Needed! Se Necesita Aportación de la Comunidad!

As part of the hiring process for a new City Manager, the community is asked to provide input about the desired characteristics of the new City Manager. This survey is posted on-line and provided in hard copy format if requested for those who do not have on-line access. Although, I suggest that anyone without internet go to the Pomona Public Library and use the computers and free internet provided there.

The survey was prepared based upon best practices and the experience of Ralph Anderson & Associates combined with information available about the City of Pomona.

It is important that your representatives hear from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey, which is open until Friday, September 27, 2019 at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CZXFWZ8

Como parte del proceso de contratación de un(a) nuevo(a) Administrador(a) de la Ciudad, se le pide a la comunidad sobre las características deseadas del nuevo Administrador(a) de la Ciudad. Esta encuesta se publica en línea y se proporciona en papel si se solicita. Sin embargo, les sugerio que cualquier persona sin Internet vaya a la Biblioteca Pública de Pomona y use las computadoras y la conexión a Internet gratuita que se proporcionan allí.

La encuesta fue preparada según a las mejores prácticas y la experiencia de Ralph Anderson & Associates combinada con la información disponible sobre la ciudad de Pomona.

Es importante que sus representantes escuchen de usted. Tóme unos minutos para completar la encuesta, que está abierta hasta el viernes 27 de septiembre de 2019 en:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXVVVPY

Community Concerns: Cannabis

Dear District 3 Residents,

I have received some questions from the community about the city’s efforts to allow cannabis businesses in Pomona. Concerns are understandable, and I would like to share the current status of the City’s work as we move toward legalization of a limited number of cannabis businesses in the city.

I first want to assure you that there will be no retail sale of cannabis in District 3. This was decided almost from the beginning of the cannabis conversation in Pomona.

Page two of the staff report given at the Joint Study Session on May 1, 2019, under the Zoning subheading, clearly states that “To date, the discussions call for allowing cannabis businesses in commercial and industrial zones, excluding the Downtown and the Fairplex and prohibiting retail sales in Council District 3.”

Retail, however, is not the only type of cannabis business under consideration. The types of commercial cannabis businesses defined in the ordinance are: indoor cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution, retail storefront, and microbusiness of medicinal and adult-use cannabis and cannabis products, as well as the ancillary transportation and delivery of cannabis or cannabis products. Currently, District 3 is overlaid for manufacturing, testing, and distribution. In simplest terms, District 3 is being considered for warehousing, safety and quality control, and production.

There are currently many checks and balances in place such as requiring cultivation indoors only, limiting certain businesses to the M zone, odor control regulations, licensing requirements, and making sure that cannabis businesses are at least 1,000 feet from sensitive use areas. On page 2 of the staff report, under subsection Business Ordinance, it states, “The adopted Ordinance established a 1,000 foot buffer between any potential commercial cannabis business and specified sensitive uses, including, school K-12 schools, day care centers, and youth and recreation centers. Additionally, storefront retail business shall not be located with 1,000 feet from another commercial cannabis storefront retailer.” People living within 1,000 feet will be notified and there will be an opportunity for them to comment, and the evaluator will consider their comments.

It is also important to note that no one area will get all the businesses. Each CPA (Cannabis Permit Area) have been carefully vetted according to the businesses already in operation in the area. Additionally, there will only be eight permits total given throughout the city as a start. Pomona wants to avoid the mistakes and headaches of other cities, which is why we are proceeding with caution.

There will be conversations at both the Planning Commission and City Council level before anything is decided regarding other related industries. I encourage you to attend these meetings in order to hear and be heard regarding this matter. I have communicated with our Planning Director and this matter will not go up before Planning by best estimates either July (on the early side) or September (on the late side). In the meantime, I will be co-hosting a Community Concerns Meeting regarding cannabis at Washington Park on a day during the last full week of June with Councilmember Victor Preciado and the Planning Department will be present.

I am aware of the many homes sprinkled in the “industrial zone” and of the concerns of residents living, as I do, separated from businesses by an established trucking route and concerned about the environmental impact to our quality of life. This is the benefit of district elections — I am your neighbor, I share many of your concerns, and I will use my knowledge of our neighborhood and the tools at my disposal as your representative to make sure we get fair treatment.

I hope this information, my comments, and the attached report link calm any concerns you may have. However, if you would like to speak further about the matter before the June community meeting, I would be happy to hear from you.

* ¡Versión en español próximamente!

Planning Department Report on Cannabis: https://www.ci.pomona.ca.us/index.php/development-services-home/planning/cannabis

The 2019 State of the City Invitation

All Pomona residents are cordially invited to tomorrow night’s free event where our Mayor Tim Sandoval will present the annual State of the City.

Thursday, February 28
at the Pomona Fox Theater
301 Garey Avenue, Pomona. 

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:45 p.m. We kindly request that you use #PomonaSOTC2019 for any social media posts. Please note that the event will be streamed through Facebook Live.

Todos los residentes de Pomona están cordialmente invitados a un evento gratuito mañana por la noche donde nuestro alcalde Tim Sandoval presentará el estado anual de la ciudad.

Jueves 28 de Febrero
en el Teatro Fox de Pomona
301 Avenida Garey, Pomona.

Las puertas se abrirán a las 5:30 p.m. con el programa comenzando a las 6:45 p.m. Les pedimos que utilice #PomonaSOTC2019 para cualquier publicación en las redes sociales. Tomen en cuenta que el evento se transmitirá a través de Facebook Live.

Voting: A privilege and a duty


My mother on the day she became a U.S. Citizen.

The first political conversation I remember having was in 1992 with my father. My class was having a mock election and I was unsure of who to vote for: the elephant or the donkey. Neither animal seemed attractive so I had no idea why we were voting for them. I did not know it at the time but despite reading the newspaper each morning and watching the news each evening my father did not have the right to vote. My mother, who answered my voting question by telling me to ask my father, did not have the right to vote either.

Thanks to Reagan they were, after decades of living in California (my father arrived at 17 and my mother at 22), legal residents, but it would be eight more years before they became citizens of the United States. Despite their immigration status or maybe because of it my parents instilled in their children a strong sense of civic duty.

Many times during this campaign I have knocked on a door, exchanged a few words with the constituent, and been told “I can’t vote, but I’ll tell my children.”

On this day, National Voter Registration Day, I think of these moments and circumstances and wonder why so many who are able to vote decide not to.

I vote because I know at some point my parents could not. I vote because I know that some of my students will not be able to once they turn 18. I vote because I believe in and support our democratic process.

If you are able to vote, I urge you to vote this election. Vote in honor of your family members who cannot. Vote because your voice matters. Vote because it is your right and privilege as a citizen of this great country.

Register to vote here.

A chance for change lost.

On February 5th the city council voted 5/7 with Mayor Sandoval and Councilmember Gonzalez as the opposing votes to table the RFP (Requests For Proposals, or as I like to think of it the “Bang for your Buck”) process for the City Attorney. They will return to it at some unknown future date, pending the creation of “Goals and Objectives” to evaluate the City Attorney, City Clerk, and City Manager. This demonstrates Pomona’s previous and continued bad leadership.This situation is, as Mayor Tim Sandoval said, a direct reflection on the City Council and their inability to prioritize and lead for DECADES. Those who have only been at the dais for a little over a year must shoulder some responsibility, but what of the City Council Members who have been in office for two terms or more?

These veteran leaders must acknowledge that they dropped the ball, are deflecting any responsibility for their lack of leadership, and continue to struggle under the new transparent and open process that is being implemented in City Hall. It is obvious that not all City Council Members understand that in the age of social media, conducting business behind closed doors and whispering to each other at their seats is seen as the least transparent thing one can do. Political maneuvering in order to save face, retain or gain power and provide services to only their most supportive constituents is being clearly seen by voters and they will show their displeasure at the voting booth. As one community leader said at the meeting, “The people will remember.”

Since my first job at the age of 16 working the drive thru of McDonald’s, praise and acknowledgement from my boss for a job well done boosted my determination to continue to do a good job and increased my hourly pay. I knew that I wouldn’t be getting that praise or that raise or that promotion if my boss didn’t think I deserved it or was up to it. So from the earliest part of my employment history I was evaluated. From Barista, to Office Assistant, to Teacher, I have undergone evaluation on a regular and constant basis. So what makes our City Attorney any different?

The answer should be nothing. Yet, for over 28 years the City of Pomona has not evaluated one of the most expensive and costly contracts for our city. Could you imagine buying car and not comparing makes, models, prices, and features? Neither could I, but this is exactly what the City has done for over 28 years: stuck with the same make and model without researching potentially better options for our needs. If elected to serve as the District 3 City Council member, you can count on me to consistently look for the best option for us in a timely and organized manner.

It was implied by members of the Council that a lack of public presence indicated that the public was not interested. It was implied that there were secret motivations and agendas working to “rush” this process forward. HOW CAN SOMETHING BE RUSHED AFTER 28 YEARS OF INACTION? You will never hear me suggest that the Council didn’t have a chance to get around to it after 28 years. And no, I do not believe we’re moving too fast to bring an open and transparent process to one of the most expensive and costly contracts for our city. I urge our representatives to talk to their district – ALL of their district – and understand that on November 2016 the City of Pomona voted the old way of doing things out. Last night’s vote to table the RFP process for the City Attorney, pending the creation of “Goals and Objectives” to evaluate the City Attorney, City Clerk, and City Manager, demonstrates that some on the Council have not listened to the referendum on “business as usual.” It is up to our representatives to move with the times or move out of the way of progress.

“Isn’t Cristina running?”

My purpose is not about “running against Cristina”. Elections should never be about the person in office, but about the people they serve. Out of the deep respect I have for Cristina Carrizosa and the work she has done for our community, I approached her soon after deciding to run during the first week of 2018. We chatted for a long time and she gave me a lot of advice and insight. I truly appreciated this conversation and as of that meeting she was unsure if she would run for reelection or not. I believe we both left the meeting with the understanding that no matter her decision I would run and we would both continue working for our community.

I’m running not because my values are so much different than Mrs. Carrizosa’s, but because I want lead District 3 into the 21st Century. I believe I have the energy, the dedication and the ferocity to fight for D3 (like Cristina has done for so many years) but also to lead it into the future for many years to come.

If Mrs. Carrizosa runs then I sincerely wish her the best of luck and look forward to working with her regardless of who wins. However, that is not going to change my belief that I am a solid choice for District 3 and the best choice to move forward as our City changes. In the end, the people of District 3 will decide, but just by running I am going to benefit District 3 by interjecting new energy, new ideas, and new expectations into the community.