Kristin Parisi – Glendora City Council Candidate / Environmental Activist

I recently wrote about land development use issues in the Glendora South Hills, and it generated some off-line discussion locally so I’d like to introduce to you a local environmental activist and current Glendora City Council Candidate Kristin Parisi.

South Hills Alosta Canyon Trail, Glendora, California South Hills Alosta Canyon Trail, Glendora, California

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your professional background.

Both my husband and I are transplants from the Midwest to California, and we chose Glendora nearly 25 years ago as the place we wanted to raise our family. Soon after our children started school, I got involved in PTA and with other local issues and was quickly “hooked”.

Growing up, my folks were small business owners and we were always active on local issues and local politics. My mother owned and operated our small town newspaper and my father was a local politician. I was raised to believe you “Can’t complain if you don’t get involved”, so it was a natural step for me to provide information that helped the community, try to get our elected officials to listen, and work on the campaigns of candidates I believe in.

As a community volunteer, I published a little paper called “Glendora Life” from 1998-2007. It was Glendora’s “alternative” source of information. We dug for facts and reported news that other local media chose to ignore. Over the past 12 years, I have gradually become more informed, more involved, and more committed to being the type of voice in city hall our citizens deserve.

In my life, I’ve held many different jobs including teacher, college administrator, and policy analyst, but none more fulfilling or rewarding than the work I do now as a Children’s Social Worker. Every day I am in touch with some of our most needy families and feel blessed to have an opportunity to try and answer those needs, whether its safety, emotional strength, food or housing.

I hold a masters degree in Public Administration. I am dedicated to public service, and I will bring my communications skills and broad experience as an administrator, educator and social worker to the Glendora city council.

What do city council members do?

At best, city council members are the most accessible face of government for the citizens. The council sets policy on everything from where you can walk your dog, to the number and size of your business signs. The council plays a huge role in land use and planning decisions that impact the future of communities. Councils make decisions that determine the amount of open space and parkland to protect, the policy on recycling, which congestion management and traffic calming efforts to fund. These are all policies the city council decides on.

Council members are expected to be responsible enough to research issues they

vote on. They should listen and give voice and consideration to the values, opinions, and preferences of their constituents as part of their decision process. Of course, there are competing interests to be considered, but council members should give them all fair consideration and seek solutions and build consensus for decisions that better the entire community, not simply appease their friends or those with the loudest voices.

Unfortunately, what council members do and what they are supposed to do are often not the same. We all know that far too many elected officials succumb to the pressure of repaying favors to those who financed their campaigns.

Kristin Parisi City Council Candidate Waving to Crowd, Glendora Christmas Parade, California Kristin Parisi City Council Candidate Waving to Crowd, Glendora Christmas Parade, California

Why do you want to be a Glendora City Council member?

Again, I think the process should be inclusive. When planning to balance housing needs with sustainability, protection of open space and quality of life, for instance, the process yields better results when the process is inclusive. That balance only comes when there are independent voices on the council and a real debate about the huge changes proposed for our community, and the possible solutions.

Since I got involved locally more than a dozen years ago, I’ve shown my concern for every area of our city and the kinds of decisions that are made to protect and improve our neighborhoods by being actively involved, speaking out to the Planning Commission and the City Council, providing written comments to environmental impact reports, and challenging decisions when I thought they were made in error, like the decision to place a commercial nursery operation in a wilderness park.

I’m running for the Glendora City Council because I still believe that discussion, dialog and debate are healthy. I believe in democracy and that everyone should have a place at the table. When we listen and consider everyone’s opinions and have a real, authentic commitment to inclusion and planning, we arrive at better decisions.

Your name was brought to my attention due a blog post I made about commercial development within the Glendora South Hills. What are your views regarding past, present and future decisions regarding our local wilderness area?

Every week, I drive all over the county and there is no better argument for preservation and conservation than a tour of the Southland. We are indeed fortunate to live near the foothills, just one of California’s natural treasures.

The fact is that more could have been done to preserve our local wild areas. Those who made the decisions, however, were obviously motivated by the interests of landowners who supported development regardless of the elevation, regardless of the slope, regardless of the habitat in the area.

I’m pleased that the Glendora Community Conservancy, www.glendoraconservancy.org, with the support of California and Los Angeles County voters, have been able to preserve so many acres. We need more people like you and them, and we need local politicians who make preservation and conservation a priority.

Regarding the future, I think we need to grasp the concept that “when it’s gone, it’s gone”. Preservation should be part of the planning process – valued as much as any other factor in reaching the balance I talked about before. What we can preserve, we should, and we should be good stewards of it for future generations. There is absolutely no need for commercial developments in our South Hills, and the Glendora City Council should terminate the lease and use the land for the purpose for which it was intended.

Colorama Diesel Truck Driving Up Bonnie Cove Trail, Glendora South Hills Wilderness Park, California Colorama Diesel Truck Driving Up Bonnie Cove Trail, Glendora South Hills Wilderness Park, California

Leased Private Property in Glendora South Hills Leased Private Property in Glendora South Hills

The Glendora City Manager wrote to me stating that the Glendora Wilderness Park is “zoned as open space and thus cannot be developed with houses or any commercial buildings.” Clearly this is not true because a commercial nursery operation is located smack dab right in the middle of it. Hikers have reported being harassed and run off the Bonnie Cove trail by renegade truck drivers that apparently weren’t even aware that it was originally intended to be a hiking trail. If elected to the city council, will you do what you can to preserve our remaining open spaces?

Like many other Glendorans, I disagree with the current city council’s decision to lease out publicly owned land in our South Hills Wilderness Park area to a commercial nursery. This decision was made hastily. It was a “consent calendar item” for the council, decided without public debate or thorough consideration of impacts on the public: such as public safety for citizens who visit the hills, spraying of toxic or hazardous chemicals, and damage to flora and fauna.

As a member of the council, I will work to terminate the commercial lease with minimal impact to the city’s financial resources. I am a member and supporter of the “Save the South Hills” effort and will continue to be. In addition, I will continue my efforts to protect the foothills and would like to see expanded grant writing activity to support our Conservancy’s efforts and those of other area conservancies. I hope to work with local schools and interested organizations to increase educational and recreational uses of the areas that are available to the public. Public land is a public trust. It’s time we started treating it that way here in Glendora.

Tell me some memorable experiences you have had along the Bonnie Cove trail in the South Hills.

What I love most is the sense of being somewhere away from life’s hustle, bustle and so close to nature. We are so blessed that this opportunity is so close to home. Seeing the baby hawks hatch in the hawk nest across from the Bonnie Cove trail is a wonderful site. It’s said the nest has been there since at least the 1960’s.

Sadly, one less than positive memory was the day we looked at the black walnut tree which held the old beehive, killed by a nursery employee. It was another thoughtless insult to the natural beauty and web of life, and an example of how these two land uses – commercial nursery in the middle of the public’s wilderness park are not compatible and needs to be resolved. I’m told nursery employees seem confused as to why there are hikers on the “road”. Actually, they’re driving their trucks and cars on a hiking trail! The business does not have the South Hills’ best interest in mind; it is useful in their effort to turn a profit. As I said, the uses are not compatible and the park should be returned to the public for public use.

Lupine and Mustard Wildflowers in Glendora South Hills Wilderness Park Lupine and Mustard Wildflowers in Glendora South Hills Wilderness Park

Tell me about the Glendora Community Conservancy and your involvement with this organization.

The Conservancy and I are on the same page — preserve open space, and I am a fan and supporter of the Glendora Community Conservancy. The organization has successfully protected a significant number of acres in our foothills, although not as many as I would have hoped for. The Conservancy has a local office and website you may wish to explore.

Click on the link to learn more about the Glendora Community Conservancy and local environmental issues.

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45 thoughts

  1. Well done interview! Kristin Parisi will be an outstanding, honest council person who won’t forget her roots. She won’t be one of the untouchable council people who have forgotten who they represent. Parisi obviously cares about ALL of Glendora, even the wildlife and all of the environment of Glendora. It’s also apparent that she has actually visited the South Hills Wilderness park and she’s familiar with the landmarks, unlike the council people who approved a business to operate in a wilderness park (on a consent calendar not even a public hearing!) and to drive on its hiking trails. I’m supporting Kristin Parisi for Glendora city council.

  2. Thanks for the kind words Erica. Maybe in the end, more people will go hiking and appreciate the natural world for what it is. Sometimes the best use for the land is to leave it in it’s natural state. In a region with 15 million people, I would hope that someday more people will stand up to developers and say enough already.

  3. One of the most honest, hard working, good intention persons that has ever been put on the earth. Her problem is she does not take payoffs, political favors, sell out her constituants and make up her own rules.

    She deserves more than anyone I know to be a Councilperson

    Sonny Marshall

  4. Thank you for posting this! Kristin Parisi was not even on my radar until now. Finally, a candidate that will represent the interests of many of us who feel un-represented. Most importantly, she loves the land and understands the importance of good stewardship.

    Joy England

  5. An anonymous irrelevant attack comment has been removed from this thread along with my initial response. Both positive and negative comments are welcome as long as they remain on topic – about environmental awareness and land use issues.

    If anyone has a personal vendetta with any of the previous commenters then take it up with them. That has nothing to do with me nor this website.

  6. Please correct me if I’m wrong, wasn’t the Colorama Nursery area first occupied by another nursery? I don’t recall any complaints at that time. Also, is it just the trucks people are concerned about? Isn’t the nursery a colorful and pleasant site? Can’t we teach our kids the names of the flowers and tell them about the bees and wildlife and how they go hand in hand in our living circle?

  7. From what I was told, that is true. I believe Monrovia Nursery or something of that nature vacated the spot 25 years ago until the current occupant signed their lease several years back.

    What happened 25 – 30 years ago doesn’t mean that it still applies to today because it is in the wilderness park. I don’t know if it was a wilderness park back in those days but it is now.

    The nursery is not a colorful and pleasant site in my opinion. It is privately leased and is a man-made interruption of what should be a natural ecosystem.

  8. I have been a resident of Glendora since 1957 and I have been going to the South Hills since I was a kid and I still go and walk my dog there. I have never had any problems with anyone there and I do believe we need to maintain the open space but this seems to be all Ms. Parisi is concerned about here in Glendora. A park that already exist and is not in jeopardy of being closed and mainly in her area near Bonnie Cove. I would have liked to see what Ms. Parisi has actually done for the community of Glendora, where she has participated to benefit this community. To date I have never read anything that details this information.
    Conservation is important but not as important as community outreach and working within the community.
    Voicing an oppinion does not mean it is the correct one and you can have all your friend post how great you are but you need to allow those who dont agree or want more information, to post as well.
    If you want to serve the people answer all the questions, honestly.
    Thank you
    Mike M.

  9. Hi Mike. This interview was to facilitate discussion so it is good to get your views. As with anything, if the dialogue remains civil then people are more likely to listen.

    If you have more to add regarding the city’s development policies in the South Hills or the actual foothills itself then I would be more than happy to let you space on this blog to voice those concerns as well.

    As for Kristin, I met her recently and she was able to clearly articulate her views and answer my questions regarding conservation so that is why I asked her to give an interview for this blog. She just happens to be someone who is running for city council.

  10. In fact Richard, what did your thanking of Sonny Marshall’s ridiculous comments, which were just a backhanded attack of the city council, have to do with conservancy or nature.

    If his remarks were relevant to what you’re asking for here, maybe you could explain how?

  11. I thank almost everyone who comments on my site so perhaps you are reading too much into that.

    I neither agreed nor disagreed with Sonny’s comments but he did sign his name and didn’t attack the webmaster anonymously.

  12. The history of the site that Colorama is currently leasing is the following:
    Originally a ravine type area similar to what is currently along the Bonnie Cove trail.
    When the 210 freeway was built the blown up pieces of the hill was poured into the ravine.
    Area eventually given to the city by the creator of the Orange Julius.
    The area was leased to Monrovia Nursery to grow junipers. (A VERY low maintenance and low demand plant-therefore causing super low traffic on the Bonnie Cove trail).
    Monrovia nursery vacated area and the area was empty for around 15 years.
    Presently, Colorama is now in the place of Monrovia nursery growing color (VERY high maintenance and high demand plants- causing continuous traffic on a hiking trail).
    People can’t cite that Monrovia Nursery was there before so therefore Colorama must be ok. We should learn from our mistakes-obviously the current Glendora city council is not doing so and they are not appearing to be for open space. Open space means hiking trails and no businesses in the middle of open space areas. Also if the city council is truly for open space why are the South Hills designated a “blighted area” in a redevelopment area?
    Kristin Parisi is aware of these issues and would work on restoring the South Hills Wilderness Park to its former self- true open space in the middle of urban sprawl. Glendora has a true gem with the South Hills-it just seems that Council people would not agree because it is not an area they visit often.
    As for Colorama being colorful and pleasant: it usually is usually 1/2 empty and not in bloom. Colorama killed the 35yr old bee hive so I don’t think kids could be taught how business and nature go “hand in hand” as you say. The image most commonly seen is a person in a hazmat suit spraying unknown pesticides and other chemicals randomly around the plant containers. As for the complaints: many people in the neighborhood complained and were very happy to see Monrovia Nursery leave the area.
    Again, the Glendora city council needs to learn from history and correct its mistakes- not relying on the logic something else was there and everything was ok. No one knows that, studies need to be conducted to see how the wildlife is being impacted. Kristin Parisi will listen and understand and most importantly represent everyone in the city.

  13. If there were truly a problem in the area of Colorama wouldn’t you hear complaints from more people than just Parisi, Johnsey and those associated with them? Who were the many people in the area who complained about Monrovia Nursery because as a 30 year resident of the city I never heard anyone complaint untill Colorama leased the location?

    As aa matter of fact, the first complaints I remember being made was that the land was leased for too low of a price, from there the complaints have snowballed into petty and ridiculous attempts to shut the nursery down.

    Mr. Wilson, the owner of Colorama is approachabe Richard. Why don’t you interview him and see what he has to say? A balanced view of his operation and what they do could than be seen. I’ve hiked the hills many times as I have all of the SGV area. My kids and grandkids have ben up there and we have never experienced any type of problem that have been mentioned in letters to local papers and comments at council meetings that Parisi and Johnsey have made.

    I think more investigation is warranted than what you’ve done to this point and since there are obvious defenders and detractors of Parisi and Johnsey posting here you could get a better picture of what’s actually taking place at Colorama in that way.

  14. What is obvious is that there is commercial development in the South Hills, and it is one that is fenced off to the public. The no trespassing sign speaks for itself. It is one of many in the hills. Over on the other side of the hills beyond the wilderness park boundary are no trespassing signs for housing.

    The line has to be drawn somewhere. Lack of environmental concern in the 20th century led to The Hetch Hetchy being flooded, Mono Lake was nearly totally drained, Glen Canyon was flooded, the Salton Sea was created by an irrigation canal disaster, so on and so forth.

  15. Looks like you don’t want to find out the the other side of the issue Richard. The South Hills has nothing to do with any of what you mentioned above and you know it.

    Glendora has an election coming up and the character of those running is of a great concern to the voters. Your refusal to attempt to get the other side of this issue shows what your character is.

    Parisi and Johnsey have no vision for our city, neither one, that’s what’s most important to the citizens.

  16. I do believe Richard might not possess anymore information other that he leased this particular piece of land from the City of Glendora, California.

    The South Hills parcels were purchased and some pieces donated to be set aside for the PUBLIC to enjoy for ever as a true Wilderness Park and not a business park or venture by the City of Glendora or it’s officials.

    I feel Parisi and Johnsey have the greatests vision, far reaching concern for our city, that’s what’s most important to the residents of Glendora, California, U.S.A.

  17. The South Hills issue from my point of view has everything to do with all of the previous things mentioned. It speaks to the lack of respect for our natural planet. If there is another side to the South Hills, we’re certainly not getting any information out of you other than you don’t like the person that I interviewed.

    I’m not even going to get into the whole character attack issue with an anonymous commenter on my site. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you obviously. What I do know is that Kristin was respectful to me during the two times that I have talked to her so I gave her the chance to speak about these issues that matter to ME on my blog. Simple as that.

    It is easy to say, “I hate her, her and her” etc… yes it is obvious you don’t like any of the people that have commented on this thread but what do you like? You’ve left quite a few comments here and I still don’t know what it is that you believe in.

  18. How odd…I don’t remember signing up to run for a city council spot. It is apparent that the anonymous poster has never visited the South Hills wilderness park. He is unfamiliar with the area, because anyone who is on the Bonnie Cove trail when trucks or employee vehicles go up or down the trail would realize a business should not be leasing a land-locked parcel and using the hiking trails to access their business. It is not a beautiful business, it looks out-of-place. The only reason it’s in the South Hills Wilderness park is because the council people didn’t do their job and they didn’t read the contract or even know where Colorama was going. One of the council people even admitted it was one of the biggest mistakes they have made. Kristin Parisi will research topics before voting on them.

  19. It is odd Erika but did you also forget you are, or at least were Parisi’s treasurer of her campaign committee? I guess that wasn’t important enough to mention when you made your first comment, it might have appeared to be biased if you had mentioned that. You’re not running but you are very close to Parisi and so your comments are biased.

    The same goes for the comment by Sonny Marshall. It really wasn’t a comment though rather an attack that had no bearing on this conversation. People not familiar with either of you would maybe think while reading your words you were just average citizens, not two people who are part of Parisi’s group.

    So accoring to Ms. Johnsey’s way of thinking I’ve never been hiking on the trail because I disagree with her point of view. I started scouting before you were born miss and have hiked all over this state, including the South Hills. The trucks I’ve seen have always driven slow and the drivers have not sped.

    More disturbing than the trucks are some of the people I’ve run into up there, transients that loiter, smell, drink and curse. I’ve never seen you mention them but instead pick at every item you can come up with regarding Colorama. Some of the statements you’ve made here regarding spraying have already been answered elsewhere but like a true zealot you repeat them.

    Parisi is not good for this city because she has been against every revenue generating development that has come down the pike in the last six or seven years. Ms. Johnsey is no different, she has complained about Colorama and the assisted living facility issue and like Parisi thinks nothing of suing the city which wastes city funds that could be better spent on other items.

  20. More and more crank posters aka :anonymous: have popped up here where the preservation of nature in Glendora, Caliornia is the topic not some crank posters adulterated views of people in this community who are trying to make a change in how this current City Council is deals with the letter of the law.

    These laws are quit clear in what and how Wilderness Parks and perserves are to be managed, for the people to enjoy as Open Space and never to be built nor developed as Business ventures of any kind.

    To this level of slander against those in this community that have placed their morals above greed in order to protect and perserve this land is a higher moral calling rather than to succumb to the greed of the quick dollar and a loss for ever of this natural wonder that has been place before us all to enjoy.

  21. You’re making more out of this than necessary annonymous. I actually have never run into one of the transients you speak of. They must not be up there when I go. I don’t “complain”, I am simply bringing things to the attention of the city council or concerned residents who may not be aware of what is going on in the South Hills. I wish you would step out from the shadows and bring up your concerns to the public. You really shouldn’t put someone down for trying to help protect an area that is usually ignored and taken for granted. If the city really cared about the area, why are the South Hills labled a “blighted” area? Kristin Parisi is aware this is wrong, because after all, when was the last time you saw a natural hillside labeled blighted? Kristin will work on correcting the incorrect label. Vote 4 Parisi!

  22. The problem is that Parisi’s past positions show she won’t work to bring a red cent into the city in this type of economic doom. I’m not saying that Parisi, or you for that matter are not concerned with the South Hills. Having been up there recently I don’t see them as blighted, what exactly makes you believe that term? If your contention is that it’s due only to Colorama I would have to disagree.

    Parisi can’t point to any type of stance that she’s taken that would have made the city benefit from a financial stand point. She is affiliated, as you are, with Harrold and Smith and will never get my vote or anyone’s vote that is truly concerned with the city and it’s ability to survive during these times.

    That’s the most important issue facing voters, everything else is secondary. I’m not in the shadows, I’m out in the city every day. I’ve seen the hit pieces done by the Harrold people so I prefer to stay anonymous.

  23. I would differ with this lerk/anonymous poster as “they” have created more problems for this city, if you mean bring in money to the city of Glendora then why don’t you control YOUR spending of the money that is brought in to the city legally.

    Instead of passing out raises like they were candy or payoffs for jobs well done for some underhanded project.

    Your cheap swipe at the past is not an easy one for you all in City Hall to swallow either, since douglas,ken and gary have had their hands dripping in the blood of their victims.

    That’s the most important issue facing voters, to rid the city of corruption.

  24. While Anonymous seems to be so candid about certain points such as being out an about in the City of Glendora all the time, why are you so afraid of Harrold or Smith?

    Is what they have to say to frightening for you to handle, i’ve heard the truth sometimes is painful to listen too!

    Is that why you live in the shadows?

  25. Unfortunately, Anonymous I speak the truth regarding the placement of the South Hills in a Redevelopment area and it is labeled a “blighted area” by the city of Glendora. Check on the redevelopment map and you’ll see for yourself. I found it a very sad commentary on how the city really feels about the South Hills. The Foothills are not blighted (and they shouldn’t be, but neither should the South Hills).
    I’m sorry you feel the way you do, but this is an environmentally related interview. To me it just shows that Kristin is concerned with all parts of Glendora, not just business. She has always supported the small businesses- why is that anti business? You should give her a chance. If you really enjoy the South Hills, she’ll work on truly protecting them.

  26. And definately NO I do not consider the South Hills as not “blighted”. I go up there pretty much every day. I just wish you could see the point of the interview, to show how Kristin Parisi will work to protect the South Hills not to plant business in the middle of a wilderness park.
    I’m certain you care about the South Hills, show it and support Kristin.

  27. “I’m not saying that Parisi, or you for that matter are not concerned with the South Hills.”

    Of course. The issue is that whoever allowed for the development to be where it is are the ones who are not concerned with the South Hills.

  28. Nobody in town is afraid of Mark Smith or John Harrold. Mark Smith is obviously posting as The Heat, no doubt about it. Use your real name Mark why are you afraid and have to live in the dark?

    The point you made Erica shows the weakness of Parisi. Small businesses are not what brings the big revenue into a city and Parisi, like I said, has been against every major revenue source that’s come down the pike since the early part of the decade. She is a one trick pony and blind to the finnacial needs of the city.

    You’re her friend, have her come on here and show otherwise. If she can’t than what’s that say about how ready she is to sit on the council?

  29. I think we should all just accept that fact that everyone has a different opinion for what quality of life means. Corporate domination is not my idea of quality of life. Quite frankly this whole debate reminds me of the story Brave New World.

  30. Kristin Parisi has a degree in Public Administration, which makes her very qualified for a city council position-more so than the other candidates. She is a candidate who truly cares about all aspects in the community, as she illustrated in this interview. How unfortunate it is that you don’t value the small business owner…after all the majority of the businesses in Glendora are the small businesses.
    If you go back to the main issue- the South Hills Wilderness Park having a business being run right in the middle of the park and the business using hiking trails as roads- you obviously care about the environment because you hike in the south hills. I don’t understand why you’re so negative about Kristin? She is willing to protect something you cherish, which are the south hills.

  31. You know Richard, like it or not, large retailers drive the economic health in small towns that are lucky enough to get them into development zones. It’s a sad truth of the world today.

    I like that I no longer have to drive to West Covina, Arcadia, Brea, Montclair or La Verne to eat at certain restaurants, go to the show, buy housing materials, clothes or electronic equipment. Those are just some of the advantages of The Marketplace and Diamond Ridge being here in Glendora, the convienence.

    Supporting my community, driving less to meet my families needs and still having the small town feeling you get from shopping in the village are what I feel are the plus side to living in Glendora.

    I’ll put up with more traffic locally and some long lines to save myself gas, time and spending my money elsewhere. A balance is needed between development and open spaces and I think our current council has done the best they can in that area. Others can disagree and that’s fine, but I love this town. Keeping the village stores open later and having a true street fair on thursday nights would be something I’d like to see as well.

  32. If more people felt the same way about how great it is to have all the big stores, like you do, there will not be a village in Glendora. That’s what makes Glendora a small town, the village.

  33. I could do without the traffic and replace it with pedestrian traffic. I will agree with you that downtown should stay open later. At 6 p.m. on a Friday night everything is closed already except for the jewelry stores and beauty salons. What I would like to see is a street trolley or more public trans like they have in the Bay Area to encourage more pedestrian foot traffic. That would make downtown a cute place to own a gallery in my opinion and more commercially viable. Unfortunately it is all a fantasy at this point.

  34. Erica, my brother and his wife were small business owners for years in two other San Gabriel Valley cities. Of course I value small business owners and stated that I loved the village, but they can’t support the entire town can they?

    You’re not stupid Erica and a proper mix is needed but the Village business owners are their own worst enemies. Besides the ridiculous closing times they’ve established, many of the shops are over priced. My wife and I still bring them business and the I pointed to a street fair, a real one like the type Monrovia puts on that will assist them in sales as it has done there.

    There’s other ways to make the village more attractive as Richard pointed out but this 2009 and the big money comes from places that have many locations you can do much of your shopping and take care of your entertainment needs. Kristin wasn’t for it and still isn’t and no degree will compensate for that lack of fiscal smarts.

  35. Glendora Election Results
    CITY OF GLENDORA – March 3, 2009 SEMI-OFFICIAL RESULTS

    Murabito  2,970

    Davis     3,019

    Pagac       347

    Parisi    1,439

    Tweini      786

    Measure “C”

    Yes  2,970

    No   1,275

  36. This A.M. I walked up Bonnie Cove and up past the Colorama operation. I met with three trucks, all were going well under 5 mph and stopped to talk. Very nice people. HOWEVER… on my way back down I noticed that all of the locks on the gate were negated by one piece of bailing wire wrapped around a few of the locks… in other words a broken chain. One of the supervisors of Colorama said he has reported it to the city of Glendora, TWO WEEKS AGO. So any IDIOT can drive his/her vehicle up there and wreak havok. Come on Glendora, should we just INVITE A LAWSUIT?

  37. Hi R. Vest. One time I saw an off-road ATV vehicle up there on the trails, some guy and his kid. I couldn’t figure out how he got past the gates so I guess that explains it.

  38. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ8pwv3BI7A

    This was the intro to the John Harrold show I used to go on every week. I kind of miss it! The video was made up of some pictures my friend Lee & I took of Colorama taking over a portion of the South Hills Wilderness park to run their flower business. That makes no sense to me because they’re introducting non-native plants to a wilderness park, using hiking trails for their own private roads, bringing polution to the wilderness park and using pesticides which could damage wildlife and native plants, etc. Their lease is up in 15 years (about 13 years from now). The lease is up for renewal every 5 years. The city council approved this without reading the lease agreement or even questioning where this was. Gary Clifford, Ken Herman, Karen Davis and Doug Tessitor supported the business being operated in the wilderness park. It’s so sad that money is more important than a unique wilderness area surrounded by an urban landscape. :( The council people don’t understand that and I doubt they ever will. What most people look at and see as natural beauty, the council just sees dollar signs and ask what can it do to benefit themselves and the bottom line. It figures the business that would be put in the wilderness park to make a profit, has a president who’s motto is “greed is good”. How sickening.

  39. I think there are two types of rich people on this planet. Those who realize how special our natural planet is and take steps to preserve it (which also increases property value if you really care that much about money), and those who just see dollar signs at any cost as long as it benefits themselves.

    Compare Marin County to L.A. County. Marin is one of the most affluent areas in this country much more than L.A. even and yet 80% of their land space are protected wilderness areas. People who don’t live there still get to enjoy the natural landscape and the rich people get to have their expensive property values. Everyone wins. Compare it with down here, it is a develop develop develop mentality. The rich people are still rich, but everyone else is left with nothing but pollution and endless miles of tract housing.

  40. I think it’s also an issue of creativity or thinking outside the box. Some people are just so set in their ways and go by what their parents did and think that’s the only way to think or do something. Some people who have had family in Glendora for awhile still don’t consider where we live to be part of Glendora. Too bad, and a lot of people don’t consider the South Hills as anything but an annoyance when they have to drive AROUND the hill rather than to cut through it. Glendora really has a great opportunity to advertise to everyone who drives on the 210 between Grand and Lone Hill that Glendora cares about open space, etc. by putting up a big sign that says South Hills Wilderness Park or have some cool observation decks, etc. so people sitting in rush hour could see this and perhaps plan a visit. I doubt this will take place as long as there are people on the city council who think dormant trees are dead and complain about all the weeds. Weeds are only weeds when they’re in a location you don’t want them to be- they’re supposed to be all over the hill (hopefully a little thinner though).

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