The landscape at the Chino Hills BAPS Hindu Temple has been transforming from grass to drought-tolerant plants and artificial turf. Volunteer Ronak Patel of Chino said 31,000-square-feet of grass has been replaced and will save 1.7 million gallons of water per year. BAPS members donated $1,000 to the fire department during a recent walk and members from across the country donated $166,000 to the Nature Conservancy.

 

The City of Chino Hills has been complaining about City of Industry not releasing documents despite numerous public records requests. However, when the Champion asked the City of Chino Hills how much money it spent on litigation over Tres Hermanos Ranch, the city attorney’s office refused to disclose the amount. The attorney cited a California Supreme Court ruling that the attorney-client privilege protects the confidentiality of attorney invoices, including cumulative fee totals. Also cited was a government code exempting records from disclosure that are protected under federal and state law including attorney-client privilege. However, the law does not prevent a body from giving out that information if it wants to.

 

By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age.

 

The Chino Hills City Council meeting Tuesday was adjourned in memory of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein of Inland Hills Church who at 30 died on Aug. 25, John Robert Baker, a World War II veteran and longtime Chino Hills resident who died at 92 on Aug. 17, and those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

 

The status of a partially constructed Egyptian restaurant languishing at The Commons on the southeast corner of Chino Hills Parkway and Ramona Avenue was questioned during a retail presentation to the city council Tuesday. Chino Hills Mayor Peter Rogers remarked that they built the pyramids quicker.

 

Emelyn C. Rodriguez, a Sacramento attorney practicing in the law of politics and political reform, has been named executive director of Californians Aware (CalAware), a nonprofit organization supporting citizens’ access to governmental meetings and records, constitutional free speech and press rights, and whistleblower protections. Ms. Rodriguez has been a member of CalAware’s board for the past eight years. She previously served for 13 years as Senior Commission Counsel with the Fair Political Practices Commission. Terry Francke, founder of Californians Aware, continues as general counsel.

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