In response to the criticism of the City of Chino Hills regarding election information, contained in a letter to the Forum today, City Clerk Cheryl Balz gave us the following information:
We have Ray Marquez as the lone candidate (filed, got the 20 signatures required). There were three candidates issued nomination papers (in District 1—Mr. Esparza’s original letter said District 3 in error): Ray Marquez, Waimin Liu and Vincent Hennerty. Mr. Hennerty submitted his nomination papers but did not have 20 verified signatures from his district. The signatures were disqualified because 1) Not a registered voter within District 1; 2) not a registered voter in Chino Hills; 3) duplicate to another nomination form. A voter may only sign one nomination form. Mr. Liu did not return his papers by the deadline.
Although the letter writer suggests that it was difficult for the public to find out what district they were in, the map has been on the city’s website since the council approved the districts in 2017. “We prepared a postcard, a frequently asked questions flyer, updated our website, included articles in the city newsletter, and issued press releases,” Ms. Balz said. “All of these things were done prior to the nomination period opening. We have undertaken an extensive effort to be transparent and thorough with our outreach campaign, beyond any legal requirements and are very proud of the work we have done.”
A report prepared for the school board by student representative Jonah Botello last year resulted in the hiring of an additional janitor at each of the four district high schools this year, said classified union president Danny Hernandez. The janitors were added after student site council representatives said clean and well-stocked bathrooms were a need, said Mr. Hernandez. The union requested 12-month contracts but each position was hired on an 11-month contract, even though campus activities are year-round, he added.
Starting Sept. 4 a new Omnitrans bus route will deliver direct bus service to the Baldy View ROP Career Training Center at 1501 S. Bon View Avenue in Ontario. Route 86 will operate 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays with several connections in Chino. Baldy View ROP offers free career preparation courses to district high school students and fee-based classes for adults.
If there is noise around the women’s prison Sunday September 9, it’s because demonstrators opposed to prison conditions plan to bang pots, pans and drums outside CIW around 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, according to a letter received by the Champion. A similar noise demonstration was on the night of Aug. 21, according to the letter writer, James Anderson.
The master plan recently approved by the Chino Planning Commission for 267 multi-family residential units in the Preserve includes provisions for a dog park and butterfly and rock gardens. The development is planned for the southeast corner of Main and Forest Park streets.