Glendora Chamber of Commerce
Ask the City

The Glendora City Manager's Office and the Glendora Chamber of Commerce are working together on a new program to get questions, comments, concerns, and your thoughts on the business community of Glendora. We will then discuss the submissions at a monthly meeting and get you an answer.

Have a question?
Have you heard a rumor?
Why is this going on in Glendora?
What new business is coming to Glendora?

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Thank you for participating!

Previous Asked Questions

Has there been any movement regarding tenants for the Mayflower center next to Spaghetti Eddies?

The Mayflower shopping center is a privately owned center. There are four separate property owners that own the entire corner site consisting of 8 parcels, within approximately 7.5 acres.

The City has been in regular communication with the majority property owner, who owns about 5.75 acres including the former Sports Chalet space. The property owner has been proactively looking to attract a new anchor tenant, however currently there are no definitive plans regarding a new tenant or any type of redevelopment.

Why is Raising Caines being considered to open in the already over-congested Glendora Marketplace? I know that a traffic study will be conducted, but quite honestly, I do not understand how a Starbucks is under construction when it was almost impossible to enter the center during the holiday season.

It’s important to understand that a property owner has a right to apply directly to the City for virtually any type of land use, whether it is permitted or not. Permitted uses that meet development standards are generally less complicated to process. The property owner has the burden of proof to demonstrate through their plans, including expert analysis from specialized fields such as traffic engineers, that the project is consistent with City policy and/or is sufficiently compelling to make a change in City regulations.

The City, through its appointed and elected officials, weighs all of this information via public hearings that include testimony and facts presented by interested parties and the general public. Based on the evidence presented, the appointed and elected officials are charged with making a decision. If the process sounds like going to court, it’s because the law and local rules surrounding land development and zoning follow quasi-judicial procedures. Upholding the rule of law is a fundamental component of land use planning.

So getting back to the questions:

1) “why” is Raising Cain’s being considered? Because the property owner has a right to apply and present their development proposal before the City’s decision makers on land development. On February 5, 2019 the Planning Commission recommended Approval to the City Council for the development of the drive through business, Raising Canes. City Council will hold a Public Hearing at the City Council meeting on March 12th at 7pm.

2) “how” is Starbucks under construction? Like Raising Cain’s they presented detailed plans and analysis supporting their project as is their right. Included with their presentation was a Traffic Impact Study(TIS). The TIS resulted in a requirement for Starbucks to complete several traffic mitigation improvements at the Shellman/Gladstone intersection. Ultimately, the City Council determined that the facts supported a decision to approve their project. Starbucks is still under construction, the required improvements are proposed to begin in the first half of 2019.

I heard the City if becoming a sanctuary city, true or false?

The talk on the subject of a sanctuary city stems from Senate Bill 54.  The premise of SB54 is that local and state law enforcement authorities may not use resources, including personnel or facilities, to investigate or arrest people for federal immigration enforcement purposes.

On October 11, 2018, the City of Glendora held a Town Hall meeting with a panel of experts on the subject intended to educate and enlighten all in attendance with a better understanding of what SB54 does and what it does not do.

The City of Glendora, as a general-law city is required to comply with laws set by the State of California, including SB54, however the City itself has not taken a position of officially declaring itself a sanctuary city.


Are there any plans to redevelop the shopping center where Frozen Ropes, Mauricio’s and Mike’s Guitar Center are located?

In 2009, the Glendora Redevelopment Agency acquired the property and building currently occupied by Frozen Ropes. In addition to the Frozen Ropes building, there are two other separately owned parcels that comprise the properties at the corner of Amelia and Route 66. The other parcels include an auto repair building, and the commercial building occupied by Mauricio’s and Mike’s Guitar World. The Agency acquired the Frozen Ropes property with the goal of enticing a development that would consolidate all of the separately owned properties and redevelop the site with a commercial/office/high-tech building and use of the property. This idea is derived from the Route 66 Specific Plan, which identifies the corner as a “priority site” for reuse and redevelopment.

Since the State terminated all redevelopment agencies in California, Glendora has proceeded with the sale of the various properties it owned. The Frozen Ropes site is one of the last parcels owned by the former Glendora Redevelopment Agency. The sale of property will follow procedures approved by the State of California for the dissolution of Glendora’s redevelopment assets.

On November 13, 2018, the City Council discussed options for putting the property on the market for sale. The Council directed staff to prepare a Request for Proposal Document (RFP), and bring it back to the Council for their approval on January 8, 2019. The RFP document will outline minimum requirements for a bidder, and the desired use of the site. After the RFP is approved by the Council, the property will be advertised for sale and the RFP will be provided to prospective buyers. Based on this timeline, it is anticipated that bids for the property would be received sometime around the March/April time period.

As a business owner and resident, I am very concerned about the homeless population growing in Glendora.  How are we going to combat the issue and keep Glendora safe for our children and clients?

The City of Glendora's homeless plan has been designed to work collectively with the County of Los Angeles using Measure H tax dollars. The priority of this plan addresses homeless re-housing options, utilizing our regional homeless shelters in an effort to help place those individuals who are experiencing homelessness in the Coordinated Entry System (CES). CES is the gateway to the County of Los Angeles housing services.

From a public safety perspective, the Glendora Police Department is committed to treating everyone with respect and dignity while following the law. Public safety is our primary concern. A recent United States Supreme Court decision now limits certain laws pertaining to homelessness and the use of public property. Camping and sleeping on public property such as sidewalks and benches is not enforceable unless there is an available shelter and that homeless person refuses to accept services. There is no shelter in Glendora. The closest shelter is in Pomona or Pasadena. Officers who encounter homeless individuals during calls for service on public property such as bus benches, parks or the library offer homeless outreach services and ask them to move along, however citing that person for the Glendora Municipal Code violation is essentially unconstitutional. Enforcement on private property such as a residence, business front or parking lot is allowable. The property owner must affect a private persons arrest after the homeless person has been officially warned to leave that property. Homeless individuals who violate the trespassing laws after a business is closed may also be enforced if there is a current trespassing letter on file with the Glendora Police Department. Both scenarios may require the property owner to come to court to testify in the criminal case for trespassing.

Homelessness is a challenge but Glendora is not alone in this. Our dedicated homeless liaison officers work diligently to find the Glendora homeless housing and other relocation services but this is a city and community effort. We encourage business owners and residents to contact the City of Glendora Community Services Division for guidance and referrals for housing and other city related services. The Glendora Police Communications Center can be contacted for homeless related criminal issues.

For more information on how the City is approaching Homelessness, including a link to the City of Glendora Plan to Prevent and Reduce Homelessness please visit the City website at:

http://www.cityofglendora.org/services/parks-recreation-senior-services/homelessness-plan

Can plants along Route 66 median east of Grand be cut down?  They block visibility to see eastbound traffic when trying to make left turns from north side of Route 66. 

Thank you for the information, the shrubs along Route 66 can absolutely be trimmed back.  We will take care of this promptly as it is normal practice to keep shrubs that may restrict visibility very low.  If this issue happens to arise again, please contact the Landscape Contract Supervisor, Andrea Miller at 626-852-4871.