30 August 2017

Chino Hills & Diamond Bar Seek State Rejection of Tres Hermanos Sale

A new twist to the ongoing saga of the City of Industry re-acquisition of Tres Hermanos Ranch, as the cities of Chino Hills and Diamond Bar are petitioning the State of California to reject the sale or undertake a review to determine if the purchase meets legal criteria.  The stated harm to the cities involves the loss of tax revenue from the lower price ($41.5 million rather than in excess of $100 million) paid by the terms of the 24 August sale.

Read more in this San Gabriel Valley Tribune article.

29 August 2017

City of Industry Reacquires Tres Hermanos Ranch

In a 4-3 vote last Thursday, the Successor Agency to the City of Industry's Urban Development Agency approved the sale of the 2,500-acre Tres Hermanos Ranch, originally acquired by the UDA forty years ago, to the City for $41.5 million.

Tres Hermanos Ranch from the south, March 2016.
Although there had been offers by the City and an Irvine developer of $100 million or more, the lower amount was approved on condition of guarantees by the City for public access to portions of the ranch, in addition to a proposed solar farm intended for the area.

Read more in this San Gabriel Valley Tribune article about the purchase.

09 August 2017

18 September Talk on Antonio Maria Lugo and Rancho Santa Ana del Chino

Chino Hills Historical Society Presents:
“A Look Back at Antonio María Lugo and the 
Early Years of the Rancho Santa Ana del Chino”
Monday, September 18th 

The Chino Hills Historical Society will host a presentation by Chino Hills resident and historian Paul R. Spitzzeri at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 18th at the Chino Hills Community Center, 14259 Peyton Drive.  Spitzzeri will share the history of Antonio María Lugo and the early years of the Rancho Santa Ana del Chino.

According to Spitzzeri, Antonio María Lugo (1775-1860), born near Monterey, Mexico just six years after the Spanish first settled California, was one of the most prominent and remarkable persons in greater Los Angeles during his lifetime.  A soldier in the Spanish Army during his younger years, Lugo was granted the Rancho San Antonio, encompassing nearly 30,000 acres southeast of Los Angeles.  Later, he and his family acquired the Rancho San Bernardino and Rancho Santa Ana del Chino, the latter including today’s cities of Chino and Chino Hills.

“Lugo was torn by the loss of California to the Americans during a war that included the Battle of Chino, which was fought on what is now Boys Republic,” said Mr. Spitzzeri, “He was known for his forthright personality, hospitality, and strength of character.”

Mr. Spitzzeri has lived in Chino Hills for 20 years.  He is the Museum Director at the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry, where he has worked since 1988. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in history from California State University, Fullerton and has published on local, regional and state history in many journals and anthologies.  His book, The Workman and Temple Families of Southern California, won a 2009 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.  Since 2008, Paul has maintained the blog www.carboncanyonchronicle.blogspot.com.

“Paul really captivates the audience as he paints a picture of the history of the area,” said Chino Hills Historical Society President Denise Cattern.  “We are so happy that he has returned to share the story of Antonio María Lugo!”

The Chino Hills Historical Society is a non-profit organization funded through memberships and donations.  For additional information, please call (909) 597-6449 or send an email to chhistory@aol.com.

07 August 2017

Tres Hermanos Ranch Updates

In recent days, a pair of news items have come out in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune regarding the City of Industry's attempt to reacquire the Tres Hermanos Ranch, which the city's redevelopment agency purchased in 1978 and which then went to a successor agency when RDAs were eliminated.

Industry's city manager Paul Phillips wrote an open letter advertisement a few weeks ago stating the city's intention, if able to buy the ranch, to use it for public purposes, including open space and recreation.

That was followed by this article by the Tribune on the 3rd in which Phillips confirmed in a meeting with State Senator Josh Newman and officials from Brea, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar and Walnut that Industry is looking to establish a solar farm on the ranch.

The Tribune then followed yesterday with this article on Industry's expenditures so far in its early work on the proposed solar array.