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SENIORS - Join Us for the San Dimas S.H.A.R.E.S. Events (Feb 12, 2009)

San Dimas SHARES is Senior Housing, Alternatives, Resources and Support. The purpose of this program is to educate the community on housing options available to seniors. As part of SHARES we promote programs and services that help seniors to remain independent.

There will be a SHARES Mixer on March 3, 2009 (Tuesday) from 1 to 2 pm. Bereavement and loss of a loved one is a major challenge faced by many seniors. A counselor from Santa Anita Family Services will be at the mixer to discuss services that they offer to seniors and families in our community.

Both events will take place at the San Dimas Senior Center located at 201 E. Bonita Avenue. Anyone that is interested in attending these meetings is welcome. Please contact the housing section if you would like more information at (909) 394-6208.

Students Get a Glimpse of City Government at Work (Jan 21, 2009)

The City of San Dimas will be hosting the annual Students in Government Day in cooperation with Bonita Unified School District on February 24 and February 25, 2009.

Students will attend the City Council Meeting on February 24, 2009. On February 25, 2009, students will begin the day with a Welcome Breakfast at the San Dimas Senior Center. Each student will accompany a prominent City official for the morning and discover the intricacies of City Government. The students are able to gain a day's experience in a position of their interest including Mayor, Councilmember, City Manager, City Attorney, Assistant City Manager/Treasurer, City Clerk, Finance Manager, Director of Public Works, Director of Community Development, Superintendent of Building and Safety, Director of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Services Manager, Sheriffs Captain or Fire Chief. After an overview of the City's many functions, the students will attend department meetings and tour City Hall. The students are also given a tour of the City to view new development projects and historical landmarks. The day ends with a luncheon at Ladera Serra Park where the students are presented with a certificate for their participation.

Students in Government has proven to be an excellent opportunity for students to gain valuable insight into City government. Over the years, many of the students have gone on to careers in the public sector. The City of San Dimas is proud to sponsor this event in cooperation with the Bonita Unified School District.  If you have questions about Students in Government, please call (909) 394-6230.

CARE for the Children to Paint Address Numbers on Curbs (Jan 15, 2009)

The City of San Dimas has authorized CARE for the Children to paint address numbers on all curbs within the City. The City will issue CARE for the Children a permit which will require that numbers be painted in accordance with the City's specifications: 4-inch black numbers on a white reflective background on the face of the curb.

CARE for the Children will provide all materials and labor for the project which is estimated at $20.00 per address. Since the City does not pay CARE for the Children, they will be accepting voluntary donations from residents after the work is completed. Checks will be accepted and should be made payable to CARE for the Children. Twenty-five percent of your contribution will be donated to the San Dimas Senior Club. The San Dimas Senior Club promotes goodwill and welfare for all of our senior citizens through wholesome and healthful programs as well as lifelong education to promote development of new interests.

If you have any questions about the curb painting project or CARE for the Children, please contact the San Dimas Public Works Department at (909) 394-6240.

Foreclosure Assistance (Jan 8, 2009)

For those residents facing foreclosure due to a financial hardship there is assistance available through the mortgage-aid hotline. This free hotline - (888) 995-4673 - is provided by The Homeownership Preservation Foundation, a national non-profit counseling organization. The mission of this foundation is to preserve homeownership through budget and credit counseling, housing support and solutions to foreclosure. Counseling sessions are provided in collaboration with local agencies that have undergone extensive training and are certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

If you are a renter who has been displaced due to your landlord losing your home to foreclosure there is assistance available through the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs - (800) 593-8222. They will give you information about tenants' rights and financial assistance available to you.

There is also the 24-hour/7 days a week Los Angeles County Info line- 2-1-1. This info line provides referrals to community health and human services such as finding a local food bank. The info line has a comprehensive database of services available in Los Angeles County to individuals and families in need of assistance.

Have you told us about our parks lately? (Dec 30, 2008)


The City of San Dimas Parks and Recreation Department is gathering information about city park facilities and planning for potential future facilities. The Department has a brief survey and is asking residents to complete and return it. The survey addresses park use and potential new facilities including a BMX bike park.

If you would like to assist us by completing the survey please click below. You may complete the survey and mail it to "San Dimas Parks and Recreation Department, 245 Bonita Avenue, San Dimas, CA 91773", fax to 909-394-6205 or drop it off at the Parks and Recreation Department at City Hall.

If you have any questions, please call (909) 394-6230. Thank you for taking time to help us create community through San Dimas people, parks and programs!

San Dimas Receives Tree City USA Growth Award (Dec 18, 2008)

The City of San Dimas has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry. It is the third year San Dimas has received this national recognition.

San Dimas has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA Community by establishing a forestry division to manage the community forest, developing a community tree management ordinance, establishing a community forest management plan and hosting an annual Arbor Day celebration.

The City of San Dimas is also the recipient of a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious Growth Award recognizes environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. The Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant trees and care for the community forest.

For further information call the Parks and Recreation Department at

San Dimas Swim and Racquet Club Annual Memberships on SALE (Dec 18, 2008)

Annual memberships to the Swim and Racquet Club are currently on sale. This opportunity only comes twice a year, so don't miss out on a great chance to become a member at a discount. The sale ends on January 15, 2009. We offer a weight room, aerobic classes, racquetball and adult lap swimming. Memberships may be purchased for individuals or families. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, stop by the club at 990 W. Covina Blvd or call (909) 592-1430.

San Dimas Dial-a-Cab & Get About Helps Residents on the Go! (Dec 17, 2008)

The City uses a portion of its Proposition A funds, a County-wide sales tax fund, to sponsor local transportation services for its residents. One transportation service available to San Dimas residents is San Dimas Dial-a-Cab. San Dimas Dial-a-Cab is a program that uses shared-ride taxis to provide transportation and is available to anyone in San Dimas. Dial-a-Cab is easy to use and operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. San Dimas Dial-a-Cab is able to pick up San Dimas residents within approximately 45 minutes and drive them anywhere within the City. Disabled persons or those who are 60 years of age or older may also travel to limited boundaries outside San Dimas. Riders may travel to a limited number of medical facilities outside of the City as well.

The fare for senior and disabled riders to travel one way within the City or beyond City limits is $1. The general public traveling within the City pays $2.50 for a one way fare and will be able to travel outside San Dimas to approved medical facilities for $4. Senior and disabled customers may be required to provide Dial-a-Cab drivers with appropriate identification. Proper identification includes a Get About membership card, reduced fare identification from any public transit operator or a DMV Disabled Person I.D. Card.

Another transportation service available to San Dimas residents is Get About. Get About is a dial-a-ride service for people aged 60 years or older or with a disability. This service is a door-to-door service. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available. Get About provides transportation anywhere within San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona and Claremont for only $1.00 per one-way trip. To make a reservation with Get About, simply call (909) 596-5964 the day before your desired trip. The services operates between 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. One must be a registered user to ride Get About.

For more information on how to get a Get About membership card, please call (909) 596-7664 or call (909) 622-4435 to schedule a ride with San Dimas Dial-a-Cab.

Bonita Avenue and Iglesia Traffic Signal and Traffic Calming Project Update (Dec 5, 2008)

Beginning in mid-November,  the City's contractor began Phase 1 of the Bonita Avenue Signal and Traffic Calming Improvement Project. The weather delayed the initial project schedule; however, the City anticipates installation of the new light poles next week and completion of Phase 1 early in the new year.

This project marks the beginning of the Bonita Avenue corridor traffic calming enhancements. Phase 1 includes the installation of a new traffic signal, concrete bulb-outs, new short landscaped median and upgraded wheelchair access ramps at Bonita and Iglesia Street intersection. The improvements will result in a highly visible shorter signal-controlled pedestrian crossing across Bonita Avenue.

In mid-January, the City anticipates the contractor commencing on Phase 2 of the project, which is to demolish the existing temporary and permanent concrete improvements at Bonita  Avenue and Exchange Place, and Bonita Avenue and Monte Vista.  Phase 2 will also consist of installing new street lights and concrete bulb-outs, as well as upgrading wheelchair access ramps,  stamped concrete sidewalks and landscaping.  These improvements will result in highly visible intersections and shorter crosswalks.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause. Every attempt will be made to expedite the project so as to minimize the impact on residents and business owners.

Your cooperation and attention to temporary traffic control signs, markings and speeds will greatly assist in helping the Public Works Department to expedite the completion of this project.  If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (909) 394-6240.

San Dimas Adopts Housing Element (Dec 2, 2008)

The City of San Dimas adopted its 2008-2014 Housing Element of the City's General Plan. The General Plan governs the City's land use and planning decisions and the housing element is a required section of that plan.

The housing element identifies housing needs in terms of affordability, availability, adequacy and accessibility. It also identifies strategies and specific housing programs for addressing housing needs.

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