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Isabel in San Dimas
29 minutes | 8 days ago
Will San Dimas Build Low-Income Housing?
My husband Phil Ebiner joins me on the show today to talk about his participation in the City of San Dimas Housing Element Subcommittee. San Dimas is going through a Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), a state-mandated process to zone for additional housing. Because of RHNA, you may have heard rumors that low-income and high-density housing are coming to town. My husband Phil Ebiner, who is a member of the Housing Element Subcommittee as part of the RHNA process, joins me to confirm some facts and dispel some myths around housing in San Dimas. Listen to this episode to learn more about what the Subcommittee is working on and what housing may look like in San Dimas in the not-too-distant future. And don’t forget to complete the City’s Housing Element Survey to make sure your voice is heard! Links + resources for this episode: San Dimas Housing Element Survey California Department of Housing and Community Development Southern California Association of Governments City of San Dimas Demographics City of San Dimas Housing Element 2014-2021
32 minutes | 22 days ago
"Skatepark Mom" Talks San Dimas Skate Culture
A lifelong San Dimas resident, 23-year-old Savannah Spillman discovered San Dimas's very own skatepark just three years ago when she started learning how to skateboard. In that short time, Savannah fostered a sense of community among the skating youth, became known as "Skatepark Mom," and submitted a proposal to the City Council and Parks and Recreation Commission to improve lighting and safety at the skatepark. Listen to this episode to learn more about skate culture in San Dimas and hear some sage advice that may even inspire you to pick up a skateboard.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
How Via Verde Zoning Changes Could Impact All of San Dimas
At a joint study session on October 13, 2020, the City Council and Planning Commission will consider zoning changes in Via Verde that could have potential impacts on all of San Dimas. The conversation hinges around increasing the amount of grading (or excavating) allowed in Specific Plan 11, which comprises properties in the Via Verde Ridge Homeowners Association. The concerns from residents range from aesthetic, to environmental, to ethical. Listen to this episode to hear how this issue could affect you.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Candidate Spotlight: Peter Hidalgo
Peter Hidalgo is running for the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustee position for Area 1, which covers San Dimas. Born in Ecuador and raised by a single mother, a young Peter had aspirations to manage a KFC location until a $100 scholarship to attend Mt. SAC changed the trajectory of his life. Listen to my interview with Peter, get a sense of what his vision for the community college is, and learn why this race should matter to San Dimas. Learn more about Peter Hidalgo by visiting his official campaign website.
28 minutes | 2 months ago
The Urban Forest
I recently became a member of the City of San Dimas's Urban Forest Sub-Committee. Part of my role as a Sub-Committee member is to help provide education and outreach about San Dimas's Urban Forest, which is basically all of the public and community trees that you see here in our city. In this episode, I provide information about the overall benefits of trees in any community, details about San Dimas's trees in particular, and tips about how to take care of your trees. Visit IsabelinSanDimas.com for show notes and to share your thoughts on this episode.
31 minutes | 3 months ago
Gilead and the Price of Life-Saving Drugs
When COVID-19 first hit in early 2020, I was intrigued that several big companies working to fight the pandemic had offices here in sleepy San Dimas. I reached out to Gilead Sciences for a podcast interview but never heard back. Later on in July, I learned that San Dimas resident Keith Buck had been conducting a one-man protest at Gilead over their sky-high prices for remdesivir, a life-saving drug used to treat the novel coronavirus. In today's episode, I interview my neighbor Keith about Gilead's exorbitant profit margins and why Keith felt it was important to take a stand on this issue. Visit IsabelinSanDimas.com for show notes and to share your thoughts on this episode.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Bonelli Park R11 Parkway Closure
When the Covid-19 closures began back in March 2020, the County of Los Angeles required Bonelli Bluffs RV Park to close as well. This led to a temporary closure of what is known as the R11 Walkway, which allowed members of the public to complete an uninterrupted loop around Puddingstone Lake at Bonelli Park. Since March, that temporary closure became permanent, upsetting hundreds of local residents and users of the path. In this episode, I speak with Crystal DeMott, a San Dimas resident who reached out to Bonelli Bluffs and the County. Listen to this episode to learn how she used her voice and how the necessary stakeholders are now working toward a resolution to benefit all parties involved.
45 minutes | 4 months ago
The Power of Local Journalism
In this episode, I talk with San Dimas resident and design director for TheLAnd Magazine Evan Solano. A former page designer for the Southern California News Group and Editor-in-Chief of the Citrus College Clarion newspaper, Evan has a background in journalism. We chat about our mutual love for local news as well as the recent struggles of local journalism. Listen to the episode now to hear more about the important role local journalism plays in communities everywhere.
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